Since writing on this subject two years ago , a number of developments have occurred, particularly in relation to the mechanical properties of the L12 nickel aluminide Ni3Al. Some elucidate the nature of the yield strength and the extraordinarily beneficial effect of boron on low-temperature ductility. Some others expose, at least in part, the nature of the marked reduction in ductility at elevated temperatures. Another considers the mechanisms dominating creep deformation. Also during this period, contradictions have appeared: the relationship between the yield strength and the grain size, d, at room temperature has been contested, and opposing views of grain refinement on ductility have been reported.
This paper reviews these developments. Although broadly directed at intermetallic compounds, the discussion is specific to Ni3Al. The hope is that the knowledge and understanding gained about this compound will benefit the class as a whole.