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Formation and Stability of Quasicrystalline and Hexagonal Approximant Phases in an Al–Mn–Be Alloy

  • G. S. Song (a1), E. Fleury (a1), S. H. Kim (a1), W. T. Kim (a2) and D. H. Kim (a1)...

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Phase formation and thermal stability for an Al–Mn–Be alloy have been investigated by melt-spinning and conventional casting. Significant differences in the phase formation and the thermal stability of the microstructure were found as a result of the different cooling rates. In the melt-spun ribbons, a large volume fraction of a metastable icosahedral phase was found to coexist with an Al solid solution. In the bulk cast ingots, the primary phase formed in the two-phase microstructure was a hexagonal approximant phase of quasicrystals. This phase that solidified in the form of faceted particles embedded in the Al solid matrix proved to be thermodynamically stable during annealing at 540 °C for 100 h. The effect of Be addition on the formation of the stable approximant phase is discussed in terms of the Hume–Rothery mechanism.

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Formation and Stability of Quasicrystalline and Hexagonal Approximant Phases in an Al–Mn–Be Alloy

  • G. S. Song (a1), E. Fleury (a1), S. H. Kim (a1), W. T. Kim (a2) and D. H. Kim (a1)...

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