Due to the extreme conditions that aircraft endure during their lifetime, it is vital that materials can withstand the challenges faced by external forces such as temperature and pressure. In a recent study at Diamond, Rolls-Royce used Ti-Nb based alloys - known for their superelastic and shape memory behaviour - to understand the transformational behaviour of two different microstructural conditions.
The team of scientists used in situ diffraction on I12 beamline to assess the effects, as they happened, on the alloys under specific temperatures and stress conditions.
The study uses a new approach based upon the total stress level in a material.
To explore the full details, read the paper.
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