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Materials 2017, 10(4), 399; doi:10.3390/ma10040399

Effects of Tungsten Addition on the Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance of Fe-3.5B Alloy in Liquid Zinc

School of Material Science and Engineering, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105, China
Key Laboratory of Materials Design and Preparation Technology of Hunan Province, Xiangtan University, Xiangtan 411105, China
School of Material Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Shanghai 200240, China
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Academic Editor: Joseph F. Chiang
Received: 19 February 2017 / Revised: 5 April 2017 / Accepted: 6 April 2017 / Published: 10 April 2017
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The effects of tungsten addition on the microstructure and corrosion resistance of Fe-3.5B alloys in a liquid zinc bath at 520 °C were investigated by means of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron probe micro-analysis. The microstructure evolution in different alloys is analyzed and discussed using an extrapolated Fe-B-W ternary phase diagram. Experimental results show that there are three kinds of borides, the reticular (Fe, W)2B, the rod-like (Fe, W)3B and flower-like FeWB. The addition of tungsten can refine the microstructure and improve the stability of the reticular borides. Besides, it is beneficial to the formation of the metastable (Fe, W)3B phase. The resultant Fe-3.5B-11W (wt %) alloy possesses excellent corrosion resistance to liquid zinc. When tungsten content exceeds 11 wt %, the formed flower-like FeWB phase destroys the integrity of the reticular borides and results in the deterioration of the corrosion resistance. Also, the corrosion failure resulting from the spalling of borides due to the initiation of micro-cracks in the grain boundary of borides is discussed in this paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: Fe-B alloy; corrosion resistance; reticular boride; tungsten; molten zinc Fe-B alloy; corrosion resistance; reticular boride; tungsten; molten zinc

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Liu, X.; Wang, M.; Yin, F.; Ouyang, X.; Li, Z. Effects of Tungsten Addition on the Microstructure and Corrosion Resistance of Fe-3.5B Alloy in Liquid Zinc. Materials 2017, 10, 399.

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