Publication
Title
Real-time atomic scale imaging of nanostructural evolution in aluminum alloys
Author
Abstract
We present a new approach to study the three-dimensional compositional and structural evolution of metal alloys during heat treatments such as commonly used for improving overall material properties. It relies on in situ heating in a high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM). The approach is demonstrated using a commercial Al alloy AA2024 at 100-240 degrees C, showing in unparalleled detail where and how precipitates nucleate, grow,or dissolve. The observed size evolution of individual precipitates enables a separation between nucleation and growth phenomena, necessary for the development of refined growth models. We conclude that the in situ heating STEM approach opens a route to a much faster determination of the interplay between local compositions, heat treatments, microstructure, and mechanical properties of new alloys.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Nano letters / American Chemical Society. - Washington
Publication
Washington : 2014
ISSN
1530-6984
Volume/pages
14:1(2014), p. 384-389
ISI
000329586700061
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UAntwerpen
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Creation 07.03.2014
Last edited 29.07.2017
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