Effect of Dislocations on Spinodal Decomposition, Precipitation, and Age-hardening of Cu-Ti Alloy

Shigeo Sato, Akifumi Hasegawa, Satoshi Semboshi, Kazuaki Wagatsuma

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

2 Citations (Scopus)


In age-hardenable Cu-Ti alloys, cold work before aging enhances their mechanical properties and shortens the aging time for obtaining the maximum hardness. In order to discuss hardening behaviors, microstructural evolutions such as dislocation rearrangements, progress of spinodal decomposition, and subsequent precipitation from the spinodal region during aging need to be analyzed precisely. Therefore, we employed a probing method combining the small- and the wide-angle X-ray scattering methods to characterize the precipitate size and the progress of spinodal decomposition, respectively. Sideband peaks appearing adjacent to Bragg reflection peaks in the X-ray diffraction patterns of a copper matrix were analyzed to estimate the development of compositional modulations of titanium accompanied by spinodal decomposition. The results of these analytical procedures revealed that the growth rates of the spinodal region and nanometer-scales precipitates in Cu-Ti alloys are less susceptible to dislocations introduced during cold working before aging, and that dislocations introduced during prior cold working annihilate in the initial aging stage. Consequently, overaging, which is mainly induced by dislocation annihilation, in a cold-worked Cu-Ti alloy occurs after a shorter aging time than in an unworked alloy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-130
Number of pages8
JournalHigh Temperature Materials and Processes
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Apr 1


  • X-ray diffraction
  • copper-titanium alloy
  • dislocation
  • precipitation
  • smallangle X-ray scattering
  • spinodal decomposition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


Dive into the research topics of 'Effect of Dislocations on Spinodal Decomposition, Precipitation, and Age-hardening of Cu-Ti Alloy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this