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  1. Bulk amorphous Mg-based alloys

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    Pryds, Nini

    2004-01-01

    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......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...

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

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

    1997-05-01

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

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

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    Cheng, Ming; Zhang, Shi-hong; Wang, Rui-xue

    2010-06-01

    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.

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

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    Singh, Ashish Kumar

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

  5. New features of the low temperature ductile shear failure observed in bulk amorphous alloys

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    Bengus, VZ; Tabachnikova, ED; Miskuf, J; Csach, K; Johnson, WL; Molokanov, VV; Ocelik, Vaclav

    2000-01-01

    Fractographic studies of ductile shear failure under the uniaxial compression for rod-like samples of the Zr(41.2)Ti(13.8)Ni(10)Cu(12.5)Be(22.5) and Cu(50)Zr(35)Ti(8)Hf(5)Ni(2) bulk amorphous alloys at temperatures 300 and 77 K are presented. The mechanisms of shear deformation and failure appeared

  6. 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.

  7. 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

    -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...

  8. Preparation and characterization of bulk amorphous and nanostructured iron-40 nickel-40 phosphorus-14 boron-6 alloys

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    Li, Qiang

    The reduced glass transition temperature of ferromagnetic Fe40Ni 40P14B6 alloy is 0.57 and it implies moderate glass formability. In the past thirty years this alloy system has been investigated extensively. By means of some novel methods, bulk amorphous and nanostructured Fe40Ni40P14B6 alloys had been prepared in our experiment and their properties had been studied in details. By means of a rapid quenching technique, ferromagnetic bulk amorphous Fe40Ni40P14B6 alloy rods with a diameter of ˜1.2 mm were prepared. When a fluxing technique was also employed, amorphous rods with a diameter as large as ˜2.5 mm were synthesized. The corresponding critical cooling rate Rc for the glass formation Fe40Ni40P14B6, according to earlier reports, is estimated to be on the order of 102 K s -1. The measurements on the as-prepared specimens indicate that the thermal stability and magnetic properties of bulk Fe40Ni 40P14B6 amorphous rods prepared in our work are comparable to those obtained from thin Fe40Ni40P 14B6 glassy ribbons prepared at a cooling rate of 10 5 K s-1. Small differences between them can be explained by the reason that the atom arrangement of bulk Fe40Ni 40P14B6 amorphous specimens prepared at a cooling rate of ˜102 K s-1 in our work is closer to the ideal glass state than that of the specimens prepared by means of the melt-spinning technique. It was pointed out that when a molten eutectic alloy is undercooled to a temperature T that is substantially below its liquidus T1, it will undergo metastable liquid state spinodal decomposition (LSD) to become a system of intertwining liquid networks of wavelength lambda. The larger undercooling will result in the smaller lambda. When the undercooling is large enough, subsequent crystallization transforms the system into a nanostructure, characterised as bulk, pore-free, and of narrow grain-size distribution. Based on the above principles, bulk nanostructured Fe40Ni40P 14B6 alloy ingots of diameter 3 ˜ 5 mm had been

  9. Structural relaxations in the bulk amorphous alloy Fe{sub 61}Co{sub 10}Ti{sub 3}Y{sub 6}B{sub 20}

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    Błoch, K., E-mail: 23kasia1@wp.pl; Nabiałek, M.; Gondro, J.

    2017-05-01

    The paper presents studies of annealing effect on the disaccommodation phenomenon in bulk amorphous alloy Fe{sub 61}Co{sub 10}Ti{sub 3}Y{sub 6}B{sub 20}. The investigated sample was prepared by suction-casting method in the form of rod. The annealing process has been performed at temperature well below the crystallisation temperature. The amorphous structure has been confirmed using X-ray diffractometer. The susceptibility and its disaccommodation were determined using completely automated set up. The disaccommodation curve was decomposed into three elementary processes, each of them was described by Gaussian distribution of relaxation times. The obtained results indicate that the disaccommodation phenomenon in studied alloy is related with directional ordering of atom pairs near the free volumes; this is in agreement with H. Kronmüller's theorem.

  10. Ductile fracture surface morphology of amorphous metallic alloys

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    Miskuf, J; Csach, Kornel; Ocelik, [No Value; Bengus, VZ; Tabachnikova, ED; Duhaj, P; Ocelik, Vaclav

    2002-01-01

    Ductile shear failure of hulk amorphous metallic alloys was studied using a fractographic is analysis. Although the mechanisms of shear deformation and fracture are appeared the same as in conventional amorphous ribbons, some new fractographic features are observed in bulk alloys. Geometric

  11. A Fundamental Approach to Developing Aluminium based Bulk Amorphous Alloys based on Stable Liquid Metal Structures and Electronic Equilibrium - 154041

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    2017-03-28

    whereby above the glass transition temperature they may be formed like plastics or regular ceramic glasses, hence these materials can be produced in...and its alloys are one of the most largely produced and recycled metals (second only to iron/steel). It is low cost, exceptionally light-weight and

  12. Low temperature ductile shear failure of Zr41.2Ti13.8Ni10Cu12.5Be22.5 and Cu50Zr35Ti8Hf5Ni2 bulk amorphous alloys

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    Tabachnikova, E; Bengus, V.Z.; Miskuf, J; Csach, K; Johnson, W; Molokanov, VV; Ocelik, Vaclav; Eckert, J; Schlorb, H; Schultz, L

    2000-01-01

    Fractographic study of ductile shear failure under uniaxial compression of rod-like samples of the Zr41.2Ti13.8Ni10Cu12.5Be22.5 and Cu50Zr35Ti8Hf5Ni2 bulk amorphous alloys at temperatures of 300 and 77 K is presented. Although the mechanisms of shear deformation and fracture appeared the same as in

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

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

    2008-01-01

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

  14. Amorphous Metallic Alloys: Pathways for Enhanced Wear and Corrosion Resistance

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    Aditya, Ayyagari; Felix Wu, H.; Arora, Harpreet; Mukherjee, Sundeep

    2017-11-01

    Amorphous metallic alloys are widely used in bulk form and as coatings for their desirable corrosion and wear behavior. Nevertheless, the effects of heat treatment and thermal cycling on these surface properties are not well understood. In this study, the corrosion and wear behavior of two Zr-based bulk metallic glasses were evaluated in as-cast and thermally relaxed states. Significant improvement in wear rate, friction coefficient, and corrosion penetration rate was seen for both alloys after thermal relaxation. A fully amorphous structure was retained with thermal relaxation below the glass transition. There was an increase in surface hardness and elastic modulus for both alloys after relaxation. The improvement in surface properties was explained based on annihilation of free volume.

  15. ANALYSIS AND STUDY OF AMORPHOUS ALLOYS PROPERTIES

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    T.P. Pavlenko

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper reviews and analyzes properties of amorphous alloys for the purpose of their application in magnetic systems of electrical apparatus instead of high-permeability electric steels. The studies have shown a possibility of utilizing these alloys in the magnetic structure of a current transformer in the pulsed voltage stabilizer of an automated circuit-breaker semiconductor release.

  16. Amorphous Alloy: Promising Precursor to Form Nanoflowerpot

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    Guo Lan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Nanoporous copper is fabricated by dealloying the amorphous Ti2Cu alloy in 0.03 M HF electrolyte. The pore and ligament sizes of the nanoporous copper can be readily tailored by controlling the dealloying time. The as-prepared nanoporous copper provides fine and uniform nanoflowerpots to grow highly dispersed Au nanoflowers. The blooming Au nanoflowers in the nanoporous copper flowerpots exhibit both high catalytic activity and stability towards the oxidation of glucose, indicating that the amorphous alloys are ideal precursors to form nanoflowerpot which can grow functional nanoflowers.

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

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    Jeong, Jae; Lee, Sung; Jeon, Je-Beom; Kim, Suk

    2015-01-01

    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 va...

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

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    Takahashi, Keisuke; Tanaka, Yuzuru

    2017-02-01

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

  19. Design of multi materials combining crystalline and amorphous metallic alloys

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    Volland, A.; Ragani, J.; Liu, Y.; Gravier, S.; Suery, M. [Grenoble University/CNRS, SIMAP Laboratory, Grenoble INP/UJF, 38402 Saint-Martin d' Heres (France); Blandin, J.J., E-mail: jean-jacques.blandin@simap.grenoble-inp.fr [Grenoble University/CNRS, SIMAP Laboratory, Grenoble INP/UJF, 38402 Saint-Martin d' Heres (France)

    2012-09-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Elaboration of multi materials associating metallic glasses and conventional crystalline alloys by co-deformation performed at temperatures close to the glass transition temperature of the metallic glasses. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Elaboration of filamentary metal matrix composites with a core in metallic glass by co extrusion. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sandwich structures produced by co-pressing. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Detection of atomic diffusion from the glass to the crystalline alloys during the processes. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Good interfaces between the metallic glasses and the crystalline alloys, as confirmed by mechanical characterisation. - Abstract: Multi materials, associating zirconium based bulk metallic glasses and crystalline metallic alloys like magnesium alloys or copper are elaborated by co-deformation processing performed in the supercooled liquid regions (SLR) of the bulk metallic glasses. Two processes are investigated: co-extrusion and co-pressing. In the first case, filamentary composites with various designs can be produced whereas in the second case sandwich structures are obtained. The experimental window (temperature, time) in which processing can be carried out is directly related to the crystallisation resistance of the glass which requires getting information about the crystallisation conditions in the selected metallic glasses. Thermoforming windows are identified for the studied BMGs by thermal analysis and compression tests in their SLR. The mechanical properties of the produced multi materials are investigated thanks to specifically developed mechanical devices and the interfaces between the amorphous and the crystalline alloys are characterised.

  20. 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. Hydrogenation of Amorphous and Crystalline RE-Ni Alloys

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    AOKI, Kiyoshi; Shirakawa, Kiwamu; MASUMOTO, Tsuyoshi

    1985-01-01

    Amorphous alloys with the combination of a rare earth metal(RE=Y, La, Ce, Pr and Sm) and nickel were prepared around the composition at an eutectic point by the melt-quenching technique. Amorphous Y-Ni and Sm-Ni alloys absorbed a large amount of hydrogen even in the amorphous state, while the the other alloys in La-Ni, Ce-Ni and Pr-Ni systems were decomposed to a mixture of crystalline phase and hydride during hydrogenation at 323 K. An amorphous SmNi_2 phase was also synthesized by reaction ...

  4. Magnetic Properties of Amorphous Fe-Zr-B Alloys

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    Shigehiro, Ohnuma; Masateru, Nose; Kiwamu, Shirakawa; Tsuyoshi, Masumoto; The Research Institute of Electric and Magnetic Alloys; Sumitomo Special Metal Co. Ltd.; The Research Institute of Electric and Magnetic Alloys; The Research Institute for Iron, Steel and Other Metals

    1980-01-01

    The formation range, magnetic properties and thermal stability for Fe-Zr-B amorphous alloys have been examined. The combination of zirconium and boron as glass formation elements is extremely effective both in expanding the formation range and increasing stability against crystallization for Fe-based amorphous alloys. Both the Curie temperature and saturation magnetization at room temperature decrease with increasing Zr content. Magnetostriction for the present alloys is smaller than that of ...

  5. Phase transformations of amorphous semiconductor alloys under high pressures

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    Antonov, V E; Fedotov, V K; Harkunov, A I; Ponyatovsky, E G

    2002-01-01

    The paper reviews the results of experimental studies and thermodynamical modelling of metastable T-P diagrams of initially amorphous GaSb-Ge and Zn-Sb alloys which provide a new insight into the problem of pressure-induced amorphization.

  6. Creep of FINEMET alloy at amorphous to nanocrystalline transition

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    Csach, K.; Miškuf, J.; Juríková, A.; Ocelík, V.

    2009-01-01

    The application of FINEMET-type materials with specific magnetic properties prepared by the crystallization of amorphous alloys is often limited by their brittleness. The structure of these materials consists of nanosized Fe-based grains surrounded with amorphous phase. Then the final macroscopic

  7. 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

  8. Influence of the Quenching Rate on the Structure and Magnetic Properties of the Fe-Based Amorphous Alloy

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    Nabiałek M.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of investigations into the structure, microstructure and magnetic properties of Fe61Co10Y8W1B20 amorphous alloy. The alloy samples were in two physical forms: (1 plates of approximate thickness 0.5 mm (so-called bulk amorphous alloys and (2 a ribbon of approximate thickness 35 μm (so-called classic amorphous alloy. The investigations comprised: X-ray diffractometry, Mössbauer spectrometry, transmission electron microscopy, and selected magnetic measurements; all of the investigations were carried out on samples in the as-quenched state. Analysis of the obtained SEM and TEM images, X-ray diffraction patterns, Mössbauer spectrometry results and measurements of the magnetisation in a high magnetic field facilitated collectively the detailed description of the structure of the investigated alloy, which was found to depend on the quenching speed.

  9. Surface and bulk vibrations in ion-implanted amorphous silica

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    Arnold, G. W.

    1980-01-01

    Infrared reflection spectroscopy (IRS) has been used to identify the Si-O vibrational mode and confirm previous assignments of Si-OH, and Si-OD vibrational modes in porous amorphous silica implanted with heavy ions and with H/sup +/ and D/sup +/ ions. The Si-O stretching mode (approx. 1015 cm/sup -1/) is produced by the damage cascade and is seen in all implanted bulk silicas as well as in porous silica. Implantation of porous silica with H/sup +/ and D/sup +/ ions produces bands at approx. 985 cm/sup -1/ and approx. 960 cm-/sup 1/, respectively. The position of all three bands is consistent with O, OH, and OD mass considerations. Implantation of D/sup +/ ions into porous silica containing molecular water and OH/sup -/ groups results in D-H exchange. The Si-OH and Si-OD vibrations are also seen in the bulk fused silica at low H/D fluences. These results suggest that intrinsic E'-type defects in bulk silica and dangling Si bonds at internal surface sites.

  10. Amorphous Alloy Membranes for High Temperature Hydrogen Separation

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    Coulter, K. [Southwest Research Inst. (SwRI), San Antonio, TX (United States)

    2013-09-30

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

  11. Synthesis and properties of bulk metallic glasses in Pd-Ni-P and Pd-Cu-P alloys

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    He, Y.; Schwarz, R.B.

    1996-11-01

    Bulk amorphous Pd-Ni-P and Pd-Cu-P alloy rods with diameters 7-25 mm were synthesized over a wide composition range using a fluxing technique. For most bulk amorphous Pd-Ni-P alloys, the difference {Delta}T=T{sub x}-T{sub g} between the crystallization temperature T{sub x} and the glass transition temperature T{sub g} is larger than 90 K, while for bulk amorphous Pd-Cu-P alloys, {Delta}T varies from 27 to 73 K. Pd{sub 40}Ni{sub 40}P{sub 20} has the highest glass formability, and 300-g bulk amorphous cylinders, 25mm dia and 50mm long, can be easily produced. This size is not an upper limit. The paper presents the glass formation ranges for both ternary alloy systems and data on the thermal stability of the amorphous alloys, as well as their specific heat, density, and elastic properties.

  12. Moessbauer spectroscopy of Fe-B based amorphous alloys

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    Kreislerova, Y.; Zemcik, T. (Ceskoslovenska Akademie Ved, Brno. Ustav Fyzikalni Metalurgie)

    1984-01-01

    The influence of heat treatment on structure changes of amorphous alloy Fe/sub 83/B/sub 17/ was studied by /sup 57/Fe Moessbauer spectroscopy. At 613 K a change in the magnetization direction was detected and at 633 K the precipitation of ..cap alpha..-Fe quantitatively determined.

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

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    X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry were carried out to study the transformation from .... ing speed etc) were kept constant for all diffraction expe- riments performed on different ... Differential scanning calorimeter curve of Al50Cu45Ti5 amorphous alloy at scanning rate ...

  14. Pressure-induced transformations in amorphous Si-Ge alloy

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    Coppari, F.; Polian, A.; Menguy, N.; Trapananti, A.; Congeduti, A.; Newville, M.; Prakapenka, V.B.; Choi, Y.; Principi, E.; Di Cicco, A. (CNRS-UMR); (UC); (Camerino)

    2012-03-14

    The pressure behavior of an amorphous Si-rich SiGe alloy ({alpha}-Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x}, x = 0.75) has been investigated up to about 30 GPa, by a combination of Raman spectroscopy, x-ray absorption spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction measurements. The trends of microscopic structural properties and of the Raman-active phonon modes are presented in the whole pressure range. Nucleation of nanocrystalline alloy particles and metallization have been observed above 12 GPa, with a range of about 2 GPa of coexistence of amorphous and crystalline phases. Transformations from the amorphous tetrahedral, to the crystalline tetragonal ({beta}-Sn) and to the simple hexagonal structures have been observed around 13.8 and 21.8 GPa. The recovered sample upon depressurization, below about 4 GPa, shows a local structure similar to the as-deposited one. Inhomogeneities of the amorphous texture at the nanometric scale, probed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, indicate that the recovered amorphous sample has a different ordering at this scale, and therefore the transformations can not be considered fully reversible. The role of disordered grain boundaries at high pressure and the possible presence of a high-density amorphous phase are discussed.

  15. Behaviour of mirrors fabricated from amorphous alloys under impact of deuterium plasma ions

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    Bardamid, A.F. [Taras Shevchenko National Univ., Kiev (Ukraine); Belyaeva, A.I. [National Technical Univ. KPI, Kharkov (Ukraine); Bondarenko, V.N. [NSC KIPT, Kharkov (UA)] (and others)

    2006-04-15

    In-vessel mirrors are necessary for optical and laser diagnostics of plasmas in next-step fusion devices; however obtaining mirror materials that will maintain their performance in the harsh fusion environment remains problematic. At present, mirrors are fabricated from polycrystals or monocrystals, and metal films on metallic substrate mirrors are also being studied. In this paper, we report on a new family of bulk amorphous alloys that are being investigated in the search for new materials for the fusion environment. Their properties are very different from properties of well-known materials and are insufficiently investigated for scientific and technological applications. We present the results of investigation of modification of the surface and optical properties of amorphous mirror fabricated from Zr(41.2%)Ti(13.8%)Cu(12.5%)Ni(10%)Be(22.5%) alloy after bombardment by ions of deuterium plasma with different fluence and energy.

  16. Bulk metallic glass formation in the Pd-Ni-P and Pd-Cu-P alloy systems

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    Schwarz, R.B.; He, Y. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States). Center for Materials Science

    1996-12-11

    Bulk metallic glasses were prepared in the Pd-Ni-P and Pd-Cu-P systems using a fluxing technique. The formation of bulk amorphous Pd-Cu-P alloys was reported here for the first time. For both alloy systems, bulk glass formation requires maintaining the phosphorus content near 20 at.%. In the Pd-Ni-P system, 10-mm diameter amorphous Pd{sub x}Ni{sub 80{minus}x}P{sub 20} rods can be formed for 25 {le} x {le} 60. In the Pd-Cu-P system, 7-mm diameter amorphous Pd{sub x}Cu{sub 80{minus}x}P{sub 20} rods can be produced for 40 {le} x {le} 60. From all the ternary alloys studied, Pd{sub 40}Ni{sub 40}P{sub 20} has the highest glass formability, and 25-mm diameter amorphous cylinders, 50 mm in length, can be easily fabricated. The glass stability of the Pd-Ni-P system is wider than that of the Pd-Cu-P system. For most bulk Pd-Ni-P glasses, {Delta}T > 90 K. The {Delta}T values of bulk amorphous Pd-Cu-P alloys are considerably smaller, ranging from 27 to 73 K. The elastic constants of bulk amorphous Pd-Ni-P and Pd-Cu-P alloys were determined using a resonant ultrasound spectroscopy technique. The Pd-Ni-P glasses are slightly stiffer than the Pd-Cu-P glasses. Within each alloy system, the Young`s modulus and the bulk modulus show little change with alloy composition. Of all the bulk glass forming systems so far investigated, the ternary Pd-Ni-P system has the best glass formability. This alloy was one of the first bulk glasses discovered, yet it still remains the best in terms of glass formability. Upon replacing part of Ni by Cu, the critical cooling rates are expected to be further reduced.

  17. Cast bulk glassy alloys: fabrication, alloy development and properties

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    Qingsheng Zhang

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Metallic glasses represent an interesting group of materials as they possess outstanding physical, chemical and mechanical properties compared to their crystalline counterparts. Currently, with well designed compositions it is possible to cast liquid alloys into the glassy state at low critical cooling rates from 100 K•s-1 to 1 K•s-1 and in large critical sample sizes up to several centimeters, which significantly enhances the promise for possible applications as advanced engineering materials. This paper reviews the development of (ZrCu-based bulk metallic glasses with large sizes by copper mold casting and their unique properties. Additionally, the ex-situ and in-situ second phases reinforced BMG composites with large plasticity are also presented.

  18. Nuclear magnetic resonance on amorphous alloys

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    Khan, H.R. (Forschungsinstitut fuer Edelmetalle und Metallchemie, Schwaebisch Gmuend (Germany, F.R.)); Lueders, K. (Freie Univ. Berlin (Germany, F.R.). Inst. fuer Atom- und Festkoerperphysik)

    1981-11-01

    NMR work on nonmagnetic metallic glasses is summarized. A detailed review is given of their fundamental properties by means of Knight shift, lineshape, and spin-lattice relaxation rate measurements. The alloys in consideration are Ni-Pt-P,Ni-Pd-P, Ni-Cu-P,Ni-P,Ni-P-B,Mo-Ru-P,Be-Nb-Zr, and Be-Mo-Zr.

  19. Hall effect in amorphous calcium-aluminum alloys

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    Mayeya, F. M.; Howson, M. A.

    1994-02-01

    We present results of the Hall effect measurements in CaAl(Au) amorphous alloys. The Hall coefficients have been found to be negative and independent of temperature. Their magnitudes deviate significantly from the nearly-free-electron calculations, and are reduced by gold doping. These deviations have been accounted for from considerations of the unusual electronic structure of CaAl, and the effects of both s-d hybridization and side-jump mechanism on the conduction electrons.

  20. Temperature dependence of the magnetic properties of ferromagnetic amorphous alloys

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    Gaunt, P.

    1979-01-01

    The magnetic hysteresis properties of amorphous alloys have recently been discussed in terms of an exchange-enhanced applied field. This absolute-zero model is here extended to finite temperatures. The modified treatment predicts a remanent magnetization which is unaffected by thermal activation while the coercive force falls (finally to zero) as temperature increases. Comparison with experiment for TbFe/sub 2/ suggests that regions of volume approx. =7500 A/sup 3/ reverse coherently.

  1. 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.

  2. A new approximate sum rule for bulk alloy properties

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    Bozzolo, Guillermo; Ferrante, John

    1992-01-01

    A new, approximate sum rule is introduced for determining bulk properties of multicomponent systems, in terms of the pure components properties. This expression is applied for the study of lattice parameters, cohesive energies, and bulk moduli of binary alloys. The correct experimental trends (i.e., departure from average values) are predicted in all cases.

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

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    Asahi, Kawashima; Koji, Hashimoto; The Research Institute for Iron, Steel and Other Metals; The Research Institute for Iron, Steel and Other Metals

    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...

  4. Wear Behavior of Mechanically Alloyed Ti-Based Bulk Metallic Glass Composites Containing Carbon Nanotubes

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    Yung-Sheng Lin

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The present paper reports the preparation and wear behavior of mechanically alloyed Ti-based bulk metallic glass composites containing carbon nanotube (CNT particles. The differential scanning calorimeter results show that the thermal stability of the amorphous matrix is affected by the presence of CNT particles. Changes in glass transition temperature (Tg and crystallization temperature (Tx suggest that deviations in the chemical composition of the amorphous matrix occurred because of a partial dissolution of the CNT species into the amorphous phase. Although the hardness of CNT/Ti50Cu28Ni15Sn7 bulk metallic glass composites is increased with the addition of CNT particles, the wear resistance of such composites is not directly proportional to their hardness, and does not follow the standard wear law. A worn surface under a high applied load shows that the 12 vol. % CNT/Ti50Cu28Ni15Sn7 bulk metallic glass composite suffers severe wear compared with monolithic Ti50Cu28Ni15Sn7 bulk metallic glass.

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

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    Rainer J. Hebert

    2016-10-01

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

  6. Effect of Cu on dehydrogenation and thermal stability of amorphous Mg-Ce-Ni-Cu alloys

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    Chi Zhang

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The alloying element component is very crucial in improving the hydrogen storage performance of amorphous alloys. In this work, quaternary amorphous Mg70−xCe10Ni20Cux (x = 3, 7.5, 10 alloys were prepared by melt-spinning and the effect of Cu on hydrogenation and dehydrogenation were investigated in comparison with the Mg70−xCe10Ni20 amorphous alloys. The initial hydrogenation kinetics of amorphous Mg70−xCe10Ni20Cux (x = 0, 3, 7.5, 10 was improved with the increase of Cu content according to the kinetics measured at a temperature below crystallization temperature. As hydrogen is absorbed, an amorphous-amorphous transition occurred, and relatively high Cu content would lead to phase separation in the hydrogenation process. Amorphous phase have much higher crystallization temperature after it absorbs hydrogen and the addition of Cu could increase the crystallization activation energy of amorphous hydrides. In addition, the increase of Cu content could reduce the dehydrogenation temperature of amorphous hydrides, which gives a significant indication for future improving research of the hydrogen desorption performance of Mg based amorphous hydrides. Keywords: Hydrogen storage, Mg-based amorphous alloy, Hydrogenation kinetic, Dehydrogenation temperature

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

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

    2008-07-24

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

  8. Formation of amorphous Ti-50at.%Pt by solid state reactions during mechanical alloying

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    Mahlatji, ML

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical alloying of an equiatomic mixture of crystalline elemental powders of Ti and Pt in a high-energy ball mill results in formation of an amorphous alloy by solid-state reactions. Mechanical alloying was carried out in an argon atmosphere...

  9. 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.

  10. Alternative catalytic materials: carbides, nitrides, phosphides and amorphous boron alloys.

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    Alexander, Anne-Marie; Hargreaves, Justin S J

    2010-11-01

    Catalysts generated by the addition of carbon, nitrogen or phosphorus to transition metals have interesting properties and potential applications. The addition of carbon, nitrogen or phosphorus can lead to substantial modification of the catalytic efficacy of the parent metal and some carbides and nitrides are claimed to be comparable to noble metals in their behaviour. Amorphous boron transition metal alloys are also a class of interesting catalyst, although their structures and phase composition are more difficult to define. In this critical review, the preparation of these catalysts is described and brief details of their application given. To date, attention has largely centred upon the application of these materials as alternatives for existing catalysts. However, novel approaches towards their utilisation can be envisaged. For example, the extent to which it is possible to utilise the "activated" carbon and nitrogen species within the host lattices of carbides and nitrides, respectively, as a reactant remains largely unexplored (195 references).

  11. Atomic and electronic structure of amorphous Al-Zr alloy films

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    Vegelius, J; Korelis, P T; Hjoervarsson, B; Butorin, S M [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Uppsala University, Box 530, S-751 21 Uppsala (Sweden); Soroka, I L, E-mail: johan.vegelius@physics.uu.se [Nuclear Chemistry, KTH Chemical Science and Engineering, Royal Institute of Technology, SE-100 44 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2011-07-06

    Amorphous Al{sub 73}Zr{sub 27} alloy film, grown and then subjected to heat treatments at 400 and 700 {sup 0}C, was studied using a combination of x-ray diffraction and soft x-ray spectroscopic techniques. The Al L{sub 2,3} and Al K x-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and Al L{sub 2,3} x-ray emission spectroscopy (XES) used allowed probing the unoccupied and occupied Al 3s, d states and unoccupied Al 3p states in the sample studied. An irreversible transition from amorphous alloy to a mixture of polycrystalline alloy and amorphous alloy, and then to an amorphous oxide phase was observed. After the annealing at 400 {sup 0}C the Al L{sub 2,3} spectra obtained by XAS could be explained as sums of spectra from amorphous Al{sub 73}Zr{sub 27} alloy and (poly)crystalline Al. This indicates that the sample consists of a mixture of Al-rich crystalline and Zr-enhanced amorphous alloys, as compared to the stoichiometry of the as-deposited Al{sub 73}Zr{sub 27} sample, and that the electronic wavefunctions in the crystalline and amorphous regions can be considered to be confined within the respective regions. The relative amounts of Al atoms were found to be around 1:3 in the crystalline and amorphous phases, respectively, as deduced from the analysis of changes in the electronic structure using Al L{sub 2,3} XAS data. The interpretation was confirmed by the Al K XAS and Al L{sub 2,3} XES. Upon further annealing at 700 {sup 0}C the polycrystalline phase transformed into amorphous oxide, while the amorphous alloy phase underwent gradual oxidation. The important finding was that the greater part of the sample remained in the amorphous state throughout the temperature regimes described.

  12. Catalytic properties of amorphous NiZr alloys. Amorufasu NiZr gokin no shokubai tokusei

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    Komiyama, H.; Shimogaki, Y.; Egashira, Y.; Sumiya, S. (The Univ. of Tokyo, Tokyo, (Japan). Faculty of Engineering)

    1990-03-01

    This paper investigated the catalytic properties of amorphous NiZr alloys. Amorphous alloys were used as ribbon, powder and ultra-fine powder (a-UFP) prepared by different processes as they are, or after chemically cleaved process. Catalytic reactions were measured by the gas chromatography for gas composition at the reactor outlet. The applied reactions were the hydrogenation of CO, acethylene and butadiene, and the hydrogenolysis of ethane. All amorphous alloys indicated similar reacting characteristics, independent of the preparation methods. It should reflect any common substance that amorphous alloy of nonequilibrium which can be different states by manufacturing process, show similar characteristics like this. The surface of amprphous alloys has strong affinity to Zr and O and Ni, Zr and O is thought to be highly dispersed, presumably at an atomic level, maintaining Ni as the stable oxidized condition. These catalysts are very interesting because such the characteristics cannot be realized in crystaline catalysts. 5 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs.

  13. Fabrication of Bulk Glassy Alloy Foams by High Pressure Hydrogen

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    Wada, Takeshi; Inoue, Akihisa

    Porous Pd42.5Cu30Ni7.5P20 bulk glassy alloy rods with porosities of up to 70% were successfully prepared by high pressure hydrogen of 15 MPa. The melt of Pd42.5Cu30Ni7.5P20 alloy kept under high pressure hydrogen absorbs hydrogen and subsequent water quenching of the melt causes the homogeneous dispersion of hydrogen bubbles, which was resulted from the decrease of hydrogen solubility with decrease of pressure. Annealing the hydrogen bubble containing sample at a supercooled liquid state under vacuum, the bubbles are allowed to expand due to the decrease of viscosity of metallic glass matrix. Pores expansion continues until glassy matrix crystallizes or the equilibration among pressure of the pores, pressure of the atmosphere and surface tension is achieved. By utilizing these phenomena, pores up to 80 m in diameters are homogeneously distributed over the whole cross-sectional area of a fully glassy matrix. Under compressive deformation, the porous alloys with porosities exceeding 40% did not show macroscopic fracture in a wide compressive strain range up to 0.6 whereas the non-porous alloy fractures instantly after elastic limit of about 0.02. Porous bulk glassy alloys exhibit higher plateau stress, lower Young‧s modulus and higher energy absorption capacity compared with the conventional crystalline metal foams.

  14. Superior tensile ductility in bulk metallic glass with gradient amorphous structure.

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

    2014-04-23

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

  15. Nanocrystallization of amorphous alloys using microwaves: In situ time-resolved synchrotron radiation studies

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    Nicula, R; Stir, M; Ishizaki, K; Vaucher, S [Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research - Empa, Feuerwerkerstr. 39, CH 3602 Thun (Switzerland); Catala-Civera, J M, E-mail: radu.nicula@empa.c [Polytechnical University of Valencia, School of Telecommunication, Camino de Vera s/n, E-46022 Valencia (Spain)

    2009-01-01

    Important energy and time savings can be achieved with the thermal treatment of materials by replacing conventional heating methods with microwave heating. The nanocrystallization of Co-Fe-W-B amorphous alloy powders under microwave irradiation was followed for the first time by in situ time-resolved synchrotron radiation powder diffraction. It is shown that even a very short exposure to the electromagnetic field (single pulse microwave application) typically of the order of a few seconds is sufficient to obtain the bulk nano-crystalline state. A metastable high-temperature Co-W-B orthorhombic phase forms during the microwave heating, which gradually transforms to the tetragonal Co{sub 2}B stable phase.

  16. Experimental Investigation on Laser Impact Welding of Fe-Based Amorphous Alloys to Crystalline Copper

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    Wang, Xiao; Luo, Yapeng; Huang, Tao; Liu, Huixia

    2017-01-01

    Recently, amorphous alloys have attracted many researchers’ attention for amorphous structures and excellent properties. However, the welding of amorphous alloys to traditional metals in the microscale is not easy to realize in the process with amorphous structures unchanged, which restrains the application in industry. In this paper, a new method of welding Fe-based amorphous alloys (GB1K101) to crystalline copper by laser impact welding (LIW) is investigated. A series of experiments was conducted under different laser energies, during which Fe-based amorphous alloys and crystalline copper were welded successfully by LIW. In addition, the microstructure and mechanical properties of welding joints were observed and measured, respectively. The results showed that the surface wave and springback were observed on the flyer plate after LIW. The welding interface was straight or wavy due to different plastic deformation under different laser energies. The welding interface was directly bonded tightly without visible defects. No visible element diffusion and intermetallic phases were found in the welding interface. The Fe-based amorphous alloys retained amorphous structures after LIW under the laser energy of 835 mJ. The nanoindentation hardness across the welding interface showed an increase on both sides of the welding interface. The results of the lap shearing test showed that the fracture position was on the side of copper coil. PMID:28772886

  17. Experimental Investigation on Laser Impact Welding of Fe-Based Amorphous Alloys to Crystalline Copper.

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    Wang, Xiao; Luo, Yapeng; Huang, Tao; Liu, Huixia

    2017-05-12

    Recently, amorphous alloys have attracted many researchers' attention for amorphous structures and excellent properties. However, the welding of amorphous alloys to traditional metals in the microscale is not easy to realize in the process with amorphous structures unchanged, which restrains the application in industry. In this paper, a new method of welding Fe-based amorphous alloys (GB1K101) to crystalline copper by laser impact welding (LIW) is investigated. A series of experiments was conducted under different laser energies, during which Fe-based amorphous alloys and crystalline copper were welded successfully by LIW. In addition, the microstructure and mechanical properties of welding joints were observed and measured, respectively. The results showed that the surface wave and springback were observed on the flyer plate after LIW. The welding interface was straight or wavy due to different plastic deformation under different laser energies. The welding interface was directly bonded tightly without visible defects. No visible element diffusion and intermetallic phases were found in the welding interface. The Fe-based amorphous alloys retained amorphous structures after LIW under the laser energy of 835 mJ. The nanoindentation hardness across the welding interface showed an increase on both sides of the welding interface. The results of the lap shearing test showed that the fracture position was on the side of copper coil.

  18. Electrochemical oxidation of methanol on Pt3Co bulk alloy

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    S. LJ. GOJKOVIC

    2003-11-01

    Full Text Available The electrochemical oxidation of methanol was investigated on a Pt3Co bulk alloy in acid solutions. Kinetic parameters such as transfer coefficient, reaction orders with respect to methanol and H+ ions and energy of activation were determined. It was found that the rate of methanol oxidation is significantly diminished by rotation of the electrode. This effect was attributed to the diffusion of formaldehyde and formic acid from the electrode surface. Stirring of the electrolyte also influenced the kinetic parameters of the reaction. It was speculated that the predominant reaction pathway and rate determining step are different in the quiescent and in the stirred electrolyte. Cobalt did not show a promoting effect on the rate of methanol oxidation on the Pt3Co bulk alloy with respect to a pure Pt surface.

  19. Formation and Thermal Stability of Amorphous Phase in Transition Metal-Phosphorus Binary Alloys

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    NAKA, Masaaki; Inoue, Akihisa; MASUMOTO, Tsuyoshi

    1980-01-01

    This paper deals with the amorphous-forming ability of Mn-P, Fe-P, Co-P, Ni-P, Cu-P, Pd-P and Pt-P binary alloys quenched rapidly from the melt and the stability and structural change of the amorphous phases on heating. A melt-quenching technique yields the formation of an amorphous phase only for Fe_P_, Ni_P_, Pd_P_ and Pt_P_ alloys. The critical cooling rate for the formation of an amorphous phase is calculated to be of the order 10^5-10^6 K/s for these amorphous-forming alloys from the tra...

  20. Synthesis, thermal stability and the effects of ion irradiation in amorphous Si–O–C alloys

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    Colón Santana, Juan A. [Department of Physics, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115 (United States); Mora, Elena Echeverría [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Theodore Jorgensen Hall, 855 North 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68588-0299 (United States); Price, Lloyd; Balerio, Robert; Shao, Lin [Department of Nuclear Engineering, Texas A& M University, 3133 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-3133 (United States); Nastasi, Michael, E-mail: mnastasi2@unl.edu [Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences Research, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 230 Whittier, 2200 Vine Street, Lincoln, NE 68583-0857 (United States); Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE 68583-0857 (United States)

    2015-05-01

    Amorphous films of Si–O–C alloys were synthesized via sputtering deposition at room temperature. These alloys were characterized using grazing incidence diffraction, both as a function of temperature and irradiation dose. It was found that the material retained its amorphous structure, both at high temperatures (up to 1200 °C) and ion irradiation doses up to 1.0 dpa. The depth profile from photoemission spectroscopy provided evidence of the oxidation state of these alloys and their atomic composition. The studies suggest that Si–O–C alloys might belong to a group of radiation tolerant materials suitable for applications in reactor-like harsh environments.

  1. 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)

  2. Corrosion Behavior of Amorphous Nickel-Base Alloys in a Boiling Concentrated Sodium Hydroxide Solution

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    Kazuo, SHIMAMURA; Kimikado, MIURA; Asahi, Kawashima; Katsuhiko, Asami; Koji, Hashimoto; Institute for Materials Research:Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.; Institute for Materials Research

    1988-01-01

    Polarization curves were measured in a boiling 50% NaOH solution, and the specimen surface was analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. A combined addition of chromium and molybdenum to amorphous nickel-phosphorus alloys significantly enhances the corrosion resistance. Addition of copper and lead are also effective in improving the corrosion resistance. The surface film formed on amorphous nickel-base alloys consists mainly of hydrated nickel oxyhydroxide. Chromium is concentrated in the...

  3. Influence of thermal treatment of Ni-P melt on structure of amorphous alloys

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    Miskuf, J; Csach, K; Ocelik, Vaclav; Tabachnikova, ED; Bengus, VZ; Popel, PS; Sidorov, VE

    2004-01-01

    The structure of amorphous metallic glasses prepared by rapid melt quenching on the rotating drum is sensitive to processing parameters. Many physical properties of amorphous metallic alloys (magnetic, electric and mechanical) are also dependent on the structure. Morphology of fracture surfaces for

  4. Structural relaxation and low-field magnetic properties of bulk amorphous Fe{sub 75-x}Al{sub 5}P{sub 11}Ga{sub x}B{sub 4}C{sub 5} (x=0, 2 or 5) alloys

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    Lukiewska, A. [Institute of Physics, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland)]. E-mail: aluk@mim.pcz.czest.pl; Zbroszczyk, J. [Institute of Physics, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Ciurzynska, W. [Institute of Physics, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Olszewski, J. [Institute of Physics, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Pawlik, P. [Institute of Physics, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Hasiak, M. [Institute of Physics, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Nabialek, M. [Institute of Physics, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Swierczek, J. [Institute of Physics, Czestochowa University of Technology, Al. Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Czestochowa (Poland); Lukiewski, M. [ELHAND Transformers, ul. PCK 22, 42-700 Lubliniec (Poland)

    2006-09-15

    Structure relaxations and low-field magnetic properties of the thick amorphous Fe{sub 75-x}Al{sub 5}P{sub 11}Ga{sub x}B{sub 4}C{sub 5} (x=0, 2 or 5) ribbons subjected to accumulative annealing below the crystallization temperature are investigated. From Mossbauer spectroscopy studies we have found that the average hyperfine field slighty increases after the heat treatment of the samples due to structure relaxations. The intensity of the magnetic susceptibility disaccommodation decreases with the thickness of ribbons. It may be connected with annealing out of some free volumes during the sample preparation. Moreover, we have stated that core losses of the investigated alloys are comparable with those of conventional amorphous materials.

  5. 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.

  6. Formation and thermal stability of amorphous Ti-Si-C alloys

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    Naka, M. [Joining and Welding Research Inst., Osaka (Japan); Sakai, H. [Osaka University, Osaka 565 (Japan); Maeda, M. [Joining and Welding Research Inst., Osaka (Japan); Mori, H. [Research Center for Ultra-High Voltage Electronmicroscopy, Osaka University, Osaka 565 (Japan)

    1997-06-15

    The crystallization behavior of Ti-Si-C ternary amorphous alloys sputtered in low-pressure argon was investigated by measuring differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) curves. The crystallized microstructures of Ti-Si-C amorphous alloys were observed by in-situ heating in a hot stage of an electron microscope. Ti-46at.%Si-32at.%C amorphous alloy crystallizes to fine grains composed of {beta}-SiC and TiSi{sub 2}. Ti-14at.%Si-20at.%C amorphous alloy crystallizes to fine grains composed of TiC and Ti{sub 5}Si{sub 3}. Although the carbon improves the thermal stability of the Ti-Si-C ternary alloys, the silicon degrades the thermal stability of the alloys. The amorphous alloys containing compositions corresponding to carbosilicide or carbide such as Ti{sub 5}Si{sub 3}C{sub x}, Ti{sub 3}SiC{sub 2} or SiC possess high thermal stability and high hardness values. (orig.)

  7. Transformers with amorphous alloy nucleus in distribution system; Transformadores com nucleo de liga amorfa em sistemas de distribuicao

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    Luciano, Benedito Antonio; Freire, Raimundo Carlos Silverio [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), PB (Brazil); Bezerra, Reno Barroso [Industria de Transformadores Itaipu, Campinas, SP (Brazil); Inacio, Renato Cucatu [Companhia de Energia Eletrica do Estado do Tocantins (CELTINS), TO (Brazil)

    2010-01-15

    This paper compares the performance of amorphous alloy nucleus with oriented grain silicon steel alloy, related to losses, energy efficiency and energy quality. Besides, are highlighted the process obtention of the amorphous alloys and the electric, magnetic and mechanicals, magneto thermal treatment, effect of oxidation properties, and etc. (author)

  8. Prediction of heating rate controlled viscous flow activation energy during spark plasma sintering of amorphous alloy powders

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    Paul, Tanaji; Harimkar, Sandip P.

    2017-07-01

    The viscous flow behavior of Fe-based amorphous alloy powder during isochronal spark plasma sintering was analyzed under the integrated theoretical background of the Arrhenius and directional structural relaxation models. A relationship between viscous flow activation energy and heating rate was derived. An extension of the pertinent analysis to Ti-based amorphous alloys confirmed the broad applicability of such a relationship for predicting the activation energy for sintering below the glass transition temperature (T g) of the amorphous alloy powders.

  9. High Thermoelectric Performance of Nanostructured Bismuth Antimony Telluride Bulk Alloys.

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    Poudel, B.; Hao, Q.; Ma, Y.; Minnich, A.; Muto, A.; Lan, Y. C.; Yu, B.; Yan, X.; Wang, D. Z.; Vashaee, D.; Chen, X. Y.; Dresselhaus, M. S.; Chen, G.; Ren, Z. F.

    2008-03-01

    Bismuth Telluride and its alloys are best thermoelectric materials for near room temperature applications like refrigeration and waste heat recovery. We have been pursuing an approach of random nanostructures in bulk to improve ZT of these materials. Here we report that ZT values of these random nanostructured materials were improved significantly over the state-of-the-art values. Experimental data coupled with microstructure studies and modeling shows that the ZT improvement mainly comes from a lower thermal conductivity because of the increased phonon scattering by defects and grain boundaries. Significantly improved power generation and cooling data produced from these samples confirmed the high ZT values.

  10. Effect Of Low-Temperature Annealing On The Properties Of Ni-P Amorphous Alloys Deposited Via Electroless Plating

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    Zhao Guanlin

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Amorphous Ni-P alloys were prepared via electroless plating and annealing at 200°C at different times to obtain different microstructures. The effects of low-temperature annealing on the properties of amorphous Ni-P alloys were studied. The local atomic structure of the annealed amorphous Ni-P alloys was analyzed by calculating the atomic pair distribution function from their X-ray diffraction patterns. The results indicate that the properties of the annealed amorphous Ni-P alloys are closely related to the order atomic cluster size. However, these annealed Ni-P alloys maintained their amorphous structure at different annealing times. The variation in microhardness is in agreement with the change in cluster size. By contrast, the corrosion resistance of the annealed alloys in 3.5 wt% NaCl solution increases with the decrease in order cluster size.

  11. Effects of the addition of Co, Ni or Cr on the decolorization properties of Fe-Si-B amorphous alloys

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    Zhang, Changqin; Zhu, Zhengwang; Zhang, Haifeng

    2017-11-01

    Fe-based amorphous alloys show great potential in degrading azo dyes and other organic pollutants, and are widely investigated as a kind of environmental-friendly materials for wastewater remediation. In this paper, the effects of Co, Ni or Cr addition on the decolorization properties of Fe-Si-B amorphous alloys were studied, and the mechanism of their different effects was analyzed. Co addition could lower the activation energy of Fe-Si-B amorphous alloys in decolorizing azo dyes, and had no weakening effect on the decolorization capability of Fe-Si-B amorphous alloys. Ni addition led to partial crystallization of Fe-Si-B amorphous alloys, and the decolorization mechanism at low temperatures changed from chemical degradation to physical adsorption. Cr addition could enhance the corrosion resistance of Fe-Si-B amorphous alloys, but the amorphous alloys completely lost the decolorization capability no matter at lower or higher temperatures. The results of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) indicated that the addition of Co, Ni or Cr could generate different surface structures that had significant influences on the decolorization process. Our work demonstrated that the effiecient decolorization of azo dyes by Fe-based alloys could be realized only when amorphous nature and incompact surface structure were simultaneously achieved for the alloys.

  12. CO_2 Methanation Catalysts Prepared from Amorphous Ni-Valve Metal Alloys Containing Platinum Group Elements

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    Ken-ichiro, Wakuda; Hiroki, Habazaki; Asahi, Kawashima; Katsuhiko, Asami; Koji, Hashimoto; Institute for Materials Research

    1993-01-01

    The amorphous Ni-valve metal (Ti, Zr, Nb and Ta) alloys containing a few at% of platinum group elements were activated by immersion into hydrofluoric acid and used for hydrogenation of carbon dioxide at 100-300℃. This surface activation led to formation of nanocrystalline surface alloys with high surface area, and to surface enrichment of platinum group elements on the titanium-, niobium- and tantalum-containing alloys, but not on the zirconium-containing alloys. The surface of the latter all...

  13. Diffusion and viscous flow in bulk glass forming alloys

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    Bartsch, A.; Zoellmer, V.; Raetzke, K. [Institut fuer Materialwissenschaft - Materialverbunde, Technische Fakultaet, Christian-Albrechts Universitaet zu Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, 24143 Kiel (Germany); Meyer, A. [Institut fuer Materialphysik im Weltraum, Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR), 51170 Koeln (Germany); Faupel, F., E-mail: ff@tf.uni-kiel.de [Institut fuer Materialwissenschaft - Materialverbunde, Technische Fakultaet, Christian-Albrechts Universitaet zu Kiel, Kaiserstr. 2, 24143 Kiel (Germany)

    2011-06-15

    Research highlights: > We measured radiotracer diffusivities of all components in a Pd{sub 43}Cu{sub 27}Ni{sub 10}P{sub 20} melt. > We see a vast decoupling between the diffusivity of Pd and of the smaller components at T{sub g}. > We see no decoupling between Pd diffusion and viscous flow. > The Stokes-Einstein equations holds for Pd in the hole supercooled range. > Pd forms a slow subsystem. - Abstract: We review radiotracer diffusion and isotope measurements in bulk glass forming alloys from the glassy state to the equilibrium melt and compare diffusion and viscous flow. In the glassy as well as in the deeply supercooled state below the critical temperature T{sub c}, where the mode coupling theory predicts a freezing-in of liquid-like motion, very small isotope effects indicate a highly collective hopping mechanism. Not only in the glassy state but also in the supercooled state below T{sub c} the temperature dependence of diffusion is Arrhenius-like with an effective activation enthalpy. A clear decoupling takes place between the diffusivities of the individual components of the alloys and between time scales related to diffusive transport and viscous flow. While the component decoupling is small for the smaller components a vast decoupling of more than 4 orders of magnitude is observed in Pd-Cu-Ni-P alloys between the diffusivity of the large majority component Pd and of the smaller components at the glass transition temperature T{sub g}. The diffusivities of all components merge close to the critical temperature T{sub c} of mode coupling theory. Above T{sub c}, the onset of liquid-like motion is directly evidenced by a gradual drop of the effective activation energy. This strongly supports the mode coupling scenario. The isotope effect measurements show atomic transport up to the equilibrium melt to be far away from the regime of uncorrelated binary collisions. For Pd, in contrast to the behavior of single component molecular glass formers, the Stokes

  14. Mechanical properties of amorphous alloys ribbons prepared by rapid quenching of the melt after different thermal treatments before quenching

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    Tabachnikova, ED; Bengus, VZ; Egorov, D V; Tsepelev, VS; Ocelik, Vaclav

    1997-01-01

    The mechanical properties of amorphous alloy are greatly influenced by the thermal treatment of its melt before rapid quenching. The strength and the fracture toughness of some amorphous alloys obtained after melt beating above the melt critical temperature T-CR are essentially higher than those

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

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    Zhuang, Yanxin; Jiang, Jianzhong; Lin, Z. G.

    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......)La-3-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...

  16. Extreme instability of magnetic Fe-moment in amorphous alloys under pressure

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    Kamarád, J.; Míšek, M.; Arnold, Z.

    2017-10-01

    The effect of high hydrostatic pressure on magnetization of the selected Fe-, FeNi-, FeCr- and FeW-based amorphous alloys has been studied in pressure range up to 1.2 GPa. The very strong non-linear decrease of magnetization under pressure was observed in all the studied alloys, with the extreme value of dlnM/dP = - 780*10-3 GPa-1 in the case of the amorphous Fe93Zr7 alloy. Moreover, the spin glass behaviour of the alloy at temperatures below 50 K has been strongly changed by pressure. The received results support the theoretical concepts based on a dominant role of the pressure-induced widening of the 3d-band of transition metals under high pressure.

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

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    2015-11-27

    Nov 27, 2015 ... 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 ...

  18. ANALYSIS OF REVERSIBLE STRUCTURAL RELAXATION IN AMORPHOUS-ALLOYS WITH THE ACTIVATION-ENERGY SPECTRUM MODEL

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    HARUYAMA, O; Ocelik, Vaclav; ASAHI, N

    1995-01-01

    The reversible structural relaxation, which was induced by annealing treatment at about 150 K below the crystallization temperature, has been confirmed by a measurement of the residual electrical resistance at liquid-N-2 temperature for amorphous Ni68Cr14B18 and Co50Cr30B20 alloys. The temperature

  19. Pressure effects on Al89La6Ni5 amorphous alloy crystallization

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

    2000-01-01

    (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...... potential barrier and the diffusion activation energy under pressure. (C) 2000 American Institute of Physics....

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

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    Linderoth, Søren; Mørup, Steen

    1991-01-01

    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...

  1. Corrosion Behavior of Amorphous Nickel-Valve Metal Alloys in Boiling Concentrated Nitric and Hydrochloric Acids

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    Kazuo, SHIMAMURA; Asahi, Kawashima; Katsuhiko, Asami; Koji, Hashimoto; Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co., Ltd.; The Research Institute for Iron, Steel and Other Metals

    1986-01-01

    The corrosion behavior of amorphous nickel-base alloys containing titanium, zirconium, niobium, tantalum and/or phosphorus in boiling 9 N HNO_3 solutions with and without Cr^ ion and in a boiling 6 N HCl solution was investigated. In boiling 9 N HNO_3 solutions alloys containing 20 at% or more tantalum were immune to corrosion, maintaining the metallic luster, and Ni-40~60Nb alloys showed low corrosion rates of the order of μm/year. In the boiling 6 N HCl solution only tantalum-containing all...

  2. Corrosion Behavior of Amorphous Nickel-Valve Metal Alloys in Boiling Concentrated Nitric and Hydrochloric Acids

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    Shimamura, Kazuo; Kawashima, Asahi; ASAMI, Katsuhiko; Hashimoto, Koji

    1986-01-01

    The corrosion behavior of amorphous nickel-base alloys containing titanium, zirconium, niobium, tantalum and/or phosphorus in boiling 9 N HNO_3 solutions with and without Cr^ ion and in a boiling 6 N HCl solution was investigated. In boiling 9 N HNO_3 solutions alloys containing 20 at% or more tantalum were immune to corrosion, maintaining the metallic luster, and Ni-40?60Nb alloys showed low corrosion rates of the order of μm/year. In the boiling 6 N HCl solution only tantalum-containing all...

  3. 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.

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

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

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    2012-06-20

    microanalyzer ( EPMA , JEOL JAX-8800). The crystallographic structures of as-deposited and annealed metallic films were characterized utilizing a glancing...alloy thin films were investigated with transmission electron microscope (JEM-2100F). 5    III. Results and Discussion 1. EPMA and XRD analyses...analyzed by EPMA , as listed in Table 1. It confirms that compositions of NbSiTaTiZr alloy films under various states are very close to our

  6. 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)

  7. Properties of hydrogenated amorphous germanium nitrogen alloys prepared by reactive sputtering

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    Honma, I.; Kawai, H.; Komiyama, H.; Tanaka, K.

    1989-02-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous germanium-nitrogen alloys (a-GeNx:H) were synthesized as a new group of amorphous semiconductors by rf(13.56 MHz) reactive sputtering of a Ge target in a gas mixture of Ar+N2+H2 under a variety of deposition conditions such as gas ratio, rf-discharge power, and substrate temperature. Structural, optical, and electrical properties of those a-GeNx:H alloys were systematically measured and are discussed in relation to their preparation conditions. The optical band gap E04 of a-GeNx:H alloys could be continuously controlled in the range from 1.1 eV to 3.3 eV primarily depending on the atomic N/Ge ratio in the film. The role of hydrogen and nitrogen in the optical and electrical properties of the material is also crucially demonstrated.

  8. Mg-based amorphous alloys for decolorization of azo dyes

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    Zhang, Changqin; Zhu, Zhengwang; Zhang, Haifeng

    The authors recently found that Mg-based amorphous ribbons had a prominent effect on the decolorization of azo dyes. Direct Blue 2B and Acid Orange II solutions of 100 mg/L could be decolorized nearly completely by the ribbons within 30 min. Decolorization mechanism was discussed briefly, and kinetic analysis based on the experimental data indicated that physical adsorption and reductive degradation for the azo dye solutions mediated by Mg63Cu16.8Ag11.2Er9 amorphous ribbons could proceed in an elegant and rapid manner. This new finding seems attractive, valuable and promising for the raw effluent generated by textile dye manufacturing company in the future.

  9. Amorphous metallic alloys for oxygen reduction reaction in a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell

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    Gonzalez-Huerta, R.; Guerra-Martinez, I.; Lopez, J.S. [Inst. Politecnico Nacional, ESIQIE, Mexico City (Mexico). Lab. de Electroquimica; Pierna, A.R. [Basque Country Univ., San Sebastian (Spain). Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Environment; Solorza-Feria, O. [Inst. Politenico Nacional, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados, Mexico City (Mexico). Dept. de Quimica

    2010-07-15

    Direct methanol fuel cells (DMFC) and polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFC) represent an important, environmentally clean energy source. This has motivated extensive research on the synthesis, characterization and evaluation of novel and stable oxygen reduction electrocatalysts for the direct four-electron transfer process to water formation. Studies have shown that amorphous alloyed compounds can be used as electrode materials in electrochemical energy conversion devices. Their use in PEMFCs can optimize the electrocatalyst loading in the membrane electrode assembly (MEA). In this study, amorphous metallic PtSn, PtRu and PtRuSn alloys were synthesized by mechanical milling and used as cathodes for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in sulphuric acid and in a single PEM fuel cell. Two different powder morphologies were observed before and after the chemical activation in a hydrofluoric acid (HF) solution at 25 degrees C. The kinetics of the ORR on the amorphous catalysts were investigated. The study showed that the amorphous metallic PtSn electrocatalyst was the most active of the 3 electrodes for the cathodic reaction. Fuel cell experiments were conducted at various temperatures at 30 psi for hydrogen (H{sub 2}) and at 34 psi for oxygen (O{sub 2}). MEAs made of Nafion 115 and amorphous metallic PtSn dispersed on carbon powder in a PEMFC had a power density of 156 mW per cm{sup 2} at 0.43V and 80 degrees C. 12 refs., 1 tab., 5 figs.

