Evading brittle fracture in submicron-sized high entropy intermetallics in dual-phase eutectic microstructure

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-284
Journal / PublicationScripta Materialia
Online published23 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


Conventional Laves phase is extremely brittle at room temperature. However, through a systematic study, we showed that the quinary Co-Cr-Fe-Ni-Nb Laves phase in a eutectic high entropy alloy (EHEA) can be plastically deformed at room temperature when its size is refined below 200 nm. Based on our current results, we propose a general micromechanical model that not only explains the suppression of cracks in the high entropy Laves phase but also enables the extraction of its fracture toughness even when the high entropy Laves phase deforms and cracks in a dual-phase microstructure.

Research Area(s)

  • Eutectic high entropy alloy, Laves phase, Micromechanical modelling, Plastic flow