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  1. Intermetallic Compounds

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    Takagiwa, Y.; Matsuura, Y.; Kimura, K.

    2014-06-01

    We have focused on the binary narrow-bandgap intermetallic compounds FeGa3 and RuGa3 as thermoelectric materials. Their crystal structure is FeGa3-type (tetragonal, P42/ mnm) with 16 atoms per unit cell. Despite their simple crystal structure, their room temperature thermal conductivity is in the range 4-5-W-m-1-K-1. Both compounds have narrow-bandgaps of approximately 0.3-eV near the Fermi level. Because their Seebeck coefficients are quite large negative values in the range 350-FeGa3 and RuGa3 as n and p-type materials. The dimensionless figure of merit, ZT, was significantly improved by substitution of Sn for Ga in FeGa3 (electron-doping) and by substitution of Zn for Ga in RuGa3 (hole-doping), mainly as a result of optimization of the electronic part, S 2 σ.

  2. Structure and properties of intermetallic ternary rare earth compounds

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    Casper, Frederick

    2008-12-17

    The so called material science is an always growing field in modern research. For the development of new materials not only the experimental characterization but also theoretical calculation of the electronic structure plays an important role. A class of compounds that has attracted a great deal of attention in recent years is known as REME compounds. These compounds are often referred to with RE designating rare earth, actinide or an element from group 1-4, M representing a late transition metal from groups 8-12, and E belonging to groups 13-15. There are more than 2000 compounds with 1:1:1 stoichiometry belonging to this class of compounds and they offer a broad variety of different structure types. Although many REME compounds are know to exist, mainly only structure and magnetism has been determined for these compounds. In particular, in the field of electronic and transport properties relatively few efforts have been made. The main focus in this study is on compounds crystallizing in MgAgAs and LiGaGe structure. Both structures can only be found among 18 valence electron compounds. The f electrons are localized and therefor not count as valence electrons. A special focus here was also on the magnetoresistance effects and spintronic properties found among the REME compounds. An examination of the following compounds was made: GdAuE (E=In,Cd,Mg), GdPdSb, GdNiSb, REAuSn (RE=Gd,Er,Tm) and RENiBi (RE=Pr,Sm,Gd-Tm,Lu). The experimental results were compared with theoretic band structure calculations. The first half metallic ferromagnet with LiGaGe structure (GdPdSb) was found. All semiconducting REME compounds with MgAgAs structure show giant magnetoresistance (GMR) at low temperatures. The GMR is related to a metal-insulator transition, and the value of the GMR depends on the value of the spin-orbit coupling. Inhomogeneous DyNiBi samples show a small positive MR at low temperature that depends on the amount of metallic impurities. At higher fields the samples show a

  3. Interplay of antiferromagnetic and antiferroquadrupolar interactions in DyAg and other rare earth intermetallic compounds

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    Morin, P.; Rouchy, J.; Yonenobu, K.; Yamagishi, A.; Date, M.

    1989-10-01

    The study of the magnetoelasticity of the cubic (CsCl-type) rare earth intermetallic DyAg allows us to determine the strength of both the magnetoelastic coupling and the quadrupolar pair interactions. These latter ones are observed to be negative (antiferroquadrupolar type) for the tetragonal symmetry as well as for the trigonal one. They drive the magnetic structure to be triple- q at low temperature: the cubic magnetic cell consists of four pairs of ferromagnetic moments pointing along each of the treefold axes. At high temperature, it is replaced by a double- q structure, then, immediately below TN, by a modulated arrangement. The magnetization processes have been thoroughly studied along the three main axes in fields up to 40 T and compared with previous results in isomorphous DyCu and in the AuCu 3-type compound TmGa 3. The sequences under field of the different magnetic structures are identical and mainly determined by the crytalline electric field and the antiferroquadrupolar interactions. These 3 compounds do not set a peculiar case, but seem to belong to a larger family of cubic compounds with multiaxial structures governed by antiferroquadrupolar terms.

  4. Formation of intermetallic compound at interface between rare earth elements and ferritic-martensitic steel by fuel cladding chemical interaction

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    Jun Hwan Kim; Byoung Oon Lee; Chan Bock Lee; Seung Hyun Jee; Young Soo Yoon

    2012-01-01

    The intermetallic compounds formation at interface between rare earth elements and clad material were investigated to demonstrate the effects of rare earth elements on fuel-cladding chemical interaction (FCCI) behavior.Mischmetal (70Ce-30La) and Nd were prepared as rare earth elements.Diffusion couple testing was performed on the rare earth elements and cladding (9Cr2W steel) near the operation temperature of(sodium-cooled fast reactor) SFR fuel.The performance of a diffusion barrier consisting of Zr and V metallic foil against the rare earth elements was also evaluated.Our results showed that Ce and Nd in the rare earth elements and Fe in the clad material interdiffused and reacted to form intermetallic species according to the parabolic rate law,describing the migration of the rare earth element.The diffusion of Fe limited the reaction progress such that the entire process was governed by the cubic rate law.Rare earth materials could be used as a surrogate for high burnup metallic fuels,and the performance of the barrier material was demonstrated to be effective.

  5. Review of magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effect in the intermetallic compounds of rare earth with low boiling point metals

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    Ling-Wei, Li

    2016-03-01

    The magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in many rare earth (RE) based intermetallic compounds has been extensively investigated during the last two decades, not only due to their potential applications for magnetic refrigeration but also for better understanding of the fundamental problems of the materials. This paper reviews our recent progress on studying the magnetic properties and MCE in some binary or ternary intermetallic compounds of RE with low boiling point metal(s) (Zn, Mg, and Cd). Some of them exhibit promising MCE properties, which make them attractive for low temperature magnetic refrigeration. Characteristics of the magnetic transition, origin of large MCE, as well as the potential application of these compounds are thoroughly discussed. Additionally, a brief review of the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties in the quaternary rare earth nickel boroncarbides RENi2B2C superconductors is also presented. Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11374081 and 11004044), the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant Nos. N150905001, L1509006, and N140901001), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Postdoctoral Fellowships for Foreign Researchers (Grant No. P10060), and the Alexander von Humboldt (AvH) Foundation (Research stipend to L. Li).

  6. Powder metallurgical processing of magnetostrictive materials based on rare earth-iron intermetallic compounds

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    Malekzadeh, M.

    1978-01-01

    Procedures are described for fabrication of high density rare earth-iron magnetostrictive compounds by powder metallurgical techniques. The fabrication involves a sequence of steps which includes preparing the pre-alloyed compounds, pulverizing them into a fine powder, compacting in suitable sizes and shapes, and sintering. Samples prepared by these procedures are carefully characterized by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, dilatometry, and magnetic measurements. Process steps are found to exert important influences upon densities, microstructure and magnetic properties attained after densification. Investigations on a number of these process steps, including milling time and medium, sintering, and magnetic powder alignment are described.

  7. Metamagnetism-enhanced magnetocaloric effect in the rare earth intermetallic compound Ho5Ge4

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    Nirmala, R.; Morozkin, A. V.; Rajivgandhi, R.; Nigam, A. K.; Quezado, S.; Malik, S. K.

    2016-11-01

    Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of polycrystalline Ho5Ge4 (orthorhombic, Sm5Ge4-type, Space group Pnma, No. 62, oP36) compound have been studied. This compound orders antiferromagnetically at ~24 K (TN). From the magnetization vs field isotherms obtained close to the magnetic transition temperature, magnetocaloric effect (MCE) has been estimated. The isothermal magnetic entropy change (ΔSM) reaches a maximum value of ~-27 J/kg-K at ~30 K for a field change of 140 kOe. A metamagnetic transition is observed in the field dependent magnetization data at temperatures below 20 K, for critical fields above 20 kOe, giving rise to a ferromagnetic order and hence a large MCE. The magnetic moment value at 2.5 K is ~8μB/Ho3+ in 90 kOe field.

  8. Magnetic phase transitions in layered intermetallic compounds

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    Mushnikov, N. V.; Gerasimov, E. G.; Rosenfeld, E. V.; Terent'ev, P. B.; Gaviko, V. S.

    2012-10-01

    Magnetic, magnetoelastic, and magnetotransport properties have been studied for the RMn2Si2 and RMn6Sn6 (R is a rare earth metal) intermetallic compounds with natural layered structure. The compounds exhibit wide variety of magnetic structures and magnetic phase transitions. Substitution of different R atoms allows us to modify the interatomic distances and interlayer exchange interactions thus providing the transition from antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic state. Near the boundary of this transition the magnetic structures are very sensitive to the external field, temperature and pressure. The field-induced transitions are accompanied by considerable change in the sample size and resistivity. It has been shown that various magnetic structures and magnetic phase transitions observed in the layered compounds arise as a result of competition of the Mn-Mn and Mn-R exchange interactions.

  9. Metamagnetism-enhanced magnetocaloric effect in the rare earth intermetallic compound Ho{sub 5}Ge{sub 4}

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    Nirmala, R., E-mail: nirmala@physics.iitm.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Morozkin, A.V. [Department of Chemistry, Moscow State University, GSP-2, Moscow 119992 (Russian Federation); Rajivgandhi, R. [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600036 (India); Nigam, A.K. [DCMP& MS, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai 400005 (India); Quezado, S.; Malik, S.K. [Departamento de F´ısica Teorica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal 59072-970 (Brazil)

    2016-11-15

    Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of polycrystalline Ho{sub 5}Ge{sub 4} (orthorhombic, Sm{sub 5}Ge{sub 4}-type, Space group Pnma, No. 62, oP36) compound have been studied. This compound orders antiferromagnetically at ~24 K (T{sub N}). From the magnetization vs field isotherms obtained close to the magnetic transition temperature, magnetocaloric effect (MCE) has been estimated. The isothermal magnetic entropy change (ΔS{sub M}) reaches a maximum value of ~−27 J/kg-K at ~30 K for a field change of 140 kOe. A metamagnetic transition is observed in the field dependent magnetization data at temperatures below 20 K, for critical fields above 20 kOe, giving rise to a ferromagnetic order and hence a large MCE. The magnetic moment value at 2.5 K is ~8μ{sub B}/Ho{sup 3+} in 90 kOe field. - Highlights: • The intermetallic compound Ho{sub 5}Ge{sub 4} orders antiferromagnetically around 24 K. • Magnetic field-induced transition to ferromagnetic state is observed at temperatures below about 20 K. • Reasonably large magnetocaloric effect accompanies this metamagnetic transition.

  10. Photoemission Study of the Rare Earth Intermetallic Compounds: RNi2Ge2 (R=Eu, Gd)

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    Park, Jongik [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2004-01-01

    EuNi2Ge2 and GdNi2Ge2 are two members of the RT2X2 (R = rare earth, T = transition metal and X = Si, Ge) family of intermetallic compounds, which has been studied since the early 1980s. These ternary rare-earth intermetallic compounds with the tetragonal ThCr2Si2 structure are known for their wide variety of magnetic properties, Extensive studies of the RT2X2 series can be found in Refs [ 1,2,3]. The magnetic properties of the rare-earth nickel germanides RNi2Ge2 were recently studied in more detail [4]. The purpose of this dissertation is to investigate the electronic structure (both valence band and shallow core levels) of single crystals of EuNi2Ge2 and GdNi2Ge2 and to check the assumptions that the f electrons are non-interacting and, consequently, the rigid-band model for these crystals would work [11], using synchrotron radiation because, to the best of our knowledge, no photoemission measurements on those have been reported. Photoemission spectroscopy has been widely used to study the detailed electronic structure of metals and alloys, and especially angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy (ARPES) has proven to be a powerful technique for investigating Fermi surfaces (FSs) of single-crystal compounds.

  11. Rare earth-ruthenium-magnesium intermetallics

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    Stein, Sebastian; Kersting, Marcel; Heletta, Lukas; Poettgen, Rainer [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie

    2017-07-01

    Eight new intermetallic rare earth-ruthenium-magnesium compounds have been synthesized from the elements in sealed niobium ampoules using different annealing sequences in muffle furnaces. The compounds have been characterized by powder and single crystal X-ray diffraction. Sm{sub 9.2}Ru{sub 6}Mg{sub 17.8} (a=939.6(2), c=1779(1) pm), Gd{sub 11}Ru{sub 6}Mg{sub 16} (a=951.9(2), c=1756.8(8) pm), and Tb{sub 10.5}Ru{sub 6}Mg{sub 16.5} (a=942.5(1), c=1758.3(4) pm) crystallize with the tetragonal Nd{sub 9.34}Ru{sub 6}Mg{sub 17.66} type structure, space group I4/mmm. This structure exhibits a complex condensation pattern of square-prisms and square-antiprisms around the magnesium and ruthenium atoms, respectively. Y{sub 2}RuMg{sub 2} (a=344.0(1), c=2019(1) pm) and Tb{sub 2}RuMg{sub 2} (a=341.43(6), c=2054.2(7) pm) adopt the Er{sub 2}RuMg{sub 2} structure and Tm{sub 3}Ru{sub 2}Mg (a=337.72(9), c=1129.8(4) pm) is isotypic with Sc{sub 3}Ru{sub 2}Mg. Tm{sub 3}Ru{sub 2}Mg{sub 2} (a=337.35(9), c=2671(1) pm) and Lu{sub 3}Ru{sub 2}Mg{sub 2} (a=335.83(5), c=2652.2(5) pm) are the first ternary ordered variants of the Ti{sub 3}Cu{sub 4} type, space group I4/mmm. These five compounds belong to a large family of intermetallics which are completely ordered superstructures of the bcc subcell. The group-subgroup scheme for Lu{sub 3}Ru{sub 2}Mg{sub 2} is presented. The common structural motif of all three structure types are ruthenium-centered rare earth cubes reminicent of the CsCl type. Magnetic susceptibility measurements of Y{sub 2}RuMg{sub 2} and Lu{sub 3}Ru{sub 2}Mg{sub 2} samples revealed Pauli paramagnetism of the conduction electrons.

  12. Crystal structure analysis of intermetallic compounds

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    Conner, R. A., Jr.; Downey, J. W.; Dwight, A. E.

    1968-01-01

    Study concerns crystal structures and lattice parameters for a number of new intermetallic compounds. Crystal structure data have been collected on equiatomic compounds, formed between an element of the Sc, Ti, V, or Cr group and an element of the Co or Ni group. The data, obtained by conventional methods, are presented in an easily usable tabular form.

  13. Chemical effect on diffusion in intermetallic compounds

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    Chen, Yi-Ting

    With the trend of big data and the Internet of things, we live in a world full of personal electronic devices and small electronic devices. In order to make the devices more powerful, advanced electronic packaging such as wafer level packaging or 3D IC packaging play an important role. Furthermore, ?-bumps, which connect silicon dies together with dimension less than 10 ?m, are crucial parts in advanced packaging. Owing to the dimension of ?-bumps, they transform into intermetallic compound from tin based solder after the liquid state bonding process. Moreover, many new reliability issues will occur in electronic packaging when the bonding materials change; in this case, we no longer have tin based solder joint, instead, we have intermetallic compound ?-bumps. Most of the potential reliability issues in intermetallic compounds are caused by the chemical reactions driven by atomic diffusion in the material; thus, to know the diffusivities of atoms inside a material is significant and can help us to further analyze the reliability issues. However, we are lacking these kinds of data in intermetallic compound because there are some problems if used traditional Darken's analysis. Therefore, we considered Wagner diffusivity in our system to solve the problems and applied the concept of chemical effect on diffusion by taking the advantage that large amount of energy will release when compounds formed. Moreover, by inventing the holes markers made by Focus ion beam (FIB), we can conduct the diffusion experiment and obtain the tracer diffusivities of atoms inside the intermetallic compound. We applied the technique on Ni3Sn4 and Cu3Sn, which are two of the most common materials in electronic packaging, and the tracer diffusivities are measured under several different temperatures; moreover, microstructure of the intermetallic compounds are investigated to ensure the diffusion environment. Additionally, the detail diffusion mechanism was also discussed in aspect of diffusion

  14. Part I. Lattice dynamics of rare earth tritin intermetallic compounds. Part II. Lattice hardening from fission fragment recoils

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    McGuire, T.K.

    1981-01-01

    The lattice dynamical behavior of RESn/sub 3/ (RE = La,Ce,Pr,Nd,Sm,Eu,Gd,Yb) compounds were investigated using temperature dependent /sup 119/Sn Mossbauer spectroscopy over the range 78 < T < 320K. The temperature dependence of the recoil-free fraction (f) is nearly identical for Re = (La,Ce,Nd,Sm,Gd)Sn/sub 3/ compounds. EuSn/sub 3/ and YbSn/sub 3/ show a slightly greater temperature variation in In f than the other rare earth tritin compounds. All compounds exhibit curvature over the measured temperature range suggesting motional anharmonicity at the tin site. Analysis of the spectral doublet in each compound in terms of the Goldanskii-Karyagin effect show > at 300K. The In f versus temperature data for CeSn/sub 3/ display an anomalous softening of the lattice centered at 140K. This behavior indicates strong electro-elastic coupling of the electronic instability in cerium at this temperature. Using the 14.4 keV radiation in /sup 57/Fe and the 23.8 keV radiation in /sup 119/Sn, temperature dependent Mossbauer effect measurements were carried out on samples of USn/sub 3/ and UFe/sub 2/ prepared with both depleted and /sup 235/U enriched uranium. Blank experiments to gauge the effect of ..gamma.. radiation and fast neturons were performed with /sup 60/Co and reactor irradiations, using the Brookhaven National Laboratory Hi Flux facility. Lattice temperatures (O/sub m/) for the blanks and for samples in which approx.0.01% of the /sup 235/U was allowed to fission were calculated from the temperature dependence of the recoil-free fraction over the temperature range 78 < T < 320K.

  15. Effect of rapid quenching on the magnetism and magnetocaloric effect of equiatomic rare earth intermetallic compounds RNi (R = Gd, Tb and Ho)

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    Rajivgandhi, R.; Arout Chelvane, J.; Quezado, S.; Malik, S. K.; Nirmala, R.

    2017-07-01

    Magnetocaloric effect (MCE) in RNi (where R = Gd, Tb and Ho) compounds has been studied in their arc-melted and melt-spun forms. The compound GdNi has the orthorhombic CrB-type structure (Space group Cmcm, No. 63) and the compound HoNi has the orthorhombic FeB-type structure (Space group Pnma, No. 62) at room temperature regardless of their synthesis condition. However, arc-melted TbNi orders in a monoclinic structure (Space group P21/m, No. 11) and when it is rapidly quenched to a melt-spun form, it crystallizes in an orthorhombic structure (Space group Pnma, No. 62). The arc-melted GdNi, TbNi and HoNi compounds order ferromagnetically at ∼69 K, ∼67 K and ∼36 K (TC) respectively. While the melt-spun GdNi shows about 6 K increase in TC, the ordering temperature of TbNi remains nearly the same in both arc-melted and melt-spun forms. In contrast, a reduction in TC by about 8 K is observed in melt-spun HoNi, when compared to its arc-melted counterpart. Isothermal magnetic entropy change, ∆Sm, calculated from the field dependent magnetization data indicates an enhanced relative cooling power (RCP) for melt-spun GdNi for field changes of 20 kOe and 50 kOe. A lowered RCP value is observed in melt-spun TbNi and HoNi. These changes could have resulted from the competing shape anisotropy and the granular microstructure induced by the melt-spinning process. Tailoring the MCE of rare earth intermetallic compounds by suitably controlled synthesis techniques is certainly one of the directions to go forward in the search of giant magnetocaloric materials.

  16. Effect of microstructure and texture on the magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of the melt-spun rare earth intermetallic compound DyNi

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    Rajivgandhi, R.; Chelvane, J. Arout; Nigam, A. K.; Park, Je-Geun; Malik, S. K.; Nirmala, R.

    2016-11-01

    Magnetization measurements have been carried out on the melt-spun ribbon sample of the rare earth intermetallic compound DyNi (Orthorhombic, FeB-type, Space group Pnma) and its magnetic and magnetocaloric properties are compared with those of the arc-melted analog. The arc-melted DyNi orders ferromagnetically at around 61 K (TC) whereas the melt-spun DyNi orders ferromagnetically at about 47 K. The maximum isothermal magnetic entropy change, ∆Smmax , near TC of the arc-melted and the melt-spun DyNi is found to be -32.7 J/kg K and -22.4 J/kg K, respectively, for a field change of 140 kOe. For low magnetic field changes of ~20 kOe, the relative cooling power (RCP) is ~660 J/kg for the arc melted DyNi and ~460 J/kg for the melt-spun ribbon. The reduction in TC and magnetocaloric effect may be attributed to the microstructure-induced anisotropy developed during the melt-spinning process.

  17. First-Principle Study on Structural, Elastic and Electronic Properties of Binary Rare Earth Intermetallic Compounds: GdCu and GdZn

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    Singh, R. P.; Singh, R. K.; Shalu; Rajagopalan, M.

    2012-03-01

    First principle study on structural, elastic and electronic properties of binary copper and zinc based rare earth intermetallics have been carried out using the full-potential augmented plane waves plus local orbital (APW+ lo) within density functional theory (DFT). Results on elastic properties are obtained using generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange correlation potentials. The equilibrium lattice parameter, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative have been obtained using optimization method. Young's modulus, shear modulus, Poisson ratio, sound velocities for longitudinal and shear waves, Debye average velocity, Debye temperature and Grüneisen parameters have been calculated. From electronic calculations, it has been found that electronic conduction in copper and zinc based rare earth intermetallics is mainly attributed to 3d-orbital electrons of Cu and Zn.

  18. Forging of FeAl intermetallic compounds

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    Flores, O.; Juarez, J.; Campillo, B.; Martinez, L. [UNAM, Cuernavaca (Mexico). Lab. de Cuernavaca; Schneibel, J.H. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1994-09-01

    Much activity has been concentrated on the development of intermetallic compounds with the aim of improving tensile ductility, fracture toughness and high notch sensitivity in order to develop an attractive combination of properties for high and low temperature applications. This paper reports experience in processing and forging of FeAl intermetallic of B2 type. During the experiments two different temperatures were employed, and the specimens were forged after annealing in air, 10{sup {minus}2} torr vacuum and argon. From the results it was learned that annealing FeAl in argon atmosphere prior to forging resulted in better deformation behavior than for the other two environments. For the higher forging temperature used in the experiments (700C), the as-cast microstructure becomes partially recrystallized.

  19. SYNTHESIS AND CHARACTERIZATION OF NEW INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS

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    Professor Monica Sorescu

    2003-05-07

    This six-month work is focused mainly on the properties of novel magnetic intermetallics. In the first project, we synthesized several 2:17 intermetallic compounds, namely Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}Si{sub 2}, Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}Al{sub 2}2, Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}SiAl and Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 15}SiMn, as well as several 1:12 intermetallic compounds, such as NdFe{sub 10}Si{sub 2}, NdFe{sub 10}Al{sub 2}, NdFe{sub 10}SiAl and NdFe{sub 10}MnAl. In the second project, seven compositions of Nd{sub x}Fe{sub 100-x-y}B{sub y} ribbons were prepared by a melt spinning method with Nd and B content increasing from 7.3 and 3.6 to 11 and 6, respectively. The alloys were annealed under optimized conditions to obtain a composite material consisting of the hard magnetic Nd{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}B and soft magnetic {alpha}-Fe phases, typical of a spring magnet structure. In the third project, intermetallic compounds of the type Zr{sub 1}Cr{sub 1}Fe{sub 1}T{sub 0.8} with T=Al, Co and Fe were subjected to hydrogenation. In the fourth project, we performed three crucial experiments. In the first experiment, we subjected a mixture of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Fe(80-20 wt%) to mechanochemical activation by high-energy ball milling, for time periods ranging from 0.5 to 14 hours. In the second experiment, we ball-milled Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}:Co{sup 2+} (x=0.1) for time intervals between 2.5 and 17.5 hours. Finally, we exposed a mixture of Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} and Co(80-20 wt%) to mechanochemical activation for time periods ranging from 0.5 to 10 hours. In all cases, the structural and magnetic properties of the systems involved were elucidated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Moessbauer spectroscopy and hysteresis loop measurements. The four projects resulted in four papers, which are currently being considered for publication in Intermetallics, IEEE Transactions on Magnetics, Journal of Materials Science Letters and Journal of Materials Science. The contributions reveal for the first time in literature the effect of

  20. Large magnetic entropy change and relative cooling power in the rare earth intermetallic HoCo{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 1.75} compound

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    Mondal, Rajib [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Nirmala, R., E-mail: nirmala@physics.iitm.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai 600 036 (India); Arout Chelvane, J. [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad 500 058 (India); Malik, S.K. [Departamento de Física Teórica e Experimental, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal 59082 -970 (Brazil)

    2015-11-01

    Magnetic and magnetocaloric properties of cubic Laves phase rare earth intermetallic HoCo{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 1.75} compound have been investigated. Magnetization measurements show that HoCo{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 1.75} orders ferromagnetically at 22 K (T{sub C}). The magnetization vs field (M–μ{sub 0}H) isotherm at 2 K shows negligible hysteresis. The isothermal magnetic entropy change (ΔS{sub m}) is calculated from the measured M–µ{sub 0}H data near T{sub C.} The maximum value of ΔS{sub m}, ΔS{sub m}{sup max}, is about −18.9 J/kg-K at T{sub C} for a field change of 5 T with a refrigerant capacity of 572 J/kg. The material exhibits large ΔS{sub m}{sup max} of −9.4 J/kg-K even for a low field change of 2 T. Universal master curve is constructed by rescaling ΔS{sub m} vs T curves for various fields to confirm the second order nature of the magnetic transition at T{sub C}. Large ΔS{sub m}{sup max} value, wide temperature span of cooling and high relative cooling power make HoCo{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 1.75} a potential magnetic refrigerant for low temperature applications such as hydrogen liquefaction. - Highlights: • A large magnetocaloric effect is observed in Laves phase HoCo{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 1.75} compound. • The isothermal magnetic entropy change ΔS{sub m} vs T of HoCo{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 1.75} is broad near T{sub C}. • The magnetization vs field isotherms have negligible hysteresis. • A large relative cooling power is realized in HoCo{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 1.75}. • Universal master curve is constructed by rescaling ΔS{sub m} vs T data.

  1. Mechanisms of anomalous interaction between the intraatomic excitations and conduction electrons in rare-earth intermetallics

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    Kikoin, K.A. (AN SSSR, Moscow USSR. Kurchatov Inst. (USSR)); Khomskii, D.I. (AN SSSR, Moscow USSR. Lebedev Physical Inst. (USSR))

    1988-12-01

    Essentially atomic electron-polaron mechanism reducing the magnetic moments of rare-earth and actinide elements in intermetallic compounds is proposed. This mechanism is effective for the atoms possessing soft intraatomic excitations in f- and d-channels (Ce,U,Eu,Yb).

  2. Formation of Intermetallic Compounds During Explosive Welding

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    Greenberg, Bella A.; Ivanov, Mikhail A.; Pushkin, Mark S.; Inozemtsev, Alexei V.; Patselov, Alexander M.; Tankeyev, Anatoliy P.; Kuzmin, Sergey V.; Lysak, Vladimir I.

    2016-11-01

    Transition states between traditional, i.e., plain and wavy, shapes of the interface during explosive welding were studied. A sequence of the transition states was found for the studied copper-titanium and copper-tantalum joints. Some transition states are common for the joints under study, while others are only typical of the copper-titanium joints, due to sufficiently high solubility of original elements. A transition state has been found, during which cusps, even though they are solid phase, look like splashes on the water. The key role of these splashes is that they evidence the lower boundary of the `weldability window.' The study found certain self-organization processes of the cusps that cause them to turn into a quasi-wavy shape of the interface, and then, as the welding mode is intensified, into a wavy shape. The role of intermetallic compounds was analyzed, due to which a wave only consists of cusps in case mutual solubility of original metals is sufficiently high.

  3. First Principles Study of Al-Li Intermetallic Compounds

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    Yu, Hai-li; Duan, Xiao-hui; Ma, Yong-jun; Zeng, Min

    2012-12-01

    The structural properties, heats of formation, elastic properties, and electronic structures of four compositions of binary Al-Li intermetallics, Al3Li, AlLi, Al2Li3, and Al4Li9, are analyzed in detail by using density functional theory. The calculated formation heats indicate a strong chemical interaction between Al and Li for all the Al-Li intermetallics. In particular, in the Li-rich Al-Li compounds, the thermodynamic stability of intermetallics linearly decreases with increasing concentration of Li. According to the computational single crystal elastic constants, all the four Al-Li intermetallic compounds considered here are mechanically stable. The polycrystalline elastic modulus and Poisson's ratio have been deduced by using Voigt, Reuss, and Hill approximations, and the calculated ratios of bulk modulus to shear modulus indicate that the four compositions of binary Al-Li intermetallics are brittle materials. With the increase of Li concentration, the bulk modulus of Al-Li intermetallics decreases in a linear manner.

  4. Magnetocaloric effect of RM2 (R = rare earth, M = Ni, Al) intermetallic compounds made by centrifugal atomization process for magnetic refrigerator

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    Matsumoto, K.; Asamato, K.; Nishimura, Y.; Zhu, Y.; Abe, S.; Numazawa, T.

    2012-12-01

    RM2 (R = rare earth, M = Al, Ni and Co) compounds have large entropy change and magnetic transition temperatures can be controlled by change of R and/or M so that are suitable to a magnetic refrigerator for hydrogen liquefaction under development. In order to improve refrigerator performance, spherical powdered HoAl2, DyAl2, and GdNi2 compounds with submillimeter diameter were synthesized by centrifugal atomization process. By measuring the magnetization and heat capacity, we obtained entropy change by magnetic fields and entropy as functions of temperature and magnetic field, which are essential for analysing the magnetic refrigeration cycle. All samples showed sharp magnetic transitions and had good potentials for use in magnetic refrigeration.

  5. Synthesis of hydrides by interaction of intermetallic compounds with ammonia

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    Tarasov, Boris P., E-mail: tarasov@icp.ac.ru [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka 142432 (Russian Federation); Fokin, Valentin N.; Fokina, Evelina E. [Institute of Problems of Chemical Physics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Chernogolovka 142432 (Russian Federation); Yartys, Volodymyr A., E-mail: volodymyr.yartys@ife.no [Institute for Energy Technology, Kjeller NO 2027 (Norway); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim NO 7491 (Norway)

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • Interaction of the intermetallics A{sub 2}B, AB, AB{sub 2}, AB{sub 5} and A{sub 2}B{sub 17} with NH{sub 3} was studied. • The mechanism of interaction of the alloys with ammonia is temperature-dependent. • Hydrides, hydridonitrides, disproportionation products or metal–N–H compounds are formed. • NH{sub 4}Cl was used as an activator of the reaction between ammonia and intermetallics. • Interaction with ammonia results in the synthesis of the nanopowders. - Abstract: Interaction of intermetallic compounds with ammonia was studied as a processing route to synthesize hydrides and hydridonitrides of intermetallic compounds having various stoichiometries and types of crystal structures, including A{sub 2}B, AB, AB{sub 2}, AB{sub 5} and A{sub 2}B{sub 17} (A = Mg, Ti, Zr, Sc, Nd, Sm; B = transition metals, including Fe, Co, Ni, Ti and nontransition elements, Al and B). In presence of NH{sub 4}Cl used as an activator of the reaction between ammonia and intermetallic alloys, their interaction proceeds at rather mild P–T conditions, at temperatures 100–200 °C and at pressures of 0.6–0.8 MPa. The mechanism of interaction of the alloys with ammonia appears to be temperature-dependent and, following a rise of the interaction temperature, it leads to the formation of interstitial hydrides; interstitial hydridonitrides; disproportionation products (binary hydride; new intermetallic hydrides and binary nitrides) or new metal–nitrogen–hydrogen compounds like magnesium amide Mg(NH{sub 2}){sub 2}. The interaction results in the synthesis of the nanopowders where hydrogen and nitrogen atoms become incorporated into the crystal lattices of the intermetallic alloys. The nitrogenated materials have the smallest particle size, down to 40 nm, and a specific surface area close to 20 m{sup 2}/g.

  6. Structure and magnetism of new rare-earth-free intermetallic compounds: Fe3+xCo3−xTi2 (0 ≤ x ≤ 3

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    Balamurugan Balasubramanian

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available We report the fabrication of a set of new rare-earth-free magnetic compounds, which form the Fe3Co3Ti2-type hexagonal structure with P-6m2 symmetry. Neutron powder diffraction shows a significant Fe/Co anti-site mixing in the Fe3Co3Ti2 structure, which has a strong effect on the magnetocrystalline anisotropy as revealed by first-principle calculations. Increasing substitution of Fe atoms for Co in the Fe3Co3Ti2 lattice leads to the formation of Fe4Co2Ti2, Fe5CoTi, and Fe6Ti2 with significantly improved permanent-magnet properties. A high magnetic anisotropy (13.0 Mergs/cm3 and saturation magnetic polarization (11.4 kG are achieved at 10 K by altering the atomic arrangements and decreasing Fe/Co occupancy disorder.

  7. Calculation of the magnetic properties of pseudo-ternary R2M14B intermetallic compounds (R = rare earth, M = Fe, Co

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    Gabriel Gómez Eslava

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The extrinsic properties of NdFeB-based magnets can be tuned through partial substitution of Nd by another rare-earth element and Fe by Co, as such substitution leads to a modification in the intrinsic properties of the main phase. Optimisation of a magnet's composition through trial and error is time consuming and not straightforward, since the interplay existing between magnetocrystalline anisotropy and coercivity is not completely understood. In this paper we present a model to calculate the intrinsic magnetic properties of pseudo-ternary Nd2Fe14B-based compounds. As concrete examples, which are relevant for the optimisation of NdFeB-based high-performance magnets used in (hybrid electric vehicles and wind turbines, we consider partial substitution of Nd by Dy or Tb, and Fe by Co.

  8. Investigation of Intermetallic Compound Formed from Rapid Solidification of Al-Ti-RE Alloy

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    杨明珊; 王振飞

    2004-01-01

    Al-Ti alloy containing rare earth elements can produce fine,uniform dispersion intermetallic phase through rapid solidification(RS)technology.RS Al-Ti-RE alloy can be designed for applications at elevated-temperature since the intermetallic compound has good thermal stability.A transmission electron microscopy investigation shows the intermetallic phase has a diamond cubic structure(a=1.47736 nm),with space group Fd3m.The chemical stoichiometry is Al20Ti2La.The particle is formed from the melting directly,prior to other phases,and the nucleus is formed from icosahedrons composed with twenty tetrahedrons.Twin crystal structure plays an important role in the nucleation stage.

  9. Hydrogen Ordering in Hexagonal Intermetallic AB5 Type Compounds

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    Sikora, W.; Kuna, A.

    2008-04-01

    Intermetallic compounds AB5 type (A = rare-earth atoms, B = transition metal) are known to store reversibly large amounts of hydrogen and as that are discussed in this work. It was shown that the alloy cycling stability can be significantly improved by employing the so-called non-stoichiometric compounds AB5+x and that is why analysis of change of structure turned out to be interesting. A tendency for ordering of hydrogen atoms is one of the most intriguing problems for the unsaturated hydrides. The symmetry analysis method in the frame of the theory of space group and their representation gives opportunity to find all possible transformations of the parent structure. In this work symmetry analysis method was applied for AB5+x structure type (P6/mmm parent symmetry space group). There were investigated all possible ordering types and accompanying atom displacements in positions 1a, 2c, 3g (fully occupied in stoichiometric compounds AB5), in positions 2e, 6l (where atom B could appear in non-stoichiometric compounds) and also 4h, 6m, 6k, 12n, 12o, which could be partly occupied by hydrogen as a result of hydrides. An analysis was carried out of all possible structures of lower symmetry, following from P6/mmm for we k=(0, 0, 0). Also the way of getting the structure described by the P63mc space group with double cell along the z-axiswe k=(0, 0, 0.5), as it is suggested in the work of Latroche et al. is discussed by the symmetry analysis. The analysis was obtained by computer program MODY. The program calculates the so-called basis vectors of irreducible representations of a given symmetry group, which can be used for calculation of possible ordering modes.

  10. Regularities of Formation of Ternary Intermetallic Compound between Transition Elements

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    Lixiu YAO; Jie YANG; Chenzhou YE; Nianyi CHEN

    2001-01-01

    Four parameters, φ (electronegativity), nws1/3 (valence electron density in Wagner-Seitz cell),R (Pauling's metallic radius) and Z (number of valence electrons in atom), and the pattern recognition methods were used to investigate the regularities of formation of ternary intermetallic compounds between three transition elements. The obtained mathematical model expressed by some inequalities can be used as a criterion of ternary compound formation in "unknown" phase diagrams of alloy systems.

  11. Hydrorefining distillates from coal liquefaction using intermetallic compound hydrides

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    Kadiev, Kh.M.; Pivovarova, N.A.; Askhabova, Kh.N.; Taramov, Kh.K.

    1986-07-01

    Investigations are discussed into hydrorefining of coal liquefaction distillate using ZrNi intermetallic compound hydride as catalyst. The paper shows that 70-75% reduction in content of unsaturated and sulfur-containing compounds takes place in the presence of this catalyst at low temperature (200-250 C) and pressure (0.1 MPa), and establishes that preliminary preparation of starting material (removal of phenols and nitrous bases) produces significant effect on hydrorefining results and product stability. Tests have also shown that although intermetallic compound hydride catalyst has fairly low stability, it is capable of recovering its catalytic properties on reduction-oxidation treatment. Description of the tests and characteristics of hydrorefining products of coal liquefaction distillate are given. 8 references.

  12. Environmental embrittlement of intermetallic compounds in Fe-Al alloys

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    张建民; 张瑞林; S.H.YU; 余瑞璜

    1996-01-01

    First,it is proposed that hydrogen atoms occupy the interstitial sites in Fe3Al and FeAl.Then the environmental embrittlement of intermetallic compounds in Fe-Al alloys is studied in the light of calculated valence electron structures and bond energy of Fe3Al and FeAl containing hydrogen atoms.From the analyses it is found that the states of metal atoms will change,in which more lattice electrons will become covalent electrons to bond with hydrogen atoms when the atomic hydrogen diffuses into the intermetallic compounds in Fe-Al alloys,which will result in the decrease of local metallicity in Fe3Al and FeAl.Meanwhile,it is found that the crystal will easily cleave since solute hydrogen bonds with metal atoms and severely anisotropic bonds form.As a conclusion,these factors result in the environmental embrittlement of Fe3Al and FeAl.

  13. Lattice and magnetic anisotropies in uranium intermetallic compounds

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    Havela, L.; Mašková, S.; Adamska, A.

    2013-01-01

    Examples of UNiAlD and UCoGe illustrate that the soft crystallographic direction coincides quite generally with the shortest U-U links in U intermetallics. Added to existing experimental evidence on U compounds it leads to a simple rule, that the easy magnetization direction and the soft crystall...... crystallographic direction (in the sense of highest compressibility under hydrostatic pressure) must be mutually orthogonal. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland....

  14. Random spin freezing in uranium intermetallic compound UCuSi

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    Li Dexin [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Oarai, Ibaraki 311-1313 (Japan); Nimori, Shigeki [Tsukuba Magnet Laboratory, National Institute for Materials Science, 3-13 Sakura, Tsukuba 305-0003 (Japan); Shiokawa, Yoshinobu [Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Oarai, Ibaraki 311-1313 (Japan)

    2006-03-29

    The results of low-temperature ac susceptibility, dc magnetization, magnetic relaxation, specific heat, and electrical resistivity measurements on the uranium intermetallic compound UCuSi, a hexagonal CeCd{sub 2}-type non-magnetic atom disorder system, are reported. The results establish that a spin-glass state is formed in this compound at low temperature. Some dynamical parameters characterizing the spin freezing state of this system, such as static spin freezing temperature T{sub s}, critical exponent z{nu}, and activation energy E{sub a}, are determined from dynamical analysis of the ac susceptibility data. The observed properties are discussed based on a magnetic cluster model.

  15. Magnetoelastic phase transitions in ternary rare earth intermetallics

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    Szytula, A. [M. Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Reymonta 4, 30-059 Cracow (Poland)]. E-mail: szytula@if.uj.edu.pl; Duraj, M. [Institute of Physics, Technical University of Cracow, Podchorazych 1, 30-084 Cracow (Poland); Gondek, L. [Department of Physics, Cracow Agricultural University, Mickiewicza 21, 31-120 Cracow (Poland); Penc, B. [M. Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Reymonta 4, 30-059 Cracow (Poland); Wawrzynska, E. [M. Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Reymonta 4, 30-059 Cracow (Poland)

    2006-10-26

    Magnetoelastic properties of some intermetallic compounds are investigated. In the first part of the work the results for the RMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} (R = Sm, Gd, Dy) and R {sub x}Sm{sub 1-x}Mn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} compounds are presented. Then the data for Nd{sub 3}Mn{sub 4}Sn{sub 4} are reported. In the second part of the work the data for HoRhSi and HoPdSn are discussed. In all the investigated compounds the change of the magnetic structure is connected with an anomaly in the temperature dependence of the lattice parameters.

  16. Large magnetocaloric effect and near-zero thermal hysteresis in the rare earth intermetallic Tb1-x Dy x Co2 compounds

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    Zeng, Yuyang; Tian, Fanghua; Chang, Tieyan; Chen, Kaiyun; Yang, Sen; Cao, Kaiyan; Zhou, Chao; Song, Xiaoping

    2017-02-01

    We report the magnetocaloric effect in a Tb1-x Dy x Co2 compound which exhibits a wide working temperature window around the Curie temperature (T C) and delivers a large refrigerant capacity (RC) with near-zero thermal hysteresis. Specifically, the wide full width at half maxima ({δ\\text{WFHM}} ) can reach up to 62 K and the RC value changes from 216.5 to 274.3 J Kg-1 when the external magnetic field increases to 5 T. Such magnetocaloric effects are attributed to a magnetic and structural transition from a paramagnetic and cubic phase to a ferromagnetic (M S along [1 1 1] direction) and rhombohedral phase or ferromagnetic (M S along [0 0 1] direction) and tetragonal phase.

  17. Hydrogen interaction with intermetallic compounds and alloys at high pressure

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    Mitrokhin, S., E-mail: mitrokhin@hydride.chem.msu.ru; Zotov, T.; Movlaev, E.; Verbetsky, V.

    2013-12-15

    Highlights: •New hydrides of alloys previously considered as nonhydride-forming were obtained. •New phase transitions of hydrides at high pressure were found. •New materials for metal-hydride compressors were identified. -- Abstract: The paper presents a review of the recent work done in MSU on intermetallic hydrides with high dissociation pressure. Hydrogen sorption properties of a large variety of AB{sub 5}, AB{sub 2} and BCC intermetallic compounds and alloys were studied at pressures up to 3000 atm. Several new intermetallic hydrides with potential application in high-capacity hydrogen storage devices have been identified for the first time and fully characterised using a gas-volumetric analytical technique in a unique high-pressure apparatus. Basing on the experimental and literature results the relationships between hydrogen absorption capacity, thermodynamic parameters of interaction and composition of alloys were established. Obtained results provide a good perspective for practical application of the studied hydrides especially in metal-hydride compressors.

  18. Composites of Ti-Al Intermetallic Compounds With a Ductile Ti Matrix Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — Many properties of intermetallic compounds (IMC's) would make them strong candidates for vehicle structures, tankage, secondary structures, and appendages for NASA...

  19. Synthesis of Intermetallic Compounds by Using Lithium Hudride

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    2002-01-01

    Intermetallic compounds of AB5 type are promising materials for M-H batteries. In this report we present the results about the influence of quality of interme tallic compounds prepared by a new method of synthesis on their electrochemical pr operties. The well-known intermetallic Ln1-xMxNi5-yMe y (Ln=La, Mm; M=Zr; Me=Mn, Ge, Sn, Al, Co+Sn, Co+Ge) compounds were synthe sized by using mixtures of oxides, chlorides and carbonates of metals by intera ction with lithium hydride at 700~1000 ℃. Prepared samples have the uniform mi crostructure with average dimension of particles about 20~30 μm. Electrochemical tests show that kinetic behaviour of compositions are satisfac tory under current up to 200 mA*g-1. These compositions require practical ly no activation and limiting values of the discharge capacity were reached at 2 ~3 cycle up to 300 mAh*g-1, which can be considered as most promising f or practice.

  20. Structural and Electronic Investigations of Complex Intermetallic Compounds

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    Ko, Hyunjin [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2008-01-01

    In solid state chemistry, numerous investigations have been attempted to address the relationships between chemical structure and physical properties. Such questions include: (1) How can we understand the driving forces of the atomic arrangements in complex solids that exhibit interesting chemical and physical properties? (2) How do different elements distribute themselves in a solid-state structure? (3) Can we develop a chemical understanding to predict the effects of valence electron concentration on the structures and magnetic ordering of systems by both experimental and theoretical means? Although these issues are relevant to various compound classes, intermetallic compounds are especially interesting and well suited for a joint experimental and theoretical effort. For intermetallic compounds, the questions listed above are difficult to answer since many of the constituent atoms simply do not crystallize in the same manner as in their separate, elemental structures. Also, theoretical studies suggest that the energy differences between various structural alternatives are small. For example, Al and Ga both belong in the same group on the Periodic Table of Elements and share many similar chemical properties. Al crystallizes in the fcc lattice with 4 atoms per unit cell and Ga crystallizes in an orthorhombic unit cell lattice with 8 atoms per unit cell, which are both fairly simple structures (Figure 1). However, when combined with Mn, which itself has a very complex cubic crystal structure with 58 atoms per unit cell, the resulting intermetallic compounds crystallize in a completely different fashion. At the 1:1 stoichiometry, MnAl forms a very simple tetragonal lattice with two atoms per primitive unit cell, while MnGa crystallizes in a complicated rhombohedral unit cell with 26 atoms within the primitive unit cell. The mechanisms influencing the arrangements of atoms in numerous crystal structures have been studied theoretically by calculating electronic

  1. Fabrication and characterization of UAl{sub x} intermetallic compounds

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    Nam, Ji Min; Sim, Moon Soo; Ryu, Ho Jin; Jang, Se Jung; Park, Jong Man [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    Atomized U-Al powders with compositions of U-1wt%al, U-10wt%Al, U-20wt%Al were fabricated. XRD analyses identified UAl{sub 2} and UAl{sub 3} intermetallic compounds formed in the atomized particles. Currently, uranium aluminum alloys have been used as dispersion fuel in research reactors and U-Al dispersion targets for {sup 99}Mo medical radioisotope production. One of the conventional manufacturing processes of the U-Al dispersion fuels and targets is the grinding and crushing of cast UAl{sub 2} ingot by mechanical methods. Also, produced powder was mixed with Al. However, it is complicated and inefficient to fabricate U-Al. Therefore, KAERI has produced U-Al powder with varying Al content using a centrifugal atomization method. In this study, U-Al alloy and UAl{sub x} intermetallic compound powders were produced by a centrifugal atomization method. The atomized powders were characterized be X-ray diffraction, SEM, EDX, and density measurements.

  2. Diffusion in intermetallic compounds studied using short-lived radioisotopes

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    Diffusion – the long range movement of atoms – plays an important role in materials processing and in determining suitable applications for materials. Conventional radiotracer methods for measuring diffusion can determine readily how distributions of radioactive probe atoms in samples evolve under varying experimental conditions. It is possible to obtain limited information about atomic jump rates and pathways from these measurements; however, it is desirable to make more direct observations of the atomic jumps by using experimental methods that are sensitive to atomic scale processes. One such method is time-differential perturbed $\\gamma$–$\\gamma$-angular correlation spectroscopy (PAC). Two series of PAC experiments using $^{111m}$Cd are proposed to contribute to fundamental understanding of diffusion in intermetallic compounds. The goal of the first is to determine the dominant vacancy species in several Li$_{2}$-structured compounds and see if the previously observed change in diffusion mechanism th...

  3. Investigation Of Intermetallic Compounds In Sn-Cu-Ni Lead-Free Solders

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    Nagy E.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Interfacial intermetallic compounds (IMC play an important role in Sn-Cu lead-free soldering. The size and morphology of the intermetallic compounds formed between the lead-free solder and the Cu substrate have a significant effect on the mechanical strength of the solder joint.

  4. Effect of Flux onto Intermetallic Compound Formation and Growth

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    Idris Siti Rabiatull Aisha

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available In this study, the effect of different composition of no-clean flux onto intermetallic compound (IMC formation and growth was investigated. The solder joint between Sn-3Ag-0.5Cu solder alloy and printed circuit board (PCB was made through reflow soldering. They were further aged at 125°C and 150°C for up to 1000 hours. Results showed that fluxes significantly affect the IMC thickness and growth. In addition, during aging, the scallop and columnar morphology of IMC changed to a more planar type for both type of flux during isothermal aging. It was observed that the growth behavior of IMC was closely related to initial soldering condition.

  5. Ultra-high vacuum compatible preparation chain for intermetallic compounds

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    Bauer, A.; Benka, G.; Regnat, A.; Franz, C.; Pfleiderer, C.

    2016-11-01

    We report the development of a versatile material preparation chain for intermetallic compounds, which focuses on the realization of a high-purity growth environment. The preparation chain comprises an argon glovebox, an inductively heated horizontal cold boat furnace, an arc melting furnace, an inductively heated rod casting furnace, an optically heated floating-zone furnace, a resistively heated annealing furnace, and an inductively heated annealing furnace. The cold boat furnace and the arc melting furnace may be loaded from the glovebox by means of a load-lock permitting to synthesize compounds starting with air-sensitive elements while handling the constituents exclusively in an inert gas atmosphere. All furnaces are all-metal sealed, bakeable, and may be pumped to ultra-high vacuum. We find that the latter represents an important prerequisite for handling compounds with high vapor pressure under high-purity argon atmosphere. We illustrate the operational aspects of the preparation chain in terms of the single-crystal growth of the heavy-fermion compound CeNi2Ge2.

  6. Griffiths phase behaviour in a frustrated antiferromagnetic intermetallic compound

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    Ghosh, Krishanu; Mazumdar, Chandan; Ranganathan, R.; Mukherjee, S.

    2015-10-01

    The rare coexistence of a Griffiths phase (GP) and a geometrically frustrated antiferromagnetism in the non-stoichiometric intermetallic compound GdFe0.17Sn2 (the paramagnetic Weiss temperature θp ~ -59 K) is reported in this work. The compound forms in the Cmcm space group with large structural anisotropy (b/c ~ 4). Interestingly, all the atoms in the unit cell possess the same point group symmetry (Wycoff position 4c), which is rather rare. The frustration parameter, f = |θp|/TN has been established as 3.6, with the Néel temperature TN and Griffiths temperature TG being 16.5 and 32 K, respectively. The TG has been determined from the heat capacity measurement and also from the magnetocaloric effect (MCE). It is also shown that substantial difference in GP region may exist between zero field and field cooled measurements - a fact hitherto not emphasized so far.

  7. Rare-earth transition-metal intermetallics: Structure-bonding-property relationships

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    Han, M. K. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2006-01-01

    The explorations of rare-earth, transition metal intermetallics have resulted in the synthesis and characterization, and electronic structure investigation, as well as understanding the structure-bonding property relationships. The work has presented the following results: (1) Understanding the relationship between compositions and properties in LaFe13-xSix system: A detailed structural and theoretical investigation provided the understanding of the role of a third element on stabilizing the structure and controlling the transformation of cubic NaZn{sub 13}-type structures to the tetragonal derivative, as well as the relationship between the structures and properties. (2) Synthesis of new ternary rare-earth iron silicides Re2-xFe4Si14-y and proposed superstructure: This compound offers complex structural challenges such as fractional occupancies and their ordering in superstructure. (3) Electronic structure calculation of FeSi2: This shows that the metal-semiconductor phase transition depends on the structure. The mechanism of band gap opening is described in terms of bonding and structural distortion. This result shows that the electronic structure calculations are an essential tool for understanding the relationship between structure and chemical bonding in these compounds. (4) Synthesis of new ternary rare-earth Zinc aluminides Tb3Zn3.6Al7.4: Partially ordered structure of Tb3Zn3.6Al7.4 compound provides new insights into the formation, composition and structure of rare-earth transition-metal intermetallics. Electronic structure calculations attribute the observed composition to optimizing metal-metal bonding in the electronegative (Zn, Al) framework, while the specific ordering is strongly influenced by specific orbital interactions. (5) Synthesis of new structure type of Zn39(CrxAl1-x)81

  8. Rare-Earth Transition-Metal Intermetallics: Structure-bonding-Property Relationships

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    Han, Mi-Kyung [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2006-01-01

    Our explorations of rare-earth, transition metal intermetallics have resulted in the synthesis and characterization, and electronic structure investigation, as well as understanding the structure-bonding-property relationships. Our work has presented the following results: (1) Understanding the relationship between compositions and properties in LaFe13-xSix system: A detailed structural and theoretical investigation provided the understanding of the role of a third element on stabilizing the structure and controlling the transformation of cubic NaZn13-type structures to the tetragonal derivative, as well as the relationship between the structures and properties. (2) Synthesis of new ternary rare-earth iron silicides RE2-xFe4Si14-y and proposed superstructure: This compound offers complex structural challenges such as fractional occupancies and their ordering in superstructure. (3) Electronic structure calculation of FeSi2: This shows that the metal-semiconductor phase transition depends on the structure. The mechanism of band gap opening is described in terms of bonding and structural distortion. This result shows that the electronic structure calculations are an essential tool for understanding the relationship between structure and chemical bonding in these compounds. (4) Synthesis of new ternary rare-earth Zinc aluminides Tb3Zn3.6Al7.4: Partially ordered structure of Tb3.6Zn13-xAl7.4 compound provides new insights into the formation, composition and structure of rare-earth transition-metal intermetallics. Electronic structure calculations attribute the observed composition to optimizing metal-metal bonding in the electronegative (Zn, Al) framework, while the specific ordering is strongly influenced by specific orbital interactions. (5) Synthesis of new structure type of Zn39(CrxAl1-x

  9. X (X: Al, Mo, Ti, Pt, Si, Nb, V, and Zr) intermetallic compounds

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    Chen, Qiang; Huang, Zhiwei; Zhao, Zude; Hu, Chuankai

    2014-09-01

    In the present study, the ground-state properties of Ni3X intermetallic compounds were analyzed by means of the first-principles pseudo-potential method using the Cambridge serial total energy package code. The calculated lattice parameters of Ni3X intermetallic compounds are in good agreement with the experimental and other theoretical data. The single-crystal elastic constants were calculated; the hardness, ductile, and plasticity of materials were analyzed. The calculated enthalpies of formation showed that all of intermetallic compounds were thermodynamically stable; Debye temperature and heat capacity are calculated and discussed. Moreover, the chemical bonding in these intermetallic compounds was interpreted by calculating the density of states, electron density difference distribution, and Mulliken analysis; magnetism properties were briefly analyzed.

  10. Magnetic anisotropies of rare-earth compounds

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    Loewenhaupt, M.; Rotter, M.; Kramp, S.

    2000-03-01

    There are two kinds of magnetic anisotropy in rare-earth compounds: the single-ion anisotropy caused by the crystal field (CF) and the anisotropy of the two-ion interactions. Both types of anisotropy have to be considered to arrive at a consistent description of the magnetic properties of the orthorhombic intermetallic compound NdCu 2. From the analysis of NdCu 2 we can derive predictions for the type of ordering in other isostructural RCu 2 compounds, that agree well with experimental results: If the magnetic moments point into the crystallographic b-direction, an ordering wave vector of (2/3 0 0) is expected. If the moments are oriented perpendicular to b then the ordering wave vector is (2/3 1 0) .

  11. Dendrite Growth Kinetics in Undercooled Melts of Intermetallic Compounds

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    Dieter M. Herlach

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Solidification needs an undercooling to drive the solidification front. If large undercoolings are achieved, metastable solid materials are solidified from the undercooled melt. Containerless processing provides the conditions to achieve large undercoolings since heterogeneous nucleation on container walls is completely avoided. In the present contribution both electromagnetic and electrostatic levitation are applied. The velocity of rapidly advancing dendrites is measured as a function of undercooling by a High-Speed-Camera. The dendrite growth dynamics is investigated in undercooled melts of intermetallic compounds. The Al50Ni50 alloy is studied with respect to disorder trapping that leads to a disordered superlattice structure if the melt is undercooled beyond a critical undercooling. Disorder trapping is evidenced by in situ energy dispersive diffraction using synchrotron radiation of high intensity to record full diffraction pattern on levitated samples within a short time interval. Experiments on Ni2B using different processing techniques of varying the level of convection reveal convection-induced faceting of rapidly growing dendrites. Eventually, the growth velocity is measured in an undercooled melt of glass forming Cu50Zr50 alloy. A maximum in the growth velocity–undercooling relation is proved. This is understood by the fact that the temperature dependent diffusion coefficient counteracts the thermodynamic driving force for rapid growth if the temperature of the undercooled melt is approaching the temperature regime above the glass transition temperature. The analysis of this result allows for determining the activation energy of atomic attachment kinetics at the solid–liquid interface that is comparable to the activation energy of atomic diffusion as determined by independent measurements of the atomic diffusion in undercooled Cu50Zr50 alloy melt.

  12. Stabilization effects of third element on CaCu5 type derivatives of rare-earth transition-metal intermetallics

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    2002-01-01

    Part of the results of the key project "Search for novel rare-earth functional materials" supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China is reviewed. In combination with reports in literature, the effects of the third element M on the formation and stability of La2(Co, M)17, R(Fe, M)12 and R3(Fe, M)29 intermetallic compounds are discussed by considering mixing enthalpy of M with rare-earth, Fe and Co, and atomic radius, electronegativity and electronic configurations, etc. It is concluded that the mixing en thalpy and atomic radius dominate the preferential sites and the minimum amount of M required to stabilize a structure, which ultimately affect the magnetic properties of a compound prominently. This review should provide some heuristic hints for exploiting novel rare-earth transition metal functional materials and for improving their performance.

  13. Effect of La_2O_3 on microstructure and high-temperature wear property of hot-press sintering FeAl intermetallic compound

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    马兴伟; 金洙吉; 闫石; 徐久军

    2009-01-01

    FeAl intermetallic compound with different contents of rare earth oxide La2O3 addition was prepared by hot pressing the mechanically alloyed powders.Effect of La2O3 on microstructure and high-temperature wear property of the sintered FeAl samples was investigated in this paper.The results showed that 1 wt.% La2O3 addition could refine the microstructure and increase the density of the FeAl intermetallic compound,and correspondingly improved the high-temperature wear resistance.SEM and EDS analyses of the wo...

  14. Point Defects Quenched in Nickel Aluminide and Related Intermetallic Compounds

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    Fan, Jiawen

    Point defects in the highly ordered B2 compounds NiAl, CoAl and FeAl were studied using the perturbed gammagamma angular correlations (PAC) technique. Quadrupole interactions detected at dilute ^{111}In probes on Al sites in NiAl and CoAl were identified with complexes containing one or two vacancies in the first atomic shell. Measurements on rapidly quenched NiAl and CoAl exhibited increases in site fractions of vacancy-probe complexes caused by formation of thermal defects. Site fractions were analyzed using the law of mass action to obtain absolute vacancy concentrations. PAC is shown to be a powerful new technique for the quantitative study of equilibrium defects in solids. For NiAl, the vacancy concentration quenched-in from a given temperature was found to be independent of composition over the range 50.4 -53.5 at.% Ni, identifying the Schottky defect (vacancy pair) as the dominant equilibrium defect, and ruling out the so-called triple defect. Formation energies and entropies of Schottky pairs were determined to be 2.66(8) and 3.48(12) eV, and 12(1) and 17(2) k_{rm B}, respectively, for NiAl and CoAl. The entropies suggest huge vacancy concentrations, 13%, at the melting temperatures of NiAl and CoAl. Migration energies of Ni and Co vacancies were found to be 1.8(2) and 2.5(2) eV, respectively. FeAl exhibited complex behavior. A low-temperature regime was detected in NiAl and CoAl within which vacancies are mobile but do not anneal out, so that the vacancy concentration remains constant. In NiAl, this "bottleneck" regime extends from 350 to 700 ^circC. Vacancies were found to be bound to the In probes with an energy very close to 0.20 eV in NiAl and CoAl. An explanation of the bottleneck is proposed in terms of saturation of all lattice sinks. This annealing bottleneck should exist in a wide range of intermetallic compounds when there is a sufficiently high vacancy concentration.

  15. Decision tree method applied to computerized prediction of ternary intermetallic compounds

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    2001-01-01

    Decision tree method and atomic parameters were used to find the regularities of the formation of ternary intermetallic compounds in alloy systems. The criteria of formation can be expressed by a group of inequalities with two kinds of atomic parameters Zl (number of valence electrons in the atom of constituent element) and Ri/Rj (ratio of the atomic radius of constituent element i and j) as independent variables. The data of 2238 known ternary alloy systems were used to extract the empirical rules governing the formation of ternary intermetallic compounds, and the facts of ternary compound formation of other 1334 alloy systems were used as samples to test the reliability of the empirical criteria found. The rate of correctness of prediction was found to be nearly 95%. An expert system for ternary intermetallic compound formation was built and some prediction results of the expert system were confirmed.

  16. Sliding wear and friction behavior of ZA-27 alloy reinforced by Mn-containing intermetallic compounds

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    龙雁; 李元元; 张大童; 邱诚; 陈维平

    2002-01-01

    A ZA-27 alloy reinforced with M n-containing intermeta llic compounds was prepared and its tribological behaviors were investigated. By adding Mn, RE, Ti and B into ZA-27 alloy, the test alloy (ZMJ) was fabricated by sand casting. Microstructural analysis shows that considerable amount of Mn-containing intermetallic compounds such as Al5MnZn, Al9(MnZn)2 and Al65 Mn(RE)6Ti4Zn36 are formed. Compared to ZA-27, ZMJ shows better wear resistance, lower friction coefficient and lower temperature rise of worn surface under lubricated sliding condition. ZMJ also shows the lowest steady friction coefficient under dry friction condition. The wear resistance improvement of ZMJ is mainly attributed to the high hardness and good dispersion of these Mn-containing intermetallic compounds. It is indicated that the intermetallic compounds play a dominant role in reducing the sever adhesive and abrasive wear of the ZA-27 alloy.

  17. X-Ray Diffraction of Intermetallic Compounds: A Physical Chemistry Laboratory Experiment

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    Varberg, Thomas D.; Skakuj, Kacper

    2015-01-01

    Here we describe an experiment for the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory in which students synthesize the intermetallic compounds AlNi and AlNi3 and study them by X-ray diffractometry. The compounds are synthesized in a simple one-step reaction occurring in the solid state. Powder X-ray diffractograms are recorded for the two compounds…

  18. X-Ray Diffraction of Intermetallic Compounds: A Physical Chemistry Laboratory Experiment

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    Varberg, Thomas D.; Skakuj, Kacper

    2015-01-01

    Here we describe an experiment for the undergraduate physical chemistry laboratory in which students synthesize the intermetallic compounds AlNi and AlNi3 and study them by X-ray diffractometry. The compounds are synthesized in a simple one-step reaction occurring in the solid state. Powder X-ray diffractograms are recorded for the two compounds…

  19. Hydrogen trapping properties of Zr-based intermetallic compounds in the presence of CO contaminant gas

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    Prigent, Jocelyn [Chimie Metallurgie des Terres Rares, ICMPE-UMR 7182, CNRS, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais (France); Latroche, Michel, E-mail: latroche@icmpe.cnrs.fr [Chimie Metallurgie des Terres Rares, ICMPE-UMR 7182, CNRS, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais (France); Leoni, Elisa; Rohr, Valentin [AREVA NC, 1, rue des Herons, 78182 Montigny Le Bretonneux (France)

    2011-09-15

    Research highlights: > Hydrogen absorption in the presence of carbon monoxide is reported for several Zr rich intermetallic compounds. > Absorption rates have been determined and compared for pure and CO-containing hydrogen gases. > Using intermetallic compounds as getter materials in the presence of contaminant gases has been demonstrated. - Abstract: Intermetallic compounds, as hydrogen getters, are considered to control the quantity of hydrogen generated in radioactive waste packaging. The compounds ZrCo, Zr{sub 2}Fe and a Zr-rich Zr-Ti-V alloy have been chosen as they form very stable hydrides at ambient temperature. However, other gases are produced in the packaging such as carbon monoxide, a gas known to poison the surface of intermetallic compounds and to hinder the hydrogen sorption reaction. The three Zr-based compounds have been first characterized regarding their metallurgical state and their gas sorption properties toward pure hydrogen. Then, the sorption properties of the activated materials have been studied using a mixture of 5 vol.% CO + 95 vol.% H{sub 2}. We demonstrated that though the presence of CO sharply slows down the reaction rate the activated compounds still show significant sorption properties. Therefore, the presence of contaminant gases is not detrimental for the target application.

  20. Electronic and high pressure elastic properties of RECd and REHg (RE=Sc, La and Yb) intermetallic compounds

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    Devi, Hansa; Pagare, Gitanjali; Chouhan, Sunil S.; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2015-01-01

    Structural, electronic, elastic and mechanical properties of Cd and Hg based rare earth intermetallics (RECd and REHg; RE=Sc, La and Yb) have been investigated using the full-potential linearized augmented plane-wave (FP-LAPW) method within the density-functional theory (DFT). The ground state properties such as lattice constant (a0), bulk modulus (B) and its pressure derivative (B‧) have been obtained using optimization method and are found in good agreement with the available experimental results. The calculated enthalpy of formation shows that LaHg has the strongest alloying ability and structural stability. The electronic band structures and density of states reveal the metallic character of these compounds. The structural stability mechanism is also explained through the electronic structures of these compounds. The chemical bonding between rare earth atoms and Cd, Hg is interpreted by the charge density plots along (1 1 0) direction. The elastic constants are predicted from which all the related mechanical properties like Poisson's ratio (σ), Young's modulus (E), shear modulus (GH) and anisotropy factor (A) are calculated. The ductility/brittleness of these intermetallics is predicted. Chen's method has been used to predict the Vicker's hardness of RECd and REHg compounds. The pressure variation of the elastic constants is also reported in their B2 phase.

  1. Crystallographic Characteristic of Intermetallic Compounds in Al-Si-Mg Casting Alloys Using Electron Backscatter Diffraction

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    ZOU Yongzhi; XU Zhengbing; HE Juan; ZENG Jianmin

    2010-01-01

    The Al-Si-Mg alloy which can be strengthened by heat treatment is widely applied to the key components of aerospace and aeronautics. Iron-rich intermetallic compounds are well known to be strongly influential on mechanical properties in Al-Si-Mg alloys. But intermetallic compounds in cast Al-Si-Mg alloy intermetallics are often misidentified in previous metallurgical studies. It was described as many different compounds, such as AlFeSi, Al8Fe2Si, Al5(Fe, Mn)3Si2 and so on. For the purpose of solving this problem, the intermetallic compounds in cast Al-Si alloys containing 0.5% Mg were investigated in this study. The iron-rich compounds in Al-Si-Mg casting alloys were characterized by optical microscope(OM), scanning electron microscope(SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer(EDS), electron backscatter diffraction(EBSD) and X-ray powder diffraction(XRD). The electron backscatter diffraction patterns were used to assess the crystallographic characteristics of intermetallic compounds. The compound which contains Fe/Mg-rich particles with coarse morphologies was Al8FeMg3Si6 in the alloy by using EBSD. The compound belongs to hexagonal system, space group P2m, with the lattice parameter a=0.662 nm, c=0.792 nm. The β-phase is indexed as tetragonal Al3FeSi2, space group I4/mcm, a=0.607 nm and c=0.950 nm. The XRD data indicate that Al8FeMg3Si6 and Al3FeSi2 are present in the microstructure of Al-7Si-Mg alloy, which confirms the identification result of EBSD. The present study identified the iron-rich compound in Al-Si-Mg alloy, which provides a reliable method to identify the intermetallic compounds in short time in Al-Si-Mg alloy. Study results are helpful for identification of complex compounds in alloys.

  2. Modeling of Intermetallic Compounds Growth Between Dissimilar Metals

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    Wang, Li; Wang, Yin; Prangnell, Philip; Robson, Joseph

    2015-09-01

    A model has been developed to predict growth kinetics of the intermetallic phases (IMCs) formed in a reactive diffusion couple between two metals for the case where multiple IMC phases are observed. The model explicitly accounts for the effect of grain boundary diffusion through the IMC layer, and can thus be used to explore the effect of IMC grain size on the thickening of the reaction layer. The model has been applied to the industrially important case of aluminum to magnesium alloy diffusion couples in which several different IMC phases are possible. It is demonstrated that there is a transition from grain boundary-dominated diffusion to lattice-dominated diffusion at a critical grain size, which is different for each IMC phase. The varying contribution of grain boundary diffusion to the overall thickening kinetics with changing grain size helps explain the large scatter in thickening kinetics reported for diffusion couples produced under different conditions.

  3. Synthesis, Characterization and Properties of Nanoparticles of Intermetallic Compounds

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    DiSalvo, Francis J. [Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY (United States)

    2015-03-12

    The research program from 2010 to the end of the grant focused on understanding the factors important to the synthesis of single phase intermetallic nano-particles (NPs), their size, crystalline order, surface properties and electrochemical activity. The synthetic method developed is a co-reduction of mixtures of single metal precursors by strong, soluble reducing agents in a non-protic solvent, tetrahydrofuran (THF). With some exceptions, the particles obtained by room temperature reduction are random alloys that need to be annealed at modest temperatures (200 to 600 °C) in order to develop an ordered structure. To avoid significant particle size growth and agglomeration, the particles must be protected by surface coatings. We developed a novel method of coating the metal nanoparticles with KCl, a by-product of the reduction reaction if the proper reducing agents are employed. In that case, a composite product containing individual metal nanoparticles in a KCl matrix is obtained. The composite can be heated to at least 600 °C without significant agglomeration or growth in particle size. Washing the annealed product in the presence of catalyst supports in ethylene glycol removes the KCl and deposits the particles on the support. Six publications present the method and its application to producing and studying new catalyst/support combinations for fuel cell applications. Three publications concern the use of related methods to explore new lithium-sulfur battery concepts.

  4. Thermal, structural, and magnetic studies of metals and intermetallic compounds. Final report

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    Wallace, W.E.; Craig, R.S.; Rao, V.U.S.

    1976-08-15

    The powerful magnetism of certain intermetallics, e.g., SmCo/sub 5/, has been established to originate with the powerful magnetic anisotropy of SmCo/sub 5/, not its large magnetization. The anisotropy is, in turn, a crystal field effect. The crystal field interaction has been elucidated by the method of quantum mechanics. Studies of the systems RFe/sub 2/, RFe/sub 3/, RCo/sub 3/, and R/sub 2/Co/sub 7/ (R = a rare earth, Y or Th) reveals them to be important for hydrogen storage. In addition, important effects associated with hydrogenation of metals have been found--great enhancement of magnetization of certain systems (e.g., ErFe/sub 2/) and substantial increase in superconducting transition temperatures (e.g., Zr/sub .5/H/sub .5/V/sub 2/). Results of studies suggest that the surfaces of rare earth intermetallics are atypical. The spectrum of properties exhibited by the rare earth intermetallics suggests their utility in the efficient capture and storage of solar energy and the use of it for powering a vehicle. These aspects of the systems warrant further attention.

  5. Magnetocaloric effect in rare-earth intermetallics: Recent trends

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    R Nirmala; A V Morozkin; S K Malik

    2015-06-01

    Magnetocaloric effect (MCE) is the change in isothermal magnetic entropy (m)and adiabatic temperature (ad) that accompany magnetic transitions in materials during the application or the removal of magnetic field under adiabatic conditions. The physics of MCE gets enriched by correlated spin-lattice degrees of freedom. This phenomenon has been actively investigated over the past few decades as it holds a promise for an alternate method of refrigeration/heat pumping. This has already resulted in several reviews on this topic. This paper focusses on some recent trends in this field and prospects of using rare-earth-based materials as active magnetic refrigerants over a broad temperature range that includes gas liquefaction and near-room temperature refrigeration/heating.

  6. Phase Stability of Intermetallic Compound Ce3Al in Mechanical Milling

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    Zhang, Yan-ping; Takeya, Hiroyuki; Sakurai, Kenji

    2017-09-01

    For many years, cerium-aluminum systems have been extensively studied because of their unusual magnetic behavior. As the atomic radii of cerium and aluminum differ greatly from each other, a solid solution is not obtained because of the Hume-Rothery rule. Therefore, intermetallic compounds are usually studied, and structural stability is crucial for further discussion of their physical properties. The present article reports on high-energy ball milling of the intermetallic compound Ce3Al at room temperature. It has been found that non-equilibrium supersaturated Ce solid solution was formed during the milling. The solubility of aluminum was estimated as 5 to 13 at. pct from the peak shifts of the X-ray diffraction pattern. The structural changes in the initial stages of the milling were also studied.

  7. Abnormal growth of Ag3Sn intermetallic compounds in Sn-Ag lead-free solder

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    SHEN Jun; LIU Yongchang; GAO Houxiu

    2006-01-01

    The abnormal growth of Ag3Sn intermetallic compounds in eutectic Sn-3.5% Ag solder was investigated through high-temperature aging treatment. Microstructural evolutions of this solder before and after the aging treatment were observed by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. Precise differential thermal analysis was made to study the changes in enthalpies of the solder under different conditions. The results reveal that the water-cooled solder is in metastable thermodynamic state due to the high free energy of Ag3Sn nanoparticles, which sporadically distribute in the matrix as second-phase. The second-phase Ag3Sn nanoparticles aggregate rapidly and grow to form bulk intermetallic compounds due to the migration of grain boundary between primary Sn-rich phase and the Ag3Sn nanoparticles during high temperature aging treatment.

  8. Increasing strength and conductivity of Cu alloy through abnormal plastic deformation of an intermetallic compound

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    Han, Seung Zeon; Lim, Sung Hwan; Kim, Sangshik; Lee, Jehyun; Goto, Masahiro; Kim, Hyung Giun; Han, Byungchan; Kim, Kwang Ho

    2016-08-01

    The precipitation strengthening of Cu alloys inevitably accompanies lowering of their electric conductivity and ductility. We produced bulk Cu alloys arrayed with nanofibers of stiff intermetallic compound through a precipitation mechanism using conventional casting and heat treatment processes. We then successfully elongated these arrays of nanofibers in the bulk Cu alloys to 400% of original length without breakage at room temperature using conventional rolling process. By inducing such an one-directional array of nanofibers of intermetallic compound from the uniform distribution of fine precipitates in the bulk Cu alloys, the trade-off between strength and conductivity and between strength and ductility could be significantly reduced. We observed a simultaneous increase in electrical conductivity by 1.3 times and also tensile strength by 1.3 times in this Cu alloy bulk compared to the conventional Cu alloys.

  9. Control of interfacial intermetallic compounds in Fe–Al joining by Zn addition

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    Yang, J. [Key Laboratory of Robot and Welding Automation of Jiangxi Province, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi 330031 (China); Center for Advanced Materials Joining, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada); Li, Y.L., E-mail: liyulong1112ster@gmail.com [Key Laboratory of Robot and Welding Automation of Jiangxi Province, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi 330031 (China); Zhang, H. [Key Laboratory of Robot and Welding Automation of Jiangxi Province, School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Nanchang University, Nanchang, Jiangxi 330031 (China); Guo, W. [Center for Advanced Materials Joining, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada); School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Beijing 100191 (China); Zhou, Y. [Center for Advanced Materials Joining, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada N2L 3G1 (Canada)

    2015-10-01

    By Zn addition to the fusion zone, the interfacial intermetallic compounds (IMCs) of laser Al/steel joint changed from layered Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5} and needle-like FeAl{sub 3} to layered Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5−x}Zn{sub x} and dispersed FeZn{sub 10} with minor Al-rich amorphous phase. This resulted in an improvement in the joint strength and the change of failure mode.

