Microstructure evolution and hardness change in ordered Ni3V intermetallic alloy by energetic ion irradiation

A. Hashimoto, Y. Kaneno, S. Semboshi, H. Yoshizaki, Y. Saitoh, Y. Okamoto, A. Iwase

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Ni3V bulk intermetallic compounds with ordered D022 structure were irradiated with 16 MeV Au ions at room temperature. The irradiation induced phase transformation was examined by means of the transmission electron microscope (TEM), the extended X-ray absorption fine structure measurement (EXAFS) and the X-ray diffraction (XRD). We also measured the Vickers hardness for unirradiated and irradiated specimens. The TEM observation shows that by the Au irradiation, the lamellar microstructures and the super lattice spot in diffraction pattern for the unirradiated specimen disappeared. This TEM result as well as the result of XRD and EXAFS measurements means that the intrinsic D022 structure of Ni3V changes into the A1 (fcc) structure which is the lattice structure just below the melting point in the thermal equilibrium phase diagram. The lattice structure change from D022 to A1 (fcc) accompanies a remarkable decrease in Vickers microhardness. The change in crystal structure was discussed in terms of the thermal spike and the sequential atomic displacements induced by the energetic heavy ion irradiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-76
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Nov 1


  • Energy deposition
  • Ion irradiation
  • Order-disorder transformation
  • Vickers hardness


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