Phase transformations in PuGa 1 at.% alloy: New valuable insight into the isothermal martensitic δ→α′ transformation

Abstract : This paper deals with the results of an investigation of low-temperature martensitic transformation in a metastable PuGa 1 at.% alloy. The kinetics of this process were studied experimentally via in situ XRD characterizations performed during isothermal holds. This revealed a double-C Time–Temperature–Transformation diagram similar to that reported in the literature for enriched alloys. The originality of our results lies in the demonstration of the existence of different martensite morphologies corresponding to the upper and lower parts of the TTT diagram. These microstructural variations seem to be the result of different accommodation mechanisms. The experimental nucleation rate study has suggested an autocatalytic character of the isothermal martensitic nucleation process as well as a large sensitivity to elastic and plastic strain. Indeed, the incubation period and subsequent increase in nucleation rate could be related to the appearance of new embryos rather than the growth of existing plates, while the partial character of the transformation may be attributed to interactions between plates that are being formed in the two-phase delta + alpha′ alloy. These hypotheses have been confirmed by the classical heterogeneous nucleation approach by Pati and Cohen, which takes into account the autocatalytic character of the transformation. This approach has also indirectly revealed the existence of restraining forces that reflect a high sensitivity of the energy barrier for nucleation to the alpha′ phase amount.
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Acta Materialia, Elsevier, 2016, 123, p. 125-135. 〈10.1016/j.actamat.2016.10.015〉
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F. Lalire, B. Ravat, B. Oudot, B. Appolaire, A. Perron, et al.. Phase transformations in PuGa 1 at.% alloy: New valuable insight into the isothermal martensitic δ→α′ transformation. Acta Materialia, Elsevier, 2016, 123, p. 125-135. 〈10.1016/j.actamat.2016.10.015〉. 〈hal-01445689〉

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