  10. In Situ Synthesis of Nanocrystalline Intermetallic Compound Layer during Surface Mechanical Attrition Treatment of Zirconium

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    SUNCai-yun; XIEJi-jia; WUXiao-lei; HONGYou-shi; LIUGang; LUJian; LUKe

    2004-01-01

    The surface mechanical attrition treatment (SMAT) technique was developed to synthesize a nanocrystalline (NC) layer on the surface of metallic materials for upgrading their overall properties and performance. In this paper, by means of SMAT to a pure zirconium plate at the room temperature, repetitive multidirectional peening of steel shots (composition (wt%): 1C, 1.5Cr, base Fe) severely deformed the surface layer. A NC surface layer consisting of the intermetallic compound FeCr was fabricated on the surface of the zirconium. The microstructure characterization of the surface layer was performed by using X-ray diffraction analysis, optical microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy observations. The NC surface layer was about 25μm thick and consisted of the intermetallic compound FeCr with an average grain size of 25+10 nm. The deformation-induced fast diffusion of Fe and Cr from the steel shots into Zr occurred during SMAT, leading to the formation of intermetallic compound. In addition, the NC surface layer exhibited an ultrahigh nanohardness of 10.2 GPa.

  11. Syntheses and properties of several metastable and stable hydrides derived from intermetallic compounds under high hydrogen pressure

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    Filipek, S. M.; Paul-Boncour, V.; Liu, R. S.; Jacob, I.; Tsutaoka, T.; Budziak, A.; Morawski, A.; Sugiura, H.; Zachariasz, P.; Dybko, K.; Diduszko, R.

    2016-12-01

    Brief summary of our former work on high hydrogen pressure syntheses of novel hydrides and studies of their properties is supplemented with new results. Syntheses and properties of a number of hydrides (unstable, metastable or stable in ambient conditions) derived under high hydrogen pressure from intermetallic compounds, like MeT2, MeNi5, Me7T3, Y6Mn23 and YMn12 (where Me = zirconium, yttrium or rare earth; T = transition metal) are presented. Stabilization of ZrFe2H4 due to surface phenomena was revealed. Unusual role of manganese in hydride forming processes is pointed out. Hydrogen induced phase transitions, suppression of magnetism, antiferromagnetic-ferromagnetic and metal-insulator or semimetal-metal transitions are described. Equations of state (EOS) of hydrides submitted to hydrostatic pressures up to 30 GPa are presented and discussed.

  12. Low temperature properties of some Er-rich intermetallic compounds

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    K.A. Gshneidner,jr; A.O. Pecharsky; L.Hale; V.K. Pecharsky

    2004-09-30

    The low temperature volumetric heat capacity ({approx}3.5 to 350 K) and magnetic susceptibility ({approx}4 to 320 K) of Er{sub 3}Rh, Er{sub 3}Ir, Er{sub 3}Pt, Er{sub 2}Al, and Er{sub 2}Sn have been measured. All of the compounds order antiferromagnetically (or ferrimagnetically), and most exhibit more than one magnetic ordering transition. The volumetric heat capacities in general are smaller than those of the prototype magnetic regenerator materials, except for Er{sub 3}Ir in the 12 to 14 K temperature range.

  13. Rapid growth of FeAl inter-metallic compound under high undercooling conditions

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    L(U) Yongjun; WEI Bingbo

    2004-01-01

    Fe-58at%Al alloy is undercooled up to 222 K(0.15TL) with the drop tube technique. It is found that there exists a critical undercooling about 185 K, beyond which a "dendrite-equiaxed" growth morphology transition occurs in FeAI intermetallic compound. This transition is characterized by sharp decrease of its grain size. Once the undercooling exceeds 215 K, the peritectic transformation is suppressed completely and a fibrous structure is formed, which results from the cooperative growth of FeAI and FeAl2 compounds.

  14. Single crystal growth of europium and ytterbium based intermetallic compounds using metal flux technique

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    Sumanta Sarkar; Sebastian C Peter

    2012-11-01

    This article covers the use of indium as a potential metal solvent for the crystal growth of europium and ytterbium-based intermetallic compounds. A brief view about the advantage of metal flux technique and the use of indium as reactive and non-reactive flux are outlined. Large single crystals of EuGe2, EuCoGe3 and Yb2AuGe3 compounds were obtained in high yield from the reactions of the elements in liquid indium. The results presented here demonstrate that considerable advances in the discovery of single crystal growth of complex phases are achievable utilizing molten metals as solvents.

  15. Magnetocaloric effect in GdCu intermetallic compound

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    Oboz, M.; Talik, E.; Winiarski, A. [Institiute of Physics, University of Silesia, Katowice (Poland)

    2012-03-15

    A single crystal of GdCu of FeB-type was grown by the Czochralski method from a levitating melt and characterized using X-ray diffraction, dc -magnetization M(T) and ac -magnetic susceptibility (ac-{chi}). From ac and dc magnetic susceptibility a transition to the antiferromagnetic state has been found below T{sub N} = 37 K. The paramagnetic Curie temperature {theta}{sub p} and the effective magnetic moment {mu}{sub eff}were estimated assuming the Curie-Weiss law in the 100 to 300 K range and were found to be {theta}{sub p}=-37 K and {mu}{sub eff}=8.5 {mu}{sub B}. The last value is enhanced relatively to the free ion value of 7.94 {mu}{sub B} for Gd{sup 3+}. The calculated entropy changes {delta}S{sub m} for the examined compound amount to -1.22 J/K.kg, -0.6 J/K.kg and -0.09 J/K.kg at 7, 5 and 2 T respectively. (copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim) (orig.)

  16. Brittle intermetallic compound makes ultrastrong low-density steel with large ductility

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    Kim, Sang-Heon; Kim, Hansoo; Kim, Nack J.

    2015-02-01

    Although steel has been the workhorse of the automotive industry since the 1920s, the share by weight of steel and iron in an average light vehicle is now gradually decreasing, from 68.1 per cent in 1995 to 60.1 per cent in 2011 (refs 1, 2). This has been driven by the low strength-to-weight ratio (specific strength) of iron and steel, and the desire to improve such mechanical properties with other materials. Recently, high-aluminium low-density steels have been actively studied as a means of increasing the specific strength of an alloy by reducing its density. But with increasing aluminium content a problem is encountered: brittle intermetallic compounds can form in the resulting alloys, leading to poor ductility. Here we show that an FeAl-type brittle but hard intermetallic compound (B2) can be effectively used as a strengthening second phase in high-aluminium low-density steel, while alleviating its harmful effect on ductility by controlling its morphology and dispersion. The specific tensile strength and ductility of the developed steel improve on those of the lightest and strongest metallic materials known, titanium alloys. We found that alloying of nickel catalyses the precipitation of nanometre-sized B2 particles in the face-centred cubic matrix of high-aluminium low-density steel during heat treatment of cold-rolled sheet steel. Our results demonstrate how intermetallic compounds can be harnessed in the alloy design of lightweight steels for structural applications and others.

  17. High-pressure structural stability of the ductile intermetallic compound, ErCu

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    S Meenakshi

    2014-10-01

    High-pressure angle dispersive X-ray diffraction measurements up to 23.6 GPa have been carried out on the ductile intermetallic compound, ErCu. Our measurements show that the ambient CsCl structure (: -3) is stable up to the highest pressure of the present measurements. A second-order Birch–Murnaghan equation of state fit to the pressure, volume data yielded a bulk modulus of 67.6 GPa with the pressure derivative of bulk modulus fixed at 4.

  18. Regularities of formation of binary intermetallic compounds between transition and non-transition elements

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    2001-01-01

    A four-parameter model based on the extended Miedema's cellular model of alloy phases and pattern recognition methods has been used to study the regularities of the formation of binary intermetallic compounds between transition element and non-transition element. The formation criterion can be expressed as some inequities of electronegativity φ, the valence electron density in Wagner-Seitz cell nws1/3, Pauling's metallic radius R and the number of valence electrons in atom Z or their functions. According to these empirical criterions, the "unknown" binary alloy system can be predicted, the predicted result is better than that of Miedema's two-parameter model.

  19. High temperature thermal diffusivity of nickel-based superalloys and intermetallic compounds

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    Hazotte, A.; Perrot, B.; Archambault, P

    1993-01-01

    By means of an installation developed in our laboratory, we measured the thermal diffusivity (α) as a function of temperature for several single and polycrystal nickel-based superalloys as well as for different intermetallic compounds with a L12 (Ni3Al, Ni3Si, Ni3Ge, Ni3Fe, Zr3Al, Co3Ti), L10 (TiAl) or B2 (NiAl) structure. In the case of nickel-based superalloys, the experiments pointed out an unexpected but reproductible slope change in the α=f(T) curves at about 750°C, which is not explaine...

  20. High hardness in the biocompatible intermetallic compound β-Ti3Au

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    Svanidze, Eteri; Besara, Tiglet; Ozaydin, M. Fevsi; Tiwary, Chandra Sekhar; Wang, Jiakui K.; Radhakrishnan, Sruthi; Mani, Sendurai; Xin, Yan; Han, Ke; Liang, Hong; Siegrist, Theo; Ajayan, Pulickel M.; Morosan, E.

    2016-01-01

    The search for new hard materials is often challenging, but strongly motivated by the vast application potential such materials hold. Ti3Au exhibits high hardness values (about four times those of pure Ti and most steel alloys), reduced coefficient of friction and wear rates, and biocompatibility, all of which are optimal traits for orthopedic, dental, and prosthetic applications. In addition, the ability of this compound to adhere to ceramic parts can reduce both the weight and the cost of medical components. The fourfold increase in the hardness of Ti3Au compared to other Ti–Au alloys and compounds can be attributed to the elevated valence electron density, the reduced bond length, and the pseudogap formation. Understanding the origin of hardness in this intermetallic compound provides an avenue toward designing superior biocompatible, hard materials. PMID:27453942

  1. New intermetallic compounds with the ErCuCd{sub 2} type of structure

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    Zelinska, O.Ya.; Solokha, P.G.; Pavlyuk, V.V

    2004-03-24

    The crystal structure of new RTZn{sub 2} intermetallic compounds (R=La, Ce, Tb; T=Co, Cu) was determined. The X-ray diffraction data showed that these compounds are isostructural to the new ternary compound ErCuCd{sub 2}, which was found to crystallize with a superstructure of the ErCd{sub 3} structure type (space group Cmcm, Pearson code oS16, a=0.7097(1) nm, b=1.0659(3) nm, c=0.4471(1) nm, V=0.3382(2) nm{sup 3}, Z=4). The obtained reliability factors are R{sub F}=0.0240 and R{sub w}=0.1127 for 235 unique reflections (vertical barF{sub 0} vertical bar>4.00{sigma}|F{sub 0}|)

  2. Intermetallic nanoparticles

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    Singh, Dileep; Yusufoglu, Yusuf; Timofeeva, Elena; Routbort, Jules L.

    2017-01-03

    A process for preparing intermetallic nanoparticles of two or more metals is provided. In particular, the process includes the steps: a) dispersing nanoparticles of a first metal in a solvent to prepare a first metal solution, b) forming a reaction mixture with the first metal solution and a reducing agent, c) heating the reaction mixture to a reaction temperature; and d) adding a second metal solution containing a salt of a second metal to the reaction mixture. During this process, intermetallic nanoparticles, which contain a compound with the first and second metals are formed. The intermetallic nanoparticles with uniform size and a narrow size distribution is also provided. An electrochemical device such as a battery with the intermetallic nanoparticles is also provided.

  3. Intermetallic nanoparticles

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    Singh, Dileep; Yusufoglu, Yusuf; Timofeeva, Elena; Routbort, Jules

    2015-07-14

    A process for preparing intermetallic nanoparticles of two or more metals is provided. In particular, the process includes the steps: a) dispersing nanoparticles of a first metal in a solvent to prepare a first metal solution, b) forming a reaction mixture with the first metal solution and a reducing agent, c) heating the reaction mixture to a reaction temperature; and d) adding a second metal solution containing a salt of a second metal to the reaction mixture. During this process, intermetallic nanoparticles, which contain a compound with the first and second metals are formed. The intermetallic nanoparticles with uniform size and a narrow size distribution is also provided. An electrochemical device such as a battery with the intermetallic nanoparticles is also provided.

  4. Structural stability and masnetism of metastable Ni-Pt intermetallic compounds studied by ab initio calculation

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    CHE XingLai; LI diaHao; DAI Ye; LIU BaiXin

    2009-01-01

    The self-consistent electronic structure calculations were carried out with the accurate frozen-core full-potential projector augmented-wave method on 13 Ni-Pt intermetallic compounds of simple crys-talline structures, i.e. A15, D019, D03 and L12 Ni3Pt and NiPt3, and α-NiAs, B1, B2, L28, and L10 NiPt. The calculations reveal that the L12 Ni3Pt, L10 NiPt and L12 NiPt3 are energetically more stable than their respective competitive structures, indicating that the three structures may be formed in some appro-priate conditions. The obtained results match well with the experimental observation or other theory predictions. It is found that there is hybridization between Ni 3d and Pt 5d states, which may signifi-cantly affect the structural stability and magnetism of metastable Ni-Pt intermetallic compounds.

  5. Thermodynamic Aspects of Nanostructured CoAl Intermetallic Compound during Mechanical Alloying

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    S.N. Hosseini; T. Mousavi; F. Karimzadeh; M.H. Enayati

    2011-01-01

    The nanostructured CoAl intermetallic compound was produced by mechanical alloying (MA) of the Co50Al50 elemental powder mixture in a planetary high energy ball mill. The ordered B2-CoAl structure with the grain size of about 6 nm was formed via a gradual reaction after 10 h of MA. A thermodynamic analysis of the process was also done. The results showed that the intermetallic compound of CoAl had the minimum Gibbs free energy compared to solid solution and amorphous states indicating the initial MA product was the most stable phase in the Co-Al system which was changed to a partially disordered structure with a steady long-range order of 0.82 at further milling. This amount of disordering caused the enthalpy of final product to show an increase of about 5.1 kJ·mol-1. Calculation of enthalpy related to the triple defect formation revealed that the enthalpy required for Al anti-sites formation was about 3 times greater than that for Co anti-sites formation.

  6. Structural stability and magnetism of metastable Ni-Pt intermetallic compounds studied by ab initio calculation

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    2009-01-01

    The self-consistent electronic structure calculations were carried out with the accurate frozen-core full-potential projector augmented-wave method on 13 Ni-Pt intermetallic compounds of simple crystalline structures,i.e. A15,D019,D03 and L12 Ni3Pt and NiPt3,and α-NiAs,B1,B2,L2a,and L10 NiPt. The calculations reveal that the L12 Ni3Pt,L10 NiPt and L12 NiPt3 are energetically more stable than their respective competitive structures,indicating that the three structures may be formed in some appropriate conditions. The obtained results match well with the experimental observation or other theory predictions. It is found that there is hybridization between Ni 3d and Pt 5d states,which may significantly affect the structural stability and magnetism of metastable Ni-Pt intermetallic compounds.

  7. Elastic and mechanical properties of Mg3Rh intermetallic compound: An ab initio study

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    S. Boucetta

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, density functional theory plane-wave pseudo potential method, with local density approximation (LDA and generalized gradient approximation (GGA are used to investigate the structural, elastic, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of the intermetallic compound Mg3Rh. Comparison of the calculated equilibrium lattice constants and experimental data shows very good agreement. The elastic constants were determined from a linear fit of the calculated stress-strain function according to Hooke's law. From the elastic constants, the bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E, Poisson's ratio σ, anisotropy factor A, the ratio B/G and the hardness parameter H for Mg3Rh compound are obtained. Our calculated elastic constants indicate that the ground state structure of Mg3Rh is mechanically stable. The calculation results show that this intermetallic crystal is stiff, elastically anisotropic and ductile material. The sound velocities and Debye temperature are also predicted from elastic constants. This is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of these properties.

  8. Thermodynamic calculation of intermetallic compounds in AZ91 alloy containing calcium

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    WU Yu-feng; DU Wen-bo; NIE Zuo-ren; CAO Lin-feng; ZUO Tie-yong

    2006-01-01

    Based on the Miedema model and Chou model, the activities of different solute components in Mg-Al-Zn, Mg-Ca-Zn and Mg-Al-Ca ternary systems were calculated. The results show that the variety of zinc content has little influence on the activity of Al or Ca, and the interaction of Zn and Al or Ca can be neglected when the mass fraction of Zn is lower than 2% in the AZ91 alloy containing calcium (noted as Mg-Al-Zn-Ca system). Therefore, the possible intermetallic compounds in the Mg-Al-Zn-Ca system can be predicted by directly calculating the Gibbs free energies of the reactions in Mg-Al-Ca system. The calculated Gibbs free energies in the Mg-Al-Ca system indicate that Al2Ca phase can take priority of depositing, which agrees with the experimental results in references. The consistency of calculation and experiment proves that the intermetallic compounds in the Mg-Al-Zn-Ca system can be predicted by the Miedema model and Chou model.

  9. Effect of intermetallic compounds on the thermal conductivity of Ti-Cu composites

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    Jagannadham, K., E-mail: jag-kasichainula@ncsu.edu [Materials Science and Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695 (United States)

    2016-03-15

    Ti films were deposited by magnetron sputtering on polycrystalline Cu substrates. The samples were annealed at different temperatures and characterized by x-ray diffraction for phase identification, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectrometry for microstructure and composition and transient thermoreflectance for thermal conductivity and interface thermal conductance. The results showed that the diffused layer of Ti in Cu contained intermetallic compounds and solid solution of Ti in Cu. The thermal conductivity of the diffused layer is reduced, and the thickness increased for higher annealing temperature. The interface thermal conductance also decreased for higher temperature of annealing. A stable Cu{sub 4}Ti phase was formed after annealing at 725 °C with thermal conductivity of 10 W m{sup −1} K{sup −1}. The interface thermal conductance between the intermetallic compound and the solid solution of Ti in Cu also was reduced to 30 MW m{sup −2} K{sup −1}. The effective thermal resistance of the diffused layer and the interface was found to increase for higher annealing temperature.

  10. Effects of surface polishing and annealing on the optical conductivity of intermetallic compounds

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    Rhee, J Y

    1999-01-01

    The optical conductivity spectra of several intermetallic compounds were measured by spectroscopic ellipsometry. Three spectra were measured for each compound; just after the sample was mechanically polished, at high temperature, and after the sample was annealed at 110 .deg. C for at least one day and cooled to room temperature. An equiatomic FeTi alloy showed the typical effects of annealing after mechanical polishing of surface. The spectrum after annealing had a larger magnitude and sharper structures than the spectrum before annealing. We also observed shifts of peaks in the spectrum. A relatively low-temperature annealing gave rise to unexpectedly substantial effects, and the effects were explained by recrystallization and/or a disorder -> order transition of the surface of the sample which was damaged and, hence, became highly disordered by mechanical polishing. Similar effects were also observed when the sample temperature was lowered. The observed changes upon annealing could partly be explained by p...

  11. First principles calculations of the optical and plasmonic response of Au alloys and intermetallic compounds.

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    Keast, V J; Barnett, R L; Cortie, M B

    2014-07-30

    Pure Au is widely used in plasmonic applications even though its use is compromised by significant losses due to damping. There are some elements that are less lossy than Au (e.g. Ag or Al) but they will normally oxidize or corrode under ambient conditions. Here we examine whether alloying Au with a second element would be beneficial for plasmonic applications. In order to evaluate potential alternatives to pure Au, the density of states (DOS), dielectric function and plasmon quality factor have been calculated for alloys and compounds of Au with Al, Cd, Mg, Pd, Pt, Sn, Ti, Zn and Zr. Substitutional alloying of Au with Al, Cd, Mg and Zn was found to slightly improve the plasmonic response. Of the large number of intermetallic compounds studied, only AuAl2, Au3Cd, AuMg, AuCd and AuZn were found to be suitable for plasmonic applications.

  12. Study of the hyperfine magnetic field acting on Ce probes substituting for the rare earth and the magnetic ordering in intermetallic compounds RAg (R=rare earth) by first principles calculations; Estudo do campo hiperfino magnetico na sonda de Ce colocada nos compostos intermetalicos do tipo RAg (R=terra rara) e do ordenamento magnetico desses compostos usando calculos de primeiros principios

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    Pereira, Luciano Fabricio Dias

    2006-07-01

    In this work the magnetic hyperfine field acting on Ce atoms substituting the rare-earths in R Ag compounds (R = Gd e Nd) was studied by means of first-principles electronic structure calculations. The employed method was the Augmented Plane Waves plus local orbitals (APW+lo), embodied in the WIEN2k program, within the framework of the Density Functional Theory (DFT) and with the Generalized Gradient Approximation (GGA) for the exchange and correlation potential. The super-cell approach was utilized in order to simulate for the Ce atoms acting as impurities in the R Ag matrix. In order to improve for correlation effects within the 4f shells, a Hubbard term was added to the DFT Hamiltonian, within a procedure called GGA+U. It was found that the magnetic hyperfine field (MHF) generated by the Ce 4f electron is the main component of the total MHF and that the Ce 4f ground state level is probably a combination of the m{sub l} = -2 and m{sub l} = -1 sub-levels. In addition, the ground-state magnetic structure was determined for Ho Ag and Nd Ag by observing the behavior of the total energy as a function of the lattice volume for several possible magnetic ordering in these compounds, namely, ferromagnetic, and the (0,0,{pi}), ({pi},{pi},0) and (({pi},{pi},{pi}) types of anti-ferromagnetic ordering of rare-earth atoms. It was found that the ground-state magnetic structure is anti-ferromagnetic of type ({pi},{pi},0) for both, the Ho Ag and Nd Ag compounds. The energy difference of the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic ordering is very small in the case of the Nd Ag compound. (author)

  13. Solid-gas and electrochemical hydrogenation properties of pseudo-binary (Ti,Zr)Ni intermetallic compounds

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    Guiose, B.; Cuevas, F.; Decamps, B.; Percheron-Guegan, A. [Equipe de Chimie Metallurgique des Terres Rares, ICMPE, UMR7182, CNRS, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais Cedex (France)

    2008-10-15

    Hydrogenation properties of pseudo-binary Ti{sub 1.02-x}Zr{sub x}Ni{sub 0.98} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.48) intermetallic compounds have been investigated. The substitution of Zr for Ti in TiNi compound leads to a high increase of the storage capacity both in solid-gas reaction (1.4 hydrogen atoms per formula unit, H f.u.{sup -1} for TiNi and 2.6 H f.u.{sup -1} for the substituted compounds) and electrochemical reaction (150 mAhg{sup -1} for TiNi and {proportional_to}350 mAhg{sup -1} for the substituted compounds). The high capacity of the substituted compounds is closely linked to the martensitic transformation that occurs in TiNi-type intermetallic compounds. (author)

  14. Competitive Nucleation and Rapid Growth of Co-Si Intermetallic Compounds during Eutectic Solidification under Containerless Processing Condition

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    Wenjing Yao; Zipeng Ye; Nan Wang; Xiujun Han; Jianyuan Wang; Xixing Wen

    2011-01-01

    The liquid-solid transitions of (Co2Si+CoSi) and (CoSi+CoSi2) eutectic alloys were realized in drop tube and the rapid eutectic growth mechanism of intermetallic compounds was examined. The experimental and calculated results indicate that with increasing Co content, the intermetallic compound prefers nucleating primarily. The eutectic microstructures experience the transitions of 'lamellar-anomalous-divorced' eutectic with undercooling. In undercooled state, the growth of CoSi intermetallic compound always lags behind others, and no matter how large the undercooling is, this intermetallic compound grows under the solutal diffusion control The calculated coupled zone demonstrates that (Co2Si+CoSi) eutectic can form within certain undercooling regime, when the composition is in the range from 23.6% to 25.4% Si. And the calculated coupled zone of (CoSi+CoSi2) covers a composition range from 40.8% to 43.8% Si.

  15. Effect of Intermetallic Compound Phases on the Mechanical Properties of the Dissimilar Al/Cu Friction Stir Welded Joints

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    Khodir, S. A.; Ahmed, M. M. Z.; Ahmed, Essam; Mohamed, Shaymaa M. R.; Abdel-Aleem, H.

    2016-11-01

    Types and distribution of intermetallic compound phases and their effects on the mechanical properties of dissimilar Al/Cu friction stir welded joints were investigated. Three different rotation speeds of 1000, 1200 and 1400 rpm were used with two welding speeds of 20 and 50 mm/min. The results show that the microstructures inside the stir zone were greatly affected by the rotation speed. Complex layered structures that containing intermetallic compound phases such as CuAl2, Al4Cu9 were formed in the stir zone. Their amount found to be increased with increasing rotation speed. However, the increasing of the rotation speed slightly lowered the hardness of the stir zone. Many sharp hardness peaks in the stir zones were found as a result of the intermetallic compounds formed, and the highest peaks of 420 Hv were observed at a rotation speed of 1400 rpm. The joints ultimate tensile strength reached a maximum value of 105 MPa at the rotation speed of 1200 rpm and travel speed of 20 mm/min with the joint efficiency ranged between 88 and 96% of the aluminum base metal. At the travel speed of 50 mm/min, the maximum value of the ultimate tensile strength was 96 MPa at rotation speed of 1400 rpm with the joint efficiency ranged between 79 and 90%. The fracture surfaces of tensile test specimens showed no evidence for the effect of the brittle intermetallic compounds in the stir zones on the tensile strength of the joints.

  16. Novel RZn{sub 2}Ga{sub 2} (R = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm) intermetallic compounds with BaAl{sub 4}-type structure

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    Verbovytskyy, Yu., E-mail: yuryvv@bigmir.ne [Departamento de Quimica, Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear/CFMC-UL, Estrada Nacional 10, P-2686-953 Sacavem Codex (Portugal); Kaczorowski, D. [Institute of Low Temperature and Structure Research, Polish Academy of Sciences, P.O. Box 1410, 50-950 Wroclaw (Poland); Goncalves, A.P. [Departamento de Quimica, Instituto Tecnologico e Nuclear/CFMC-UL, Estrada Nacional 10, P-2686-953 Sacavem Codex (Portugal)

    2010-10-15

    Research highlights: {yields} Intermetallic RZn{sub 2}Ga{sub 2} (R = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm) compounds crystallize in tetragonal BaAl{sub 4}-type structure. {yields} Unit cell volume of all gallides gradually decreases along the R series, just in agreement with the so-called lanthanide contraction mechanism. {yields} The Pr-, Nd- and Sm-based compounds order antiferromagnetically at low temperatures with likely contribution of some ferromagnetic components. - Abstract: Novel RZn{sub 2}Ga{sub 2} intermetallics with R = La, Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm have been synthesized and characterized with regards to their crystal structures and magnetic properties. The compounds form with a tetragonal structure of the BaAl{sub 4} type (space group I4/mmm). Except for LaZn{sub 2}Ga{sub 2}, they exhibit localised magnetism due to the presence of magnetic moments on the respective trivalent rare earth ions. The Pr-, Nd- and Sm-based compounds order antiferromagnetically at low temperatures with likely contribution of some ferromagnetic components.

  17. Intermetallic Compound Formation Mechanisms for Cu-Sn Solid-Liquid Interdiffusion Bonding

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    Liu, H.; Wang, K.; Aasmundtveit, K. E.; Hoivik, N.

    2012-09-01

    Cu-Sn solid-liquid interdiffusion (SLID) bonding is an evolving technique for wafer-level packaging which features robust, fine pitch and high temperature tolerance. The mechanisms of Cu-Sn SLID bonding for wafer-level bonding and three-dimensional (3-D) packaging applications have been studied by analyzing the microstructure evolution of Cu-Sn intermetallic compounds (IMCs) at elevated temperature up to 400°C. The bonding time required to achieve a single IMC phase (Cu3Sn) in the final interconnects was estimated according to the parabolic growth law with consideration of defect-induced deviation. The effect of predominantly Cu metal grain size on the Cu-Sn interdiffusion rate is discussed. The temperature versus time profile (ramp rate) is critical to control the morphology of scallops in the IMC. A low temperature ramp rate before reaching the bonding temperature is believed to be favorable in a SLID wafer-level bonding process.

  18. Ceramic bonding and joint's strengthening through forming intermetallic compounds in situ

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    邹贵生; 吴爱萍; 任家烈; 杨俊; 赵文庆

    2004-01-01

    The transient liquid phase diffusion bonding of Si3 N4 ceramics with Ti/Ni/Ti and Al/Ti/Al multiple interlayers was performed. The formation of intermetallic compounds in situ and their effects on the joints' strengths were investigated. The Ti/Ni/Ti interlayers produce NiTi and Ni3 Ti layers with considerable room temperature ductility and high elevated temperature strength to strengthen the bonding zone metals and the joints. The joints with 142 MPa shear strength at room temperature and 88 MPa shear strength at 800 ℃ are achieved under appropriate parameters, respectively. Al/Ti/Al interlayers transform into a special bonding zone metal with a large amount of Al3Ti particles and a small amount of Al-based solid solution, and in this case, the joints are strengthened significantly. Their strengths at room temperature and 600 ℃ reach 90 MPa and 30 MPa, respectively.

  19. Self-diffusion of Ni in the intermetallic compound Ni{sub 3}Al

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    Chen Guoxiang [School of Science, Xi' an Shiyou University, Xi' an 710065, Shaanxi (China)], E-mail: guoxchen@xsyu.edu.cn; Wang Doudou [Institute of Telecommunication Engineering of the Air Force Engineering University (AFEU1), Xi' an 710077, Shaanxi (China); Zhang Jianmin [College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Changan South Road, Xi' an 710062, Shaanxi (China); Huo Hanping [School of Science, Xi' an Shiyou University, Xi' an 710065, Shaanxi (China); Xu Kewei [State-Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xi' an Jiaotong University, Xi' an 710049, Shaanxi (China)

    2008-10-01

    Combining molecular dynamic (MD) simulation with modified analytic embedded-atom method (MAEAM) potential, the defect formation, migration and activation energies of Ni self-diffusion in intermetallic compound Ni{sub 3}Al have been calculated for five diffusion mechanisms, nearest-neighbor (NN) jump, next-nearest-neighbor (NNN) jump, straight [0 1 0] six-jump cycle (6JC), bent [0 1 0] 6JC and two concerted jumps. The results show that the Ni self-diffusion is dominated by the NN jump since it requires essentially the lowest migration or activation energy (Q=2.511 eV) in the five diffusion mechanisms. This is consistent with the experimental results.

  20. Surface structure and energy of B2 type intermetallic compound NiAl

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    Zhang Jianmin [College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710062, Shaanxi (China)], E-mail: jianm_zhang@yahoo.com; Wang Doudou [College of Physics and Information Technology, Shaanxi Normal University, Xian 710062, Shaanxi (China); Institute of Telecommunication Engineering of the Air Force Engineering University (AFEU1), Xian 710077, Shaanxi (China); Chen Guoxiang [School of Science, Xian Shiyou University, Xian 710065, Shaanxi (China); Xu Kewei [State Key Laboratory for Mechanical Behavior of Materials, Xian Jiaotong University, Xian 710049, Shaanxi (China)

    2008-02-15

    The surface structure and energies for 22 surfaces of NiAl, an ordered intermetallic compound of B2 structure, have been studied by using embedded atom method. The results show that, for alternating Ni and Al surfaces with odd numbers of the sum of their three Miller indices, the energy difference between the Ni terminated surface and Al terminated surface increase linearly with increasing the interlayer distance. So from surface energy minimization, the Al terminated surface is favorable for each alternating Ni and Al surface. This is in agreement with experimental results. However, the energy of the (1 1 0) surface belonged to the other kind of the surface consisted of stoichiometric atomic layers and with even numbers of the sum of their three Miller indices, is the lowest in all two kinds of the surfaces. Therefore the (1 1 0) texture of NiAl appears mostly in the experiments.

  1. Intermetallic compounds, copper and palladium alloys in Au-Pd ore of the Skaergaard pluton, Greenland

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    Rudashevsky, N. S.; Rudashevsky, V. N.; Nielsen, T. F. D.

    2015-12-01

    Copper-palladium intermetallic compounds and alloys (2314 grains) from the Au-Pd ore of the Skaergaard layered gabbroic pluton have been studied. Skaergaardite PdCu, nielsenite PdCu3, (Cu,Pd)β, (Cu,Pd)α, (Pd,Cu,Au,Pt) alloys, and native palladium have been identified as a result of 1680 microprobe analyses. The average compositions and various chemical varieties of these minerals are characterized, as well as vertical and lateral zoning in distribution of noble metals. The primary Pd-Cu alloys were formed within a wide temperature interval broadly synchronously with cooling and crystallization of host gabbro and in close association with separation of Fe-Cu sulfide liquid. In the course of crystallization of residual gabbroic melt enriched in iron, noble and heavy metals and saturated with the supercritical aqueous fluid, PGE and Au are selectively concentrated in the Fe-Cu sulfide phase as Pd-Cu and Cu-Au alloys.

  2. Magneto-caloric effect in the pseudo-binary intermetallic YPrFe{sub 17} compound

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    Alvarez, Pablo [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Gorria, Pedro, E-mail: pgorria@uniovi.es [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Sanchez Llamazares, Jose L. [Division de Materiales Avanzados, Instituto Potosino de Investigacion Cientifica y Tecnologica, Camino a la presa San Jose 2055, CP 78216, San Luis Potosi (Mexico); Perez, Maria J. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Franco, Victorino [Departamento de Fisica de la Materia Condensada, ICMSE-CSIC, Universidad de Sevilla, P.O. Box 1065, 41080 Sevilla (Spain); Reiffers, Marian; Kovac, Jozef [Institute of Experimental Physics, Watsonova 47, SK-04001 Kosice (Slovakia); Puente-Orench, Ines [Institute Laue Langevin, 6 rue Jules Horowitz, 38042 Grenoble (France); Blanco, Jesus A. [Departamento de Fisica, Universidad de Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo, s/n, 33007 Oviedo (Spain)

    2011-12-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer YPrFe{sub 17} exhibits a broad {Delta}S{sub M}(T) associated with the ferro-to-paramagnetic phase transition (T{sub C} Almost-Equal-To 290 K). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer We obtain |{Delta}S{sub M}| Almost-Equal-To 2.3 J kg{sup -1} K{sup -1} and RCP Almost-Equal-To 100 J kg{sup -1}for a magnetic field change of 1.5 T. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A single master curve for {Delta}S{sub M} is found when compared with other isostructural R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17} binary alloys. - Abstract: We have synthesized the intermetallic YPrFe{sub 17} compound by arc-melting. X-ray and neutron powder diffraction show that the crystal structure is rhombohedral with R3{sup Macron }m space group (Th{sub 2}Zn{sub 17}-type). The investigated compound exhibits a broad isothermal magnetic entropy change {Delta}S{sub M}(T) associated with the ferro-to-paramagnetic phase transition (T{sub C} Almost-Equal-To 290 K). The |{Delta}S{sub M}| ( Almost-Equal-To 2.3 J kg{sup -1} K{sup -1}) and the relative cooling power ( Almost-Equal-To 100 J kg{sup -1}) have been calculated for applied magnetic field changes up to 1.5 T. A single master curve for {Delta}S{sub M} under different values of the magnetic field change can be obtained by a rescaling of the temperature axis. The results are compared and discussed in terms of the magneto-caloric effect in the isostructural R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17} (R = Y, Pr and Nd) binary intermetallic alloys.

  3. The formation of intermetallic compounds during interdiffusion of Mg–Al/Mg–Ce diffusion couples

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    Dai, Jiahong [College of Materials Science and Engineering, National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Jiang, Bin, E-mail: jiangbinrong@cqu.edu.cn [College of Materials Science and Engineering, National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Chongqing Academy of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401123 (China); Li, Xin [College of Materials Science and Engineering, National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Yang, Qingshan [College of Materials Science and Engineering, National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Chongqing Academy of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401123 (China); Dong, Hanwu [Chongqing Academy of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401123 (China); Xia, Xiangsheng [No. 59 Institute of China Ordnance Industry, Chongqing 400039 (China); Pan, Fusheng [College of Materials Science and Engineering, National Engineering Research Center for Magnesium Alloys, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044 (China); Chongqing Academy of Science and Technology, Chongqing 401123 (China)

    2015-01-15

    Graphical abstract: Al–Ce intermetallic compounds (IMCs) formed in Mg–Al/Mg–Ce diffusion couples. During the whole diffusion process, Al was the dominant diffusing species, and it substituted for Mg atoms of the Mg–Ce substrate. Five Al–Ce IMCs of Al{sub 4}Ce, Al{sub 11}Ce{sub 3}, Al{sub 3}Ce, Al{sub 2}Ce, and AlCe were formed via the reaction of Al and Ce. - Highlights: • Al–Ce IMCs formation in the Mg–Al/Mg–Ce diffusion couples was studied. • Formation of Al{sub 4}Ce as the first phase was rationalized using the Gibbs free energy. • The activation energy for the growth of the diffusion reaction zones was 36.6 kJ/mol. - Abstract: The formation of Al–Ce intermetallic compounds (IMCs) during interdiffusion of Mg–Al/Mg–Ce diffusion couples prepared by solid–liquid contact method was investigated at 623 K, 648 K and 673 K for 24 h, 48 h and 72 h, respectively. During the whole diffusion process, Al was the dominant diffusing species, and it substituted for Mg of the Mg–Ce substrate. Five Al–Ce IMCs of Al{sub 4}Ce, Al{sub 11}Ce{sub 3}, Al{sub 3}Ce, Al{sub 2}Ce and AlCe were formed via the reaction of Al and Ce. The formation of Al{sub 4}Ce as the first kind of IMC was rationalized on the basis of an effective Gibbs free energy model. The activation energy for the growth of the total diffusion reaction layer was 36.6 kJ/mol.

  4. Intermetallic M--Sn.sub.5 (M=Fe, Cu, Co, Ni) compound and a method of synthesis thereof

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    Wang, Xiao-Liang; Han, Weiqiang

    2017-09-05

    Novel intermetallic materials are provided that are composed of tin and one or more additional metal(s) having a formula M.sub.(1-x)-Sn.sub.5, where -0.1.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.5, with 0.01.ltoreq.x.ltoreq.0.4 being more preferred and the second metallic element (M) is selected from iron (Fe), copper (Cu), cobalt (Co), nickel (Ni), and a combination of two or more of those metals. Due to low concentration of the second metallic element, the intermetallic compound affords an enhanced capacity applicable for electrochemical cells and may serve as an intermediate phase between Sn and MSn.sub.2. A method of synthesizing these intermetallic materials is also disclosed.

  5. Surface structure of the Ag-In-(rare earth) complex intermetallics

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    Hars, S. S.; Sharma, H. R.; Smerdon, J. A.; Yadav, T. P.; Al-Mahboob, A.; Ledieu, J.; Fournée, V.; Tamura, R.; McGrath, R.

    2016-05-01

    We present a study of the surface structure of the Ag-In-RE (RE: rare-earth elements Gd, Tb, and Yb) complex intermetallics using scanning tunneling microscopy and low-energy electron diffraction. The surface of the Ag-In-Yb approximant prepared by sputter-annealing methods under ultrahigh-vacuum conditions produces a flat (100) surface with no facets. However, the Ag-In-Gd and Ag-In-Tb 1/1 approximants, which have a surface miscut of about 12∘ relative to the (100) plane, develop surface facets along various crystallographic directions. The structure of each facet can be explained as a truncation of the rhombic triacontahedral clusters, i.e., the main building blocks of these systems. Despite their differences in atomic structure, symmetry, and density, the facets show common features. The facet planes are In rich. The analysis of the nearest-neighbor atom distances suggests that In atoms form bonds with the RE atoms, which we suggest is a key factor that stabilizes even low-density facet planes.

  6. Preparing Fe5C2 Intermetallic Compound by Mechanical Alloying Method at Room Temperature and Normal Pressure

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    何正明; 钟敏建; 沈伟星; 张正明

    2003-01-01

    Single phase Fe5C2 intermetallic compound was prepared by mechanical alloying method. The phase and crystal structure of sample were analyzed with X-ray differaction spectrum. The decomposing temperature of the Fe5C2 compound is 596.4℃ determined by the DSC curve. It is further shown that the size of nanometer crystal grain is an important condition for carrying out the solid state reaction at room temperature and normal pressure.

  7. Effects of filling material and laser power on the formation of intermetallic compounds during laser-assisted friction stir butt welding of steel and aluminum alloys

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    Fei, Xinjiang; Jin, Xiangzhong; Peng, Nanxiang; Ye, Ying; Wu, Sigen; Dai, Houfu

    2016-11-01

    In this paper, two kinds of materials, Ni and Zn, are selected as filling material during laser-assisted friction stir butt welding of Q235 steel and 6061-T6 aluminum alloy, and their influences on the formation of intermetallic compounds on the steel/aluminum interface of the joints were first studied. SEM was used to analyze the profile of the intermetallic compound layer and the fractography of tensile fracture surfaces. In addition, EDS was applied to investigate the types of the intermetallic compounds. The results indicate that a thin iron-abundant intermetallic compound layer forms and ductile fracture mode occurs when Ni is added, but a thick aluminum-abundant intermetallic compound layer generates and brittle fracture mode occurs when Zn is added. So the tensile strength of the welds with Ni as filling material is greater than that with Zn as filling material. Besides, the effect of laser power on the formation of intermetallic compound layer when Ni is added was investigated. The preheated temperature field produced by laser beam in the cross section of workpiece was calculated, and the tensile strength of the joints at different laser powers was tested. Results show that only when suitable laser power is adopted, can suitable preheating temperature of the steel reach, then can thin intermetallic compound layer form and high tensile strength of the joints reach. Either excessive or insufficient laser power will reduce the tensile strength of the joints.

  8. Observation of superconductivity in the intermetallic compound β-IrSn4.

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    Tran, Vinh Hung; Bukowski, Zbigniew; Wiśniewski, Piotr; Tran, Lan Maria; Zaleski, Andrzej J

    2013-04-17

    Low-temperature dc-magnetization, ac electrical resistivity and specific heat measurements were performed on single crystals of the intermetallic compound β-IrSn4. The compound crystallizes in the tetragonal MoSn4-type structure (space group I41/acd) and exhibits superconductivity below Tc = 0.9 ± 0.05 K. Further, the magnitude of the ratios ΔCp/(γnkBTc) = 1.29, 2Δ/(kBTc) = 3.55 and of the electron-phonon coupling λ[overline](e-ph) = 0.5 imply that superconductivity in β-IrSn4 can be ascribed to a s-wave weak coupling regime. We determined crucial thermodynamic characteristics of the superconducting state. It turned out that depending on the assumption of either a spherical or non-spherical Fermi surface, the superconductivity can be ascribed to either a type-I and type-II/1 or type-II in clean limit, respectively. However, the behavior of the upper critical field and the anisotropic crystalline structure of the studied compound provide strong support to the type-II superconductivity. In the normal state the resistivity exhibits a prominent quadratic temperature dependence, which together with a large Kadowaki-Woods ratio and with the enhanced effective mass indicate that the electrons in β-IrSn4 are strongly correlated.

  9. Growth of a Au-Ni-Sn intermetallic compound on the solder-substrate interface after aging

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    Minor, Andrew M.; Morris, J.W., Jr.

    1999-12-16

    Au/Ni metallization has become increasingly common in microelectronic packaging when Cu pads are joined with Pb-Sn solder. The outermost Au layer serves to protect the pad from corrosion and oxidation and the Ni layer provides a diffusion barrier to inhibit detrimental growth of Cu-Sn intermetallics. As a result of reflowing eutectic Pb-Sn on top of Au/Ni metallization, the as-solidified joints have AuSn{sub 4} precipitates distributed throughout the bulk of the solder joint, and Ni{sub 3}Sn{sub 4} intermetallics at the interface. Recent work has shown that the Au-Sn redeposits onto the interface during aging, compromising the strength of the joint. The present work shows that the redeposited intermetallic layer is a ternary compound with stoichiometry Au{sub 0.5}Ni{sub 0.5}Sn{sub 4}. The growth of this intermetallic layer was investigated, and results show that the ternary compound is observed to grow after as little as 3 hours at 150 C and after 3 weeks at 150 C has grown to a thickness of 10 {micro}m. Additionally, methods for inhibiting the growth of the ternary layer were investigated and it was determined that multiple reflows, both with and without additional aging can substantially limit the thickness of the ternary layer.

  10. Growth of a Au-Ni-Sn intermetallic compound on the solder-substrate interface after aging

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    Minor, Andrew M. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States)

    1999-12-01

    Au/Ni metallization has become increasingly common in microelectronic packaging when Cu pads are joined with Pb-Sn solder. The outermost Au layer serves to protect the pad from corrosion and oxidation and the Ni layer provides a diffusion barrier to inhibit detrimental growth of Cu-Sn intermetallics. As a result of reflowing eutectic Pb-Sn on top of Au/Ni metallization, the as-solidified joints have AuSn4 precipitates distributed throughout the bulk of the solder joint, and Ni3Sn4 intermetallics at the interface. Recent work has shown that the Au-Sn redeposits onto the interface during aging, compromising the strength of the joint. The present work shows that the redeposited intermetallic layer is a ternary compound with stoichiometry Au0.5Ni0.5Sn4. The growth of this intermetallic layer was investigated, and results show that the ternary compound is observed to grow after as little as 3 hours at 150°C and after 3 weeks at 150°C has grown to a thickness of 10 μm. Additionally, methods for inhibiting the growth of the ternary layer were investigated and it was determined that multiple reflows, both with and without additional aging can substantially limit the thickness of the ternary layer.

  11. Structural stability of intermetallic compounds of Mg-Al-Ca alloy

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    ZHOU Dian-wu; LIU Jin-shui; ZHANG Jian; PENG Ping

    2007-01-01

    A first-principles plane-wave pseudopotential method based on the density functional theory was used to investigate the energetic and electronic structures of intermetallic compounds of Mg-Al-Ca alloy, such as Al2Ca, Al4Ca and Mg2Ca. The negative formation heat, the cohesive energies and Gibbs energies of these compounds were estimated from the electronic structure calculations, and their structural stability was also analyzed. The results show that Al2Ca phase has the strongest alloying ability as well as the highest structural stability, next Al4Ca, finally Mg2Ca. After comparing the density of states of Al2Ca, Al4Ca and Mg2Ca phases, it is found that the highest structural stability of Al2Ca is attributed to an increase in the bonding electron numbers in lower energy range below Fermi level, which mainly originates from the contribution of valence electron numbers of Ca(s) and Ca(p) orbits, while the lowest structural stability of Mg2Ca is resulted from the least bonding electron numbers near Fermi level.

  12. Theoretical study of elastic, mechanical and thermodynamic properties of MgRh intermetallic compound

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    S. Boucetta

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In the last years, Magnesium alloys are known to be of great technological importance and high scientific interest. In this work, density functional theory plane-wave pseudo potential method, with local density approximation (LDA and generalized gradient approximation (GGA are used to perform first-principles quantum mechanics calculations in order to investigate the structural, elastic and mechanical properties of the intermetallic compound MgRh with a CsCl-type structure. Comparison of the calculated equilibrium lattice constant and experimental data shows good agreement. The elastic constants were determined from a linear fit of the calculated stress–strain function according to Hooke's law. From the elastic constants, the bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E, Poisson's ratio σ, anisotropy factor A and the ratio B/G for MgRh compound are obtained. The sound velocities and Debye temperature are also predicted from elastic constants. Finally, the linear response method has been used to calculate the thermodynamic properties. The temperature dependence of the enthalpy H, free energy F, entropy S, and heat capacity at constant volume Cv of MgRh crystal in a quasi-harmonic approximation have been obtained from phonon density of states and discussed for the first report. This is the first quantitative theoretical prediction of these properties.

  13. First-principles study of Ni-Al intermetallic compounds under various temperature and pressure

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    Wen, Zhiqin; Zhao, Yuhong; Hou, Hua; Tian, Jinzhong; Han, Peide

    2017-03-01

    The pressure dependence behaviors of structural and mechanical properties as well as the effect of temperature on thermodynamic properties of Ni-Al ordered intermetallic compounds (i. e. Ni3Al, Ni5Al3, NiAl, Ni2Al3 and NiAl3) are investigated in details by implementing first-principles calculations. The calculated lattice parameters, bulk modulus and its pressure derivative are well in agreement with available experimental and theoretical values at zero pressure. All the compounds are mechanically stable with pressure going up to 50 GPa, and the volume change resistance of nickel aluminum alloys can be improved by increasing pressure and Ni concentration. The shear deformation resistance, elastic stiffness and microhardness of nickel aluminum alloys can be strengthened by increasing the content of Ni5Al3 and Ni2Al3, and pressure can also enhance these properties of Ni5Al3, NiAl and Ni2Al3. The ductility of Ni3Al, Ni5Al3 and NiAl can be improved by increasing pressure, while brittle nature turns into ductile nature in 20-30 GPa and 10-20 GPa for Ni2Al3 and NiAl3, respectively. Furthermore, the elastic anisotropy of Ni3Al, Ni5Al3, Ni2Al3 and NiAl3 enhances with pressure, while NiAl shows few change with pressure increasing. In addition, Ni3Al is the most sensitive to pressure change among considered compounds. Finally, the Debye temperature, linear thermal expansion coefficient and heat capacity of these compounds are calculated using the quasi-harmonic Debye model in pressure ranging from 0 to 50 GPa and temperature ranging from 0 to 1200 K to elucidate the relationships between thermodynamic parameters and temperature under various pressure. The results are helpful insights into the study of nickel aluminum alloys.

  14. Gibbs energies of formation of the intermetallic compounds of U-Sn system

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    Pattanaik, Ashit K.; Kandan, R. [Fuel Chemistry Group, Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102, Tamilnadu (India); Nagarajan, K., E-mail: knag@igcar.gov.in [Fuel Chemistry Group, Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102, Tamilnadu (India); Vasudeva Rao, P.R. [Fuel Chemistry Group, Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102, Tamilnadu (India)

    2013-02-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Gibbs energies of formation of the intermetallic compounds, USn{sub 3}, U{sub 3}Sn{sub 7}, USn{sub 2} and USn were determined by using high temperature molten salt galvanic cell electromotive force method. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The Gibbs energies of formation of USn{sub 3}, U{sub 3}Sn{sub 7}, USn{sub 2} and USn with respect to {alpha}-U and liquid Sn, in the temperature range 682-905 K were determined to be -172.8 + 0.061 T, -527.8 + 0.200 T, -174.9 + 0.073 T and -176.9 + 0.064 T kJ mol{sup -1}, respectively. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Gibbs energy formation of the U{sub 3}Sn{sub 7}, USn{sub 2} and USn are being reported for the first time. - Abstract: Gibbs energies of formation of the intermetallic compounds, USn{sub 3}, U{sub 3}Sn{sub 7}, USn{sub 2}, and USn were determined by using high temperature molten salt galvanic cells: U(s)//UCl{sub 3} in LiCl-KCl (eutectic)//U-Sn alloy, where pure uranium was used as one of the electrodes and a two phase alloy of uranium and tin as the other. The two phase alloys used in cells I, II, III and IV as the electrodes were Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket USn{sub 3} Right-Pointing-Angle-Bracket + {l_brace}Sn{r_brace}, Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket U{sub 3}Sn{sub 7} + USn{sub 3} Right-Pointing-Angle-Bracket , Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket USn{sub 2} + U{sub 3}Sn{sub 7} Right-Pointing-Angle-Bracket and Left-Pointing-Angle-Bracket USn + USn{sub 2} Right-Pointing-Angle-Bracket , respectively. The Gibbs energies of formation ({Delta}{sub f}G{sup 0}) of USn{sub 3}, U{sub 3}Sn{sub 7}, USn{sub 2} and USn with respect to {alpha}-U and liquid Sn, in the temperature range 682-905 K, were determined to be given by (table) The Gibbs energy of formation for U{sub 3}Sn{sub 7}, USn{sub 2} and USn have been obtained for the first time.

  15. Irradiation-induced disordering and amorphization of Al3Ti-based intermetallic compounds

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    Park, Jeong-Yong; Kim, Il-Hyun; Motta, Arthur T.; Ulmer, Christopher J.; Kirk, Marquis A.; Ryan, Edward A.; Baldo, Peter M.

    2015-12-01

    An in situ ion-irradiation study, simultaneously examined using transmission electron microscopy, was performed to investigate irradiation-induced disordering and amorphization of Al3Ti-based intermetallic compounds. Thin foil samples of two crystalline structures: D022-structured Al3Ti and L12-structured (Al,Cr)3Ti were irradiated using 1.0 MeV Kr ions at a temperature range from 40 K to 573 K to doses up to 4.06 × 1015 ions/cm2. The results showed that both the compounds underwent an order-disorder transformation under irradiation, where both Al3Ti and (Al,Cr)3Ti ordered structures were fully transformed to the disordered face-centered cubic (FCC) structure except at the highest irradiation temperature of 573 K. A slightly higher irradiation dose was required for order-disorder transformation in case of Al3Ti as compared to (Al,Cr)3Ti at a given temperature. However, their amorphization resistances were different: while the disordered FCC (Al,Cr)3Ti amorphized at the irradiation dose of 6.25 × 1014 ions/cm2 (0.92 dpa) at 40 K and 100 K, the Al3Ti compound with the same disordered FCC structure maintained crystallinity up to 4.06 × 1015 ions/cm2 (5.62 dpa) at 40 K. The critical temperature for amorphization of (Al,Cr)3Ti under Kr ion irradiation is likely between 100 K and room temperature and the critical temperature for disordering between room temperature and 573 K.

  16. Introduction of scandium, zirconium and hafnium into aluminum alloys. Dispersion hardening of intermetallic compounds with nanodimensional particles

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    SKACHKOV V.M.; PASECHNIK L.A.; YATSENKO S.P.

    2014-01-01

    The state of intermetallic compounds Al 3Sc, Al 3Zr, Al 3Hf and slag shots introduced by high-temperature exchange reactions of corresponding fluoride-chloride salts with liquid aluminum has been studied. The particle size and segregation direction during centrifugation and fi ltration of melt have been examined by microscopy and local X-ray analysis methods. The dispersoids formed during decomposition of solid solution are strong phase reinforcers.

  17. Nanocrystalline intermetallic compounds in the Ni–Al–Cr system synthesized by mechanical alloying and their thermodynamic analysis

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    Shirani Bidabadi, A.R. [Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Enayati, M.H.; Dastanpoor, E. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Varin, R.A., E-mail: ravarin@uwaterloo.ca [Department of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering, and Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN), University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada); Biglari, M. [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (Canada)

    2013-12-25

    Highlights: •Nanocrystalline NiAl is formed by mechanical alloying of Ni{sub 50}Al{sub 50} powder. •Nanocrystalline (Ni, Cr)Al is formed by mechanical alloying of Ni{sub 25}Cr{sub 25}Al{sub 50} powder. •Nanocrystalline Ni{sub 3}Al and Cr exist after mechanical alloying of Ni{sub 50}Cr{sub 25}Al{sub 25} powder. •Upon annealing Ni{sub 3}Al and Cr are transformed into (Ni, Cr){sub 3}Al. •Formation of intermetallic compounds is in accord with the Miedema model. -- Abstract: Mechanical alloying (MA) of the ternary Ni–Al–Cr mixtures having the Ni{sub 50}Al{sub 50}, Ni{sub 25}Cr{sub 25}Al{sub 50} and Ni{sub 50}Cr{sub 25}Al{sub 25} compositions was investigated. The structural changes of powder particles during mechanical alloying were studied by X-ray diffractometry (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results show that for all three compositions the gradual interdiffusion of elements during MA leads to the development of different phases. The final structures for the Ni{sub 50}Al{sub 50} and Ni{sub 25}Cr{sub 25}Al{sub 50} compositions are nanocrystalline NiAl and (Ni, Cr)Al intermetallic compounds, respectively. However MA of the Ni{sub 50}Cr{sub 25}Al{sub 25} composition led to the formation of a Ni{sub 3}Al intermetallic compound as well as Cr which transformed to the (Ni, Cr){sub 3}Al intermetallic compound after subsequent heat treatment. The structural transition upon annealing was investigated. Furthermore, thermodynamic analysis using the Miedema model for all three systems is carried out and discussed in detail.

  18. Surface plasmon waveguides with gradually doped or NiAl intermetallic compound buried contact for terahertz quantum cascade lasers

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    Indjin, D.; Ikonić, Z.; Harrison, P.; Kelsall, R. W.

    2003-09-01

    Improved designs of surface plasmon waveguides for use in GaAs/AlGaAs terahertz quantum cascade lasers are presented. Modal losses and confinement factors are calculated for TM modes in metal-variably doped multilayer semiconductor and metal-intermetallic compound layer clad structures and compared with those obtained in recently realized metal-highly doped semiconductor clad layer structures. Considerable improvements of the mode confinement factors are predicted, and guidelines for choosing the confinement layer parameters are given.

  19. Inhibition of the formation of intermetallic compounds in aluminum-steel welded joints by friction stir welding

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    Torres López, Edwar A.; Ramirez, Antonio J

    2015-01-01

    Formation of deleterious phases during welding of aluminum and steel is a challenge of the welding processes, for decades. Friction Stir Welding (FSW) has been used in an attempt to reduce formation of intermetallic compounds trough reducing the heat input. In this research, dissimilar joint of 6063-T5 aluminum alloy and AISI-SAE 1020 steel were welded using this technique. The temperature of welded joints was measured during the process. The interface of the welded joints was characterized u...

  20. Magnetic properties and magnetic phase diagrams of intermetallic compound GdMn2Ge2

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    Guo Guang-Hua(郭光华); Zhang Hai-Bei(张海贝); R.Z.Levitin

    2003-01-01

    A modified Yafet-Kittle model is applied to investigate the magnetic properties and magnetic phase transition of the intermetallic compound GdMn2Ge2.Theoretical analysis and calculation show that there are five possible magnetic structures in GdMn2Ge2.Variations of external magnetic field and temperature give rise to the first-order or secondorder magnetic transitions from one phase to another.Based on this model,the magnetic curves of GdMn2Ge2 single crystals at different temperatures are calculated and a good agreement with experimental data has obtained.Based on the calculation,the H-T magnetic phase diagrams of GdMn2Ge2 are depicted.The Gd-Gd,Gd-Mn,intralayer Mn-Mn and interlayer Mn-Mn exchange coupling parameters are estimated.It is shown that,in order to describe the magnetic properties of GdMn2Ge2,the lattice constant and temperature dependence of interlayer Mn-Mn exchange interaction must be taken into account.

  1. Kinetics of intermetallic compound formation in thermally evaporated Ag-In bilayers

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    Rossi, P. J.; Zotov, N.; Mittemeijer, E. J.

    2016-10-01

    The kinetics of intermetallic compound (IMC) formation in thermally evaporated Ag-In bilayers, with In on top of Ag, was investigated using X-ray diffractometry, applied to the surfaces of the bilayer specimens, as well as scanning electron microscopy, applied to cross-sections of the bilayer specimens, prepared by a focused ion beam instrument. IMC formation was followed at room temperature as well as at elevated temperatures of 50 ° C , 60 ° C , and 70 ° C . Two distinct growth regimes were observed coinciding with the availability of pure In. The AgIn2 IMC nucleated initially, followed by nucleation of the Ag2In IMC. The growth of AgIn2 was found to be controlled by both diffusional processes as well as interfacial reactions. The growth of the Ag2In IMC is dominantly diffusion-controlled. An interdiffusion coefficient of D = 1.1 ± 3.9 . 10 - 4 cm 2 s - 1 exp ( - 60.5 ± 9.2 kJ mol - 1 R - 1 T - 1 ) was obtained for the Ag2In IMC. The observations were discussed in terms of the interplay of thermodynamic and kinetic constraints.

  2. Hydrogen storage properties of Zr1-xTixCo intermetallic compound

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    HUANG Zhuo; LIU Xiaopeng; JIANG Lijun; WANG Shumao

    2006-01-01

    The intermetallic compound Zr1-xTixCo was prepared and its suitability for hydrogen storage was investigated.The alloys obtained by magnetic levitation melting with the composition of Zr1-xTixCo (x=0, 0.1, 0.2 and 0.3, at.%) show single cubic phase by X-ray diffraction.A single sloping plateau was observed on each isothermal, and pressure-composition-temperature (PCT) measurement results show that the equilibrium hydrogen desorption pressure of Zr1-xTixCo alloy increases with increasing Ti content.The desorption temperatures for supplying 100 kPa hydrogen are about 665, 642, 621 and 614 K for ZrCo, Zr0.9Ti0.1Co, Zr0.8Ti0.2Co and Zr0.7Ti0.3Co alloy, respectively.Repeated hydrogen absorption and desorption cycles do not generate separated ZrCo, TiCo and ZrH2 phases, indicating that alloys have good thermal and hydrogen stabilization.

  3. Intermetallic compound layer growth kinetics in non-lead bearing solders

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    Vianco, P.T.; Kilgo, A.C.; Grant, R.

    1995-04-01

    The introduction of alternative, non-lead bearing solders into electronic assemblies requires a thorough investigation of product manufacturability and reliability. Both of these attributes can be impacted by the excessive growth of intermetallic compound (IMC) layers at the solder/substrate interface. An extensive study has documented the stoichiometry and solid state growth kinetics of IMC layers formed between copper and the lead-free solders: 96.5Sn-3.5Ag (wt.%), 95Sn-5Sb, 100Sn, and 58Bi-42Sn. Aging temperatures were 70--205 C for the Sn-based solders and 55--120 C for the Bi-rich solder. Time periods were 1--400 days for all of the alloys. The Sn/Cu, Sn-Ag/Cu, and Sn-Sb/Cu IMC layers exhibited sub-layers of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} and Cu{sub 3}Sn; the latter composition was present only following prolonged aging times or higher temperatures. The total layer growth exhibited a time exponent of n = 0.5 at low temperatures and a value of n = 0.42 at higher temperatures in each of the solder/Cu systems. Similar growth kinetics were observed with the low temperature 58Bi-42Sn solder; however, a considerably more complex sub-layer structure was observed. The kinetic data will be discussed with respect to predicting IMC layer growth based upon solder composition.

  4. Growth kinetics of Al–Fe intermetallic compounds during annealing treatment of friction stir lap welds

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    Movahedi, M., E-mail: m_movahedi@sharif.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-9466, Azadi Ave., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kokabi, A.H., E-mail: kokabi@sharif.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-9466, Azadi Ave., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Seyed Reihani, S.M., E-mail: reihani@sharif.edu [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, P.O. Box 11365-9466, Azadi Ave., Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Najafi, H., E-mail: hossein.najafi@epfl.ch [Institute of Condensed Matter Physics (ICMP), EPFL, CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland); Farzadfar, S.A., E-mail: seyed-amir.farzadfar@mail.mcgill.ca [McGill University, Department of Materials Engineering, Montreal, QC H3A 2B2 (Canada); Cheng, W.J., E-mail: d9603505@mail.ntust.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 10607, Taiwan, ROC (China); Wang, C.J., E-mail: cjwang@mail.ntust.edu.tw [Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei 10607, Taiwan, ROC (China)

    2014-04-01

    In this study, we explored the growth kinetics of the Al–Fe intermetallic (IM) layer at the joint interface of the St-12/Al-5083 friction stir lap welds during post-weld annealing treatment at 350, 400 and 450 °C for 30 to 180 min. Optical microscope (OM), field emission gun scanning electron microscope (FEG-SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) were employed to investigate the structure of the weld zone. The thickness and composition of the IM layers were evaluated using image analysis system and electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD), respectively. Moreover, kernel average misorientation (KAM) analysis was performed to evaluate the level of stored energy in the as-welded state. The results showed that the growth kinetics of the IM layer was not governed by a parabolic diffusion law. Presence of the IM compounds as well as high stored energy near the joint interface of the as-welded sample was recognized to be the origin of the observed deviation from the parabolic diffusion law. - Highlights: • This work provided a new insight into growth kinetics of Al–Fe IM thickness. • The growth kinetics of IM layer was not governed by a parabolic diffusion law. • IM near the joint interface was the origin of deviation from the parabolic law. • High stored energy at joint interface was origin of deviation from parabolic law.

  5. In Situ Synthesis of Titanium Nickel Intermetallic Compounds Layer and TiN Coating By Laser Cladding

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    ZHANG Cui-hong; YANG Yong-qiang; XU Wei-hong

    2006-01-01

    Laser cladding,together with laser nitriding was used to synthesize a titanium nickel intermetallic compound layer on the nickel substrate and a TiN coating on the cladding layer. During the laser cladding, Ti and Ni powders were blown into the melting pool by a six-hole coaxial nozzle powder injection system. Exothermic reactions between Ti and Ni took place in the melting pool, and a cladding layer of titanium nickel intermetallic compounds was produced. Laser nitriding in a nitrogen-rich atmosphere followed the production of the cladding layer, and formed a golden yellow TiN layer over it. An optical and a scanning electron microscope were used to investigate the microstructures and measure the thicknesses of the cladding layer and the TiN layer. Phase identification was carried out by XRD. For the nitriding sample, the microhardness profile of the clad layer was tested. The optimal process parameters of the in situ synthesis of titanium nickel intermetallic compounds were obtained.

  6. Fabrication of a novel Mg-RE (Nd,Ce) intermetallic compound coating by molten salt diffusion and its effect on corrosion resistance of magnesium alloys

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    韩宝军; 古东懂; 何琼; 张小联; 彭光怀; 杨初斌

    2016-01-01

    A novel Mg-rare earth (Nd,Ce) coating containing intermetallic compound was fabricated on the surface of the AZ91D magnesium alloy by bathing the sample in a NaCl-KCl-LiCl-NdCl3-CeCl3 molten salt. The cross-sectional morphology, microstruc-ture and phase composition of the coating were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron micros-copy (TEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The corrosion resistance was characterized by the potentiodynamic polariza-tion curves. The SEM observation indicated that a continuous and compact diffusion coating was obtained on the surface of SMATed AZ91D magnesium alloy and the XRD and TEM investigations revealed that the new phases were Al2Ce and Al2Nd intermetallic. The potentiodynamic polarization curves showed that the Mg-RE coating improved the corrosion resistance of the AZ91D magne-sium alloy, and the corrosion current density of the coated sample was about 1510 mA/cm2 lower than the uncoated sample.

  7. The Application of CPA to Calculations of the Mean Magnetic Moment in the Gd1-xNi, Gd1-xFe, Gd1xCox, and Y1-xCox Intermetallic Compounds

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    Szpunar, B.; Kozarzewski, B.

    1977-01-01

    with a narrow d-band is considered. The magnetic moment of the alloy at zero temperature is calculated within the molecular field and Hartree-Fock approximations. Disorder is treated in the coherent potential approximation. Results are in good agreement with the experimental data obtained for the crystalline......Calculations are made of the mean magnetic moment per atom of the transition metal and the rare-earth metal in the intermetallic compounds, Gd1-x,Nix, Gd1-x Fex, Gd1-x Cox, and Y1-x Cox. A simple model of the disordered alloy consisting of spins localized on the rare-earth atoms and interacting...

  8. The effect of prolonged heat treatments on the microstructural evolution of Al/Ni intermetallic compounds in multi layered composites

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    Brunelli, K., E-mail: katya.brunelli@unipd.it [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, University of Padova, Via Marzolo 9, Padova (Italy); Peruzzo, L. [CNR, Istituto di Geoscienze e Georisorse, Via Gradenigo 6, Padova (Italy); Dabalà, M. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria Industriale, University of Padova, Via Marzolo 9, Padova (Italy)

    2015-01-15

    In this work the effects of prolonged heat treatments on the microstructural and crystallographic evolution of Al–Ni intermetallic compounds were studied in Al/Ni multilayer samples, produced by accumulative roll bonding (ARB) process. Starting from aluminium and nickel sheets, the stacks were composed alternating three aluminium with two nickel sheets. After six rolling passes, the roll-bonded material was heat treated in a tubular furnace at 500, 550 and 600 °C for different times (1–20 h). The ARB process followed by the diffusion heat treatments allowed the formation of four Al–Ni intermetallic phases (Al{sub 3}Ni, Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}, AlNi and AlNi{sub 3}). Microstructural analyses of the obtained samples were carried out by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) technique was used for the crystallographic analysis of the samples. After the prolonged annealing, three different sequences of phases, starting from Al, were observed: Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}–AlNi–AlNi{sub 3}, Al{sub 3}Ni and AlNi–Al{sub 3}Ni. The EBSD analysis showed that the intermetallic phases grew with a mean grain size between 0.5 μm and 3 μm and without a preferential crystallographic orientation. - Highlights: • Study of the prolonged annealing on Al/Ni system. • The presence of AlNi{sub 3} phase, not detected in similar researches, has been observed. • Three different sequences of phases were detected. • From EBSD analysis the intermetallic compounds have no preferred orientation.

  9. Regularities of Formation of Ternary Intermetallic Compounds between One Transition Element and Two Non-transition Elements

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    2001-01-01

    The pattern recognition methods and a four-parameter model, based on extension of Miedema's cellular model of alloy phases, are used to study the regularities of formation of ternary compounds between one transition element (T) and two non-transition elements (N, N') (T-N-N'system). The influences of φ (electronegativity), 1/3(nws (valence electron density in Wagner-Seitz cell), R(Pauling's metallic radii) and Z (number of valence electrons in atom) on the formation of the ternary intermetallic compounds were investigated.

  10. Oxidation behavior of plasma sintered beryllium–titanium intermetallic compounds as an advanced neutron multiplier

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    Kim, Jae-Hwan, E-mail: kim.jaehwan@jaea.go.jp; Nakamichi, Masaru

    2013-07-15

    Beryllium intermetallic compounds (beryllides) such as Be{sub 12}Ti are very promising candidates for advanced neutron multiplier materials in a demonstration fusion power reactor (DEMO). However, beryllides are too brittle to be fabricated either into pebble-type or rod-type shapes via conventional methods (i.e. arc melting and hot isostatic pressing). We have proposed a plasma sintering technique as a new method for beryllide fabrication, and our studies on the properties of plasma sintered beryllides are ongoing. In the present work, the oxidation properties of plasma sintered beryllides were investigated at 1273 K for 24 h in a dry air atmosphere to evaluate the high temperature properties of this material. Thermal gravimetry measurements indicate that specimens with larger fractions of Be{sub 12}Ti phase corresponding to samples that have been sintered for longer time periods, exhibit superior oxidation properties. Our evaluation of the oxidation behavior of each phase in our beryllide samples is as follows: Be{sub 12}Ti and Be{sub 17}Ti{sub 2} both have good oxidation resistance, owing to the formation of dense and protective scales, while the Be and Be{sub 2}Ti phases are mainly responsible for thermal-gravimetry (TG) weight gains, which is indicative of severe oxidation. We attribute the degradation in oxidation resistance specifically to Be{sub 2}Ti that transforms into TiO{sub 2}, and also find this phase to be the cause of deterioration in the mechanical properties of samples, owing to cracks near Be{sub 2}Ti phase conglomerates.

  11. Atomic jump frequencies in intermetallic compounds studied using perturbed angular correlation of gamma rays

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    Newhouse, Randal Leslie

    Atomic jump frequencies were determined in a variety of intermetallic compounds through analysis of nuclear relaxation of spectra measured using the nuclear hyperfine technique, perturbed angular correlation (PAC) of gamma rays. Observed at higher temperatures, this relaxation is attributed to fluctuations in the orientation or magnitude of electric field gradients (EFG) at nuclei of 111In/Cd probe atoms as the atoms make diffusive jumps. Jump frequencies were obtained by fitting dynamically relaxed PAC spectra using either an empirical relaxation function or using ab initio relaxation models created using the program PolyPacFit. Jump frequency activation enthalpies were determined from measurements over a range of temperatures. Diffusion was studied in the following systems: 1) Pseudo-binary alloys having the L12 crystal structure such as In3(La1-xPrx). The goal was to see how jump frequencies were affected by random disorder. 2) The family of layered phases, LanCoIn3n+2 ( n=0,1,2,3…∞). The goal was to see how jump frequencies varied with the spacing of Co layers, which were found to block diffusion. 3) Phases having the FeGa3 structure. The goal was to analyze dynamical relaxation for probe atoms having multiple inequivalent jump vectors. 4) Phases having the tetragonal Al4Ba structure. The goal was to search for effects in the PAC spectra caused by fluctuations in magnitudes of EFGs without fluctuations in orientations. Ab initio relaxation models were developed to simulate and fit dynamical relaxation for PAC spectra of FeGa3, and several phases with the Al4Ba structure in order to determine underlying microscopic jump frequencies. In the course of this work, site preferences also were observed for 111In/Cd probe atoms in several FeGa 3 and Al4Ba phases.

  12. The atomic structure of low-index surfaces of the intermetallic compound InPd

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    McGuirk, G. M.; Ledieu, J.; Gaudry, É.; Weerd, M.-C.; Fournée, V. de, E-mail: vincent.fournee@univ-lorraine.fr [Institut Jean Lamour (UMR 7198 CNRS-Université de Lorraine), Parc de Saurupt, F-54011 Nancy Cedex (France); Hahne, M.; Gille, P. [Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Crystallography Section, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Theresienstrasse 41, D-80333 München (Germany); Ivarsson, D. C. A.; Armbrüster, M. [Faculty of Natural Sciences, Institute of Chemistry, Materials for Innovative Energy Concepts, Technische Universität Chemnitz, D-09107 Chemnitz (Germany); Ardini, J.; Held, G. [Department of Chemistry, University of Reading, Reading RG6 6AD (United Kingdom); Diamond Light Source Ltd, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Maccherozzi, F. [Diamond Light Source Ltd, Didcot OX11 0DE (United Kingdom); Bayer, A. [Lehrstuhl für Physikalische Chemie II, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Egerlandstraße 3, D-91058 Erlangen (Germany); Lowe, M. [Surface Science Research Centre and Department of Physics, The University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX (United Kingdom); Pussi, K. [Department of Mathematics and Physics, Lappeenranta University of Technology, P.O. Box 20, FIN-53851 Lappeenranta (Finland); Diehl, R. D. [Department of Physics, Penn State University, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (United States)

    2015-08-21

    The intermetallic compound InPd (CsCl type of crystal structure with a broad compositional range) is considered as a candidate catalyst for the steam reforming of methanol. Single crystals of this phase have been grown to study the structure of its three low-index surfaces under ultra-high vacuum conditions, using low energy electron diffraction (LEED), X-ray photoemission spectroscopy (XPS), and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). During surface preparation, preferential sputtering leads to a depletion of In within the top few layers for all three surfaces. The near-surface regions remain slightly Pd-rich until annealing to ∼580 K. A transition occurs between 580 and 660 K where In segregates towards the surface and the near-surface regions become slightly In-rich above ∼660 K. This transition is accompanied by a sharpening of LEED patterns and formation of flat step-terrace morphology, as observed by STM. Several superstructures have been identified for the different surfaces associated with this process. Annealing to higher temperatures (≥750 K) leads to faceting via thermal etching as shown for the (110) surface, with a bulk In composition close to the In-rich limit of the existence domain of the cubic phase. The Pd-rich InPd(111) is found to be consistent with a Pd-terminated bulk truncation model as shown by dynamical LEED analysis while, after annealing at higher temperature, the In-rich InPd(111) is consistent with an In-terminated bulk truncation, in agreement with density functional theory (DFT) calculations of the relative surface energies. More complex surface structures are observed for the (100) surface. Additionally, individual grains of a polycrystalline sample are characterized by micro-spot XPS and LEED as well as low-energy electron microscopy. Results from both individual grains and “global” measurements are interpreted based on comparison to our single crystals findings, DFT calculations and previous literature.

