Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 30, Issue 22, pp 5581–5588 | Cite as

Columnar grain development in C-Mn-Ni low-alloy weld metals and the influence of nickel

  • Zhuyao Zhang
  • R. A. Farrar


This paper discusses the development of columnar grains in as-deposited C-Mn-Ni(-Mo) low-carbon low-alloy weld metals and the influence of the alloying elements, particularly nickel. It was found that the austenite columnar grain size prior to the γ-α transformation of the weld metals was mainly controlled by the alloying contents rather than HAZ grains adjacent to the fusion boundaries, although the latter determined the size of the initial columnar grain size. The addition of nickel initially depressed the prior austenite grain size and subsequently dramatically coarsened it. This was related to the nickel equivalent (Nieq) of the weld metals and the peritectic reaction during the solidification process. Small columnar grains were associated with a Nieq between 3.4 and 6.2% which resulted in a peritectic reaction when the weld melt solidified, whilst a Nieq higher than 6.2% produced very large columnar grains because the weld pool would directly solidify into austenite and have a subsequent continuous growth.


Polymer Grain Size Nickel Austenite Material Processing 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zhuyao Zhang
    • 1
  • R. A. Farrar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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