  10. Hyperfine interactions and some thermomagnetic properties of amorphous FeZr(CrNbBCu alloys

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    Łukiewska Agnieszka

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available In this research, we studied the magnetic phase transition by Mössbauer spectroscopy and using vibrating sample magnetometer for amorphous Fe86-xZr7CrxNb2Cu1B4 (x = 0 or 6 alloys in the as-quenched state and after accumulative annealing in the temperature range 600-750 K. The Mössbauer investigations were carried out at room and nitrogen temperatures. The Mössbauer spectra of the investigated alloys at room temperature are characteristic of amorphous paramagnets and have a form of asymmetric doublets. However, at nitrogen temperature, the alloys behave like ferromagnetic amorphous materials. The two components are distinguished in the spectrum recorded at both room and nitrogen temperatures. The low field component in the distribution of hyperfine field induction shifts towards higher field with the annealing temperature. It is assumed that during annealing at higher temperature, due to diffusion processes, the grains of α-Fe are created in the area corresponding to this component. Both investigated alloys show the invar effect and the decrease of hyperfine field induction after annealing at 600 K for 10 min is observed. It is accompanied by the lowering of Curie temperature.

  11. Properties of amorphous FeCoB alloy particles (abstract)

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

    1988-01-01

    . 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...... by The American Institute of Physics....

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

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    Wu, Y.F.; Chiang, Wen-Chi; Chu, J.

    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 Pd40Ni40P20...... and mainly consists of inert Pd5P2, NI3P, Ni2Pd2P and noble Pd phases. These inert and noble properties result in a higher corrosion resistance in crystalline Pd40Ni40P20....

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

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    Shui, Lu-Yu; Yan, Biao

    2014-04-01

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

  14. Solid solution and amorphous phase in Ti–Nb–Ta–Mn systems synthesized by mechanical alloying

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    Aguilar, C., E-mail: claudio.aguilar@usm.cl [Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Materiales, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Guzman, P. [Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica y Materiales, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Lascano, S. [Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Parra, C. [Departamento de Física, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, Valparaíso (Chile); Bejar, L. [Instituto de Investigaciones Metalúrgicas, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Ciudad Universitaria, Morelia C.P. 58000, Michoacán (Mexico); Medina, A. [Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 58000, Michoacán (Mexico); Guzman, D. [Departamento de Metalurgia, Universidad de Atacama, Av. España 485, Copiapó (Chile)

    2016-06-15

    This work discusses the formation of Ti–30Nb–13Ta–xMn (x: 2, 4 and 6 wt%) solid solution by mechanical alloying using a shaker mill. A solid solution was formed after 15 h of milling and an amorphous phase was formed after 30 h of milling, according to X-ray diffraction results. Disappearance of strongest X-ray diffraction peaks of Nb, Ta and Mn indicated the formation of solid solution, while, X-ray diffraction patterns of powders milled for 30 h showed an amorphous hump with crystalline peaks in the angular range of 35–45° in 2θ. TEM image analysis showed the presence of nanocrystalline intermetallic compounds embedded in an amorphous matrix. Mn{sub 2}Ti, MnTi and NbTi{sub 4} intermetallic compounds were detected and revealed crystallites with size ranging from 3 to 20 nm. The Gibbs free energy for the formation of solid solution and amorphous phase of three ternary systems (Ti–Nb–Ta, Ti–Nb–Mn and Ti–Ta–Mn) was calculated using extended Miedema's model. Experimental and thermodynamic data confirmed that solid solution was first formed in the alloy with 6wt% Mn followed by the formation of an amorphous phase as milling time increases. The presence of Mn promoted the formation of amorphous phase because the atomic radius difference between Mn with Ti, Nb and Ta. - Highlights: • Thermodynamics analysis of extension of solid solution of the Ti–Nb–Ta–Mn system. • Formation of amorphous phase and intermetallic compounds were observed. • Nanocrystalline intermetallic compounds were formed with the sizes between 3 and 20 nm.

  15. Magnetocaloric effect in amorphous and partially crystallized Fe40Ni38Mo4B18 alloys

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    T. Thanveer

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available A study of magnetocaloric effect in amorphous and partially crystallized Fe40Ni38Mo4B18 alloys is reported. Amorphous Fe40Ni38Mo4B18, near its magnetic ordering temperature (600K showed a magnetic entropy change ΔSM of 1.1 J/KgK and a relative cooling power of 36J/Kg in a field change of 10 kOe. Amorphous samples were partially crystallized by annealing at 700 K at different time intervals. Partially crystallized samples showed two distinct magnetic ordering temperature, one corresponding to the precipitated FeNi nanocrystals and the other one corresponding to the boron rich amorphous matrix. Magnetic ordering temperature of the residual amorphous matrix got shifted to the lower temperatures on increasing the annealing duration. Partially crystallised samples showed a magnetic entropy change of about 0.27J/kgK near the magnetic ordering temperature of the amorphous matrix (540K in a field change of 10 kOe. The decrease in ΔSM on partial crystallisation is attributed to the biphasic magnetic nature of the sample.

  16. Band gap tuning of amorphous Al oxides by Zr alloying

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    Canulescu, Stela; Jones, N. C.; Borca, C. N.

    2016-01-01

    The optical band gap and electronic structure of amorphous Al-Zr mixed oxides, with Zr content ranging from4.8 to 21.9% were determined using vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Thelight scattering by the nano-porous structure of alumina at low wavelengths was estima......The optical band gap and electronic structure of amorphous Al-Zr mixed oxides, with Zr content ranging from4.8 to 21.9% were determined using vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS). Thelight scattering by the nano-porous structure of alumina at low wavelengths...... was estimated based on the Miescattering theory. The dependence of the optical band gap of the Al-Zr mixed oxides on Zr content deviatesfrom linearity and decreases from 7.3 eV for pure anodized Al2O3 to 6.45 eV for Al-Zr mixed oxide with Zrcontent of 21.9%. With increasing Zr content, the conduction band...... minimum changes non-linearly as well.Fitting of the energy band gap values resulted in a bowing parameter of 2 eV. The band gap bowing of themixed oxides is assigned to the presence of the Zr d-electron states localized below the conduction bandminimum of anodized Al2O3....

  17. New aspect of ultrasonic detection of some significant structural parameters of amorphous Se-Te alloys

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    Kostial, P.; Malik, L. (Technical Univ. of Transport and Communication Engineering, Zilina (Czechoslovakia)); Both, L. (Meopta, Bratislava (Czechoslovakia))

    1983-12-16

    Measurements of the ultrasonic attenuation and transit time as a function of temperature in amorphous Se/sub 1-x/Te/sub x/ alloys (x = 1, 3, 10, and 20 at%) are made. There is a remarkable change in the slope of the ultrasonic transit time curve at 31 /sup 0/C (T/sub 1/) and a corresponding maximum in ultrasonic attenuation. The point T/sub 1/ is independent of the Te concentration. The second point T/sub 2/ found from curves shifts to higher temperatures with increase of the Te content. T/sub 2/ is identified as glass transition point of the alloy.

  18. Multifractal spectra of atomic force microscope images of amorphous electroless Ni Cu P alloy

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    Yu, Hui-Sheng; Sun, Xia; Luo, Shou-Fu; Wang, Yong-Rui; Wu, Zi-Qin

    2002-05-01

    The surface topographies of Si/TiN/Pd substrate and amorphous electroless Ni-13.1 wt.% Cu-9.3 wt.% P alloy deposited for various times were measured by atomic force microscope (AFM). Multifractal spectra f( α) show that the longer the deposition time, the wider the spectrum, and the larger the Δ f (Δ f= f( αmin)- f( αmax)). It is apparent that the nonuniformity of the height distribution increases with the increasing deposition time, and the nodules of Ni-Cu-P alloy grow in both horizontal and vertical way. These results show that the AFM images can be characterized by the multifractal spectra.

  19. 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 crystalliza......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...

  20. 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).

  1. Determination of activation energy for crystallizations in Ni-Cu-P amorphous alloys

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    Yu, Jinku; Qiao, Qi; Niu, Dongying; Jia, Qihua; Wang, Dongdong; Liu, Runhai

    2012-09-01

    The effect of plastic deformation on the crystallization kinetics of the ternary Ni-Cu-P amorphous alloy coatings prepared by electroless plating was investigated using differential scanning calorimetry. It was shown that the effective crystallization activation energy of the amorphous coatings is pronouncedly affected by the plastic deformation, indicating a decreasing tendency with deformation, the effective activation energy decreases from 199.02 to 163.71 kJ mol-1 as the plastic deformation from 0% to 40%. And, accordingly, this leads to the decrease of crystallization temperature. Analyses were presented to discuss the possible mechanism for the notable effects of plastic deformation on the crystallization kinetics of the amorphous coatings.

  2. Fabrication and mechanical behavior of bulk nanoporous Cu via chemical de-alloying of Cu–Al alloys

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    Chen, Fei, E-mail: chenfei027@gmail.com [State Key Lab of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Chen, Xi; Zou, Lijie; Yao, Yao; Lin, Yaojun; Shen, Qiang [State Key Lab of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China); Lavernia, Enrique J. [Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, CA 92697 (United States); Zhang, Lianmeng, E-mail: lmzhang@whut.edu.cn [State Key Lab of Advanced Technology for Materials Synthesis and Processing, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430070 (China)

    2016-04-13

    We report on a study of the influence of microstructure on the mechanical behavior of bulk nanoporous Cu fabricated by chemical de-alloying of Cu{sub 50}Al{sub 50}, Cu{sub 40}Al{sub 60}, Cu{sub 33}Al{sub 67} and Cu{sub 30}Al{sub 70} (at%) alloys. The precursor Cu–Al alloys were fabricated using arc melting and bulk nanoporous Cu was obtained by subsequent de-alloying of Cu–Al alloys in 20 wt% NaOH aqueous solution at a temperature of 65 °C. We studied the microstructure of the precursor Cu–Al alloys, as well as that of the as de-alloyed bulk nanoporous Cu, using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrometry. Moreover, the compressive strength of bulk nanoporous Cu was measured and the relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties was studied. Our results show that the microstructure of bulk nanoporous Cu is characterized by bi-continuous interpenetrating ligament-channels with a ligament size of 130±20 nm (for Cu{sub 50}Al{sub 50}), 170±20 nm (for Cu{sub 40}Al{sub 60}) and 160±10 nm (for Cu{sub 33}Al{sub 67}). Interestingly the microstructure of de-alloyed Cu{sub 30}Al{sub 70} is bimodal with nanopores (100's nm) and interspersed featureless regions a few microns in size. The compressive strength increased with decreasing volume fraction of porosity; as porosity increased 56.3±2% to 73.9±2%, the compressive strength decreased from 17.18±1 MPa to 2.71±0.5 MPa.

  3. Co-based soft magnetic bulk glassy alloys optimized for glass ...

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    diameter of 5 mm by conventional copper mould casting method. It reveals that the substitution of a small amount of Mo for Nb makes the composition to approach a eutectic point and effectively enhances the GFA of alloy. In addition to high GFA .... often reflect the local viscous flow of amorphous metals and only occur in ...

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

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

    2013-02-28

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

  5. An insulating-conductive transition driven by partial crystallization of amorphous Zn–Sn–O alloy

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    Lee, Ling, E-mail: leeling@thu.edu.tw [Center of Nanoscience and Technology, Tunghai University, Taichung 40704, Taiwan (China); Kao, Rie-Hung [Department of Electrical and Engineering and Graduated Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, Tatung University, Taipei 10452, Taiwan (China); Yang, Chu-Shou, E-mail: csyang@ttu.edu.tw [Department of Electrical and Engineering and Graduated Institute of Electro-Optical Engineering, Tatung University, Taipei 10452, Taiwan (China); Ku, Ching-Shun; Lee, Hsin-Yi [National Synchrotron Radiation Research Center, Hsinchu 30076, Taiwan (China)

    2016-07-05

    An insulating-conductive transition of Zn–Sn–O alloy is succeeded in this work driven by the partial crystallization out of the amorphous surrounding. The optimized room temperature mobility of 48 cm{sup 2} V{sup −1} s{sup −1} and surface roughness of 0.3 nm are achieved in a 125-nm-thick film with a Sn cation composition of 0.44. To our knowledge, the mobility is superior to typical values of transparent conductive oxides under the criterion of a surface roughness less than 1 nm. Moreover, a proper mechanism that an oxygen-deficient amorphous surrounding with a strong ns-orbital overlapping of cations induced by the partial crystallization is the origin of the insulating-conductive transition has been demonstrated through synchrotron radiation experiments. In brief, the mechanism revealed in this work could provide effective information for new potentialities of fabricating transparent electrodes. - Highlights: • An insulating-conductive transition is demonstrated in Zn–Sn–O alloy. • Partial crystallization induces oxygen-dificient amorphous surrounding. • Electron mobility is promoted in the Sn-rich amorphous surrounding. • Both the high mobility and low surface roughness are achieved.

  6. Thermoelectric power studies in liquid quenched amorphous alloys

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    Naqvi, S. M. M. R.; Rizvi, S. D. H.; Raza, S. M.; Rizvi, S.; Hussain, A.; Rahman, F.

    1999-04-01

    Thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements were carried out on six samples of LQA alloys from two different series, namely FeZr and Fe(Co)B, at relatively low temperatures. A profile of the TEP shows a Gaussian trend in our observations for each specimen. The scattering centres are the major contributors to the residual TEP. Ziman theoretical model was used to estimate TEP; it is found that Ziman Theory fails to account for quantitative TEP measurements, at relatively low temperatures (77< T<300 K).

  7. High Speed Cinematography of Cracks Spreading under Failure of Amorphous Metallic Alloys

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    Tabachnikova, Elena

    2000-03-01

    Amorphous metallic alloys are unique high strength materials that under low temperature straining (300 - 77 K) are absolutely thermomechanically unstable against the catastrophic plastic shear. Its velocity is close to the transverse sound velocity ct. That is why experimental studying of shear crack propagation in amorphous alloy ribbons at low temperatures needs high-speed methods of observations. Samples of the NI78Si8B14 and Fe70Ni10B20 amorphous alloys ribbons were tensile tested in a pulse testing mashine. The motion of the main crack front during ductile shear failure was studied by means of a high-speed film camera (SFR-2M) with a frame frequency of 2x106 s-1. Loading of the sample was synchronized with both the pulse light source and the high-speed camera. Results of observations: a) the velocity of of shear crack propagation is close to the maximum theoretical limit 0.9 ct; b) a pulsating motion of of the crack is observed with a retardation of crack motion at the moment of branching or changing the orientation of the crack surface that became faceted; the process of shear crack propagation is step-like.

  8. New Approaches to the Computer Simulation of Amorphous Alloys: A Review

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    Fernando Alvarez-Ramirez

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available In this work we review our new methods to computer generate amorphous atomic topologies of several binary alloys: SiH, SiN, CN; binary systems based on group IV elements like SiC; the GeSe2 chalcogenide; aluminum-based systems: AlN and AlSi, and the CuZr amorphous alloy. We use an ab initio approach based on density functionals and computationally thermally-randomized periodically-continued cells with at least 108 atoms. The computational thermal process to generate the amorphous alloys is the undermelt-quench approach, or one of its variants, that consists in linearly heating the samples to just below their melting (or liquidus temperatures, and then linearly cooling them afterwards. These processes are carried out from initial crystalline conditions using short and long time steps. We find that a step four-times the default time step is adequate for most of the simulations. Radial distribution functions (partial and total are calculated and compared whenever possible with experimental results, and the agreement is very good. For some materials we report studies of the effect of the topological disorder on their electronic and vibrational densities of states and on their optical properties.

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

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    Borrego, J.M., E-mail: jmborrego@us.es [Dpto. Física de la Materia Condensada, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, C.S.I.C., Universidad de Sevilla, P.O. Box 1065, 41080 Sevilla (Spain); Blázquez, J.S. [Dpto. Física de la Materia Condensada, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, C.S.I.C., Universidad de Sevilla, P.O. Box 1065, 41080 Sevilla (Spain); Lozano-Pérez, S.; Kim, J.S. [Department of Materials, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PH (United Kingdom); Conde, C.F.; Conde, A. [Dpto. Física de la Materia Condensada, Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales, C.S.I.C., Universidad de Sevilla, P.O. Box 1065, 41080 Sevilla (Spain)

    2014-01-25

    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, T{sub p}, and Curie temperature, T{sub C}, 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.

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

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    Lollobrigida, V. [Dipartimento di Scienze, Università Roma Tre, I-00146 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università Roma Tre, I-00146 Rome (Italy); Basso, V.; Kuepferling, M.; Coïsson, M.; Olivetti, E. S.; Celegato, F. [Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRIM), I-10135 Torino (Italy); Borgatti, F. [CNR, Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati (ISMN), I-40129 Bologna (Italy); Torelli, P.; Panaccione, G. [CNR, Istituto Officina dei Materiali (IOM), Lab. TASC, I-34149 Trieste (Italy); Tortora, L. [Laboratorio di Analisi di Superficie, Dipartimento di Matematica e Fisica, Università Roma Tre, I-00146 Rome (Italy); Dipartimento di Ingegneria Meccanica, Università Tor Vergata, I-00133 Rome (Italy); Stefani, G.; Offi, F. [Dipartimento di Scienze, Università Roma Tre, I-00146 Rome (Italy)

    2014-05-28

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

  11. Band gap tuning of amorphous Al oxides by Zr alloying

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    Canulescu, S., E-mail: stec@fotonik.dtu.dk; Schou, J. [Department of Photonics Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Jones, N. C.; Hoffmann, S. V. [ISA, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Aarhus University, 8000 Aarhus (Denmark); Borca, C. N.; Piamonteze, C. [Swiss Light Source, Paul Scherrer Institut, 5232 Villigen PSI (Switzerland); Rechendorff, K.; Nielsen, L. P.; Almtoft, K. P. [Danish Technological Institute, Kongsvang Alle 29, 8000 Aarhus (Denmark); Gudla, V. C.; Bordo, K.; Ambat, R. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, 2800 Kgs-Lyngby (Denmark)

    2016-08-29

    The optical band gap and electronic structure of amorphous Al-Zr mixed oxides with Zr content ranging from 4.8 to 21.9% were determined using vacuum ultraviolet and X-ray absorption spectroscopy. The light scattering by the nano-porous structure of alumina at low wavelengths was estimated based on the Mie scattering theory. The dependence of the optical band gap of the Al-Zr mixed oxides on the Zr content deviates from linearity and decreases from 7.3 eV for pure anodized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} to 6.45 eV for Al-Zr mixed oxides with a Zr content of 21.9%. With increasing Zr content, the conduction band minimum changes non-linearly as well. Fitting of the energy band gap values resulted in a bowing parameter of ∼2 eV. The band gap bowing of the mixed oxides is assigned to the presence of the Zr d-electron states localized below the conduction band minimum of anodized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3}.

  12. Role of Alloying Additions in Glass Formation and Properties of Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Na Chen

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Alloying addition, as a means of improving mechanical properties and saving on costs of materials, has been applied to a broad range of uses and products in the metallurgical fields. In the field of bulk metallic glasses (BMGs, alloying additions have also proven to play effective and important roles in promoting glass formation, enhancing thermal stability and improving plasticity of the materials. Here, we review the work on the role of alloying additions in glass formation and performance improvement of BMGs, with focus on our recent results of alloying additions in Pd-based BMGs.

  13. 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...... band gap of 7.3 eV, which is about ∼1.4 eV lower than its crystalline counterpart (single-crystal Al2O3). Upon Ti-alloying, extra bands appear within the band gap of amorphous Al2O3, mainly caused by Ti 3d orbitals localized at the Ti site....

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

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    S. Prasad

    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.

  15. Bulk amorphous alloys: Preparation and properties of (Mg0.98Al0.02)x(Cu0.75Y0.25)100-x

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    Eldrup, Morten Mostgaard; Pedersen, Allan Schrøder; Ohnuma, M.

    2000-01-01

    alloy. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) have been used to investigate the structure and the various structural transitions in the alloys. One observation is that the GFA decreases with increasing content of (Mg0.98Al0.02)(x). For x > similar to 75 at.% no amorphous...

  16. Composites of amorphous and nanocrystalline Zr–Cu–Al–Nb bulk materials synthesized by spark plasma sintering

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    Drescher, P., E-mail: philipp.drescher@uni-rostock.de [Fluidic Technology and Microfluidics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology, University of Rostock, 18059 Rostock (Germany); Witte, K. [Physics of New Materials, Institute of Physics, University of Rostock, 18051 Rostock (Germany); Yang, B. [Polymer Physics, Institute of Physics, University of Rostock, 18051 Rostock (Germany); Steuer, R.; Kessler, O. [Chair of Materials Science, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology, University of Rostock, 18059 Rostock (Germany); Burkel, E. [Physics of New Materials, Institute of Physics, University of Rostock, 18051 Rostock (Germany); Schick, C. [Polymer Physics, Institute of Physics, University of Rostock, 18051 Rostock (Germany); Seitz, H. [Fluidic Technology and Microfluidics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Marine Technology, University of Rostock, 18059 Rostock (Germany)

    2016-05-15

    The fabrication of Zr{sub 70}Cu{sub 24}Al{sub 4}Nb{sub 2} bulk metallic glass composite samples by spark plasma sintering (SPS) process has been successfully realized. The unique characteristics of bulk metallic glasses could lead to the possibility of future applications as new structural and functional materials. The densification of an amorphous Zr{sub 70}Cu{sub 24}Al{sub 4}Nb{sub 2} powder was realized in a systematic study changing the sintering temperature in the SPS process leading to stable composites characteristic of amorphous and nanocrystalline structures. X-ray diffractometry (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) as well as hardness tests were applied to determine the structural and mechanical properties of the sintered materials. A stable amorphous bulk metallic glass based on Zr{sub 70}Cu{sub 24}Al{sub 4}Nb{sub 2} with a low fraction of crystallites could be fabricated applying a nominal sintering temperature of 400 °C. Higher sintering temperatures lead to composites with high fractions of nanocrystalline material with porosities below 0.5%.

  17. Compaction of amorphous iron–boron powder

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    Hendriksen, Peter Vang; Mørup, Steen; Koch, Christian

    1993-01-01

    Large scale practical use of bulk amorphous alloys requires the capability of molding the material to a desired design, for instance by compaction of an amorphous powder. This is a difficult task because the sintering temperature is limited by the crystallization temperature of the alloy.1 Here w...... of density and structure on compaction pressure and compaction temperature. Journal of Applied Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics....

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

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

    2009-09-01

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

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

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    Kou, Hongchao; Hou, Xiaojiang; Zhang, Tiebang, E-mail: tiebangzhang@nwpu.edu.cn; Hu, Rui; Li, Jinshan; Xue, Xiangyi

    2013-06-15

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

  20. Amorphous palladium-silicon alloys for the oxidation of formic acid and formaldehyde. A voltammetric investigation

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    Correia A.N.

    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available The electrocatalytic oxidation of formic acid and formaldehyde on Pd and on amorphous Pd(Si was studied by cyclic voltammetry and the results compared with the literature for similar systems. The oxidation of HCOOH on Pd occurs through direct catalytic dehydrogenation via (:C(OH2ads while on Pd(Si this intermediate does not appear to be formed. This is a consequence of the presence of inert Si on the surface that diminishes the probability of adjacent free sites. At high HCOOH concentrations, that intermediate undergoes dehydration on the Pd surface and COads oxidation peak is observed. For HCHO, the oxidation mechanism on both electrode materials appears similar to that previously proposed for Pt. However, the oxides formed on the amorphous Pd(Si alloy are more reactive than those on Pd thus affecting the overall kinetics of the process for both organic molecules, a fact revealed by the increase in anodic currents observed in the voltammograms.

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

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

    2015-07-20

    Thermoelectrics, which transports heat for refrigeration or converts heat into electricity directly, is a key technology for renewable energy harvesting and solid-state refrigeration. Despite its importance, the widespread use of thermoelectric devices is constrained because of the low efficiency of thermoelectric bulk alloys. However, boundary engineering has been demonstrated as one of the most effective ways to enhance the thermoelectric performance of conventional thermoelectric materials such as Bi2 Te3 , PbTe, and SiGe alloys because their thermal and electronic transport properties can be manipulated separately by this approach. We review our recent progress on the enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit through boundary engineering together with the processing technologies for boundary engineering developed most recently using Bi2 Te3 -based bulk alloys. A brief discussion of the principles and current status of boundary-engineered bulk alloys for the enhancement of the thermoelectric figure of merit is presented. We focus mainly on (1) the reduction of the thermal conductivity by grain boundary engineering and (2) the reduction of thermal conductivity without deterioration of the electrical conductivity by phase boundary engineering. We also discuss the next potential approach using two boundary engineering strategies for a breakthrough in the area of bulk thermoelectric alloys. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  3. Computer modelling of spin distributions in amorphous RE-TM alloys

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    Sharma, Y. P.; Pickart, S. J.; Saw, C. K.

    1981-03-01

    Using the spatial coordinates from a previously described dense random packed model of a binary alloy, we have calculated the magnetic interference functions for two possible spin arrangements of amorphous TbFe2 for comparison with magnetic scattering data. The models investigated were ferromagnetic (all spins parallel) and ferrimagnetic (Tb and Fe spins antiparallel). Sensitivity of the interference function to changes in spin magnitudes and model size was also investigated. Although there are some differences between the calculated intensities from the two models, neither of them is in sufficiently good agreement with the data to be selected as definitive.

  4. NATO Advanced Research Workshop on 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...

  5. The Co-B Amorphous Alloy: A High Capacity Anode Material for an Alkaline Rechargeable Battery

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    Shujun Qiu

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available The Co-B amorphous alloys were prepared via a chemical reduction method by sodium borohydride, using three different cobalt salts (CoCl2·6H2O, CoSO4·7H2O, and Co(NO32·6H2O as sources of cobalt. As anode materials in alkaline rechargeable batteries, the Co-B alloy prepared from CoCl2·6H2O has a maximum specific discharge capacity of 844.6 mAh/g, and 306.4 mAh/g is retained even after 100 cycles at a discharge current of 100 mA/g. When Co(NO32·6H2O is used as a raw material, the formation of Co3(BO32 worsens the electrochemical properties of the sample, i.e., a maximum capacity of only 367.0 mAh/g.

  6. 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.

  7. Reactive wetting of amorphous silica by molten Al–Mg alloys and their interfacial structures

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    Shi, Laixin [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials (Ministry of Education), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, No. 5988 Renmin Street, Changchun 130025 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Shen, Ping, E-mail: shenping@jlu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials (Ministry of Education), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, No. 5988 Renmin Street, Changchun 130025 (China); Zhang, Dan [Editorial Office, Journal of Bionic Engineering, Jilin University, No. 5988 Renmin Street, Changchun 130025 (China); Jiang, Qichuan [Key Laboratory of Automobile Materials (Ministry of Education), Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Jilin University, No. 5988 Renmin Street, Changchun 130025 (China)

    2016-07-30

    Highlights: • The wettability improves with increasing Mg concentration and temperature. • Reaction product zone consists of layered structures relating with Mg concentration. • Formation of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} and MgO at the interface does not promote the wettability. • Formation of Mg{sub 2}Si plays a dominant role in promoting the wettability. • Anomalous recession of the triple line was mainly due to diminishing Mg in the alloy. - Abstract: The reactive wetting of amorphous silica substrates by molten Al–Mg alloys over a wide composition range was studied using a dispensed sessile drop method in a flowing Ar atmosphere. The effects of the nominal Mg concentration and temperature on the wetting and interfacial microstructures were discussed. The initial contact angle for pure Al on the SiO{sub 2} surface was 115° while that for pure Mg was 35° at 1073 K. For the Al–Mg alloy drop, it decreased with increasing nominal Mg concentration. The reaction zone was characterized by layered structures, whose formation was primarily controlled by the variation in the alloy concentration due to the evaporation of Mg and the interfacial reaction from the viewpoint of thermodynamics as well as by the penetration or diffusion of Mg, Al and Si from the viewpoint of kinetics. In addition, the effects of the reaction and the evaporation of Mg on the movement of the triple line were examined. The spreading of the Al–Mg alloy on the SiO{sub 2} surface was mainly attributed to the formation of Mg{sub 2}Si at the interface and the recession of the triple line to the diminishing Mg concentration in the alloy.

  8. Growth of Amorphous and Epitaxial ZnSiP2-Si Alloys on Si

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    Tamboli, Adele C [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Martinez, Aaron [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Link, Elisa M [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Norman, Andrew [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Schnepf, Rekha [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Perkins, Craig [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Stradins, Paul [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Toberer, Eric [National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); Leick, Noemi [Formerly NREL

    2018-01-03

    ZnSiP2 is a wide band gap material that is lattice matched with Si, offering the potential for Si-based optoelectronic materials and devices, including multijunction photovoltaics. We present a carbon-free chemical vapor deposition process for the growth of both epitaxial and amorphous thin films of ZnSiP2-Si alloys with tunable Si content on Si substrates. Si alloy content is widely tunable across the full composition space in amorphous films. Optical absorption of these films reveals relatively little variation with Si content, despite the fact that ZnSiP2 has a much wider band gap of 2.1 eV. Post-growth crystallization of Si-rich films resulted in epitaxial alignment, as measured by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. These films have an optical absorption onset near 1.1 eV, suggesting the possibility of band gap tuning with Si content in crystalline films. The optical absorption is comparably strong to pure ZnSiP2, suggesting a more direct transition than in pure Si.

  9. Nanocrystals and amorphous matrix phase studies of Finemet-like alloys containing Ge

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    Moya, J.A., E-mail: jmoya.fi.uba@gmail.co [IESIING, Facultad de Ingenieria e Informatica, UCASAL, A4402FYP Salta (Argentina); Lab. Solidos Amorfos, Facultad de Ingenieria, INTECIN, UBA-CONICET (Argentina); CONICET (Argentina)

    2010-07-15

    Two simple models were developed in order to determine the chemical composition of both nanocrystals and intergranular amorphous phases in nanocrystallized Fe{sub 73.5}Si{sub 13.5}B{sub 9}Nb{sub 3}Cu{sub 1} containing Ge using data from X-ray diffraction and Moessbauer spectroscopy techniques. Saturation magnetization of the amorphous intergranular matrix (M{sub s}{sup am}) was calculated considering the contribution of the alpha-Fe(Si,Ge) nanocrystals and saturation magnetization of the alloys. The behavior of M{sub s}{sup am} with the iron content of the matrix was obtained and discussed. The exchange stiffness constant for the nanograins and for the amorphous phases was determined. The increment in the coercive field (H{sub c}) with increasing Ge content was evaluated using two theoretical models for the random magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant (). Results show that the magnetic hardening observed could not be attributed to an increase in but mainly to an important increment of the magnetostriction constant of the alpha-Fe(Si,Ge) nanocrystals (lambda{sub s}{sup cr}). Values for lambda{sub s}{sup cr} are proposed.

  10. Preparation and Characterization of Mg1-xB2 Bulk Samples and Cu/Nb Sheathed Wires with Low Grade Amorphous Boron Powder

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    Grivel, Jean-Claude; Alexiou, Aikaterini; Rubesova, Katerina

    2014-01-01

    MgB2 bulk and wire samples were prepared using cheap, low grade amorphous boron powders. Based on chemical analysis performed on the starting reagents, three nominal stoichiometries were studied. It was found that the structural and superconducting properties of the bulk samples were not affected...

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

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    Farmer, J C

    2003-04-15

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

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

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    Roy, Rajat K., E-mail: rajat@nmlindia.org; Panda, Ashis K.; Mitra, Amitava

    2016-11-15

    The replacement of Fe with Co is investigated in the (Fe{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}){sub 79}Si{sub 8.5}B{sub 8.5}Nb{sub 3}Cu{sub 1} (x=0, 0.05, 0.2, 0.35, 0.5) amorphous alloys. The alloys are synthesized in the forms of ribbons by single roller melt spinning technique, and the structural and magnetic properties of annealed ribbons are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), B–H curve tracer, respectively. All as-cast alloys are structurally amorphous, however, their magnetic properties are varying with Co addition. The Co addition within 5–20 at% results in moderate thermal stability, saturation induction, Curie temperature and lowest coercivity, while 35 at% Co causes highest saturation induction, coercivity, Curie temperature and lowest thermal stability. On devitrification, the magnetic properties change with the generation of α-FeCo nanocrystallites and (FeCo){sub 23}B{sub 6}, Fe{sub 2}B phases during primary and secondary crystallization stages, respectively. A small amount Co is advantageous for maintaining finer nanocrystallites in amorphous matrix even after annealing at 600 °C, leading to high saturation magnetization (>1.5 T) and low coercivity (~35 A/m). The improved magnetic properties at elevated temperatures indicate these alloys have a potential for high frequency transformer core applications. - Highlights: • The structural and magnetic behaviors of Fe based amorphous alloys have been investigated with the effect of Co content. • The Co has no adverse effect on amorphization of alloys. • A small amount Co causes the superior improvement of magnetic properties at elevated temperatures. • Therefore, it is important not only for academic research but also for industrial applied research.

  13. Ion-bombardment modification of the surface of mirrors fabricated of ZrTiCuNiBe amorphous alloys

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    Voitsenya, V S; Konovalov, V G; Kovtun, K V; Naidenkova, D I; Ryzhkov, V I; Shtan' , A F; Solodovchenko, S I; Trembach, O V; Vasil' ev, A A [National Science Center ' KIPT' , 61108 Kharkov (Ukraine); Bardamid, A F [Taras Shevchenko National University, 01033 Kyiv (Ukraine); Belyaeva, A I; Slatin, K A, E-mail: voitseny@ipp.kharkov.u [National Technical University ' KPI' , 61002 Kharkov (Ukraine)

    2010-01-01

    When preparing mirror samples of amorphous metal alloys some inhomogeneities of the structure became to be seen on the surface. These inhomogeneities were modified during bombardment with ions of deuterium and argon plasma. Besides, a new blister-like type of inhomogeneities was found on the mirror surface in one experiment. In the paper a short description of obtained results are presented.

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

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

    2015-01-14

    A tandem solar cell based on a combination of an amorphous silicon (a-Si) and polymer solar cell (PSC) is demonstrated. As these tandem devices can be readily fabricated by low-cost methods, they require only a minor increase in the total manufacturing cost. Therefore, a combination of a-Si and PSC provides a compelling solution to reduce the cost of electricity produced by photovoltaics. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. 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.

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

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    Galván-Colín, Jonathan; Valladares, Ariel A.; Valladares, Renela M.; Valladares, Alexander

    2015-10-01

    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.

  17. Mechanical properties of Fe rich Fe–Si alloys: ab initio local bulk-modulus viewpoint

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    Bhattacharya, Somesh Kr; Kohyama, Masanori; Tanaka, Shingo; Shiihara, Yoshinori; Saengdeejing, Arkapol; Chen, Ying; Mohri, Tetsuo

    2017-11-01

    Fe-rich Fe–Si alloys show peculiar bulk-modulus changes depending on the Si concentration in the range of 0–15 at.%Si. In order to clarify the origin of this phenomenon, we have performed density-functional theory calculations of supercells of Fe–Si alloy models with various Si concentrations. We have applied our recent techniques of ab initio local energy and local stress, by which we can obtain a local bulk modulus of each atom or atomic group as a local constituent of the cell-averaged bulk modulus. A2-phase alloy models are constructed by introducing Si substitution into bcc Fe as uniformly as possible so as to prevent mutual neighboring, while higher Si concentrations over 6.25 at.%Si lead to contacts between SiFe8 cubic clusters via sharing corner Fe atoms. For 12.5 at.%Si, in addition to an A2 model, we deal with partial D03 models containing local D03-like layers consisting of edge-shared SiFe8 cubic clusters. For the cell-averaged bulk modulus, we have successfully reproduced the Si-concentration dependence as a monotonic decrease until 11.11 at.%Si and a recovery at 12.5 at.%Si. The analysis of local bulk moduli of SiFe8 cubic clusters and Fe regions is effective to understand the variations of the cell-averaged bulk modulus. The local bulk moduli of Fe regions become lower for increasing Si concentration, due to the suppression of bulk-like d–d bonding states in narrow Fe regions. For higher Si concentrations till 11.11 at.%Si, corner-shared contacts or 1D chains of SiFe8 clusters lead to remarkable reduction of local bulk moduli of the clusters. At 12 at.%Si, on the other hand, two- or three-dimensional arrangements of corner- or edge-shared SiFe8 cubic clusters show greatly enhanced local bulk moduli, due to quite different bonding nature with much stronger p-d hybridization. The relation among the local bulk moduli, local electronic and magnetic structures, and local configurations such as connectivity of SiFe8 clusters and Fe-region sizes has

  18. Temperature dependence of the kinetic energy in the Zr40Be60 amorphous alloy

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    Syrykh, G. F.; Stolyarov, A. A.; Krzystyniak, M.; Romanelli, G.; Sadykov, R. A.

    2017-05-01

    The average kinetic energy of the atomic nucleus for each element of the amorphous alloy Zr40Be60 in the temperature range 10-300 K has been measured for the first time using VESUVIO spectrometer (ISIS). The experimental values of have been compared to the partial ZrBe spectra refined by a recursion method based on the data obtained with thermal neutron scattering. The satisfactory agreement has been reached with the calculations using partial spectra based on thermal neutron spectra obtained with recursion method. In addition, the experimental data have been compared to the Debye model. The measurements at different temperatures (10, 200, and 300 K) will provide an opportunity to evaluate the significance of anharmonicity in the dynamics of metallic glasses.

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

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    Bichurin, M.I., E-mail: mirza.bichurin@novsu.ru; Petrov, V.M.; Leontiev, V.S.; Ivanov, S.N.; Sokolov, O.V.

    2017-02-15

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

  20. 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

  1. Structure Optimization and Performance Analysis of SRM with Amorphous Alloys Core using FEM

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    Yiduan CHEN

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the performance computation of three-phase 6/4 poles Switched Reluctance Motor (SRM with amorphous alloy core using transient Finite Element Analysis (FEA in which the magnetic field is combined with a driving circuit. In order to minimize torque ripple in SRM, this paper proposes not only optimal combination of stator pole arc and rotor pole arc but also the turn-on and turn-off angles using parameterized transient FEA and response surface methodology (RSM. The magnetic fields distribution, the winding flux linkage, the phase inductance curve, the iron losses and the torque characteristics of the prototype SRM at low-speed are investigated. All studies show that the prototype SRM is potential to apply in home appliance applications.

  2. Temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity of amorphous Co 80-xEr xB 20 alloys

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    Touraghe, O.; Khatami, M.; Menny, A.; Lassri, H.; Nouneh, K.

    2008-06-01

    The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity of amorphous Co 80-xEr xB 20 alloys with x=0, 3.9, 7.5 and 8.6 prepared by melt spinning in pure argon atmosphere was studied. All amorphous alloys investigated here are found to exhibit a resistivity minimum at low temperature. The electrical resistivity exhibits logarithmic temperature dependence below the temperature of resistivity minimum Tmin. In addition, the resistivity shows quadratic temperature behavior in the interval Tmin< T<77 K. At high temperature, the electrical resistivity was discussed by the extended Ziman theory. For the whole series of alloys, the composition dependence of the temperature coefficient of electrical resistivity α shows a change in structural short range occurring in the composition range 8-9 at%.

  3. Synthesis and Electro-Magneto-Mechanical Properties of Graphene Aerogels Functionalized with Co-Fe-P Amorphous Alloys

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    Guang-Ping Zheng

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Graphene aerogels (GAs are functionalized with Fe-Co-P alloy using an electro-deposition method. The Fe-Co-P alloy coated on the graphene nanosheets is found to possess an amorphous structure and a nanoporous architecture of GAs. The electro-mechanical properties of GAs are significantly affected by the Fe-Co-P nanoparticles embedded inside GAs. The electro-mechanical responses of GA/Fe-Co-P nanoporous hybrid structures are sensitive to an applied magnetic field, demonstrating that they are promising for electro-magneto-mechanical applications. The light-weight, high-strength and nanoporous GAs functionalized with Fe-Co-P amorphous alloys are desirable sensors, actuators, and nano-electro-mechanical systems that could be controlled or manipulated by mechanical, electric and magnetic fields.

  4. Influence of Gd, Dy and Fe doping on electrochemical properties of Al87Y5Ni8 amorphous metallic alloy

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    Bednarska, L.; Kubisztal, J.; Budniok, A.; Kovbuz, M.; Hertsyk, O.; Mika, T.; Kotur, B.

    2011-04-01

    Corrosive properties of some Al-based amorphous metallic alloys (AMA) and the relationship between the AMA composition and nature of protective layers on the surface of alloys were studied. The complex of physico-chemical methods, namely the potentiometry, voltammetry, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy and electronic microscopy, has been used. It was shown that the influence of Dy doping on the same characteristics of alloys is opposite to that of Gd. It increases corrosion resistance of Dy-containing alloys in comparison to the reference Al87Y5Ni8 alloy. Partial substitution of 4 at. % Ni by Fe causes further increase of corrosion resistance of Al87Gd5Ni4Fe4.

  5. Effect of Si and Co on the crystallization of Al-Ni-RE amorphous alloys

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    Wang, S.H. [Key Lab of Liquid structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, South Campus of Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Bian, X.F. [Key Lab of Liquid structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, South Campus of Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China)], E-mail: xfbian@sdu.edu.cn

    2008-04-03

    Crystallization of Al{sub 83}Ni{sub 10}Si{sub 2}Ce{sub 5}, Al{sub 85}Ni{sub 10}Ce{sub 5}, Al{sub 87}Ni{sub 7}Nd{sub 6} and Al{sub 87}Ni{sub 5}Co{sub 2}Nd{sub 6} amorphous alloys has been studied by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The multiple transition metal (TM) (containing metalloid element) have significant effect on the crystallization behavior. A small addition of Si transforms a eutectic crystallization (Al{sub 85}Ni{sub 10}Ce{sub 5}) to a primary crystallization (Al{sub 83}Ni{sub 10}Si{sub 2}Ce{sub 5}); while a small addition of Co transforms a primary crystallization (Al{sub 87}Ni{sub 7}Nd{sub 6}) to a eutectic crystallization (Al{sub 87}Ni{sub 5}Co{sub 2}Nd{sub 6}). In addition, the activation energies for crystallization (E{sub a}) are obtained to be 191, 290, 221 and 166 kJ/mol for the Al{sub 83}Ni{sub 10}Si{sub 2}Ce{sub 5}, Al{sub 85}Ni{sub 10}Ce{sub 5}, Al{sub 87}Ni{sub 5}Co{sub 2}Nd{sub 6} and Al{sub 87}Ni{sub 7}Nd{sub 6} amorphous alloys based on the Kissinger method, respectively. It is found that the primary crystallization of fcc-Al is characteristic of a lower E{sub a}, as compared with eutectic crystallization.

  6. Formation of amorphous alloys by mechanical alloying for platinum group metal-M(M=Zr or Al) system; Mechanical alloying ni yoru kikinzoku (Pd,Pt) to M(Zr aruiwa Al) tono kongo funmatsu no hishoshitsuka

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    Tsuzuki, T.; Arakawa, T. [Kinki Univ., Higashi-Osaka, Osaka (Japan)

    1998-08-15

    The intermetallic compounds containing precious metals such as platinum white gold are widely used in chemistry or industry as catalysts. These alloy catalysts are mainly used in grinding the materials prepared by solidifying liquids. The authors of the paper attempt to prepare alloy powders of precious metal with Zr or Al by mechanical alloying (MA). As an object of applying them on a catalyst, alloy powders of precious metals (Pd and Pt) and M (Zr or Al) are regulated by the mechanical alloying reaction, and the results show that the Pd and Pt show different MA reaction while using Al as the M, the former generates an intermetallic compound as PdAl during the halfway point of the MA reaction, but the later generates amorphous powders. But, each of them generates amorphous alloys only while using Zr and the M. As a result of differential thermal analysis and electrical resistivity measurement investigating the crystalline process of the obtained amorphous alloys, it is clarified that the Pt-Al base alloy shows higher crystalline temperature compared with the other alloys. 8 refs., 6 figs.

  7. 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

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

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

    2016-01-01

    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 alloy

  9. 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...

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

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    Pereyra, I.; Villacorta, C.A.; Carreno, M.N.P. [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Escola Politecnica. Dept. de Engenharia de Sistemas Eletronicos; Prado, R.J.; Fantini, M.C.A. [Sao Paulo Univ., SP (Brazil). Inst. de Fisica

    2000-09-01

    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 -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 efficient acceptor than boron, in accordance to observations in crystalline Si C material. (author)

  11. 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.

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

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

    2007-04-18

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

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

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

    2013-09-06

    The first-ever peptide biomaterial discovery using an unconstrained engineered bacterial display technology is reported. Using this approach, we have developed genetically engineered peptide binders for a bulk aluminum alloy and use molecular dynamics simulation of peptide conformational fluctuations to demonstrate sequence-dependent, structure-function relationships for metal and metal oxide interactions. Copyright © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Kinetic study of the crystallization process of the α-Fe phase in the amorphous Fe81B13Si4C2 alloy

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    Bojan Ž. Janković

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The kinetic study of the crystallization process of the α-Fe phase from the amorphous Fe81B13Si4C2 alloy was investigated by DSC and XRD techniques. The kinetic parameters (lnA, Ea of the investigated process were determined using the Kissinger and isoconversional (model-free methods. It was established that the α-Fe crystallization process can be described by the JMA (Johnson-Mehl-Avrami kinetic equation. In accordance with the XRD analysis and the calculated crystallization parameters (n = 4; m = 3, it was concluded that the crystallization stages of the considered process can be described by the bulk nucleation and the three-dimensional (3D growth of nuclei.  

  15. Research Progress on Laser Cladding Amorphous Coatings on Metallic Substrates

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    CHEN Ming-hui

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The microstructure and property of amorphous alloy as well as the limitations of the traditional manufacturing methods for the bulk amorphous alloy were briefly introduced in this paper.Combined with characteristics of the laser cladding technique,the research status of the laser cladding Fe-based,Zr-based,Ni-based,Cu-based and Al-based amorphous coatings on the metal substrates were mainly summarized.The effects of factors such as laser processing parameter,micro-alloying element type and content and reinforcing phase on the laser cladding amorphous coatings were also involved.Finally,the main problems and the future research directions of the composition design and control of the laser-cladded amorphous coating,the design and optimization of the laser cladding process,and the basic theory of the laser cladding amorphous coatings were also put forward finally.

  16. Performance of amorphous NiNb-based alloys in a proton exchange membrane fuel cell (PEMFC)

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    Barranco, J.; Pierna, A.R. [Univ. of the Basque Country, San Sebastien (Spain). Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Environment

    2009-04-15

    A study was conducted to investigate the effectiveness of the spray technique of the different amorphous catalysts nickel niobate (NiNb){sub 9}9 platinum (Pt){sub 1}, and NiNb{sub 9}9 platinum (Pt) tin (Sn){sub 1}, obtained by means of the mechanical alloying, on the polymeric membrane. In particular, it examined the deposition of the catalysts on the proton exchange membrane, which is of significant importance for preparing an efficient membrane electrode assembling, which will be part of a hydrogen fuel cell. The effectiveness of spray was studied by determining the efficacy in hydrogen fuel cells. Different particle sizes were used in the catalytic ink. The deposition over the proton exchange membrane of the alloys was carried out using the airbrush technique, a process of painting the polymeric membrane which offers a homogeneous spread of the catalyst and carbon powders over the polymeric membrane. The paper described the experiment and results. The paper included a characterization of the catalysts and catalytic layers, and described the performance of the simple cells. It was concluded that both cells exhibit better behaviour when the hydrogen flow rate is low. 16 refs., 6 figs.

  17. First-principle study of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of amorphous Fe-B alloys

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    Tian Hua; Zhang Chong [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); College of Advanced Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Zhao Jijun, E-mail: zhaojj@dlut.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); College of Advanced Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Dong Chuang [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Wen Bin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University, Qinhuangdao 066004 (China); Wang Qing [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams, Dalian University of Technology, Ministry of Education, Dalian 116024 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China)

    2012-01-15

    The structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of amorphous Fe{sub 100-x}B{sub x} alloys (x=9, 17, 25, 27.3, 33.3, 36.3) are investigated using first-principles calculations. In these amorphous alloys, the short-range order is manifested as a series of Fe- or B-centered polyhedra such as tricapped trigonal prism, icosahedron, and bcc-like structural unit. The electron densities of states of the amorphous alloys resemble those of crystalline Fe borides, which further confirm the similarity of the local order in the amorphous and crystalline phases. All B atoms carry small negative moments of about -0.1{mu}{sub B}, while small negative moments are also found on very few Fe sites for the Fe-rich compositions (x=9, 17). The average magnetic moment per Fe atom decreases nonlinearly with increasing B composition, which can be associated with the nonlinear relationship between mass density and composition.

  18. Differences of platelet adhesion and thrombus activation on amorphous silicon carbide, magnesium alloy, stainless steel, and cobalt chromium stent surfaces.

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    Hansi, Christopher; Arab, Amina; Rzany, Alexander; Ahrens, Ingo; Bode, Christoph; Hehrlein, Christoph

    2009-03-01

    Coronary stenting is considered to be the gold standard of percutaneous coronary interventions, because stents are able to reduce early and late elastic recoil (negative remodeling) and restenosis in comparison with balloon angioplasty alone. It is known that stent thrombogenicity and neointimal formation are determined by the surface characteristics of the stent platform, electrochemical features of the stent surface, and the degree of degradation after implantation. Metallic stents coated with amorphous silicon carbide and biodegradable stents made of magnesium alloy have been introduced clinically, but there are no data available comparing the biocompatibility of these novel stent materials with conventional stents. We demonstrate simple and reproducible in vitro methods assessing the rate of platelet adhesion and thrombus activation for biocompatibility tests of different stent surfaces. We show that amorphous silicon carbide and magnesium alloy stent surfaces markedly lower the rate of platelet adhesion and platelet/fibrin activation when compared with uncoated stainless steel or cobalt chromium alloy surfaces. Semiconductor materials on the stent surface reduce platelet and fibrin activation by increasing the critical electron gap to greater than 0.9 eV resulting in a lower electron transfer out of the stent material. Passive stent coatings with specific semiconducting properties such as amorphous silicon carbide or magnesium alloy reduce thrombogenicity and may improve biocompatibility of a stent platform.

  19. High Efficiency Triple-Junction Amorphous Silicon Alloy Photovoltaic Technology, Final Technical Report, 6 March 1998 - 15 October 2001

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    Guha, S.

    2001-11-08

    This report describes the research program intended to expand, enhance, and accelerate knowledge and capabilities for developing high-performance, two-terminal multijunction amorphous silicon (a-Si) alloy cells, and modules with low manufacturing cost and high reliability. United Solar uses a spectrum-splitting, triple-junction cell structure. The top cell uses an amorphous silicon alloy of {approx}1.8-eV bandgap to absorb blue photons. The middle cell uses an amorphous silicon germanium alloy ({approx}20% germanium) of {approx}1.6-eV bandgap to capture green photons. The bottom cell has {approx}40% germanium to reduce the bandgap to {approx}1.4-eV to capture red photons. The cells are deposited on a stainless-steel substrate with a predeposited silver/zinc oxide back reflector to facilitate light-trapping. A thin layer of antireflection coating is applied to the top of the cell to reduce reflection loss. The major research activities conducted under this program were: (1) Fundamental studies to improve our understanding of materials and devices; the work included developing and analyzing a-Si alloy and a-SiGe alloy materials prepared near the threshold of amorphous-to-microcrystalline transition and studying solar cells fabricated using these materials. (2) Deposition of small-area cells using a radio-frequency technique to obtain higher deposition rates. (3) Deposition of small-area cells using a modified very high frequency technique to obtain higher deposition rates. (4) Large-area cell research to obtain the highest module efficiency. (5) Optimization of solar cells and modules fabricated using production parameters in a large-area reactor.

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

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    Zhang, Wenbiao; Li, Qiang; Duan, Haiming

    2015-03-01

    In order to understand the effects of the metalloid elements M (M: P, C, B) on the atomic structure, glass formation ability (GFA) and magnetic properties of Fe-based amorphous alloys, Fe80P13C7, Fe80P14B6 and Fe80B14C6 amorphous alloys are chosen to study through first-principle simulations in the present work. The atomic structure characteristic of the three amorphous alloys is investigated through the pair distribution functions (PDFs) and Voronoi Polyhedra (VPs) analyses. The PDFs and VPs analyses suggest that the GFA of the three alloys dropped in the order of Fe80P13C7, Fe80P14B6, and Fe80B14C6, which is well consistent with the experimental results. The density of state (DOS) of the three amorphous alloys is calculated to investigate their magnetic properties. Based on the DOS analysis, the average magnetic moment of Fe atom in Fe80P13C7 and Fe80P14B6 amorphous alloys can be estimated to be 1.71 μB and 1.70 μB, respectively, which are in acceptable agreement with the experimental results. However, the calculated average magnetic moment of Fe atom in Fe80B14C6 amorphous alloy is about 1.62 μB, which is far less than the experimental result.

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  3. Temperature dependence of the bulk and surface properties of liquid Zn-Cd alloys

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    Awe, O.E. [University of Ibadan, Department of Physics, Ibadan (Nigeria); Azeez, A.A. [African University of Science and Technology, Abuja (Nigeria)

    2017-05-15

    The effects of temperature on the bulk and surface properties of liquid Zn-Cd alloys have been theoretically investigated, using a combination of self association model, Darken's thermodynamic equation for diffusion, empirical model for viscosity and a statistical mechanics model. The results from this study show that change in temperature resulted in cross-over effects in bulk and surface properties. We also found that with an increase in temperature, a pronounced asymmetry of viscosity isotherm is significantly reduced, and viscosity isotherm exhibited anomalous behaviour. Our results reveal that the homocoordination tendency in Zn-Cd liquid alloys is not strong and reduces with increasing temperature. The study further suggests a pronounced segregation of Cd-atoms at the surface of Zn-Cd liquid alloys and the extent of segregation reduces with temperature. We as well found that, in addition to the reported understanding that size-factor determines the compositional location of asymmetry of the viscosity isotherm, temperature is an operating parameter that has effect, not only on the composition of asymmetry, but also on the magnitude of asymmetry. In all the properties investigated, the most pronounced effect of temperature (52.9 %) is on the viscosity while the least effect (7.1 %) is on the surface tension. (orig.)

  4. Effect of crystallization on corrosion behavior of Fe40Ni38B18Mo4 amorphous alloy in 3.5% sodium chloride solution

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    Wu, Y.F.; Chiang, Wen-Chi; Wu, J.K.

    2008-01-01

    After the crystallization of F40Ni38B18Mo4 amorphous alloy by vacuum annealing, the corrosion resistance of its crystalline state shows inferior to its amorphous state due to the local cell action between Ni phase and (Fe, Ni, Mo)(23)B-6 phase in matrix....

  5. 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.