  13. Effects of bismuth on growth of intermetallic compounds in Sn-Ag-Cu Pb-free solder joints

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    LI Guo-yuan; SHI Xun-qing

    2006-01-01

    The effects of Bi addition on the growth of intermetallic compound (IMC) formation in Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu solder joints were investigated. The test samples were prepared by conventional surface mounting technology. To investigate the element diffusion and the growth kinetics of intermetallics formation in solder joint,isothermal aging test was performed at temperatures of 100,150,and 190 ℃,respectively. The optical microscope (OM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) were used to observe microstructure evolution of solder joint and to estimate the thickness and the grain size of the intermetallic layers. The IMC phases were identified by energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and X-ray diffractometer (XRD). The results clearly show that adding about 1.0% Bi in Sn-Ag-Cu solder alloy system can refine the grain size of the IMC and inhibit the excessive IMC growth in solder joints,and therefore improve the reliability of the Pb-free solder joints. Through observation of the microstructural evolution of the solder joints,the mechanism of inhibition of IMC growth due to Bi addition was proposed.

  14. Point defects quenched in NiAl and related intermetallic compounds

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    Fan, Jiawen

    1991-08-01

    Point defects in the highly ordered B2 compounds NiAl, CoAl and FeAl were studied using the perturbed gamma-gamma angular correlations (PAC) technique. Quadrupole interactions detected at dilute In-111 probes on Al sites in NiAl and CoAl were identified with complexes containing one or two vacancies in the first atomic shell. Measurements on rapidly quenched NiAl and CoAl exhibited increases in site fractions of vacancy-probe complexes caused by formation of thermal defects. Site fractions were analyzed using the law of mass action to obtain absolute vacancy concentrations. PAC is shown to be a powerful new technique for the quantitative study of equilibrium defects in solids. For NiAl, the vacancy concentration quenched-in from a given temperature was found to be independent of composition over the range 50.4 to 53.5 at. pct. Ni, identifying the Schottky defect (vacancy pair) as the dominant equilibrium defect, and ruling out the so-called triple defect. Formation energies and entropies of Schottky pairs were determined to be 2.66(8) and 3.48(12) eV, and 12(1) and 17(2) k sub B, respectively, for NiAl and CoAl. The entropies suggest huge vacancy concentrations, 13 pct. at the melting temperatures of NiAl and CoAl. Migration energies of Ni and Co vacancies were found to be 1.8(2) and 2.5(2) eV, respectively. FeAl exhibited complex behavior. A low temperature regime was detected in NiAl and CoAl within which vacancies are mobile but do not anneal out, so that the vacancy concentration remains constant. In NiAl, this 'bottleneck' regime extends from 350 to 700 C. Vacancies were found to be bound to the In probes with an energy very close to 0.20 eV in NiAl and CoAl. An explanation of the bottleneck is proposed in terms of saturation of all lattice sinks. This annealing bottleneck should exist in a wide range of intermetallic compounds when there is a sufficiently high vacancy concentration.

  15. Polar intermetallic compounds of the silicon and arsenic family elements and their ternary hydrides and fluorides

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    Leon-Escamilla, E.A.

    1996-10-17

    An investigation has been made on the effects of hydrogen and fluoride in the solid state chemistry of alkaline-earth and divalent rare-earth metal pnictide (Pn) and tetrelide (Tt) phases A{sub 5}(Pn,Tt,){sub 3}Z{sub x}, where A = Ca, Sr, Ba, Sm, Eu, Yb; Pn = As, Sb, Bi; Tt = Si, Ge, Sn, Pb and Z = H, F. Several trivalent rare-earth-metal pnictides, RE{sub 5}Pn{sub 3} (RE = Y, La, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm) and alkaline-earth-metal trielides, A{sub 5}Tr{sub 3}Z{sub x} (Tr = Ga, In, Tl) have been included in an effort to complete observed structural trends. Two main experimental techniques were followed throughout this work, (a) reactions in absence of hydrogen or under continuous high vacuum, and (b) reactions with binary metal hydrides, AH{sub x}, in closed containers. The results demonstrate that all the phases reported with the {beta}-Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3}-type structure in the A{sub 5}Pn{sub 3} systems are hydrogen-stabilized compounds. Reactions in absence of hydrogen lead to compounds with the Mn{sub 5}Si{sub 3}-type structure. The structure type {beta}-Yb{sub 5}Sb{sub 3} (= Ca{sub 5}SB{sub 3}F) was found to be characteristic of ternary systems and inaccurately associated with phases that form in the Y{sub 5}Bi{sub 3}-type. A new series of isomorphous Zintl compounds with the Ca{sub 16}Sb{sub 11}-type structure were prepared and studied as well. All the alkaline-earth-metal tetrelides, A{sub 5}Tt{sub 3}, that crystallize in the Cr{sub 5}B{sub 3}-type structure can be interstitially derivatized by hydrogen or fluoride. Binary and ternary compounds were characterized by Guinier powder patterns, single crystal X-ray and powder neutron diffraction techniques. In an effort to establish property-structure relationships, electrical resistivity and magnetic measurements were performed on selected systems, and the results were explained in terms of the Zintl concepts, aided by extended Hueckel band calculations.

  16. The role of intermetallic phases in the corrosion of magnesium-rare earth alloys

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    Silva Campos, Maria del Rosario

    2016-07-25

    A new concept to develop a RE based Mg alloy with improved corrosion resistance was followed in the current work. Based on subsequent characterisation steps to eliminate less suitable RE elements the best microstructure for improved corrosion resistance was identified. At first, the corrosion properties of selected RE elements were determined. Based on these results RE elements that have a potential to enhance the corrosion resistance of Mg-RE alloys were selected. Two aspects of RE elements were important for the selection: the electrochemical properties and the solid solubility in Mg. If the solubility limit of RE elements in the Mg matrix is exceeded, they form intermetallic phases with Mg. By performing galvanic coupling measurements the compatibility between Mg matrix and intermetallic phases were estimated. At that point three binary Mg-RE alloys systems remained (Mg-Ce, Mg-La, and Mg-Gd). To evaluate the influence of composition (amount of intermetallic phases) on the corrosion behaviour, four concentrations were cast with 1, 5, 10 and 15 wt. % of RE. Ce and La have a lower solid solubility in Mg matrix generating higher volume fraction of the secondary phases, thus higher dissolution rates in the binary Mg-RE alloys. While Gd with higher solid solubility shows a different behaviour. Additions of up to 10 wt. % Gd resulted in similar behaviour compared to 1 wt. % Gd addition. The most promising results were obtained for the Mg-Gd system with 10 wt. % Gd. Thus, the microstructure of this alloy was further modified by heat treatments to understand the influence of microstructural changes on corrosion behaviour. A ternary element was used to attempt further optimisation of the corrosion performance. Additions of Al, Zn, Ga and Y did not show any improvement in the corrosion resistance of Mg10Gd. This is due to increasing volume fractions of critical more noble phases and the microstructure dominated by eutectic phase formation. Thus galvanic effects became much

  17. Theoretical study of B2 type technetium AB (A=Tc, B=Ti, V, Nb and Ta) intermetallic compounds

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    Acharya, Nikita; Fatima, Bushra; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2016-12-01

    The structural, electronic, elastic and thermal properties of the cubic AB type (A=Tc, B=Ti, V, Nb and Ta) technetium intermetallic compounds have been studied using the full potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and local density approximation (LDA) used for the exchange-correlation potential. The calculated lattice parameters agree well with the experimental results. The calculated electronic properties reveal that these compounds are metallic in nature with partial ionic bonding. The elastic constants obey the stability criteria for cubic system. Ductility for these compounds has been analyzed using the Pugh's rule and Cauchy's pressure revealing ductile in nature of all the compounds. Bonding nature is discussed using Fermi surface, band structure and charge density difference plots.

  18. Intermetallic compounds of Ni and Ga as catalysts for the synthesis of methanol

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    Sharafutdinov, Irek; Elkjær, Christian Fink; de Carvalho, Hudson Wallace Pereira

    2014-01-01

    In this work, we present a detailed study of the formation of supported intermetallic Ni–Ga catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol. The bimetallic phase is formed during a temperature-programmed reduction of the metal nitrates. By utilizing a combination of characterization techniques...... on particle size, which suggests that the reaction is structure sensitive....

  19. The effect of microstructures on mechanical behaviors of Ti2AlNb intermetallic compounds

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    Wang, Liming; Yao, Mei; Zou, Dunxu; Zhu, Dong; Cai, Qigong (Harbin Institute of Technology, (China) Central Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing, (China))

    1992-03-01

    Ti2AlNb intermetallics are presently heat-treated and subjected to compressive loading at various temperatures, in order to ascertain microstructure-mechanical behavior relationships. Heat-treated and oil-quenched samples exhibit beta phase; the 'O' phase transformation was restrained by quenching. The O phase increased with rising heat-treatment temperature. 10 refs.

  20. Ternary rare-earth aluminium intermetallics RE10TAl3 (RE = Y, Ho, Tm, Lu; T = Fe, Co, Ni, Ru, Rh, Pd, Os, Ir, Pt) with an ordered anti-Co2Al5 structure.

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    Benndorf, Christopher; Eckert, Hellmut; Janka, Oliver

    2017-01-24

    Twenty new rare-earth metal rich intermetallic aluminium compounds, RE10TAl3 (RE = Y, Ho, Tm, Lu; T = Fe, Co, Ni, Ru, Rh, Pd, Os, Ir, Pt), were synthesized by arc melting the elements. The compounds crystallize, in analogy to e.g. the respective Cd representatives, with a ternary ordered structure as anti-type to the hexagonal Co2Al5 type, with the space group P63/mmc. The three crystallographically independent rare-earth metal sites occupy the aluminium positions of the aristotype, while the transition metal and aluminium atoms are ordered on the two cobalt sites. Like other rare-earth rich compounds the RE10TX3 members also exhibit transition-metal-centred T@RE6 trigonal prisms as striking structural building units. The prepared compounds have been investigated by susceptibility measurements and (27)Al solid-state MAS-NMR measurements conducted on the Pauli-paramagnetic Y and Lu compounds. Some compounds show a certain amount of disorder as seen from the single crystal structure analysis and from signal broadening in the NMR investigations. By separating Knight shifts from second-order quadrupolar shifts via field dependent measurements, monotonic trends can be discerned regarding the effect of the T atom valence electron concentration and period number, as well as the effect of the closed 4f shell contributed in the Lu compounds. The results confirm that a comparison of Knight shifts within a series of isotypic compounds can reveal important electronic structure information in intermetallic systems.

  1. Effects of metallic nanoparticle doped flux on the interfacial intermetallic compounds between lead-free solder ball and copper substrate

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    Sujan, G.K., E-mail: sgkumer@gmail.com; Haseeb, A.S.M.A., E-mail: haseeb@um.edu.my; Afifi, A.B.M., E-mail: amalina@um.edu.my

    2014-11-15

    Lead free solders currently in use are prone to develop thick interfacial intermetallic compound layers with rough morphology which are detrimental to the long term solder joint reliability. A novel method has been developed to control the morphology and growth of intermetallic compound layers between lead-free Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu solder ball and copper substrate by doping a water soluble flux with metallic nanoparticles. Four types of metallic nanoparticles (nickel, cobalt, molybdenum and titanium) were used to investigate their effects on the wetting behavior and interfacial microstructural evaluations after reflow. Nanoparticles were dispersed manually with a water soluble flux and the resulting nanoparticle doped flux was placed on copper substrate. Lead-free Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu solder balls of diameter 0.45 mm were placed on top of the flux and were reflowed at a peak temperature of 240 °C for 45 s. Angle of contact, wetting area and interfacial microstructure were studied by optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. It was observed that the angle of contact increased and wetting area decreased with the addition of cobalt, molybdenum and titanium nanoparticles to flux. On the other hand, wettability improved with the addition of nickel nanoparticles. Cross-sectional micrographs revealed that both nickel and cobalt nanoparticle doping transformed the morphology of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} from a typical scallop type to a planer one and reduced the intermetallic compound thickness under optimum condition. These effects were suggested to be related to in-situ interfacial alloying at the interface during reflow. The minimum amount of nanoparticles required to produce the planer morphology was found to be 0.1 wt.% for both nickel and cobalt. Molybdenum and titanium nanoparticles neither appear to undergo alloying during reflow nor have any influence at the solder/substrate interfacial reaction. Thus, doping

  2. Stability of molybdenum nanoparticles in Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu solder during multiple reflow and their influence on interfacial intermetallic compounds

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    Haseeb, A.S.M.A., E-mail: haseeb@um.edu.my; Arafat, M.M., E-mail: arafat_mahmood@yahoo.com; Johan, Mohd Rafie, E-mail: mrafiej@um.edu.my

    2012-02-15

    This work investigates the effects of molybdenum nanoparticles on the growth of interfacial intermetallic compound between Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu solder and copper substrate during multiple reflow. Molybdenum nanoparticles were mixed with Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu solder paste by manual mixing. Solder samples were reflowed on a copper substrate in a 250 Degree-Sign C reflow oven up to six times. The molybdenum content of the bulk solder was determined by inductive coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry. It is found that upon the addition of molybdenum nanoparticles to Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu solder, the interfacial intermetallic compound thickness and scallop diameter decreases under all reflow conditions. Molybdenum nanoparticles do not appear to dissolve or react with the solder. They tend to adsorb preferentially at the interface between solder and the intermetallic compound scallops. It is suggested that molybdenum nanoparticles impart their influence on the interfacial intermetallic compound as discrete particles. The intact, discrete nanoparticles, by absorbing preferentially at the interface, hinder the diffusion flux of the substrate and thereby suppress the intermetallic compound growth. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mo nanoparticles do not dissolve or react with the SAC solder during reflow. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Addition of Mo nanoparticles results smaller IMC thickness and scallop diameter. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mo nanoparticles influence the interfacial IMC through discrete particle effect.

  3. Effect of Zr on the Oxidation Properties of Fe3Al Intermetallic Compound

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    K.PRZYBYLSKI; S.CHEVALIER; P.JUZO(N)

    2009-01-01

    This review is concerned with the effect of the addition of zirconium as a third element on the heat-resisting properties of Fe3Al intermetallic compounds and explains their high-temperature oxidation mechanism. The Fe3Al and Fe3Al-0.05Zr specimens were isothermally oxidized in the temperature range of 1173~1473 K in synthetic air for 100 h. The formation of the alumina layer approximately obeyed the parabolic rate law, with the exception of short initial stage. The parabolic rate constant values for the Zr-doped Fe3Al decreased at all tested temperatures. Fe3Al revealed massive spallation, whereas Fe3Al-Zr produced a fiat, adherent oxide layer. The microstructure investigations of the alumina scales grown thermally on the Fe3Al-Zr alloy by means of SEM-EDS showed that they were 1.5~2 μm thick and consisted of a small inner columnar layer and an equiaxed outer grain layer. Additionally, very fine (50~150 um) oxide particles rich in Zr were found across the alumina scales. The addition of Zr significantly affected the oxidation behavior of Fe3Al by improving the adherence of the α-Al2O3 scale. TEM-SAD investigations of the alumina scales on samples prepared using the FIB (Focused Ion Beam) method confirmed the presence of small tetragonal zirconia grains near the scale/gas and alloy/scale interfaces, most of which were formed along alumina grain boundaries(gbs). Zr gb-segregation was found using HRTEM. The role of preferential formation of zirconium oxide along the alumina scale grain boundaries and the effect of Zr gb-segregation on oxidation and scale growth mechanisms were analyzed by means of two-stage oxidation experiments using 16O2/18O2. The SIMS oxygen isotope profiles for the Fe3Al-Zr alloy oxidized at 1373 K, after two-stage oxidation experiments, revealed that oxygen anion diffusion is predominant compared to that of aluminum cation diffusion.

  4. Evolution of Intermetallic Compounds between Sn-0.3Ag-0.7Cu Low-silver Lead-free Solder and Cu Substrate during Thermal Aging

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    Niwat Mookam; Kannachai Kanlayasiri

    2012-01-01

    The growth, transformation, and lattice structure of intermetallic compounds formed between Sn-0.3Ag-0.7Cu lead-free solder and copper substrate were investigated. Dip soldering was used to initiate the reaction between the solder and substrate. An r/-Cu6Sn5 intermetallic phase possessing a hexagonal lattice structure was found at the as-soldered interface. Thermal aging at a number of conditions resulted in the formation of a CuaSn intermetallic phase between the Cu6Sn5 layer and the copper substrate, e-Cu3Sn with an orthorhombic lattice structure was found together with hexagonal CusSn. Subsequently, the activation energies of the intermetallic phases were calculated and compared to results obtained from the literature. The comparison showed that good agreement existed between the findings from this study and literature data within a similar temperature range.

  5. Enthalpies of formation of Cd–Pr intermetallic compounds and thermodynamic assessment of the Cd–Pr system

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    Reichmann, Thomas L.; Richter, Klaus W.; Delsante, Simona; Borzone, Gabriella; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-01-01

    In the present study standard enthalpies of formation were measured by reaction and solution calorimetry at stoichiometric compositions of Cd2Pr, Cd3Pr, Cd58Pr13 and Cd6Pr. The corresponding values were determined to be −46.0, −38.8, −35.2 and −24.7 kJ/mol(at), respectively. These data together with thermodynamic data and phase diagram information from literature served as input data for a CALPHAD-type optimization of the Cd–Pr phase diagram. The complete composition range could be described precisely with the present models, both with respect to phase equilibria as well as to thermodynamic input data. The thermodynamic parameters of all intermetallic compounds were modelled following Neumann–Kopp rule. Temperature dependent contributions to the individual Gibbs energies were used for all compounds. Extended solid solubilities are well described for the low- and high-temperature modifications of Pr and also for the intermetallic compound CdPr. A quite good agreement with all viable data available from literature was found and is presented. PMID:25540475

  6. Enthalpies of formation of Cd-Pr intermetallic compounds and thermodynamic assessment of the Cd-Pr system.

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    Reichmann, Thomas L; Richter, Klaus W; Delsante, Simona; Borzone, Gabriella; Ipser, Herbert

    2014-12-01

    In the present study standard enthalpies of formation were measured by reaction and solution calorimetry at stoichiometric compositions of Cd2Pr, Cd3Pr, Cd58Pr13 and Cd6Pr. The corresponding values were determined to be -46.0, -38.8, -35.2 and -24.7 kJ/mol(at), respectively. These data together with thermodynamic data and phase diagram information from literature served as input data for a CALPHAD-type optimization of the Cd-Pr phase diagram. The complete composition range could be described precisely with the present models, both with respect to phase equilibria as well as to thermodynamic input data. The thermodynamic parameters of all intermetallic compounds were modelled following Neumann-Kopp rule. Temperature dependent contributions to the individual Gibbs energies were used for all compounds. Extended solid solubilities are well described for the low- and high-temperature modifications of Pr and also for the intermetallic compound CdPr. A quite good agreement with all viable data available from literature was found and is presented.

  7. Solderability and intermetallic compounds formation of Sn-9Zn-xAg lead-free solders wetted on Cu substrate

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    CHEN Wenxue; XUE Songbai; WANG Hui; WANG Jianxin; HAN Zongjie

    2009-01-01

    The eutectie Sn-9Zn alloy was doped with Ag (0 wt.%-1 wt.%) to form Sn-9Zn-xAg lead-free solder alloys. The effect of the addition of Ag on the microstructure and solderability of this alloy was investigated and intermetallic compounds (IMCs) formed at the solder/Cu interface were also examined in this study. The results show that, due to the addition of Ag, the microstructure of the solder changes. When the quan-tity of Ag is lower than 0.3 wt.%, the needle-like Zn-rich phase decreases gradually. However, when the quantity of Ag is 0.5 wt.%-1 wt.%, Ag-Zn intermetallic compounds appear in the solder. In particular, adding 0.3 wt.% Ag improves the wetting behavior due to the better oxi-dation resistance of the Sn-9Zn solder. The addition of an excessive amount of Ag will deteriorate the wetting property because the gluti-nosity and fluidity of Sn-9Zn-(0.5, 1)Ag solder decrease. The results also indicate that the addition of Ag to the Sn-Zn solder leads to the pre-cipitation of ε-AgZn_3 from the liquid solder on preformed interracial intermetallics (Cu_5Zn_8). The peripheral AgZn_3, nodular on the Cu_5Zn_8 IMCs layer, is likely to be generated by a peritectic reaction L+γ-Ag_5Zn8→ε-AgZn_3 and the following crystallization of AgZn_3.

  8. The role of zinc on the chemistry of complex intermetallic compounds

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    Xie, Weiwei [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2014-01-01

    Combining experiments and electronic structure theory provides the framework to design and discover new families of complex intermetallic phases and to understand factors that stabilize both new and known phases. Using solid state synthesis and multiple structural determinations, ferromagnetic β-Mn type Co8+xZn12–x was analyzed for their crystal and electronic structures.

  9. Estimation of the composition of intermetallic compounds in LiCl-KCl molten salt by cyclic voltammetry.

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    Liu, Ya L; Liu, Kui; Yuan, Li Y; Chai, Zhi F; Shi, Wei Q

    2016-08-15

    In this work, the compositions of Ce-Al, Er-Al and La-Bi intermetallic compounds were estimated by the cyclic voltammetry (CV) technique. At first, CV measurements were carried out at different reverse potentials to study the co-reduction processes of Ce-Al, Er-Al and La-Bi systems. The CV curves obtained were then re-plotted with the current as a function of time, and the coulomb number of each peak was calculated. By comparing the coulomb number of the related peaks, the compositions of the Ce-Al, Er-Al and La-Bi intermetallic compounds formed in the co-reduction process could be estimated. The results showed that Al11Ce3, Al3Ce, Al2Ce and AlCe could be formed by the co-reduction of Ce(iii) and Al(iii). For the co-reduction of Er(iii) and Al(iii), Al3Er2, Al2Er and AlEr were formed. In a La(iii) and Bi(iii) co-existing system in LiCl-KCl melts, LaBi2, LaBi and Li3Bi were the major products as a result of co-reduction.

  10. Lattice structure transformation and change in surface hardness of Ni{sub 3}Nb and Ni{sub 3}Ta intermetallic compounds induced by energetic ion beam irradiation

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    Kojima, H., E-mail: sv110021@edu.osakafu-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Yoshizaki, H.; Kaneno, Y. [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Semboshi, S. [Materials Research Institute (Kansai Center), Tohoku University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Hori, F. [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Saitoh, Y. [Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Okamoto, Y. [Quantum Beam Science Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Iwase, A. [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2016-04-01

    Ni{sub 3}Nb and Ni{sub 3}Ta intermetallic compounds, which show the complicated lattice structures were irradiated with 16 MeV Au{sup 5+} ions at room temperature. The X-ray diffraction measurement revealed that the lattice structure of these intermetallic compounds changed from the ordered structures to the amorphous state by the ion irradiation. The irradiation-induced amorphization caused the increase in Vickers hardness. The result was compared with our previous results for Ni{sub 3}Al and Ni{sub 3}V, and was discussed in terms of the intrinsic lattice structures of the samples.

  11. Nanocluster model of intermetallic compounds with giant unit cells: beta, beta'-Mg(2)Al(3) polymorphs.

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    Blatov, Vladislav A; Ilyushin, Gregory D; Proserpio, Davide M

    2010-02-15

    A novel method for the computational description of intermetallics as an assembly of nanoclusters was improved and applied to extremely complicated crystal structures of beta, beta'-Mg(2)Al(3) polymorphs. Using the TOPOS program package that implements the method, we separated two types of two-shell primary nanoclusters A, A1, A2, and B consisting of 57-63 atoms that completely compose the structures of the polymorphs. The nanocluster model interprets structural disordering in beta-Mg(2)Al(3): the disordered atoms form the inner shell of the nanocluster A, while the outer shells of all nanoclusters are preserved. The self-assembly of the beta, beta'-Mg(2)Al(3) crystal structures was considered within the hierarchical scheme: 0D primary polyhedral clusters (coordination polyhedra) --> 0D two-shell primary nanoclusters A, A1, A2, or B --> 0D supracluster-precursor AB(2) --> 1D primary chain --> 2D microlayer --> 3D microframework. The self-assembly scheme proves the similarity of beta, beta'-Mg(2)Al(3) to other extremely complicated Samson's phases, NaCd(2) and ZrZn(22); the spatial arrangement of the centers of nanoclusters in these structures as well as the topology of the corresponding network conform to the Laves phase MgCu(2). Using the TOPOS procedure of searching for finite fragments in infinite nets we found that nanocluster B is a typical fragment of intermetallic compounds: it exists in intermetallics belonging to 42 Pearson classes. The nanocluster A was found only in two Pearson classes: cF464 and hP238, while the nanoclusters A1 and A2 occur in beta'-Mg(2)Al(3) only. Thus, the nanoclusters A, A1, and A2 can be considered as "determinants" of the corresponding structures.

  12. Structural, electronic and elastic properties of RERu2 (RE=Pr and Nd) Laves phase intermetallic compounds

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    Shrivastava, Deepika; Sanyal, Sankar P.

    2016-05-01

    We have performed the first-principles calculations to study the structural, electronic and elastic properties of RERu2 (RE = Pr and Nd) Laves phase intermetallic compounds using full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method based on density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange and correlation potential. The optimized lattices constant are in reasonable agreement with available experimental data. The electronic properties are analyzed in terms of band structures, total and partial density of states, which confirm their metallic character. The calculated elastic constants infer that these compounds are mechanically stable in C15 (MgCu2 type) structure and found to be ductile in nature.

  13. Structural, electronic and elastic properties of RERu{sub 2} (RE=Pr and Nd) Laves phase intermetallic compounds

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    Shrivastava, Deepika, E-mail: deepika89shrivastava@gmail.com; Sanyal, Sankar P. [Department of Physics, Barkatullah university, Bhopal, 462026 (India)

    2016-05-06

    We have performed the first-principles calculations to study the structural, electronic and elastic properties of RERu{sub 2} (RE = Pr and Nd) Laves phase intermetallic compounds using full-potential linearized augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method based on density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for exchange and correlation potential. The optimized lattices constant are in reasonable agreement with available experimental data. The electronic properties are analyzed in terms of band structures, total and partial density of states, which confirm their metallic character. The calculated elastic constants infer that these compounds are mechanically stable in C15 (MgCu{sub 2} type) structure and found to be ductile in nature.

  14. Influence of Si and Co substitutions on magnetoelastic properties of R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17} (R=Y, Er and Tm) intermetallic compounds

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    Sanavi Khoshnoud, D. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad 91775-1436 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tajabor, N. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad 91775-1436 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: tajabor@ferdowsi.um.ac.ir; Pourarian, F. [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (United States); Salamati, H. [Faculty of Physics, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-12-15

    The magnetostriction of the off-stoichiometric R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17}-type intermetallic compounds based on R{sub 2}Fe{sub 14-x}Co{sub x}Si{sub 2} (R=Y, Er, Tm and x=0, 4) was measured, using the strain gauge method in the temperature range 77-460 K under applied magnetic fields up to 1.5 T. All compounds show sign change and reduction in magnetostriction values compared to the R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17} compounds by Si substitution. For Y{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}Si{sub 2} and Er{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}Si{sub 2}, saturation behaviour is observed near magnetic ordering temperature (T{sub C}), whereas for Tm{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}Si{sub 2}, saturation starts from T>143 K. Also, Co substitution has different effects on the magnetostriction of R{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}Si{sub 2} compounds. In Er{sub 2}Fe{sub 10}Co{sub 4}Si{sub 2} and Tm{sub 2}Fe{sub 10}Co{sub 4}Si{sub 2}, saturation occurs below the spin reorientation temperature (T{sub SR}). In addition, in Er{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}Si{sub 2}, a sign change occurs in the anisotropic magnetostriction ({delta}{lambda}) as well as the volume magnetostriction ({delta}V/V) at their T{sub SR} values. The volume magnetostrictions of the Tm-containing compounds show an anomaly around their T{sub SR}. In R{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}Si{sub 2} compounds, parastrictive behaviour is also observed in {delta}V/V near their T{sub C} values. In addition, the magnetostriction of the sublattices is investigated. Results show that in R{sub 2}Fe{sub 14}Si{sub 2} compounds, the rare-earth sublattice contribution to magnetostriction is negative and comparable to the iron sublattice, whereas, in R{sub 2}Fe{sub 10}Co{sub 4}Si{sub 2} compounds, the rare-earth sublattice contribution is positive and larger than Fe sublattice. These results are discussed based on the effect of Si and Co substitutions on the anisotropy field of these compounds. Influence of the spin reorientation transition on the magnetostriction of these compounds is discussed in terms of the anisotropic sublattice interactions.

  15. First principle investigation of crystal lattice structure, thermodynamics and mechanical properties in ZnZrAl2 intermetallic compound

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    Wei, Zhenyi; Tou, Shushi; Wu, Bo; Bai, Kewu

    2016-12-01

    ZnZrAl2 is a kind of heterogeneous nucleation to promote the refine of grain of ZA43 alloy. ZnZrAl2 intermetallic is also considered as a candidate for superalloys. The crystal lattice structure, alloy thermodynamics and mechanical properties of ZnZrAl2 intermetallic compound were investigated by ab initio calculations based on density functional theory (DFT). In particular, the site preference of atoms in different sublattices was predicted based on alloy thermodynamics. At ground state, the most stable structure is L12 structure with sublattice model (Zn)1a(Zr0.3333Al0.6667)3c or (Zr)1a(Zn0.3333Al0.6667)3c, and the occupying preferences of Zn, Zr and Al atoms are independent with the increasing temperature. The bulk, shear, Young's modulus and the Poisson's ratio of the L12 structure ZnZrAl2 were calculated based on the site occupying configurations. The results show that ZnZrAl2 is a brittle material in nature. Electronic structures analysis revealed that Al-Zr atoms possess a covalent bonding character, while the Zn-Zr atoms have a metallic bonding character. ZnZrAl2 has stable mechanical properties at high temperature. The grain refinement effect of ZnZrAl2 precipitates in Zn-Al alloys were discussed based on crystal lattice match theory.

  16. Effect of ultrasonic treatment on formation of iron-containing intermetallic compounds in Al-Si alloys

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    Yu-bo Zhang

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Iron is generally regarded as an unavoidable impurity in Al-Si casting alloys. The acicular Al3Fe and β-Al5FeSi (or Al9Si2Fe2 are common iron-containing intermetallic compounds (IMCs in conventional structure which have a detrimental impact on the mechanical properties. In this paper, ultrasonic field (USF was applied to modify acicular iron phases in Al-12%Si-2%Fe and Al-2%Fe alloys. The results show that the USF applied to Al-Fe alloys caused the morphological transformation of both primary and eutectic Al3Fe from acicular to blocky and granular without changes in their composition. In the case of Al-Si-Fe alloys, ultrasonic treatment led to both morphological and compositional conversion of the ternary iron IMCs. When the USF was applied, the acicular β-Al9Si2Fe2 was substituted by star-like α-Al12Si2Fe3. The modification rate of both binary and ternary iron IMCs relates to the USF treatment duration. The undercooling induced by the ultrasonic vibration contributes to the nucleation of intermetallics and can explain the transformation effect.

  17. Microstructure study of the rare-earth intermetallic compounds R5(SixGe1-x)4 and R5(SixGe1-x)3

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    Cao, Qing [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2012-01-01

    The unique combination of magnetic properties and structural transitions exhibited by many members of the R5(SixGe1-x)4 family (R = rare earths, 0 ≤ x ≤ 1) presents numerous opportunities for these materials in advanced energy transformation applications. Past research has proven that the crystal structure and magnetic ordering of the R5(SixGe1-x)4 compounds can be altered by temperature, magnetic field, pressure and the Si/Ge ratio. Results of this thesis study on the crystal structure of the Er5Si4 compound have for the first time shown that the application of mechanical forces (i.e. shear stress introduced during the mechanical grinding) can also result in a structural transition from Gd5Si4-type orthorhombic to Gd5Si2Ge2-type monoclinic. This structural transition is reversible, moving in the opposite direction when the material is subjected to low-temperature annealing at 500 °C.

  18. Valence behavior of Eu-ions in intermetallic compound Ce{sub 0.5}Eu{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 3}B{sub 0.5}

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    Pandey, Abhishek, E-mail: apandey@ameslab.gov [Experimental Condensed Matter Physics Division, Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, 1/AF, Bidhannagar, Kolkata 700064 (India); S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Block-JD, Sector-III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700098 (India); Mazumdar, Chandan, E-mail: chandan.mazumdar@saha.ac.in [S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Block-JD, Sector-III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700098 (India); Ranganathan, R. [S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, Block-JD, Sector-III, Salt Lake, Kolkata 700098 (India); Raghavendra Reddy, V.; Gupta, Ajay [UGC-DAE Consortium for Scientific Research, University Campus, Khandawa Road, Indore (India)

    2011-12-15

    We have studied the valence behavior of rare-earth ions, in particular Eu-ions, in a cubic intermetallic compound Ce{sub 0.5}Eu{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 3}B{sub 0.5} which is a homogeneous solid solution of two mixed-valent compounds CePd{sub 3} and EuPd{sub 3}B. Results of {sup 151}Eu Moessbauer spectroscopic measurements show that two different valence states, i.e., divalent- and trivalent-like states of Eu-ions exist in the compound. The possible reason for the observed heterogeneous valency vis-a-vis the variation in the chemical environment and the number of nearest-neighbor B atoms surrounding the Eu-ions has been discussed. Our results demonstrate that B incorporation in such Eu-based cubic intermetallic compounds leads to a situation where heterogeneous-valence state of Eu-ions is an energetically favorable ground state. - Highlights: > Intermetallic compound Ce{sub 0.5}Eu{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 3}B{sub 0.5} crystallizes in a single phase. > Eu-ions in Ce{sub 0.5}Eu{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 3}B{sub 0.5} are charge-ordered compared to +2.3 valency in Ce{sub 0.5}Eu{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 3}. > B incorporation makes charge-ordered state of Eu-ions energetically more favorable. > Nearest-neighbor chemical environment affects the Eu valency.

  19. FP-LAPW based investigation of structural, electronic and mechanical properties of CePb{sub 3} intermetallic compound

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    Pagare, Gitanjali, E-mail: gita-pagare@yahoo.co.in; Jain, Ekta, E-mail: jainekta05@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Government M. L. B. Girls P. G. Autonomous College, Bhopal 462002 (India); Abraham, Jisha Annie, E-mail: disisjisha@yahoo.com [Department of Physics, National Defence Academy, Pune 411023 (India); Sanyal, Sankar P., E-mail: sps.physicsbu@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Barkatullah University, Bhopal 462026 (India)

    2015-08-28

    A theoretical study of structural, electronic, elastic and mechanical properties of CePb{sub 3} intermetallic compound has been investigated systematically using first principles density functional theory. The calculations are carried out within the three different forms of generalized gradient approximation (GGA) and LSDA for the exchange correlation potential. The ground state properties such as lattice parameter (a{sub 0}), bulk modulus (B) and its pressure derivative (B′) are calculated and obtained lattice parameter of this compound shows well agreement with the experimental results. We have calculated three independent second order elastic constants (C{sub 11}, C{sub 12} and C{sub 44}), which has not been calculated and measured yet. From energy dispersion curves, it is found that the studied compound is metallic in nature. Ductility of this compound is analyzed using Pugh’s criteria and Cauchy's pressure (C{sub 11}-C{sub 12}). The mechanical properties such as Young's modulus, shear modulus, anisotropic ratio, Poison's ratio have been calculated for the first time using the Voigt–Reuss–Hill (VRH) averaging scheme. The average sound velocities (v{sub m}), density (ρ) and Debye temperature (θ{sub D}) of this compound are also estimated from the elastic constants.

  20. In search of the elusive amalgam SrHg8: a mercury-rich intermetallic compound with augmented pentagonal prisms.

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    Tkachuk, Andriy V; Mar, Arthur

    2010-08-14

    In confirmation of its predicted existence in the Sr-Hg phase diagram, the mercury-rich intermetallic compound SrHg(8) has been prepared by reaction of the elements at 200 degrees C. Single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that it adopts a new structure type (Pearson symbol oP72, space group Pnma, a = 13.328(1) A, b = 4.9128(5) A, c = 26.446(3) A). The Sr atoms are centred within two types of 18-vertex Hg polyhedra formed by augmenting pentagonal prisms with octagonal waists. The condensation of these Sr@Hg(18) clusters is associated with the formation of a complex anionic Hg-Hg bonding network, as supported by electronic structure calculations which reveal strong mixing of Hg 6s and 6p states in highly delocalized bands superimposed with a narrower 5d band below the Fermi level.

  1. 4f orbital and spin magnetism in cerium intermetallic compounds studied by magnetic circular x-ray dichroism

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    Schillé, J. Ph.; Bertran, F.; Finazzi, M.; Brouder, Ch.; Kappler, J. P.; Krill, G.

    1994-08-01

    Magnetic circular x-ray dichroism experiments at the M4,5 absorption edges of cerium in the intermetallic compounds CeCuSi, CeRh3B2, and CeFe2 are reported. By applying general sum rules, it is shown that these experiments are able to yield both the magnitude and the direction of the 4f magnetic moment on Ce. An estimation of the orbital contribution to those 4f moments is given. Our experiments demonstrate the existence of a 4f magnetic moment on Ce in CeFe2 and confirm the extreme sensitivity of the 4f orbital contribution to the degree of localization of the 4f electrons. This 4f orbital contribution is significantly higher than the one predicted from spin-resolved band-structure calculations.

  2. Exploring phase stability, electronic and mechanical properties of Ce–Pb intermetallic compounds using first-principles calculations

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    Tao, Xiaoma [Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Novel Energy Materials and Related Technology, College of Physical Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Computational Alloy Design Group, IMDEA Materials Institute, Getafe, Madrid 28906 (Spain); Wang, Ziru; Lan, Chunxiang [Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Novel Energy Materials and Related Technology, College of Physical Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Xu, Guanglong [Computational Alloy Design Group, IMDEA Materials Institute, Getafe, Madrid 28906 (Spain); Ouyang, Yifang, E-mail: ouyangyf@gxu.edu.cn [Guangxi Colleges and Universities Key Laboratory of Novel Energy Materials and Related Technology, College of Physical Science and Technology, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004 (China); Du, Yong [State Key Laboratory of Powder Metallurgy, Central South University, Changsha 410083 (China)

    2016-05-15

    The phase stability, electronic and mechanical properties of Ce–Pb intermetallics have been investigated by using first-principles calculations. Five stable and four metastable phases of Ce–Pb intermetallics were verified. Among them, CePb{sub 2} has been confirmed as HfGa{sub 2}-type structure. For Ce{sub 5}Pb{sub 3}, the high pressure phase transformation from D8{sub m} to D8{sub 8} with trivalent Ce has been predicted to occur at P=1.2 GPa and a high temperature phase transformation has been predicted from D8{sub m} to D8{sub 8} with tetravalent Ce at 531.5 K. The calculated lattice constants of the five stable phases are in good agreement with experimental values. The electronic density of states, charge density and electron localization function of Ce{sub 3}Pb have been calculated, which indicated that the Ce and Pb show ionic behavior. The polycrystalline bulk modulus, shear modulus, Young's modulus, and Poisson's ratio are also estimated from the calculated single crystalline elastic constants. All of the calculated elastic constants satisfy mechanical stability criteria. The microhardness and mechanical anisotropy are predicted. The anisotropic nature of the Ce–Pb intermetallic compounds are demonstrated by the three-dimensional orientation dependent surfaces of Young's moduli and linear compressibility are also demonstrated. The longitudinal, transverse and average sound velocities and the Debye temperatures are also obtained in this work. The Ce{sub 3}Pb has the largest Debye temperature of 192.6 K, which means the Ce{sub 3}Pb has a highest melting point and high thermal conductivity than other compounds. - Graphical abstract: The convex hull plots of the enthalpies of formation for Ce–Pb binary systems calculated at 0 K. - Highlights: • The five stable and four metastable phases in the Ce–Pb binary system were predicted. • The crystal structure of CePb{sub 2} has been confirmed as HfGa{sub 2}-type.

  3. Phase stability and elasticity of C15 transition-metal intermetallic compounds

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    Chu, F.; Mitchell, T.E.; Chen, S.P. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States); Sob, M.; Siegl, R.; Pope, D.P. [Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia, PA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

    1995-03-01

    First-principle quantum mechanical calculations based on the local-density-functional theory have been performed to study the electronic, physical and metallurgical properties of C15 intermetallics MV{sub 2} (M = Zr, Hf, or Ta). The elastic constants of C15 HfV{sub 2} + Nb were measured by the resonant ultrasound spectroscopy technique. The phase stability of C15 HfV{sub 2} + Nb was studied by specific heat measurements and by transmission electron microscopy in a low temperature specimen holder. The total energies and their lattice volume dependence were used to obtain the equilibrium lattice constants and bulk modulus. The band structures at the X-point near the Fermi level were employed to understand the anomalous temperature dependence of shear modulus of the C15 intermetallics. It was found that the double degeneracy with a linear dispersion relation of electronic levels at the X-point near the Fermi surface is mainly responsible for the C15 anomalous elasticity. The density of states at the Fermi level, N(E{sub F}), and the Fermi surface geometry were obtained to understand the low temperature phase instability of C15 HfV{sub 2} and ZrV{sub 2} and the stability of C15 TaV{sub 2}. It was proposed that the large N(E{sub F}) and Fermi surface nesting are the physical reasons for the structural instability of the C15 HfV{sub 2} and ZrV{sub 2} at low temperatures. The relation between anomalous elasticity and structural instability of C15 HfV{sub 2} and ZrV{sub 2} is also discussed.

  4. Two stages of Kondo effect and competition between RKKY and Kondo in Gd-based intermetallic compound

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    Vaezzadeh, Mehdi [Department of Physics, K.N.Toosi University of Technology, P.O. Box 15875-4416, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)]. E-mail: mehdi@kntu.ac.ir; Yazdani, Ahmad [Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14155-4838, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Vaezzadeh, Majid [Department of Physics, K.N.Toosi University of Technology, P.O. Box 15875-4416, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Daneshmand, Gissoo [Department of Physics, K.N.Toosi University of Technology, P.O. Box 15875-4416, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kanzeghi, Ali [Department of Physics, K.N.Toosi University of Technology, P.O. Box 15875-4416, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2006-05-01

    The magnetic behavior of Gd-based intermetallic compound (Gd{sub 2}Al{sub (1-x)}Au{sub x}) in the form of the powder and needle, is investigated. All the samples are an orthorhombic crystal structure. Only the compound with x=0.4 shows the Kondo effect (other compounds have a normal behavior). Although, for the compound in the form of powder, with x=0.4, the susceptibility measurement {chi}(T) shows two different stages. Moreover for (T>T{sub K2}) a fall of the value of {chi}(T) is observable, which indicates a weak presence of ferromagnetic phase. About the two stages of Kondo effect, we observe at the first (T{sub K1}) an increase of {chi}(T) and in the second stage (T{sub K2}) a new remarkable decrease of {chi}(T) (T{sub K1}>T{sub K2}). For the sample in the form of needles, the first stage is observable only under high magnetic field. This first stage could be corresponds to a narrow resonance between Kondo cloud and itinerant electron. The second stage, which is remarkably visible for the sample in the form of the powder, can be attribute to a complete polarization of Kondo cloud. Observation of these two Kondo stages could be due to the weak presence of RKKY contribution.

  5. Effect of Rare Earth on Microstructure of γ-TiAl Intermetallics

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    孔凡涛; 陈子勇; 田竞; 陈玉勇; 贾均

    2003-01-01

    The rare earth (RE) elements (Ce, La) were added to binary Ti-47% Al alloys (atomic fraction) by Induction Skull Melting. The element Ce of 1.0 atomic percent was added individually, and La of 0.2 atomic percent was added individually. This article studied the influences of rare earth metal (Ce, La) on microstructure of as-cast TiAl based alloy by XRD, SEM, EMPA and TEM measurement methodology. The results show that most of rare earth-rich phases (AlCe, AlLa) are uniformly distributed in grain boundary in the shape of discontinuous network, and some particles of rare earth-rich phases within the grains are mainly ellipsoids. In addition, rare earth element can obviously refine the grain size and the lamellar thickness of as-cast TiAl based alloy samples. The grain size of Ti-47Al-1.0Ce-0.2La alloy reaches about 30~80 μm, and the lamellar thickness of its γ phase and α2 phase are less than 200 and 20 nm, respectively.

  6. Thermoelectric transport in rare-earth compounds

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    Koehler, Ulrike

    2007-07-01

    This work focuses on the thermoelectric transport in rare-earth compounds. The measurements of the thermal conductivity, thermopower, and Nernst coefficient are supplemented by investigations of other quantities as magnetic susceptibility and specific heat. Chapter 2 provides an introduction to the relevant physical concepts. Section 1 of that chapter summarizes the characteristic properties of rare-earth systems; section 2 gives an overview on thermoelectric transport processes in magnetic fields. The applied experimental techniques as well as the new experimental setup are described in detail in Chapter 3. The experimental results are presented in Chapter 4-6, of which each concentrates on a different subject. In Chapter 4, various Eu clathrates and the skutterudite-like Ce{sub 3}Rh{sub 4}Sn{sub 13} are presented, which have been investigated as potential thermoelectric materials for applications. Chapter 5 focusses on the study of the energy scales in the heavy-fermion series Lu{sub 1-x}Yb{sub x}Rh{sub 2}Si{sub 2} and Ce{sub x}La{sub 1-x}Ni{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} by means of thermopower investigations. Chapter 6 is dedicated to the thermoelectric transport properties of the correlated semimetal CeNiSn with special emphasis on the Nernst coefficient of this compound. (orig.)

  7. Phase transitions and magnetocaloric effects in intermetallic compounds MnFeX (X=P, As, Si, Ge)

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    O.Tegus; Bao Li-Hong; Song Lin

    2013-01-01

    Since the discovery of giant magnetocaloric effect in MnFeP1-xAsx compounds,much valuable work has been performed to develop and improve Fe2P-type transition-metal-based magnetic refrigerants.In this article,the recent progress of our studies on fundamental aspects of theoretical considerations and experimental techniques,effects of atomic substitution on the magnetism and magnetocalorics of Fe2P-type intermetallic compounds MnFeX (X=P,As,Ge,Si) is reviewed.Substituting Si (or Ge) for As leads to an As-free new magnetic material MnFeP1-xSi(Ge)x.These new materials show large magnetocaloric effects resembling MnFe(P,As) near room temperature.Some new physical phenomena,such as huge thermal hysteresis and 'virgin' effect,were found in new materials.On the basis of Landau theory,a theoretical model was developed for studying the mechanism of phase transition in these materials.Our studies reveal that MnFe(P,Si) compound is a very promising material for room-temperature magnetic refrigeration and thermo-magnetic power generation.

  8. Structural transition and softening in Al–Fe intermetallic compounds induced by high energy ball milling

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    Basariya, M. Raviathul, E-mail: ravia80@gmail.com [CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur 831007 (India); Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi 221005 (India); Roy, Rajat K.; Pramanick, A.K.; Srivastava, V.C. [CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur 831007 (India); Mukhopadhyay, N.K. [Department of Metallurgical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi 221005 (India)

    2015-06-25

    In the present investigation, powders of as-cast ingots of Al–25 at%Fe and Al–34.5 at%Fe alloys close to Al{sub 3}Fe and Al{sub 2}Fe intermetallic phases are subjected to high energy ball milling to understand the possibility of formation of amorphous and/or nanocrystalline phases or any other metastable phases. The development of microstructure, evolution of various metastable phases and their stability are investigated by x-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. Mechanical milling of the alloys, up to 50 h, was carried out in high energy planetary ball mill. It resulted in phase transformation from monoclinic and triclinic structures of Al{sub 3}Fe and Al{sub 2}Fe, respectively, to orthorhombic structure pertaining to Al{sub 5}Fe{sub 2} phase and structural transformation from crystalline to amorphous phase. Hardness measurements revealed a transition from hardening to softening behavior in these mechanically milled alloys undergoing prolonged milling. The softening effect in the milled powders, having a composite structure involving nanocrystalline and amorphous phases, is attributed to the competing phenomenon of grain size reduction and amorphous phase formation with increasing milling time.

  9. Permanent magnetism of intermetallic compounds between light and heavy transition-metal elements.

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    Kumar, P; Kashyap, A; Balamurugan, B; Shield, J E; Sellmyer, D J; Skomski, R

    2014-02-12

    First-principle calculations are used to investigate the intrinsic magnetic properties of intermetallic alloys of the type XMn, where X is a 4d or 5d element and M is Fe or Co. Emphasis is on the hexagonal C14 Laves-phase 1:2 and 1:5 alloys, the latter crystallizing in the CaCu5 structure. These series are of interest in permanent magnetism from fundamental and practical viewpoints, respectively. In the former, the unit cells form a prototypical motif where a heavy atom with high spin-orbit coupling and magnetocrystalline anisotropy is surrounded by many somewhat smaller M atoms with high magnetization, and the latter are Laves-phase derivatives of renewed interest in permanent magnetism. Our DFT calculations predict magnetic moments, magnetizations and anisotropies, as well as formation energies. The results are analyzed across the 4d and 5d series, especially with respect to hybridization effects between 3d and 4d/5d bands.

  10. Methodology of Single Crystal Growth and Microstructure Analysis of CoTi(Zr) Intermetallic Compounds

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    Lijuan ZHANG; Mike L.JENKINS; Glyn TAYLOR

    2005-01-01

    The effects of preparation and crystal growth methods on the microstructure, composition, and oxidation of CoTi(Zr)intermetallics were dealt with. A group of methods has been used to produce CoTi and CoTi(Zr) crystals to prevent the formation of titanium oxide particles during melting and crystal growth. The results show that more oxides formed when using powdered starting materials even though the metals handled were and melted under an inert gas atmosphere; using bulk starting materials produced alloys showed less oxidation than powders, but adding a small amount of Al to getter the oxygen was not sufficient to prevent TiO2 formation. However, using a slightly reducing atmosphere during initial melting was highly effective in reducing the formation of oxide. Crystal growth carried out in Ar did not reduce the amount of oxide but only redistributed the particles. TiO2 particles were found only inthe grain boundaries after crystal growing, where they obstructed grain growth. Crystal growth in a vacuum was found to be essential in producing oxide free crystals. A seed selection technique was developed and used in growing CoTi single crystals. The microstructures of the samples were determined using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy, including the morphologies, grain sizes, oxide distributions and crystal structure confirmation.

  11. Crystal field effects in the intermetallic R Ni3Ga9 (R =Tb , Dy, Ho, and Er) compounds

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    Silva, L. S.; Mercena, S. G.; Garcia, D. J.; Bittar, E. M.; Jesus, C. B. R.; Pagliuso, P. G.; Lora-Serrano, R.; Meneses, C. T.; Duque, J. G. S.

    2017-04-01

    In this paper, we report temperature-dependent magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity, and heat-capacity experiments in the family of intermetallic compounds R Ni3Ga9 (R = Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er). Single-crystalline samples were grown using Ga self-flux method. These materials crystallize in a trigonal ErNi3Al9 -type structure with space group R 32 . They all order antiferromagnetically with TNK . The anisotropic magnetic susceptibility presents large values of the ratio χeasy/χhard indicating strong crystalline electric-field (CEF) effects. The evolution of the crystal-field scheme for each R was analyzed in detail by using a spin model including anisotropic nearest-neighbor Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interaction and the trigonal CEF Hamiltonian. Our analysis allows one to understand the distinct direction of the ordered moments along the series—the Tb-, Dy-, and Ho-based compounds have the ordered magnetic moments in the easy ab plane and the Er sample magnetization easy axis is along the c ̂ direction.

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

  13. Studies of magnetostriction and spin polarized band structures of rare earth intermetallics

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    Wallace, W. E.

    1979-01-01

    Anisotropic magnetostriction measurements of R6Fe23, R = (Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er) were carried out from 77 K to room temperature. Magnetic fields up to 2.1 Tesla were applied. All the compounds exhibited large magnetostrictions at 77 K, the largest effect being obtained for Tb6Fe23. Saturation magnetostriction values for the compounds were also determined for 77 K and room temperature. Results of the temperature dependence of magnetostriction for Er6Fe23 are in good agreement with Callen and Callen's single ion theory. Therefore, the main sources of magnetostriction in this compound is the Er ion. The spin-up and spin-down electronic energy bands, the density of states and the magnetic moments of YCo5, SmCo5, and GdCo5 were calculated by the spin polarized augmented plane wave technique. The calculations obtained show the origin of the moment, provide good estimates of its magnitude and variation, and the reasons for those variations. They also show the important role of partial charge transfer and of d-d electronic coupling. Calculations for LaNi5 and GdNi5 systems are discussed.

  14. Inhibition of the formation of intermetallic compounds in aluminum-steel welded joints by friction stir welding

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    Torres López, Edwar A.

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Formation of deleterious phases during welding of aluminum and steel is a challenge of the welding processes, for decades. Friction Stir Welding (FSW has been used in an attempt to reduce formation of intermetallic compounds trough reducing the heat input. In this research, dissimilar joint of 6063-T5 aluminum alloy and AISI-SAE 1020 steel were welded using this technique. The temperature of welded joints was measured during the process. The interface of the welded joints was characterized using optical microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Additionally, composition measurements were carried out by X-EDS and DRX. The experimental results revealed that the maximum temperature on the joint studied is less than 360 °C. The microstructural characterization in the aluminum-steel interface showed the absence of intermetallic compounds, which is a condition attributed to the use of welding with low thermal input parameters.La unión de juntas aluminio-acero, sin la formación de fases deletéreas del tipo FexAly, ha sido, por décadas, un desafío para los procesos de soldadura. La soldadura por fricción-agitación ha sido empleada para intentar reducir el aporte térmico y evitar la formación de compuestos intermetálicos. Usando esta técnica fueron soldadas juntas disimilares de aluminio 6063-T5 y acero AISI-SAE 1020. La soldadura fue acompañada de medidas de temperatura durante su ejecución. La interfase de las juntas soldadas fue caracterizada utilizando microscopía óptica, electrónica de barrido y electrónica de transmisión. Adicionalmente fueron realizadas medidas puntuales X-EDS y DRX. Los resultados experimentales revelan que la temperatura máxima en la junta es inferior a 360 °C. La caracterización microestructural en la interfase aluminio-acero demostró la ausencia de compuestos intermetálicos, condición atribuida al uso de parámetros de soldadura con bajo aporte térmico.

  15. Intermetallic compounds and choice of alloying elements for the manufacture of thixomolded creepresistant magnesium alloys

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    Goryany V.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available This study aims at finding ways to improve the service properties of state-of-the-art creepresistant Mg alloys for Thixomolding and minimise production problems. In doing so, microalloying with Si, Zn, Sr, Li, C, Ba and Bi, as well as the addition of rare earths is a viable solution. .

  16. New insights into rare-earth intermetallic alloys for cryogenic Peltier cooling

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    Boona, Stephen; Morelli, Donald

    2013-03-01

    Strongly correlated materials such as intermediate valence CePd3 have long been considered attractive candidates for cryogenic Peltier cooling due to the combination of metallic electrical resistivity concurrent with Seebeck coefficient values on the order of 100 μ V/K at low temperatures. This behavior is a direct result of the strong hybridization of localized 4f states with delocalized conduction electrons, which gives rise to several unusual structural, electronic, thermal, and magnetic properties. Our recent work on this compound has helped to unravel some of the complex ways in which these properties are correlated, and we have successfully utilized this improved understanding to enhance ZT up to 0.3. We present a broad overview of these new insights and provide suggestions for how they may be exploited to achieve enhanced thermoelectric performance in other strongly correlated materials. Work supported by AFOSR-MURI ``Cryogenic Peltier Cooling'' Contract #FA9550-10-1-0533.

  17. Elastic and Thermodynamic Properties of Complex Mg-Al Intermetallic Compounds via Orbital-Free Density Functional Theory

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    Zhuang, Houlong; Chen, Mohan; Carter, Emily A.

    2016-06-01

    Magnesium-aluminum (Mg-Al) alloys are important metal alloys with a wide range of engineering applications. We investigate the elastic and thermodynamic properties of Mg, Al, and four stoichiometric Mg-Al compounds including Mg17Al12 , Mg13Al14 , and Mg23Al30 , and MgAl2 with orbital-free density-functional theory (OFDFT). We first calculate the lattice constants, zero-temperature formation energy, and independent elastic constants of these six materials and compare the results to those computed via Kohn-Sham DFT (KSDFT) benchmarks. We obtain excellent agreement between these two methods. Our calculated elastic constants of hexagonal close-packed Mg and face-centered-cubic Al are also consistent with available experimental data. We next compute their phonon spectra using the force constants extracted from the very fast OFDFT calculations, because such calculations are computationally challenging using KSDFT. This is especially the case for the Mg23Al30 compound, whose 3 ×3 ×3 supercell consists of 1431 atoms. We finally employ the quasiharmonic approximation to investigate temperature-dependent thermodynamic properties, including formation energies, heat capacities, and thermal expansion of the four Mg-Al intermetallic compounds. The calculated heat capacity and thermal expansion of both Mg and Al agree well with experimental data. We additionally find that Mg13Al14 and MgAl2 are both unstable, consistent with their absence from the equilibrium Mg-Al phase diagram. Our work demonstrates that OFDFT is an efficient and accurate quantum-mechanical computational tool for predicting elastic and thermodynamic properties of complicated Mg-Al alloys and also should be applicable to many other engineering alloys.

  18. ELECTRONIC STRUCTURE OF THE LaNi5-xGax INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS

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    D.Chen; G.X.Li; D.L.Zhang; T.Gao

    2008-01-01

    The equilibrium structures and electronic structure of LaNii5-xGax (x=0, 0.5, 1.0)compounds have been investigated by all-electron calculations. Based on the full geometry optimization, the densities of states and electron densities of LaNi5-x Gax are plotted and analyzed. It is clear that the substitution of Ga at the Ni site leads to a progressive filling of the Ni-d bands, the ionic interaction between Ni and Ni, with Ga plays a dominant role in the stability of LaNi5-x Gax compounds. The smaller the shift of EF toward higher energy region, the more stable the compounds will be.The increased contribution of the Ni-d-Ga-d interactions near EF and the low energy metal-gallium bonding bands indicate that the compounds become more stable. The results are compared with experimental data and discussed in light of previous studies.

  19. Preparing an SbSn intermetallic compound by melt-annealing and application to electric desulfurization of crude oil

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    WANG Yong; YUN Zhi

    2008-01-01

    We prepared an SbSn intermetallic compound powder with a mixture of equal molar amounts of antimony (Sb) and tin (Sn) by melt-annealing and high-energy ball milling, and characterized the obtained substance with XRD (X-ray diffraction), DSC (differential scanning calorimetry), SEM (scanning electron microscopy), and XPS (X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy). The prepared SbSn has a hexagonal structure with a melting point of 425 °C. The particles have a dendritic appearance in micromorphology images. More Sb atoms are enriched on the surface than Sn atoms. A desulfurization efficiency of up to 33.92% can be obtained when applying this powder as a medium in the electric desulfurization of crude oil under the following conditions: an emulsion with a volumetric ratio of water to oil at 20:80, a surfactant mass fraction in the emulsion of 0.18%, a processing time of 17 h, and a voltage of 9.68 V. SbSn could be a promising catalyst for desulfurizing crude oil. The desulfurization performance is ascribed to the electron cavities formed by current induction.

  20. Micromagnetic analysis of the hardening mechanisms of nanocrystalline MnBi and nanopatterned FePt intermetallic compounds.

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    Kronmüller, H; Yang, J B; Goll, D

    2014-02-12

    The uniaxial intermetallic compounds of L10-FePt and the low temperature NiAs structure of MnBi are suitable alloys for application as high-density recording materials or as high-coercivity permanent magnets. Single domain particles of these materials are characterized by coercive fields above 1 T over a large temperature range. In particular MnBi shows a coercive field of 2 T at 450 K. Its extraordinary magnetic properties in the temperature range up to 600 K are due to an increase of the magnetocrystalline anisotropy constant from 1.2 MJ m(-3) at 300 K to 2.4 MJ m(-3) at 450 K. In spite of the large coercivities obtained for both type of materials their experimental values deviate considerably from the theoretical values Hc = 2K1/Js valid for a homogeneous rotation process in spherical particles. As is well known these discrepancies are due to the deteriorating effects of the microstructure. For an analysis of the coercive fields the Stoner-Wohlfarth theory has to be expanded with respect to higher anisotropy constants and to microstructural effects such as misaligned grains and grain surfaces with reduced anisotropy constants. It is shown that the temperature dependence and the angular dependence of Hc for FePt as well as MnBi can be quantitatively interpreted by taking into account the above mentioned intrinsic and microstructural effects.

  1. First-principles study of Al2Sm intermetallic compound on structural, mechanical properties and electronic structure

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    Lin, Jingwu; Wang, Lei; Hu, Zhi; Li, Xiao; Yan, Hong

    2017-02-01

    The structural, thermodynamic, mechanical and electronic properties of cubic Al2Sm intermetallic compound are investigated by the first-principles method on the basis of density functional theory. In light of the strong on-site Coulomb repulsion between the highly localized 4f electrons of Sm atoms, the local spin density approximation approach paired with additional Hubbard terms is employed to achieve appropriate results. Moreover, to examine the reliability of this study, the experimental value of lattice parameter is procured from the analysis of the TEM image and diffraction pattern of Al2Sm phase in the AZ31 alloy to verify the authenticity of the results originated from the computational method. The value of cohesive energy reveals Al2Sm to be a stable in absolute zero Kelvin. According to the stability criteria, the subject of this work is mechanically stable. Afterward, elastic moduli are deduced by performing Voigt-Reuss-Hill approximation. Furthermore, elastic anisotropy and anisotropy of sound velocity are discussed. Finally, the calculation of electronic density of states is implemented to explore the underlying mechanism of structural stability.

  2. Magnetic phase transition and the corresponding magnetostriction of intermetallic compounds RMn2Ge2 (R=Sm, Gd)

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    Guo Guang-Hua(郭光华); Wu Ye(吴烨); Zhang Hai-Bei(张海贝); D A Filippov; R Z Levitin; V V Snegirev

    2002-01-01

    The temperature dependence of lattice constants a and c of intermetallic compounds RMn2Ge2 (R=Sm, Gd) is measured in the temperature range 10-800K by using the x-ray diffraction method. The magnetoelastic anomalies of lattice constants are found at the different kinds of spontaneous magnetic transitions. The transversal and longitudinal magnetostrictions of polycrystalline samples are measured in the pulse magnetic field up to 25T. In the external magnetic field there occurs a first-order field-induced antiferromagnetism-ferromagnetism transition in the Mn sublattice, which gives rise to a large magnetostriction. The magnitude of magnetostrictions is as large as 10-3. The transversal and longitudinal magnetostrictions have the same sign and are almost equal. This indicates that the magnetostriction is isotropic and mainly caused by the interlayer Mn-Mn exchange interaction. The experimental results are explained in the framework of a two-sublattice ferrimagnet with the negative exchange interaction in one of the sublattices by taking into account the lattice constant dependence of interlayer Mn-Mn exchange interaction.

  3. Wearout Reliability and Intermetallic Compound Diffusion Kinetics of Au and PdCu Wires Used in Nanoscale Device Packaging

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    C. L. Gan

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Wearout reliability and diffusion kinetics of Au and Pd-coated Cu (PdCu ball bonds are useful technical information for Cu wire deployment in nanoscale semiconductor device packaging. This paper discusses the HAST (with bias and UHAST (unbiased HAST wearout reliability performance of Au and PdCu wires used in fine pitch BGA packages. In-depth failure analysis has been carried out to identify the failure mechanism under various wearout conditions. Intermetallic compound (IMC diffusion constants and apparent activation energies (Eaa of both wire types were investigated after high temperature storage life test (HTSL. Au bonds were identified to have faster IMC formation, compared to slower IMC growth of PdCu. PdCu wire was found to exhibit equivalent or better wearout reliability margin compared to conventional Au wire bonds. Failure mechanisms of Au, Cu ball bonds post-HAST and UHAST tests are been proposed, and both Au and PdCu IMC diffusion kinetics and their characteristics are discussed in this paper.

  4. Growth behavior of intermetallic compounds at Sn–Ag/Cu joint interfaces revealed by 3D imaging

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    Zhang, Q.K., E-mail: qkzhang@alum.imr.ac.cn [Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China); State Key Laboratory of Advanced Brazing Filler Metals & Technology, Zhengzhou Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Long, W.M. [State Key Laboratory of Advanced Brazing Filler Metals & Technology, Zhengzhou Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering, Zhengzhou 450001 (China); Zhang, Z.F., E-mail: zhfzhang@imr.ac.cn [Shenyang National Laboratory for Materials Science, Institute of Metal Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016 (China)

    2015-10-15

    In this study, the morphologies of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) at the as-soldered and thermal aged Sn–Ag/Cu joint interfaces were observed by SEM and measured using Laser Confocal Microscope, and their three-dimensional (3D) shapes were revealed using 3D imaging technology. The observation reveal that during the soldering process the Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} grains at the joint interface evolve from hemispheroid to a bamboo shoot-shaped body with increasing liquid state reacting time, and their grain size increases sharply. After thermal aging, the Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} grains change into equiaxed grains, while the top of some prominent Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} grains changes little. Due to the higher active energy of the Sn atoms at the grain boundary, the growth rate of IMC grains around the grain boundaries of the solder is higher during the aging process. From the evolution in morphology of the IMC layer, it is demonstrated that the IMC layer grows through grain boundary diffusion of the Cu and Sn atoms during the aging process, and the volume diffusion is very little. The 3D imaging technology is used to reveal the shape and dimension of the IMC grains. - Highlights: • Morphologies of IMCs at the Sn–Ag/Cu interface were revealed by 3D imaging. • Preferential growth of IMCs around the solder grain boundaries was observed. • Growth behaviors of IMCs during reflowing and aging process were investigated.

  5. Investigation of interdiffusion and intermetallic compounds in Al–Cu joint produced by continuous drive friction welding

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    Yanni Wei

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, the joints between Al and Cu bars were fabricated by continuous drive friction welding. The microstructures and the compositions of the composites were analyzed by SEM, EDS and XRD. The surface temperature was observed using an infrared thermographic camera. The interface temperatures were suggested in the range of 648~723 K at different welding parameters. The interdiffusion between Al and Cu atoms is extraordinarily rapid, as the interdiffusion coefficients could reach 7.8 × 10−12 m2/s. Intermetallic phases Al2Cu and Al4Cu9 were identified in all samples in view of the XRD and EDS analyses. The effective Gibbs free energy change of formation model was proposed to predict the Al–Cu compound formation at solid-state interface, and the calculation combined with kinetic factors showed that Al2Cu (Al side and Al4Cu9 (Cu side appeared first.

  6. Influence of Ti and La Additions on the Formation of Intermetallic Compounds in the Al-Zn-Si Bath

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    Xu, Jin; Gu, Qin-Fen; Li, Qian; Lu, Hu-Sheng

    2016-12-01

    The effect of Ti and La additions on the formation of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) in the galvalume (55Al-Zn-1.6Si wt pct) bath was investigated experimentally and further studied with first-principles calculation. The studied baths contain: 1 wt pct Fe, with Ti content ranging from 0.05 to 0.15 wt pct and La content ranging from 0.05 to 0.30 wt pct. Combination of the experimental results with the thermodynamic analysis shows that the solubility of Fe in the alloy bath decreases with an increase of Ti content, which results in the formation of mass dross. Compared with the Ti-containing alloy, La promotes the formation of τ 5 phase (Fe2Al8Si). When both Ti and La are added, Fe4Al13, τ 5, τ 6 (β-Al4.5FeSi), TiAl3, and Ti2Al20La phases were observed. Since these IMCs would consume more Si in the bath, the decrease of Si content with Ti and La additions is more significant than that of the bath without these additions. Furthermore, the formation mechanism of Ti/TiAl3/Ti2La20La core-shell structure in the coating bath is proposed. This study has implications for strategic design of industry hot-dip production with exceptional mechanical properties of Al alloy coating.

  7. Vacuum brazing of TiAl48Cr2Nb2 casting alloys based on TiAl (γ intermetallic compound

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    Z. Mirski

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available A growing interest in modern engineering materials characterised by increasingly better operational parameters combined with a necessity to obtain joints of such materials representing good operation properties create important research and technological problems of today. These issues include also titanium joints or joints of titanium alloys based on intermetallic compounds. Brazing is one of the basic and sometimes even the only available welding method used for joining the aforesaid materials in production of various systems, heat exchangers and, in case of titanium alloys based on intermetallic compounds, turbine elements and space shuttle plating etc. This article presents the basic physical and chemical properties as well as the brazability of alloys based on intermetallic compounds. The work also describes the principle and mechanisms of diffusion-brazed joint formation as well as reveals the results of metallographic and strength tests involving diffusion-welded joints of TiAl48Cr3Nb2 casting alloy based on TiAl (γ phase with the use of sandwich-type layers of silver-based parent metal (grade B- Ag72Cu-780 (AG 401 and copper (grade CF032A. Structural examination was performed by means of light microscopy, scanning electron microscope (SEM and energy dispersion spectrometer (EDS. Furthermore, the article reveals the results of shear strength tests involving the aforementioned joints.

  8. Electronic and crystal structures of thermoelectric CaMgSi intermetallic compound

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    Miyazaki, Hidetoshi, E-mail: miyazaki@nitech.ac.jp [Department of Frontier Materials, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan); Inukai, Manabu [Department of Frontier Materials, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan); Soda, Kazuo [Department of Quantum Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Nagoya University, Nagoya 464-8603 (Japan); Miyazaki, Nobufumi; Adachi, Nozomu; Todaka, Yoshikazu [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi 441-8580 (Japan); Nishino, Yoichi [Department of Frontier Materials, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya 466-8555 (Japan)

    2016-01-15

    Highlights: • We report the electronic and crystal structures of the TiNiSi-type CaMgSi compound. • CaMgSi has a semiconductor-like electronic structure with a small band gap. • CaMgSi is a Mott-type insulator owing to strongly correlated electrons effect. - Abstract: We investigated the electronic and crystal structures of a new thermoelectric material, CaMgSi compound, by using synchrotron radiation photoemission spectroscopy (SR-PES), synchrotron radiation X-ray powder diffraction (SR-XRD) measurements, and electronic band structure calculation to understand the way leading to improvement in the thermoelectric properties of this material. Electronic band structure calculation of the CaMgSi compound using the crystal structure determined from SR-XRD measurement showed a semi-metallic electronic structure with a pseudo-gap at the Fermi level. In contrast to the predicted semi-metallic electronic structure, the SR-PES results showed a small semiconductor-like gap at the Fermi level. This result revealed that the CaMgSi compound is a Mott-type insulator owing to strongly correlated electrons effect in the Ca 3d and Mg 3p states being well hybridized with those in the Si 3p states. The observed electronic structure of the CaMgSi compound suggests that an optimal carrier doping exists to best control the n- and p-type thermoelectric properties and enhance the power factors.

  9. Solid-State Phase Equilibria and Intermetallic Compounds of the Si-V-Zr Ternary System

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    Pan, Yanfang; Ye, Haimei; Chen, Xiaoxian; Jiang, Wenping; Yang, Wenchao; Zhan, Yongzhong

    2016-12-01

    Phase relations in the Si-V-Zr ternary system at 973 K (700 °C) were experimentally investigated using X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The isothermal section at 973 K (700 °C) is governed by seventeen three-phase regions, thirty-two two-phase regions, and sixteen single-phase regions. Ten binary compounds and one ternary compound (SiVZr) were confirmed. There are two new ternary compounds found in this work for the first time. One of them (Si4V3Zr2) was found in the stoichiometric composition around V 38 pct, Si 50 pct, and Zr 12 pct. The existence of another one (V17Si12Zr3) was observed while analyzing the XRD results of large quantities of equilibrated samples in the region around 54 at. pct V, 33 at. pct Si, and 13 at. pct Zr.

  10. Chemical hydrogenation of La(Fe,Si) family of intermetallic compounds

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    Wlodarczyk, P.; Polak, M.; Hawelek, L.; Kowalczyk, M.; Hreczka, M.; Kolano-Burian, A.

    2016-11-01

    In the present work, the chemical hydrogenation process of La(Fe,Si)13 compounds has been shown. It was found, that the La(Fe,Si) compound can be easily saturated with hydrogen by performing reaction with 0.6 M hydrochloric acid (HCl) for 2 h. After reaction, the heat treatment process is necessary to make hydrogenated powder homogenous. For the LaFe11.8Si1.2 micronized (formula unit LaFe11.8Si1.2).

  11. Magnetic arrangement of the intermetallic ErCu/sub 2/ compound

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    Smetana, Z.; Sima, V.; Andreev, A.V.

    1984-02-01

    The polycrystalline ErCu/sub 2/ compound has been examined at room temperature and at (2.5+-0.1) K by neutron diffraction. Magnetic phase transitions at 6.1 K and 4.3 K between different antiferromagnetic structures are reported. The diffraction pattern at 2.5 K show reflections corresponding to an antiferromagnetic structure.

  12. Synthesis and reactivity of single-phase Be{sub 17}Ti{sub 2} intermetallic compounds

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    Kim, Jae-Hwan, E-mail: kim.jaehwan@jaea.go.jp [Breeding Functional Materials Development Group, Sector of Fusion Research and Development, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan); Iwakiri, Hirotomo; Furugen, Tatsuaki [Faculty of Education Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Training Program, University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa (Japan); Nakamichi, Masaru [Breeding Functional Materials Development Group, Sector of Fusion Research and Development, Japan Atomic Energy Agency (Japan)

    2016-01-15

    Highlights: • Preliminary synthesis of single-phase Be{sub 17}Ti{sub 2} was succeeded. • Reactivity difference between beryllium and beryllides may be caused by a lattice strain. • Oxidation of Be{sub 17}Ti{sub 2} at high temperatures results in the formation of TiO{sub 2}. • Simulation results reveal that a stable site for hydrogen at the center of tetrahedron exists. - Abstract: To investigate feasibility for application of Be{sub 17}Ti{sub 2} as a neutron multiplier as well as a refractory material, single-phase Be{sub 17}Ti{sub 2} intermetallic compounds were synthesized using an annealing heat treatment of the starting powder and a plasma sintering method. Scanning electron microscopic observations and X-ray diffraction measurements reveal that the single-phase Be{sub 17}Ti{sub 2} compounds were successfully synthesized. We examined the reactivity of Be{sub 17}Ti{sub 2} with 1% H{sub 2}O and discovered that a larger stoichiometric amount of Ti resulted in the formation of TiO{sub 2} on the surface at high temperatures. This oxidation may also contribute to an increase in both weight gain and generation of H{sub 2}. This suggests that the formation of the Ti-depleted Be{sub 17}Ti{sub 2−x} layer as a result of oxidation facilitates an increased reactivity with H{sub 2}O. To evaluate the safety aspects of Be{sub 17}Ti{sub 2}, we also investigated the hydrogen positions and solution energies based on the first principle. The calculations reveal that there are 10 theoretical sites, where 9 of these sites have hydrogen solution energies with a positive value (endothermic) and 1 site located at the center of a tetrahedron comprising two Be and two Ti atoms gives a negative value (exothermic).

