Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

, Volume 50, Issue 10, pp 4569–4581 | Cite as

On the Formation of Nanoscale Intergranular Intermetallic Compound Films in a Cu-5 at. pct Zr Alloy

  • Dengshan ZhouEmail author
  • Hao Wang
  • Ondrej Muránsky
  • Charlie Kong
  • Chao YangEmail author
  • Deliang Zhang


Grain boundary structure and chemical composition have been shown to play important roles in plasticity, strength, creep, diffusivity, and conductivity of fine-grained metallic materials. Wetting of grain boundaries in metallic materials with nanoscale intergranular intermetallic compound films (NIICFs) is suggested to offer enhanced strength and ductility of alloys. In the current study, the NIICF wetting Cu-Zr micrograins of the matrix is observed in a Cu-5 at. pct Zr alloy produced by powder metallurgy. The underlying mechanism responsible for the formation of these NIICFs is discussed, and the effect of these films on the strength and strain-hardening capacity of the alloy is evaluated.



D.S. Zhou acknowledges the financial support from the Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51701036) to this study. D.S. Zhou also wishes to extend his thanks to Mr. Yonghui Sun and Mr. Yu Dong for their help with STEM-HAADF characterization.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education)Northeastern UniversityShenyangChina
  2. 2.School of Materials Science and EngineeringNortheastern UniversityShenyangChina
  3. 3.Australian Nuclear Science and Technology OrganizationLucas HeightsAustralia
  4. 4.School of Mechanical and Manufacturing EngineeringThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  5. 5.Electron Microscope UnitThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  6. 6.Shanghai Key Laboratory of Advanced High-temperature Materials and Precision Forming, School of Materials Science and EngineeringShanghai Jiao Tong UniversityShanghaiChina

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