Tensile properties and internal friction study of dislocation movement in iron–copper system as a function of copper precipitation

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Tensile properties and internal friction of thermally aged (at 773 K) Fe–1 wt% Cu alloys are measured as a function of copper precipitation in the temperature region between 100 and 600 K. Two regimes have been clearly identified in terms of yield stress at low temperatures below 250 K. It was found that in the over-aged samples the yield stress decreases much more abruptly with the temperature than in the specimens annealed at shorter time. The internal friction spectra show the existence of similar features in all samples, which indicates that no drastic change of the microstructure occurs during aging. These results suggest that the lack of softening at low temperatures originates principally from thermally-activated kink-pair formation and gliding processes, controlled by the size and/or density of Cu-precipitates.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)283-286
JournalJournal of Nuclear Materials
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2007
EventE-MRS 2006: Symposium N - European Materials Research Society, Nice, France
Duration: 2 Jun 20067 Jun 2006


  • internal friction, tensile tests, iron-copper model alloy

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