Hydrogenation and crystallization of zr-cu-ni-ai glasses

U. Köster*, D. Zander, H. Leptien, N. Eliaz, D. Eliezer

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Zr-Cu-Ni-AI belongs to the best glass forming systems known. Hydrogen charging was performed electrochemically in a 2:1 glycerin-phosphoric acid electrolyte. In comparison to binary Zr-Ni glasses the absorption kinetics in amorphous Zr-Cu-Ni-Al were found to be slower, but the storage capacity is similar. Desorption is hindered by the formation of thin ZrO: layers. Partial replacement of Ni by Pd in an amorphous Zres.sCuisNinAb.s alloy was found to change the absorption behavior to a faster kinetic and to improve the desorption. The influence of hydrogen on the thermal stability was studied by DSC as well as by xray diffraftion and TEM. Hydrogen was observed to play an important role. With increasing H/M ratio amorphous Zreg.sCunNinAh.s was found to transform during annealing above the glass ' .transition temperature into a quasicrystalline structure with decreasing grain size until a nanocrystalline microstructure is achieved. Above a hydrogen content of H/M = 0.05 instead of quasicrystals a tetragonal phase with lattice parameters close to those of Zr2Ni is formed. At very high hydrogen contents phase separation is assumed to take place followed by the formation of nanocrystalline ZrHj and other phases with reduced Zr content. Ic 1999 Materials Research Society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-292
Number of pages6
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


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