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Investigation of the early stage of reactive interdiffusion in the Cu-Al system by in-situ transmission electron microscopy

Abstract : The early stage of the reactive interdiffusion in the Cu-Al system was investigated at 350 °C and 300 °C thanks to in-situ transmission electron microscopy. A special care was given to find conditions where the electron beam and the sample free surface do not affect significantly the reaction. A special emphasis was then given on the influence of grain boundaries that are fast diffusion paths, and on nanoscaled particles that may interact with the transformation front. It was found that there is a transient state followed by a steady state where the mean growth rates of intermetallic compounds follow a parabolic law indicating that the kinetics is diffusion controlled. Thanks to the in-situ observations at the nanoscale, it was also possible to track the local velocity of interfaces between the different phases. Strong fluctuations were exhibited within length scales smaller than 100 nm and they are partly attributed to interface pinning by nanoscaled particles. Last, considering thermodynamic and kinetic arguments, it is shown that it is mainly an indirect effect induced by a local change of solute fluxes and of concentration gradients.
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F. Moisy, X. Sauvage, E. Hug. Investigation of the early stage of reactive interdiffusion in the Cu-Al system by in-situ transmission electron microscopy. Materialia, Elsevier, 2020, 9, pp.100633. ⟨10.1016/j.mtla.2020.100633⟩. ⟨hal-02521100⟩

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