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Low-Pressure Phase Transformation From Rhombohedral To Cubic Bn: Experiment And Theory, Valery I. Levitas, Leonid K. Shvedov

#### Low-Pressure Phase Transformation From Rhombohedral To Cubic Bn: Experiment And Theory, Valery I. Levitas, Leonid K. Shvedov

*Valery I. Levitas*

An irreversible phase transformation (PT) from the rhombohedral phase of boron nitride rBN to cubic cBN was recently recorded at the surprisingly low pressure of 5.6 GPa at room temperature. In this paper, a very nontrivial and unexpected explanation of this phenomenon is found, based on our criterion for the PT in plastic materials and approximate solution of corresponding plastic problems. It is found that due to orientational plastic instability and rotational softening in rBN and the higher yield stress of cBN, stresses grow drastically in the transforming region during the PT (despite a volume decrease by a factor ...

Three-Dimensional Landau Theory For Multivariant Stress-Induced Martensitic Phase Transformations. Ii. Multivariant Phase Transformations And Stress Space Analysis, Valery I. Levitas, Dean L. Preston

#### Three-Dimensional Landau Theory For Multivariant Stress-Induced Martensitic Phase Transformations. Ii. Multivariant Phase Transformations And Stress Space Analysis, Valery I. Levitas, Dean L. Preston

*Valery I. Levitas*

In this paper, the three-dimensional Landau model of austenite-martensite transformations constructed in Part I is generalized to include transformations between an arbitrary number of martensitic variants. The model can incorporate all temperature-dependent thermomechanical properties of both phases for arbitrary crystal symmetries, including higher-order elastic constants, and it correctly describes the characteristic features of stress-strain curves for shape-memory alloys and steels, namely, constant transformation strain tensors, constant or weakly temperature dependent stress hysteresis, and transformation at nonzero tangent moduli. Geometric representations of the conditions for phase equilibrium and phase transformations in six-dimensional stress space are developed. For the cubic-tetragonal phase transformation ...

Three-Dimensional Landau Theory For Multivariant Stress-Induced Martensitic Phase Transformations. I. Austenite↔Martensite, Valery I. Levitas, Dean L. Preston

#### Three-Dimensional Landau Theory For Multivariant Stress-Induced Martensitic Phase Transformations. I. Austenite↔Martensite, Valery I. Levitas, Dean L. Preston

*Valery I. Levitas*

A three-dimensional Landau theory of stress-induced martensitic phase transformations is presented. It describes transformations between austenite and martensitic variants and transformations between martensitic variants. The Landau free energy incorporates all temperature-dependent thermomechanical properties of both phases. The theory accounts for the principal features of martensitic transformations in shape memory alloys and steels, namely, stress-strain curves with constant transformation strain and constant, or weakly temperature dependent, stress hysteresis, as well as nonzero tangent elastic moduli at the phase transformation point. In part I, the austenite↔martensite phase transformation is treated, while transformations between martensitic variants are considered in part II.