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Al-Cu-Si-Ge alloys

United States Patent Application

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An Al--Cu--Si--Ge quaternary alloy uses Si--Ge additions to provide a reasonably dense and homogeneous distribution of precipitates. Heterogeneous nucleation on this Si--Ge template is used to enhance both strength and thermal stability. These precipitates are used as a template for heterogeneous precipitation of other hardening phases, particularly the .cndot.' (Al.sub.2Cu) phase. Thus, a Si--Ge addition is used to provide a dense template of heterogeneous nucleation sites for subsequent precipitation of Al--Cu precipitates.
Mitlin, David (Santa Fe, NM), Morris, John W. JR. (Oakland, CA), Radmilovic, Velimir (Cupertino, CA), Dahmen, Ulrich (Berkeley, CA)
10/ 136,885
April 30, 2002
[0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention pursuant to Contract No. DE-AC03-76SF00098 between the United States Department of Energy and the University of California.