We have investigated Fe substituted versions of the quasicrystalline (qc) alloy corresponding to Al65Cu20(Cr, Fe)15 with special reference to the possible occurrence of various quasicrystalline and related phases. Based on the explorations of various compositions it has been found that alloy compositions Al65Cu20Cr12Fe3 and Al65Cu20Cr9Fe6 exhibit interesting structural phases and features at different quenching rates. At higher quenching rates (wheel speed ∼ 25 m/sec) all the alloys exhibit icosahedral phase. For Al65Cu20Cr12Fe3 alloy, however, both the icosahedral and even the decagonal phases get formed at higher quenching rates. At higher quenching rate, alloy having Fe 3 at% exhibits two bcc phases, bccI (𝑎 = 8.9 Å) and bccII (𝑎 = 15.45 Å). The orientation relationships between icosahedral and crystalline phases are: Mirror plane ∥bcc I and bcc II, 5-fold ∥ bcc II and 3-fold ∥ bcc II. At lower quenching rate, the alloy having Fe 6 at% exhibits orthorhombic phase (𝑎 = 23.6 Å, 𝑏 = 12.4 Å, 𝑐 = 20.1 Å). Some prominent orientation relationships of the orthorhombic phase with decagonal phase have also been reported. At lower quenching rate (∼ 10 m/sec), the alloy (Al65Cu22Cr9Fe6) shows the presence of diffuse scattering of intensities along quasiperiodic direction of the decagonal phase. For making the occurrence of the sheets of intensities intelligible, a model based on the rotation and shift of icosahedra has been put forward.
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