Isothermal phase transformation in biomedical Co-29Cr-6Mo alloy without addition of carbon or nitrogen

Shingo Kurosu, Hiroaki Matsumoto, Akihiko Chiba

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

84 Citations (Scopus)


The isothermal phase transformation behavior in a biomedical Co-29Cr-6Mo alloy without carbon or nitrogen was investigated during aging at temperatures between 973 K and 1273 K (700 °C and 1000 °C) for up to 90 ks. Transformation from the γ to the e phase did not occur at 1273 K (1000 °C) as the σ phase was more stable than the ε phase, and the r phase precipitated at the c grain boundaries. At 1173 K (900 °C), a σ →ε1 phase transformation occurred by massive precipitation. Prolonged annealing at 1173 K (900 °C) led to a lamellar structure of ε2 and σ phases at ε11 boundaries by a discontinuous/cellular reaction, expressed by the reaction equation ε1 → ε2+σ. After decreasing the aging temperature to 973 K (700 °C), transformation from the γ to the σ phase occurred mainly by isothermal martensitic transformation, but a lathlike massive e1 phase and ε2/σ lamellar colonies were also observed at the original γ-grain boundaries. It is likely that not adding carbon results in the promotion of the massive transformation and the precipitation of the r phase during isothermal aging in the Co-29Cr-6Mo alloy system, whose composition corresponds to the ASTM F75 standard for metallic materials for surgical implantation. The resultant isothermal transformation behavior of the present alloy is described on the basis of thermodynamic calculations using Thermo-Calc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2613-2625
Number of pages13
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


Dive into the research topics of 'Isothermal phase transformation in biomedical Co-29Cr-6Mo alloy without addition of carbon or nitrogen'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this