Load transfer during transformation superplasticity of Ti-6Al-4V/TiB whisker-reinforced composites

C. Schuh, D. C. Dunand*

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Superplastic deformation in metal matrix composites of titanium alloys was investigated during thermal cycling. The effect of whisker volume fraction on transformation superplasticity of the specimen was studied. The observed trends were explained in terms of load transfer from the matrix to whiskers during deformation. Experimental results revealed a linear relationship between the superplastic strain increment after each thermal cycle, and the applied tensile stress. There was a decrease in the deformation rate and achievable superplastic elongation with an increase in the volume fraction of reinforcement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)631-638
Number of pages8
JournalScripta Materialia
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 28 2001


  • Metal matrix composites
  • Phase transformation
  • Superplasticity
  • Titanium alloys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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