Effect of aging on the superelastic response of a single crystalline FeNiCoAlTa shape memory alloy
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This study reports the effect of selected aging treatments on the superelastic response of 1 0 0-oriented Fe-28% Ni-17% Co-11.5% Al-2.5% Ta (at.%) single crystals in tension. A smaller precipitate size and lower precipitate fraction of the samples aged at 700 C for 7 h leads to lower transformation temperatures, a wide temperature range for superelasticity and higher transformation stress levels as compared to the samples aged at 600 C for 90 h. Both aging conditions results in fully recoverable transformation strain of 3.4% in tension. 2012 Acta Materialia Inc. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.