Crystal Analysis of Nonequilibrium δnon-Phase in Al-Li-Mg Alloys
The nonequilibrium δnon-phase was originally investigated in the work when studying the ageing processes of the 1424 alloy ( Al-Li-Mg-system). As shown in the work this phase may also be formed during the cooling from the temperature of SSHT. The δnon-phase precipitates are also present in 1420 alloy of the same system. The basic structure investigations were carried out on the 1424 alloy sheets aged in accordance with the regime: 125°C, 32 hrs. The investigations were performed by TEM using the JEOL JEM 200CX microscope. The diffraction patterns from the δnon-phase on the crystallographic axes of zones close to <110>, <111>, <112> were obtained. It can be seen that the regular reflex networks appeared after the deviation from axes of zones by 3-4˚. It was established that the lattice parameters of δnon-phase and its orientation relation with the matrix can be approximately described by the following way: aδnon≈ aα/2 b δnon ≈a α/2 cδnon≈ a α  where aα- the period of the FCC- lattice of solid solution. The model of the crystallographic structure of the δnon-phase precipitates is proposed. On the basis of this model the mechanism of the δnon-phase formation is discussed. The late ageing stages are analyzed and it was shown that the δnon-phase particles are the nuclei for S1(Al2LiMg)- phase.
W.J. Poole, M.A. Wells and D.J. Lloyd
A.A. Alekseev et al., "Crystal Analysis of Nonequilibrium δnon-Phase in Al-Li-Mg Alloys", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 519-521, pp. 259-264, 2006