  13. Ab initio study of the structural, electronic, elastic and thermal properties of RMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} (R = Ca, Nd and Y) intermetallic compounds

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    Miloud Abid, O.; Yakoubi, A. [Laboratoire d’Etudes des Matériaux et Instrumentations Expérimentales, Université Djilali Liabes de Sidi Bel-Abbes, 22000 (Algeria); Tadjer, A. [Modeling and Simulation in Materials Science Laboratory, Physics Department, University of Sidi Bel-Abbes, Sidi Bel-Abbes (Algeria); Khenata, R., E-mail: khenata_rabah@yahoo.fr [Laboratoire de Physique Quantique de la Modélisation Mathématique (LPQ3M), Université de Mascara, 29000 (Algeria); Ahmed, R. [Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, UTM Skudai, 81310 Johor (Malaysia); Murtaza, G. [Materials Modeling Laboratory, Department of Physics, Islamia College University, Peshawar (Pakistan); Bin Omran, S. [Department of Physics and Astronomy, College of Science, King Saud University, P.O. Box 2455, Riyadh 11451 (Saudi Arabia); Azam, Sikander [New Technologies – Research Center, University of West Bohemia, Univerzitni 8, 306 14 Pilsen (Czech Republic)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • The calculated structural parameters of RMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} (R = Ca, Nd and Y) compounds are found in good agreement with the experimental data. • The structural and band structure calculation reveals that these compounds are ferromagnetic brittle metals. • The elastic and thermodynamic properties for the herein studied compounds are investigated for the first time. - Abstract: Intermetallic RMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} ternary compounds have attracted considerable attention from researchers in recent years because they show strong indications for novel magnetic characteristics and they have the potential to reveal the mechanism of superlattices. The study of the paramagnetic, ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic phases affirms the strong dependence to the distance between atomic species in these compounds. In this study, we investigated the structural, elastic, electronic and thermodynamic properties of the intermetallic RMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} (R = Ca, Nd and Y) compounds. To carry out this study, we used the full potential (FP) linearized (L) augmented plane wave plus local orbitals (APW + lo), a scheme of calculations developed within the frame work of density functional theory (DFT). To incorporate the exchange correlation (XC) energy and corresponding potential into the total energy calculations, local density approximation (LDA) parameterized by Perdew and Wang is taken into account. Analysis of the density of states (DOS) profile illustrates the conducting nature of these intermetallic compounds; with a predominantly contribution from the R and Mn-d states. At ambient conditions, calculations for elastic constants (C{sub 11}, C{sub 12}, C{sub 13}, C{sub 44}, C{sub 33} and C{sub 66}) are also performed, which point to their brittle character. In addition, the quasi harmonic Debye model was used to predict the thermal properties, together with relative expansion coefficients and heat capacity.

  14. Structural Feature and Solute Trapping of Rapidly Grown Ni3Sn Intermetallic Compound

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    QIN Hai-Yan; WANG Wei-Li; WEI Bing-Bo

    2009-01-01

    The rapid dendritic growth of primary Ni3Sn phase in undercooled Nio30.9%Sn-5%Ge alloy is investigated by using the glass fluxing technique. The dendritic growth velocity of Ni3Sn compound is measured as a function of undercooling, and a velocity of 2.47m/s is achieved at the maximum undercooling of 251 K (0.17TL). The addition of the Ge element reduces its growth velocity as compared with the binary Ni75Sn25 alloy. During rapid solidification, the Ni3Sn compound behaves like a normal sofid solution and it displays a morphological transition of "coarse dendrite-equiaxed grain-vermicular structure" with the increase of undercooling. Significant solute trapping of Ge atoms occurs in the whole undercooling range.

  15. Electronic structure and electric field gradient calculations for the Zr{sub 2}Ni intermetallic compound

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    Umicevic, A.; Belosevic-Cavor, J.; Koteski, V.; Cekic, B.; Ivanovski, V. [Inst. of Nuclear Sciences Vinca, Lab. for Nuclear and Plasma Physics, Belgrade (Yugoslavia)

    2009-09-15

    A detailed theoretical study of the structure and electric field gradients (EFG) of the Zr{sub 2}Ni compound is presented. Using all-electron augmented plane waves plus local orbitals formalism, the equilibrium volume, bulk modulus, and EFGs at both non-equivalent crystallographic positions, Zr and Ni, are calculated. The possible mechanism of formation of the EFGs at both sites are analyzed and discussed. We have also performed supercell calculations with Cd and Ta impurities. Through the comparison of theoretical and experimental EFGs in these cases, we elucidate the role played by the Cd and Ta probe atoms in the time-differential perturbed angular correlation measurements of this compound. (orig.)

  16. Magnetic Properties of Some Gadolinium, Erbium, Dysprosium, Manganese Substituted Samarium-2 Cobalt-17 Intermetallic Compounds.

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    1979-08-01

    S K AREA B WORK UNIT NUMBERSElect ronic Materials Research Division 61102AUS Army Electronics Technology & Devices Laborator) 1-rrr~ -rrd2An47 02 031...permanent magnet materials having intrinsically temperature compensated magneti- zations. The properties investigated were saturation magnetization...that excellent temperature compensation could be achieved in these compounds in the teinper~ture (cont’d) ~‘ DD I ? ) 1Q3 L°’TI°M °’ INOV BI

  17. Crystallographic superstructure in R2PdSi3 compounds (R=heavy rare earth)

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    Tang, Fei; Frontzek, Matthias; Dshemuchadse, Julia; Leisegang, Tilmann; Zschornak, Matthias; Mietrach, Robert; Hoffmann, Jens-Uwe; Löser, Wolfgang; Gemming, Sibylle; Meyer, Dirk C.; Loewenhaupt, Michael

    2011-09-01

    The R2PdSi3 intermetallic compounds have been reported to crystallize in a hexagonal AlB2-derived structure, with the rare earth atoms on the Al sites and Pd and Si atoms randomly distributed on the B sites. However, the intricate magnetic properties observed in the series of compounds have always suggested complications to the assumed structure. To clarify the situation, x-ray and neutron diffraction measurements were performed on the heavy rare earth compounds with R=Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, which revealed the existence of a crystallographic superstructure. The superstructure features a doubled unit cell in the hexagonal basal plane and an octuplication along the perpendicular c direction with respect to the primitive cell. No structural transition was observed between 300 and 1.5 K. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) analysis as well as density functional theory (DFT) calculations were utilized to investigate the local environments of the respective atoms. In this paper the various experimental results will be presented and it will be shown that the superstructure is mainly due to the Pd-Si order on the B sites. A structure model will be proposed to fully describe the superstructure of Pd-Si order in R2PdSi3. The connection between the crystallographic superstructure and the magnetic properties will be discussed in the framework of the presented model.

  18. Prediction of superconducting iron-bismuth intermetallic compounds at high pressure

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    Amsler, Maximilian; Wolverton, Chris

    2016-01-01

    The synthesis of materials in high-pressure experiments has recently attracted increasing attention, especially since the discovery of record breaking superconducting temperatures in the sulfur-hydrogen and other hydrogen-rich systems. Commonly, the initial precursor in a high pressure experiment contains constituent elements that are known to form compounds at ambient conditions, however the discovery of high-pressure phases in systems immiscible under ambient conditions poses an additional materials design challenge. We performed an extensive multi component $ab\\,initio$ structural search in the immiscible Fe--Bi system at high pressure and report on the surprising discovery of two stable compounds at pressures above $\\approx36$ GPa, FeBi$_2$ and FeBi$_3$. According to our predictions, FeBi$_2$ is a metal at the border of magnetism with a conventional electron-phonon mediated superconducting transition temperature of $T_{\\rm c}=1.3$ K at 40 GPa. In analogy to other iron-based materials, FeBi$_2$ is possibly...

  19. Electrocatalytic Formation and Inactivation of Intermetallic Compounds in Electrorefining of Silicon

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    Olsen, Espen; Rolseth, Sverre; Thonstad, Jomar

    2010-08-01

    Silicon for solar cell purposes is today produced by an energy intensive process exhibiting high irreversible thermodynamic energy losses. The purity of the product; 99,9999999 pct (9N), far exceeds what is generally accepted to be the requirements for photovoltaic purposes (4-6N). According to thermodynamics, all elements except boron may be removed from silicon by three layer electrochemical refining above the melting point of Si. Boron, on the other hand, shows higher affinity to specific transition metals compared to silicon. This may be exploited by applying two principles in parallel; electrochemical refining and electrocatalyzed reaction-precipitation of transition metal borides as heavy, stable particles. In this study we report on the formation of such compounds at the cathode-electrolyte interface during electrochemical refining. The trends and mechanisms observed in the laboratory scale investigation indicate that high purity silicon may be produced in industrial scale reactors at low cost- and energy intensity.

  20. Magnetotransport and magnetothermal properties of the ternary intermetallic compound TbFe2Al10

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    Khandelwal, Ashish; Chattopadhyay, M. K.; Roy, S. B.

    2016-09-01

    We have studied the temperature and field dependences of electrical resistivity and heat capacity of TbFe2Al10, and have also complimented the above studies with low field magnetization measurements. In zero magnetic field, TbFe2Al10 exhibits paramagnetic (PM) to ferrimagnetic (Ferri-I) and Ferri-I to antiferromagnetic (AFM) phase transitions below 17.6 and 10 K respectively. We have found that the electrical resistivity of TbFe2Al10 exhibits a sharp rise across the PM to Ferri-I phase transition in this compound. Our analysis indicates that this sharp rise of electrical resistivity is related to the formation of new zone boundaries (across the PM to Ferri-I phase transition) that reduce the area of the Fermi surface. We have found that TbFe2Al10 exhibits large magnetoresistance (MR) below 100 K. Overall, the MR behaviour of TbFe2Al10 below 17.6 K in different magnetic fields reveals strong competition between AFM and ferromagnetic (FM) correlations, which seems to be quite intrinsic to the magnetic structure of the compound. Our analysis indicates that the large MR and magnetocaloric effect persisting deep inside the PM regime of TbFe2Al10 is mainly related to the presence of FM spin fluctuations and the formation of a Griffiths like (GL) phase consisting of FM clusters within the PM regime. The formation of the GL phase may be mediated by the static crystal defects in the midst of the competing inter and intra layer magnetic interactions.

  1. Interaction Between the Growth and Dissolution of Intermetallic Compounds in the Interfacial Reaction Between Solid Iron and Liquid Aluminum

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    Chen, Shuhai; Yang, Dongdong; Zhang, Mingxin; Huang, Jihua; Zhao, Xingke

    2016-10-01

    The interfacial reaction between solid steel and liquid aluminum has been widely investigated in past decades; however, some issues, such as the solid/liquid interfacial structure, formation mechanisms of FeAl3 and Fe2Al5, and interaction between the growth and dissolution of intermetallic compounds, are still not fully understood. In this study, a hot-dipping method is designed to investigate the interfacial reaction in the temperature range between 973 K and 1273 K (700 °C 1000 °C) for 10 to 60 seconds. The intensification of the dissolution leads to the transformation of FeAl3/liquid aluminum into Fe2Al5/liquid aluminum in the solid/liquid structure with increasing reaction temperature. The formation of FeAl3 adhered to the interface depends not only on the reaction mechanism but also on precipitation at relatively low temperatures. In contrast, precipitation is the only formation mechanism for FeAl3 at relatively high temperatures. Austenitizing results in the complete transformation of the tongue-like Fe2Al5/Fe interface to a flat shape. The growth of Fe2Al5 with respect to the maximum thickness is governed by the interfacial reaction process, whereas the growth of Fe2Al5 with respect to the average thickness is governed by the diffusion process in the range of 973 K to 1173 K (700 °C to 900 °C) for 10 to 60 seconds. The dissolution of the parent metal is due to the natural dissolution of FeAl3 at low temperatures and Fe2Al5 at high temperatures.

  2. Dissolution and Interfacial Reactions of (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 Intermetallic Compound in Molten Sn-Cu-Ni Solders

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    Wang, Chao-hong; Lai, Wei-han; Chen, Sinn-wen

    2014-01-01

    (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 is an important intermetallic compound (IMC) in lead-free Sn-Ag-Cu solder joints on Ni substrate. The formation, growth, and microstructural evolution of (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 are closely correlated with the concentrations of Cu and Ni in the solder. This study reports the interfacial behaviors of (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 IMC (Sn-31 at.%Cu-24 at.%Ni) with various Sn-Cu, Sn-Ni, and Sn-Cu-Ni solders at 250°C. The (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 substrate remained intact for Sn-0.7 wt.%Cu solder. When the Cu concentration was decreased to 0.3 wt.%, (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 significantly dissolved into the molten solder. Moreover, (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 dissolution and (Ni,Cu)3Sn4 formation occurred simultaneously for the Sn-0.1 wt.%Ni solder. In Sn-0.5 wt.%Cu-0.2 wt.%Ni solder, many tiny (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 particulates were formed and dispersed in the solder matrix, while in Sn-0.3 wt.%Cu-0.2 wt.%Ni a lot of (Ni,Cu)3Sn4 grains were produced. Based on the local equilibrium hypothesis, these results are further discussed based on the liquid-(Cu, Ni)6Sn5-(Ni,Cu)3Sn4 tie-triangle, and the liquid apex is suggested to be very close to Sn-0.4 wt.%Cu-0.2 wt.%Ni.

  3. Polarity effect of electromigration on kinetics of intermetallic compound formation in Pb-free solder V-groove samples

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    Gan, H.; Tu, K. N.

    2005-03-01

    Intermetallic compound (IMC) formation is critical for the reliability of microelectronic interconnections, especially for flip chip solder joints. In this article, we investigate the polarity effect of electromigration on kinetics of IMC formation at the anode and the cathode in solder V-groove samples. We use V-groove solder line samples, with width of 100 μm and length of 500-700 μm, to study interfacial IMC growth between Cu electrodes and Sn-3.8Ag-0.7Cu (in wt %) solder under different current density and temperature settings. The current densities are in the range of 103 to 104A/cm2 and the temperature settings are 120, 150, and 180 °C. While the same types of IMCs, Cu6Sn5 and Cu3Sn, form at the solder/Cu interfaces independent of the passage of electric current, the growth of the IMC layer has been enhanced by electric current at the anode and inhibited at the cathode, in comparison with the no-current case. We present a kinetic model, based on the Cu mass transport in the sample, to explain the growth rate of IMC at the anode and cathode. The growth of IMC at the anode follows a parabolic growth rule, and we propose that the back stress induced in the IMC plays a significant role. The model is in good agreement with our experimental data. We then discuss the influence of both chemical force and electrical force, and their combined effect on the IMC growth with electric current.

  4. Moessbauer study of the cubic Laves phase intermetallic compound TmFe/sub 2/

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    Bleaney, B.; Bowden, G.J.; Cadogan, J.M. (New South Wales Univ., Kensington (Australia). School of Physics); Day, R.K.; Dunlop, J.B. (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Lindfield (Australia). Div. of Applied Physics)

    1982-04-01

    The results of a /sup 169/Tm and /sup 57/Fe Moessbauer study of the cubic Laves compound TmFe/sub 2/ over the temperature range 1.3-550 K are presented and discussed. The new results are used, in conjunction with existing NMR, Moessbauer and magnetic anisotropy data for TmFe/sub 2/ and Tm metal, to deduce a value of Psub(4f) 536 +- 14 MHz for the saturation value of the first excited state of the /sup 169/Tm nucleus. Estimates are also given for the exchange field ..mu..sub(B)Bsub(ex)(T = O K)/ksub(B) = 153 +- 3 K acting on the Tm/sup 3 +/ ion in TmFe/sub 2/, the quadrupole moment of the I = 3/2 state of the /sup 169/Tm nucleus. Q = -1.36 +- 0.11 b, and the lattice contribution to the nuclear quadrupole interaction in Tm metal, Psub(c) = -54.8 +- 5 MHz (for Q = -1.20 +- 0.07 b) and Psub(c) = -61 +- 8 MHz (for Q = -1.36 +- 0.11 b). In addition estimates are given for the various transferred and parent hyperfine fields in TmFe.

  5. Heusler compounds as ternary intermetallic nanoparticles: Co{sub 2}FeGa

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    Basit, Lubna; Wang Changhai; Jenkins, Catherine A; Balke, Benjamin; Ksenofontov, Vadim; Fecher, Gerhard H; Felser, Claudia [Johannes Gutenberg - Universitaet, Institut fuer analytische und anorganische Chemie, 55099 Mainz (Germany); Mugnaioli, Enrico; Kolb, Ute [Johannes Gutenberg - Universitaet, Institut fuer Physikalische Chemie, Elektronenmikroskopie-Zentrum Mainz (EMZM), 55099 Mainz (Germany); Nepijko, Sergej A; Schoenhense, Gerd [Johannes Gutenberg - Universitaet, Institut fuer Physik, 55099 Mainz (Germany); Klimenkov, Michael, E-mail: felser@uni-mainz.d [Institut fuer Materialforschung I, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH, 76021 Karlsruhe (Germany)

    2009-04-21

    This work describes the preparation of ternary nanoparticles based on the Heusler compound Co{sub 2}FeGa. Nanoparticles with sizes of about 20 nm were synthesized by reducing a methanol impregnated mixture of CoCl{sub 2} {center_dot} 6H{sub 2}O, Fe(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} {center_dot} 9H{sub 2}O and Ga(NO{sub 3}){sub 3} {center_dot} xH{sub 2}O after loading on fumed silica. The dried samples were heated under pure H{sub 2} gas at 900 {sup 0}C. The obtained nanoparticles-embedded in silica-were investigated by means of x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy, temperature dependent magnetometry and Moessbauer spectroscopy. All methods clearly revealed the Heusler-type L2{sub 1} structure of the nanoparticles. In particular, anomalous XRD data demonstrate the correct composition in addition to the occurrence of the L2{sub 1} structure. The magnetic moment of the particles is about 5{mu}{sub B} at low temperature in good agreement with the value of bulk material. This suggests that the half-metallic properties are conserved even in particles on the 10 nm scale.

  6. Electronic magnetic structure of intermetallic compounds RNi2Mn studied by XMCD

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    Kuznetsova, Tatyana V.; Grebennikov, Vladimir I.; Gerasimov, E. G.; Mushnikov, N. V.

    2017-10-01

    The x-ray absorption near edge structure (XANES) and the x-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD) measurements in the hard X-ray range at the Ni and Mn K edges and Tb, Dy L2, 3 edges were carried out in TbNi2Mn and DyNi2Mn in magnetic field up to 6 T at 10 K. XMCD on the Dy and Tb L-edges reaches 3.2%. The spin and orbital d-projected density of states on Tb and Dy atoms were obtained from the XMCD spectra. The Ni and Mn K-edges absorptions are practically identical in both compounds, as well as the dichroism spectra. The magnitude of dichroism is less than 0.5% and its length of about 50 eV. Scattering of outgoing p-wave on magnetic atoms environment is the main source of the K-edge dichroism. Element-specific magnetic hysteresis-loops measurements on TbNi2Mn and DyNi2Mn were performed by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism.

  7. R5T4 compounds - unique multifunctional intermetallics for basic research and applications

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    Mudryk, Yaroslav

    2016-10-01

    The unique properties of the rare-earth elements and their alloys have brought them from relative obscurity to high profile use in common high-tech applications. The broad technological impact of these remarkable materials may have never been known by the general public if not for the supply concerns that placed the rare-earth materials on the front page of newspapers and magazines. Neodymium and dysprosium, two essential components of Nd2Fe14B-based high-performance permanent magnets, have drawn much attention and have been deemed critical materials for many energy-related applications. Ironically, the notoriety of rare-earth elements and their alloys is the result of a global movement to reduce their use in industrial applications and, thus, ease concerns about their supply and ultimately to reduce their position in high-tech supply chains. Research into the applications of lanthanide alloys has been de-emphasized recently due to the perception that industry is moving away from the use of rare-earth elements in new products. While lanthanide supply challenges justify efforts to diversify the supply chain, a strategy to completely replace the materials overlooks the reasons rare earths became important in the first place -- their unique properties are too beneficial to ignore. Rare-earth alloys and compounds possess truly exciting potential for basic science exploration and application development such as solid-state caloric cooling. In this brief review, we touch upon several promising systems containing lanthanide elements that show important and interesting magnetism-related phenomena.

  8. TiAl金属间化合物的增材制造研究进展%Research Progress on Additive Manufacturing of TiAl Intermetallic Compound

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    杜宇雷; 欧园园; 卢晓阳; 廖文和

    2016-01-01

    Due to their superior properties,such as low density,high modulus,high strength,good oxidation resistance and fatigue resistance,TiAl intermetallic compound has the promising applications in the fields of aero-space.However,TiAl intermetallic compound is very difficult to be machined,which hinders its practical applica-tions.Additive manufacture techniques (3D printing)own obvious advantages on the rapid prototyping of difficult-to-machine materials and components with complex shape.In this paper,the research progress of TiAl intermetallic compound made by additive manufacturing was summarized.The solidification behavior,microstructure and me-chanical properties of TiAl by additive manufacturing were discussed.%TiAl 金属间化合物具有密度低、弹性模量高、强度高、抗氧化性能和抗疲劳性能良好等突出优点,在航空航天领域有广阔的应用前景。然而,TiAl金属间化合物的加工难度大,成型困难,限制了其工程应用。近年来,增材制造凭借其特有的技术优势在难加工金属材料的加工成型领域崭露头角。文章综述了TiAl金属间化合物的增材制造研究进展,总结分析了目前应用于TiAl金属间化合物增材制造的主要技术类型,以及所制备合金的凝固行为、组织形貌特征和力学性能。

  9. The polarity effect of electromigration on intermetallic compound formation and back stress in v-groove solder lines

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    Ou, Shengquan

    2005-07-01

    The trend of the miniaturization of VLSI and electronic packaging toward higher input/output density, smaller feature size and greater performance makes electromigration a serious reliability concern in flip chip technology. As an integral part of the joint, intermetallic compound (IMC) formation is very important to achieve good joint strength. However, the effect of electromigration on the IMC formation is a subject in which still very little is known. We utilize solder v-groove samples etched on (001) Si wafer with 100 mum opening to study the polarity effect of electromigration on IMC formation in solder joints. We focus on the interaction between chemical and electrical forces, and the influence of interface morphology on the IMC dissolution. The current densities used are from 103 to 104 A/cm2 and the temperature settings are in the range of 120°C to 180°C. We have found in both 95.5Sn3.8Ag0.7Cu/Cu and 96.5Sn3.5Ag systems the growth of the IMC has been enhanced by electric current at the anode and inhibited at the cathode. For Ni-Sn compound, kinetic analysis using the motion of the two interfaces gives the general formula of the growth rate as dXdt=aX + b. We have introduced the concept of mean-field theory and the classic model of Zener's precipitation growth into the discussion of the Cu-Sn compound growth under electromigration. A parabolic dependence of the IMC growth on time at the anode is derived as x 2 ≅ (Cm-Ce)2 (Cs-Ce)2 Dt. The interaction between chemical and electrical forces brings a dynamic equilibrium in IMC dissolution at the cathode. This has been proved theoretically and experimentally. A new critical product has been derived from this dynamic equilibrium, which can provide us a critical IMC thickness before voids formation at a given current density. Our study shows the dissolution rate of Cu with current density 5x103 A/cm2 at 150°C is about 0.076 mum/hr. We also notice that the interface morphology plays an important role in the IMC

  10. Magnetic structures and related properties of some rare-earth intermetallic compounds, RCu 2

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    Lebech, B.; Smetana, Z.; S̆íma, V.

    1987-12-01

    The magnetic structures and some relevant bulk magnetic properties of R(Cu, Ni) 2 (R = Tb, Tb zY 1- z, Dy, Ho, Er and Tm) are summarized. Basically, the magnetic structures are antiferromagnetically modulated with propagation vector {1}/{3}a∗. For R = Tb, Dy, Ho the a-axis anisotropy dominates and the structures are longitudinally modulated. For R = Tm, Er (probably) the b-axis anisotropy dominates and this results in transversely modulated structures. For R = Tb, Dy the structures are collinear, For R = Ho, Er, Tm (probably) an incommensurate modulation coexists with the commensurate a∗-axis modulation at the lowest temperature.

  11. Electronic structure calculations of rare-earth intermetallic compound YAg using ab initio methods

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    (S).U(g)ur; G.U(g)ur; F.Soyalp; R.Ellialtio(g)lu

    2009-01-01

    The structural,elastic and electronic properties of YAg-B2(CsC1) were investigated using the first-principles calculations.The energy band structure and the density of states were studied in detail,including partial density of states (PDOS),in order to identify the character of each band.The structural parameters (lattice constant,bulk modulus,pressure derivative of bulk modulus) and elastic constants were also obtained.The results were consistent with the experimental data available in the literature,as well as other theoretical results.

  12. Modification of surface hardness for dual two-phase Ni{sub 3}Al–Ni{sub 3}V intermetallic compound by using energetic ion beam and subsequent thermal treatment

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    Yoshizaki, H., E-mail: su110040@edu.osakafu-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Hashimoto, A.; Kaneno, Y. [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Semboshi, S. [Kansai-Center, Institute for Materials Research, Tohoku University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan); Saitoh, Y. [Takasaki Advanced Radiation Research Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Takasaki, Gunma 370-1292 (Japan); Okamoto, Y. [Quantum Beam Science Center, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan); Iwase, A. [Department of Materials Science, Osaka Prefecture University, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2015-02-15

    Dual two-phase Ni{sub 3}Al–Ni{sub 3}V intermetallic compound with the ordered structure was irradiated with 16 MeV Au{sup 5+} ions at room temperature. The observation by a transmission electron microscope has revealed that the lattice structure of this intermetallic compound changes from the ordered structure to the disordered A1 (fcc) structure by the ion irradiation, which accompanies a remarkable decrease in the surface hardness. The annealing treatment at elevated temperatures for the irradiated specimen induces the recovery of surface hardness. The present experimental result shows that the combination of energetic ion irradiation and the thermal treatment could be a means of modification for the workability of dual two-phase Ni{sub 3}Al–Ni{sub 3}V intermetallic compound.

  13. First principle calculation of Al, Li and intermetallic compounds for Al-Li system%Al-Li系统性质的第一原理计算

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    陈红梅; 范常有; 方杰; 刘奕新; 欧阳义芳; 杜勇; 贺跃辉

    2009-01-01

    用第一原理方法对铝、锂及铝锂二元系统金属间化合物的稳定和亚稳相的原子体积、弹性性质及形成焓等热力学性质进行了计算,结果表明:计算的平均原子体积略大于实验值,计算的体积模量与已有的实验值符合得比较好,对铝锂系统来说,计算的体积模量随锂的浓度的增加单调下降.对铝锂系统的稳定和亚稳定相的形成焓的计算表明,最稳定相为B32结构的Al-Li金属间化合物.%The lattice constants, elastic properties and thermodynamic properties of aluminum, lithium and intermetallic compound for Al-Li system were calculated with density function theo-ry. The calculated lattice constants, elastic constants, isothermal bulk modulus and properties of dimer for aluminum and lithium agree very well with the experimental data. The calculated for-mation enthalpies and isothermal bulk moduli of Al-Li intermetallic compounds are in good agree-ment with the experimental data and the results of other theoretical results available.

  14. Effects of Fe-Fe bond length change in NaZn13-type intermetallic compounds on magnetic properties and magnetic entropy change

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    Wang Guang-Jun; Hu Feng-Xia; Wang Fang; Shen Bao-Gen

    2004-01-01

    In this paper the effects of Fe-Fe bond length change on magnetic properties and magnetic entropy change have been investigated on LaFe12.4-xSixCo0.6 and LaFe12.3-xAlxCo0.7 intermetallic compounds. According to the analyses of Fe-Fe bond length change, the variation of Curie temperature and the unusual magnetic phase transition which results in the large magnetic entropy change were explained. The effects of the substitution of Co and Si for Fe on magnetic entropy change and field-induced itinerant-electron metamagnetic transition in LaFe12.4-xSixCo0.6 compounds were also studied and the considerable magnetic entropy change has been achieved.

  15. CRYSTAL GROWTH OF RARE EARTH COMPOUNDS IN CLOSED SYSTEM

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    1991-01-01

    Remarkable improvements have been made on the crystal growth of rare earth pnictides and chalchogenides by the development of new growth technique and the construction of several new equipments for the crystal growth such as electron beam welding system of tungsten crucible provided with large glove box and vacuum HF furnace. This system has really worked on obtaining excellent quality of single crystals and made easier to explore unknown materials of rare earth compounds. Interesting and att...

  16. Crystalline structure, magnetic and magnetoelastic properties of Nd6Fe13-xCoxCu intermetallic compounds

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    P Iranmanesh

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Influence of the partial substitution of Co for Fe on the structural, magnetic and magnetoelastic properties of Nd6Fe13Cu compounds are investigated. Analysis of X-ray diffraction patterns indicates that the multi-phase sample is formed for all samples. Upon Co substitution, the second phase Nd2Fe17, Nd2Fe17-yCoy with 0 < y < 1 and Nd2Fe17-zCoz with 1 < z < 2 is formed in the samples with x = 0, 1, 2, respectively so that the lattice parameters are decreased and the Curie temperature is increased. Due to the ferromagnetic phase Nd2Fe17-yCoy in sample with x = 1, the change of the anisotropy and increase of exchange effects are observed. The effects of long-range magnetic ordering processes on Néel temperature clearly appear in the temperature dependence of the spontaneous magnetostriction. Longitudinal (λl and transverse (λt magnetostrictions are measured to study the magnetoelastic behaviour of these compounds using a strain gauge method. In the low field region, magnetostrictive strains are small and then increase with increasing fields. Strong pining center of Nd atoms that creates large magnetocrystalline anisotropy prevents easy movement of domain walls. In the sample with x = 0, the magnetostriction contribution from the rare earth sublattice (Nd dominates at low temperature and the Fe sublattice contribution becomes increasingly important as temperature rises.

  17. Comparison of Sn-Ag-Cu Solder Alloy Intermetallic Compound Growth Under Different Thermal Excursions for Fine-Pitch Flip-Chip Assemblies

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    Tian, Ye; Liu, Xi; Chow, Justin; Wu, Yi Ping; Sitaraman, Suresh K.

    2013-08-01

    The intermetallic compound (IMC) evolution in Cu pad/Sn-Ag-Cu solder interface and Sn-Ag-Cu solder/Ni pad interface was investigated using thermal shock experiments with 100- μm-pitch flip-chip assemblies. The experiments show that low standoff height of solder joints and high thermomechanical stress play a great role in the interfacial IMC microstructure evolution under thermal shock, and strong cross-reaction of pad metallurgies is evident in the intermetallic growth. Furthermore, by comparing the IMC growth during thermal aging and thermal shock, it was found that thermal shock accelerates IMC growth and that kinetic models based on thermal aging experiments underpredict IMC growth in thermal shock experiments. Therefore, new diffusion kinetic parameters were determined for the growth of (Cu,Ni)6Sn5 using thermal shock experiments, and the Cu diffusion coefficient through the IMC layer was calculated to be 0.2028 μm2/h under thermal shock. Finite-element models also show that the solder stresses are higher under thermal shock, which could explain why the IMC growth is faster and greater under thermal shock cycling as opposed to thermal aging.

  18. High temperature corrosion of {beta}-NiAl intermetallic compound and pseudobinary NiAl-Cr alloys in sulphur-containing atmospheres

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    Godlewska, E. [Univ. of Min. and Metall., Krakow (Poland). Dept. of Solid State Chem.

    1997-10-01

    Sulphidation behaviour of {beta}-NiAl intermetallic compound and NiAl-Cr alloys has been studied as a function of temperature (1073-1273 K) and sulphur vapour pressure (10{sup -5}-10{sup 4} Pa) using various experimental techniques. It has been found that over the whole temperature and sulphur pressure range studied the sulphidation process follows parabolic kinetics, being thus diffusion controlled. The sulphidation rate of {beta}-NiAl intermetallic compound decreased with decreasing sulphur pressure, down to about 1 Pa, and at lower pressures (1-10{sup -5} Pa) the rate of this process became virtually pressure independent. The sulphidation rate of NiAl-Cr alloys was higher than that of {beta}-NiAl intermetallic compound and increased with increasing chromium content in the alloy. In contrast to {beta}-NiAl, the sulphidation rate of alloys decreased with decreasing sulphur activity over the whole pressure range studied. The scales formed on {beta}-NiAl and NiAl-Cr alloys were heterogeneous and mostly multilayer. In addition, an internal sulphidation zone was observed in the underlying metallic phase. Nickel sulphide nodules were always present on the scale surface when the sulphur pressure in the environment exceeded the dissociation pressure of this sulphide. The main part of the scale formed on {beta}-NiAl consisted of NiAl{sub 2}S{sub 4} sulphospinel. Al{sub 2}S{sub 3} inclusions were present in the internal sulphidation zone. On alloys containing up to 10 at% Cr the main part of the scale was composed of two sulphospinel phases. NiAl{sub 2}S{sub 4} and (Cr,Al){sub 3}S{sub 4}, while on alloys with higher chromium content a stratified scale, consisting of Ni{sub 3}S{sub 2} and (Cr,Al){sub 3}S{sub 4} was formed. (Cr,Al){sub 3}S{sub 4} and Al{sub 2}S{sub 3} inclusions were present in the internal sulphidation zone of all chromium-containing alloys. According to marker experiments the scales on the investigated materials grow predominantly by an outward diffusion

  19. Combined effects of ultrasonic vibration and manganese on Fe-containing inter-metallic compounds and mechanical properties of Al-17Si alloy with 3wt.%Fe

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    Lin Chong

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The research studied the combined effects of ultrasonic vibration (USV and manganese on the Fe-containing inter-metallic compounds and mechanical properties of Al-17Si-3Fe-2Cu-1Ni (wt.% alloys. The results showed that, without USV, the alloys with 0.4wt.% Mn or 0.8wt.% Mn both contain a large amount of coarse plate-like δ-Al4(Fe,MnSi2 phase and long needle-like β-Al5(Fe,MnSi phase. When the Mn content changes from 0.4wt.% to 0.8wt.% in the alloys, the amount and the length of needle-like β-Al5(Fe,MnSi phase decrease and the plate-like δ-Al4(Fe,MnSi2 phase becomes much coarser. After USV treatment, the Fe-containing compounds in the alloys are refined and exist mainly as δ-Al4(Fe,MnSi2 particles with an average grain size of about 20 μm, and only a small amount of β-Al5(Fe,MnSi phase remains. With USV treatment, the ultimate tensile strengths (UTS of the alloys containing 0.4wt.%Mn and 0.8wt.%Mn at room temperature are 253 MPa and 262 MPa, respectively, and the ultimate tensile strengths at 350 °C are 129 MPa and 135 MPa, respectively. It is considered that the modified morphology and uniform distribution of the Fe-containing inter-metallic compounds, which are caused by the USV process, are the main reasons for the increase in the tensile strength of these two alloys.

  20. Band gap and stability in the ternary intermetallic compounds NiSnM (M = Ti, Zr, Hf) A first principles study

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    Ogut, S

    1994-01-01

    The structural stability and electronic properties of the ternary intermetallic compounds NiSnM (M = Ti, Zr, Hf) and the closely related Heusler compounds Ni$_2$SnM are discussed using the results of ab initio pseudopotential total energy and band-structure calculations performed with a plane wave basis set using the conjugate gradients algorithm. The results characterize the lowest energy phase of NiSnM compounds, with a SnM rocksalt structure sublattice, as narrow gap semiconductors with indirect gaps near 0.5 eV. Two other atomic arrangements for NiSnM in the MgAgAs structure result in energetically unfavorable compounds that are metallic. The gap formation in the lowest energy structure of NiSnZr and relative stability of the three atomic arrangements are investigated within a tight-binding framework and by considering the decompositions of each ternary compound into a binary substructure plus a third element sublattice. The stabilization of the lowest energy phase of NiSnZr is found to be mainly due to t...

  1. Intensive structural investigation of R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17-x}M{sub x} intermetallic compounds using high resolution powder neutron diffractometer

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    Mujamilah; Ridwan [Materials Science Research Center, National Atomic Energy Agency of Indonesia, Jakarta (Indonesia)

    1998-10-01

    The crystallographic and magnetic structure of R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17-x}M{sub x} intermetallic compounds system were refined by Rietveld analyses of the high resolution neutron powder diffraction data. The analyses results show that the substituent atoms were not distributed randomly over the Fe sites, but preferentially occupied some Fe sites. More further, it was also found that the substituent atoms which atomic radius smaller than Fe tend to avoid the 6c site at low concentration while the larger substituent atom tend to replace the Fe atom at this 6c site corresponding to their concentration. From these crystallographic data, it was suggested that the change of magnetic ordering temperature Tc, is not mainly determined by the change of short bond distance between this `dumb-bell` atoms, but it was also influenced by the nearest coordinated atoms to this site. (author)

  2. Enhancement on wettability and intermetallic compound formation with an addition of Al on Sn-0.7Cu lead-free solder fabricated via powder metallurgy method

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    Adli, Nisrin; Razak, Nurul Razliana Abdul; Saud, Norainiza

    2016-07-01

    Due to the toxicity of lead (Pb), the exploration of another possibility for lead-free solder is necessary. Nowadays, SnCu alloys are being established as one of the lead-free solder alternatives. In this study, Sn-0.7Cu lead-free solder with an addition of 1wt% and 5wt% Al were investigated by using powder metallurgy method. The effect of Al addition on the wettability and intermetallic compound thickness (IMC) of Sn-0.7Cu-Al lead-free solder were appraised. Results showed that Al having a high potential to enhance Sn-0.7Cu lead-free solder due to its good wetting and reduction of IMC thickness. The contact angle and IMC of the Sn-0.7Cu-Al lead-free solder were decreased by 14.32% and 40% as the Al content increased from 1 wt% to 5 wt%.

  3. LaAu2 and CeAu2 surface intermetallic compounds grown by high-temperature deposition on Au(111)

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    Ormaza, M.; Fernández, L.; Lafuente, S.; Corso, M.; Schiller, F.; Xu, B.; Diakhate, M.; Verstraete, M. J.; Ortega, J. E.

    2013-09-01

    We report on the crystal structure and electronic bands of LaAu2 and CeAu2 surface intermetallic compounds grown by high-temperature deposition on Au(111). By scanning-tunneling microscopy we study the formation of different alloy phases as a function of growth temperature and lanthanide coverage. We determine the specific growth conditions to achieve monolayers and bilayers of LaAu2 and CeAu2 with high crystalline quality. Due to lattice mismatch with the underlying Au substrate, both LaAu2 and CeAu2 exhibit long-range moiré patterns, which can serve as templates for further nanostructure growth. By angle-resolved photoemission we map the two-dimensional band structure of these surface alloys, discussing the nature of the different spectral features in the light of first-principles calculations.

  4. Report on the JIMIS-6 (intermetallic compounds-structure and mechanical porperties) international symposium. JIMIS-6 (kinzoku kan kagobutsu-soshiki to kikai teki seishitsu) kokusai shinpojiumu hokoku

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    Izumi, O. (Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan))

    1991-10-20

    JIMIS-6 was held for 4 days between the 17th and the 20th of June in 1991. The registered participants were 258 representing 16 countries, and 160 papers were presented. 7 sessions were held in parallel in the symposium. The sessions were grouped into: fundamental properties; alloy design; thermodynamics, phase stability; mechanical properties; environmental effects; microstructure; and processing. The total numbers of reports by country for each session were introduced. The summary of each session was collectively introduced. Among the interesting subjects were silicide, although little in the number of reports, and gradually increasing study on composite materials with matrixed intermetallic compounds. The research in the field has been conspicuous in Japan and America. After the symposium, many points to be reconsidered were detected. As regards JIMIS and JIMIC, the problem is concerned with the way it should be, and the problem seems to be now in the stage for reconsideration. 1 figs., 3 tabs.

  5. Effects of TiFe Intermetallic Compounds on the Tensile Behavior of Ti-4Al-4Fe-0.25Si Alloy

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    Lee, Sang Won; Kim, Kyong Min; Park, Chan Hee; Hong, Jea Keun; Yeom, Jong-Taek; Shih, Donald S.

    2017-02-01

    The effect of the B2 (ordered BCC) intermetallic compound TiFe on the tensile behavior of the Ti-4Al-4Fe-0.25Si alloy was investigated. The nucleation mechanism of TiFe was dependent on the solution temperature, and the solution treatment and aging temperatures were also important to the final alloy. The presence of intra-granular TiFe, which nucleated at α' (HCP) sites during aging, resulted in alloy brittleness. Alternatively, the presence of inter-granular TiFe, which nucleated only at nano-sized α (HCP) sites during aging, resulted in an excellent combination of strength and ductility compared to the original microstructure.

  6. A Compound model for the origin of Earth's water

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    Torres, K de Souza; Izidoro, A; Haghighipour, N

    2013-01-01

    One of the most important subjects of debate in the formation of the solar system is the origin of Earth's water. Comets have long been considered as the most likely source of the delivery of water to Earth. However, elemental and isotopic arguments suggest a very small contribution from these objects. Other sources have also been proposed, among which, local adsorption of water vapor onto dust grains in the primordial nebula and delivery through planetesimals and planetary embryos have become more prominent. However, no sole source of water provides a satisfactory explanation for Earth's water as a whole. In view of that, using numerical simulations, we have developed a compound model incorporating both the principal endogenous and exogenous theories, and investigating their implications for terrestrial planet formation and water-delivery. Comets are also considered in the final analysis, as it is likely that at least some of Earth's water has cometary origin. We analyze our results comparing two different w...

  7. Thermoelectric properties of FeGa3-type narrow-bandgap intermetallic compounds Ru(Ga,In)3: Experimental and calculational studies

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    Takagiwa, Y.; Kitahara, K.; Matsubayashi, Y.; Kimura, K.

    2012-06-01

    The thermoelectric properties of polycrystalline binary narrow-bandgap intermetallic RuGa3 and RuIn3 compounds have been investigated in the temperature range from 373 K to 973 K. These compounds exhibit semiconductor-like transport properties with large Seebeck coefficients of -560 μV/K and 280 μV/K at 373 K for RuGa3 and RuIn3, respectively. The Seebeck coefficient of RuGa3 changed rapidly from large negative to large positive values around 500 K, which is consistent with our calculation based on the full-potential-linearized-augmented-plane-wave method. In contrast, RuIn3 is a p-type material at its operating temperature. The dimensionless figures of merit ZT of pure compounds reached maximum values of 0.13 and 0.17 at about 973 K and 773 K, respectively. The potential maximum ZT value was evaluated using the Boltzmann transport equation and can exceed unity by electron- or hole-doping for both compounds. By substituting Co for Ru in RuIn3, n-type thermoelectric materials (ZTmax = 0.10 at 473 K) were obtained. We suggest that ZT will be enhanced by further effective electron-doping.

  8. Intermetallic semiconducting films

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    Wieder, H H

    1970-01-01

    Intermetallic Semiconducting Films introduces the physics and technology of AшВv compound films. This material is a type of a polycrystalline semiconductor that is used for galvanomagnetic device applications. Such material has a high electron mobility that is ideal for generators and magnetoresistors. The book discusses the available references on the preparation and identification of the material. An assessment of its device applications and other possible use is also enumerated. The book describes the structures and physical parts of different films. A section of the book covers the three t

  9. A Comparative Discussion of the Catalytic Activity and CO2-Selectivity of Cu-Zr and Pd-Zr (Intermetallic Compounds in Methanol Steam Reforming

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    Norbert Köpfle

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The activation and catalytic performance of two representative Zr-containing intermetallic systems, namely Cu-Zr and Pd-Zr, have been comparatively studied operando using methanol steam reforming (MSR as test reaction. Using an inverse surface science and bulk model catalyst approach, we monitored the transition of the initial metal/intermetallic compound structures into the eventual active and CO2-selective states upon contact to the methanol steam reforming mixture. For Cu-Zr, selected nominal stoichiometries ranging from Cu:Zr = 9:2 over 2:1 to 1:2 have been prepared by mixing the respective amounts of metallic Cu and Zr to yield different Cu-Zr bulk phases as initial catalyst structures. In addition, the methanol steam reforming performance of two Pd-Zr systems, that is, a bulk system with a nominal Pd:Zr = 2:1 stoichiometry and an inverse model system consisting of CVD-grown ZrOxHy layers on a polycrystalline Pd foil, has been comparatively assessed. While the CO2-selectivity and the overall catalytic performance of the Cu-Zr system is promising due to operando formation of a catalytically beneficial Cu-ZrO2 interface, the case for Pd-Zr is different. For both Pd-Zr systems, the low-temperature coking tendency, the high water-activation temperature and the CO2-selectivity spoiling inverse WGS reaction limit the use of the Pd-Zr systems for selective MSR applications, although alloying of Pd with Zr opens water activation channels to increase the CO2 selectivity.

  10. Scalable Nanoporous (Pt1-xNix)3Al Intermetallic Compounds as Highly Active and Stable Catalysts for Oxygen Electroreduction.

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    Han, Gao-Feng; Gu, Lin; Lang, Xing-You; Xiao, Bei-Bei; Yang, Zhen-Zhong; Wen, Zi; Jiang, Qing

    2016-12-07

    Author: Bimetallic platinum-nickel (Pt-Ni) alloys as oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) electrocatalysts show genuine potential to boost widespread use of low-temperature fuel cells in vehicles by virtue of their high catalytic activity. However, their practical implementation encounters primary challenges in structural and catalytic durability caused by the low formation heat of Pt-Ni alloys. Here, we report nanoporous (NP) (Pt1-xNix)3Al intermetallic nanoparticles as oxygen electroreduction catalyst NP (Pt1-xNix)3Al, which circumvents this problem by making use of the extraordinarily negative formation heats of Pt-Al and Ni-Al bonds. The NP (Pt1-xNix)3Al nanocatalyst, which is mass-produced by alloying/dealloying and mechanical crushing technologies, exhibits specific activity of 3.6 mA cm(-2)Pt and mass activity of 2.4 A mg(-1)Pt at 0.90 V as a result of both ligand and compressive strain effects, while strong Ni-Al and Pt-Al bonds ensure their exceptional durability by alleviating evolution of Pt, Ni, and Al components and dissolutions of Ni and Al atoms.

  11. A new pseudo-binary Mg{sub 6}Ni{sub 0.5}Pd{sub 0.5} intermetallic compound stabilised by Pd for hydrogen storage

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    Fernandez, J.F., E-mail: josefrancisco.fernandez@uam.e [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Cuevas, F. [CMTR/ICMPE/CNRS, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 THIAIS Cedex (France); Leardini, F.; Bodega, J.; Ares, J.R. [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Garces, G.; Perez, P. [Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalurgicas, CSIC, Av. Gregorio del Amo 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Sanchez, C. [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2010-04-16

    The structural properties and chemical composition of a new pseudo-binary intermetallic compound Mg{sub 6.01}Ni{sub 0.43}Pd{sub 0.53} stabilised by Pd have been studied by X-ray Powder Diffraction and Scanning Electron Microscope coupled to Energy Dispersive X-ray analysis. The intermetallic compound is isomorphous to Mg{sub 6}Pd (Cubic system, F-43m space group) with a lattice parameter of 20.1373 A. The Mg atoms occupy the same atomic position than in Mg{sub 6}Pd while the Ni and Pd atoms share the 16e sites. The solubility limit of Ni in Mg{sub 6}Pd extents, at least, up to 11 wt%. The compound is stable up to melting which takes place at 800 K.

  12. Discovery of Cu-Ni-Zn-Sn-Fe intermetallic compounds and S-bearing alloys in the Zhaishang gold deposit, southern Gansu Province and its geological significance

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    2008-01-01

    Examination of ores by optical microscope and EPMA from the Zhaishang gold deposit, southern Gansu Province, has revealed an abundance of rare minerals. These include native metals, Cu-Ni-Zn-Sn-Fe polymetallic compounds and S-bearing alloys of Ni, Fe, Zn, Cu and Sn, occurring as native nickel, Zn-Cu alloy, Ni-Zn-Cu alloy, Sn-Zn-Ni-Cu alloy, Zn-Cu-Ni alloy, Zn-Fe-Cu-Sn-Ni alloy, Fe-Ni-S alloy, Sn-Fe-Ni-S alloy, Fe-Zn-Cu-Ni-S alloy, Zn-Ni-Cu-Fe-S alloy and others. Compared with the Zn-Cu alloy minerals discovered previously, these Zn-Cu minerals fall in the α or α+β portion in Zn-Cu alloy phase diagram, and the α portion has higher Cu content. Cu-Ni-Zn-Sn-Fe intermetallic compounds and S-bearing alloy minerals have not been previously reported in the literature. These rare alloys formed in a strongly reducing environment with absent oxygen and low sulfur activities.

  13. Study of hyperfine interactions in intermetallic compounds Gd(Ni,Pd,Cu)In, Tb(Ni,Pd)In, Dy(Ni,Pd)In and Ho(Ni,Pd)In; Estudo de interacoes hiperfinas em compostos intermetalicos Gd(Ni,Pd,Cu)In, Tb(Ni,Pd)In, Dy(Ni,Pd)In e Ho(Ni,Pd)In

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    Lapolli, Andre Luis

    2006-07-01

    Systematic behavior of magnetic hyperfine field (B{sub hf}) in the intermetallic compounds Gd(Ni,Pd,Cu)In Tb(Ni,Pd)In, Dy(Ni,Pd)In and Ho(Ni,Pd)In was studied by Perturbed Gamma-Gamma Angular Correlation spectroscopy. The measurements of B{sub hf} were carried out at the rare earth atom and in sites using the nuclear probes {sup 140}Ce and {sup 11}'1Cd respectively. The variation of hyperfine field with temperature, in most cases, follows the Brillouin function predicted from the molecular field theory. The hyperfine field values at rare earth atom sites obtained from {sup 140}Ce probe as well as at in sites obtained from {sup 111}Cd probe for each series of compounds were extrapolated to zero Kelvin B{sub hf}(T=0) from these curves. These values were compared with the values of the literature for other compounds containing the same rare earth element and all of them show a linear relationship with the ordering temperature. This indicates that the main contribution to B{sub hf} comes from the conduction electron polarization (CEP) through Fermi contact interaction and the principal mechanism of magnetic interaction in these compounds can be described by the RKKY type interaction. The values of B{sub hf}(T=0) for each family of intermetallic compounds RNiIn and RPdIn when plotted as a function of 4f spin projection of rare earth element also shows a linear relationship. Exceptions are the results for the compounds RNiIn obtained with {sup 111}Cd probe where a small deviation from linearity is observed. The results of the measurements carried out with the {sup 111}Cd probe were also analyzed to obtain the hyperfine parameters of the quadrupole interaction as a function of temperature for RPdln and GdNiIn compounds. The results show that for the compound GdPdIn there might be some Gd-In disorder at high temperature. (author)

  14. Ni-Al金属间化合物合成机理的研究%Study on the Synthesis Mechanism of Ni-Ai Intermetallic Compound

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    陆必志; 龙坚战

    2011-01-01

    采用粉末冶金法以铝粉和镍粉为原料合成NiAl和Ni3Al金属间化合物粉体,对Ni-Al金属间化合物及相关反应进行了热力学计算,并对不同的反应阶段进行了动力学分析,总结出Ni-Al金属固相反应过程的机理.实验结果表明,Ni-Al金属固相反应生成物形成的顺序为NiAl3→Ni2Al3→NiAl→Ni3Al.Ni粉和Al粉原子配比为1∶1的物料,在750℃左右反应可以获得结晶完整纯度较高的NiAl粉体,反应温度超过铝熔点温度时,升高温度对反应产物的成分影响不大;Ni粉和Al粉原子配比为3∶1的物料,在1 200℃左右反应可以获得结晶完整纯度较高的Ni3Al粉体,提高反应温度有利于提高Ni3Al的转化率.%NiAl and Ni3Al intermetallic compound powders were synthesized from aluminum and nickel powder by powder metallurgy method. The mechanism of Ni-Al metal solid-phase reaction was studied on the thermodynamics data of Ni-Al intermetallic compounds and the dynamics information of the reaction. The results show that the forming order of Ni-Al metal solid-phase interface reaction is: NiAl3→-Ni2Al3→NiAl→Ni3Al. At about 750℃ ,high purity and fully crystallized NiAl powder is synthesized from Ni and Al powder mixture with the atomic ratio of 1 : 1. The increasing of temperature has little effect on the product ingredient when the temperature is higher than the melting point of aluminum. High purity and fully crystallized N13AI powder is obtained from Ni and Al powder mixture with the atomic ratio of 3 : 1 at about 1 200 %, and the increasing of temperature is beneficial to improve the conversion rate of Ni3Al.

  15. Studies of intermetallic growth in Cu-solder systems and wettability at solid-liquid interfaces

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    Martin, Raymond W.

    1991-01-01

    Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited The metallurgical bond formed between tin-lead solder and the copper substrate is characterized by the formation of an intermetallic compound layer. The growth of the intermetallic layer is the result of competing mechanisms, growth of the intermetallic at the intermetallic/copper interface and its dissolution at the intermetallic/liquid solder interface. These were studied by determining the dissolution rates of the copper and the i...

  16. Inhibition of the formation of intermetallic compounds in aluminum-steel welded joints by friction stir welding; Inhibicion de la formacion de compuestos intermetalicos en juntas aluminio-acero soldadas por friccion-agitacion

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    Torres Lopez, E. A.; Ramirez, A. J.

    2015-07-01

    Formation of deleterious phases during welding of aluminum and steel is a challenge of the welding processes, for decades. Friction Stir Welding (FSW) has been used in an attempt to reduce formation of intermetallic compounds trough reducing the heat input. In this research, dissimilar joint of 6063-T5 aluminum alloy and AISI-SAE 1020 steel were welded using this technique. The temperature of welded joints was measured during the process. The interface of the welded joints was characterized using optical microscopy, scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Additionally, composition measurements were carried out by X-EDS and DRX. The experimental results revealed that the maximum temperature on the joint studied is less than 360 degree centigrade. The microstructural characterization in the aluminum-steel interface showed the absence of intermetallic compounds, which is a condition attributed to the use of welding with low thermal input parameters. (Author)

  17. Characterization of magnetocaloric effect, magnetic ordering and electronic structure in the GdFe{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Si intermetallic compounds

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    Wlodarczyk, P., E-mail: patrykw@imn.gliwice.pl [Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals, ul. Sowinskiego 5, 44-100 Gliwice (Poland); Hawelek, L. [Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals, ul. Sowinskiego 5, 44-100 Gliwice (Poland); University of Silesia, Institute of Physics, ul. Uniwersytecka 4, 40-008 Katowice (Poland); Zackiewicz, P. [Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals, ul. Sowinskiego 5, 44-100 Gliwice (Poland); Rebeda Roy, T. [SRM Research Institute, SRM University, Chennai 603203 (India); Chrobak, A. [University of Silesia, Institute of Physics, ul. Uniwersytecka 4, 40-008 Katowice (Poland); Kaminska, M.; Kolano-Burian, A. [Institute of Non-Ferrous Metals, ul. Sowinskiego 5, 44-100 Gliwice (Poland); Szade, J. [University of Silesia, Institute of Physics, ul. Uniwersytecka 4, 40-008 Katowice (Poland)

    2015-07-15

    GdFeSi silicide is a strong ferromagnet with Curie temperature (T{sub c}) equal to 118 K. The substitution of cobalt for iron continuously suppresses ferromagnetism of the former compound, while it changes magnetic transition temperature nonlinearly. When the molar amount of cobalt reaches 0.4, the temperature of magnetic transition reaches minimal value i.e, 70 K. For larger amount of cobalt, magnetic transformation temperature rises well above 200 K and the antiferromagnetic interactions become dominant. In the present work we have found that the magnetic transformation temperature can be strictly correlated with the lattice constant c, which determines the distance between gadolinium layers as well as distance between neighboring gadolinium atoms in one layer. These results correspond to the change of amplitude of magnetocaloric effect which is being suppressed when the amount of cobalt increases. Adiabatic temperature change is equal to 2 K during the magnetic field cycle 0–1.7 T for pure GdFeSi, while no temperature change is observed during the same cycle for pure GdCoSi because of its antiferromagnetic character. - Highlights: • We have studied magnetocaloric properties of GdFe{sub x}Co{sub 1−x}Si intermetallic compounds. • It was found that when x is changing from 1 to 0, initially ferromagnetic compound becomes antiferromagnetic. • The highest magnetocaloric effect was found in pure GdFeSi (ΔT = 2 K at B = 1.7 T at T = 135 K)

  18. Formation of Bulk Intermetallic Compound Ag3Sn in Slowly-Cooled Lead-Free Sn-4.0 wt pct Ag Solders

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    Jun SHEN; Yongchang LIU; Yajing HAN; Peizhen ZHANG; Houxiu GAO

    2005-01-01

    Sn-Ag alloy system has been regarded as one of the most promising lead-free solder to substitute conventional Sn-Pb eutectic solder. But the formation of bulk Ag3Sn intermetallic compounds (IMCs) during reflow and post heat treatment significantly influences the performance of the solder joints. With an effort to clarify its microstructural evolution as a function of slow cooling rates, the fraction of bulk IMCs within the slowly solidified Sn-4.0 wt pct Ag solder was investigated by standard metallographic and compared with that detected by thermal analysis. It was found that the bulk IMCs fraction determined by thermal analysis corresponds quite well with the microstructure observation results. In accordance with the conventional solidification theory, the lower the applied cooling rate, the fewer the amount of bulk Ag3Sn IMCs formed in Sn-4.0 wt pct Ag alloy. In addition, Vickers hardness measurement results indicated that the relative coarse eutectic Ag3Sn IMCs distributing in the lamellar eutectic structure favored the improvement of the mechanical performance.

  19. Asymmetrical Precipitation of Ag3Sn Intermetallic Compounds Induced by Thermomigration of Ag in Pb-Free Microbumps During Solid-State Aging

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    Su, Yu-Ping; Wu, Chun-Sen; Ouyang, Fan-Yi

    2016-01-01

    Three-dimensional integrated circuit technology has become a major trend in electronics packaging in the microelectronics industry. To effectively remove heat from stacked integrated circuitry, a temperature gradient must be established across the chips. Furthermore, because of the trend toward higher device current density, Joule heating is more serious and temperature gradients across soldered joints are expected to increase. In this study we used heat-sink and heat-source devices to establish a temperature gradient across SnAg microbumps to investigate the thermomigration behavior of Ag in SnAg solder. Compared with isothermal conditions, small Ag3Sn particles near the hot end were dissolved and redistributed toward the cold end under a temperature gradient. The results indicated that temperature gradient-induced movement of Ag atoms occurred from the hot side toward the cold side, and asymmetrical precipitation of Ag3Sn resulted. The mechanism of growth of the intermetallic compound (IMC) Ag3Sn, caused by thermomigration of Ag, is discussed. The rate of growth Ag3Sn IMC at the cold side was found to increase linearly with solid-aging time under a temperature gradient. To understand the force driving Ag diffusion under the temperature gradient, the molar heat of transport ( Q*) of Ag in Sn was calculated as +13.34 kJ/mole.

  20. Perpendicular Growth Characteristics of Cu-Sn Intermetallic Compounds at the Surface of 99Sn-1Cu/Cu Solder Interconnects

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    Chen, Zhiwen; Liu, Changqing; Wu, Yiping; An, Bing

    2015-12-01

    The growth of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) on the free surface of 99Sn-1Cu solder joints perpendicular to the interdiffusion direction has been investigated in this work. The specimens were specifically designed and polished to reveal a flat free surface at the solder/Cu interface for investigation. After aging at 175°C for progressively increased durations, the height of the perpendicular IMCs was examined and found to follow a parabolic law with aging duration that could be expressed as y = 0.11√ t, where t is the aging duration in hours and y is the height of the perpendicular IMCs in μm. For comparison, the planar growth of IMCs along the interdiffusion direction was also investigated in 99Sn-1Cu/Cu solder joints. After prolonged aging at 175°C, the thickness of the planar interfacial IMC layers also increased parabolically with aging duration and could be expressed as h_{{IMC}} = 0.27√ t + 4.6, where h is the thickness in μm and t is the time in hours. It was found that both the planar and perpendicular growth of the IMCs were diffusion-controlled processes, but the perpendicular growth of the IMCs was much slower than their planar growth due to the longer diffusion distance. It is proposed that Cu3Sn forms prior to the formation of Cu6Sn5 in the perpendicular IMCs, being the reverse order compared with the planar IMC growth.

  1. EFFECT OF LASER INPUT ENERGY ON AuSnx INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS FORMATION IN SOLDER JOINTS WITH DIFFERENT THICKNESS OF Au SURFACE FINISH ON PADS

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    W.Liu; C.Q.Wang; Y.H.Tian; M.Y.Li

    2008-01-01

    Formation of AuSnx intermetallic compounds (IMCs) in laser reflowed solder joints was investigated. The results showed that few IMCs formed at the solder/0.1 μm Au interface. Needlelike AuSn4 IMCs were observed at the solder/0.5 μm Au interface.In Sn-2.0Ag-0.75Cu-3.0Bi and Sn-3.5Ag-O.75Cu solder joints, when the laser input energy was increased, AuSn4 IMCs changed from a layer to needlelike or dendritic distribution at the solder/0.9 μm Au interface. As for the solder joints with 4.0 μm thickness of Au surface finish on pads, AuSn4 , AuSn2, AuSn IMCs, and Au2 Sn phases formed at the interface. Moreover, the content of AuSnx IMCs, such as, AuSn4 and AuSn2, which contained high Sn concentration, would become larger as the laser input energy increased. In the Sn-37Pb solder joints with 0.9 μm or 4.0 μm thickness of the Au surface finish on pads, AuSn4 IMCs were in netlike distribution. The interspaces between them were filled with Pb-rich phases.

  2. Effect of Al Substitution on Structural, Magnetic, and Magnetocaloric Properties of Er6Fe23−xAlx (x = 0 and 3 Intermetallic Compounds

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    M. Jemmali

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available The structural, magnetic, and magnetocaloric properties of Er6Fe23−xAlx (x = 0 and 3 intermetallic compounds have been studied systematically. Samples were prepared using the arc furnace by annealing at 1073 K for one week. Rietveld analysis of XRD shows the formation of pure crystalline phase with cubic Fm-3m structure. Refinement results show that the unit cell volume decreases with increasing Al content. The Curie temperature Tc of the prepared samples was found to be strongly dependent on the aluminum content. This reduces magnetization and the ferrimagnetic phase transition temperature (Tc from 481 K (for x = 0 to 380 K (for x = 3, is due to the substitution of magnetic element (Fe by non-magnetic atoms (Al. With the increase of the Al content, a decrease in the values of magnetic entropy is observed. The magnitude of the isothermal magnetic entropy (|∆SM| at the Tc decreases from 1.8 J/kg·K for x = 0 to 0.58 J/kg·K for x = 3 for a field change 14 kOe. Respectively, the relative cooling power (RCP decreases with increasing Al content reaching 42 Jkg−1 for x = 0 to 28 Jkg−1 for x = 3.

  3. On the structural and magnetic properties of R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17-x}(A,T){sub x} (R=rare earth; A=Al, Si, Ga; T=transition metal) compounds

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    Rama Rao, K.V.S. [Technische Univ. Darmstadt (Germany). Inst. for Materials Science; Dept. of Physics, Indian Inst. of Tech. Madras, Chennai (India); Ehrenberg, H.; Fuess, H. [Technische Univ. Darmstadt (Germany). Inst. for Materials Science; Markandeyulu, G.; Murthy, V.S. [Dept. of Physics, Indian Inst. of Tech. Madras, Chennai (India); Varadaraju, U.V.; Venkatesan, M. [Indian Inst. of Tech., Madras (India). Materials Science Research Centre; Suresh, K.G. [Indian Inst. of Tech., Bombay (India). Dept. of Physics; Schmidt, P.C. [Technische Univ. Darmstadt (Germany). Inst. fuer Physikalische Chemie

    2002-02-16

    R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17} (R = rare earth) intermetallic compounds constitute one of the most important classes of materials identified as high-energy permanent magnet materials. They crystallize either in the rhombohedral Th{sub 2}Zn{sub 17} structure (for light R) or in the hexagonal Th{sub 2}Ni{sub 17} structure (for heavy R). In this article, we discuss the variations in the lattice parameters (unit cell volume), site occupancies and Curie temperature when non-transition and transition metals are substituted for Fe in R{sub 2}Fe{sub 17} compounds. (orig.)

  4. Fermi surface properties of AB3 (A = Y, La; B = Pb, In, Tl) intermetallic compounds under pressure

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    Ram, Swetarekha; Kanchana, V; Svane, Axel

    2013-01-01

    The electronic structures, densities of states, Fermi surfaces and elastic properties of AB3 (A = La, Y; B = Pb, In, Tl) compounds are studied under pressure using the full-potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within the local density approximation for the exchange–correlation f......The electronic structures, densities of states, Fermi surfaces and elastic properties of AB3 (A = La, Y; B = Pb, In, Tl) compounds are studied under pressure using the full-potential linear augmented plane wave (FP-LAPW) method within the local density approximation for the exchange...

  5. Anisotropy in the paramagnetic phase of RAl/sub 2/ cubic intermetallic compounds (R = Tb, Dy, and Er)

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    del Moral, A.; Ibarra, M.R.; Abell, J.S.; Montenegro, J.F.D.

    1987-05-01

    In this paper it is shown that the anisotropy in the paramagnetic phase is a useful characteristic when used to single out high-rank susceptibility tensor components in the paramagnetic regime of cubic crystals. Application of this technique to RAl/sub 2/ compounds (R = Tb,Dy,Er) allows the determination of longitudinal and transverse (in the form of linear combinations) fourth- and sixth-rank paramagnetic susceptibilities. The use of the fourth-rank longitudinal susceptibility allows quadrupolar pair interactions in these compounds to be probed.

  6. Fermi-liquid behavior of binary intermetallic compounds Y3 M (M  =  Co, Ni, Rh, Pd, Ir, Pt)

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    Strychalska-Nowak, Judyta; Wiendlocha, Bartłomiej; Hołowacz, Katarzyna; Reczek, Paula; Podgórski, Mateusz; Winiarski, Michał J.; Klimczuk, Tomasz

    2017-06-01

    A series of polycrystalline samples of Y3 M (M  =  Co, Ni, Rh, Pd, Ir, Pt), intermetallic binary compounds were synthesized by the arc-melting method. Powder x-ray diffraction (pXRD) confirmed the orthorhombic cementite-type crystal structure and allowed for the estimation of the lattice parameters. Physical properties were investigated by means of electrical resistivity and heat capacity measurements between 1.9 K and 300 K. All tested compounds show metallic-like behaviour with RRR values ranging from 1.3 to 8.3, and power-law ρ \\propto {{T}n} temperature dependence of resistivity was observed, with 1.6≤slant n≤slant 2.2 . No superconductivity was detected above 1.9 K. The Debye temperature, estimated from the low temperature heat capacity fit, ranged from 180 K (Y3Pt) to 222 K (Y3Co). The highest value of the Sommerfeld coefficient γ was found for Y3Pd (19.5 mJ mol-1 K-2). The pXRD pattern of Y3Rh indicated the presence of Y5Rh2, a previously unreported Pd5B2-type phase, whose unit cell parameters were refined using the LeBail method. Density functional theory calculations were performed and theoretical results revealed strong enhancement of the measured electronic specific heat, which was 30%-100% larger than computed. Quadratic temperature dependence of resistivity and enhanced electronic specific heat indicated a Fermi-liquid behavior of electrons in these materials.

  7. Magnetostriction of some rare earth-aluminum Laves phase compounds

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    Pourarian, F.; Wallace, W. E.

    1979-01-01

    Measurements of the linear and volume magnetostriction of RAl2 cubic Laves compounds in which R is one of the rare earth elements Gd, Dy, Ho or Er, at temperatures between 4.2 K and the Curie temperature of each compound, are reported. Magnetic fields up to 2.5 Tesla were applied, and magnetostriction was measured using standard strain gage techniques. Saturation magnetostrictions of 17 x 10 to the -6th, -1420 x 10 to the -6th, 60 x 10 to the -6th and -920 x 10 to the -6th are determined at 4.2 K for GdAl2, DyAl2, HoAl2 and ErAl2, respectively. Large forced magnetostriction is observed in GdAl2 above the saturation field and the strain temperature dependence shows a decrease in magnitude below 40 K. A linear dependence of magnetostriction on magnetic field was observed for DyAl2 above 40 K, and the observed temperature dependence is interpreted in terms of the lowest order single-ion magnetoelastic theory. An observed decrease in the magnitude of the strain of HoAl2 below 15 K is associated with a change of the easy direction of magnetization, while in the case of ErAl2, magnetostriction is observed to occur normally up to the Curie temperature. Large volume magnetostriction is obtained for all the compounds with the exception of GdAl2.

  8. Magnetostriction of some rare earth-aluminum Laves phase compounds

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    Pourarian, F.; Wallace, W. E.

    1979-01-01

    Measurements of the linear and volume magnetostriction of RAl2 cubic Laves compounds in which R is one of the rare earth elements Gd, Dy, Ho or Er, at temperatures between 4.2 K and the Curie temperature of each compound, are reported. Magnetic fields up to 2.5 Tesla were applied, and magnetostriction was measured using standard strain gage techniques. Saturation magnetostrictions of 17 x 10 to the -6th, -1420 x 10 to the -6th, 60 x 10 to the -6th and -920 x 10 to the -6th are determined at 4.2 K for GdAl2, DyAl2, HoAl2 and ErAl2, respectively. Large forced magnetostriction is observed in GdAl2 above the saturation field and the strain temperature dependence shows a decrease in magnitude below 40 K. A linear dependence of magnetostriction on magnetic field was observed for DyAl2 above 40 K, and the observed temperature dependence is interpreted in terms of the lowest order single-ion magnetoelastic theory. An observed decrease in the magnitude of the strain of HoAl2 below 15 K is associated with a change of the easy direction of magnetization, while in the case of ErAl2, magnetostriction is observed to occur normally up to the Curie temperature. Large volume magnetostriction is obtained for all the compounds with the exception of GdAl2.

  9. Synthesis and characterization of Fe-Ti-Sb intermetallic compounds: Discovery of a new Slater-Pauling phase

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    Naghibolashrafi, N.; Keshavarz, S.; Hegde, Vinay I.; Gupta, A.; Butler, W. H.; Romero, J.; Munira, K.; LeClair, P.; Mazumdar, D.; Ma, J.; Ghosh, A. W.; Wolverton, C.

    2016-03-01

    Compounds of Fe, Ti, and Sb were prepared using arc melting and vacuum annealing. Fe2TiSb , expected to be a full Heusler compound crystallizing in the L 21 structure, was shown by XRD and SEM analyses to be composed of weakly magnetic grains of nominal composition Fe1.5TiSb with iron-rich precipitates in the grain boundaries. FeTiSb, a composition consistent with the formation of a half-Heusler compound, also decomposed into Fe1.5TiSb grains with Ti-Sb rich precipitates and was weakly magnetic. The dominant Fe1.5TiSb phase appears to crystallize in a defective L 21 -like structure with iron vacancies. Based on this finding, a first-principles DFT-based binary cluster expansion of Fe and vacancies on the Fe sublattice of the L 21 structure was performed. Using the cluster expansion, we computationally scanned >103 configurations and predict a novel, stable, nonmagnetic semiconductor phase to be the zero-temperature ground state. This new structure is an ordered arrangement of Fe and vacancies, belonging to the space group R 3 m , with composition Fe1.5TiSb , i.e., between the full- and half-Heusler compositions. This phase can be visualized as alternate layers of L 21 phase Fe2TiSb and C 1b phase FeTiSb, with layering along the [111] direction of the original cubic phases. Our experimental results on annealed samples support this predicted ground-state composition, but further work is required to confirm that the R 3 m structure is the ground state.

  10. Regularities of formation of ternary intermetallic compounds between two transition elements and one non-transition element

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    2001-01-01

    The pattern recognition methods and a four-parameter model, basedon extended Miedema's cellular model of alloy phases, are used to study the regularities of formation of ternary compounds between two transition elements (T,T′) and one non-transition element (N) (T-T′-N system). The criterion of formation can be expressed as some functions of Φ (electronegativity), n1/3ws (valence electron density in Wagner-Seitz cell), R (Pauling's metallic radii) and Z (number of valence electrons in atom).

  11. Standard molar enthalpy of formation of FeGe(s) and FeGe{sub 2}(s) intermetallic compounds

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    Phapale, S. [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Mishra, R., E-mail: mishrar@barc.gov.in [Chemistry Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Chattaraj, D.; Samui, P. [Product Development Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Sengupta, P. [Material Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Mishra, P.K. [Technical Physics Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2014-04-05

    Highlights: • FeGe(s) and FeGe{sub 2}(s) have been synthesized and characterized. • The heat of dissolutions of Fe(s), Ge(s), FeGe(s) and FeGe2(s) in liquid tin have been measured. • Δ{sub f}H{sub 298}{sup °} of FeGe, FeGe{sub 2} were found to be to −15.56 ± 0.92 and −36.89 ± 1.17 kJ mol{sup −1}, respectively. -- Abstract: Thermodynamics plays an important role in predicting long term stability of the materials under different reactive conditions. The present paper describes determination of standard molar enthalpies of formation of FeGe(s) and FeGe{sub 2}(s) compounds employing a high temperature solution calorimeter. The reaction enthalpies of Fe(s), Ge(s), FeGe(s) and FeGe{sub 2}(s) in liquid Sn at 986 K were measured using a Calvet calorimeter. The standard molar enthalpy of formation of the compounds at 298 K (Δ{sub f}H{sub 298}{sup °}) were calculated using the measured reaction enthalpy data. The values of Δ{sub f}H{sub 298}{sup °} of FeGe(s) and FeGe{sub 2}(s) at 298 K were found to −15.56 ± 0.92 and −36.89 ± 1.17 kJ mol{sup −1}, respectively. The standard molar enthalpy of formation of FeGe(s) and FeGe{sub 2}(s) at 298 K obtained experimentally has been compared with the calculated values derived using Vienna ab initio simulation package (VASP)

  12. The magnetic behavior of the intermetallic compound NdMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} studied by magnetization and hyperfine interactions measurements

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    Bosch-Santos, B., E-mail: brianna@usp.br; Carbonari, A. W.; Cabrera-Pasca, G. A.; Saxena, R. N. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energéticas e Nucleares, Universidade de São Paulo, 05508-000 São Paulo (Brazil); Freitas, R. S. [Instituto de Física, Universidade de São Paulo, CP 66318, 05314-970 São Paulo (Brazil)

    2015-05-07

    The magnetic behavior of the intermetallic compound NdMn{sub 2}Ge{sub 2} was investigated by bulk magnetization measurements and measurements of hyperfine interactions using perturbed γ–γ angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy. Magnetization measurements indicate the presence of four magnetic transitions associated with the Mn and Nd magnetic sublattices. At high temperatures, magnetic measurements show a change in the slope of the magnetization due to an antiferromagnetic transition around T{sub N} ∼ 425 K and a well defined ferromagnetic transition at T{sub C} ∼ 320 K. Moreover, at ∼210 K a peak is observed in the magnetization curve, which is assigned to the reorientation of the Mn spin, and at ∼25 K an increase in the magnetic moment is also observed, which is ascribed to the ordering of Nd ions. PAC measurements using {sup 140}La({sup 140}Ce) and {sup 111}In({sup 111}Cd) probe nuclei allowed the determination of the temperature dependence of the magnetic hyperfine field (B{sub hf}) at Nd and Mn sites, respectively. PAC results with {sup 111}Cd probe nuclei at Mn sites show that the dependence of B{sub hf} with temperature follows the expected behavior for the host magnetization associated with the magnetic ordering of Mn ions. From these results, the antiferromagnetic transition followed by a ferromagnetic ordering is clearly observed. PAC results with {sup 140}Ce probe nuclei at Nd sites, however, showed a strong deviation from the Brillouin function, which is attributed to the Ce 4f-electron contribution to B{sub hf}.

