Design of Heusler Precipitation Strengthened NiTi- and PdTi-Base SMAs for Cyclic Performance

Dana J Frankel, Gregory B Olson

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For a wide range of actuation applications, the performance of NiTi-based shape memory alloys is limited by cyclic instability associated with accommodation slip. For medical applications, low-Ni compositions are also desirable. Increasing yield strength via precipitation of a coherent nanoscale Ni2TiAl-type Heusler phase from a supersaturated B2 matrix is an effective approach for eliminating slip in order to improve the stability of the functional response and increase the structural fatigue life. Quaternary additions that partition into the L21 Heusler phase, such as Zr or Pd, are favorable for reducing interphase misfit and maintaining coherency during aging. Phase relations and precipitation kinetics in quaternary Ni(TiZrAl), low-Ni (PdNi)(TiAl), and Ni-free (PdFe)(TiAl) systems are summarized from TEM and atom probe tomography data in the literature. Strengthening behavior during isothermal aging is compared in the NiTiZrAl and PdNiTiAl systems, and recent work characterizing a high-strength, low-Ni “Hybrid” (PdNi)(TiZrAl) alloy is presented. A systems design approach is taken in which an optimal microstructure for peak strengthening is identified while other property objectives such as transformation temperature, misfit, radiopacity, and biocompatibility are satisfied.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-179
Number of pages18
JournalShape Memory and Superelasticity
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015


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