Decomposition kinetics of expanded austenite with high nitrogen contents

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    This paper addresses the decomposition kinetics of synthesized homogeneous expanded austenite formed by gaseous nitriding of stainless steel AISI 304L and AISI 316L with nitrogen contents up to 38 at.% nitrogen. Isochronal annealing experiments were carried out in both inert (N2) and reducing (H2) atmospheres. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and thermogravimetry were applied for identification of the decomposition reactions and X-ray diffraction analysis was applied for phase analysis. CrN precipitated upon annealing; the activation energies are 187 kJ/mol and 128 kJ/mol for AISI 316L and AISI 304L, respectively. Isothermal stability plots for expanded austenite developed from AISI 304L and AISI 316 were obtained.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalZeitschrift für Metallkunde
    Pages (from-to)181-189
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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