Size effects in the martensitic transformation hysteresis in NiMnSn Heusler alloy films Academic Article uri icon


  • 2019 Acta Materialia Inc. Understanding the effect of small characteristic length scales on phase transformations requires microscopic observations to identify mechanisms which may influence the progression of the transformation. Here, we report thickness-dependent hysteresis in electrochemically deposited NiMnSn Heusler alloy films, as observed by optical microscopy. This approach allows for analyzing size dependent phase transformation behavior within individual grains from films with decreasing thickness. Hysteresis is not correlated with grain size, but increases with decreasing film thickness following a power law relationship. This behavior is attributable to internal friction-induced energy dissipation at the film/substrate interface in microscale alloy films.

published proceedings

  • Acta Materialia

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, Y., Billman, J., & Shamberger, P. J.

publication date

  • January 1, 2019 11:11 AM