Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 6, pp 2006–2011 | Cite as

Phase orientation, interface structure, and properties of aged Cu-6 wt.% Ag

  • J. B. Liu
  • L. MengEmail author


The crystallographic orientation and interface structure of Ag precipitates were investigated for aged Cu-6 wt.% Ag. The hardness and resistivity were determined for the aged alloy for different times. Ag secondary particles form in the Cu matrix from a discontinuous precipitation and the precipitated cells extend with the increase in aging time. There are the cube-on-cube relationship and semi-coherent interface between the Ag precipitate and the Cu matrix. Some dislocations are regularly arranged at the interface. The improvements of the hardness and conductivity can mainly be attributed to the increase in interface strengthening and the decrease in solute scattering in the Cu matrix during aging treatment. The high lattice-matching level and regular dislocation arrangement at the interface produce high strain resistance and low electron scattering.


Aging Time Orientation Relationship Aging Treatment Precipitation Reaction Filamentary Structure 



Dr Y.W. Zeng is thanked for helpful discussions about HRTEM observations. The project is financially supported from the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 50671092).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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