Predominantly two kinds of antiphase boundaries (APBs) form in Al5Ti3, which is an Al-rich ordered derivative of the -TiAl (L10) phase. This phase can be viewed as a periodic arrangement of lean rhombs and squares on the Ti-rich (002) planes of the tetragonal L10. Energies of the two types of APBs were varied in a Monte Carlo simulation by suitably changing the pair interaction parameters. APBs of both types form boundaries of Al5Ti3 antiphase domains (APDs), which coarsen with time. An important observation in this regard is that mostly facetted APBs form at lower ageing temperatures, whereas curved APBs appear to form at relatively higher ageing temperatures. The findings of this work suggest that there exists a critical temperature, akin to the roughening transition temperature for crystals, that marks the transition from facetted to curved APBs.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics