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Masters Degree Dissertation

Submitted in Partial Fulfilment of Requirements for the Degree of

Master of Technology

Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science

by Swapnil N Dhakate Roll No: 10311017

Under the supervision of Prof. Prita Pant

Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science Indian Institute of Technology Bombay June, 2012

Foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my guide, Prof. Prita Pant, for the opportunity provided to work on such an interesting topic. It has been a memorable learning experience because of the freedom she allowed for doing work. I would also like to acknowledge Dr. Madangopal K. for his extended support and guidance. I would also like to thank OIM National Facility and Metal Forming Lab for allowing use of their facilities. I extend special thanks to Nishant Shelkar for helping me with all electronics related queries. I am very grateful to Jaiveer Singh for his timely help with the EBSD and SEM instruments. A very special thanks to my peers and fellow MEMS M.Tech students, and especially my group members for their friendship, particularly, the distractions they provided. I would also like to thank all those who directly or indirectly helped me during duration of my project and made possible whatever I was able to do.

Yours Truly Swapnil Dhakate

An experimental investigation in martensitic transformation behaviour during fatigue of NiTi shape memory alloys using bulge test was undertaken. In order to carry out the fatigue, we have designed a set-up that allows us to carry out Bulge tests on miniature samples so that a marked region of the sample can be studied after repeated loading. The set-up was automated so that the precise and accurate strains can be provided and large number of fatigue cycles can be carried out. This set-up was then used to bring out the microstructural changes that occur during fatigue in NiTiCuCr. EBSD results show that material can withstand large number of cycles (50) at lower strain of ~10% whereas at higher strain of ~25% the material starts deteriorating at very low cylces (5). The martensite retained after 50 cycles at 10% and 25% strains is 3% and 37% respectively, which is large variation with strain. At higher strain, the orientation (001) shows higher retained martensite as compared to (111) and (101) orientations. XRD showed that after same number of cycles of fatigue on NiTi and NiTiCuCr, there was not much difference in the amount of martensite formed but the orientations at which the martensites appear were different.

Table of Contents
Abstract.....i Table of Contents ..ii List of Figures..iii List of Tables..v
1. Introduction1 2. Literature survey 2.1. Introduction to SMA..3 2.2. Martensitic transformation..5 2.3. Pseudoelasticity and Superelasticity....9 2.4. Mechanical fatigue in NiTi and NiTiCu alloys.11 2.5. Factors affecting stress-strain response..13 2.6. Microstructure during fatigue.17 2.7. Characterization techniques and testing methods 2.7.1.DSC..19 2.7.2.Bulge Testing.19 2.7.3.EBSD21 2.7.4.Aramis21 3. Experimental Work 3.1. Sample Fabrication..23 3.2. Bulge Fatigue Testing 25 3.2.1.Device Design25 3.2.2.Test Procedure.26 3.2.3.Automatization of set-up.26 3.2.4.Microprocessor coding..30 4. Bulge Fatigue Results 4.1. Microstructual Correlation using EBSD.33 4.2. XRD Analysis.39 4.3. Strain Measurements Using GOM41 5. Conclusions and Future Work.44 6. Bilblography.46 7. Appendix.50


List of figures
Fig 2.1 Crystal structure of (a) cubic austenite phase (b) monoclinic martensite phase..3 Fig 2.2 Schematic illustration of shape memory effect4 Fig 2.3 Bain Distortion.5 Fig 2.4 Lattice invariant deformations (b) Slip (c) Twin6 Fig.2.5 Schematic representation of the interface, habit plane7 Fig 2.6 Crystallographic steps for the B2 to Bl9 transformation in NiTi...7 Fig 2.7 Phase Transformation paths of NiTi alloys.8 Fig 2.8 (a) 3 possible lattice correspondences in the reverse transformation. 9 Fig.2.9 Different stress-strain path followed by superelasticity and pseudoelasticity...10 Fig 2.10 Stress-strain curves (hysteresis curves) during cyclic loading with number of cycles11 Fig 2.11 Stress-strain curve for same no. of cycles of loading but at different stress amplitudes.12 Fig 2.12 Accumulated plastic strain with increasing no. of cycles for different stresses..13 Fig 2.13 TTT diagram describing aging effect on alloy Ni52Ti48..16 Fig 2.14 Quasi-static Stress-Strain Curve for NiTi....17 Fig 2.15 Accumulation of localized plastic deformation within the grains upon cyclic load18 Fig 2.16 Microscope images at strain levels 0%, 2%, 4%, 10% showing full transformation...18 Fig 2.17 A typical DSC scan on a sample of Nitinol 19 Fig 2.18 Schematic representation of the bulge occurring during bulge testing.. 20 Fig 3.1 Assembled, dissembled, cross-sectional view of the bulge testing device25 Fig 3.2 Bulge Fatigue testing arrangement components27 Fig 3.3 Circuit diagram for the microcontroller circuit for controlling the stepper motor28

Fig 3.4 Control pins on the circuit board29 Fig 3.5 Screenshot of the Wiz-C while setting up pin controls of the microcontroller..30 Fig 4.1 IPF images & Phase maps for NiTiCuCr for: 0, 5, 10, 30 & 50 cycles @ ~10% strain35 Fig 4.2 IPF maps for B19 in NiTiCuCr for 0, 5, 10, 30, 50 cycles resp. @ ~10% strain.36 Fig 4.3 IPF images & Phase maps for NiTiCuCr for 0, 5, 10, 30 & 50 cycles @ ~25% strain.37 Fig 4.4 IPF maps for B19 in NiTiCuCr for 0, 5, 10, 30, 50 cycles resp. @ ~25% strain.38 Fig 4.5 IPF maps for B2 in NiTiCuCr for 0, 5, 10, 30, 50 cycles resp. @ ~25% strain39 Fig 4.6 Grey Scale maps for NiTiCuCr for 0, 5, 10cycles resp.@ ~25% strain39 Fig 4.7 Variation in fraction of martensite for different strains.40 Fig 4.8 X-ray graphs at ~10% strain for various cycles & at ~25% strain for 20 cycles...41 Fig 4.9 Screenshot of the interface while using GOM...43


List of Tables

Table 3.1 Compositions of the alloys being used...24 Table 3.2 Specification of the device.27 Table 4.1 Deformation data obtained from ARAMIS44

Chapter 1
The development of new materials is critical for applications that need properties, or combinations of properties not available in existing materials. Shape memory alloys (SMA) are a good example of such novel materials, where the functional characteristics, such as shape memory effect and superelasticity, are exploited through the interplay of structure and properties. Shape memory alloys represent one subset of a class of materials called smart/active materials, where, their functional capabilities arise due to distinctive combination of various physical parameters, such as mechanical, thermal, optical, electromagnetic, and are usually accompanied by a change in crystal structure. The three major types of shape memory alloys are the copper-zinc-aluminum-nickel, copper-aluminium-nickel, and nickel-titanium (NiTi) alloys but Shape-memory alloys (SMAs) can also be created by alloying zinc, copper, gold, and iron. They have the ability to return to a previously defined shape when heated past a set transformation temperature following deformation. Many SMAs also display superelastic or pseudoelastic behavior where large deformation can be recovered on unloading. The NiTi alloys have greater shape memory strain (up to 8 % versus 45% for the copperbased alloys), tend to be much more thermally stable, have excellent corrosion resistance and also higher ductility. These properties make SMAs, and in particular nickeltitanium (Nitinol), attractive for a variety of applications. Important amongst these are actuators, stents, guidewires and other biomedical applications in which fine and intricate design structures are subjected to rather complex deformations[1]. The deformation is recovered in SMAs because it is accommodated by martensitic phase transformation and transformation twinning/detwinning instead of crystallographic slip. They undergo a martensitic phase transformation from a high-temperature, highsymmetry austenite state (cubic) to a low-temperature, low symmetry martensite (monoclinic) state. The change of symmetry gives rise to multiple variants of martensite in order to maintain zero distortion of the habit plane and formation of transformation twins during the process. Superelastic behavior arises when the material is deformed at a temperature sufficiently above the martensite to austenite transformation temperature. The applied stress causes a shift in martensite start temperature, and deformation is caused by stress-induced austenite to martensite transformation. However, martensite is unstable at this temperature and transforms back to austenite on unloading, hence recovering the