  6. Thermodynamic states and phase diagrams for bulk-incoherent, bulk-coherent, and epitaxially-coherent semiconductor alloys: Application to cubic (Ga,In)N

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    Liu, Jefferson Z.; Zunger, Alex

    2008-05-01

    The morphology and microstructure of A1-xBxC semiconductor alloys depend on the type of thermodynamic states established during growth. We distinguish three main cases: (i) bulk-incoherent structures occur when the alloy grows without being coherent with an underlying substrate and when each of the possible alloy species—phase separated AC and BC constituents, random A1-xBxC alloy, or ordered (AC)n/(BC)m structures—maintain their own lattice structures and lattice constants, giving up mutual coherence. Bulk incoherence is common in thick films with sufficient dislocations. For cubic (Ga,In)N, bulk-incoherent structures are found to have a positive excess enthalpy ΔHbulkincoh>0 and, thus, to phase separate. (ii) Bulk-coherent structures occur when the alloy grows without being coherent with a substrate, but each of the possible species internal to the alloy film is forced to be coherent with the film matrix. Thus, the constituents AC -rich and BC -rich solid solution phases share the same lattice structure at their interface, leading to internal strain that destabilizes the AC+BC separated constituents. This can expose the intermediate (AC)n/(BC)m ordered phases as stable structures with respect to the strained constituents, i.e., ΔHbulkcohdislocations is inhibited, e.g., small size precipitates in the alloy matrix. For cubic (Ga,In)N alloy, we find that the coherent ground state phases are three ordered superlattice structures: (InN)2/(GaN)2 (=chacolpyrite) , (InN)3/(GaN)1 , and (InN)4/(GaN)1 , along (201) [and its cubic symmetry equivalent, i.e., (102), (210), etc.] crystal direction. (iii) Epitaxially coherent structures occur when the alloy is made coherent with an underlying substrate, e.g., in thin film pseudomorphic growth. Depending on the substrate, the formation enthalpy ΔHepicubic (Ga,In)N grown on GaN (001) substrate, we find that the stablest epitaxial phases are chalcopyrite and the (InN)4/(GaN)1 superlattice along the (210) crystal direction

  7. Amorphous ribbons consolidation of Cu{sub 46}Zr{sub 42}Al{sub 7}Y{sub 5} alloy by hot extrusion; Consolidacao de fitas amorfas da liga The Cu{sub 46}Zr{sub 42}Al{sub 7}Y{sub 5} alloy with amorphous structure shows a temperature rangepor extrusao a quente

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    Melle, A.K.; Bolfarini, C.; Botta Filho, W.J.; Kiminami, C.S. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais; Peres, M.M., E-mail: anakarla13_8@hotmail.co [Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI), Itabira, MG (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    The Cu{sub 46}Zr{sub 42}Al{sub 7}Y{sub 5} alloy with amorphous structure shows a temperature range between the glass transition temperature (Tg) and the crystallization temperature (Tx) of Tx-Tg={Delta}T{sub x}= 100K. At this temperature range, the metal behavior is of a supercooled liquid with viscosity {approx_equal} 10{sup 6} N.s/m{sup 2}. The aim of this work is to contribute on the development of a processing route to produce bulk metallic glass. Amorphous ribbons was produced by rapid quenching using 'melt spinning' process, the ribbons were fragmented in small pieces, compacted at room temperature and consolidated by hot extrusion under extrusion temperatures on the {Delta}T{sub x}, ram speed of 1mm/min and extrusion ratio of 3:1. The extruded samples were characterized by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that extrusion temperature was fundamental to promote a full or partial consolidation of the amorphous ribbons, but causing the formation of some voids and inducing some regions to crystallization that showing the high sensibility to fit the extrusion temperature.(author)

  8. Preparation of magnetic Ni-P amorphous alloy microspheres and their catalytic performance towards thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate

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    Deng, Yi; Yang, Yuanyi; Ge, Liya; Yang, Weizhong; Xie, Kenan

    2017-12-01

    In this work, a series of amorphous Ni-P alloys with diverse microspheric structures and magnetic properties were successfully prepared through a facile aqueous solution reduction using sodium hypophosphite as reducing agent with the assistance of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and laser particle size analysis were used to investigate the structure of Ni-P alloy particles, which demonstrated that the as-prepared alloys possessed spherical morphologies and tunable compositions. We investigated the effects of the synthesis conditions including reaction temperature, initial Ni2+ concentration, pH value, and surfactant type on the morphologies and chemical constitutes of Ni-P alloy particles. Compared with other microsphere counterparts (ferromagnetism), the spherical Ni-P alloy powders with diameter of about 500 nm exhibited apparent paramagnetism. In addition, the catalytic performance of the products on the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate (AP) was further investigated via thermogravimetric analysis (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). These Ni-P noncrystalline alloy particles with different magnetic properties and good catalytic activities would broaden the technological and industrial applications of Ni-P alloys in petrochemical reaction, soft magnetic devices, and burning rate catalysts.

  9. Structural features and the microscopic dynamics of the three-component Zr{sub 47}Cu{sub 46}Al{sub 7} system: Equilibrium melt, supercooled melt, and amorphous alloy

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    Khusnutdinoff, R. M., E-mail: khrm@mail.ru; Mokshin, A. V., E-mail: anatolii.mokshin@mail.ru [Kazan Federal University (Russian Federation); Klumov, B. A.; Ryltsev, R. E.; Chtchelkatchev, N. M. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics (Russian Federation)

    2016-08-15

    The structural and dynamic properties of the three-component Zr{sub 47}Cu{sub 46}Al{sub 7} system are subjected to a molecular dynamics simulation in the temperature range T = 250–3000 K at a pressure p = 1.0 bar. The temperature dependences of the Wendt–Abraham parameter and the translation order parameter are used to determine the glass transition temperature in the Zr{sub 47}Cu{sub 46}Al{sub 7} system, which is found to be T{sub c} ≈ 750 K. It is found that the bulk amorphous Zr{sub 47}Cu{sub 46}Al{sub 7} alloy contains localized regions with an ordered atomic structures. Cluster analysis of configuration simulation data reveals the existence of quasi-icosahedral clusters in amorphous metallic Zr–Cu–Al alloys. The spectral densities of time radial distribution functions of the longitudinal (C̃{sub L}(k, ω)) and transverse (C̃{sub T}(k, ω)) fluxes are calculated in a wide wavenumber range in order to study the mechanisms of formation of atomic collective excitations in the Zr{sub 47}Cu{sub 46}Al{sub 7} system. It was found that a linear combination of three Gaussian functions is sufficient to reproduce the (C̃{sub L}(k, ω)) spectra, whereas at least four Gaussian contributions are necessary to exactly describe the (C̃{sub T}(k, ω)) spectra of the supercooled melt and the amorphous metallic alloy. It is shown that the collective atomic excitations in the equilibrium melt at T = 3000 K and in the amorphous metallic alloy at T = 250 K are characterized by two dispersion acoustic-like branches related with longitudinal and transverse polarizations.

  10. 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.

  11. Effects of fragility and reduced glass transition temperature on the glass formation ability of amorphous alloys

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    Xu, Xiao-Jin; Long, Zhi-Lin; Liu, Wei; Liao, Guang-Kai

    2017-11-01

    In this paper, based on the reduced glass transition temperature ({{T}rg} ) proposed by Turnbull and the relation between the glass-forming ability (GFA) and the short-range bond ordering of liquids demonstrated by Tanaka, a detailed analysis on the specific roles of {{T}rg} and fragility of the glass forming liquid (m) in characterizing the GFA has been conducted, and then a novel GFA parameter α [=2/3× (100{{T}rg}{)}-(16/100)× m=67{{T}rg}-0.16m] was put forward. This new GFA parameter α , which increases with a decrease in the critical cooling rate (R c) for glass formation, is a complex function of {{T}rg} and m. The relationship between R c and the parameter α was identified and verified using available literature data for broad range of amorphous alloys with widely varying GFA. The correlation coefficient (R 2) of 0.9 clearly shows an excellent correlation between GFA and the parameter α and that α is a more superior indicator compared to currently reported similar GFA parameters.

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

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    Zamora, J.; Betancourt, I.

    2017-04-01

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

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

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

    2015-06-30

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

  14. Synthesis of carbon nanofibers by catalytic CVD of chlorobenzene over bulk nickel alloy

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    Kenzhin, Roman M.; Bauman, Yuri I.; Volodin, Alexander M.; Mishakov, Ilya V.; Vedyagin, Aleksey A.

    2018-01-01

    Catalytic chemical vapor deposition (CCVD) of chlorobenzene over bulk nickel alloy (nichrome) was studied. The bulk Ni-containing samples being exposed to a contact with aggressive reaction medium undergo self-disintegration followed by growth of carbon nanofibers. This process, also known as a metal dusting, requires the simultaneous presence of chlorine and hydrogen sources in the reaction mixture. Molecule of chlorobenzene complies with these requirements. The experiments on CCVD were performed in a flow-through reactor system. The initial stages of nickel disintegration process were investigated in a closed system under Autogenic Pressure at Elevated Temperature (RAPET) conditions. Scanning and transmission electron microscopies and ferromagnetic resonance spectroscopy were applied to examine the samples after their interaction with chlorobenzene. Introduction of additional hydrogen into the flow-through system was shown to affect the morphology of grown carbon nanofibers.

  15. 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)

  16. Cell growth on metallic glasses: the interaction of amorphous metal alloys with cultured neuronal, osteoblast, endothelial, and fibroblast cells.

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    McAuslan, B R; Johnson, G; Delamore, G W; Gibson, M A; Steele, J G

    1988-10-01

    Ferrous based, corrosion resistant amorphous alloys supported the adhesion and growth of cultured chick neuronal cells, human marrow stromal cells (presumptive osteoblasts), bovine aortal endothelial cells, and hamster kidney fibroblasts. Alloys of compositions Fe60Ni10Cr10P13C7, Fe70Cr10P13C7, and Fe70Cr10P13B7 were found to be suitable. In contrast the crystalline form of these alloys was markedly less effective. Outgrowth of neurites from neuronal cells was promoted by precoating the metal surface with either laminin or neurite promotion factor. The adhesion of osteoblasts and fibroblasts suggests that corrosion resistant metal glasses should be considered as biomaterials useful for orthopedic applications. The adhesion of neuronal cells accompanied by neurite outgrowth indicates that the system might provide a functional interface between the neuromuscular system and an electromagnetic material that could be useful in bionic engineering.

  17. Amorphization and crystallization of Zr{sub 66.7-x}Cu{sub 33.3}Nb{sub x} (x = 0, 2, 4) alloys during mechanical alloying

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    Wang Yan [Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Shandong University, 73 Jingshi Road, Jinan 250061 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, 106 Jiwei Road, Jinan 250022 (China); Chen Xiuxiu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, 106 Jiwei Road, Jinan 250022 (China); Geng Haoran [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, 106 Jiwei Road, Jinan 250022 (China)], E-mail: mse_wangy@ujn.edu.cn; Yang Zhongxi [Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Shandong University, 73 Jingshi Road, Jinan 250061 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Jinan, 106 Jiwei Road, Jinan 250022 (China)

    2009-04-17

    In the present paper, the effect of Nb and different rotation speeds on the amorphization and crystallization of Zr{sub 66.7-x}Cu{sub 33.3}Nb{sub x} (x = 0, 2, 4) alloys during mechanical alloying has been investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The results show that the minor addition of Nb can shorten the start time of the amorphization reaction, improve the glass forming ability of Zr-Cu alloys, but cannot promote the formation of a single amorphous phase at a lower rotation speed of 200 rpm. The glass forming ability of the Zr{sub 66.7-x}Cu{sub 33.3}Nb{sub x} (x = 0, 2, 4) alloys increases with increasing Nb additions. At a higher rotation speed of 350 rpm, a single amorphous phase of Zr{sub 66.7-x}Cu{sub 33.3}Nb{sub x} (x = 0, 2, 4) can be successfully fabricated. Moreover, the Nb addition into Zr-Cu alloys can accelerate the amorphization process and improve the stability of the amorphous phase against the mechanically induced crystallization. Furthermore, the amorphous Zr{sub 66.7}Cu{sub 33.3} phase gradually transforms into a metastable fcc-Zr{sub 2}Cu phase with increasing milling time.

  18. Study of oxidation behaviour of Zr-based bulk amorphous alloy ...

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    The financial support for this work from the Board of. Research in Nuclear Sciences (BRNS), Department of. Atomic Energy (DAE), Government of India, under the. DAE/BRNS Research Project (Grants No. 99/37/25/. BRNS) is gratefully acknowledged. References. Asami K, Kimura H M, Hashimoto K and Masumoto T 1995.

  19. Efficient inverted bulk-heterojunction solar cells from low-temperature processing of amorphous ZnO buffer layers

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    Jagadamma, Lethy Krishnan

    2014-01-01

    In this report, we demonstrate that solution-processed amorphous zinc oxide (a-ZnO) interlayers prepared at low temperatures (∼100 °C) can yield inverted bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells that are as efficient as nanoparticle-based ZnO requiring comparably more complex synthesis or polycrystalline ZnO films prepared at substantially higher temperatures (150-400 °C). Low-temperature, facile solution-processing approaches are required in the fabrication of BHJ solar cells on flexible plastic substrates, such as PET. Here, we achieve efficient inverted solar cells with a-ZnO buffer layers by carefully examining the correlations between the thin film morphology and the figures of merit of optimized BHJ devices with various polymer donors and PCBM as the fullerene acceptor. We find that the most effective a-ZnO morphology consists of a compact, thin layer with continuous substrate coverage. In parallel, we emphasize the detrimental effect of forming rippled surface morphologies of a-ZnO, an observation which contrasts with results obtained in polycrystalline ZnO thin films, where rippled morphologies have been reported to improve efficiency. After optimizing the a-ZnO morphology at low processing temperature for inverted P3HT:PCBM devices, achieving a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of ca. 4.1%, we demonstrate inverted solar cells with low bandgap polymer donors on glass/flexible PET substrates: PTB7:PC71BM (PCE: 6.5% (glass)/5.6% (PET)) and PBDTTPD:PC71BM (PCE: 6.7% (glass)/5.9% (PET)). Finally, we show that a-ZnO based inverted P3HT:PCBM BHJ solar cells maintain ca. 90-95% of their initial PCE even after a full year without encapsulation in a nitrogen dry box, thus demonstrating excellent shelf stability. The insight we have gained into the importance of surface morphology in amorphous zinc oxide buffer layers should help in the development of other low-temperature solution-processed metal oxide interlayers for efficient flexible solar cells. This journal is

  20. Development of CANDU advanced fuel fabrication technology - A development of amorphous alloys for the solder of nuclear reactor materials

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    Lee, Jai Young; Lee, Ki Young; Kim, Yoon Kee; Jung, Jae Han; Yu, Ji Sang; Kim, Hae Yeol; Han, Young Su [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    1996-07-01

    In the case of advanced CANDU fuel being useful in future, the fabrication processes for soundness insurance of a improved nuclear fuel bundle must be developed at the same time because it have three times combustibility as existing fuel. In particular, as the improved nuclear fuel bundle in which a coated layer thickness is thinner than existing that, firmity of a joint part is very important. Therefore, we need to develop a joint technique using new solder which can settle a potential problem in current joining method. As the Zr-Be alloy system and the Ti-Be system are composed with the elements having high neutron permeability, they are suitable for joint of nuclear fuel pack. The various compositions Zr-Be and Ti-Be binary metallic glass alloys were applicable to the joining the nuclear fuel bundles. The thickness of joint layer using the Zr{sub 1-x} Be{sub x} amorphous ribbon as a solder is thinner than that using physical vapor deposited Be. Among the Zr{sub 1-x} Be{sub x} amorphous binary alloys, Zr{sub 0.7} Be{sub 0.3} binary alloy is the most appropriated for joint of nuclear fuel bundle because its joint layer is smooth and thin due to low degree of Be diffusion. The microstructures of brazed layer using Ti{sub 1-y} Be{sub y} alloy, however, a solid-solution layer composed with Zr and Ti is formed toward the Zr cladding sheath and many of Zr is detected in the joint lever. 20 refs., 8 tabs., 23 figs. (author)

  1. Combined effect of nanoscale grain size and porosity on lattice thermal conductivity of bismuth-telluride-based bulk alloys

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    Takashiri, Masayuki; Tanaka, Saburo; Hagino, Harutoshi; Miyazaki, Koji

    2012-10-01

    Here, we investigate the combined effect of the nanoscale crystal grains and porosity on the lattice thermal conductivity of bismuth-telluride-based bulk alloys using both experimental studies and modeling. The fabricated bulk alloys exhibit average grain sizes of 30 size effect in combination with the Maxwell-Garnett model for the porosity effect. The results of this combined model are consistent with the experimental results, and it shows that the grain size effect in the nanoscale regime accounts for a significant portion of the reduction in lattice thermal conductivity.

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

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

    2012-08-01

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

  3. Roles of Co element in Fe-based bulk metallic glasses utilizing industrial FeB alloy as raw material

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    Shouyuan Wang

    2017-08-01

    Full Text Available A series of Fe-based bulk metallic glasses were fabricated by a conventional copper mold casting method using a kind of Fe-B industrial raw alloy. It is found that Fe-B-Y-Nb bulk metallic glass with 3 at% of Co addition possesses the best glass forming ability, thermal stability, hardness, magnetic property and anti-corrosion property. The hardness test result indicates a synchronically trend with glass-forming ability parameters. The excellent glass-forming ability and a combination of good mechanical and functional properties suggest that the alloys in this work might be good candidates for commercial use.

  4. Formation of amorphous alloys through the multilayer method in an immiscible Y-Nb system

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    Chen, Y G; Zhang, Q

    1997-01-01

    Amorphization was achieved by room-temperature 190 keV xenon ion mixing of multilayered films in the Y-Nb system, which has a positive enthalpy of formation exceeding +44 kJ mol sup - sup 1. To give further insight into the singularity of the amorphization behaviour of the system, a Gibbs free-energy diagram of the system was constructed by calculating the free energies of the amorphous phase and those of the as-deposited Y-Nb multilayers, in which the interfacial free energy was estimated and added. The established diagram can explain the irradiation-induced amorphization behaviour in the Y-Nb system well. (author)

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

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    Zhang, Wenbiao; Li, Qiang, E-mail: qli@xju.edu.cn, E-mail: dhm@xju.edu.cn; Duan, Haiming, E-mail: qli@xju.edu.cn, E-mail: dhm@xju.edu.cn [School of Physics Science and Technology, Xinjiang University, Urumqi, Xinjiang 830046 (China)

    2015-03-14

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

  6. Free-electron-like Hall effect and deviations from free-electron behavior in Ca-Al amorphous alloys

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    Mayeya, F. M.; Hickey, B. J.; Howson, M. A.

    1995-06-01

    The Hall coefficients of Ca-Al amorphous alloys have been measured at 4.2 K over a wide range of compositions. It is shown that the magnitude of the Hall coefficients are close to the nearly-free-electron (NFE) prediction for low Ca concentrations but deviate significantly from the NFE values for Ca concentration greater than 45 at. %. The deviations from the free-electron values have previously been attributed to the effects of s-d hybridization, while a reduction in magnitude by Au doping has been argued to result from the side-jump effect.

  7. Production and Characterization of Bulk MgB2 Material made by the Combination of Crystalline and Carbon Coated Amorphous Boron Powders

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    Hiroki, K.; Muralidhar, M.; Koblischka, M. R.; Murakami, M.

    2017-07-01

    The object of this investigation is to reduce the cost of bulk production and in the same time to increase the critical current performance of bulk MgB2 material. High-purity commercial powders of Mg metal (99.9% purity) and two types of crystalline (99% purity) and 16.5 wt% carbon-coated, nanometer-sized amorphous boron powders (98.5% purity) were mixed in a nominal composition of MgB2 to reduce the boron cost and to see the effect on the superconducting and magnetic properties. Several samples were produced mixing the crystalline boron and carbon-coated, nanometer-sized amorphous boron powders in varying ratios (50:50, 60:40, 70:30, 80:20, 90:10) and synthesized using a single-step process using the solid state reaction around 800 °C for 3 h in pure argon atmosphere. The magnetization measurements exhibited a sharp superconducting transition temperature with T c, onset around 38.6 K to 37.2 K for the bulk samples prepared utilizing the mixture of crystalline boron and 16.5% carbon-coated amorphous boron. The critical current density at higher magnetic field was improved with addition of carbon-coated boron to crystalline boron in a ratio of 80:20. The highest self-field Jc around 215,000 A/cm2 and 37,000 A/cm2 were recorded at 20 K, self-field and 2 T for the sample with a ratio of 80:10. The present results clearly demonstrate that the bulk MgB2 performance can be improved by adding carbon-coated nano boron to crystalline boron, which will be attractive to reduce the cost of bulk MgB2 material for several industrial applications.

  8. The Effect of Substitution of Fe By Co on Rapidly Quenched (FeCoMoCuB Amorphous Alloys

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    Clara F. Conde

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available (Fe1-xCox79Mo8Cu1B15 amorphous alloys ware prepared in the form of ribbons by rapid quenching for x=0. 0.25 and 0.5. The effect of variation of Co/Fe ratio is analyzed with respect to the formation of amorphous state and to transformation of the structure into nancrystalline phases formed after subsequent thermal treatment. Selected properties and atomic structure in as-quenched state are studied by TEM, AFM, XRD any by measurement of magnetoresistance characteristics. The influence of heat treatment on transport and magnetic properties is shown on temperature dependencies of electrical resistivity and magnetization. It was founf that while the increase of Co content leads to the increase of Curie temperature of as-quenched structure, transition to nanocrystalline state is not affected in a significant manner. The as-quenched state for alloy without Co was found to contain thin crystal-containing layer which, however, was observed, contary to general behavior, at the side of the ribbon exposed to higher quenching rates.

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

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    Ishii, H. A.

    2002-06-11

    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)-MoGe{sub 3}. 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 MoGe{sub 2}, previous workers have speculated that perhaps a unique MoGe{sub 3} compound exists in the amorphous system. Rather than indicating a distinct MoGe{sub 3} 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-MoGe{sub 3} by AXS has been achieved solely

  10. 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.)

  11. Mechanical spectroscopy study on the Cu{sub 54}Zr{sub 40}Al{sub 6} amorphous matrix alloy at low temperature

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    Marques, P.W.B., E-mail: paulowilmar@df.ufscar.br [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, CP-676, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Chaves, J.M.; Silva, P.S.; Florêncio, O. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, CP-676, São Carlos, SP (Brazil); Moreno-Gobbi, A. [Instituto de Física, Facultad de Ciencias (UDELAR), Iguá 4225, CEP 11400 Montevideo (Uruguay); Aliaga, L.C.R.; Botta, W.J. [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Universidade Federal de São Carlos, CP-676, São Carlos, SP (Brazil)

    2015-02-05

    Highlights: • Cu{sub 54}Zr{sub 40}Al{sub 6} alloy was characterized by mechanical spectroscopy at low temperature. • Flexural and ultrasonic methods showed peaks associated to rearrangement of clusters. • The peaks less stable were associated with annihilation of Zr or Cu clusters. • MHz range can be favors the formation of Cu an Al-centered icosahedral structures. • TEM images show an increase in the size and number of crystal in amorphous matrix. - Abstract: A mechanical spectroscopy study of Cu{sub 54}Zr{sub 40}Al{sub 6} bulk metallic glasses composites was carried out in the kHz and MHz frequency ranges, by means of flexural and ultrasonic methods, respectively, in the temperature interval 150–300 K. In internal friction and attenuation curves at low temperature were observed peaks which were associated with distortions in the configuration of atomic clusters, which absorbed different quantities of energy due to short and medium order rearrangements. Changes within the clusters or atomic jumps between clusters occurring in the specimen induced the onset of polyamorphic peaks, since electronic interactions and bonding changed abruptly.

  12. Alloying effect on the room temperature creep characteristics of a Ti-Zr-Be bulk metallic glass

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    Gong, Pan; Wang, Sibo; Li, Fangwei; Wang, Xinyun

    2018-02-01

    The effect of alloying elements (e.g. Fe, Al, and Ni) on the room temperature creep behavior of a lightweight Ti41Zr25Be34 bulk metallic glass (BMG) was investigated via nanoindentation tests. The generalized Kelvin model was adopted to describe the creep curves. The strain rate sensitivity m has been derived as a measure of the creep resistance. The compliance spectrum and retardation spectrum were also derived. The results show that the creep resistance of Ti41Zr25Be34 alloy can be obviously improved with the addition of alloying elements, and the most effective element is found to be Al. The mechanism for enhancing the creep resistance was discussed in terms of the scale variation of the shear transformation zone induced by alloying.

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

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

    2007-10-01

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

  14. Experimental and molecular dynamics simulation study of structure of liquid and amorphous Ni62Nb38 alloy

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    Zhang, Y.; Ashcraft, R.; Mendelev, M. I.; Wang, C. Z.; Kelton, K. F.

    2016-11-01

    The state-of-the-art experimental and atomistic simulation techniques were utilized to study the structure of the liquid and amorphous Ni62Nb38 alloy. First, the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulation was performed at rather high temperature where the time limitations of the AIMD do not prevent to reach the equilibrium liquid structure. A semi-empirical potential of the Finnis-Sinclair (FS) type was developed to almost exactly reproduce the AIMD partial pair correlation functions (PPCFs) in a classical molecular dynamics simulation. This simulation also showed that the FS potential well reproduces the bond angle distributions. The FS potential was then employed to elongate the AIMD PPCFs and determine the total structure factor (TSF) which was found to be in excellent agreement with X-ray TSF obtained within the present study demonstrating the reliability of the AIMD for the simulation of the structure of the liquid Ni-Nb alloys as well as the reliability of the developed FS potential. The glass structure obtained with the developed potential was also found to be in excellent agreement with the X-ray data. The analysis of the structure revealed that a network of the icosahedra clusters centered on Ni atoms is forming during cooling the liquid alloy down to Tg and the Nb Z14, Z15, and Z16 clusters are attached to this network. This network is the main feature of the Ni62Nb38 alloy and further investigations of the properties of this alloy should be based on study of the behavior of this network.

  15. Experimental and molecular dynamics simulation study of structure of liquid and amorphous Ni62Nb38 alloy.

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    Zhang, Y; Ashcraft, R; Mendelev, M I; Wang, C Z; Kelton, K F

    2016-11-28

    The state-of-the-art experimental and atomistic simulation techniques were utilized to study the structure of the liquid and amorphous Ni62Nb38 alloy. First, the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulation was performed at rather high temperature where the time limitations of the AIMD do not prevent to reach the equilibrium liquid structure. A semi-empirical potential of the Finnis-Sinclair (FS) type was developed to almost exactly reproduce the AIMD partial pair correlation functions (PPCFs) in a classical molecular dynamics simulation. This simulation also showed that the FS potential well reproduces the bond angle distributions. The FS potential was then employed to elongate the AIMD PPCFs and determine the total structure factor (TSF) which was found to be in excellent agreement with X-ray TSF obtained within the present study demonstrating the reliability of the AIMD for the simulation of the structure of the liquid Ni-Nb alloys as well as the reliability of the developed FS potential. The glass structure obtained with the developed potential was also found to be in excellent agreement with the X-ray data. The analysis of the structure revealed that a network of the icosahedra clusters centered on Ni atoms is forming during cooling the liquid alloy down to Tg and the Nb Z14, Z15, and Z16 clusters are attached to this network. This network is the main feature of the Ni62Nb38 alloy and further investigations of the properties of this alloy should be based on study of the behavior of this network.

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

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

    2010-05-10

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

  17. A Ti–Zr–Cu–Ni–Co–Fe–Al–Sn amorphous filler metal for improving the strength of Ti–6Al–4V alloy brazing joint

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    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available Ti50Zr27Cu8Ni4Co3Fe2Al3Sn3 (at% amorphous filler metal with low Cu and Ni contents in a melt-spun ribbon form was developed for improving mechanical properties of Ti–6Al–4V alloy brazing joint through decreasing brittle intermetallics in the braze zone. Investigation on the crystallization behavior of the multicomponent Ti–Zr–Cu–Ni–Co–Fe–Al–Sn amorphous alloy indicates the high stability of the supercooled liquid against crystallization that favors the formation of amorphous structure. The Ti–6Al–4V joint brazed with this Ti-based amorphous filler metal with low total content of Cu and Ni at 1203 K for 900 s mainly consists of α-Ti, β-Ti, minor Ti–Zr-rich phase and only a small amount of Ti3Cu intermetallics, leading to the high shear strength of the joint of about 460 MPa. Multicomponent composition design of amorphous alloys is an effective way of tailoring filler metals for improving the joint strength.

  18. Preparation of a bulk Fe83B17 soft magnetic alloy by undercooling and copper-mold casting methods

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    Yang, Changlin; Sheng, Gang; Chen, Guiyun; Liu, Feng

    2013-11-01

    Bulk Fe83B17 eutectic alloy rods with diameters up to 3 mm were prepared by undercooling solidification combined with Cu-mold casting. The results showed that the rapid solidification led to an increase in the nucleation rate, an inhibition of the grain growth and a competition between a stable Fe2B phase and a metastable Fe3B phase. Then, pure nano-lamellar eutectic microstructures and the metastable Fe3B phase were successfully obtained in as-solidified alloys, which resulted in improved soft magnetic properties.

  19. Highly processable bulk metallic glass-forming alloys in the Pt–Co–Ni–Cu–P system

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    Schroers, Jan; Johnson, William L.

    2004-01-01

    Highly processable bulk metallic glass alloys in the Pt–Co–Ni–Cu–P system were discovered. The alloys show low liquidus temperature below 900 K, excellent processability with low critical cooling rate reflecting in maximum casting thicknesses in quartz tubes of up to 20 mm, and a large supercooled liquid region. The Pt57.5Cu14.7Ni5.3P22.5 composition has a liquidus temperature of 795 K, a glass transition temperature of 508 K with a supercooled liquid region of 98 K. For medical and jewelry a...

  20. Hydrogen absorption of Pd/ZrO2 composites prepared from Zr65Pd35 and Zr60Pd35Pt5 amorphous alloys

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    Ozawa, Masakuni; Katsuragawa, Naoya; Hattori, Masatomo; Yogo, Toshinobu; Yamamura, Shin-ichi

    2018-01-01

    Metal-dispersed composites were derived from amorphous Zr65Pd35 and Zr65Pd30Pt5 alloys and their hydrogen absorption behavior was studied. X-ray diffractograms and scanning electron micrographs indicated that mixtures containing ZrO2, the metallic phase of Pd, and PdO were formed for both amorphous alloys heat-treated in air. In the composites, micron-sized Pd-based metal precipitates were embedded in a ZrO2 matrix after heat treatment at 800 °C in air. The hydrogen temperature-programmed reduction was applied to study the reactivity of hydrogen gas with the oxidized Zr65Pd35 and Zr65Pd30Pt5 materials. Rapid hydrogen absorption and release were observed on the composite derived from the amorphous alloy below 100 °C. The hydrogen pressure–concentration isotherm showed that the absorbed amount of hydrogen in materials depended on the formation of the Pd or Pt-doped Pd phase and its large interface area to the matrix in the nanocomposites. The results indicate the importance of the composite structure for the fabrication of a new type of hydrogen storage material prepared from amorphous alloys.

  1. Characteristics of the iron moment in Dy-Fe and Dy-FeCo amorphous alloys studied by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism

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    Fleury-Frenette, K.; Dhesi, S.S.; Laan, G. van der; Strivay, D.; Weber, G.; Delwiche, J. E-mail: jdelwiche@ulg.ac.be

    2000-10-01

    The local magnetic moment of Fe in Dy-Fe and Dy-FeCo amorphous alloys has been studied using X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). The Fe orbital and spin magnetic moments have been obtained for a range of alloy compositions by applying the sum rules to the XMCD spectra. The room temperature variations of the average components of the Fe moments as a function of Dy concentration and with the substitution of Fe by Co have been determined. A sharp reversal of the total magnetic moment was found at 28{+-}1 at% Dy for both alloys.

  2. 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.

  3. Structural stability and oxidation resistance of amorphous Zr-Al alloys

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    Soroka, I.L., E-mail: Inna.Soroka66@gmail.co [Department of Materials Chemistry, Uppsala University, Box 538, SE-751 21 Uppsala (Sweden); Vegelius, J.; Korelis, P.T. [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Uppsala University, Box 530, SE-751 21 Uppsala (Sweden); Fallberg, A. [Department of Materials Chemistry, Uppsala University, Box 538, SE-751 21 Uppsala (Sweden); Butorin, S.M.; Hjoervarsson, B. [Department of Physics and Materials Science, Uppsala University, Box 530, SE-751 21 Uppsala (Sweden)

    2010-06-15

    We investigated the structural stability and oxidation resistance of Zr-Al films upon annealing in air. The concentration of Zr was varied from 0 to 100 at.%, with a step of 10 at.%. The films were fabricated using ultra-high vacuum based magnetron sputtering. The as-deposited films with Zr content from 17.3 at.% to 70.7 at.% were found to be X-ray amorphous at room temperature. When exposed to air a thin oxide layer, typically less than 6 nm, is formed. The thickness of the oxide layers increases when the samples are annealed in air and most of these are found to be fully oxidized at 700 {sup o}C with the formation of crystalline and amorphous oxides on the top of crystalline and amorphous metal films, respectively. The amorphous oxide layers are found to be dense, with well defined thicknesses. An experimental non-equilibrium phase diagram is provided, covering the whole concentration range of the Zr-Al system.

  4. 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 [School of Chemistry, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW (Australia)

    2016-04-14

    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.

  5. Field-induced non-collinear magnetic structures in amorphous R-Co-B alloys (R = Gd and Er)

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    Radwanski, R.J.; Franse, J.J.M. (Van der Waals - Zeeman Lab., Univ. of Amsterdam (Netherlands)); Krishnan, R.; Lassri, H. (Lab. de Magnetisme and Materiaux Magnetiques, CNRS, 92 - Meudon (France))

    1993-02-01

    High-field magnetization studies performed at 4.2 K in magnetic fields up to 35 T on amorphous Gd[sub x]Co[sub 80-x]B[sub 20] and Er[sub x]Co[sub 80-x]B[sub 20] alloys have revealed, for samples with stoichiometry close to that of a compensated ferrimagnet, a magnetic behaviour that is characteristic of a non-collinear magnetic structure of the rare-earth and cobalt sublattices. From the non-collinear regime the exchange interactions between the 3d and rare-earth magnetic sublattices have been accurately evaluated. The compositional dependence of the Co and rare-earth moments is discussed. (orig.).

  6. Temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity of amorphous Co{sub 80-x}Er{sub x}B{sub 20} alloys

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    Touraghe, O.; Khatami, M. [LPMMAT, Universite Hassan II, Faculte des Sciences Ain Chock, B.P. 5366, Route d' EL Jadida km-8, Casablanca (Morocco); Menny, A. [LPMMAT, Universite Hassan II, Faculte des Sciences Ain Chock, B.P. 5366, Route d' EL Jadida km-8, Casablanca (Morocco); Departement de Physique, Faculte des Sciences et Technique de Nouakchott (Mauritania); Lassri, H. [LPMMAT, Universite Hassan II, Faculte des Sciences Ain Chock, B.P. 5366, Route d' EL Jadida km-8, Casablanca (Morocco)], E-mail: lassrih@hotmail.com; Nouneh, K. [CENM/CNESTEN, Maamora Rabat (Morocco)

    2008-06-01

    The temperature dependence of the electrical resistivity of amorphous Co{sub 80-x}Er{sub x}B{sub 20} alloys with x=0, 3.9, 7.5 and 8.6 prepared by melt spinning in pure argon atmosphere was studied. All amorphous alloys investigated here are found to exhibit a resistivity minimum at low temperature. The electrical resistivity exhibits logarithmic temperature dependence below the temperature of resistivity minimum T{sub min}. In addition, the resistivity shows quadratic temperature behavior in the interval T{sub min}alloys, the composition dependence of the temperature coefficient of electrical resistivity {alpha} shows a change in structural short range occurring in the composition range 8-9 at%.

  7. Corrosion behavior in high-temperature pressurized water of Zircaloy-4 joints brazed with Zr-Cu-based amorphous filler alloys

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    Lee, Jung Gu; Lee, Gyoung-Ja; Park, Jin-Ju; Lee, Min-Ku

    2017-05-01

    The compositional effects of ternary Zr-Cu-X (X: Al, Fe) amorphous filler alloys on galvanic corrosion susceptibility in high-temperature pressurized water were investigated for Zircaloy-4 brazed joints. Through an Al-induced microgalvanic reaction that deteriorated the overall nobility of the joint, application of the Zr-Cu-Al filler alloy caused galvanic coupling to develop readily between the Al-bearing joint and the Al-free base metal, finally leading to massive localized corrosion of the joint. Contrastingly, joints prepared with a Zr-Cu-Fe filler alloy showed excellent corrosion resistance comparable to that of the Zircaloy-4 base metal, since the Cu and Fe elements forming fine intermetallic particles with Zr did not influence the electrochemical stability of the resultant joints. The present results demonstrate that Fe is a more suitable alloying element than Al for brazing filler alloys subjected to high-temperature corrosive environments.

  8. Preparation of bulky amorphous Zr-Al-Co-Ni-Cu alloys by copper mold casting and their thermal and mechanical properties

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    Inoue, Akihisa; Zhang, Tao; Masumoto, Tsuyoshi

    1995-03-01

    Bulky amorphous alloys were found to form in Zr-Al-M (M = Co, Ni, Cu) systems by arc melting on a copper hearth. The largest thickness for glass formation is 6.1 mm for Zr60Al10Co3Ni9Cu18, 6.8 mm for Zr60Al15Co5Ni15Cu5 and 6.2 mm for Zr55Al20Co(17.5)Ni(2.5)Cu5. The optimum composition for glass-forming ability shifts from the Cu-rich side to the Co-rich side through the Ni-rich side with increasing Al content from 10 to 20%. The use of a metallic mold casting process enabled the formation of amorphous cylinders with the largest diameter of 7 mm for the three alloys. The compositional effect for the large glass-forming ability has also been discussed by taking the present data into consideration. The cast amorphous Zr60Al10Co3Ni9Cu18 alloy subjected to tensile testing exhibits distinct serrated flow before final fracture. The generation of the serrated flow is noticed because the alloy has a ductile nature which enables the momentary stop of the shear sliding. The Young's modulus, tensile fracture strength and fracture elongation are 97 GPa, 1510 MPa and 2.0%, respectively. The fracture occurs along the maximum shear plane and the fracture surface consists of a well-developed vein pattern. The size of their veins is about 10 times as large as that for the melt-spun ribbon and hence the shear deformation region occurs in a much wider region for the cast alloy, indicating the necessity of a larger amount of energy up to final fracture. The finding of the amorphous alloys with the large glass-forming ability and the extremely ductile nature is important for the subsequent development of metallic glassy materials.

  9. Effect of Mo on properties of the industrial Fe-B-alloy-derived Fe-based bulk metallic glasses

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    Zhu, Kai-rui; Jiang, Wei; Wu, Ji-li; Zhang, Bo

    2017-08-01

    The experimental results concerning the effects of Mo on the glass-forming ability (GFA), thermal stability, and mechanical, anticorrosion, and magnetic properties of an (Fe71.2B24Y4.8)96Nb4 bulk metallic glass (BMG) were presented. An industrial Fe-B alloy was used as the raw material, and a series of Fe-based BMGs were synthesized. In BMGs with the Mo contents of approximately 1at%-2at%, the cast alloy reached a critical diameter of 6 mm. The hardness and fracture strength also reached their maximum values in this alloy system. However, the anticorrosion and magnetic properties of the BMGs were not substantially improved by the addition of Mo. The low cost, good GFA, high hardness, and high fracture strength of the Fe-based BMGs developed in this work suggest that they are potential candidates for commercial applications.

  10. 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

  11. Deconvolution of ferromagnetic resonance in devitrification process of Co-based amorphous alloys

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    Montiel, H. [Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico UP. O. Box 70-360, Coyoacan, C.P. 04510 (Mexico)]. E-mail: herlinda_m@yahoo.com; Alvarez, G. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico UP. O. Box 70-360, Coyoacan, C.P. 04510 (Mexico); Departamento de ciencia de los Materiales U.P. Adolfo L. Mateos Edif. 9, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional S/N, 07738 DF (Mexico); Betancourt, I. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico UP. O. Box 70-360, Coyoacan, C.P. 04510 (Mexico); Zamorano, R. [Escuela de Fisica y Matematicas, IPN U.P. Adolfo L. Mateos Edif. 9, Av. Instituto Politecnico Nacional S/N, 07738 DF (Mexico); Valenzuela, R. [Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico UP. O. Box 70-360, Coyoacan, C.P. 04510 (Mexico)

    2006-10-01

    Ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements were carried out on soft magnetic amorphous ribbons of composition Co{sub 66}Fe{sub 4}B{sub 12}Si{sub 13}Nb{sub 4}Cu prepared by melt spinning. In the as-cast sample, a simple FMR spectrum was apparent. For treatment times of 5-20 min a complex resonant absorption at lower fields was detected; deconvolution calculations were carried out on the FMR spectra and it was possible to separate two contributions. These results can be interpreted as the combination of two different magnetic phases, corresponding to the amorphous matrix and nanocrystallites. The parameters of resonant absorptions can be associated with the evolution of nanocrystallization during the annealing.

  12. 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.)

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

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

    2017-02-01

    It has been shown that, in some amorphous alloys, the value of initial bending stresses σm can influence the development of the relaxation of these stresses during the annealing of the alloys. These alloys include Co69Fe3.7Cr3.8Si12.5B11, with a nearly zero saturation magnetostriction (λs saturation magnetostriction λs. When this effect manifests itself, the activation energy U of the given process becomes a function of two factors; i.e., this energy depends on both the composition of the alloy (that is, interatomic forces) and the value of the initial bending stresses. In this case, the activation energy U cannot be considered to be characteristic of the material.

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

  15. Magnetocaloric effect in amorphous and partially crystallized Fe{sub 40}Ni{sub 38}Mo{sub 4}B{sub 18} alloys

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    Thanveer, T.; Thomas, S., E-mail: senoythomas@gmail.com [Materials Science and Technology Division, National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram 695019 (India); Ramanujan, R. V. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Nanyang Avenue, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore 639798 (Singapore)

    2016-05-15

    A study of magnetocaloric effect in amorphous and partially crystallized Fe{sub 40}Ni{sub 38}Mo{sub 4}B{sub 18} alloys is reported. Amorphous Fe{sub 40}Ni{sub 38}Mo{sub 4}B{sub 18}, near its magnetic ordering temperature (600 K) showed a magnetic entropy change ΔS{sub M} of 1.1 J/KgK and a relative cooling power of 36 J/Kg in a field change of 10 kOe. Amorphous samples were partially crystallized by annealing at 700 K at different time intervals. Partially crystallized samples showed two distinct magnetic ordering temperature, one corresponding to the precipitated FeNi nanocrystals and the other one corresponding to the boron rich amorphous matrix. Magnetic ordering temperature of the residual amorphous matrix got shifted to the lower temperatures on increasing the annealing duration. Partially crystallised samples showed a magnetic entropy change of about 0.27 J/kgK near the magnetic ordering temperature of the amorphous matrix (540 K) in a field change of 10 kOe. The decrease in ΔS{sub M} on partial crystallisation is attributed to the biphasic magnetic nature of the sample.

  16. 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.)

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

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    and 10 respectively. The anomaly at these particular temperatures corresponds well to the temperature, where the paramagnetic to ferromagnetic transition is reported from bulk magnetization (BM) and ac susceptibilty (ACS) measurements [14,27]. Below this point, the temperature derivative of resistivity decreases till 77 K.

  18. Formation of carbon nanotubes on an amorphous Ni{sub 25}Ta{sub 58}N{sub 17} alloy film by chemical vapor deposition

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    Gromov, D. G.; Dubkov, S. V., E-mail: sv.dubkov@gmail.com [National Research University of Electronic Technology MIET (Russian Federation); Pavlov, A. A. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Nanotechnologies of Microelectronics (Russian Federation); Skorik, S. N. [Technological Center Research and Production Complex (Russian Federation); Trifonov, A. Yu. [Lukin Scientific Research Institute of Physical Problems (Russian Federation); Kirilenko, E. P.; Shulyat’ev, A. S. [National Research University of Electronic Technology MIET (Russian Federation); Shaman, Yu. P. [Technological Center Research and Production Complex (Russian Federation); Rygalin, B. N. [National Research University of Electronic Technology MIET (Russian Federation)

    2016-12-15

    It is shown that it is possible to grow carbon nanotubes on the surface of an amorphous Ni–Ta–N metal alloy film with a low Ni content (~25 at %) by chemical deposition from acetylene at temperature 400–800°C. It is established that the addition of nitrogen into the Ni–Ta alloy composition is favorable for the formation of tantalum nitride and the expulsion of Ni clusters, which act as a catalyst of the growth of carbon nanotubes, onto the surface. From Raman spectroscopy studies, it is found that, as the temperature of synthesis is raised, the quality of nanotubes is improved.

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

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

    1992-01-01

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

  20. Influence of Cr Doping on the Critical Behavior of Amorphous Alloy Ribbons Fe78–xCrxSi4Nb5B12Cu1

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    Phan, The-Long; Thanh, P. Q.; Chau, N.

    2014-01-01

    Though many previous works focused on studying Cr-doped Fe–Si–Nb–B–Cu amorphous alloys, magnetic-interaction mechanismsin these materials have not been carefully investigated yet. Dealing with these issues, we have prepared the amorphous alloy ribbonsFe78−xCrx Si4Nb5B12Cu1 with x = 1, 3, and 6......, and then studied their magnetic and critical properties. Magnetization versustemperature and magnetic-field measurements, MHT, performed on a vibrating sample magnetometer reveal that the Cr-contentincrease in Fe78−xCrxSi4Nb5B12Cu1 reduces the TC from 430 K for x = 1 to about 322 K (for x = 6). This indicates...

  1. Structural and dynamical properties of the Cu{sub 46}Zr{sub 54} alloy in crystalline, amorphous and liquid state: A molecular dynamic study

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    Valencia-Balvin, Camilo, E-mail: cavalen@fisica.udea.edu.c [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad de Antioquia, A.A. 1226 Medellin (Colombia); ITM Institucion Universitaria, A.A 54959 Medellin (Colombia); Loyola, Claudia [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 653, Santiago (Chile); Osorio-Guillen, Jorge [Instituto de Fisica, Universidad de Antioquia, A.A. 1226 Medellin (Colombia); Gutierrez, Gonzalo [Departamento de Fisica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Chile, Casilla 653, Santiago (Chile)

    2010-12-15

    Molecular dynamics simulations for the crystal, amorphous and liquid Cu{sub 46}Zr{sub 54} alloy were carried out on a system with up to 2000 particles, using a pairwise potential of the Rosato-Guillope-Legrand type. All simulations were done in the microcanonical ensemble, for a initial density of 5.76 g/cm{sup 3}, at different temperatures. A detailed analysis has been made by means of the pair-correlation function, coordination number, angle distribution, diffusion coefficient and vibrational density of states. We compared the main peaks of the amorphous phase with experimental data, obtaining a good agreement. The analysis of coordination number for the amorphous phase shows that the main building block of this phase are distorted icosahedron.

  2. Rapid nanocrystallization of soft-magnetic amorphous alloys using microwave induction heating

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    Nicula, R. [Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research - Empa, Feuerwerkerstr. 39, CH-3602 Thun (Switzerland)], E-mail: radu.nicula@empa.ch; Stir, M.; Ishizaki, K. [Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research - Empa, Feuerwerkerstr. 39, CH-3602 Thun (Switzerland); Catala-Civera, J.-M. [Polytechnical University of Valencia, School of Telecommunication, Camino de Vera s/n, E-46022 Valencia (Spain); Vaucher, S. [Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research - Empa, Feuerwerkerstr. 39, CH-3602 Thun (Switzerland)

    2009-01-15

    The crystallization of Fe{sub 73}Nb{sub 3}Cu{sub 1}Si{sub 16}B{sub 7} 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.

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

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

    2017-01-01

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

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

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    Minkyu Chun

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the effects of top gate voltage (VTG and temperature (in the range of 25 to 70 oC on dual-gate (DG back-channel-etched (BCE amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO thin film transistors (TFTs characteristics. The increment of VTG from -20V to +20V, decreases the threshold voltage (VTH from 19.6V to 3.8V and increases the electron density to 8.8 x 1018cm−3. Temperature dependent field-effect mobility in saturation regime, extracted from bottom gate sweep, show a critical dependency on VTG. At VTG of 20V, the mobility decreases from 19.1 to 15.4 cm2/V ⋅ s with increasing temperature, showing a metallic conduction. On the other hand, at VTG of - 20V, the mobility increases from 6.4 to 7.5cm2/V ⋅ s with increasing temperature. Since the top gate bias controls the position of Fermi level, the temperature dependent mobility shows metallic conduction when the Fermi level is above the conduction band edge, by applying high positive bias to the top gate.

  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. 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.

  7. Design of Cu8Zr5-based bulk metallic glasses

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    Yang, L.; Xia, J.H.; Wang, Q.

    2006-01-01

    Basic polyhedral clusters have been derived from intermetallic compounds at near-eutectic composition by considering a dense packing and random arrangement of atoms at shell sites. Using such building units, bulk metallic glasses can be formed. This strategy was verified in the Cu-Zr binary system......, where we have demonstrated the existence of Cu8Zr5 icosahedral clusters in Cu61.8Zr38.2, Cu64Zr36, and Cu64.5Zr35.5 amorphous alloys. Furthermore, ternary bulk metallic glasses can be developed by doping the basic Cu-Zr alloy with a minority element. This hypothesis was confirmed in systems (Cu0.618Zr0.......382)(100-x)Nb-x, where x=1.5 and 2.5 at. %, and (Cu0.618Zr0.382)(98)Sn-2. The present results may open a route to prepare amorphous alloys with improved glass forming ability....

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

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

    2009-09-01

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

  9. Surface and bulk characterization of molten In and In-Sn alloys

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    Ricci E.

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available In this work a double contribution to the characterization of molten In and In-Sn alloys considered as main components of an important class of lead free solder materials is shown: the study of the influence of oxygen on the capillary phenomena and the XRD investigation of the structure of liquid in a range of temperatures around that of liquidus. The surface tension behaviour of In-Sn binary alloys at different compositions, in terms of effective oxygen pressure, were compared with the data of pure In and the theoretical predictions, revealing that the lower oxidizability of indium was shown to control indium–tin alloys with a tin content up to about 80 at% , due to the presence of the most volatile oxide In2O. From the XRD spectra the radial distribution functions (RDF have been determined for each alloys. Experiments of High Temperature X-ray diffraction (HT-XRD showed that atomic clustering forms in the melt immediately before the appearing of the first solid. The structure of clusters is correlated to that of solid.

  10. Is Cu60Ti10Zr30 a bulk glass-forming alloy?

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    Jiang, Jianzhong; Saida, J.; Kato, H.

    2003-01-01

    The microstructures of Cu60Ti10Zr30 alloys fabricated by using two different methods, (rods of 2.5 mm in diameter prepared by a copper-mold casting method, and ribbons of about 0.03 mm in thickness prepared by the melt-spinning method), have been investigated by transmission electron microscopy a...

  11. Self-passivating bulk tungsten-based alloys manufactured by powder metallurgy

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    López-Ruiz, P.; Ordás, N.; Lindig, S.; Koch, F.; Iturriza, I.; García-Rosales, C.

    2011-12-01

    Self-passivating tungsten-based alloys are expected to provide a major safety advantage compared to pure tungsten, which is at present the main candidate material for the first wall armour of future fusion reactors. WC10Si10 alloys were manufactured by mechanical alloying (MA) in a Planetary mill and subsequent hot isostatic pressing (HIP), achieving densities above 95%. Different MA conditions were studied. After MA under optimized conditions, a core with heterogeneous microstructure was found in larger powder particles, resulting in the presence of some large W grains after HIP. Nevertheless, the obtained microstructure is significantly refined compared to previous work. First MA trials were also performed on the Si-free system WCr12Ti2.5. In this case a very homogeneous structure inside the powder particles was obtained, and a majority ternary metastable bcc phase was found, indicating that almost complete alloying occurred. Therefore, a very fine and homogeneous microstructure can be expected after HIP in future work.

  12. Co-based soft magnetic bulk glassy alloys optimized for glass ...

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    Inaddition to high GFA and superhigh strength, the compressive test shows that the Mo addition can improve the plasticity for the obtained BGAs. The combination of high GFA, excellent soft-magnetic properties and good plasticitydemonstrated in our alloys is promising for the future applications as functional materials.

  13. Electric and magnetic properties of Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 8}R{sub 6} (R=Sm, Gd, Ho) alloys in liquid and amorphous states

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    Sidorov, V. [Ural State Pedagogical University, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Svec, P.; Svec, P.; Janickovic, D. [Institute of Physics SAS, Bratislava (Slovakia); Mikhailov, V. [Ural State Pedagogical University, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Sidorova, E. [Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Moscow (Russian Federation); Son, L. [Ural State Pedagogical University, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation); Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2016-06-15

    Electrical resistivity and magnetic susceptibility of Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 8}Sm{sub 6}, Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 8}Gd{sub 6} and Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 8}Ho{sub 6} 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 R{sup 3+} ions. The results are discussed in supposition of directed bonds between rare earth and aluminum atoms. - Highlights: • Electric and magnetic properties of Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 8}R{sub 6} alloys are studied experimentally. • The negative value of rtc in amorphous ribbons is explained. • The effective magnetic moments per Gd and Ho are found to be lower than for R{sup 3+} ions.

  14. Superconductivity in amorphous+crystalline Ti-(Nb or V)-Si-B ductile alloys obtained by rapid quenching from the melt

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    Inoue, A.; Takahashi, Y.; Hoshi, A.; Suryanarayana, C.; Masumoto, T.

    1981-07-01

    Ductile superconductors with a duplex structure consisting of amorphous and bcc phases have been found in rapidly quenched alloys of the Ti/sub 70-x/Nb/sub 30/(Si-B)/sub x/ and Ti/sub 60hyphenx/V/sub 40/(Si-B)/sub x/ quaternary systems. Continuous ribbons of these alloys were produced in the form of about 1-mm width and 0.02-mm thickness using a modified single roller quenching apparatus. The silicon content in these duplex alloys was limited to the range between about 7 and 19 at. % and the boron content was in the range of about 0 to 9 at. %. The superconducting transition temperature T/sub c/ increased with decreasing metalloid content and/or with replacement of silicon by boron. The highest values obtained were 7.3 K for Ti/sub 57/Nb/sub 30/Si/sub 10/B/sub 3/ and 4.7 K for Ti/sub 45/V/sub 40/Si/sub 8/B/sub 7/, which are much higher than those of Ti-Nb and Ti-V base amorphous superconductors. The upper critical magnetic field H/sub c/2 and the critical current density J/sub c/ for the Ti/sub 55/Nb/sub 30/Si/sub 7/B/sub 8/ alloy were about 5.1 x 10/sup 6/ A/m at 4.2 K and of the order 3.5 x 10/sup 4/ A/cm/sup 2/ at zero applied field and 4.2 K. Although the superconducting properties of the duplex alloys are still insufficient for practical use, the information that the duplex structure produces a remarkable improvement in the superconducting properties without a detectable change or loss of ductility seems to be very important from the technological point of view.

  15. 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.

  16. Compositional dependencies in the vibrational properties of amorphous Ge-As-Se and Ge-Sb-Te chalcogenide alloys studied by Raman spectroscopy

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    Shportko, K.; Revutska, L.; Paiuk, O.; Baran, J.; Stronski, A.; Gubanova, A.; Venger, E.

    2017-11-01

    This work is focused on the compositional dependencies in the Raman spectra of amorphous Ge-As-Se and Ge-Sb-Te chalcogenides with the systematic increase of the Ge-content. Studied Ge-As-Se and Ge-Sb-Te chalcogenides are promising for applications in the photonics, optical, and electronic data storages. Gaussians used to fit the obtained Raman spectra were attributed to the vibrations of the structural units in Ge-Sb-Te and Ge-As-Se samples. Systematic compositional dependencies of the intensities of the characteristic Raman bands correlate with evolution of concentration of the different structural units in Ge-Sb-Te and Ge-As-Se alloys along the studied compositional lines. Obtained compositional trends in the intensities of Raman bands may enable one to predict vibrational properties of other amorphous Ge-Sb-Te and Ge-As-Se chalcogenides.

  17. PREPARATION AND MAGNETIC-PROPERTIES OF AMORPHOUS FE1-XBX (15-LESS-THAN-OR-EQUAL-TO X LESS-THAN-40 ATMOSPHERIC PERCENT) ALLOY PARTICLES

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    Linderoth, Søren; Mørup, S.

    1992-01-01

    15 and 28 at.%. Fe-57 Mossbauer spectra have been obtained at 10, 80 and 295 K. The hyperfine parameters for amorphous particles have been found to be similar to those found for ribbons and films prepared by the liquid-quench and sputtering techniques, respectively, though with a tendency...... for the magnetic hyperfine fields for the chemically prepared and sputter prepared alloys to deviate slightly from those for melt-spun samples. The magnetic hyperfine fields decrease linearly as a function of T3/2....

