Characterizing deformation mechanisms in Ni3Ge-Fe3Ge intermetallic alloys

T. J. Balk, Mukul Kumar, O. N. Mryasov, Arthur J Freeman, K. J. Hemker

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The NijGe-FejGe model system provides us with a unique opportunity to characterize the mechanisms of deformation in both anomalous and normal L12 intermetallic alloys. The elastic moduli of alloys in this system have been measured and used as benchmarks for first principles calculations. At 77K, increasing the Fe content has been found to result in a dramatic increase in flow stress. The Ni-rich alloys exhibit a yield strength anomaly, but as Ni is replaced by Fe, the anomalous temperature dependence gradually disappears, and no yield strength anomaly is observed for alloys with more than 25 at% Fe. At low temperatures and Fe contents, the deformation microstructure has been found to be dominated by Kear-Wilsdorf locking; but a transition from octahedral glide and KearWilsdorf locking to cube glide is observed as either Fe content or temperature is increased. This transition is related to changes that occur in the core structures of dissociated superdislocations and planar fault energies measured through computer simulations of weak-beam TEM images.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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