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Solidification of undercooled peritectic Fe-Ge alloy

Phanikumar, Gandham and Biswas, Krishanu and Funke, Oliver and Holland-Moritz, Dirk and Herlach, Dieter M and Chattopadhyay, Kamanio (2005) Solidification of undercooled peritectic Fe-Ge alloy. In: Acta Materialia, 53 (13). pp. 3591-3600.


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Bulk samples of Fe-25 at.% Ge peritectic alloy are undercooled up to 260 K using electromagnetic levitation technique. The growth rate of the primary phase is measured using a capacitance proximity sensor technique. Solidification microstructure is studied as a function of undercooling. The microstructure of samples at low undercoolings consists of a residual primary phase $\alpha+{2}$, peritectic phase \epsilon and inter-dendritic \epsilon-\beta eutectic. Microstructure at higher undercoolings is nearly phase-pure \epsilon. Time resolved diffraction analysis of the levitated droplets using synchrotron radiation indicates the nucleation of primary $\alpha_{2}$ in all cases. The growth rate is analysed using current theories to explain the experimental observations. Interfacial undercooling is found to play an important role in the growth kinetics. Our results also suggest suppression of peritectic reaction.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to Elsevier.
Keywords: Fe-Ge;Peritectic;Dendrite growth rate;Undercooling;Microstructure
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Depositing User: B.S Priyanka
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2005
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:19
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/3517

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