Competitive reactivity of iron towards boron and silicon in surface treatments with powder mixtures
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The processes occurring at the surface of iron in contact with fluoride-activated B4C-base powder mixtures at 850°C were investigated by substituting the diluent SiC with different silicon compounds. The coatings were analyzed by X-ray diffraction, surface Mössbauer spectroscopy and metallographic techniques. The possibility of passing from iron boriding to iron siliciding was shown, and a mechanism proposed for the process.
KeywordsIron Spectroscopy Silicon Thin Film Boron
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