deformation. This mechanism of transformation is reasonably well understood in single crystals but is poorly understood in polycrystals. Though extensive research has been carried out on fatigue behavior of SMAs, only few studies have made an attempt to find the exact microstructural changes and the phases accumulating as a result of irreversible processes during the process of transformation during mechanical fatigue. Keeping this in view, mechanical fatigue experiments on a NiTi alloy were conducted so as to obtain the microstructural evolution in fatigue of NiTi alloys. Though austenite to martensite transformation during loading is expected to get completely reversed during unloading, accumulation of defects in the lattice hampers reversible phase transformation thus leading to deteriorating superelastic or shape memory response [2]. Our objective was to monitor changes in microstructure that occur with increasing cycles, and correlate them with residual martensite content in unloaded samples. This would help us understand the effect of microstructure on fatigue behaviour of shape memory alloys. The experimental work was carried out in three different stages. Firstly, the miniature bulge fatigue testing device, developed earlier by Edul Patel [3], was automated so as to provide control over the strain applied, and to make it feasible to subject samples to a large number of loading-unloading cycles. Secondly, bulge fatigue testing and microstructural evolution studies, using EBSD and XRD, were done by obtaining microstructure with increasing cyclic loading at constant strain. Thirdly, strain measurements were calculated for the varying applied strains and number of cycles of fatigue using GOM (ARAMIS) software.

Chapter 2
Literature Survey
2.1 Introduction to Ni-Ti SMAs
The NiTi shape memory alloy (SMA), Nitinol, is widely used in biomedical, structural, aerospace engineering etc due to its superior performance relative to other SMAs. There are two characteristic effects exhibited by SMAs viz. shape memory effect (SME) and superelasticity (SE) or pseudoelasticity (PE). Because of its shape memory properties, Nitinol has been used for applications such as pipe couplings, actuators, dental & medical applications like stents, surgical instruments, orthopedic components, etc. All these applications involve repetitive loading, hence it becomes important to have knowledge regarding Nitinol fatigue, factors affecting it, and ways to improve fatigue-life of the material. Shape memory effect and superelasticity are unique properties of certain alloys systems that arise from a (reversible) thermo-elastic behavior of the alloy that has its basis in temperature-induced diffusionless, solid-solid, first-order transformation (high-temperature austenite low-temperature martensite) involving a change in crystalline symmetry

Fig 2.1 Crystal structure of (a) cubic parent austenite phase (after the British scientist Sir W. C. Roberts-Austen, 1898) and (b) monoclinic low temperature martensite phase (after the German Scientist Adolf Martens, 1890) [4]

Fig 2.2 Schematic illustration of SME. Af & Mf are austenite & martensite finish temps. [5] Above the austenite finish temperature (Af), the parent material is called austenite and has a cubic structure. Upon cooling below the martensite start temperature (Ms), the crystal structure changes to a low-symmetry, monoclinic martensite structure; this martensitic transformation is reversible upon heating. Below the martensite finish temperature (Mf), the alloy is completely martensitic and is termed as thermally-induced martensite (TIM). TIM is also called self-accomodating martensite because it has a twinned structure so as to have zero macroscopic strains on average. When the TIM is deformed by an external stress, the shape change is accomplished by detwinning i.e. by the transformation of twinned variants to a common variant favoured by the applied stress. Upon heating above the austenite finish temperature, Af, martensite transforms back to the austenite phase, in the process reverting to the original (undeformed) shape as shown in schematically in Fig 2.2. Thus the material exhibits shape memory effect. In contrast, when the austenite phase is deformed by external stress within the temperature range Af < T < Md, the austenite undergoes a stress-induced martensite (SIM) transformation. Upon removal of the load, however, the martensite structure reverts back to the austenite phase, since austenite is the more stable phase within this temperature window. This is termed as the superelasticity if the specimen recovers all of the loading strains; partial recovery of strain is termed pseudoelasticity [5]. In principle superelastic SMAs would be ideal for repetitive loading-unloading applications, provided the strain is small enough so that martensite does not undergo plastic deformation. But in practice, Nitinol devices suffer from several forms of fatigue damage that range from component shape change to catastrophic fractures. It has been found that mechanical working and heat treatment significantly affect the behavior of Ni-Ti SMAs implying that there exists a correlation between the microstructure and shape memory effect

exhibited. Hence, microstructure studies for enhanced commercial applications remains a good motivation for understanding the deformation mechanism in these materials during fatigue.

2.2 Martensitic Transformation

Martensitic transformations are displacive, diffusionless transformations during which the atoms execute a small, well-defined movement, resulting in a change in lattice structure and a shape change. The lattice structure of the resulting martensite has orientation relationship to the lattice structure of the parent phase. The austenite martensite interface plane has been shown to be an undistorted plane, called the habit plane. 2.2.1 Diffusionless nature of the transformation In a martensitic transformation, individual atoms execute well-defined and correlated movements, where the displacement of each atom is less than one interatomic distance. The martensitic structure is the result of a lattice transformation entirely without atomic diffusion. This is completely different from some diffusion-controlled solid state transformations in which atoms undergo random diffusion movements of a relatively long range nature [6]. It has been well established by Bain in 1924 that upon biaxial expansion of the lattice constant in the (100) plane, a FCC solid may transform very rapidly into a BCC or BCT phase through relaxation of the interlayer spacing along the perpendicular axis c, as shown in figure 2.3. This is known as Bain distortion.

Fig 2.3 Bain Distortion in FCC to form BCT structure [6]

2.2.2 Habit Plane and Martensitic Variants The martensitic phase takes the form of plates or needles, which appear to be embedded in the matrix along certain well-defined planes. Such a plane, the plane of contact between the two phases or interface plane, is called the habit plane. It separates the parent austenite and martensite phases. The shape deformation occurs when one martensite plate is formed within a single crystal of the parent phase and the external shape of the specimen changes significantly. In thermally induced martensite such shape change is not observed macroscopically. This contradiction is explained by the formation of martensitic variants during the transformation. The basis of crystallographic pheonomenological theory of martensitic transformation is that in a martensitic transformation there should be an undistorted and unrotated interface between the martensite and the parent phase formed as a result of an invariant plain strain. Invariant plain strain is a homogeneous distortion in which the displacement is proportional to the distance from the invariant plane, habit plane. Strain energy is minimized if the shape deformation is an invariant plane deformation [7]. Since the Bain strain that generates the martensite lattice is not an invariant plane strain it should be accompanied by other deformation processes that do not distort the martensite lattice but make the resultant of all the strains an invariant plane strain. This is achieved by a lattice invariant deformation such as slip or twinning.

Fig 2.4 Lattice invariant deformations formed from Bain distortion (b) Slip (c) Twin [7]

Thus in order to obtain zero average distortion of the interface, averaging of the finite microscopic strains occurs from different martensite variants formed. Consider for example the lamellar martensite shown in Fig 2.5. The strains in the "matrix" (M) and "twin"

(T) orientations are opposite in sense thus resulting in an undistorted plane in an average sense. In BCC SMAs, 24 variants are possible.

Fig.2.5 Schematic representation of the interface. The microscopic strains in the lamellae (M) and (T) are in opposite senses[6]

Fig 2.6 Crystallographic steps for the B2 to Bl9 transformation in NiTi. (a) B2 cells; (b) B2 BCT cell; (c) Orthorombic distortion; (d) (100)B2-[011]B2 shear to monoclinic; (e) (011)B2[011]B2 planar shuffle. [8]

The Austenite to Martensite transformation in Ni-Ti occurs in 3 ways as shown in the figure:

Fig 2.7 Phase Transformation paths of NiTi alloys for different alloy conditions [6] The one step transition from B2 to B19 has been reported as first order thermoelastic one. The R-phase transformation occurs in binary TiNi alloys, if they are coldworked followed by annealing at proper temperatures, so that high densities of rearranged dislocations are left in specimens. The conditions, under which the R-phase transformation occurs i.e two step transformation, are to suppress B19 transformation relative to R-phase transformation by introducing precipitates or dislocations, etc. The third type of transformation is obtained when Ni is substituted by Cu in a binary TiNi alloy. The martensite upon the first transformation is called B19 (orthorhombic), and the second transformation represents the one from B19 to B19. 2.2.3 Reorientation and reverse transformation During transformation various variants are formed depending on the stress applied however it is commonly found that these variants eventually converge to one single most stable dominant variant. During the elimination of variants little macroscopic strain is generated. The positions of the martensite interfaces change under the influence of stress, creating a balance of variants whose shears best accommodate the direction of applied strain. The interfaces between variants move to grow the most favourably oriented variants and shrink the least favourably oriented. Some variants become dominant in the configuration. This process creates a macroscopic strain, which is recoverable as the crystal structure reverts to austenite during reverse transformation [8]. Figure 2.8 illustrates how the crystallographic reversibility is automatically guaranteed by superlattice structures.

