Using High Speed High Pressure Torsion for Cu–13Al–4Ni Shape Memory Alloy Processing

Gheorghe Gurau, Carmela Gurau, Francisco Manuel Braz Fernandes, Rui Jorge Cordeiro Silva, Florin Marin

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Recently, severe plastic deformation (SPD) is recognized as a very efficient processing technique for the fabrication of bulk nanostructured (ns)/ultrafine-grained materials. High-speed high-pressure torsion (HSHPT) process, an SPD method, is used as a novel approach to produce ultrafine grains in memory materials. The influence of HSHPT process variables on some Cu-based shape memory alloys (SMAs) is explored and discussed. This paper also envisages providing a comparative study of significant microstructural evolutions and features that are introduced by HSHPT processing. The plastic deformation mechanisms of the copper-based SMAs are investigated from macrostructural and microstructural points of view using optical and scanning electron microscopic techniques. In addition, significant grain size reduction brought about by the process is attested by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. The transition temperatures have been determined by differential scanning calorimetry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2459-2469
JournalTransactions of the Indian Institute of Metals
Issue number10(SI)
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


  • Copper-based alloys
  • Cu–Al–Ni
  • High-pressure torsion
  • Severe plastic deformation
  • Shape memory alloys


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