Microstructure and Crystallography of β Phase Formed through Electric Current Pulse (ECP) Treatment in Cold-Rolled Cu-40%Zn Alloy
Most of the studies on phase transformation in metallic materials have focused on transformations during cooling processes due to the easiness of the conservation of the product phase. However, for phase transformation happening during heating processes, the experimental investigations have been indirect if the product high temperature phase could not be preserved to the convenient observation temperature, for example the room temperature. The high density Electric Current Pulse (ECP) treatment allows the phase transformation during heating process and the preservation of the high temperature phase to the room temperature, offering possibilities for direct experimental examinations. Thus, in the present work, a cold-rolled Cu–40%Zn alloy was ECP treated and the microstructure of the product phase and the transformation orientation relationship were investigated. Results show that during the ECP treatment, the high temperature beta phase with BCC structure formed in the parent alpha phase with FCC structure. Especially, two kinds of orientation relationships could be detected between the parent alpha phase and the product beta precipitates. The one is the Kurdjumov-Sachs orientation relationship (K-S OR), and the other is the Nishiyama-Wasserman (N-W). In addition, the amount of beta precipitates obeying the K-S OR is more than that of precipitates obeying the N-W OR. The results of this work provide new fundamental information on phase transformation of metallic materials.
R. Shabadi, Mihail Ionescu, M. Jeandin, C. Richard and Tara Chandra
M. S. Liu et al., "Microstructure and Crystallography of β Phase Formed through Electric Current Pulse (ECP) Treatment in Cold-Rolled Cu-40%Zn Alloy", Materials Science Forum, Vol. 941, pp. 1117-1122, 2018