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Microstructural evolution of a Ni-based superalloy (617B) at 700 °C studied by electron microscopy and atom probe tomography

Authors
Journal
Acta Materialia
1359-6454
Publisher
Elsevier
Volume
60
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.actamat.2011.11.020
Keywords
  • Atom Probe Tomography
  • Ni-Based Superalloy
  • Alloy 617B
  • M23C6
  • Boron Enrichment
Disciplines
  • Chemistry
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract We report on the microstructural evolution of a polycrystalline Ni-based superalloy (Alloy 617B) for power plant applications at a service temperature of 700°C. The formation of secondary M23C6-carbides close to grain boundaries (GBs) and around primary Ti(C,N) particles is observed upon annealing at 700°C, where γ′ is found to nucleate heterogeneously at M23C6 carbides. Using atom probe tomography, elemental partitioning to the phases and composition profiles across phase and grain boundaries are determined. Enrichments of B at γ/M23C6 and γ′/M23C6 interfaces as well as at grain boundaries are detected, while no B enrichment is found at γ/γ′ interfaces. It is suggested that segregation of B in conjunction with γ′ formation stabilizes a network of secondary M23C6 precipitates near GBs and thus increases the creep rupture life of Alloy 617B. Calculations of the equilibrium phase compositions by Thermo-Calc confirm the chemical compositions measured by atom probe tomography.

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