Deformation mechanisms of Mo alloyed FeCoCrNi high entropy alloy: In situ neutron diffraction

Biao Cai, Bin Liu, Saurabh Kabra, Yiqiang Wang, Kun Yan, Peter D. Lee, Yong Liu

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A FeCoCrNiMo0.23 high entropy alloy was processed by powder metallurgy with two conditions: hot extruded and annealed. In situ neutron diffraction, together with electron microscopy, was used to study the deformation mechanisms and concomitant microstructural evolution for both conditions. The as-extruded alloy has a single face-centered-cubic structure with a calculated stacking fault energy of ∼19 mJ/m2. When the alloy is tensile deformed, nano-twins and microbands are induced, resulting in an excellent combination of strength and ductility (784 MPa ultimate tensile strength and over 50% elongation). Annealing at 800 °C for 72 h increases the strength of the alloy but decreases its ductility. This is due to the decomposition of the alloy after annealing, causing the formation of Mo-rich intermetallic particles and a decrease of the stacking fault probability. These results highlight that combined mechanisms (i.e. solute strengthening and twin/microband induced plasticity) can effectively improve both the strength and ductility of high entropy alloys.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-480
JournalActa Materialia
Early online date27 Jan 2017
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017


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