Decomposition process in a FeAuPd alloy nanostructured by severe plastic deformation
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The decomposition process mechanisms have been investigated in a Fe50Au25Pd25 (at.%) alloy processed by severe plastic deformation. Phases were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and microstructures were observed using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In the coarse grain alloy homogenized and aged at 450 °C, the bcc α-Fe and fcc AuPd phases nucleate in the fcc supersaturated solid solution and grow by a discontinuous precipitation process resulting in a typical lamellar structure. The grain size of the homogenized FeAuPd alloy was reduced in a range of 50–100 nm by high pressure torsion (HPT). Aging at 450 °C this nanostructure leads to the decomposition of the solid solution into an equi-axed microstructure. The grain growth is very limited during aging and the grain size remains under 100 nm. The combination of two phases with different crystallographic structures (bcc α-Fe and fcc AuPd) and of the nanoscaled grain size gives rise to a significant hardening of the alloy.
KeywordsSevere Plastic Deformation Equal Channel Angular Pressing High Pressure Torsion AuPd Discontinuous Precipitation
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