Quasicrystal-forming ability of the icosahedral phase in Al-Cu-Fe-Be alloys

G. S. Song, E. Fleury, S. M. Lee, W. T. Kim, D. H. Kim

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The effect of Be (beryllium) addition and the influence of cooling rate on the solidification path of the icosahedral (i) phase in conventional casting Al62-xBexCu25.5Fe12.5 (x=0,1,3,5,7 at.%) alloys were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis, SEM and EDX analyses. The addition of Be has been found to modify the i-phase formation mechanism from peritectic reaction to primary solidification. The volume fraction of the i-phase has been observed to increase from 45% for x=0 to 90% for x=7. These results suggested that the substitution of Al by Be is favorable for the increase of the quasicrystal-forming ability (QFA) of the i-phase. Two parameters have been proposed for defining and assessing the QFA for i-phase formed by peritectic reaction. These parameters can be expressed by the reduced quasicrystal transition temperature Trq=Tp/Tl and the reduced undercooling ΔTr=ΔTlp/Tl, respectively, (Tl: Liquidus temperature, Tp: Peritectic peak temperature, and ΔTlp=Tl - Tp: Freezing range of primary phase).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-49
Number of pages8
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering: A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Apr 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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