Online ISSN : 1883-2954
Print ISSN : 0021-1575
ISSN-L : 0021-1575
Microstructural Evolution of Intermetallic Compound Layers Formed in Fe/Zn Binary Diffusion Couples
Ryosuke KAINUMAKiyohito ISHIDA
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2005 Volume 91 Issue 3 Pages 349-355


The microstructural evolution of intermetallic compound layers formed in Fe/Zn diffusion couples (DCs) was examined by optical and scanning electron microscopies and electron-probe microanalysis. In the solid-Fe/liquid-Zn DCs at 450°C, the δp phase nucleates between the δk, and ζ phases after dipping for about 100 s and every intermediate phase seems to obey the square root law individually before and after the appearance of the δpphase at 100 s. In the concentration-penetration profiles, a composition gap is observed in the δp phase of the solid-Fe/liquid-Zn DCs dipped for a long time at temperatures ranging from 450 to 550°C, while only a singular point, but no gap, is obtained in the DCs dipped at elevated temperatures over 575°C. On the other hand, in the case of the solid-Fe/solid-Zn DCs at 400°C, the d phase instead of the δpphase appeares later between the δpand Γphases and finally covers the whole δ region.

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