Transactions of Nonferrous Metals Society of China
JOURNAL OF RAILWAY SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
|Vol. 12 No. 6 December 2002|
（College of Materials Science and Engineering,
Shandong University(South Campus),Ji′nan 250061, China）
Abstract:X-ray diffraction and DSC were used to investigate the crystallization process of amorphous Al90Fe5Ce5 and Al90Ni5Ce5 alloys, and the stability of the structure corresponding to the prepeak. Both these amorphous alloys are crystallized by two stages. The stability of the structure corresponding to the prepeak has a large difference. The structure corresponding to the prepeak for amorphous Al90Fe5Ce5 alloy is more stable than the amorphous matrix. However, it is not stable for amorphous Al90Ni5Ce5 alloys during the first crystallization stage. The prepeak position of amorphous Al90Ni5Ce5 alloys is very close to that of amorphous Al90Fe5Ce5 alloys. It is estimated that the prepeak is also due to diffraction peak broadening caused by very fine quasi-crystalline structure and the structural unit is an icosahedral quasi-crystalline structure with Ni as the central atom. The large difference of the stability of the structure corresponding to the prepeak is likely caused by different stability of the quasi-crystalline structure.
Key words: amorphous Al90TM5Ce5 alloy; prepeak; stability; crystallization