J. Phys. IV France 11 (2001) Pr8-185-Pr8-190
Effect of grain refinement on the mechanical and shape memory properties of Cu-Al-Mn base alloysY. Sutou, T. Omori, T. Okamoto, R. Kainuma and K. Ishida
Department of Materials Science, Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, Aramaki Aoba-yama 02, Sendai 980-8579, Japan
The effect of grain refinement on the mechanical and shape memory (SM) properties of the β phase Cu-Al-Mn alloys with L21, structure were investigated by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and tensile-testing. Additions of V or Cr to the Cu-Al-Mn ternary alloy in amounts over 0.5at.%V or 1at.%Cr were effective in refining the β phase grain sizes to less than 200 µm. The Ms temperature decreased with increasing V or Cr content, obeying the Hall-Petch type relation with the β-grain size. The mechanical properties were improved, but the SM and pseudoelastic properties were not improved by grain refinement.
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