Mechanically derived short-range order and its impact on the multi-principal-element alloys

Jae Bok Seol, Won Seok Ko, Seok Su Sohn, Min Young Na, Hye Jung Chang, Yoon Uk Heo, Jung Gi Kim, Hyokyung Sung, Zhiming Li, Elena Pereloma, Hyoung Seop Kim

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Chemical short-range order in disordered solid solutions often emerges with specific heat treatments. Unlike thermally activated ordering, mechanically derived short-range order (MSRO) in a multi-principal-element Fe40Mn40Cr10Co10 (at%) alloy originates from tensile deformation at 77 K, and its degree/extent can be tailored by adjusting the loading rates under quasistatic conditions. The mechanical response and multi-length-scale characterisation pointed to the minor contribution of MSRO formation to yield strength, mechanical twinning, and deformation-induced displacive transformation. Scanning and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and the anlaysis of electron diffraction patterns revealed the microstructural features responsible for MSRO and the dependence of the ordering degree/extent on the applied strain rates. Here, we show that underpinned by molecular dynamics, MSRO in the alloys with low stacking-fault energies forms when loaded at 77 K, and these systems that offer different perspectives on the process of strain-induced ordering transition are driven by crystalline lattice defects (dislocations and stacking faults).

Original languageEnglish
Article number6766
JournalNature communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec

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  • General Chemistry
  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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