Fig 2.8 (a) Three possible lattice correspondences in the reverse transformation of the B2 to B19 transformation; (b) parent phase crystal structure resulting from lattice correspondence A: a B2 superlattice the same as the pretransformation structure; (c) parent phase crystal structure resulting from lattice correspondence B: completely different from a B2 structure[8]. Generally, the crystal structure of martensite is relatively less symmetric compared to that of the parent phase. For this reason, the kinds of lattice correspondences between the phases involved in the reverse transformation are restricted. In figure there are, if we ignore the ordered arrangement of the atoms, three equivalent lattice correspondences, represented by the rectangles marked A, B and C. Since the changes in crystal structure shown in (c) would raise the free energy, reverse transformations along path B or C are impossible. Thus the orientation of the parent phase crystal is automatically preserved by its ordered structure.

2.3 Pseudoelasticity and Superslasticity

Superelasticity typically occurs when a material is deformed above As, where external applied stress causes the transformation of the parent austenite phase to a martensitic phase. Normally, austenite is the stable phase under stress-free conditions. However, upon the application of a critical stress, austenite starts transforming to martensite at a constant stress, thus producing a stress plateau. The plateau (points B to C in Fig 2.9) is a consequence of the martensite phase variants formation during transformation. The selection of the variants depends on the loading direction and the crystal orientation in case of a polycrystalline specimen. At a certain strain value, the stress plateau terminates, and the

new martensitic phase now elastically deforms. However, this martensite becomes unstable upon the removal of the stress; hence during unloading, the martensite phase reverse transforms to the austenite phase and at zero loads the material should be entirely austenitic with the specimen recovering its original undeformed form [9,10]. Superelasticity typically occurs if the specimen temperature is between Af < T < Md, where Md is the highest temperature at which stress induced martensite forms for particular value of stress. If the temperature is above Md, the stress level needed to induce martensite is greater than the stress required to introduce slip in austenite and hence SIM does not occur.

Fig.2.9 Different stress-strain path followed by superelasticity and pseudoelasticity Any incomplete recovery during unloading in the stress-strain curve is termed pseudoelasticity. In some materials, deformation of the austenite phase well above Md (where SIM is not possible) leads to the formation of twins that are unstable and hence there is a driving force to return to the original condition by the shrinking or disappearance of the twins during unloading. This type of mechanical twinning disturbs the lattice ordering and is therefore different from conventional twinning; it is termed pseudotwinning. Upon unloading, the material attempts to return to the preferred lattice ordering by shrinking of the twins [11,12]. This is depicted by the non-linear unloading of the stress-strain curve in Figure. Few other materials that are in their martensitic state also exhibit twinning pseudoelasticity (martensitic pseudoelasticity), where the deformation occurs by the motion of the martensite twin boundaries.


2.4 Mechanical Fatigue of NiTi Alloy

The mechanical fatigue behavior of Ti-Ni and Ti-Ni Cu shape memory alloys can largely be said to depend on the stability of their pseudoelasticity (PE) curves during mechanical cycling. The stability of PE can be evaluated or characterized by the residual elongation remaining after the specimen is unloaded, the critical stress needed for martensite to start forming, and the hysteresis curve which is a measure of the energy dissipated in one cycle [13]. The stability of these characteristics is affected by the test temperature, the nickel content and the previous heat treatment of the alloy. If the test temperature is chosen close to Af, stability of PE stress-strain diagram is achieved easily because the residual deformation after unloading is lowest. Also, if the critical stress for slip is high and the alloy readily undergoes cyclic strain hardening, then residual elongation after unloading decreases as the number of cycles increase, and hence the cyclic stress-strain diagram is more rapidly stabilized. For increasing the critical stress for slip, higher nickel content and suitable heat treatment can induce dislocations and precipitation hardening can be done resulting in reduced residual deformation during fatigue.

Fig 2.10 Stress-strain curves (hysteresis curves) during cyclic loading with number of cycles The hysteresis loop observed in stress-strain diagram has been said to be result of dissipation of the non-chemical irreversible energy that arises due to the interfacial friction between adjacent martensite variants during their reorientation process [14]. When stress is applied, there are certain martensitic variants that are favored for growth whereas others are reoriented, leading to gradual dislocation accumulation at the interface between different martensite colonies. The hardening observed during cyclic loading is related to this accumulation. With increasing cycles the width of the hysteresis loop decreases, indicating decrease in ability of material to undergo reversible transformations. The narrowing of loops

represents decrease in the area inside the loop which is the energy dissipated in each cycle [15]. The reason stated for this is that with increase in stress range the volume fraction of detwinned martensite increases and the proportional energy loss of the detwinned martensite is only half of the twinned martensite, as was observed by Huang and Lim.

Fig 2.11 Stress-strain curve for same no. of cycles of loading but at different stresses [15] For comparison of effect of stress amplitude, Fig 2.11 shows the stabilized stress strain hysteresis loops generated at various stress amplitudes, all at the 100th fatigue cycle. At all the stress ranges, the loops have relatively narrow width with near-linear loading and unloading response. With increasing stress amplitude, the hysteresis loops move to the right on the strain axis thus indicating higher amounts of strains accumulated in the SMA [10]. This shows that with increasing the stress amplitude the amount of irreversible martensite also increases leading to strain accumulations.

Fig 2.12 Accumulated plastic strain with increasing no. of cycles for different stresses[15]

Consider Fig 2.12 where the effect of stress amplitude on the accumulated plastic strain, as a function of the number of fatigue cycles is shown. It can be clearly seen that the strains are much higher for same number of cycles for higher stress amplitude as has been discussed earlier. It can be seen that plastic strain increases rapidly between 10th and 20th cycles before reaching a plateau value that is maintained until failure. The initial strain results from a combination of stress-induced growth of one martensite variant at the expense of an adjacent, unfavorably oriented one, as well as stress-induced reorientation of martensite and twin boundary migration within a martensite variant. Due to such adjustments, dislocation density increases during cyclic deformation. It is believed that internal plastic deformation is necessary for martensite reorientation in polycrystalline matrices because orientation mismatch exists among the preferential variants of martensite in neighboring grains [16]. Therefore, the interface between any two martensite variants becomes highly strained, which in turn makes dislocation based deformation difficult. This is possible reason stated for the observed stabilization at higher N. It has been observed that the energy dissipated i.e. area under the hysteresis loop goes on decreasing with number of cycles which implies that the damping capacity of the material goes on decreasing with progressive cycling. Also, decrease in recoverable energy i.e. the area within the reverse transformation curve decreases with increase in the number of cycles.

2.5 Factors Affecting Mechanical Fatigue Behavior

2.5.1 Composition Effect As the nickel content increases, Ms decreases and the transition from shape memory effect to pseudoelasticity shifts towards the lower temperature region. Also, the critical stress for slip, for inducing martensite in austenite, rises with increasing Ni content and results in reducing the growth rate of residual deformation due to retained martensite as the number of cycles increases and support stabilization of the cyclic stress-strain diagram. This increase is attributed to solid solution hardening and to some extent also to the precipitation of fine Ti3Ni4 particles [18]. The greater deformations in lower nickel alloys i.e. less hardened alloys are ascribed to the fact that that their dislocations offers only slight resistance against the growth of preferentially oriented martensite variants.

