Optimization of a FIB/SEM slice-and-view study of the 3D distribution of Ni4Ti3 precipitates in Ni-Ti.

Abstract

The 3D morphology and distribution of lenticular Ni(4)Ti(3) precipitates in the austenitic B2 matrix of a binary Ni(51)Ti(49) alloy has been investigated by a slice-and-view procedure in a dual-beam focused ion beam/scanning electron microscope system. Due to the weak contrast of the precipitates, proper imaging conditions need to be selected first to allow for semi-automated image treatment. Knowledgeable imaging is further needed to ensure that all variants of the precipitates are observed with equal probability, regardless of sample orientation. Finally, a volume ratio of 10.2% for the Ni(4)Ti(3) precipitates could be calculated, summed over all variants, which yields a net composition of Ni(50.27)Ti(49.73) for the matrix, leading to an increase of 125 degrees for the martensitic start temperature. Also, the expected relative orientation of the different variants of the precipitates could be confirmed.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2818.2008.03095.x

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@article{Cao2009OptimizationOA, title={Optimization of a FIB/SEM slice-and-view study of the 3D distribution of Ni4Ti3 precipitates in Ni-Ti.}, author={Shugang Cao and W. J. Tirry and W H A M van den Broek and Dominique U Schryvers}, journal={Journal of microscopy}, year={2009}, volume={233 1}, pages={61-8} }