Deakin University
Browse

File(s) under embargo

Breaking the high-temperature strength-ductility trade-off in TiAl alloys through microstructural optimization

journal contribution
posted on 2023-10-20, 02:16 authored by G Zheng, B Tang, S Zhao, Jun WangJun Wang, Y Xie, X Chen, WY Wang, D Liu, R Yang, J Li
Designing a novel microstructure with higher strength-ductility than lamellar microstructure (LM), which has been considered the most valuable engineering application in the service temperature range, is desired for lightweight TiAl alloys. Our prior publication reported a three-phase tri-modal (T-T) structure for Ti-43.5Al-4Nb-1Mo-0.1B(.at%) with superior mechanical properties than LM at room temperature (Ref: Acta Mater. 225 (2022) 117,585). However, its strength-ductility at working temperature has yet to be fully exploited. This work fills the much-needed gap. The qualitative and quantitative optimizations indicate that the T-T structure's yield strength increases first and then decreases with increasing pearlitic-like microstructure (PM, which consist of three-phase (α2, γ and βo phase) with clear orientation relationships that form in a lamellar/cellular manner) content while the ductility keeps rising. When the T-T structure contains ∼20 % PMs, it exhibits a yield strength about 130MPa higher than LM coupling with doubled ductility at 750 °C. PMs can induce a prominent twinning induced plasticity and dislocation jog dragging (TWIP&DJD) effect, resulting in better strength-ductility below 700°C; above this temperature, the TWIP&DJD effect significantly plasticizes the alloys. The higher strength of the T-T structure at 750 °C is caused by hetero-deformation-induced strengthening between LMs and PMs, which cannot be offset by the plasticizing caused by PM when the volume fraction of PMs is less than 50 %. This study demonstrates that introducing an appropriate amount of plasticizing structures (similar to PM) with excellent work hardening capacity is a promising strategy for enhancing the strength-ductility synergy of TiAl and possibly other brittle materials.

History

Journal

International Journal of Plasticity

Volume

170

Article number

103756

Pagination

103756-103756

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0749-6419

Language

en

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Usage metrics

    Research Publications

    Exports

    RefWorks
    BibTeX
    Ref. manager
    Endnote
    DataCite
    NLM
    DC