  13. Structural, mechanical, thermo-physical and electronic properties of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 intermetallic compounds: First-principle calculations

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    Yang, Jian; Huang, Jihua; Fan, Dongyu; Chen, Shuhai; Zhao, Xingke

    2016-05-01

    First-principle calculations have been performed to investigate the structural, mechanical, thermo-physical and electronic properties of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 intermetallic compounds. The results indicated that, the doped Ni atom can not only enhance the stability of the η‧-Cu6Sn5, but also improve the mechanical and thermo-physical properties, which are more dependent on the Ni atom doping number than the doping position. In all the η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5, Cu3Ni3Sn5 (Cu1+Cu3 site) shows the best stability, the most excellent deformation resistance and the highest hardness. The Cu6Sn5, Cu3Ni3Sn5, Cu4Ni2Sn5, Cu1Ni5Sn5 and Ni6Sn5 are ductile while the Cu5Ni1Sn5 and Cu4Ni2Sn5 are brittle. The anisotropies of η‧-(CuNi)6Sn5 are all mainly due to the uneven distribution of Young's modulus at (001) planes, moreover, the anisotropy of Cu1Ni5Sn5 (Cu1+Cu2+Cu4 site) is the strongest while that of Ni6Sn5 is the weakest. The calculated Debye temperature and heat capacity showed that Cu4Ni2Sn5 (Cu2 site) possesses the best thermal conductivity (ΘD = 356.9 K) and Cu2Ni4Sn5 (Cu1+Cu2 site) possesses the largest heat capacity. From the electronic property analysis results, the Ni s and Ni p states can replace the Cu s and Cu p states to hybridize with Sn s states at -7.98 eV. Moreover, with the increasing number of the doped Ni atom, the hybridization between Cu d states at different positions is receded, while that between Ni d states is enhanced gradually.

  14. Effects of post-reflow cooling rate and thermal aging on growth behavior of interfacial intermetallic compound between SAC305 solder and Cu substrate

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    Hu, Xiaowu; Xu, Tao; Jiang, Xiongxin; Li, Yulong; Liu, Yi; Min, Zhixian

    2016-04-01

    The interfacial reactions between Cu and Sn3Ag0.5Cu (SAC305) solder reflowed under various cooling rates were investigated. It is found that the cooling rate is an important parameter in solder reflow process because it influences not only microstructure of solder alloy but also the morphology and growth of intermetallic compounds (IMCs) formed between solder and Cu substrate. The experimental results indicate that only scallop-like Cu6Sn5 IMC layer is observed between solder and Cu substrate in case of water cooling and air cooling, while bilayer composed of scallop-like Cu6Sn5 and thin layer-like Cu3Sn is detected under furnace cooling due to sufficient reaction time to form Cu3Sn between Cu6Sn5 IMC and Cu substrate which resulted from slow cooling rate. Samples with different reflow cooling rates were further thermal-aged at 423 K. And it is found that the thickness of IMC increases linearly with square root of aging time. The growth constants of interfacial IMC layer during aging were obtained and compared for different cooling rates, indicating that the IMC layer thickness increased faster in samples under low cooling rate than in the high cooling rate under the same aging condition. The long prismatic grains were formed on the existing interfacial Cu6Sn5 grains to extrude deeply into solder matrix with lower cooling rate and long-term aging, and the Cu6Sn5 grains coarsened linearly with cubic root of aging time.

  15. The effect of intermetallic compound morphology on Cu diffusion in Sn-Ag and Sn-Pb solder bump on the Ni/Cu Under-bump metallization

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    Jang, Guh-Yaw; Duh, Jenq-Gong

    2005-01-01

    The eutectic Sn-Ag solder alloy is one of the candidates for the Pb-free solder, and Sn-Pb solder alloys are still widely used in today’s electronic packages. In this tudy, the interfacial reaction in the eutectic Sn-Ag and Sn-Pb solder joints was investigated with an assembly of a solder/Ni/Cu/Ti/Si3N4/Si multilayer structures. In the Sn-3.5Ag solder joints reflowed at 260°C, only the (Ni1-x,Cux)3Sn4 intermetallic compound (IMC) formed at the solder/Ni interface. For the Sn-37Pb solder reflowed at 225°C for one to ten cycles, only the (Ni1-x,Cux)3Sn4 IMC formed between the solder and the Ni/Cu under-bump metallization (UBM). Nevertheless, the (Cu1-y,Niy)6Sn5 IMC was observed in joints reflowed at 245°C after five cycles and at 265°C after three cycles. With the aid of microstructure evolution, quantitative analysis, and elemental distribution between the solder and Ni/Cu UBM, it was revealed that Cu content in the solder near the solder/IMC interface played an important role in the formation of the (Cu1-y,Niy)6Sn5 IMC. In addition, the diffusion behavior of Cu in eutectic Sn-Ag and Sn-Pb solders with the Ni/Cu UBM were probed and discussed. The atomic flux of Cu diffused through Ni was evaluated by detailed quantitative analysis in an electron probe microanalyzer (EPMA). During reflow, the atomic flux of Cu was on the order of 1016-1017 atoms/cm2sec in both the eutectic Sn-Ag and Sn-Pb systems.

  16. Effect of Cross-Interaction between Ni and Cu on Growth Kinetics of Intermetallic Compounds in Ni/Sn/Cu Diffusion Couples during Aging

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    Hong, K. K.; Ryu, J. B.; Park, C. Y.; Huh, J. Y.

    2008-01-01

    The solid-state, cross-interaction between the Ni layer on the component side and the Cu pad on the printed circuit board (PCB) side in ball grid array (BGA) solder joints was investigated by employing Ni(15 μm)/Sn(65 μm)/Cu ternary diffusion couples. The ternary diffusion couples were prepared by sequentially electroplating Sn and Ni on a Cu foil and were aged isothermally at 150, 180, and 200°C. The growth of the intermetallic compound (IMC) layer on the Ni side was coupled with that on the Cu side by the mass flux across the Sn layer that was caused by the difference in the Ni content between the (Cu1- x Ni x )6Sn5 layer on the Ni side and the (Cu1- y Ni y )6Sn5 layer on the Cu side. As the consequence of the coupling, the growth rate of the (Cu1- x Ni x )6 Sn5 layer on the Ni side was rapidly accelerated by decreasing Sn layer thickness and increasing aging temperature. Owing to the cross-interaction with the top Ni layer, the growth rate of the (Cu1- y Ni y )6Sn5 layer on the Cu side was accelerated at 150°C and 180°C but was retarded at 200°C, while the growth rate of the Cu3Sn layer was always retarded. The growth kinetic model proposed in an attempt to interpret the experimental results was able to reproduce qualitatively all of the important experimental observations pertaining to the growth of the IMC layers in the Ni/Sn/Cu diffusion couple.

  17. Effect of Nb on plasticity and oxidation behavior of TiA1Nb intermetallic compound by density functional theory

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    LI Yan-feng; XU Hui; SONG Zhao-quan; MA Song-shan

    2010-01-01

    Based on the pseudo potential plane-wave method of density functional theory(DFT),Ti1-xNbxA1(x=0,0.062 5,0.083 3,0.125,0.250)crystals' geometry structure,elastic constants,electronic structure and Mulliken populations were calculated,and the effects of doping on the geometric structure,electronic structure and bond strength were systematically analyzed.The results show that the influence of Nb on the geometric structure is little in terms of the plasticity,and with the increase of Nb content,the covalent bond strength remarkably reduces,and Ti-A1,Nb-M(M=Ti,A1)and other hybrid bonds enhance; meanwhile,the peak district increases and the pseudo-energy gap first decreases and then increases,the overall band structure narrows,the covalent bond and direction of bonds reduce.The population analysis also shows that the results are consistent with the electronic structure analysis.The density of states of TiAlNb shows that Nb doping can enhance the activity of Al and benefit the form of Al2O3 film.All the calculations reveal that the room temperature plasticity and the antioxidation properties of the compounds can be improved with the Nb content of 8.33%-12.5%(mole fraction).

  18. Magnetization, Magnetocrystalline Anisotropy and the Crystalline Electric Field in Rare-Earth Al2 Compounds

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    Purwins, H. -G.; Walker, E.; Barbara, B.;

    1974-01-01

    Magnetization measurements are reported for single crystals of PrAl2 in the range from 4.2K to 30K for magnetic fields up to 150 kOe applied in the (100), (110) and (111) directions. For these measurements, together with the magnetization results obtained earlier for TbAl2 the authors give...... a quantitative quantum mechanical description of the magnetization and the related magnetocrystalline anisotropy in terms of a cubic crystalline electric field and an isotropic exchange interaction. The parameters used in this description can be unified to good approximation to all REAl2 intermetallic compounds...

  19. 时效对铜铝钎焊接头界面化合物和性能的影响%Effects of thermal aging on intermetallic compounds and properties of Cu/Al brazing joint

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    姬峰; 薛松柏; 张满; 娄继源; 王水庆

    2012-01-01

    采用Zn-22Al钎料对铜铝异种合金进行了火焰钎焊,并用加速老化试验模拟了其服役环境.研究了时效过程中铜铝钎焊接头界面化合物的形貌变化及其对铜铝钎焊接头电阻率和抗剪强度的影响,并对其生长规律进行了初步计算.结果表明,铜侧界面化合物在250℃恒温时效过程中不断变厚,其生长规律呈抛物线状,且其生长系数约为6.1×10-13cm2/s;当界面化合物的厚度为4.2μm和18.1μm时,铜铝接头的电阻分别为120.3μΩ和132.9μΩ,该界面化合物厚度对电阻率的影响系数为0.25;铜铝接头抗剪强度在时效过程中先有3%的上升,随后逐渐降低至接头初始值的85%.%Cu/Al dissimilar metals were joined with Zn-22Al filler metal by torch-brazing technology and heat treated at constant temperature of 250 ℃ for 0 to 1000 h.To guarantee the reliability of the Cu/Al torch-brazing joints in service requirement,the growth rate of intermetallic compounds on Cu side was calculated and the effects of the intermetallic compound layer on the electrical and mechanical properties have been investigated under various annealing time.It was observed that the width of intermetallic compound increased as the thermal aging proceeded,and the growth rate of the intermetallic compound was 6.1×1013 cm2/s when the aging temperature was 250 ℃.A thicker intermetallic compound layers could degrade the resistivity and shear strength of Cu/Al joints.When the thickness of intermetallic compound was 4.2 μm and 18.1 μm,the electric resistance was 120.3 μΩ and 132.9 μΩ,respectively.Moreover,the shear strength of Cu/Al brazing joint increased by 3% when the aging time was 100 h while the strength decreased by 15% when the Cu/Al joints endured 1000 h thermal aging.

  20. IGCC sulfur compounds abatement with earth alkaline sorbents

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    Ramon Alvarez-Rodriguez; Carmen Clemente-Jul [Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Madrid (Spain). Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros de Minas

    2007-07-01

    In Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC) process, in the reference plant built in Puertollano, Spain by Elcogas, a consortium formed by several utilities and engineering companies with a technology that is one of the most promising electricity generation options, both from the environmental and the efficiency point of view and that allows an efficient and environmentally friendly use of national coal, and also a refinery residue, petroleum coke, the high sulphur contents in coal and specially in petcoke, their presence in the feedstock, led to significant contents of gaseous sulphur compounds whose advanced removal has been the aim of this project. Different sorbents to reduce the presence of H{sub 2}S have been researched and between them the earth alkaline compounds, dolomite and calcite that react with H{sub 2}S to give calcium sulphide have been chosen due to their properties and low cost. The calcium sulphide is a reactive product because it reacts with water to regenerate the H{sub 2}S but it can be converted in calcium sulphate, inert product with diverse uses. This conversion to sulphate present some problems of possible lack of total conversion and different conditions to improve this conversion have been investigated. The tests have been carried out with dolomite and calcite and firstly the sulphuration of the same have been produced using a mixture of gases that simulates the IGCC gas and after their oxidation has been studied. The influence of the conditions of sulfurization and oxidation on the final conversion of calcium sulphide to sulphate as the presence of H{sub 2}O vapour, the variation in the composition of the gases, the temperature and the bed length have been evaluated. The solid products obtained have been characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscopy and chemical analysis to assess the evolution and progress of the reactions. 8 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  1. Electrodeposition of alloys or compounds in molten salts and applications

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    Taxil P.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This article deals with the different modes of preparation of alloys or intermetallic compounds using the electrodeposition in molten salts, more particularly molten alkali fluorides. The interest in this process is to obtain new materials for high technology, particularly the compounds of reactive components such as actinides, rare earth and refractory metals. Two ways of preparation are considered: (i electrocoating of the more reactive metal on a cathode made of the noble one and reaction between the two metals in contact, and (ii electrocoating on an inert cathode of the intermetallic compound by coreduction of the ions of each elements. The kinetic is controlled by the reaction at the electrolyte interface. A wide bibliographic survey on the preparation of various compounds (intermetallic compounds, borides, carbides… is given and a special attention is paid to the own experience of the authors in the preparation of these compounds and interpretation of their results.

  2. Quantifying the dependence of Ni(P) thickness in ultrathin-ENEPIG metallization on the growth of Cu–Sn intermetallic compounds in soldering reaction

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    Ho, Cheng-Ying; Duh, Jenq-Gong, E-mail: jgd@mx.nthu.edu.tw

    2014-11-14

    A new multilayer metallization, ENEPIG (Electroless Ni(P)/Electroless Pd/Immersion Au) with ultrathin Ni(P) deposit (ultrathin-ENEPIG), was designed to be used in high frequency electronic packaging in this study because of its ultra-low electrical impedance. Sequential interfacial microstructures of commercial Sn–3.0Ag–0.5Cu solders reflowed on ultarthin-ENEPIG with Ni(P) deposit thickness ranged from 4.79 μm to 0.05 μm were first investigated. Accelerated thermal aging test was then conducted to evaluate the long-term thermal stabilization of solder joints. The results showed that P-rich intermetallic compound (IMC) layer formed when the Ni(P) thickness was greater than a critical vale (about 0.18 μm). Besides, it is interesting to mention that the growth of (Cu,Ni){sub 6}Sn{sub 5} and (Cu,Ni){sub 3}Sn IMCs was suppressed with the formation of P-rich layer, i.e., Ni{sub 3}P and Ni{sub 2}Sn{sub 1+x}P{sub 1−x} phase, even though the electroless-plated Ni(P) layer was exhausted at initial stage of reflow process. The atomic Cu flux in solder joints without P-rich layer was calculated to be several times larger than that with P-rich layer formation after calculation, which implies that the P-rich layer and ultrathin Ni(P) deposit in ENEPIG served as diffusion barrier against rapid Cu diffusion. - Highlights: • Microstructures in ultrathin-ENEPIG with various Ni(P) thickness are investigated. • P-rich IMC layer formed when the Ni(P) thickness is greater than 0.18 μm. • Secondary (Cu,Ni){sub 6}Sn{sub 5} formed when the Ni(P) thickness is between 0.18 and 0.31 μm. • Cu diffusion flux without P-rich layer is larger than those with P-rich layer. • P-rich layer in ultrathin-ENEPIG exhibits good diffusion barrier characteristic.

  3. Mechanical and electronic properties of Ag{sub 3}Sn intermetallic compound in lead free solders using ab initio atomistic calculation

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    Kumar, Santosh, E-mail: skjiitr@gmail.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Seoul, 90 JunNong-dong, DongDaeMun-gu, Seoul-130743 (Korea, Republic of); Jung, JaePil, E-mail: jpjung@uos.ac.kr [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Seoul, 90 JunNong-dong, DongDaeMun-gu, Seoul-130743 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-01-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Structural, mechanical and electronic properties of Ag{sub 3}Sn determined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Elastic anisotropy of Ag{sub 3}Sn is discussed comprehensively. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Scatter in the experimentally obtained elastic modulus values is explained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Electronic properties discussed using overlap population, band structure and DOS. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Debye temperature of Ag{sub 3}Sn is estimated to be 251 K. - Abstract: First principle calculations based on density functional theory (DFT) are used to calculate the structural, elastic and electronic properties of tin-silver intermetallic compound (Ag{sub 3}Sn), found mainly in lead free solder joints. In present work, for the exchange-correlation energy, generalized gradient approximation (GGA) functional is used. The calculated lattice constants are found to be within 2% error of the experimental values. All single crystal elastic constants are computed from which values of shear modulus, bulk modulus, Young's modulus and Poisson's ratio for polycrystalline Ag{sub 3}Sn are calculated using Voigt and Hill approximations. To explain the scatter in the experimentally determined values of elastic constants, directional dependence of bulk modulus and Young's modulus are estimated. The values of Young's modulus calculated along different planes are found to be in same range as experimentally determined values. Various anisotropic indices like universal anisotropic index, Zener anisotropic index, shear anisotropic index and others are calculated to study elastic anisotropy. Further anisotropy in Poisson's ratio is studied by calculating their values along six lower-index planes. The value of Debye temperature calculated using elastic data of present work is found be to higher than the values obtained using resistivity measurement, which can be attributed to temperature dependence. Electronic

  4. Microstructures and hydrogenation properties of (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} Laves phase intermetallic compounds

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

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • Role of Al on the microstructure and hydrogenation properties is discussed. • A positive effect in hydrogen dissociation can be introduced by Al on the surface of alloys. • Kinetics and thermodynamic parameters of Zr–Ti–V–Al alloys are obtained. • Partial substitution of Al decreases hysteresis between absorption and desorption. - Abstract: In this work, the (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} (x = 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15, 0.25) Laves phase intermetallic compounds were prepared by the arc-melting method. The microstructure and phase compositions were examined by SEM and XRD. Hydrogen absorption pressure composition isotherms (P–C isotherms) were obtained by the pressure reduction method using a Sievert type apparatus at different temperatures. The thermodynamic and kinetic properties of the alloys were investigated in this work. The results show that the (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} alloys consist of a dominant C15 Laves phase with cubic structure and a V-based solid solution phase with BCC structure. With further increasing Al content, C15 cubic type Laves phase and C14 hexagonal type Laves phase coexist in the range x ⩾ 0.15 in this (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} alloys. The crystal lattice parameter of the C15 phase increases with the increase of Al content. The PCT curves give the evidence that the maximum hydrogen absorption capacity decreases with the increase of Al content, which results from the existence of ZrAl{sub 2} which hardly absorb hydrogen. There is no obvious hysteresis between absorption and desorption in the (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} alloys at 823 K. The (ZrTi)(V{sub 1−x}Al{sub x}){sub 2} alloys with x = 0.25 preserves higher temperature of phase transformation (β → α). The existence of C14 phase (including ZrV{sub 2} and ZrAl{sub 2}) decreases the stability of hydrides.

  5. Ab Initio Investigation on Structural, Elastic and Electronic Properties of η-Phase Cu4.5Ni1Au0.5Sn5 and Cu5Ni1Sn4.5In0.5 Intermetallic Compounds

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    Li, Xuezheng; Ma, Yong; Zhou, Wei; Wu, Ping

    2017-10-01

    The structural, elastic and electronic properties of quaternary intermetallic compounds η-Cu4.5Ni1Au0.5Sn5 and η-Cu5Ni1Sn4.5In0.5 are investigated by an ab initio method. The calculated heat of formation determines preferential occupancy sites for Ni, Au and In atoms which lead to thermodynamically stable compounds. Variation of lattice constants reveals that the change of atomic bonding has a directional discrepancy in η-Cu4.5Ni1Au0.5Sn5; the polycrystalline moduli obtained from single-crystal elastic stiffness show an increase after both Ni/Au and Ni/In additions. Also, the anisotropy of Young's modulus and shear modulus is significantly weakened in η-Cu4.5Ni1Au0.5Sn5. The density of states and maps of charge density distribution suggest that the atomic bonding in the quaternary intermetallic compounds is strengthened by the addition of Ni and Au but weakened by the addition of In.

  6. Ultrasonic investigations in intermetallics

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    Devraj Singh; D K Pandey

    2009-02-01

    Ultrasonic attenuation for the longitudinal and shear waves due to phonon–phonon interaction and thermoelastic mechanism have been evaluated in B2 structured in-termetallic compounds AgMg, CuZr, AuMg, AuTi, AuMn, AuZn and AuCd along $\\langle 1 0 0 \\rangle, \\langle 1 1 1 \\rangle and \\langle 1 1 0 \\rangle crystallographic directions at room temperature. For the same evaluations, second- and third-order elastic constants, ultrasonic velocities, Grüneisen parameters, non-linearity parameter, Debye temperature and thermal relaxation time are also computed. Although the molecular weight of these materials increases from AgMg to AuCd, the obtained results are affected with the deviation number. Attenuation of ultrasonic waves due to phonon–phonon interaction is predominant over thermoelastic loss. Results are compared with available theoretical and experimental results. The results with other well-known physical properties are useful for industrial purposes.

  7. Investigation of local magnetism in RZn (R = Ce, Gd, Tb, Dy) and GdCu intermetallic compounds using perturbed angular correlation gamma-gamma spectroscopy; Investigacao do magnetismo local em compostos intermetalicos do tipo RZn (R = Ce, Gd, Tb, Dy) e GdCu pela espectroscopia de correlacao angular gama-gama perturbada

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    Santos, Brianna Bosch dos

    2010-07-01

    This work presents, from a microscopic point of view, a systematic study of the local magnetism in RZn (R = Ce, Gd, Tb, Dy) and GdCu intermetallic compounds through measurements of hyperfine interactions using the Perturbed Angular Correlation Gamma- Gamma Spectroscopy technique with {sup 111}In {yields} {sup 111}Cd and {sup 140}La {yields} {sup 140}Ce as probe nuclei. As the magnetism in these compounds originates from the 4f electrons of the rare-earth elements it is interesting to observe in a systematic study of RZn compounds the behavior of the magnetic hyperfine field with the variation of the number of 4f electrons in the R element. The use of probe nuclei {sup 140}La {yields} {sup 140}Ce is interesting because Ce{sup +3} ion posses one 4f electron which may contribute to the total hyperfine field, and the results showed anomalous behavior. The results for {sup 111}Cd probe showed that the temperature dependence of the magnetic hyperfine field follows the Brillouin function, and the magnetic hyperfine field decreases linearly with increase of the atomic number of rare earth when plotted as a function of the rare-earth J spin projection, showing that the main contribution to the magnetic hyperfine field in RZn compounds comes from the polarization of the conduction electrons. The results for the electric field gradient measured with {sup 111}Cd for all compounds showed a strong decrease with the atomic number of the rare-earth element. We have therefore assumed that the major contribution to the electric field gradient originates from the 4f electrons of the rare-earths. The measurements of the electric field gradient for GdCu with {sup 111}Cd, after temperature decreases and increases again showed that two different structures, CsCl-type cubic and FeB-type orthorhombic structures co-exist. Finally, it is the first time that measurements of hyperfine parameters have been carried out with theses two probe nuclei in the studied RZn. (author)

  8. DIFFUSION-INDUCED STRESS IN THE INTERMETALLIC COMPOUND LAYER OF SOLDER JOINTS%焊锡接点IMC层的扩散应力

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    秦飞; 安彤; 夏国峰

    2012-01-01

    钎焊过程中在焊锡接点中形成的金属间化合物(IMC)对焊锡接点可靠性具有重要影响.在原子扩散效应下,回流焊和等温时效过程中IMC层的生长会在其内部产生应力,其微结构也发生变化,致使IMC层和整个焊锡接点的力学性能下降.论文基于扩散反应机制,研究了由于原子扩散产生的IMC层的扩散应力.首先建立了描述焊锡接点IMC层生长早期微结构特征的2界面(Cu/Cu6 Sn5/Solder)分析模型,然后运用Laplace变换法求解扩散方程得到了Cu原了在IMC层中的浓度分布;采用把原子扩散作用转换为体应变方法,计算了IMC层在形成和生长过程中应力的解析解.结果表明:IMC层中的扩散应力为压应力,最大值位于Cu/IMC界面处,大小与扩散原子浓度密切相关;随着时效时间的增加,扩散应力增大,但最终趋于稳定并沿IMC厚度方向线性变化.%Intermetallic compound (IMC) layers formed during soldering processes significantly affect the reliability of solder joints. The atomic diffusion effect during reflow and isothermal aging leads to growth and morphological evolution of IMC layers.and stress is developed in the IMC layers. The changed microstructure and the stress in the IMC layer result in degradation of mechanical performance of solder joints. Based on the mechanism of atomic diffusion-reaction, the diffusion induced stress during the growth of the IMC layer is investigated. An analytic model with two interfaces(Cu/Cu6Sn3/Solder)at the early stages of IMC formation is proposed,and then the copper concentration distribution in the IMC layer is calculated using the Laplace transformation method. Diffusion-induced stresses are obtained analytically by transforming atomic diffusion effects into bulk strain. The results show that the diffusion-induced stress is compressive,and it reaches its peak at the Cu/Cu6Sn5 interface. The diffusion induced stress increases with the increase of the isothermal

  9. Chemistry and Properties of Complex Intermetallics from Metallic Fluxes

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    Kanatzidis, Mercouri G. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States)

    2015-03-28

    This project investigated the reaction chemistry and synthesis of new intermetallic materials with complex compositions and structures using metallic fluxes as solvents. It was found that the metallic fluxes offer several key advantages in facilitating the formation and crystal growth of new materials. The fluxes mostly explored were liquid aluminum, gallium and indium. The main purpose of this project was to exploit the potential of metallic fluxes as high temperature solvent for materials discovery in the broad class of intermetallics. This work opened new paths to compound formation. We discovered many new Si (or Ge)-based compounds with novel structures, bonding and physicochemical properties. We created new insights about the reaction chemistry that is responsible for stabilizing the new materials. We also studied the structural and compositional relationships to understand their properties. We investigated the use of Group-13 metals Al, Ga and In as solvents and have generated a wide variety of new results including several new ternary and quaternary materials with fascinating structures and properties as well as new insights as to how these systems are stabilized in the fluxes. The project focused on reactions of metals from the rare earth element family in combination with transition metals with Si and Ge. For example molten gallium has serves both as a reactive and non-reactive solvent in the preparation and crystallization of intermetallics in the system RE/M/Ga/Ge(Si). Molten indium behaves similarly in that it too is an excellent reaction medium, but it gives compounds that are different from those obtained from gallium. Some of the new phase identified in the aluminide class are complex phases and may be present in many advanced Al-matrix alloys. Such phases play a key role in determining (either beneficially or detrimentally) the mechanical properties of advanced Al-matrix alloys. This project enhanced our basic knowledge of the solid state chemistry

  10. The effect of pH on the corrosion behavior of intermetallic compounds Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti) and Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti) + 2Mo in sodium chloride solutions

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    Priyotomo, Gadang, E-mail: gada001@lipi.go.id; Nuraini, Lutviasari, E-mail: Lutviasari@gmail.com [Research Center for Metallurgy and Material, Indonesian Institute of Sciences, Kawasan PUSPIPTEK Gd.474, Setu, Tangerang Selatan, Banten 15314 (Indonesia); Kaneno, Yasuyuki, E-mail: kaneno@mtr.osakafu-u.ac.id [Department of Materials Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University, 1-1 Gakuen-cho, Sakai, Osaka 599-8531 (Japan)

    2015-12-29

    The corrosion behavior of the intermetallic compounds, Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti) (L1{sub 2}: single phase) and Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti) + 2Mo (L1{sub 2} and (L12 + Ni{sub ss}) mixture region), has been investigated using an immersion test, electrochemical method and surface analytical method (SEM; scanning electron microscope and EDAX: Energy Dispersive X-ray) in 0.5 kmol/m{sup 3} NaCl solutions at various pH. The corrosion behavior of nickel alloy C-276 was studied under the same experimental conditions as a reference. It was found that the uniform attack was observed on Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti) for the immersion test at lower pH, while the pitting attack was observed on this compound for this test at neutral solution. Furthermore, Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti)+2Mo had the preferential dissolution of L1{sub 2} compared to (L1{sub 2} + Ni{sub ss}) mixture region at lower pH, while pitting attack occurred in (L1{sub 2} + Ni{sub ss}) mixture region at neutral solution. For both intermetallic compounds, the magnitude of pitting and uniform attack decrease with increasing pH of solutions. From the immersion test and polarization curves, the corrosion resistance of Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti)+2Mo is lower than that of Ni{sub 3}(Si,Ti), while the nickel alloy C-276 is the highest one at various pH of solutions. On the other hand, in the lower pH of solutions, the corrosion resistance of tested materials decreased significantly compared to those in neutral and higher pH of solutions.

  11. Formation of abrasion-resistant coatings of the AlSiFe{sub x}Mny intermetallic compound type on the AISI 304L alloy

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    Martinez-Peralez, L. G.; Flores-Valdes, A.; Salinas-Rodriguez, A.; Ochoa-Palacios, R. M.; Toscano-giles, J. A.; Torres-Torres, J.

    2016-05-01

    The α-Al{sub 9}FeMnSi and α-Al{sub 9}FeMn{sub 2}Si intermetallics formed by reactive sintering of Al, Si, Mn, Fe, Cr and Ni powders have been used in AISI 304L steels to enhance microhardness. Processing variables of the reactive sintering treatment were temperature (600, 650, 700, 750 and 800 degree centigrade), pressure (5, 10 y 20 MPa) and holding time (3600, 5400 y 7200 seconds). Experimental results show that temperature is the most important variable affecting the substrate/coating formation, while pressure does not appear to have a significant effect. The results show the optimum conditions of the reactive sintering that favor the substrate/coating formation are 800 degree centigrade, 20 MPa and 7200 seconds. Under these conditions, the reaction zone between the substrate and coating is more compacted and well-adhered, with a microhardness of 1300 Vickers. The results of SEM and X-Ray diffraction confirmed the formation of β-Al{sub 9}FeMnSi and β-Al{sub 9}FeMn{sub 2}Si intermetallics in the substrate/coating interface as well as the presence of Cr and Ni, indicating diffusion of these two elements from the substrate to the interface. (Author)

  12. Influence of Co substitution on magnetoelastic properties of Er{sub 2}Fe{sub 14-x}Co{sub x}B (x = 1, 3 and 5) intermetallic compounds

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    Khoshnoud, D. Sanavi [Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Tajabor, N. [Faculty of Science, Department of Physics, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Mashhad, Khorasan Razavi (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: tajabor@ferdowsi.um.ac.ir; Fruchart, D.; Gignoux, D.; Miraglia, S. [Institut. Neel, Departement MCMF, Groupe IICF, BP 166, 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Pourarian, F. [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Carengie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 15219 (United States)

    2009-07-08

    The magnetostriction and thermal expansion of Er{sub 2}Fe{sub 14-x}Co{sub x}B (x = 1, 3 and 5) intermetallic compounds were measured, using the strain gauge method in the temperature range 75-450 K under applied magnetic fields up to 1.5 T. For all samples the longitudinal magnetostriction ({lambda}{sub l}) undergoes an anomaly around the spin reorientation temperature (T{sub SR}). It is also observed that {lambda}{sub l} decreases with increasing the Co content. All compounds show saturation type behaviour in their anisotropic magnetostriction curves at different temperatures and applied fields. The saturation behaviour of the compound with x = 3 occurs at higher temperatures than with x = 1 and 5. The volume magnetostriction strongly increases below {mu}{sub 0}H = 0.3 T, then monotonically rises with applied field up to the spin reorientation temperature. An invar type behaviour is observed above 200 K in the compound with x = 1. The results are discussed based on the temperature dependence of magnetocrystalline anisotropy of compounds below and above their T{sub SR}.

  13. Integrating giant microwave absorption with magnetic refrigeration in one multifunctional intermetallic compound of LaFe(11.6)Si(1.4)C(0.2)H(1.7).

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    Song, Ning-Ning; Ke, Ya-Jiao; Yang, Hai-Tao; Zhang, Hu; Zhang, Xiang-Qun; Shen, Bao-Gen; Cheng, Zhao-Hua

    2013-01-01

    Both microwave absorption and magnetocaloric effect (MCE) are two essential performances of magnetic materials. We observe that LaFe(11.6)Si(1.4)C(0.2)H(1.7) intermetallic compound exhibits the advantages of both giant microwave absorption exceeding -42 dB and magnetic entropy change of -20 Jkg(-1)K(-1). The excellent electromagnetic wave absorption results from the large magnetic loss and dielectric loss as well as the efficient complementarity between relative permittivity and permeability. The giant MCE effect in this material provides an ideal technique for cooling the MAMs to avoid temperature increase and infrared radiation during microwave absorption. Our finding suggests that we can integrate the giant microwave absorption with magnetic refrigeration in one multifunctional material. This integration not only advances our understanding of the correlation between microwave absorption and MCE, but also can open a new avenue to exploit microwave devices and electromagnetic stealth.

  14. Progress in bulk MgCu2-type rare-earth iron magnetostrictive compounds

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    Ren Wei-Jun; Zhang Zhi-Dong

    2013-01-01

    Studies of bulk MgCu2-type rare-earth iron compounds with Laves phase are reviewed.The relationship between magnetostriction and structural distortion and the consequent crystallographic method for measuring magnetostriction are introduced at first.Then we review recent progress in understanding bulk magnetostrictive Laves phase materials,especially the magnetostriction and the minimization of the anisotropy of the light rare-earth Pr-and Sm-based compounds.Finally,a summary and outlook for this kind of compounds are presented.

  15. Ti - Al 金属间化合物/陶瓷复合材料的制备技术及其研究现状和发展趋势%Fabrication Process,Research Status and Development Progress of the Ti-Al Intermetallics Compounds/Ceramics Matrix Composites

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    江涛

    2014-01-01

    The Ti -Al intermetallics compounds/ceramics matrix composites were the new type composites materials ,the development of the Ti-Al intermetallics compounds/ceramics matrix com‐posites was closely related with the development of Ti -Al intermetallics compounds and advanced ce‐ramics .The Ti-Al intermetallics compounds have many excellent properties .The property of the Ti-Al intermetallics compounds were between metal and ceramics .The Ti -Al intermetallics com‐pounds/ceramics matrix composites were fabricated in order to improve their performance .The Ti-Al intermetallics compounds/ceramics matrix composites achieved excellent property .In this paper , the fabrication process ,mechanical property ,research and development progress of the Ti -Al inter‐metallics compounds/ceramics matrix composites were introduced ,the Ti - Al intermetallics com‐pounds/ceramics matrix composites was mainly included the Ti -Al/Al2 O3 ,Ti -Al/TiC ,Ti -Al/ZrO2 ,Ti -Al/TiB2 composites ,and other Ti -Al intermetallics compounds/ceramics matrix com‐posites .The research progress of the Ti -Al intermetallics compounds/ceramics matrix composites were introduced and discussed .%Ti-Al金属间化合物/陶瓷基复合材料是近年来发展起来的一种新型复合材料,其发展与Ti-Al金属间化合物和高技术陶瓷的发展密切相关。Ti-Al金属间化合物材料具有优秀的性能,利用Ti-Al金属间化合物的性能介于金属和陶瓷之间的特点,可以将Ti-Al金属间化合物与陶瓷材料相复合制备Ti-Al金属间化合物/陶瓷基复合材料,能使 Ti-Al金属间化合物/陶瓷基复合材料具有很多优异的性能。本文主要介绍Ti-Al金属间化合物/陶瓷基复合材料的制备工艺和力学性能以及研究进展,研究和开发的Ti-Al金属间化合物/陶瓷基复合材料主要包括Ti-Al/Al2 O3和Ti-Al/TiC复合材料,Ti-Al/ZrO2复合材料,Ti-Al/TiB2复合材

  16. 在室温和常压下用机械合金化方法制备Fe5C2金属间化合物%Preparing Fe5C2 Intermetallic Compound by Mechanical Alloying Method at Room Temperature and Normal Pressure

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    何正明; 钟敏建; 沈伟星; 张正明

    2003-01-01

    Single phase Fe5C2 intermetallic compound was prepared by mechanical alloying method. The phase and crystal structure of sample were analyzed with X-ray differaction spectrum. The decomposing temperature of the Fe5C2 compound is 596.4℃ determined by the DSC curve. It is further shown that the size of nanometer crystal grain is an important condition for carrying out the solid state reaction at room temperature and normal pressure.

  17. Novel laser nanomaterials based on rare-earth compounds

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    Patel, Darayas N., E-mail: dpatel@oakwood.edu [Oakwood University, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, 7000 Adventist Blvd. Huntsville, AL 35896 (United States); Hardy, Lauren A.; Smith, Tabatha J.; Smith, Eva S.; Wright, Donald M. [Oakwood University, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, 7000 Adventist Blvd. Huntsville, AL 35896 (United States); Sarkisov, Sergey [SSS Optical Technologies, LLC, 515 Sparkman Drive, Suite 122, Huntsville, AL 35816 (United States)

    2013-01-15

    We report on the infrared-to-visible upconversion luminescence in microcrystalline powders and photonic crystal fibers filled with nanocolloids of trivalent rare-earth ion co-doped NaYF{sub 4} phosphor. The phosphor was prepared using a simple co-precipitation synthetic method. Nanocolloids of the phosphor were prepared by selective precipitation in methanol and laser ablation in water. Optical dynamic scatterometry determined average particle sizes of the nanocolloids of 1.5-1.9 nm in methanol and 83.8-86.4 nm in water. Nanocolloids of these phosphors were utilized as laser filling medium in photonic crystal fibers. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Synthesize highly efficient hexagonal-phase NaYF{sub 4}:Er{sup 3+}, Yb{sup 3+} powder and nanocolloid. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Laser/amplifier containing the NaYF{sub 4} nanocolloid were pumped with 980 nm diode laser. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Emission peaks were observed at 540 nm, 654 nm and 840.4 nm from the fiber arrangement.

  18. Formation of abrasion-resistant coatings of the AlSiFexMny intermetallic compound type on the AISI 304L alloy

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    Martínez-Perales, Laura G.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The α-Al9FeMnSi and β-Al9FeMn2Si intermetallics formed by reactive sintering of Al, Si, Mn, Fe, Cr and Ni powders have been used in AISI 304L steels to enhance microhardness. Processing variables of the reactive sintering treatment were temperature (600, 650, 700, 750 and 800 °C, pressure (5, 10 y 20 MPa and holding time (3600, 5400 y 7200 seconds. Experimental results show that temperature is the most important variable affecting the substrate/coating formation, while pressure does not appear to have a significant effect. The results show the optimum conditions of the reactive sintering that favor the substrate/coating formation are 800 °C, 20 MPa and 7200 seconds. Under these conditions, the reaction zone between the substrate and coating is more compacted and well-adhered, with a microhardness of 1300 Vickers. The results of SEM and X-Ray diffraction confirmed the formation of α-Al9FeMnSi and β-Al9FeMn2Si intermetallics in the substrate/coating interface as well as the presence of Cr and Ni, indicating diffusion of these two elements from the substrate to the interface.Los intermetálicos α-Al9FeMnSi y β-Al9FeMn2Si formados por sinterización reactiva de polvos Al, Si, Mn, Fe, Cr, Ni se han utilizado en aceros AISI 304L para mejorar la microdureza. Las variables de procesamiento de sinterización reactiva fueron temperatura (600, 650, 700, 750, y 800 °C, presión (5, 10 y 20 MPa y el tiempo de retención (3600, 5400 7200 segundos. Los resultados experimentales muestran que la temperatura es la variable más importante que afecta a la formación del sustrato/recubrimiento, mientras que la presión no parece tener un efecto significativo una influencia significativa. Los resultados muestran las condiciones óptimas de la sinterización reactiva que favorecen la formación del sustrato/recubrimiento a 800 °C, 20 MPa y 7200 segundos. En estas condiciones, la zona de reacción entre el sustrato y el recubrimiento es más compacta y bien

  19. Fluorescence microscopy, observation of self-organized microstructure formed by a rare earth compound

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    2001-01-01

    The morphologies of monolayers containing Eu(TTA)3Phen (TTA = thenoyltrifluoroace tone, Phen = 1, 10-phenanthroline) were studied at the air/liquid interface on different subphases by fluorescence microscopy (FM). The composite subphase was the basic premise for the stable existence of the rare earth compound at air/liquid interface. The process that rare earth compound phase changes from liquid expanded state to liquid condensed state corresponded to a plateau in the π-A isotherm. In the pure Eu(TTA)3Phen monolayer, rod domains of Eu(TTA)3Phen formed and packed with no order. In the mixed monolayers with stearic acid (SA), phase transition of SA oc curred first and formed domains with an electric gradient field, which induced the rare earth com pound to form luminescent ring domains. Influence of intermolecular interaction on the self-organized microstructure was revealed.

  20. Zero field. mu. /sup +/ spin relaxation in some REAl/sub 2/ intermetallics

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    Kalvius, G.M.; Nishiyama, K.; Nagamine, K.; Yamazaki, T. (Tokyo Univ. (Japan). Dept. of Physics); Asch, L. (Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany, F.R.). Fakultaet fuer Physik); Chappert, J.; Yaouanc, A. (CEA Centre d' Etudes Nucleaires de Grenoble, 38 (France). Dept. de Recherche Fondamentale); Hartmann, O.; Karlsson, E.; Waeppling, R. (Uppsala Univ. (Sweden). Fysiska Institutionen)

    1984-01-01

    Transverse field measurements on the rare-earths intermetallics REAl/sub 2/ in their paramagnetic regime have previously been carried out. To aid discrimination between inhomogeneous line broadening and RE fluctuations which both contribute to the damping of the transverse ..mu..SR pattern, the authors have carried out zero field measurements on three selected compounds (PrAl/sub 2/, GdAl/sub 2/, DyAl/sub 2/) between 300 and 25 K. A small longitudinal decoupling field (6 mT) was applied in some cases. The present data corroborate the findings of the transverse field study: The polarization rate increases rapidly when approaching magnetic order. The high temperature limit of the spin fluctuation rate is markedly different in the three compounds. The ..mu../sup +/ diffuses rapidly in all REAl/sub 2/ compounds.

  1. Carbonaceous meteorites as a source of sugar-related organic compounds for the early Earth.

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    Cooper, G; Kimmich, N; Belisle, W; Sarinana, J; Brabham, K; Garrel, L

    The much-studied Murchison meteorite is generally used as the standard reference for organic compounds in extraterrestrial material. Amino acids and other organic compounds important in contemporary biochemistry are thought to have been delivered to the early Earth by asteroids and comets, where they may have played a role in the origin of life. Polyhydroxylated compounds (polyols) such as sugars, sugar alcohols and sugar acids are vital to all known lifeforms-they are components of nucleic acids (RNA, DNA), cell membranes and also act as energy sources. But there has hitherto been no conclusive evidence for the existence of polyols in meteorites, leaving a gap in our understanding of the origins of biologically important organic compounds on Earth. Here we report that a variety of polyols are present in, and indigenous to, the Murchison and Murray meteorites in amounts comparable to amino acids. Analyses of water extracts indicate that extraterrestrial processes including photolysis and formaldehyde chemistry could account for the observed compounds. We conclude from this that polyols were present on the early Earth and therefore at least available for incorporation into the first forms of life.

  2. Carbonaceous meteorites as a source of sugar-related organic compounds for the early Earth

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    Cooper, G.; Kimmich, N.; Belisle, W.; Sarinana, J.; Brabham, K.; Garrel, L.

    2001-01-01

    The much-studied Murchison meteorite is generally used as the standard reference for organic compounds in extraterrestrial material. Amino acids and other organic compounds important in contemporary biochemistry are thought to have been delivered to the early Earth by asteroids and comets, where they may have played a role in the origin of life. Polyhydroxylated compounds (polyols) such as sugars, sugar alcohols and sugar acids are vital to all known lifeforms-they are components of nucleic acids (RNA, DNA), cell membranes and also act as energy sources. But there has hitherto been no conclusive evidence for the existence of polyols in meteorites, leaving a gap in our understanding of the origins of biologically important organic compounds on Earth. Here we report that a variety of polyols are present in, and indigenous to, the Murchison and Murray meteorites in amounts comparable to amino acids. Analyses of water extracts indicate that extraterrestrial processes including photolysis and formaldehyde chemistry could account for the observed compounds. We conclude from this that polyols were present on the early Earth and therefore at least available for incorporation into the first forms of life.

  3. Cerium intermetallics CeTX. Review III

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    Poettgen, Rainer; Janka, Oliver [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie; Chevalier, Bernard [Bordeaux Univ., Pessac (France). Inst. de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux

    2016-05-01

    The structure-property relationships of CeTX intermetallics with structures other than the ZrNiAl and TiNiSi type are systematically reviewed. These CeTX phases form with electron-poor and electron-rich transition metals (T) and X = Mg, Zn, Cd, Hg, Al, Ga, In, Tl, Si, Ge, Sn, Pb, P, As, Sb, and Bi. The review focusses on the crystal chemistry, the chemical bonding peculiarities, and the magnetic and transport properties. Furthermore {sup 119}Sn Moessbauer spectroscopic data, high-pressure studies, hydrogenation reactions and the formation of solid solutions are reviewed. This paper is the third of a series of four reviews on equiatomic intermetallic cerium compound [Part I: R. Poettgen, B. Chevalier, Z. Naturforsch. 2015, 70b, 289; Part II: R. Poettgen, B. Chevalier, Z. Naturforsch. 2015, 70b, 695].

  4. Intermetallic compound formation at Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu-1.0Zn lead-free solder alloy/Cu interface during as-soldered and as-aged conditions

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    Wang, Feng-Jiang [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai 201620 (China)]. E-mail: wangfjy@yahoo.com.cn; Yu, Zhi-Shui [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai 201620 (China); Qi, Kai [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai University of Engineering Science, Shanghai 201620 (China)

    2007-07-12

    Intermetallic formations of Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu solder alloy with additional 1.0 wt% Zn were investigated for Cu-substrate during soldering and isothermal aging. During soldering condition, the Cu{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} compound with granular-type morphology is the interfacial IMC for Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu-1.0Zn solder, while the Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} compound with scallop-type morphology is the interfacial IMC for Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu solder. During thermal aging, the final interfacial structure for Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu-1.0Zn solder is solder/Cu{sub 5}Zn{sub 8}/Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5}/Cu{sub 3}Sn/Cu, different from the solder/Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5}/Cu{sub 3}Sn/Cu for Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu solder. The thickness of Cu-Sn IMC layers increases, while the thickness of Cu{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} compound layer decreases with increasing aging time due to the decomposition of the Cu{sub 5}Zn{sub 8} layer by the diffusion of Cu and Zn atoms into the solder and Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} at higher aging temperature. For Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu-1.0Zn solder, at higher aging temperature of 150 or 175 {sup o}C, with the formation of Cu{sub 3}Sn at Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5}/Cu, Kirkendall voids can be observed at the interface of Cu{sub 3}Sn/Cu.

  5. Effect of changing P/Ge and Mn/Fe ratios on the magnetocaloric effect and structural transition in the (Mn,Fe2 (P,Ge intermetallic compounds

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    Wlodarczyk P.

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available The magnetocaloric effect in the MnxFe2−xP1−yGey intermetallic compounds with the amount of Mn in the range of x = 1.05 to 1.17 and amount of Ge in the range of y = 0.19 to 0.22 has been studied. It was found that a higher Ge/P ratio causes an increase in Curie temperature, magnetocaloric effect at low field (up to 1 T, activation energy of structural transition and a decrease in thermal hysteresis, as well as transition enthalpy. Contrary to this observation, higher Mn/Fe ratio causes a decrease in Curie temperature, slight decrease of magnetocaloric effect at low magnetic field, and an increase in thermal hysteresis. Simultaneous increase of both ratios may be very advantageous, as the thermal hysteresis can be lowered and magnetocaloric effect can be enhanced without changing the Curie temperature. Some hints about optimization of the composition for applications at low magnetic fields (0.5 T to 2 T have been presented.

  6. Structure of the Intermetallic Compound Ni3Al Synthesized under Compression of the Powder Mixture of Pure Elements Part II: Influence of Alloying by Boron on the Phase Composition and the Microstructure of Grains of the Main Phase

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    2000-01-01

    The Ni3B phase was formed when boron (0.5 at. pct B) was added to the intermetallic of stoichiometric and off-stoichiometric (Ni-24 at. pct Al) compounds. In the alloy of stoichiometric composition the particles of Ni3B phase has the size around 0.1μm and is located on the grain boundary of the main phase. The decreasing of concentrations of Al in the off-stoichiometric alloy leads to increase in the degree of the long-range order parameter, increasing the concentrations of boron in the solid solution and decreasing its localization on the grain boundary.Microalloying of boron leads to increasing in the fraction of grain monodomains with dislocations up to 0.7 in the alloy of the off-stoichiometric composition and up to 1 in the alloy of the stoichiometric composition. It was established the correlation between the degree of the concentration inhomogeneity, average density of the dislocations and the average long range-order parameter.

  7. 电子封装无铅焊点界面金属间化合物性能研究综述%Investigation review of the properties of intermetallic compounds in lead-free solder joint in electronic packaging

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    朱永鑫; 李晓延; 肖慧

    2013-01-01

    金属间化合物(IMC)在电子封装连接的过程中起到重要的作用,它是封装焊点可靠连接的标志.然而,由于IMC硬脆的固有属性,过厚的IMC层使连接可靠性变差.因此,研究IMC的性能有着重要的意义.介绍了测定IMC性能的常用方法,总结了IMC的主要性能,包括硬度、弹性模量,屈服强度及热膨胀系数等.%The intermetallic compound (IMC) play an important role in the electronic packaging,which is a sign of reliable bonding. Nevertheless, thicker IMC layers exert detrimental influence on the bonding reliability for its intrinsic brittleness. Hence, it is meaningful to probe the property of the IMC layers. In this study, technique for testing the IMC property were reviewed and some results were listed, which mainly consisted of the hardness, modulus, yield strength and coefficient of thermal expand, etc.

  8. A COMPOUND MODEL FOR THE ORIGIN OF EARTH'S WATER

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    Izidoro, A.; Winter, O. C. [UNESP, Universidade Estadual Paulista, Grupo de Dinamica Orbital and Planetologia, Guaratingueta, CEP 12.516-410, Sao Paulo (Brazil); De Souza Torres, K. [UTFPR, Universidade Tecnologica Federal do Parana (Brazil); Haghighipour, N., E-mail: ocwinter@pq.cnpq.br [Institute for Astronomy and NASA Astrobiology Institute, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, HI 96822 (United States)

    2013-04-10

    One of the most important subjects of debate in the formation of the solar system is the origin of Earth's water. Comets have long been considered as the most likely source of the delivery of water to Earth. However, elemental and isotopic arguments suggest a very small contribution from these objects. Other sources have also been proposed, among which local adsorption of water vapor onto dust grains in the primordial nebula and delivery through planetesimals and planetary embryos have become more prominent. However, no sole source of water provides a satisfactory explanation for Earth's water as a whole. In view of that, using numerical simulations, we have developed a compound model incorporating both the principal endogenous and exogenous theories, and investigating their implications for terrestrial planet formation and water delivery. Comets are also considered in the final analysis, as it is likely that at least some of Earth's water has cometary origin. We analyze our results comparing two different water distribution models, and complement our study using the D/H ratio, finding possible relative contributions from each source and focusing on planets formed in the habitable zone. We find that the compound model plays an important role by showing greater advantage in the amount and time of water delivery in Earth-like planets.

  9. Microstructural analysis of the ageing of pseudo-binary (Ti,Zr)Ni intermetallic compounds as negative electrodes of Ni-MH batteries

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    Guiose, B. [Equipe de Chimie Metallurgique des Terres Rares, ICMPE, UMR7182, CNRS, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais Cedex (France); Cuevas, F. [Equipe de Chimie Metallurgique des Terres Rares, ICMPE, UMR7182, CNRS, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais Cedex (France)], E-mail: cuevas@icmpe.cnrs.fr; Decamps, B.; Leroy, E.; Percheron-Guegan, A. [Equipe de Chimie Metallurgique des Terres Rares, ICMPE, UMR7182, CNRS, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais Cedex (France)

    2009-04-01

    Ageing of Ti{sub 1.02-x}Zr{sub x}Ni{sub 0.98} (0 {<=} x {<=} 0.48) compounds during the electrochemical cycling in aqueous KOH electrolyte has been investigated. Microstructural and chemical characterisation, mostly conducted by transmission electron microscopy, show that for all electrodes their activation results from calendar KOH corrosion. After activation, Zr substituted compounds attain much higher capacity ({approx}350 mAh g{sup -1}) than the binary TiNi compound ({approx}150 mAh g{sup -1}) but their cycle-life is poor. The mechanism of electrode degradation differs for the binary and the substituted compounds. For TiNi, degradation is due to KOH corrosion whereas, for substituted compounds, it mainly results from the loss of electrical contact due to particle pulverisation. For all electrodes, KOH corrosion produces a double surface layer formed by an inner two-phase (Ni-NiO) nanocrystalline layer and an outer (Ti,Zr)O{sub 2} amorphous layer.

  10. FY 1998 annual report on the improvement of toughness of silicide-based intermetallic compounds by controlling their composite structures; 1998 nendo fukugo soshikika ni yoru shirisaidokei kinzokukan kagobutsu no kyojinsei kaizen chosa hokokusho

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    1999-03-01

    Intermetallic compounds, although attracting much attention as most promising materials serviceable at superhigh temperature, are very fragile at normal temperature, which is one of their major disadvantages. Structures of these compounds prepared by the melting method are controlled to improve their toughness by, e.g., changing phase ratio of the initial crystal for the Mo-Si-Nb system to prevent cracking during the melting and casting stages, addition of a third element (e.g., Zr, Ti or Hf) or a mixed component of Nb and Zr to control the structure of Mo{sub 5}Si{sub 3} considered to be a cause for the cracking, and controlling melting and solidification rates for the FZ melting method. The three-phase microstructures with added Hf or Zr show improved toughness, but need additional procedures for controlling solidification and cooling conditions. For the powder method, the MA conditions are investigated with a two-element system, and the effects of Al or Zr as the third element added to the base composition on the composite microstructures and constituent phases are also investigated. Unlike the melting method, the powder method causes no cracking problems during the stock preparation stage and hence is expected to be applicable to production of larger stocks. However, the products by this method are found to be insufficient both in toughness and high-temperature strength. It is necessary to develop methods for cutting down and controlling oxides in the grain boundaries, in order to prevent deterioration of their strength at high temperature. (NEDO)

  11. Intermetallic compound formation in Sn-Co-Cu, Sn-Ag-Cu and eutectic Sn-Cu solder joints on electroless Ni(P) immersion Au surface finish after reflow soldering

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    Sun Peng [Key State Lab for New Displays and System Integration (Chinese Ministry of Education), SMIT Center, Shanghai University, 200072 Shanghai (China) and Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, SMIT Center, Chalmers University of Technology, 412-96 Goeteborg (Sweden)]. E-mail: peng.sun@mc2.chalmers.se; Andersson, Cristina [Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, SMIT Center, Chalmers University of Technology, 412-96 Goeteborg (Sweden); Wei Xicheng [Key State Lab for New Displays and System Integration (Chinese Ministry of Education), SMIT Center, Shanghai University, 200072 Shanghai (China); Cheng Zhaonian [Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, SMIT Center, Chalmers University of Technology, 412-96 Goeteborg (Sweden); Shangguan Dongkai [Flextronics International, San Jose, CA (United States); Liu Johan [Key State Lab for New Displays and System Integration (Chinese Ministry of Education), SMIT Center, Shanghai University, 200072 Shanghai (China); Department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, SMIT Center, Chalmers University of Technology, 412-96 Goeteborg (Sweden)

    2006-11-25

    The interfacial reactions between Sn-0.4Co-0.7Cu eutectic alloy and immersion Au/electroless Ni(P)/Cu substrate were investigated after reflow soldering at 260 deg. C for 2 min. Common Sn-4.0Ag-0.5Cu and eutectic Sn-0.7Cu solders were used as reference. Two types of intermetallic compounds (IMC) were found in the solder matrix of the Sn-0.4Co-0.7Cu alloy, namely coarser CoSn{sub 2} and finer Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} particles, while only one ternary (Cu, Ni){sub 6}Sn{sub 5} interfacial compound was detected between the solder alloy and the electroless nickel and immersion gold (ENIG) coated substrate. The same trend was also observed for the Sn-Ag-Cu and Sn-Cu solder joints. Compared with the CoSn{sub 2} particles found in the Sn-Co-Cu solder and the Ag{sub 3}Sn particles found in the Sn-Ag-Cu solder, the Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} particles found in both solder systems exhibited finer structure and more uniform distribution. It was noted that the thickness of the interfacial IMCs for the Sn-Co-Cu, Sn-Ag-Cu and Sn-Cu alloys was 3.5 {mu}m, 4.3 {mu}m and 4.1 {mu}m, respectively, as a result of longer reflow time above the alloy's melting temperature since the Sn-Ag-Cu solder alloy has the lowest melting point.

  12. Intermetallic compounds of the heaviest elements and their homologs: The electronic structure and bonding of MM', where M =Ge, Sn, Pb, and element 114, and M'=Ni, Pd, Pt, Cu, Ag, Au, Sn, Pb, and element 114

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    Pershina, V.; Anton, J.; Fricke, B.

    2007-10-01

    Fully relativistic (four-component) density-functional theory calculations were performed for intermetallic dimers MM', where M =Ge, Sn, Pb, and element 114, and M'=group 10 elements (Ni, Pd, and Pt) and group 11 elements (Cu, Ag, and Au). PbM and 114M, where M are group 14 elements, were also considered. The results have shown that trends in spectroscopic properties—atomization energies De, vibrational frequencies ωe, and bond lengths Re, as a function of M', are similar for compounds of Ge, Sn, Pb, and element 114, except for De of PbNi and 114Ni. They were shown to be determined by trends in the energies and space distribution of the valence ns(M ') atomic orbitals (AOs). According to the results, element 114 should form the weakest bonding with Ni and Ag, while the strongest with Pt due to the largest involvement of the 5d(Pt) AOs. In turn, trends in the spectroscopic properties of MM' as a function of M were shown to be determined by the behavior of the np1/2(M ) AOs. Overall, De of the element 114 dimers are about 1eV smaller and Re are about 0.2a.u. larger than those of the corresponding Pb compounds. Such a decrease in bonding of the element 114 dimers is caused by the large SO splitting of the 7p orbitals and a decreasing contribution of the relativistically stabilized 7p1/2(114) AO. On the basis of the calculated De for the dimers, adsorption enthalpies of element 114 on the corresponding metal surfaces were estimated: They were shown to be about 100-150kJ/mol smaller than those of Pb.

  13. Phase transformations in intermetallic phases in zirconium alloys

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    Filippov, V. P., E-mail: vpfilippov@mephi.ru [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (Russian Federation); Kirichenko, V. G. [Kharkiv National Karazin University (Ukraine); Salomasov, V. A. [National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) (Russian Federation); Khasanov, A. M. [University of North Carolina – Asheville, Chemistry Department (United States)

    2017-11-15

    Phase change was analyzed in intermetallic compounds of zirconium alloys (Zr – 1.03 at.% Fe; Zr – 0.51 at.% Fe; Zr – 0.51 at.% Fe – M(M = Nb, Sn). Mössbauer spectroscopy on {sup 57}Fe nuclei in backscattering geometry with the registration of the internal conversion electrons and XRD were used. Four types of iron bearing intermetallic compounds with Nb were detected. A relationship was found between the growth process of intermetallic inclusions and segregation of these phases. The growth kinetics of inclusions possibly is not controlled by bulk diffusion, and a lower value of the iron atom’s activation energy of migration can be attributed to the existence of enhanced diffusion paths and interface boundaries.

  14. Comets and the formation of biochemical compounds on the primitive Earth--a review.

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    Oró, J; Mills, T; Lazcano, A

    1992-01-01

    Thirty years ago it was suggested that comets impacting on the primitive Earth may have represented a significant source of terrestrial volatiles, including some important precursors for prebiotic synthesis (Oró, 1961, Nature 190: 389). This possibility is strongly supported not only by models of the collisional history of the early Earth, but also by astronomical evidence that suggests that frequent collisions of comet-like bodies from the circumstellar disk around the star beta Pictoris are taking place. Although a significant fraction of the complex organic compounds that appear to be present in cometary nuclei were probably destroyed during impact, it is argued that cometary collisions with the primitive Earth represented an important source of both free-energy and volatiles, and may have created transient, gaseous environments in which prebiotic synthesis may have taken place.

  15. Comets and the formation of biochemical compounds on the primitive earth - A review

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    Oro, J.; Mills, T.; Lazcano, A.

    1992-01-01

    Thirty years ago it was suggested that comets impacting on the primitive earth may have represented a significant source of terrestrial volatiles, including some important precursors for prebiotic synthesis (Oro, 1961). This possibility is strongly supported not only by models of the collisional history of the early earth, but also by astronomical evidence that suggests that frequent collisions of cometlike bodies from the circumstellar disk around the star Beta Pictoris are taking place. Although a significant fraction of the complex organic compounds that appear to be present in cometary nuclei were probably destroyed during impact, it is argued that cometary collisions with the primitive earth represented an important source of both free-energy and volatiles, and may have created transient, gaseous environments in which prebiotic synthesis may have taken place.

  16. Robust flat bands in RCo5 (R=rare earth) compounds

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    The mechanism to realize the peculiar flat bands generally existing in RCo5 (R=rare earth) compounds is clarified by analyzing the first-principles band structures and the tight-binding model. These flat bands are constructed from the localized eigenstates, the existence of which is guaranteed by the partial cancelation between the intersite hopping amplitudes among the Co-3d states at the Kagome sites and those between the Kagome and honeycomb sites. Their relative positions to other bands c...

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Layered Compound Zirconium Bis(monohydrogenphosphate) Intercalated with Rare Earth Complex

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    2000-01-01

    Layered compound zirconium bis(monohydrogenphosphate)(α -ZrP) intercalated with rare earth complex Eu(DBM)3phen was prepared. The pre-intercalation of p-methoxyaniline into α -ZrP makes the interlayer separation large enough to exchange PMA with europium complex, thus, the luminescent assembly was prepared. This was confirmed by X-ray diffraction, UV-visible spectra and elemental analysis. The fluorescence spectra and lifetime of the assembly were also presented.

  18. Magnetic phase transitions and magnetocaloric effect in layered intermetallic La0.75Sm0.25Mn2Si2 compound

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    Mushnikov, N. V.; Gerasimov, E. G.; Terentev, P. B.; Gaviko, V. S.; Yazovskikh, K. A.; Aliev, A. M.

    2017-10-01

    Magnetic and magnetothermal properties have been studied for the La0.75Sm0.25Mn2Si2 compound which has the spontaneous first-order antiferromagnetic to ferromagnetic (AF-F) transition at a temperature of 160 K. The transition is accompanied by the anisotropic lattice distortion. Isothermal entropy change has been estimated for different magnetic states using the heat capacity and magnetization data. Direct measurements of the adiabatic temperature change have been performed in the fields applied both along the easy c-axis and in the basal plane of a quasi-single crystal. Near the transition temperature, the AF-F transition can be realized in low magnetic fields, which makes such compounds attractive for magnetoelastic and magnetothermal applications.

  19. Investigation of Preheat Temprature Effect on the Sturcture of Functionally Graded Ni3Al/NiAl/NiTi Intermetallic Compound

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    Musa Kılıç

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available In this study, a functional graded material (FGM consisted of NiTi NiAl and Ni3Al were manufactured by self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS technique. These three different compound powders were mixed in a rotating container after accurately weighed and cold compacted under 200 MPa pressure. These pressed samples were produced for 200, 300 and 400 ° C preheating temperature by igniting with high voltage under argon gas atmosphere. The microstructures of these functional graded materials were examined by microscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD. Consequently, functional graded material successful generated by SHS in every three preheating temperature and the metallic desired compounds were obtained but, it was seen that apart from the main phases in the intersection there are other phases with more melting and gaps.

  20. Structural and magnetic properties of UFe{sub x}M{sub 12-x} (M=Al, Mo and Si) intermetallic compounds

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    Goncalves, A.P. [Departamento de Quimica, ICEN-INETI, P-2686, Sacavem Codex (Portugal); Bonfait, G. [Departamento de Quimica, ICEN-INETI, P-2686, Sacavem Codex (Portugal); Almeida, M. [Departamento de Quimica, ICEN-INETI, P-2686, Sacavem Codex (Portugal); Estrela, P. [Departamento de Fisica, Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, P-1700 (Portugal); Godinho, M. [Departamento de Fisica, Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa, P-1700 (Portugal); Spirlet, J.C. [European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Transuranium Elements, Postfach 2340, D-76125, Karlsruhe (Germany)

    1995-02-09

    The U-Fe-M, M=Al, Mo and Si, phase diagrams around UFe{sub x}M{sub 12-x} compositions were investigated in order to find congruent melting compounds with ThMn{sub 12}-type structure. This structure was confirmed in all cases by single crystal X-ray diffraction and lattice parameters and occupation factors were calculated. Magnetisation measurements performed on single crystals and polycrystalline samples are reported. ((orig.)).

  1. Influence of bismuth on magnetism and magnetocaloric properties of LaFe11.6Si1.4 intermetallic compound

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    A Boutahar; K Zehani; L Bessais; H Lassri; EK Hlil

    2015-01-01

    Crystal structure, magnetic properties and magnetocaloric effects (MCE) of La1–xBixFe11.4Si1.6(x=0.0 and 0.1) compounds were investigated by X-ray diffraction and magnetization measurements. The La1–xBixFe11.4Si1.6compounds presented a cubic NaZn13 type structure. First, the magnetization behavior and the magnetic transition were analyzed in terms of Landau theory. Then, Bi sub-stitution for La in La1–xBixFe11.4Si1.6compounds led to a decrease in magnetic entropy change (maxM−ΔS) but an increase in Curie tem-perature (TC) significantly. The significant increase ofTC by Bi substitution from 202.5 to 256 K forx=0.0 andx=0.1 respectively was attributed to an increase in the Fe-Fe exchange interactions. Moreover, magnetocaloric effect was calculated in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change. The maximum values of (maxM−ΔS) of La1–xBixFe11.4Si1.6forx=0.0 and 0.1 compounds were found to be, re-spectively, 22.56 and 4.36 J/(kg·K) under an applied magnetic field change of 5 T. For the same applied magnetic field (µ0H=5 T), the relative cooling power (RCP) values were found to vary between 487 and 296 J/kg.

  2. The magnetic properties of the quaternary intermetallic GdNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and GdNiBC compounds

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    El Massalami, M.; Giordanengo, B.; Mondragon, J.; Baggio-Saitovitch, E.M.; Takeuchi, A.; Voiron, J.; Sulpice, A. [CBPF, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)

    1995-12-11

    The magnetic features of GdNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C (14/mmm, a = 3.578 A, c = 10.361 A) and GdNiBC (P4/nmm, a = 3.631 A, c = 7.546 A) have been studied for 1.2 K < T < 300 K and in fields up to 140 kOe. In both types of compound, the spherical {sup 8}S State of the Gd{sup 3+} ion can be unambiguously observed in the features of the paramagnetic state as well as the low-T field-induced ferromagnetic state. The observed Neel points for GdNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C and GdNiBC are, respectively, 19.5(5) K and 14.3(5) K, and their magnetic structures at T=0 are presumably the collinear Neel-type structures. The saturating field in GdNi{sub 2}B{sub 2}C (H {>=} 125 kOe at 1.7 K) is approximately three times that of GdNiBC implying that the average interlayer interactions in the former are much stronger than in the latter. The overall magnetic features of both compounds are interpreted in terms of the picture that assumes the Gd moments to have strong ferromagnetic intralayer couplings and averaged antiferromagnetic interlayer interactions. (authors)

  3. Origin of organic compounds on the primitive earth and in meteorites

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    Miller, S. L.; Urey, H. C.; Oro, J.

    1976-01-01

    The paper examines the role and relative contributions of different forms of energy to the synthesis of amino acids and other organic compounds on the primitive earth and in the solar nebula. Attention is directed mainly to the activation steps and formation of reactive intermediate compounds. Electric discharges appear to be not only the most efficient energy for amino acid synthesis but also yield a mixture of amino acids that is qualitatively and quantitatively the same as that found in the Murchison carbonaceous chondrite. Ultraviolet light is likely to have played a major role in prebiotic synthesis. The reaction of CO plus H2 plus NH3 on the surface of a Fischer-Tropsch catalyst produces reactive intermediates which lead to amino acids and other organic compounds in a much less efficient way than electric discharges.

  4. The influence of the zinc content on the lattice constants and structure of the intermetallic compound Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5}

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    Koester, M. [Inst. fuer Umformtechnik der mittelstaendischen Wirtschaft GmbH, Luedenscheid (Germany). IFU; Schuhmacher, B.; Sommer, D. [DOC Dortmunder Oberflaechencentrum GmbH, Dortmund (Germany)

    2001-09-01

    Ternary phases of the compounds Fe{sub 4}Al{sub 10}Zn or Fe{sub 4}Al{sub 9}Zn{sub 2} crystalline from zinc melts containing aluminium on a short-term reaction with iron. Their crystal structures are isomorphic to Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5} (orthorhombic, space group: CmCm). For Fe{sub 4}Al{sub 10}Zn a = 764.14 pm, b = 642.76 pm, c = 421.87 pm and for Fe{sub 4}Al{sub 9}Zn{sub 2} a = 762.23 pm, b = 646.25 pm, c = 423.00 pm were determined as lattice constants. Essential influencing variables for the selection of the phases that form are the aluminium concentration of the zinc melts and the temperature at the interface iron/zinc. (orig.)

  5. First-principles point defect models in Zr7Ni10 and Zr2Ni7 binary intermetallic compounds and their implications in nickel-metal hydride batteries

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    Wong, Diana F.

    Zr-Ni-based alloys as nickel-metal hydride battery anode materials offer low-cost, flexible and tunable battery performance. Zr7Ni 10 is an important secondary phase found in multi-phased AB2 Laves-phase-based metal hydride alloys, and the synergetic effect between the Zr-Ni and the Laves phases allows access to the high hydrogen storage of the Zr-Ni phases despite the lower absorption/desorption kinetics. Zr7Ni10 displays a small solubility window for Zr-rich compositions, while Zr2Ni7, with no solubility window, shows poor capacity with good kinetics. Stability of point defects within the crystal structure allows Zr7Ni10 to maintain the same structure at off-stoichiometric compositions, thus it is theorized that defects may play a role in the difference between the electrochemical behaviors in Zr7Ni10 and Zr2Ni7. Defect models in Zr7Ni10 and Zr2Ni7 compounds computed using a combination of density functional theory and statistical mechanics offer a starting point for understanding the possible roles that point defects have on the performance of Zr-Ni based active negative electrode materials in Ni/MH batteries. Theoretical vacancy and anti-site defect formation energies are calculated and reported for Zr-rich, Ni-rich, and stoichiometric compounds of Zr7Ni 10 and Zr2Ni7, and the implications of the defect models on nickel-metal hydride negative electrode active material design and performance are discussed.

  6. Ab initio study of the compound-energy modeling of multisublattice structures: The (hP6) Ni{sub 2}In-type intermetallics of the Ni–In–Sn system

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    Ramos de Debiaggi, S., E-mail: susana.ramos@fain.uncoma.edu.ar [Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, 8300 Neuquén (Argentina); Instituto de Investigación y Desarrollo en Ingeniería de Procesos, Biotecnología y Energías Alternativas – CONICET-UNCo (Argentina); González Lemus, N.V. [Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Buenos Aires 1400, 8300 Neuquén (Argentina); Deluque Toro, C. [Grupo de Nuevos Materiales, Universidad de la Guajira, Riohacha (Colombia); Fernández Guillermet, A. [CONICET - Instituto Balseiro, Centro Atómico Bariloche, Avda. Bustillo 9500, 8400 Bariloche (Argentina)

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • A DFT study of the compounds involved in CALPHAD modeling of the Ni–In–Sn (hP6) phase. • Several three-sublattice compounds of Ni, In, Sn and vacancies are studied ab initio. • Structural, cohesive and thermodynamic properties and the electronic DOS are reported. • Trends in calculated properties are correlated with changes in electronic structure. • A picture of the chemical bonding trends for these s-p/d type compounds is discussed. - Abstract: The thermodynamic modeling of non-stoichiometric, multisublattice intermetallic phases using the Compound-Energy Formalism (CEF) involves the determination of parameters representing the Gibbs energy (G{sub m}) of binary compounds, the so-called “end-member compounds” (EMCs), which are often metastable or hypothetical. In current CALPHAD (i.e., “Calculation of Phase Diagrams”) work, these quantities are treated as free parameters to be determined by searching for the best fit to the available information in the optimization procedure. The general purpose of this paper is to propose a theoretical approach to the study of the EMCs which makes use of density-functional-theory (DFT) ab initio calculations. The present method is applied to the EMCs involved in the CEF modeling of the non-stoichiometric (hP6) Ni{sub 2}In-structure type phase of the Ni–In and Ni–In–Sn systems using the three-sublattice models (Ni){sub 1}(Ni,Va){sub 1}(In,Ni){sub 1} and (Ni,Va){sub 1}(Ni,Va){sub 1}(In,Ni,Sn){sub 1}, respectively. By means of systematic ab initio projected augmented waves (PAW) calculations using the VASP code we study the EMCs involved in the CEF formulations of the G{sub m} for this phase in the binary and the ternary systems. Specifically, we study the twelve EMCs corresponding to the following sublattice occupations: (Ni){sub 1}(Ni){sub 1}(In){sub 1}, which is usually described as Ni:Ni:In (i.e., a compound with formula “Ni{sub 2}In”), Ni:Ni:Ni (i.e., “Ni{sub 3}”), Ni:Ni:Sn (

  7. Determination of the intersublattice exchange interactions in GdCo12-xFexB6 (x = 0-3) intermetallic compounds by high field magnetization measurements

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    Diop, L. V. B.; Isnard, O.; Skourski, Y.; Ballon, G.

    2013-05-01

    High field magnetization measurements up to 60 T on free powder samples from GdCo12-xFexB6 (x = 0-3) compounds are reported. The data were used to evaluate the microscopic exchange interaction integral, JGd-3d, between Gd and 3d (Co,Fe) spins. The systems are ferrimagnets; they order magnetically between TC = 95 K for x = 3 and TC = 165 K for x = 0. The low temperature magnetization curves as well as the temperature dependence of intrinsic magnetic parameters are determined by magnetic measurements in pulsed magnetic field. The average magnetic moment ⟨μCo+Fe⟩ per mean transition metal atom (Co + Fe) is small and increases with increasing Fe concentration from 0.44 μΒ for x = 0 to 0.51 μΒ for x = 3 at T = 4 K. From high field magnetization curves, a value of JGd-3d/kB = -4.65 K is derived for x = 0, whereas mean field approximation yields a much larger 3d-3d exchange integral of JCo-Co/kB = 105 K. The obtained results reveal an increase of -JGd-3d/kB with Fe concentration. For x = 0.5, the intersublattice coefficient nGd-3d is found to keep an almost constant value of 5.87 ± 0.13 T*f.u.*μB-1 whatever the temperature in the 2 to 60 K range.

