Exposure of austenitic stainless steels to liquid lead-bismuth eutectic with low concentration of dissolved oxygen typically results in selective leaching of highly-soluble alloying elements and ferritization of the dissolution-affected zone. In this work, focused ion beam, transmission electron backscatter diffraction and scanning transmission electron microscopy were utilized to elucidate early-stage aspects of the dissolution corrosion process of cold-worked austenitic stainless steels exposed to static, oxygen-poor liquid lead-bismuth eutectic at 450 °C for 1000 h. It was found that deformation-induced twin boundaries in the cold-worked steel bulk provide paths of accelerated penetration of the liquid metal into the steel bulk.
|Number of pages||4|
|Early online date||24 Mar 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jun 2016|
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- Department of Engineering and Technology - Professor of Advanced Materials
- School of Computing and Engineering
- Centre for Engineering Materials - Member