Martensite destabilization in Au<inf>7</inf>Cu<inf>5</inf>Al<inf>4</inf> shape-memory alloy

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Acta Materialia, 2011, 59 (5), pp. 2193 - 2200
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Aging-induced changes in the austenite peak (AP) temperature of Au7Cu5Al4 shape-memory alloy are investigated. Whereas heat treating the parent phase at temperatures >140 °C or aging the martensite for long times at room temperature both stabilized the A P to ∼80 °C, low-temperature excursions into the parent phase caused the subsequent AP to drop to ∼60 °C and the transformation hysteresis to decrease. The evidence indicates that this destabilization of the martensite is caused by time-dependent relaxation of elastic constraint due to parent-phase lath migration during the preceding low-temperature austenitizing treatment. This mechanism of aging is different from that of the better-known symmetry-conforming short-range order phenomenon. © 2010 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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