Electropulsing-induced phase transformations in a Zn-Al-based alloy

Yaohua Zhu, Suet To, Wing Bun Lee, Xingming Liu, Yanbin Jiang, Guoyi Tang

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Microstructural changes and phase transformations of an electropulsing-treated (EPT) ZA22 alloy wire were studied using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron-microscopy techniques. Two stages of phase transformation were detected in the EPT alloy: (i) quenching from the as-fumace cooled (FC) state to the final stable state and (ii) up-quenching from the final stable state back to the as-FC state through two reverse phase transformations: T'+η →α+ε and η'T+ε+α→η'fc-Electropulsing accelerated phase transformation tremendously. It was at least 1200 times faster than the aging process. The mechanism of the electropulsing-induced phase transformations is discussed from the point of view of Gibbs free energy and electropulsing kinetics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2661-2669
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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