Tungsten solubility in L12-ordered Al3Er and Al3Zr nanoprecipitates formed by aging in an aluminum matrix

Amir R. Farkoosh*, David C. Dunand, David N. Seidman

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The partitioning behavior of tungsten is studied in two dilute Al-Er-W and Al-Zr-W alloys aged isochronally up to 400 and 475 °C, to form L12-structured Al3Er and Al3Zr nanoprecipitates. Atom-probe tomography reveals low W solubility in the Al3Er and Al3Zr nanoprecipitates (0.071 and 0.234 at.%, respectively) and very low W solubility in the Al matrix (0.057 and 0.023 at.%, respectively), corresponding to precipitate/matrix partitioning ratios of ∼1–10. First-principles calculations demonstrate that the formation energies of substitutional W atoms in the L12 lattices are high and positive (0.66–1.73 eV.atom−1), consistent with the small W solubilities measured experimentally in these nanoprecipitates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number153383
JournalJournal of Alloys and Compounds
StatePublished - Apr 15 2020


  • Aluminum alloys
  • Atom-probe tomography
  • Scandium
  • Tungsten
  • Zirconium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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