Ultrastrong medium-entropy single-phase alloys designed via severe lattice distortion

Seok Su Sohn*, Alisson Kwiatkowski da Silva, Yuji Ikeda, Fritz Körmann, Wenjun Lu, Won Seok Choi, Baptiste Gault, Dirk Ponge, Jörg Neugebauer, Dierk Raabe

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    Severe lattice distortion is a core effect in the design of multiprincipal element alloys with the aim to enhance yield strength, a key indicator in structural engineering. Yet, the yield strength values of medium- and high-entropy alloys investigated so far do not substantially exceed those of conventional alloys owing to the insufficient utilization of lattice distortion. Here it is shown that a simple VCoNi equiatomic medium-entropy alloy exhibits a near 1 GPa yield strength and good ductility, outperforming conventional solid-solution alloys. It is demonstrated that a wide fluctuation of the atomic bond distances in such alloys, i.e., severe lattice distortion, improves both yield stress and its sensitivity to grain size. In addition, the dislocation-mediated plasticity effectively enhances the strength–ductility relationship by generating nanosized dislocation substructures due to massive pinning. The results demonstrate that severe lattice distortion is a key property for identifying extra-strong materials for structural engineering applications.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1807142
    Number of pages8
    JournalAdvanced Materials
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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    • ab initio calculation
    • atomic bond distances
    • lattice distortion
    • medium-entropy alloys
    • tensile properties


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