Pseudoelasticity of Cu-13.8Al-Ni Alloys Containing V and Nb
Polycrystalline copper-based shape memory alloys have been of particular interest in relation to Ni-Ti because of their low cost and good shape memory effect. Nevertheless the absence of a pronounced pseudoelasticity effect restricts the number of potential applications. In this work, the influence of Nb and V on the microstructure and the mechanical properties was investigated. Samples of Cu-13.8 Al-Ni containing V and Nb alloy were prepared by induction and solution treated at 850°C and then further quenched into cold water. The addition of Nb and V promotes the formation of precipitates which act as grain refiner and subsequently improve the mechanical properties. The tensile tests were performed at temperatures slightly inferior to Mf and superior to Af, to investigate the shape recovery and pseudoelasticity, respectively. Based on the analyses of the Cu-13,8Al-2Ni-1Nb (wt%) alloy was detected rupture strains greater than 14%, besides observation of the superelasticity of these alloys and quantification of this property by means of cycling, from 0 to strains between 1 and 7%. The studies performed on alloy Cu-13.8Al- 3,5Ni-1V (wt%) made it possible to determine rupture strains in the order of 3% and its superelastic behavior through cycling for deformations between 1 and 3%.
Pietro VINCENZINI and Stefano BESSEGHINI
R. M. Gomes et al., "Pseudoelasticity of Cu-13.8Al-Ni Alloys Containing V and Nb", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 59, pp. 101-107, 2008