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Abnormal Grain Growth During Rapid Annealing of Sol–Gel Alumina Thin Film Deposited on Ni-Based Superalloy

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A ∼50 nm thick alumina layer was deposited on an Ni-based superalloy substrate by a sol–gel method. α-AlOOH particles presented in the layer after drying at 140°C transformed mostly to α-Al2O3 grains within ∼1 min at 1100°C under a low oxygen partial pressure annealing environment. During the same time period, the α-Al2O3 grains grew significantly in the lateral direction, resulting in the aspect ratio of grain diameter to thickness of ∼20. The presence of a preferred orientation in the α-Al2O3 layer suggested that the mechanism for the lateral growth was abnormal. The lateral growth mechanism appeared to become very slow when a critical thickness (∼100 nm) was reached.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Chemical, Biomedical, and Materials Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey 07030

Publication date: November 1, 2005

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