Influence of Phosphorus Grain Boundary Segregation on Fracture Behaviour of Iron-Base Alloys
Chemical and structural changes at the grain boundaries were investigated to quantify their influence on fracture behaviour of austenitic stainless steels and model ferritic Fe-Si-P alloys. The balance between the size and the area density of intergranular particles was found to be one of the most decisive factors influencing sensitivity of the steels to intergranular fracture. The precise dependence of the energy of intergranular fracture on the phosphorus grain boundary concentration was also determined.
J. Janovec et al., "Influence of Phosphorus Grain Boundary Segregation on Fracture Behaviour of Iron-Base Alloys", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 567-568, pp. 33-38, 2008