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Effect of Alloying Elements on the α-γ Phase Transformation in Iron

Physics Department and Research Center OPTIMAS, University Kaiserslautern, Erwin-Schrödinger-Straße, D-67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
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Materials 2019, 12(8), 1355;
Received: 8 April 2019 / Revised: 17 April 2019 / Accepted: 22 April 2019 / Published: 25 April 2019
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Small concentrations of alloying elements can modify the α - γ phase transition temperature T c of Fe. We study this effect using an atomistic model based on a set of many-body interaction potentials for iron and several alloying elements. Free-energy calculations based on perturbation theory allow us to determine the change in T c introduced by the alloying element. The resulting changes are in semi-quantitative agreement with experiment. The effect is traced back to the shape of the pair potential describing the interaction between the Fe and the alloying atom. View Full-Text
Keywords: iron; iron alloy; phase transformation; free energy iron; iron alloy; phase transformation; free energy

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Meiser, J.; Urbassek, H.M. Effect of Alloying Elements on the α-γ Phase Transformation in Iron. Materials 2019, 12, 1355.

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