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Phase transformation in High Entropy Bulk Metallic Glass (HE-BMG) and Lamellar Structured-High Entropy Alloy (HEA)

Nordin, Norhuda Hidayah (2018) Phase transformation in High Entropy Bulk Metallic Glass (HE-BMG) and Lamellar Structured-High Entropy Alloy (HEA). PhD thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

An investigation into the phase transformation of metastable alloys such as high entropy alloys (HEAs) and high entropy bulk metallic glasses (HE-BMGs) was performed. Bulk metallic glasses (BMGs) and HEAs were known to have a metastable phase at high temperature, while HEAs was reported to have a sluggish diffusion at high temperature. Besides, the drawback of many single phase HEAs is that they are mechanically unstable due to the presence of single phase either body centred cubic (BCC) or face centred cubic (FCC) structures. Here, a systematic study on the crystal structure, physical and mechanical properties of TiZrHfNiCu HE-BMG and FeCoNi(BxAl1-x)0.1Si0.1 (0 ≤ x ≤ 1) lamellar structured HEA were explored. It was revealed that, a phase transformation occurred in HE-BMG in isothermal and non-isothermal conditions, yet the nucleation and growth behaviour was relatively slow at high temperature compared to most Zr-based amorphous alloys. This phenomenon was proven by the attained data of activation energy and crystallisation mechanism which reflect the crystallisation resistance of the alloy. The addition of boron as a substitution of aluminium in FeCoNi(BxAl1-x)0.1Si0.1 alloy changed the phase formation, phase stability, morphology characteristics and mechanical properties of the alloy. The unique lamellar herringbone-like structure was formed with increasing boron content and led to improvement of mechanical properties of the alloy such as the hardness from B0.4 to B1.0. Lamellar structured-HEA was designed to obtain a balance in strength and ductility for FeCoNi(Bx Al1-x)0.1Si0.1 HEA where it can be tailored by modifying the boron content. The optimum balance of strength (1550 MPa) and ductility (19%) was attained at 0.5 at% boron content.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: High entropy alloy Phase transformation High entropy bulk metallic glassess
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Materials Science and Engineering (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.752614
Depositing User: Mrs Norhuda Hidayah Nordin
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2018 10:15
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2018 09:56
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/21325

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