Microstructural characterisation and thermal stability of Mg-2.3 %wt Zr alloy synthetised by Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD)
Keywords:Magnesium alloys, PVD, Precipitation, Kinetic
The objective of this work has been the study of the microstructure and the thermal stability of the alloy Mg-2.3 %Zr grown by Physical Vapour Deposition. This study has been carried out by Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Transmission Electron Microscopy. The alloy in the "as-deposited" condition consists of a solid solution of zirconium atoms in the magnesium matrix. The microstructure of the alloy is characterised by elongated grains oriented in the growth direction. These grains grow with the  direction parallel to the deposit growth direction. During a continuous heating, the deposit shows three exothermal transformations which have been associated with a recovery process, the zirconium precipitation in the magnesium matrix and oxidation at high temperatures. The activation energy for the precipitation reaction calculated from Kissinger analysis is 139 kjmol-1.
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