Tailoring phase transformation strengthening and plasticity of nanostructured high entropy alloys

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

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Author(s)

  • Y.F. Zhao
  • J.Y. Zhang
  • S.H. Wu
  • Y.Q. Wang
  • K. Wu
  • G. Liu
  • J. Sun

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)14135-14149
Journal / PublicationNanoscale
Volume12
Issue number26
Online published9 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2020

Abstract

Metastable high entropy alloys (HEAs) attracted extensive attention due to their excellent combination of high strength and great plasticity. In this work, we utilize constraining effects to tailor phase transformation strengthening and plasticity of nanostructured HEAs (= FeCoCrNi) thin films prepared by the magnetron sputtering technique via HEA/Cu and HEA/Ni nanotwinned nanolaminates (NTNLs). It is uncovered that the HEA/Cu NTNLs without phase transformation exhibit the fashion of “smaller is stronger” and HEA layers become more favorable to detwin at smaller layer thickness (h). By contrast, the HEA/Ni NTNLs manifest an ultra-high peak hardness plateau accompanied with the FCC-to-HCP phase transformation in HEA layers at large h ≥ 25 nm, whereas they manifest the size-dependent hardness when detwinning occurs at smaller h. This unusual plastic deformation behavior of HEA/X (X = Cu, Ni) NTNLs was rationalized by the partial-based mechanisms. These findings open a new avenue to achieve superior mechanical properties of HEAs particularly in the nanoscale.

Research Area(s)

  • High entropy alloy/metal nanolaminates, Coherent interfaces, Size effects

Citation Format(s)

Tailoring phase transformation strengthening and plasticity of nanostructured high entropy alloys. / Zhao, Y.F.; Feng, X.B.; Zhang, J.Y.; Lu, Y.; Wu, S.H.; Wang, Y.Q.; Wu, K.; Liu, G.; Sun, J.

In: Nanoscale, Vol. 12, No. 26, 14.07.2020, p. 14135-14149.

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