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Phase Stability of the Al-Cu-Co Decagonal Phase Under Conventional Solidification

  • J.O. Téllez-Vázquez (a1), C. Patiño-Carachure (a1), A. Bedolla-Jacuinde (a1), E. García-De León (a2), R. Pérez (a3) and G. Rosas (a1)...

Al65Cu15Co20 and Al67Cu13Co20 (% at.) alloys with composition near to the quasicrystalline decagonal phase was produced by melting in an induction furnace and solidified at room temperature. The structural characterization was carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). For the structural model of decagonal quasicrsytals, it is important to know which crystalline phases have a structural relationship on the formation and decomposition of this type of phases. In the present investigation, the decagonal phase usually coexist with small amounts of the Al(Cu,Co) cubic phase of B2 type. Then, the quasicrystalline (QC) phase is outside of a single-phase region under equilibrium conditions at room temperature. DSC and TGA techniques showed the thermal stability of the alloy system up to 1000 °C.

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