The bi-layered precipitate phase ζ in the Al-Ag alloy system

Year: 
2017
Month: 
6
Day: 
15
Pages: 
525-537
DOI: 
10.1016/j.actamat.2017.04.061
Author(s): 
Type: 
Journal Articles
Journal: 
Acta Materialia
Volume: 
132
Abstract: 

The Al-Ag system is thought to be a well-understood model system used to study diffusional phase transformations in alloys. Here we report the existence of a new precipitate phase, ζ, in this classical system using scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). The ζ phase has a modulated structure composed of alternating bilayers enriched in Al or Ag. Our in situ annealing experiments reveal that the ζ phase is an intermediate precipitate phase between GP zones and . First-principles calculations show that ζ is a local energy minimum state formed during Ag clustering in Al. The layered structure of ζ is analogous to the well-known Ag segregation at the precipitate-matrix interfaces when Ag is microalloyed in various aluminium alloys.