  18. The Magnetization Reversal Processes Of Bulk (Nd, Y-(Fe, Co-B Alloy In The As-Quenched State

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    Dośpiał M.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The magnetization reversal processes of bulk Fe64Co5Nd6Y6B19 alloy in the as-quenched state have been investigated. From the analysis of the initial magnetization curve and differential susceptibility versus an internal magnetic field it was deduced, that the main mechanism of magnetization reversal process is the pinning of domain walls at the grain’s boundaries of the Nd2Fe14B phase. Basing on the dependence of the reversible magnetization component as a function of magnetic field it was found that reversible rotation of a magnetic moment vector and motion of domain walls in multi-domain grains result in high initial values of the reversible component. The presence of at least two maxima on differential susceptibility of irreversible magnetization component in function of magnetic field imply existence of few pinning sites of domain walls in Fe64Co5Nd6Y6B19 alloy. The dominant interactions between particles have been determined on the basis of the Wohlfarth dependence. Such a behavior of Wohlfarth’s plot implies that the dominant interaction between grains becomes short range exchange interactions.

  19. 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.

  20. High-field magneto-thermo-mechanical testing system for characterizing multiferroic bulk alloys

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    Bruno, Nickolaus M.; Karaman, Ibrahim; Ross, Joseph H.; Chumlyakov, Yuriy I.

    2015-11-01

    Multiferroic meta-magnetic shape memory alloys are well known for exhibiting large magnetic field induced actuation strains, giant magnetocaloric effects, magneto-resistance, and structural and magnetic glassy behaviors. Thus, they are candidates for improving modern day sensing, actuation, magneto-resistance, and solid-state refrigeration processes. Until now, however, experimental apparatuses have typically been able to probe a limited ferroic parameter space in these materials, i.e., only concurrent thermal and mechanical responses, or magnetic and thermal responses. To overcome this barrier and better understand the coupling of multiple fields on materials behavior, a magneto-thermo-mechanical characterization device has been designed and implemented. This device is capable of compressing a specimen at load levels up to 5300 N collinearly with applied fields up to 9 T between temperatures of -100 °C and 120 °C. Uniaxial stress, strain, temperature, magnetic field, and the volumetric average magnetization have been simultaneously measured under mixed loading conditions on a NiCoMnIn meta-magnetic shape memory alloy and a few selected results are presented here.

  1. Structural and electronic properties of binary amorphous aluminum alloys with transition metals and rare earth metals; Strukturelle und elektronische Eigenschaften binaerer amorpher Aluminiumlegierungen mit Uebergangsmetallen und Metallen der Seltenen Erden

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    Stiehler, Martin

    2012-02-03

    The influence of the d-states of the transition metals on the structure formation in amorphous alloys has so far only been inadequately understood. The present work aims to elaborate additional contributions to the understanding of binary amorphous aluminum alloys with transition metals. Special emphasis was placed on alloys with a subgroup of the transition metals, the rare earth metals. Within the scope of the present work, layers of Al-Ce in the region of 15at% Ce-80at% Ce were produced by sequential flash evaporation at 4.2K in the high vacuum, and characterized electronically by electrical resistance and Hall effect measurements as well as structurally by transmission electron diffraction. In addition, studies of plasma resonance were carried out by means of electron energy loss spectroscopy. In the range of 25at% Ce-60at% Ce, homogeneous amorphous samples were obtained. Especially the structural investigations were made difficult by oxidation of the material. The influence of the Ce-4f electrons manifests itself mainly in the low-temperature and magnetoresistance, both of which are dominated by the Kondo effect. The Hall effect in Al-Ce is dominated by anomalous components over the entire temperature range (2K-320K), which are attributed to skew-scattering effects, also due to Ce-4f electrons. Down to 2K there was no macroscopic magnetic order. In the region 2K-20K, the existence of clusters of ordered magnetic moments is concluded. For T> 20K, paramagnetic behavior occurs. With regard to the structural and electronic properties, a-Al-Ce can be classified as a group with a-Al- (Sc, Y, La). In the sense of plasma resonance, a-Al-Ce is excellently arranged in a system known from other Al transition metal alloys. Furthermore, by increasing the results of binary amorphous Al transition metal alloys from the literature, it has been found that the structure formation in these systems is closely linked to a known but still unexplained structure-forming effect that

  2. Effects of interface and bulk properties of gate-dielectric on the performance and stability of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film transistors

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    Ando, M.; Wakagi, M.; Onisawa, K.

    2015-12-01

    In order to investigate the effects of interface and bulk properties of gate insulator on the threshold voltage (Vth) and the gate-bias induced instability of hydrogenated amorphous silicon thin-film transistors (a-Si:H TFTs), four kinds of TFT structures were fabricated with SiNx and SiOx insulators stacked to make different combinations of the bulk and interface in the gate-dielectric layers. It was found that the Vth and the stability are independently controlled by tuning stoichiometry and thickness of the SiOx insertion layer between a-Si:H and SiNx. In TFTs with SiOx insertion layer of 50 nm thickness, on increasing oxygen/silicon (O/Si = x) ratio from 1.7 to 1.9, Vth increased from 0 V to 9 V. In these TFTs with a relatively thick SiOx insertion layer, positive Vth shift with negative bias stress was observed, confirmed to be due to defect creation in a-Si:H with the thermalization barrier energy of 0.83 eV. On reducing the thickness of the SiOx insertion layer down to approximately 1 nm, thin enough for hole injection through SiOx by tunneling effect, stable operation was obtained while keeping the high Vth value under negative stress bias. These results are consistently explained as follows: (1) the high value for Vth is caused by the dipole generated at the interface between a-Si:H and SiOx; and (2) two causes for Vth shift, charge injection to the gate insulator and defect creation in a-Si:H, are mutually related to each other through the "effective bias stress," Vbseff = Vbs - ΔVfb (Vbs: applied bias stress and ΔVfb: flat band voltage shift due to the charge injection). It was experimentally confirmed that there should be an optimum thickness of SiOx insertion layer of approximately 1 nm with stable high Vth, where enhanced injection increases ΔVfb, reduces Vbseff to reduce defect creation, and totally minimizes Vth shift.

  3. Effect of the milling time on thermal stability of mechanically alloyed Mg{sub 5}0 Ni{sub 5}0 amorphous alloy; Efecto del tiempo de molienda sobre la estabilidad termica del amorfo Mg{sub 5}0 Ni:50 producido mediante aleado mecanico

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    Guzman, D.; Ordonez, S.; Serafini, D.; Rojas, P.; Aguilar, C.; Santander, M.; Navea, L.

    2009-07-01

    In order to study the relationship between the milling time used in the production of Mg{sub 5}0Ni{sub 5}0 amorphous alloy and its thermal stability, seven amorphous alloys were produced by milling for 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 50 and 60 h each sample. The obtained powders were morphological and structurally characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. The thermal stability of amorphous alloys was study by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Based on the obtained results, it can be concluded that the increase in the added energy when milling for longer time causes the homogenization of the microstructure with an increase in amorphous phase, which dissolves a large amount of nickel in its structure. Therefore, the simultaneous crystallization of the Mg{sub 2}Ni and MgNi{sub 2} intermetallic compounds at 345 degree centigrade can be explained. (Author) 19 refs.

  4. High-Efficiency Amorphous Silicon Alloy Based Solar Cells and Modules; Final Technical Progress Report, 30 May 2002--31 May 2005

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    Guha, S.; Yang, J.

    2005-10-01

    The principal objective of this R&D program is to expand, enhance, and accelerate knowledge and capabilities for development of high-efficiency hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and amorphous silicon-germanium alloy (a-SiGe:H) related thin-film multijunction solar cells and modules with low manufacturing cost and high reliability. Our strategy has been to use the spectrum-splitting triple-junction structure, a-Si:H/a-SiGe:H/a-SiGe:H, to improve solar cell and module efficiency, stability, and throughput of production. The methodology used to achieve the objectives included: (1) explore the highest stable efficiency using the triple-junction structure deposited using RF glow discharge at a low rate, (2) fabricate the devices at a high deposition rate for high throughput and low cost, and (3) develop an optimized recipe using the R&D batch large-area reactor to help the design and optimization of the roll-to-roll production machines. For short-term goals, we have worked on the improvement of a-Si:H and a-SiGe:H alloy solar cells. a-Si:H and a-SiGe:H are the foundation of current a-Si:H based thin-film photovoltaic technology. Any improvement in cell efficiency, throughput, and cost reduction will immediately improve operation efficiency of our manufacturing plant, allowing us to further expand our production capacity.

  5. First-principles study on the magnetic and half-metallic properties in bulk and (001) surface of Ti{sub 2}CoSn Heusler alloy

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    Yan, Peng-Li [College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710119, Shaanxi (China); Zhang, Jian-Min, E-mail: jmzhang@snnu.edu.cn [College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710119, Shaanxi (China); Xu, Ke-Wei [College of Physics and Mechanical and Electronic Engineering, Xian University of Arts and Science, Xian 710065, Shaanxi (China)

    2016-06-30

    For the bulk and (001) surface of Ti{sub 2}CoSn Heusler alloy, the electronic and magnetic properties in bulk and the surface effect on the structural, electronic and magnetic properties of the alloy for different terminations of (001) surface have been studied by using first-principles calculations. The spin-gapless semiconductor (SGS) ferromagnetism with the magnetic moment of 3.00 μ{sub B}/f.u. is confirmed in the bulk Ti{sub 2}CoSn alloy with Hg{sub 2}CuTi-type structure. For two ideal terminations (TiCo, TiSn) and three modified terminations (CoCo*, TiTi*, SnSn*), the density of states (DOS) indicates that all terminations destroy the SGS character. Furthermore, we find that the atomic magnetic moments (AMM) decrease for the most atoms on the outmost three layers due to structural relaxation of these atoms inward. Both the DOS and AMM of the central layer L{sub 9} are similar to the corresponding bulk characters because surface effects fade out at the position of the inner layer, 12 Å below the surface. - Highlights: • Bulk Ti{sub 2}CoSn is spin-gapless semiconductor (SGS) ferromagnetism with 3 μB/f.u. moment. • All terminations of the (001) surface of the Ti{sub 2}CoSn alloy lose the SGS character. • Atomic magnetic moments at the (001) surface are greatly different from the bulk values.

  6. Short range order and stability of amorphous Ge(x)Te(100-x) alloys (12 ≤ x ≤ 44.6).

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    Jóvári, P; Piarristeguy, A; Escalier, R; Kaban, I; Bednarčik, J; Pradel, A

    2013-05-15

    Amorphous Ge(x)Te(100-x) alloys were obtained over a broad composition range (12 ≤ x ≤ 44.6) by thermal co-evaporation. Their structure was investigated by x-ray diffraction and extended x-ray absorption fine structure measurements. Experimental datasets were fitted simultaneously by the reverse Monte Carlo simulation technique. It is concluded that Te is mostly twofold coordinated and the majority of Ge atoms have four neighbours. The number of Ge-Ge and Te-Te bonds evolves monotonically with composition. Ge-Ge bonding can be observed already at x = 24 while Te-Te bonds can be found even in Ge44.6Te55.4. The models obtained by simulation show that the structure of compositions with x > 24 should be considered as a random covalent network but there is chemical ordering for x ≤ 24, exactly in the composition range where glasses can be obtained from the melt by fast quenching. The composition dependences of some physical properties also point to the connection between chemical short range order and the stability of the amorphous phase: while the glass transition temperature and microhardness increase monotonically with the composition, the thermal stability of the amorphous films goes through a maximum around x = 20-24.

  7. Development and structural characterization of exchange-spring-like nanomagnets in (Fe,Co)-Pt bulk nanocrystalline alloys

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    Crisan, O.; Crisan, A.D.; Mercioniu, I. [National Institute for Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Nicula, R. [Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Advanced Materials Processing, Feuerwerkerstr. 39, CH-3602 Thun (Switzerland); Vasiliu, F., E-mail: fvasiliu@infim.ro [National Institute for Materials Physics, P.O. Box MG-7, 077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania)

    2016-03-01

    FePt-based alloys are currently under scrutiny for their possible use as materials for perpendicular magnetic recording. Another possible application is in the field of permanent magnets without rare-earths, magnets that may operate at higher temperatures than the classic Nd–Fe–B magnets. Within this study, FeCoPt alloys prepared by rapid solidification from the melt are structurally and magnetically characterized. In the as-cast FeCoPt ribbons, a three-phase structure comprising well-ordered CoFePt and CoPt L1{sub 0} phases embedded in a disordered fcc FePt matrix was evidenced by XRD, HREM and SAED. Extended transmission electron microscopy analysis demonstrates the incipient formation of ordered L1{sub 0} phases. X-ray diffraction was used to characterize the phase structure and to obtain the structural parameters of interest for L1{sub 0} ordering. In the as-cast state, the co-existence of hard magnetic CoFePt and CoPt L1{sub 0} tetragonal phases with the soft fcc FePt phase is obtained within a refined microstructure made of alternatively disposed grains (grain sizes from 1 to 7 nm). Following a thermal treatment of 1 h at 670 °C, the soft magnetic fcc matrix phase transforms to tetragonal L1{sub 0} phases (disorder–order transition). The resulting CoPt and CoFePt L1{sub 0} phases have grains of around 5–20 nm in size. In the as-cast state, magnetic measurements show a quite large remanence (0.75 T), close to the value of the parent L1{sub 0} FePt phase. Coercive fields of about 200 kA/m at 5 K were obtained, comparable with those reported for some FePt-based bulk alloys. Upon annealing both remanence and coercivity are increased and values of up to 254 kA/m at 300 K are obtained. The polycrystalline structure of the annealed FeCoPt samples, as well as the formation of multiple c-axis domains in different CoPt and CoFePt regions (which leads to a reduction of the magneto-crystalline anisotropy) may account for the observed coercive fields that are

  8. Mechanical Testing of Iron based Bulk Metallic Glasses and Their Suitability for Force Sensors

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    Erenc-Sędziak T.

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermal, mechanical and magnetic properties of (Fe-Co-(Zr/Si-Nb-B alloys in the form of rapidly quenched rods of 1.2 mm in diameter were studied. The as-cast alloys with Zr were crystalline, and the alloys with Si were amorphous. Microhardness measured at 50 g load is from 500 to 2000 HV (the less cobalt, the higher, and the compressive strength reaches nearly 4000 MPa for Si doped alloys and 2000 MPa for Zr doped ones. This substantial difference may be attributed to partial crystallinity of the latter alloys. The magnetic hysteresis loops of fully amorphous rods measured under compression, exhibited a clear dependence of permeability vs. stress, proving that iron-based bulk metallic glasses may be promising materials for magnetoelastic force sensors.

  9. A study of diffusion, atom migration and segregation in Cu and Ag alloy bulk- and nanocrystals

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    van der Walt, C.; Terblans, J. J.; Swart, H. C.

    2017-05-01

    Using the Sutton-Chen potential, Molecular Dynamics simulations were done of Ag and Cu bulk and nanocrystals and the vacancy formation energy, migration energy, and diffusion activation energy were calculated. Values for Cu compared very well with literature, and Ag less so. The migration energy along a diffusion path was studied for different low index surface orientations. Using the mixed form of the potential for bimetallic interactions with a slight adjustment, the interactions between Ag and Cu were also simulated. Migration energy depth profiles along with segregation energies at different depths were studied. Surface segregation of Ag in Cu was successfully simulated and the calculated segregation values of a Ag atom in Cu compared well to literature values.

  10. Experimental and molecular dynamics simulation study of structure of liquid and amorphous Ni 62 Nb 38 alloy

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    Zhang, Y.; Ashcraft, R.; Mendelev, M. I.; Wang, C. Z.; Kelton, K. F.

    2016-11-28

    The state-of-the-art experimental and atomistic simulation techniques were utilized to study the structure of the liquid and amorphous Ni62Nb38 alloy. First, the ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) simulation was performed at rather high temperature where the time limitations of the AIMD do not prevent to reach the equilibrium liquid structure. A semi-empirical potential of the Finnis-Sinclair (FS) type was developed to almost exactly reproduce the AIMD partial pair correlation functions (PPCFs) in a classical molecular dynamics simulation. This simulation also showed that the FS potential well reproduces the bond angle distributions. The FS potential was then employed to elongate the AIMD PPCFs and determine the total structure factor (TSF) which was found to be in excellent agreement with X-ray TSF obtained within the present study demonstrating the reliability of the AIMD for the simulation of the structure of the liquid Ni–Nb alloys as well as the reliability of the developed FS potential. The glass structure obtained with the developed potential was also found to be in excellent agreement with the X-ray data. The analysis of the structure revealed that a network of the icosahedra clusters centered on Ni atoms is forming during cooling the liquid alloy down to Tg and the Nb Z14, Z15, and Z16 clusters are attached to this network. This network is the main feature of the Ni62Nb38 alloy and further investigations of the properties of this alloy should be based on study of the behavior of this network.

  11. Microstructure and thermal stability of bulk nanocrystalline alloys produced by surface mechanical attrition treatment

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    Liu, Wenbo; Zhang, Chi; Yang, Zhigang; Xia, Zhixin

    2014-02-01

    Bulk nanocrystalline has been produced in the surface of a tempered reduced activation ferrite/martensite (RAFM) steel by means of surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT), the grain size decreases gradually from the strain-free matrix to the treated surface with the increase of deformation strains. Both XRD and SEM results indicate the dissolving or refinement of carbides during SMAT. The nanocrystalline has excellent thermal stability when annealing at 823 K; the average grain sizes calculated from statistical analysis of the TEM images after annealing for 5 min, 30 min, 120 min and 240 min are 67.6 nm, 87.1 nm, 93.8 nm and 109.6 nm, respectively. Because of the large volume fraction of grain boundaries (GBs) and enhanced diffusion rates in the nanocrystalline (NC) steels, fast grain growth and small precipitated carbides are observed after annealing for 5 min at 823 K, while the existence of numerous second-phase particles hinders grain growth after annealing for longer times.

  12. 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)

  13. Structure of and phase transformations in bulk amorphous (GaSb) sub 1 sub - sub x (Ge sub 2) sub x

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    Sapelkin, A V

    1997-01-01

    temperatures, under high pressures and at ambient conditions. Combined EXAFS and powder diffraction methods have been used to study the high pressure behavior of materials. The results revealed a complex picture of structural transformations in (GaSb) sub 1 sub - sub x (Ge sub 2) sub x owing to the meta-stable nature of samples. The semiconductor-to-metal transition observed previously is found to be due to percolation through the high pressure metallic phase GaSb II. It is showed that the combination of two structural techniques, powder diffraction and EXAFS, can provide quite detailed information on the structural behavior of amorphous materials under high pressures. The temperature-dependent EXAFS studies showed that semiconducting amorphous GaSb is likely to be chemically ordered. Issues concerning determination of the structure of amorphous materials and information theory are widely discussed. Amorphous materials are not new to scientists and mankind -- man has been using glass and glassy materials for ...

  14. Effects of additional Ag on the thermal stability and glass-forming ability of La-Al-Cu bulk glassy alloys

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    Jia Fei [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)], E-mail: jiafei@imr.tohoku.ac.jp; Zhang Wei; Kimura, Hisamichi; Inoue, Akihisa [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sendai 980-8577 (Japan)

    2008-02-25

    The addition of Ag to La-Al-Cu ternary glassy alloys greatly increases the stabilization of supercooled liquid and glass-forming ability (GFA). The large supercooled liquid region ({delta}T{sub x}) exceeding 60 K was obtained in a wide composition range of 10-22.5 at.% Al, 15-25 at.% Cu, and 2-12.5 at.% Ag. The largest {delta}T{sub x} of 83 K and the reduced glass transition temperature (T{sub g}/T{sub l}) were obtained for La{sub 62.5}Al{sub 12.5}Ag{sub 5}Cu{sub 20} alloy, leading to formation of the glassy alloy sample with a diameter of 6.0 mm. The addition of small amounts of Fe or Co to La-Al-Ag-Cu alloy increases T{sub g}/T{sub l} though the decrease in T{sub l}, resulting in an increase of GFA. As a result, the glassy alloy rods with diameters of over 7.0 mm were fabricated by addition of 2.5-5 at.% Fe or Co. The new La-based bulk glassy alloys exhibited high compressive fracture strength of 589-858 MPa with distinct plastic strain of 0.2-1.0%.

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

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    Solomon, N.

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available 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.Este trabajo presenta los resultados de la investigación sobre la resistencia a la corrosión de un nuevo sistema de aleaciones amorfas, p. ej., Fe-Co-Cr-B-Si. El comportamiento de la corrosión de aleaciones amorfas así como el de cualquier otra aleación cristalina puede ser determinado, en ambas, por factores internos (la estructura y composición de la aleación y por factores externos (tipo medio agresivo, concentración y coeficiente pH. La falta de cristalinidad y de defectos específicos al estado de cristalinidad -limitaciones de grano, dislocaciones y segregaciones- aseguran una alta resistencia a la corrosión a las aleaciones amorfas, en lugar de ser termodinámicamente metaestables La investigación se desarrolló a través del método gravimétrico en muestras de aleación amorfa Fe75-xCoxCr1B7Si17 obtenidos por

  16. Low temperature diffusion process using rare earth-Cu eutectic alloys for hot-deformed Nd-Fe-B bulk magnets

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    Akiya, T., E-mail: akiya.takahiro@nims.go.jp; Sepehri-Amin, H.; Ohkubo, T. [Elements Strategy Initiative Center for Magnetic Materials, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Liu, J.; Hono, K. [Elements Strategy Initiative Center for Magnetic Materials, National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8577 (Japan); Hioki, K.; Hattori, A. [Daido Steel Co., LTD, Nagoya 457-8545 (Japan)

    2014-05-07

    The low temperature grain boundary diffusion process using RE{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} (RE = Pr, Nd) eutectic alloy powders was applied to sintered and hot-deformed Nd-Fe-B bulk magnets. Although only marginal coercivity increase was observed in sintered magnets, a substantial enhancement in coercivity was observed when the process was applied to hot-deformed anisotropic bulk magnets. Using Pr{sub 70}Cu{sub 30} eutectic alloy as a diffusion source, the coercivity was enhanced from 1.65 T to 2.56 T. The hot-deformed sample expanded along c-axis direction only after the diffusion process as RE rich intergranular layers parallel to the broad surface of the Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B are thickened in the c-axis direction.

  17. Noncontact measurement of high-temperature surface tension and viscosity of bulk metallic glass-forming alloys using the drop oscillation technique

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

    2005-01-01

    High-temperature surface tension and viscosities for five bulk metallic glass-forming alloys with widely different glass-forming abilities are measured. The measurements are carried out in a high-vacuum electrostatic levitator using the drop oscillation technique. The surface tension follows proportional mathematical addition of pure components' surface tension except when some of the constituent elements have much lower surface tension. In such cases, there is surface segregation of the low ...

  18. Castable Amorphous Metal Mirrors and Mirror Assemblies

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    Hofmann, Douglas C.; Davis, Gregory L.; Agnes, Gregory S.; Shapiro, Andrew A.

    2013-01-01

    A revolutionary way to produce a mirror and mirror assembly is to cast the entire part at once from a metal alloy that combines all of the desired features into the final part: optical smoothness, curvature, flexures, tabs, isogrids, low CTE, and toughness. In this work, it has been demonstrated that castable mirrors are possible using bulk metallic glasses (BMGs, also called amorphous metals) and BMG matrix composites (BMGMCs). These novel alloys have all of the desired mechanical and thermal properties to fabricate an entire mirror assembly without machining, bonding, brazing, welding, or epoxy. BMGs are multi-component metal alloys that have been cooled in such a manner as to avoid crystallization leading to an amorphous (non-crystalline) microstructure. This lack of crystal structure and the fact that these alloys are glasses, leads to a wide assortment of mechanical and thermal properties that are unlike those observed in crystalline metals. Among these are high yield strength, carbide-like hardness, low melting temperatures (making them castable like aluminum), a thermoplastic processing region (for improving smoothness), low stiffness, high strength-to-weight ratios, relatively low CTE, density similar to titanium alloys, high elasticity and ultra-smooth cast parts (as low as 0.2-nm surface roughness has been demonstrated in cast BMGs). BMGMCs are composite alloys that consist of a BMG matrix with crystalline dendrites embedded throughout. BMGMCs are used to overcome the typically brittle failure observed in monolithic BMGs by adding a soft phase that arrests the formation of cracks in the BMG matrix. In some cases, BMGMCs offer superior castability, toughness, and fatigue resistance, if not as good a surface finish as BMGs. This work has demonstrated that BMGs and BMGMCs can be cast into prototype mirrors and mirror assemblies without difficulty.

  19. Thermomagnetic transitions and coercivity mechanism in bulk composite Nd{sub 60}Fe{sub 30}Al{sub 10} alloys

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    Ortega-Zempoalteca, R. [Departamento de Materiales Metalicos y Ceramicos, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico); Betancourt, I. [Departamento de Materiales Metalicos y Ceramicos, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico)], E-mail: israelb@correo.unam.mx; Valenzuela, R. [Departamento de Materiales Metalicos y Ceramicos, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico D.F. 04510 (Mexico)

    2009-10-15

    The thermomagnetic behaviour (within the temperature range 553-300 K) for the bulk composite Nd{sub 60}Fe{sub 30}Al{sub 10} alloy is described in terms of a transition from paramagnetic to superferromagnetic state at T=553 K, followed by a ferromagnetic ordering for T<473 K. For the superferromagnetic regime, the alloy thermomagnetic response was associated to a homogeneous distribution of magnetic clusters with mean magnetic moment and size of 1072 {mu}{sub B} and 2.5 nm, respectively. For T<473 K, a pinning model of domain walls described properly the alloy coercivity dependence with temperature, from which the domain wall width and the magnetic anisotropy constant were estimated as being of {approx}8 nm and {approx}10{sup 5} J/m{sup 3}, typical values of hard magnetic phases. Results are supported by microstructural and magnetic domain observations.

  20. Knight shift and spin-lattice relaxation for 63Cu and 31P in amorphous Ni-Cu-P alloys

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    Bakonyi, I.; Schone, H. E.; Varga, L. K.; Tompa, K.; Lovas, A. P.

    1986-04-01

    Measurements have been made of the Knight shift and the spin-lattice relaxation time for 63Cu and 31P in amorphous (Ni1-xCux)80P20 as a function of copper concentration. A negative contribution to the 63Cu Knight shift is observed which is ascribed to polarization of conduction-electron spins by a partially filled d band.

  1. XPS study of non-stoichiometric amorphous GeN alloys (a-GeNx, 0≤x≤0.3)

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    Zanatta, A. R.; Landers, R.; de Castro, S. G. C.; Kleiman, G. G.; Chambouleyron, I.

    1996-07-01

    In this work experimentally determined values of the chemical shift (ΔB) induced by nitrogen in Ge core levels of sub-stoichiometric a-GeN alloys are presented and discussed. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray excited Auger electron spectroscopy (XAES) were employed to study the behavior of the Ge 3d core levels and the Ge LMM transitions, respectively. The present data were compared to the core level shifts induced by other elements in the amorphous and crystalline Si and Ge networks. A linear relationship was found between chemical shifts in the core level binding energies and modified Auger parameters, when analyzed in terms of the charge transferred between impurity and host atoms' bonding.

  2. Reversible amorphous-crystalline phase changes in a wide range of Se(1-x)Te(x) alloys studied using ultrafast differential scanning calorimetry.

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    Vermeulen, Paul A; Momand, Jamo; Kooi, Bart J

    2014-07-14

    The reversible amorphous-crystalline phase change in a chalcogenide material, specifically the Se1-xTex alloy, has been investigated for the first time using ultrafast differential scanning calorimetry. Heating rates and cooling rates up to 5000 K/s were used. Repeated reversible amorphous-crystalline phase switching was achieved by consecutively melting, melt-quenching, and recrystallizing upon heating. Using a well-conditioned method, the composition of a single sample was allowed to shift slowly from 15 at. %Te to 60 at. %Te, eliminating sample-to-sample variability from the measurements. Using Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy composition analysis, the onset of melting for different Te-concentrations was confirmed to coincide with the literature solidus line, validating the use of the onset of melting Tm as a composition indicator. The glass transition Tg and crystallization temperature Tc could be determined accurately, allowing the construction of extended phase diagrams. It was found that Tm and Tg increase (but Tg/Tm decrease slightly) with increasing Te-concentration. Contrarily, the Tc decreases substantially, indicating that the amorphous phase becomes progressively unfavorable. This coincides well with the observation that the critical quench rate to prevent crystallization increases about three orders of magnitude with increasing Te concentration. Due to the employment of a large range of heating rates, non-Arrhenius behavior was detected, indicating that the undercooled liquid SeTe is a fragile liquid. The activation energy of crystallization was found to increase 0.5-0.6 eV when the Te concentration increases from 15 to 30 at. % Te, but it ceases to increase when approaching 50 at. % Te.

  3. Characterization of crystallization kinetics of a Ni- (Cr, Fe, Si, B, C, P) based amorphous brazing alloy by non-isothermal differential scanning calorimetry

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    Raju, S. [Physical Metallurgy Section, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu 603 102 (India)]. E-mail: sraju@igcar.gov.in; Kumar, N.S. Arun [Physical Metallurgy Section, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu 603 102 (India); Jeyaganesh, B. [Physical Metallurgy Section, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu 603 102 (India); Mohandas, E. [Physical Metallurgy Section, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu 603 102 (India); Mudali, U. Kamachi [Corrosion Science and Technology Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam, Tamil Nadu 603 102 (India)

    2007-08-16

    The thermal stability and crystallization kinetics of a Ni- (Cr, Si, Fe, B, C, P) based amorphous brazing foil have been investigated by non-isothermal differential scanning calorimetry. The glass transition temperature T {sub g}, is found to be 720 {+-} 2 K. The amorphous alloy showed three distinct, yet considerably overlapping crystallization transformations with peak crystallization temperatures centered around 739, 778 and 853 {+-} 2 K, respectively. The solidus and liquidus temperatures are estimated to be 1250 and 1300 {+-} 2 K, respectively. The apparent activation energies for the three crystallization reactions have been determined using model free isoconversional methods. The typical values for the three crystallization reactions are: 334, 433 and 468 kJ mol{sup -1}, respectively. The X-ray diffraction of the crystallized foil revealed the presence of following compounds Ni{sub 3}B (Ni{sub 4}B{sub 3}), CrB, B{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}Si{sub 3}, CrSi{sub 2}, and Ni{sub 4.5}Si{sub 2}B.

  4. Catalytic Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid in Water into g-Valerolactone over Bulk Structure of Inexpensive Intermetallic Ni-Sn Alloy Catalysts

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    Rodiansono Rodiansono

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available A bulk structure of inexpensive intermetallic nickel-tin (Ni-Sn alloys catalysts demonstrated highly selective in the hydrogenation of levulinic acid in water into g-valerolactone. The intermetallic Ni-Sn catalysts were synthesized via a very simple thermochemical method from non-organometallic precursor at low temperature followed by hydrogen treatment at 673 K for 90 min. The molar ratio of nickel salt and tin salt was varied to obtain the corresponding Ni/Sn ratio of 4.0, 3.0, 2.0, 1.5, and 0.75. The formation of Ni-Sn alloy species was mainly depended on the composition and temperature of H2 treatment. Intermetallics Ni-Sn that contain Ni3Sn, Ni3Sn2, and Ni3Sn4 alloy phases are known to be effective heterogeneous catalysts for levulinic acid hydrogenation giving very excellence g-valerolactone yield of >99% at 433 K, initial H2 pressure of 4.0 MPa within 6 h. The effective hydrogenation was obtained in H2O without the formation of by-product. Intermetallic Ni-Sn(1.5 that contains Ni3Sn2 alloy species demonstrated very stable and reusable catalyst without any significant loss of its selectivity. © 2015 BCREC UNDIP. All rights reserved. Received: 26th February 2015; Revised: 16th April 2015; Accepted: 22nd April 2015  How to Cite: Rodiansono, R., Astuti, M.D., Ghofur, A., Sembiring, K.C. (2015. Catalytic Hydrogenation of Levulinic Acid in Water into g-Valerolactone over Bulk Structure of Inexpensive Intermetallic Ni-Sn Alloy Catalysts. Bulletin of Chemical Reaction Engineering & Catalysis, 10 (2: 192-200. (doi:10.9767/bcrec.10.2.8284.192-200Permalink/DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.9767/bcrec.10.2.8284.192-200  

  5. Evolution of thermoelectric performance for (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloys from cutting waste powders to bulks with high figure of merit

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    Fan, Xi‧an; Cai, Xin zhi; Han, Xue wu; Zhang, Cheng cheng; Rong, Zhen zhou; Yang, Fan; Li, Guang qiang

    2016-01-01

    Bi2Te3 based cutting waste powders from cutting wafers were firstly selected as raw materials to prepare p-type Bi2Te3 based thermoelectric (TE) materials. Through washing, reducing, composition correction, smelting and resistance pressing sintering (RPS) process, p-type (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloy bulks with different nominal stoichiometries were successfully obtained. The evolution of microstructure and TE performance for (Bi,Sb)2Te3 alloys were investigated in detail. All evidences confirmed that most of contaminants from line cutting process such as cutting fluid and oxides of Bi, Sb or Te could be removed by washing, reducing and smelting process used in this work. The carrier content and corresponding TE properties could be adjusted effectively by appropriate composition correction treatment. At lastly, a bulk with a nominal stoichiometry of Bi0.44Sb1.56Te3 was obtained and its' dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) was about 1.16 at 90 °C. The ZT values of Bi0.36Sb1.64Te3 and Bi0.4Sb1.6Te3 alloy bulks could also reach 0.98 and 1.08, respectively. Different from the conventional recycling technology such as hydrometallurgy extraction methods, the separation and extraction of beneficial elements such as Bi, Sb and Te did not need to be performed and the Bi2Te3 based bulks with high TE properties could be directly obtained from the cutting waste powders. In addition, the recycling technology introduced here was green and more suitable for practical industrial application. It can improve material utilization and lower raw material costs of manufacturers.

  6. Temperature affecting the magnetic properties of the Co{sub 79−x}Fe{sub 3}Cr{sub 3}Si{sub 15}B{sub x} amorphous alloy

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    Tsepelev, Vladimir, E-mail: v.s.tsepelev@urfu.ru [Boris Yeltzin Ural Federal University, Mira 19, Ekaterinburg 620002 (Russian Federation); Starodubtsev, Yuri [Boris Yeltzin Ural Federal University, Mira 19, Ekaterinburg 620002 (Russian Federation); Research and Production Enterprise «Gammamet», Kirov 28, Ekaterinburg 620028 (Russian Federation); Zelenin, Viktor; Belozerov, Vladimir [Research and Production Enterprise «Gammamet», Kirov 28, Ekaterinburg 620028 (Russian Federation); Konashkov, Viktor [Boris Yeltzin Ural Federal University, Mira 19, Ekaterinburg 620002 (Russian Federation)

    2015-09-15

    The paper studies the effect the temperature has on the magnetic properties of the Co{sub 79−x}Fe{sub 3}Cr{sub 3}Si{sub 15}B{sub x} amorphous alloy with different boron content. Magnetic saturation induction B{sub s} and Curie temperature T{sub C} decrease as the boron content increases. Within the range of relatively high temperatures, magnetic saturation induction B{sub s} = μ{sub 0}M{sub s} is related to the temperature by B{sub s}(T) ∼ (T{sub C} − T){sup 0.38}. In the Co{sub 79−x}Fe{sub 3}Cr{sub 3}Si{sub 15}B{sub x} 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.

  7. Physics of amorphous metals

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    Kovalenko, Nikolai P; Krey, Uwe

    2008-01-01

    The discovery of bulk metallic glasses has led to a large increase in the industrial importance of amorphous metals, and this is expected to continue. This book is the first to describe the theoretical physics of amorphous metals, including the important theoretical development of the last 20 years.The renowned authors stress the universal aspects in their description of the phonon or magnon low-energy excitations in the amorphous metals, e.g. concerning the remarkable consequences of the properties of these excitations for the thermodynamics at low and intermediate temperatures. Tunneling

  8. Dual-Mode Nanoporous Copper by Dealloying Al-Cu-Nacl Bulk Alloys and Its High Degradation Efficiency Toward Methyl Orange

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    Yu, Nana; Jiang, Lianyu; Hou, Hongyan; Chen, Xiutong; Li, Jie; Geng, Haoran; Zhao, Degang

    2017-03-01

    In this work, a facile synthesis route was applied to fabricate nanoporous copper (NPC). As-sintered AlCu bulk alloys with (or without) NaCl that were fabricated by powder metallurgy were taken as precursors during the preparation of NPC via chemical dealloying. The effects of NaCl in the alloys on precursors and products were investigated. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) examinations showed that the addition of NaCl is really beneficial to the formation of a dual-mode pore structure. The x-ray diffraction (XRD) revealed that the AlCu phase formed at the powder metallurgy stage could be completely corroded in HCl solution in the as-dealloyed products, whereas it remains unchanged in the NaOH condition. SEM images showed that NPC was characterized by a three-dimensional, bicontinuous, uniform, or dual-mode ligament-channel structure with nanoscale length. There were no obvious AlCu blocks or other bulks in the NPC sample fabricated from Al67Cu33 alloys with NaCl. In addition, it exhibited hierarchical structures with two distinctive pore sizes, which results in the best photocatalytic properties of NPC. Moreover, the photocatalytic properties of NPC for methyl orange (MO) degradation in water solution were evaluated, and it miraculously showed enhanced photocatalytic performance of exceeding 99% at even a brief time.

  9. Evolution of thermoelectric performance for (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} alloys from cutting waste powders to bulks with high figure of merit

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    Fan, Xi' an, E-mail: groupfxa@163.com [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); School of Materials and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, 947 Heping Road, Qingshan District, Wuhan 430081 (China); Cai, Xin zhi, E-mail: xzcwust@163.com [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); School of Materials and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, 947 Heping Road, Qingshan District, Wuhan 430081 (China); Han, Xue wu, E-mail: hanxuewu1990@163.com [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); School of Materials and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, 947 Heping Road, Qingshan District, Wuhan 430081 (China); Zhang, Cheng cheng, E-mail: zcc516990418@live.com [The State Key Laboratory of Refractories and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); Key Laboratory for Ferrous Metallurgy and Resources Utilization of Ministry of Education, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430081 (China); School of Materials and Metallurgy, Wuhan University of Science and Technology, 947 Heping Road, Qingshan District, Wuhan 430081 (China); and others

    2016-01-15

    Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based cutting waste powders from cutting wafers were firstly selected as raw materials to prepare p-type Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based thermoelectric (TE) materials. Through washing, reducing, composition correction, smelting and resistance pressing sintering (RPS) process, p-type (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} alloy bulks with different nominal stoichiometries were successfully obtained. The evolution of microstructure and TE performance for (Bi,Sb){sub 2}Te{sub 3} alloys were investigated in detail. All evidences confirmed that most of contaminants from line cutting process such as cutting fluid and oxides of Bi, Sb or Te could be removed by washing, reducing and smelting process used in this work. The carrier content and corresponding TE properties could be adjusted effectively by appropriate composition correction treatment. At lastly, a bulk with a nominal stoichiometry of Bi{sub 0.44}Sb{sub 1.56}Te{sub 3} was obtained and its' dimensionless figure of merit (ZT) was about 1.16 at 90 °C. The ZT values of Bi{sub 0.36}Sb{sub 1.64}Te{sub 3} and Bi{sub 0.4}Sb{sub 1.6}Te{sub 3} alloy bulks could also reach 0.98 and 1.08, respectively. Different from the conventional recycling technology such as hydrometallurgy extraction methods, the separation and extraction of beneficial elements such as Bi, Sb and Te did not need to be performed and the Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based bulks with high TE properties could be directly obtained from the cutting waste powders. In addition, the recycling technology introduced here was green and more suitable for practical industrial application. It can improve material utilization and lower raw material costs of manufacturers. - Graphical abstract: Three kinds of typical morphologies for the fractographs: typical lamellar structure, agglomerated submicron-sized granules and dispersed cubic particles from the initial cutting waste powders. - Highlights: • Bi{sub 2}Te{sub 3} based wastes were directly selected as raw materials

  10. Reversibility of the preferred hyperfine field direction in the electrochemically deposited Fe-Ni-P amorphous alloys

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    Zemcik, T. (Ceskoslovenska Akademie Ved, Brno (Czechoslovakia). Ustav Fyzikalni Metalurgie); Kuzmann, E. (Eoetvoes Lorand Tudomanyegyetem, Budapest (Hungary). Lab. of Nuclear Chemistry); Hemschik, H. (Akademie der Wissenschaften, Dresden (Germany, F.R.). Zentralinstitut fuer Festkoerperphysik und Werkstofforschung)

    1991-01-01

    Electrochemically deposited Fe(-Ni)-P alloys exhibit in the as-deposited state a strong magnetic anisotropy with the easy axis perpendicular to the foil plane. Using {sup 57}Fe Moessbauer measurements in three transmission directions and an evaluation procedure modified with respect to that reported previously, it is shown that the Fe{sub 43}Ni{sub 45}P{sub 12} alloy indeed possesses a pronounced normal orientation of the hyperfine field, i.e. the spontaneous magnetization. Application of an in-plane external field leads to an alignment of magnetic domains in field direction, whereas remanent-state results agree with those in the as-deposited state. (orig.).

  11. Effect of Zr Purity and Oxygen Content on the Structure and Mechanical Properties of Melt-Spun and Suction-Cast Cu46Zr42Al7Y5 Alloy

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    Kozieł T.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The effect of oxygen content in zirconium on the structure and mechanical properties of the Cu46Zr42Al7Y5 alloy, in the form of melt-spun ribbons and suction-cast rods, was investigated. Two types of Zr, rod and crystal bar of different nominal purities and oxygen contents, were used to synthesize the alloy by arc melting. Rapidly solidified ribbons were produced by melt spinning and their amorphous structures were confirmed by X-ray diffractometry (XRD and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC. Bulk samples in the form of rods were cast using a special water-cooled suction casting unit attached to the arc melting system. XRD and DSC studies proved the amorphous structure of the bulk alloy synthesized from low-oxygen Zr and partial crystallization of the same alloy for high-oxygen Zr. In both bulk samples, uniformly distributed crystalline particles were identified as yttrium oxides. Higher mean compressive strength of amorphous alloy was observed. The hardness of amorphous phase was close to 500 HV1 in both bulk alloys, while the hardness of crystalline dendritic areas, observed in the alloy synthesized from high oxygen Zr, was lower by about 50 HV1.

  12. LABORATORY TESTS ON INSECTICIDAL EFFECTIVENESS OF DISODIUM OCTABORATE TETRAHYDRATE, DIATOMACEOUS EARTH AND AMORPHOUS SILICA GEL AGAINST Sitophilus oryzae (L. AND THEIR EFFECT ON WHEAT BULK DENSITY

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    Zlatko Korunić

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available We examined insecticide effectiveness of three different inert dusts: disodium octaborate tetrahydrate (DOT and diatomaceous earth (DE Celatom® Mn 51 applied as powder and suspension, and silica gel Sipernat® 50 S applied as powder against Sitophilus oryzae (L. and their reduction of grain bulk density. Sipernat® 50 S was the most effective dust with a very fast initial effectiveness. DE and DOT generated similar effectiveness against S. oryzae. DOT generated low initial effectiveness but after prolonged exposure time of 8 and especially after 21 days, the mortality was very high (100%, similar to the effectiveness of DE. The similar order of dusts was obtained in the reduction of wheat bulk density. Applied at dose of 200 and 500 ppm, the lowest bulk density difference in regard to bulk density of untreated wheat had DOT (-1.1 and -1.9 kg hl-1, respectively, followed by Celatom® Mn 51 (-3.5 and -4.3 kg hl-1, respectively and Sipernat® 50 S (-5.2 and -5.5 kg hl-1, respectively. Due to the effect on wheat bulk density DOT belongs to the group with the least negative effect on bulk density and therefore, it is a promising dust to control stored grain insect pests.

  13. Criticality in Bulk Metallic Glass Constituent Elements

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    Mota, Rodrigo Miguel Ojeda; Graedel, T. E.; Pekarskaya, Evgenia; Schroers, Jan

    2017-11-01

    Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), which readily form amorphous phases during solidification, are increasingly being used in first applications of watch components, electronic casings, and sporting goods. The compositions of BMGs typically include four to six elements. Various political and geological factors have recently led to supply disruptions for several metals, including some present in BMG compositions. In this work, we assess the "criticality" of 22 technologically interesting BMG compositions, compare the results with those for three common engineering alloy groups, and derive recommendations for BMG composition choices from a criticality perspective. The criticality of BMGs is found to be generally much higher compared with those for the established engineering alloys. Therefore, criticality concerns should also be considered in the choice between existing and developing novel BMGs.

  14. Fundamentals of amorphous solids structure and properties

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    Stachurski, Zbigniew H

    2014-01-01

    Long awaited, this textbook fills the gap for convincing concepts to describe amorphous solids. Adopting a unique approach, the author develops a framework that lays the foundations for a theory of amorphousness. He unravels the scientific mysteries surrounding the topic, replacing rather vague notions of amorphous materials as disordered crystalline solids with the well-founded concept of ideal amorphous solids. A classification of amorphous materials into inorganic glasses, organic glasses, glassy metallic alloys, and thin films sets the scene for the development of the model of ideal amorph

  15. Phase selection and nanocrystallization in Cu-free soft magnetic FeSiNbB amorphous alloy upon rapid annealing

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    Morsdorf, L.; Povstugar, I.; Raabe, D. [Department for Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 40237 Düsseldorf (Germany); Pradeep, K. G., E-mail: kg.prad@mpie.de, E-mail: kgprad@gmail.com [Department for Microstructure Physics and Alloy Design, Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 40237 Düsseldorf (Germany); Materials Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Kopernikusstrasse 10, 52074 Aachen (Germany); Herzer, G. [Vacuumschmelze GmbH & Co KG, Grüner Weg 37, D-63450 Hanau (Germany); Kovács, A.; Dunin-Borkowski, R. E. [Ernst Ruska-Centre for Microscopy and Spectroscopy with Electrons and Peter Grünberg Institute 5, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich (Germany); Konygin, G. [Physical-Technical Institute UrB RAS, Kirov str. 132, 426008 Izhevsk (Russian Federation); Choi, P. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon 34141 (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-03-28

    Nucleation of soft magnetic Fe{sub 3}Si nanocrystals in Cu-free Fe{sub 74.5}Si{sub 15.5}Nb{sub 3}B{sub 7} alloy, upon rapid (10 s) and conventional (30 min) annealing, was investigated using x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Mössbauer spectroscopy, and atom probe tomography. By employing rapid annealing, preferential nucleation of Fe{sub 3}Si nanocrystals was achieved, whereas otherwise there is simultaneous nucleation of both Fe{sub 3}Si and undesired Fe-B compound phases. Analysis revealed that the enhanced Nb diffusivity, achieved during rapid annealing, facilitates homogeneous nucleation of Fe{sub 3}Si nanocrystals while shifting the secondary Fe-B crystallization to higher temperatures resulting in pure soft magnetic nanocrystallization with very low coercivities of ∼10 A/m.

  16. Comparing the dynamic and thermodynamic behaviors of Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 9}-La{sub 5}/(La{sub 0.5}Ce{sub 0.5}){sub 5} amorphous alloys

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    Li, G.H. [Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Wang, W.M. [Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China)], E-mail: weiminw@sdu.edu.cn; Bian, X.F.; Zhang, J.T.; Li, R.; Wang, L. [Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China)

    2009-06-10

    The dynamic viscosities and thermodynamic dilatometric behaviors of Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 9}La{sub 5} and Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 9}(La{sub 0.5}Ce{sub 0.5}){sub 5} amorphous alloys were investigated using viscometer, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and conventional dilatometer. Comparing with Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 9}La{sub 5} alloy, Al{sub 86}Ni{sub 9}(La{sub 0.5}Ce{sub 0.5}){sub 5} alloy exhibits a larger viscosity and a larger average thermal expansion coefficient in the linear expansion zone ({alpha}{sub exp}). The viscosity and thermal expansion data suggest that the partial substitution La by Ce decreases the quantity of free volume in Al-Ni-La system by improving the continuous degree of atomic size, which leads to the improvement of glass forming ability.

  17. Fiscal 2000 report on result of R and D of industrial science and technology that creates new industry. Development of supermetal technology (development of nano-amorphous structured material); 2000 nendo super metal no gijutsu kaihatsu seika hokokusho. Nano amorphous kozo seigyo zairyo no kaihatsu

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    2001-03-01

    R and D was conducted for the purpose of manufacturing innovative iron-based alloy materials that excel in high temperature strength, toughness and superplastic forming, with fiscal 2000 results compiled. In the technological study on high-speed grain accumulation and superplastic forming, the researchers were engrossed in developing an aluminum bulk material of nano-crystals. This year, an Al-Fe two-element based alloy using Fe element was evaluated in the composition, thermal processing conditions and physical properties, with a bulk material obtained having a grain size of several tens in nm at 2at% Fe level, a strength of 750-850 MPa and a tenacity (Kc value) of 45-65 MPa(center dot)m{sup 1/2}. In the research of technologies for utilizing and controlling high density energy, design of materials was progressed for strong-acid resistant dew point corrosion materials, leading to the discovery of an alloy composition Ni-10Cr-5Nb-16P-4B whose subcooled liquid zone was wider than the Ta-added alloy of the previous year. Use of He gas as injection gas enabled a quality amorphous powder to be obtained in kg units. In the development of bulk amorphous producing technologies, this powder was thermostatically rolled to make a dense bulk amorphous plate of 2.8 mm thick and about 100 mm long. (NEDO)

  18. Critical behavior and its correlation with magnetocaloric effect in amorphous Fe{sub 80−x}V{sub x}B{sub 12}Si{sub 8} (x=8, 10 and 13.7) alloys

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    Boutahar, A., E-mail: boutahar.fsac@gmail.com [LPMMAT,Université Hassan II-Casablanca, Faculté des Sciences Ain Chock, BP 5366 Mâarif–Casablanca (Morocco); Lassri, H. [LPMMAT,Université Hassan II-Casablanca, Faculté des Sciences Ain Chock, BP 5366 Mâarif–Casablanca (Morocco); Hlil, E.K.; Fruchart, D. [Institue Néel, CNRS et Université Joseph Fourier, BP 166, F-38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France)

    2016-01-15

    The critical exponents in Fe{sub 80−x}V{sub x}B{sub 12}Si{sub 8} (x=8, 10 and 13.7) amorphous alloys were investigated near ferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition temperature. All amorphous alloys exhibit a second order ferromagnetic to paramagnetic phase transition (SOMT). The critical exponents (β, γ and δ) were estimated using the modified Arrott plot technique (MAP), the Widom scaling relation (WSR), and the critical isotherm analysis (CIA). In addition, an independent analysis of the critical behavior is presented in terms of the magnetocaloric effect (MCE). It shows in accordance with conclusion from magnetization data analysis. The estimated critical exponent values are found to be consistent and comparable to those predicted by the mean field model. This result points out to the ferromagnetic exchange interaction of long-range type. - Highlights: • Amorphous Fe{sub 80−x}V{sub x}B{sub 12}Si{sub 8} was prepared by melt spinning method. • The β, γ and δ critical exponents are determined with various techniques. • The estimated critical exponent values match very well with the mean field theory. • The existence of a long-range ferromagnetic interaction in Fe{sub 80−x}V{sub x}B{sub 12}Si{sub 8}.

  19. 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.

  20. The effect of high energy concentration source irradiation on structure and properties of Fe-based bulk metallic glass

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    Pilarczyk, Wirginia

    2016-06-01

    Metallic glasses exhibit metastable structure and maintain this relatively stable amorphous state within certain temperature range. High intensity laser beam was used for the surface irradiation of Fe-Co-B-Si-Nb bulk metallic glasses. The variable parameter was laser beam pulse energy. For the analysis of structure and properties of bulk metallic glasses and their surface after laser remelting the X-ray analysis, microscopic observation and test of mechanical properties were carried out. Examination of the nanostructure of amorphous materials obtained by high pressure copper mold casting method and the irradiated with the use of TITAN 80-300 HRTEM was carried out. Nanohardness and reduced Young's modulus of particular amorphous and amorphous-crystalline material zone of the laser beam were examined with the use of Hysitron TI950 Triboindenter nanoindenter and with the use of Berkovich's indenter. The XRD and microscopic analysis showed that the test material is amorphous in its structure before irradiation. Microstructure observation with electron transmission microscopy gave information about alloy crystallization in the irradiated process. Identification of given crystal phases allows to determine the kind of crystal phases created in the first place and also further changes of phase composition of alloy. The main value of the nanohardness of the surface prepared by laser beam has the order of magnitude similar to bulk metallic glasses formed by casting process irrespective of the laser beam energy used. Research results analysis showed that the area between parent material and fusion zone is characterized by extraordinarily interesting structure which is and will be the subject of further analysis in the scope of bulk metallic glasses amorphous structure and high energy concentration source. The main goal of this work is the results' presentation of structure and chosen properties of the selected bulk metallic glasses after casting process and after irradiation

  1. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Bulk Nanostructured Cu-Ta Alloys Consolidated by Equal Channel Angular Extrusion

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    2014-07-01

    class of materials [1,5,8,9], to date only small-scale testing meth- ods (e.g. microhardness measurements) have been used to probe the deformation...Tschopp, and LJ Kecskes Weapons and Materials Research Directorate, ARL RK Guduru University of Michigan WH Yin and WH Wei University of North...Acta Materialia, Vol. 76, pp 168–185, 2014. 14. ABSTRACT Nanostructured Cu–Ta alloys have shown promise as high-strength nanocrystalline materials in

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

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    2014-05-13

    microstructure variations that can be obtained. Many different techniques and details are associated with mechanical alloying, including milling at cryogenic ...and grinding media (typically steel balls) in the right proportion into a vial. This vial is then loaded into a high-energy shaker mill, whereby the...back-and- forth shaking motion imparts kinetic energy to the grinding media. The kinetic energy acquired by the balls from the agitation is imparted

  3. Hyperfine interactions in dilute Se doped Fe{sub x}Sb{sub 1−x} bulk alloy

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    Sarkar, Mitesh, E-mail: miteshsarkar-msu@yahoo.com; Agrawal, Naveen [The M. S. University of Baroda, Department of Physics (India); Chawda, Mukesh [Polytechnic, The M. S. University of Baroda, Department of Applied Physics (India)

    2016-12-15

    Hyperfine Interaction technique like Moessbauer spectroscopy is a very sensitive tool to study the local probe interactions in Iron doped alloys and compounds. We report here the Moessbauer study of the effect of Fe concentration variations in dilute magnetic semiconducting Se{sub 0.004}Fe{sub x}Sb{sub 1−x} alloys for x = 0.002, 0.004 and 0.008. The materials were characterized using X-ray diffraction technique (XRD), Fourier Transform Infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR), Neutron depolarization and Moessbauer spectroscopy. The FTIR result shows the semiconducting behavior of the alloys with band gap of 0.18 eV. From Moessbauer spectroscopy two magnetic sites (A and B) were observed. The value of hyperfine magnetic fields (HMF) of ∼ 308 kOe (site A) and 270 kOe (site B) was constant with increase in Fe concentration. A nonmagnetic interaction was also observed with quadrupole splitting (QS) of 1.26 mm/sec (site C) for x = 0.004 and x = 0.008. The Neutron depolarization studies indicate that the clusters of Fe or Fe based compounds having net magnetic moments with a size greater than 100 Å is absent.

