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Prof. W. H.

Warnes
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This page last updated December 6, 2005
email: warnesw@engr.orst.edu
Due Date: Not Graded, Solutions posted on Sunday, December 4, 2005.
TERNARY PHASE DIAGRAMS
1) Create a ternary isothermal section (equilateral triangle). Label the three apex points as Mg, Al,
and O. Plot on this isotherm the position of the alloys with the following compositions;
Binary alloy of composition Mg-33at%Al (this means 33at% Al with the rest Mg), a.
Ternary alloy of composition Mg-80at%Al-10at%O, b.
The ternary alloys with a constant ratio of Mg: Al of 4:1, c.
The ternary alloys along a composition line with terminal binary compositions of Al
2
O
3
, and
MgO. (NOTE: This is the basis for the pseudo-binary phase diagram for the Al
2
O
3
-MgO
system.)
d.
2) What is the MAXIMUM number of phases that can be in equilibrium together in a
QUATERNARY system, and why?
3) In class, we worked out that the slope of the entropy of mixing as a function of composition at
the pure A and pure B ends (N
A
=1 and 0) is infinite. This explains why defect-free and
impurity-free materials are so difficult to create. Let's find out if the same is true for ternary alloys.
Write the entropy of mixing for a ternary system as a function of composition (N
A
, N
B
, and
N
C
);
a.
Determine the slope of the entropy of mixing equation at the pure A vertex; b.
Plot the entropy of mixing as a function of N
A
(from N
A
=0 to N
A
=1) for the series of
alloys with a constant ratio of N
B
:N
C
=1:1;
c.
Determine the slope of this curve at the N
A
=0 axis; d.
Based on the results from parts a-d, is the ternary the same as the binary in regards to how
difficult it is to produce defect- and impurity-free materials?
e.
ME581 Extra Problems: (ME 581 students must do these in addition to the above set).
4) a) Determine the equation for an ideal solution model in a ternary (you should be able to write it
down from simple extrapolation from the binary). For a ternary alloy mixture (A, B, C), determine
the free energy curve at 1200 deg K for the ideal solution as a function of composition. (NOTE:
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Assume that, at this temperature, G
o
A
=-61,000 J/mole, G
o
B
=-63,500 J/mole, and G
o
C
=-65,080
J/mole.).
b) Make a plot of the free energy as a function of B composition for a ternary alloy with a fixed
ratio of A:C of 1:3. (NOTE: This is a pseudo-binary approach to making the ternary phase
diagram.)
c) SKETCH on your plot how this curve would change if the phase were a REGULAR solution
with a negative heat of mixing.
SOLUTIONS
1) Create a ternary isothermal section ... with the following compositions...
2) What is the MAXIMUM number of phases that can be in equilibrium together in a QUATERNARY system,
and why?
The maximum number of phases in equilibrium together in a quaternary alloy is found from the Gibbs Phase
Rule to be FIVE:
F =C +1 - P, where F =the number of degrees of freedom, C =number of components, and P =number of
phases. With C =4 (for the quaternary alloy), and F =0 (to give the maximum number of phases, P =C +1 - F
=4 +1 - 0 =5.
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3) Let's find out if the same is true for ternary alloys.
a.
b.
c. Using the equation in part 1, I got the following plot in EXCEL:
(NOTE that the plot is not symmetric!)
d. Use the equation in part 2 and the fact that N
B
=N
C
to get the following for the slope:
e. The answer is "YES", the ternary is the same as the binary-- the infinite slopes at the end points mean that
getting defect free ternaries is just as difficult as defect free binaries.
ME581 Extra Problems: (ME 581 students must do these in addition to the above set).
4) a) Determine the equation...
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b) Make a plot of the free energy as a function of B...
c) SKETCH on your plot how this curve would change if the phase were a REGULAR solution with a negative
heat of mixing.
(I put this on the same plot in part b. The negative heat of mixing basically just makes the free energy curve
DEEPER everywhere.)
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