Nanoprecipitates of icosahedral phase in quasicrystal-strengthened Mg-Zn-Y alloys

Alok Singh, A. P. Tsai, M. Nakamura, M. Watanabe, A. Kato

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Extensive microstructural studies have been performed with respect to the formation of the icosahedral quasicrystalline phase and its relationship to other phases in Mg95Zn4.2Y0.8 alloy. The icosahedral phase forms as an intergranular eutectic phase as well as precipitates in the matrix. The precipitates are nanosized (typically 50 nm) with a definite orientation relationship with the matrix, sharply faceted on twofold planes which are on the basal and prismatic planes of the matrix. The detailed crystallographic relationship with the matrix is described. The icosahedral phase is occasionally found to coexist with the cubic W-Zn3Mg2Y3 phase with a definite crystallographic relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)543-551
Number of pages9
JournalPhilosophical Magazine Letters
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Sep
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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