Transition in superelasticity for Ni55−xCoxFe18Ga27 alloys due to strain glass transition
School of Materials Science and Engineering, Beijing Institute of Technology - Beijing 100081, China
2 X-ray Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory - Argonne, IL 60439, USA
Accepted: 30 April 2012
Here we report a transition in superelastic hysteresis loop from sharp with plateau to smooth without plateau for a Ni55−xCoxFe18Ga27 (x=0–12) alloy system with increasing Co substituting for Ni up to 10 at.%. With the Co content reaching 10 at.%, the alloy exhibits the obvious characteristic of the strain glass transition, i.e., the frequency-dependent shift in temperature of the internal friction peak and frequency-dependent dip temperature, Tg, of the storage modulus following the Vogel-Fulcher relationship. The high-energy X-ray diffraction provides the direct evidence that the smooth hysteresis loops stem from a finite avalanche martensite transformation mode, inducing a long-range inhomogeneous stress field in the remained parent phase during deformation.
PACS: 62.20.fg – Shape-memory effect; yield stress; superelasticity / 81.30.Kf – Martensitic transformations / 61.05.cp – X-ray diffraction
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