Effects of Zr on the eutectoid decomposition behavior of Nb3Si into (Nb)/Nb5Si3

Seiji Miura, Miki Aoki, Yasuhiko Saeki, Kenji Ohkubo, Yoshinao Mishima, Tetsuo Mohri

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The effect of Zr on the formation of Nb/Nb5Si3 lamellar microstructure by eutectoid decomposition reaction of Nb3Si is investigated. It has been shown that the kinetics of the eutectoid decomposition of high-temperature Nb3Si phase into Nb anal Nb5Si3 phases are sluggish in the binary Nb-Si system and that they are enhanced by Zr additions. The time-temperature-transformation (TTT) diagram for the decomposition is experimentally determined and the acceleration of the reaction by small Zr addition of 1.5 at. pct is confirmed by comparison with the reported TTT curves of binary and ternary alloys containing Ti. The role of the ternary element on the decomposition kinetics is discussed in terms of crystallographic orientation relationships (ORs) and Zr distribution in the parent Nb3Si phase during solidification.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)489-496
Number of pages8
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Mar

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Metals and Alloys


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