Anelastic behaviour of leucite KA1Si2O6

Walsh, J. N. and Harrison, R. J. and Redfern, S. A. T. (2006) Anelastic behaviour of leucite KA1Si2O6. Materials Science and Engineering A, 442 (1-2). pp. 208-211. DOI

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An examination of the anelastic response of leucite, KAlSi2O6, to frequency modulated stress is presented. Leucite is a naturally occurring open framework aluminosilicate closely related to analcime (a zeolite compound) and is found in the earth's crust. It shows two phase transitions at (Tc1) 665 °C and (Tc2) 645 °C, from cubic Ia3d through I41/acd to I41/a. Consequently the low temperature I41/a phase contains both lamellar and merohedral twins; the intermediate I41/acd phase contains lamellar twins only. Leucites typically show a high density of twin walls. Recent studies have shown that lamellar microstructures can give rise to anelastic softening via twin wall motion [R.J. Harrison, S.A.T. Redfern, J. Appl. Phys. 95 (2004) 1706–1717; R.J. Harrison, S.A.T. Redfern, E.K.H. Salje, Phys. Rev. B 69 (2004) 144101-1–144101-10; R.J. Harrison, S.A.T. Redfern, J. Street, Am. Mineral. 88 (2003) 574–582]. This could be a mechanism for seismic attenuation in crustal and mantle rocks. We propose that this process also occurs in leucite on the basis of results of dynamical mechanical analysis. A frequency modulated stress (0.4–16 Hz) was applied in three point bend geometry to single crystals of leucite containing twins. The dynamic modulus and tan δ functions have been measured, though these are partially obscured by the presence of the higher temperature phase transition. The apparent activation energies for twin wall motion (600 kJ mol−1 or more) are unusually high, suggesting possible dependence on silicon diffusion within the aluminosilicate framework. Softening of the modulus in the high-temperature cubic phase, on cooling towards the Ia3d to I41/acd transition, is consistent with coupling to optic modes which show strong dispersion with three phonon branches softening equally in all directions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Part III
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2006 AREP IA50 IA52 2006 P Part III
Subjects: 03 - Mineral Sciences
Divisions: 03 - Mineral Sciences
06 - Part-III Projects
Journal or Publication Title: Materials Science and Engineering A
Volume: 442
Page Range: pp. 208-211
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Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2009 13:04
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 16:22

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