  4. Electrum, the Gold-Silver Alloy, from the Bulk Scale to the Nanoscale: Synthesis, Properties, and Segregation Rules.

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    Guisbiers, Grégory; Mendoza-Cruz, Rubén; Bazán-Díaz, Lourdes; Velázquez-Salazar, J Jesús; Mendoza-Perez, Rafael; Robledo-Torres, José Antonio; Rodriguez-Lopez, José-Luis; Montejano-Carrizales, Juan Martín; Whetten, Robert L; José-Yacamán, Miguel

    2016-01-26

    The alloy Au-Ag system is an important noble bimetallic phase, both historically (as "Electrum") and now especially in nanotechnology, as it is applied in catalysis and nanomedicine. To comprehend the structural characteristics and the thermodynamic stability of this alloy, a knowledge of its phase diagram is required that considers explicitly its size and shape (morphology) dependence. However, as the experimental determination remains quite challenging at the nanoscale, theoretical guidance can provide significant advantages. Using a regular solution model within a nanothermodynamic approach to evaluate the size effect on all the parameters (melting temperature, melting enthalpy, and interaction parameters in both phases), the nanophase diagram is predicted. Besides an overall shift downward, there is a "tilting" effect on the solidus-liquidus curves for some particular shapes exposing the (100) and (110) facets (cube, rhombic dodecahedron, and cuboctahedron). The segregation calculation reveals the preferential presence of silver at the surface for all the polyhedral shapes considered, in excellent agreement with the latest transmission electron microscopy observations and energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis. By reviewing the nature of the surface segregated element of different bimetallic nanoalloys, two surface segregation rules, based on the melting temperatures and surface energies, are deduced. Finally, the optical properties of Au-Ag nanoparticles, calculated within the discrete dipole approximation, show the control that can be achieved in the tuning of the local surface plasmon resonance, depending of the alloy content, the chemical ordering, the morphology, the size of the nanoparticle, and the nature of the surrounding environment.

  5. Study on glass-forming ability and hydrogen storage properties of amorphous Mg{sub 60}Ni{sub 30}La{sub 10−x}Co{sub x} (x = 0, 4) alloys

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    Lv, Peng; Wang, Zhong-min, E-mail: zmwang@guet.edu.cn; Zhang, Huai-gang; Balogun, Muhammad-Sadeeq; Ji, Zi-jun; Deng, Jian-qiu; Zhou, Huai-ying

    2013-12-15

    Mg{sub 60}Ni{sub 30}La{sub 10−x}Co{sub x} (x = 0, 4) amorphous alloys were prepared by rapid solidification, using a melt-spinning technique. X-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry analysis were employed to measure their microstructure, thermal stability and glass-forming ability, and hydrogen storage properties were studied by means of PCTPro2000. Based on differential scanning calorimetry results, their glass-forming ability and thermal stability were investigated by Kissinger method, Lasocka curves and atomic cluster model, respectively. The results indicate that glass-forming ability, thermal properties and hydrogen storage properties in the Mg-rich corner of Mg–Ni–La–Co system alloys were enhanced by Co substitution for La. It can be found that the smaller activation energy (ΔΕ) and frequency factor (υ{sub 0}), the bigger value of B (glass transition point in Lasocka curves), and higher glass-forming ability of Mg–Ni–La–Co alloys would be followed. In addition, atomic structure parameter (λ), deduced from atomic cluster model is valuable in the design of Mg–Ni–La–Co system alloys with good glass-forming ability. With an increase of Co content from 0 to 4, the hydrogen desorption capacity within 4000 s rises from 2.25 to 2.85 wt.% at 573 K. - Highlights: • Amorphous Mg{sub 60}Ni{sub 30}La{sub 10−x}Co{sub x} (x = 0 and 4) alloys were produced by melt spinning. • The GFA and hydrogen storage properties were enhanced by Co substitution for La. • With an increase of Co content, the hydrogen desorption capacity rises at 573 K.

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

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    Mircea Nicoara

    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.

  7. Observation of giant exchange bias in bulk Mn{sub 50}Ni{sub 42}Sn{sub 8} Heusler alloy

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    Sharma, Jyoti; Suresh, K. G., E-mail: suresh@iitb.ac.in [Magnetic Materials Laboratory, Department of Physics, Indian institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400076 (India)

    2015-02-16

    We report a giant exchange bias (EB) field of 3520 Oe in bulk Mn{sub 50}Ni{sub 42}Sn{sub 8} Heusler alloy. The low temperature magnetic state of the martensite phase has been studied by DC magnetization and AC susceptibility measurements. Frequency dependence of spin freezing temperature (T{sub f}) on critical slowing down relation and observation of memory effect in zero field cooling mode confirms the super spin glass (SSG) phase at low temperatures. Large EB is attributed to the strong exchange coupling between the SSG clusters formed by small regions of ferromagnetic order embedded in an antiferromagnetic (AFM) matrix. The temperature and cooling field dependence of EB have been studied and related to the change in unidirectional anisotropy at SSG/AFM interface. The training effect also corroborates with the presence of frozen (SSG) moments at the interface and their role in EB.

  8. Rapid solidification of Ni{sub 50}Nb{sub 28}Zr{sub 22} glass former alloy through suction-casting; Solidificacao rapida da liga formadora de fase amorfa Ni{sub 50}Nb{sub 28}Zr{sub 22} atraves de fundicao em coquilha por succao

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    Miyamoto, M.I.; Santos, F.S.; Bolfarini, C.; Botta Filho, W.J.; Kiminami, C.S., E-mail: issao16@gmail.co [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    To select new alloys with high glass forming ability (GFA) to present amorphous structure in millimeter scale, several semi-empirical models have been developed. In the present work, a new alloy, Ni{sub 50}Nb{sub 28}Zr{sub 22}d, was designed based on the combination of topological instability lambda (A) criterion and electronegativity difference ({Delta}e). The alloy was rapidly solidified in a bulk wedge sample by cooper mold suction casting in order to investigate its amorphization. The sample was characterized by the combination of scanning electron microscopy (MEV), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). For the minimum thickness of 200 {mu}m analyzed, it was found that the alloy did not show a totally amorphous structure. Factor such as low cooling rate, existence of oxides on the surface of the elements and presence of oxygen in the atmosphere of equipment did not allowed the achievement of higher amorphous thickness. (author)

  9. Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles obtained by nanosecond laser irradiation of gold and platinum bulk targets in an ethylene glycol solution

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    Moniri, Samira; Reza Hantehzadeh, Mohammad; Ghoranneviss, Mahmood; Asadi Asadabad, Mohsen

    2017-07-01

    Au-Pt alloy nanoparticles (NPs) of different compositions ( Au0Pt100 , Au30Pt70 , Au50Pt50 , Au70Pt30 , and Au100Pt0 were obtained using the nanosecond laser ablation of gold and platinum bulk targets in ethylene glycol, followed by mixing highly monodisperse Au and Pt nanocolloids, for the first time. UV-vis absorption spectra of NPs showed that by increasing the Au content in the Au-Pt NPs, the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak red-shifted, from 260 to 573nm in a nonlinear way. In addition, the mean crystalline size, crystal structure, d-spacing, and lattice parameters of NPs were estimated from the XRD spectra. Microscopy studies revealed the most NPs have a spherical or near-spherical shape, and the average sizes of Au0Pt100 , Au30Pt70 , Au50Pt50 , Au70Pt30 , and Au100Pt0 NPs were calculated to be 12.50, 14.15, 18.53, 19.29, and 26.38nm, respectively. Also, the chemical identity of the molecules adhering to the NPs surface was considered by Raman and FT-IR spectroscopy techniques. Among different synthesis methods, the demonstrated technique allows easy synthesis of alloy NPs in aqueous media at room temperature with no formation of by-products.

  10. Electrum, the Gold–Silver Alloy, from the Bulk Scale to the Nanoscale: Synthesis, Properties, and Segregation Rules

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    2015-01-01

    The alloy Au–Ag system is an important noble bimetallic phase, both historically (as “Electrum”) and now especially in nanotechnology, as it is applied in catalysis and nanomedicine. To comprehend the structural characteristics and the thermodynamic stability of this alloy, a knowledge of its phase diagram is required that considers explicitly its size and shape (morphology) dependence. However, as the experimental determination remains quite challenging at the nanoscale, theoretical guidance can provide significant advantages. Using a regular solution model within a nanothermodynamic approach to evaluate the size effect on all the parameters (melting temperature, melting enthalpy, and interaction parameters in both phases), the nanophase diagram is predicted. Besides an overall shift downward, there is a “tilting” effect on the solidus–liquidus curves for some particular shapes exposing the (100) and (110) facets (cube, rhombic dodecahedron, and cuboctahedron). The segregation calculation reveals the preferential presence of silver at the surface for all the polyhedral shapes considered, in excellent agreement with the latest transmission electron microscopy observations and energy dispersive spectroscopy analysis. By reviewing the nature of the surface segregated element of different bimetallic nanoalloys, two surface segregation rules, based on the melting temperatures and surface energies, are deduced. Finally, the optical properties of Au–Ag nanoparticles, calculated within the discrete dipole approximation, show the control that can be achieved in the tuning of the local surface plasmon resonance, depending of the alloy content, the chemical ordering, the morphology, the size of the nanoparticle, and the nature of the surrounding environment. PMID:26605557

  11. Realization of wide electron slabs by polarization bulk doping in graded III-V nitride semiconductor alloys

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    Jena, Debdeep; Heikman, Sten; Green, Daniel; Yaacov, Ilan B.; Coffie, Robert; Xing, Huili; Keller, Stacia; DenBaars, Steve; Speck, James S.; Mishra, Umesh K.

    2002-01-01

    We present the concept and experimental realization of polarization-induced bulk electron doping in III-V nitride semiconductors. By exploiting the large polarization charges in the III-V nitrides, we are able to create wide slabs of high density mobile electrons without introducing shallow donors. Transport measurements reveal the superior properties of the polarization doped electron distributions than comparable shallow donor doped structures. The technique is readily employed for creating...

  12. Self-consistent linear-muffin-tin-orbitals coherent-potential technique for bulk and surface calculations: Cu-Ni, Ag-Pd, and Au-Pt random alloys

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    Abrikosov, I. A.; Skriver, Hans Lomholt

    1993-01-01

    We present an efficient technique for calculating surface properties of random alloys based on the coherent-potential approximation within a tight-binding linear-muffin-tin-orbitals basis. The technique has been applied in the calculation of bulk thermodynamic properties as well as (001) surface...

  13. Corrosion of Biocompatible Mg66+xZn30-xCa4 (x=0.2 Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Nowosielski R.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this paper was to investigate the corrosion resistance of Mg66Zn30Ca4 and Mg68Zn28Ca4 metallic glasses and evaluate the ability of this amorphous alloy use for medical applications as biodegradable medical implants. Taking into account the amount of Mg, Zn, Ca elements dissolved in multielectrolyte physiological fluid (MPF from Mg66+xZn30-xCa4 (x=0.2 alloys the daily dose of evolved ions from alloys components was determined. Additional goal of the paper was determination of corrosion rate (Vcorr and amount of hydrogen evolved from amorphous magnesium alloys in simulated environment of human body fluids during 24h immersion and during electrochemical tests. Corrosion studies were done in the multielectrolyte physiological fluid (MPF at 37°C. The amount of hydrogen evolved [ml/cm2] and corrosion rate Vcorr [mm/year] of amorphous Mg66Zn30Ca4 and Mg68Zn28Ca4 alloys were compared. The work also presents characterization of Mg-based bulk metallic glasses structure in the form of 2 mm thickness plates. Samples structure was analyzed by means of X-ray diffraction. Fracture and surface morphology of magnesium alloy samples were identified using scanning electron microscopy.

  14. Growth of a Copper-Gold Alloy Phase by Bulk Copper Electrodeposition on Gold Investigated by In Situ STM

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    Andersen, Jens Enevold Thaulov; Møller, Per

    1995-01-01

    Simultaneous in situ scanning tunneling microscopy measurements and recordings of voltammograms were used to study in real time the initial cycles of potentiostatic copper electrodeposition and subsequent dissolution on a clean gold polycrystalline electrode. The cycles were carried out by sweeping...... the potential in the double-layer charging region from 500 to -100 mV and back to 500 mV at a sweep rate of 1 mV/s in an acidified copper sulfate electrolyte (0.01M H2SO4, 0.01M CuSO4, and Millipore water). After completion of the first cycle the gold surface had recrystallized and nuclei of an alloy phase were...... in peak potential for the anodic current transient from E = 20 mV to E = -2 mV was observed after completion of four subsequent cycles of copper electrodeposition/dissolution. The shift is suggested to be equal to the change in potential of the working electrode owing to the formation of the alloy phase....

  15. Convection Effects During Bulk Transparent Alloy Solidification in DECLIC-DSI and Phase-Field Simulations in Diffusive Conditions

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    Mota, F. L.; Song, Y.; Pereda, J.; Billia, B.; Tourret, D.; Debierre, J.-M.; Trivedi, R.; Karma, A.; Bergeon, N.

    2017-08-01

    To study the dynamical formation and evolution of cellular and dendritic arrays under diffusive growth conditions, three-dimensional (3D) directional solidification experiments were conducted in microgravity on a model transparent alloy onboard the International Space Station using the Directional Solidification Insert in the DEvice for the study of Critical LIquids and Crystallization. Selected experiments were repeated on Earth under gravity-driven fluid flow to evidence convection effects. Both radial and axial macrosegregation resulting from convection are observed in ground experiments, and primary spacings measured on Earth and microgravity experiments are noticeably different. The microgravity experiments provide unique benchmark data for numerical simulations of spatially extended pattern formation under diffusive growth conditions. The results of 3D phase-field simulations highlight the importance of accurately modeling thermal conditions that strongly influence the front recoil of the interface and the selection of the primary spacing. The modeling predictions are in good quantitative agreements with the microgravity experiments.

  16. The physics and applications of amorphous semiconductors

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    Madan, Arun

    1988-01-01

    This comprehensive, detailed treatise on the physics and applications of the new emerging technology of amorphous semiconductors focuses on specific device research problems such as the optimization of device performance. The first part of the book presents hydrogenated amorphous silicon type alloys, whose applications include inexpensive solar cells, thin film transistors, image scanners, electrophotography, optical recording and gas sensors. The second part of the book discusses amorphous chalcogenides, whose applications include electrophotography, switching, and memory elements. This boo

  17. Synthesis and characterization of Co–Ni and Fe–Ni alloy nanoparticles

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    Solanki, Vandana [Discipline of Natural Sciences, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing Jabalpur, Dumna Airport Road, Madhya Pradesh 482005 (India); Lebedev, Oleg I. [Laboratoire CRISMAT, ENSICAEN UMR6508, 6 Bd Maréchal Juin, Cedex 4, Caen 14050 (France); ITMO University, 49 Kronverksky Pr., St. Petersburg 197101 (Russian Federation); Seikh, Md. Motin [Department of Chemistry, Visva-Bharati University, Santiniketan, West Bengal 731235 (India); Mahato, Nihar K. [Discipline of Natural Sciences, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing Jabalpur, Dumna Airport Road, Madhya Pradesh 482005 (India); Raveau, Bernard [Laboratoire CRISMAT, ENSICAEN UMR6508, 6 Bd Maréchal Juin, Cedex 4, Caen 14050 (France); Kundu, Asish K., E-mail: asish.k@gmail.com [Discipline of Natural Sciences, Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design & Manufacturing Jabalpur, Dumna Airport Road, Madhya Pradesh 482005 (India)

    2016-12-15

    The magnetic alloy nanoparticles have been synthesized by sol-gel method with a stable Pm-3m cubic structure. The Co–Ni and Fe–Ni alloy nanoparticles are highly crystalline and exhibit preferential low index <111> faceting as determined from HRTEM investigation. TEM images and EDX elemental mapping also confirm the nano-dimensional structure with core-shell structure, where the alloy forms the core and the shell is formed by amorphous carbon. The magnetization results of the alloy nanoparticles confirm the ferromagnetic nature at room temperature akin to their bulk metals with a significant value of field dependent isothermal magnetization at high temperature (390 K). - Highlights: • Synthesis of Co–Ni and Fe–Ni alloy nanoparticles by exploiting low temperature sol–gel process. • The nanoparticles are core–shell type with core ferromagnetic alloys and graphitic carbon shell. • Electron microscope study explains the higher stability at ambient conditions of the nanoparticles.

  18. FeSiBP bulk metallic glasses with high magnetization and excellent magnetic softness

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    Makino, Akihiro; Kubota, Takeshi; Chang, Chuntao; Makabe, Masahiro; Inoue, Akihisa

    Fe-based amorphous alloy ribbons are one of the major soft magnetic materials, because of their superior magnetic properties such as the relatively high saturation magnetization ( Js) of 1.5-1.6 T and good magnetic softness. However, the preparation of the ordinary amorphous magnetic alloys requires cooling rates higher than 10 4 K/s due to the low glass-forming ability (GFA) and thus restricts the material outer shape. Recently, Fe-metalloid-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) containing glass-forming elements such as Al, Ga, Nb, Mo, Y and so forth have been developed. These alloys have high GFA, leading to the formation of BMG rod with diameters of mm-order. However, the glass-forming metal elements in BMGs result in a remarkable decrease in magnetization. Basically, Js depends on Fe content; hence, high Js requires high Fe content in the Fe-based amorphous alloys or BMGs. On the other hand, high GFA requires a large amount of glass-forming elements in the alloys, which results in lower Fe content. Therefore, in substances, the coexistence of high Js and high GFA is difficult. Since this matter should be immensely important from academia to industry in the material field, a great deal of effort has been devoted; however, it has remained unsolved for many years. In this paper, we present a novel Fe-rich FeSiBP BMG with high Js of 1.51 T comparable to the ordinary Fe-Si-B amorphous alloy now in practical use as well as with high GFA leading to a rod-shaped specimen of 2.5 mm in diameter, obtained by Cu-mold casting in air.

  19. FY 1999 report on the results of the development of technology of super metal. Development of nano/amorphous structure control materials; 1999 nendo super metal no gijutsu kaihatsu seika hokokusho. Nano amorphous kozo seigyo gijutsu no kaihatsu

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    2000-03-01

    For the purpose of reducing the amount of energy consumption of transportation equipment such as automobiles, the development is made of innovative metal materials enabling the weight reduction of members relatively on the basis of simple chemical components and by making more substantial improvement of characteristics such as strength and toughness than in the existing metals. For it, the following R and D are conducted in which nano crystal structure and non-equilibrium phase structure such as amorphous are controlled to the limits: 1) particle micro-dispersion technology; 2) high speed super plastic formation technology; 3) high density energy utilization control technology; 4) control cooling technology. In 1), study was made of alloy components and effects of the creation process which are needed for achievement of the nano level of crystal grain. In 2), conditions of vapor deposition and production in high speed particle deposition method are optimally selected, and amorphous and nano crystal structures can easily be produced. In 3), high corrosion-resistant amorphous alloy bulk materials with 5mm thickness and 10mm diameter were successfully trially manufactured. In 4), a bulk amorphous specimen with 10mm outer diameter, 6mm inner diameter and 1mm thickness which was fabricated in the forging method indicated favorable magnetic properties. A method to make a specimen which is more stable is being studied. (NEDO)

  20. Structure and mechanical properties of Al-Ni-Ti amorphous powder consolidated by pressure-less, pressure-assisted and spark plasma sintering

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    Mula, Suhrit [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Rourkela 769008 (India); Mondal, K. [Materials and Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur 208016 (India); Ghosh, Sudipto [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Pabi, Shyamal K., E-mail: skpabi@metal.iitkgp.ernet.in [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India)

    2010-06-25

    Attempts have been made to prepare highly dense bulk Al-based nanocomposite consisting of evenly distributed nano-intermetallic particles and amorphous phase by consolidating mechanically alloyed amorphous Al{sub 88}Ni{sub 6}Ti{sub 6} powder using spark plasma sintering (SPS), hot-pressing and pressure-less sintering techniques. SPS technique has been most effective in comparison to other two processes in getting better homogeneity of microstructural features, densification and mechanical properties due to lower sintering temperature and time, hindering excessive crystallization of amorphous phase and grain growth of formed nanocrystals. This helps in producing optimum microstructure consisting of homogeneous distribution of nanocrystalline intermetallic phase and remaining amorphous phase as revealed by detailed electron microscopy and nano-indentation tests.

  1. Investigations on the Magnetic Properties of High-Coercivity (Nd(1-x)Fe(x))90Al10 Bulk Amorphous Alloys

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    2001-04-01

    0.3 -..... 0.1 0.0 -600 -400 -200 0 200 400 600 Applied Field (kA/m) Figure 2. M-H hysteresis loops of Ndso.)- FeAl 11 melt-spun ribbons 25 and...900 600 700 800 900 Temperature (K) Temperature (K) Figure 1. DSC curves plotted for Nde0_xFexAlt0 melt-spun ribbons and cast rods as a function of...their thickness and preparation techniques. In figure 2 are presented comparatively the hysteresis loops as a function of the Fe content for 3 diffcrent

  2. Amorphous Computing

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    Sussman, Gerald

    2002-03-01

    Digital computers have always been constructed to behave as precise arrangements of reliable parts, and our techniques for organizing computations depend upon this precision and reliability. Two emerging technologies, however, are begnning to undercut these assumptions about constructing and programming computers. These technologies -- microfabrication and bioengineering -- will make it possible to assemble systems composed of myriad information- processing units at almost no cost, provided: 1) that not all the units need to work correctly; and 2) that there is no need to manufacture precise geometrical arrangements or interconnection patterns among them. Microelectronic mechanical components are becoming so inexpensive to manufacture that we can anticipate combining logic circuits, microsensors, actuators, and communications devices integrated on the same chip to produce particles that could be mixed with bulk materials, such as paints, gels, and concrete. Imagine coating bridges or buildings with smart paint that can sense and report on traffic and wind loads and monitor structural integrity of the bridge. A smart paint coating on a wall could sense vibrations, monitor the premises for intruders, or cancel noise. Even more striking, there has been such astounding progress in understanding the biochemical mechanisms in individual cells, that it appears we'll be able to harness these mechanisms to construct digital- logic circuits. Imagine a discipline of cellular engineering that could tailor-make biological cells that function as sensors and actuators, as programmable delivery vehicles for pharmaceuticals, as chemical factories for the assembly of nanoscale structures. Fabricating such systems seem to be within our reach, even if it is not yet within our grasp Fabrication, however, is only part of the story. We can envision producing vast quantities of individual computing elements, whether microfabricated particles, engineered cells, or macromolecular computing

  3. Containerless processing of hypermonotectic and glass forming alloys using the Marshall Space Flight Center 100 meter drop tube facility

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    Andrews, J. B.

    1986-01-01

    Two separate projects were carried out to study alloys whose solidification structures can be strongly influenced by the presence of a container during melting and solidifications. One project involved containerless solidification of hypermonotectic Au35Rh65 alloys. This alloy exhibits liquid immiscibility over a temperature range. It has been suggested that containerless melting might be one solution to the problem of sedimentation in the dispersions of immiscible liquid phases. However, surface tension driven flows could also lead to accumulation of the minority liquid phase at the external surface of a containerlessly melted alloy. The research underway is a first step in determining the influence of containerless, microgravity processing on immiscible alloys. Nickel-niobium alloys were studied using the drop tube facility. One alloy in this system, a Ni60Nb40 alloy, is a good candidate for the formation of a bulk metallic glass. Amorphous alloys of this composition were produced using thin film and mechanical alloying techniques. However, theory indicates that if heterogeneous nucleation can be avoided, it should be possible to produce an amorphous structure in this system using a moderate cooling rate from the melt. The containerless melting and solidification capabilities of the drop tube faciltiy provide ideal conditions for a study of this type. To date, several Ni60Nb40 samples have been levitated, melted and cooled during 4.6 seconds of free fall in the 100 meter drop tube. Structures obtained are discussed.

  4. Two-fold origin of the deformation-induced ferromagnetism in bulk Fe{sub 60}Al{sub 40} (at.%) alloys

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    Menendez, E; Surinach, S; Baro, M D [Departament de Fisica, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Sort, J [Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA) and Departament de Fisica, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Liedke, M O; Fassbender, J [Institute of Ion Beam Physics and Materials Research, Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf, PO Box 510119, D-01314 Dresden (Germany); Nogues, J [Institucio Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avancats (ICREA) and Institut Catala de Nanotecnologia, Edifici CM7, Campus Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra (Spain)], E-mail: jordi.sort@uab.es

    2008-01-15

    The transition from the atomically ordered B2-phase to the chemically disordered A2-phase and the concomitant deformation-induced ferromagnetism have been investigated in bulk polycrystalline Fe{sub 60}Al{sub 40} (at.%) alloys subjected to compression processes. A detailed correlation between structural, magnetic and mechanical properties reveals that the generated ferromagnetism depends on the stress level but is virtually independent of the loading rate. The mechanisms governing the induced ferromagnetism also vary as the stress level is increased. Namely, in the low-stress regime both lattice cell expansion and atomic intermixing play a role in the induced ferromagnetic behavior. Conversely, lattice expansion seems to become the main mechanism contributing to the generated ferromagnetism in the high-stress regime. Furthermore, a correlation is also observed between the order-disorder transition and the mechanical hardness. Hence, a combination of magnetic and mechanical measurements can be used, in synergetic manner, to investigate this deformation-induced phase transition.

  5. Nanophase Nickel-Zirconium Alloys for Fuel Cells

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    Narayanan, Sekharipuram; Whitacre, jay; Valdez, Thomas

    2008-01-01

    Nanophase nickel-zirconium alloys have been investigated for use as electrically conductive coatings and catalyst supports in fuel cells. Heretofore, noble metals have been used because they resist corrosion in the harsh, acidic fuel cell interior environments. However, the high cost of noble metals has prompted a search for less-costly substitutes. Nickel-zirconium alloys belong to a class of base metal alloys formed from transition elements of widely different d-electron configurations. These alloys generally exhibit unique physical, chemical, and metallurgical properties that can include corrosion resistance. Inasmuch as corrosion is accelerated by free-energy differences between bulk material and grain boundaries, it was conjectured that amorphous (glassy) and nanophase forms of these alloys could offer the desired corrosion resistance. For experiments to test the conjecture, thin alloy films containing various proportions of nickel and zirconium were deposited by magnetron and radiofrequency co-sputtering of nickel and zirconium. The results of x-ray diffraction studies of the deposited films suggested that the films had a nanophase and nearly amorphous character.

  6. Systems and Methods for Fabricating Objects Including Amorphous Metal Using Techniques Akin to Additive Manufacturing

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    Hofmann, Douglas (Inventor)

    2017-01-01

    Systems and methods in accordance with embodiments of the invention fabricate objects including amorphous metals using techniques akin to additive manufacturing. In one embodiment, a method of fabricating an object that includes an amorphous metal includes: applying a first layer of molten metallic alloy to a surface; cooling the first layer of molten metallic alloy such that it solidifies and thereby forms a first layer including amorphous metal; subsequently applying at least one layer of molten metallic alloy onto a layer including amorphous metal; cooling each subsequently applied layer of molten metallic alloy such that it solidifies and thereby forms a layer including amorphous metal prior to the application of any adjacent layer of molten metallic alloy; where the aggregate of the solidified layers including amorphous metal forms a desired shape in the object to be fabricated; and removing at least the first layer including amorphous metal from the surface.

  7. Modeling the amorphous structure of mechanically alloyed Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 25}Cu{sub 25} using anomalous wide-angle x-ray scattering and reverse Monte Carlo simulation

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    Lima, J.C. de, E-mail: fsc1jcd@fisica.ufsc.br [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Campus Universitário Trindade, S/N, C.P. 476, 88040-900 Florianópolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Poffo, C.M. [Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Campus Universitário Trindade, S/N, C.P. 476, 88040-900 Florianópolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 3000 Japiim, 69077-000 Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil); Souza, S.M. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 3000 Japiim, 69077-000 Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil); Machado, K.D. [Departamento de Física, Centro Politécnico, Universidade Federal do Paraná, 81531-990 Curitiba, Paraná (Brazil); Trichês, D.M. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal do Amazonas, 3000 Japiim, 69077-000 Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil); Grandi, T.A. [Departamento de Física, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Campus Universitário Trindade, S/N, C.P. 476, 88040-900 Florianópolis, Santa Catarina (Brazil); Biasi, R.S. de [Seção de Engenharia Mecânica e de Materiais, Instituto Militar de Engenharia, 22290-270 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil)

    2013-09-01

    An amorphous Ti{sub 50}Ni{sub 25}Cu{sub 25} alloy was produced by 19 h of mechanical alloying. Anomalous wide angle x-ray scattering data were collected at six energies and six total scattering factors were obtained. By considering the data collected at two energies close to the Ni and Cu K edges, two differential anomalous scattering factors about the Ni and Cu atoms were obtained, showing that the chemical environments around these atoms are different. Eight factors were used as input data to the reverse Monte Carlo method used to compute the partial structure factors S{sub Ti3Ti}(K), S{sub Ti–Cu}(K), S{sub Ti–Ni}(K), S{sub Cu3Cu}(K), S{sub Cu–Ni}(K) and S{sub Ni–Ni}(K) and the partial pair distribution functions G{sub Ti3Ti}(r), G{sub Ti–Cu}(r), G{sub Ti–Ni}(r), G{sub Cu3Cu}(r), G{sub Cu–Ni}(r) and G{sub Ni–Ni}(r). From the RMC final atomic configuration and G{sub ij}(r) functions, the coordination numbers and interatomic atomic distances for the first neighbors were determined.

  8. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a phase-separating Mg-based bulk metallic glass

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    Wang, L.; Qiu, K.Q., E-mail: kqqiu@163.com; Ren, Y.L.; Li, R.D.

    2014-11-05

    Highlights: • A phase-separated (Mg{sub 0.585}Cu{sub 0.305}Y{sub 0.11}){sub 97}(Zr{sub 0.35}Ti{sub 0.3}Be{sub 0.275}Cu{sub 0.075}){sub 3} was found in this paper. • A fully amorphous structure containing two different glassy phases caused by phase separation was observed. • The improvement of the mechanical properties of the BMG is attributed to the shear-band multiplication and interaction caused by the harder Zr-rich amorphous spherical particle. - Abstract: Samples of the (Mg{sub 0.585}Cu{sub 0.305}Y{sub 0.11}){sub 97}(Zr{sub 0.35}Ti{sub 0.3}Be{sub 0.275}Cu{sub 0.075}){sub 3} bulk metallic glass (BMG) with 3 mm in diameter were successfully fabricated by copper mould casting method. The amorphous nature, thermal stability, microstructure and mechanical properties of the alloy were investigated by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), differential scanning calorimeter (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electronic testing machine. The results show that the alloy presents a fully amorphous structure containing two glassy phases caused by phase separation. The Zr-rich amorphous spherical phase is distributed in the Mg-rich glassy matrix of the as-cast sample. Under uniaxial compressive loading, the compressive fracture strength, elastic strain and plastic strain of the BMG with a diameter of 3 mm are 1026 MPa, 2.2% and 0.3%, respectively. The ridge form vein-like patterns and multiple shear bands are observed in the fracture surface, indicating the improvement of the mechanical properties of the alloy. The formation of phase separation and the corresponding fracture mechanism were discussed.

  9. Microstructure and mechanical properties of the NiNbZrTiAl amorphous alloys with 10 and 25 at.% Nb content.

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    Czeppe, T; Ochin, P; Sypień, A; Major, L

    2010-03-01

    The results of investigation of two different Ni-based glasses with compositions Ni(58)Nb(10)Zr(13)Ti(12)Al(7) and Ni(58)Nb(25)Zr(8)Ti(6)Al(3) are presented. The structure of the melt spun ribbons was amorphous. The supercooled liquid range decreased and primary crystallization temperature increased with increasing Nb content while the parameter T(g)/T(m) slightly increased. The crystallization process proceeded in a different way. The ribbon containing 10 at.% Nb showed typical primary crystallization of the 50 nm grains of the NiTi(Nb) cubic phase; the ribbon containing 25 at.% of Nb revealed high thermal stability of the amorphous phase, which crystallized only in a small amount in the range of primary crystallization, preserving large fraction of the amorphous phase even high above the end of the crystallization. The tensile load-displacement curves were also different. In both cases, the ribbons revealed quite a large range of the plastic elongation. The ribbon containing 10% Nb showed stress relaxation and was maximally elongated up to 0.6. The ribbon with 25 at.% Nb revealed a hardening effect and the slightly smaller maximal elongation following it. The microstructure of the deformed specimens showed deformation bands parallel to the tensile axis, microcracks formation along shear bands and river-like pattern at the fracture surfaces. In both cases, high resolution electron microscope did not reveal any crystallization after deformation.

  10. Non-isothermal nanocrystallization kinetics study on (Fe{sub 0.8}Ni{sub 0.15}M{sub 0.05}){sub 78}Si{sub 8}B{sub 14} (M = Nb, Ta, W) amorphous alloys

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    Zhang, Yu [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 201804 (China); Shanghai Key Lab. of D and A for Metal-Functional Materials, Shanghai 201804 (China); Yan, Biao, E-mail: yanbiao@vip.sina.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 201804 (China); Shanghai Key Lab. of D and A for Metal-Functional Materials, Shanghai 201804 (China); Yang, Ying [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 201804 (China); Shanghai Key Lab. of D and A for Metal-Functional Materials, Shanghai 201804 (China); Wang, Yuxin [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 201804 (China); Shanghai Key Lab. of D and A for Metal-Functional Materials, Shanghai 201804 (China); Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering, The University of Auckland, PB 92019, Auckland 1142 (New Zealand)

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: •Nb, Ta and W addition affected nucleation and growth mechanism of FeNiSiB alloys. •The alloy with Ta had the best thermal stability compared to the other two alloys. •A process of Fe2B from metastable Fe3B phase existed in the alloy M = Ta. •Nb and W may inhibit formation of metastable Fe3B phase. -- Abstract: The nanocrystallization kinetics of the (Fe{sub 0.8}Ni{sub 0.15}M{sub 0.05}){sub 78}Si{sub 8}B{sub 14} (M = Nb, Ta, W) amorphous alloy was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Kissinger method, Ozawa method and the expended Friedman method were used to calculate and compare the kinetic parameters of the crystallization processes. The nanocrystallization mechanism for the non-isothermal primary crystallization of the amorphous alloys were discussed using Avrami exponent n. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) studies verified the influence of nanocrystallization mechanism on the microstructure.

  11. The fluidity and molding ability of glass-forming Zr-based alloy melt

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    Ma, Mingzhen; Zong, Haitao; Wang, Haiyan; Qi, Yanpeng; Liang, Sunxing; Song, Aijun; Zhang, Weiguo; Wang, Qiang; Zhang, Xinyu; Jing, Qin; Li, Gong; Liu, Riping

    2008-04-01

    The fluidity and filling ability of glass-forming Zr-based alloy melt in copper mould were investigated both theoretically and experimentally. The major factors which affected the flowing behavior of the metallic melt in the mold were determined, which provides the foundation for overcoming the contradiction between the filling and formation of amorphous alloy during the rapid cooling process of the metallic melts. The casting factors to prepare a metallic ring were discussed and selected. As a result, a Zr-based bulk metallic glass ring was prepared successfully.

  12. Microfabrication with femtosecond laser processing : (A) laser ablation of ferrous alloys, (B) direct-write embedded optical waveguides and integrated optics in bulk glasses.

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    Guo, Junpeng; McDaniel, Karen Lynn; Palmer, Jeremy Andrew; Yang, Pin; Griffith, Michelle Lynn; Vawter, Gregory Allen; Harris, Marc F.; Tallant, David Robert; Luk, Ting Shan; Burns, George Robert

    2004-11-01

    At Sandia National Laboratories, miniaturization dominates future hardware designs, and technologies that address the manufacture of micro-scale to nano-scale features are in demand. Currently, Sandia is developing technologies such as photolithography/etching (e.g. silicon MEMS), LIGA, micro-electro-discharge machining (micro-EDM), and focused ion beam (FIB) machining to fulfill some of the component design requirements. Some processes are more encompassing than others, but each process has its niche, where all performance characteristics cannot be met by one technology. For example, micro-EDM creates highly accurate micro-scale features but the choice of materials is limited to conductive materials. With silicon-based MEMS technology, highly accurate nano-scale integrated devices are fabricated but the mechanical performance may not meet the requirements. Femtosecond laser processing has the potential to fulfill a broad range of design demands, both in terms of feature resolution and material choices, thereby improving fabrication of micro-components. One of the unique features of femtosecond lasers is the ability to ablate nearly all materials with little heat transfer, and therefore melting or damage, to the surrounding material, resulting in highly accurate micro-scale features. Another unique aspect to femtosecond radiation is the ability to create localized structural changes thought nonlinear absorption processes. By scanning the focal point within transparent material, we can create three-dimensional waveguides for biological sensors and optical components. In this report, we utilized the special characteristics of femtosecond laser processing for microfabrication. Special emphasis was placed on the laser-material interactions to gain a science-based understanding of the process and to determine the process parameter space for laser processing of metals and glasses. Two areas were investigated, including laser ablation of ferrous alloys and direct

  13. Transport properties of the pressure-induced amorphous semiconductor state of Al sub 3 sub 2 Ge sub 6 sub 8

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    Antonov, V E; Gurov, A F; Harkunov, A I; Kolyubakin, A I

    2002-01-01

    The temperature dependences of the dc conductivity and thermopower of the bulk amorphous alloy Al sub 3 sub 2 Ge sub 6 sub 8 were investigated at 6-420 K and at 80-370 K, respectively. The samples were prepared by solid-state amorphization of a quenched crystalline high-pressure phase while heating from 77 to 400 K at ambient pressure. Amorphous Al sub 3 sub 2 Ge sub 6 sub 8 was found to be a p-type semiconductor with an unusual combination of transport properties. The behaviour of the properties was described semi-quantitatively in terms of a modified Mott-Davis model assuming that the Fermi level lies inside the valence band tail.

  14. Transient Liquid Phase Bonding of Nickel-Base Single Crystal Alloy with a Novel Ni-Cr-Co-Mo-W-Ta-Re-B Amorphous Interlayer

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    Guo, Wei; Wang, Haiyan; Jia, Qiang; Peng, Peng; Zhu, Ying

    2017-07-01

    A novel Ni-Cr-Co-W-Mo-Ta-Re-B alloy consisting of plate γ and M23B6 phases was prepared as interlayer for the transient liquid phase (TLP) bonding of Rene' N5 nickel-base single crystal superalloy. The molten Ni-Cr-Co-W-Mo-Ta-Re-B alloy exhibited an excellent wettability on the nickel-base superalloy. The TLP bonding experiment has been carried out in vacuum furnace at 1,240 ° for 12 h and followed by post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) at 1,305 ° for 4 h. PWHT eliminated the intermetallic compounds and promoted the formation of γ´ precipitates in the bonding region. A more uniform microhardness profile of TLP joint was found after PWHT. The shear strength of the joint after PWHT significantly increased to 533.4 MPa compared with the value of 437.2 MPa without PWHT.

  15. Thermal treatment of the Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} alloy in it amorphous phase studied by means of Moessbauer spectroscopy; Tratamiento termico de la aleacion Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} en su fase amorfa estudiado por medio de la espectroscopia Moessbauer

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    Cabral P, A. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Lopez, A.; Garcia S, F. [Facultad de Ciencias, UAEM, 50000 Toluca, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    The magnetic and microhardness changes, dependents of the temperature that occur in the Fe{sub 78}Si{sub 9}B{sub 13} 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)

  16. The study on surface chemical modification of Fe{sub 71.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 13.5}B{sub 9}V{sub 2} amorphous alloy ribbons and its piezomagnetic effect

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    Chen, Jie; Zhu, Zhenghou, E-mail: z00708@sina.com

    2016-12-01

    In this paper, a type of smooth even endogeny conversion coat composed of Cu{sub 0.86}Fe{sub 2.14}O{sub 4} and (Cu{sub 0.18}Fe{sub 0.82})Cu{sub 0.82}Fe{sub 1.18}O{sub 4} phases was successfully obtained by a conversion reaction on the surfaces of Fe{sub 71.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 13.5}B{sub 9}V{sub 2} amorphous alloy ribbons. In this way, its ribbon thickness was decreased about 6–8 µm equivalently. The phase composition and microstructure of the conversion coat were investigated by XRD and SEM. In addition, the adhesion test of epoxy resin and amorphous alloy ribbon was verified by dipping experiments. It is found that the interface bonding strength between the conversion coat and ribbons is strong comparatively. On one hand, the proper interface between conversion coat and epoxy resin make it easy for ribbons to be encapsulated; on the other hand, the ribbons perform better significant piezomagnetic effect than the untreated ones due to a thinner thickness. This work may be a good basic for the applications of Fe{sub 71.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 13.5}B{sub 9}V{sub 2} amorphous alloy ribbons in piezomagnetic sensor and other devices based on the piezomagnetism effect. - Highlights: • A conversion coat was successfully obtained on the surfaces of amorphous alloy ribbons. • The encapsulated problem was solved by the conversion coats. • The ribbon after reaction had a better piezomagnetic sensitivity.

  17. Fast surface crystallization of amorphous griseofulvin below T g.

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    Zhu, Lei; Jona, Janan; Nagapudi, Karthik; Wu, Tian

    2010-08-01

    To study crystal growth rates of amorphous griseofulvin (GSF) below its glass transition temperature (T (g)) and the effect of surface crystallization on the overall crystallization kinetics of amorphous GSF. Amorphous GSF was generated by melt quenching. Surface and bulk crystal growth rates were determined using polarized light microscope. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and Raman microscopy were used to identify the polymorph of the crystals. Crystallization kinetics of amorphous GSF powder stored at 40 degrees C (T (g)-48 degrees C) and room temperature (T (g)-66 degrees C) was monitored using XRPD. Crystal growth at the surface of amorphous GSF is 10- to 100-fold faster than that in the bulk. The surface crystal growth can be suppressed by an ultrathin gold coating. Below T (g), the crystallization of amorphous GSF powder was biphasic with a rapid initial crystallization stage dominated by the surface crystallization and a slow or suspended late stage controlled by the bulk crystallization. GSF exhibits the fastest surface crystallization kinetics among the known amorphous pharmaceutical solids. Well below T (g), surface crystallization dominated the overall crystallization kinetics of amorphous GSF powder. Thus, surface crystallization should be distinguished from bulk crystallization in studying, modeling and controlling the crystallization of amorphous solids.

  18. Development of Fe-B Based Bulk Metallic Glasses: Morphology of Residual Phases in Fe50Ni16Mo6B18Zr10 Glass

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    Tiburce A. Aboki

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Iron-boron based bulk metallic glasses (BMG development has been initiated using Fe40Ni38Mo4B18 as precursor. Addition of zirconium up to 10 atomic % along with the reduction of Ni proportion improves the glass forming ability (GFA, which is optimum when Ni is suppressed in the alloy. However melting instability occurred during the materials fabrication resulting in the formation of residual crystalline phases closely related to the amorphous phase. Microstructure study shows an evolution from amorphous structure to peculiar acicular structure, particularly for Fe50Ni16Mo6B18Zr10, suggesting the amorphous structure as interconnected atomic sheets like “atomic mille feuilles” whose growth affects the alloys’ GFA.

  19. Preparation and characterization of a ferrimagnetic amorphous alloy of GdCo entering the design of magnetic tunnel junctions: ionizing radiations hardness of magnetic tunnel junctions; preparation et caracterisation d'un alliage amorphe ferrimagnetique de GdCo entrant dans la conception de jonctions tunnel magnetiques. Resistance des jonctions tunnel magnetiques aux rayonnements ionisants

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    Conraux, Y

    2005-10-15

    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)

  20. Growth mechanisms and characterization of hydrogenated amorphous-silicon-alloy films. Final subcontract report, 15 February 1991--14 April 1994

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    Gallagher, A.; Tanenbaum, D.; Laracuente, A.; Kalra, P. [National Inst. of Standards and Technology, Boulder, CO (United States)

    1994-07-01

    This report describes work performed to better understand the atomic-scale structure of glow-discharge-produced a-Si:H, a-Ge:H, and a-Si:Ge:H films; its effect on film quality; and its dependence on deposition discharge conditions. Hydrogenated a-Si films are from a silane rf discharge onto atomically flat crystal Si and GaAs substrates. The substrates are then transferred in a scanning tunneling microscope, where the atomic-scale surface morphology is measured. The films were deposited using device-quality deposition conditions; IR absorption, {sigma}{sub L}, and {sigma}{sub D} indicate high-quality intrinsic films. From the thickness dependence of the surface morphology, we determined that the films initially conform smoothly to an atomically flat Si or GaAs substrate, but as the thickness increases the roughness steadily increases to approximately 10% of the length of the scanned region. The surface of 100--400-nm-thick films is highly inhomogeneous, with steep hills and canyons in some areas and large atomically smooth regions in others. These unexpectedly large surface irregularities indicate severe and often connected void structures in the growing film, as well as relatively limited-range surface diffusion of the incorporating SiH{sub 3} radicals. On the other hand, large atomically flat surface were occasionally found, indicating the possibility of growing a homogeneous and compact amorphous film if appropriate growth conditions could be discovered.

  1. Stress-corrosion fatigue-crack growth in a Zr-based bulk amorphousmetal

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    Schroeder, V.; Ritchie, R.O.

    2005-09-21

    Electrochemical and mechanical experiments were conducted to analyze the environmentally-influenced cracking behavior of a bulk amorphous metal, Zr41.2Ti13.8Cu12.5Ni10Be22.5. This study was motivated by a scientific interest in mechanisms of fatigue-crack propagation in an amorphous metal, and by a practical interest in the use of this amorphous metal in applications that take advantage of its unique properties, including high specific strength, large elastic strains and low damping. The objective of the work was to determine the rate and mechanisms of subcritical crack growth in this metallic glass in an aggressive environment. Specifically, fatigue-crack propagation behavior was investigated at a range of stress intensities in air and aqueous salt solutions by examining the effects of loading cycle, stress-intensity range, solution concentration, anion identity, solution de-aeration, and bulk electrochemical potential. Results indicate that crack growth in aqueous solution in this alloy is driven by a stress-assisted anodic reaction at the crack tip. Rate-determining steps for such behavior are reasoned to be electrochemical, stress-dependent reaction at near-threshold levels, and mass transport at higher (steady-state) growth rates.

  2. 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.

  3. Microstructural and mechanical properties analysis of an aluminium matrix composite reinforced with the amorphous alloy Al{sub 87.5}Ni{sub 4}Sm{sub 8.5} consolidated by hot extrusion; Propriedades mecanicas e microestruturais de um composito com matrix de aluminio e reforco amorfo de Al{sub 87.5}Ni{sub 4}Sm{sub 8.5} consolidado por extrusao a quente por extrusao a quente

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    Aliaga, L.C.R.; Bolfarini, C.; Kiminami, C.S.; Botta, W.J. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais; Peres, M.M., E-mail: peresmm@yahoo.com.b [Universidade Federal de Itajuba (UNIFEI), Itabira, MG (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    The aim of this work is the microstructure and the mechanical properties analysis of an aluminium matrix composite reinforced with the Al{sub 87.5}Ni{sub 4}Sm{sub 8.5} amorphous alloy. The amorphous alloy was produced by melt-spinning and fragmented in powder particles by milling. Pure aluminium power was moistured with amorphous powder in a proportion of 80:20 (% weight) and processed by milling using 350 rpm during 30 minutes for the generation of a homogeneous composite powder. This product was consolidated by extrusion at 235 deg C, ram speed of 2mm/min and extrusion ratio of 7/1, generating a compact and cylindrical bar with 3 mm of width. The result sample was characterized by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) and by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). Microhardness and compression tests show an improvement on the mechanical properties. (author)

  4. Gold based bulk metallic glass

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    Schroers, Jan; Lohwongwatana, Boonrat; Johnson, William L.; Peker, Atakan

    2005-01-01

    Gold-based bulk metallic glass alloys based on Au-Cu-Si are introduced. The alloys exhibit a gold content comparable to 18-karat gold. They show very low liquidus temperature, large supercooled liquid region, and good processibility. The maximum casting thickness exceeds 5 mm in the best glassformer. Au49Ag5.5Pd2.3Cu26.9Si16.3 has a liquidus temperature of 644 K, a glass transition temperature of 401 K, and a supercooled liquid region of 58 K. The Vickers hardness of the alloys in this system...

  5. Magnetic domain observations in Fe–Ga alloys

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    Mudivarthi, Chaitanya; Na, Suok-Min; Schaefer, Rudolf

    2010-01-01

    The domain structure of Fe–Ga bulk alloys is investigated with magnetic force (MFM) and magneto-optic Kerr microscopy. Published domain observations on this class of materials predominantly reveal maze-like domain patterns that indicate out-of-plane magnetization, i.e. out-of-plane anisotropy. Co...... surface layer, reveal in-plane magnetization with sharp and straight 90° and 180° domain walls that are expected in these alloys.......The domain structure of Fe–Ga bulk alloys is investigated with magnetic force (MFM) and magneto-optic Kerr microscopy. Published domain observations on this class of materials predominantly reveal maze-like domain patterns that indicate out-of-plane magnetization, i.e. out-of-plane anisotropy...... in pure α-Fe. This is explained as being due to increased magnetostriction. We demonstrate that the damaged surface layer can be removed with an additional polishing step using colloidal amorphous silica. On (001) bulk crystal surfaces, the domain structures, obtained after the removal of the damaged...

  6. Preparation, Characterization, and Millimeter Wave Attenuation of Carbon Fibers Coated with Ni-Cu-P and Ni-Co-P Alloys

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    Ye, Mingquan; Li, Zhitao; Wang, Chen; Han, Aijun

    2015-12-01

    Composite carbon fibers (CFs) coated with Ni-X-P (X = Cu, Co, none) alloys were prepared by electroless plating. The morphology, crystal structure, elemental composition, and millimeter wave (MMW) attenuation performance of the alloy-coated CFs were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffractometry, energy-dispersive spectrometry, and microwave attenuation. CFs were coated with a layer of alloy particles. The P content in the Ni-Cu-P or Ni-Co-P-coated alloy was lower than that in the Ni-P alloy, and coating alloy Ni-P was amorphous. Coating alloys exhibited crystal characteristics after Cu or Co introduction. MMW-attenuation performance of alloy-coated CFs showed that the 3 and 8 mm wave-attenuation effects of CF/Ni-Cu-P and CF/Ni-Co-P were better than those of CF/Ni-P and CFs. The 8 mm wave-attenuation values and their increases were larger than those of the 3 mm wave. The MMW-attenuation performance is attributable to the alloy bulk resistivity and P content. The 3 mm wave-attenuation effects of wavelength-coated CF samples were slightly larger than those of the half wavelength samples. An optimal weight gain value existed for the MMW-attenuation performance of alloy-coated CFs.

  7. Calculations of the magnetic entropy change in amorphous through a microscopic anisotropic model: Applications to Dy{sub 70}Zr{sub 30} and DyCo{sub 3.4} alloys

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    Ranke, P. J. von, E-mail: von.ranke@uol.com.br; Nóbrega, E. P.; Ribeiro, P. O.; Alvarenga, T. S. T.; Lopes, P. H. O.; Sousa, V. S. R. de; Oliveira, N. A. de [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro—UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Caldas, A. [Sociedade Unificada de Ensino Superior e Cultura, SUESC, 20211-351 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Alho, B. P. [Instituto de Aplicação Fernando Rodrigues da Silveira, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Santa Alexandrina, 288, 20260-232 Rio de Janeiro (Brazil); Carvalho, G. [Laboratório Nacional de Luz Sincroton—LNLS, 13083-970 Campinas, São Paulo (Brazil); Magnus, A.

    2014-10-14

    We report theoretical investigations on the magnetocaloric effect, described by the magnetic entropy change in rare earth—transition metal amorphous systems. The model includes the local anisotropy on the rare earth ions in Harris-Plischke-Zuckermann assumptions. The transition metals ions are treated in terms of itinerant electron ferromagnetism and the magnetic moment of rare earth ions is coupled to the polarized d-band by a local exchange interaction. The magnetocaloric effect was calculated in DyCo{sub 3.4} system, which presents amorphous sperimagnetic configuration. The calculations predict higher refrigerant capacity in the amorphous DyCo{sub 3.4} than in DyCo{sub 2} crystal, highlighting the importance of amorphous magnetocaloric materials. Our calculation of the magnetocaloric effect in Dy{sub 70}Zr{sub 30}, which presents amorphous asperomagnetic configuration, is in good agreement with the experimental result. Furthermore, magnetic entropy changes associated with crystal-amorphous configurations change are estimated.

  8. Tribological characterisation of Zr-based bulk metallic glass in simulated physiological media

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    Chen, Q.; Chan, K. C.; Liu, L.

    2011-10-01

    Due to their excellent wear resistant properties and high strength, as well as a low Young's modulus, Zr-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) are potentially suitable biomaterials for low-friction arthroplasty. The wear characteristics of the Zr60.14Cu22.31Fe4.85Al9.7Ag3 bulk amorphous alloy against ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) compared to a CoCrMo/UHMWPE combination were investigated in two different wear screening test devices, reciprocating and unidirectional. Hank's solution and sterile calf bovine serum were selected as the lubricant fluid media. It was found that different fluid media had insignificant effect on polyethylene wear against BMG counterfaces. The wear behaviour obtained on both test devices demonstrated that Zr-based BMG achieved UHMWPE counterface wear rates superior to conventional cast CoCrMo alloy, where the wear rate of UHMWPE is decreased by over 20 times. The tribological performance of these joints is superior to that of conventional metal-on-polymer designs. Contact angle measurements suggested that the advantage of BMG over a CoCrMo alloy counterface is attributed to its highly hydrophilic surfaces.

  9. About the contrast of δ' precipitates in bulk Al-Cu-Li alloys in reflection mode with a field-emission scanning electron microscope at low accelerating voltage.

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    Brodusch, Nicolas; Voisard, Frédéric; Gauvin, Raynald

    2017-11-01

    Characterising the impact of lithium additions in the precipitation sequence in Al-Li-Cu alloys is important to control the strengthening of the final material. Since now, transmission electron microscopy (TEM) at high beam voltage has been the technique of choice to monitor the size and spatial distribution of δ' precipitates (Al3 Li). Here we report on the imaging of the δ' phase in such alloys using backscattered electrons (BSE) and low accelerating voltage in a high-resolution field-emission scanning electron microscope. By applying low-energy Ar+ ion milling to the surface after mechanical polishing (MP), the MP-induced corroded layers were efficiently removed and permitted the δ's to be visible with a limited impact on the observed microstructure. The resulting BSE contrast between the δ's and the Al matrix was compared with that obtained using Monte Carlo modelling. The artefacts possibly resulting from the sample preparation procedure were reviewed and discussed and permitted to confirm that these precipitates were effectively the metastable δ's. The method described in this report necessitates less intensive sample preparation than that required for TEM and provides a much larger field of view and an easily interpretable contrast compared to the transmission techniques. © 2017 The Authors Journal of Microscopy © 2017 Royal Microscopical Society.

  10. Bulk metallic glass for low noise fluxgate Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — The team of Prime Photonics, Virginia Tech, and Utron Kinetics propose to demonstrate a method for fabrication of a bulk, amorphous, cobalt-rich material that...

  11. Corrosion Behavior of Fe41Co7Cr15Mo14C15B6Y2 Bulk Metallic Glass in Sulfuric Acid Solutions

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    Fan, H. B.; Zheng, W.; Wang, G. Y.; Liaw, P. K.; Shen, J.

    2011-06-01

    An Fe41Co7Cr15Mo14C15B6Y2 bulk metallic glass with a diameter of 5 mm was prepared with the copper-mold-casting method. The corrosion resistance of this amorphous steel in sulfuric-acid solutions was determined by electrochemical measurements. The passive film formed on the surface of the alloy after immersion in the 0.5-mol/l H2SO4 solution for 1 week was analyzed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Electrochemical measurements show that the corrosion resistance of the amorphous steel in the 1 mol/l-H2SO4 solution is superior to a stainless steel (SUS 321), and is almost the same as Ti6Al4V, which shows that the amorphous steel has an excellent corrosion resistance in sulfuric-acid solutions. As the concentration of the sulfuric-acid solutions increases from 0.5 mol/l to 4 mol/l, the corrosion resistance of the amorphous steel decreases. The XPS result reveals that a bilayer structure of protective film formed on the surface of the amorphous steel in a H2SO4 solution. The compositions of the inner part of the film are MoO2, Cr2O3, CoO, and FeO, and those of the outer film are MoO3, Cr(OH)3, Co(OH)2, and Fe(OH)3.

