A detailed examination of the variation of yield stress with temperature in an Fe3Al alloy shows a maximum at a temperature of about 500°C, slightly below the critical temperature for loss of DO3 order. At this temperature the dislocations present in the material change from being <111= superdislocations separated by APB to being single dislocations with Burgers vector <100=. At slightly lower temperatures the superdislocations become pinned by a local climb process involving point defect transfer between the partial dislocations.
Analysis of the forces between the dislocations which induce the local climb locking process allows an estimation of the role which will be played by variations in composition of the Fe-Al alloy considered, changes in deformation rate and orientation of the applied stress.
Examination of data available in the literature shows that each of the three aspects discussed, namely the influence of variations in ordered state, in Al content over the range 25% to 50%, or additions of alloying elements such as Si, straining at very fast or at slow rates, and stressing along different crystallographic axes, is completely consistent with the model proposed.