Very-small angle neutron scattering study on grain coarsening inhibition by V-doping of WC-Co composites
Journal article, 2019

The mechanical properties of cemented carbides can be tuned by controlling WC grain coarsening and the simultaneous growth of the binder pocket size during the sintering. So far, bulk studies considering this phenomenon are scarce, but here, we report the first very-small angle neutron scattering (VSANS) study on cemented carbides. VSANS is supplemented with electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and the microstructural refinement by increasing V-doping (0, 0.02, 0.22, and 0.76 wt%) is quantified. The capability of VSANS as a non-destructive bulk probe for cemented carbides is shown, paving way for forthcoming in-situ studies.

Grain growth

Electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD)

Grain refining

Cemented carbide

Small angle neutron scattering (SANS)


Ahmet Bahadir Yildiz

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Jonathan Weidow

Chalmers, Physics, Condensed Matter Physics

V. Ryukhtin

Nuclear Physics Institute

S. Norgren

Uppsala University


Göran Wahnström

Chalmers, Physics, Materials and Surface Theory

P. Hedstrom

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Scripta Materialia

1359-6462 (ISSN)

Vol. 173 106-109

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Materials Chemistry

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