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Materials 2017, 10(5), 463;

Crystallographic Characterization on Polycrystalline Ni-Mn-Ga Alloys with Strong Preferred Orientation

Key Laboratory for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education), School of Material Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819, China
Laboratoire d’Étude des Microstructures et de Mécanique des Matériaux (LEM3), CNRS UMR 7239, Université de Lorraine, 57045 Metz, France
Laboratory of Excellence on Design of Alloy Metals for low-mAss Structures (DAMAS), Université de Lorraine, 57045 Metz, France
German Engineering Materials Science Centre (GEMS), Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG) Outstation at FRM II, D-85748 Garching, Germany
Taiyuan University of Science and Technology, Taiyuan 030024, China
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Academic Editor: Daniel Chateigner
Received: 9 March 2017 / Revised: 13 April 2017 / Accepted: 25 April 2017 / Published: 27 April 2017
(This article belongs to the Collection Textures and Anisotropy in Advanced Materials)
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Heusler type Ni-Mn-Ga ferromagnetic shape memory alloys can demonstrate excellent magnetic shape memory effect in single crystals. However, such effect in polycrystalline alloys is greatly weakened due to the random distribution of crystallographic orientation. Microstructure optimization and texture control are of great significance and challenge to improve the functional behaviors of polycrystalline alloys. In this paper, we summarize our recent progress on the microstructure control in polycrystalline Ni-Mn-Ga alloys in the form of bulk alloys, melt-spun ribbons and thin films, based on the detailed crystallographic characterizations through neutron diffraction, X-ray diffraction and electron backscatter diffraction. The presented results are expected to offer some guidelines for the microstructure modification and functional performance control of ferromagnetic shape memory alloys. View Full-Text
Keywords: ferromagnetic shape memory alloys; texture analysis; orientation distribution ferromagnetic shape memory alloys; texture analysis; orientation distribution

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Li, Z.; Yang, B.; Zou, N.; Zhang, Y.; Esling, C.; Gan, W.; Zhao, X.; Zuo, L. Crystallographic Characterization on Polycrystalline Ni-Mn-Ga Alloys with Strong Preferred Orientation. Materials 2017, 10, 463.

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