J. Phys. IV France
Volume 112, October 2003
Page(s) 499 - 502

J. Phys. IV France
112 (2003) 499
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2003933

The effect of DO 3/ L2 1 phase separation on the martensitic transition of Cu-A1-Mn shape-memory alloys

J. Marcos1, LI. Manosa1, A. Planes1, R. Romero2 and M.L. Castro3

1  Departament d'Estructura i Constituents de la Matèria, Facultat de Fisica, Universitat de Barcelona, Digonal 647, 08028 Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
2  IFIMAT, Universidad del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos Aires and Comision de Investigaciones Cientificas de la Provincia de Buenos Aires, Pinto 399, 7000 Tandil, Argentina
3  IFIMAT, Universidad del Centro de la Provincia de Buenos, Pinto 399, 7000 Tandil, Argentina

In this paper we show that a magnetic-induced phase separation between Cu 3A1-rich and Cu 2A1Mn-rich domains occurs below the L21-ordering temperature in alloys with compositions along the Cu 3A1 $\rightarrow$Mn line. We study the influence of such a phase separation on the magnetic properties and on the martensitic transition undergone by Cu-A1-Mn alloys. Results indicate that during the phase separation process, the ferromagnetic character of the system is enhanced as a consequence of the formation of Mn-rich clusters. This leads to an increase in the martensitic transition temperature and to a decrease of the entropy change.

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