In situ synchrotron diffraction of the solidification of Mg4Y3Nd


In situ synchrotron diffraction experiments were performed during the solidification of a Mg4Y3Nd alloy. The material was melted and solidified inside a sealed stainless steel crucible in the chamber of a Bähr 805 A/D dilatometer. The sample was heated up to 680 °C and kept at this temperature for 5 min to ensure it is molten. Afterwards it was cooled down to the fully solidified state with a cooling rate of 10 K/min. During the T(t) program diffraction patterns were acquired continuously in every 25 s (∼5 K). The forming phases were identified as α-Mg at 625 °C, Mg12Nd and Mg14Y4Nd at 545 °C, and Mg24Y5 at 320 °C. The experimental results were correlated with simulations based on thermodynamic databases.
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