Peritectic reaction in the iron-carbon, iron-nickel, and iron-chromium-nickel systems

N. J. McDonald, S. Sridhar

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The Confocal Scanning Laser Microscope (CSLM) at Carnegie Mellon University has been used to study austenite formation during the peritectic transition in iron-carbon, iron-nickel, and iron-chromium-nickel alloys. The CSLM is a unique tool that allows the in-situ observation of high-temperature phenomena through the combination of an image furnace, He-Ne laser, and confocal optics. The first stage of the peritectic transition - the reaction stage, involving the austenite phase growing along the ferrite/liquid boundary - has been observed. For the iron-nickel alloy it was found that for both the hypoperitectic and hyperperitectic alloys the rate of austenite growth increases with increased undercooling. As expected the austenite growth rates for the interstitial alloy (iron-carbon) are faster than those for the substitutional (iron-nickel). Finally, the reaction rate was measured for an iron-chromium-nickel alloy and it was found that the rates are comparable with those observed in the pure iron-nickel alloy. This suggests that the reaction rate might be controlled by the diffusion of nickel in both cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Symposium on the Thermodynamics, kinetics, Characterizaion and Modeling of
Subtitle of host publicationAustenite Formation and Decomposition
EditorsE.B. Damm, M.J. Merwin
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventMaterials Science and Technology 2003 Meeting - Chicago, IL, United States
Duration: Nov 9 2003Nov 12 2003

Publication series

NameMaterials Science and Technology 2003 Meeting


ConferenceMaterials Science and Technology 2003 Meeting
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityChicago, IL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)


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