A site-specific method for measuring solute segregation at grain boundaries in an Aluminum alloy is presented. A Σ7(Σ7=38°〈1 1 1〉) grain boundary (GB) in an aluminum alloy (Zr, Cu as main alloying elements) was evaluated using site-specific Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP). A sample containing a Σ7 GB was prepared by combining electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and focused ion beam (FIB) milling to locate the GB of interest and extract a specimen. Its composition was determined by LEAP, and compared to a general high angle GB (HAGB). Zr was the only alloying element present in the Σ7 GB, whereas the general HAGB contained both Cu and Zr. This site-specific LEAP method was found to be an accurate method for measuring GB segregation at specific GB misorientations. The method has advantages over other methods of measuring chemistry at GBs, such as spectroscopy, in that GB structure can be assessed in three dimensions.
- Atom probe
- Grain boundary segregation
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics