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Pressure-assisted synthesis of nanostructured Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals

Florence Turquier 2Vasile-Danut Cojocaru 2Manuela Stir 2Radu Nicula 2Christian Lathe 1Eberhard Burkel 2

1. GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam, (GFZ), Telegrafenberg A17, Potsdam D-14473, Germany
2. University of Rostock, August-Bebelstr. 55, Rostock 18055, Germany


Aluminium-based quasicrystals have properties of great interest for many applications, e.g. hard coatings[1], but are rather difficult to produce in large quantities, as they are stable only within a narrow composition domain[2, 3].
Alloy powder with nominal composition Al67Cu23Fe10 was prepared by ball-milling of elemental metallic powders. The as-milled powder consists mainly of a nanocrystalline Al(Cu,Fe) solid solution.
The structural phase transitions upon heating under different pressures were investigated by in-situ X-ray diffraction at the F2.1 beamline of DESY-HASYLAB (Hamburg, Germany)[4], in order to establish a PRESSURE-TEMPERATURE phase diagram. A single-phase quasicrystalline powder was obtained after a sequence of phase transitions taking place at temperatures between 250-300C and 700-800C, with phase transition temperatures varying with pressure. The quasicrystalline phase was shown to be stable after quenching under pressure.

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[4] F. Turquier, V.D. Cojocaru, R. Nicula, M.Stir, C. Lathe, E.Burkel, Pressure-assisted synthesis of Al-Cu-Fe quasicrystals, HASYLAB Annual Report 2003.


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Presentation: poster at E-MRS Fall Meeting 2004, Symposium I, by Florence Turquier
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