The effect of Nb on grain boundary segregation of B in high refractory Ni-based superalloys

Stoichko Antonov*, Jiajie Huo, Qiang Feng, Dieter Isheim, David N. Seidman, Randolph C. Helmink, Eugene Sun, Sammy Tin

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Atom probe tomography was used to quantitatively assess grain boundary phase compositions and determine local segregation along the grain boundary before and after a 1000 h thermal exposure at 800 °C on an experimental powder processed Ni-base superalloy containing elevated levels of Nb. Due to high levels of refractory alloying elements at the grain boundary, a complex network of σ phase precipitates formed and the interfacial segregation profiles were studied. Although elemental B segregates to grain boundaries and secondary phase interfaces, insufficient levels are present to result in boride formation due to an enhanced solubility of B in the matrix phase.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
JournalScripta Materialia
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • Atom probe tomography
  • Grain boundaries
  • Precipitation
  • Superalloy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metals and Alloys
  • General Materials Science


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