The hierarchical evolution of the microstructure in an as-cast Al2CuCrFeNi2 alloy, across multiple length scales, was investigated by coupling scanning and transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. This cast alloy undergoes a univariant eutectic dendritic solidification, which gives rise to a two-phase mixture of B2e (ordered BCC) and βe (disordered BCC) phases. The B2e phase forms a continuous matrix with the βe, being the minor phase, having a rod-like morphology. The B2e phase is further decomposed into B2f, Cu-plates, Cu-globules, and a small volume fraction of (Fe,Cr)-rich disordered βf2 regions. The βe phase further decomposed into Cu/B2s core/shell composite particles, where an ordered B2s shell surrounds a Cu-rich core. Most likely these Cu-rich cores act as heterogeneous nucleation sites for the B2s precipitates within the βf phase. This complex multi-scale decomposition process results in an intricate mixture of ordered and disordered solid solution phases.
- Atom probe
- High entropy alloys