Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

, Volume 35, Issue 9, pp 2821–2828 | Cite as

Effect of dissolved tungsten on the deformation of 70Ni-30Fe alloys

  • K. E. Knipling
  • G. Zeman
  • J. S. Marte
  • S. M. Kelly
  • S. L. Kampe


A series of Ni-Fe alloys containing various levels of tungsten in solid solution have been prepared as a means to assess the influence of solid solution strengthening on the mechanical behavior of monolithic 70Ni-30Fe. In particular, 70Ni-30Fe alloys plus equilibrium concentrations of tungsten in solid solution nominally correspond to the compositions associated with the matrix-only portion of certain tungsten heavy alloys, that is, alloys comprised of a high volume fraction of nominally pure tungsten particles embedded within a minority Ni-Fe-W based matrix. The study shows that the working solubility of tungsten within the 70Ni-30Fe base composition increases slightly with temperature, from approximately 21 wt pct at room temperature to approximately 23 wt pct at 1400 °C. Increasing the level of tungsten in solid solution leads to increases in room-temperature yield strength, tensile strength, and ductility. In contrast, the deformation characteristics of the alloys, as quantified by the power-law work-hardening exponent, n, and the strain-rate-sensitivity exponent, m, show little variation with tungsten solute concentration.


Tungsten Material Transaction Flow Stress Strain Aging Tungsten Particle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • K. E. Knipling
    • 1
  • G. Zeman
    • 2
  • J. S. Marte
    • 3
  • S. M. Kelly
    • 4
  • S. L. Kampe
    • 4
  1. 1.the Materials Science and Engineering DepartmentNorthwestern UniversityEvanston
  2. 2.Advanced Technology. Aerojet Ordnance TennesseeJonesborough
  3. 3.the Ceramics and Metallurgy Technologies GroupGE Global Research CenterSchenectady
  4. 4.the Materials Science and Engineering Department, Virginia TechBlacksburg

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