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This work, a new composition of high-entropy alloys (HEAs) was designed. The composition was carefully tailored with the aim to obtain a solid solution with a BCC crystalline structure to be an alternative binder in cermets. Thus, the composition of the HEA has been designed taking into account various criteria which has fulfilled a metallic binder of a Ti(C,N) cermet:(1) high hardness and oxidation resistance and (2) good wetting behaviour with Ti(C,N) particles because the processing of cermets is by LPS. The design of the alloy has been performed using theoretical calculations of physicochemical properties of the elements involved and the calculation of phase diagram by Thermocalc. The designed alloy has been processed by casting and powder metallurgy (PM) to study the influence of the processing route on the phases formed and on the resulting properties. The powders were produced by gas atomisation and then consolidated by hot pressing.Special theme block on high entropy alloys, guest edited by Paula Alvaredo Olmos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, and Sheng Guo, Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden.
high entropy alloys; compositional design; gas atomisation; cermet; hot pressing; hardness