Microstructure development during NiAl intermetallic synthesis in reactive Ni-Al nanolayers: Numerical investigations vs. TEM observations

O Politano and F Baras and AS Mukasyan and SG Vadchenko and AS Rogachev, SURFACE & COATINGS TECHNOLOGY, 215, 485-492 (2013).

DOI: 10.1016/j.surfcoat.2012.09.065

Heterogeneous reactions leading to the formation of intermetallic compounds in nanometric Ni-Al multilayer system are examined both numerically and experimentally. On the numerical side, the reactivity of a layered Ni-Al-Ni system is studied by means of molecular dynamics simulations, using an embedded-atom method (EAM) potential. The mechanism of nucleation and growth of the intermetallic phase is determined. Four main stages in the reactive process, which lead to the formation of rounded shape grains of intermetallic phase at the Ni-Al interface, are delineated. On the experimental side, TEM imaging of quenched samples revealed the behavior of the Ni-Al reactive foils and showed the typical morphology of the reaction products. Both approaches exhibit a good qualitative agreement and provide new insights in the understanding of metallic nano-foils reactivity. Obtained results can be used for rational design of energetic materials. (C) 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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