Effect of Microstructural Features on the High-Cycle Fatigue Behavior of CoCrFeMnNi High-Entropy Alloys Deformed at Room and Cryogenic Temperatures


In this study, we examined the effect of deformation twins and dislocation cell structures on the fatigue properties of the CoCrFeMnNi high-entropy alloy using rotational bending fatigue tests. The dislocation cell structures and deformation twins were generated by prestraining the CoCrFeMnNi high-entropy alloy at room temperature (27 °C) and a cryogenic temperature (− 196 °C), respectively. To eliminate the effect of different material strengths on fatigue behavior, the tensile strengths of the specimens evaluated in the fatigue tests were kept similar by controlling the prestraining under room and cryogenic temperatures. The results of the rotational bending fatigue tests revealed that the CoCrFeMnNi high-entropy alloy prestrained at room temperature exhibited higher fatigue resistance and fatigue limit than the specimen prestrained at a cryogenic temperature. A small quantity of large micro-voids was formed at the triple junction of the grain boundaries in the specimen prestrained at room temperature, whereas a large quantity of small micro-voids was formed in the region where the deformation twins intersected the grain boundaries in the specimen prestrained at a cryogenic temperature. Therefore, it is concluded that the different aspects of micro-void formation affected the crack initiation and, consequently, the fatigue properties of the room and cryogenic temperature-prestrained alloys.

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This work was supported by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (Republic of Korea) [Grant No. NRF-2016M3D1A1023534].

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Lee, G.T., Won, J.W., Lim, K.R. et al. Effect of Microstructural Features on the High-Cycle Fatigue Behavior of CoCrFeMnNi High-Entropy Alloys Deformed at Room and Cryogenic Temperatures. Met. Mater. Int. (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12540-020-00786-7

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  • High-entropy alloy
  • CoCrFeMnNi
  • Deformation twin
  • Dislocation cell structure
  • High cycle fatigue