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Crystal structure changes in Ni3Al and its anomalous temperature dependence of strength

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The existence of a structural transformation in Ni3Al alloys established earlier through X-ray diffraction, dilatometry and TEM investigations are summarised. The results obtained are discussed through a model proposed. The L12 structure appears to transform to another L12 or to a DO22 structure during heating. Such a transformation starts at around 700°C and seems to complete around 1100°C. In the temperature range 700-1100°C both phases coexist. This causes a tetragonal distortion of the L12 lattice giving rise to a tweed morphology in TEM observations. The flow stress studies indicate that the anomalous strengthening behaviour is not only due to the dislocation kind of mechanism as proposed in the literature but also due to the structural changes noticed in this work.

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