Elinvar effect in Ti50-xNi41Co9Nbx shape memory alloys

Yuru Zha, Daqiang Jiang, Yinong Liu, Genfa Kang, Hui Zhang, Xiaohua Jiang, Lishan Cui

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Based on the observation of Elinvar effect in non-magnetic Co doped TiNi alloys, we added a small amount of Nb to Ti50Ni41Co9 alloy with low Co content to regulate the phase transformation behaviors and induce Elinvar effect. The effects of Nb content on the phase transformation behaviors and the temperature dependences of elastic moduli of Ti50-xNi41Co9Nbx shape memory alloys were investigated. The Ti50Ni41Co9 alloy was found to exhibit only the B2→R phase transformation during cooling and RS decreased gradually with the increase of Nb content. As the Nb content increased to 1.5 at.%, the B2→R phase transformation was suppressed and converted to a continuous transformation over a broad temperature range, which accompanied with the electric resistivity abnormally increased and the appearance of some bright “particle”-like dots during cooling. The temperature dependence of elastic modulus also decreased with the increase of Nb content. As a result, Ti48.5Ni41Co9Nb1.5 alloy showed the Elinvar effect over a wide temperature range from 304 °C to 35 °C, which could be attributed the success to the gradual modulus softening caused by the continuous transformation compensated the normal modulus hardening of matrix.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1761-1766
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Research and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2023

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