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Title: The α–ω phase transition in shock-loaded titanium

Here, we present a series of experiments probing the martensitic α–ω (hexagonal close-packed to simple hexagonal) transition in titanium under shock-loading to peak stresses around 15 GPa. Gas-gun plate impact techniques were used to locate the α–ω transition stress with a laser-based velocimetry diagnostic. A change in the shock-wave profile at 10.1 GPa suggests the transition begins at this stress. A second experiment shock-loaded and then soft-recovered a similar titanium sample. We then analyzed this recovered material with electron-backscatter diffraction methods, revealing on average approximately 65% retained ω phase. Furthermore, based on careful analysis of the microstructure, we propose that the titanium never reached a full ω state, and that there was no observed phase-reversion from ω to α. Texture analysis suggests that any α titanium found in the recovered sample is the original α. The data show that both the α and ω phases are stable and can coexist even though the shock-wave presents as steady-state, at these stresses.
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  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 0021-8979
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Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Applied Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 122; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 0021-8979
American Institute of Physics (AIP)
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
Country of Publication:
United States
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; Titanium, Shock Loading, Phase Transition
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OSTI ID: 1372949