A method by which consolidated articles can be produced from nanocrystalline materials to have mechanical properties that can be improved through thermal treatment. The method entails machining a body to produce polycrystalline chips having nanocrystalline microstructures, and then consolidating the chips to form a consolidated article having mechanical properties that exceed that of the body from which the chips were formed. In particular, consolidation of nanocrystalline chips formed by machining a supersaturated solid-solution body causes precipitation of a fine dispersion of precipitates in the consolidated article, with the potential for certain properties to even improve during consolidation or subsequent thermal treatment of the consolidated article.
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 This invention was made with Government support under Agreement No. DE-AC05-000R22725, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.