The internal‐friction spectrum of zone‐refined nickel [R(273°K)∕R(4.2°K)=600] has been examined at 30 kc∕sec, in the temperature range 77°‐350°K. Plastic deformation produces two prominent relaxation peaks, each the sum of several simple peaks. At 30 kc∕sec, one peak, which occurs at 138°±7°K, has been identified as the Niblett and Wilks peak, and the other, which has its maximum at 248°±40°K, has been shown to be the Bordoni peak. Both peaks have been studied as a function of cold work, grain size, state of annealing, and strain amplitude.
One major result of these studies is a demonstration that the Bordoni peak is only large at low‐to‐moderate flow stresses and vanishes at high flow stress (greater than 50 000 psi) with the Niblett and Wilks peak being the predominant feature of the damping spectrum at the higher‐flow stresses (greater than 30 000 psi). Moreover, the present results in Ni show such similarity to results obtained on deformation‐induced peaks in bcc metals that, if the definition of the Bordoni peak given by Niblett and Wilks is broadened to include Ni, then the peaks in bcc metals can also be included under the definition. Arguments are presented to show that the Bordoni relaxation is best described by the Seeger—Paré hypothesis.