Characterisation of grain boundary cluster compactness in austenitic stainless steel
Source: Materials Science and Technology, Volume 26, Number 6, June 2010 , pp. 670-675(6)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The distribution of grain boundaries of particular crystallographic character can provide descriptive information on the properties of engineering materials. For example, the fraction and connectivity of corrosion susceptible grain boundaries typically correlates with the extent of intergranular corrosion and stress corrosion cracking resistance in sensitised austenitic stainless steels. A parameter defining the cluster compactness is proposed to describe the breakup of the network of corrosion susceptible grain boundaries. It may therefore provide a measure of intergranular stress corrosion cracking resistance. The cluster compactness of the network of random grain boundaries (>Σ29) in electron backscatter diffraction assessments of microstructure is shown to decrease with increasing fraction of Σ3 boundaries. However, the cluster compactness of the network of corroded grain boundaries identified after electrochemical testing is less sensitive to changes in microstructure obtained by thermomechanical processing.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2010-06-01
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