Microstructural characteristics of tungsten-base nanocomposites produced from micropowders by high-pressure torsion

Kaveh Edalati, Shoichi Toh, Hideaki Iwaoka, Zenji Horita

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Abstract

Micropowder mixtures of W-50% Al, W-50% Ti and W-50% Ni were subjected to severe plastic deformation at 573 K using high-pressure torsion (HPT). The powder mixtures were consolidated and nanocomposites of W/Ti, W/Ti and W/Ni, with average grain sizes as small as ∼9, ∼15 and ∼12 nm, respectively, were formed by imposing large shear strains. The nanocomposites exhibited Vickers microhardness as high as ∼900 Hv, a level that has rarely been reported for metal-matrix composites. X-ray diffraction analyses together with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy showed that in addition to grain refinement, an increase in the fraction of grain boundaries up to 20%, the dissolution of elements in each other up to ∼15 mol.%, an increase in the lattice strain up to 0.6%, and an increase in density of edge dislocations up to 10 16 m -2 occurred by HPT. The current study introduces the HPT process as an effective route for the production of ultrahigh-strength W-base nanocomposites, fabrication of which is not generally easy when processing at high temperatures because of interfacial reaction and formation of brittle intermetallics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3885-3893
Number of pages9
JournalActa Materialia
Volume60
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2012

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Tungsten
Torsional stress
Nanocomposites
Edge dislocations
Grain refinement
Shear strain
High resolution transmission electron microscopy
Surface chemistry
Powders
Microhardness
Intermetallics
Plastic deformation
Dissolution
Grain boundaries
Metals
Fabrication
X ray diffraction
Composite materials
Processing
Temperature

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  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys

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Microstructural characteristics of tungsten-base nanocomposites produced from micropowders by high-pressure torsion. / Edalati, Kaveh; Toh, Shoichi; Iwaoka, Hideaki; Horita, Zenji.

In: Acta Materialia, Vol. 60, No. 9, 01.05.2012, p. 3885-3893.

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Edalati, Kaveh ; Toh, Shoichi ; Iwaoka, Hideaki ; Horita, Zenji. / Microstructural characteristics of tungsten-base nanocomposites produced from micropowders by high-pressure torsion. In: Acta Materialia. 2012 ; Vol. 60, No. 9. pp. 3885-3893.
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