A Gibbs Energy Balance Model for Growth Via Diffusional Growth-Ledges

Sam Clark, Yongjun Lan, Alireza Rahnama, Vit Janik, Seetharaman Sridhar

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    Growth ledges are commonly observed on interphase boundaries during diffusional phase transformations and are of great importance for understanding inter-sheet spacing of interphase precipitates. A simple model based on Gibbs Energy Balance (GEB) for describing growth kinetics via diffusional growth-ledges of height λ is presented for the case of ferrite growth into austenite. The model is validated against the case of austenite to ferrite transformation involving interphase precipitation in a V, Mn, Si alloyed HSLA steel where, λ is assumed to be equal to the inter-sheet spacing of interphase carbide precipitates. The presented model provides a computationally efficient and versatile method for predicting the ledge height, λ, and the growth kinetics of ferrite from initial nucleation through to final soft impingement considering the evolution of solute drag at growth ledge risers. It is suggested that the intrinsic mobility of growth ledge risers is: M_m^αR=0.58exp((-140×〖10〗^3)/RT) mmol.J^(-1) s^(-1), with R the gas constant and T the absolute temperature in K.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number ISIJINT-2018-621
    Pages (from-to)573-582
    Number of pages10
    JournalISIJ International
    Issue number3
    Early online date27 Dec 2018
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2019

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    • Growth ledges
    • Interphase precipitation
    • Solute drag

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Mechanical Engineering
    • Metals and Alloys
    • Materials Chemistry


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