Influence of Reversible Hydrogen Alloying on Nanostructure Formation in Titanium Alloys Subjected to Severe Plastic Deformation
The method for production of a structure with a grain size of 30-40 nm in two-phase titanium alloys is proposed. It is shown, that the nanostructure can be formed in billets of 150×70×15 mm, and sheets of 250×150×1 mm. The method consists of several steps including hydrogen alloying of the alloy, heat treatment, warm deformation and finally dehydrogenating vacuum annealing. α-, α+β and β-titanium alloys have been investigated. Hydrogen content varied in the range 0.1– 30 at. %. Microstructure was examined using optical, scanning, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray analysis after every step of the treatment. The investigations have shown that a specific character of phase transformations in hydrogenated titanium alloys plays a leading role in formation of nanostructure. The effect of dissolved hydrogen on dynamic recrystallization in α- and β- phases is of a secondary importance. Additional refinement in structure is observed in the deformed alloys after vacuum annealing, if its temperature is less than the temperature of their deformation. The work was focused on the optimization of hydrogen content and deformation conditions with the aim to create the nanostructure in titanium alloys and to enhance their mechanical properties.
Yuri Estrin and Hans Jürgen Maier
M. A. Murzinova and G. A. Salishchev, "Influence of Reversible Hydrogen Alloying on Nanostructure Formation in Titanium Alloys Subjected to Severe Plastic Deformation", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 584-586, pp. 86-91, 2008