Analysis of Precipitate Redistribution in Inconel 617 Using Integrated Electron Backscatter Diffraction and Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy

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Inconel 617 (IN617), a candidate alloy for applications in the Next Generation Nuclear Plant, derives its oxidation resistance and strength at temperatures above 900°C from both solid solution strengthening and the precipitation of carbides [1]. Cr-rich carbides (usually M23C6) reside primarily on grain boundaries, while Mo-rich carbides (usually M6C) tend to be within grains [1-4]. Both intragranular and intergranular carbides play an important role in the creep behavior of the alloy [1]. During creep, intragranular carbides can dissolve and re-precipitate at grain boundaries, especially on boundaries in tension [1]. While the precipitate distribution before and after creep deformation has been investigated, the role of grain boundary character has not been included in the analysis.