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Atomic-scale investigation of the interface precipitation in a TiB 2 nanoparticles reinforced Al–Zn–Mg–Cu matrix composite

Abstract : The effects of nanosized reinforcement particles on precipitation reactions in age-hardenable Al alloy matrix composites have been largely unknown. In this work, an Al-Zn-Mg-Cu matrix composite reinforced with uniformly distributed TiB 2 nanoparticles was successfully produced. The solid-soluted, peakaged and overaged materials were then characterized, at the atomic scale using (high-resolution) scanning transmission electron microscopy, to provide a fundamental insight into the interface precipitation. Our results demonstrated that the facetted TiB 2 nanoparticles have a significant impact on the precipitation in matrix areas adjacent to the TiB 2 /Al interfaces. The interfaces after solid-solution treatment are tightly-bonded and oxide-free. The TiB 2 particles and Al matrix display two orientation relationships (ORs): the well-reported [2 1 1 0] TiB2 //[101] Al , (0 0 01) TiB2 //(1 11) Al (OR1) and the new [2 1 1 0] TiB2 //[101] Al , (01 1 0) TiB2 //(11 1) Al (OR2). The interface precipitates (i.e., interphase) having the size of several tens of nanometers were formed after ageing and were determined to be (Zn 1.5 Cu 0.5)Mg phase. Their formations were only related to the initial OR1 and OR2 where the mutual ORs between the TiB 2 , interphase and Al matrix were further developed. Periodically spaced misfit dislocations were revealed at the semi-coherent TiB 2 /Al interfaces, which are generally considered beneficial to the heterogeneous precipitation. They not only reduced nucleation energy barrier, but also acted as short-circuit diffusion paths for transporting solute atoms and vacancies, accelerating growth rate. However, the growth of interphase at the interface parallel to close-packed {111} Al planes was suppressed by the ultra-low accommodation factor. In addition, such an interface precipitation reduced the mismatch of the TiB 2 /Al interface, increasing the overall coherency and being potential for effective interface strengthening.
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Yu Ma, Ahmed Addad, G Ji, Ming-Xing Zhang, Williams Lefebvre, et al.. Atomic-scale investigation of the interface precipitation in a TiB 2 nanoparticles reinforced Al–Zn–Mg–Cu matrix composite. Acta Materialia, Elsevier, 2019, Acta Materialia, 185, pp.287 - 299. ⟨10.1016/j.actamat.2019.11.068⟩. ⟨hal-03019087⟩

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