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High temperature reaction of multiple eutectic-component system; The Case of solid metallic Zr and molten stainless steel-B$$_{4}$$C

Sumita, Takehiro ; Kobata, Masaaki ; Takano, Masahide ; Ikeda, Atsushi  

The eutectic melting, one of the fundamental phenomena in high temperature reactions involving liquid phases, is a primitive but important subject for both scientific and industrial fields associated with metallurgy. The present study aims at revealing the formation and reaction mechanisms of the multiple eutectic-component system consisting of solid metallic Zr and molten stainless steel- boron carbide (SS-B$$_{4}$$C) by combining multiple analytical methods (i.e. powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), scanning electron microscopy- energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), and dynamic secondary ion mass spectrometry (D-SIMS)) with thermodynamical consideration. The results indicate that the solidified Zr-SS-B$$_{4}$$C mixture is composed of major phases of (Fe,Cr)$$_{2}$$Zr, (Fe,Cr,Ni)$$_{2}$$Zr, (Ni,Fe)Zr$$_{2}$$, ZrB$$_{2}$$, and a minor phase of ZrC. The results also reveal that the eutectic melting between solid metallic Zr and molten SS-B$$_{4}$$C can be described as the combination of diffusion kinetics and thermodynamic stability. That is, the initial formation of ZrC and ZrB$$_{2}$$ layers at the reaction interface significantly retards the diffusion of other SS-B$$_{4}$$C components (i.e. Cr, Fe, and Ni) into solid metallic Zr.

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