The Dual Nature of Precipitates in Al-Mg-Si Alloys


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Precipitates in Al-Mg-Si-(Cu) alloys all contain a similar hexagonal arrangement of Si-atoms. Precipitates come and go but their inner Si ordering appears to vary little throughout the precipitation process. In order to improve understanding of precipitation and the related material properties, it is becoming increasingly clear that this includes a good understanding of the hexagonal Si-network, its relation to the precipitates and the Al matrix. Previous studies have revealed that adding Cu atoms to the ternary system, causes the Si network to twist slightly in the matrix about its hexagonal axis, favoring different precipitates. Here we investigate these two rotations. It is shown they can be viewed as a mirror of the network itself about a {310} Al plane. Since precipitates are coherent, the Si-network with its triangular arrangements of Si must also match a fourfold arrangement of Al on the {100} planes. Sets of Al lattice positions exist which can approximate the tree-fold Si symmetry, according to the experimentally observed orientations, and one or more large super-cells can be found having near fit in both lattices. The mirror plane is a main plane in one such super-cell. We show that the mirror leaves every seventh node of the network unchanged, thus defining a smaller hexagonal super-cell in the network, similar to the B’ or Q’/Q phase, where corners are invariant, but where the Si contents is flipped.



Materials Science Forum (Volumes 638-642)

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T. Chandra, N. Wanderka, W. Reimers , M. Ionescu






S. J. Andersen et al., "The Dual Nature of Precipitates in Al-Mg-Si Alloys", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 638-642, pp. 390-395, 2010

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January 2010




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