Influence of Ir Additions and Icosahedral Short Range Order (ISRO) on Nucleation and Growth Kinetics in Au-20.5Wt Pct Cu-4.5Wt PctAg Alloy

Based on detailed EBSD analyses, Kurtuldu et al. (Acta Mater. 70:240-248, 2014) have explained the grain refinement of Au-12.5 wt pctCu-12.5 wt pctAg (yellow gold) by the addition of minute amounts of Ir in terms of icosahedral quasicrystal (iQC)-mediated nucleation, i.e., Ir induced the formation of Icosahedral short range order (ISRO) of atoms in the liquid, leading to the formation of iQC on which the fcc-phase forms. In the present contribution, we show that: (i) this mechanism is also responsible of the grain refinement in Au-20.5 wt pctCu-4.5 wt pctAg (pink gold) with Ir addition; (ii) ISRO also influences the morphology and growth kinetics of the fcc phase: at solidification rate of a few mm/s, 100 dendrites are replaced by a cellular-type morphology growing along 111 when 100 wt ppm of Ir is added to the melt; (iii) iQC-mediated nucleation is accompanied by a spinodal decomposition of the liquid, which is revealed at high cooling rate by the formation of Cu-rich particles or dendrites, some of them being also twinned, in parallel to iQC-mediated grain refinement and twin formation. (C) The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society and ASM International 2019


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Metallurgical And Materials Transactions A-Physical Metallurgy And Materials Science, 50, 5, 2279-2288
Year:
May 01 2019
Publisher:
New York, SPRINGER
ISSN:
1073-5623
1543-1940
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