Quasi in situ analytical TEM to investigate electrochemically induced microstructural changes in alloys: AA2024-T3 as an example

SRK Malladi, FD Tichelaar, Q Xu, MY Wu, H. Terryn, JMC Mol, F Hannour, HW Zandbergen

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    Abstract

    A quasi in situ method using a specially developed holder is presented to follow electrochemically induced microstructural changes on a nanometre scale using analytical transmission electron microscopy (TEM). By following a specific specimen area after repeated exposure to oxygen bubbled through aqueous HCI of pH = 3, de-alloying of a grain-boundary precipitate of similar to 200 nm was observed by monitoring the changes in the EELS copper L-2,L-3-edge and EFTEM elemental maps. These results, supporting the existing models of de-alloying of copper rich precipitates in aluminium alloys, demonstrate the effectiveness of the quasi in situ specimen holder for analytical TEM studies of corrosion.
    Original languageUndefined/Unknown
    Pages (from-to)221-225
    Number of pages5
    JournalCorrosion Science: the journal on environmental degradation of materials and its control
    Volume69
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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