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Title: A comparative study of quantitative microsegregation analyses performed during the solidification of the Ni-base superalloy CMSX-10

Quantitative microsegregation analyses were systematically carried out during the solidification of the Ni-base superalloy CMSX-10 to clarify the methodological effect on the quantification of microsegregation and to fully understand the solidification microstructure. Three experimental techniques, namely, mushy zone quenching (MZQ), planar directional solidification followed by quenching (PDSQ), and random sampling (RS), were implemented for the analysis of microsegregation tendency and the magnitude of solute elements by electron probe microanalysis. The microprobe data and the calculation results of the diffusion field ahead of the solid/liquid (S/L) interface of PDSQ samples revealed that the liquid composition at the S/L interface is significantly influenced by quenching. By applying the PDSQ technique, it was also found that the partition coefficients of all solute elements do not change appreciably during the solidification of primary γ. All three techniques could reasonably predict the segregation behavior of most solute elements. Nevertheless, the RS approach has a tendency to overestimate the magnitude of segregation for most solute elements when compared to the MZQ and PDSQ techniques. Moreover, the segregation direction of Cr and Mo predicted by the RS approach was found to be opposite from the results obtained by the MZQ and PDSQ techniques. This conflicting segregation behaviormore » of Cr and Mo was discussed intensively. It was shown that the formation of Cr-rich areas near the γ/γ′ eutectic in various Ni-base superalloys, including the CMSX-10 alloy, could be successfully explained by the results of microprobe analysis performed on a sample quenched during the planar directional solidification of γ/γ′ eutectic. - Highlights: • Methodological effect on the quantification of microsegregation was clarified. • The liquid composition at the S/L interface was influenced by quenching. • The segregation direction of Cr varied depending on the experimental techniques. • Cr and Mo segregation in Ni-base superalloys was fully understood.« less
Authors:
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  1. High Temperature Materials Group, Korea Institute of Materials Science, Changwon 642-831 (Korea, Republic of)
  2. Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Changwon National University, Changwon 641-773 (Korea, Republic of)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22340334
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Characterization; Journal Volume: 89; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; DIFFUSION; ELECTRON MICROPROBE ANALYSIS; EUTECTICS; HEAT RESISTING ALLOYS; LIQUIDS; MICROSTRUCTURE; QUENCHING; SEGREGATION; SOLIDIFICATION; SOLIDS; SOLUTES