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The evolution of microstructure in annealed LaFeSi-type alloys

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Author(s): Piotr Gebara | Piotr Pawlik | Edyta Kulej | Jerzy J. Wyslocki | Katarzyna Pawlik | Anna Przybyl

Journal: Optica Applicata
ISSN 0078-5466

Volume: 39;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 761;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: microstructure | magnetocaloric materials | X-ray diffraction

ABSTRACT
The evolution of microstructure and the phase constitution of the LaFe11.0Co0.8(Si0.4Al0.6)1.2 alloy in as-cast state and after subsequent annealing at 1323 K for 10, 20, 49 days was studied. In the LaFe11.0Co0.8(Si0.4 Al0.6)1.2 alloy after arc-melting, the dominant dendritic α-Fe phase crystallizes, which is confirmed by X-ray diffraction. Annealing of the samples resulted in evolution of microstructure and the phase constitution. Prolonged annealing of the samples causes almost full homogenization of the alloy with the single-phase structure identified as La(Fe0.85Co0.06Si0.04Al0.05)13 phase of the NaZn13-type structure.
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