Materials selection considerations for high entropy alloys

X. Fu, C. A. Schuh, E. A. Olivetti*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Increased interest in high entropy alloys (HEA)s has led to significant activity in the development of new equimolar multicomponent metal systems. The present viewpoint article suggests applying a lens of practicality related to alloy economics and resource usage issues. A framework for HEA materials selection is presented to assist the metallurgical community as it searches for HEAs with feasible implementation possibilities, by identifying unsuitable alloying elements based on price or metrics of supply availability. For some metrics, such as price volatility, the elemental diversification in HEAs could prove beneficial, while for others, such as recyclability, elemental breadth introduces significant challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)145-150
Number of pages6
JournalScripta Materialia
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • Analytical methods
  • High-entropy alloys
  • Modeling
  • Multicomponent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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