On the mechanism of nucleation and growth of omega phase in beta titanium alloys

Y. Zheng, R. E. A. Williams, D. Choudhuri, T. Alam, R. Banerjee, D. Banerjee, H. L. Fraser

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The omega phase forms in many beta titanium alloys following fast quenching. It is generally accepted that the mechanism is displacive, involving the collapse of {111} planes in the beta phase. In contrast, the results of the present research are consistent with a mechanism of atom shuffle and diffusion. Thus, full and partial collapse of {111} planes were characterized in the as-quenched state for various Ti-Mo binary systems using aberration-corrected electron microscopy. Solute diffusion between omega phase and parent beta phase was studied in multi-component systems using 3D atom probe and x-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy. The results, obtained from direct observation of the nucleation and growth of omega, support a mechanism of formation involving the shuffle of every two of three neighboring {222} atom planes along <111> direction. The composition of omega phase is achieved by the solute diffusion across omega/beta interface. The transformation is characterized a mixed mode.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference on Solid-Solid Phase Transformations in Inorganic Materials (PTM) 2015 - Westin Whistler Resort & Spa, Whistler, Canada
Duration: 28 Jun 20153 Jul 2015


ConferenceInternational Conference on Solid-Solid Phase Transformations in Inorganic Materials (PTM) 2015
Abbreviated titlePTM 2015
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  • Atom plane collapse
  • Omega phase
  • Solute diffusion

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