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Nonlinear diffusion, bonding, and mechanics of the interface between austenitic steel and iron

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We investigate the atomic diffusivity and mechanics of the interface between bulk austenitic steel (fcc structure) and bcc iron at various temperatures and strain rates using molecular dynamics simulations. We adopt the system of Fe74Cr16Ni10 corresponding to 316L steel as a representative model of austenitic steels, denoted as FeCrNi. We find that the compressive strength of the FeCrNi/Fe system decreases by 44.3% and the corresponding strain decreases by 7.2% when the temperature increases from 1500 K to 1800 K. The temperature enhances nonlinearly the diffusion of interfacial atoms and improves the cohesion of FeCrNi/Fe by forming a thicker diffusion layer, of which the thickness increases by 56.3% when the temperature increases from 1600 K to 1700 K, and by nearly 48% when the temperature increases from 1700 K to 1800 K. However, the thickness of the diffusion layer decreases by 33.3% when the compressive strain rate increases from 1 × 109 s−1 to 4 × 109 s−1. Our study sheds light on the atomistic mechanism of the interfaces of bimetals and might be helpful in optimizing the process of the fabrication of bimetal composites.

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The article was received on 18 Nov 2018, accepted on 12 Dec 2018 and first published on 12 Dec 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8CP07123C
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019,21, 1464-1470
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    Nonlinear diffusion, bonding, and mechanics of the interface between austenitic steel and iron

    Q. Qin, W. He, L. Xie, J. Deng, X. Zhu and Q. Peng, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, 21, 1464
    DOI: 10.1039/C8CP07123C

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