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Shape memory and magnetic properties of a Ni43Co7Mn39Sn11 Heusler polycrystalline alloy were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, the sample extraction method, and the three-terminal capacitance method. A unique martensitic transformation from the ferromagnetic parent phase to the antiferromagneticlike martensite phase was detected and(More)
An ingrowing toenail has no definitive treatment. Previously, effective methods were complicated but easy ones had less effect. We show both an easy and an effective way with Cu-Al-Mn-based shape-memory alloys (SMAs). They have a characteristic shape which patients themselves can detach easily without any pain. But they also have enough corrective force.(More)
Three types of inexpensive Pb-free solder joints, namely Zn-based and Bi-based solders, and a CuSn alloy were studied for application to the high-temperature operation of wide band-gap power semiconductor devices using GaN or SiC. Zn– Al solder sheets, whose melting point is 380°C were prepared, and then surface oxides were removed by RF plasma etching.(More)
Magnetic properties and martensitic transformation behaviors of NiCoMnAl metamagnetic shape memory alloys were investigated. The kinetic arrest phenomenon was observed at about 40K during thermomagnetization measurements. At temperatures ranging from 4.2 to 200K, magnetic field-induced reverse transformation was confirmed by a pulse magnetometer with a(More)
In multiphase steels, control of the carbon contents in the respective phases is the most important factor in alloy design for achieving high strength and high ductility. However, it is unusually difficult to determine the carbon contents in multiphase structures with high accuracy by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) due to the unavoidable effect of(More)
The single-variant state and the magnetocrystalline anisotropy in a single crystal Co41Ni32Al27 ferromagnetic shape memory alloy (FSMA) have been investigated. After applying compressive stress, the single-variant state was confirmed by optical micrograph and linear thermal expansion measurements. In the heating process for the single-variant martensite(More)
In polycrystalline materials, grain growth occurs at elevated temperatures to reduce the total area of grain boundaries with high energy. The grain growth rate usually slows down with annealing time, making it hard to obtain grains larger than a millimeter in size. We report a crystal growth method that employs only a cyclic heat treatment to obtain a(More)