Formation and stability of metastable Pd(Zr) solid solution developed during ball milling and/or heat treatment of Pd3Zr

G. L. Katona, M. Kis-Varga, D. L. Beke

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Formation of nanocrystalline solid solution induced by ball milling and/or subsequent annealing of the Pd3Zr intermetallic compound was studied. The single phase initial compound was milled in a medium energy vibrating mill under vacuum for various time periods. The structural characterization was made by X-ray diffraction with monochromatic CuKα1 radiation. After a short milling time (46 h) the Pd3Zr compound transformed to nanocrystalline one without disordering. By annealing this ball milled material, the formation of Pd(Zr) solid solution was observed by X-ray diffraction. During heat treatment at increasing temperatures the phase fraction of Pd(Zr) reached a maximum between 800 and 900 °C, then it decreased and finally the reflections of disordered phase disappeared from XRD spectrum at 1330 °C indicating the return to the single phase ordered state. However, while the above results are in accordance with that of Weissmüller and Ehrhardt [1], we also observed that ball milling of Pd3Zr for longer periods resulted in direct transformation of increasing fraction of the ordered phase to nanocrystalline Pd(Zr) solid solution. The amount of this phase increased with milling time and with annealing temperature, and the disordered state proved to be metastable even at high temperatures. The stabilization of solid solution phase is explained by the segregation at grain boundaries of the nanocrystalline material and by oxidation at interfaces/grain boundaries during the preparation and annealing processes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-198
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Science Forum
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2002
EventProceedings of the International Symposium on Metastable, Mechanically Alloyed and Noncrystalline Materials (ISMANAM) - Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Duration: Jun 24 2001Jun 29 2001


  • Ball milling
  • Heat treatment
  • Order-disorder transition
  • Segregation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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