Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A

, Volume 40, Issue 7, pp 1660–1669 | Cite as

Microstructure and Solidification Sequence of the Interdendritic Region in a Third Generation Single-Crystal Nickel-Base Superalloy

  • H.T. Pang
  • H.B. Dong
  • R. Beanland
  • H.J. Stone
  • C.M.F. Rae
  • P.A. Midgley
  • G. Brewster
  • N. D’SouzaEmail author


An analysis of the microstructure of the interdendritic regions in an as-cast third generation single-crystal nickel-base superalloy CMSX-10K has been carried out using automated serial sectioning with sequential focused ion beam (FIB) milling and image capture of the secondary electron image in a combined FIB–scanning electron microscope (SEM). Two interdendritic morphologies with vastly different γ/γ′ spacing were identified; these are (1) fine γ/γ′ morphology and (2) coarse cellular γ′ separated by narrow γ channels. The FIB results indicate that following primary solidification (L → γ), solidification of the interdendritic region commences in areas that show the fine γ/γ′ morphology, (1) on the γ dendrite lobe. This is followed by a gradual transition to growth of the coarse cellular γ/γ′ channel structure, (2) which occur up to the termination of the solidification process.


Eutectic Reaction Interdendritic Region Section View SCHEIL Model Milled Depth 
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The authors acknowledge the funding support for Dual-beam facilities by the EPSRC (EP/E012477). H.B. Dong acknowledges the Royal Society and EPSRC for offering a Royal Society Industry Fellowship and Rolls-Royce plc for hosting him.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H.T. Pang
    • 1
  • H.B. Dong
    • 2
  • R. Beanland
    • 1
  • H.J. Stone
    • 1
  • C.M.F. Rae
    • 1
  • P.A. Midgley
    • 1
  • G. Brewster
    • 3
  • N. D’Souza
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and MetallurgyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of EngineeringUniversity of LeicesterLeicesterUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Rolls-Royce plcDerbyUnited Kingdom

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