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Investigation of the Cr solubility in the MC phase where M = Ti, Ta
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Structural Chemistry. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In this work the chromium solubility in MC, and M in Cr3C2 and Cr7C3 carbides in the Ti-Cr-C and Ta-Cr-C system have been examined experimentally. Special attention is given to the cubic MC phase due to its frequent use in industrial cemented carbides. A sample series was made where half of the samples were arc-melted and all samples were heat-treated at different temperatures. By arc-melting some of the samples it was possible to compare the arc-melted and non arc-melted samples to confirm equilibrium. Three phases were expected in each sample. The microstructure was examined by LOM and SEM. The phases were identified by XRD and the amount of Cr in each phase was measured by WDS in FEG-SEM or by microprobe analysis. A higher temperature for the heat-treatment allows more Cr to dissolve in the cubic carbide. Arc-melted samples allow more Cr to dissolve than the same system which has not been arc-melted. The Cr solubility in the cubic carbide in non arc-melted samples at 1400 degree Celcius is 8,1±0,4 at% in (Ti, Cr)C and 7,6±0,3 at% in (Ta, Cr)C. According to the samples the phase diagrams based on thermodynamic calculations are different to experimental data. Therefore, more experimental data should be made to update existing ternary diagrams.

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UPTEC K, ISSN 1650-8297 ; 16001
Keyword [en]
cubic carbides, Cr solubility
National Category
Materials Chemistry
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-285897OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-285897DiVA: diva2:921311
External cooperation
Sandvik Coromant AB
Educational program
Master Programme in Chemical Engineering
Available from: 2016-04-25 Created: 2016-04-20 Last updated: 2016-04-25Bibliographically approved

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