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Residual Stress Relaxation in Cemented Carbide Composites Studied Using the Argonne Intense Pulsed Neutron Source

  • A. D. Krawitz (a1), R. Roberts (a1) and J. Faber (a1)


Cemented carbide composites with a WC hard phase and a Co-Ni alloy binder phase have been subjected to monotonic and cyclic deformation and studied using the high resolution General Purpose Powder Diffractometer at the Argonne Intense Pulsed Neutron Source. Upon deformation, relaxation of bulk differential thermal residual stresses, tensile in the binder and compressive in the carbide, is observed to occur as a function of loading mode and plastic strain via shifts in diffraction peak positions. In addition, peak breadth behavior indicates broadening. At low plastic strain this is due primarily to a range of residual stress and at high plastic strain it is attributable to the plastic deformation alone since relaxation is essentially complete. The appropriateness of neutrons is discussed.



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