Functional Properties of Ti-Ni-Based Shape Memory Alloys
The main functional properties (FP) of Ti-Ni Shape Memory Alloys (SMA) are their critical temperatures of martensitic transformations, their maximum completely recoverable strain (er,1 max) and maximum recovery stress (sr max). Control of the Ti-Ni-based SMA FP develops by forming well-developed dislocation substructures or ultrafine-grained structures using various modes of thermomechanical treatment (TMT), including severe plastic deformation (SPD). The present work shows that TMT, including SPD, under conditions of high pressure torsion (HPT), equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) or severe cold rolling followed by post-deformation annealing (PDA), which creates nanocrystalline or submicrocrystalline structures, is more beneficial from SMA FP point of view than does traditional TMT creating well-developed dislocation substructure. ECAP and low-temperature TMT by cold rolling followed by PDA allows formation of submicrocrystalline or nanocrystalline structures with grain size from 20 to 300 nm in bulk, and long-size samples of Ti-50.0; 50.6; 50.7%Ni and Ti-47%Ni-3%Fe alloys. The best combination of FP: sr max =1400 MPa and er,1 max=8%, is reached in Ti-Ni SMA after LTMT with e=1.9 followed by annealing at 400°C which results in nanocrystalline (grain size of 50 to 80 nm) structure formation. Application of ultrafine-grained SMA results in decrease in metal consumption for various medical implants and devices based on shape memory and superelastiсity effects.
Pietro VINCENZINI and Stefano BESSEGHINI
I. Khmelevskaya et al., "Functional Properties of Ti-Ni-Based Shape Memory Alloys", Advances in Science and Technology, Vol. 59, pp. 156-161, 2008