J. Phys. IV France
Volume 112, October 2003
Page(s) 515 - 518

J. Phys. IV France
112 (2003) 515
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2003937

Stabilisation of the 2H martensite in Cu-Zn-AI single crystals with e/a = 1.53

P. Arneodo Larochette, A.M. Condo and M. Ahlers

Centro Atomico Bariloche and Instituto Balseiro, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica and Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, 8400 San Carlos de Bariloche, Rio Negro, Argentina

The 2H martensitic phase can be induced by tensile stressing the L2 1; ordered $\beta$ phase, provided the temperature is kept between M $_{\rm s}$ and M $_{\rm s}$+25°C, where M $_{\rm s}$ is the temperature for the spontaneous martensitic transformation $\beta \to 2$H. The resulting microstructure depends strongly on the orientation of the tensile axis : If its direction is close to the line joining the [1 0 0] $_\beta$ and the [1 1 1] $_\beta$ directions in the stereographic projection, a twinned martensite is obtained. For other tensile axis directions, a single variant martensite is induced on loading. When diffusional processes are permitted to occur in the 2H phase, by raising the temperature above room temperature, the retransformation temperature A $_{\rm s}$ is increased by more than 300°C in the latter case. For the twinned martensite the measured increase in As is similar to that reported for the 18R martensite. A possibly reason for these different behaviours will be presented.

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