Microstructure and phase control in Zr-Fe-Cr-Ni alloys: Thermodynamic and kinetic aspects

P. Barberis, N. Dupin, C. Lemaignan, A. Pasturel, J. M. Grange, A. Motta, C. Toffolon-Masclet, B. Cox

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TEM investigations in Zr-Fe and Zr-Fe-Ni, Zr-Ni-Cr and Zr-Cr-Fe systems were performed to assess the second particles present in these alloys, either in quasi equilibrium conditions, or after quenching and annealing experiments. At equilibrium, Zr 3Fe was found to dissolve Ni up to 12 at%. Ab initio computations provided formation enthalpies for several Zr-Fe compounds and showed that the Zr 2Fe is metastable at low temperature. All of these data allowed us to extend the thermodynamic database ZIRCOBASE; very good agreement between the thermodynamic computations and the experimental evidences was obtained. Quenching and annealing experiments showed that Zr 2Fe is formed for low quenching rates, while Zr 3Fe is formed for higher quenching rates. Last, corrosion results in various conditions show that the influence of second phase particles volume fraction depends on the corroding atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)261-288
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of ASTM International
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • General Materials Science
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • General Engineering
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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