Nucleation and growth of θ′ precipitation in Sn-modified AlCu alloys: APFIM/TEM observations

S. P. Ringer, K. Hono, T. Sakurai

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    We have used atom probe field ion microscopy, together with transmission electron microscopy to follow the precipitation in an Al71.7Cu0.01Sn alloy (at%). We have detected fine clusters of Sn atoms in the as-quenched material. The formation of these clusters clearly precedes the formation of the θ′ phase. Moreover, transmission electron microscopy reveals that further aging leads to the formation of spheroidal particles, which atom probe analysis suggests are composed of Sn. It was observed that θ′ nucleated on these particles. We have also examined the θ′/matrix interface following further precipitate growth to check for Sn segregation as proposed in previous work. Probing of both the broad face and the rim of the plate-like θ′ precipitates has not shown a significant presence of Sn. These results are discussed in terms of previous studies and the factors likely to be involved in the nucleation of θ′ in this and related systems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)223-227
    Number of pages5
    JournalApplied Surface Science
    Issue numberC
    Publication statusPublished - 1995 Mar 2

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemistry(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Physics and Astronomy(all)
    • Surfaces and Interfaces
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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