Effect of thermomechanical treatment on the microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of lightweight Ti65(AlCrNb)35 medium-entropy alloy

Y. C. Liao, P. S. Chen, P. H. Tsai, J. S.C. Jang, K. C. Hsieh, H. W. Chang, C. Y. Chen, J. C. Huang, H. J. Wu, Y. C. Lo, C. W. Huang, I. Y. Tsao

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Abstract

Lightweight Ti65(AlCrNb)35 medium-entropy alloy (Ti-65) ingots were produced through arc melting and drop casting in a water-cooled copper mold. These alloy ingots were then treated through a sequence of homogenization, hot rolling, cold rolling, and recrystallization. The effect of this thermomechanical treatment (TMT) on their microstructures and mechanical properties was investigated through X-ray diffraction (XRD), electron backscatter diffraction analysis through scanning electron microscopy, and mechanical testing. The XRD results demonstrated that the Ti-65 alloy maintained a body-centered cubic structure after 50% hot rolling, 70% cold rolling, and recrystallization at 900 °C, 1000 °C, and 1100 °C, respectively. The fully recrystallized sample had an 80% smaller grain size than the as-cast sample. The cold-rolled Ti-65 alloy specimen exhibited a high tensile strength of 1620 MPa. In comparison with the tensile strength of the as-cast Ti-65 sample (1100 MPa), that of the Ti-65 alloy following annealing and subsequent partial recrystallization was significantly increased (1380 MPa). This tensile strength enhancement is attributable to its heterostructure composition of deformed bands and smaller recrystallized grains. This study demonstrated that an effective strength–ductility synergy of the Ti-65 alloy can be achieved through various TMTs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107470
JournalIntermetallics
Volume143
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2022

Keywords

  • Grain refinement
  • High-entropy alloys
  • Lightweight
  • Mechanical properties
  • Medium-entropy alloys

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