Stress dependence of the hysteresis in single crystal NiTi alloys

R. F. Hamilton, H. Sehitoglu, Y. Chumlyakov, H. J. Maier

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We demonstrate the variation in thermal hysteresis with increasing external stress for reversible martensitic transformations. The hysteresis was measured in temperature cycling experiments under external stress and also under pseudoleastic deformation conditions. To understand the role of composition and crystal orientation effects, the study included aged and solutionized Ti-50.1, Ti-50.4, Ti-50.8 and Ti-51.5at.%Ni in the [1 1 1], [0 0 1], [0 1 1], [0 1 2], and [1 2 3] orientations. Differential scanning calorimetry was used to characterize the thermal hysteresis resulting from thermal cycling under zero stress. The results show unequivocally that the thermal hysteresis expands with increasing external stress for aged and solutionized Ti-50.1at.%Ni and Ti-50.4at.%Ni alloys, while it contracts with increasing external stress for the higher Ni alloys with 50.8 and 51.5at.%Ni compositions. The growth of temperature hysteresis was from 20 °C to as high as 80 °C for the lower Ni alloys, while the contraction of the hysteresis was from 60 to 15 °C for the higher Ni alloys. The stress dependence of the hysteresis is rationalized considering dissipation of elastic strain energy due to relaxation of coherency strains at martensite-austenite interfaces. The role of precipitates and frictional work on transformation hysteresis is also clarified based on experiments on low and high Ni alloys with heterogeneous and homogenous precipitate structures respectively. A micro-mechanical model based on reversible thermodynamics was modified to account for plastic relaxation of coherent transforming interfaces, and the predictions account for the growing hysteresis with increasing external stress.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3383-3402
Number of pages20
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number11
StatePublished - Jun 21 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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