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Transformation Heat Treatment of Rapidly Quenched  \hbox {Nb}_{3}\hbox {Al} Precursor Monitored In Situ by High Energy Synchrotron Diffraction

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Nb3Al superconductors are studied for use in high field magnets. Fine-grained Nb3Al with nearly stoichiometric Al content is obtained by a rapid heating quenching and transformation process. We describe a nondestructive in situ study of the transformation process step of a rapid heating quenching Nb3Al precursor wire with ramp rates of either 120 °C/h or 800 °C/h. High-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction measurements show the transformation from a Nb(Al)SS supersaturated solid solution into Nb3Al. When heating with a ramp rate of 120 °C/h, a strong reduction of the Nb(Al)SS (110) diffraction peak component is observed when the temperature exceeds 660 °C. Additional diffraction peaks are detectable in the approximate temperature interval 610 °C -750 °C and significant Nb3Al growth is observed above 730 °C.

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IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 3 )