Unravelling the local ring-like atomic pattern of twin boundary in an Mg-Zn-Y alloy

X. H. Shao, Z. Z. Peng, Q. Q. Jin, Y. T. Zhou, B. Zhang, S. J. Zheng, Q. Chen, X. L. Ma

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Understanding the interactions between deformation twins and plate-like phases in magnesium alloys is one of the key issues to tailor the microstructure of magnesium alloys for better mechanical properties. The (Formula presented.) twin boundary with the local ring-like atomic pattern in magnesium alloy, accompanied by the interaction between deformation twin and solute atoms, has been investigated using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy. We found that these boundaries featured local overlapping morphology near the intersection between deformation twins and stacking faults (SFs) enriched with solute atoms. The overlapping morphology is proposed to be induced by the asynchronous shuffling of the SFs and matrix during the twinning. The local ring-like atomic patterns shown here imply that the shearable specific SFs in magnesium alloys will increase twinning energy and resultantly hinder twinning propagation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-317
Number of pages12
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics


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