Decomposition kinetics of expanded austenite with high nitrogen contents

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    Abstract

    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
    Volume421
    Pages (from-to)181-189
    ISSN0044-3093
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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