On the nature of the electrochemically synthesized hard Fe-0.96 mass Pct C alloy film

A. S.M.A. Haseeb, Y. Hayashi, M. Masuda, M. Arita

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    A hard Fe-0.96 mass pet C alloy with a hardness value of 810 HV has been electrochemically synthesized from a ferrous sulfate bath containing a small amount of citric acid and L-ascorbic acid. The nature of the alloy has been investigated by a number of techniques, including X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Mössbauer spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and magnetic measurements. The decomposition behavior of the alloy is also studied and compared with that of thermally prepared martensite. It has been found that the electrochemically deposited Fe-C alloy exists in a state that is ahead of the freshly quenched state of martensite. It is suggested that the state of the electrochemically deposited Fe-0.96 mass pct C alloy corresponds to the state of thermal martensite, which had been heated to stage I of tempering.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)921-927
    Number of pages7
    JournalMetallurgical and Materials Transactions B: Process Metallurgy and Materials Processing Science
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Mechanics of Materials
    • Metals and Alloys
    • Materials Chemistry


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