Phase-Separation of B2 Precipitates in an Fe-Ni-Al Alloy
When Fe-10.3mol%Ni-14.3mol%Al alloy is heated at 1173 K for 8.64104 s, a number of B2 precipitates are dispersed in the A2 matrix. When the two-phase microstructure of A2+B2 is aged at 973 K, the phase-separation of B2 precipitate particles takes place to form a new A2 phase in each B2 particle. In the course of further ageing at 973 K, the new A2 phase grows but decreases in number, and finally only one A2 particle is left in the individual B2 particles. The appearance of new A2 phase in each B2 precipitate is due to the difference in the volume fraction of A2 phase that should exist in A2+B2 two-phase system depending on the heating temperature: i.e., the phase-separation of B2 precipitates starts with the aid of chemical free energy.
T. Chandra, N. Wanderka, W. Reimers , M. Ionescu
Y. Kuno et al., "Phase-Separation of B2 Precipitates in an Fe-Ni-Al Alloy", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 638-642, pp. 2274-2278, 2010