Atomic-scale study of {1 1 2} twin boundary structure in a β-Ti alloy

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The atomic structure of {1 1 2} twin boundary in a specialty β-Ti alloy, gum metal, has been studied by means of conventional transmission electron microscopy, bright-field and high-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy imaging. The observations provide direct evidence that the {1 1 2} twin boundary has a complex, multiple-layer structure, which is composed of various structural units. These structural units are formed as a result of different degrees of inner atomic-column shifting. The complex structure of the {1 1 2} twin boundary is different to the atomic structure of the previously reported ω phase.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-285
Number of pages6
JournalPhilosophical Magazine Letters
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jul 2016


  • Titanium alloys
  • Twinning

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