Kinetics of peritectic reaction and transformation in Fe-C alloys

H. Shibata, Y. Arai, M. Suzuki, T. Emi

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In situ dynamic observation of the progress of a peritectic reaction and transformation of Fe-(0.14 pct C)- and Fe-(0.42 pct C)-peritectic Fe-C alloys has been successfully made with a combination of a confocal scanning laser microscope and an infrared image furnace. The peritectic reaction is characterized by the formation of the γ-austenite phase at the junction of the liquid and the grain boundary of δ-ferrite crystals and subsequent propagation of the three-phase point, liquid/γ/δ, along the liquid/δ boundary, whereas the peritectic transformation occurs by the thickening of the intervening γ toward both the liquid side and the δ side. The rates of the peritectic reaction for the two peritectic alloys are found to be much faster than the rate that would be controlled by carbon diffusion, suggesting that either massive transformation to γ or solidification as γ controls the rate. This is also the case for the Fe-0.14%C transformation in the hypoperitectic alloy. However, the rate of the peritectic transformation in the Fe-0.42%C alloy is determined by carbon diffusion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)981-991
Number of pages11
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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