Year of Publication


Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MSME)

Document Type

Master's Thesis




Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Haluk E. Karaca


NiTiHf alloys have emerged as potential materials for applications requiring high transformation temperatures (> 100 °C) with high strength and work output. Although they have high transformation temperatures, their low damping capacity, brittleness and poor superelastic responses (of Ti-rich NiTiHf) impedes their wider usage in many industrial applications. In this study, the quaternary alloying element of Pd has been added to NiTiHf alloys to improve and tailor their shape memory behavior,. NiTiHfPd alloys were systematically examined regarding the composition and heat treatments effects.

Effects of substituting Hf with Ti on the shape memory behavior of NiTHfPd alloys were investigated. There compositions were selected as Ni40.3Ti34Hf20Pd5 Ni40.3Ti39.7Hf15Pd5 and Ni40.3Ti44.7Hf10Pd5 (at.%). Their transformation temperatures, microstructure and shape memory properties were revealed and compared with conventional shape memory alloys. It was revealed that their transformation temperatures increases but transformation strain decreases with the increment of Hf content.

Additionally, superelastic responses of Ni45.3Ti29.7Hf20Pd5 andNi45.3Ti39.7Hf10Pd5 alloys were investigated. Transformation temperatures of polycrystalline Ni45.3Ti29.7Hf20Pd5are highly dependent on aging temperatures and they can be altered widely from room temperature to 250 oC.

Finally, the damping capacity of the Ni45.3Ti39.7Hf10Pd5 polycrystal and [111]-oriented Ni45.3Ti29.7Hf20Pd5 single crystal were investigated. The damping capacities were found to be 16-25, and 10-23 for the Ni45.3Ti39.7Hf10Pd5 and [111]-oriented Ni45.3Ti29.7Hf20Pd5 alloys, respectively.

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