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Metals 2015, 5(1), 395-417; doi:10.3390/met5010395

Temperature-Induced Liquid-Liquid Transition in Metallic Melts: A Brief Review on the New Physical Phenomenon

Liquid/Solid Metal Processing Institute, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Hefei University of Technology, Hefei 230009, China
Academic Editor: Enrique Louis
Received: 30 November 2014 / Revised: 17 February 2015 / Accepted: 1 March 2015 / Published: 11 March 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Liquid Metals)


Understanding the nature of liquid structures and properties remains an open problem for many fundamental and applied fields. It is well known that there is no other defined phase line above liquidus (TL) in phase diagrams of ordinary alloys. However, via resorts of internal friction, electric resistivity, thermal analysis, X-ray diffraction, solidification, etc., the results of our research on lots of single- and multiple-component melts show a novel physical image: temperature induced liquid-liquid structure transition (TI-LLST) can occur above TL. Moreover, the solidification behaviors and structures out of the melts that experienced TI-LLST are distinct from those out of the melts before TI-LLST. In this paper, some typical examples of TI-LLST and characteristic aspects of the TI-LLST are briefly reviewed, in which the main contents are limited in our own achievements, although other groups have also observed similar phenomena using different methods. In the sense of phenomenology, TI-LLST reported here is quite different from other recognized liquid transitions, i.e., there are only a few convincing cases of liquid P, Si, C, H2O, Al2O3-Y2O3, etc. in which the transition occurs, either induced by pressure or at a supercooled state and near liquidus. View Full-Text
Keywords: metals; alloys; liquid structures; properties of melts; solidification behaviors metals; alloys; liquid structures; properties of melts; solidification behaviors

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Zu, F.-Q. Temperature-Induced Liquid-Liquid Transition in Metallic Melts: A Brief Review on the New Physical Phenomenon. Metals 2015, 5, 395-417.

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