  12. Effect of Copper and Zirconium Addition on Properties of Fe-Co-Si-B-Nb Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Ikram, Haris; Khalid, Fazal Ahmad; Akmal, Muhammad; Abbas, Zameer

    2017-07-01

    In this research work, iron-based bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) have been fabricated, characterized and compared with Fe-Si alloy. BMG alloys of composition ((Fe0.6Co0.4)0.75B0.20Si0.05)96Nb4) were synthesized by suction casting technique using chilled copper die. Effect of copper and zirconium addition on magnetic, mechanical, thermal and electrochemical behavior of ((Fe0.6Co0.4)0.75B0.20Si0.05)96Nb4 BMGs was investigated. Furthermore, effect of annealing on nano-crystallization and subsequently on magnetic and mechanical behavior was also analyzed. Amorphousness of structure was evidenced by XRD analysis and microscopic visualization, whereas nano-crystallization behavior was identified by peak broadening of XRD patterns. Magnetic properties, measured by vibrating sample magnetometer, were found to be improved for as-cast BMG alloys by copper addition and further enhanced by nano-crystallization after annealing. Mechanical properties were observed to be increased by zirconium addition while slightly declined by copper addition. Potentiodynamic polarization analysis manifested the positive role of zirconium in enhancing corrosion resistance of BMGs in acidic, basic and brine mediums. Moreover, mechanical properties and corrosion analysis results affirmed the superiority of BMG alloys over Fe-Si alloy.

  13. Neutron irradiation induced amorphization of silicon carbide

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    Snead, L. L.; Hay, J. C.

    1999-07-01

    This paper provides the properties of bulk stoichiometric silicon carbide which has been amorphized under neutron irradiation. Both high purity single crystal hcp and high purity, highly faulted (cubic) chemically vapor deposited (CVD) SiC were irradiated at approximately 60°C to a total fast neutron fluence of 2.6 × 10 25 n/m 2. Amorphization was seen in both materials as evidenced by TEM, electron diffraction and X-ray diffraction techniques. Physical properties for the amorphized single crystal material are reported including large changes in density (-10.8%), elastic modulus as measured using a nanoindentation technique (-45%), hardness as measured by nanoindentation (-45%), and standard Vickers hardness (-24%). Similar property changes are observed for the amorphized CVD SiC. Using measured thermal conductivity data for the CVD SiC sample, the critical temperature for amorphization at this neutron dose and flux, above which amorphization is not possible, is estimated to be greater than ˜125°C.

  14. Magnetic Properties of Nanometer-sized Crystalline and Amorphous Particles

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    Mørup, Steen; Bødker, Franz; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt

    1997-01-01

    are superparamagnetic at finite temperatures. The temperature dependence of the superparamagnetic relaxation time and the influence of inter-particle interactions is discussed. Finally, some examples of studies of surface magnetization of alpha-Fe particles are presented.......Amorphous transition metal-metalloid alloy particles can be prepared by chemical preparation techniques. We discuss the preparation of transition metal-boron and iron-carbon particles and their magnetic properties. Nanometer-sized particles of both crystalline and amorphous magnetic materials...

  15. Microstructure and magnetic properties of mechanically alloyed FeSiBAlNi (Nb) high entropy alloys

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    Wang, Jian; Zheng, Zhou; Xu, Jing; Wang, Yan

    2014-04-01

    In this paper, the effects of milling duration and composition on the microstructure and magnetic properties of equi-atomic FeSiBAlNi and FeSiBAlNiNb high entropy alloys during mechanical alloying have been investigated using X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and alternating gradient magnetometry. The amorphous high entropy alloys have been successfully fabricated using the mechanical alloying method. The results show that the Nb addition prolongs the milling time for the formation of the fully FeSiBAlNi amorphous phase and decreases the glass forming ability. However, FeSiBAlNiNb amorphous high entropy alloy has the higher thermal stability and heat resisting properties. Moreover, the as-milled FeSiBAlNi(Nb) powders are soft-magnetic materials indicated by their low coercivity. The saturation magnetization of the as-milled FeSiBAlNi(Nb) powders decreases with prolonging of the milling time and shows the lowest value when the amorphous high entropy alloys are formed. It suggests that the as-milled products with solid solution phases show the better soft-magnetic properties than those with fully amorphous phases. The Nb addition does not improve the soft-magnetic properties of the FeSiBAlNi high entropy alloys. Rather, both amorphous high entropy alloys have similar soft-magnetic properties after a long milling time.

  16. Bulk metallic glasses: A new class of engineering materials

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    Basu, Joysurya; Ranganathan, S.

    2003-01-01

    Bulk glass-forming alloys have emerged over the past fifteen years with attractive properties and technological promise. A number of alloy systems based on lanthanum, magnesium, zirconium, palladium, iron, cobalt and nickel have been discovered. Glass-forming ability depends on various factors like enthalpy of mixing, atomic size and multicomponent alloying. A number of processes is available to synthesise bulk metallic glasses. The crystallisation behaviour and mechanical properties of t...

  17. Binary Ni-Nb bulk metallic glasses

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    Xia, L.; Li, W. H.; Fang, S. S.; Wei, B. C.; Dong, Y. D.

    2006-01-01

    We studied the glass forming ability of Ni-Nb binary alloys and found that some of the alloys can be prepared into bulk metallic glasses by a conventional Cu-mold casting. The best glass former within the compositional range studied is off-eutectic Ni62Nb38 alloy, which is markedly different from those predicted by the multicomponent and deep eutectic rules. The glass formation mechanism for binary Ni-Nb alloys was studied from the thermodynamic point of view and a parameter γ* was proposed to approach the ability of glass formation against crystallization.

  18. Rapid solidification of an Al-5Ni alloy processed by spray forming

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    Conrado Ramos Moreira Afonso

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Recently, intermetallic compounds have attracted much attention due to their potential technological applications as high-temperature materials. In particular the intermetallic compounds, associated with the Al-Ni binary system stand out as promising candidates for high-temperature materials for the use in harsh environments. It is expected that a bulk Al-Ni alloy may exceed the strength of many commercial materials. The great challenge in developing these alloys is to manipulate the solidification thermal parameters in order to obtain the desired microstructural features. One of the indicated routes to obtain very refined intermetallic phases dispersed in the microstructure is the spray forming process. The dendritic and eutectic growth dependences on cooling rate are already known for directionally solidified (DS hypoeutectic Al-Ni alloys. In the case of rapidly solidified (RS samples, extrapolations of such experimental laws are needed, which can be very helpful to estimate realistic values of high cooling rates imposed during the spray forming process. The present study aims to compare directionally solidified and spray-formed Al-5wt. (%Ni alloy samples with a view to providing a basis for understanding how to control solidification parameters and the as-cast microstructure. The Al-5.0wt. (%Ni alloy was shown to have a cellular morphology for the overspray powder size range examined (up to 500 µm. The mean cell spacing decreased from 5.0 to 1.1 µm with the decrease in the powder average diameter. It was found that the experimental cooling rates imposed during the atomization step of the overspray powder solidification varied from 10³ to 2.10(4 K/s. The DSC trace depicted a crystallization peak of an amorphous structure fraction in the smallest Al-5.0wt. (%Ni alloy powder size range (<32 µm estimating a 15 µm critical diameter of amorphous powder in the binary Al97.5Ni2.5 (at% alloy.

  19. Crystallization kinetics of Fe based amorphous alloy

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    Shanker Rao, T.; Lilly Shanker Rao, T.

    2015-02-01

    Differential Scanning Calorimetry(DSC) experimental data under non-isothermal conditions for Fe based Metglas 2605SA1 (wt% Fe=85-95, Si=5-10, B=1-5) metallic glass ribbons are reported and discussed. The DSC Scans performed at different heating rates showed two step crystallization processes and are interpreted in terms of different models like Kissinger, Ozawa, Boswell, Augis & Bennett and Gao & Wang. From the heating rate dependence of the onset temperature (To) and the crystallization peak temperature (Tp), the kinetic triplet, activation energy of crystallization (E), Avrami exponent (n) and the frequency factor (A) are determined. The determined E for peak I is 354.5 ± 2.5 kJ/mol and for the peak II is 348.2 ± 2.2 kJ/mol, respectively. The frequency factor for peak I is 1.1 × 1023sec-1 and for peak II is 6.1 × 1020sec-1.

  20. Amorphous phase formation in the Cu{sub 36}Zr{sub 59}A{sub l5} and Cu{sub 48}Zr{sub 43}A{sub l9} ternary alloys studied by molecular dynamics; Estudo da formacao de fase amorfa nas ligas ternarias Cu{sub 36}Zr{sub 59}A{sub l5} e Cu{sub 48}Zr{sub 43}A{sub l9} por dinamica molecular

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    Aliaga, L.C.R.; Schimidt, C.S.; Lima, L.V.; Domingues, G.M.B.; Bastos, I.N., E-mail: aliaga@iprj.uer.br [Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Nova friburgo, RJ (Brazil). Departamento de Materiais

    2016-07-01

    Amorphous alloys presents better mechanical and physical properties than its crystalline counterparts. However, there is a scarce understanding on structure - properties relationship in this class of materials. This paper presents the results of the molecular dynamics application to obtain an atomistic description of melting, solidification and the glass forming ability in the ternary Cu{sub 36}Zr{sub 59}A{sub l5} and Cu{sub 48}Zr{sub 43}A{sub l9} alloys. In the study we used the EAM potential and different cooling rates, β = 0.1, 1 and 100 K/ps to form the amorphous phase in a system consisting of 32,000 atoms by using the free code LAMMPS. The solidus and liquidus temperatures, on a heating rate of the 5 K/ps, were obtained. Also, on the cooling down step, it was observed that the glass transition temperature (T{sub g}) decreases as cooling rate increases. The structural evolution was analyzed through the radial distribution functions and Voronoi polyhedra. Furthermore, it was determined the evolution of viscosity upper T{sub g}, as well as the fragility (m) parameter for each amorphous alloy. The thermal parameters of the simulation obtained are compared with those of the experiments. (author)

  1. Large enhancement of bulk spin polarization by suppressing Co{sub Mn} anti-sites in Co{sub 2}Mn(Ge{sub 0.75}Ga{sub 0.25}) Heusler alloy thin film

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    Li, S.; Takahashi, Y. K.; Sakuraba, Y., E-mail: Sakuraba.Yuya@nims.go.jp; Furubayashi, T. [National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Tsuji, N.; Tajiri, H. [Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute/SPring-8, Hyogo 679-5198 (Japan); Miura, Y. [Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto 605-8585 (Japan); Chen, J.; Hono, K. [National Institute for Materials Science, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba 305-8571 (Japan)

    2016-03-21

    We have investigated the structure and magneto-transport properties of Co{sub 2}Mn(Ge{sub 0.75}Ga{sub 0.25}) (CMGG) Heusler alloy thin films with near-stoichiometric and Mn-rich compositions in order to understand the effect of Co-Mn anti-sites on bulk spin polarization. Anomalous x-ray diffraction measurements using synchrotron radiated x-rays confirmed that Co{sub Mn} anti-sites easily form in the near-stoichiometric CMGG compound at annealing temperature higher than 400 °C, while it can be suppressed in Mn-rich CMGG films. Accordingly, large enhancement in negative anisotropic magnetoresistance of CMGG films and giant magnetoresistance (GMR) in current-perpendicular-to-plane (CPP) pseudo spin valves were observed in the Mn-rich composition. A large resistance-area product change (ΔRA) of 12.8 mΩ μm{sup 2} was demonstrated in the CPP-GMR pseudo spin valves using the Mn-rich CMGG layers after annealing at 600 °C. It is almost twice of the maximum output observed in the CPP-GMR pseudo spin valves using the near-stoichiometric CMGG. These indicate that the spin polarization of CMGG is enhanced in the Mn-rich composition through suppressing the formation of Co{sub Mn}-antisites in CMGG films, being consistent with first-principle calculation results.

  2. Atomic structure of Zr{sub 41.2}Ti{sub 13.8}Cu{sub 12.5}Ni{sub 10}Be{sub 22.5} bulk metallic glass alloy

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    Hui, X. [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)], E-mail: huixd01@hotmail.com; Fang, H.Z.; Chen, G.L. [State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Shang, S.L.; Wang, Y. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States); Qin, J.Y. [Key Laboratory of Liquid Structure and Heredity of Materials, Ministry of Education, Shandong University - Southern Campus, Jinan 250061 (China); Liu, Z.K. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802 (United States)

    2009-01-15

    Ab initio molecular dynamics (AIMD) calculations were performed on the atomic configuration of Zr{sub 41.2}Ti{sub 13.8}Cu{sub 12.5}Ni{sub 10}Be{sub 22.5} bulk metallic glass. The local structures were characterized in terms of structure factors (SF), pair correlation functions (PCF), coordinate numbers, bond pairs and Voronoi polyhedra. The glass transition temperature, generalized PCF and SF predicated by AIMD are in good agreement with the experimental data. Icosahedral short-range orders (ISRO) are found to be the most dominant, in view of the presence of the majority of bond pairs with 1551, 1541 and 1431, and Voronoi polyhedra with <0,3,6,1>, <0,2,8,1>, <0,0,12,0> and <0,2,8,4>. Icosahedral medium range orders (IMROs) are formed from icosahedra via the linkage of vertex-, edge-, face- and intercross-shared atoms. The glass structure on the nanometer scale is accumulated by polyhedra through an efficient packing mode. It is suggested that the extraordinary glass-forming ability of this alloy is essentially attributable to the formation of ISRO and IMRO, and the dense packing of atoms.

  3. Amorphization within the tablet

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    Doreth, Maria; Hussein, Murtadha Abdul; Priemel, Petra A.

    2017-01-01

    In situ amorphization is a concept that allows to amorphize a given drug in its final dosage form right before administration. Hence, this approach can potentially be used to circumvent recrystallization issues that other amorphous formulation approaches are facing during storage. In this study...... revealed that with increasing microwaving power and time, the fractions of crystalline IND and amorphous PVP reduced, whereas the amount of in situ formed IND-PVP glass solution increased. Intrinsic dissolution showed that the dissolution rate of the microwaved solid dispersion was similar...

  4. Creep in amorphous metals

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    Michael E. Kassner

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper reviews the work on creep behavior of amorphous metals. There have been, over the past several years, a few reviews of the mechanical behavior of amorphous metals. Of these, the review of the creep properties of amorphous metals by Schuh et al. though oldest of the three, is particularly noteworthy and the reader is referred to this article published in 2007. The current review of creep of amorphous metals particularly focuses on those works since that review and places the work prior to 2007 in a different context where new developments warrant.

  5. Thermodynamic analysis and purifying an amorphous phase of frozen crystallization centers

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    Lysov, V. I.; Tsaregradskaya, T. L.; Turkov, O. V.; Saenko, G. V.

    2017-12-01

    The possibility of dissolving frozen crystallization centers in amorphous alloys of the Fe-B system is considered by means of thermodynamic calculations. This can in turn improve the thermal stability of an amorphous alloy. The effect isothermal annealing has on the thermal stability of multicomponent amorphous alloys based on iron is investigated via the highly sensitive dilatometric technique, measurements of microsolidity, and electron microscopic investigations. The annealing temperature is determined empirically on the basis of the theses of the thermodynamic theory of the high temperature stability of multicomponent amorphous alloys, according to which there exists a range of temperatures that is characterized by a negative difference between the chemical potentials of phases in a heterogeneous amorphous matrix-frozen crystallization centers system. The thermodynamic condition of the possible dissolution of frozen crystallization centers is thus met. It is shown that introducing regimes of thermal processing allows us to expand the ranges of the thermal stability of iron-based amorphous alloys by 20-40 K through purifying an amorphous matrix of frozen crystallization centers. This conclusion is proved via electron microscopic investigations.

  6. Amorphous iron (II) carbonate

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    Sel, Ozlem; Radha, A.V.; Dideriksen, Knud

    2012-01-01

    Abstract The synthesis, characterization and crystallization energetics of amorphous iron (II) carbonate (AFC) are reported. AFC may form as a precursor for siderite (FeCO3). The enthalpy of crystallization (DHcrys) of AFC is similar to that of amorphous magnesium carbonate (AMC) and more...

  7. Layered amorphous silicon as negative electrodes in lithium-ion batteries

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    Zhao, Leyi; Dvorak, D. J.; Obrovac, M. N.

    2016-11-01

    Chemical delithiation is used to prepare bulk quantities of amorphous silicon powder from lithium-silicon compounds. The amorphous silicon materials formed are air and water stable and are found to have layered structures. When cycled in Li-ion half cells, coatings containing layered amorphous silicon are found to have significantly lower volume expansion during lithiation and improved cycling characteristics compared to that of bulk crystalline Si. We suggest chemical delithiation as a convenient method to synthesize bulk quantities of Si powders containing self-organized void spaces that can accommodate volume expansion during lithiation.

  8. First-Principles Prediction of Densities of Amorphous Materials: The Case of Amorphous Silicon

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    Furukawa, Yoritaka; Matsushita, Yu-ichiro

    2018-02-01

    A novel approach to predict the atomic densities of amorphous materials is explored on the basis of Car-Parrinello molecular dynamics (CPMD) in density functional theory. Despite the determination of the atomic density of matter being crucial in understanding its physical properties, no first-principles method has ever been proposed for amorphous materials until now. We have extended the conventional method for crystalline materials in a natural manner and pointed out the importance of the canonical ensemble of the total energy in the determination of the atomic densities of amorphous materials. To take into account the canonical distribution of the total energy, we generate multiple amorphous structures with several different volumes by CPMD simulations and average the total energies at each volume. The density is then determined as the one that minimizes the averaged total energy. In this study, this approach is implemented for amorphous silicon (a-Si) to demonstrate its validity, and we have determined the density of a-Si to be 4.1% lower and its bulk modulus to be 28 GPa smaller than those of the crystal, which are in good agreement with experiments. We have also confirmed that generating samples through classical molecular dynamics simulations produces a comparable result. The findings suggest that the presented method is applicable to other amorphous systems, including those for which experimental knowledge is lacking.

  9. Amorphous Pt@PdCu/CNT Catalyst for Methanol Electrooxidation ...

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    A multi-walled carbon nanotube-supported, Pt decorated nano-sized amorphous PdCu alloy cores (denoted as Pt@PdCu/CNT) catalyst with lower Pt loading is synthesized via a galvanic displacement reaction. The structure is examined using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  10. Kinetics of crystallization of a Fe-based multicomponent amorphous ...

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    Abstract. 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 ...

  11. Pareto-optimal alloys

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    Bligaard, Thomas; Johannesson, Gisli Holmar; Ruban, Andrei

    2003-01-01

    and the cost. In this letter we present a database consisting of the lattice parameters, bulk moduli, and heats of formation for over 64 000 ordered metallic alloys, which has been established by direct first-principles density-functional-theory calculations. Furthermore, we use a concept from economic theory......, the Pareto-optimal set, to determine optimal alloy solutions for the compromise between low compressibility, high stability, and cost....

  12. Probing of 2 dimensional confinement-induced structural transitions in amorphous oxide thin film

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    Lee, Sung Keun; Ahn, Chi Won

    2014-01-01

    Whereas the atomic structure of surface of crystals is known to be distinct from that of bulk, experimental evidence for thickness-induced structural transitions in amorphous oxides is lacking. We report the NMR result for amorphous alumina with varying thickness from bulk up to 5 nm, revealing the nature of structural transitions near amorphous oxide surfaces/interfaces. The coordination environments in the confined amorphous alumina thin film are distinct from those of bulk, highlighted by a decrease in the fractions of high-energy clusters (and thus the degree of disorder) with thickness. The result implies that a wide range of variations in amorphous structures may be identified by controlling its dimensionality. PMID:24569515

  13. A Hydrogen-Deuterium Exchange Study on Nickel-based Binary-Ternary Amorphous and Crystalline Membranes

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    Adibhatla, Anasuya

    Hydrogen is a major role player in current global sustainable energy scenario. Research around the world is carried out to harness hydrogen from all possible sources. One of these sources is water gas shift reaction after the coal gasification process. Sustainable infrastructure can be viable in countries like USA and Australia, making this process viable. Various methods are used to harness this hydrogen from the water gas. One of these methods is the use of inorganic membranes based on Pd, Ag, Ni, Zr and other transition metals. Pd addition to the membranes makes the membranes more expensive for commercial use. Various bulk properties like hydrogen permeation and absorption are studied on Pd and Pd-based alloys. Alternate alloys based on Ni, V, Ta etc are being studied to substitute the use of Pd making this technology more cost efficient. A current balance in research in this area is fund to exist by coating the non-precious metal membranes with Pd to improve the surface interaction with hydrogen. The nature of membranes used for hydrogen separation is important aspect for the overall performance. Crystalline materials provide better bulk properties, however, are not durable under high temperature and hydrogen pressure. In this research, non-Pd coated Ni-based amorphous membranes were made by melt spin technique, which have been studied for their surface properties. Gas phase H2-D2 exchange reaction has been carried out on the membrane surface. This provides a measure of catalytic activity of the above mentioned membranes. More studies included the crystallographic phase change determination, bulk hydrogen solubility measurements, surface conduction measurements and surface morphological studies. During this research, it has been observed that crystalline materials provide more surface activity for hydrogen than their amorphous counterparts. Ni64Zr36 alloy has been shown to exhibit similar kinetic rates as metallic Ni. Also, microkinetic analysis was performed

  14. Deep-level transient spectroscopy on an amorphous InGaZnO4 Schottky diode

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    Chasin, A.; Simoen, E.; Bhoolokam, A.; Nag, M.; Genoe, J.; Gielen, G.; Heremans, P.

    2014-01-01

    The first direct measurement is reported of the bulk density of deep states in amorphous IGZO (indium-gallium-zinc oxide) semiconductor by means of deep-level transient spectroscopy (DLTS). The device under test is a Schottky diode of amorphous IGZO semiconductor on a palladium (Pd) Schottky-barrier

  15. Effect of Industrial Raw Materials on the Glass-Forming Ability, Magnetic and Mechanical Properties of Fe-Based Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Cai, Yongqian; Ling, Haibo; Jiang, Tao

    2015-12-01

    Pseudo-ternary Fe78P13C9 (the real composition is Fe77.6Si1.4P12.7C8.3) bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) with the maximum diameter of 1.5 mm based on industrial raw materials has been prepared by J-quenching technique using the master alloys with fluxing treatment, whereas fully amorphous alloy rod with the diameter of 1.0 mm cannot be obtained by the same preparation method using the master alloy without fluxing treatment. It is indicated that the glass formation ability (GFA) of the present Fe-based alloys based on industrial raw materials can be greatly enhanced through fluxing treatment. For comparison, the amorphous alloy rod with the same composition based on the pure raw materials has also been prepared by the same preparation technique and the critical diameter for fully glass formation gets to 2.0 mm. The DSC result indicates that the present Fe-based BMG based on industrial raw materials reveals higher thermal stability compared with the BMG based on pure raw materials. The magnetic tests show that the saturation magnetizations of the present Fe-based BMGs prepared by pure raw materials and industrial raw material are around 1.40 T, and have no significant difference. Compressive tests show that the present Fe-based BMG based on industrial raw materials exhibits higher compressive fracture strength (3.11 GPa) and slightly less plastic strain (0.8 pct) compared with the BMG based on pure raw materials with the same composition.

  16. Influence of corrosion on surface magnetic density in amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe{sub 73.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 13.5}B{sub 9} alloys

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    Tejedor, M [Departamento de FIsica, Universidad de Oviedo, c/ Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); GarcIa, J A [Departamento de FIsica, Universidad de Oviedo, c/ Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Elbaile, L [Departamento de FIsica, Universidad de Oviedo, c/ Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo, (Spain); Santos, J D [Departamento de FIsica, Universidad de Oviedo, c/ Calvo Sotelo s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Pierna, A R [Departamento de IngenierIa QuImica y Medio Ambiente, Universidad del PaIs Vasco, PO Box 1379, 20080 San Sebastian (Spain); Vara, G [Departamento de IngenierIa QuImica y Medio Ambiente, Universidad del PaIs Vasco, PO Box 1379, 20080 San Sebastian (Spain); Marzo, F F [Departamento de IngenierIa QuImica y Medio Ambiente, Universidad del PaIs Vasco, PO Box 1379, 20080 San Sebastian (Spain)

    2004-04-21

    The variation of surface magnetization with corrosion in Fe{sub 73.5}Cu{sub 1}Nb{sub 3}Si{sub 13.5}B{sub 9} in the amorphous and nanocrystalline states is investigated. The results show that in the amorphous samples when the oxidized layer increases the surface saturation magnetization decreases. However, in the nanocrystalline samples the surface saturation magnetization does not change significantly with the corrosion process but the approximation to saturation is different in the non-oxidized and oxidized nanocrystalline samples. In the case of non-oxidized samples, the surface saturation magnetization is reached at a low applied magnetic field (1000 Am{sup -1}), whereas in the oxidized samples it is reached at a higher applied magnetic field of 7000 and 9000 Am{sup -1} for the samples annealed at 520 deg. C for 60 min and 30 min, respectively.

  17. Characteristics of bulk liquid undercooling and crystallization ...

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    157–161. c Indian Academy of Sciences. Characteristics of bulk liquid undercooling and crystallization behaviors of jet electrodeposition Ni–W–P alloy. J K YU. ∗. , Y H WANG, G Z XING, Q QIAO, B LIU, Z J CHU, C L LI and F YOU. State Key Laboratory of Metastable Materials Science and Technology, Yanshan University,.

  18. Characteristics of bulk liquid undercooling and crystallization ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 38; Issue 1. Characteristics of bulk liquid undercooling and crystallization behaviors of jet electrodeposition Ni–W–P alloy. J K Yu Y H Wang G Z Xing Q Qiao B Liu Z J Chu C L Li F You. Volume 38 Issue 1 February 2015 pp 157-161 ...

  19. Glass formation and magnetic properties of Fe-C-Si-B-P-(Cr-Al-Co) bulk metallic glasses fabricated using industrial raw materials

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    Li, H. X.; Wang, S. L.; Yi, S.; Jiao, Z. B.; Wu, Y.; Lu, Z. P.

    2009-09-01

    Formation of Fe-C-Si-B-P-(Cr-Al-Co) bulk metallic glasses with enhanced glass-forming ability (GFA) and magnetic properties fabricated using industrial pig-iron and Fe-P alloys as raw materials has been studied. It was found that GFA of the pig-iron (Fe 79.5C 18.0Si 2.3P 0.2, at%) could be improved by proper additions of only metalloids C, Si, P and B, and fully glassy structure was obtained in the Fe 75.5C 7.0Si 3.3B 5.5P 8.7 alloy with a critical diameter of 1 mm. With suitable additions of metallic elements Cr, Co and Al, the GFA is further increased and fully amorphous rods in 4 mm diameter can be prepared for the Fe 68.2C 7.0Si 3.3B 5.5P 8.7Cr 2.3Al 2.0Co 3.0 alloy that shows a unique combination of good soft-magnetic properties ( Ms=1.03 T, Hc=9.39 A/m), high GFA and high fracture strength. These low-cost Fe-based bulk metallic glasses fabricated using industrial raw materials have a potential to be utilized as engineering materials.

  20. New amorphous alloy with high glass forming ability on the Cu-Zr-Al-Gd system; Desenvolvimento de nova liga com estrutura amorfa no sistema Cu-Zr-Al-Gd

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    Mazzer, E.M.; Aliaga, L.C.R.; Bolfarini, C.; Botta Filho, W.J.; Kiminami, C.S., E-mail: eric_mazzer@hotmail.co [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    The prediction of the Glass Forming Ability (GFA) in metallic alloys is usually performed by empirical or semi-empirical criteria in binary or ternary systems. For multi-component systems with more than three elements, the criteria or models become extremely complex making it impractical. In this paper we present the results on the GFA prediction of the Cu-Zr-Al-Gd alloys, where compositions had been selected for the synergy of the topological instability and electronegativity criteria which was increased by the average radio criterion for the quaternary system. Alloys were prepared and processed by arc-meting and die casting techniques. Characterization was made by x-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) techniques. It was concluded that Cu{sub 39,2}Zr{sub 49}Al{sub 9}, {sub 80}Gd{sub 2} alloy presents high thermal stability expressed by great supercooled liquid region upper to 76 deg C. (author)

  1. Multi-scale Characterisation of the 3D Microstructure of a Thermally-Shocked Bulk Metallic Glass Matrix Composite.

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    Zhang, Wei; Bodey, Andrew J; Sui, Tan; Kockelmann, Winfried; Rau, Christoph; Korsunsky, Alexander M; Mi, Jiawei

    2016-01-04

    Bulk metallic glass matrix composites (BMGMCs) are a new class of metal alloys which have significantly increased ductility and impact toughness, resulting from the ductile crystalline phases distributed uniformly within the amorphous matrix. However, the 3D structures and their morphologies of such composite at nano and micrometre scale have never been reported before. We have used high density electric currents to thermally shock a Zr-Ti based BMGMC to different temperatures, and used X-ray microtomography, FIB-SEM nanotomography and neutron diffraction to reveal the morphologies, compositions, volume fractions and thermal stabilities of the nano and microstructures. Understanding of these is essential for optimizing the design of BMGMCs and developing viable manufacturing methods.

  2. Structure and magnetic entropy change of suck-cast Gd 60Co 26Al 6Ge 8 alloy

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    Fu, H.; Yu, H. J.; Zeng, Z. M.; Zhou, W. L.; Zu, X. T.

    2009-03-01

    The Gd 60Co 26Al 6Ge 8 alloy has been prepared by the copper-mold suck-casting and its phase component has been investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). It is shown that this alloy consists of primary crystalline Gd 5Ge 3 phase and amorphous matrix. The glass transition temperature ( Tg) and crystallization temperatures ( T x) occur at 292 and 320 °C, respectively. The maximal magnetic entropy change (Δ SM) under 0-5 T field is about 7.6 J (kg -1 K -1) at 155 K and the refrigeration capacity (RC) is about 768 J kg -1, which makes Gd 60Co 26Al 6Ge 8 bulk metallic glass matrix composite a promising candidate for magnetic refrigerant.

  3. Light-induced metastable structural changes in hydrogenated amorphous silicon

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    Fritzsche, H. [Univ. of Chicago, IL (United States)

    1996-09-01

    Light-induced defects (LID) in hydrogenated amorphous silicon (a-Si:H) and its alloys limit the ultimate efficiency of solar panels made with these materials. This paper reviews a variety of attempts to find the origin of and to eliminate the processes that give rise to LIDs. These attempts include novel deposition processes and the reduction of impurities. Material improvements achieved over the past decade are associated more with the material`s microstructure than with eliminating LIDs. We conclude that metastable LIDs are a natural by-product of structural changes which are generally associated with non-radiative electron-hole recombination in amorphous semiconductors.

  4. Reducing the magnetic losses of amorphous ribbon

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    Raybould, D.; Das, S.K. [AlliedSignal Inc., Morristown, NJ (United States). Aerospace Technol. Team; Meola, M.; Bye, R. [AlliedSignal Inc., Amorphous Metals, Morristown, NJ 07962-1021 (United States)

    1998-01-30

    Amorphous alloys have lower magnetization losses than silicon steel and are therefore used as the cores of high-efficiency electrical transformers. Laser scribing the amorphous alloys using a very low power, so as not to melt the surface, results in an appreciable decrease in core loss with no decrease in measurable induction. A 2-5 mm line spacing appears optimum. Scribing prior to or after magnetic annealing results in similar properties, although the former requires a slightly higher laser power. Excimer and YAG lasers using optimized parameters both result in identical magnetic properties, but the optimum morphology of the scribed line is different for the two types of laser. For 25 {mu}m thick ribbon, a 29% decrease in core loss is obtained with no increase in exciting power. For thick, 50 {mu}m ribbon, properties superior to those of conventional 25 {mu}m ribbon are achievable, the core loss being decreased nearly 50% with no increase in exciting power. Thick ribbon with these properties could decrease the fabrication cost, while increasing the efficiency of power transformers. (orig.) 15 refs.

  5. Amorphous silicon research. Final technical progress report, 1 August 1994--28 February 1998

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    Guha, S [United Solar Systems Corp., Troy, MI (United States)

    1998-05-01

    This report describes the status and accomplishments of work performed under this subcontract by United Solar Systems. United Solar researchers explored several new deposition regimes/conditions to investigate their effect on material/device performance. To facilitate optimum ion bombardment during growth, a large parameter space involving chamber pressure, rf power, and hydrogen dilution were investigated. United Solar carried out a series of experiments using discharge modulation at various pulsed-plasma intervals to study the effect of Si-particle incorporation on solar cell performance. Hydrogen dilution during deposition is found to improve both the initial and stable performance of a-Si and a-SiGe alloy cells. Researchers conducted a series of temperature-ramping experiments on samples prepared with high and low hydrogen dilutions to study the effect of hydrogen effusion on solar cell performance. Using an internal photoemission method, the electrical bandgap of a microcrystalline p layer used in high-efficiency solar cells was measured to be 1.6 eV. New measurement techniques were developed to evaluate the interface and bulk contributions of losses to solar cell performance. Researchers replaced hydrogen with deuterium and found deuterated amorphous silicon alloy solar cells exhibit reduced light-induced degradation. The incorporation of a microcrystalline n layer in a multijunction cell is seen to improve cell performance. United Solar achieved a world-record single-junction a-Si alloy stable cell efficiency of 9.2% with an active area of 0.25 cm{sup 2} grown with high hydrogen dilution. They also achieved a world-record triple-junction, stable, active-area cell efficiency of 13.0% with an active area of 0.25 cm{sup 2}.

  6. Crystallization of amorphous lactose at high humidity studied by terahertz time domain spectroscopy

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    McIntosh, Alexander I.; Yang, Bin; Goldup, Stephen M.; Watkinson, Michael; Donnan, Robert S.

    2013-02-01

    We report the first use of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) to study the hydration and crystallization of an amorphous molecular solid at high humidity. Lactose in its amorphous and monohydrate forms exhibits different terahertz spectra due to the lack of long range order in the amorphous material. This difference allowed the transformation of amorphous lactose to its monohydrate form at high humidity to be studied in real time. Spectral fitting of frequency-domain data allowed kinetic data to be obtained and the crystallization was found to obey Avrami kinetics. Bulk changes during the crystallization could also be observed in the time-domain.

  7. Effect of fluxing treatment on the properties of Fe66Co15Mo1P7.5C5.5B2Si3 bulk metallic glass by water quenching

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    Li, Jin-Feng; Wang, Xin; Liu, Xue; Zhao, Shao-Fan; Yao, Ke-Fu

    2018-01-01

    The effect of fluxing treatment on the properties of Fe66Co15Mo1P7.5C5.5B2Si3bulk amorphous alloy (BAA) has been investigated. Prepared by a combination method of flux treatment and water quenching, the Fe66Co15Mo1P7.5C5.5B2Si3 BAA exhibits better glass-forming ability, thermal stability, soft magnetic properties and ductility than those of the one prepared by direct water quenching. This indicates that fluxing treatment can play a potential role in improving the properties of Fe-based BAA due to the effective elimination of the impurities within the alloy.

  8. A combined arc-melting and tilt-casting furnace for the manufacture of high-purity bulk metallic glass materials

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    Soinila, E.; Pihlajamäki, T.; Bossuyt, S.; Hänninen, H.

    2011-07-01

    An arc-melting furnace which includes a tilt-casting facility was designed and built, for the purpose of producing bulk metallic glass specimens. Tilt-casting was chosen because reportedly, in combination with high-purity processing, it produces the best fatigue endurance in Zr-based bulk metallic glasses. Incorporating the alloying and casting facilities in a single piece of equipment reduces the amount of laboratory space and capital investment needed. Eliminating the sample transfer step from the production process also saves time and reduces sample contamination. This is important because the glass forming ability in many alloy systems, such as Zr-based glass-forming alloys, deteriorates rapidly with increasing oxygen content of the specimen. The challenge was to create a versatile instrument, in which high purity conditions can be maintained throughout the process, even when melting alloys with high affinity for oxygen. Therefore, the design provides a high-vacuum chamber to be filled with a low-oxygen inert atmosphere, and takes special care to keep the system hermetically sealed throughout the process. In particular, movements of the arc-melting electrode and sample manipulator arm are accommodated by deformable metal bellows, rather than sliding O-ring seals, and the whole furnace is tilted for tilt-casting. This performance of the furnace is demonstrated by alloying and casting Zr55Cu30Al10Ni5 directly into rods up to ø 10 mm which are verified to be amorphous by x-ray diffraction and differential scanning calorimetry, and to exhibit locally ductile fracture at liquid nitrogen temperature.

  9. Bulk metallic glasses: A new class of engineering materials

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    A number of processes is available to synthesise bulk metallic glasses. The crystallisation behaviour and mechanical properties of these alloys pose interesting scientific questions. Upon crystallisation many of these glasses transform to bulk nanocrystals and nanoquasicrystals. A detailed study of the structure and the ...

  10. Lattice Thermal Conductivity of the Binary and Ternary Group-IV Alloys Si-Sn, Ge-Sn, and Si-Ge-Sn

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    Khatami, S. N.; Aksamija, Z.

    2016-07-01

    Efficient thermoelectric (TE) energy conversion requires materials with low thermal conductivity and good electronic properties. Si-Ge alloys, and their nanostructures such as thin films and nanowires, have been extensively studied for TE applications; other group-IV alloys, including those containing Sn, have not been given as much attention as TEs, despite their increasing applications in other areas including optoelectronics. We study the lattice thermal conductivity of binary (Si-Sn and Ge-Sn) and ternary (Si-Ge-Sn) alloys and their thin films in the Boltzmann transport formalisms, including a full phonon dispersion and momentum-dependent boundary-roughness scattering. We show that Si-Sn alloys have the lowest conductivity (3 W /mK ) of all the bulk alloys, more than 2 times lower than Si-Ge, attributed to the larger difference in mass between the two constituents. In addition, we demonstrate that thin films offer an additional reduction in thermal conductivity, reaching around 1 W /mK in 20-nm-thick Si-Sn, Ge-Sn, and ternary Si-Ge-Sn films, which is near the conductivity of amorphous SiO2 . We conclude that group-IV alloys containing Sn have the potential for high-efficiency TE energy conversion.

  11. The Evolution of Microstructures and the Properties of Bulk Metallic Glass with Consubstantial Composition Laser Welding

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    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available A Zr55Cu30Ni5Al10 plate-like bulk metallic glass (BMG was prepared using copper mold suction casting. Additionally, alloy powders with the same nominal composition were synthesized. The alloy powders were welded or melted to the cleaned surface of the BMG with a laser beam acceleration voltage of 60 kV, a beam current range from 60 to 100 mA, a welding speed of 60 mm/s, as well as an impulse width of 3.0 ms. The effect of consubstantial composition welding on the microstructures and properties was investigated. The molten and subsequently solidified metallic mixtures remain an amorphous structure, but the enthalpy of the welded or melted position varies due to the combination of the micro-structural relaxation and nano-crystals precipitated during the energy inputs. The surface layers of the BMG can be significantly intensified after welding processes; however, the heat-affected zones (HAZs exhibit a slight degradation in mechanical properties with respect to the BMG matrix. This study has important reference value for specialists working on the promotion of applications of BMGs.

  12. Design and fabrication of a mechanical alloying system for preparing intermetallic, nanocrystalline, amorphous and quasicrystalline compounds; Diseno y fabricacion de un sistema de aleado mecanico para preparar compuestos intermetalicos, nanocristalinos, amorfos y cuasicristalinos

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    Bonifacio M, J.; Iturbe G, J.L.; Castaneda J, G. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    2002-07-01

    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)

  13. Effect of vanadium substitution for zirconium on the glass forming ability and mechanical properties of a Zr{sub 65}Cu{sub 17.5}Ni{sub 10}Al{sub 7.5} bulk metallic glass

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    Khademian, Nima, E-mail: nkhademian@gmail.com [Department of Mechanics, Islamshahr Branch, Islamic Azad University (IAU), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Gholamipour, Reza [Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology (IROST), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shahri, Farzad; Tamizifar, Morteza [Faculty of Engineering and High-Tech., Iran University of Industries and Mines (IUIM), Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2013-01-05

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The addition of V is effective for a decrease in GFA of Zr-based BMGs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mechanical properties of Zr-based BMGs are enhanced largely due to V addition. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Correlations among the elastic moduli, fracture strength, Vicker's hardness and glass transition for Zr-based BMGs. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Critical resolved shear stress ({tau}) of the Zr{sub 65-x}Cu{sub 17.5}Ni{sub 10}Al{sub 7.5}V{sub x} alloys decreases with the increase of V content. - Abstract: Effect of vanadium on the thermal and mechanical properties of the Zr{sub 65}Cu{sub 17.5}Ni{sub 10}Al{sub 7.5} bulk metallic glass has been studied. The vanadium substitution for zirconium in the bulk metallic glass leads to the decrease of the glass forming ability in constant cooling rate; as well as co-precipitation of Zr{sub 2}Ni and Zr{sub 2}Cu crystalline phases in amorphous matrix. The size of the crystallites are about 20-50 nm in amorphous matrix and they act as a barrier against of rapid propagation of shear bands. In fact, the nanocrystalline phases in amorphous matrix cause the increase of the strain and the quasi-static compression strength about 58% and 20%, respectively.

  14. Catalytic properties of Ni-Zn alloy prepared by mechanical alloying for steam reforming from methanol

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    Park, Jeshin; Kim, Wonbaek; Suh, Changyoul; Kim, Sangbae

    2012-04-01

    Amorphous Zn65Ni35 alloy, the composition of which lies between β1-NiZn and γ-NiZn phases, was prepared by mechanical alloying for 200 hours. The alloy was heat treated at various temperatures and leached in NaOH solution in an effort to enhance the catalytic properties for hydrogen production from methanol. X-ray diffraction study revealed that the amorphous phase crystallized during the heat treatment to the equilibrium β1-NiZn and γ-NiZn phases. It was found that Zn65Ni35 alloy leached after heat treatment at 928 K showed the highest catalytic activity for steam reforming of methanol. It is believed that the enhanced catalytic activity of the Zn65Ni35 alloy heat treated at 928 K is due to the dispersed Ni particles on β1-ZnNi matrix which was formed during leaching of the γ-Zn21Ni5 phase.

  15. (abstract) Undercooling Studies of the Bulk Metallic Glass Forming Zr(sub 41.2)Ti(sub 13.8)Cu(sub 12.5)Ni(sub 10.0)Be(sub 22.5) Alloy During Containerless Electrostatic Levitation Processing

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    Kim, Y. J.; Busch, R.; Johnson, W. L.; Rulison, A. J.; Rhim, W. K.

    1995-01-01

    Bulk glass forming metallic alloys have long been desired for technological applications and for investigation into liquid undercooling, solidification processes, and thermophysical properties. A glass forming alloy Zr(sub 41.2)Ti(sub 13.8)Cu(sub 12.5)Ni(sub 10.0)Be(sub 22.5) was used to investigate the thermal treatments affecting undercooling and vitrification. The experiments were performed using the high temperature high vacuum electrostatic levitator at JPL. A sample approximately 3 mm in diameter was melted, superheated, undercooled, and solidified while levitated in high vacuum. The results show that when the sample was held above its melting temperature for a sufficient period of time to dissolve oxides and then cooled faster than a critical cooling rate, it undercooled to the glass transition temperature, T(sub g), and formed a glassy alloy. The required critical cooling rate for metallic glass formation was obtained to be between 0.9 K per second and 1.2 K per second for the 42.4 mg sample.

  16. Inhibiting surface crystallization of amorphous indomethacin by nanocoating.

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    Wu, Tian; Sun, Ye; Li, Ning; de Villiers, Melgardt M; Yu, Lian

    2007-04-24

    An amorphous solid (glass) may crystallize faster at the surface than through the bulk, making surface crystallization a mechanism of failure for amorphous pharmaceuticals and other materials. An ultrathin coating of gold or polyelectrolytes inhibited the surface crystallization of amorphous indomethacin (IMC), an anti-inflammatory drug and model organic glass. The gold coating (10 nm) was deposited by sputtering, and the polyelectrolyte coating (3-20 nm) was deposited by an electrostatic layer-by-layer assembly of cationic poly(dimethyldiallyl ammonium chloride) (PDDA) and anionic sodium poly(styrenesulfonate) (PSS) in aqueous solution. The coating also inhibited the growth of existing crystals. The inhibition was strong even with one layer of PDDA. The polyelectrolyte coating still permitted fast dissolution of amorphous IMC and improved its wetting and flow. The finding supports the view that the surface crystallization of amorphous IMC is enabled by the mobility of a thin layer of surface molecules, and this mobility can be suppressed by a coating of only a few nanometers. This technique may be used to stabilize amorphous drugs prone to surface crystallization, with the aqueous coating process especially suitable for drugs of low aqueous solubility.

  17. Properties of amorphous carbon

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    2003-01-01

    Amorphous carbon has a wide range of properties that are primarily controlled by the different bond hydridisations possible in such materials. This allows for the growth of an extensive range of thin films that can be tailored for specific applications. Films can range from those with high transparency and are hard diamond-like, through to those which are opaque, soft and graphitic-like. Films with a high degree of sp3 bonding giving the diamond-like properties are used widely by industry for hard coatings. Application areas including field emission cathodes, MEMS, electronic devices, medical and optical coatings are now close to market. Experts in amorphous carbon have been drawn together to produce this comprehensive commentary on the current state and future prospects of this highly functional material.

  18. Bonding at Compatible and Incompatible Amorphous Interfaces of Polystyrene and Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) Below the Glass Transition Temperature

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    Boiko, Yuri M.; Lyngaae-Jørgensen, Jørgen

    2004-01-01

    Films of high-molecular-weight amorphous polystyrene (PS, M-w = 225 kg/mol, M-w/M-n = 3, T-g-bulk = 97degreesC, where T-g-bulk is the glass transition temperature of the bulk sample) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA, M-w = 87 kg/mol, M-w/M-n = 2, Tg-bulk = 109degreesC) were brought into contact...

  19. How Many Bulk Metallic Glasses Are There?

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    Li, Yanglin; Zhao, Shaofan; Liu, Yanhui; Gong, Pan; Schroers, Jan

    2017-11-13

    Quantitative prediction of glass forming ability using a priori known parameters is highly desired in metallic glass development; however proven to be challenging because of the complexity of glass formation. Here, we estimate the number of potential metallic glasses (MGs) and bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) forming systems and alloys, from empirically determined alloy design rules based on a priori known parameters. Specifically, we take into account atomic size ratio, heat of mixing, and liquidus temperature, which we quantify on binary glasses and centimeter-sized BMGs. When expanding into higher order systems that can be formed among 32 practical elements, we reduce the composition space for BMG formation using developed criteria by 106 times and estimate ∼3 million binary, ternary, quaternary, and quinary BMGs alloys.

  20. {gamma}-Fe phase plasma-induced on the surface of thin S3A alloy ribbons

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    Cabral-Prieto, A., E-mail: agustin.cabral@inin.gob.mx; Garcia-Sosa, I., E-mail: irma.garcia@inin.gob.mx [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de Quimica (Mexico); Nava, N., E-mail: tnava@imp.mx [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas (Mexico); Camps, E., E-mail: enrique.camps@inin.gob.mx; Escobar, Luis, E-mail: luis.escobar@inin.gov.mx [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Departamento de Quimica (Mexico); Lopez-Castanarez, R., E-mail: rlc@anuies.mx; Olea-Cardoso, O., E-mail: olc@anuies.mx [Universidad Autonoma del Edo. de Mexico, Facultad de Quimica (Mexico)

    2011-11-15

    Amorphous alloy ribbons of Fe{sub 77}Cr{sub 2}B{sub 16}Si{sub 5} were exposed to cold plasmas of N{sub 2} and Ar-N{sub 2} at temperatures lower than T{sub x} = 808 K. The conversion X-ray Moessbauer spectra of the plasma-exposed ribbons consist of a singlet and a broadened magnetic sextet. The singlet with isomer shift {delta} = -0.11 mm/s can be assigned to {gamma}-Fe austenite phase. Minor bulk magnetic changes in the alloy were measured as a consequence of these treatments; e.g. the relative intensities A23 of the transmission Moessbauer spectra of the untreated and treated samples, were 3.22 and 3.56, respectively, the B{sub hf} values changed from 22.9 T (untreated sample) to 22.4 T (plasma treated samples). Unexpectedly, the {gamma}-Fe phase can also be produced by simply heating the alloy ribbons under N{sub 2} flux at temperatures as low as 423 K. Moessbauer data of the crystallized samples are also reported, and a qualitative assessment on the mechanical properties of the Fe{sub 77}Cr{sub 2}B{sub 16}Si{sub 5} alloy associated with the plasma and/or temperature surface induced {gamma}-Fe phase is given.

  1. Lithium concentration dependent structure and mechanics of amorphous silicon

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    Sitinamaluwa, H. S.; Wang, M. C.; Will, G.; Senadeera, W.; Yan, C., E-mail: c2.yan@qut.edu.au [School of Chemistry, Physics and Mechanical Engineering, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane QLD 4001 (Australia); Zhang, S. [Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, Environmental Futures Research Institute and Griffith School of Environment, Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, QLD 4222 (Australia)

    2016-06-28

    A better understanding of lithium-silicon alloying mechanisms and associated mechanical behavior is essential for the design of Si-based electrodes for Li-ion batteries. Unfortunately, the relationship between the dynamic mechanical response and microstructure evolution during lithiation and delithiation has not been well understood. We use molecular dynamic simulations to investigate lithiated amorphous silicon with a focus to the evolution of its microstructure, phase composition, and stress generation. The results show that the formation of Li{sub x}Si alloy phase is via different mechanisms, depending on Li concentration. In these alloy phases, the increase in Li concentration results in reduction of modulus of elasticity and fracture strength but increase in ductility in tension. For a Li{sub x}Si system with uniform Li distribution, volume change induced stress is well below the fracture strength in tension.

  2. Corrosion behaviour of amorphous Ti48Cu52, Ti50Cu50 and ...

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    Abstract. 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 tem- perature. The value of the corrosion current density (Icorr) was maximum for Ti48Cu52 alloy in all the ...

  3. 19 CFR 149.4 - Bulk and break bulk cargo.

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  4. Structural Origin of Enhanced Dynamics at the Surface of a Glassy Alloy

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    Sun, Gang; Saw, Shibu; Douglass, Ian; Harrowell, Peter

    2017-12-01

    The enhancement of mobility at the surface of an amorphous alloy is studied using a combination of molecular dynamic simulations and normal mode analysis of the nonuniform distribution of Debye-Waller factors. The increased mobility at the surface is found to be associated with the appearance of Arrhenius temperature dependence. We show that the transverse Debye-Waller factor exhibits a peak at the surface. Over the accessible temperature range, we find that the bulk and surface diffusion coefficients obey the same empirical relationship with the respective Debye-Waller factors. Extrapolating this relationship to lower T , we argue that the observed decrease in the constraint at the surface is sufficient to account for the experimentally observed surface enhancement of mobility.

  5. High pressure synthesis of amorphous TiO2 nanotubes

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    Quanjun Li

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Amorphous TiO2 nanotubes with diameters of 8-10 nm and length of several nanometers were synthesized by high pressure treatment of anatase TiO2 nanotubes. The structural phase transitions of anatase TiO2 nanotubes were investigated by using in-situ high-pressure synchrotron X-ray diffraction (XRD method. The starting anatase structure is stable up to ∼20GPa, and transforms into a high-density amorphous (HDA form at higher pressure. Pressure-modified high- to low-density transition was observed in the amorphous form upon decompression. The pressure-induced amorphization and polyamorphism are in good agreement with the previous results in ultrafine TiO2 nanoparticles and nanoribbons. The relationship between the LDA form and α-PbO2 phase was revealed by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM study. In addition, the bulk modulus (B0 = 158 GPa of the anatase TiO2 nanotubes is smaller than those of the corresponding bulks and nanoparticles (180-240 GPa. We suggest that the unique open-ended nanotube morphology and nanosize play important roles in the high pressure phase transition of TiO2 nanotubes.

  6. Structure and Properties of Mg-Cu-(Y,Ca Bulk Metallic Glasses / Struktura I Własności Masywnych Szkieł Metalicznych Mg-Cu-(Y,Ca

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    Babilas R.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available The work presents preparation methods, structure characterization and mechanical properties analysis of Mg-based bulk metallic glasses in as-cast state and after crystallization process. The studies were performed on Mg60Cu30Y10 and Mg37Cu36Ca27 glassy alloys in the form of plates and rods. The X-ray diffraction investigations revealed that the tested samples with different thicknesses and shapes were amorphous. The characteristics of the fractured surfaces showed mixed fractures with the “river” and “mirror” patterns, which are characteristic for the glassy materials and some “smooth” areas. The samples of Mg37Cu36Ca27 alloy presented a two-stage crystallization process, but addition of Y caused a single stage crystallization behavior. Qualitative phase analysis from the X-ray data of examined alloys annealed at 473 K enabled the identification of Mg, Mg2Cu, Cu2Mg and CaCu crystalline phases. The changes of compressive strength as a function of annealing temperature for studied rods were stated. The best mechanical properties including microhardness and compressive strength were obtained for the alloy with the addition of Y in as-cast state.

  7. Physics of amorphous semiconductor devices

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    Adler, D.

    1987-01-01

    This book contains 19 papers. Some of the titles are: Self-consistent modeling of amorphous silicon devices; Numerical modeling of thin film Si:H solar cells; Submicron device physics for numerical simulations; and Applications of amorphous silicon thin film transistors to linear arrays.

  8. Grain Nucleation and Growth in Deformed NiTi Shape Memory Alloys: An In Situ TEM Study

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    Burow, J.; Frenzel, J.; Somsen, C.; Prokofiev, E.; Valiev, R.; Eggeler, G.

    2017-09-01

    The present study investigates the evolution of nanocrystalline (NC) and ultrafine-grained (UFG) microstructures in plastically deformed NiTi. Two deformed NiTi alloys were subjected to in situ annealing in a transmission electron microscope (TEM) at 400 and 550 °C: an amorphous material state produced by high-pressure torsion (HPT) and a mostly martensitic partly amorphous alloy produced by wire drawing. In situ annealing experiments were performed to characterize the microstructural evolution from the initial nonequilibrium states toward energetically more favorable microstructures. In general, the formation and evolution of nanocrystalline microstructures are governed by the nucleation of new grains and their subsequent growth. Austenite nuclei which form in HPT and wire-drawn microstructures have sizes close to 10 nm. Grain coarsening occurs in a sporadic, nonuniform manner and depends on the physical and chemical features of the local environment. The mobility of grain boundaries in NiTi is governed by the local interaction of each grain with its microstructural environment. Nanograin growth in thin TEM foils seems to follow similar kinetic laws to those in bulk microstructures. The present study demonstrates the strength of in situ TEM analysis and also highlights aspects which need to be considered when interpreting the results.

  9. X-Ray Amorphous Phases in Terrestrial Analog Volcanic Sediments: Implications for Amorphous Phases in Gale Crater, Mars

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    Smith, R. J.; Horgan, B.; Rampe, E.; Dehouck, E.; Morris, R. V.

    2017-01-01

    X-ray diffraction (XRD) amorphous phases have been found as major components (approx.15-60 wt%) of all rock and soil samples measured by the CheMin XRD instrument in Gale Crater, Mars. The nature of these phases is not well understood and could be any combination of primary (e.g., glass) and secondary (e.g., allophane) phases. Amorphous phases form in abundance during surface weathering on Earth. Yet, these materials are poorly characterized, and it is not certain how properties like composition and structure change with formation environment. The presence of poorly crystalline phases can be inferred from XRD patterns by the appearance of a low angle rise (< or approx.10deg 2(theta)) or broad peaks in the background at low to moderate 2(theta) angles (amorphous humps). CheMin mineral abundances combined with bulk chemical composition measurements from the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) have been used to estimate the abundance and composition of the XRD amorphous materials in soil and rock samples on Mars. Here we apply a similar approach to a diverse suite of terrestrial samples - modern soils, glacial sediments, and paleosols - in order to determine how formation environment, climate, and diagenesis affect the abundance and composition of X-ray amorphous phases.

  10. A tissue-inspired amorphous photonic metamaterial

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    Bi, Dapeng

    Inspired by how cells pack in dense biological tissues, we design an amorphous material which possesses a complete photonic band gap. A physical parameter based by how cells adhere with one another and regulate their shapes can continuously tune the photonic band gap size as well as the bulk mechanical properties of the material. The material can be tuned through a solid-fluid phase transition characterized by a vanishing shear modulus. Remarkably, the photonic band gap persists in the fluid phase, giving rise to a photonic fluid that is robust to flow and rearrangements. Experimentally this design should lead to the engineering of self-assembled non-rigid photonic structures with photonic band gaps that can be controlled in real time.

