A study is reported on the devitrification behaviour of the amorphous alloy Fe73.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1. Samples of the studied glass underwent isothermal and non-isothermal heat treatments in a thermal analysis apparatus. In addition some samples were very rapidly heated to very high temperatures by means of a laser beam. In this way a large temperature range was explored and information was obtained on the overall thermal evolution of the studied amorphous alloy. The experimental results suggest that, as recently proposed in the literature, nanocrystallization can be linked to a rate limiting Nb diffusion stage in the crystal growth process. However topological short range ordering (TSRO) and chemical short range ordering (CSRO) also affect the devitrification behaviour. In the case of the studied alloy, three temperature ranges can be defined. At low temperature only TSRO occurs. Above a temperature that lies approximately in the range 450-500 degrees C, glass in glass phase separation occurs up to a temperature that lies approximately in the range 700-750 degrees C, above which it appears to be very limited. The occurrence of glass in glass phase separation appears to be necessary to obtain a fine microstructure, because Nb concentrates in the boron depleted, iron rich glassy phase. The occurrence of TSRO prior to demixing should be avoided if nanocrystallization is desired. All this appears to be satisfied by isothermally treating the sample at a temperature of 555 degrees C.

Crystallization of amorphous Fe73.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1

BRANDA, FRANCESCO;COSTANTINI, ANIELLO;LANOTTE, LUCIANO;
1997

Abstract

A study is reported on the devitrification behaviour of the amorphous alloy Fe73.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1. Samples of the studied glass underwent isothermal and non-isothermal heat treatments in a thermal analysis apparatus. In addition some samples were very rapidly heated to very high temperatures by means of a laser beam. In this way a large temperature range was explored and information was obtained on the overall thermal evolution of the studied amorphous alloy. The experimental results suggest that, as recently proposed in the literature, nanocrystallization can be linked to a rate limiting Nb diffusion stage in the crystal growth process. However topological short range ordering (TSRO) and chemical short range ordering (CSRO) also affect the devitrification behaviour. In the case of the studied alloy, three temperature ranges can be defined. At low temperature only TSRO occurs. Above a temperature that lies approximately in the range 450-500 degrees C, glass in glass phase separation occurs up to a temperature that lies approximately in the range 700-750 degrees C, above which it appears to be very limited. The occurrence of glass in glass phase separation appears to be necessary to obtain a fine microstructure, because Nb concentrates in the boron depleted, iron rich glassy phase. The occurrence of TSRO prior to demixing should be avoided if nanocrystallization is desired. All this appears to be satisfied by isothermally treating the sample at a temperature of 555 degrees C.
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