Site-occupation behavior and solid-solution hardening effect of rhenium in Mo5SiB2

Junya Nakamura, Takahiro Kaneko, Takashi Hara, Kyosuke Yoshimi, Kouichi Maruyama, Hirokazu Katsui, Takashi Goto

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The site-occupation behavior of Re in Mo5SiB2 (T 2) was studied both theoretically and experimentally, and the effect of Re on the solid-solution hardening of T2 was investigated by taking into account the off-stoichiometry of the T2 phase. Mo-Si-B quaternary alloys containing 1.4 at.% Re were produced using a conventional Ar arc-melting technique, and the cast samples were homogenized at 1800 °C for 24 h in an Ar atmosphere. High-resolution high-angle annular dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy observations strongly suggest that Re preferentially occupies the Mo sites in the Mo-B layers of the T2 unit cell, which was confirmed by the site-occupation behavior predicted by first-principles calculations. Nanoindentation measurements indicate that the hardness of the T2 phase is affected by both the off-stoichiometry and Re addition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-91
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct


  • A. Intermetallics
  • B. Solid-solution hardening
  • D. Site occupancy
  • E. Ab-initio calculations
  • F. Nanoindentation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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