A simple model for nitrogen-induced lattice expansion of γ'N and γ N phases in Fe–Cr–Ni alloys with different chromium contents

H. L. Che, M. K. Lei, Marcel A. J. Somers

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A recent publication on low-temperature nitriding of Fe–Cr–Ni alloys with various combinations of Cr and Ni contents showed experimentally the co-existence of γN and γ'N phases. An important result of the investigations was that with increasing Cr-content in the alloy, the lattice expansion induced by nitrogen dissolution in short-range ordered (SRO) γN is more pronounced than in the long-range ordered (LRO) γ'N phase. Eventually, for Cr contents beyond about 12 wt.%, the lattice expansions of the two co-existing phases become inseparable with X-ray diffraction investigation. The present contribution gives a simplified visualisation and prediction of the lattice expansion to explain this phenomenon. It is demonstrated that 25% of the N atoms trapped by Cr resides in LRO positions of γ'N-Me4N (Me = Fe,Cr,Ni).
Original languageEnglish
JournalPhilosophical Magazine Letters
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020


  • Fe–Cr–Ni alloys
  • Modelling
  • Solid solutions
  • Order–disorder phenomena
  • Nitriding

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