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Data compilation regarding the effects of grain size and temperature on the strength of the single-phase FCC CrFeNi medium-entropy alloy

Schneider, M. and Laplanche, G.

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Volume: 34 Pages:
DOI: 10.1016/j.dib.2020.106712
Published: 2021

Abstract
In the present article, we present a data compilation reflecting recrystallized microstructures and the corresponding mechanical properties of an equiatomic, single-phase face-centered cubic (FCC) CrFeNi medium-entropy alloy (MEA). For the analysis, interpretation, and discussion of the data, the reader can refer to the original research article entitled “Effects of temperature on mechanical properties and deformation mechanisms of the equiatomic CrFeNi medium-entropy alloy”, see Ref. (Schneider and Laplanche, Acta Mater. 204, 2020). The data related to recrystallized microstructures comprise raw backscatter electron (BSE) micrographs (tif-files) obtained using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) for six grain sizes in the range [10–160 µm], optical micrographs of the alloy with the largest grain size (d = 327 µm), pdf-reports and tables presenting the corresponding grain-size distributions (d, accounting for grain boundaries only) and crystallite-size distributions (c, which accounts for both grain and annealing twin boundaries), the annealing twin thicknesses (t), the average number of annealing twin boundaries per grain (n), and the average Taylor factor (M) of each recrystallized microstructure. These are benchmark datasets that may serve to develop new algorithms for the automated evaluation of microstructural parameters. Such algorithms would help to speed up the analyses of microstructures and improve their reliability. Furthermore, several groups pointed out that in addition to the mean grain size, other microstructural parameters such as the grain size distribution (Raeisinia et al., Model. Simul. Mater. Sc. 16, 2008) and the average number of twins per grain (Schneider et al., Int. J. Plasticity, 124, 2020) may affect some material properties (e.g. Hall-Petch strengthening). Therefore, an effort was made here to determine and report almost all the microstructural parameters describing recrystallized microstructures of FCC alloys. The mechanical-properties data are provided as excel-sheets in which the raw stress-strain curves can be found. Compression tests for alloys with different grain sizes were performed at room temperature. Additional compression tests and tensile tests for the grain size d = 160 µm were performed at temperatures between 77 K and 873 K. Characteristic mechanical properties, such as yield stresses at 0.2% plastic strain (σ0.2%) and Hall-Petch parameters (σ0 and ky) are given for all temperatures in the tables below. Moreover, the Hall-Petch parameters as well as the mechanical data reported in the present study could be used for data mining and implemented in programs used for alloy design. © 2021 The Author(s)

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