1977 Volume 63 Issue 6 Pages 1037-1039
No boride other than of M3B2-type has been reported to be present in nickel-base superalloys, and most of the M's in M3B2 are considered, for PHACOMP, to be molybdenum or tungsten.
However, tungsten-rich M3B2 is not probable to form in some recent nickel-base alloys containing tungsten instead of molybdenum, since the W-B system does not have a boride of this type.
In this experiment, high-boron cobalt-free Mar-M200 type alloys, containing tungsten but free from molybdenum, were examined to determine the type of boride. X-ray and chemical analyses of the residue indicated that the boride in the alloys was M5B3 which was considered to be formed by substituting a portion of chromium atoms in Cr5B3 by tungsten atoms, i. e. (Cr, W) 5B3. W5B3, however, is not present in the W-B system.