Muon Spin Relaxation Study of Solute–Vacancy Interactions During Natural Aging of Al-Mg-Si-Cu Alloys
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Original versionMetallurgical and Materials Transactions. A. 2019, 50 3446-3451. 10.1007/s11661-019-05285-y
Muon spin relaxation has the unique ability to detect very low concentrations of vacancies and vacancy–solute complexes in solids. In this work, we investigate quaternary Al-Mg-Si-Cu alloys and show that after quenching to room temperature from 848 K (575 °C), vacancies gradually become incorporated into clusters in the Al matrix. The total amount of vacancies in the material increases as small vacancy-rich clusters are formed, which is the opposite of the behavior in Cu-free Al-Mg-Si alloys.