Microstructural evolution of unidirectionally solidified Nb SS-Nb 5Si 3 eutectic alloy

Yuanyuan Lu, Jin Zhang, Lixi Tian, Yulong Li, Chaoli Ma

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The microstructure of Nb SS-Nb 5Si 3 eutectic alloys unidirectionally solidified at various growth rates and the phase boundary characteristics between niobium solid solution (Nb SS) and Nb 5Si 3 phases in these alloys were studied, by using electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) method. Lower growth rate is beneficial to form lamellar eutectic structure. When the growth rate decreased to 3 mm/h, large-scale regular lamellas could be detected in alternative distribution. Three kinds of crystallographic orientation patterns, i.e. {111}Nb//{011}Nb 5Si 3, {110}Nb//{111}Nb 5Si 3 and {112}Nb//{100}Nb 5Si 3 were identified in lamellar and non-lamellar eutectic structures with different growth rate conditions. Associated with the X-ray diffraction (XRD) results about investigated alloys, two-phase eutectic growth shows strong preferential orientation when growth rate is low. The influence of growth rate on microstructural evolution in unidirectionally solidified NbSS-Nb5Si3 eutectic alloy had been discussed in this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-339
Number of pages5
JournalRare Metals
Issue numberSUPPL.1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Mar
Externally publishedYes


  • EBSD
  • Lamellar structure
  • Nb -Nb Si eutectic alloy
  • Phase boundary
  • Unidirectional solidification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry


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