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Transmission Electron Microscopy Study of Precipitation Behaviors in Cu–15 mass%Sn Alloy Annealed at 593 K
Zeng-Jie WangToyohiko J. Konno
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2012 Volume 53 Issue 9 Pages 1590-1597


We have investigated precipitation behaviors of Cu–15 mass%Sn alloy annealed at 593 K by using transmission electron microscopy. Three kinds of precipitates with different morphologies have been observed. Inside grains, plate-like precipitates of approximately ten µm in length were found to display regular configuration. They are the equilibrium ε phase, and the orientation relationship with the matrix α phase can be expressed as (001)ε // (111)α, [100]ε // [1\bar{1}0]α, with (001)ε habit planes. At grain boundaries, Sn-rich precipitates of irregular shapes were found to precipitate. They are the δ phase, which is stable above 623 K. Some of them exhibit an incipient stage of growing cellular morphology brought about by diffusion induced grain boundary migration. In addition, there are intragranular particle-like grains of several µm or less, some of them are confirmed to be the δ phase. The observed precipitation behaviors are discussed from the viewpoints of crystallography of these phases.

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