It has been stated that Cu addition to NiTi alloy prevents Ti3Ni4 precipitation, and results in a narrow transformation hysteresis, more constant Ms temperature and superelastic plateau. The austenitic transformation (Af) of nickel/titanium alloys generally increases with copper content. A disadvantage of most Ti-Ni-Cu alloys is that the transformation temperatures do not decrease below room temperature. The Ms above room temperature does not allow complete Austenite at room temperature. In order to decrease the austenitic transformation temperature, without substantially affecting its superelasticity and SME, the addition of Cr, W, Mn, Fe, Co and Al is done [17]. It is believed that the addition of 0.5 to 2% Fe and upto 1% Cr will reduce the Af temp of a NiTiCu alloy to below 30oC. Following is the relationship for obtaining ternary alloys of NiTiCu while retaining superelastic properties at temperatures below 35oC. The amount of the additional element X is not greater than approximately 5%, preferably not greater than about 3%.

where, a=0-10%, b=0-20%, c=0-5%, X= V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, W, Al

2.5.2 Effect of Thermo-mechanical Treatment and Temperature Any solution annealed microstructure in cyclic loading does not exhibit fully recoverable superelastic strains, i.e. it exhibits irreversible strains that cannot be recovered either by unloading or heating. This has been shown to be due to the ease of slip in the austenite phase that leads to partial pseudoelasticity. Thus, in order to improve the SE properties, the critical stress for slip has to be increased through any of the following methods: 1. work hardening, 2. grain-refinement, 3. precipitation-hardening or a combination of these. The grain-size effect on the pseudoelastic behavior of NiTi shows that refinement of grain size improves pseudoelasticity. Following are the thermo-mechanical treatment used for NiTi alloys: Cold-work + Stress relieving Annealing: It has been seen that samples cold worked and annealed at 400oC not only exhibit large superelastic strains, but also the best SE and SM characteristics. The cold-worked alloy exhibits large amount of tangled dislocation networks. The specimen annealed at 400oC shows re-arranged dislocations, i.e., recovery takes place. However, the annealing treatment at 400oC does not recrystallize the alloy. These heat treated samples exhibit a clean martensitic transformation and also maintain sufficient strength due to the re-arranged

dislocations. The specimens annealed at 400oC exhibited superior superelasticity than the specimens annealed at 500oC, in which recrystallization takes place. The specimens annealed at 600oC exhibits grain growth following recrystallization, and superelastic behavior is inferior [18]. Precipitation hardening: A solution-annealed alloy aged at about 600oC exhibits superelasticity, but in a very narrow temperature range. In comparison, specimen aged at 500oC exhibits superior SM and SE characteristics, with a large superelastic temperature range. This can be ascribed to a high-density of precipitates, increasing the critical stress for slip. Aging at 500oC produces high density of small sized Ti11Ni14 precipitates, whereas at 600oC, the precipitates are larger and density is lower. At 700oC, the precipitates are not observed at all. is the transformation order for

precipitates, but since Ti11Ni14 phase is the only desired precipitate, because of its coherency with the parent phase matrix, for increasing the pseudoelasticity, time of the transformation must be taken care of [18].

Fig 2.13 TTT diagram describing aging effect on alloy Ni52Ti48 [18]


Work-hardening + precipitation-hardening: Both work-hardening and precipitation hardening has been shown to improve the SE and SM characteristics. It has been further shown that combined usage of both types of hardening mechanisms is more effective to improve the critical stress for slip. This treatment is provided when SE is to be achieved at higher stress levels. The recovery temperature for cold-worked NiTi alloys is between 400oC and 500oC. Aging heat treatment of a cold worked NiTi alloy is likely to produce a complex microstructure containing large densities of dislocations and precipitates that are interwoven in such a way that precipitations act as obstacles for dislocation movement and may hinder the recovery process [18].

2.5.3 Effect of Mean Strain Mean stress and mean-strain determine the phase of the material in superelastic specimens. Depending on the mean strain, a specimen may contain austenite (A), martensite (M), or both phases and different deformation modes are associated with each of these cases.

Fig 2.14 Quasi-static Stress-Strain Curve for NiTi [22] During loading of specimen, austenite phase exists at strains lower than f. As the strain reaches upper plateau region transformation from austenite to martensite occurs. So a mixture of austenite and martensite exists till strain reaches f+t. Further straining causes complete transformation to martensite followed by elastic and plastic deformation. During unloading, martensite remains stable till strain is reduced to r and then transformation to austenite starts for strains in the lower plateau region. The difference in the mixture of martensite and austenite in this region as compared to that in upper plateau is the volume fraction of the phases present. Transformation to austenite occurs with some residual martensite at strains lower than r-t. Now if a small value of strain is superimposed on a fixed value of strain then it can either trigger forward or backward transformation.

2.6 Microstructure during Fatigue

Limited work has been done on the evolution of microstructure during fatigue of SMAs. Though some work has been reported on the microstructure, it has focused on the study of growth of residual martensite phase during cyclic deformation. From the microstructures shown in figure, it was concluded that some residual variants of martensite occurs after cyclic loading in some grains but not in others. The reason for such a behavior has not been mentioned. It was found that the same variants of martensite get activated in each cycle but the spatial position varies from cycle to cycle. Different variants of martensite may form in each cycle and it may form in different grains in successive cycles.



Fig 2.15 (a) Accumulation of localized plastic deformation within the grains upon cyclic load. Identical locations imaged on virgin specimen and after four different cycles, specimen fully unloaded. (b) Micrographs of activated variants at 2% strain in one set of grains at different cycle numbers (cycle 1, 6 and 10 from left to right) [14]


Fig 2.16 Microscope images at strains 0%, 2%, 4%, 10% showing full transformation [14]

The above microstructure shows that even at 100% transformation it is not necessary that there will be 100% martensite in the grain that are favourable for martensitic transformation. (*The 100% transformation is said to be the point at which plateau of the stress-strain curve cease to be flat and rises upwards due to plastic deformation of martensites formed.) Also the grains that are unfavourably oriented never transform. As the transformation begins in a grain martensite variants increase but at some higher stress, a grain adjacent to the transformed grain gets activated due to local increase in stress and hence instead of further transformation in the first grain, transformation to martensite begins in adjacent grain. Due to this sequenced transformation behavior, variants are restricted in each grain in turn and unable to transform fully, in contrast to what is seen typically in single crystals.

2.7 Characterization techniques and testing methods

2.7.1 Differential Scanning Calorimetry DSC is a thermal analysis technique in which the difference in the amount of heat required to increase the temperature of a sample and reference is measured as a function of temperature. The basic principle underlying this technique is that when the sample undergoes a physical transformation such as phase transitions, more or less heat will need to flow to it than the reference to maintain both at the same temperature. By observing the difference in heat flow between the sample and reference, differential


scanning calorimeters are able to identify transformations. The result of a DSC experiment is a curve of heat flux versus temperature or versus time.

Fig 2.17 Shows a typical DSC scan on a sample of Nitinol [24] The data is analyzed to report the Austenite start, peak and finish (As, Ap, Af) plus the Martensite start, peak and finish (Ms, Mp, Mf). Typical data in fig. show that the transition is both reversible and hysteretic. The transformation temperature hysteresis in the transition on heating and cooling depends on the exact percentages of nickel and titanium in the alloy. Typically, the magnitude of the hysteresis is reported as the difference between Ap and Mp and in this case is 30.14C. Typical values of the hysteresis for binary Nitinol samples are between 25-50C [24]

2.7.2 Bulge Testing Bulge test is a versatile characterization method capable of determining a complete set of material properties of thin films under various stress conditions. It is based on measuring the deformation of a thin specimen under an applied pressure. The obtained pressure-deformation behavior is then utilized to extract meachanical properties of thin film samples. In this method, a thin specimen is deformed by means of pressure application which can be done using various available methods like hydroforming using oil or water, by means of punch or in case of miniature bulge testing using a spherical headed screw which acts like a punch. This method can also be applied to SMAs in order to study the biaxial stress-strain behavior as well as fatigue.


Two major advantages associated with bulge test are the ease of specimen handling and the capability of imposing various loading conditions. These cannot be obtained by other thin film testing methods such as nanoindentation, substrate-curvature technique, and microtensile testing.

