2004 Volume 45 Issue 11 Pages 3083-3097
Microstructural changes and phase transformation of Zn-Al based alloys (ZA alloys) were systematically investigated during various thermal and thermo-mechanical processes using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), electron probe micro-analysis (EMPA), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) and differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) etc. techniques. Phase decompositions of the alloys were studied under various thermal and thermo-mechanical circumstances. General rule of phase decomposition (II) (On effects of external stresses on phase transformation) was summarized with explanations from point view of Gibbs free energy.