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Orientation Relationships and Texture of the Iron-Nitride Phase Constituents in Pulsed Plasma Nitriding

Abstract

Electron backscattered diffraction study was used to determine the preferred orientations of the crystals and texture evolution as a consequence of nitrogen diffusion. In the current study, the nitrided layer on a steel substrate was selected as a model material to investigate the distribution of different phases as well as their crystallographic relationships. Possible phase orientation relationships between the constituents were found based on which a phase transformation mechanism was proposed. The investigation of coincidence site lattice revealed that Σ9 and Σ25 types of grain boundaries are separating the elongated ε-phase grains. It was also presented how the phase constituents’ distribution affects the mechanical properties using nanomechanical indentation technique. Moreover, it was found that the ε-phase exists in three distinguished orientations across the matrix each of which representing a definite phase transformation phenomenon.

Category

Academic article

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Masoud Asgari
  • Amin S. Azar
  • Afrooz Barnoush
  • Roy Johnsen

Affiliation

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Industry / Metal Production and Processing
  • Saarland University

Year

2013

Published in

Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

ISSN

1073-5623

Publisher

Springer

Volume

44A

Issue

10

Page(s)

4700 - 4708

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