Quasicrystalline Phase Transformation in the Quaternary and Ternary Systems AlCuMnFe and AlPdMn


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An unified structural model has been devised [1] that describes both icosahedral phasesi-AlPdMn and i-AlCuFe. The model suggests that possible icosahedral structures could be found inalloys with general composition Al61:8(PdjCu)21:35(MnjFe)8:29(AljFejMn)4:28(AljCu)4:28. Applied to the systems AlCuMnFe [2] and AlPdFe [3], thisformula leads to the compositions Al66:08Cu21:35Mn8:29Fe4:28 and Al70:36Pd21:35Fe8:29 that have bothbeen synthetized by rapid quenching and annealing.The as-quenched quaternary alloy Al66:08Cu21:35Mn8:29Fe4:28 exhibits a F-icosahedral phase that trans-forms into a decagonal phase after annealing. Its 10-fold axis aligns along one of the 5-fold axes ofthe icosahedral phase. This implies a group-subgroup transformation, with the kernel group ̅5m, anal-ogous to the one observed during CFC to HCP transformations, with kernel ̅3m.The as-quenched and annealed ternary alloy Al70:36Pd21:35Fe8:29 is similar to i-AlPdMn with an iso-morphic substitution of Mn with Fe. A study of the phase diagram of the system AlPdFe [3] showsthat the results are compatible with the structural model proposed here in strong relations with thosepresented in [1] for i-AlPdMn.



Solid State Phenomena (Volumes 172-174)

Edited by:

Yves Bréchet, Emmanuel Clouet, Alexis Deschamps, Alphonse Finel and Frédéric Soisson






J. T. Beauchesne et al., "Quasicrystalline Phase Transformation in the Quaternary and Ternary Systems AlCuMnFe and AlPdMn", Solid State Phenomena, Vols. 172-174, pp. 941-946, 2011

Online since:

June 2011




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