Superplastic compressive flow in MgB2

John D. DeFouw*, David C. Dunand

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Macroplasticity in the brittle, superconducting ceramic MgB2 would allow for the mechanical drawing of thin, dense superconducting wires, as done for metallic superconductors. Here, we report very large uniaxial compressive deformation (engineering strain of 67% or true strain of -1.1) without fracture at 1000 °C for specimens densified from commercially available MgB2 powders with MgO and MgB4 second phases. Plastic flow occurs under a diffusion-controlled mechanism with activation energies of 255-447 kJ mol-1 and stress exponents of 1.4-2.0, indicative of superplastic behavior.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4745-4750
Number of pages6
JournalActa Materialia
Issue number16
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • Creep
  • Magnesium diboride
  • Superconductors
  • Superplastic forming
  • Superplasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Ceramics and Composites
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Metals and Alloys


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