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1 1 Kinetics – time dependence of transformation rate

2 2 Kinetics of Solid-State Reactions Most reactions involve impedance –Formation of a new phase –Composition different from parent –Atomic rearrangement via diffusion required –Energy increase at new boundaries Processes in microstructural transformation –Nucleation is first process in phase transformation –Occurs at imperfection sites, grain boundaries –Growth (until equilibrium)

3 3 Typical kinetic behavior for most solid-state reactions

4 4 Fraction of transformation (Avrami equation) Rate of transformation

5 5 For most reactions rate increases with temperature:

6 6 Isothermal Transformation Diagrams (Pearlite)  (0.76 wt% C)  (0.022 wt% C)+Fe 3 C(6.70 wt% C) Upon cooling  (intermediate carbon content) transforms to  (much lower carbon content) and Fe 3 C (much high carbon content) Pearlite =  + Fe 3 C cooling heating

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8 8 Pearlite (Eutectoid Composition) Reaction v. Log of Time Temperature kept constant throughout course of experiment

9 9 More Convenient Analysis Only valid for eutectoid composition

10 10 Note from Figure 11.4 Derived from series of S-curves Plot of temperature (y-axis ) v. log time in seconds (x-axis) Austenite transformation only upon cooling below eutectoid temperature Beginning curve, 50% transformation, and completion curve Austenite to left: pearlite to right Start and finish curves are nearly parallel, and they approach eutectic line asymptotically

11 11 Reaction Rate At temperature just below eutectic line rate is very slow Apparent contradiction to r = Ae -Q/RT – increase in temperature causes increase in rate of reaction Between about 540 0 C and 727 0 C – transformation is controlled by pearlite nucleation Nucleation rate decreases with rising temperature (less supercooling) Activation energy (Q) of nucleation increases with temperature But, at lower temperatures austenite decomposition – transformation is diffusion controlled (as predicted by equation 11.3)

12 12 Isothermal Transformation Diagram (Time–Temperature–Transformation, T-T-T) Very rapid cooling (AB) Isothermal (BCD) C (3.5s is beginning) D (15s is completion)

13 13 Compute the mass fractions of  ferrite and cementite in pearlite

14 14 This problem asks that we compute the mass fractions of ferrite and cementite in pearlite. The lever-rule expression for ferrite is And, since = 6.70 wt% C, C o = 0.76 wt% C, and C  = 0.022 wt% C Similarly, for cementite

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17 17 Morphology of Pearlite Ferrite to cementite (approximately 8:1) At temperature just below eutectoid – relatively thick  and Fe 3 C layers (coarse pearlite) Diffusion rates are relatively high and carbon diffuses over long distances With decreasing temperature, carbon diffusion rate decreases and layers become thinner (fine pearlite)

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19 19 Bainite – another product of austenite transformation Needles or plates – needles of ferrite separated by elongated particles of the Fe 3 C phase Bainite forms as shown on the T-T-T diagram at temperatures below those where pearlite forms Pearlite forms – 540 to 727 0 C Bainite forms – 215 to 540 0 C Bainite and pearlite are competitive with each other – once some portion of an alloy is transformed to either pearlite or bainite, transformation to the other microconstituent is not possible without reheating to form austentite Unlike pearlite – kinetics of bainite obey Arrhenius equiation – why?

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21 21 Maximum rate of transformation Pearlite – nucleation controlled Bainite – diffusion controlled

22 22 Spheroidite Steel alloy having either pearlite or bainite microstructure heated to and left at a temperature below eutectic line for long period of time (18 to 24h) Microstructure formed is sphere like particles embedded in a continuous  -phase Transformation due to additional carbon diffusion with no change in composition Driving force- reduction of  -Fe 3 C boundary line

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24 24 Martensite Formed when austenite cools rapidly (or is quenched) to a relatively low temperature (near ambient) – instantaneous Diffusionless transformation of austenite Competitive with pearlite and banite Occurs when quenching rate is rapid enough to prevent carbon diffusion Must be formed from austenite; cannot be formed from pearlite or bainite

25 25 Martensite, (cont’d) FCC austenite experiences polymorphic transformation to BCT – diffusionless transformation from austentite – almost instantaneous since not dependent on diffusion Martensite structure typically maintained indefinately at room temperatures Supersaturated solid solution capable of rapidly transforming to other structures if heated to temperatures at which diffusion rates become appreciable

26 26 Needle-shaped Portion is Martensite – Rest is austensite Martensite does not appear on iron-rich phase diagram because it is metastable

27 27 Martensite shown on isothermal transformation diagram Independent of time – not depicted in the same way as pearlite or bainite Function of temperature - temperature must be low enough to make carbon diffusion virtually nonexistant Presence of alloying elements other than carbon cause significant changes in positions and shapes of curves including shifting to longer times and formation of a separate bainite nose

28 28 (a) Rapidly cool to 350C, hold for 10,000s, and quench to RT (b) Rapidly cool to 250C, hold for 100s, and quench to RT (c) Rapidly cool to 650C, hold for 20s, rapidly cool to 400C, hold For 1,000s, and quench to RT

29 29 Mechanical Properties of Pearlite Fe 3 C is harder and more brittle than ferrite Increasing Fe 3 C content increases hardness Fine pearlite is harder and stronger than coarse pearlite –Greater Fe 3 C boundary are per unit volume –Phase boundaries serve as barriers to dislocation motion –Fine pearlite has more boundaries through which a dislocation must pass during plastic deformation Coarse pearlite – more ductile than fine pearlite

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32 32 Spheroidite Less boundary area Plastic deformation not constrained Ductile tough

33 33 Bainite Fine structure (smaller  and Fe 3 C particles than pearlite Stronger and harder than pearlite Combination of strength and ductility

34 34 Martensite Hardest and strongest Most brittle Strength and hardness not related to microstructure – attributed to interstitial carbon atoms hindering dislocation motion

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36 36 Tempered Martensite Martensite is so brittle that its utility is limited Ductility and toughness may be enhanced by relieving internal stresses by heat tempering –Heat to below eutectoid –Matensite (BCT, single phase)  tempered martensite (  + Fe 3 C phases) –Forms structure similar to spherodite expect cementite particles are smaller –Large ferrite phase boundary area around very fine and numerous cementite particles –Increasing cementite particle size decreases boundary area and thus results in softer, weaker materail

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38 38 Polymer Crystallization Upon cooling through melting temperature, nuclei form wherein small regions of tangled and random molecules become ordered and align in the manner of chain-folded layers Nuclei grow by the continued ordering and alignment of additional molecular chain segments Crystallization rate obeys Avrami equation: –Y = 1 – exp (-kt n )

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