STP1169

    On the Instability of the High Damping Peak During the Forward and Reverse Martensitic Transformation in Shape Memory Alloys

    Published: Jan 1992


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    Abstract

    The internal friction peak observed during martensitic transformation in copper-zinc-aluminum (Cu-Zn-Al) alloys has been analyzed in terms of the Delorme's model. This analysis performed on specimens with different austenitic microstructures and thermomechanical treatments demonstrates that the transient part of the internal friction peak cannot be completely explained by the transformation rate. It rather depends on the microstructural properties of the martensitic phase and especially on the austenite-martensite interface density, which has been derived semi-quantitatively from the fractal geometry.

    Local transformation studies, including partial temperature cycling programs (PTC) and isothermal measurements (T effect) in the hysteresis regime, show that internal stresses cause additional contributions to the measured internal friction. It has been found that the loss of damping when stopping the temperature change can easily be restored by small temperature variations.

    Keywords:

    thermoelastic martensite, microstructure, internal friction peak, transitory effects, interface density, fractals, internal stress, material damping, internal friction, mechanical properties


    Author Information:

    Stoiber, J
    Research assistant and research associate, Institut de génie atomique, EPFL-Ecublens, Lausanne,

    Humbeeck, JV
    Research associate, NFWO MTM-K.U.Leuven, Heverlee,

    Gotthardt, R
    Research assistant and research associate, Institut de génie atomique, EPFL-Ecublens, Lausanne,


    Paper ID: STP17961S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E28.10

    DOI: 10.1520/STP17961S


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