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Morphology and phase transformation of nanoscaled indium–tin alloys in aluminium

Bhattacharya, Victoria and Chattopadhyay, K (2004) Morphology and phase transformation of nanoscaled indium–tin alloys in aluminium. In: Materials Science and Engineering A, 375-37 . pp. 932-935.

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Nanoscaled (In, Sn) alloy inclusions in Al matrix have been synthesized via rapid solidification processing route. Preliminary characterization of the samples has been done by X-ray diffraction. The microstructure of these alloy inclusions has been analyzed using transmission electron microscopy. Both In and Sn are immiscible with Al, and the miscibility gap can be accessed under rapid solidification conditions. In and Sn react with each other to form two intermediate phases, viz. $_\beta$ and $\gamma$ respectively, which together form a eutectic. The morphology and orientation relationship of this $\beta-\gamma$ eutectic system in nanoscale is reported here. TEM study reveals that majority of the alloy inclusions possess near cuboctahedral symmetry and that they are bicrystalline. Distinct two-phase contrast of these phases is observed in most cases. Melting and solidification characteristics of these alloy inclusions have been investigated via DSC. A melting peak at higher temperature is observed in the first cycle in addition to the eutectic melting event. Multiple solidification exotherms in the DSC is observed with maximum undercooling of $5 ^oC$ in the present case.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Materials Science and Engineering A
Publisher: Elsevier
Additional Information: Copyright of this artcicle belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Rapid solidification;Nanoscale;Eutectic;Melting;Solidification
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 08 May 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:35
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/10081

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