Video/animation icon  Changes in microstructure of a shape memory alloy (bi-crystal of austenitic CuAlNi )

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Description: Changes in microstructure of a shape memory alloy being heat treated and also mechanically deformed. A bi-crystal of austenitic CuAlNi is cooled, causing transformation to the martensitic (2H orthorhombic) phase. The process is reversed in the second half of the video, as the specimen is heated again. The rate at which transformation occurs is controlled by heat flow effects. (The shear process itself tends to take place very rapidly.) The martensitic phase is internally twinned. This is very clear within the dark-coloured phase moving in from the left-hand side in the first part of this video. From TLP: Microstructural Changes. Video was kindly donated by Vaclav Novak and Petr Sittner, Department of Functional Materials Institute of Physics of the ASCR, Prague, Czech Republic
Keywords: microstructure • shape memory alloy • deformation
Categories: Science approaches
Science approaches > Microstructure
Properties > Mechanical & thermal > Shape memory
Testing, analysis & experimentation
Created by: DoITPoMS, University of Cambridge
Published by: DoITPoMS, University of Cambridge
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Date created: 26 August 2009
Date added: 25 February 2010
Resource ID: 2720