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Deformation mechanisms and ductile fracture characteristics of a friction stir processed transformative high entropy alloy
S. Sinha, , M. Frank, K. Liu, R.A. Lebensohn, R.S. Mishra
Published in Acta Materialia Inc
Volume: 184
Pages: 164 - 178
Deformation mechanisms of a friction stir processed Fe40Mn20Co20Cr15Si5 transformative high entropy alloy using three different process parameters were studied to explain the microstructural dependence of tensile response in these specimens. The relative strain hardening contribution due to transformation and twinning effects was different for the three different microstructural conditions and thus resulted in different magnitude of work hardening. Crystal plasticity simulations confirmed that synergistic activity of face centered cubic and hexagonal close packed slip and twin mechanisms resulted in sustained work hardening and enhanced uniform elongation. The non-uniform ductility and extent of void nucleation and growth in these specimens were limited. Nevertheless, fractography and X-ray microscopy of fractured tensile specimens verified that microstructural flexibility induced different propensities for void growth and ductile fracture mode. Thus, alloy design induced phase stability, adaptive phase evolution due to friction stir processing, extent and kinetics of martensitic transformation and related work hardening capability of the individual phases combined together to determine the overall tensile response. The crystallographic orientation dependence of deformation induced phase transformation was also thoroughly studied. This study included quantitative determination of the crystallographic orientation where resolved shear stress on leading and trailing partial dislocations favored separation of the partials to cause transformation at a critical value of applied stress. © 2019
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