Aluminum alloying effects on lattice types, microstructures, and mechanical behavior of high-entropy alloys systems

Zhi Tang, Michael C. Gao, Haoyan Diao, Tengfei Yang, Junpeng Liu, Tingting Zuo, Yong Zhang, Zhaoping Lu, Yongqiang Cheng, Yanwen Zhang, Karin A. Dahmen, Peter K. Liaw, Takeshi Egami

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The crystal lattice type is one of the dominant factors for controlling the mechanical behavior of high-entropy alloys (HEAs). For example, the yield strength at room temperature varies from 300 MPa for the face-centered-cubic (fcc) structured alloys, such as the CoCrCuFeNiTi x system, to about 3,000 MPa for the body-centered-cubic (bcc) structured alloys, such as the AlCoCrFeNiTi x system. The values of Vickers hardness range from 100 to 900, depending on lattice types and microstructures. As in conventional alloys with one or two principal elements, the addition of minor alloying elements to HEAs can further alter their mechanical properties, such as strength, plasticity, hardness, etc. Excessive alloying may even result in the change of lattice types of HEAs. In this report, we first review alloying effects on lattice types and properties of HEAs in five Al-containing HEA systems: Al x CoCrCuFeNi, Al x CoCrFeNi, Al x CrFe1.5MnNi0.5, Al x CoCrFeNiTi, and Al x CrCuFeNi2. It is found that Al acts as a strong bcc stabilizer, and its addition enhances the strength of the alloy at the cost of reduced ductility. The origins of such effects are then qualitatively discussed from the viewpoints of lattice-strain energies and electronic bonds. Quantification of the interaction between Al and 3d transition metals in fcc, bcc, and intermetallic compounds is illustrated in the thermodynamic modeling using the CALculation of PHAse Diagram method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1848-1858
Number of pages11
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)


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