  8. Magnetic structures of R(Cu, Ni)2 compounds (R = heavy rare earth) studied by neutron diffraction

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    Smetana, Z.; Šíma, V.

    1985-11-01

    Magnetics structures of powdered orthorhombic R(Cu, Ni)2 compounds (R = heavy rare earth) determined by neutron diffraction are described. The influence of magnetocrystalline anisotropy and exchange interactions on the type of magnetic ordering is discussed.

  9. High temperature and pressure effects on the elastic properties of B2 intermetallics AgRE

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    Liu Lili; Wu Xiaozhi; Li Weiguo; Wang Rui; Liu Qing

    2015-01-01

    The high temperature and pressure effects on the elastic properties of the AgRE (RE=Sc, Tm, Er, Dy, Tb) intermetallic compounds with B2 structure have been performed from first principle calculations. For the temperature range 0-1000 K, the second order elastic constants for all the AgRE intermetallic compounds follow a normal behavior: they decrease with increasing temperature. The pressure dependence of the second order elastic constants has been investigated on the ...

  10. Quaternary borocarbides: New class of intermetallic superconductors

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    Nagarajan, R.; Gupta, L. C.; Dhar, S. K.; Mazumdar, Chandan; Hossain, Zakir; Godart, C.; Levy-Clement, C.; Padalia, B. D.; Vijayaraghavan, R.

    1995-01-01

    Our recent discovery of superconductivity (SC) in the four-element multiphase Y-Ni-B-C system at an elevated temperature (TC approximately 12 K) has opened up great possibilities of identifying new superconducting materials and generating new physics. Superconductivity with Tc (greater than 20 K) higher than that known so far in bulk intermetallics has been observed in multiphase Y-Pd-B-C and Th-Pd-B-C systems and a family of single phase materials RENi2B2C (RE= Y, rare earth) have been found. Our investigations show YNi2B2C to be a strong coupling hard type-II SC. HC2(T) exhibits an unconventional temperature dependence. Specific heat and magnetization studies reveal coexistence of SC and magnetism in RNi2B2C (R = Ho, Er, Tm) with magnetic ordering temperatures (Tc approximately 8 K, 10.5 K, 11 K and Tm approximately 5 K, approximately 7K, approximately 4 K respectively) that are remarkably higher than those in known magnetic superconductors . Mu-SR studies suggest the possibility of Ni atoms carrying a moment in TmNi2B2C. Resistivity results suggests a double re-entrant transition (SC-normal-SC) in HoNi2B2C. RENi2B2C (RE = Ce, Nd, Gd) do not show SC down to 4.2 K. The Nd- and Gd-compounds order magnetically at approximately 4.5 K and approximately 19.5 K, respectively. Two SC transitions are observed in Y-Pd-B-C (Tc approximately 22 K, approximately 10 K) and in Th-Pd-B-C (Tc approximately 20 K, approximately 14 K) systems, which indicate that there are at least two structures which support SC in these borocarbides. In our multiphase ThNi2B2C we observe SC at approximately 6 K. No SC was seen in multiphase UNi2B2C, UPd2B2C, UOs2Ge2C and UPd5B3C(0.35) down to 4.2 K. Tc in YNi2B2C is depressed by substitutions (Gd, Th and U at Y-sites and Fe, Co at Ni-sites).

  11. Magnetism of Rare-Earth Compounds with Non-Magnetic Crystal-Field Ground Levels

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    LIU Zhao-Sen

    2007-01-01

    @@ Among rare-earth compounds, there are many materials having non-magnetic crystal-field (CF) ground levels.To understand their magnetic behaviour at low temperatures, we study the effects of the CF levels and the Heisenberg-like coupling on the magnetic process of such a crystalline with mean-field and CF theory. It is found that the material can be magnetically ordered if the Heisenberg exchange is sufficiently strong. Additionally we obtain a condition for initial magnetic ordering, and derive a formula for estimating the Curie temperature if the ordering occurs.

  12. Robust flat bands in R Co5 (R = rare earth) compounds

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    Ochi, Masayuki; Arita, Ryotaro; Matsumoto, Munehisa; Kino, Hiori; Miyake, Takashi

    2015-04-01

    The mechanism to realize the peculiar flat bands generally existing in R Co5 (R = rare earth) compounds is clarified by analyzing the first-principles band structures and the tight-binding model. These flat bands are constructed from the localized eigenstates, the existence of which is guaranteed by the destructive interference of the intersite hopping among the Co -3 d states at the kagome sites and those between the kagome and honeycomb sites. Their relative positions to other bands can be controlled by varying the lattice parameters keeping their dispersion almost flat, which suggests the possibility of flat-band engineering.

  13. Anisotropic magnetic exchange in orthorhombic RCu{sub 2} compounds (R=rare earth)

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    Rotter, M. [Technische Univ., Vienna (Austria). Inst. fuer Experimentalphysik; Loewenhaupt, M. [Institut fuer Angewandte Physik, Technische Universitaet Dresden, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Kramp, S. [Institut fuer Angewandte Physik, Technische Universitaet Dresden, 01062 Dresden (Germany); Institut Laue Langevin, BP 156 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Reif, T. [Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Forschungszentrum Juelich, 52425 Juelich (Germany); Pyka, N.M. [TU Muenchen, Zentrale Betriebseinheit FRM - II, 85747 Garching (Germany); Schmidt, W. [Institut Laue Langevin, BP 156 38042 Grenoble Cedex 9 (France); Kamp, R. van de [Hahn Meitner Institut, 14109 Berlin (Germany)

    2000-03-01

    The magnetic excitations in the field induced ferromagnetic phase F3 of a NdCu{sub 2} single crystal were investigated by means of inelastic neutron scattering experiments. A mean field model using the random phase approximation in connection with anisotropic magnetic bilinear R-R (R denotes a rare earth) exchange interactions is proposed to account for the observed dispersion. The relevance of this model to the analysis of the magnetic ordering process in other RCu{sub 2} compounds is discussed. (orig.)

  14. Magnetic hyperfine interactions on Cd sites of the rare-earth cadmium compounds R Cd (R =Ce , Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er)

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    Cavalcante, F. H. M.; Leite Neto, O. F. L. S.; Saitovitch, H.; Cavalcante, J. T. P. D.; Carbonari, A. W.; Saxena, R. N.; Bosch-Santos, B.; Pereira, L. F. D.; Mestnik-Filho, J.; Forker, M.

    2016-08-01

    This paper reports the investigation of the magnetic hyperfine field Bh f in a series of rare-earth (R ) cadmium intermetallic compounds R Cd and GdCd2 measured by perturbed angular correlation (PAC) spectroscopy using 111In/111Cd as probe nuclei at Cd sites as well as first-principles calculations of Bh f at Cd sites in the studied compounds. Vapor-solid state reaction of R metals with Cd vapor and the 111In radioisotope was found to be an appropriate route of doping rare-earth cadmium compounds with the PAC probe 111In/111Cd. The observation that the hyperfine parameters depend on details of the sample preparation provides information on the phase preference of diffusing 111In in the rare-earth cadmium phase system. The 111Cd hyperfine field has been determined in the compounds R Cd for the R constituents Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, and Er, in several cases as a function of temperature. For most R constituents, the temperature dependence Bh f(T ) of 111Cd:R Cd is consistent with ferromagnetic order of the compound. DyCd, however, presents a remarkable anomaly: a finite magnetic hyperfine field is observed only in the temperature interval 35 K ≤ T ≤ 80 K which indicates a transition from ferromagnetic order to a spin arrangement where all 4 f -induced contributions to the magnetic hyperfine field at the Cd site cancel. First-principles calculation results for DyCd show that the (π , π , 0) antiferromagnetic configuration is energetically more favorable than the ferromagnetic. The approach used in the calculations to simulate the R Cd system successfully reproduces the experimental values of Bh f at Cd sites and shows that the main contribution to Bh f comes from the valence electron polarization. The de Gennes plot of the hyperfine field Bh f of 111Cd:R Cd vs the 4 f -spin projection (g -1 )J reflects a decrease of the strength of indirect 4 f -4 f exchange across the R series. Possible mechanisms are discussed and the experimental results indicate that

  15. Studies of hydrogen absorption and desorption processes in advanced intermetallic hydrides

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    Sato, Masashi

    2005-07-01

    This work is a part of the research program performed in the Department of Energy Systems, Institute for Energy Technology (Kjeller, Norway), which is focused on the development of the advanced hydrogen storage materials. The activities are aimed on studies of the mechanisms of hydrogen interactions with intermetallic alloys with focus on establishing an interrelation between the crystal structure, thermodynamics and kinetics of the processes in the metal-hydrogen systems, on the one hand, and hydrogen storage properties (capacity, rates of desorption, hysteresis). Many of the materials under investigation have potential to be applied in applications, whereas some already have been commercialised in the world market. A number of metals take up considerable amounts of hydrogen and form chemical compounds with H, metal hydrides. Unfortunately, binary hydrides are either very stable (e.g. for the rare earth metals [RE], Zr, Ti, Mg: metal R) or are formed at very high applied pressures of hydrogen gas (e.g. for the transition metals, Ni, Co, Fe, etc.: Metal T). However, hydrogenation process becomes easily reversible at very convenient from practical point of view conditions, around room temperature and at H2 pressures below 1 MPa for the two-component intermetallic alloys R{sub x}T{sub y}. This raised and maintains further interest to the intermetallic hydrides as solid H storage materials. Materials science research of this thesis is focused on studies of the reasons staying behind the beneficial effect of two non-transition elements M(i.e., In and Sn) contributing to the formation of the ternary intermetallic alloys R{sub x}T{sub y}M{sub 2}., on the hydrogen storage behaviours. Particular focus is on two aspects where the remarkable improvement of ordinary metal hydrides is achieved via introduction of In and Sn: a) Increase of the volume density of stored hydrogen in solid materials to the record high level. b) Improvement of the kinetics of hydrogen charge and

  16. Environmental embrittlement of intermetallics

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    2001-01-01

    The effect of alloying elements on the environmental embrittlement of L12 type intermetallics is sum marized. The results show that the ductilizing effect of boron doping in Ni3A1 is mainly to suppress the moisture-induced environmental embrittlement. The mechanism of this suppression effect is proved to lie in the fact that it severely reduces the hydrogen diffusivity along the grain boundaries. However, the boron doping in Co3Ti alloys does not have the same effect of suppressing the environmental embrittlement. The different behavior of boron doping in Ni3A1 and Co3Ti may be attributed to its different segregation behavior on the grain boundaries. Boron in Co3Ti does not segregate on the grain boundaries and cannot effectively reduce the hydrogen diffusivity along the grain boundaries. The moisture-induced envi ronmental embrittlement of Co3Ti alloy can be completely suppressed by the addition of Fe. As proved by Auger, this suppression effect is due to its obvious reduction of the surface kinetic reaction with water vapor.

  17. Analytical results for crystalline electric field eigenvalues of trivalent rare-earth ions using computer algebra: application to the magnetism of PrX2 ( X = Mg, Al, Ru, Rh, Pt)

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    Sobral, R. R.; Guimarães, A. P.; da Silva, X. A.

    1994-10-01

    The eigenvalues of the Crystalline Electric Field (CEF) Hamiltonian with cubic symmetry are analytically obtained for trivalent rare-earth ions of ground state J= {5}/{2}, {7}/{2}, 4, {9}/{2}, 6, {15}/{2} and 8, via a Computer Algebra approach. In the presence of both CEF and an effective exchange field, Computer Algebra still allows a partial factorization of the characteristic polynomial equation associated to the total Hamiltonian, a result of interest to the study of the magnetic behavior of rare-earth intermetallics. An application to the PrX2 intermetallic compounds ( X = Mg, Al, Ru, Rh, Pt) is reported.

  18. Synchrotron Diffraction Studies of Spontaneous Magnetostriction in Rare Earth Transition Metal Compounds

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    Yang, Ning [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2004-12-19

    Thermal expansion anomalies of R2Fe14B and R2Fe17Cx (x = 0,2) (R = Y, Nd, Gd, Tb, Er) stoichiometric compounds are studied with high-energy synchrotron X-ray powder diffraction using Debye-Schemer geometry in temperature range 10K to 1000K. Large spontaneous magnetostriction up to their Curie temperatures (Tc) is observed. The a-axes show relatively larger invar effects than c-axes in the R2Fe14B compounds whereas the R2Fe17Cx show the contrary anisotropies. The iron sub-lattice is shown to dominate the spontaneous magnetostriction of the compounds. The contribution of the rare earth sublattice is roughly proportional to the spin magnetic moment of the rare earth in the R2Fe14B compounds but in R2Fe17Cx, the rare earth sub-lattice contribution appears more likely to be dominated by the local bonding. The calculation of spontaneous magnetostrain of bonds shows that the bonds associated with Fe(j2) sites in R2Fe14B and the dumbbell sites in R2Fe17Cx have larger values, which is strongly related to their largest magnetic moment and Wigner-Seitz atomic cell volume. The roles of the carbon atoms in increasing the Curie temperatures of the R2Fe17 compounds are attributed to the increased separation of Fe hexagons. The R2Fe17 and R2Fe14B phases with magnetic rare earth ions also show anisotropies of thermal expansion above c. For R2Fe17 and R2Fe14B the a a/a c > 1 whereas the anisotropy is reversed with the interstitial carbon in R2Fe17. The average bond magnetostrain is shown to be a possible predictor of the magnetic moment of Fe sites in the compounds. Both of the theoretical and

  19. Solute-solute interactions in intermetallic compounds

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    Banerjee, Debashis; Murray, Ryan; Collins, Gary S., E-mail: collins@wsu.edu [Washington State University, Department of Physics and Astronomy (United States); Zacate, Matthew O. [Northern Kentucky University, Department of Physics and Geology (United States)

    2017-11-15

    Experiments were carried out on highly ordered GdAl{sub 2} samples containing extremely dilute mole fractions of{sup 111}In/Cd probe-atom solutes (about 10{sup −11}), intrinsic antisite atoms Al{sub Gd} having mole fractions of order 0-10{sup −2}, and doped with Ag solutes at mole fractions of order 10{sup −2}. Three types of defect interactions were investigated. (1) Quadrupole interactions caused by Ag-solute atoms neighboring{sup 111}In/Cd solute probe atoms were detected using the method of perturbed angular correlation of gamma rays (PAC). Three complexes of pairs of In-probes and Ag-solutes occupying neighboring positions on Gd- and Al-sublattices were identified by comparing site fractions in Gd-poor and Gd-rich GdAl{sub 2}(Ag) samples and from the symmetry of the quadrupole interactions. Interaction enthalpies between solute-atom pairs were determined from temperature dependences of observed site fractions. Repulsive interactions were observed for close-neighbor complexes In{sub Gd}+Ag{sub Gd} and In{sub Gd}+Ag{sub Al} pairs, whereas a slightly attractive interaction was observed for In{sub Al}+Ag{sub Al}. Interaction enthalpies were all small, in the range ±0.15 eV. (2) Quadrupole interactions caused by intrinsic antisite atoms Al{sub Gd} neighboring In{sub Gd} probes were also detected and site fractions measured as a function of temperature, as in previous work on samples not doped with Ag-solutes [Temperature- and composition-driven changes in site occupation of solutes in Gd{sub 1+3x}Al{sub 2−3x}, Zacate and Collins (Phys. Rev. B69, 174202 (1))]. However, the effective binding enthalpy between In{sub Gd} probe and Al{sub Gd} antisite was found to change sign from -0.12 eV (attractive interaction) in undoped samples to + 0.24 eV (repulsive) in Ag-doped samples. This may be attributed to an attractive interaction between Al{sub Gd} antisite atoms and Ag-dopants that competes with the attractive interaction between In{sub Gd} and Al{sub Gd} defects observed in undoped samples. Alternatively, it may be attributed to competing flows of Ag and Al atoms that, in effect, change the numbers of available sites on the two sublattices (termed degeneracies). (3) The site preference of In-probes to occupy Gd- and Al-sublattices, without nearby defects, in Ag-doped samples was measured. Effective transfer enthalpies between the two sublattices were found in doped samples that were much smaller than the value 0.343(3) eV found in the previous study in undoped GdAl{sub 2}. Two approaches to understanding why the measured enthalpies in doped and undoped samples differ are discussed.

  20. Multi-component intermetallic electrodes for lithium batteries

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    Thackeray, Michael M; Trahey, Lynn; Vaughey, John T

    2015-03-10

    Multi-component intermetallic negative electrodes prepared by electrochemical deposition for non-aqueous lithium cells and batteries are disclosed. More specifically, the invention relates to composite intermetallic electrodes comprising two or more compounds containing metallic or metaloid elements, at least one element of which can react with lithium to form binary, ternary, quaternary or higher order compounds, these compounds being in combination with one or more other metals that are essentially inactive toward lithium and act predominantly, but not necessarily exclusively, to the electronic conductivity of, and as current collection agent for, the electrode. The invention relates more specifically to negative electrode materials that provide an operating potential between 0.05 and 2.0 V vs. metallic lithium.

  1. Moessbauer spectroscopy of actinide intermetallics

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    Kalvius, G.M.; Potzel, W.; Moser, J.; Litterst, F.J.; Asch, L.; Zaenkert, J.; Potzel, U.; Kratzer, A.; Wunsch, M. (Technische Univ. Muenchen, Garching (Germany, F.R.). Fakultaet fuer Physik); Gal, J.

    1985-04-01

    Due to their wider radical extent the 5f electrons may form bands of different width and hybridization in metallic compounds of the light actinides. This leads to a broad spectrum of magnetic properties ranging from the localized magnetism of the lanthanides to the itinerant electron magnetism often found in transition metal compounds. Also, the influence of the crystalline electric field tends to be more pronounced than in rare earth compounds, but is usually not as dominant as in the 3d series. Magnetic structures and the question of 5f electron delocalization will be reviewed with respect to actinide Moessbauer data and new results will be presented. In particular the influence of applying external pressure will be discussed.

  2. Mossbauer spectroscopy of actinide intermetallics

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    Kalvius, G.M.; Potzel, W.; Moser, J.; Litterst, F.J.; Asch, L.; Zankert, J.; Potzel, U.; Kratzer, A.; Wunsch, M.; Gal, J.

    1984-09-01

    Due to their wider radial extend the 5f electrons may form bands of different width and hybridization in metallic compounds of the light actinides. This leads to a broad spectrum of magnetic properties ranging from the localized magnetism of the lanthanides to the itinerant electron magnetism often found in transition metal compounds. Also, the influence of the crystalline electric field tends to be more pronounced than in rare earth compounds, but is usually not as dominant as in the 3d series. Magnetic structures and the question of 5f electron delocalization are reviewed with respet to actinide Moessbauer data and new results are presented. In particular the influence of applying external pressure is discussed. 60 references, 24 figures.

  3. Capacity of Aromatic Compound Degradation by Bacteria from Amazon Dark Earth

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    Fernanda Mancini Nakamura

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Amazon dark earth (ADE is known for its high organic matter content, biochar concentration and microbial diversity. The biochar amount suggests the existence of microorganisms capable of degrading aromatic hydrocarbons (AHs. In an effort to investigate the influence of bacteria on the resilience and fertility of these soils, we enriched five ADE soils with naphthalene and phenanthrene, and biodegradation assays with phenanthrene and diesel oil were carried out, as well. After DNA extraction, amplification and sequencing of the 16S rRNA bacterial gene, we identified 148 isolates as the Proteobacteria, Firmicutes and Actinobacteria phyla comprising genera closely related to AHs biodegradation. We obtained 128 isolates that degrade diesel oil and 115 isolates that degrade phenanthrene. Some isolates were successful in degrading both substrates within 2 h. In conclusion, the obtained isolates from ADE have degrading aromatic compound activity, and perhaps, the biochar content has a high influence on this.

  4. Structures of rare earth-transition metal rich compounds derived from CaCu5 type

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    2002-01-01

    The properties of materials have a close connect ion to their crystal structures. Rare earth (R)-transition metal (T) rich compo und are the focus of investigation in the search for new hard magnetic materials . As the basis for the study of stabilized effect of the third component on the fo rmation of RT5 derivative and its influence of the occupied sites on magnetic properties, in this paper, the possible derivative compounds based on the RT5 primitive unit cell of the CaCu5 structure type formed through the ordered or disordered substitution of dumbbell pair 2T atoms for the R atoms at some sit es, and the structural relationship between the derivatives and the prototype ar e summarized.

  5. Studies of hydrogen absorption and desorption processes in advanced intermetallic hydrides

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    Sato, Masashi

    2005-07-01

    This work is a part of the research program performed in the Department of Energy Systems, Institute for Energy Technology (Kjeller, Norway), which is focused on the development of the advanced hydrogen storage materials. The activities are aimed on studies of the mechanisms of hydrogen interactions with intermetallic alloys with focus on establishing an interrelation between the crystal structure, thermodynamics and kinetics of the processes in the metal-hydrogen systems, on the one hand, and hydrogen storage properties (capacity, rates of desorption, hysteresis). Many of the materials under investigation have potential to be applied in applications, whereas some already have been commercialised in the world market. A number of metals take up considerable amounts of hydrogen and form chemical compounds with H, metal hydrides. Unfortunately, binary hydrides are either very stable (e.g. for the rare earth metals [RE], Zr, Ti, Mg: metal R) or are formed at very high applied pressures of hydrogen gas (e.g. for the transition metals, Ni, Co, Fe, etc.: Metal T). However, hydrogenation process becomes easily reversible at very convenient from practical point of view conditions, around room temperature and at H2 pressures below 1 MPa for the two-component intermetallic alloys R{sub x}T{sub y}. This raised and maintains further interest to the intermetallic hydrides as solid H storage materials. Materials science research of this thesis is focused on studies of the reasons staying behind the beneficial effect of two non-transition elements M(i.e., In and Sn) contributing to the formation of the ternary intermetallic alloys R{sub x}T{sub y}M{sub 2}., on the hydrogen storage behaviours. Particular focus is on two aspects where the remarkable improvement of ordinary metal hydrides is achieved via introduction of In and Sn: a) Increase of the volume density of stored hydrogen in solid materials to the record high level. b) Improvement of the kinetics of hydrogen charge and

  6. Magneto-optical Kerr effect of magnetic and superconducting rare-earth compounds

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    Schoenes, J.

    1993-01-01

    Recent magneto-optical investigations of exotic rare-earth compounds, such as reduced-moment magnets and magnetic superconductors, are critically reviewed. Representatives of the first class are cerium compounds like CeSb and CeRh3B2. The former material has attracted particular theoretical attention due to its record Kerr rotation of 14°. CeRh3B2 raised the question, whether a Curie temperature of 115 K can originate from reduced Ce moments. A line shape analysis of the magneto-optical spectra shows that Ce, indeed, is responsible for the moment in CeRh3B2 and it allows to specify the nature of its ground state. Representatives of the second class are Chevrel phases containing Eu2+ ions. The characteristic magneto-optical spectrum of this ion has been identified in various Eu1-xPbxMo6S8 and Eu1-xSnxMo6S8-y Sey Chevrel phases. The temperature and field dependence of the Kerr rotation allow a study of the evolution of the spin polarization of the 4f7 state in the normal, superconducting and field-induced superconducting state.

  7. Structural and magnetic properties of some pseudo-binary and ternary compounds at high curie temperature prepared in the systems: -) rare earth (Nd, Sm) iron hydrogen, -) gadolinium iron aluminium, and -) uranium iron or cobalt silicon or germanium; Proprietes structurales et magnetiques de quelques composes pseudobinaires et ternaires ferromagnetiques a temperature de curie elevee prepares dans les systemes: -) terres rares Nd Sm fer hydrogene, -) gadolinium fer aluminium, and -) uranium fer ou cobalt silicium ou germanium

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    Berlureau, T

    1991-07-15

    This work highlights the importance of crystal and chemical studies for understanding the magnetic properties of systems as complex as inter-metallic compounds involving rare-earth elements, uranium, silicon or germanium. With a view of finding new compounds with high Curie temperature and strong magneto-crystal anisotropy, it appears that uranium compounds such as UFe{sub 10}Si{sub 2}, UCo{sub 10}Si{sub 2}, U(Fe{sub 10-x}Co{sub x})Si{sub 2} and U{sub 2}M{sub 17-y}X{sub y} where M is Fe or Co and Y is Si or Ge, are interesting because of the 5f orbital that can form bands through direct overlapping and can link itself very strongly with orbitals of nearby atoms.

  8. Cerium intermetallics with TiNiSi-type structure

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    Janka, Oliver; Niehaus, Oliver; Poettgen, Rainer [Muenster Univ. (Germany). Inst. fuer Anorganische und Analytische Chemie; Chevalier, Bernard [Bordeaux Univ. CNRS (UPR 9048), Pessac (France). Inst. de Chimie de la Matiere Condensee de Bordeaux (ICMCB)

    2016-08-01

    Intermetallic compounds with the equiatomic composition CeTX that crystallize with the orthorhombic TiNiSi-type structure can be synthesized with electron-rich transition metals (T) and X = Zn, Al, Ga, Si, Ge, Sn, As, Sb, and Bi. The present review focusses on the crystal chemistry and chemical bonding of these CeTX phases and on their physical properties, {sup 119}Sn and {sup 121}Sb Moessbauer spectra, high-pressure effects, hydrogenation reactions and the formation of solid solutions in order to elucidate structure-property relationships. This paper is the final one of a series of four reviews on equiatomic intermetallic cerium compounds [Part I: Z. Naturforsch. 2015, 70b, 289; Part II: Z. Naturforsch. 2015, 70b, 695; Part III: Z. Naturforsch. 2016, 71b, 165].

  9. New approaches for rare earth-magnesium based hydrogen storage alloys

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    Huaiwei Zhang

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available As the most possibility applied to the next generation negative electrode materials of Ni/ MH second battery, rare earth (RE-magnesium (Mg based alloys have been developed over the last few years. Recent advances about the RE-Mg based intermetallic compounds on the crystal structures, hydrogenation behaviors and electrochemical performances are reviewed in the paper. On the other hand, new results about the preparation and modification methods of the alloys are also covered in details.

  10. Calculations of magnetic x-ray dichroism in the 3d absorption spectra of rare-earth compounds

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    GOEDKOOP, JB; THOLE, BT; VANDERLAAN, G; SAWATZKY, GA; DEGROOT, FMF; FUGGLE, JC; de Groot, Frank

    1988-01-01

    We present atomic calculations for the recently discovered magnetic x-ray dichroism (MXD) displayed by the 3d x-ray-absorption spectra of rare-earth compounds. The spectral shapes expected at T=0 K for linear polarization parallel and normal to the local magnetic field is given, together with the te

  11. Thermomechanical processing of plasma sprayed intermetallic sheets

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    Hajaligol, Mohammad R. (Midlothian, VA); Scorey, Clive (Cheshire, CT); Sikka, Vinod K. (Oak Ridge, TN); Deevi, Seetharama C. (Midlothian, VA); Fleischhauer, Grier (Midlothian, VA); Lilly, Jr., A. Clifton (Chesterfield, VA); German, Randall M. (State College, PA)

    2001-01-01

    A powder metallurgical process of preparing a sheet from a powder having an intermetallic alloy composition such as an iron, nickel or titanium aluminide. The sheet can be manufactured into electrical resistance heating elements having improved room temperature ductility, electrical resistivity, cyclic fatigue resistance, high temperature oxidation resistance, low and high temperature strength, and/or resistance to high temperature sagging. The iron aluminide has an entirely ferritic microstructure which is free of austenite and can include, in weight %, 4 to 32% Al, and optional additions such as .ltoreq.1% Cr, .gtoreq.0.05% Zr .ltoreq.2% Ti, .ltoreq.2% Mo, .ltoreq.1% Ni, .ltoreq.0.75% C, .ltoreq.0.1% B, .ltoreq.1% submicron oxide particles and/or electrically insulating or electrically conductive covalent ceramic particles, .ltoreq.1% rare earth metal, and/or .ltoreq.3% Cu. The process includes forming a non-densified metal sheet by consolidating a powder having an intermetallic alloy composition such as by roll compaction, tape casting or plasma spraying, forming a cold rolled sheet by cold rolling the non-densified metal sheet so as to increase the density and reduce the thickness thereof and annealing the cold rolled sheet. The powder can be a water, polymer or gas atomized powder which is subjecting to sieving and/or blending with a binder prior to the consolidation step. After the consolidation step, the sheet can be partially sintered. The cold rolling and/or annealing steps can be repeated to achieve the desired sheet thickness and properties. The annealing can be carried out in a vacuum furnace with a vacuum or inert atmosphere. During final annealing, the cold rolled sheet recrystallizes to an average grain size of about 10 to 30 .mu.m. Final stress relief annealing can be carried out in the B2 phase temperature range.

  12. The atmosphere of the primitive earth and the prebiotic synthesis of organic compounds

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    Miller, S. L.; Schlesinger, G.

    1983-01-01

    The prebiotic synthesis of organic compounds is investigated using a spark discharge on various simulated prebiotic atmospheres at 25 C. It is found that glycine is almost the only amino acid produced from the model atmospheres containing CO and CO2. These results show that the maximum yield is about the same for the three carbon sources (CO, CO2, and CH4) at high H2/carbon ratios, but that CH4 is superior at low H2/carbon ratios. CH4 is found to yield a much greater variety of amino acids than either CO or CO2. If it is assumed that amino acids more complex than glycine were required for the origin of life, then these findings indicate the need for CH4 in the primitive atmosphere. The yields of cyanide and formaldehyde are shown to parallel the amino acid results, with yields of HCN and H2CO as high as 13 percent based on carbon. Ammonia is also found to be produced from N2 in experiments with no added NH3 in yields as high as 4.9 percent. These results indicate that large amounts of NH3 would have been synthesized on the primitive earth by electric discharges.

  13. Intermetallic-based high-temperature materials

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    Sikka, V.K.

    1999-07-01

    The intermetallic-based alloys for high-temperature applications are introduced. General characteristics of intermetallics are followed by identification of nickel and iron aluminides as the most practical alloys for commercial applications. An overview of the alloy compositions, melting processes, and mechanical properties for nickel and iron aluminizes are presented. The current applications and commercial producers of nickel and iron aluminides are given. A brief description of the future prospects of intermetallic-based alloys is also given.

  14. Intermetallic-Based High-Temperature Materials

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    Sikka, V.K.

    1999-04-25

    The intermetallic-based alloys for high-temperature applications are introduced. General characteristics of intermetallics are followed by identification of nickel and iron aluminides as the most practical alloys for commercial applications. An overview of the alloy compositions, melting processes, and mechanical properties for nickel and iron aluminizes are presented. The current applications and commercial producers of nickel and iron aluminizes are given. A brief description of the future prospects of intermetallic-based alloys is also given.

  15. Magnetic properties of RT2Zn20; R = rare earth, T = Fe, Co, Ru, Os and Ir

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    Jia, Shuang [Ames Lab. and Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2008-01-01

    It is well known that rare earth intermetallic compounds have versatile, magnetic properties associated with the 4f electrons: a local moment associated with the Hund's rule ground state is formed in general, but a strongly correlated, hybridized state may also appear for specific 4f electronic configuration (eg. for rare earth elements such as Ce or Yb). On the other hand, the conduction electrons in rare earth intermetallic compounds, certainly ones associated with non hybridizing rare earths, usually manifest non-magnetic behavior and can be treated as a normal, non-interacted Fermi liquid, except for some 3d-transition metal rich binary or ternary systems which often manifest strong, itinerant, d electron dominant magnetic behavior. Of particular interest are examples in which the band filling of the conduction electrons puts the system in the vicinity of a Stoner transition: such systems, characterized as nearly or weakly ferromagnet, manifest strongly correlated electronic properties [Moriya, 1985]. For rare earth intermetallic compounds, such systems provide an additional versatility and allow for the study of the behaviors of local moments and hybridized moments which are associated with 4f electron in a correlated conduction electron background.

  16. Strategies for improving ductility of ordered intermetallics

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    Z.B. Jiao; J.H.Luan; C.T.Liu

    2016-01-01

    Ordered intermetallics possess attractive high-temperature properties; however, low ductility and brittle fracture limit their use as engineering materials in many cases. This paper provides a comprehensive review on the recent progress in the development of ductile ordered intermetallics and summarizes the strategies used to improve the tensile ductility of ordered intermetallics, including control of ordered crystal structures, engineering grain-boundary structure and chemistry, eliminating environmental embrittlement, microstructure optimization, control of phase stability, and promoting transformation-/twining-induced plasticity. The basic ideas and related mechanisms underlying these ductilizing strategies are discussed. In addition, a brief mention of the current use of intermetallic alloys for structural and corrosion applications is made.

  17. First principle studies of electronic and magnetic properties of Lanthanide-Gold (RAu) binary intermetallics

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    Ahmad, Sardar; Ahmad, Rashid; Jalali-Asadabadi, S.; Ali, Zahid; Ahmad, Iftikhar

    2017-01-01

    In this article we explore the electronic and magnetic properties of RAu intermetallics (R=Ce, Pr, Nd, Sm, Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er, Tm, Yb and Lu) for the first time. These properties are calculated by using GGA, GGA+U and hybrid density functional theory (HF) approaches. Our calculations show that HF provides superior results, consistent to the experimentally reported data. The chemical bonding between rare-earth and gold atoms within these compounds are explained on the basis of spin dependent electronic clouds in different planes, which shows predominantly ionic and metallic nature between Au and R atoms. The Cohesive energies of RAu compounds show direct relation with the melting points. Spin-dependent electronic band structure demonstrates that all these compounds are metallic in nature. The magnetic studies show that HoAu and LuAu are stable in non-magnetic structure, PrAu is stable in ferromagnetic phase and CeAu, NdAu, SmAu, GdAu, TbAu, DyAu, ErAu, TmAu, YbAu are anti-ferromagnetic materials.

  18. Fluorescence microscopy, observation of self-organized microstructure formed by a rare earth compound

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    ZHANG; Renjie

    2001-01-01

    [1]Sager. W. F.. Filipescu, N., Serafin, F. A., Substituent effects on intramolecular energy transfer, I. Absorption and phosphorescence spectra of rare earth 3-diketone chelates, J. Phys. Chem., 1965, 69:1092-1100.[2]Halverson. F.. Brinen, J. S., Leto, J. R., Luminescence of europium hexafiuoroacetylacetonate, J. Chem. Phys., 1964, 40:2790-2792.[3]Metlay, M., The fluorescence of the europium and terbium dibenzoylmethides, J. Electrochem. Society, 1964, 111: 1253-1255.[4]Zhou, D. J., Wang, K. Z., Huang, C. H. et al., Langmuir-Blodgett film study on N-hexadecyl pyridinium tetrakis(2-naphthyltrifiuoroacetone) europium, HDP. Eu(NTA)4, Solid State Commun., 1995, 93: 167-169.[5]Zhang, R. J., Yang, K. Z., Fluorescence character of rare earth complex with high efficient green light in ordered molecular films, Langmuir, 1997, 13: 7141-7145.[6]Zhang, R. J., Liu, H. G., Yang, K. Z, et al., Fabrication and fluorescence characterization of the LB films of luminous rare earth complexes Eu(TTA)3Phen and Sm(TTA)3Phen, Thin Solid Films, 1997, 295: 228-233.[7]Zhong, G. L., Yang, K. Z., Luminescence enhancement effect of Y(TTA)3Phen on europium (III) and intermolecular energy transfer in Langmuir-Blodgett films, Langmuir, 1998, 14: 5502-5506.[8]Li, J. B., Chen, Z. J., Wang, X. L. et al., Dynamic observations of the hydrolysis of a DPPC monolayer at the air/water interface catalyzed by phospholipase A2, Angew Chem., 2000, 39: 3059-3062.[9]Krüiger, P., Losche, M., Molecular chirality and the domain shapes in lipid monolayers on aqueous surfaces, Phys. Rev. E., 2000, 62: 7031-7043.[10]Losche, M., Sackmann, E., Mohwald, H., A fluorescence microscopic study concerning the phase diagram of phospholipids, Ber Bunsenges Phys. Chem., 1983, 87: 848-852.[11]Melby, L. R., Rose, N. J., Abrmson, E. et al., Synthesis and fluorescence of some trivalent lanthanide complexes, J. Am. Chem. Soc., 1964, 86: 5117-5125.[12]Bauer, H., Blanck, J., Ross, D. L

  19. Solution-reaction Calorimetric Study of Coordination Compounds of Rare Earth Perchlorates with Alanine and Imidazole

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    ZHAO, Yan-Ru(赵艳茹); HOU, An-Xin(侯安新); DONG, Jia-Xin(董家新); ZHAO, Shun-Sheng(赵顺省); LIU, Yi(刘义); QU, Song-Sheng(屈松生)

    2004-01-01

    Two coordination compounds of rare earth perchlorates with alanine and imidazole, [RE(Ala)n(Im)(H2O)](ClO4)3(s) (RE=La, n=3; RE=Nd, n=2), have been prepared and characterized. The standard molar enthalpies of reaction for the following two reactions, LaCL·7H2O(s)+3Ala(s)+Im(s)+3NaClO4(s)=[La(Ala).(Im)(H2O)]-(ClO4)3(s)+3NaCl(s)+6H2O(I)(1)and NdCl3·6H2O(s)+2Ala(s)+2Ala(s)+Im(s)+3NaClO4(s)=[Nd(Ala)2(Im)(H2O)]-(ClO4)3(s)+3NaCl(s)+5H2O(l) (2), were determined by solution-reaction calorimetry, at T=298.15 K, as 36.168 ±0.642kJ·mol-1 and 48.590±0.934kJ·mol-1 respectively. From the results and other auxiliary quantities, the standard molar enthalpies of formation of [La(Ala)3(Im)(H2O)](ClO4)3(s) and [Nd(Ala)2(Im)(H2O)] (ClO4)3(s) were derived,△fH(-)m{[La(Ala).(Im)(H2O)](ClO4)3,s}=(-2984.8±1.0)kJ·mol-1 and △fH(-)m{[Nd(Ala).(Im)(H2O)]-(ClO4)3,s}=(-2387.8±0.8)kJ·mol-1, respectively.

  20. Earth

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    2017-01-01

    This curriculum-based, easy-to-follow book teaches young readers about Earth as one of the eight planets in our solar system in astronomical terms. With accessible text, it provides the fundamental information any student needs to begin their studies in astronomy, such as how Earth spins and revolves around the Sun, why it's uniquely suitable for life, its physical features, atmosphere, biosphere, moon, its past, future, and more. To enhance the learning experience, many of the images come directly from NASA. This straightforward title offers the fundamental information any student needs to sp

  1. Alkaline earth lead and tin compounds Ae2Pb, Ae2Sn, Ae = Ca, Sr, Ba, as thermoelectric materials

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    David Parker and David J Singh

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a detailed theoretical study of three alkaline earth compounds Ca2Pb, Sr2Pb and Ba2Pb, which have undergone little previous study, calculating electronic band structures and Boltzmann transport and bulk moduli using density functional theory. We also study the corresponding tin compounds Ca2Sn, Sr2Sn and Ba2Sn. We find that these are all narrow band gap semiconductors with an electronic structure favorable for thermoelectric performance, with substantial thermopowers for the lead compounds at temperature ranges from 300 to 800 K. For the lead compounds, we further find very low calculated bulk moduli—roughly half of the values for the lead chalcogenides, suggestive of soft phonons and hence low lattice thermal conductivity. All these facts indicate that these materials merit experimental investigation as potential high performance thermoelectrics. We find good potential for thermoelectric performance in the environmentally friendly stannide materials, particularly at high temperature.

  2. Three interesting coordination compounds based on metalloligand and alkaline-earth ions: Syntheses, structures, thermal behaviors and magnetic property

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    Zhou, Qiang; Qian, Jun; Zhang, Chi

    2016-09-01

    Based on metalloligand LCu ([Cu(2,4-pydca)2]2-, 2,4-pydca2- = pyridine-2,4-dicarboxylate) and alkaline-earth ions (Ca2+, Sr2+, and Ba2+), three interesting coordination compounds, [Ca(H2O)7][LCu·H2O]·H2O (1), {Sr[LCu·H2O]·4H2O}n (2), and {Ba[LCu·H2O]·8H2O}n (3), have been synthesized and well-characterized by elemental analysis, infrared spectroscopy, thermogravimetric and single-crystal X-ray diffraction analysis. X-ray crystallographic studies reveal that 1 features a discrete 0D coordination compound, while 2 and 3 exhibit the 2D network and 1D chain structures, respectively. Compound 2 is constructed from {LCu}2 dimers connected with {Sr2} units, which is fabricated by two Sr2+ ions bridged via two μ2-O bridges, while compound 3 is formed by 1D {Ba}n chain linked with metalloligands LCu and exhibits an interesting sandwich like chain structure. It is noted that the coordination numbers of alkaline-earth ions are in positive correlation with their radiuses. Moreover, the magnetic property of compound 2 has been studied.

  3. A simple melting theory applied to alkali halide, alkaline-earth chalcogenide, and alkali chalco-genide compounds

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    Liu, Q.; Chen, L. R.

    2005-06-01

    A useful and simple method for studying the melting temperature T-m of ion compounds has been developed by using analyses originally due to diffusional force theory, incorporating Pandey's formulation and Harrison's potential function. The calculated values of T-m for a wide range of compounds of types IA-VII (alkali halide), IIA-VI (alkaline-earth chalcogenide), and IA-VI (alkali chalcogenide) are found to agree fairly well with experimental values for T-m and to be superior to results from previous approaches involving similar methods.

  4. High temperature and pressure effects on the elastic properties of B2 intermetallics AgRE

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    Liu, Lili; Wu, Xiaozhi; Li, Weiguo; Wang, Rui; Liu, Qing

    2015-02-01

    The high temperature and pressure effects on the elastic properties of the AgRE (RE=Sc, Tm, Er, Dy, Tb) intermetallic compounds with B2 structure have been performed from first principle calculations. For the temperature range 0-1000 K, the second order elastic constants for all the AgRE intermetallic compounds follow a normal behavior: they decrease with increasing temperature. The pressure dependence of the second order elastic constants has been investigated on the basis of the third order elastic constants. Temperature and pressure dependent elastic anisotropic parameters A have been calculated based on the temperature and pressure dependent elastic constants.

  5. Effect of Applied Pressure on the Joining of Combustion Synthesized Ni3Al Intermetallics with Al Alloy

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    2008-01-01

    We focused on the surface reinforcement of ligth weight casting alloys with Ni-Al intermetallic compounds by in-situ combustion reaction to improve the surface properties of non-ferrous casting components. In our previous works, green compact of elemental Ni and Al powders were reacted to form Ni3Al intermetallic compound by SHS (Self-propagating high temperature synthesis) reaction with the heat of molten Al alloy and simultaneously bonded with Al casting alloy. But some defects such as tiny cracks and porosities were remained in the reacted compact. So we applied pressure to prevent thermal cracks and fill up the pores with liquid Al alloy by squeeze casting process. The compressed Al alloy bonded with the Ni3Al intermetallic compound was sectioned and observed by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The stoichiometric compositions of the intermetallics formed around the bonded interface and in the reacted compact were identified by energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and electron probe micro analysis (EPMA).Si rich layer was formed on the Al alloy side near the bonded interface by the sequential solidification of Al alloy. The porosities observed in the reacted Ni3Al compact were filled up with the liquid Al alloy. The Si particles from the molten Al alloy were detected in the pores of reacted Ni3Al intermetallic compact. The Al casting alloy and Ni3Al intermetallic compound were joined very soundly by applying pressure to the liquid Al alloy.

  6. Intermetallics structures, properties, and statistics

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    Steurer, Walter

    2016-01-01

    The focus of this book is clearly on the statistics, topology, and geometry of crystal structures and crystal structure types. This allows one to uncover important structural relationships and to illustrate the relative simplicity of most of the general structural building principles. It also allows one to show that a large variety of actual structures can be related to a rather small number of aristotypes. It is important that this book is readable and beneficial in the one way or another for everyone interested in intermetallic phases, from graduate students to experts in solid-state chemistry/physics/materials science. For that purpose it avoids using an enigmatic abstract terminology for the classification of structures. The focus on the statistical analysis of structures and structure types should be seen as an attempt to draw the background of the big picture of intermetallics, and to point to the white spots in it, which could be worthwhile exploring. This book was not planned as a textbook; rather, it...

  7. Cerium-Based, Intermetallic-Strengthened Aluminum Casting Alloy: High-Volume Co-product Development

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    Sims, Zachary C.; Weiss, D.; McCall, S. K.; McGuire, M. A.; Ott, R. T.; Geer, Tom; Rios, Orlando; Turchi, P. A. E.

    2016-07-01

    Several rare earth elements are considered by-products to rare earth mining efforts. By using one of these by-product elements in a high-volume application such as aluminum casting alloys, the supply of more valuable rare earths can be globally stabilized. Stabilizing the global rare earth market will decrease the long-term criticality of other rare earth elements. The low demand for Ce, the most abundant rare earth, contributes to the instability of rare earth extraction. In this article, we discuss a series of intermetallic-strengthened Al alloys that exhibit the potential for new high-volume use of Ce. The castability, structure, and mechanical properties of binary, ternary, and quaternary Al-Ce based alloys are discussed. We have determined Al-Ce based alloys to be highly castable across a broad range of compositions. Nanoscale intermetallics dominate the microstructure and are the theorized source of the high ductility. In addition, room-temperature physical properties appear to be competitive with existing aluminum alloys with extended high-temperature stability of the nanostructured intermetallic.

  8. The preparation of the Ti-Al alloys based on intermetallic phases

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    Kosova, N.; Sachkov, V.; Kurzina, I.; Pichugina, A.; Vladimirov, A.; Kazantseva, L.; Sachkova, A.

    2016-01-01

    This article deals with a method of obtaining materials in the Ti-Al system. Research was carried out in accordance with the phase diagram of the system state. It was established, that both single-phase and multiphase systems, containing finely dispersed intermetallic compositions of phases Ti3Al, TiAl and TiAl3, are formed. Additionally, it was found that the pure finely dispersed (coherent-scattering region (CSR) up to 100 nm) intermetallic compound TiAl3 is formed at molar ratio of Ti:Al = 1:3. Experimentally proved the possibility of produce the complex composition of alloys and intermetallic compounds and products based on them.

  9. Irregular Homogeneity Domains in Ternary Intermetallic Systems

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    Jean-Marc Joubert

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Ternary intermetallic A–B–C systems sometimes have unexpected behaviors. The present paper examines situations in which there is a tendency to simultaneously form the compounds ABx, ACx and BCx with the same crystal structure. This causes irregular shapes of the phase homogeneity domains and, from a structural point of view, a complete reversal of site occupancies for the B atom when crossing the homogeneity domain. This work reviews previous studies done in the systems Fe–Nb–Zr, Hf–Mo–Re, Hf–Re–W, Mo–Re–Zr, Re–W–Zr, Cr–Mn–Si, Cr–Mo–Re, and Mo–Ni–Re, and involving the topologically close-packed Laves, χ and σ phases. These systems have been studied using ternary isothermal section determination, DFT calculations, site occupancy measurement using joint X-ray, and neutron diffraction Rietveld refinement. Conclusions are drawn concerning this phenomenon. The paper also reports new experimental or calculated data on Co–Cr–Re and Fe–Nb–Zr systems.

  10. Intermetallics: past, present and future

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    Morris, D. G.

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Intermetallics have seen extensive world-wide attention over the past decades. For the most part these studies have examined multi-phase aluminide based alloys, because of their high stiffness, combined with reasonable strength and ductility, good structural stability and oxidation resistance, and attempted to improve current Ni-base superalloys, Ti-base alloys, or Fe-base stainless steels for structural aerospace applications. The current status of development and application of such materials is briefly reviewed. Future developments are taking intermetallics from the realm of "improved high-temperature but low-ductility metallic alloys" into the realm of "improved aggressive-environment, high-toughness ceramic-like alloys". Such evolution will be outlined.

    Durante los últimos décadas ha habido un desarrollo de los intermetálicos, sobre todo por aplicaciones estructurales a alta temperatura en aplicaciones aeroespaciales, donde, por su rigidez alta, en combinación con una resistencia mecánica y ductilidad razonable, su buena estabilidad estructural y resistencia a la oxidación, han sido vistos como versiones avanzadas y mejoradas de las aleaciones metálicas como, por ejemplo, las superaleaciones a base de nitrógeno y las aleaciones de titanio. Se discute el desarrollo importante durante las últimas décadas, y también los nuevos desarrollos probables durante los próximos años. Se podrían ver los intermetálicos como versiones mejoradas de los cerámicos.

  11. Effect of intermetallic compounds on heat resistance of hot roll bonded titanium alloy-stainless steel transition joint%金属间化合物对钛合金与不锈钢的热轧焊过渡接头耐热性的影响

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    赵东升; 闫久春; 刘玉君

    2013-01-01

      研究金属间化合物对过渡接头耐热性的影响,采用镍中间层的钛与不锈钢热轧焊接头的焊后热处理方法,研究焊后热处理引起的连接界面微观组织演变。结果表明:当热处理温度为600~800°C,热处理时间为10 min和30 min时,在不锈钢与镍的连接界面处没有发生明显的互扩散。但是,当热处理温度为700°C热处理时间为30 min时,在不锈钢与镍的连接界面出现微裂纹。热处理温度为600°C时,镍与钛合金的连接界面的金属间化合物层的厚度增大,而热处理温度为700和800°C时,界面出现微裂纹。微裂纹产生在金属间化合物层之间或者是金属间化合物层与镍层之间。过渡接头的拉伸强度随着热处理温度的升高或时间的延长而降低。%The effect of intermetallic compounds on the heat resistance of transition joint was investigated. The experiment of post-weld heat treatment for the hot roll bonded titanium alloy−stainless steel joint using nickels interlayer was carried out, and the interface microstructure evolution due to heat treatment was presented. There was not found significant interdiffusion at stainless steel/nickel interface, when the specimens were heat treated in the temperature range of 600−800 °C for 10 and 30 min, while micro-cracks occurred at the stainless steel/nickel interface heat treated at 700 °C for 30 min. The thickness of intermetallic layers at nickel/titanium alloy interface increased at 600 °C, and micro-cracks occurred at 700 and 800 °C. The micro-cracks occurred between intermetallic layers or between intermetallic layer and nickel interlayer as well. The tensile strength of the transition joint decreased with the increase of heat treatment temperature or holding time.

  12. Xe anions in stable Mg-Xe compounds: the mechanism of missing Xe in earth atmosphere

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    Miao, Mao-sheng

    2013-01-01

    The reactivity of noble gas elements is important for both fundamental chemistry and geological science. The discovery of the oxidation of Xe extended the doctrinal boundary of chemistry that a complete shell is inert to reaction. The oxidations of Xe by various geological substances have been researched in order to explain the missing Xe in earth atmosphere. Among many proposals, the chemistry mechanisms are straightforward as they identify chemical processes that can capture Xe in earth interior. However, all the mechanisms based on current noble gas chemistry face the same difficulty: the earth lower mantle and core are rich in metals and therefore their chemical environment is reductive. On the other hand, up till now, the opposite chemical inclination, the reductive propensity, i.e. gaining electrons and forming anions, has not been proposed and examined for noble gas elements. In this work, we demonstrate, using first principles calculations and an efficient structure prediction method, that Xe and Kr c...

  13. Negative thermal expansion induced by intermetallic charge transfer.

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    Azuma, Masaki; Oka, Kengo; Nabetani, Koichiro

    2015-06-01

    Suppression of thermal expansion is of great importance for industry. Negative thermal expansion (NTE) materials which shrink on heating and expand on cooling are therefore attracting keen attention. Here we provide a brief overview of NTE induced by intermetallic charge transfer in A-site ordered double perovskites SaCu3Fe4O12 and LaCu3Fe4-x Mn x O12, as well as in Bi or Ni substituted BiNiO3. The last compound shows a colossal dilatometric linear thermal expansion coefficient exceeding -70 × 10(-6) K(-1) near room temperature, in the temperature range which can be controlled by substitution.

  14. Mechanical properties of intermetallics formed during thermal aging of Cu-Al ball bonds

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    Kouters, M.H.M.; Gubbels, G.H.M.; O'Halloran, O.; Rongen, R.; Weltevreden, E.R.

    2011-01-01

    In high power automotive electronics copper wire bonding is regarded as most promising alternative for gold wire bonding in 1st level interconnects and therefore subjected to severe functional requirements. In the Cu-Al ball bond interface the growth of intermetallic compounds may deteriorate the

  15. Growth and properties of intermetallics formed during thermal aging of Cu-Al ball bonds

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    Gubbels, G.H.M.; Kouters, M.H.M.; O'Halloran, O.; Rongen, R.

    2010-01-01

    To mimic the growth of intermetallic compounds during and after copper ball bonding, diffusion couples of aluminum and copper were made, annealed at high temperature and chemically analyzed. Two types of couples were investigated: 1) a piece of copper and of aluminum in mechanical contact at a

  16. Mechanical properties of intermetallics formed during thermal aging of Cu-Al ball bonds

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    Kouters, M.H.M.; Gubbels, G.H.M.; O'Halloran, O.; Rongen, R.; Weltevreden, E.R.

    2011-01-01

    In high power automotive electronics copper wire bonding is regarded as most promising alternative for gold wire bonding in 1st level interconnects and therefore subjected to severe functional requirements. In the Cu-Al ball bond interface the growth of intermetallic compounds may deteriorate the wi

  17. Wear-Resistance Performance of ZA-27 Alloys Reinforced by Rare Earth Compounds

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    The morphology of ZA-27 alloy reinforced by RE compounds and its wear-resistance were studied. It is found that some nodular second phases appear due to the addition of Si and RE, which can disperse in grain boundaries or between dendrite crystals so that the alloy has been refined. Energy spectrum analysis of scanning electron microscope shows that the second phases are complex compounds containing RE, Al, Zn and Si. The micro-hardness test indicates that micro-hardness values of the compounds are higher than those of the matrix. The wear-resistance of ZA-27 alloy reinforced by RE compounds is 4 times as high as that of ZA-27 alloy and also higher than that of ZA-27 alloy containing Si phase. The impact toughness of the alloy containing RE and Si is higher than that of the alloy containing Si.

  18. 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)

  19. Magnetic structure and bonding of rare-earth diboride compounds RB{sub 2}: First-principles calculations

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    Kacimi, S.; Zazoua, F.; Djermouni, M.; Zaoui, A. [Modelling and Simulation in Materials Science Laboratory, Djillali Liabes University of Sidi Bel-Abbes, Sidi Bel-Abbes 22000 (Algeria); Bekkouche, B. [Signals and Systems Laboratory, Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University of Mostaganem, Mostaganem 27000 (Algeria); Boukortt, A. [Elaboration Characterization Physico-Mechanics of Materials and Metallurgical Laboratory ECP3M, Faculty of Sciences and Technology, Abdelhamid Ibn Badis University of Mostaganem, Mostaganem 27000 (Algeria)

    2012-07-15

    The electronic structure and magnetic behavior of hexagonal rare-earth diboride RB{sub 2} are studied using ab initio density-functional theory in the DFT + U approach. The effect of the spin-orbit coupling is also investigated and it is found to be a necessary requirement for the accurate description of the magnetic moment. In this paper, we study the magnetic phase stability of RB{sub 2} compounds; the band structure and the density of state (DOS) results prove that the coulomb potential and the spin-orbit interaction are keys factors to understand the magnetic properties of these series of materials. In addition, we also explain the behavior of a chemical bond of RB{sub 2} compounds through the analysis of the DOS and of the charge density. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  20. Microstructure Characterization and Wear-Resistant Properties Evaluation of an Intermetallic Composite in Ni-Mo-Si System.

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    Huang, Boyuan; Song, Chunyan; Liu, Yang; Gui, Yongliang

    2017-02-04

    Intermetallic compounds have been studied for their potential application as structural wear materials or coatings on engineering steels. In the present work, a newly designed intermetallic composite in a Ni-Mo-Si system was fabricated by arc-melting process with commercially pure metal powders as starting materials. The chemical composition of this intermetallic composite is 45Ni-40Mo-15Si (at %), selected according to the ternary alloy diagram. The microstructure was characterized using optical microscopy (OM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), and the wear-resistant properties at room temperature were evaluated under different wear test conditions. Microstructure characterization showed that the composite has a dense and uniform microstructure. XRD results showed that the intermetallic composite is constituted by a binary intermetallic compound NiMo and a ternary Mo₂Ni₃Si metal silicide phase. Wear test results indicated that the intermetallic composite has an excellent wear-resistance at room-temperature, which is attributed to the high hardness and strong atomic bonding of constituent phases NiMo and Mo₂Ni₃Si.

  1. Microstructure Characterization and Wear-Resistant Properties Evaluation of an Intermetallic Composite in Ni–Mo–Si System

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    Boyuan Huang

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Intermetallic compounds have been studied for their potential application as structural wear materials or coatings on engineering steels. In the present work, a newly designed intermetallic composite in a Ni–Mo–Si system was fabricated by arc-melting process with commercially pure metal powders as starting materials. The chemical composition of this intermetallic composite is 45Ni–40Mo–15Si (at %, selected according to the ternary alloy diagram. The microstructure was characterized using optical microscopy (OM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction (XRD, and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, and the wear-resistant properties at room temperature were evaluated under different wear test conditions. Microstructure characterization showed that the composite has a dense and uniform microstructure. XRD results showed that the intermetallic composite is constituted by a binary intermetallic compound NiMo and a ternary Mo2Ni3Si metal silicide phase. Wear test results indicated that the intermetallic composite has an excellent wear-resistance at room-temperature, which is attributed to the high hardness and strong atomic bonding of constituent phases NiMo and Mo2Ni3Si.

  2. Treatment of Fluorine Encountered in Wastewater by Using Rare Earth Compound Produced by Decomposition of Monazite

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    Kim, Dong Su; Jun, Young Shin; Pyo, Na Young [Ewha Womans University, Seoul (Korea); Choi, Woo Jin [The University of Suwon, Suwon (Korea); Choi, Joo [POSCO Technical Research Laboratories, Pohang(Korea)

    1998-08-31

    The reactivity of mixed rare earth oxides, focusing on La{sub 2}O{sub 3} and CeO{sub 2}, with several mineral acids has been studied depending on acid concentration, reaction time, and temperature. La{sub 2}O{sub 3} showed a high reactivity with H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}, HCl, and HNO{sub 3} even at low concentrations, but CeO{sub 2} showed a discernable reactivity only with H{sub 2}SO{sub 4}. In the reactivity change according to the reaction time, the reactivity increment as time increases was not so big and the same was observed in the increase of reaction temperature. The application of mixed rare earth oxide solution for the removal of fluorine in wastewater was investigated and influential treatment process for the pH change of once-treated wastewater was also studied. We also examined a method in retreating the sludge that occurs during the treatment process in order to recover the acid-soluble rare earth salt. (author). 21 refs., 2 tabs., 14 figs.

  3. Advanced ordered intermetallic alloy deployment

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    Liu, C.T.; Maziasz, P.J.; Easton, D.S. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1997-04-01

    The need for high-strength, high-temperature, and light-weight materials for structural applications has generated a great deal of interest in ordered intermetallic alloys, particularly in {gamma}-based titanium aluminides {gamma}-based TiAl alloys offer an attractive mix of low density ({approximately}4g/cm{sup 3}), good creep resistance, and high-temperature strength and oxidation resistance. For rotating or high-speed components. TiAl also has a high damping coefficient which minimizes vibrations and noise. These alloys generally contain two phases. {alpha}{sub 2} (DO{sub 19} structure) and {gamma} (L 1{sub 0}), at temperatures below 1120{degrees}C, the euticoid temperature. The mechanical properties of TiAl-based alloys are sensitive to both alloy compositions and microstructure. Depending on heat-treatment and thermomechanical processing, microstructures with near equiaxed {gamma}, a duplex structure (a mix of the {gamma} and {alpha}{sub 2} phases) can be developed in TiAl alloys containing 45 to 50 at. % Al. The major concern for structural use of TiAl alloys is their low ductility and poor fracture resistance at ambient temperatures. The purpose of this project is to improve the fracture toughness of TiAl-based alloys by controlling alloy composition, microstructure and thermomechanical treatment. This work is expected to lead to the development of TiAl alloys with significantly improved fracture toughness and tensile ductility for structural use.

  4. Luminescence and structural properties of RbGdS2 compounds doped by rare earth elements

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    Jarý, V.; Havlák, L.; Bárta, J.; Mihóková, E.; Nikl, M.

    2013-04-01

    Rare earth elements (Pr, Ce) doped ternary sulfides of formula RbGd1-xRExS2 were synthesized in the form of crystalline hexagonal platelets by chemical reaction under the flow of hydrogen sulfide. The X-ray powder diffraction detected only a single crystalline phase of rhombohedral lattice system. Optical properties of studied systems are investigated by methods of time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy. Thermal stability of the Pr3+ emission is demonstrated. Application potential in the white light-emitting diode solid state lighting or X-ray phosphors is discussed.

  5. Magnetic properties of the new rare earth carbide fluoride layered compound: Ho 2CF 2

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    Kremer, R. K.; Cockcroft, J. K.; Mattausch, Hj.; Raju, N. P.; Simon, A.

    1992-02-01

    We present magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and neutron diffraction data of the new layered rare earth carbide flouride Ho 2CF 2. The susceptibility displays a rounded maximum centered around 4.6 K and a Curie-Weiss law at higher temperatures with a paramagnetic Curie temperature of -4.9(2) K. The specific heat shows a sharp anomaly at 3.61(5) K indicating the onset of long range ordering but also a considerable high temperature tail pointing to low dimensional magnetic behaviour. Low temperature neutron powder diffraction reveals additional magnetic Bragg peaks with significant critical scattering remaining well above the long range ordering temperature.

  6. Effect of rare earth filling on unfilled skutterudite compound CoSb3

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    Tanaka, Kenya; Sekihara, Yuko; Kawahito, Yusuke; Kikuchi, Daisuke; Aoki, Hidekazu; Kuwahara, Keitaro; Aoki, Yuji; Sugawara, Hitoshi; Sato, Hideyuki

    2007-03-01

    We have succeeded in synthesizing the filled skutterudite compound PrxCo4Sb12 under high pressures. Pr site filling factor was estimated to be about 50 ±10% by powder X-ray diffraction and chemical composition analysis using field emission electron microscope. Apparent expansion of lattice constant 9.09 Å compared to that of CoSb39.03 Å is also indirect evidence of successful filling of Pr-ions. In the magnetization and specific heat measurements, no anomaly suggesting phase transition has been found down to 2 K.

  7. Effect of rare earth filling on unfilled skutterudite compound CoSb{sub 3}

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    Tanaka, Kenya [Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan)]. E-mail: tanaka-kenya@ed.tmu.ac.jp; Sekihara, Yuko [Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Kawahito, Yusuke [Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Kikuchi, Daisuke [Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Aoki, Hidekazu [Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Kuwahara, Keitaro [Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Aoki, Yuji [Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan); Sugawara, Hitoshi [Faculty of Integrated Arts and Science, University of Tokushima, Tokushima, 770-8502 (Japan); Sato, Hideyuki [Department of Physics, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Hachioji, Tokyo 192-0397 (Japan)

    2007-03-15

    We have succeeded in synthesizing the filled skutterudite compound Pr{sub x}Co{sub 4}Sb{sub 12} under high pressures. Pr site filling factor was estimated to be about 50+/-10% by powder X-ray diffraction and chemical composition analysis using field emission electron microscope. Apparent expansion of lattice constant 9.09A compared to that of CoSb{sub 3}9.03A is also indirect evidence of successful filling of Pr-ions. In the magnetization and specific heat measurements, no anomaly suggesting phase transition has been found down to 2K.

  8. Equiatomic AEAuX (AE=Ca-Ba, X=Al-In) Intermetallics: A Systematic Study of their Electronic Structure and Spectroscopic Properties.

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    Benndorf, Christopher; Stegemann, Frank; Seidel, Stefan; Schubert, Lea; Bartsch, Manfred; Zacharias, Helmut; Mausolf, Bernhard; Haarmann, Frank; Eckert, Hellmut; Pöttgen, Rainer; Janka, Oliver

    2017-01-31

    The three intermetallic compounds SrAuGa, BaAuAl and BaAuGa were synthesised from the elements in niobium ampoules. The Sr compound crystallises in the orthorhombic KHg2 -type structure (Imma, a=465.6(1), b=771.8(2), c=792.6(2) pm, wR2 =0.0740, 324 F(2) values, 13 variables), whereas the Ba compounds were both found to crystallise in the cubic non-centrosymmetric LaIrSi-type structure (P21 3, BaAuAl: a=696.5(1) pm; wR2 =0.0427, 446 F(2) values, 12 variables; BaAuGa: a=693.49(4) pm, wR2 =0.0717, 447 F(2) values, 12 variables). The samples were investigated by powder X-ray diffraction and their structures refined on the basis of single-crystal X-ray diffraction data. The title compounds, along with references from the literature (CaAuAl, CaAuGa, CaAuIn, and SrAuIn), were characterised further by susceptibility measurements and (27) Al and (71) Ga solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Theoretical calculations of the density of states (DOS) and the NMR parameters were used for the interpretation of the spectroscopic data. The electron transfer from the alkaline-earth metals and the group 13 elements onto the gold atoms was investigated through X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), classifying these intermetallics as aurides.

  9. Comparison of various organic compounds destruction on rare earths doped Ti/Sb-SnO{sub 2} electrodes

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    Cui, Yu-Hong [School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, No. 1037 Luoyu Road, Hongshan District, Wuhan 430074 (China); State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment, Harbin Institute of Technology, No. 73 Huanghe Road, Nangang District, Harbin 150090 (China); Feng, Yu-Jie, E-mail: yujief@hit.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment, Harbin Institute of Technology, No. 73 Huanghe Road, Nangang District, Harbin 150090 (China); Liu, Junfeng; Ren, Nanqi [State Key Laboratory of Urban Water Resource and Environment, Harbin Institute of Technology, No. 73 Huanghe Road, Nangang District, Harbin 150090 (China)

    2012-11-15

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Different REs doping has distinct effect on the Ti/Sb-SnO{sub 2} electrode performance. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Gd or Eu improves the performance of Ti/Sb-SnO{sub 2} on aromatic ring cleavage. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Catechol is more refractory to be degraded than benzoquinone and hydroquinone. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The molecular structure of organic compound influences its degradation rate. - Abstract: Ti/Sb-SnO{sub 2} and three kinds of rare earths (REs), namely Ce, Gd, and Eu doped Ti/Sb-SnO{sub 2} electrodes were prepared and tested for their capacity on electrocatalytic degradation of three kinds of basal aromatic compounds (benzoquinone, hydroquinone and catechol) and six kinds of aliphatic acids (maleic acid, fumaric acid, succinic acid, malonic acid, oxalic acid and acetic acid). The elimination of selected organics as well as their TOC removal with different doped Ti/Sb-SnO{sub 2} electrodes was described by first-order kinetics. Compared with Ti/Sb-SnO{sub 2}, the Gd and Eu doped electrodes show better performance on the degradation of most of the selected organics, while Ce doped electrode shows either closely or lower efficiency on the degradation of these selected organics. Besides electrode material, the molecular structure of organic compound has obvious effect on its degradation in the electrocatalytic process. Catechol is more resistant to the electrophilic attack by hydroxyl radicals than benzoquinone and hydroquinone. The compound with more complicate molecular structure or longer carbon chain is more difficult to be mineralized. The aliphatic acid with higher oxygen content or more double bonds is more readily to be oxidized in the electrocatalytic process.

  10. Organic compounds in fluid inclusions of Archean quartz-Analogues of prebiotic chemistry on early Earth.

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    Schreiber, Ulrich; Mayer, Christian; Schmitz, Oliver J; Rosendahl, Pia; Bronja, Amela; Greule, Markus; Keppler, Frank; Mulder, Ines; Sattler, Tobias; Schöler, Heinz F

    2017-01-01

    The origin of life is still an unsolved mystery in science. Hypothetically, prebiotic chemistry and the formation of protocells may have evolved in the hydrothermal environment of tectonic fault zones in the upper continental crust, an environment where sensitive molecules are protected against degradation induced e.g. by UV radiation. The composition of fluid inclusions in minerals such as quartz crystals which have grown in this environment during the Archean period might provide important information about the first organic molecules formed by hydrothermal synthesis. Here we present evidence for organic compounds which were preserved in fluid inclusions of Archean quartz minerals from Western Australia. We found a variety of organic compounds such as alkanes, halocarbons, alcohols and aldehydes which unambiguously show that simple and even more complex prebiotic organic molecules have been formed by hydrothermal processes. Stable-isotope analysis confirms that the methane found in the inclusions has most likely been formed from abiotic sources by hydrothermal chemistry. Obviously, the liquid phase in the continental Archean crust provided an interesting choice of functional organic molecules. We conclude that organic substances such as these could have made an important contribution to prebiotic chemistry which might eventually have led to the formation of living cells.

  11. Magnetic properties and electronic structures of R-Ni-B compounds where R is a heavy rare earth

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    Burzo, E; Bucur, N; Rednic, V [Faculty of Physics, Babes-Bolyai University, 400084 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Chioncel, L [Institute of Theoretical Physics, Graz University of Technology, A-8010 Graz (Austria)

    2008-07-09

    Magnetic measurements were performed in the temperature range 4.2-300 K and fields up to 70 kOe on R{sub 3}Ni{sub 7}B{sub 2} compounds with R = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er. The Curie temperatures decrease from 38.5 K (Gd) to 7 K (Er). Band structure calculations show that nickel, at 0 K, has a very small magnetic polarization, oriented antiparallel to the rare-earth moment. The XPS measurements suggest the presence of unoccupied Ni3d states. The reciprocal susceptibilities follow a Curie-Weiss type behaviour. Effective nickel moments of 1.33 {+-} 0.25 {mu}{sub B} were determined. The magnetic behaviour of nickel is analysed in models which take into account electron correlation effects in d bands.

  12. Magnetic properties and electronic structures of R Ni B compounds where R is a heavy rare earth

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    Burzo, E.; Bucur, N.; Chioncel, L.; Rednic, V.

    2008-07-01

    Magnetic measurements were performed in the temperature range 4.2-300 K and fields up to 70 kOe on R3Ni7B2 compounds with R = Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er. The Curie temperatures decrease from 38.5 K (Gd) to 7 K (Er). Band structure calculations show that nickel, at 0 K, has a very small magnetic polarization, oriented antiparallel to the rare-earth moment. The XPS measurements suggest the presence of unoccupied Ni3d states. The reciprocal susceptibilities follow a Curie-Weiss type behaviour. Effective nickel moments of 1.33 ± 0.25 µB were determined. The magnetic behaviour of nickel is analysed in models which take into account electron correlation effects in d bands.

  13. Adsorption characterization of gaseous volatile organic compound on mesoporous silica particles prepared from spent diatomaceous earth.

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    Bei, Lei-Lei; Tao, Hong; Ma, Chih-Ming; Shiue, Angus; Chang, Chang-Tang

    2014-04-01

    This study used spent diatomaceous earth (SDE) from drink processing as source of Si and cationic surfactant (CTAB) as a template for the synthesis of mesoporous silica Materials (MSM) through hydrothermal method. The MSM was characterized by Small-angle X-ray Diffraction (SXRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Thermo Gravimetric Analysis (TGA), Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and N2 adsorption-desorption analyzer. The results showed that the surface area, pore volume and pore size was roughly ranged from 880 to 1060 m2 g(-1), 1.05 cm3 g(-1) and 4.0 nm, respectively. The properties of the synthesized MSM were also compared with those prepared from pure silica sources (MCM-41) and got almost the same characteristics. The synthesized MSM was used as adsorbent at 25 degrees C with carrier gas of air. The adsorption equilibrium revealed that adsorption capacity of MSM was 59.6, 65.7, 69.6, 84.9 mg g(-1) while the acetone concentration was 600, 800, 1000 ppm, 1600 ppm respectively. Results showed that breakthrough curves correlate to the challenge vapor concentration, adsorbent loading, and the flow rate. The results obtained in the present work demonstrated that it was feasibility of using the SDE as a potential source of silica to prepare MSM.

  14. Rare earth elements and permanent magnets (invited)

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    Dent, Peter C.

    2012-04-01

    Rare earth (RE) magnets have become virtually indispensible in a wide variety of industries such as aerospace, automotive, electronics, medical, and military. RE elements are essential ingredients in these high performance magnets based on intermetallic compounds RECo5, RE2TM17 (TM: transition metal), and RE2TM14B. Rare earth magnets are known for their superior magnetic properties—high induction, and coercive force. These properties arise due to the extremely high magnetocrystalline anisotropy made possible by unique 3d-4f interactions between transition metals and rare earths. For more than 40 years, these magnets remain the number one choice in applications that require high magnetic fields in extreme operating conditions—high demagnetization forces and high temperature. EEC produces and specializes in RECo5 and RE2TM17 type sintered magnets. Samarium and gadolinium are key RE ingredients in the powder metallurgical magnet production processes which include melting, crushing, jet milling, pressing, sintering, and heat treating. The magnetic properties and applications of these magnets will be discussed. We will also briefly discuss the past, current, and future of the permanent magnet business. Currently, over 95% of all pure rare earth oxides are sourced from China, which currently controls the market. We will provide insights regarding current and potential new magnet technologies and designer choices, which may mitigate rare earth supply chain issues now and into the future.

  15. A comparative first-principles study on electronic structures and mechanical properties of ternary intermetallic compounds Al8Cr4Y and Al8Cu4Y: Pressure and tension effects

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    Yang, Wenchao; Pang, Mingjun; Tan, Yong; Zhan, Yongzhong

    2016-11-01

    An investigation into the bulk properties, elastic properties and Debye temperature under pressure, and deformation mode under tension of Al8Cu4Y and Al8Cr4Y compounds was investigated by using first principles calculations based on density functional theory. The calculated lattice constants for the ternary compounds (Al8Cu4Y and Al8Cr4Y) are in good agreement with the experimental data. It can be seen from interatomic distances that the bonding between Al1 atom and Cr, Y, and Al2 atoms in Al8Cr4Y are stronger than Al8Cu4Y. The results of cohesive energy show that Al8Cr4Y should be easier to be formed and much stronger chemical bonds than Al8Cu4Y. The bulk modulus B, shear modulus G, Young's modulus E and Poisson's ratio ν can be obtained by using the Voigt-Reuss-Hill averaging scheme. From the results of elastic properties, Al8Cr4Y has the stronger mechanical behavior than Al8Cu4Y. Our calculations also show that pressure has a greater effect on mechanical behavior for both compounds. The ideal tensile strength are obtained by stress-strain relationships under [001](001) uniaxial tensile deformation, which are 15.4 and 23.4 GPa for Al8Cu4Y and Al8Cr4Y, respectively. The total and partial density of states and electron charge density under uniaxial tensile deformations for Al8Cu4Y and Al8Cr4Y compounds are also calculated and discussed in this work.