Fig 2.18 Schematic representation of the bulge occurring during bulge testing and direction in which pressure is exerted [27] If we assume that the sample bulges spherically, the stress and strain in the thin specimen may be considered uniform across the width, independent of whether the film deforms elastically or plastically, and are given by Elastic and plastic global stress:

Eq.1 Elastic and plastic global strain:

Eq.2 When the deflection is much smaller than the membrane width, i.e. h<<a, the above equations reduce to:



2.7.3 Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) Electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD), also known as backscattered Kikuchi diffraction (BKD) is a microstructural-crystallographic technique used to examine the crystallographic orientation of many materials, which can be used to reveal texture or preferred orientation of any crystalline or polycrystalline material. Atomic layers in crystalline materials diffract the accelerated electrons from the primary beam of scanning electron microscope. These diffracted electrons can be detected when they impinge on a phosphor screen and generate visible lines, called Kikuchi band. These band pattern are effectively projections of the geometry of the lattice planes in the crystal and are capable of providing direct information about the crystalline structure and crystallographic orientation of the grain from which they originate. This pattern is then compared with the crystallographic information for phases of interest from the database. Indexing of the lines then gives us the phases present and also allows us to perform analyses on polycrystalline aggregates. It can also be applied to crystal orientation mapping, defect studies, phase identification, grain boundary and morphology studies, regional heterogeneity investigations, material discrimination, microstrain mapping, and physico-chemical identification [28].

2.7.4 GOM (ARAMIS) Software: Aramis is an optical measurement technique used for 3D deformation analysis. ARAMIS is a non-contact and material independent measuring system providing for static or dynamically loaded test objects, accurate 3D surface coordinates, 3D displacements and velocities, surface strain values (major and minor strain, thickness reduction), etc. In Aramis, CCD cameras are used for recording images of a sample undergoing deformation. For each stage of load, this system calculates 3D coordinates of the object surface on the basis of digital image processing and thus calculates 3D displacements and strain. In this 3D image correlation technology, two cameras catch the same image and by the combination and correlation of these two images 3D strains are calculated. A random or regular pattern with good contrast is applied to the surface of the test object, which deforms along with the object. The deformation of this structure under different load conditions is recorded by the CCD cameras and evaluated. The initial image processing defines unique

correlation areas known as macro-image facets, typically 5-20 pixels square, across entire surface area [29]. The center of each facet is a measurement point that can be thought of as an extensometer and strain start point. These facets are tracked in each successive image with sub-pixel accuracy. Then the coordinates of the entire surface are precisely calculated and compared with the undeformed image to get the 3D shape of the component, the 3D displacements, and the plane strain. Also, in cases where images from the same region are available with sufficient surface features to meet required conditions, there is a provision in Aramis to upload image series in various stages so as to calculate displacements and strains in the specimen.


Chapter 3
Experimental work and Results
3.1 Material Preparation
Two NiTi alloys have been chosen for the study viz. NiTi and NiTiCuCr. It has already been discussed that the replacement of Ni with Cu increases the pseudoelasticity of the material and that of Cr decreases the austenite formation temperature, hence such a combination was chosen for studies. The composition of these alloys is as shown below: Table 3.1. Compositions of the alloys being used: (in atomic %) Alloy 1 Alloy 2 Ni 50.8 45 Ti 49.2 49.7 Cu 5 Cr 0.3

Alloy Preparation: Alloys were prepared by mixing appropriate amounts of the elements in their pure form and melting in vacuum arc furnace. Repeated melting i.e. about 6-7 times was carried out to ensure homogeneity of the alloys. The material obtained was in the form of buttons of 50 gms, each of which was then hot rolled at 950oC to form strips. Rolling and Heat treatment: Reduction in thickness from 10 mm to 0.7 mm was carried out in about 24 passes with approximately 9% reduction in each pass at a temperature of around 950oC. Solution annealing was then carried out in a muffle furnace at 950oC for 20 minutes to obtain completely homogenized stress free alloys. The samples were water quenched after annealing. Further heat treatment, on an experimental basis, was carried out on Ni50.8Ti49.2 alloy in order to precipitate Ni14Ti11 with smaller size and higher densities, as per the TTT diagram by Nishida, Wayman and Honma [18]. The solution annealed alloy was aged at 550oC for 1hr followed by water quenching. Since this treatment has been earlier tried and tested and has worked as expected, it was carried out on half of the Ni50.8Ti49.2 material in inert gas environment by encapsulating the material in quartz tube.


Thus the samples used for studies are (a) Ni50.8Ti49.2, solution annealed (b) Ni50.8Ti49.2, solution annealed + precipitation hardened (aged, 550oC, 1Hr) (c) Ni45Ti49.7Cu5Cr0.3, solution annealed NiTiCuCr was not aged as there will be no changes in the phases present i.e. no precipitation will be observed in alloy even after ageing because there is no excess of Ni available in the alloy to form precipitates.

Specimen Preparation From the rolled strips, 7 mm X 7 mm pieces were cut. For metallographic studies as well as for mechanical fatigue experiments, the thickness was reduced from 0.7 mm to 0.25 mm by grinding and polishing. Polishing of samples was carried out using SiC emery papers of different grits and diamond polish followed by electrochemical polishing in order to get a highly polished mirror-like surface free from scratches and pits. These samples were electropolished using Lectropol polishing machine at 16 Volt for 15 seconds at 0C in a 20% perchloric acid solution in methanol. Characterizarion Instruments used: All Electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) measurements were carried out on a FEI Quanta-200 HV scanning electron microscope (SEM) equipped with a TSL OIM analysis unit. The Kikuchi patterns were generated at an acceleration voltage of 20 kV, and recorded by means of a camera. A crystallographic orientation map is produced by scanning over a selected region of the sample by an electron beam. The resulting Kikuchi patterns are indexed and analysed automatically. An image quality (IQ) parameter and a confidence index (CI) is recorded for each Kikuchi pattern. All strain measurements were carried out using ARAMIS, an online measurement technique from GOM software. The subset size and subset step were carefully selected for the measurements. XRD patterns were obtained using Pananalytical Xpert X-ray diffractometer. Analysing was done using Xpert Highscore and Xpert Stress Viewer.


3.2 Bulge Fatigue Testing 3.2.1 Device Design The bulge test, in which a thin specimen is pressurized and its out-of-plane deformation or bulge is monitored, is a well-accepted methodology for obtaining the stress-strain behaviour of thin samples subjected to biaxial loading. The main advantage of using bulge test to study fatigue in shape memory alloys is that the setup that we have designed allows us to test a sample that is small enough that microstructure of a pre-defined region of the sample can be seen repeatedly after cyclic loading. This gave us direct observation of microstructure evolution with fatigue cycles, and we could correlate it with the residual strain. Also, it is possible to estimate the total strain from bulge height when loaded and residual strain from the height of unloaded sample assuming spherical bulge, and thus we can even correlate the recovery after desired number of cycles. The device used for the bulge fatigue testing was a modification of the one designed and developed by Edul Patel [3].





Fig 3.1 (a) Assembled, (b) dissembled, (c) cross-sectional view and (d) photograph of bulge testing device As can be seen from the diagram, it consists of a nut, two washers, bolt having hole with threading on the inside and screw. The sample with thickness around 0.25 mm is clamped by means of two washers. We found that the tip of the screw, though relatively blunt, was still sharp enough that after repeated loading cycles, the sample had undergone severe plastic deformation at the point of contact instead of uniform bulging. So, it was replaced by another screw having a steel ball at its tip, which ensured that bulging of the

sample takes place. This kind of screw, with steel ball and without plunger inside, though is available in market but is scarce. Table 3.2: Specification of the device Specifications Original Max sample size Screw pitch Least bulge height attainable Bulge Diameter Screw Diameter .1 mm 2 mm 2 mm adjustable 2 mm 3 mm Earlier 7 mm sq .6 mm Modified 7 mm sq .7 mm

3.2.2 Procedure for the bulge test 1. Sample was first cut into a 7 mm x 7 mm piece, thinned to 0.3 mm and then electro polished. 2. Area of 300 x 400 microns was marked on the specimen using micro-indenter 3. The marked area in the undeformed sample was scanned using the EBSD system 4. Sample was fitted in the bulge device and desired strain applied for 5 cycles 5. Sample was removed from the device and the same marked area was scanned using EBSD to observe changes in microstructure 6. Steps 4 and 5 were repeated for 10, 30 and 50 cycles

3.2.3 Automation of the set-up In the first design of the device, the bulging screw was rotated manually to impose the desired strain. But this gave poor control over the amount of strain applied, and was not suited for multiple cycling experiments. Hence the set up was automated so the magnitude of strain could be kept constant over multiple cycles.


