Strain-induced microstructural evolution and its implication on high-temperature hot corrosion (HTHC) phenomena in Alloy 617

Bhuyan, P and Pradhan, S K and Mitra, R and Mandal, S (2021) Strain-induced microstructural evolution and its implication on high-temperature hot corrosion (HTHC) phenomena in Alloy 617. Materials Characterization, 178 .

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The influence of various extents of strain on the microstructure and the high-temperature hot corrosion (HTHC) behavior in Alloy 617 is examined in this study. Electron backscatter diffraction characterization revealed an increase in the spread in the local misorientation zones from the vicinity of boundaries to the grain interiors with the extent of strain. Moreover, the increase in the degree of deformation also increased the connectivity of the random high angle grain boundaries (HAGBs), as corroborated by the fractal analysis, since most of the twin boundaries changed their character from 'special' to 'random' on the application of strain. The HTHC behavior of the as-received and the strained specimens is evaluated by exposing them to a salt mixture (Na2SO4 + NaCl+V2O5) at 1273 K for 24 h. The hot corrosion damage is assessed based on oxide scale characteristics (morphology, thickness, and composition), internal percolation depth, Micro-CT (porosity), and Mott-Schottky (passive film defects) analyses. In-depth characterization of the corroded specimens unveils an improved resistance to HTHC in the highly strained specimens due to the enhanced Cr diffusion through the defects and connected random HAGBs which facilitated the formation of a continuous, and compact Cr-rich oxide film. Importantly, the occurrence of recrystallization and the evolution of the Cr-rich carbides in the strained specimens in the course of the HTHC test increased its likelihood of resisting the aggressive environment for a prolonged duration.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:https://10.1016/j.matchar.2021.111272
Uncontrolled Keywords:Alloy 617; strain; microstructure; hot corrosion; scanning electron microscopy; x-ray diffraction;boundary engineered microstructure; nickel-based alloys; passive films; semiconducting properties; intergranular corrosion; electronic-structure; stainless-steel; electrochemical-behavior; oxidation behavior; oxide-films
Divisions:Material Science and Technology
ID Code:8427
Deposited By:Dr Mita Tarafder
Deposited On:02 Nov 2021 15:41
Last Modified:02 Nov 2021 15:41
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