  16. Reproducing the organic matter model of anthropogenic dark earth of Amazonia and testing the ecotoxicity of functionalized charcoal compounds

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    Carolina Rodrigues Linhares

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to obtain organic compounds similar to the ones found in the organic matter of anthropogenic dark earth of Amazonia (ADE using a chemical functionalization procedure on activated charcoal, as well as to determine their ecotoxicity. Based on the study of the organic matter from ADE, an organic model was proposed and an attempt to reproduce it was described. Activated charcoal was oxidized with the use of sodium hypochlorite at different concentrations. Nuclear magnetic resonance was performed to verify if the spectra of the obtained products were similar to the ones of humic acids from ADE. The similarity between spectra indicated that the obtained products were polycondensed aromatic structures with carboxyl groups: a soil amendment that can contribute to soil fertility and to its sustainable use. An ecotoxicological test with Daphnia similis was performed on the more soluble fraction (fulvic acids of the produced soil amendment. Aryl chloride was formed during the synthesis of the organic compounds from activated charcoal functionalization and partially removed through a purification process. However, it is probable that some aryl chloride remained in the final product, since the ecotoxicological test indicated that the chemical functionalized soil amendment is moderately toxic.

  17. 稀土在电沉积锌—镍合金中的作用%FUNCTION OF RARE EARTH COMPOUNDS ON ELECTRODEPOSITION OF ZINC-NICKEL ALLOY

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    朱龙章; 陈宇飞; 俞江萍

    2001-01-01

    Zinc-Nickel electrodepositing process and corrosion resistance ofZinc-Nickel obtained in a chloride bath with or without rare earth compounds are investigated.The experimental results show that the process of Zinc-Nickel alloy belongs to "anomalous codeposition" and the nickel content (mass percent) of Zinc-Nickel alloy coating is about 13%.When a small amount of rare earth compounds are added to the bath,the cathodic polarization of the electrodepositing process is increased,the alloy coatings gained from the bath become more close in structure and more fine in crystal and the corrosion resistance is also improved.

  18. Electronic and crystal structure of the high entropy TiZrHfCoNiCu intermetallics undergoing martensitic transformation

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    Firstov Georgiy

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available It was shown very recently that despite high thermal stability some high entropy alloys, namely, intermetallic compounds of TiZrHfCoNiCu family, undergo martensitic transformation and exhibit shape memory effect [1]. It was also found that X-ray diffraction patterns taken from those compounds resemble qualitatively ones of B2 ordering type for austenitic state and B19` - for martensite. It is going to be shown [2] that the ordered structure of austenite phase is not B2 but is a result of group-subgroup transition down to triclinic P1 space group. Present paper reports onto the results of electron structure modelling combined with crystal structure analysis with the help of experimental data Rietveld refinement performed for TiZrHfCoNiCu intermetallics. Crystal structures of austenite and martensite phases for these high entropy intermetallics will be discussed.

  19. Process optimization of rare earth and aluminum leaching from weathered crust elution-deposited rare earth ore with compound ammonium salts

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    何正艳; 张臻悦; 余军霞; 徐志高; 池汝安

    2016-01-01

    In order to intensify the leaching process of rare earth (RE) and reduce the impurities in the leachate, ammonium chloride (NH4Cl) and ammonium nitrate (NH4NO3) were mixed as a compound leaching agent to treat the weathered crust elution-deposited RE ore. Effects of molar ratio of NH4Cl and NH4NO3, ammonium (NH4+) concentration, leaching agent pH and flow rate on the leaching process of RE were studied and evaluated by the chromatographic plate theory. Leaching process of the main impurity alu-minium (Al) was also discussed in detail. Results showed that a higher initial ammonium concentration in a certain range could en-hance the mass transfer process of RE and Al by providing a driving force to overcome the resistance of diffusion. pH almost had no effects on the mass transfer efficiency of RE and Al in the range of 4 to 8. The relationship between the flow rate and height equiva-lent to a theoretical plate (HETP) could fit well with the Van Deemter equation, and the flow rate at the lowest HETP was determined. The optimum conditions of column leaching for RE and Al were 1:1 (molar ratio) of NH4Cl and NH4NO3, 0.2 mol/L of ammonium concentration, pH 4–8 of leaching agent and 0.5 mL/min of flow rate. Under this condition, the mass transfer efficiency of RE was improved, but no change was observed for Al compared with the most widely used ammonium sulfate. Moreover, the significant dif-ference value (around 20 mL) of retention volume at the peak concentration between RE and Al provided a possibility for their sepa-ration. It suggested the potential application of the novel compound leaching agent (NH4Cl/NH4NO3). It was found that the relative concentration of RE in the leachate could be easily obtained by monitoring the pH of leachate.

  20. Electronic structure and optical properties of the HoCoSi and ErNiSi compounds

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    Knyazev, Yu. V.; Lukoyanov, A. V., E-mail: lukoyanov@imp.uran.ru; Kuz’min, Yu. I. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Metal Physics, Ural Branch (Russian Federation); Gupta, S.; Suresh, K. G. [Indian Institute of Technology, Department of Physics (India)

    2016-10-15

    The electronic structure and the optical properties of the HoCoSi and ErNiSi compounds are studied. Spin-polarized band calculations are performed in the local electron density approximation corrected for the strong electron–electron interactions in the 4f shell of a rare-earth ion (LSDA + U method [11]). The optical constants are measured by ellipsometry in a wide wavelength range, and the frequency dependences of a number of spectral parameters are determined. The calculated densities of states are used to interpret the structural features of the interband optical conductivities of the intermetallic compounds.

  1. Surfaces of Intermetallics: Quasicrystals and Beyond

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    Yuen, Chad [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2012-01-01

    The goal of this work is to characterize surfaces of intermetallics, including quasicrystals. In this work, surface characterization is primarily focused on composition and structure using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) performed under ultrahigh vacuum (UHV) conditions.

  2. Wet chemical synthesis of intermetallic Pt3Zn nanocrystals via weak reduction reaction together with UPD process and their excellent electrocatalytic performances

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    Chen, Qiaoli; Zhang, Jiawei; Jia, Yanyan; Jiang, Zhiyuan; Xie, Zhaoxiong; Zheng, Lansun

    2014-05-01

    Platinum based alloy nanocrystals are promising catalysts for a variety of important practical process. However, it remains a great challenge to synthesize platinum-based intermetallic compound nanocrystals with well-defined surface structures. In this communication, taking the synthesis of concave cubic intermetallic Pt3Zn nanocrystals with {hk0} facets as an example, we proposed a new synthesis strategy for intermetallic compounds by reduction of noble metal precursors via a slow reduction process and reduction of transition metal ions via an underpotential deposition (UPD) process in wet chemical synthesis. The as-prepared intermetallic Pt3Zn nanocrystals exhibited superior CO poisoning tolerance and high electro-catalytic activity in both methanol and formic acid oxidation reactions in comparison with solid solution Pt3Zn nanocrystals and Pt/C.Platinum based alloy nanocrystals are promising catalysts for a variety of important practical process. However, it remains a great challenge to synthesize platinum-based intermetallic compound nanocrystals with well-defined surface structures. In this communication, taking the synthesis of concave cubic intermetallic Pt3Zn nanocrystals with {hk0} facets as an example, we proposed a new synthesis strategy for intermetallic compounds by reduction of noble metal precursors via a slow reduction process and reduction of transition metal ions via an underpotential deposition (UPD) process in wet chemical synthesis. The as-prepared intermetallic Pt3Zn nanocrystals exhibited superior CO poisoning tolerance and high electro-catalytic activity in both methanol and formic acid oxidation reactions in comparison with solid solution Pt3Zn nanocrystals and Pt/C. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Additional characterization data. See DOI: 10.1039/c4nr00313f

  3. Application of electrochemical techniques in pyrochemical processes - Electrochemical behaviour of rare earths at W, Cd, Bi and Al electrodes

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    Castrillejo, Y. [Departemento de Quimica Analitica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Valladolid, Prado de la Magdalena s/n, 47005 Valladolid (Spain)]. E-mail: ycastril@qa.uva.es; Bermejo, R. [Departemento de Quimica Analitica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Valladolid, Prado de la Magdalena s/n, 47005 Valladolid (Spain); Martinez, A.M. [Department of Materials Technology and Engineering, Sem Saelands vei 6, 7491 Trondheim (Norway); Barrado, E. [Departemento de Quimica Analitica, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Valladolid, Prado de la Magdalena s/n, 47005 Valladolid (Spain); Diaz Arocas, P. [CIEMAT, Dept. de Fision Nuclear, Avda. Complutense 22, Madrid 28040 (Spain)

    2007-01-15

    The electrochemical behaviour of some rare earths ions (REs) - from the light to heavy lanthanides (i.e. Ce, La, Pr, Gd, Er, Ho) and Y - were investigated in the eutectic LiCl-KCl at different substrates: (i) liquid metals Cd and Bi (ii) aluminium, and (iii) tungsten. The electrode reaction of the RE(III)/RE couples at the Cd and Bi pool electrodes was elucidated by cyclic voltammetry. The differences between the equilibrium potential adopted by a RE electrode and the E{sub 1/2}{sup r} observed with the same RE(III) solution at the liquid electrodes were consistent with the activity coefficients of RE in the liquid metal phase. The relative partial molar Gibbs energies and activities of RE in the RE-Cd and RE-Bi intermetallic compounds could be estimated by the analysis of the open circuit chronopotentiograms using Cd and Bi coated tungsten electrodes. The Gibbs energies of formation of different intermetallic compounds, as well as their molar entropies and enthalpies of formation were also calculated from the temperature dependence of the emf. The redox potential of the RE(III)/RE couples at the Al electrode was observed at more positive potentials than that at the inert electrode (W). This potential shift was explained by a lowering of the activity of the REs in the Al phases due to the formation of intermetallic compounds. Electromotive force measurements for various intermetallic compounds in two-phase coexisting states were carried out. The activities and relative partial molar Gibbs energies of REs were also obtained. Moreover, the molar entropies and enthalpies of the aluminium-rich alloys were also calculated from the temperature dependence of the emf measurements.

  4. Molecular alloys, linking organometallics with intermetallic Hume-Rothery phases: the highly coordinated transition metal compounds [M(ZnR)(n)] (n >or= 8) containing organo-zinc ligands.

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    Cadenbach, Thomas; Bollermann, Timo; Gemel, Christian; Tombul, Mustafa; Fernandez, Israel; von Hopffgarten, Moritz; Frenking, Gernot; Fischer, Roland A

    2009-11-11

    This paper presents the preparation, characterization and bonding analyses of the closed shell 18 electron compounds [M(ZnR)(n)] (M = Mo, Ru, Rh, Ni, Pd, Pt, n = 8-12), which feature covalent bonds between n one-electron organo-zinc ligands ZnR (R = Me, Et, eta(5)-C(5)(CH(3))(5) = Cp*) and the central metal M. The compounds were obtained in high isolated yields (>80%) by treatment of appropriate GaCp* containing transition metal precursors 13-18, namely [Mo(GaCp*)(6)], [Ru(2)(Ga)(GaCp*)(7)(H)(3)] or [Ru(GaCp*)(6)(Cl)(2)], [(Cp*Ga)(4)RhGa(eta(1)-Cp*)Me] and [M(GaCp*)(4)] (M = Ni, Pd, Pt) with ZnMe(2) or ZnEt(2) in toluene solution at elevated temperatures of 80-110 degrees C within a few hours of reaction time. Analytical characterization was done by elemental analyses (C, H, Zn, Ga), (1)H and (13)C NMR spectroscopy. The molecular structures were determined by single crystal X-ray diffraction. The coordination environment of the central metal M and the M-Zn and Zn-Zn distances mimic the situation in known solid state M/Zn Hume-Rothery phases. DFT calculations at the RI-BP86/def2-TZVPP and BP86/TZ2P+ levels of theory, AIM and EDA analyses were done with [M(ZnH)(n)] (M = Mo, Ru, Rh, Pd; n = 12, 10, 9, 8) as models of the homologous series. The results reveal that the molecules can be compared to 18 electron gold clusters of the type M@Au(n), that is, W@Au(12), but are neither genuine coordination compounds nor interstitial cage clusters. The molecules are held together by strong radial M-Zn bonds. The tangential Zn-Zn interactions are generally very weak and the (ZnH)(n) cages are not stable without the central metal M.

  5. Structures and physical properties of R2TX3 compounds

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    Pan Zhi-Yan; Cao Chong-De; Bai Xiao-Jun; Song Rui-Bo; Zheng Jian-Bang; Duan Li-Bing

    2013-01-01

    Rare-earth compounds have been an attractive subject based on the unique electronic structures of the rare-earth elements.Novel ternary intermetallic compounds R2TX3 (R =rare-earth element or U,T =transition-metal element,X =Si,Ge,Ga,In) are a significant branch of this research field due to their complex and intriguing physical properties,such as magnetic order at low temperature,spin-glass behavior,Kondo effect,heavy fermion behavior,and so on.The unique physical properties of R2TX3 compounds are related to distinctive electronic structures,crystal structures,microinteraction,and external environment.Most R2TX3 compounds crystallize in AlB2-type or derived AlB2-type structures and exhibit many similar properties.This paper gives a concise review of the structures and physical properties of these compounds.Spin glass,magnetic susceptibility,resistivity,and specific heat of R2TX3 compounds are discussed.

  6. The Crystal Growth and Characterization of CeT2Si2 Ternary Intermetallics (T = Ni, Pd, Pt)

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    Menovsky, A.A.; Snel, C.E.; Gortenmulder, T.J.; Palstra, T.T.M.

    1986-01-01

    Bulk single crystals of the ternary intermetallic compounds CeNi2Si2, CePd2Si2 and CePt2Si2 have been grown from the melt with a modified “tri-arc” Czochralski method. The as-grown crystals were characterized by X-ray, microprobe, and chemical analyses. The measured densities were compared with the

  7. The Crystal Growth and Characterization of CeT2Si2 Ternary Intermetallics (T = Ni, Pd, Pt)

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    Menovsky, A.A.; Snel, C.E.; Gortenmulder, T.J.; Palstra, T.T.M.

    1986-01-01

    Bulk single crystals of the ternary intermetallic compounds CeNi2Si2, CePd2Si2 and CePt2Si2 have been grown from the melt with a modified “tri-arc” Czochralski method. The as-grown crystals were characterized by X-ray, microprobe, and chemical analyses. The measured densities were compared with the

  8. Interference of spin-, charge- and orbital degrees of freedom in low-carrier rare earth compounds, investigated by NMR

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    Wada, S.

    2006-05-01

    In rare earth compounds, the concentration of charge carriers is known to strongly influence the nature, and the charge carriers caused by valence fluctuations result in a complete suppression of the magnetic state, as typically observed for YbInCu4. The notable exception has been reported for the cubic (NaCl structure) TmX and YbX families with low carrier, that exhibits antiferro-magnetic (AFM) order at low temperatures. Among these families, TmTe and YbSb with degenerate low-lying multiplets have an additional transition of antiferro-quadrupolar (AFQ) orderings. To elucidate the interplay between the electronic transport and magnetic and/or orbital phenomena close to a semiconductor-to-metal transition, we have carried NMR measurements of 63Cu in YbInCu4, 125Te in TmTe, and 121Sb in YbSb down to 1.2 K and the implication of NMR findings is discussed in terms of the CEF splitting.

  9. Magnetic, resonance, and optical properties of Cu3Sm (SeO3)2O2Cl : A rare-earth francisite compound

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    Zakharov, K. V.; Zvereva, E. A.; Markina, M. M.; Stratan, M. I.; Kuznetsova, E. S.; Dunaev, S. F.; Berdonosov, P. S.; Dolgikh, V. A.; Olenev, A. V.; Klimin, S. A.; Mazaev, L. S.; Kashchenko, M. A.; Ahmed, Md. A.; Banerjee, A.; Bandyopadhyay, S.; Iqbal, A.; Rahaman, B.; Saha-Dasgupta, T.; Vasiliev, A. N.

    2016-08-01

    In this combined experimental and theoretical paper, we study the properties of Cu3Sm (SeO3)2O2Cl belonging to the francisite family of compounds, which are novel frustrated layered compounds. Cu3Sm (SeO3)2O2Cl is synthesized through a solid state reaction. Characterizations through measurements of magnetization, specific heat, X-band electron spin resonance, and rare-earth optical spectroscopy, establish that the compound orders antiferromagnetically at TN=35 K and undergoes a spin-reorientation phase transition at TC=8.5 K due to the interplay of anisotropies in transition metal and rare-earth subsystems. The ground state Kramers doublet of Sm is found to split only at T kagome-type magnetic subsystem of Cu3Sm (SeO3)2O2Cl .

  10. Fundamentals of the route theory for satellite constellation design for Earth discontinuous coverage. Part 4: Compound satellite structures on orbits with synchronized nodal regression

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    Razoumny, Yury N.

    2016-12-01

    Basing on the theory results considered in the previous papers of the series for traditional one-tiered constellation formed on the orbits with the same values of altitudes and inclinations for all the satellites of the constellation, the method for constellation design using compound satellite structures on orbits with different altitudes and inclinations and synchronized nodal regression is developed. Compound, multi-tiered, satellite structures (constellations) are based on orbits with different values of altitude and inclination providing nodal regression synchronization. It is shown that using compound satellite constellations for Earth periodic coverage makes it possible to sufficiently improve the Earth coverage, as compared to the traditional constellations based on the orbits with common altitude and inclination for all the satellites of the constellation, and, as a consequence, to get new opportunities for the satellite constellation design for different types of prospective space systems regarding increasing the quality of observations or minimization of the number of the satellites required.

  11. Reversible hydrogen storage in the Ni-rich pseudo-binary Mg{sub 6}Pd{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.75} intermetallic compound: Reaction pathway, thermodynamic and kinetic properties

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    Ponthieu, M. [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); ICMPE/CNRS-UPEC UMR 7182, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais (France); Fernandez, J.F., E-mail: josefrancisco.fernandez@uam.es [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain); Cuevas, F. [ICMPE/CNRS-UPEC UMR 7182, 2-8 rue Henri Dunant, 94320 Thiais (France); Ares, J.R.; Leardini, F.; Bodega, J.; Sanchez, C. [Dpto. Fisica de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid (Spain)

    2013-01-25

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Mg{sub 6.2}Pd{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.65} reversibly absorbs 5.6 wt.% H in a two plateau pressure PCI. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ternary phase depletes in Mg and Ni at low hydrogen pressure to form Mg{sub 2}Ni. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reaction pathway of hydrogenation has been determined. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Enthalpy of the high pressure plateau is less negative than the one of pure Mg. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Low activation energy for desorption has been found for highly hydrided material. - Abstract: To improve the hydrogen storage properties of Mg{sub 6}Pd and to reduce its cost, Pd has been partly substituted by Ni at the solubility limit of the Mg{sub 6}(Pd,Ni) {rho}-phase. The attained composition is Mg{sub 6.2}Pd{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.65} as determined by Energy Dispersive X-Ray (EDX) and X-Ray Diffraction (XRD). Hydrogenation of this compound has been investigated by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM-EDX), Pressure-Composition-Isotherms (PCI) and thermal desorption analysis. On absorption, it decomposes in two steps as evidenced by two distinct plateau pressures. At low pressure, a partial segregation of Mg and Ni out of the pseudo-binary Mg{sub 6.2}Pd{sub 0.25}Ni{sub 0.65} {rho}-phase occurs leading to the formation of MgH{sub 2}, Mg{sub 2}Ni and Mg{sub 6}Pd{sub 0.7}Ni{sub 0.3} phases. At high pressure, the Mg{sub 6}Pd{sub 0.7}Ni{sub 0.3} phase disproportionates into MgH{sub 2}, Mg{sub 2}NiH{sub 4}, MgPd and Mg{sub 5}Pd{sub 2} phases. The hydrogenation reaction is reversible providing a hydrogen capacity of 5.6 wt.% H. The reaction enthalpy of the high pressure plateau is less negative than for pure Mg. Furthermore, the activation energy for H-desorption exhibits a dramatic decrease for hydrogen contents above 4 wt.% H, i.e. after the alloy disproportionation.

  12. The μ3 model of acids and bases: extending the Lewis theory to intermetallics.

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    Stacey, Timothy E; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2012-04-02

    A central challenge in the design of new metallic materials is the elucidation of the chemical factors underlying the structures of intermetallic compounds. Analogies to molecular bonding phenomena, such as the Zintl concept, have proven very productive in approaching this goal. In this Article, we extend a foundational concept of molecular chemistry to intermetallics: the Lewis theory of acids and bases. The connection is developed through the method of moments, as applied to DFT-calibrated Hückel calculations. We begin by illustrating that the third and fourth moments (μ(3) and μ(4)) of the electronic density of states (DOS) distribution tune the properties of a pseudogap. μ(3) controls the balance of states above and below the DOS minimum, with μ(4) then determining the minimum's depth. In this way, μ(3) predicts an ideal occupancy for the DOS distribution. The μ(3)-ideal electron count is used to forge a link between the reactivity of transition metals toward intermetallic phase formation, and that of Lewis acids and bases toward adduct formation. This is accomplished through a moments-based definition of acidity which classifies systems that are electron-poor relative to the μ(3)-ideal as μ(3)-acidic, and those that are electron-rich as μ(3)-basic. The reaction of μ(3) acids and bases, whether in the formation of a Lewis acid/base adduct or an intermetallic phase, tends to neutralize the μ(3) acidity or basicity of the reactants. This μ(3)-neutralization is traced to the influence of electronegativity differences at heteroatomic contacts on the projected DOS curves of the atoms involved. The role of μ(3)-acid/base interactions in intermetallic phases is demonstrated through the examination of 23 binary phases forming between 3d metals, the stability range of the CsCl type, and structural trends within the Ti-Ni system.

  13. Effect of Mn addition on Fe-rich intermetallics morphology and dry sliding wear investigation of hypereutectic Al-17.5%Si alloys

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    Cyrus Bidmeshki

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available The effect of Manganese addition on the iron-rich intermetallics and wear behavior of Al-17.5%Si hypereutectic alloys has been studied. Dry sliding wear tests have been conducted using a pin-on-disk machine under different normal loads of 18, 51, 74 and 100 N and at a constant sliding speed of 0.3 m/s. The addition of 1.2 wt.% Fe to the base alloy increased the wear rate due to the formation of needle beta intermetallics. Introducing 0.6 wt.% Mn to the iron-rich alloy changed the beta intermetallics into the modified alpha phases, and therefore reduced the detrimental effect of iron. Mn addition up to 0.9 wt.% to the 1.8Fe alloy did not impede formation of needle-like intermetallic compounds and had no positive effect on the modification of microstructure.

  14. A Study on the Formation of Intermetallics During the Heat Treatment of Explosively Welded Al-Ti Multilayers

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    Foadian, Farzad; Soltanieh, Mansour; Adeli, Mandana; Etminanbakhsh, Majid

    2014-04-01

    Metallic-intermetallic laminate composites are promising materials for many applications, namely, in the aerospace industry. Ti/TiAl3 laminates are one of the interesting laminate composites, which are mostly used in aerospace applications. In this work, commercially pure aluminum and titanium sheets were explosively joined. The multilayer samples were annealed between 1 and 260 hours at 903 K (630 °C) in ambient atmosphere, and the formation and growth of the intermetallic compound at the Ti/Al interface were monitored. Microstructural investigations were carried out using optical and scanning electron microscopes equipped with energy-dispersive spectroscopy and the X-ray diffraction technique. The microhardness profile of the layers was also determined. The thickness and type of Al-Ti intermetallics were determined. It was found that the only intermetallic phase observed in the interfaces was TiAl3. It was also shown that two mechanisms for TiAl3 growth exist: reaction and diffusion controlled. The growth exponent was equal to 0.94 for the reaction-controlled mechanism (first step) and 0.31 for the diffusion-controlled mechanism (second step). These values were in good agreement with theoretical values (1 and 0.5 for the first and second steps, respectively). Based on the results of this research, a kinetic model for the formation and growth of TiAl3 intermetallic phase was proposed.

  15. The effect of rare earth elements on the microstructure of as-cast AM50 alloy

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available As-cast Mg-5Al-0.4Mn-xRE (x = 0, 1, 2 wt.% magnesium alloys were prepared successfully and influence of rare earth (RE elements on the microstructure has been investigated by light microscopy and X-ray diffraction (XRD. The results revealed that the as-cast Mg-5Al-0.4Mn alloy consist of α - Mg matrix and eutectic α + γ (where γ is Mg17Al12. With the addition of rare earth elements Al11RE3 precipitates were formed. The amount of the Al11RE3 precipitates increased with increasing addition of RE, but the amount of γ - Mg17Al12 decreased. Additionally, in alloys with rare earth elements no aluminium-manganese precipitates were observed, instead of that ternary intermetallic compound Al10RE2Mn7 was formed.

  16. Role of intermetallics on the mechanical fatigue behavior of Cu–Al ball bond interfaces

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    Lassnig, A., E-mail: alice.lassnig@univie.ac.at [University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics, Physics of Nanostructured Materials, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Wien (Austria); Pelzer, R. [Infineon Technologies Austria AG, Siemensstrae 2, 9500 Villach (Austria); Gammer, C. [University of Vienna, Faculty of Physics, Physics of Nanostructured Materials, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Wien (Austria); National Center for Electron Microscopy, Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Khatibi, G. [Vienna University of Technology, Institute of Chemical Technology and Analytics, Getreidemarkt 9, 1060 Wien (Austria)

    2015-10-15

    The mechanical fatigue behavior of Cu–Al interfaces occurring in thermosonic ball bonds –typically used in microelectronic packages for automotive applications – is investigated by means of a specially designed fatigue test technique. Fully reversed cyclic shear stresses are induced at the bond interface, leading to subsequent fatigue lift off failure and revealing the weakest site of the bond. A special focus is set on the role of interfacial intermetallic compounds (IMC) on the fatigue performance of such interfaces. Therefore fatigue life curves were obtained for three representative microstructural states: The as-bonded state is compared to two annealed states at 200 °C for 200 h and at 200 °C for 2000 h respectively. In the moderately annealed state two IMC layers (Al{sub 2}Cu, Al{sub 4}Cu{sub 9}) could be identified, whereas in the highly aged state the original pad metallization was almost entirely consumed and AlCu is formed as a third IMC. Finally, the crack path is traced back as a function of interfacial microstructure by means of electron microscopy techniques. Whereas conventional static shear tests reveal no significant decrease of the bond shear force with increased IMC formation the fatigue tests prove a clear degradation in the cyclic mechanical performance. It can be concluded that during cycling the crack deflects easily into the formed intermetallics, leading to early failure of the ball bonds due to their brittle nature. - Highlights: • High cycle fatigue of various miniaturized Cu–Al interfaces is investigated. • Interfacial intermetallic compounds consist of Al2Cu, AlCu and Al4Cu9. • Static shear strength shows minor dependency on interfacial phase formation. • Fatigue tests prove significant degradation with intermetallic compound evolution. • Fatigue fracture surface analysis reveal microstructure dependent crack path.

  17. Nanomechanical responses of intermetallic phase at the solder joint interface - Crystal orientation and metallurgical effects

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    Song, Jenn-Ming, E-mail: samsong@nchu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Chung Hsing University, Taichung 402, Taiwan (China); Huang, Bo-Ron [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien 974, Taiwan (China); Liu, Cheng-Yi [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, National Central University, Taoyuan 320, Taiwan (China); Lai, Yi-Shao; Chiu, Ying-Ta [Central Labs, Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, Inc., Kaohsiung 811, Taiwan (China); Huang, Tzu-Wen [Laboratory for High Performance Ceramics, EMPA, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Switzerland)

    2012-02-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Textural and alloying effects on mechanical behavior of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} are explored. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Orientation dependence on elastic behavior of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} is verified and explained. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Allotropic transition and plastic ability for Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} are linked. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer How alloying affects the hexagonal to monoclinic transition of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} is proposed. - Abstract: In this study, the relationships between crystal structures, metallurgical effects, and mechanical properties of the most common intermetallic compound formed at the interface of solder joints, Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5}, were investigated using nanoindentation. Experimental results show that the (112{sup Macron }0) oriented hexagonal Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} exhibited anisotropic mechanical behavior compared to those with random growth directions. The closest atomic packing density of the (112{sup Macron }0) plane in hexagonal Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} resulted in higher hardness and notably, greater stiffness. Subjected to long time aging at 150 Degree-Sign C, hexagonal Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5} was transformed into the equilibrium monoclinic structure, resulting in a reduced modulus and thus inferior ability for plasticity. Alloying of Ni, Mn and rare earth elements (La and Ce) had various contributions to the allotropic transition and thus nanoindentation responses. It was found that the differences in atomic radius between the solute elements and Cu affected the kinetics of the allotropic transformation and also the mechanical performance of Cu{sub 6}Sn{sub 5}. There exists a critical value for the modulus/hardness ratio (E/H) of about 17.3-17.5, below which the indent morphology showed a brittle characteristic.

  18. Formation of Nanoscale Intermetallic Phases in Ni Surface Layer at High Intensity Implantation of Al Ions

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    I.A.Bozhko; S.V.Fortuna; I.A.Kurzina; I.B.Stepanov; E.V.Kozlov; Yu.P. Sharkeev

    2004-01-01

    The results of experimental study of nanoscale intermetallic formation in surface layer of a metal target at ion implantation are presented. To increase the thickness of the ion implanted surface layer the high intensive ion implantation is used. Compared with the ordinary ion implantation, the high intensive ion implantation allows a much thicker modified surface layer. Pure polycrystalline nickel was chosen as a target. Nickel samples were irradiated with Al ions on the vacuum-arc ion beam and plasma flow source "Raduga-5". It was shown that at the high intensity ion implantation the fine dispersed particles of Ni3Al, NiAl intermetallic compounds and solid solution Al in Ni are formed in the nickel surface layer of 200 nm and thicker. The formation of phases takes place in complete correspondence with the Ni-Al phase diagram.

  19. High-Performance Pd3Pb Intermetallic Catalyst for Electrochemical Oxygen Reduction.

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    Cui, Zhiming; Chen, Hao; Zhao, Mengtian; DiSalvo, Francis J

    2016-04-13

    Extensive efforts to develop highly active and strongly durable electrocatalyst for oxygen reduction are motivated by a need for metal-air batteries and fuel cells. Here, we report a very promising catalyst prototype of structurally ordered Pd-based alloys, Pd3Pb intermetallic compound. Such structurally ordered Pd3Pb/C exhibits a significant increase in mass activity. More importantly, compared to the conventional Pt/C catalysts, ordered Pd3Pb/C is highly durable and exhibits a much longer cycle life and higher cell efficiency in Zn-air batteries. Interestingly, ordered Pd3Pb/C possesses very high methanol tolerance during electrochemical oxygen reduction, which make it an excellent methanol-tolerant cathode catalyst for alkaline polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells. This study provides a promising route to optimize the synthesis of ordered Pd-based intermetallic catalysts for fuel cells and metal-air batteries.

  20. A reliability study on tin based lead free micro joint including intermetallic and void evolution

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    Feyissa, Frezer Assefa

    In microelectronics soldering to Cu pad lead to formation of two intermetallic structures in the solder -pad interface. The growth of these layers is accompanied by microscopic voids that usually cause reliability concern in the industry. Therefore it is important to understand factors that contribute for the growth of IMC using various combination of reflow time, Sn thickness and aging temperature. Systematic study was conducted on Cu-Sn system to investigate the formation and growth of intermetallic compound (IMC) as well as voiding evolution for different solder thicknesses. The growth of the Cu6Sn5 IMC layer was found to be increasing as the Sn thicknesses increase after reflow while the Cu3Sn layer were decreasing under same conditions. Also after reflow and aging more voiding were shown to occur in the thin solder than thicker one.

  1. High Temperature Oxidation of Superalloys and Intermetallic Compounds

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    2010-02-28

    Investigaciones en Materiales Avanzados S.C Miguel de Cervantes #120 , Complejo Industrial Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico .CP31109 9... Materiales Avanzados. S.C. (CIMAV) Miguel de Cervantes No. 120, Complejo Industrial Chihuahua C. P. 31109. Chihuahua, Chih. Mexico. Grant No.: FA9550-06-1...Almeraya-Calderon. Ph. D. Thesis. Centra de Investigation en Materiales Avanzados. S. C, Chihuahua, Chi, Mexico. 1998. [8]. D. M. Farrell, W.K

  2. Addressing Machining Issues for the Intermetallic Compound 60-NITINOL

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    Stanford, Malcolm K.; Wozniak, Walter A.; McCue, Terry R.

    2012-01-01

    60-NITINOL (60 wt.% Ni - 40 wt.% Ti) is being studied as a material for advanced aerospace components. Frequent wire breakage during electrical-discharge machining of this material was investigated. The studied material was fabricated from hot isostatically pressed 60-NITINOL powder obtained through a commercial source. Bulk chemical analysis of the material showed that the composition was nominal but had relatively high levels of certain impurities, including Al and O. It was later determined that Al2O3 particles had contaminated the material during the hot isostatic pressing procedure and that these particles were the most likely cause of the wire breakage. The results of this investigation highlight the importance of material cleanliness to its further implementation.

  3. Evolution, Interaction, and Intrinsic Properties of Dislocations in Intermetallics: Anisotropic 3D Dislocation Dynamics Approach

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    Chen, Qian [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2008-01-01

    The generation, motion, and interaction of dislocations play key roles during the plastic deformation process of crystalline solids. 3D Dislocation Dynamics has been employed as a mesoscale simulation algorithm to investigate the collective and cooperative behavior of dislocations. Most current research on 3D Dislocation Dynamics is based on the solutions available in the framework of classical isotropic elasticity. However, due to some degree of elastic anisotropy in almost all crystalline solids, it is very necessary to extend 3D Dislocation Dynamics into anisotropic elasticity. In this study, first, the details of efficient and accurate incorporation of the fully anisotropic elasticity into 3D discrete Dislocation Dynamics by numerically evaluating the derivatives of Green's functions are described. Then the intrinsic properties of perfect dislocations, including their stability, their core properties and disassociation characteristics, in newly discovered rare earth-based intermetallics and in conventional intermetallics are investigated, within the framework of fully anisotropic elasticity supplemented with the atomistic information obtained from the ab initio calculations. Moreover, the evolution and interaction of dislocations in these intermetallics as well as the role of solute segregation are presented by utilizing fully anisotropic 3D dislocation dynamics. The results from this work clearly indicate the role and the importance of elastic anisotropy on the evolution of dislocation microstructures, the overall ductility and the hardening behavior in these systems.

  4. Ameliorated Chrysotille—induced DNA Damage in Human Embryo Lung Cells by Surface Modification of Chrysotile With Rare Earth Compounds

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    FANJING-GUANG; WANGQI-EN; 等

    2001-01-01

    Objective:In view of the fact that asbestos is not only a key occupational hazard,but also an important enviromental pollutant,it is necessary to develop a proper method to decrease the carcinogenectiy of asbestos fibers.This study was designed to determine if the surface modification of chrysotile asbestos fiber(CAF)with rare earth compounds(REC) can ameliorate CAF-induced DNA damages in human embryo lung(HEL)cells,Methods:After incubation with REC solution at different concentrations at room temperature for 1h,natural and REC-pretreated CAF was added to cell culture at various doses.At the selected time as the experiment designed ,DNA damages of the HEL cells were detected by Unscheduled DNA Synthesis(UDS) and Single Cell Gel Electrophoresis(SCGE) assays.Results:The UDS induced by natural CAF was elevated with the increase of CAF doses,There was a good dose-response relationship between the UDS and the amount of CAF in the mdeium and the coefficient of correlation(R) was 0.958 at P<0.05,In REC-pretreated CAF groups,the use declined with the increase of REC doses.Both catalase(CAT) and dimethylsulfoxide(DMSO)also reduced the CAF-induced enhancement of UDS.In SCGE assay,CAF induced DNA chain breakage and the magnitude of DNA chain breakage increased in a dosedependent manner and the coefficient of correlation(R))was 0.992 at P<0.01,while REC-pretreated CAF significantly decreased the induction of DNA chain breakage in a dose-dependent manner(r=0.989,P<0.05).Conclusion:It can be concluded that CAF-induced DNA damages in HEL cells may be partly mediated by oxygen derivatives,and the surface modification of CAF with REC might hide critical sites on the fiber surface ,thereby reducing the fiber-mediated production of oxygen derivation and lowering the CAF-induced UDS and DNA chani breakage in HEL cells.

  5. Ameliorated Chrysotile-induced DNA Damage in Human Embryo Lung Cells by Surface Modification of Chrysotile With Rare Earth Compounds

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    2001-01-01

    Objective In view of the fact that asbestos is not only a key occupational hazard, but also an important environmental pollutant, it is necessary to develop a proper method to decrease the carcinogenecity of asbestos fibers. This study was designed to determine if the surface modification of chrysotile asbestos fiber (CAF) with rare earth compounds (REC) can ameliorate CAF-induced DNA damages in human embryo lung (HEL) cells. Methods After incubation with REC solution at different concentrations at room temperature for 1 h, natural and REC-pretreated CAF was added to cell culture at various doses. At the selected time as the experiment designed, DNA damages of the HEL cells were detected by Unscheduled DNA Synthesis (UDS) and Single Cell Gel Electrophoresis (SCGE) assays. Results The UDS induced by natural CAF was elevated with the increase of CAF doses. There was a good dose-response relationship between the UDS and the amount of CAF in the medium and the coefficient of correlation (R) was 0.958 at P<0.05. In REC-pretreated CAF groups, the UDS declined with the increase of REC doses. Both catalase (CAT) and dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) also reduced the CAF-induced enhancement of UDS. In SCGE assay, CAF induced DNA chain breakage and the magnitude of DNA chain breakage increased in a dose-dependent manner and the coefficient of correlation (R) was 0.992 at p<0.01, while REC-pretreated CAF significantly decreased the induction of DNA chain breakage in a dose-dependent manner(r=0.989, p<0.05). Conclusion It can be concluded that CAF-induced DNA damages in HEL cells may be partly mediated by oxygen derivatives, and the surface modification of CAF with REC might hide critical sites on the fiber surface, thereby reducing the fiber-mediated production of oxygen derivation and lowering the CAF-induced UDS and DNA chain breakage in HEL cells.

  6. Wafer bonding using Cu-Sn intermetallic bonding layers

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    Flötgen, C.; Pawlak, M.; Pabo, E.; Wiel, H.J. van de; Hayes, G.R.; Dragoi, V.

    2014-01-01

    Wafer-level Cu-Sn intermetallic bonding is an interesting process for advanced applications in the area of MEMS and 3D interconnects. The existence of two intermetallic phases for Cu-Sn system makes the wafer bonding process challenging. The impact of process parameters on final bonding layer

  7. Magneto-structural correlations in rare-earth cobalt pnictides

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    Thompson, Corey Mitchell

    Magnetic materials are used in many applications such as credit cards, hard drives, electric motors, sensors, etc. Although a vast range of magnetic solids is available for these purposes, our ability to improve their efficiency and discover new materials remains paramount to the sustainable progress and economic profitability in many technological areas. The search for magnetic solids with improved performance requires fundamental understanding of correlations between the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of existing materials, as well as active exploratory synthesis that targets the development of new magnets. Some of the strongest permanent magnets, Nd 2Fe14B, SmCo5, and Sm2Co17, combine transition and rare-earth metals, benefiting from the strong exchange between the 4f and 3d magnetic sublattices. Although these materials have been studied in great detail, the development of novel magnets requires thorough investigation of other 3d-4 f intermetallics, in order to gain further insights into correlations between their crystal structures and magnetic properties. Among many types of intermetallic materials, ternary pnictides RCo 2Pn2 (R = La, Ce, Pr, Nd; Pn = P, As) are of interest because, despite their simple crystal structures, they contain two magnetic sublattices, exchange interactions between which may lead to rich and unprecedented magnetic behavior. Nevertheless, magnetism of these materials was studied only to a limited extent, especially as compared to the extensive studies of their silicide and germanide analogues. The ThCr2Si2 structure type, to which these ternary pnictides belong, is one of the most ubiquitous atomic arrangements encountered among intermetallic compounds. It accounts for over 1000 known intermetallics and has received increased attention due to the recently discovered FeAs-based superconductors. This dissertation is devoted to the investigation of magnetostructural relationships and anomalous magnetic behaviors in rare

  8. Second International Symposium on Structural Intermetallics

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    1997-09-01

    Superalloys 1992 (1991), 2317-2335. edited by S. D. Antolovich , R. W. Strusrud, R. A. MacKay, D. L. 10. S. G. Song, N. Shi, G. T. Gray III, and J. A...NJ (1987) 285. W. Soboyejo, in High Temperature Ordered Intermetallics VI, J. A. Horton et al, Eds., MRS 55. B. A. Lerch and S. D. Antolovich , Metall...1988, S. depends on the anisotropy of antiphase boundary energy instead of the Reichman, D. N. Duhl, G. Maurer, S. Antolovich , and C. Lund, amount of

  9. Prebiotic Synthesis of Methionine and Other Sulfur-Containing Organic Compounds on the Primitive Earth: A Contemporary Reassessment Based on an Unpublished 1958 Stanley Miller Experiment

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    Parker, Eric T.; Cleaves, H. James; Callahan, Michael P.; Dworkin, Jason P.; Glavin, Daniel P.; Lazcano, Antonio

    2010-01-01

    Original extracts from an unpublished 1958 experiment conducted by the late Stanley L. Miller were recently found and analyzed using modern state-of-the-art analytical methods. The extracts were produced by the action of an electric discharge on a mixture of methane (CH4), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), ammonia (NH3), and carbon dioxide (CO2). Racemic methionine was farmed in significant yields, together with other sulfur-bearing organic compounds. The formation of methionine and other compounds from a model prebiotic atmosphere that contained H2S suggests that this type of synthesis is robust under reducing conditions, which may have existed either in the global primitive atmosphere or in localized volcanic environments on the early Earth. The presence of a wide array of sulfur-containing organic compounds produced by the decomposition of methionine and cysteine indicates that in addition to abiotic synthetic processes, degradation of organic compounds on the primordial Earth could have been important in diversifying the inventory of molecules of biochemical significance not readily formed from other abiotic reactions, or derived from extraterrestrial delivery.

  10. Cold Sprayed Intermetallic Thermal Barrier Coatings

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    Leshchinsky, Evgeny

    Conventional thermal barrier coating (TBC) systems consist of a duplex structure with a metallic bond coat and a ceramic heat-isolative topcoat. Several recent research activities are concentrated on the development of improved multilayer bond coat and TBC materials. This study represents an investigation performed for the aluminum based bond coats, especially those with reduced thermal conductivities. Using alternative TBC materials, such as metal alloys and intermetallics, their processing methods can be further optimized to achieve the best thermal physical parameters. One example is the ten-layer system in which cold sprayed aluminum based intermetallics are synthesized. These systems demonstrated improved heat insulation and thermal fatigue capabilities compared to conventional TBC. The microstructures and properties of the laminar coatings were characterized by SEM, EDS, XRD; micromechanical and durability tests were performed to define the structure and coating formation mechanisms. Application prospects for HCCI engines are discussed. Fuel energy can be utilized more efficiently with the concept of low heat rejection engines with applied TBC.

  11. Crystal Structure and X-ray Powder Diffraction Data for Rare Earth Compound PrNiSn

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    1999-01-01

    The compound PrNiSn was studied by X-ray powder diffraction technique. The crystal structure and the X-ray diffraction data for this compound at room temperature were reported. The compound PrNiSn is orthorhombic with lattice parameters a=0.74569(3) nm, b=0.76851(5) nm, c=0.45676(8) nm, V=0.26176 nm3, Z=4 and Dx=8.076 g·cm-3, space group Pna21(33). The figure of merit FN for the compound is F30=54 (0.0093, 60).

  12. Strong, ductile, and thermally stable Cu-based metal-intermetallic nanostructured composites

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    Dusoe, Keith J.; Vijayan, Sriram; Bissell, Thomas R.; Chen, Jie; Morley, Jack E.; Valencia, Leopolodo; Dongare, Avinash M.; Aindow, Mark; Lee, Seok-Woo

    2017-01-01

    Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) and nanocrystalline metals (NMs) have been extensively investigated due to their superior strengths and elastic limits. Despite these excellent mechanical properties, low ductility at room temperature and poor microstructural stability at elevated temperatures often limit their practical applications. Thus, there is a need for a metallic material system that can overcome these performance limits of BMGs and NMs. Here, we present novel Cu-based metal-intermetallic nanostructured composites (MINCs), which exhibit high ultimate compressive strengths (over 2 GPa), high compressive failure strain (over 20%), and superior microstructural stability even at temperatures above the glass transition temperature of Cu-based BMGs. Rapid solidification produces a unique ultra-fine microstructure that contains a large volume fraction of Cu5Zr superlattice intermetallic compound; this contributes to the high strength and superior thermal stability. Mechanical and microstructural characterizations reveal that substantial accumulation of phase boundary sliding at metal/intermetallic interfaces accounts for the extensive ductility observed.

  13. Strong, ductile, and thermally stable Cu-based metal-intermetallic nanostructured composites

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    Dusoe, Keith J.; Vijayan, Sriram; Bissell, Thomas R.; Chen, Jie; Morley, Jack E.; Valencia, Leopolodo; Dongare, Avinash M.; Aindow, Mark; Lee, Seok-Woo

    2017-01-01

    Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) and nanocrystalline metals (NMs) have been extensively investigated due to their superior strengths and elastic limits. Despite these excellent mechanical properties, low ductility at room temperature and poor microstructural stability at elevated temperatures often limit their practical applications. Thus, there is a need for a metallic material system that can overcome these performance limits of BMGs and NMs. Here, we present novel Cu-based metal-intermetallic nanostructured composites (MINCs), which exhibit high ultimate compressive strengths (over 2 GPa), high compressive failure strain (over 20%), and superior microstructural stability even at temperatures above the glass transition temperature of Cu-based BMGs. Rapid solidification produces a unique ultra-fine microstructure that contains a large volume fraction of Cu5Zr superlattice intermetallic compound; this contributes to the high strength and superior thermal stability. Mechanical and microstructural characterizations reveal that substantial accumulation of phase boundary sliding at metal/intermetallic interfaces accounts for the extensive ductility observed. PMID:28067334

  14. Zintl and intermetallic phases grown from calcium/lithium flux

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    Blankenship, Trevor

    Metal flux synthes is a useful alternative method to high temperature solid state synthesis; it allows easy diffusion of reactants at lower temperatures, and presents favorable conditions for crystal growth. A mixed flux of calcium and lithium in a 1:1 ratio was explored in this work; this mixture melts at 300°C and is an excellent solvent for main group elements and CaH 2. Reactions of p-block elements in a 1:1 Ca/Li flux have produced several new intermetallic and Zintl phases. Electronegative elements from groups 14 and 15 are reduced to anions in this flux, yielding charge-balanced products. More electropositive metals from group 13 are not fully reduced; the resulting products are complex intermetallics. The reactions of tin or lead and carbon in Ca/Li flux produced the analogous phases Ca11Tt3C8 (Tt = Sn, Pb) in the monoclinic C21/c space group (a = 13.2117(8) A, b =10.7029(7) A, c = 14.2493(9) A, beta = 105.650(1)° for the Sn analog). These compounds are carbide Zintl phases that includes the rare combination of C3 4- and C22- units as well as Sn4- or Pb4- anions. Ca/Li flux reactions of CaH2 and arsenic have produced the Zintl phases LiCa3As 2H in orthorhombic Pnma (a = 11.4064(7), b = 4.2702(3), c = 11.8762(8) A), and Ca 13As6C0.46N1.155H6.045in tetragonal P4/mbm (a = 15.7493(15), c = 9.1062(9) A). The complex stoichiometry of the latter phase was caused by incorporation of light element contaminants and was studied by neutron diffraction, showing mixing of anionic sites to achieve charge balance. Ca/Li flux reactions with group 13 metals have resulted in several new intermetallic phases. Reactions of indium and CaH2 in the Ca/Li flux (with or without boron) formed Ca53In13B4-x H23+x(2.4 < x < 4.0) in cubic space group Im-3 (a = 16.3608(6) A) which features metallic indium atoms and ionic hydride sites. The electronic properties of this "subhydride" were confirmed by 1H and 115In NMR spectroscopy. Attempts to replace boron with carbon yielded Ca12InC13-x

  15. Theory of low energy excitations in resonant inelastic x-ray scattering for rare-earth systems: Yb compounds as typical examples

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    Kotani, A.

    2011-04-01

    Theoretical predictions are given for low energy excitations, such as crystal field excitations and Kondo resonance excitations, to be detected by high-resolution measurements of resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) of rare-earth materials with Yb compounds as typical examples. Crystal field excitations in the Yb 3d RIXS of a Yb3+ ion in the cubic crystal field are formulated, and the calculation of RIXS spectra for YbN is done. Kondo resonance excitations revealed in the Yb 3d RIXS spectra are calculated for mixed-valence Yb compounds, Yb1-xLuxAl3, in the leading term approximation of the 1/Nf expansion method with a single impurity Anderson model. It is emphasized that the high-resolution RIXS with polarization dependence is a powerful tool to study the crystal field levels together with their symmetry and also the Kondo bound state in rare-earth compounds. Some in-depth discussions are given on the polarization effects of RIXS, including 4d and 2p RIXS spectra, the coherence effect of the Kondo bound states, and the importance of the high-resolution RIXS spectra for condensed matter physics under extreme conditions.

  16. 界面耦合作用对Cu(Ni)/Sn-Ag-Cu/Cu(Ni)BGA 焊点界面IMC形成与演化的影响%EFFECT OF THE CROSS-INTERACTION ON THE FORMATION AND EVOLUTION OF INTERMETALLIC COMPOUNDS IN Cu(Ni)/Sn-Ag-Cu/Cu(Ni) BGA STRUCTURE SOLDER JOINTS

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    李勋平; 周敏波; 夏建民; 马骁; 张新平

    2011-01-01

    研究了焊盘材料界面耦合作用对Cu(Ni)/Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu/Cu(Ni)BGA(Ball Grid Array)结构焊点焊后态和125℃等温时效过程中界面金属间化合物(IMC)的成分、形貌和生长动力学的影响.结果表明,凸点下金属层(UBM)Ni界面IMC的成分与钎料中Cu含量有关,钎料中Cu含量较高时界面IMC为(Cu,Ni)6Sn5,而Cu含量较低时,则生成(Cu,Ni)3Sn4;Cu-Ni耦合易导致Cu/Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu/Ni焊点中钎料/Ni界面IMC异常生长并产生剥离而进入钎料.125℃等温时效过程中,Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu/Cu界面IMC的生长速率常数随钎料中Cu含量增加而提高,Cu-Cu耦合降低一次回流侧IMC生长速率常数;Cu-Ni耦合和Ni-Ni耦合均导致焊点一次回流Ni侧界面IMC的生长速率常数增大,但Ni对界面IMC生长动力学的影响大于Cu;Ni有利于抑制Cu界面Cu3Sn生长,降低界面IMC生长速率,但Cu-Ni耦合对Cu界面Cu3Sn中Kirkendall空洞率无明显影响.%The formation and evolution of interfacial intermetallic compounds (IMCs) in Cu(Ni)/Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu/Cu(Ni) BGA (Ball Grid Array) structure solder joints both in the asreflowed state and undergoing isothermal aging at 125 C were investigated. The results show that there exists a significant cross-interaction effect of the solder pad/under bump metal (UBM) on the composition, morphology and growth kinetics of interfacial IMCs in solder joints. The reactions of solder/Ni UBM strongly depends on the Cu content of the solder, for a high Cu content, a continuous (Cu, Ni)6Sn5 layer forms at the interface, while for a low Cu content, a continuous (Ni, Cu)3Sn4 layer appears at the interface. The cross-interaction of Cu and Ni in Cu/Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu(SAC)/Ni solder joints has obvious influence on the composition and morphology of the interfacial IMC; and the IMC spalling phenomenon occurs at the interface of Ni side. During isothermal aging at 125 ℃, the growth rate constant of the interfacial IMC layer in SAC/Cu and Cu/SAC/Cu joints increases with

  17. Effect of Ni and Bi addition on growth rate of intermetallic compound of SnAgCu soldering%Ni和Bi元素对SnAgCu钎焊界面金属化合物生长速率的影响

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    刘洋; 孙凤莲

    2012-01-01

    通过加速温度时效方法研究Ni和Bi元素对低银(含银量小于1%,质量分数)Sn-Ag-Cu (LASAC)钎料 界面IMC生长速率的影响.通过与高银钎料SAC305和低银钎料LASAC对比,分析添加Ni和Bi元素后LASAC钎料在高温时效过程中热疲劳抗性的变化情况.结果表明:LASAC/Cu、LASAC-Bi/Cu和SAC305/Cu界面IMC时效后均形成较厚的Cu3Sn层,LASAC-Ni/Cu界面经IMC时效后则形成较薄的(Cu,Ni)3Sn;高银钎料SAC305在180℃时效下IMC生长速率为2.17×10-5 μm2/s,与之相比,低Ag钎料LASAC IMC在时效过程中生长速率较高,为3.8×10-5 μm2/s; Ni和Bi元素的添加均可降低钎料LASAC/Cu界面IMC的生长速率,其中Bi的改善效果最显著,LASAC-Bi钎料的IMC生长速率为1.92×10-5μm2/s,低于SAC305钎料的IMC生长速率.%The effects of Ni and Bi addition on the intermetallic compound (IMC) growth rate of low-Ag (<1%, mass fraction) Sn-Ag-Cu(LASAC) soldering were investigated by accelerated temperature aging. The thermal fatige resistance of LASAC solders with Ni and Bi addition was studied by comparing with SAC305 solder. The results show that thick Cu3Sn layer forms after high temperature storage (HTS) aging between LASAC/Cu, LASAC-Bi/Cu and SAC305/Cu interfaces. While the IMC between LASAC-Ni/Cu is (Cu, Ni)3Sn layer with a very thin thickness after aged. The IMC growth rate of SAC305 is 2.17X 10-5 um2/s. However, the IMC growth rate of LASAC solder is 3.8X 10-5 um2/s, which is faster than that of SAC305. The growth rate of IMC at LASAC/Cu interface decreases with Ni and Bi addition. Bi shows a better improvement for solder compared with Ni element. The IMC growth rate of LASAC-Bi is 1.92 X 10-5 um2/s, which is slower than the IMC growth rate of SAC305.

  18. Titanium aluminide intermetallic alloys with improved wear resistance

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    Qu, Jun; Lin, Hua-Tay; Blau, Peter J.; Sikka, Vinod K.

    2014-07-08

    The invention is directed to a method for producing a titanium aluminide intermetallic alloy composition having an improved wear resistance, the method comprising heating a titanium aluminide intermetallic alloy material in an oxygen-containing environment at a temperature and for a time sufficient to produce a top oxide layer and underlying oxygen-diffused layer, followed by removal of the top oxide layer such that the oxygen-diffused layer is exposed. The invention is also directed to the resulting oxygen-diffused titanium aluminide intermetallic alloy, as well as mechanical components or devices containing the improved alloy composition.

  19. Processing of Intermetallic Titanium Aluminide Wires

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    Uta Kühn

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available This study shows the possibility of processing titanium aluminide wires by cold deformation and annealing. An accumulative swaging and bundling technique is used to co-deform Ti and Al. Subsequently, a two step heat treatment is applied to form the desired intermetallics, which strongly depends on the ratio of Ti and Al in the final composite and therefore on the geometry of the starting composite. In a first step, the whole amount of Al is transformed to TiAl3 by Al diffusion into Ti. This involves the formation of 12% porosity. In a second step, the complete microstructure is transformed into the equilibrium state of -TiAl and TiAl3. Using this approach, it is possible to obtain various kinds of gradient materials, since there is an intrinsic concentration gradient installed due to the swaging and bundling technique, but the processing of pure -TiAl wires is possible as well.

  20. Aqueous Corrosion Behavior of Iron aluminide Intermetallics

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    Sharma, Garima; Singh, P. R.; Sharma, R. K.; Gaonkar, K. B.; Ramanujan, R. V.

    2007-12-01

    Iron aluminide intermetallics based on DO3 ordered structure are being developed for use as structural materials and cladding material for conventional engineering alloys. Aqueous corrosion behavior of iron aluminides has been studied extensively by electrochemical techniques. Studies were carried out on pure Fe (99.9%), Fe-28Al (at.%), Fe-28Al-3Cr (at.%), and AISI SS 304 so as to compare and contrast their behavior in same experimental condition. Polarization behavior under different pH conditions was examined to evaluate their performance in acidic, basic, and neutral solutions. Pitting behavior was also studied in solution containing Cl-1 ions. The stability of the passive film formed was studied by current time transients and potential decay profiles. The presence of 3 at.% Cr in iron aluminides was found to improve the aqueous corrosion resistance and makes it comparable to AISI SS 304.

  1. Is Missing Xenon in the Earth's Inner Core

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    Zhu, Li; Zou, Guangtian; Ma, Yanming

    2013-01-01

    Atmospheric studies of Earth have shown that more than 90% of xenon (Xe) is depleted if compared to the abundance of chondritic meteorites1,2. This missing Xe paradox remains a long-standing mystery and has become an extensive debate2-18. Earlier high pressure experimental and theoretical studies3-5 that were unable to find the reaction of Xe with iron (Fe), the main constituent of the Earth's inner core, seemingly excluded the Earth's inner core from the Xe reservoir. Here we report the first evidence on the chemical reaction of Xe with Fe at conditions of Earth's inner core predicted through our developed first-principles structure searching technique unbiased by any known structural knowledge. We find that Xe and Fe form stable inter-metallic compound of XeFe3 stoichiometry by adopting a Cu3Au-type cubic structure. By virtue of an unusual Xe -> Fe charge transfer, Xe loses its chemical inertness by opening up the completed filled 5p electron shell and thereby functions as a 5p-like element, while Fe is neg...

  2. Lattice anisotropy in uranium ternary compounds

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    Maskova, S.; Adamska, A.M.; Havela, L.

    2012-01-01

    Several U-based intermetallic compounds (UCoGe, UNiGe with the TiNiSi structure type and UNiAl with the ZrNiAl structure type) and their hydrides were studied from the point of view of compressibility and thermal expansion. Confronted with existing data for the compounds with the ZrNiAl structure...

  3. Synthesis and characterization of electric and magnetic properties of intermetallic materials

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    Wu, Biao.

    1993-01-01

    A series of solid intermetallic compounds have been prepared and a variety of chemical and physical properties have been studied. The synthetic protocol consists of the preparation of Zintl phases at high temperature followed by an examination of their chemical reactivity with metals and metal ions in solution phases at room temperature to produce intermetallic solids. The Zintl phase materials exhibit a wide range of solid structure from discrete units such as K[sub 3]SbTe[sub 3] to one-dimensional polymeric anionic substructure of K[sub 4]Ga[sub 2]Sb[sub 4], as well as various chemical and electrical properties. The K[sub 4]Ga[sub 2]Sb[sub 4] has been shown to be an intrinsic semiconductor with the band gap of 0.05 eV and K[sub 3]SbTe[sub 3] has been found to be soluble in polar solvents. The soluble Zintl anions are reactive and can undergo the metathesis reaction with transition metal salts to form new intermetallic materials such as M[sub 5](InTe[sub 4])[sub 2] (M = Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, and Ni), CO[sub 3](SbTe[sub 3])[sub 2], Fe[sub 3](GaTe[sub 3])[sub 2], and FeTe[sub 2]. These intermetallic materials are of amorphous nature. All of these new materials except M[sub 5](InTe[sub 4])[sub 2] (M = Cr, Mn, and Ni) exhibit magnetic properties characterized as spin glass behavior. Electrical properties from metallic conductor to semiconductor in the series of M[sub 5](InTe[sub 4])[sub 2] have been discussed, along with the variable-range hopping mechanism proposed to interpret the amorphous semiconductors. Photomagnetic effects are also observed in some spin glass materials of Co[sub 3](SbTe[sub 3])[sub 2] and Fe[sub 3](GaTe[sub 3])[sub 2]. These materials exhibit the ability to accommodate magnetic bubbles or holes. These intermetallics are usually metastable and heat treatment has been specifically studied on the amorphous material FeTe[sub 2]. This material has been shown to exhibit different crystal morphology and magnetic properties.

  4. Catalytic Reduction of SO2 on CeO2-La2O3 Rare Earth Mixed Compounds

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    胡辉; 李劲; 程国宏; 李胜利

    2004-01-01

    Adding rare earth oxide CeO2 with variable valences to La2O3 formed a mixture of rare earth oxides. By means of dipping CeO2, La2O3 and their mixture, whose carriers were all γ-Al2O3, were used as the catalyst for the reduction of SO2 by CO. The activation process of this catalyst and the impact of temperature and reactant concentration on the activation process were investigated. Using X-ray diffraction, the structure characteristics of catalyst before and after reaction were analyzed to reveal the change of phase structure. The result shows that the rare earth oxide mixtures composing of CeO2 and La2O3, as the catalyst for the reduction of SO2 by CO, diminish activation temperature 50~100 ℃ less and have higher activity than a single oxide CeO2 or La2O3. The reason possibl is that La2O3 goes into in the lattice of CeO2 to form solid phase complex CeO2-La2O3 and increases the capability of CeO2-La2O3/γ-Al2O3 catalyst to store oxygen, which supplies the redox of CeO2 reaction with a better condition. At the same time, elemental sulfur formed in the redox reaction impels La2O3 to be transformed to activation phase La2O2S in a lower temperature, which can be explained with the synergism between redox reaction and COS intermediate mechanism reaction.

  5. Electronic and optical properties of RESn3 (RE=Pr & Nd) intermetallics: A first principles study

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    Pagare, G.; Abraham, Jisha A.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2015-06-01

    A theoretical study of structural, electronic and optical properties of RESn3 (RE = Pr & Nd) intermetallics have been investigated systematically using first principles density functional theory. The calculations are carried out within the PBE-GGA and LSDA for the exchange correlation potential. The ground state properties such as lattice parameter (a0), bulk modulus (B) and its pressure derivative (B') are calculated and the calculated lattice parameters show well agreement with the experimental results. We first time predict elastic constants for these compounds. From energy dispersion curves, it is found that these compounds are metallic in nature. The linear optical response of these compounds are also studied and the higher value of static dielectric constant shows the possibility to use them as good dielectric materials.

  6. Theoretical and experimental study of high-magnetic-field XMCD spectra at the L2,3 absorption edges of mixed-valence rare-earth compounds

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    Kotani, Akio; Matsuda, Yasuhiro H.; Nojiri, Hiroyuki

    2009-11-01

    X-ray magnetic circular dichroism(XMCD) spectra at the L2,3 edges of mixed-valence rare-earth compounds in high magnetic fields are studied both theoretically and experimentally. The theoretical study is based on a new framework proposed recently by Kotani. The Zeeman splitting of 4f states, the mixed-valence character of 4f states, and the 4f-5d exchange interaction are incorporated into a single impurity Anderson model. New XMCD experiments in high magnetic fields up to 40 T are carried out for the mixed-valence compounds EuNi2(Si0.18Ge0.82)2 and YbInCu4 by using a miniature pulsed magnet, which was developed recently by Matsuda et al. The XMCD data are taken at 5 K by transmission measurements for incident X-rays with ± helicities at BL39XU in SPring-8. After giving a survey on recent developments in the theory of XMCD spectra for mixed-valence Ce and Yb compounds, we calculate the XMCD spectra of YbInCu4 at the field-induced valence transition around 32 T by applying the recent theoretical framework and by newly introducing at 32 T a discontinuous change in the Yb 4f level and that in the hybridization strength between the Yb 4f and conduction electrons. The calculated results are compared with the experimental ones.

  7. Electrical transport and magnetic ordering in 2Ti3Ge4 (=Dy, Ho and Er) compounds

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    R Nirmala; V Sankaranarayanan; K Sethupathi; A V Morozkin; T Geethakumary; Y Hariharan

    2002-05-01

    New 2Ti3Ge4 ( = Dy, Ho and Er) intermetallic compounds have been synthesized and characterized by X-ray diffraction and low temperature ac magnetic susceptibility, electrical resistivity and thermoelectric power measurements were carried out. The compounds crystallize in the parent, Sm5Ge4-type orthorhombic structure (space group Pnma) and lanthanide contraction is observed as one moves along the rare-earth series. The changeover from paramagnetic to antiferromagnetic phase happens at low temperatures and the ordering temperature scales with the de Gennes factor. The electrical resistivity is metallic with a negative curvature above 100 K. Thermopower displays a weak maximum at temperatures less than 50 K signifying the possible phonon and magnon drag effects.

  8. High temperature fatigue behaviour of intermetallics

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    K Bhanu Sankara Rao

    2003-06-01

    There would be considerable benefits in developing new structural materials where high use temperatures and strength coupled with low density are minimum capabilities. Nickel and titanium aluminides exhibit considerable potential for near-term application in various branches of modern industry due to the number of property advantages they possess including low density, high melting temperature, high thermal conductivity, and excellent environmental resistance, and their amenability for significant improvment in creep and fatigue resistance through alloying. Reliability of intermetallics when used as engineering materials has not yet been fully established. Ductility and fracture toughness at room and intermediate temperatures continue to be lower than the desired values for production implementation. In this paper, progress made towards improving strain-controlled fatigue resistance of nickel and titanium aluminides is outlined. The effects of manufacturing processes and micro alloying on low cycle fatigue behaviour of NiAl are addressed. The effects of microstructure, temperature of testing, section thickness, brittle to ductile transition temperature, mean stress and environment on fatigue behaviour of same -TiAl alloys are discussed.

  9. Toughening and creep in multiphase intermetallics through microstructural control

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    A K Gogia; R G Baligidad; D Banerjee

    2003-06-01

    The lack of engineering ductility in intermetallics has limited their structural applications, in spite of their attractive specific properties at high temperatures. Over the last decade, research in intermetallics has been stimulated by the discovery of remarkable ductilisation mechanisms in these materials. It has however often been the case that the process of ductilisation or toughening has also led to a decrease in high temperature properties, especially creep. In this paper we describe approaches to the ductilisation of two different classes of intermetallic alloys through alloying to introduce beneficial, second phase effects. The Ti2AlNb based intermetallics in the Ti–Al–Nb system can be ductilised by stabilising the bcc phase of titanium into the structure. The principles of microstructural and compositional optimization developed to achieve adequate plasticity, while retaining creep properties of these alloys, are described. An entirely different approach has been successful in imparting plasticity to intermetallics based on Fe3Al. The addition of carbon to form the Fe3AlC0.5 phase imparts ductility, while enhancing both tensile and creep strength.

  10. Volatile organic sulfur compounds as biomarkers complementary to methane: Infrared absorption spectroscopy of CH 3SH enables insitu measurements on Earth and Mars

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    Vance, Steve; Christensen, Lance E.; Webster, Christopher R.; Sung, Keeyoon

    2011-02-01

    As universal products of biological processes, volatile organic sulfur compounds such as methyl mercaptan (CH 3SH) may be essential in the search for signs of life on Mars and in exoplanet atmospheres. Methyl mercaptan is implicated in the origin of life at sites of low-temperature hydrothermal activity driven by serpentinization. Serpentinization may occur on Mars, in icy satellite oceans, and in other small wet bodies to a greater extent than on Earth, with important implications for life. We characterized absorption features in pure laboratory sample spectra of CH 3SH using the Carbon Isotope Laser Spectrometer (CILS), an infrared (3.27μm) tunable diode laser spectrometer with capabilities nearly identical to those of the Tunable Laser Spectrometer (TLS) instrument on the Mars Science Laboratory. The molecular species proves detectable by CILS and TLS at the sensitivities approaching the level of parts per trillion with pre-concentration. These measurements demonstrate the possibility for detection of methyl mercaptan, with implications for its possible use as an in situ biosignature for Earth-based and extraterrestrial exploration.

  11. Influence of compound deoxidation of steel with Al, Zr, rare earth metals, and Ti on properties of heavy castings

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    J. Senberger

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Heavy steel castings deoxidized with aluminium are sometimes brittle intercrystalline failed during their service along primary grain boundaries what is initiated by aluminium nitrides and so called conchoidal fractures are formed. The tendency to forming the conchoidal fractures depends in particular on cooling rate (the casting modulus, aluminium and nitrogen contents in steel. During deoxidation, when manufacturing heavy castings, the elements with high affinity to nitrogen, zirconium or titanium, are added to steel that would decrease nitrogen activity by the bond on stable nitrides. The formation of stable nitrides should reduce the tendency of steel to the formation of conchoidal fractures. Deoxidation was thermodynamically analyzed at presence of the mentioned elements. For particular conditions a probable course of deoxidation was estimated at test castings. The deoxidation course was checked by microanalysis of deoxidation products (inclusions. For service and experimental castings the anticipated composition of inclusions was compared. It has been proved that in heavy castings with high aluminium contents in steel under studied conditions neither the addition of zirconium nor of titanium nor of rare earth metals will prevent the formation of conchoidal fractures.

  12. MgZn2-type {Ho, Er, Tm}FeGa rare earth compounds: Crystal structure and magnetic properties

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    Morozkin, A. V.; Genchel, V. K.; Garshev, A. V.; Yapaskurt, V. O.; Nirmala, R.; Quezado, S.; Malik, S. K.

    2017-09-01

    The crystal structure of new hexagonal MgZn2-type {Ho, Tm}FeGa compounds (space group P63/mmc, N 194, hP12) has been established using powder X-ray diffraction studies. The magnetic properties of polycrystalline MgZn2-type ErFeGa compound have been studied using bulk magnetization data. ErFeGa exhibits ferromagnetic ordering at TC = 77 K and field sensitive antiferromagnetic-like ordering at Tm 58 K in field of 100 Oe and Tm 10 K in field of 5 kOe. The paramagnetic susceptibility follows Curie-Weiss law with effective paramagnetic moment per formula unit (Meff/fu) of 9.59 μB and paramagnetic Weiss temperature (ΘP) of 27 K. At 2 K, ErFeGa exhibits hard magnetic properties with remanent magnetization per formula unit (Mres/fu) of 3.7 μB, coercive field (Hcoer) of 8.2 kOe and critical field (Hcrit) of 9.6 kOe. The magnetocaloric effect of ErFeGa has been calculated in terms of isothermal magnetic entropy change (ΔSm) and maximum ΔSm values are -5.5 J/kg K for a field change of 0-50 kOe (relative cooling power RCP50 kOe 410 J/kg), -13.0 J/kg K for a field change of 0-140 kOe (RCP140 kOe 1230 J/kg) at 70 K and +1.7 J/kg K for a field change of 0-10 kOe at 10 K (RCP10 kOe 34 J/kg).

  13. Photochemical studies in low Earth orbit for organic compounds related to small bodies, Titan and Mars. Current and future facilities.

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    Cottin, H.; Saiagh, K.; Nguyen, D.; Grand, N.; Bénilan, Y.; Cloix, M.; Coll, P.; Gazaux, M.-C.; Fray, N.; Khalaf, D.; Raulin, F.; Stalort, F.; Carrasco, N.; Szopa, C.; Chaput, D.; Bertrand, M.; Westall, F.; Mattioda, A.; Quinn, R.; Ricco, A.; Santos, O.; Baratta, G. A.; Strazzulla, G.; Palumbo, M. E.; Le Postollec, A.; Dobrijevic, M.; Coussot, G.; Vigier, F.; Vandenabeele-Trambouze, O.; Incerti, S.; Berger, T.

    2015-01-01

    The study of the evolution of organic matter subjected to space conditions, and more specifically to solar photons in the vacuum ultraviolet range (120-200 nm) has been undertaken in low Earth Orbit since the 90's, and implemented on various space platforms. The most recent exposure facilities are BIOPAN outside the Russian automatic capsules FOTON, and EXPOSE-E & -R (1&2) outside the International Space Station. They allow the photolysis of many different samples simultaneously, and provide us with valuable data about the formation and evolution of organic matter in the Solar System (meteorites, comets, Titan's atmosphere, the Martian surface...) and in the Interstellar Medium. They have been used by European teams in the recent past(ORGANIC on BIOPAN V-FOTON M2 and UVolution on BIOPAN VI-FOTON M3, PROCESS on EXPOSE-E, AMINO and ORGANICS on EXPOSE-R), and a new EXPOSE set is currently exposed outside the ISS (PSS on EXPOSE-R2). These existing tools are very valuable; however, they have significant limitations that limit their capabilities and scientific return. One of the most critical issues for current studies is the lack of any in-situ analysis of the evolution of the samples as a function of time. Only two measurements are available for the experiment: one before and one after the exposure. A significant step forward has been achieved with the O/OREOS NASA nanosatellite and the OREOcube ESA project with onboard UV-visible measurements. However, for organic samples, following the evolution of the samples would be more informative and provide greater insight with infrared measurements, which display specific patterns characteristic of major organic functionalities in the mid-infrared range (4000-1000 cm-1).

  14. Improvement of the thermal and thermo-oxidative stability of high-density polyethylene by free radical trapping of rare earth compound

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    Ran, Shiya; Zhao, Li; Han, Ligang [Laboratory of Polymer Materials and Engineering, Ningbo Institute of Technology, ZhejiangUniversity, Ningbo, 315100 (China); MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, Institute of Polymer Composites, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310027 (China); Guo, Zhenghong, E-mail: guozhenghong@nit.zju.edu.cn [Laboratory of Polymer Materials and Engineering, Ningbo Institute of Technology, ZhejiangUniversity, Ningbo, 315100 (China); Fang, Zhengping [Laboratory of Polymer Materials and Engineering, Ningbo Institute of Technology, ZhejiangUniversity, Ningbo, 315100 (China); MOE Key Laboratory of Macromolecular Synthesis and Functionalization, Institute of Polymer Composites, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, 310027 (China)

    2015-07-20

    Highlights: • Polyethylene filled with ytterbium trifluoromethanesulfonate was prepared. • A low Yb loading improved thermal stability of PE obviously by radical trapping. • Yb(OTf){sub 3} is expected to be an efficient thermal stabilizer for the polymer. - Abstract: A kind of rare earth compound, ytterbium trifluoromethanesulfonate (Yb(OTf){sub 3}), was introduced into high-density polyethylene (HDPE) by melt compounding to investigate the effect of Yb(OTf){sub 3} on the thermal and thermo-oxidative stability of HDPE. The results of thermogravimetric (TG) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed that the addition of Yb(OTf){sub 3} made the thermal degradation temperatures dramatically increased, the oxidative induction time (OIT) extended, and the enthalpy (ΔH{sub d}) reduced. Very low Yb(OTf){sub 3} loading (0.5 wt%) in HDPE could increase the onset degradation temperature in air from 334 to 407 °C, delay the OIT from 11.0 to 24.3 min, and decrease the ΔH{sub d} from 61.0 to 13.0 J/g remarkably. Electron spin resonance spectra (ESR), thermogravimetric analysis coupled to Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (TGA-FTIR), rheological investigation and pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (Py-GC-MS) indicated that the free radicals-trapping ability of Yb(OTf){sub 3} was responsible for the improved thermal and thermo-oxidative stability.

  15. Intermetallic alloy welding wires and method for fabricating the same

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    Santella, M.L.; Sikka, V.K.

    1996-06-11

    Welding wires for welding together intermetallic alloys of nickel aluminides, nickel-iron aluminides, iron aluminides, or titanium aluminides, and preferably including additional alloying constituents are fabricated as two-component, clad structures in which one component contains the primary alloying constituent(s) except for aluminum and the other component contains the aluminum constituent. This two-component approach for fabricating the welding wire overcomes the difficulties associated with mechanically forming welding wires from intermetallic alloys which possess high strength and limited ductilities at elevated temperatures normally employed in conventional metal working processes. The composition of the clad welding wires is readily tailored so that the welding wire composition when melted will form an alloy defined by the weld deposit which substantially corresponds to the composition of the intermetallic alloy being joined. 4 figs.

