Grain Boundary Curvature in a Model Ni-Based Superalloy (Preprint)
CONNECTICUT UNIV STORRS INST OF MATERIALS SCIENCE
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The local grain boundary curvature in a model Ni-based superalloy was measured experimentally using Dehoffs tangent count method. The results show that, in materials containing significant amounts of second-phase particles, the curvature parameter kappa, which relates the mean local curvature to the grain size, can adopt far lower values than have been reported previously. It is also shown that the value of kappa, is not a constant, as is usually assumed, but instead varies both with the volume fraction of second-phase particles and with the holding time during high-temperature annealing. The lowest values for kappa, were obtained for high particle volume fractions and long annealing times. Since the local boundary curvature constitutes the driving force for grain growth, these observations could help to explain grain growth phenomena in heavily pinned systems.
- Metallurgy and Metallography
- Numerical Mathematics
- Properties of Metals and Alloys