Synthesis and characterization of bulk glass-forming iron-boron based alloy systems

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2004
Gürbüz, Selen Nimet
The aim of this study, which was carried out in two main parts, is to investigate the glass forming ability of Fe-based systems. The first part involves the theoretical modeling to cover the requirement of a predictive model to identify the Fe-based alloy families that have high glass forming ability in the frame of atomistic and thermodynamic approach. The second part involves the experimental investigations to prove the results of the conducted theoretical modeling studies. For this purpose, in the first part, theoretical investigations were performed to identify the third alloying elements that will lead to an increase in the glass forming ability on the base of electronic theory of alloys in pseudopotential approximation for selected Fe- based systems, Fe - (B, Zr, Nb, C, W). In the experimental part, in the frame of the theoretical investigation results, one of the theoretically modeled binary system, and the third alloying elements that were predicted to lead an increase in the glass forming ability of the selected binary system, were determined. As a first step, designated compositions were synthesized by using low grade conventional Fe-B alloy as a raw material by using centrifugal casting technique and copper mold casting method. To compare the results, same compositions were also cast from the high purity elements by using the same technique and method. For the characterization of these cast specimens, DSC, XRD, SEM, EDS and metallographic examination techniques were used. Amorphous structure was successfully obtained in the thin sections of the wedge-cast samples for Fe-B-Nb and Fe-B-W ternary systems.

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Citation Formats
S. N. Gürbüz, “Synthesis and characterization of bulk glass-forming iron-boron based alloy systems,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2004.