Microstructural design for advanced light metals

Jian Feng Nie, Yunzhi Wang

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We highlight the current understanding of mechanisms of phase transformation, strengthening, and the role of alloying elements in aluminum, magnesium, and titanium alloys, including nucleation and growth of precipitates, precipitate-dislocation interactions, solute segregation at precipitate-matrix interfaces and planar defects, and the development of strengthening models that account for the real particle shape. Future directions such as atomic-scale elemental mapping and computation, and the influence of particle shape on mechanical properties are discussed. With the combination of advanced characterization and computational tools, it is anticipated that much less time will be needed to develop the next generation of light alloys.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-286
Number of pages6
JournalMRS Bulletin
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • Al
  • Mg
  • microstructure
  • simulation
  • Ti

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