Influence of Phase Separation and Spinodal Decomposition on Microstructure of Mg₂Si₁₋ₓSnₓ Alloys
Journal article, 2019

Mg2Si1-xSnx alloys with nominal values of x [0.03:0.18] were synthesized at 780 °C by solid-state reaction from Mg2Si and Mg2Sn and subsequently annealed at either 680 or 580 °C. Their microstructure was investigated by X-ray diffraction using the Rietveld method. Depending on the treatment temperature and the nominal composition, the solid solutions split into different Si- and/or Sn-rich Mg2Si1-xSnx phases. Traces of spinodal decomposition were observed for the samples with a low Sn content independent of treatment temperature due to the limited diffusion kinetics when entering the miscibility gap. A similar effect was observed when applying a higher cooling rate to the samples with higher Sn concentration. In this case, the samples experience thermodynamic spinodal decomposition being located in the spinodal region sufficiently long time at higher temperatures. Samples treated in the miscibility gap showed an agreement of the Si-rich binodal line with calculated phase diagrams. However, the Sn-rich binodal line stays undefined, perhaps due to grain boundary pinning of diffusing atoms. The study elucidates the possibility of tailoring the microstructure of magnesium silicide-stannide alloys utilizing merely judiciously designed heat treatment protocols. A particular attention is brought to spinodal decomposition, which has the potential to reduce the lattice thermal conductivity.


Andrey Sizov

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry

Hazel Reardon

Aarhus University

B. B. Iversen

Aarhus University

Paul Erhart

Chalmers, Physics, Materials and Surface Theory

Anders Palmqvist

Chalmers, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Applied Chemistry

Crystal Growth & Design

1528-7483 (ISSN) 1528-7505 (eISSN)

Vol. 19 9 4927-4933

Subject Categories

Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology

Materials Chemistry

Other Physics Topics

Metallurgy and Metallic Materials



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