Modelling of the Growth of Fe2B Layers in AISI 1018 Steel
In this work, a simulation of the growth kinetics of layers on AISI 1018 steel was done by means of a kinetic model. This model considers a solid diffusion of boron into a semi-infinite medium where the boron solubility in the Fe phase depends on the process temperature. An expression of the parabolic growth constant was then obtained through an application of the mass balance equation at the (/substrate) interface. The present model was validated by the experimental data available in the reference work (I. Campos-Silva et al: Kovove Mater. Vol.47 (2009), p.1-9). A good concordance was observed between the experimental parabolic growth constants and the predicted ones by the model for an upper limit of boron in the phase equal to 8.91 wt.% ( as a fitting parameter of the model). In addition, the generated weight gain was estimated at the surface of the borided AISI 1018 steel as a function of the upper limit of boron in the phase and the temperature.
I. Bezverkhyy, S. Chevalier and O. Politano
Z. N. Abdellah et al., "Modelling of the Growth of Fe2B Layers in AISI 1018 Steel", Defect and Diffusion Forum, Vols. 323-325, pp. 401-406, 2012