Evolution of microstructure and deformation mechanisms in a metastable Fe42Mn28Co10Cr15Si5 high entropy alloy: A combined in-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction and EBSD analysis

Jiajia Shen, Wei Zhang, J. G. Lopes, Yutao Pei, Zhi Zeng, E. Maawad, N. Schell, Ana C. Baptista, Rajiv S. Mishra, J. P. Oliveira

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Abstract

In this work, a combination of in-situ high synchrotron X-ray diffraction and electron backscattered diffraction were used to systematically investigate the activation and evolution of the deformation mechanisms in an as-cast Fe42Mn28Co10Cr15Si5 metastable high entropy alloy deformed until fracture at room temperature. This work unveils the critical role of the dual-phase γ-f.c.c. / ε-h.c.p. microstructure on the deformation response of the alloy. The different deformation modes, i.e., slip, transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) and transformation induced twinning (TWIP), were seen to initiate at different loading stresses and then to overlap. Quantitative microstructural characterization, which included the evolution of the phase fraction, stress partitioning, dislocation density, c/a ratio and lattice strain for different planes, was performed to elucidate the role of each phase on the macroscopic mechanical response of the metastable high entropy alloy. Furthermore, the magnitude of the different strengthening contributions has been quantified for the first time.
Original languageEnglish
Article number112662
Number of pages27
JournalMaterials and Design
Volume238
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024

Keywords

  • Deformation mechanisms
  • High entropy alloys
  • Synchrotron X-ray diffraction
  • Transformation induced plasticity
  • Transformation twinning

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