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On the mechanism of liquid copper penetration into iron grain boundaries
KTH, Superseded Departments, Materials Science and Engineering.
2001 (English)In: Scandinavian journal of metallurgy, ISSN 0371-0459, Vol. 30, no 1, 41-50 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The penetration of liquid copper into iron grain boundaries has been experimentally analysed. During the penetration, Cu diffuses into the iron grains. In this case, a Kirkendall effect is created, leading to vacancies which diffuse to the grain boundaries where they condense. A grain boundary crack is formed, which will be filled with liquid Cu. The driving force for penetration of the Cu-liquid into the grain boundary is the condensation of vacancies and the surface/interface free energy change. A theoretical model describing the penetration rate is derived and a good agreement between theory and experiments was achieved. The model is general and can be used to explain liquid metal embrittlement.

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2001. Vol. 30, no 1, 41-50 p.
Keyword [en]
liquid, metal, penetration, grain boundary
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-20267ISI: 000166195700006OAI: diva2:338961
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-10 Created: 2010-08-10Bibliographically approved

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