Marc Léger

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Materials Science


G.R. Piercy


Measurements of the internal, friction of several aluminum alloys were made over the temperature range from 80 to 300 K using the two component resonator technique. The technique was improved, by using a metallic bond between the two components, so that measurements in the Qˉ¹ ≃ 10ˉ⁶ range could be made at three frequencies. Preliminary experiments using quartz crystals as specimens were performed in order to check the properties of the metallic joint. A method of checking the bond, by measuring the resonator properties at about half the fundamental frequency of the quartz transducer alone, was developed.

Comparisons of the internal friction spectra of hydrogen charged samples with spectra of vacuum annealed samples were used, in conjunction with a simple model of the distribution of hydrogen, to determine upper limits on the binding energy between hydrogen and substitutional solutes in the aluminum matrix.

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