Alloys with large volume fractions of the intermetallic phase Ni3Si have unique aqueous corrosion resistance that provides the driving force for an alloy design program to improve their generally poor room temperature mechanical properties. The target of the alloy design program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory was to produce wrought alloys with at least 10% room temperature ductility while retaining good aqueous corrosion resistance. In this paper several important findings will be discussed. These include macro and micro alloying (B, C, Be) to produce superplastic wrought alloys with high strength and high room-temperature ductility. Some of the alloys developed are strong enough to be competitive with medium temperature structural alloys such as Inconel® 718.
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Oliver, W.C. The Development of Alloys Based on Ni3Si. MRS Online Proceedings Library 133, 397 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1557/PROC-133-397