Combining simulations and experiments to get the best out of Fe3Al

Researchers at Osaka University have combined computer simulations and electron microscopy to study the microstructural development of an iron-aluminum alloy (Fe3Al). Their work revealed that the superelastic properties of Fe3Al arise from dislocation slip rather than changes in crystal structure. They found that antiphase boundaries play a crucial role in this process. The study’s insights could lead to the use of Fe3Al in applications such as 3D-printed seismic shock absorbers. This combined approach resolves previous discrepancies in understanding the alloy’s properties.

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