Environmental embrittlement of iron aluminides

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-87
Journal / PublicationIntermetallics
Volume2
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

The effects of gaseous and liquid environments on the fracture behavior of Fe3Al and FeAl are reviewed. The influence of variables such as composition, microstructure, loading rate and temperature are described. It is shown that the iron iluminides, when tested in dry environments (oxygen, dry air, vacuum) are inherently ductile, but that the presence of very small levels of moisture is sufficient to cause severe embrittlement. Hydrogen, whether released from water vapor or directly in contact with the iron aluminides, is the agent of embrittlement. A detailed discussion of the mechanism of embrittlement is included. Alleviation of embrittlement by such techniques as alloying, surface protection and control of microstructure is outlined. Finally, the environmental embrittlement of iron aluminides is contrasted to that of other aluminides; the major difference is shown to be the propensity for cleavage fractures in FeAl and Fe3Al, compared to intergranular fracture in Ll2 polycrystals.

Research Area(s)

  • alloy design, Auger electronic spectroscopy, cleavage fracture, Environmental embrittlement, fatigue crack growth, Fe3Al, FeAl, hydrogen embrittlement, intergranular fracture, iron aluminides, mechanical properties, moisture, strain rate, tensile elongation

Citation Format(s)

Environmental embrittlement of iron aluminides. / Stoloff, N. S.; Liu, C. T.

In: Intermetallics, Vol. 2, No. 2, 1994, p. 75-87.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review