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Anisotropic thermal lattice expansion and crystallographic structure of strontium aluminide within Al-10Sr alloy as measured by in-situ neutron diffraction

Liss, K.-D.*; Harjo, S.; Kawasaki, Takuro; Aizawa, Kazuya; Xu, P. G.  

The aluminium strontium master alloy Al-10Sr has been investigated by in-situ neutron diffraction upon a heating-cooling cycle, revealing composition, crystallographic structure, lattice evolution and linear thermal expansion coefficients. Expansion of the Al matrix between (23.5 ... 26.7)$$times$$10$$^{-6}$$ K$$^{-1}$$ depends on temperature and fits well to the literature values, extrapolating to higher temperature at 800 K. Thermal expansion is highly anisotropic for tetragonal Al$$_{4}$$Sr by a factor of 1.86 with values of 20.8 and 11.1$$times$$10$$^{-6}$$ K$$^{-1}$$ in ${it a}$ and ${it c}$-axis. The even large discrepancy to the Al matrix is prone to residual intergranular phase stresses, explaining the brittleness of such composite material. Upon first heating, recovery of the initially plastically deformed materials is observed until 600 K and 700 K, for Al$$_{4}$$Sr and Al. Rietveld analysis refines the 4${it e}$ Wyckoff positions of the ${it I}$ 4/${it m m m}$ crystal structure to ${it z}$ = 0.39 revealing that local tetrahedrons are regular while local hexagons are stretched, in contrast to the literature. Its lattice parameters report to $$a_{rm I}$$ = 4.44240(48) ${AA}$, $$c_{rm I}$$ = 11.0836(15) ${AA}$ at 300 K. Furthermore, the manuscript demonstrates full technical analysis of the neutron data. Findings feed into data bases and an outlook for improving mechanical properties of Al$$_{4}$$Sr composites is given.



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