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Metastable Structures in Alloys Rapidly Cooled from the Melt


Klement, William, Jr. (1962) Metastable Structures in Alloys Rapidly Cooled from the Melt. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/HHG6-AY94.


Small amounts of liquid alloys are cooled to the solid state very rapidly by means of a technique which is described in detail. Procedures for studying the resultant thin, irregular foils are discussed; most of the results are obtained from x-ray diffraction experiments. Among the nonequilibrium structures found in various alloys are cited the metastable solid solutions in silver-copper and gallium antimonide-germanium alloys, the extended primary solid solutions in some silver-base alloys, and the metastable hexagonal close-packed structures in silver-germanium alloys. The quenching technique is discussed and tentative criteria for the prediction and rationalization of certain metastable structures in alloy systems are inferred from an analysis of the process.

Item Type:Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.))
Subject Keywords:(Engineering Science)
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Engineering
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Duwez, Pol E.
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1962
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:08192011-104507587
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ID Code:6605
Deposited On:19 Aug 2011 20:32
Last Modified:21 Dec 2023 19:24

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