Ordering and the micromechanics of Ti-7Al

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  • Anna Radecka
  • James Coakley
  • David Rugg
  • Trevor Lindley
  • David Dye

Colleges, School and Institutes


The evolution of intergranular lattice strain in the α titanium alloy Ti-7Al wt.% was characterised using in situ time-of-flight (TOF) neutron diffraction during room temperature tensile loading. Samples were aged to promote ordering and the formation of nanometre-scale a2 (Ti3Al). On ageing, at 550 °C and 625 °C, dislocations were observed to travel in pairs, and in planar arrays, which has been attributed to the presence of ordering. A slight change in c/a was observed, from 1.6949 to 1.6945, and a slight increase in the macroscopic modulus. However, no changes were observed in the residual lattice strains, which are the grain-orientation average elastic strains produced by plasticity. Therefore it is inferred that the changes in deformation mechanisms caused by ordering that result in an enhanced vulnerability to dwell fatigue affect primarily the extent of slip localisation. The overall strain distributions between grains in different orientations is not changed.


Original languageEnglish
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Early online date21 Sep 2015
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 21 Sep 2015


  • Titanium alloys, Neutron scattering, Ordering transition