Orientation-dependent plastic deformation mechanisms and competition with stress-induced phase transformation in microscale NiTi

Choi, W.S. and Pang, E.L. and Ko, W.-S. and Jun, H. and Bong, H.J. and Kirchlechner, C. and Raabe, D. and Choi, P.-P.

Volume: 208 Pages:
DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2021.116731
Published: 2021

Understanding the orientation-dependent deformation behavior of NiTi shape-memory alloys at small length scales is of importance for designing nano- and micro-electromechanical systems. However, a complete understanding of the orientation- and size-dependent competition between the various modes of slip, deformation twinning, and martensitic transformation in NiTi shape-memory alloys is still lacking, especially in micron-scale specimens. In the present study, we perform micro-compression tests on [001]- and [112]-oriented micro-pillars of a solutionized Ti-49.9at.% Ni alloy. Post-mortem TEM analysis of the deformed pillars reveal that the operating plastic deformation modes are {011}<100> slip and {114}<221¯> deformation twinning, which compete with the martensitic transformation, depending on the crystal orientation. Furthermore, in both experiments and molecular dynamics simulations, we consistently find residual B19′ martensite in a herringbone microstructure composed of finely spaced (001)B19′ compound twins instead of the generally assumed [011]B19′ type II twins common in bulk samples, suggesting that the operative martensitic transformation mode may be size-dependent. Schmid factors in compression are calculated for all commonly reported slip, deformation twinning, and martensitic transformation modes as a function of crystallographic orientation, which rationalize the orientation-dependent competition between these deformation modes. © 2021 Acta Materialia Inc.

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