Coupled diffusional/displacive transformations: Part II. Solute trapping

G. B. Olson*, H. K.D.H. Bhadeshia, M. Cohen

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An earlier theory for the nonequilibrium transformation of austenite in Fe-C alloys to partially supersaturated plates of ferrite is extended to include a recent solute trapping model by Aziz. The previous model yielded a relationship between interface velocity and supersaturation for a specified transformation temperature. However, a unique growth velocity was determined from a velocity maximization criterion that could not be justified. By including the Aziz solute trapping function as a third interface response function (in addition to functions describing the diffusion field velocity and interface mobility), it has been possible to obtain a more physically based unique solution to the growth velocity for a specified temperature. The new calculations on an Fe-C alloy indicate a smoothly increasing supersaturation during both nucleation and growth, as the transformation temperature is reduced. Both the nucleation and growth processes tend to become completely diffusionless only below the martensite start temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-809
Number of pages5
JournalMetallurgical Transactions A
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1990

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