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A Diffusion Problem Consider a dilute solution of Ni atoms in FCC Fe. At point x the local composition is 0.3 atomic % Ni and at point y the composition is 0.2 atomic % Ni. If the distance from x to y is 1 mm, what is the flux of atoms between x and y at 1000ºC? Note: D 1000 = 2 x 10 -12 cm 2 /sec a Fe = 3.7Å a/o distance x y 0.3 0.2 1 mm Sketch of physical situation

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Step 1: Calculate the number of atoms per volume (this is what we need for our flux calculations). Note: since we are told that the Fe in this case is FCC we know that there are 4 atoms/ unit cell. # atoms/cm 3 = 4 atoms/unit cell (3.7x10 -8 cm) 3 /unit cell = 8 x 10 22 atoms/cm 3
Calculate the number of atoms of Ni at position y: 0.2 atomic % Ni = 0.002 Ni atoms/atom [0.002 Ni atoms/atom] x [8 x 10 22 atoms/cm 3 ] = 1.6 x 10 20 Ni atoms/cm 3 0.3 atomic % Ni = 0.003 Ni atoms/atom [0.003 Ni atoms/atom] x [8 x 10 22 atoms/cm 3 ] = 2.4 x 10 20 Ni atoms/cm 3 Similarly:

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Step 2: Calculate the concentration gradient. The concentration gradient is the change in concentration divided by the distance over which it changes. 1.6 x 10 20 Ni atoms/cm 3 2.4 x 10 20 Ni atoms/cm 3 0.1 cm = - 8 x 10 20 Ni atoms/cm 4 = dc/dx
Step 3. Calculate the flux.

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## This note was uploaded on 01/07/2011 for the course MEMS engr022 taught by Professor Barnard during the Spring '10 term at Pittsburgh.

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