Diffusional Transformations: A theory for the formation of superledges

H. K. D. H. Bhadeshia


It is well known that the growth of allotriomorphic ferrite in steels often occurs by the superledge mechanism, in which the piecewise displacement of the interface is accomplished by the motion of steps, whose heights can amount to several hundreds of lattice spacings. The present work is an attempt to understand the factors controlling the height (h) of experimentally observed superledges. A theory based on step nucleation is developed, which predicts a lower limit for h, for a specified set of transformation conditions and steel composition. Published experimental data seem to be in good agreement with the theory, particularly with respect to the variation of h with transformation temperature. It is also shown tha the critical height below which the nucleation of a ledge is not possible, is related directly to the free energy of the singular interface on which ledge motion is supposed to occur.

Physica Status Solidi A, Vol. 69, 1982, 745-750.

Download PDF file of paper

Allotriomorphic and Idiomorphic ferrite

PT Group Home Materials Algorithms Any Valid CSS!