Characterization of precipitates in mg-sm alloy aged at 200°C, studied by high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and high-angle annular detector dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy

Masahiko Nishijima, Kenji Hiraga, Michiaki Yamasaki, Yoshihito Kawamura

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Abstract

Precipitates in an Mg-0.99 at3/4 Sm (Mgrø.oi Smo 99) alloy aged at 200°C were studied by the combination of high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and high-angle annular detector dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM). Fine precipitates of a meta-stable phase, which is called γ here, in the alloy aged at 200°C for 4 h have a thin lens-shape with a thickness of 2-5 nm and a diameter of 20-60 nm. The γ precipitate has an incommensurate structure with an orthorhombic unit cell of a = 2a0 = 0.64 nm, b = 6A 0-√3 = 3.334 nm and c = c0, = 0.52 nm, where a 0 and c0 are lattice constants of a hexagonal unit of the Mg-matrix. In the early stage of aging at 200°C for 0.5 h, isolated structure units forming the γ structure are dispersed in an Mg hexagonal lattice. By annealing at 200°C for 100 h, coarse precipitates of a stable Mg3Sm phase are formed along grain boundaries and inside grains of the Mg-matrix, and wide γ precipitate-free zones appear around them.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1747-1752
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Transactions
Volume50
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jul 1

Keywords

  • Crystal structure
  • High-angle annular detector dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (HAADF-STEM)
  • High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM)
  • Magnesium-rare earth alloy
  • Magnesium-samarium
  • Precipitate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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