Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 48, Issue 21, pp 7435–7445 | Cite as

Microstructure and mechanical properties of two-phase Fe30Ni20Mn20Al30. Part I: Microstructure

  • X. Wu
  • I. Baker
  • M. K. Miller
  • K. L. More
  • Z. Cai
  • S. Chen


The microstructure of Fe30Ni20Mn20Al30 in both the as-cast condition and after annealing at 823 K for various times up to 72 h was characterized using transmission electron microscopy, scanning transmission electron microscopy, synchrotron-based X-ray diffraction, and atom probe tomography. The microstructure exhibited a basketweave morphology of (Mn, Fe)-rich B2-ordered (ordered b.c.c.) and (Ni, Al)-rich L21-ordered (Heusler type) phases with a lattice misfit of only 0.85 % and interfaces aligned along 〈100〉. The phase width increased from 5 nm for the as-cast alloy to 25 nm for 72 h annealed material, with no change in the elemental partitioning between the phases, with a time exponent for the coarsening kinetics of 0.19. Surprisingly, it was found that the room temperature hardness was largely independent of the phase width.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • X. Wu
    • 1
  • I. Baker
    • 1
  • M. K. Miller
    • 2
  • K. L. More
    • 2
  • Z. Cai
    • 3
  • S. Chen
    • 3
  1. 1.Thayer School of EngineeringDartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA
  2. 2.Materials Science and Technology DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  3. 3.X-Ray Science DivisionAdvanced Photon Source, Argonne National LaboratoryArgonneUSA

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