Microstructures and phases stabilized at steady state by variable temperature ball milling of Cu50Ag50 powders are characterized using transmission and scanning transmission electron microscopy. Starting from chemically mixed and cold-worked powders obtained by room temperature milling, it is shown that, upon increasing the milling temperature, the material first decomposes into Cu-rich and Ag-rich solid solutions, and then recrystallizes. A similar sequence is observed during the static annealing of the solid solution precursor. In both cases, Cu-Ag nanocomposites are synthesized, at a scale of a few nanometers in the unrecrystallized state, and at a scale ranging from 30 nm after dynamic recrystallization to 75 nm after static recrystallization. These nanocomposites exhibit high hardness values, approaching 6 GPa. Interestingly enough, recrystallization leads to an increase in the hardness of these materials.
- Alloys (copper, silver)
- Mechanical alloying
- Transmission electron microscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Materials Science(all)
- Metals and Alloys