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Interplay of chemistry and faceting at grain boundaries in a model Al alloy

H. Zhao, L. Huber, W. Lu, N. J. Peter, D. An, F. De Geuser, G. Dehm, D. Ponge, J. Neugebauer, B. Gault, D. Raabe.

Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 124, 106102, (2020)

The boundary between two crystal grains can decompose into arrays of facets with distinct crystallographic character. Faceting occurs to minimize the system’s free energy, i.e., when the total interfacial energy of all facets is below that of the topologically shortest interface plane. In a model Al-Zn-Mg-Cu alloy, we show that faceting occurs at investigated grain boundaries and that the local chemistry is strongly correlated with the facet character. The self-consistent coevolution of facet structure and chemistry leads to the formation of periodic segregation patterns of 5–10 nm, or to preferential precipitation. This study shows that segregation-faceting interplay is not limited to bicrystals but exists in bulk engineering Al alloys and hence affects their performance.

Cite as: https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.124.106102
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.124.106102
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