Some interesting papers

January 16, 2011

[1] Effect of aging on martensitic transformation, microstructures and mechanical properties in off-stoichiometric Mn–Ni–Ga alloys

W Cai et al

(Mn,Ni)4Ga-type γ precipitates were obtained in Mn53Ni25Ga22 alloys aged at 573–973 K. Aging greatly affects the transformation temperature by modifying the matrix composition and changing the unit cell volume. When the aging temperature is 573 K, needle-like γ precipitates 70–80 nm in length can be seen by transmission electron microscopy. Rotational twin martensite variants were discovered to be related with an angle rotation of 15° in the [1 1 1] direction. A crystalline orientation relationship between the tetragonal martensites and face-centered cubic γ phases was observed as [1 1 1]γ//[1 1 0]M and View the MathML sourceγ//View the MathML sourceM. A substructure of View the MathML source type-I twins for γ phase was found in the 973 K/3 h aged sample in which the coarsened precipitates reveal a plate-like morphology. Compression tests show that a compressive strength of 1850 MPa with a fracture strain up to 25.6% can be achieved in 773 K/10 min aged samples due to a substantial dispersion strengthening from small γ precipitates.

[2] Multiscale modelling of MgO plasticity

J Amodeo et al

We propose a multiscale model of plasticity of pure MgO single crystals. The core structure of the rate controlling ½left angle bracket1 1 0right-pointing angle bracket screw dislocations has been modelled by the Peierls–Nabarro–Galerkin method. This model relies on γ-surfaces calculated ab initio for the {1 1 0}, {1 0 0} and {1 1 1} planes. The ½ left angle bracket1 1 0right-pointing angle bracket screw dislocations spread mostly in the {1 1 0} planes. The Peierls friction values are 150 MPa and 1.6 GPa for glide on the {1 1 0} and {1 0 0} planes, respectively. The kink pair theory is applied to model thermal activation of dislocation glide over the Peierls barrier below the athermal temperature Ta and to build a velocity law for this regime. The critical resolved shear stresses are deduced below Ta from the Orowan law. Above Ta the athermal stress τμ is obtained from discrete dislocation dynamics simulations to account for dislocation–dislocation interactions. This model is found to satisfactorily reproduce the critical resolved shear stresses observed experimentally, provided the contribution of impurities (unavoidable in experiments) is subtracted.

[3] Evolution of defects in copper deformed by high-pressure torsion

J. Čížek et al

Lattice defects in Cu deformed by high-pressure torsion (HPT) were investigated by positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) combined with transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Vicker’s microhardness (HV) measurements. The evolution of the microstructure during HPT processing was studied on samples subjected to various numbers of HPT revolutions using pressures of 2 and 4 GPa. Since strain in torsion deformation increases with the radial distance from the center of rotation, one can expect a non-uniform microstructure across the sample diameter. To examine this, HV was measured at various distances from the center of the HPT-deformed sample and the microstructure at the center was compared with that at the periphery. It was found that HPT-deformed Cu contains a high density of dislocations and also small vacancy clusters formed by the agglomeration of deformation-induced vacancies. The center of the sample exhibits coarser grains, a slightly lower density of dislocations and smaller vacancy clusters compared to the periphery. The dislocation density and concentration of vacancy clusters were evaluated from the combination of the PAS and XRD results. The theoretically estimated concentration of deformation-induced vacancies is of an order of magnitude comparable to that determined in experiment.

[4] A phase field model for isothermal crystallization of oxide melts

J Heulens et al

We present a multicomponent multi-phase field model for isothermal crystallization of oxide melts. The bulk thermodynamic properties of the liquid as a function of composition are retrieved from the FACT thermodynamic database for oxide systems. For solid phases modeled as stoichiometric in the thermodynamic database, a paraboloid Gibbs energy is introduced with specific constraints to ensure correct phase equilibria and minimal solubility in the stoichiometric phase. The interfacial mobility can show strong anisotropy and the interfacial energy can have weak anisotropy, since both faceted and dendritic growth morphologies are important for crystallization in oxide systems. The possibilities of the model are illustrated with three case studies considering crystallizing and dissolving solid phases in a CaO–Al2O3–SiO2 melt. These case studies show the influence of the diffusion mobilities on the diffusion path, the tie-line selection in a ternary system and the effect of the surface energy on dendritic growth.

[5] Effect of pore architecture on magnetic-field-induced strain in polycrystalline Ni–Mn–Ga

X X Zhang et al

Monocrystalline Ni–Mn–Ga alloys show magnetic-field-induced strains (MFIS) of up to 10% as a result of reversible twinning; by contrast, polycrystalline Ni–Mn–Ga shows near-zero MFIS due to strain incompatibilities at grain boundaries inhibiting twinning. Recently, we showed that porous polycrystalline Ni–Mn–Ga exhibits a small, but non-zero, MFIS value of 0.12% due to reduction of these incompatibilities by the porosity. Here, we study the effect of pore architecture on MFIS for polycrystalline Ni–Mn–Ga foams. Foams with a combination of large (not, vert, similar550 μm) and small (not, vert, similar80 μm) pores are fabricated by the replication method and exhibit thinner nodes and struts compared to foam containing only large (not, vert, similar430 μm) pores. When magnetically cycled, both types of foams exhibit repeatable MFIS of 0.24–0.28% without bias stress. As the cycle number increases from a few tens to a few thousands, the MFIS drops due to damage accumulation. The rate of MFIS decrease is lower in the dual-pore foam, as expected from reduced constraints on the twin boundary motion, since twins span the whole width of the thinner nodes and struts.

[6] A quantitative study of solute diffusion field effects on heterogeneous nucleation and the grain size of alloys

Da Shu et al

The nucleation ability of inoculating particles inside the solute diffusion zone around growing grains during alloy solidification is studied using a spherical, equiaxed dendritic grain model coupled with a new modified free growth model to predict the final grain size of cast aluminium alloys with improved accuracy. We show that the nucleation potency of inoculating particles is reduced by the solute field that develops close to existing, growing equiaxed grains under near isothermal conditions. Solute suppressed nucleation leads to much lower nucleated grain densities, higher nucleation undercoolings and longer times to recalescence when further nucleation events are halted. Under solute suppressed conditions, nucleation events occur in two stages: an initial transient nucleation before significant solute build-up and then continuous nucleation. The significance of the transient nucleation regime depends upon the size of the transient solute diffusion zone, and has been explored using the model. Model predictions suggest that the grain refinement of alloys of high solute content is controlled primarily by solute suppressed nucleation conditions.

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