Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 31, Issue 15, pp 4055–4065

Elevated temperature deformation behaviour of multi-phase Ni-20 at % Al-30 at % Fe and its constituent phases


  • S. Guha
    • Thayer School of EngineeringDartmouth College
  • I. Baker
    • Thayer School of EngineeringDartmouth College
  • P. R. Munroe
    • School of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of New South Wales

DOI: 10.1007/BF00352668

Cite this article as:
Guha, S., Baker, I. & Munroe, P.R. JOURNAL OF MATERIALS SCIENCE (1996) 31: 4055. doi:10.1007/BF00352668


The mechanical behaviour of the multi-phase (β′ + γ/γ′) alloy Ni-20 at % Al-30 at % Fe and alloys similar to its constituent β′ and γ/γ′ phases, Ni-30 at % Al-20 at % Fe and Ni-12 at % Al-40 at % Fe, respectively, were investigated. When tested in tension at 300 K, the alloys exhibited ≈ 20%, 2% and 28% elongation, respectively. At elevated test temperatures (700, 900 and 1100 K), the multi-phase alloy exhibited increased ductility, reaching an elongation in excess of 70% at 1100 K without necking or fracture. Similarly, the β′ alloy demonstrated increased ductility with increasing test temperatures. In contrast, the γ/γ′ alloy showed greatly reduced ductility with increasing temperature and was quite brittle both at 900 and 1100 K. Thus, whilst at room temperature the γ/γ′ phase improved the ductility of the β′ + γ/γ′ aggregate, at elevated temperatures the β′ phase alleviated the brittleness of the γ/γ′ phase, thereby preventing any embrittlement of the multi-phase alloy over the temperature range 300–1100 K. Also, whilst the β′ phase improved the room-temperature strength of the multi-phase alloy, at elevated temperatures where the β′ phase is known to be weak, the γ/γ′ phase improved the strength of the multi-phase alloy up to 900 K, beyond which the strength deteriorated due to disordering and lack of anomalous strengthening in the γ/γ′ component.

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