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Wearless Scratch on NiTi Shape Memory Alloy Due To Phase Transformational Shakedown

Authors Feng, Xi-Qiao
Qian, Linmao
Yan, Wenyi
Sun, Qingping
Issue Date 2008
Source Applied physics letters , v. 92, (12), 2008, MAR 24, article number 121909
Summary Cyclic microscratch tests were performed to examine the scratching behavior of NiTi shape memory alloy. It shows a superior wear resistance within the temperature range of 22-120 degrees C, but the corresponding physical mechanisms are different at low and high temperatures. We introduced the concept of phase transformational shakedown to interpret the wear-resistant behavior. At room temperature, a scratch groove may be caused by repeated scratching, but its depth stops increasing after a certain number of scratching cycles once the phase transformational shakedown state has been achieved. The groove will be self-healed upon heating as a result of the shape memory effect. At 60 and 120 degrees C, however, no evident scratch groove is observed under the same load due to the pseudoelastic effect and the increase in the phase transition stress with temperature. (c) 2008 American Institute of Physics.
ISSN 0003-6951
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