Haixia Liu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.1 , Jie Chen1 , Xiao Wei1 , Can Kang2 , and Kejin Ding3

1School of Materials Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
2School of Energy and Power Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013, China
3Shanghai Marine Equipment Research Institute, Shanghai 200031, China


Received: June 28, 2020
Accepted: September 20, 2020
Publication Date: February 1, 2021

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The present study aims to elucidate the effects of cavitation on the CuZnAl shape memory alloy. Cavitation was produced by the propagation of ultrasonic waves in deionized water. Influences of the exposure time and the standoff distance were considered. The mass loss of the specimen was measured. The specimen surfaces were observed using microscopes. Grain orientations were detected using the X-ray diffraction technique. The specific heat capacity was measured using a differential scanning calorimeter. The highest cavitation aggressivity is attained at the standoff distance of 0.7 mm. As the exposure time increases, both the mass loss and surface roughness are enhanced. The cavitation impact leads to the refinement of grains and diversification of grain orientations. Furthermore, the austenite start temperature is reduced and the stability of thermoelastic martensite attenuates due to cavitation. The improvement of the shape memory performance of the CuZnAl shape memory alloy is evidenced.

Keywords: CuZnAl shape memory alloy; ultrasonic cavitation; grain structure; exposure time; standoff distance


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