Initial study on Z-phase strengthened 9-12% Cr steels by atom probe tomography
Paper in proceedings, 2010

The microstructure of two different types of Z-phase strengthened experimental steels, CrNbN-based or CrTaN-based, was investigated. Both steels underwent aging at 650°C for relatively short period of time, 24 hours or 1005 hours. Atom probe tomography was used to study the chemical composition of the matrix and precipitates, and the size and number density of the small precipitates. Both steels contain Laves phase at prior austenite grain boundaries and martensitic lath boundaries. The CrTaN-based steel was found more promising due to its finer and more densely distributed precipitates after 1005 hour aging.

9-12% Cr steels

atom probe tomography


Z-phase strengthening


Fang Liu

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Microscopy and Microanalysis

Hans-Olof Andrén

Chalmers, Applied Physics, Microscopy and Microanalysis

9th Liège Conference on materials for anvanced power engineering

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