Mechanical properties and deformation behaviour of a niobium alloy with different carbon contents

Rengen Ding, Ian Jones

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The mechanical behaviour of Nb35Ti6Al5Cr8V (at.%) containing different C contents (0, 1, 10 at.%) has been investigated. Both conventional constant strain rate deformation and compressive creep tests have been performed and the deformation microstructures have been examined using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). At room temperature all three alloys deform primarily by slip, with some mechanical twinning. Deformation at higher temperatures occurs by a combination of dislocation glide and climb processes, giving more homogeneous microstructures. Most of the dislocations in the matrix of these alloys have Burgers vector b = 1/2 although some short segments with b = were also observed where two dislocations with b = 1/2 interact during high-temperature deformation. Deformation of carbide at high temperatures occurs primarily by {1 1 1} slip. The presence of extensive carbides resulted in a substantial increase in yield strength at room and high temperatures and improved creep resistance. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-308
Number of pages8
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2008


  • Nb-Ti-Al alloy
  • Microstructure
  • Mechanical properties


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