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  1. Abstract Fracture dictates the service limits of metallic structures. Damage tolerance of materials may be characterized by fracture toughness rigorously developed from fracture mechanics, or less rigorous yet more easily obtained impact toughness (or impact energy as a variant). Given the promise of high-entropy alloys (HEAs) in structural and damage-tolerance applications, we compiled a dataset of fracture toughness and impact toughness/energy from the literature till the end of the 2022 calendar year. The dataset is subdivided into three categories, i.e., fracture toughness, impact toughness, and impact energy, which contain 153, 14, and 78 distinct data records, respectively. On top of the alloy chemistry and measured fracture quantities, each data record also documents the factors influential to fracture. Examples are material-processing history, phase structures, grain sizes, uniaxial tensile properties, such as yield strength and elongation, and testing conditions. Data records with comparable conditions are graphically visualized by plots. The dataset is hosted in Materials Cloud, an open data repository. 
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  5. Understanding the relationship among elemental compositions, nanolamellar microstructures, and mechanical properties enables the rational design of high-entropy alloys (HEAs). Here, we construct nanolamellar AlxCoCuFeNi HEAs with alternating high– and low–Al concentration layers and explore their mechanical properties using a combination of molecular dynamic simulation and density functional theory calculation. Our results show that the HEAs with nanolamellar structures exhibit ideal plastic behavior during uniaxial tensile loading, a feature not observed in homogeneous HEAs. This remarkable ideal plasticity is attributed to the unique deformation mechanisms of phase transformation coupled with dislocation nucleation and propagation in the high–Al concentration layers and the confinement and slip-blocking effect of the low–Al concentration layers. Unexpectedly, this ideal plasticity is fully reversible upon unloading, leading to a remarkable shape memory effect. Our work highlights the importance of nanolamellar structures in controlling the mechanical and functional properties of HEAs and presents a fascinating route for the design of HEAs for both functional and structural applications.

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  7. Here, we introduce a novel defect imaging method based on the cepstral analysis of electron diffuse scattering using an Electron Microscope Pixel Array Detector (EMPAD) detector. 
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