Phenomenological considerations of phase transformations in indium-rich alloys

Osamu Nittono, Yasumasa Koyama

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Indium-rich alloys containing solute atoms such as Cd, Hg, Tl, Sn and Pb undergo four kinds of phase transformation: (1) fcc→fct (c/a>1), (2) fcc→fct (c/a<1), (3) fct (c/a<1)→fco→fct (c/a<1) and (4) fct (c/a<1)→fct (c/a>1). We have investigated these phase transformations using a phenomenological theory based on the Landau-theory of phase transformation. The appearance of all the phase in indium-rich alloys is well explained phenomenologically, and all the phase transformations are shown to be expressed by two thermodynamic parameters in the phase diagram. Some physical quantities such as the spontaneous strain, the elastic constant C’ and the change in entropy are calculated and are compared with the experimental results. The dependence of the transformation temperature on the stress and the stress strain relation are also obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)680-687
Number of pages8
JournalJapanese journal of applied physics
Issue number5R
Publication statusPublished - 1982 May
Externally publishedYes

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  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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