In automated set-up, cyclic loading is effected by means of a screw driven by stepper motor. Details of the setup are shown in fig 3.2. Coupling the motor with the screw was a major concern while developing the set-up. The important considerations were: easy detachability of the screw from the motor, efficient transfer of load from motor to screw and ease of handling. This difficulty was overcome by developing a custom-made head that was attached to the shaft of the motor which could be fixed in the notch provided at the tail-end of the screw. Sufficient space is provided for the in and out movement of the shaft-head in the notch. This arrangement works as coupling between the mechanical part of the setup and electronically controlled part. The motor is in turn controlled by a microcontroller.

Fig 3.2 (a) Coupling arrangement between the stepper motor and mechnical arrangement, (b) Bulge Fatigue testing arrangement components The head of motor shafts induces forward and backward movements in the screw. Now in order to control the strain and number of cycles during fatigue, the movement of the motor shaft is controlled using a microcontroller. The microcontroller circuit, for controlling motor rotations, consists of PIC 16F877A, custom made driver A3982 and pull up resistor arrangements. PIC 16F877A is a 40 pin, CMOS FLASH-based 8-bit microcontroller and 8 channels 10-bit Analog-to-Digital (A/D) converter, which works on 14-bit instruction programming language. Earlier another IC i.e. PIC 16F84 was tried but due to technical difficulties like requirement of another circuitry for analog to digital conversions, etc. designing was complex. The circuit diagram for microcontroller circuit and schematic design for entire setup is as follows:


Fig 3.3 Circuit diagram for the microcontroller circuit for controlling the stepper motor In the present case, a program for controlling the number of rotations and number of cycles (for both forward and backward direction) has been fed in the PIC by means of an IC programmer. Since there are no standard drivers available for the stepper motor circuit, a custom driver for providing actual control signals to the stepper motor is used, which was developed by Nex-Robotics. This is of great importance in the working of the circuit as a precisely controllable signal is to be provided. With the help of switch provided inputs for number of rotations and number of cycles can be fed, in binary form. This can even be converted into decimal digital input The stepper motor that has been used has specifications of 200 steps per rotation i.e. 1.8 degree of turn per step and torque ratings of 1.3 kg. The power supply for the entire assembly is provided using 450 W SMPS.

Fig 3.4 Control pins on the circuit board


Program used for controlling the microprocessor is written in Wiz-C. WIZ-C Professional is a complete PIC microcontroller (MCU) development, compiler, assembler and simulation package for the C language. In this we have to select the kind of microprocessor we have to program. Each microprocessor has a number of components within it that have to be connected to the other components of the circuit. When each component is selected it can be connected to the MCU pins by clicking the picture of the component pin and then clicking the MCU pin - they will be joined. Pins can be user named as well, to make the code easier to understand. Some components can only be connected to certain pins - they will connect themselves automatically. Each component has a list of parameters. In the case of our serial element this includes the bit rate. The bit rate is selected from a drop down list, now when the application is generated it will automatically configure the serial element for this bit rate regardless of the MCU type used or oscillator frequency. Finally according to the connections made, a program is required for the entire assembly to operate.

Fig 3.5 Screenshot of the Wiz-C while setting up pin controls of the microcontroller


3.2.4 Microcontroller Programs: Program written to control all switches on the microcontroller is given in Appendix as Stepper_main. Program written at user interface is as follows:
#include "C:\\Swapnil\\Wiz-C Projects\\Stepper\\stepper_Auto.h" //**************************************************************************** // Interrupt handling code written here enables user to initiate and terminate the program whenever desired by providing suitable inputs // Note quick interrupts are used so code must be simple // defining the variables for the program int one_cycle; int fr_cycle_number; reversing int fr_cycles; int revcount; int fr_cycle_count; int cycle_count; int stopflag; void UserInterrupt() { // Insert your code here #asmline SETPCLATH UserIntReturn,-1 ; SETPCLATH for interrupt routine #asmline goto UserIntReturn } //************************************************************************** // Initialisation code here. // Note that when this routine is called Interrupts will not be enabled - the // User will enable them before the main loop void UserInitialise() { //LCDClear(); 30 ; Assembler - go back to interrupt routine // one cycles is the degree of rotation fixed for input 1 // Desired no. of one cycle (i.e. 60 degrees in this case) rotations before

// Desired number of forward cycles // Number of reverse cycles completed // Number of forward cycles completed // total of forward and reverse rotations completed // Stop rotations

one_cycle=34; when

// Since motor used have unit rotation of 2 degrees hence 34 input means that

program is called with '1' as input it rotates by 2*34=68 degrees precisely!!! fr_cycle_number=1; fr_cycles=1; revcount=0; fr_cycle_count=0; cycle_count=0; stopflag = 1; ST=0; DI=0; } ************************************************************************ // Insert your main loop code if required here. This routine will be called // as part of the main loop code void UserLoop() { if(stopflag==0) { ST=1; Wait(10); ST=0; current one revcount = revcount + 1; if(revcount==one_cycle) { revcount = 0; fr_cycle_count = fr_cycle_count + 1; } if(fr_cycle_count==fr_cycle_number) { 31 // condition to terminate forward cycle rotation // loop to keep increasing the number of forward cycle counts // command on the MCS to stop // after stopping wait for 10 microseconds // command to enable start of motor in reverse direction than the // stopflag = 1 means 'stop' command for motor // reverse rotation does not begin // sets the initial values as 1 to start the rotation in forward direction

fr_cycle_count = 0; cycle_count = cycle_count + 1; DI = !DI; } if(cycle_count==2*fr_cycles) stopflag = 1; // condition to terminate entire program Wait(10); } } **************************************************************************** // User occurrence code is code to initiate the motor void startmot() { revcount=0; fr_cycle_count=0; cycle_count=0; stopflag = !(stopflag); } **************************************************************************** // Write values code to convert binary values and input in decimal form for no. of one cycle rotations before reversing and no. of such sets of forward and reverse cycles void writevalues() { if(fr_t) fr_cycle_number= int(bit0+bit1*2+bit2*4+bit3*8+bit4*16+bit5*32+bit6*64+bit7*128); else fr_cycles=int(bit0+bit1*2+bit2*4+bit3*8+bit4*16+bit5*32+bit6*64+bit7*128); } // setting initial variable values


Chapter 4
Bulge Fatigue Testing Results

4.1 Microstructural Correlation During Fatigue Using EBSD In order to study the effect of fatigue loading on the microstructure of NiTiCuCr, fatigue tests were carried out using the set-up described in section 3.2.3. The microstructure was obtained using EBSD in deformed conditions after varying number of cycles and was compared with initial microstructure in undeformed condition. The study of these microstructures was done to get an insight into accumulation of residual martensite after cyclic loading. The sample with thickness around 0.25 mm in electropolished condition was prepared for the test. In order to mark a specific area for repeated observations, microindentation was done. It was ensured that the area selected is not marred by any abnormality like dents, pits, etc. By repeatedly scanning the same region of the sample, we expected to identify where residual martensite forms during cyclic loading and how does the microstructure change during fatigue cycles. Also we expected to identify whether martensite forms preferentially in certain orientations of austenite, and whether the martensite formed has any preferred orientations. For performing fatigue tests on NiTiCuCr samples, constant strain and strain rate condition was maintained. Experiments were carried out at two different strains of about 10% and 25% by controlling the amount of rotation on the screw driven by motor. The strain rate was constant as it is defined by the speed of rotation of the motor, which was constant. The samples were fatigued for certain number of cycles viz. 5, 10, 30, 50. Since two different strains were used, every other condition remaining same, attempt has been made to compare martensitic formation with increasing number of cycles of fatigue as well as for different strains.












Fig 4.1 Color coded IPFmaps (colours correspond to orientations as per the IPF shown) (a)(b)(c)(d)(e) & Phase maps (f)(g)(h)(i)(j) for NiTiCuCr for: 0, 5, 10, 30 and 50 cycles respectively @ ~10% strain


Fig 4.1 shows the inverse pole figure and phase maps for the NiTiCuCr samples taken from same area after increasing number of cycles of fatigue for strain of approx. 10%. It can be seen that there is there is change in shape of grains gradually along with slight change in orientation (observed by comparing color code for IPF). It can also be observed that martensite phase formed in first few cycles was near grain boundary area but as the cycling progressed, uniform distribution was observed throughout the area irrespective of grain orientation or size.






