Twin-controlled growth of eutectic Si in unmodified and Sr-modified Al-12.7%Si alloys investigated by SEM/EBSD

Abstract : The growth characteristics of eutectic Si in unmodified and Sr-modified Al-12.7%Si alloys were investigated by microstructure-correlated crystallographic analyses. For the unmodified alloys, the formation of repeated single-orientation twin variants enables rapid growth of eutectic Si according to the twin plane re-entrant edge (TPRE) mechanism. Microscopically, Si crystals are plate-like elongated in one < 110 > direction that is not in accordance with the < 112 > growth assumed by the TPRE model. The < 110 > growth direction is realized by paired < 112 > zigzag growth on parallel twinning planes, leading to alternate disappearance and creation of 141 re-entrants. As each twinning plane is associated with three re-entrants, Si crystals may extend in three co-planar < 110 > directions and cause the formation of equilateral plates. With the formation of cc-Al around eutectic Si, the number of re-entrants is reduced. The planar isotropic growth of eutectic Si becomes anisotropic, leading to the formation of long plates. The reduction of the number of re-entrants also accounts for the width and thickness changes over the length of Si plates. This complex growth mode results in Si crystals exposing only their low-energy < 111 > planes to the melt. For the Sr-modified alloys, substantial changes appear in the eutectic Si morphology, attributable to the restricted TPRE growth and the impurity induced twinning (IIT) growth. The former enhances lateral growth by forming new twins with parallel twinning planes, while the latter leads to isotropic growth by forming differently oriented twins.
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Acta Materialia, Elsevier, 2015, 97, pp.338-347. 〈10.1016/j.actamat.2015.06.041〉
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Xiaorui Liu, Yudong Zhang, Benoit Beausir, Fang Liu, Claude Esling, et al.. Twin-controlled growth of eutectic Si in unmodified and Sr-modified Al-12.7%Si alloys investigated by SEM/EBSD. Acta Materialia, Elsevier, 2015, 97, pp.338-347. 〈10.1016/j.actamat.2015.06.041〉. 〈hal-01514968〉

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