Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 29, Issue 24, pp 6403–6412 | Cite as

TEM study of metastable β-phase decomposition in rapidly solidified Ti-6Al-4V alloy

  • Z. Fan
  • A. P. Miodownik


A new rationale is presented for various decomposition products obtained from the metastable β-phase found in Ti-6A1-4V alloy produced by hot isostatic pressing comminuted melt-spun fibres and cooled to room temperature by furnace cooling. This alloy has an α-matrix with about 8 vol% retained β-phase, which is supersaturated with β-stabilizers to such an extent that the martensitic transformation has been suppressed. The metastable β-phase decomposes by different modes during continuous cooling, depending on the actual composition of individual β-grains. Less enrichment of vanadium and iron favours the direct formation of the equilibrium α-phase from the β-matrix, while greater enrichment of vanadium and iron leads to a spinodal decomposition of the metastable β-phase, resulting in a β+β′ two-phase structure. During further continuous cooling, the β′-phase which is lean in β-stabilizers will transform into isothermal ω-phase. In addition, an unknown phase has also been observed in the β-phase, which is typified by the appearance of 1/2{112}β reflections in the SAD patterns.


Iron Furnace Vanadium Martensitic Transformation Decomposition Product 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Z. Fan
    • 1
  • A. P. Miodownik
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK

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