High-Accuracy X-Ray Diffraction Analysis of Phase Evolution Sequence During Devitrification of Cu50Zr50 Metallic Glass

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2010-11-24
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Kalay, I.
Napolitano, Ralph
Kramer, M. J.
Napolitano, Ralph
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Real-time high-energy X-ray diffraction (HEXRD) was used to investigate the crystallization kinetics and phase selection sequence for constant-heating-rate devitrification of fully amorphous Cu50Zr50, using heating rates from 10 K/min to 60 K/min (10 °C/min to 60 °C/min). In situ HEXRD patterns were obtained by the constant-rate heating of melt-spun ribbons under synchrotron radiation. High-accuracy phase identification and quantitative assessment of phase fraction evolution though the duration of the observed transformations were performed using a Rietveld refinement method. Results for 10 K/min (10 °C/min) heating show the apparent simultaneous formation of three phases, orthorhombic Cu10Zr7, tetragonal CuZr2 (C11b), and cubic CuZr (B2), at 706 K (433 °C), followed immediately by the dissolution of the CuZr (B2) phase upon continued heating to 789 K (516 °C). Continued heating results in reprecipitation of the CuZr (B2) phase at 1002 K (729 °C), with the material transforming completely to CuZr (B2) by 1045 K (772 °C). The Cu5Zr8 phase, previously reported to be a devitrification product in C50Zr50, was not observed in the present study.

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This article is from Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A 42 (2010): 1122, doi:10.1007/s11661-010-0531-9. Posted with permission.

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