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Title: Characterisation of Laves phase precipitation and its correlation to creep rupture strength of ferritic steels

The Laves phase precipitation process was characterised by means of field emission scanning electron microscopy to demonstrate its effect on creep rupture strength of steels with a fully ferritic matrix. To eliminate the effects of carbide and carbonitride precipitations so that the creep rupture data can be analysed exclusively in relation to the Laves phase precipitation process, an alloy Fe–9Cr–3Co–3W (wt.%) without C and N additions was used for the study. Creep rupture strengths were measured and volume fraction and particle size of Laves phase precipitates in the ruptured specimens were analysed. It was found that the creep rupture strength started to collapse (or decrease more rapidly) long before the Laves phase precipitation reached equilibrium fraction. This was related to the onset of the coarsening of Laves phase particles, which precipitated only on grain boundaries and hence contributed little to precipitation strengthening. Creep deformation had no effect either on the precipitation kinetics or on the growth kinetics of Laves phase particles. - Highlights: • Laves phase precipitation at 650 °C was characterised for Fe–9Cr–3W–3Co alloy. • Laves phase precipitated predominantly on grain boundaries. • Creep deformation had no effect on Laves phase precipitation and growth kinetics. • Creep strength startedmore » to collapse long before Laves phase precipitation is ended. • Collapse of creep strength was attributed to the coarsening of Laves phase particles.« less
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22403602
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Characterization; Journal Volume: 98; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2014 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; CARBIDES; CORRELATIONS; CREEP; CRYSTAL GROWTH; DEFORMATION; FERRITIC STEELS; FIELD EMISSION; GRAIN BOUNDARIES; KINETICS; LAVES PHASES; MATRIX MATERIALS; PARTICLE SIZE; PARTICLES; PRECIPITATION; RUPTURES; SCANNING ELECTRON MICROSCOPY