Highly pressurized helium nanobubbles promote stacking-fault-mediated deformation in FeNiCoCr high-entropy alloy

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Original languageEnglish
Article number116843
Journal / PublicationActa Materialia
Volume210
Online published27 Mar 2021
Publication statusPublished - 15 May 2021

Abstract

Tailoring nanoscale defect structures for desirable deformation behaviors is crucial to designing and optimizing the mechanical properties of alloys. Distinguishing from the predominant toughening mechanisms (e.g., mechanical twinning and deformation-induced phase transformation), here we report an unusual stacking-fault-mediated deformation in equiatomic FeNiCoCr high-entropy alloy (HEA) by controllably introducing helium nanobubbles with high pressures of ~2.5-4.7 gigapascals. Using in situ transmission electron microscopy nanomechanical testing, we demonstrate that highly pressurized helium nanobubbles can not only increase the strength by serving as dislocation obstacles but also enhance the strain hardening capacity and accommodate considerable plasticity via facilitating the multiplication and interaction of interwoven stacking faults. Through atomistic simulations, we reveal that high helium pressures contribute to reducing the nucleation energy of partial dislocations at the nanobubbles surface, which enhances dislocation nucleation rates and offers sustainable stacking fault sources for retaining ductility. Our results provide a novel design strategy for tuning deformation mechanisms of HEAs via introducing highly pressurized helium nanobubbles, which may open up avenues towards the facile tailoring of mechanical responses in micro/nanoscale HEA components.

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  • High-entropy alloy, Highly pressurized helium nanobubbles, in situ nanomechanics, Partial dislocations, Stacking faults

Citation Format(s)

Highly pressurized helium nanobubbles promote stacking-fault-mediated deformation in FeNiCoCr high-entropy alloy. / Lin, W. T.; Chen, D.; Dang, C. Q.; Yu, P. J.; Wang, G.; Lin, J. H.; Meng, F. L.; Yang, T.; Zhao, Y. L.; Liu, S. F.; Du, J. P.; Yeli, G. M.; Liu, C. T.; Lu, Y.; Ogata, S.; Kai, J. J.

In: Acta Materialia, Vol. 210, 116843, 15.05.2021.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review