Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 52, Issue 10, pp 5822–5834 | Cite as

Grain boundary segregation of elements of groups 14 and 15 and its consequences for intergranular cohesion of ferritic iron

  • Pavel Lejček
  • Pavel Šandera
  • Jana Horníková
  • Petr Řehák
  • Jaroslav Pokluda
Original Paper


The experimentally determined data—enthalpy and entropy—of the grain boundary segregation of substitutional solutes of 14th and 15th groups of the periodic table, i.e., silicon, phosphorus, tin, and antimony, in α-iron are compared. The consequences of the grain boundary segregation of these elements for the intergranular strengthening or embrittlement are also shown. It is documented that all these solutes except silicon segregate at the grain boundaries interstitially at enhanced temperatures although substitutional segregation is preferred at zero K. Despite some variations, the values of the strengthening/embrittling Gibbs energy of all solutes are nearly linearly dependent on the differences in the sublimation energies of the host and solute.


Antimony Solute Atom Surface Segregation Boundary Segregation Interstitial Position 
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The authors would like to thank M. Všianská (Institute of Physics of Materials, AS CR, Brno, Czech Republic) and P. Šesták (CEITEC VUT, Brno University of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic) for many fruitful discussions. The authors gratefully acknowledge financial support of the Czech Science Foundation (Grant P108/12/0144) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic under the Project CEITEC 2020 (Project No. LQ1601).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pavel Lejček
    • 1
  • Pavel Šandera
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jana Horníková
    • 2
    • 3
  • Petr Řehák
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Jaroslav Pokluda
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsAcademy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (AS CR)Prague 8Czech Republic
  2. 2.Faculty of Mechanical EngineeringBrno University of TechnologyBrnoCzech Republic
  3. 3.Central European Institute of TechnologyBrno University of TechnologyBrnoCzech Republic
  4. 4.Institute of Physics of MaterialsAS CRBrnoCzech Republic

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