An Introduction to Materials Engineering and Science for by Brian S. Mitchell

By Brian S. Mitchell

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The “complex cubic” structures include cubic structures other than SC, BCC, and FCC, which we have not yet described, such as the diamond structure. 14 Common Crystal Structures of Alloys Based on Valences of Components Valence Electrons/Atom 3/2 21/13 7/4 Structure BCC, complex cubic, HCP Complex cubic HCP alloy formed between Cu (+1 valence) and Be (+2 valence) has (1 + 2)/2 = 3/2 valence electrons/atom, and it turns out to have the BCC structure, which is different than either of the two component structures.

The first Hume–Rothery “rule” states that if the atomic size of the host lattice and impurity atom differ by more than about 14%, the solubility of the impurity in the lattice will be small. 9 for values of atomic size. The second rule involves electronegativity. We mentioned earlier in this chapter that electronegativity is an important concept, and it plays an important role in determining not only how soluble an impurity is, but also what type of bond will result. In general, the larger the electronegativity difference, χ, between the host atom and the impurity, the greater the tendency to form compounds and the less solubility there is.

In the instance where the solid is crystalline, some of the impurity atoms, usually defined as the minority constituent, occupy sites in the lattice that would normally be occupied by the majority constituent. Alloys need not be crystalline, however. If a liquid alloy is quenched rapidly enough, an amorphous metal can result. The solid material is still an alloy, since the elements are in “intimate combination,” but there is no crystalline order and hence no substitutional impurities. To aid in our description of substitutional impurities, we will limit the current description to crystalline alloys, but keep in mind that amorphous alloys exist as well.

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