Strengthening mechanism in a high-strength carbon-containing powder metallurgical high entropy alloy

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-64
Journal / PublicationIntermetallics
Online published6 Sep 2018
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2018


A carbon-containing FeCoCrNiAl0.5 high entropy alloys (HEAs) with high tensile strength was fabricated by powder metallurgy (P/M) method. The P/M process includes gas atomization and hot extrusion of pre-alloyed HEA powder. The microstructural evolution and mechanical properties were systematically investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and tensile tests. The results showed that the gas-atomized HEA powder was of dual phase, including face centered cubic (fcc) phase and B2 phase. Hot extrusion caused the precipitation of M23C6 carbides, the formation of dislocations and the refinement of microstructure. The as-extruded HEA exhibited a tensile strength as high as 1093 MPa and an elongation of ∼12.4%. The contributions of different strengthening mechanisms were quantitatively calculated, and it was found that the grain boundary strengthening and the dislocation strengthening are the main strengthening mechanism.

Research Area(s)

  • High entropy alloys, Mechanical properties, Microstructure, Powder metallurgy, Strengthening