  16. Reactions of xenon with iron and nickel are predicted in the Earth's inner core.

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    Zhu, Li; Liu, Hanyu; Pickard, Chris J; Zou, Guangtian; Ma, Yanming

    2014-07-01

    Studies of the Earth's atmosphere have shown that more than 90% of the expected amount of Xe is depleted, a finding often referred to as the 'missing Xe paradox'. Although several models for a Xe reservoir have been proposed, whether the missing Xe could be contained in the Earth's inner core has not yet been answered. The key to addressing this issue lies in the reactivity of Xe with Fe/Ni, the main constituents of the Earth's core. Here, we predict, through first-principles calculations and unbiased structure searching techniques, a chemical reaction of Xe with Fe/Ni at the temperatures and pressures found in the Earth's core. We find that, under these conditions, Xe and Fe/Ni can form intermetallic compounds, of which XeFe3 and XeNi3 are energetically the most stable. This shows that the Earth's inner core is a natural reservoir for Xe storage and provides a solution to the missing Xe paradox.

  17. Behavior of intermetallics formation and evolution in Ag–8Au–3Pd alloy wire bonds

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    Guo, Rui [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (China); Hang, Tao, E-mail: hangtao@sjtu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (China); Mao, Dali [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (China); Li, Ming, E-mail: mingli90@sjtu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai (China); Qian, Kaiyou; Lv, Zhong; Chiu, Hope [Packaging RnD and Advanced MFG Engineering, SanDisk Semiconductor (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., Shanghai (China)

    2014-03-05

    Highlights: • Two IMC layers formed between Ag–8Au–3Pd alloy wire and Al pad were identified. • IMCs growth during annealing was discussed by diffusion kinetics. • Ag diffusion controls voids filling at bonding interface during thermal aging. -- Abstract: Ag–8Au–3Pd alloy wire has shown promise as an economical substitute for gold wire interconnects from integrated circuits to substrates. This work is undertaken to gain a better understanding on the intermetallic compounds (IMC) formation and evolution at the interface between Ag–8Au–3Pd wire and Al metallization pad. Longitudinal cross-section of bond interface was prepared by dual-beam focused ion beam (FIB) micro-machining for transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis. Two intermetallic regions formed at interface were crystallochemically identified as AuAl{sub 2} + (Au, Ag){sub 4}Al and Ag{sub 2}Al respectively. Interface evolution tracking by back scattered electron (BSE) imaging showed that IMC initially formed at periphery of bonding area. After short-term annealing treatment (175 °C for 24 h), the voids in the center of the bonding interface shrank and vanished, due to the Ag diffusion played dominant part in IMC growing. The mechanism of IMC formation and evolution at interface was finally elaborated on the basis of thermodynamics and diffusion kinetics respectively.

  18. Thermodynamic analysis of Ti–Al–C intermetallics formation by mechanical alloying

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    Sadeghi, E., E-mail: ehsansadeghi120@gmail.com; Karimzadeh, F.; Abbasi, M.H.

    2013-11-05

    Highlights: •Titanium carbide and γ-TiAl take place during mechanical alloying of Ti–Al–C system. •Intermetallic compound formation in Ti–Al, Ti–C and Al–C systems has the lowest free energy. •There is thermodynamic driving force to form Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2}, Ti{sub 2}AlC MAX phase. -- Abstract: In the present study the behavior of Ti–Al–C ternary system is investigated during mechanical alloying. The mixture of Ti, Al and C powders was used with initial stoichiometric composition of Ti{sub 3}AlC{sub 2}. X-ray diffraction (XRD) was used to characterize the milled powders and a thermodynamic analysis of the process was then carried out using Miedema model. This thermodynamic analysis showed that for all binary Ti–C, Al–C, Ti–Al systems and ternary Ti–Al–C systems, among all compositions, the thermodynamic driving force for intermetallic phase formation is much greater when compared with the formation of solid solutions or amorphous phases. Finally the reactions that are feasible to occur during mechanical alloying (MA) of Ti–Al–C system were investigated thermodynamically.

  19. Preparation of Fe-Al Intermetallic / TiC-Al2O3 Ceramic Composites from Ilmenite by SHS

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    2007-01-01

    Fe-Al intermetallic/TiC-Al2O3 ceramic composites were successfully prepared by self-propagating high-temperature synthesis (SHS) from natural ilmenite, aluminium and carbon as the raw materials. The effects of carbon sources, preheating time and heat treatment temperature on synthesis process and products were investigated in detail, and the reaction process of the FeTiO3-Al-C system was also discussed.It is shown that the temperature and velocity of the combustion wave are higher when graphite is used as the carbon source, which can reflect the effect of the carbon source structure on the combustion synthesis;Prolonging the preheating time or heat treatment temperature is beneficial to the formation of the ordered intermetallics; The temperature and velocity of the combustion wave arc improved, but the disordered alloys are difficult to eliminate with the preheating time prolonged. The compound powders mainly containing ordered Fe3Al intermetallic can be prepared through heat treatment at 750 ℃.

  20. Ball-milled nano-colloids of rare-earth compounds as liquid gain media for capillary optical amplifiers and lasers

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    Patel, Darayas; Blockmon, Avery; Ochieng, Vanesa; Lewis, Ashley; Wright, Donald M.; Lewis, Danielle; Valentine, Rueben; Valentine, Maucus; Wesley, Dennis; Sarkisov, Sergey S.; Darwish, Abdalla M.; Sarkisov, Avedik S.

    2017-02-01

    Nano-colloids and nano-crystals doped with ions of rare-earth elements have recently attracted a lot of attention in the scientific community due to their potential applications as biomarkers, fluorescent inks, gain media for lasers and optical amplifiers. Many rare-earth doped materials of different compositions, shapes and size distribution have been prepared by different synthetic methods, such as chemical vapor deposition, sol-gel process, micro-emulsion techniques, gas phase condensation methods, hydrothermal methods and laser ablation. In this paper micro-crystalline powder of the rare-earthdoped compound NaYF4:Yb3+, Er3+ was synthesized using a simple wet process followed by baking in open air. Under 980 nm diode laser excitation strong fluorescence in the 100 nm band around 1531-nm peak was observed from the synthesized micro-powder. The micro-powder was pulverized using a ball mill and prepared in the form of nano-colloids in different liquids. The particle size of the obtained nano-colloids was measured using an atomic force microscope and a dynamic light scatterometer. The size of the nano-particles was close to 100-nm. The nano-colloids were utilized as a filling media in capillary optical amplifiers and lasers. The gain of a 7-cm-long capillary optical amplifier (150-micron inner diameter) was as high as 6 dB at 200 mW pump power. The synthesized nano-colloids and the active optical components using them can be potentially used in optical communication, signal processing, optical computing, and other applications.

  1. Structural plasticity: how intermetallics deform themselves in response to chemical pressure, and the complex structures that result.

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    Berns, Veronica M; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2014-10-06

    Interfaces between periodic domains play a crucial role in the properties of metallic materials, as is vividly illustrated by the way in which the familiar malleability of many metals arises from the formation and migration of dislocations. In complex intermetallics, such interfaces can occur as an integral part of the ground-state crystal structure, rather than as defects, resulting in such marvels as the NaCd2 structure (whose giant cubic unit cell contains more than 1000 atoms). However, the sources of the periodic interfaces in intermetallics remain mysterious, unlike the dislocations in simple metals, which can be associated with the exertion of physical stresses. In this Article, we propose and explore the concept of structural plasticity, the hypothesis that interfaces in complex intermetallic structures similarly result from stresses, but ones that are inherent in a defect-free parent structure, rather than being externally applied. Using DFT-chemical pressure analysis, we show how the complex structures of Ca2Ag7 (Yb2Ag7 type), Ca14Cd51 (Gd14Ag51 type), and the 1/1 Tsai-type quasicrystal approximant CaCd6 (YCd6 type) can all be traced to large negative pressures around the Ca atoms of a common progenitor structure, the CaCu5 type with its simple hexagonal 6-atom unit cell. Two structural paths are found by which the compounds provide relief to the Ca atoms' negative pressures: a Ca-rich pathway, where lower coordination numbers are achieved through defects eliminating transition metal (TM) atoms from the structure; and a TM-rich path, along which the addition of spacer Cd atoms provides the Ca coordination environments greater independence from each other as they contract. The common origins of these structures in the presence of stresses within a single parent structure highlights the diverse paths by which intermetallics can cope with competing interactions, and the role that structural plasticity may play in navigating this diversity.

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

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    Amani, H.; Soltanieh, M.

    2016-08-01

    Diffusion couples of aluminum and copper were fabricated by explosive welding process. The interface evolution caused by annealing at different temperatures and time durations was investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy equipped with energy dispersive spectroscopy, and x-ray diffraction. Annealing in the temperature range of 573 K to 773 K (300 °C to 500 °C) up to 408 hours showed that four types of intermetallic layers have been formed at the interface, namely Al2Cu, AlCu, Al3Cu4, and Al4Cu9. Moreover, it was observed that iron trace in aluminum caused the formation of Fe-bearing intermetallics in Al, which is near the interface of the Al-Cu intermetallic layers. Finally, the activation energies for the growth of Al2Cu, AlCu + Al3Cu4, Al4Cu9, and the total intermetallic layer were calculated to be about 83.3, 112.8, 121.6, and 109.4 kJ/mol, respectively. Considering common welding methods ( i.e., explosive welding, cold rolling, and friction welding), although there is a great difference in welding mechanism, it is found that the total activation energy is approximately the same.

  3. Nanocrystalline semiconductor doped rare earth oxide for the photocatalytic degradation studies on Acid Blue 113: A di-azo compound under UV slurry photoreactor.

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    Suganya Josephine, G A; Mary Nisha, U; Meenakshi, G; Sivasamy, A

    2015-11-01

    Preventive measures for the control of environmental pollution and its remediation has received much interest in recent years due to the world-wide increase in the contamination of water bodies. Contributions of these harmful effluents are caused by the leather processing, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, textile, agricultural and other chemical industries. Nowadays, advanced oxidation processes considered to be better option for the complete destruction of organic contaminants in water and wastewater. Acid Blue 113 is a most widely used di-azo compound in leather, textile, dying and food industry as a color rending compound. In the present study, we have reported the photo catalytic degradation of Acid Blue 113 using a nanocrystalline semiconductor doped rare earth oxide as a photo catalyst under UV light irradiation. The photocatalyst was prepared by a simple precipitation technique and were characterized by XRD, FT-IR, UV-DRS and FE-SEM analysis. The experimental results proved that the prepared photo catalyst was nanocrystalline and highly active in the UV region. The UV-DRS results showed the band gap energy was 3.15eV for the prepared photo catalyst. The photodegradation efficiency was analyzed by various experimental parameters such as pH, catalyst dosage, variation of substrate concentration and effect of electrolyte addition. The photo degradation process followed a pseudo first order kinetics and was continuously monitored by UV-visible spectrophotometer. The experimental results proved the efficacy of the nanocrystalline zinc oxide doped dysprosium oxide which are highly active under UV light irradiations. It is also suggested that the prepared material would find wider applications in environmental remediation technologies to remove the carcinogenic and toxic moieties present in the industrial effluents.

  4. Crystal Structure, Chemical Bonding and Magnetism Studies for Three Quinary Polar Intermetallic Compounds in the (Eu1−xCax9In8(Ge1−ySny8 (x = 0.66, y = 0.03 and the (Eu1−xCax3In(Ge3−ySn1+y (x = 0.66, 0.68; y = 0.13, 0.27 Phases

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Three quinary polar intermetallic compounds in the (Eu1−xCax9In8(Ge1−ySny8 (x = 0.66, y = 0.03 and the (Eu1−xCax3In(Ge3-ySn1+y (x = 0.66, 0.68; y = 0.13, 0.27 phases have been synthesized using the molten In-metal flux method, and the crystal structures are characterized by powder and single-crystal X-ray diffractions. Two orthorhombic structural types can be viewed as an assembly of polyanionic frameworks consisting of the In(Ge/Sn4 tetrahedral chains, the bridging Ge2 dimers, either the annulene-like “12-membered rings” for the (Eu1−xCax9In8(Ge1−ySny8 series or the cis-trans Ge/Sn-chains for the (Eu1−xCax3In(Ge3−ySn1+y series, and several Eu/Ca-mixed cations. The most noticeable difference between two structural types is the amount and the location of the Sn-substitution for Ge: only a partial substitution (11% occurs at the In(Ge/Sn4 tetrahedron in the (Eu1−xCax9In8(Ge1−ySny8 series, whereas both a complete and a partial substitution (up to 27% are observed, respectively, at the cis-trans Ge/Sn-chain and at the In(Ge/Sn4 tetrahedron in the (Eu1−xCax3In(Ge3−ySn1+y series. A series of tight-binding linear muffin-tin orbital calculations is conducted to understand overall electronic structures and chemical bonding among components. Magnetic susceptibility measurement indicates a ferromagnetic ordering of Eu atoms below 5 K for Eu1.02(1Ca1.98InGe2.87(1Sn1.13.

  5. 稀土元素化合物在聚酯聚合工艺中的催化作用%The Catalytic Property of Rare-Earth Element Compound on Polyester Polymerisation Process

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    蒋志勇

    2012-01-01

    Rare-earth compound and rare-earth/Sb2O3 complex catalysts for polyester transesterification and polycondensation by DMT route were studied. Also the properties of polyesters and process parameters were analyzed. The results showed that rare-earth compound was used as catalysts for polyester transesterification and associate catalysts for polyester polycondensation. Rare-earth compound/Sb2O3 complex catalyst could enhance the reaction efficiency, reduce the reaction time and lower initial temperature of transesterification. At the same time, the L value and crystallization capabilities of polyester by rare-earth com-pound/Sb2O3 complex catalyst was higher than stibium compound catalysts. Efficiency of polyester catalyzed by heavy organic rare-earth compound-was better than light inorganic rare-earth compound.%以不同的稀土金属元素化合物及稀土化合物/三氧化二锑复合物分别用作聚酯酯交换和缩聚催化剂,对各工艺参数进行分析,并对产品性能进行测试与表征.结果表明:稀土化合物可作为聚酯酯交换的催化剂和缩聚助催化剂;使用稀土化合物/三氧化二锑复合催化剂,能有效提高酯交换效率,缩短反应时间,降低酯交换开始温度,所得聚酯产品的色相优于普通三氧化二锑催化所得聚酯,结晶度比普通三氧化二锑催化所得聚酯的高,且重稀土有机化合物比轻稀土无机化合物催化效率更高.

  6. Friction welding of TiAl intermetallics and structural steel by applying Inconel 718 as interlayer

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    Li Jinglong; Wang Zhongping; Xiong Jiangtao; Zhang Fusheng; Wang Yanfang

    2005-01-01

    lnconel 718 with thickness ranged from 0. 1 - 1.7 mm was chosen as interlayer to promote weldability in friction welding of TiAl intermetallics and structural steel such as AISI 4140, in which the welded joint presents single fin showing less welding deformation on TiAl side. The correlations between tensile strength and the interlayer thickness were analyzed and fitted to a model. It indicates an optimum interlayer thickness ranged from 0. 9 - 1.1 mm where the tensile strength reaches as high as 360 MPa. Otherwise, while the interlayer thickness decreases to 0. 1 mm, brittle compounds of TiC, Al2 Ti4 C2 and M7 C3 are formed in the welded zone so that the tensile strength decays. Thicker interlayer should be also avoided as double joints may occur at TiAl - Inconel 718 and Inconel 718 -AISI 4140, respectively, which lowers the tensile strength to some extent.

  7. Numerical simulations of interfacial debonding in ductile-phase reinforced intermetallic matrix composites

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    Henshall, G.A.; Zywicz, E.; Strum, M.J.

    1993-08-10

    The fracture toughness of brittle intermetallic compounds can be improved by ductile-phase reinforcements. Effectiveness of the ductile phase in bridging cracks, and therefore increasing, the composite toughness, is known qualitatively to depend upon the extent of debonding, between the two phases. Numerical crack-growth simulations are used here to provide semi-quantitative predictions of the influence of interfacial debonding on the macroscopic stress-displacement behavior and, hence, the fracture toughness of an idealized Pb/glass composite. The interfacial toughness required to cause debonding, characterized by a constant critical energy release rate, is varied parametrically. As expected, higher interfacial toughness results in less interphase debonding, higher composite strength, and greater ductile-phase constraint. Consequently, the increase in ductile-phase triaxiality can potentially accelerate internal void formation and growth or facilitate cleavage fracture, either of which would likely decrease the toughness of the composite.

  8. Pressure tuning of competing magnetic interactions in intermetallic CeFe2

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    Wang, Jiyang; Feng, Yejun; Jaramillo, R.; van Wezel, Jasper; Canfield, Paul C.; Rosenbaum, T.F.

    2012-07-20

    We use high-pressure magnetic x-ray diffraction and numerical simulation to determine the low-temperature magnetic phase diagram of stoichiometric CeFe2. Near 1.5 GPa we find a transition from ferromagnetism to antiferromagnetism, accompanied by a rhombohedral distortion of the cubic Laves crystal lattice. By comparing pressure and chemical substitution we find that the phase transition is controlled by a shift of magnetic frustration from the Ce-Ce to the Fe-Fe sublattice. Notably the dominant Ce-Fe magnetic interaction, which sets the temperature scale for the onset of long-range order, remains satisfied throughout the phase diagram but does not determine the magnetic ground state. Our results illustrate the complexity of a system with multiple competing magnetic energy scales and lead to a general model for magnetism in cubic Laves phase intermetallic compounds.

  9. Embedded atom calculations of unstable stacking fault energies and surface energies in intermetallics

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    Farkas, D. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 (United States); Zhou, S.J. [Theoretical Division and Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico 87545 (United States); Vailhe, C.; Mutasa, B.; Panova, J. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 (United States)

    1997-01-01

    We performed embedded atom method calculations on surface energies and unstable stacking fault energies for a series of intermetallics for which interatomic potentials of the embedded atom type have recently been developed. These results were analyzed and applied to the prediction of relative ductility of these materials using the various current theories. Series of alloys with the B2 ordered structure were studied, and the results were compared to those in pure body-centered cubic (bcc) Fe. Ordered compounds with L1{sub 2} and L1{sub 0} structures based on the face-centered cubic (fcc) lattice were also studied. It was found that there is a correlation between the values of the antiphase boundary (APB) energies in B2 alloys and their unstackable stacking fault energies. Materials with higher APB energies tend to have higher unstable stacking fault energies, leading to an increased tendency to brittle fracture. {copyright} {ital 1997 Materials Research Society.}

  10. Electrical and thermoelectric properties of the intermetallic FeGa{sub 3}

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    Lue, C.S. [Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: cslue@mail.ncku.edu.tw; Lai, W.J. [Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China); Kuo, Y.-K. [Department of Physics, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien 97401, Taiwan (China)]. E-mail: ykkuo@mail.ndhu.edu.tw

    2005-04-19

    The transport properties including electrical resistivity ({rho}), thermal conductivity ({kappa}), as well as Seebeck coefficient (S) of intermetallic FeGa{sub 3} have been measured as a function of temperature between 10 and 300-bar K. The electrical resistivity exhibits metallic behavior in the temperature range we investigated. The thermal conductivity is approximately 6-bar W/m-bar K at room temperature, and is mainly governed by the lattice thermal conductivity. The observed Seebeck coefficient is positive, indicating p-type carriers dominating the thermoelectric transport for FeGa{sub 3}. In addition, the Fermi level of 0.14-bar eV measured from the top of valence band was estimated. These observations are in contrast with the reported semiconducting behavior for this compound, presumably attributed to the off-stoichiometric effect on the electronic band structure of FeGa{sub 3}.

  11. Magnetocaloric effect of a series of remarkably isostructural intermetallic [Ni(II)3Ln(III)] cubane aggregates.

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    Wang, Pei; Shannigrahi, Santiranjan; Yakovlev, Nikolai L; Hor, T S Andy

    2014-01-07

    A new series of remarkably isostructural 3d-4f compounds, [Ni3Ln(hmp)4(OAc)5]·H2O·CH2Cl2 (Ln = Gd (1), Tb (2), Dy (3), Ho (4), Y (5)) were synthesized based on a simple one-pot self-assembly method. Magnetic measurements demonstrated the ferromagnetic property of the [Ni3Ln] cores and the heterometallic influence on the magnetocaloric properties. This study suggested that robust and discrete intermetallic cubanes can be an alternative to other magnetically active materials such as high-nuclearity aggregates or clusters whose structures are not generally controlled by common synthetic methodological designs.

  12. Effect of intensive melt shearing on the formation of Fe-containing intermetallics in LM24 Al-alloy

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    2011-01-01

    Fe is one of the inevitable and detrimental impurities in aluminium alloys that degrade the mechanical performance of castings. In the present work, intensive melt shearing has been demonstrated to modify the morphology of Fe-containing intermetallic compounds by promoting the formation of compact α-Al(Fe,Mn)Si at the expense of needle-shaped β-AlFeSi, leading to an improved mechanical properties of LM24 alloy processed by MC-HPDC process. The promotion of the formation of α -Al(Fe, Mn)Si pha...

  13. Studies in group IV organometallic chemistry XXX. Synthesis of compounds containing tin---titanium and tin---zirconium bonds

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    Creemers, H.M.J.C.; Verbeek, F.; Noltes, J.G.

    1968-01-01

    Starting from the tetrakis(diethylamino) derivatives of titanium and zirconium and pheyltin hydrides six intermetalic compounds contianing up to nine tin and titanium(or zirconium) atoms have been obtained by hydrostannolysis type reactions.

  14. Studies in group IV organometallic chemistry XXX. Synthesis of compounds containing tin---titanium and tin---zirconium bonds

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    Creemers, H.M.J.C.; Verbeek, F.; Noltes, J.G.

    Starting from the tetrakis(diethylamino) derivatives of titanium and zirconium and pheyltin hydrides six intermetalic compounds contianing up to nine tin and titanium(or zirconium) atoms have been obtained by hydrostannolysis type reactions.

  15. Crystal Growth and Characterization of MT2Si2 Ternary Intermetallics (M = U, RE and T = 3d, 4d, 5d Transition Metals)

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    Menovsky, A.A.; Moleman, A.C.; Snel, G.E.; Gortenmulder, T.J.; Palstra, T.T.M.

    1986-01-01

    Bulk single crystals of the ternary intermetallic compounds UT2Si2 (T = Ni, Pd, Pt and Ru), LaT2Si2 (T = Pd and Rh) and LuPd2Si2 have been grown from the melt with a modified “tri-arc” Czochralski method. The as-grown crystals were characterized by X-ray, microprobe and chemical analyses. The

  16. Crystal Growth and Characterization of MT2Si2 Ternary Intermetallics (M = U, RE and T = 3d, 4d, 5d Transition Metals)

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    Menovsky, A.A.; Moleman, A.C.; Snel, G.E.; Gortenmulder, T.J.; Palstra, T.T.M.

    1986-01-01

    Bulk single crystals of the ternary intermetallic compounds UT2Si2 (T = Ni, Pd, Pt and Ru), LaT2Si2 (T = Pd and Rh) and LuPd2Si2 have been grown from the melt with a modified “tri-arc” Czochralski method. The as-grown crystals were characterized by X-ray, microprobe and chemical analyses. The measur

  17. Anisotropic spreading of liquid metal on a rough intermetallic surface

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    Liu Wen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available An anisotropic wicking of molten Sn-Pb solder over an intermetallic rough surface has been studied. The phenomenon features preferential spreading and forming of an elliptical spread domain. A theoretically formulated model was established to predict the ratio of the wicking distance along the long axis (rx to that along the short axis (ry of the final wicking pattern. The phenomenon was simultaneously experimentally observed and recorded with a hotstage microscopy technique. The anisotropic wicking is established to be caused by a non-uniform topography of surface micro structures as opposed to an isotropic wicking on an intermetallic surface with uniformly distributed surface micro features. The relative deviation between the theoretically predicted rx/ry ratio and the corresponding average experimental value is 5%. Hence, the small margin of error confirms the validity of the proposed theoretical model of anisotropic wicking.

  18. Laser Metal Deposition of the Intermetallic TiAl Alloy

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    Thomas, Marc; Malot, Thierry; Aubry, Pascal

    2017-06-01

    Laser metal deposition of the commercial intermetallic Ti-47Al-2Cr-2Nb alloy was investigated. A large number of experiments were conducted under controlled atmosphere by changing the processing parameters to manufacture a series of beads, thin walls, and massive blocks. Optimal process parameters were successfully found to prevent cracking which is generally observed in this brittle material due to built-up residual stresses during fast cooling. These non-equilibrium cooling conditions tend to generate ultra-fine and metastable structures exhibiting high microhardness values, thus requiring post-heat treatments. The latter were successfully used to restore homogeneous lamellar or duplex microstructures and to relieve residual stresses. Subsequent tensile tests enabled us to validate the soundness and homogeneity of the Intermetallic TiAl alloy. Finally, a higher mechanical performance was achieved for the LMD material with respect to cast+HIP and EBM counterparts.

  19. Discontinuously reinforced intermetallic matrix composites via XD synthesis. [exothermal dispersion

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    Kumar, K. S.; Whittenberger, J. D.

    1992-01-01

    A review is given of recent results obtained for discontinuously reinforced intermetallic matrix composites produced using the XD process. Intermetallic matrices investigated include NiAl, multiphase NiAl + Ni2AlTi, CoAl, near-gamma titanium aluminides, and Ll2 trialuminides containing minor amounts of second phase. Such mechanical properties as low and high temperature strength, compressive and tensile creep, elastic modulus, ambient ductility, and fracture toughness are discussed as functions of reinforcement size, shape, and volume fraction. Microstructures before and after deformation are examined and correlated with measured properties. An observation of interest in many of the systems examined is 'dispersion weakening' at high temperatures and high strain rates. This behavior is not specific to the XD process; rather similar observations have been reported in other discontinuous composites. Proposed mechanisms for this behavior are presented.

  20. Tuning intermetallic electronic coupling in polyruthenium systems via molecular architecture

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    Sandeep Ghumaan; Goutam Kumar Lahiri

    2006-11-01

    A large number of polynuclear ruthenium complexes encompassing selective combinations of spacer (bridging ligand, BL) and ancillary (AL) functionalities have been designed. The extent of intermetallic electronic communication in mixed-valent states and the efficacy of the ligand frameworks towards the tuning of coupling processes have been scrutinised via structural, spectroelectrochemical, EPR, magnetic and theoretical investigations. Moreover, the sensitive oxidation state features in the complexes of non-innocent quinonoid bridging moieties have also been addressed.

  1. Electronic and optical properties of RESn{sub 3} (RE=Pr & Nd) intermetallics: A first principles study

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    Pagare, G., E-mail: gita-pagare@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, Government M. L. B. Girls P. G. Autonomous College, Bhopal-462002 (India); Abraham, Jisha A. [Department of Physics, Government M. L. B. Girls P. G. Autonomous College, Bhopal-462002 (India); Department of Physics, National Defence Academy, Pune-411023 (India); Sanyal, S. P. [Department of Physics, Barkatullah University, Bhopal-462026 (India)

    2015-06-24

    A theoretical study of structural, electronic and optical properties of RESn{sub 3} (RE = Pr & Nd) intermetallics have been investigated systematically using first principles density functional theory. The calculations are carried out within the PBE-GGA and LSDA for the exchange correlation potential. The ground state properties such as lattice parameter (a{sub 0}), bulk modulus (B) and its pressure derivative (B′) are calculated and the calculated lattice parameters show well agreement with the experimental results. We first time predict elastic constants for these compounds. From energy dispersion curves, it is found that these compounds are metallic in nature. The linear optical response of these compounds are also studied and the higher value of static dielectric constant shows the possibility to use them as good dielectric materials.

  2. Magnetic properties of PrX 2 compounds (X = Pt, Rh, Ru, Ir) studied by hyperfine specific heat, magnetization and neutron-diffraction measurements

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    Greidanus, F. J. A. M.; de Jongh, L. J.; Huiskamp, W. J.; Fischer, P.; Furrer, A.; Buschow, K. H. J.

    1983-04-01

    Magnetic ordering phenomena in rare-earth intermetallic compounds can be unravelled most advantageously in the case of simple crystallographic structure and when a combination of microscopic techniques is applied. Here we shall present the temperature and magnetic field dependence of the magnetic moment of the cubic PrX 2 compounds (X = Pt, Rh, Ru, Ir), as inferred from hyperfine specific-heat, magnetization and neutron-diffraction measurements. The results are compared with a mean-field calculation, taking crystalline electric field and bilinear (dipolar) exchange interactions into account. Adopting experimental values of the Lea, Leask and Wolf parameters x and W from inelastic neutron scattering results, we find satisfactory agreement between our magnetic data and the mean-field theory. An observed discrepancy of about 15% between the calculated and measured saturation values of the spontaneous magnetization can be explained by the presence of quadrupolar interactions.

  3. Electronic structure of RSn1.1Ge0.9 (R = Dy, Ho) ternary compounds: Band calculation and optical properties

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    Knyazev, Yu. V.; Lukoyanov, A. V.; Kuz'min, Yu. I.; Gupta, S.; Suresh, K. G.

    2017-09-01

    The results of investigations of the electronic structure and optical properties of the compounds DySn1.1Ge0.9 and HoSn1.1Ge0.9 are presented. Our spin-polarized calculations of the electronic structure are carried out in the local spin density approximation with correction for strong electronic correlations (LSDA+U method) in the 4f shell of the rare-earth ion. In the wavelength range 0.22-15 μm, the optical constants of the intermetallic compounds were measured by the ellipsometric method, and a number of spectral and electronic characteristics are determined. Based on the calculated densities of states, the structural features of the optical conductivity in the region of interband light absorption are interpreted.

  4. An investigation of the use of cerium and polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes for the protection of polymeric epoxy compounds in the low Earth orbit environment

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    Piness, Jessica Miriam

    Low Earth orbit presents many hazards for composites including atomic oxygen, UV radiation, thermal cycling, micrometeoroids, and high energy protons. Atomic oxygen and vacuum ultraviolet radiation are of concern for space-bound polymeric materials as they degrade the polymers used as matrices for carbon fiber composites, which are used in satellites and space vehicles due to their high strength to weight ratios. Epoxy-amine thermosets comprise a common class of matrix due to processability and good thermal attributes. Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS) have shown the ability to reduce erosion in polyimides, polyurethanes, and other polymers when exposed to atomic oxygen. The POSS particle is composed of a SiO1.5 cage from which up to eight organic pendant groups are attached at the silicon corners of the cage. POSS reduced atomic oxygen impact on polymers by a process known as glassification wherein the organic pendants are removed from the cage upon atomic oxygen exposure and then the cage rearranges to a passive silica network. In addition, POSS shows good UV absorbance in the UVb and UVc ranges and POSS can aid dispersion of titanium dioxide in a nanocomposite. In this work, Chapter I focuses on hazards in low Earth orbit, strategies for protecting organic material in orbit, and the capabilities of POSS. Chapter II details the experimental practices used in this work. Chapter III focuses on work to induce POSS phase separation and layering at the surface of an epoxy-amine thermoset. Generally, POSS is dispersed throughout a nanocomposite, and in the process of erosion by atomic oxygen, some polymer mass loss is lost before enough POSS is exposed to begin glassification. Locating POSS at a surface of composite could possibly reduce this mass loss and the objective of this research was to investigate the formation of POSS-rich surfaces. Three POSS derivatives with different pendant groups were chosen. The POSS derivatives had a range of miscibilities

  5. Production of nanograined intermetallics using high-pressure torsion

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    Alhamidi, Ali; Edalati, Kaveh; Horita, Zenji, E-mail: horita@zaiko.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan)

    2013-11-01

    Formation of intermetallics is generally feasible at high temperatures when the lattice diffusion is fast enough to form the ordered phases. This study shows that nanograined intermetallics are formed at a low temperature as 573 K in Al- 25 mol% Ni, Al- 50 mol.% Ni and Al- 50 mol% Ti powder mixtures through powder consolidation using high-pressure torsion (HPT). For the three compositions, the hardness gradually increases with straining but saturates to the levels as high as 550-920 Hv. In addition to the high hardness, the TiAl material exhibits high yield strength as {approx}3 GPa with good ductility as {approx}23%, when they are examined by micropillar compression tests. X-ray diffraction analysis and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy reveal that the significant increase in hardness and strength is due to the formation of nanograined intermetallics such as Al{sub 3}Ni, Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}, TiAl{sub 3}, TiAl{sub 2} and TiAl with average grain sizes of 20-40 nm (author)

  6. Production of nanograined intermetallics using high-pressure torsion

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    Alhamidi, Ali; Edalati, Kaveh; Horita, Zenji, E-mail: horita@zaiko.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan)

    2013-11-01

    Formation of intermetallics is generally feasible at high temperatures when the lattice diffusion is fast enough to form the ordered phases. This study shows that nanograined intermetallics are formed at a low temperature as 573 K in Al- 25 mol% Ni, Al- 50 mol.% Ni and Al- 50 mol% Ti powder mixtures through powder consolidation using high-pressure torsion (HPT). For the three compositions, the hardness gradually increases with straining but saturates to the levels as high as 550-920 Hv. In addition to the high hardness, the TiAl material exhibits high yield strength as {approx}3 GPa with good ductility as {approx}23%, when they are examined by micropillar compression tests. X-ray diffraction analysis and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy reveal that the significant increase in hardness and strength is due to the formation of nanograined intermetallics such as Al{sub 3}Ni, Al{sub 3}Ni{sub 2}, TiAl{sub 3}, TiAl{sub 2} and TiAl with average grain sizes of 20-40 nm (author)

  7. Corrosion of Mechanically Alloyed Nanostructured FeAl Intermetallic Powders

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    A. Torres-Islas

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The corrosion behavior of the Fe40Al60 nanostructured intermetallic composition was studied using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS and linear polarization resistance (LPR techniques with an innovative electrochemical cell arrangement. The Fe40Al60 (% at intermetallic composition was obtained by mechanical alloying using elemental powders of Fe (99.99% and Al (99.99%. All electrochemical testing was carried out in Fe40Al60 particles that were in water with different pH values. Temperature and test time were also varied. The experimental data was analyzed as an indicator of the monitoring of the particle corrosion current density icorr. Different oxide types that were formed at surface particle were found. These oxides promote two types of surface corrosion mechanisms: (i diffusion and (ii charge transfer mechanisms, which are a function of icorr behavior of the solution, pH, temperature, and test time. The intermetallic was characterized before and after each test by transmission electron microscopy. Furthermore, the results show that at the surface particles uniform corrosion takes place. These results confirm that it is possible to sense the nanoparticle corrosion behavior by EIS and LPR conventional electrochemical techniques.

  8. Niobium-Based Intermetallics for Affordable In-Space Propulsion Applications Project

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    National Aeronautics and Space Administration — This SBIR Phase I effort proposes an innovative class of refractory metal intermetallic composites as alternatives to high temperature metallic materials presently...

  9. Electron Density Determination, Bonding and Properties of Tetragonal Ferromagnetic Intermetallics

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    Wiezorek, Jorg [Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States)

    2016-09-01

    The project developed quantitative convergent-beam electron diffraction (QCBED) methods by energy-filtered transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) and used them in combination with density functional theory (DFT) calculations to study the electron density distribution in metallic and intermetallic phases with different cubic and non-cubic crystal structures that comprise elements with d-electron shells. The experimental methods developed here focus on the bonding charge distribution as one of the quantum mechanical characteristics central for understanding of intrinsic properties and validation of DFT calculations. Multiple structure and temperature factors have been measured simultaneously from nano-scale volumes of high-quality crystal with sufficient accuracy and precision for comparison with electron density distribution calculations by DFT. The often anisotropic temperature factors for the different atoms and atom sites in chemically ordered phases can differ significantly from those known for relevant pure element crystals due to bonding effects. Thus they have been measured from the same crystal volumes from which the structure factors have been determined. The ferromagnetic ordered intermetallic phases FePd and FePt are selected as model systems for 3d-4d and 3d-5d electron interactions, while the intermetallic phases NiAl and TiAl are used to probe 3d-3p electron interactions. Additionally, pure transition metal elements with d-electrons have been studied. FCC metals exhibit well defined delocalized bonding charge in tetrahedral sites, while less directional, more distributed bonding charge attains in BCC metals. Agreement between DFT calculated and QCBED results degrades as d-electron levels fill in the elements, and for intermetallics as d-d interactions become prominent over p-d interactions. Utilizing the LDA+U approach enabled inclusion of onsite Coulomb-repulsion effects in DFT calculations, which can afford improved agreements with QCBED results

  10. 稀土复合型混凝剂的研究进展%Progress in Research of Rare Earths Compound Coagulant

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    周谨

    2012-01-01

    全面分析稀土复合混凝剂混凝机理,重点研究稀土复合混凝剂应用现状,并且对稀土复合混凝剂目前问题、发展方向进行探讨.%This paper comprehensively analyzed the coagulation mechanism of rare earths composite coagulant .focused on the application status of rare earths composite coagulant, and discussed the problems and the development of rare earths composite coagulant.

  11. FP-LAPW study of structural, electronic, elastic, mechanical and thermal properties of AlFe intermetallic

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    Jain, Ekta, E-mail: jainekta05@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Government M. L. B. Girls P. G. Autonomous College, Bhopal-462002 (India); Pagare, Gitanjali, E-mail: gita-pagare@yahoo.co.in [Department of Physics, Sarojini Naidu Government Girls P. G. Autonomous College, Bhopal-462016 (India); Sanyal, S. P., E-mail: sps.physicsbu@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Barkatullah University, Bhopal-462026 (India)

    2016-05-06

    The structural, electronic, elastic, mechanical and thermal properties of AlFe intermetallic compound in B{sub 2}-type (CsCl) structure have been investigated using first-principles calculations. The exchange-correlation term was treated within generalized gradient approximation. Ground state properties i.e. lattice constants (a{sub 0}), bulk modulus (B) and first-order pressure derivative of bulk modulus (B’) are presented. The density of states are derived which show the metallic character of present compound. Our results for C{sub 11}, C{sub 12} and C{sub 44} agree well with previous theoretical data. Using Pugh’s criteria (B/G{sub H} < 1.75), brittle character of AlFe is satisfied. In addition shear modulus (G{sub H}), Young’s modulus (E), sound wave velocities and Debye temperature (θ{sub D}) have also been estimated.

  12. First principles study of structural, electronic, elastic and thermal properties of YX (X = Cd, In, Au, Hg and Tl) intermetallics

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    Chouhan, Sunil Singh; Pagare, Gitanjali; Rajagopalan, M.; Sanyal, S. P.

    2012-08-01

    The structural, electronic, elastic and thermal properties of YX (X = Cd, In, Au, Hg and Tl) intermetallic compounds crystallizing in B2-type structure have been studied using first principles density functional theory within generalized gradient approximation (GGA) for the exchange correlation potential. Amongst all the YX compounds, YIn is stable in distorted tetragonal (P4/mmm) CuAu-type structure at ambient pressure with very small energy difference of 0.00681 Ry. but it undergoes to CsCl-type (B2 phase) structure at 23.3 GPa. Rest of the compounds are stable in B2 structure at ambient condition. The values of elastic moduli as a function of pressure are also reported. The ductility of these compounds has been analyzed using the Pugh rule. Our calculated results indicate that YTl is the most ductile amongst all the B2-YX compounds. YAu is the hardest and less compressible compound due to the largest bulk modulus. The elastic properties such as Young's modulus (E), Poisson's ratio (σ) and anisotropic ratio (A) are also predicted. The anisotropic factor is found to be unity for YHg which shows that this compound is isotropic.

  13. Development of intermetallic coatings for fusion power applications

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    Park, J.H.; Domenico, T.; Dragel, G.; Clark, R.

    1994-03-01

    In the design of liquid-metal cooling systems, corrosion resistance of structural materials and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) force and its subsequent influence on thermal hydraulics and corrosion are major concerns. The objective of this study is to develop stable corrosion-resistant electrical insulator coatings at the liquid-metal/structural-material interface, with emphasis on electrically insulating coatings that prevent adverse MHD-generated currents from passing through the structural walls. Vanadium and V-base alloys are potential materials for structural applications in a fusion reactor. Insulator coatings inside the tubing are required when the system is cooled by liquid metals. Various intermetallic films were produced on V, V-t, and V-20 Ti, V-5Cr-t and V-15Cr-t, and Ti, and Types 304 and 316 stainless steel. The intermetallic layers were developed by exposure of the materials to liquid lithium of 3--5 at.% and containing dissolved metallic solutes at temperatures of 416--880{degrees}C. Subsequently, electrical insulator coatings were produced by reaction of the reactive layers with dissolved nitrogen in liquid lithium or by air oxidation under controlled conditions at 600--1000{degrees}C. These reactions converted the intermetallic layers to electrically insulating oxide/nitride or oxy-nitride layers. This coating method could be applied to a commercial product. The liquid metal can be used over and over because only the solutes are consumed within the liquid metal. The technique can be applied to various shapes because the coating is formed by liquid-phase reaction. This paper will discuss initial results on the nature of the coatings and their in-situ electrical resistivity characteristics in liquid lithium at high temperatures.

  14. A novel method to fabricate TiAl intermetallic alloy 3D parts using additive manufacturing

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    J.J.S. Dilip

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The present work explores the feasibility of fabricating porous 3D parts in TiAl intermetallic alloy directly from Ti–6Al–4V and Al powders. This approach uses a binder jetting additive manufacturing process followed by reactive sintering. The results demonstrate that the present approach is successful for realizing parts in TiAl intermetallic alloy.

  15. Study of Intermetallic Nanostructures for Light-Water Reactors

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    Jensen, Niels Grobech [Univ. of California, Davis, CA (United States); Asta, Mark D. [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Hosemann, Peter [Univ. of California, Berkeley, CA (United States); Maloy, Stuart [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2015-09-30

    High temperature mechanical measurements were conducted to study the effect of the dynamic precipitation process of PH 13-8 Mo maraging steel. Yield stress, ultimate tensile strength, total elongation, hardness, strain rate sensitivity and activation volume were evaluated as a function of the temperature. The dynamic changes in the mechanical properties at different temperatures were evaluated and a balance between precipitation hardening and annealed softening is discussed. A comparison between hardness and yield stress and ultimate tensile strength over a temperature range from 300 to 600 °C is made. The behavior of the strain rate sensitivity was correlated with the intermetallic precipitates formed during the experiments.

  16. Atomistic simulation of defect structure in ternary intermetallics

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    Jones, C.C.; Ternes, J.K.; Farkas, D. [Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg, VA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

    1995-08-01

    Interatomic potentials of the Embedded Atom type were used to study defect structure in ternary intermetallics. Interatomic potentials with appropriate inner consistency were developed for the modeling of ternary systems. Alloys were considered in the Nb-Al-Ti and in the Ni-Al-Ti systems. The stability of ternary phases in these systems was studied, particularly the B2 phase in Nb rich alloys of the Nb-Al-Ti system. The effects of increasing Ti additions in these alloys were studied, as well as the APB energies in these ternary alloys.

  17. Intermetallic and titanium matrix composite materials for hypersonic applications

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    Berton, B.; Surdon, G.; Colin, C. [Dassault Aviation, Saint-Cloud (France)]|[Aersopatiale Space & Defence, St Medard en Jalles (France)

    1995-09-01

    As part of the French Program of Research and Technology for Advanced Hypersonic Propulsion (PREPHA) which was launched in 1992 between Aerospatiale, Dassault Aviation, ONERA, SNECMA and SEP, an important work is specially devoted to the development of titanium and intermetallic composite materials for large airframe structures. At Dassault Aviation, starting from a long experience in Superplastic Forming - Diffusion Bonding (SPF-DB) of titanium parts, the effort is brought on the manufacturing and characterization of composites made from Timet beta 21S or IMI 834 foils and Textron SCS6 fiber fabrics. At `Aersopatiale Espace & Defence`, associated since a long time about intermetallic composite materials with university research laboratories, the principal effort is brought on plasma technology to develop the gamma titanium aluminide TiAl matrix composite reinforced by protected silicon carbide fibers (BP SM 1240 or TEXTRON SCS6). The objective, is to achieve, after 3 years of time, to elaborate a medium size integrally stiffened panel (300 x 600 sq mm).

  18. Alkaline earth metal thioindates

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    Ivanov-Ehmin, B.N.; Ivlieva, V.I.; Filatenko, L.A.; Zajtsev, B.E.; Kaziev, G.Z.; Sarabiya, M.G.

    1984-08-01

    Alkaline earth metal thioindates of MIn/sub 2/S/sub 4/ composition were synthesized by interaction of alkaline earth metal oxoindates with hydrogen sulfide during heating. Investigation into the compounds by X-ray analysis showed that calcium compound crystallizes in cubic crystal system and strontium and barium compounds in rhombic crystal system. Lattice parameters and the number of formula units were determined. Thioindates of M/sub 3/In/sub 2/S/sub 6/ composition were synthesized, their individuality was shown.

  19. The Effect of CuSn Intermetallics on the Interstrand Contact Resistance in Superconducting Cables for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC)

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    Scheuerlein, C; Jacob, P; Leroy, D; Oberli, L R; Taborelli, M

    2005-01-01

    The LHC superconducting cables are submitted to a 200°C heat-treatment in air in order to increase the resistance between the crossing strands (RC) within the cable. During this treatment the as-applied Sn-Ag alloy strand coating is transformed into a CuSn intermetallic compound layer. The microstructure, the surface topography and the surface chemistry of the non-reacted and reacted coatings have been characterised by different techniques, notably focused ion beam (FIB), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Based on the results obtained by these techniques the different influences that the intermetallics have on RC are discussed. The desired RC is obtained only when a continuous Cu3Sn layer is formed, i.e. a sufficient wetting of the Cu substrate by the tinning alloy is crucial. Among other effects the formation of the comparatively hard intermetallics roughens the surface and, thus, reduces the true contact area and i...

  20. Large magnetocaloric effect in Ln{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} (Ln=Gd, DY) compounds: Conseqence of magnetic precursor effect of rare earth ions

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    Das, Kalipada, E-mail: kalipada.das@saha.ac.in; Paramanik, Tapas; Das, I.

    2015-01-15

    Magnetic, specific heat and magnetocaloric studies have been performed on rare earth calcium manganites; Ln{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} (Ln=Gd, Dy). The observed isothermal magnetic entropy change is fairly large at low temperature in the manganites family, which is attributed to the magnetic precursor effect of rare-earth ions. For Gd{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3}, the isothermal magnetic entropy change (−ΔS) at 4 K, obtained for 7 T magnetic field, is as high as 22.8 J/kg K. On the other hand, −ΔS is 8.5 J/kg K for Dy{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3}. The large value of magnetic entropy change at the cryogenic temperature range for these compounds is interesting from application point of view. - Highlights: • No long range magnetic ordering of Gd{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} and Dy{sub 0.5}Ca{sub 0.5}MnO{sub 3} has been observed in magnetization measurement down to T=2 K still these compounds show large magnetocaloric effect. • Specific heat of the compounds in absence of magnetic field increases at low temperature (down to 3 K). • Results are analyzed considering magnetic precursor effect of rare earth ions (Gd and Dy ions)

  1. 稀土元素及其化合物对机体损害作用的研究进展%Advance of the research on the damaging effect of rare earth elements and their compounds on body

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    刘建国; 王素华

    2015-01-01

    The rare earth elements ( REEs) are composed of a set of 17 chemical elements, including the lanthanide series from lanthanum (La) to lutetium (Lu), as well as scandium (Sc) and yttrium (Y) of the similar nature in the periodic table.REEs and their compounds which are of special physical and chemical properties have been widely used in such fields, animal husbandry, fishery, industry, medicine, environmen-tal protection, electronics and new material application etc.that the number of people in direct contact with rare earth are rising rapidly as a conse-quence of the constantly expansive application of them, contributing to the increasing emergence of damages to human body.There is growing con-cern among people for the effect of RE on the environment, ecology and human health, as well as its short and long term harmful effects.Rare earth compounds have a damaging influence on human body, which is reviewed from the perspective of human body, tissues, cells, level of DNA in this article so as to provide a reference for the safe application of rare earth compounds .%稀土元素( rare earth elements, REEs)由17种化学元素组成,包括从镧( La)到镥( Lu)的15种镧系元素以及性质十分相似的钪( Sc)和钇( Y)。稀土元素及其化合物具有特殊的理化性质,广泛应用于畜牧业、渔业、工业、医药、环保、电子、新材料制造等多种领域,其应用领域仍在不断扩大,导致直接接触稀土的人群迅速增加,对机体的损害作用也日益显现。稀土对环境、生态和人体健康的影响以及近期和远期损害作用越来越引起人们的关注。本文从人体、组织、细胞、DNA水平对稀土化合物对机体损害作用进行综述,以便对稀土化合物的安全应用提供参考。

  2. Epitaxial Stabilization between Intermetallic and Carbide Domains in the Structures of Mn16SiC4 and Mn17Si2C4.

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    Fredrickson, Rie T; Guo, Yiming; Fredrickson, Daniel C

    2016-01-13

    The concept of frustration between competing geometrical or bonding motifs is frequently evoked in explaining complex phenomena in the structures and properties of materials. This idea is of particular importance for metallic systems, where frustration forms the basis for the design of metallic glasses, a source of diverse magnetic phenomena, and a rationale for the existence of intermetallics with giant unit cells containing thousands of atoms. Unlike soft materials, however, where conflicts can be synthetically encoded in the molecular structure, staging frustration in the metallic state is challenging due to the ease of macroscopic segregation of incompatible components. In this Article, we illustrate one approach for inducing the intergrowth of incompatible bonding motifs with the synthesis and characterization of two new intermetallic carbides: Mn16SiC4 (mC42) and Mn17Si2C4 (mP46). Similar to the phases Mn5SiC and Mn8Si2C in the Mn-Si-C system, these compounds appear as intergrowths of Mn3C and tetrahedrally close-packed (TCP) regions reminiscent of Mn-rich Mn-Si phases. The nearly complete spatial segregation of Mn-Si (intermetallic) and Mn-C (carbide) interactions in these structures can be understood from the differing geometrical requirements of C and Si. Rather than macroscopically separating into distinct phases, though, the two bonding types are tightly interwoven, with most Mn atoms being on the interfaces. DFT chemical pressure analysis reveals a driving force stabilizing these interfaces: the major local pressures acting between the Mn atoms in the Mn-Si and Mn-C systems are of opposite signs. Joining the intermetallic and carbide domains together then provides substantial relief to these local pressures, an effect we term epitaxial stabilization.

  3. Superconductivity by rare earth doping in the 1038-type compounds (Ca1-xREx) 10(FeAs)10(Pt3As8) with RE=Y, La-Nd, Sm-Lu

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    Stürzer, Tobias; Derondeau, Gerald; Bertschler, Eva-Maria; Johrendt, Dirk

    2015-01-01

    We report superconductivity in polycrystalline samples of the 1038-type compounds (Ca1-xREx) 10(FeAs)10(Pt3As8) up to Tc=35 K with RE=Y, La-Nd, Sm, Gd-Lu. The critical temperatures are nearly independent of the trivalent rare earth element used, yielding a common Tc(xRE) phase diagram for electron doping in all these systems. The absence of superconductivity in Eu2+ doped samples, as well as the close resemblance of (Ca1-xREx) 10(FeAs)10(Pt3As8) to the 1048 compound substantiate that the electron doping scenario in the RE-1038 and 1048 phases is analogous to other iron-based superconductors with simpler crystal structures.

  4. The intermetallic formation and growth kinetics at the interface of near eutectic tin-silver-copper solder alloys and gold/nickel metallization

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    Gao, Mao

    The formation of a one micron thick layer of an intermetallic compound between a solder alloy and a metallic substrate generally constitutes a good solder joint in an electronic device. However, if the compound grows too thick, and/or if multiple intermetallic compounds form, poor solder joint reliability may result. Thus significant interest has been focused on intermetallic compound phase selection and growth kinetics at such solder/metal interfaces. The present study focuses on one such specific problem, the formation and growth of intermetallic compounds at near eutectic Sn-Ag-Cu solder alloy/Ni interfaces. Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu solder was reflowed on Au/Ni substrates, resulting in the initial formation and growth of (CuNi)6Sn 5 at Sn-3.0Ag-0.5Cu /Ni interfaces. (NiCu)3Sn4 formed between the (CuNi)6Sn5 and the Ni substrate when the concentration of Cu in the liquid SnAgCu solder decreased to a critical value which depended upon temperature: 0.37, 0.31 and 0.3(wt.%) at reflow temperatures of 260°C, 245°C and 230°C respectively. The growth rate of (CuNi)6Sn5 was found to be consistent with extrapolations of a diffusion limited growth model formulated for lower temperature, solid state diffusion couples. The long range diffusion of Cu did not limit growth rates. The spalling of (CuNiAu)6Sn5 from (NiCu)3 Sn4 surfaces during reflow was also examined. When the Cu concentration in the solder decreased to approximately 0.28wt.%, the (Cu,Ni,Au) 6Sn5 was observed to spall. Compressive stress in (CuNiAu) 6Sn5 and weak adhesion between (CuNiAu)6Sn 5 and (NiCu)3Sn4 was found to cause this effect.

  5. Dy(III)离子在LiCl-KCl熔盐中的电化学行为及Dy-Ni金属间化合物的选择性制备%Electrochemical Behavior of Dy(III) and the Selective Formation of Dy-Ni Intermetallic Compounds in LiCl-KCl Eutectic Melts

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    李梅; 孙婷婷; 刘斌; 韩伟; 孙扬; 张密林

    2015-01-01

    The electrochemical behavior of Dy(III) in LiCl-KCl melts and the al oying mechanism of Dy-Ni al oys were investigated by cyclic voltammetry, square wave voltammetry, and open circuit chronopotentiometry. Cyclic voltammetry and square wave voltammetry experiments indicated that the reduction of Dy(III) ions to Dy metal occurred in a single step with the exchange of three electrons. Compared with cyclic voltammograms on an inert W electrode, three reduction peaks are observed. This indicates the under-potential deposition of Dy(III) on a reactive Ni electrode because of the formation of Dy-Ni al oy compounds. Dy-Ni al oys were prepared by potentiostatic electrolysis at-1.6,-1.8, and-2.0 V and characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS). The results confirm that different Dy-Ni compounds:DyNi5, Dy2Ni7, and DyNi2 can be selectively obtained by potentiostatic electrolysis at different potentials.%采用循环伏安、方波伏安和开路计时电位等电化学方法研究了Dy(III)离子在LiCl-KCl共晶盐中的电化学行为及Dy-Ni合金形成的电化学机理.循环伏安和方波伏安法研究表明, Dy(III)离子的电化学还原过程为三个电子转移的一步反应.与惰性W电极相比, Dy(III)离子在Ni电极上的循环伏安曲线多出了三对氧化还原峰,是由于Dy与Ni形成了合金化合物,导致Dy(III)离子在活性Ni电极发生了欠电位沉积.采用X射线衍射(XRD)和扫描电子显微镜(SEM)附带能量散射谱(EDS)对恒电位(-1.6,-1.8和-2.0 V)电解制备的Dy-Ni合金进行分析,分别获得了DyNi5, Dy2Ni7和DyNi2金属间化合物.实验结果表明,通过控制电位进行恒电位电解可以有选择性地制备不同的金属间化合物.

  6. Magnetic properties of R{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}X{sub 4} (R = Tb-Er; X = Si, Ge, Sn) compounds

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    Szytula, A. [M. Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Reymonta 4, 30-059 Cracow (Poland)]. E-mail: szytula@if.uj.edu.pl; Wawrzynska, E. [M. Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Reymonta 4, 30-059 Cracow (Poland); Zarzycki, A. [M. Smoluchowski Institute of Physics, Jagiellonian University, Reymonta 4, 30-059 Cracow (Poland)

    2007-09-13

    dc magnetization and magnetic susceptibility measurements were performed on polycrystalline samples of R{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}X{sub 4} (R = Tb-Er; T = Si, Ge, Sn) intermetallics which crystallize in the orthorhombic crystal structure of the Gd{sub 3}Cu{sub 4}Ge{sub 4}-type. All of the studied compounds are antiferromagnets showing complex behavior. For some of them additional transitions below Neel temperature are observed and few indicate metamagnetic transition at 2 K. Reciprocal magnetic susceptibilities of all the samples obey the Curie-Weiss law above the Neel temperatures with negative values of paramagnetic Curie temperatures and the effective magnetic moments of rare earth ions being close to the respective free R{sup 3+} ion values.

  7. Structural flexibility in magnetocaloric RE5T4 (RE=rare-earth; T=Si,Ge,Ga) materials: Effect of chemical substitution on structure, bonding and properties

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    Misra, Sumohan [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2008-01-01

    The binary, ternary and multicomponent intermetallic compounds of rare-earth metals (RE) with group 14 elements (Tt) at the RE5Tt4 stoichiometry have been known for over 30 years, but only in the past decade have these materials become a gold mine for solid-state chemistry, materials science and condensed matter physics. It all started with the discovery of a giant magnetocaloric effect in Gd5Si2Ge2, along with other extraordinary magnetic properties, such as a colossal magnetostriction and giant magnetoresistance. The distinctiveness of this series is in the remarkable flexibility of the chemical bonding between well-defined, subnanometer-thick slabs and the resultant magnetic, transport, and thermodynamic properties of these materials. This can be controlled by varying either or both RE and Tt elements, including mixed rare-earth elements on the RE sites and different group 14 (or T = group 13 or 15) elements occupying the Tt sites. In addition to chemical means, the interslab interactions are also tunable by temperature, pressure, and magnetic field. Thus, this system provides a splendid 'playground' to investigate the interrelationships among composition, structure, physical properties, and chemical bonding. The work presented in this dissertation involving RE5T4 materials has resulted in the successful synthesis, characterization, property measurements, and theoretical analyses of various new intermetallic compounds. The results provide significant insight into the fundamental magnetic and structural behavior of these materials and help us better understand the complex link between a compound's composition, its observed structure, and its properties.

  8. Magnetoelastic properties of substituted Er1-xGdxMn6Sn6 intermetallic system

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    Tabatabai Yazdi, Sh.; Tajabor, N.; Roknabadi, M. Rezaee; Behdani, M.; Pourarian, F.

    2014-06-01

    The forced magnetostriction of polycrystalline samples of Er1-xGdxMn6Sn6 (0≤x≤1) intermetallics with hexagonal HfFe6Ge6-type structure is investigated in the temperature range of 77-480 K. Gd substitution has a significant effect on interatomic distances and especially on inter-sublattice R-Mn couplings. The replacement of Er by Gd results in increasing the ordering temperature followed by reinforcement of the R-Mn coupling, as well as decreasing the magnetostriction values owing to the S-state character of Gd3+ ions. The results show that the contribution of Er sublattice to anisotropic magnetoelastic effects is positive, while that of Gd and Mn is negative. All the examined samples exhibit considerable magnetovolume anomalies at the ordering temperature (TC=338, 381, 412 and 434 K for the samples with x=0, 0.2, 0.6 and 1.0, respectively). While the unsubstituted sample exhibits metamagnetic transitions, Gd-contained compounds do not show this behavior, owing to the strong Gd-Mn coupling. The experimental results obtained are discussed in the framework of the two-magnetic sublattice by bearing in mind the lattice parameter dependence of the interlayer Mn-Mn exchange interaction in these layered compounds. From the temperature dependence of magnetostriction values and considering the magnetostriction equation for a hexagonal structure, we attempt to determine the signs of some of the magnetostriction constants for these compounds and the influence of Gd substitution on them.

  9. Formation of intermetallics at the interface of explosively welded Ni-Al multilayered composites during annealing

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    Ogneva, T. S.; Lazurenko, D. V.; Bataev, I. A.; Mali, V. I.; Esikov, M. A.; Bataev, A. A.

    2016-04-01

    The Ni-Al multilayer composite was fabricated using explosive welding. The zones of mixing of Ni and Al are observed at the composite interfaces after the welding. The composition of these zones is inhomogeneous. Continuous homogeneous intermetallic layers are formed at the interface after heat treatment at 620 °C during 5 h These intermetallic layers consist of NiAl3 and Ni2Al3 phases. The presence of mixed zones significantly accelerates the growth rate of intermetallic phases at the initial stages of heating.

  10. Review on magnetic and related properties of RTX compounds

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    Gupta, Sachin, E-mail: gsachin55@gmail.com; Suresh, K.G., E-mail: suresh@phy.iitb.ac.in

    2015-01-05

    RTX (R = rare earths, T = 3d/4d/5d, transition metals such as Sc, Ti, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Ru, Rh, Pd, Ag, Os, Ir, Pt, Au, and X = p-block elements such as Al, Ga, In, Si, Ge, Sn, As, Sb, Bi) series is a huge family of intermetallics compounds. These compounds crystallize in different crystal structures depending on the constituents. Though these compounds have been known for a long time, they came to limelight recently in view of the large magnetocaloric effect (MCE) and magnetoresistance (MR) shown by many of them. Most of these compounds crystallize in hexagonal, orthorhombic and tetragonal crystal structures. Some of them show crystal structure modification with annealing temperature; while a few of them show iso-structural transition in the paramagnetic regime. Their magnetic ordering temperatures vary from very low temperatures to temperatures well above room temperature (∼510 K). Depending on the crystal structure, they show a variety of magnetic and electrical properties. These compounds have been characterized by means of a variety of techniques/measurements such as X-ray diffraction, neutron diffraction, magnetic properties, heat capacity, magnetocaloric properties, electrical resistivity, magnetoresistance, thermoelectric power, thermal expansion, Hall effect, optical properties, XPS, Mössbauer spectroscopy, ESR, μSR, NMR, and NQR. Some amount of work on theoretical calculations on electronic structure, crystal field interaction and exchange interactions has also been reported. The interesting aspect of this series is that they show a variety of physical properties such as Kondo effect, heavy fermion behavior, spin glass state, intermediate valence, superconductivity, multiple magnetic transitions, metamagnetism, large MCE, large positive as well as negative MR, spin orbital compensation, magnetic polaronic behavior, and pseudo gap effect. Except Mn, no other transition metal in these compounds possesses considerable magnetic moments. Because of this

  11. Effect of rare earth ion in the thermopower of R{sub 5}(Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x}){sub 4} compounds with x{approx}0.5 and R=Gd and Tb

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    Pereira, A.M. [IFIMUP, Rua do Campo Alegre, 678, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal)]. E-mail: ampereira@fc.up.pt; Magen, C. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon Universidad de Zaragoza and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cient icas, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Araujo, J.P. [IFIMUP, Rua do Campo Alegre, 678, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Algarabel, P.A. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon Universidad de Zaragoza and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cient icas, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Morellon, L. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon Universidad de Zaragoza and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cient icas, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Braga, M.E. [IFIMUP, Rua do Campo Alegre, 678, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Pinto, R.P. [IFIMUP, Rua do Campo Alegre, 678, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal); Ibarra, M.R. [Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragon Universidad de Zaragoza and Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cient icas, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Instituto de Nanociencia de Aragon, 50009 Zaragoza (Spain); Sousa, J.B. [IFIMUP, Rua do Campo Alegre, 678, 4169-007 Porto (Portugal)

    2007-03-15

    The magnetocaloric ferromagnetic compounds with R{sub 5}(Si{sub x}Ge{sub 1-x}){sub 4} composition are very sensitive to the Si:Ge ratio (x) and the particular Rare earth (R) ion. Here we study the thermopower S(T) behavior of samples with a similar x{approx}0.5 ratio but different rare earth ions: Gd{sub 5}(Si{sub 0.45}Ge{sub 0.55}){sub 4} and Tb{sub 5}(Si{sub 0.5}Ge{sub 0.5}){sub 4}, between 10 and 290K. Above the Curie temperature (T{sub C}) both S and its T-dependence do not change with the R-ion but, upon cooling, a first-order magneto-structural transition occurs at T{sub S} (close to T{sub C}) causing an abruptness in thermopower ({delta}S/S{approx}32%). At low temperatures very distinct S(T) behavior is observed, and a spin reorientation transition occurs in the Tb compound.

  12. Nanoscale grain growth behaviour of CoAl intermetallic synthesized by mechanical alloying

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    S N Hosseini; M H Enayati; F Karimzadeh

    2014-05-01

    Grain growth behaviour of the nanocrystalline CoAl intermetallic compound synthesized by mechanical alloying has been studied by isothermal annealing at different temperatures and durations. X-ray diffraction method was employed to investigate structural evolutions during mechanical alloying and annealing processes. The disordered CoAl phase with the grain size of about 6 nm was formed via a gradual reaction during mechanical alloying. The results of isothermal annealing showed that the grain growth behaviour can be explained by the parabolic grain growth law. The grains were at nanometric scale after isothermal annealing up to 0.7 m. The grain growth exponent remained constant above 873 K indicating that grain growth mechanism does not change at high temperatures. The calculated activation energy indicated that the grain growth mechanism in the disordered CoAl phase at high temperatures was diffusing Co and Al atoms in two separate sublattices. Furthermore, an equation has been suggested to describe the grain growth kinetics of nanocrystalline CoAl under isothermal annealing at temperatures above 873 K (/m ≥ 0.5).

  13. PdGa intermetallic hydrogenation catalyst: an NMR and physical property study.

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    Klanjšek, M; Gradišek, A; Kocjan, A; Bobnar, M; Jeglič, P; Wencka, M; Jagličić, Z; Popčević, P; Ivkov, J; Smontara, A; Gille, P; Armbrüster, M; Grin, Yu; Dolinšek, J

    2012-02-29

    The PdGa intermetallic compound is a highly selective and stable heterogeneous hydrogenation catalyst for the semi-hydrogenation of acetylene. We have studied single crystals of PdGa grown by the Czochralski technique. The (69)Ga electric-field-gradient (EFG) tensor was determined by means of NMR spectroscopy, giving experimental confirmation of both the recently refined structural model of PdGa and the theoretically predicted Pd-Ga covalent bonding scheme. The hydrogenation experiment has detected no hydrogen uptake in the PdGa, thus preventing in situ hydride formation that leads to a reduction of the catalytic selectivity. We have also determined bulk physical properties (the magnetic susceptibility, the electrical resistivity, the thermoelectric power, the Hall coefficient, the thermal conductivity and the specific heat) of single-crystalline PdGa. The results show that PdGa is a diamagnet with metallic electrical resistivity and moderately high thermal conductivity. The thermoelectric power is negative with complicated temperature dependence, whereas the Hall coefficient is positive and temperature-dependent, indicating complexity of the Fermi surface. Partial fulfillment of the NMR Korringa relation reveals that the charge carriers are weakly correlated. Specific heat measurements show that the density of electronic states (DOS) at the Fermi energy of PdGa is reduced to 15% of the DOS of the elemental Pd metal.

  14. Disturbing the dimers: Electron and hole doping in the intermetallic insulator FeGa3

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    Botana, Antia S.; Quan, Yundi; Pickett, Warren E.

    2015-10-01

    Insulating FeGa3 poses peculiar puzzles beyond the occurrence of an electronic gap in an intermetallic compound. This Fe-based material has a very distinctive structural characteristic with the Fe atoms occurring in dimers. The insulating gap can be described comparably well in either the weakly correlated limit or the strongly correlated limit within density functional theory viewpoints, where the latter corresponds to singlet formation on the Fe2 dimers. Though most of the calculated occupied Wannier functions are an admixture of Fe 3 d and Ga 4 s or 4 p states, there is a single bonding-type Wannier function per spin centered on each Fe2 dimer. Density functional theory methods have been applied to follow the evolution of the magnetic properties and electronic spectrum with doping, where unusual behavior is observed experimentally. Both electron and hole doping are considered, by Ge and Zn on the Ga site, and by Co and Mn on the Fe site, the latter introducing direct disturbance of the Fe2 dimer. Results from weakly and strongly correlated pictures are compared. Regardless of the method, magnetism including itinerant phases appears readily with doping. The correlated picture suggests that in the low doping limit Mn (for Fe) produces an in-gap hole state, while Co (for Fe) introduces a localized electronic gap state.

  15. Intermetallic strengthened alumina-forming austenitic steels for energy applications

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    Hu, Bin

    In order to achieve energy conversion efficiencies of >50 % for steam turbines/boilers in power generation systems, materials required are strong, corrosion-resistant at high temperatures (>700°C), and economically viable. Austenitic steels strengthened with Laves phase and Ni3Al precipitates, and alloyed with aluminum to improve oxidation resistance, are potential candidate materials for these applications. The creep resistance of these alloys is significantly improved through intermetallic strengthening (Laves-Fe 2Nb + L12-Ni3Al precipitates) without harmful effects on oxidation resistance. This research starts with microstructural and microchemical analyses of these intermetallic strengthened alumina-forming austenitic steels in a scanning electron microscope. The microchemistry of precipitates, as determined by energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and transmission electron microscope, is also studied. Different thermo-mechanical treatments were carried out to these stainless steels in an attempt to further improve their mechanical properties. The microstructural and microchemical analyses were again performed after the thermo-mechanical processing. Synchrotron X-ray diffraction was used to measure the lattice parameters of these steels after different thermo-mechanical treatments. Tensile tests at both room and elevated temperatures were performed to study mechanical behaviors of this novel alloy system; the deformation mechanisms were studied by strain rate jump tests at elevated temperatures. Failure analysis and post-mortem TEM analysis were performed to study the creep failure mechanisms of these alumina-forming austenitic steels after creep tests. Experiments were carried out to study the effects of boron and carbon additions in the aged alumina-forming austenitic steels.

  16. Layered structure of Ni-Al multi-layered metal-intermetallic composites fabricated by in-situ reactions

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    张佼; 孙宝德; 夏振海

    2004-01-01

    Systematical experiments were done at five temperature levels: 500 ℃, 630 ℃, 900 ℃, 1 000 ℃ and 1 100 ℃ to illuminate the layer structure of the multi-layered metal-intermetallic composites of Ni-Al system that were fabricated by a previously reported simple and cost-effective method. The analysis of back scattering photos and XRD examination of specimens reveal that the look like single compound layer is composed of several different components. The primary phase produced during reaction is Ni2 Al3 and there exists a like two-phase field between NiAl3 and Ni2 Al3. The high temperature phases like NiAl and Ni3 Al are also found at low temperature. The results indicate that the key driving force of in-situ reaction is not temperature, but the atom concentration.

  17. Neutron scattering study on R{sub 2}PdSi{sub 3} (R=Ho,Er,Tm) compounds

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    Tang, Fei

    2010-12-14

    Previous studies on the family of inter-metallic rare-earth compounds R{sub 2}PdSi{sub 3} revealed multifaceted magnetic properties, for instance, spin-glass like behavior. Experimental observations include: Signs of a crystallographic superstructure, complicated magnetic structures both in zero field and in applied magnetic fields as well as a generic phase in applied fields for compounds in the series with the heavy rare-earths R=Gd, Tb, Dy, Ho, Er and Tm. This thesis expands the studies on the magnetic properties of R{sub 2}PdSi{sub 3} employing mainly neutron scattering on single crystals with the focus on the compounds with R=Ho, Er and Tm. A detailed analysis of the crystallographic superstructure using modulation wave approach and group theory is presented. The resulting structure implies the existence of two different rare-earth sites with reduced symmetry and an arrangement of the different sites according to sequences as determined by the superstructure. It is shown that the reduced symmetry of the rare-earth sites is explicitly observed in the energy spectra of inelastic neutron scattering. The results on the magnetic structures and excitations are shown and discussed in the framework of the superstructure model. Specifically the generic phase in applied fields is interpreted as a direct consequence of the crystallographic superstructure. It is rather unusual that a crystallographic superstructure is playing such a decisive, and through the field dependence also tunable role in determining the magnetic properties as observed in R{sub 2}PdSi{sub 3}. The mediating interactions between the crystallographic part and the magnetic part of the system are discussed. (orig.)

  18. Crystal structure and magnetic properties of the RCo{sub 5-x}Ga{sub x} (x=1, 1.5,2,3,4) and RCo{sub 4-x}FeGa{sub x}(x=1,2) compounds (R=rare eart earth)

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    Routsi, C. [Democritus Univ. of Thrace, Xanthi (Greece). Dept. of Electrical Engineering

    1998-07-24

    X-ray powder diffraction data of the RCo{sub 5-x}Ga{sub x} compounds indicate that single-phase samples of the CaCu{sub 5} type structure exist up to the composition RCo{sub 3}Ga{sub 2}. The compounds with light rare earths are ferromagnets while those with heavy rare earths are ferrimagnets. The introduction of Fe into the RCo{sub 5-x}Ga{sub x} compounds has an important effect on the magnetic properties. (orig.) 17 refs.

  19. Thermoelectric performance of intermetallic FeGa{sub 3} with Co doping

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    Ramachandran, B.; Syu, K.Z. [Department of Physics, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien 97401, Taiwan (China); Kuo, Y.K., E-mail: ykkuo@mail.ndhu.edu.tw [Department of Physics, National Dong Hwa University, Hualien 97401, Taiwan (China); Gippius, A.A. [Department of Physics, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Shevelkov, A.V.; Verchenko, V.Yu. [Department of Chemistry, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Lue, C.S. [Department of Physics, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan 70101, Taiwan (China)

    2014-09-01

    Highlights: • From the resistivity study of Fe{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Ga{sub 3} (0.005 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.5), the metallic behavior is observed for the compounds with Co content of x ⩾ 0.125. • The Seebeck coefficient of these compounds has contribution from both diffusion thermoelectric power and phonon-drag effect. • A reduction in Seebeck coefficient with Co doping is observed, due to the modification in band gap and density of states at the Fermi level. • Low-temperature lattice thermal conductivity of FeGa{sub 3} is suppressed significantly by Co doping due to the phonon-point-defect scattering. • The maximum ZT value of ∼0.05 is achieved for Fe{sub 0.95}Co{sub 0.05}Ga{sub 3} at 400 K, ten times higher than that of the parent FeGa{sub 3}. - Abstract: Investigation on temperature-dependent electrical resistivity (ρ), Seebeck coefficient (S), and thermal conductivity (κ) of intermetallic Fe{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}Ga{sub 3} (0.005 ⩽ x ⩽ 0.5) compounds are carried out to probe their thermoelectric performance. From resistivity study, it is observed that increase in number of valence electrons introduced by Co doping leads to a change from semiconducting to metallic behavior, which occurs between x = 0.05 and 0.125. The characteristics of the Seebeck coefficient show a substantial decrease with the Co doping, due to the modifications in the band gap and the Fermi-level density of states. Analyses of thermal conductivity of the Co doped FeGa{sub 3} compounds reveal that thermal transport is essentially due to the lattice phonons. It is also noticed that the low-temperature peak in the lattice thermal conductivity of these compounds is reduced significantly with the increase in Co content, attributing to the enhanced scattering of phonons by point-defects. The value of the figure-of-merit, ZT = (S{sup 2}/ρκ)T, is estimated for all compounds, and the maximum room-temperature ZT value of about 0.02 was achieved for Fe{sub 0.95}Co{sub 0.05}Ga{sub 3}, and

  20. 3D study of intermetallics and their effect on the corrosion morphology of rheocast aluminium alloy

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    Mingo, B. [Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense, 28040, Madrid (Spain); Arrabal, R., E-mail: rarrabal@ucm.es [Departamento de Ciencia de Materiales, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Complutense, 28040, Madrid (Spain); Pardo, A.; Matykina, E. [Departamento de Ciencia de