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Acta Metall Sin  2010, Vol. 46 Issue (12): 1473-1480    DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1037.2010.00216
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GAO Yingjun 1,2,3, LUO Zhirong 1,2, ZHANG Shaoyi 1, HUANG Chuanggao 1
1. College of Physics Science and Engineering, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004
2. Key Laboratory of Disaster Prevention and Structural Safety, Guangxi University, Nanning 530004
3. International Center for Materials Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shenyang 110016
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Abstract  Interactions between different precipitation products during phase decomposition for different alloys have been observed. Spinodal decomposition and intragranular precipitation are the two well–know mechanisms for explaining phase decomposition, both of which interaction mechanisms have been investigated experimentally in recently. A local free energy density function depending on aging temperature and composition has been proposed to describe the interaction between the Ag solute field and γ precipitates in phase–field simulation of spinodal decomposition in Al–Ag alloy. The evolution of spinodal decomposition in Al–Ag alloy with 4.2%Ag and 22%Ag has been simulated by the phase–field method using this function to represent numerically the precipitated Guinier–Preston zones (GPZ) around a γ phase. The simulated results show that PFZ around a precipitated phase is an elliptical and its width is about two times the width of γ phase. In the region far from PFZ, a pattern of Ag solute field appears due to spinodal decomposition. When Ag–depleted zones are relatively far apart with each other, spinodal decomposition is strongly affected by them. The formation of PFZ resulting from spinodal decomposition has been initiated in the central region of the supersaturated α matrix before the modulation effect of Ag solute field at edge reachs here. It is found that two or three Ag–rich bands appear around the PFZ. During aging, Ag diffuses from not only the α matrix but also the edge of Ag–depleted zones, where an accumulation of Ag occurs. After long time aging, many droplet–like Ag solute bands are formed near PFZ around γ phase. These simulated results are in beter agreement with the experimental results.
Key words:  Al–Ag alloy      spinodal decomposition      phase–field simlation      precipitation     
Received:  05 May 2010     



Supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos.50661001 and 50061001)

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GAO Yingjun LUO Zhirong ZHANG Shaoyi HUANG Chuanggao . PHASE–FIELD SIMULATION OF SOLUTE PRECIPITATIONS AROUND THE  γ PHASE IN Al–Ag ALLOY. Acta Metall Sin, 2010, 46(12): 1473-1480.

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