On the compositional partitioning during phase transformation in a binary ferromagnetic MnAl alloy

Palanisamy, D. and Raabe, D. and Gault, B.

Volume: 174 Pages: 227-236
DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2019.05.037
Published: 2019

We introduce a new perspective on the classical massive mode of solid-state phase transformation enabled by the correlative use of atomic-scale electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. This is demonstrated in a binary MnAl alloy which has Heusler-like characteristics. In this system, the τ phase formed by a massive transformation from the high-temperature ε phase is metastable and ferromagnetic. The transformation results in a high density of micro-twins inside the newly grown τ phase. Atomic-scale compositional analysis across the interface boundaries and atomic structure of the micro-twins reveals the involvement of both structural modification and also the compositional partitioning during the growth of the τ phase. This is assisted by the migrating τ/ε interface boundary during transformation. Finally, the role of micro-twins on nucleating the equilibrium phases and the influence of the defects and phase formation on the magnetic properties are discussed. © 2019 Acta Materialia Inc.

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