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Relationship Between Inoculants and the Morphologies of MnS and Graphite in Gray Cast Iron
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Casting of Metals.
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Materials Science and Engineering, Casting of Metals.
2013 (English)In: Metallurgical and materials transactions. B, process metallurgy and materials processing science, ISSN 1073-5615, E-ISSN 1543-1916, Vol. 44, no 2, 283-298 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The influence of oxides and sulfides in gray cast iron on the growth morphologies of MnS and on the nucleation of graphite was experimentally investigated using scanning electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX) analysis with evidences that shows the possible nucleation sites for graphite nucleation. Thermodynamic studies have been done on the influence of varying sulfur concentrations on the nucleation of MnS in the melt and during solidification. The consumption of dissolved oxygen and sulfur in the melt during the cooling process was analyzed and we explored how this influenced the nucleation process of oxides and sulfides. A sequential nucleation concept of oxides and MnS is proposed in relation to the growth morphology of MnS and graphite with respect to the mechanical properties of cast iron. The nucleation of new oxides and sulfides was analyzed using thermodynamics and compared to our experimental results. Graphite nucleation on substrates other than MnS, such as MoS2 oxides and (Mo,Cr)S, was experimentally analyzed along with the influence of the substrates on graphite nucleation and growth morphology.

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2013. Vol. 44, no 2, 283-298 p.
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Equilibrium Partition-Coefficients, Microstructure, Nucleation
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Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
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SRA - E-Science (SeRC)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-120280DOI: 10.1007/s11663-012-9768-6ISI: 000316021100006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84878539071OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-120280DiVA: diva2:614869
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QC 20130408

Available from: 2013-04-08 Created: 2013-04-04 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
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1. On the Inoculation and Graphite Morphologies of Cast Iron
Open this publication in new window or tab >>On the Inoculation and Graphite Morphologies of Cast Iron
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Research was conducted to understand the nucleation mechanism of graphite flakes and nodules and the effect of various elements on the growth morphology of graphite. Investigations were started on flake graphite cast iron. The effect of S on the graphite morphology and MnS was experimentally analysed. The influence of various type of oxides on the growth morphology of MnS and their relation with the graphite growth morphology was studied carefully through series of experiments, and results were related to the thermodynamic calculations, performed to predict the nucleation of oxides and sulfides at any temperature. The calculations were supported by EDX analysis on particles in the samples, showing sequential nucleation of flake graphite. The austenite volume fraction and the dendrite growth orientations were affected by the addition of Al to the melt. The effect of aluminium oxide and sulfur was studied on the austenite growth morphology with the help of colour etching technique. Thermal analyses were performed to study the effect of sulfur content on austenite volume fraction and growth morphology using DSC. The latent heat of solidification and the rate of austenite formation was studied and related to the sulfur content in the alloy.

To study the effect of O and S on the graphite morphology, pure Fe-C alloy was prepared and strong de-oxidizers and de-sulfurizer (Mg, Ca and Sr) were tested. With the help of ion etching and polishing, we were able to reveal the graphite growth morphology. The morphological changes in the graphite were explained by relating it to the composition of the melt in regard of dissolved S and O in the melt. The effect of other trace elements such as S, F, O, N, P, B and Se, was also investigated by testing them on an ultra-pure Fe-C alloy. The possibility of substituting a foreign atom in the basal plane of graphite was analysed based on the bonding energy between C and the foreign atoms. The resulting change in the structure of the basal plane was studied using Avogadro software and the resulting model were compared with the experimental results. The basal plane of nodular, flake and undercooled graphite was studied with the help of HRTEM, which showed differences in the lattice spacing between different graphite morphologies. The latent heat measurement showed that flake graphite have higher energy than the undercooled or vermicular graphite. This research made us enabled to tell about the growth along c-plane in graphite and the reason behind the transition of graphite morphology.

The effect of inoculation temperature and inoculation sequence on the nodularity was studied. EDX analysis were performed and the results were compared to the thermodynamic calculations.  It was found that, the melt composition is controlling the graphite growth morphologies. Strong de-oxidizers and de-sulfurizer are necessary to reduce O and S to a level where it does not influence the graphite growth morphology. The effect of various elements on the activity of oxygen in the melt is calculated. High Al cast iron was also studied. The major problem associated with this type of alloy was that, the Mg was not effective in producing nodular graphite. Experiments showed that de-oxidizers stronger than Mg are required to increase the nodularity. Thermodynamic calculations showed that the activity of oxygen in the melt was changing strongly by increasing the Al content in the alloy. This was increasing the required oxygen level to nucleate MgO.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2014. 76 p.
National Category
Metallurgy and Metallic Materials
Research subject
Materials Science and Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-155545 (URN)978-91-7595-349-6 (ISBN)
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2014-11-28, B2, Brinelvagen 23, KTH, Stockholm, 10:00 (English)
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QC 20141107

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