Anisotropic diffusion behaviour of 60Co in decagonal Al-Ni-Co single quasicrystals

T. H. Zumkley, H. Nakajima, J. Q. Guo, A. P. Tsai

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The orientation dependence of 60Co self-diffusion has been investigated in stable decagonal single quasicrystals of Al72.2Ni11.8Co16.0by means of the radiotracer method. Over a wide range from 803 to 1210 K the temperature dependence of the Co diffusivities along the periodic (tenfold-axis) and the aperiodic (twofold-axis) directions can be described each by a single set of Arrhenius parameters. The temperature dependence of the diffusion coefficients yields the Arrhenius parameters Dper= 1.54 x 10-1m2s-1Qper= 277.4 kJ mol-1D0per=396x10-1m2s-1and Qper= 289.0kJmor1, respectively. The mobility of Co is slightly faster along the periodic direction. This anisotropic effect is discussed in the content of results of analogous diffusion investigation in icosahedral quasicrystals from our laboratory and with literature data on quasicrystals. It is concluded that Co diffusion in decagonal Al-Ni-Co quasicrystals in the periodic as well as in the aperiodic direction in the entire temperature range very probably occurs via a vacancy mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-213
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophical Magazine A: Physics of Condensed Matter, Structure, Defects and Mechanical Properties
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Metals and Alloys


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