Article ID: M2016208
In this study, the formation mechanism of the stress-induced α″ martensitic phase in the deformation twinning (DT) band of metastable β-type Ti-27Nb-0.5Ge (at.%) alloy under tension was investigated. A preferential nucleation site for the stress-induced α″ martensitic transformation is inside a DT band with high dislocation density. The α″ martensitic phase developed in the DT band with increasing applied plastic strain. The α″ martensitic phase subsequently grew to intersect other DT bands, forming secondary DT bands themselves in the parent β grains.