Metals and Materials International

, Volume 22, Issue 6, pp 1033–1040 | Cite as

Microstructure and creep resistance of a diffusionally aluminized Ni-base superalloy

  • Injin Sah
  • Sung Hwan Kim
  • Changheui JangEmail author


An aluminide layer was formed on a wrought Ni-base superalloy by the diffusional aluminizing method, which involves a physical vapor deposition of Al followed by two-step heat treatment in vacuum. Microstructural analysis revealed the presence of an aluminide layer, inter-diffusion zone (IDZ), and affected substrate, all of which developed due to the inter-diffusion of deposited Al and elements in the matrix. In addition, a wide carbide free zone, in which grain boundaries were mostly denuded of carbides, was found below the IDZ. Depth profiling analysis using a glow discharge spectrometer confirmed the reduced carbon content in the carbide free zone. At 900 °C, the diffusionally aluminized specimens showed a decrease in creep-rupture life caused by the presence of the carbide free zone. Fracture surface and cross-section microstructure observation confirmed the detrimental effect of the carbide free zone on the creep resistance of the diffusionally aluminized Alloy 617.


alloys surface modification creep scanning electron microscopy (SEM) glow discharge spectrometer 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.VHTR Technology Development DivisionKAERIDaejeonRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear and Quantum EngineeringKAISTDaejeonRepublic of Korea

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