Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 46, Issue 19, pp 6203–6212 | Cite as

Metastable phase diagrams of Cu-based alloy systems with a miscibility gap in undercooled state

  • Chongde D. CaoEmail author
  • Zhanbo Sun
  • Xiaojun J. Bai
  • Libing B. Duan
  • Jianbang B. Zheng
  • Fang Wang


Some Cu-based alloy systems with a large positive enthalpy of mixing display a eutectic or peritectic phase diagram under equilibrium conditions, but show a metastable liquid miscibility gap in the undercooled state. When the melt is undercooled below certain temperature beyond the critical liquid-phase separation temperature, it separates into two liquids with different compositions. The compositions of the two liquids change successively upon the metastable phase diagram before solidification occurs. The shape and position of the metastable miscibility gap are dependent of the alloy components and their interaction features. This study reviews the metastable phase diagrams of Cu-based alloy systems, which are derived from experiments and thermodynamic calculations.


Electromagnetic Levitation Ternary Alloy System Metastable Phase Diagram Critical Undercooling Measured Liquidus Temperature 
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The authors are grateful to Mr. Jing Wang and Mr. Xiang Zeng for their help. This study was financially supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 50871088 and 50871081), the Natural Science Foundation of Shaanxi, the International Cooperation Program of Shaanxi, and Specialized Research Fund for the Doctoral Program of Higher Education.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chongde D. Cao
    • 1
    Email author
  • Zhanbo Sun
    • 2
  • Xiaojun J. Bai
    • 1
  • Libing B. Duan
    • 1
  • Jianbang B. Zheng
    • 1
  • Fang Wang
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Applied PhysicsNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina
  2. 2.School of ScienceXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina
  3. 3.School of Computer Science and TechnologyNorthwestern Polytechnical UniversityXi’anChina

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