Microstructural evolution in a superelastic metastable beta-Ti alloy

James Coakley*, Dieter Isheim, Anna Radecka, David Dye, Howard J. Stone, David N. Seidman

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The microstructural evolution of Ti-24Nb-4Zr-8Sn wt.% during low-temperature ageing is examined by atom-probe tomography (APT) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). This ageing is deleterious to the desirable mechanical properties, such as ultra-low elastic modulus and superelasticity. Initially, the cold-rolled alloy possesses a martensitic α′′-precipitate/β-matrix microstructure. On ageing, Ti-rich/solute-lean precipitates grow in linear arrangements, which are likely associated with dislocations. Additionally, the composition and number density of Nb-rich domains (which are associated with superelasticity) are quantified for the first time. The domains are unstable, but decrease in number density during ageing, causing the deterioration in mechanical properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • Ageing
  • Atom-probe tomography
  • Martensitic phase transformation
  • Precipitation
  • Titanium alloys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys


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