  11. Corrosion behaviour of amorphous Ti48Cu52, Ti50Cu50 and ...

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    Home; Journals; Bulletin of Materials Science; Volume 26; Issue 6. Corrosion behaviour of amorphous Ti48Cu52, Ti50Cu50 and Ti60Ni40 alloys investigated by potentiodynamic polarization method. A Dhawan S Roychowdhury P K De S K Sharma. Corrosion Volume 26 Issue 6 October 2003 pp 609-612 ...

  12. Calculations of potential functions and thermophysical behaviors for La62Al14Ni12Cu12 and Cu46Zr44Al7Y3 bulk metallic glasses

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    Chen, Xiaohua; Zhang, Yong; Chen, Guoliang; Zhang, Xingchao; Liu, Lei

    2008-06-01

    Bulk metallic glasses La62Al14Ni12Cu12 and Cu46Zr44Al7Y3 were prepared by copper mold suction casting. The thermal-physical behaviors of bulk metallic glasses were investigated by means of x-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, ultrasonic techniques, and dilatometry. By calculating the Mie potential function from experimental data, the values of potential function powers (m and n) and related physical parameters such as the mean binding energy, etc., are obtained. Thus, unlike what some people have done by assuming values of m -n (7-14), the values of average nearest-neighbor separation r0 and effective depth of pair potential ϕ0 can be obtained from calculated values of m and n from Mie potential functions and they agree very well with the results in the literature. The calculations can be well consistent with the thermophysical behaviors by comparing the two amorphous alloys. In addition, it was enhanced that the effective depth of pair potential correlated with the glass-forming ability of bulk metallic glass.

  13. Explosive transition in amorphous microwire

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    Borisenko, I. Yu.; Tulin, V. A.

    2017-11-01

    An amorphous microwire in a glass shell offers a quick thermal response and can be rapidly heated to the crystallization point. When heated by a current pulse with a small amplitude and duration, the wire passes from the amorphous to microcrystalline state. The crystallization of the amorphous state may represent a slow or explosive process depending on the parameters of the pulse. In the latter case, the emission of electromagnetic waves (flash of light) and a sharp rise in the resistance are observed. The rate of propagation of the crystallization front in our experiments has been found to be about 1 m/s.

  14. The reliability and stability of multijunction amorphous silicon PV modules

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    Carlson, D.E. [Solarex, Newtown, PA (United States)

    1995-11-01

    Solarex is developing a manufacturing process for the commercial production of 8 ft{sup 2} multijunction amorphous silicon (a-Si) PV modules starting in 1996. The device structure used in these multijunction modules is: glass/textured tin oxide/p-i-n/p-i-n/ZnO/Al/EVA/Tedlar where the back junction of the tandem structure contains an amorphous silicon germanium alloy. As an interim step, 4 ft{sup 2} multijunction modules have been fabricated in a pilot production mode over the last several months. The distribution of initial conversion efficiencies for an engineering run of 67 modules (4 ft{sup 2}) is shown. Measurements recently performed at NREL indicate that the actual efficiencies are about 5% higher than those shown, and thus exhibit an average initial conversion efficiency of about 9.5%. The data indicates that the process is relatively robust since there were no modules with initial efficiencies less than 7.5%.

  15. Kinetically Controlled Two-Step Amorphization and Amorphous-Amorphous Transition in Ice

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    Lin, Chuanlong; Yong, Xue; Tse, John S.; Smith, Jesse S.; Sinogeikin, Stanislav V.; Kenney-Benson, Curtis; Shen, Guoyin

    2017-09-01

    We report the results of in situ structural characterization of the amorphization of crystalline ice Ih under compression and the relaxation of high-density amorphous (HDA) ice under decompression at temperatures between 96 and 160 K by synchrotron x-ray diffraction. The results show that ice Ih transforms to an intermediate crystalline phase at 100 K prior to complete amorphization, which is supported by molecular dynamics calculations. The phase transition pathways show clear temperature dependence: direct amorphization without an intermediate phase is observed at 133 K, while at 145 K a direct Ih-to-IX transformation is observed; decompression of HDA shows a transition to low-density amorphous ice at 96 K and ~ 1 Pa , to ice Ic at 135 K and to ice IX at 145 K. These observations show that the amorphization of compressed ice Ih and the recrystallization of decompressed HDA are strongly dependent on temperature and controlled by kinetic barriers. Pressure-induced amorphous ice is an intermediate state in the phase transition from the connected H-bond water network in low pressure ices to the independent and interpenetrating H-bond network of high-pressure ices.

  16. Apatite Formation from Amorphous Calcium Phosphate and Mixed Amorphous Calcium Phosphate/Amorphous Calcium Carbonate.

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    Ibsen, Casper J S; Chernyshov, Dmitry; Birkedal, Henrik

    2016-08-22

    Crystallization from amorphous phases is an emerging pathway for making advanced materials. Biology has made use of amorphous precursor phases for eons and used them to produce structures with remarkable properties. Herein, we show how the design of the amorphous phase greatly influences the nanocrystals formed therefrom. We investigate the transformation of mixed amorphous calcium phosphate/amorphous calcium carbonate phases into bone-like nanocrystalline apatite using in situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and IR spectroscopy. The speciation of phosphate was controlled by pH to favor HPO4 (2-) . In a carbonate free system, the reaction produces anisotropic apatite crystallites with large aspect ratios. The first formed crystallites are highly calcium deficient and hydrogen phosphate rich, consistent with thin octacalcium phosphate (OCP)-like needles. During growth, the crystallites become increasingly stoichiometric, which indicates that the crystallites grow through addition of near-stoichiometric apatite to the OCP-like initial crystals through a process that involves either crystallite fusion/aggregation or Ostwald ripening. The mixed amorphous phases were found to be more stable against phase transformations, hence, the crystallization was inhibited. The resulting crystallites were smaller and less anisotropic. This is rationalized by the idea that a local phosphate-depletion zone formed around the growing crystal until it was surrounded by amorphous calcium carbonate, which stopped the crystallization. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  17. The XRD Amorphous Component in John Klein Drill Fines at Yellowknife Bay, Gale Crater, Mars

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    Morris, Richard V.; Ming,, Douglas W.; Blake, David; Vaniman, David; Bish, David L; Chipera, Steve; Downs, Robert; Morrison, Shaunna; Gellert, Ralf; Campbell, Iain; hide

    2013-01-01

    Drill fines of mudstone (targets John Klein and Cumberland) from the Sheepbed unit at Yel-lowknife Bay were analyzed by MSL payload elements including the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin), APXS (Alpha Particle X-Ray Spectrometer), and Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instruments. CheMin XRD results show a variety of crystalline phases including feldspar, pyroxene, olivine, oxides, oxyhydroxides, sulfates, sulfides, a tri-octahedral smectite, and XRD amorphous material. The drill fines are distinctly different from corresponding analyses of the global soil (target Rocknest) in that the mudstone samples contained detectable phyllosilicate. Here we focus on John Klein and combine CheMin and APXS data to calculate the chemical composition and concentration of the amorphous component. The chemical composition of the amorphous plus smectite component for John Klein was calculated by subtracting the abundance-weighted chemical composition of the individual XRD crystalline components from the bulk composition of John Kline as measured by APXS. The chemical composition of individual crystalline components was determined either by stoichiometry (e.g., hematite and magnetite) or from their unit cell parameters (e.g., feldspar, olivine, and pyroxene). The chemical composition of the amorphous + smectite component (approx 71 wt.% of bulk sample) and bulk chemical composition are similar. In order to calculate the chemical composition of the amorphous component, a chemical composition for the tri-octahedral smectite must be assumed. We selected two tri-octahedral smectites with very different MgO/(FeO + Fe2O3) ratios (34 and 1.3 for SapCa1 and Griffithite, respectively). Relative to bulk sample, the concentration of amorphous and smectite components are 40 and 29 wt.% for SapCa1 and 33 and 36 wt.% for Griffithite. The amount of smectite was calculated by requiring the MgO concentration to be approx 0 wt.% in the amorphous component. Griffithite is the preferred smectite because

  18. Time-resolved x-ray diffraction techniques for bulk polycrystalline materials under dynamic loading

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    Lambert, P. K.; Hustedt, C. J.; Zhao, M.; Ananiadis, A. G.; Hufnagel, T. C. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 (United States); Vecchio, K. S. [Department of NanoEngineering, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093 (United States); Huskins, E. L. [Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830 (United States); US Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Maryland 21005 (United States); Casem, D. T. [US Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, Maryland 21005 (United States); Gruner, S. M. [Department of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Kavli Institute at Cornell for Nanoscale Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Tate, M. W.; Philipp, H. T.; Purohit, P.; Weiss, J. T. [Department of Physics, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Woll, A. R. [Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (United States); Kannan, V.; Ramesh, K. T. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland 21218 (United States); Kenesei, P.; Okasinski, J. S.; Almer, J. [X-ray Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne, Illinois 60439 (United States)

    2014-09-15

    We have developed two techniques for time-resolved x-ray diffraction from bulk polycrystalline materials during dynamic loading. In the first technique, we synchronize a fast detector with loading of samples at strain rates of ∼10{sup 3}–10{sup 4} s{sup −1} in a compression Kolsky bar (split Hopkinson pressure bar) apparatus to obtain in situ diffraction patterns with exposures as short as 70 ns. This approach employs moderate x-ray energies (10–20 keV) and is well suited to weakly absorbing materials such as magnesium alloys. The second technique is useful for more strongly absorbing materials, and uses high-energy x-rays (86 keV) and a fast shutter synchronized with the Kolsky bar to produce short (∼40 μs) pulses timed with the arrival of the strain pulse at the specimen, recording the diffraction pattern on a large-format amorphous silicon detector. For both techniques we present sample data demonstrating the ability of these techniques to characterize elastic strains and polycrystalline texture as a function of time during high-rate deformation.

  19. Fabrication and Machining of Bulk Metallic Glass for Airborne Gravity Gradiometry

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    Cole, Kevin Mark

    Bulk metallic glass is an intriguing material ideally suited for use as a flexure in an airborne gravity gradiometry. Successful fabrication of Zr56Ni20Al15Cu5Nb4 was achieved using arc melting and suction casting. The effect of oxygen and microalloying Nb into this alloy composition was investigated. It was determined that oxygen in solute form is much more detrimental than as an oxide with respect to glass forming ability. Through microalloying Nb, a high glass forming region was observed between 2 - 4 at.% Nb. Studies on crystallization kinetics revealed that upon heating these amorphous samples, a multi-step phase transformation pathway can be observed. Lastly, electrochemical micromachining (ECMM) and abrasive water jet machining (AWJM) were shown to be effective techniques which can be used to shape BMGs after casting without inducing crystallization. ECMM parameters were investigated to optimize the micron-machining process. AWJM demonstrated that fast cutting could be achieved with smooth surface finishes and good dimensional tolerance.

  20. Bulk Nanostructured Materials

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    Koch, C. C.; Langdon, T. G.; Lavernia, E. J.

    2017-11-01

    This paper will address three topics of importance to bulk nanostructured materials. Bulk nanostructured materials are defined as bulk solids with nanoscale or partly nanoscale microstructures. This category of nanostructured materials has historical roots going back many decades but has relatively recent focus due to new discoveries of unique properties of some nanoscale materials. Bulk nanostructured materials are prepared by a variety of severe plastic deformation methods, and these will be reviewed. Powder processing to prepare bulk nanostructured materials requires that the powders be consolidated by typical combinations of pressure and temperature, the latter leading to coarsening of the microstructure. The thermal stability of nanostructured materials will also be discussed. An example of bringing nanostructured materials to applications as structural materials will be described in terms of the cryomilling of powders and their consolidation.

  1. Influence of the irradiation temperature on the surface structure and physical/chemical properties of Ar ion-irradiated bulk metallic glasses

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    Menéndez, E., E-mail: Enric.MenendezDalmau@fys.kuleuven.be [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern-en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Hynowska, A.; Fornell, J.; Suriñach, S. [Departament de Física, Facultat de Ciències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Montserrat, J. [Institut de Microelectrònica de Barcelona (IMB-CNM), CSIC, Campus Universitat Autònoma Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Temst, K.; Vantomme, A. [KU Leuven, Instituut voor Kern-en Stralingsfysica, Celestijnenlaan 200 D, 3001 Leuven (Belgium); Baró, M.D. [Departament de Física, Facultat de Ciències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); García-Lecina, E. [Surfaces Division, IK4-CIDETEC, Parque Tecnológico de San Sebastián, E-20009 Donostia (Spain); Pellicer, E., E-mail: Eva.Pellicer@uab.cat [Departament de Física, Facultat de Ciències, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain); Sort, J., E-mail: Jordi.Sort@uab.cat [Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats (ICREA) and Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, E-08193 Bellaterra (Spain)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Ion irradiation is performed on bulk metallic glasses at 300 K and close to T{sub g}. • Nanocrystallization is observed after high-temperature irradiation. • The mechanical properties are enhanced after the irradiation procedures. • Corrosion resistance is improved after irradiation close to T{sub g}. - Abstract: Surface treatments using multiple Ar ion irradiation processes with a maximum energy and fluence of 200 keV and 1 × 10{sup 16} ions/cm{sup 2}, respectively, have been performed on two different metallic glasses: Zr{sub 55}Cu{sub 28}Al{sub 10}Ni{sub 7} and Ti{sub 40}Zr{sub 10}Cu{sub 38}Pd{sub 12}. Analogous irradiation procedures have been carried out at room temperature (RT) and at T = 620 K (≈0.9 T{sub g}, where T{sub g} denotes the glass transition). The structure, mechanical behavior, wettability and corrosion resistance of the irradiated alloys have been compared with the properties of the as-cast and annealed (T = 620 K) non-irradiated specimens. While ion irradiation at RT does not significantly alter the amorphous structure of the alloys, ion irradiation close to T{sub g} promotes decomposition/nanocrystallization. Consequently, the hardness (H) and reduced Young’s modulus (E{sub r}) decrease after irradiation at RT but they both increase after irradiation at 620 K. While annealing close to T{sub g} increases the hydrophobicity of the samples, irradiation induces virtually no changes in the contact angle when comparing with the as-cast state. Concerning the corrosion resistance, although not much effect is found after irradiation at RT, an improvement is observed after irradiation at 620 K, particularly for the Ti-based alloy. These results are of practical interest in order to engineer appropriate surface treatments based on ion irradiation, aimed at specific functional applications of bulk metallic glasses.

  2. Amorphous drugs and dosage forms

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    Grohganz, Holger; Löbmann, K.; Priemel, P.

    2013-01-01

    The transformation to an amorphous form is one of the most promising approaches to address the low solubility of drug compounds, the latter being an increasing challenge in the development of new drug candidates. However, amorphous forms are high energy solids and tend to recry stallize. New...... formulation principles are needed to ensure the stability of amorphous drug forms. The formation of solid dispersions is still the most investigated approach, but additional approaches are desirable to overcome the shortcomings of solid dispersions. Spatial separation by either coating or the use of micro......-containers has shown potential to prevent or delay recrystallization. Another recent approach is the formation of co-amorphous mixtures between either two drugs or one drug and one low molecular weight excipient. Molecular interactions between the two molecules provide an energy barrier that has to be overcome...

  3. Molecular simulation of freestanding amorphous nickel thin films

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    Dong, T.Q. [Université Paris-Est, Laboratoire Modélisation et Simulation Multi Echelle, UMR 8208 CNRS, 5 Boulevard Descartes, 77454 Marne-la-Vallée, Cedex 2 (France); Hoang, V.V., E-mail: vvhoang2002@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, Institute of Technology, National University of Ho Chi Minh City, 268 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam); Lauriat, G. [Université Paris-Est, Laboratoire Modélisation et Simulation Multi Echelle, UMR 8208 CNRS, 5 Boulevard Descartes, 77454 Marne-la-Vallée, Cedex 2 (France)

    2013-10-31

    Size effects on glass formation in freestanding Ni thin films have been studied via molecular dynamics simulation with the n-body Gupta interatomic potential. Atomic mechanism of glass formation in the films is determined via analysis of the spatio-temporal arrangements of solid-like atoms occurred upon cooling from the melt. Solid-like atoms are detected via the Lindemann ratio. We find that solid-like atoms initiate and grow mainly in the interior of the film and grow outward. Their number increases with decreasing temperature and at a glass transition temperature they dominate in the system to form a relatively rigid glassy state of a thin film shape. We find the existence of a mobile surface layer in both liquid and glassy states which can play an important role in various surface properties of amorphous Ni thin films. We find that glass formation is size independent for models containing 4000 to 108,000 atoms. Moreover, structure of amorphous Ni thin films has been studied in details via coordination number, Honeycutt–Andersen analysis, and density profile which reveal that amorphous thin films exhibit two different parts: interior and surface layer. The former exhibits almost the same structure like that found for the bulk while the latter behaves a more porous structure containing a large amount of undercoordinated sites which are the origin of various surface behaviors of the amorphous Ni or Ni-based thin films found in practice. - Highlights: • Glass formation is analyzed via spatio-temporal arrangements of solid-like atoms. • Amorphous Ni thin film exhibits two different parts: surface and interior. • Mobile surface layer enhances various surface properties of the amorphous Ni thin films. • Undercoordinated sites play an important role in various surface activities.

  4. Electron transport and photoemission studies of amorphous CaAl thin films

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    Morton, S.A.; Greig, D.; Walker, C.G.H.; Mayeya, F.; Howson, M.A. [Univ. Leeds (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Matthew, J.A.D. [Univ. of York (United Kingdom). Dept. of Physics; Norman, D. [DRAL Daresbury Lab., Warrington (Andorra)

    1995-09-01

    Amorphous alloys of the binary system CaAl are known to have highly unusual electron transport properties with resistivities up to 450{micro}{Omega}cm and a Hall coefficient that deviates from free electron values at Ca concentrations higher than 45 atomic percent. For amorphous CaMg alloys, on the other hand, the resistivity is very much less and this great difference between the two sets of alloys is not fully understood. The authors report on the correlation of photoemission and transport measurements made on two sets of amorphous CaAl and CaMg alloys prepared by magnetron sputtering in such a way that they could carry out both sets of measurements within the same UHV system. A special feature of the measurements was that the electrical resistivity was also measured in-situ using a specially designed 4-point probe to check for amorphicity and to compare with transport experiments carried out elsewhere. Photoemission studies were carried out in the energy range 15--50 eV with tunable synchrotron radiation enabling them to examine the Ca 3p-3d photoemission resonance in detail. The main result from the present series of experiments was that whereas in the CaAl alloys the Fermi edge developed a should at high concentrations of Al, this feature was completely absent in CaMg. At the same time the intensity of the Ca 3p-3d photoemission resonance revealed the presence of d-states in both sets of alloys, indicating that the presence of these d-states cannot, by itself, explain the high resistivity of CaAl.

  5. (Zn,H)-codoped copper oxide nanoparticles via pulsed laser ablation on Cu-Zn alloy in water

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    Lin, Bo-Cheng; Chen, Shuei-Yuan; Shen, Pouyan

    2012-05-01

    Nanosized (5 to 10 nm) amorphous and crystalline nanocondensates, i.e., metallic α-phase of Zn-Cu alloy in face-centered cubic structure and (Zn,H)-codoped cuprite (Cu2O) with high-pressure-favored close-packed sublattice, were formed by pulsed laser ablation on bulk Cu65Zn35 in water and characterized by X-ray/electron diffractions and optical spectroscopy. The as-fabricated hybrid nanocondensates are darkish and showed photoluminescence in the whole visible region. Further dwelling of such nanocondensates in water caused progressive formation of a rice-like assembly of (Zn,H)-codoped tenorite (CuO) nanoparticles with (001), (100), and {111} preferred orientations, (111) tilt boundary, yellowish color, and minimum bandgap narrowing down to ca. 2.7 eV for potential photocatalytic applications.

  6. Effect of Si additions on thermal stability and the phase transition sequence of sputtered amorphous alumina thin films

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    Bolvardi, H.; Baben, M. to; Nahif, F.; Music, D., E-mail: music@mch.rwth-aachen.de; Schnabel, V.; Shaha, K. P.; Mráz, S.; Schneider, J. M. [Materials Chemistry, RWTH Aachen University, Kopernikusstr. 10, D-52074 Aachen (Germany); Bednarcik, J.; Michalikova, J. [Deutsches Elektronen Synchrotron DESY, FS-PE group, Notkestrasse 85, D-22607 Hamburg (Germany)

    2015-01-14

    Si-alloyed amorphous alumina coatings having a silicon concentration of 0 to 2.7 at. % were deposited by combinatorial reactive pulsed DC magnetron sputtering of Al and Al-Si (90-10 at. %) split segments in Ar/O{sub 2} atmosphere. The effect of Si alloying on thermal stability of the as-deposited amorphous alumina thin films and the phase formation sequence was evaluated by using differential scanning calorimetry and X-ray diffraction. The thermal stability window of the amorphous phase containing 2.7 at. % of Si was increased by more than 100 °C compared to that of the unalloyed phase. A similar retarding effect of Si alloying was also observed for the α-Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} formation temperature, which increased by more than 120 °C. While for the latter retardation, the evidence for the presence of SiO{sub 2} at the grain boundaries was presented previously, this obviously cannot explain the stability enhancement reported here for the amorphous phase. Based on density functional theory molecular dynamics simulations and synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments for amorphous Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with and without Si incorporation, we suggest that the experimentally identified enhanced thermal stability of amorphous alumina with addition of Si is due to the formation of shorter and stronger Si–O bonds as compared to Al–O bonds.

  7. Formation of ternary Mg–Cu–Dy bulk metallic glasses

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    Abstract. The glass-forming ability (GFA) of ternary Mg–Cu–Dy alloys was systematically investigated by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD) techniques. The results showed that a series of ternary Mg–Cu–Dy bulk metallic glasses (BGMs) with a diameter of 4–8 mm were suc-.

  8. Preparation and characterization of Fe-based bulk metallic glasses in plate form

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    Lavorato, G. C.; Fiore, G.; Castellero, A.; Baricco, M.; Moya, J. A.

    2012-08-01

    Amorphous alloys with composition (at%) Fe48Cr15Mo14C15B6Gd2 (alloy A) and Fe48Cr15Mo14C15B6Y2 (alloy B) were prepared either using pure elements (A and B1) and a commercial AISI430 steel as a base material (B2). When prepared from pure elements both alloys (A and B1) could be cast in plate form with a fixed thickness of 2 mm and variable lengths between 10 and 20 mm by means of copper-mold injection in air atmosphere. In the case of alloy B2, prepared using commercial grade raw materials, rods of 2 mm diameter were obtained. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy observations confirmed that an amorphous structure was obtained in all the as-cast samples. A minor fraction of crystalline phases (oxides and carbides) was detected on the as-cast surface. Differential scanning calorimetry measurements showed a glass transition temperature at 856 K for alloy A and 841 K for alloy B1, and an onset crystallization temperature of 887 K for alloy A and 885 K for alloy B1. In the case of alloy B2 a slightly different crystallization sequence was observed. Values of hardness (∼13 GPa) and the Young modulus (∼180 GPa) were measured by nanoindentation for both the alloys. The effects of adverse casting conditions (such as air atmosphere, non-conventional injection copper mold casting and partial replacement of pure elements with commercial grade raw materials) on the glass formation and properties of the alloy are discussed.

  9. Deduced elasticity of sp3-bonded amorphous diamond

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    Ballato, J.; Ballato, A.

    2017-11-01

    Amorphous diamond was recently synthesized using high temperature and pressure techniques [Z. Zeng, L. Yang, Q. Zeng, H. Lou, H. Sheng, J. Wen, D. J. Miller, Y. Meng, W. Yang, W. L. Mao, and H. K. Mao, Nat. Commun. 8, 322 (2017)]. Here, selected physical properties of this new phase of carbon are deduced using an extension of the Voigt-Reuss-Hill (VRHx) methodology whereby single crystal values are averaged over all orientations to yield values for the amorphous analog. Specifically, the elastic constants were deduced to be c11 = 1156.5 GPa, c12 = 87.6 GPa, and c44 = 534.5 GPa, whereas the Young's modulus, bulk modulus, and Poisson's ratio were also estimated to be 1144.2 GPa, 443.9 GPa, and 0.0704, respectively. These numbers are compared with experimental and theoretical literature values for other allotropic forms, specifically, Lonsdaleite, and two forms each of graphite and amorphous carbon. It is unknown at this time how the high temperature and pressure synthesis approach employed influences the structure, hence properties, of amorphous diamond at room temperature. However, the values provided herein constitute a baseline against which future structure/property/processing analyses can be compared.

  10. On the Potential of Bulk Metallic Glasses for Dental Implantology: Case Study on Ti40Zr10Cu36Pd14

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    Alethea Liens

    2018-02-01

    Full Text Available Ti40Zr10Cu36Pd14 Bulk Metallic Glass (BMG appears very attractive for future biomedical applications thanks to its high glass forming ability, the absence of toxic elements such as Ni, Al or Be and its good mechanical properties. For the first time, a complete and exhaustive characterization of a unique batch of this glassy alloy was performed, together with ISO standard mechanical tests on machined implant-abutment assemblies. The results were compared to the benchmark Ti-6Al-4V ELI (Extra-Low-Interstitial to assess its potential in dental implantology. The thermal stability, corrosion and sterilization resistance, cytocompatibility and mechanical properties were measured on samples with a simple geometry, but also on implant-abutment assemblies’ prototypes. Results show that the glassy alloy exhibits a quite high thermal stability, with a temperature range of 38 °C between the glass transition and crystallization, a compressive strength of 2 GPa, a certain plastic deformation (0.7%, a hardness of 5.5 GPa and a toughness of 56 MPa.√m. Moreover, the alloy shows a relatively lower Young’s modulus (96 GPa than the Ti-6Al-4V alloy (110–115 GPa, which is beneficial to limit bone stress shielding. The BMG shows a satisfactory cytocompatibility, a high resistance to sterilization and a good corrosion resistance (corrosion potential of −0.07 V/SCE and corrosion current density of 6.0 nA/cm2, which may ensure its use as a biomaterial. Tests on dental implants reveal a load to failure 1.5-times higher than that of Ti-6Al-4V and a comparable fatigue limit. Moreover, implants could be machined and sandblasted by methods usually conducted for titanium implants, without significant degradation of their amorphous nature. All these properties place this metallic glass among a promising class of materials for mechanically-challenging applications such as dental implants.

  11. Amorphous Phase Formation Analysis of Rapidly Solidified CoCr Droplets

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    Bogno, Abdoul-Aziz; Riveros, Carlos; Henein, Hani; Li, Delin

    2016-12-01

    This paper investigates amorphous phase formation and rapid solidification characteristics of a CoCr alloy. High cooling rate and high undercooling-induced rapid solidification of the alloy was achieved by impulse atomization in helium atmosphere. Two atomization experiments were carried out to generate powders of a wide size range from liquid CoCr at two different temperatures. Amorphous fraction and kinetic crystallization properties of impulse atomized powders were systematically quantified by means of differential scanning calorimetry. In addition, different but complementary characterization tools were used to analyze the powders microstructures. The fraction of amorphous phase within the investigated powders is found to be promoted by high cooling rate or smaller powder size. The critical cooling rate for amorphous phase formation, which is influenced by the oxygen content in the melt, is found to be 3 × 104 K s-1 and corresponds to a 160- µm-diameter powder atomized in helium. Hardness of the powders is found to follow a trend that is described by the Hall-Petch relation when a relatively high fraction of crystalline structures is present and decreases with the fraction of amorphous phase.

  12. Enamel-like apatite crown covering amorphous mineral in a crayfish mandible

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    Bentov, Shmuel; Zaslansky, Paul; Al-Sawalmih, Ali; Masic, Admir; Fratzl, Peter; Sagi, Amir; Berman, Amir; Aichmayer, Barbara

    2012-01-01

    Carbonated hydroxyapatite is the mineral found in vertebrate bones and teeth, whereas invertebrates utilize calcium carbonate in their mineralized organs. In particular, stable amorphous calcium carbonate is found in many crustaceans. Here we report on an unusual, crystalline enamel-like apatite layer found in the mandibles of the arthropod Cherax quadricarinatus (freshwater crayfish). Despite their very different thermodynamic stabilities, amorphous calcium carbonate, amorphous calcium phosphate, calcite and fluorapatite coexist in well-defined functional layers in close proximity within the mandible. The softer amorphous minerals are found primarily in the bulk of the mandible whereas apatite, the harder and less soluble mineral, forms a wear-resistant, enamel-like coating of the molar tooth. Our findings suggest a unique case of convergent evolution, where similar functional challenges of mastication led to independent developments of structurally and mechanically similar, apatite-based layers in the teeth of genetically remote phyla: vertebrates and crustaceans. PMID:22588301

  13. Elasticity of Amorphous Zirconium Tungstate at High Pressure

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    Liu, W.; Li, B

    2008-01-01

    Compressional (VP) and shear wave (VS) velocities of the amorphous phase of ZrW2O8 have been measured up to 10.4 GPa at room temperature using ultrasonic interferometry in conjunction with synchrotron x radiation. The pressure-density relation is determined using the measured velocities. Both VP and VS, as well as the adiabatic bulk and shear moduli, exhibit monotonic increase with increasing pressure. The pressure derivatives of the bulk and shear moduli are determined to be KS0'=7.3(1) and G0'=1.8(1), with bulk and shear moduli KS0=61.7(5) GPa and G0=35.0(2) GPa. Comparing with the a phase, VP, VS, KS0, E, Tac, and s of the amorphous phase decrease by 14.8%, 10.0%, 17.2%, 2.9%, 1.2%, and 15.5%, along with 28% and 3.2% increase in density and shear modulus, respectively.

  14. Elasticity of amorphous zirconium tungstate at high pressure

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    Liu, Wei; Li, Baosheng

    2008-11-01

    Compressional (VP) and shear wave (VS) velocities of the amorphous phase of ZrW2O8 have been measured up to 10.4 GPa at room temperature using ultrasonic interferometry in conjunction with synchrotron x radiation. The pressure-density relation is determined using the measured velocities. Both VP and VS, as well as the adiabatic bulk and shear moduli, exhibit monotonic increase with increasing pressure. The pressure derivatives of the bulk and shear moduli are determined to be KS0'=7.3(1) and G0'=1.8(1), with bulk and shear moduli KS0=61.7(5) GPa and G0=35.0(2) GPa. Comparing with the α phase, VP, VS, KS0, E, Θac, and σ of the amorphous phase decrease by 14.8%, 10.0%, 17.2%, 2.9%, 1.2%, and 15.5%, along with 28% and 3.2% increase in density and shear modulus, respectively.

  15. VANADIUM ALLOYS

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    Smith, K.F.; Van Thyne, R.J.

    1959-05-12

    This patent deals with vanadium based ternary alloys useful as fuel element jackets. According to the invention the ternary vanadium alloys, prepared in an arc furnace, contain from 2.5 to 15% by weight titanium and from 0.5 to 10% by weight niobium. Characteristics of these alloys are good thermal conductivity, low neutron capture cross section, good corrosion resistance, good welding and fabricating properties, low expansion coefficient, and high strength.

  16. Amorphous silicon passivation for 23.3% laser processed back contact solar cells

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    Carstens, Kai; Dahlinger, Morris; Hoffmann, Erik; Zapf-Gottwick, Renate; Werner, Jürgen H.

    2017-08-01

    This paper presents amorphous silicon deposited at temperatures below 200 °C, leading to an excellent passivation layer for boron doped emitter and phosphorus doped back surface field areas in interdigitated back contact solar cells. A higher deposition temperature degrades the passivation of the boron emitter by an increased hydrogen effusion due to lower silicon hydrogen bond energy, proved by hydrogen effusion measurements. The high boron surface doping in crystalline silicon causes a band bending in the amorphous silicon. Under these conditions, at the interface, the intentionally undoped amorphous silicon becomes p-type conducting, with the consequence of an increased dangling bond defect density. For bulk amorphous silicon this effect is described by the defect pool model. We demonstrate, that the defect pool model is also applicable to the interface between amorphous and crystalline silicon. Our simulation shows the shift of the Fermi energy towards the valence band edge to be more pronounced for high temperature deposited amorphous silicon having a small bandgap. Application of optimized amorphous silicon as passivation layer for the boron doped emitter and phosphorus doped back surface field on the rear side of laser processed back contact solar cells, fabricated using four laser processing steps, yields an efficiency of 23.3%.

  17. Process induced disorder in crystalline materials: differentiating defective crystals from the amorphous form of griseofulvin.

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    Feng, Tao; Pinal, Rodolfo; Carvajal, M Teresa

    2008-08-01

    This research investigates milling induced disorder in crystalline griseofulvin. Griseofulvin was subjected to cryogenic milling for various lengths of time. For comparison, the amorphous form of griseofulvin was also prepared by the quench melt method. Different analytical techniques were used to study the differences between the cryomilled, amorphous and crystalline forms of the drug. Cryogenic milling of griseofulvin progressively reduces the crystallinity of the drug by inducing crystal defects, rather than amorphous materials. Raman analysis provides evidence of structural differences between the two. The differences between the defective crystals produced by milling and the amorphous form are significant enough as to be measurable in their bulk thermal properties. Defective crystals show significant decrease in the heat of fusion as a function of milling time but do not exhibit a glass transition nor recrystallization from the amorphous form. Crystal defects undergo recrystallization upon heating at temperatures well below the glass transition temperature (T(g)) in a process that is separate and completely independent from the crystallization of the amorphous griseofulvin, observed above T(g). Physical mixtures of defective crystals and amorphous drug demonstrate that the thermal events associated with each form persist in the mixtures, unaffected by the presence of the other form.

  18. Revealing the multi hydrogen bonding state within iron doped amorphous carbon

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    Miyazato, Itsuki; Takahashi, Keisuke

    2018-01-01

    Hydrogenated Fe doped amorphous carbon is synthesized via mechanically alloying. XANES analysis suggests that Fe is considered to bond with either C or H atom where the first principle calculations reveals that two types of H-C bonding is confirmed. Weak H-C bond is observed near Fe atom while strong H-C bond is seen far from Fe atom. Electronic structure discovered that weak H-C bonding is induced by Fe atoms where Fe form ionic like bond with surrounding C, resulting in the weak H-C interaction. Thus, two different types of H-C bonding is confirmed within Fe doped amorphous carbon.

  19. Anodic Behavior of SAM2X5 Material Applied as Amorphous Coatings

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    Hailey, P D; Farmer, J C; Day, S D; Rebak, R B

    2007-08-10

    Iron-based amorphous alloys are desirable industrial materials since they are highly resistant to corrosion and possess enhanced hardness for wear resistance. The amorphous materials can be produced from the melt as powder and later spray deposited as coatings on large engineering structures. As a laboratory experiment, SAM2X5 powder was coated on electrochemical specimens of 304SS for testing. Results show that the coated specimens did not perform satisfactorily during the laboratory testing. This is because of partial devitrification during the deposition of the powder on the small specimen substrates.

  20. Effect of Ni-substitution on glass forming ability, mechanical, and magnetic properties of FeBNbY bulk metallic glasses

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    Masood, Ansar; Ström, V.; Belova, L.; Rao, K. V.; Ågren, J.

    2013-01-01

    We present a method to identify bulk glass forming ability by partial substitution of Fe by Ni in FeBNbY based amorphous alloy ribbons and as a consequence obtain enhanced mechanical and soft magnetic properties of bulk glassy rods of diameter as large as 4.5 mm. A detailed investigation of thermal, mechanical, and magnetic properties of (Fe0.72-x NixB0.24Nb0.04)95.5Y4.5 alloys (with x ˜ 0.02, 0.04, 0.06, 0.08, 0.1) was carried out. The supercooled regime (ΔTx) and other glass forming parameters, e.g., reduced glass transition temperature (Trg), the gamma (γ) parameter, etc., were found to be enhanced due to the Ni substitution resulting in improvement of glass forming ability (GFA). The maximum values of such parameters (ΔTx ˜ 94 K, Trg ˜ 0.644, and γ ˜ 0.435) were obtained for the alloy with x ˜ 0.06, making it possible to cast cylindrical rods with 4.5 mm diameter for this composition. Nanoindentation studies on glassy rods also point out that (Fe0.66Ni0.06B0.24Nb0.04)95.5Y4.5 alloy exhibit the maximum value of hardness (H ˜ 12 GPa) as well as elastic modulus (E ˜ 193 GPa) among all of these samples. In addition to these, that particular sample shows the lowest room temperature coercivity (Hc ˜ 210 mOe). By annealing at 823 K, Hc can be further reduced to 60 mOe due to its structural relaxation. We attribute the improved soft magnetic and mechanical properties of as-quenched (Fe0.66Ni0.06B0.24Nb0.04)95.5Y4.5 alloy to higher packing density attained due to its large glass forming ability.

  1. Theoretical investigations on magnetic entropy change in amorphous and crystalline systems: Applications to RAg (R=Tb, Dy, Ho) and GdCuAl

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    Ranke, P.J. von, E-mail: von.ranke@uol.com.br [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 RJ (Brazil); Nóbrega, E.P. [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 RJ (Brazil); Caldas, A. [Sociedade Unificada de Ensino Superior e Cultura, SUESC, 20211-351 Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil); Alho, B.P. [Instituto de Aplicação Fernando Rodrigues da Silveira, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rua Santa Alexandrina, 288, 20260-232 RJ (Brazil); Ribeiro, P.O.; Alvarenga, T.S.T.; Lopes, P.H.O.; Sousa, V.S.R. de [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 RJ (Brazil); Carvalho, A. Magnus G. [Laboratório Nacional de Luz Síncrotron, CNPEM, 13083-970 Campinas, SP (Brazil); Oliveira, N.A. de [Instituto de Física, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro – UERJ, Rua São Francisco Xavier, 524, 20550-013 RJ (Brazil)

    2014-11-15

    We report theoretical investigations on the magnetic entropy changes in amorphous systems through two different assumptions. In the first assumption, the HPZ-anisotropic model is considered to deal with the random direction of magnetic moments, where the amorphous RAg (R=Tb, Dy and Ho) were used as prototypes systems. In the second assumption, the amorphisation is parameterized through the exchange interaction distribution and GdCuAl, in amorphous and crystalline structures, were considered as prototypes systems. Comparisons between the magnetic entropy changes under amorphisation and under the usual magnetic field variation were performed. The model reveals the dependence of refrigerant capacity on the amorphisation parameter, and an optimum amorphisation parameter was calculated. - Highlights: • Theoretical investigation on RAg (R=Tb, Dy and Ho) and GdCuAl amorphous alloys. • Magnetic entropy changes in GdCuAl in both amorphous and crystalline structures. • The refrigerant capacity was compared in both amorphous and crystalline phases.

  2. Co-sputtered amorphous Nb–Ta, Nb–Zr and Ta–Zr coatings for corrosion protection of cyclotron targets for [{sup 18}F] production

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    Skliarova, Hanna, E-mail: Hanna.Skliarova@lnl.infn.it [National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Legnaro National Laboratories, Viale dell’Università, 2, 35020 Legnaro, Padua (Italy); University of Ferrara, Ferrara (Italy); Azzolini, Oscar, E-mail: Oscar.Azzolini@lnl.infn.it [National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Legnaro National Laboratories, Viale dell’Università, 2, 35020 Legnaro, Padua (Italy); Johnson, Richard R., E-mail: richard.johnson@teambest.com [BEST Cyclotron Systems Inc., 8765 Ash Street Unit 7, Vancouver, BC V6P 6T3 (Canada); Palmieri, Vincenzo, E-mail: Vincenzo.Palmieri@lnl.infn.it [National Institute of Nuclear Physics, Legnaro National Laboratories, Viale dell’Università, 2, 35020 Legnaro, Padua (Italy); University of Padua, Padua (Italy)

    2015-08-05

    Highlights: • Nb–Ta, Nb–Zr and Ta–Zr alloy films were deposited by co-sputtering. • Co-sputtered Nb–Zr and Nb–Ta alloy coatings had crystalline microstructures. • Diffusion barrier efficiency of Nb–Zr and Nb–Ta decreased with the increase of Nb %. • Co-sputtered Ta–Zr films with 30–73 at.% Ta were amorphous. • Sputtered amorphous Ta–Zr films showed superior diffusion barrier efficiency. - Abstract: Protective corrosion resistant coatings serve for decreasing the amount of ionic contaminants from Havar® entrance foils of the targets for [{sup 18}F] production. The corrosion damage of coated entrance foils is caused mainly by the diffusion of highly reactive products of water radiolysis through the protective film toward Havar® substrate. Since amorphous metal alloys (metallic glasses) are well-known to perform a high corrosion resistance, the glass forming ability, microstructure and diffusion barrier efficiency of binary alloys containing chemically inert Nb, Ta, Zr were investigated. Nb–Ta, Nb–Zr and Ta–Zr films of different alloy composition and ∼1.5 μm thickness were co-deposited by magnetron sputtering. Diffusion barrier efficiency tests used reactive aluminum underlayer and protons of acid solution and gallium atoms at elevated temperature as diffusing particles. Though co-sputtered Nb–Ta and Nb–Zr alloy films of different contents were crystalline, Ta–Zr alloy was found to form dense amorphous microstructures in a range of composition with 30–73% atomic Ta. The diffusion barrier efficiency of Nb–Zr and Nb–Ta alloy coatings decreased with increase of Nb content. The diffusion barrier efficiency of sputtered Ta–Zr alloy coatings increased with the transition from nanocrystalline columnar microstructure to amorphous for coatings with 30–73 at.% Ta.

  3. Structural transformations of mechanically induced top-down approach BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} nanoparticles synthesized from high crystallinity bulk materials

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    Low, Zhi Huang [Institute of Advanced Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia); Chen, Soo Kien [Institute of Advanced Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia); Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia); Ismail, Ismayadi, E-mail: kayzen@gmail.com [Institute of Advanced Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia); Tan, Kim Song [Advanced Imaging Centre, Malaysian Rubber Board, RRIM Sungai Buloh, 47000 Selangor (Malaysia); Liew, J.Y.C. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University Putra Malaysia, 43400 Serdang, Selangor Darul Ehsan (Malaysia)

    2017-05-01

    In this work, a top-down approach was applied to high crystallinity BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} bulks, breaking them into smaller nanoparticles by mechanochemical route. The effects of milling time, reaction mechanisms and structural information were investigated. Interestingly, three distinct stages of the mechanochemical mechanism were observed. The XRD results indicated that the BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} phase existed even though the mechanical energy had induced the formation of an amorphous phase in the material. The average crystallite size decreased during the first stage and the intermediate stage, and increased during the final stage of the mechanical alloying. A Rietveld refinement analysis suggested the deformation of a mechanically-triggered polyhedral in the magnetoplumbite structure. FESEM micrographs indicated that fragmentation predominated during the first and intermediate stages, until a steady equilibrium state was achieved at in the final stage, where a narrow particle size distribution was observed. HRTEM micrographs suggested the formation of a non-uniform nanostructure shell surrounding the ordered core materials at the edge-interface region. The thickness of the amorphous surface layer extended up to 12 nm during the first and intermediate stages, and diminished to approximately 3 nm after 20 h milling. VSM results showed a mixture of ferromagnetic, superparamagnetic, and paramagnetic behaviours. However, different magnetic behaviours predominated at different milling time, which strongly related to the defects, distorted polyhedra, and non-equilibrium amorphous layers of the material. - Highlights: • Nanoparticles of BaFe{sub 12}O{sub 19} are successfully prepared. • Morphological and structural properties rely on mechanochemical mechanism. • Three stages of mechanochemical mechanism was observed. • Core shell structures (3–12 nm) was found during by extending the milling time. • Magnetic properties were strongly related with the

  4. Powder Processing of Amorphous Tungsten-bearing Alloys and Composites

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    information is estimated to average 1 hour per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources , gathering and...Fahrenheit electron volt erg erg/second foot foot-pound-force gallon (U.S. liquid) inch jerk joule/kilogram (J/kg) radiation dose absorbed

  5. Thermomechanical properties of amorphous hydrogenated germanium-nitrogen alloys

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    Lacerda, Rodrigo G.; Lima, Mauricio M.; Vilcarromero, Johnny; Marques, Francisco C.

    1996-07-01

    Stress, thermal expansion coefficient, and elastic modulus of a-GeNx:H thin films prepared by the rf reactive sputtering method are reported. Stress measurements were made using a Dektak profilometer. A second apparatus based on the deflection of a HeNe laser beam was used to determine the thermal expansion coefficient and the stirring modulus, (E/1-ν), by the thermally induced bending method.

  6. Hidden structure in amorphous solids

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    Inam, F. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701 (United States); Lewis, James P. [Department of Physics, West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia 26506 (United States); Drabold, D.A. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio 45701 (United States); Trinity College, Cambridge CB2 1TQ (United Kingdom)

    2010-03-15

    Recent theoretical studies of amorphous silicon (a-Si) [Pan et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 100, 206403 (2008)] have revealed subtle but significant structural correlations in network topology: the tendency for short (long) bonds to be spatially correlated with other short (long) bonds. These structures were linked to the electronic band tails in the optical gap. In this paper, we further examine these issues for a-Si, and demonstrate that analogous correlations exist in amorphous SiO{sub 2}, and in the organic molecule, {beta}-carotene. We conclude with a discussion of the origin of the effects and its possible generality. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  7. The Physics of Amorphous Solids

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    Zallen, Richard

    1998-01-01

    An in-depth study of non-crystalline solids in which the arrangement of the atoms do not have long-range order. Describes the way amorphous solids are formed, the phenomenology of the liquid-to-glass and glass- to-liquid transition, and the technological applications. Emphasizes modern approaches such as scaling, localization, and percolation. Includes extensive treatment of structural aspects of amorphous solids, ranging from metallic glasses, to chalcogenides, to organic polymers. Incorporates illustrations for the clarification of physics concepts.

  8. Corrosion behavior of HPT-deformed TiNi alloys in cell culture medium

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    Shri, D. N. Awang; Tsuchiya, K.; Yamamoto, A.

    2017-09-01

    In recent years there are growing interest in fabrication of bulk nanostructured metals and alloys by using severe plastic deformation (SPD) techniques as new alternative in producing bulk nanocrystalline materials. These techniques allows for processing of bulk, fully dense workpiece with ultrafine grains. Metal undergoes SPD processing in certain techniques such as high pressure torsion (HPT), equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) or multi-directional forging (MDF) are subjected to extensive hydrostatic pressure that may be used to impart a very high strain to the bulk solid without the introduction of any significant change in overall dimension of the sample. The change in the structure (small grain size and high-volume fraction of grain boundaries) of the material may result in the corrosion behavior different from that of the coarse-grained material. Electrochemical measurements were done to understand the corrosion behavior of TiNi alloys before and after HPT deformation. The experiment was carried out using standard three electrode setup (a sample as working electrode; a platinum wire as a counter electrode and a saturated calomel electrode in saturated KCl as a reference electrode) with the surface area of 26.42 mm2 exposed to the EMEM+10% FBS cell culture medium. The measurements were performed in an incubator with controlled environment at 37 °C and 5% CO2, simulating the cell culture condition. The potential of the specimen was monitored over 1 hour, and the stabilized potential was used as the open-circuit potential (EOCP). Potentiodynamic curves were scanned in the potential range from -0.5 V to 1.5 V relative to the EOCP, at a rate of 0.5 mV/s. The result of OCP-time measurement done in the cell culture medium shows that the OCP of HPT-deformed samples shifts towards to the more positive rather than that of BHPT samples. The OCP of deformed samples were ennobled to more than +70 mV for Ti-50mol%. The shift of OCP towards the nobler direction

  9. Phase evolution and thermal stability of 2 Mg–Cu alloys processed by mechanical alloying

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    Martínez, C., E-mail: carola.martinezu@usach.cl [Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Av. Lib. Bernardo O’Higgins 3363, Casilla de correo 10233, Santiago (Chile); Ordoñez, S., E-mail: stella.ordonez@usach.cl [Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Av. Lib. Bernardo O’Higgins 3363, Casilla de correo 10233, Santiago (Chile); Guzmán, D. [Departamento de Ingeniería en Metalurgia, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Atacama y CRIDESAT, Av. Copayapu 485, Casilla de Correo 240, Copiapó (Chile); Serafini, D. [Departamento de Física, Facultad de Ciencia, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Av. Lib. Bernardo O’Higgins 3363, Casilla de correo 307, Santiago (Chile); Iturriza, I. [CEIT, Manuel de Lardizábal 15, 20018 San Sebastián, España (Spain); Bustos, O. [Departamento de Ingeniería Metalúrgica, Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Av. Lib. Bernardo O’Higgins 3363, Casilla de correo 10233, Santiago (Chile)

    2013-12-25

    Highlights: •Study of phase evolution of elemental powders Mg and Cu by mechanical alloying. •The presence of an amorphous precursor which crystallizes to Mg{sub 2}Cu can be observed. •Establishing the sequence of phase transformations leading to the formation of Mg{sub 2}Cu. •The feasibility to obtain Mg{sub 2}Cu by means two possible routes has been established. -- Abstract: Phase evolution during mechanical alloying (MA) of elemental Mg and Cu powders and their subsequent heat treatment is studied. Elemental Mg and Cu powders in a 2:1 atomic ratio were mechanically alloyed in a SPEX 8000D mill using a 10:1 ball-to-powder ratio. X-ray diffraction (XRD) shows that the formation of the intermetallic Mg{sub 2}Cu takes place between 3 and 4 h of milling, although traces of elemental Cu are still present after 10 h of milling. The thermal behavior of different powder mixtures was evaluated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The combination of DSC, heat treatment and XRD has shown a sequence of phase transformations that results in the intermetallic Mg{sub 2}Cu from an amorphous precursor. This amorphous phase is converted into Mg{sub 2}Cu by heating at low temperature (407 K). Short MA times and the formation of the amorphous precursor, together with its subsequent transformation into Mg{sub 2}Cu at low temperatures; represent an advantageous alternative route for its preparation.

  10. Surface Phases in Binary Liquid Metal Alloys

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    Tostmann, Holger; DiMasi, Elaine; Shpyrko, Oleg G.; Ocko, Ben M.; Pershan, Peter S.; Deutsch, Moshe

    2004-01-01

    Surface sensitive x-ray scattering techniques with atomic scale resolution are employed to investigate the microscopic structure of the surface of three classes of liquid binary alloys: (i) Surface segregation in partly miscible binary alloys as predicted by the Gibbs adsorption rule is investigated for Ga-In. The first layer consists of a supercooled In monolayer and the bulk composition is reached after about two atomic diameters. (ii) The Ga-Bi system displays a wetting transition at a cha...

  11. On the crystallization kinetics of Zr-(Co,Ni)-Al bulk metallic glasses

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    Qin, X. M.; Zhang, Q. F.; Duan, X. Y.; Wang, X. C.; Jiang, Y. H.; Zhou, R.; Tan, J.

    2017-07-01

    Zr-based amorphous alloys are promising materials applied in engineering field, due to their strong glass-forming ability, outstanding mechanical properties and relatively low cost. In this work, the crystallization kinetics of Zr56Co18-xNixAl16 (x = 0, 2, 4 and 8; marked as Ni0, Ni2, Ni4 and Ni8, respectively) alloys are investigated in detail. The results show that, due to the addition of Ni, the glass transition of the alloys presents obvious dynamic characteristics, i.e., with the increasing heating rate, all characteristic temperatures are shifted to higher temperature. By fitting the Kissinger equation, the glass transition activation energy of Ni8 is the highest, indicating that Ni8 is much more difficult to crystallize. Therefore, the Ni8 alloy has the strongest anti-crystallization ability in the Zr56Co18-xNixAl16 alloys investigated.

  12. Heat transport in bulk/nanoporous/bulk silicon devices

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    Criado-Sancho, M. [Departamento de Ciencias y Técnicas Físicoquimicas, Facultad de Ciencias, UNED, Senda del Rey 9, 20040 Madrid (Spain); Jou, D., E-mail: David.Jou@uab.cat [Departament de Física, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Catalonia (Spain); Institut d' Estudis Catalans, Carme 47, 08001 Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)

    2013-02-04

    We study heat transport in bulk/nanoporous/bulk silicon devices; we show that, despite bulk/nanoporous devices may act as thermal rectifiers, the non-linear aspects of their joint thermal conductance are not strong enough to lead to a negative differential thermal resistance, necessary to allow bulk/nanoporous/bulk Si devices to act as thermal transistors. Furthermore, we explicitly study the effective thermal conductivity of the mentioned devices for several temperatures, geometries, porosities, and pore size.

  13. Self-diffusion and macroscopic diffusion of hydrogen in amorphous metals from first-principles calculations.

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    Hao, Shiqiang; Sholl, David S

    2009-06-28

    Diffusion of interstitial hydrogen plays a key role in potential uses for amorphous metals as membranes for hydrogen purification. We show how first principles-based methods can be used to characterize diffusion of interstitial H in amorphous metals using amorphous Fe(3)B as an example. Net transport of interstitial H is governed by the transport diffusion coefficient that appears in Fick's law. This diffusion coefficient is strongly dependent on the interstitial concentration, and is not equal to the self-diffusion coefficient except at dilute interstitial concentrations. Under conditions of practical interest, the concentrations of interstitial H in amorphous metals are nondilute so methods to determine the transport diffusion coefficient must be used if net mass transport is to be described. We show how kinetic Monte Carlo simulations of interstitial H diffusion that use rates derived from first-principles calculations can be used to assess both self- and transport diffusion coefficients of H in amorphous metals. These methods will be helpful in efforts to screen amorphous metal alloys as potential membranes for hydrogen purification.

  14. Amorphization of Laves-Phase Precipitates in Zircaloy-4 by Neutron Irradiation

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    Peters, H.R.; Taylor, D.F.; Yang, Walter J.S.

    1999-04-23

    Examination of corrosion coupons by transmission electron microscopy after their exposure in the Idaho Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) has broadened the Zircaloy-4 precipitate-amorphization database and validated a new kinetic model for previously unavailable values of temperature and fast-neutron flux. The model describes the amorphization of Zr(Fe,Cr){sub 2} intermetallic precipitates in zirconium alloys as a dynamic competition between radiation damage and thermal annealing that leaves some iron atoms available for flux-assisted diffusion to the zirconium matrix. It predicts the width of the amorphous zone as a function of neutron flux (E>1 MeV), temperature, and time. In its simplest form, the model treats the crystalline/amorphous and precipitate/matrix interfaces as parallel planes, and its accuracy decreases for small precipitates and high fluence as the amorphous-zone width approaches precipitate dimensions. The simplest form of the model also considers diffusion to be rate-determining. This is an accurate approximation for steady-state conditions or slow changes in flux and temperature, but inappropriate for the analysis of faster transients. The paper addresses several difficulties inherent in measuring amorphous-zone width, and utilizes the expanded database to evaluate the improvements in predictive accuracy available through both conversion of the model to spherical coordinates and extension of its time dependency.

  15. Amorphous titanium-oxide supercapacitors

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    Fukuhara, Mikio; Kuroda, Tomoyuki; Hasegawa, Fumihiko

    2016-10-01

    The electric capacitance of an amorphous TiO2-x surface increases proportionally to the negative sixth power of the convex diameter d. This occurs because of the van der Waals attraction on the amorphous surface of up to 7 mF/cm2, accompanied by extreme enhanced electron trapping resulting from both the quantum-size effect and an offset effect from positive charges at oxygen-vacancy sites. Here we show that a supercapacitor, constructed with a distributed constant-equipment circuit of large resistance and small capacitance on the amorphous TiO2-x surface, illuminated a red LED for 37 ms after it was charged with 1 mA at 10 V. The fabricated device showed no dielectric breakdown up to 1,100 V. Based on this approach, further advances in the development of amorphous titanium-dioxide supercapacitors might be attained by integrating oxide ribbons with a micro-electro mechanical system.

  16. Atomistic Models of Amorphous Semiconductors

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    Jarolimek, K.

    2011-01-01

    Crystalline silicon is probably the best studied material, widely used by the semiconductor industry. The subject of this thesis is an intriguing form of this element namely amorphous silicon. It can contain a varying amount of hydrogen and is denoted as a-Si:H. It completely lacks the neat long

  17. "Understanding" cosmological bulk viscosity

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    Zimdahl, Winfried

    1996-01-01

    A universe consisting of two interacting perfect fluids with the same 4-velocity is considered. A heuristic mean free time argument is used to show that the system as a whole cannot be perfect as well but neccessarily implies a nonvanishing bulk viscosity. A new formula for the latter is derived and compared with corresponding results of radiative hydrodynamics.

