Varied linear phason strain and its induced domain structure in quasicrystalline precipitates of Zr-Al-Ni-Cu-Nb bulk metallic glass matrix composites


Quasicrystalline precipitates in ZrAlNiCuNb alloy were systematically studied by transmission electron microscopy. It was found that precipitates always contain various linear phason strains. By electron diffraction analysis, two types of linear phason strain with two different directions perpendicular to the incident beam described by strain matrices with only one nonzero element were identified. After measuring the deviations of diffraction spots and quantitatively fitting against their perpendicular components of the reciprocal lattice vectors, the phason strain matrices were obtained. Domain structures formed as a result of linear phason strain variants along directions with equal probability. Electron diffraction and high-resolution electron imaging provide supportive evidence of this result.

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The research was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 51071110, 40972044, 51271134, and J1210061), China MOE NCET Program (Grant No. NCET-07-0640), 973 Program (Grant No. 2011CB933300), and the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities. The authors are grateful for constructive suggestions from E. Abe.

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Lu, L., Xiong, D., Wang, J. et al. Varied linear phason strain and its induced domain structure in quasicrystalline precipitates of Zr-Al-Ni-Cu-Nb bulk metallic glass matrix composites. Journal of Materials Research 27, 3041–3048 (2012).

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