Entropy-driven phase stability and slow diffusion kinetics in an Al0.5CoCrCuFeNi high entropy alloy
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2012
Previous work on the stability of the solid solution phases in the high entropy alloys is inconclusive. We used a series of thermo-mechanical treatments to study the stability of the solid solution phases in a high-entropy Al0.5CoCrCuFeNi alloy. The solid solution phases were found to be stable, against the intermetallic compounds, at high temperatures >850 degrees C and at low temperatures <300 degrees C. At intermediate temperatures, however, the intermetallic a-phase co-existed with the solid solution phases. The experimental observations were verified by the thermodynamic calculation results. The mechanisms for the phase stability, both at equilibrium and after quenching-equivalent annealing treatments, were discussed, and the roles of high entropy and slow diffusion kinetics were highlighted. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.