Quenching differential thermal analysis and thermodynamic calculation to determine partition coefficients of solute elements in simplified Ni-base superalloys

Jairo Valdes, Shun Li Shang, Zi Kui Liu, Paul King, Xingbo Liu

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Abstract

In this article, a profile-fitting methodology was developed to measure the partition coefficients of solute elements during the solidification of Ni-base alloys. Better agreement with the theoretically calculated values is expected if the accuracy of the composition and the homogeneity of the model alloys are enhanced. Regular differential thermal analysis (DTA) measurements were consistently higher than the theoretical transition temperatures, and the differences were smaller when compared to the predictions performed with the thermodynamical database developed by Du et al. The better agreement between the experimental results and the theoretical predictions made with the newly developed database suggests that improvements in the accuracy of the theoretical predictions can still be obtained and are necessary for accurate freckling prediction. Quenching modified DTA (MDTA) experiments were proven to be appropriate for directly measuring the average partition coefficients of the solute elements. Regarding the cooling rate of the first stage of the quenching experiments, it was assumed successfully that the cooling rate prior to the quenching step of 0.083 Ks-1 was sufficiently slow to permit easy quenching, while being fast enough for the primary solidification reaction to depart from the equilibrium model and being closer to the Scheil model of segregation. The minimization of the error function defined from the Scheil equation was found to be an appropriate method for describing the segregation profiles of the quenched samples and permitted good estimations of the partition coefficients of the solute elements. The reliability of the methodology was found to be satisfactory given that the magnitudes calculated for the partition coefficients of the solutes in the multicomponent alloy 718 were found to be very close to the values reported in the literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-498
Number of pages12
JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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