  18. Bulk chemicals from biomass

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    Haveren, van J.; Scott, E.L.; Sanders, J.P.M.

    2008-01-01

    Given the current robust forces driving sustainable production, and available biomass conversion technologies, biomass-based routes are expected to make a significant impact on the production of bulk chemicals within 10 years, and a huge impact within 20-30 years. In the Port of Rotterdam there is a

  19. Leading research on super metal. 3. Amorphous and nanostructured metallic materials; Super metal no sendo kenkyu. 3. Kogata buzai

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    1996-03-01

    Very fine structure control technique for amorphous and nanostructured metallic materials was reviewed to exceed the marginal performance of small metallic member materials. In Japan, high strength alloys and anticorrosion alloys are currently developed as an amorphous structure control technique, and ultra fine powder production and nano-compaction molding are studied for nanostructured materials. Fabrication of amorphous alloy wire materials and metal glass in USA are also introduced. Fabrication of metallic nanocrystals deposited within gas phase in Germany are attracting attention. The strength and abrasion resistance are remarkably enhanced by making nanostructured crystals and dispersing them. It may be most suitable to utilize amorphous and nanostructured metallic materials for earth-friendly materials having anticorrosion, and catalyst and biomaterial affinities, and also for magnetic materials. It is important for controlling micro-structures to clarify the formation mechanism of structures. For their processing techniques, the diversity and possibility are suggested, as to the condensation and solidification of gaseous and liquid phase metals, the molding and processing of very fine solid phase alloys, and the manufacturing members by heat treatment. 324 refs., 109 figs., 21 tabs.

  20. Preparation of Zr50Al15−xNi10Cu25Yx amorphous powders by ...

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    Mater. Sci., Vol. 36, No. 7, December 2013, pp. 1275–1280. c Indian Academy of Sciences. Preparation of Zr50Al15−xNi10Cu25Yx amorphous powders by mechanical alloying and thermodynamic calculation. WOYUN LONG1,2,∗. , ANXIAN LU2 and JING LI1. 1Department of Applied Physics, Hunan Agricultural University, ...

  1. Computer-aided manufacturing for mass production of non-conventional shapes made of the alloying of a heterogeneous composite metallic glass matrix with nano-meter-sized elements

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    Salah AM Elmoselhy

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The pursuit of radically improving the strength and stiffness of materials while maintaining satisfactory level of ductility for formability has been on for decades. A patent has laid in 2005 the foundation for alloying a metallic matrix, such as steel matrix, with nano-meter-sized elements while exploiting amorphous cross-linking of the matrix. This patented innovation is expected to trigger the third industrial revolution based on mass production of the alloying of a metallic matrix, such as steel matrix, with nano-meter-sized elements in order to produce bulk metallic glasses. The first industrial revolution had been triggered by the mass production of steel in about 1840 and the second industrial revolution was triggered by the mass production of the synthetic polymeric materials and composites in about 1960. This article presents an approach of computer-aided manufacturing based on this patent for the mass production of an E-like-shaped spring made of the alloying of heterogeneous composite ferromagnetic metallic glass matrix with nano-meter-sized elements. The proposed heterogeneous nanocomposite metallic glass alloy exhibits features that are promising in applications such as vehicle suspension springs.

  2. Molecular dynamics analysis of oxidation, segregation and stress corrosion failures of refractory alloys

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    Verners, Osvalds

    The focuses of the thesis are heating induced segregation/mixing of refractory alloys, along with oxidation and stress corrosion properties of selected fcc metals and thin oxide layers formed on the surfaces thereof. The particular studies include segregation and oxidation simulation of Mo3Ni alloy clusters. These reveal favorable stabilizing oxidation resistance properties due to the Ni component, which diffuses during annealing to the surface of the clusters. A comparative study has been done for different sized Al grains in Fe or Ni bulk matrices. Its results indicate that Ni matrix is favorable due to the grain dissolution and energetic stability properties upon heating and cooling of the structures. Oxidation simulation of the same structures in slab structures indicate that unmixed metals oxidize first and the alloy layer, which forms only for the Ni matrix, eventually segregates to single-metal layers, which oxidize subsequently. The stress corrosion properties of Al oxide slab/thin film structures in water, noble gas and vacuum environments have been studied with the aim of subsequent stress corrosion simulation of alloys or metals with protective surface oxide layers. The obtained results indicate brittle type failures, which involve shear deformation and localized amorphization. The plasticity enhancing fluid environment effects are found to be similar for both reactive and nonreactive species, which indicates significant pressure effects and passivated reactivity of surfaces. Parallel to the corrosion study, strain rate effects and cyclic loading behavior for slab structures in vacuum have been characterized and compared at different temperatures. These indicate time dependent deformation mechanisms including temperature enhanced local amorphization prior to crack formation. Complementary analyses include extended timescale crack behavior of a slab structure in vacuum using parallel replica dynamics and steady state analysis of a slab structure in water

  3. Preparation of bulk superhard B-C-N nanocomposite compact

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    Zhao, Yusheng [Los Alamos, NM; He, Duanwei [Sichuan, CN

    2011-05-10

    Bulk, superhard, B--C--N nanocomposite compacts were prepared by ball milling a mixture of graphite and hexagonal boron nitride, encapsulating the ball-milled mixture at a pressure in a range of from about 15 GPa to about 25 GPa, and sintering the pressurized encapsulated ball-milled mixture at a temperature in a range of from about 1800-2500 K. The product bulk, superhard, nanocomposite compacts were well sintered compacts with nanocrystalline grains of at least one high-pressure phase of B--C--N surrounded by amorphous diamond-like carbon grain boundaries. The bulk compacts had a measured Vicker's hardness in a range of from about 41 GPa to about 68 GPa.

  4. Sintered powder cores of high Bs and low coreloss Fe84.3Si4B8P3Cu0.7 nano-crystalline alloy

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    Yan Zhang

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Nano-crystalline Fe-rich Fe84.3Si4B8P3Cu0.7 alloy ribbon with saturation magnetic flux density (Bs close to Si-steel exhibits much lower core loss (Wt than Si-Steels. Low glass forming ability of this alloy limits fabrication of magnetic cores only to stack/wound types. Here, we report on fabrication, structural, thermal and magnetic properties of bulk Fe84.3Si4B8P3Cu0.7 cores. Partially crystallized ribbons (obtained after salt-bath annealing treatment were crushed into powdered form (by ball milling, and were compacted to high-density (∼88% bulk cores by spark plasma sintering (SPS. Nano-crystalline structure (consisting of α-Fe grain in remaining amorphous matrix similar to wound ribbon cores is preserved in the compacted cores. At 50 Hz, cores sintered at Ts = 680 K show Wt 1 kHz. A trade-off between porosity and electrical resistivity is necessary to get low Wt at higher f. In the f range of ∼1 to 100 kHz, we have shown that the cores mixed with SiO2 exhibit much lower Wt than Fe-powder cores, non-oriented Si-steel sheets and commercially available sintered cores. We believe our core material is very promising to make power electronics/electrical devices much more energy-efficient.

  5. Benign joining of ultrafine grained aerospace aluminum alloys using nanotechnology.

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    Longtin, Rémi; Hack, Erwin; Neuenschwander, Jürg; Janczak-Rusch, Jolanta

    2011-12-22

    Ultrafine grained aluminum alloys have restricted applicability due to their limited thermal stability. Metalized 7475 alloys can be soldered and brazed at room temperature using nanotechnology. Reactive foils are used to release heat for milliseconds directly at the interface between two components leading to a metallurgical joint without significantly heating the bulk alloy, thus preserving its mechanical properties. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  6. Effect of electron count and chemical complexity in the Ta-Nb-Hf-Zr-Ti high-entropy alloy superconductor.

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    von Rohr, Fabian; Winiarski, Michał J; Tao, Jing; Klimczuk, Tomasz; Cava, Robert Joseph

    2016-11-15

    High-entropy alloys are made from random mixtures of principal elements on simple lattices, stabilized by a high mixing entropy. The recently discovered body-centered cubic (BCC) Ta-Nb-Hf-Zr-Ti high-entropy alloy superconductor appears to display properties of both simple crystalline intermetallics and amorphous materials; e.g., it has a well-defined superconducting transition along with an exceptional robustness against disorder. Here we show that the valence electron count dependence of the superconducting transition temperature in the high-entropy alloy falls between those of analogous simple solid solutions and amorphous materials and test the effect of alloy complexity on the superconductivity. We propose high-entropy alloys as excellent intermediate systems for studying superconductivity as it evolves between crystalline and amorphous materials.

  7. Amorphous Semiconductors: From Photocatalyst to Computer Memory

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    Sundararajan, Mayur

    Amorphous semiconductors are useful in many applications like solar cells, thin film displays, sensors, electrophotography, etc. The dissertation contains four projects. In the first three projects, semiconductor glasses which are a subset of amorphous semiconductors were studied. The last project is about exploring the strengths and constraints of two analysis programs which calculate the particle size information from experimental Small Angle X-ray Scattering data. By definition, glasses have a random atomic arrangement with no order beyond the nearest neighbor, but strangely there exists an Intermediate Range Order (IRO). The origin of IRO is still not clearly understood, but various models have been proposed. The signature of IRO is the First Sharp Diffraction Peak(FSDP) observed in x-ray and neutron scattering data. The FSDP of TiO 2 SiO2 glass photocatalyst with different Ti:Si ratio from SAXS data was measured to test the theoretical models. The experimental results along with its computer simulation results strongly supported one of two leading models. It was also found that the effect of doping IRO on TiO2 SiO2 is severe in mesoporous form than the bulk form. Glass semiconductors in mesoporous form are very useful photocatalysts due to their large specific surface area. Solar energy conversion of photocatalysts greatly depends on their bandgap, but very few photocatalysts have the optical bandgap covering the whole visible region of solar spectrum leading to poor efficiency. A physical method was developed to manipulate the bandgap of mesoporous photocatalysts, by using the anisotropic thermal expansion and stressed glass network properties of mesoporous glasses. The anisotropic thermal expansion was established by S/WAXS characterization of mesoporous silica (MCM-41). The residual stress in the glass network of mesoporous glasses was already known for an earlier work. The new method was initially applied on mesoporous TiPO4, and the results were

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

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    Farmer, J

    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

  9. Understanding Phase-Change Memory Alloys from a Chemical Perspective

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    Kolobov, A V; Fons, P; Tominaga, J

    2015-01-01

    Phase-change memories (PCM) are associated with reversible ultra-fast low-energy crystal-to-amorphous switching in GeTe-based alloys co-existing with the high stability of the two phases at ambient temperature, a unique...

  10. Stable, high-efficiency amorphous silicon solar cells with low hydrogen content

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    Fortmann, C.M.; Hegedus, S.S. (Institute of Energy Conversion, Newark, DE (United States))

    1992-12-01

    Results and conclusions obtained during a research program of the investigation of amorphous silicon and amorphous silicon based alloy materials and solar cells fabricated by photo-chemical vapor and glow discharge depositions are reported. Investigation of the effects of the hydrogen content in a-si:H i-layers in amorphous silicon solar cells show that cells with lowered hydrogen content i-layers are more stable. A classical thermodynamic formulation of the Staebler-Wronski effect has been developed for standard solar cell operating temperatures and illuminations. Methods have been developed to extract a lumped equivalent circuit from the current voltage characteristic of a single junction solar cell in order to predict its behavior in a multijunction device.

  11. Ferromagnetic resonance method for determining the magnetic surface anisotropy of amorphous films

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    Zhang, Lu; Rado, George T.

    1987-11-01

    The theory of a ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) method for determining the magnetic surface anisotropy of amorphous films is presented. This method enables one to deduce the surface anisotropy constant Ks of an amorphous material from the dependence of the magnetic resonance field on the film thickness. The analysis includes spin-wave modes and surface-induced modes, perpendicular and parallel FMR configurations, and thin as well as ultrathin films. No approximations are made other than the linearization of the equation of motion and the assumption that skin-depth effects and electromagnetic propagation effects are negligible. Good agreement is found between the theory of the method and experimental FMR data on ultrathin films of amorphous Fe-B alloys. The reliability of the Ks values deduced by means of the theory from experimental FMR and superconducting quantum-interference device data is briefly discussed.

  12. Amorphous metal-organic frameworks.

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    Bennett, Thomas D; Cheetham, Anthony K

    2014-05-20

    Crystalline metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are porous frameworks comprising an infinite array of metal nodes connected by organic linkers. The number of novel MOF structures reported per year is now in excess of 6000, despite significant increases in the complexity of both component units and molecular networks. Their regularly repeating structures give rise to chemically variable porous architectures, which have been studied extensively due to their sorption and separation potential. More recently, catalytic applications have been proposed that make use of their chemical tunability, while reports of negative linear compressibility and negative thermal expansion have further expanded interest in the field. Amorphous metal-organic frameworks (aMOFs) retain the basic building blocks and connectivity of their crystalline counterparts, though they lack any long-range periodic order. Aperiodic arrangements of atoms result in their X-ray diffraction patterns being dominated by broad "humps" caused by diffuse scattering and thus they are largely indistinguishable from one another. Amorphous MOFs offer many exciting opportunities for practical application, either as novel functional materials themselves or facilitating other processes, though the domain is largely unexplored (total aMOF reported structures amounting to under 30). Specifically, the use of crystalline MOFs to detect harmful guest species before subsequent stress-induced collapse and guest immobilization is of considerable interest, while functional luminescent and optically active glass-like materials may also be prepared in this manner. The ion transporting capacity of crystalline MOFs might be improved during partial structural collapse, while there are possibilities of preparing superstrong glasses and hybrid liquids during thermal amorphization. The tuning of release times of MOF drug delivery vehicles by partial structural collapse may be possible, and aMOFs are often more mechanically robust than

  13. Bulk forming of industrial micro components in conventional metals and bulk metallic glasses

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    Arentoft, Mogens; Paldan, Nikolas Aulin; Eriksen, Rasmus Solmer

    2007-01-01

    For production of micro components in large numbers, forging is an interesting and challenging process. The conventional metals like silver, steel and aluminum often require multi-step processes, but high productivity and increased strength justify the investment. As an alternative, bulk metallic...... glasses will at elevated temperatures behave like a highly viscous liquid, which can easily form even complicated geometries in 1 step. The strengths and limitations of forming the 2 materials are analyzed for a micro 3D component in a silver alloy and an Mg-Cu-Y BMG. ©2007 American Institute of Physics...

  14. Diffusion or bulk flow

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    Schulz, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    symplasmic pathway from mesophyll to sieve elements. Crucial for the driving force is the question where water enters the pre-phloem pathway. Surprisingly, the role of PD in water movement has not been addressed so far appropriately. Modeling of assimilate and water fluxes indicates that in symplasmic...... the concentration gradient or bulk flow along a pressure gradient. The driving force seems to depend on the mode of phloem loading. In a majority of plant species phloem loading is a thermodynamically active process, involving the activity of membrane transporters in the sieve-element companion cell complex. Since...... is currently matter of discussion, called passive symplasmic loading. Based on the limited material available, this review compares the different loading modes and suggests that diffusion is the driving force in apoplasmic loaders, while bulk flow plays an increasing role in plants having a continuous...

  15. Diffusion or bulk flow

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    Schulz, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    is currently matter of discussion, called passive symplasmic loading. Based on the limited material available, this review compares the different loading modes and suggests that diffusion is the driving force in apoplasmic loaders, while bulk flow plays an increasing role in plants having a continuous...... the concentration gradient or bulk flow along a pressure gradient. The driving force seems to depend on the mode of phloem loading. In a majority of plant species phloem loading is a thermodynamically active process, involving the activity of membrane transporters in the sieve-element companion cell complex. Since...... assimilate movement includes an apoplasmic step, this mode is called apoplasmic loading. Well established is also the polymer-trap loading mode, where the phloem-transport sugars are raffinose-family oligomers in herbaceous plants. Also this mode depends on the investment of energy, here for sugar...

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

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    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 ...

  17. Micromegas in a bulk

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    Giomataris, Ioanis; Andriamonje, Samuel A; Aune, S; Charpak, Georges; Colas, P; Giganon, Arnaud; Rebourgeard, P C; Salin, P; Rebourgeard, Ph.

    2006-01-01

    In this paper we present a novel way to manufacture the bulk Micromegas detector. A simple process based on the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) technology is employed to produce the entire sensitive detector. Such fabrication process could be extended to very large area detectors made by the industry. The low cost fabrication together with the robustness of the electrode materials will make it extremely attractive for several applications ranging from particle physics and astrophysics to medicine

  18. Micromegas in a bulk

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    Giomataris, I. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France)]. E-mail: ioa@hep.saclay.cea.fr; De Oliveira, R. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Andriamonje, S. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Aune, S. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Charpak, G. [CERN, Geneva (Switzerland); Colas, P. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Fanourakis, G. [Institute of Nuclear Physcis, NCSR Demokritos, Aghia Paraskevi 15310 (Greece); Ferrer, E. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Giganon, A. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Rebourgeard, Ph. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France); Salin, P. [DAPNIA, CEA Saclay, F91191 Gif sur Yvette CEDEX (France)

    2006-05-10

    In this paper, we present a novel way to manufacture the bulk Micromegas detector. A simple process based on the Printed Circuit Board (PCB) technology is employed to produce the entire sensitive detector. Such a fabrication process could be extended to very large area detectors made by the industry. The low cost fabrication together with the robustness of the electrode materials will make it attractive for several applications ranging from particle physics and astrophysics to medicine.

  19. Electronic transport in amorphous phase-change materials

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    Luckas, Jennifer Maria

    2012-09-14

    Phase change materials combine a pronounced contrast in resistivity and reflectivity between their disordered amorphous and ordered crystalline state with very fast crystallization kinetics. Due to this exceptional combination of properties phase-change materials find broad application in non-volatile optical memories such as CD, DVD or Bluray Disc. Furthermore, this class of materials demonstrates remarkable electrical transport phenomena in their disordered state, which have shown to be crucial for their application in electronic storage devices. The threshold switching phenomenon denotes the sudden decrease in resistivity beyond a critical electrical threshold field. The threshold switching phenomenon facilitates the phase transitions at practical small voltages. Below this threshold the amorphous state resistivity is thermally activated and is observed to increase with time. This effect known as resistance drift seriously hampers the development of multi-level storage devices. Hence, understanding the physical origins of threshold switching and resistance drift phenomena is crucial to improve non-volatile phase-change memories. Even though both phenomena are often attributed to localized defect states in the band gap, the defect state density in amorphous phase-change materials has remained poorly studied. Starting from a brief introduction of the physics of phase-change materials this thesis summarizes the most important models behind electrical switching and resistance drift with the aim to discuss the role of localized defect states. The centerpiece of this thesis is the investigation of defects state densities in different amorphous phase-change materials and electrical switching chalcogenides. On the basis of Modulated Photo Current (MPC) Experiments and Photothermal Deflection Spectroscopy, a sophisticated band model for the disordered phase of the binary phase-change alloy GeTe has been developed. By this direct experimental approach the band-model for a

  20. Influence of amorphous content on compaction behaviour of anhydrous alpha-lactose.

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    Ziffels, S; Steckel, H

    2010-03-15

    Modified lactoses are widely used as filler-binders in direct compression of tablets. Until today, little about the compaction behaviour of anhydrous alpha-lactose is known. In this study, a new method to prepare anhydrous alpha-lactose from alpha-lactose monohydrate by desiccation with heated ethanol was evaluated and the influence of amorphous content in the lactose powder prior to modification on powder properties, compaction behaviour and storage stability was determined. The modification process led to anhydrous alpha-lactose with decreased bulk and tapped density, increased flow rate and significantly higher specific surface area. Due to the higher specific surface area, the compaction behaviour of the anhydrous alpha-lactose was found to be significantly better than the compaction behaviour of powder blends consisting of alpha-lactose monohydrate and amorphous lactose. An influence of the amorphous content prior to modification could be observed only at higher compaction forces. In general, tablets of modified powders needed longer time to disintegrate directly after compression. However, the storage stability of modified tablets was found to be better compared to the amorphous-crystalline tablets which were influenced by storage conditions, initial crushing strength as well as amorphous content due to the re-crystallization of amorphous lactose during storage. 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Fast Surface Diffusion and Crystallization of Amorphous Griseofulvin.

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    Huang, Chengbin; Ruan, Shigang; Cai, Ting; Yu, Lian

    2017-10-12

    Among molecular glasses, griseofulvin (GSF) is one of the fastest crystallizing. To understand this property, we have measured the surface diffusion in GSF using the method of surface grating decay. Surface diffusion in amorphous GSF is extremely fast, outpacing bulk diffusion by a factor of 10(8) at the glass transition temperature Tg (361 K). Among all molecular glasses studied (13 in all), GSF has the second fastest surface diffusion (to o-terphenyl) when compared at Tg. The GSF result fits the overall trend for molecular glasses without intermolecular hydrogen bonds, where surface diffusion systematically slows down with increasing molecular size. This result is particularly noteworthy because GSF has many hydrogen-bond acceptors but no donors, indicating that, so long as they do not participate in hydrogen bonding, the polar functional groups have a similar effect on surface diffusion as the nonpolar hydrocarbon groups. In contrast, the formation of intermolecular hydrogen bonds strongly inhibits surface diffusion. The surface crystal growth rate of amorphous GSF is nearly proportional to its surface diffusion coefficient, as noted for other systems, supporting the view that surface crystal growth is controlled by surface diffusion. In addition, the fast surface diffusion of GSF glasses explains the fast crystal growth along fracture surfaces and suggests a basis to understand fast crystal growth in the bulk through continuous creation of microcracks.

  2. Thermal Conductivity and Wear Behavior of HVOF-Sprayed Fe-Based Amorphous Coatings

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    Haihua Yao

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available To protect aluminum parts in vehicle engines, metal-based thermal barrier coatings in the form of Fe59Cr12Nb5B20Si4 amorphous coatings were prepared by high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF spraying under two different conditions. The microstructure, thermal transport behavior, and wear behavior of the coatings were characterized simultaneously. As a result, this alloy shows high process robustness during spraying. Both Fe-based coatings present dense, layered structure with porosities below 0.9%. Due to higher amorphous phase content, the coating H-1 exhibits a relatively low thermal conductivity, reaching 2.66 W/(m·K, two times lower than the reference stainless steel coating (5.85 W/(m·K, indicating a good thermal barrier property. Meanwhile, the thermal diffusivity of amorphous coatings display a limited increase with temperature up to 500 °C, which guarantees a steady and wide usage on aluminum alloy. Furthermore, the amorphous coating shows better wear resistance compared to high carbon martensitic GCr15 steel at different temperatures. The increased temperature accelerating the tribological reaction, leads to the friction coefficient and wear rate of coating increasing at 200 °C and decreasing at 400 °C.

  3. Hydrogen gas permeation through amorphous and partially crystallized Fe40Ni38Mo4B18

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    Rafaella Martins Ribeiro

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Samples of amorphous and partially crystallized Fe40Ni38Mo4B18 alloy were submitted to hydrogen gas permeation from 523 to 643 K. The hydrogen permeation curves exhibited a single sigmoidal shape, typical of tests where no hydride formation occurs. It was observed that the hydrogen diffusivity increases for the amorphous samples and partially crystallized alloy with the temperature increase. The hydrogen diffusion coefficient as a function of temperature was found to be D = 5.1 ± 0.5 × 10-12 exp (-11.0 ± 3.5/RT (m².s-1 for amorphous condition and D = 3.6 ± 0.5 × 10-11 exp (-19.8 ± 3.3/RT (m².s-1 for the partially crystallized condition. This suggests that the annihilation of defects in the amorphous structure and the crystalline phase precipitate contributes to the increase of the hydrogen diffusion.

  4. Topological Insulators in Amorphous Systems

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    Agarwala, Adhip; Shenoy, Vijay B.

    2017-06-01

    Much of the current understanding of topological insulators, which informs the experimental search for topological materials and systems, is based on crystalline band theory, where local electronic degrees of freedom at different crystal sites hybridize with each other in ways that produce nontrivial topology. Here we provide a novel theoretical demonstration of realizing topological phases in amorphous systems, as exemplified by a set of sites randomly located in space. We show this by constructing hopping models on such random lattices whose gapped ground states are shown to possess nontrivial topological nature (characterized by Bott indices) that manifests as quantized conductances in systems with a boundary. Our study adds a new dimension, beyond crystalline solids, to the search for topological systems by pointing to the promising possibilities in amorphous solids and other engineered random systems.

  5. BRAZING ALLOYS

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    Donnelly, R.G.; Gilliland, R.G.; Slaughter, G.M.

    1962-02-20

    A brazing alloy is described which, in the molten state, is characterized by excellent wettability and flowability and is capable of forming a corrosion-resistant brazed joint. At least one component of said joint is graphite and the other component is a corrosion-resistant refractory metal. The brazing alloy consists essentially of 40 to 90 wt % of gold, 5 to 35 wt% of nickel, and 1 to 45 wt% of tantalum. (AEC)

  6. Mechanical Properties and Deformation Behavior of Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Alexander Yu. Churyumov

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Metallic glasses demonstrate unique properties, including large elastic limit and high strength, which make them attractive for practical applications. Unlike crystalline alloys, metallic glasses, in general, do not exhibit a strain hardening effect, while plastic deformation at room temperature is localized in narrow shear bands. Room-temperature mechanical properties and deformation behavior of bulk metallic glassy samples and the crystal-glassy composites are reviewed in the present paper.

  7. Mechanical Properties and Deformation Behavior of Bulk Metallic Glasses

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    Alexander Yu. Churyumov; Louzguine-Luzgin, Dmitri V.; Larissa V. Louzguina-Luzgina

    2012-01-01

    Metallic glasses demonstrate unique properties, including large elastic limit and high strength, which make them attractive for practical applications. Unlike crystalline alloys, metallic glasses, in general, do not exhibit a strain hardening effect, while plastic deformation at room temperature is localized in narrow shear bands. Room-temperature mechanical properties and deformation behavior of bulk metallic glassy samples and the crystal-glassy composites are reviewed in the present paper.

  8. Bulk ordering and surface segregation in Ni50Pt50

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    Pourovskii, L.P.; Ruban, Andrei; Abrikosov, I.A.

    2001-01-01

    in the bulk compare well with experimental data. The surface-alloy compositions for the (111) and (110) facets above the ordering transition temperature are also found to be in a good agreement with experiments. It is demonstrated that the segregation profile at the (110) surface of NiPt is mainly caused...... by the unusually strong segregation of Pt into the second layer and the interlayer ordering due to large chemical nearest-neighbor interactions....

  9. Milling induces disorder in crystalline griseofulvin and order in its amorphous counterpart

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    Otte, Andrew; Zhang, Yan; Carvajal, M. Teresa; Pinal, Rodolfo (Purdue)

    2012-04-02

    This study investigates two apparently similar thermal signatures, shaped as bimodal exotherms, observed when either the crystalline or the amorphous from of the drug are subjected to milling. Crystalline griseofulvin was cryomilled and the (quenched-melt) amorphous form was subjected to either cryomilling or grinding. The thermal and surface properties of the resulting samples were analyzed using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and surface energy analysis. After milling, both the crystalline and the amorphous material revealed visually similar bimodal exothermic events when the heating rate was 20 C min{sup -1}. Under different heating rates, the pair of DSC peaks for the bimodal exotherm of each material behaved entirely different from each other. The two peaks of the bimodal event, as well as the glass transition, can be kinetically resolved for the ground amorphous form using standard mode DSC. In contrast, similar analysis was unable to resolve the bimodal exotherm or a glass transition in the case of the cryomilled crystals. Furthermore, cryomilled crystals do not exhibit a glass transition even when analyzed using modulated DSC. Synchrotron sourced X-ray analysis revealed that grinding the amorphous material results in the nucleation and growth of the crystalline form. Milling thus induces disorder in the crystals of griseofulvin but induces order in the amorphous form of the drug. The surface of the two milled systems consistently exhibited different energetics under a wide range of relative humidity conditions. These findings suggest that cryomilling induces both bulk and surface disorder, specifically, a certain level of dislocations on the crystal. In contrast, grinding the amorphous material lowers the activation energy for crystal formation, inducing nuclei formation and growth throughout the amorphous matrix.

  10. Design and screening of nanoprecipitates-strengthened advanced ferritic alloys

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    Tan, Lizhen [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Yang, Ying [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Chen, Tianyi [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Sridharan, K. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); He, Li [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)

    2016-12-30

    Advanced nuclear reactors as well as the life extension of light water reactors require advanced alloys capable of satisfactory operation up to neutron damage levels approaching 200 displacements per atom (dpa). Extensive studies, including fundamental theories, have demonstrated the superior resistance to radiation-induced swelling in ferritic steels, primarily inherited from their body-centered cubic (bcc) structure. This study aims at developing nanoprecipitates strengthened advanced ferritic alloys for advanced nuclear reactor applications. To be more specific, this study aims at enhancing the amorphization ability of some precipitates, such as Laves phase and other types of intermetallic phases, through smart alloying strategy, and thereby promote the crystalline®amorphous transformation of these precipitates under irradiation.

  11. Iron-based alloys with corrosion resistance to oxygen-sulfur mixed gases

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    Natesan, Krishnamurti (Naperville, IL)

    1992-01-01

    An iron-based alloy with improved performance with exposure to oxygen-sulfur mixed gases with the alloy containing about 9-30 wt. % Cr and a small amount of Nb and/or Zr implanted on the surface of the alloy to diffuse a depth into the surface portion, with the alloy exhibiting corrosion resistance to the corrosive gases without bulk addition of Nb and/or Zr and without heat treatment at temperatures of 1000.degree.-1100.degree. C.

  12. Bulk superhard B-C-N nanocomposite compact and method for preparing thereof

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    Zhao, Yusheng; He, Duanwei

    2004-07-06

    Bulk, superhard, B-C-N nanocomposite compact and method for preparing thereof. The bulk, superhard, nanocomposite compact is a well-sintered compact and includes nanocrystalline grains of at least one high-pressure phase of B-C-N surrounded by amorphous diamond-like carbon grain boundaries. The bulk compact has a Vicker's hardness of about 41-68 GPa. It is prepared by ball milling a mixture of graphite and hexagonal boron nitride, encapsulating the ball-milled mixture, and sintering the encapsulated ball-milled mixture at a pressure of about 5-25 GPa and at a temperature of about 1000-2500 K.

  13. Colloidal Photoluminescent Amorphous Porous Silicon, Methods Of Making Colloidal Photoluminescent Amorphous Porous Silicon, And Methods Of Using Colloidal Photoluminescent Amorphous Porous Silicon

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    Chaieb, Sahraoui

    2015-04-09

    Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for a colloidal photoluminescent amorphous porous silicon particle suspension, methods of making a colloidal photoluminescent amorphous porous silicon particle suspension, methods of using a colloidal photoluminescent amorphous porous silicon particle suspension, and the like.

  14. Electrical Resistance Alloys and Low-Expansion Alloys

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    Kjer, Torben

    1996-01-01

    The article gives an overview of electrical resistance alloys and alloys with low thermal expansion. The electrical resistance alloys comprise resistance alloys, heating alloys and thermostat alloys. The low expansion alloys comprise alloys with very low expansion coefficients, alloys with very low...

  15. On Structure and Properties of Amorphous Materials

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    Zbigniew H. Stachurski

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical, optical, magnetic and electronic properties of amorphous materials hold great promise towards current and emergent technologies. We distinguish at least four categories of amorphous (glassy materials: (i metallic; (ii thin films; (iii organic and inorganic thermoplastics; and (iv amorphous permanent networks. Some fundamental questions about the atomic arrangements remain unresolved. This paper focuses on the models of atomic arrangements in amorphous materials. The earliest ideas of Bernal on the structure of liquids were followed by experiments and computer models for the packing of spheres. Modern approach is to carry out computer simulations with prediction that can be tested by experiments. A geometrical concept of an ideal amorphous solid is presented as a novel contribution to the understanding of atomic arrangements in amorphous solids.

  16. On Structure and Properties of Amorphous Materials.

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    Stachurski, Zbigniew H

    2011-09-15

    Mechanical, optical, magnetic and electronic properties of amorphous materials hold great promise towards current and emergent technologies. We distinguish at least four categories of amorphous (glassy) materials: (i) metallic; (ii) thin films; (iii) organic and inorganic thermoplastics; and (iv) amorphous permanent networks. Some fundamental questions about the atomic arrangements remain unresolved. This paper focuses on the models of atomic arrangements in amorphous materials. The earliest ideas of Bernal on the structure of liquids were followed by experiments and computer models for the packing of spheres. Modern approach is to carry out computer simulations with prediction that can be tested by experiments. A geometrical concept of an ideal amorphous solid is presented as a novel contribution to the understanding of atomic arrangements in amorphous solids.

  17. Production of amorphous nanoparticles by supersonic spray-drying with a microfluidic nebulator

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    Amstad, Esther; Gopinadhan, Manesh; Holtze, Christian; Osuji, Chinedum O.; Brenner, Michael P.; Spaepen, Frans; Weitz, David A.

    2015-08-01

    Amorphous nanoparticles (a-NPs) have physicochemical properties distinctly different from those of the corresponding bulk crystals; for example, their solubility is much higher. However, many materials have a high propensity to crystallize and are difficult to formulate in an amorphous structure without stabilizers. We fabricated a microfluidic nebulator that can produce amorphous NPs from a wide range of materials, even including pure table salt (NaCl). By using supersonic air flow, the nebulator produces drops that are so small that they dry before crystal nuclei can form. The small size of the resulting spray-dried a-NPs limits the probability of crystal nucleation in any given particle during storage. The kinetic stability of the a-NPs—on the order of months—is advantageous for hydrophobic drug molecules.

  18. Substrate and Passivation Techniques for Flexible Amorphous Silicon-Based X-ray Detectors

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    Michael A. Marrs

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Flexible active matrix display technology has been adapted to create new flexible photo-sensing electronic devices, including flexible X-ray detectors. Monolithic integration of amorphous silicon (a-Si PIN photodiodes on a flexible substrate poses significant challenges associated with the intrinsic film stress of amorphous silicon. This paper examines how altering device structuring and diode passivation layers can greatly improve the electrical performance and the mechanical reliability of the device, thereby eliminating one of the major weaknesses of a-Si PIN diodes in comparison to alternative photodetector technology, such as organic bulk heterojunction photodiodes and amorphous selenium. A dark current of 0.5 pA/mm2 and photodiode quantum efficiency of 74% are possible with a pixelated diode structure with a silicon nitride/SU-8 bilayer passivation structure on a 20 µm-thick polyimide substrate.

  19. Stability of bulk metallic glass structure

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    Jain, H.; Williams, D.B.

    2003-06-18

    The fundamental origins of the stability of the (Pd-Ni){sub 80}P{sub 20} bulk metallic glasses (BMGs), a prototype for a whole class of BMG formers, were explored. While much of the properties of their BMGs have been characterized, their glass-stability have not been explained in terms of the atomic and electronic structure. The local structure around all three constituent atoms was obtained, in a complementary way, using extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), to probe the nearest neighbor environment of the metals, and extended energy loss fine structure (EXELFS), to investigate the environment around P. The occupied electronic structure was investigated using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The (Pd-Ni){sub 80}P{sub 20} BMGs receive their stability from cumulative, and interrelated, effects of both atomic and electronic origin. The stability of the (Pd-Ni){sub 80}P{sub 20} BMGs can be explained in terms of the stability of Pd{sub 60}Ni{sub 20}P{sub 20} and Pd{sub 30}Ni{sub 50}P{sub 20}, glasses at the end of BMG formation. The atomic structure in these alloys is very similar to those of the binary phosphide crystals near x=0 and x=80, which are trigonal prisms of Pd or Ni atoms surrounding P atoms. Such structures are known to exist in dense, randomly-packed systems. The structure of the best glass former in this series, Pd{sub 40}Ni{sub 40}P{sub 20} is further described by a weighted average of those of Pd{sub 30}Ni{sub 50}P{sub 20} and Pd{sub 60}Ni{sub 20}P{sub 20}. Bonding states present only in the ternary alloys were found and point to a further stabilization of the system through a negative heat of mixing between Pd and Ni atoms. The Nagel and Tauc criterion, correlating a decrease in the density of states at the Fermi level with an increase in the glass stability, was consistent with greater stability of the Pd{sub x}Ni{sub (80-x)}P{sub 20} glasses with respect to the binary alloys of P. A valence electron concentration of 1.8 e/a, which

  20. Fracture Phenomena in Amorphous Selenium

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    Lindegaard-Andersen, Asger; Dahle, Birgit

    1966-01-01

    Fracture surfaces of amorphous selenium broken in flexure at room temperature have been studied. The fracture velocity was found to vary in different regions of the fracture surface. Peculiar features were observed in a transition zone between fast and slower fracture. In this zone cleavage steps...... with a nearly constant spacing of approximately 1 µ were found. Occasionally long cleavage whiskers—up to some millimeters long—were observed. Within certain regions the cleavage steps were crossed and interrupted by two line systems. The maximum fracture velocity has been measured to 350 m/sec. Further...

  1. Bulk-Fill Resin Composites

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    Benetti, Ana Raquel; Havndrup-Pedersen, Cæcilie; Honoré, Daniel

    2015-01-01

    the restorative procedure. The aim of this study, therefore, was to compare the depth of cure, polymerization contraction, and gap formation in bulk-fill resin composites with those of a conventional resin composite. To achieve this, the depth of cure was assessed in accordance with the International Organization...... for Standardization 4049 standard, and the polymerization contraction was determined using the bonded-disc method. The gap formation was measured at the dentin margin of Class II cavities. Five bulk-fill resin composites were investigated: two high-viscosity (Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill, SonicFill) and three low......-viscosity (x-tra base, Venus Bulk Fill, SDR) materials. Compared with the conventional resin composite, the high-viscosity bulk-fill materials exhibited only a small increase (but significant for Tetric EvoCeram Bulk Fill) in depth of cure and polymerization contraction, whereas the low-viscosity bulk...

  2. Microstructure of amorphous-silicon-based solar cell materials by small-angle x-ray scattering. Annual subcontract report, 6 April 1994--5 April 1995

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    Williamson, D.L. [Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States)

    1995-08-01

    The general objective of this research is to provide detailed microstructural information on the amorphous-silicon-based, thin-film materials under development for improved multijunction solar cells. The experimental technique used is small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) providing microstructural data on microvoid fractions, sizes, shapes, and their preferred orientations. Other microstructural features such as alloy segregation, hydrogen-rich clusters and alloy short-range order are probed.

  3. Creating bulk nanocrystalline metal.

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    Fredenburg, D. Anthony (Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA); Saldana, Christopher J. (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN); Gill, David D.; Hall, Aaron Christopher; Roemer, Timothy John (Ktech Corporation, Albuquerque, NM); Vogler, Tracy John; Yang, Pin

    2008-10-01

    Nanocrystalline and nanostructured materials offer unique microstructure-dependent properties that are superior to coarse-grained materials. These materials have been shown to have very high hardness, strength, and wear resistance. However, most current methods of producing nanostructured materials in weapons-relevant materials create powdered metal that must be consolidated into bulk form to be useful. Conventional consolidation methods are not appropriate due to the need to maintain the nanocrystalline structure. This research investigated new ways of creating nanocrystalline material, new methods of consolidating nanocrystalline material, and an analysis of these different methods of creation and consolidation to evaluate their applicability to mesoscale weapons applications where part features are often under 100 {micro}m wide and the material's microstructure must be very small to give homogeneous properties across the feature.

  4. Effects of Polymeric Additives on the Crystallization and Release Behavior of Amorphous Ibuprofen

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    Su Yang Lee

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Some polymeric additives were studied to understand their effects on the amorphous phase of ibuprofen (IBU, used as a poorly water soluble pharmaceutical model compound. The amorphous IBU in bulk, as well as in nanopores (diameter ~24 nm of anodic aluminum oxide, was examined with the addition of poly(acrylic acid, poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone, or poly(4-vinylphenol. Results of bulk crystallization showed that they were effective in limiting the crystal growth, while the nucleation of the crystalline phase in contact with water was nearly instantaneous in all cases. Poly(N-vinyl pyrrolidone, the most effective additive, was in specific interaction with IBU, as revealed by IR spectroscopy. The addition of the polymers was combined with the nanoscopic confinement to further stabilize the amorphous phase. Still, the IBU with addition of polymeric additives showed sustained release behavior. The current study suggested that the inhibition of the crystal nucleation was probably the most important factor to stabilize the amorphous phase and fully harness its high solubility.

  5. Microstructural analyses of amorphic diamond, i-C, and amorphous carbon

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    Collins, C. B.; Davanloo, F.; Jander, D.R.

    1992-01-01

    Recent experiments have identified the microstructure of amorphic diamond with a model of packed nodules of amorphous diamond expected theoretically. However, this success has left in doubt the relationship of amorphic diamond to other noncrystalline forms of carbon. This work reports the compara...

  6. Temperature dependence of the electrical conductivity of amorphous V sub x Si sub 1 minus x

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    Boghosian, H.H.; Howson, M.A. (Department of Physics, The University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT, United Kingdom (GB))

    1990-04-15

    We present results for the temperature dependence of electrical conductivity for amorphous V{sub {ital x}}Si{sub 1{minus}{ital x}} alloys. The alloys investigated span the composition range from {ital x}=0.5 to 0.1. For the alloys with more than 20 at. % V, the temperature dependence could be successfully fitted with use of the theories of quantum interference effects, and values for the spin-orbit and inelastic scattering rates are extracted from the fits. As the concentration of V is decreased, there is evidence for a metal-insulator transition seen at around 15 to 13 at. % V. The temperature dependence of the conductivity is surprisingly similar for all the alloys on the metallic side of the transition, showing a clear {ital T}{sup 1/2} dependence at the lowest temperatures while the insulating V{sub 0.1}Si{sub 0.9} alloy shows evidence for variable-range-hopping conduction. The V{sub 0.13}Si{sub 0.87} alloy, which is right at the transition, exhibits an unusual temperature dependence. The sample is metallic and seems to follow a {ital T}{sup 1/3} dependence at low temperatures.

  7. Orthodontic silver brazing alloys.

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    Brockhurst, P J; Pham, H L

    1989-10-01

    Orthodontic silver brazing alloys suffer from the presence of cadmium, excessive flow temperatures, and crevice corrosion on stainless steel. Seven alloys were examined. Two alloys contained cadmium. The lowest flow temperature observed was 629 degrees C for a cadmium alloy and 651 degrees C for two cadmium free alloys. Three alloys had corrosion resistance superior to the other solders. Addition of low melting temperature elements gallium and indium reduced flow temperature in some cases but produced brittleness in the brazing alloy.

  8. The Amorphous Composition of Three Mudstone Samples from Gale Crater: Implications for Weathering and Diagenetic Processes on Mars

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    Achilles, C. N.; Downs, R. T.; Rampe, E. B.; Morris, R. V.; Bristow, T. F.; Ming, D. W.; Blake, D. F.; Vaniman, D. T.; Morrison, S. M.; Sutter, B.; hide

    2017-01-01

    The Mars Science Laboratory rover, Curiosity, is exploring the lowermost formation of Gale crater's central mound. Within this formation, three samples named Marimba, Quela, and Sebina have been analyzed by the CheMin X-ray diffractometer and the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) to determine mineralogy and bulk elemental chemistry, respectively. Marimba and Quela were also analyzed by the SAM (Sample Analysis at Mars) instrument to characterize the type and abundance of volatile phases detected in evolved gas analyses (EGA). CheMin data show similar proportions of plagioclase, hematite, and Ca-sulfates along with a mixture of di- and trioctahedral smectites at abundances of approximately 28, approximately 16, and approximately 18 wt% for Marimba, Quela, and Sebina. Approximately 50 wt% of each mudstone is comprised of X-ray amorphous and trace crystalline phases present below the CheMin detection limit (approximately 1 wt%). APXS measurements reveal a distinct bulk elemental chemistry that cannot be attributed to the clay mineral variation alone indicating a variable amorphous phase assemblage exists among the three mudstones. To explore the amorphous component, the calculated amorphous composition and SAM EGA results are used to identify amorphous phases unique to each mudstone. For example, the amorphous fraction of Marimba has twice the FeO wt% compared to Quela and Sebina yet, SAM EGA data show no evidence for Fe-sulfates. These data imply that Fe must reside in alternate Fe-bearing amorphous phases (e.g., nanophase iron oxides, ferrihydrite, etc.). Constraining the composition, abundances, and proposed identity of the amorphous fraction provides an opportunity to speculate on the past physical, chemical, and/or diagenetic processes which produced such phases in addition to sediment sources, lake chemistry, and the broader geologic history of Gale crater.

  9. Solid solution lithium alloy cermet anodes

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    Richardson, Thomas J.

    2013-07-09

    A metal-ceramic composite ("cermet") has been produced by a chemical reaction between a lithium compound and another metal. The cermet has advantageous physical properties, high surface area relative to lithium metal or its alloys, and is easily formed into a desired shape. An example is the formation of a lithium-magnesium nitride cermet by reaction of lithium nitride with magnesium. The reaction results in magnesium nitride grains coated with a layer of lithium. The nitride is inert when used in a battery. It supports the metal in a high surface area form, while stabilizing the electrode with respect to dendrite formation. By using an excess of magnesium metal in the reaction process, a cermet of magnesium nitride is produced, coated with a lithium-magnesium alloy of any desired composition. This alloy inhibits dendrite formation by causing lithium deposited on its surface to diffuse under a chemical potential into the bulk of the alloy.

  10. Amorphous two-dimensional black phosphorus with exceptional photocarrier transport properties

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    Bellus, Matthew Z.; Yang, Zhibin; Hao, Jianhua; Lau, Shu Ping; Zhao, Hui

    2017-06-01

    Recently, two-dimensional materials have been extensively studied. Due to the reduced dielectric screening and confinement of electrons in two dimensions, these materials show dramatically different electronic and optical properties from their bulk counterparts. So far, studies on two-dimensional materials have mainly focused on crystalline materials. Here we report studies of atomically thin amorphous black phosphorus, as the first two-dimensional amorphous material. Spatially and temporally resolved pump-probe measurements show that large-area and uniform atomic layers of amorphous black phosphorus, synthesized at low temperature, possess a long exciton lifetime of about 400 ps, a room-temperature exciton diffusion coefficient of 5 cm2 s-1, which is at least two orders of magnitude larger than amorphous silicon, and an exciton mobility of about 200 cm2 V-1 s-1. We also deduce from these values an exciton mean free time of 50 fs, a mean free path of 5 nm, and a diffusion length of 450 nm. These results suggest that amorphous black phosphorus can be potentially used in low-cost optoelectronic devices.

  11. Microfabricated Bulk Piezoelectric Transformers

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    Barham, Oliver M.

    Piezoelectric voltage transformers (PTs) can be used to transform an input voltage into a different, required output voltage needed in electronic and electro- mechanical systems, among other varied uses. On the macro scale, they have been commercialized in electronics powering consumer laptop liquid crystal displays, and compete with an older, more prevalent technology, inductive electromagnetic volt- age transformers (EMTs). The present work investigates PTs on smaller size scales that are currently in the academic research sphere, with an eye towards applications including micro-robotics and other small-scale electronic and electromechanical sys- tems. PTs and EMTs are compared on the basis of power and energy density, with PTs trending towards higher values of power and energy density, comparatively, indicating their suitability for small-scale systems. Among PT topologies, bulk disc-type PTs, operating in their fundamental radial extension mode, and free-free beam PTs, operating in their fundamental length extensional mode, are good can- didates for microfabrication and are considered here. Analytical modeling based on the Extended Hamilton Method is used to predict device performance and integrate mechanical tethering as a boundary condition. This model differs from previous PT models in that the electric enthalpy is used to derive constituent equations of motion with Hamilton's Method, and therefore this approach is also more generally applica- ble to other piezoelectric systems outside of the present work. Prototype devices are microfabricated using a two mask process consisting of traditional photolithography combined with micropowder blasting, and are tested with various output electri- cal loads. 4mm diameter tethered disc PTs on the order of .002cm. 3 , two orders smaller than the bulk PT literature, had the followingperformance: a prototype with electrode area ratio (input area / output area) = 1 had peak gain of 2.3 (+/- 0.1), efficiency of 33 (+/- 0

  12. Atomic structure of nanometer-sized amorphous TiO2

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    Zhang, H.; Chen, B.; Banfield, J.F.; Waychunas, G.A.

    2008-10-15

    Amorphous titania (TiO{sub 2}) is an important precursor for synthesis of single-phase nanocrystalline anatase. We synthesized x-ray amorphous titania by hydrolysis of titanium ethoxide at the ice point. Transmission electron microscopy examination and nitrogen gas adsorption indicated the particle size of the synthesized titania is {approx} 2 nm. Synchrotron wide-angle x-ray scattering (WAXS) was used to probe the atomic correlations in this amorphous sample. Atomic pair-distribution function (PDF) derived from Fourier transform of the WAXS data was used for reverse Monte Carlo (RMC) simulations of the atomic structure of the amorphous TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles. Molecular dynamics simulations were used to generate input structures for the RMC. X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) simulations were used to screen candidate structures obtained from the RMC by comparing with experimental XAS data. The structure model that best describes both the WAXS and XAS data shows that an amorphous TiO{sub 2} particle consists of a highly distorted shell and a small strained anatase-like crystalline core. The average coordination number of Ti is 5.3 and most Ti-O bonds are populated around 1.940 {angstrom}. Relative to bulk TiO{sub 2}, the reduction of the coordination number is primarily due to the truncation of the Ti-O octahedra at the amorphous nanoparticle surface and the shortening of the Ti-O bond length to the bond contraction in the distorted shell. The preexistence of the anatase-like core may be critical to the formation of single-phase nanocrystalline anatase in crystallization of amorphous TiO{sub 2} upon heating.

  13. Theoretical Considerations in Developing Amorphous Solid Dispersions

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    Laitinen, Riikka; Priemel, Petra Alexandra; Surwase, Sachin

    2014-01-01

    Before pursuing the laborious route of amorphous solid dispersion formulation and development, which is the topic of many of the subsequent chapters in this book, the formulation scientist would benefit from a priori knowledge whether the amorphous route is a viable one for a given drug and how m...

  14. Developing bulk exchange spring magnets

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    Mccall, Scott K.; Kuntz, Joshua D.

    2017-06-27

    A method of making a bulk exchange spring magnet by providing a magnetically soft material, providing a hard magnetic material, and producing a composite of said magnetically soft material and said hard magnetic material to make the bulk exchange spring magnet. The step of producing a composite of magnetically soft material and hard magnetic material is accomplished by electrophoretic deposition of the magnetically soft material and the hard magnetic material to make the bulk exchange spring magnet.

  15. Neutron irradiation induced amorphization of silicon carbide

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    Snead, L.L.; Hay, J.C. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1998-09-01

    This paper provides the first known observation of silicon carbide fully amorphized under neutron irradiation. Both high purity single crystal hcp and high purity, highly faulted (cubic) chemically vapor deposited (CVD) SiC were irradiated at approximately 60 C to a total fast neutron fluence of 2.6 {times} 10{sup 25} n/m{sup 2}. Amorphization was seen in both materials, as evidenced by TEM, electron diffraction, and x-ray diffraction techniques. Physical properties for the amorphized single crystal material are reported including large changes in density ({minus}10.8%), elastic modulus as measured using a nanoindentation technique ({minus}45%), hardness as measured by nanoindentation ({minus}45%), and standard Vickers hardness ({minus}24%). Similar property changes are observed for the critical temperature for amorphization at this neutron dose and flux, above which amorphization is not possible, is estimated to be greater than 130 C.

  16. Magnetic properties of Fe-Co-based bulk metallic glasses

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    Tiberto, Paola, E-mail: tiberto@inrim.i [INRIM, Electromagnetism Division, Strada delle Cacce 91, I-10135 Torino (Italy); Piccin, Rafael [Universita di Torino, Dipartimento di Chimica IFM and NIS, I-10125 Torino (Italy); Lupu, Nicoleta; Chiriac, Horia [National Institute of Research and Development for Technichal Physics, 700050 Iasi (Romania); Baricco, Marcello [Universita di Torino, Dipartimento di Chimica IFM and NIS, I-10125 Torino (Italy)

    2009-08-26

    Amorphous [(Fe{sub 1-x}Co{sub x}){sub 75}B{sub 20}Si{sub 5}]{sub 93}Nb{sub 4}Y{sub 3}(x=0, 0.2 and 0.4) have been produced by water-cooled Cu-mold injection casting technique in cylindrical shape. Amorphous ribbon having the same composition have been produced by rapid quenching technique. The presence of an amorphous structure have been checked by means of X-ray diffraction measurements and differential scanning calorimetry. Magnetic hysteresis loops have been measured by means of vibrating sample magnetometer at a maximum field of 10 kOe. In addition, to study the frequency dependence of magnetic losses, hysteresis loops have been measured by a digital wattmeter. A critical analysis of the results obtained on both ribbons and bulk cylinder will be presented. The obtained data will be compared with the ones of Fe-based materials conventionally exploited in applications.

  17. Rapidly solidified Mg-Al-Zn-rare earth alloys

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    Chang, C.F.; Das, S.K.; Raybould, D.

    1987-01-01

    Among the light metal alloys, magnesium is the lightest structural material except for beryllium, and yet magnesium alloys have not seen extensive use because of their poor strength and corrosion resistance. Rapid solidification technology offers a possible solution to these problems. A number of Mg-Al-Zn alloys containing rare earth (RE) elements (e.g. Ce, Pr, Y, and Nd) have been investigated using rapid solidification processing for possible structural applications. The processing consists of planar flow or jet casting into ribbons, pulverization of ribbon to powder, and consolidation of powder into bulk shapes. The mechanical properties of some of these alloys show attractive combinations of strength, ductility and corrosion resistance. The microstructures of these alloys are correlated with their mechanical properties. The rapidly solidified Mg-Al-Zn-RE alloys show great potential for applications in automotive and aerospace industries. 7 references.

  18. Research activities of biomedical magnesium alloys in China

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    Zheng, Yufeng; Gu, Xuenan

    2011-04-01

    The potential application of Mg alloys as bioabsorable/biodegradable implants have attracted much recent attention in China. Advances in the design and biocompatibility evaluation of bio-Mg alloys in China are reviewed in this paper. Bio-Mg alloys have been developed by alloying with the trace elements existing in human body, such as Mg-Ca, Mg-Zn and Mg-Si based systems. Additionally, novel structured Mg alloys such as porous, composited, nanocrystalline and bulk metallic glass alloys were tried. To control the biocorrosion rate of bio-Mg implant to match the self-healing/regeneration rate of the surrounding tissue in vivo, surface modification layers were coated with physical and chemical methods.

  19. The Role of Si3N4 Amorphous Phase in nc-TiN/a-Si3N4 Nanocomposites in Increases the hardness and Thermal Stability

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    Keba Moto

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The role of Si3N4 amorphous phase in  nc-TiN/a-Si3N4 nanocomposites will be shown and compared with polycrystalline ZrN/Ni which has no such amorphous phase (non-composites. The presence of amorphous phase Si3N4 increases the hardness of film as well as the toughness of the bulk nanocomposites under indentation load. It has been observed that nc-TiN/a-Si3N4 nanocomposites films has higher thermal stability than ZrN/Ni polycrystalline films.

  20. Metal-based magnetic fluids with core-shell structure FeB@SiO2 amorphous particles.

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    Yu, Mengchun; Bian, Xiufang; Wang, Tianqi; Wang, Junzhang

    2017-09-27

    FeB@SiO2 amorphous particles were firstly introduced into Ga85.8In14.2 alloys to prepare metal-based magnetic fluids. The morphology of the FeB amorphous particles is spherical with an average particle size of about 190 nm. The shape of the particles is regular and the particle size is homogeneous. Stable core-shell structure SiO2 modified FeB amorphous particles are obtained and the thickness of the SiO2 coatings is observed to be about 40 nm. The results of VSM confirm that the saturation magnetization of the FeB amorphous particles is 131.5 emu g-1, which is almost two times higher than that of the Fe3O4 particles. The saturation magnetization of the FeB@SiO2 amorphous particles is 106.9 emu g-1, an approximate decrease of 18.7% due to the non-magnetic SiO2 coatings. The results from the torsional oscillation viscometer show that the metal-based magnetic fluids with FeB amorphous particles exhibit a desirable high temperature performance and are ideal candidates for high temperature use.