Temperature-Dependent Superplasticity and Strengthening in CoNiCrFeMn High Entropy Alloy Nanowires Using Atomistic Simulations

PK Tripathi and YC Chiu and S Bhowmick and YC Lo, NANOMATERIALS, 11, 2111 (2021).

DOI: 10.3390/nano11082111

High strength and ductility, often mutually exclusive properties of a structural material, are also responsible for damage tolerance. At low temperatures, due to high surface energy, single element metallic nanowires such as Ag usually transform into a more preferred phase via nucleation and propagation of partial dislocation through the nanowire, enabling superplasticity. In high entropy alloy (HEA) CoNiCrFeMn nanowires, the motion of the partial dislocation is hindered by the friction due to difference in the lattice parameter of the constituent atoms which is responsible for the hardening and lowering the ductility. In this study, we have examined the temperature-dependent superplasticity of single component Ag and multicomponent CoNiCrFeMn HEA nanowires using molecular dynamics simulations. The results demonstrate that Ag nanowires exhibit apparent temperature-dependent superplasticity at cryogenic temperature due to (110) to (100) cross-section reorientation behavior. Interestingly, HEA nanowires can perform exceptional strength-ductility trade-offs at cryogenic temperatures. Even at high temperatures, HEA nanowires can still maintain good flow stress and ductility prior to failure. Mechanical properties of HEA nanowires are better than Ag nanowires due to synergistic interactions of deformation twinning, FCC-HCP phase transformation, and the special reorientation of the cross-section. Further examination reveals that simultaneous activation of twining induced plasticity and transformation induced plasticity are responsible for the plasticity at different stages and temperatures. These findings could be very useful for designing nanowires at different temperatures with high stability and superior mechanical properties in the semiconductor industry.

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