High temperature thermal stability of ultrafine-grained silver processed by equal-channel angular pressing

Hegedűs, Zoltán and Gubicza, Jenő and Kawasaki, Megumi and Chinh, Nguyen Q. and Süvegh, Károly and Fogarassy, Zsolt and Langdon, Terence G. (2013) High temperature thermal stability of ultrafine-grained silver processed by equal-channel angular pressing. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE, 48 (4). pp. 1675-1684. ISSN 0022-2461 (print), 1573-4803 (online)

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The high temperature thermal stability of the ultrafine-grained (UFG) microstructures in low stacking-fault-energy silver was studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The UFG microstructures in two samples having purity levels of 99.995 and 99.99 at.% were achieved by four passes of equal-channel angular pressing at room temperature. The defect structure was studied by electron microscopy, X-ray line profile analysis, and positron annihilation spectroscopy before and after the exothermic DSC peak related to recovery and recrystallization. The heat released in the DSC peak was correlated to the change of defect structure during annealing. It was found for both compositions that a considerable fraction of stored energy (~15-20 %) was retained in the samples even after the DSC peak due to the remaining UFG regions and a large density of small dislocation loops in the recrystallized volumes. The larger impurity level in Ag yielded a higher temperature of recrystallization and a lower released heat. The latter observation is explained by the much lower vacancy concentration before the DSC peak which is attributed to the segregation of dopants at grain boundaries resulting in a smaller free volume in the interfaces. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: SILVER; Thermodynamic stability; Recrystallization (metallurgy); Pressing (forming); Positron annihilation spectroscopy; Microstructure; grain boundaries; electron microscopy; Differential scanning calorimetry; X-ray line profile analysis; Vacancy concentration; Ultrafine-grained; Ultra fine grained microstructure; UFG microstructure; STORED ENERGY; room temperature; Released heat; Recovery and recrystallization; Purity level; Impurity level; High temperature thermal-stability; Dislocation loop
Subjects: Q Science / természettudomány > QC Physics / fizika
T Technology / alkalmazott, műszaki tudományok > T2 Technology (General) / műszaki tudományok általában
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Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2014 08:45
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2014 09:49

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