Fig 4.2 IPF maps for B19 in NiTiCuCr for 0, 5, 10, 30, 50 cycles resp. @ ~10% strain Fig 4.2 shows the IPF of retained martensite. It appears that martensite in the undeformed sample has orientations around (001) crystallographic axis. After 10th cycle, a random distribution of orientations is observed. If we compare this to the phase map in Fig 4.1, there is almost no new martensite formation after 5 cycles. After 10 cycles, martensite is no longer present only along grain boundaries, but distributed all over the scanned region. And this new retained martensite appears to have no preferred orientation. Main observation: Amount of residual martensite formed is extremely less (1-3%) even after 50 cycles of fatigue. This indicates that if any stress-induced martensite formation occurred during loading, it was reverting to austenite during unloading and no significant accumulation of defects had occurred after 50 cycles.












Fig 4.3 Color coded IPF images (a)(b)(c)(d)(e) & Phase maps (f)(g)(h)(i)(j) for NiTiCuCr for undeformed, 5, 10, 30 and 50 cycles respectively @ ~25% strain For understanding the effect of strain on residual martensite, similar fatigue cycles were done at a significantly higher strain, approx. 25%. The same area was observed for grain orientation and phase changes occurring as a result of fatigue. Since there was a slight shift in the marked area of observation and the centre of the bulge, the deformed region in slightly shifted from the centre towards right. IPF maps in Fig 4.3 clearly show extensive grain fragmentation after just 5 cycles. Looking at the phase maps for the same region, it is clear that most of the fragmented grains consist of retained martensite. After 5 cycles of

deformation, the percentage fraction of martensite is about 19% as compared to about 1% at earlier strain (~10%). This fraction increases to 37% as the number of cycles increases to 50. Another important observation is that some original austenite grains are still retained after 50 cycles, and these grains have blue (111), green (101) or nearby colors (orientations). Grains with red (001) or its nearby colors (orientations) are first ones to form retained martensite after the first 5 cycles. The (111) and (101) orientations of the austenite have the ability to accommodate more strain as compared to (001) orientation. Hence the martensite variants formed in (111) and (101) orientations is able to reorient and grow but in (001) the martensitic variants undergo plastic deformation for the same strain, thus, resulting in retained martensite in (001) orientation whereas reversible martensitic transformation in (111) and (101). It may be speculated that at high strains, martensite formed in (001) oriented austenite grains is more likely to be heavily deformed and hence retained upon unloading.






Fig 4.4 IPF maps for B19 in NiTiCuCr for 0, 5, 10, 30, 50 cycles resp. @ ~25% strain It can be seen that martensite has random texture, with a slight preference for (001) orientation seen after 5 cycles. Austenite texture also appears to be more randomized after deformation. It is speculated that the deformed region have grains of very small sizes which are being considered while forming the IPFs. Therefore, it can be seen that the entire IPF is covered even though only a few big grains can be seen in IPF maps.


. (a)





Fig 4.5 IPF maps for B2 in NiTiCuCr for 0, 5, 10, 30, 50 cycles resp. @ ~25% strain






Fig 4.6 (a),(b)&(c) Grey Scale maps for NiTiCuCr for 0, 5, 10cycles resp.@ ~25% strain; (d) & (e) are surface relief due to martensitic formation


The grey scale maps for different cycles of fatigue are shown in Fig 4.6. With increasing deformation, the bands of martensite are observed to be increasing, this is evident from the surface relief cause on the sample surface after deformation. The density of the martensitic needles can be seen to increase with increasing fatigue.

Fig 4.7 Variation in fraction of martensite for different strains In current study, the amount of martensites formed during the two different strains was a good indication of how the martensite transformation varies with varying strain. It was found that at strain of ~10% the retained martensite in the material was very less and rate of increase with subsequent cycling was also low (ranged in order of few percents). Whereas when the strain increased to ~25%, the martensite percent showed a steep rise even at low number of cycling. This suggests that upto 10% strain, samples can undergo repeated cycling without much change in the microstructure. This is very desirable in actuators that have to undergo many cycles. At higher strain (25%), however, even after 5 cycles there was almost 19% retained martensite indicating that reversibility of phase transformation had been significantly impaired at higher strains.

4.2 X-Ray Analysis While EBSD scans are a good way to see change in microstructure, there is still a limitation on the area that can be scanned. So X-ray diffraction was used to get volume averaged data regarding the crystal structures present in the NiTiCuCr and NiTi deformed to 10% strain. Fig 4.8 shows Intensity vs. 2 plot for samples after 0, 5, 10, 20 cycles. In Cycle

0 (undeformed sample) only austenite peaks are seen. With increasing number of cycles, intensity of all martensite peaks increases implying an increase in martensite content in the sample. Other peaks such as the M peaks of (220) and (132) appear only after 10 cycles of deformation. The martensite amount is very low even after 20 cycles in both the alloys. The peak A(220) has decrease from undeformed to 10 cycles deformation and then further increased suggesting martensite M(220) formation at the same orientation. Also, graphs below suggest that more orientations of martensite form in NiTiCuCr as compared to NiTi at lower strains but almost same at higher strains.



(c) Fig 4.8 (a)&(b) X-ray graphs for NiTi and NiTiCuCr at ~10% strain for various cycles of fatigue; (c) X-ray graph for NiTi and NiTiCuCr at ~25% strain and 20 cycles From the graphs, it can be seen that the martensite contents can also be seen to increase as the amount of strain increases. When NiTi and NiTiCuCr are compared for the amount of martensite formed seems similar but at different orientations. Thus, we can conclude that martensite content increase with strain but the orientations of the retained martensite varies with the alloy.

4.3 Strain Measurements using GOM For calculating the amount of strain caused during fatigue with varying number of cycles, we used ARAMIS a GOM software which is an image processing software capable of optical measurements. In order to obtain strain, extremely good quality images of the same region on the sample surface are required before and after subsequent cycles of fatigue deformation. These images are required to have sufficient features on the surface like second phase, precipitates, grain boundary or even scratches, etc. The contrast of these features must stand out when compared to the parent phase or image background. In NiTiCuCr as well as NiTi, we already had these features in the form of precipitates randomly distributed throughout the specimen surface. In order to create the contrast, mild etching was done using H2O:HNO3:HF:: 5:4:1 volume fraction. Microindentation was done so as to mark the same area. Then SEM images of the undeformed sample were taken at 1200X. Care should be taken while taking the SEM images for the deformed samples at various cycles that the brightness and contrast of the sample should be adjusted to be as close as possible to undeformed image. Failure to do this will mean that the software cannot detect facet points on the image which are required for strain calculation. As a result the entire surface of the image will not be considered for calculating strain, only the detected region will be. Another important factor in using ARAMIS for strain calculations by SEM images is that for the kind of surface features your sample shows, facet point and facet steps are to be decided which can only be determined by trials. For the images used in current project, the facet size used was 30 with step size 13 with accuracy of 67% at computation steps 3. The steps to use ARAMIS for strain calculations are: 1) Start New project from File on the Access Toolbar at the top of screen 2) Select 2D project; by default it is 3D 3) Enter the description of the project 4) Set the Facet Size, Facet Step, Accuracy, Computation Steps, etc as project parameters 5) Once the project is formed, go to Stage in the Access toolbar on top of screen and select Input Images via Image Series 6) Press the arrow sign to select and input image (this should be your undeformed image and should get set as Stage0) 7) Similarly input other deformed images in order of fatigue cycle 8) Set Stage0 as start point using Auto start point or Add Start point 9) Compute the project by going to Project on Access toolbar and then Compute Project .


