Crystallographic dissolution of high purity aluminium

E. V. Koroleva, G. E. Thompson, P. Skeldon, B. Noble

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    Alkaline etching of high purity aluminium has been examined using the complementary techniques of scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy. Provision of specific grain orientations, generated by zone melting, has revealed dissolution rates of individual grains which decrease in the order {334}>{225}>{119}. Further, the faceting of the {334} grain, which has an orientation close to (111), reveals the crystallographic nature of alkaline etching of high purity aluminium, with the limited presence of discrete cathodic sites. For the {119} grain orientation, distinct faceting is replaced by a cellular texture that is elongated in the 〈120〉 direction. The {225} grain reveals cells elongated in the 〈111〉 direction, with step-like features present across the surface. These step features are explained by dissolution along preferred crystallographic directions to reveal facets of low-energy planes of appropriate separation and associated steps. © 2007 The Royal Society.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1729-1748
    Number of pages19
    JournalProceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
    Issue number2083
    Publication statusPublished - 8 Jul 2007


    • Aluminium
    • Crystallography
    • Surface dissolution


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