Example E20: Continuous casting of micro-alloyed Fe-Al-C-N-Nb-Ti steel, part 3: Accounting for the peritectic reaction


MatCalc version: 5.44.0021
Database: mc_fe.tdb, mc_x_FeAlCNNbTi.tdb
Author: E. Kozeschnik
Created: 2011-07-08
Revisions: G. Stechauner (2011-11-10, Updated image and script)


This example describes a strategy for evaluation of primary solidification microstructures based on purely thermodynamic grounds. This analysis can be utilized for a prediction of primary precipitation and microsegregation during casting. The results can serve as a basis for defining representative compositions in subsequent precipitation kinetics simulations of enriched and depleted regions in a (micro)segregated microstructure.

The example follows the analysis presented in ref.1).

Part 3 discusses the possibility of taking into account the peritectic reaction into the Scheil-Gulliver simulation. It makes use of the solid-solid transformation functionality of MatCalc.

Complementary files

Click here to view the script for this tutorial, and here to download the workspace file.

Main document

In this part 3, the Scheil-Gulliver simulation scheme with back-diffusion of fast diffusers is extended to account for the peritectic reaction during solidification.

Setup thermodynamic system

Load the workspace file E20_2_scheil_with_bd.mcw with the simulation results of part 2 or run the corresponding script to produce the results 'on the fly'.

Setup solid-solid transformation

In MatCalc, the solid-solid transformation functionality is a convenient possibility for prescribing the transformation of one phase into another, or the creation or removal of a phase, on semi-phenomenological basis. The transformation characteristics can be defined in terms of an Avrami equation, the Koistinen-Marburger equation or on basis of equilibrium and constrained equilibrium calculations. In this example, we will make use of the latter option, since we assume that the peritectic reaction occurs according to a local equilibrium driven mechanism.

Open the 'Transformations …' dialog from the 'Global' menu. Create a new transformation with the name 'peritectic'. Since the peritectic reaction involves the transformation of delta-ferrite into austenite (simultaneous to the reduction of liquid phase fraction), the (solid) BCC_A2_S phase transforms into FCC_A1_S, which are the settings needed for the 'Transform from …' and the 'Transform to …' phase.

In order to perform the local equilibrium transformation during the peritectic reaction, MatCalc must create two additional phases, which are denoted as the 'transformation' and 'transformation solid' phases, with the suffices '_T' and '_TS'. This task is carried out by MatCalc after pressing the 'Create equilib phase…' button. This is shown in the following dialog.

 Global transformation dialog

After creation of the 'transformation' phases, select FCC_A1_T as the 'Equilib phase'. Finally enter 2000 into the 'Temperature start' field, to allow the occurrence of this transformation at all considered temperatures. Close the dialog and open the 'Scheil calculation…' dialog again.

In the 'Scheil calculation…' dialog, select the 'Add …' button in the 'Impose transformation' group box. Select 'peritectic'.

 Scheil simulation dialog with peritectic reaction|

Carry out the Scheil-Gulliver simulation again. The output information now reads

28, 1.18 s, 1498.00 C (1771.16 K), its 6, f=0.35513011,  LIQUID BCC_A2 
29, 1.20 s, 1497.00 C (1770.16 K), its 6, f=0.34226156,  LIQUID BCC_A2 
30, 1.26 s, 1496.00 C (1769.16 K), its 6, f=0.33001237,  LIQUID BCC_A2 
31, 1.28 s, 1495.00 C (1768.16 K), its 6, f=0.31833953,  LIQUID BCC_A2 
32, 1.32 s, 1494.00 C (1767.16 K), its 12, f=0.30418038,  LIQUID FCC_A1 
### full ###: peritectic equilibrium transformation: progress = 7.6% 
33, 1.38 s, 1493.00 C (1766.16 K), its 4, f=0.27601410,  LIQUID FCC_A1 
### full ###: peritectic equilibrium transformation: progress = 29% 
34, 1.46 s, 1492.00 C (1765.16 K), its 4, f=0.22968320,  LIQUID FCC_A1 
### full ###: peritectic equilibrium transformation: progress = 56% 
35, 1.51 s, 1491.00 C (1764.16 K), its 4, f=0.17664449,  LIQUID FCC_A1 
### full ###: peritectic equilibrium transformation: progress = 1e+02% 
36, 1.60 s, 1490.00 C (1763.16 K), its 5, f=0.10784853,  LIQUID FCC_A1 
### full ###: peritectic equilibrium transformation: progress = 1e+02% 
37, 1.76 s, 1489.00 C (1762.16 K), its 4, f=0.09493307,  LIQUID FCC_A1 
38, 1.78 s, 1488.00 C (1761.16 K), its 6, f=0.08428708,  LIQUID FCC_A1 
39, 1.82 s, 1487.00 C (1760.16 K), its 6, f=0.07469405,  LIQUID FCC_A1 
40, 1.88 s, 1486.00 C (1759.16 K), its 6, f=0.06612417,  LIQUID FCC_A1 
41, 1.90 s, 1485.00 C (1758.16 K), its 6, f=0.05853587,  LIQUID FCC_A1 
42, 1.92 s, 1484.00 C (1757.16 K), its 6, f=0.05187343,  LIQUID FCC_A1 
43, 1.98 s, 1483.00 C (1756.16 K), its 9, f=0.04533524,  LIQUID FCC_A1 FCC_A1#02 
44, 2.00 s, 1482.00 C (1755.16 K), its 7, f=0.03963010,  LIQUID FCC_A1 FCC_A1#02 
45, 2.04 s, 1481.00 C (1754.16 K), its 7, f=0.03476746,  LIQUID FCC_A1 FCC_A1#02 

The Scheil simulation proceeds as before, until a temperature of 1494°C is reached. At this temperature, the internal MatCalc equilibrium analysis delivers a positive chemical driving force for transformation of the BCC_A2 into the FCC_A1 phase. An additional equilibrium step is then carried out internally, which determines the equilibrium phase fractions of bcc and fcc phases, under the constraint of constant phase fraction and composition of liquid. The results of this calculation are used to transform a certain fraction of the BCC_A2_S to the FCC_A1_TS phase. The transformation progress is reported in the output window for each temperature step. This is shown in the simulation output reproduced above.

The influence of the peritectic reaction on the solidification progress is rather significant, which is shown in the following plot, where the results of the simulations with and without solid-solid transformation are compared. The solidus temperature of the alloy is increased by more than 15K, which can be attributed to the higher solubility for C in the austenite phase and the according reduction of C-enrichment in the liquid. The figure also shows the additional phase fraction for FCC_A1_TS, which contains the solid-solid transformation product from the BCC_A1_S phase.

Note: This series is not automatically shown. You must drag and drop the corresponding variable F$FCC_A1_TS into the plot.

 Scheil-Gulliver simulation with peritectic reaction

Save the final results in workspace E20_3_scheil_with_bd_and_st.mcw.

Final results

The following figure shows the cumulative curve of the Scheil-transformed FCC_A1 as well as the other phase fractions. The user can clearly see, that the phase fraction of FCC_A1_cum reaches 1, as all the other fractions decrease.

Final result of Scheil transformation

Consecutive articles

This analysis is continued in article Scheil-Gulliver analysis of microsegregation.

S. Zamberger, M. Pudar, K. Spiradek-Hahn, M. Reischl and E. Kozeschnik, “Numerical simulation of the evolution of primary and secondary Nb(CN), Ti(CN) and AlN in Nb-microalloyed steel during continuous casting”, IJMR (2012) in print.
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