Fig 4.9 (a) Screenshot of the interface while using GOM; (b)(c)&(d) Color maps showing major, minor strain and thickness variation respectively. It should be noted that software is unable to detect entire surface area. Hence calculations are from the detected area only. Strain calculations were done for both NiTi and NiTiCuCr at different strains viz. 0.11mm bulge height for 50cycles, 0.23mm bulge height for 10, 20 and 50 cycles. Table 4.1: Deformation data obtained from ARAMIS
NT, 0.11, 50 NT, 0.22, 10 NT, 0.22, 20 NT, 0.22, 50 NTC, 0.11, 50 NTC, 0.22, 10 NTC, 0.22, 20 NTC, 0.22, 50

Major Strain Minor Strain Thickness reduction

8.84 6.01 1.012

11.9 7.47 1.35

20.36 18.45 1.95

16.24 17.041 1.78

8.01 5.78 1.06%

10.49 11.04 1.18

16.78 18.45 1.69

17.64 16.76 1.65

(NT NiTi, NTC NiTiCuCr, 0.11&0.22 are bulge height; 10, 20, 50 are no. of cycles)


From the table, it can be seen that the strain values obtained for both the alloys at 0.11 mm bulge, 50 cycles is lower than that at 0.22 mm bulge, 10 cycles. Therefore, it can be interpreted that the residual martensite formed under latter conditions is higher, which was also evident from earlier studies. Also, in general, there is an increase in strains as the number of cycles increased for both the alloys when bulged to 0.22 mm, except for NiTi when number of cycles is increased from 20 to 50. It is highly likely that this is because the area chosen for studies in 50 cycles sample was away from the bulge. In the limited data that is available, major and minor strains appear to be not too different, especially for the NiTiCuCr samples. This sort of a spherical shape of bulge is what we had hoped to achieve from the setup. NiTi is showing higher percentage of deformation as compared to NiTiCuCr at similar conditions. The irregularity in the rate of increase and decrease of strain can highly be attributed to personal inability to decide exactly the area which is going to get bulge. Also, the images used cannot contain the features distributed evenly throughout the surface; hence the images used for two different deformations contains different fraction of area detectable by the software. These are the hindrances to effective use of the method which needs to be sorted out. But this method can be used to make the FLDs for the alloy precisely.


Chapter 5
Conclusions and Future Scope

1. Automation of the bulge fatigue set-up has been successfully carried out. Now, fatigue can be carried out for desired number of cycles at desired strain with precision and control over the deformation process.

2. The EBSD study of the NiTiCuCr alloys shows much higher amount of martensite for higher strain when the two strains 10% and 25% are compared. Even for 5cycles at 25% strain the amount of martensite formed is much more than for 50 cycles at 10% strain. This implies that material is safe at lower strain of 10% for 50 cycles

3. It was observed that at higher strain the grains that seem to resist deformation and residual martensite formation are mostly 2 orientations (111) and (101). With low confidence it can be said that the orientation (001) is the preferred orientation for formation of martensite.

4. GOM, image processing software, has been successfully used for determination of strain. This method, though is showing some limitations in softwares ability to detect entire surface area, can be effectively used for calculating strains from SEM images when compared to strain calculations from bulge height.


Future Scope

1. Comparative Bulge Fatigue Behavior A comparative study on bulge fatigue microstructure can be done for better understanding of evolution of microstructure esp. martensite accumulation in all the alloys and effect of various factors like composition, heat treatment, etc.

2. Martensite Orientation Study Martensitic variants formed during fatigue can be identified using SEM images by comparing with those which have earlier been identified experimentally by Nishida [41,42]. Also this can then be further applied in identifying preferred orientation of martensite formed; even the preferred grain orientation can be found through this analysis for martensitic formation. If the same region after increasing cycle of deformation is observed then reorientation, if any, can be observed.

3. Developing Forming Limit Diagram With the use of GOM (Aramis), FLDs can be formed for different SMAs. Samples with different dimensions are required to be made such that all strain paths can be achieved (as is done for sheet metal forming).

4. Identifying the effect of Strain rate By small modification in the program and circuit designed, it can effectively be used at varying strain rates as well. Hence there is scope for carrying out all the Bulge Fatigue Studies at different strain rate.


Chapter 6
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A. Ni-Ti Phase Diagram

Fig 1. NiTi Phase Diagram

B. Stepper Motor switch control program used inWiz-C

#include "C:\\Swapnil\\Wiz-C Projects\\Stepper\\stepper_Auto.h" //Application Designer Variables //unsigned char register Flag1; void LoadOscCal(); // Conditional Defines // Port Input // Port Input 8 const int WAITWATCHDOG=pWAITWATCHDOG; // Wait for W milli-seconds #if PSD==2 // Timer 0 #define T0PSD 0


#endif #if PSD==4 #define T0PSD 1 #endif #if PSD==8 #define T0PSD 2 #endif #if PSD==16 #define T0PSD 3 #endif #if PSD==32 #define T0PSD 4 #endif #if PSD==64 #define T0PSD 5 #endif #if PSD==128 #define T0PSD 6 #endif #if PSD==256 #define T0PSD 7 #endif // *** Input File - C:\Program Files\FED\PIXIE\APPWIZ\MiscInit.c // APPWIZ version #ifdef SimpButUsed // Init Code for Simp But - once only // T0 prescale // Cycle time in nS // Overflow time in uS // Prescalar overflows every 20mS

const int T0PS=UsePS*PSD+!UsePS; const int SBCT=(1000000000/APROCFREQ)*4; const int SBTmr0OF=(SBCT*T0PS*256)/1000; const int SBPSC=20000/SBTmr0OF; const int SBPSCNZ=(SBPSC) ? SBPSC : 1;

const int SBPreScalarCnt=(SBPSCNZ>255) ? 255 : SBPSC; const int SBIC=InitialDelay0/20; // Delay before 1st repeat

const int SBInitCnt=(SBIC>127) ? 127 : SBIC; const int SBRC=RepDelay0/20; // Delay between repeats


const int SBRepCnt=(SBRC>127) ? 127 : SBRC; const int SBDC=Debounce0/20; // Debounce time after rising

const int SBDebounceCnt=(SBDC>127) ? 127 : SBDC; unsigned char register SBPreScalar=SBPreScalarCnt; // Pre-scalar is common to all buttons #endif #ifdef SimpButUsed // %% Shows duplication for each instance

unsigned char register SBStatus0; // Each button has its own status byte #endif #ifdef SimpButUsed // %% Shows duplication for each instance

unsigned char register SBStatus1; // Each button has its own status byte #endif

// Main function void main() { OPTION_REG&=0x7f; #if HASOSCCAL==1 LoadOscCal(); #endif // Pull ups on PORTB by default

// Initialisation Code #if UsePS==1 OPTION_REG&=~((1<<PSA)|(1<<T0CS)|(1<<T0SE)|7); OPTION_REG|=((!UsePS)<<PSA)|((!UseOsc)<<T0CS)|((!CRE)<<T0SE)|T0PSD; #else OPTION_REG&=~((1<<PSA)|(1<<T0CS)|(1<<T0SE)); OPTION_REG|=((!UsePS)<<PSA)|((!UseOsc)<<T0CS)|((!CRE)<<T0SE); #endif TMR0=0; Flag1=0;

// End Initialisation Code PORTD|=0xff; INTCON&=0xfb;


TRISD&=0xfc; #if !InitialValue1 Out1Port&=~(1<<Out1Bit); // Port Driver #endif // Port Driver // Port Driver #if !InitialValue0 Out0Port&=~(1<<Out0Bit); // Port Driver #endif // Port Driver // Port Driver UserInitialise(); // Finally enable interrupts INTCON|=(1<<GIE) // Main Loop while(1) { if (SBPress1Flag&(1<<SBPress1FlagBit)) { SBPress1Flag&=~(1<<SBPress1FlagBit); startmot(); } if (SBPress0Flag&(1<<SBPress0FlagBit)) { SBPress0Flag&=~(1<<SBPress0FlagBit); writevalues(); } if (INTCON&(1<<T0IF)) { INTCON&=~(1<<T0IF); SBT0Of(); } UserLoop(); #ifdef WatchDogUsed #pragma asmline clrwdt #endif ; Clear watchdog timer if used // Timer 0 overflow // Switch Pressed // Loop forever // Switch Pressed


} } // Interrupts const int QuickInt=1; void Interrupt() { // Priority Interrupts first // Other Interrupts #pragma asm SETPCLATH UserInterrupt,-1 goto UserInterrupt UserIntReturn:: clrf STATUS SETPCLATH IntRet,-1 #pragma asmend } // Load oscillator calibration value on reset for 14 bit processors #if HASOSCCAL==1 #pragma asm module "LoadOscCal" LoadOscCal:: SETPCLATH OVRet,LoadOscCal call OVRet bsf STATUS,RP0 movwf OSCCAL bcf STATUS,RP0 MRET 0 ; Set PCLATH ; goto user interrupt ; Return to here after user routine ; Clear RP0/RP1 ; and set PCLATH back to return address


module "LoadOscCal" forced absolute _TOPROM+1 OVRet:: retlw 0xff endmodule


#pragma asmend #endif