Investigation of Grain Boundary Segregation in Iron-Base Alloys by Auger Electron Spectroscopy

  • H. J. Grabke
  • H. Erhart
  • R. Möller
Part of the Mikrochimica Acta book series (MIKROCHIMICA, volume 10)


Most materials, metals and ceramics, are polycrystalline and contain more or less grain boundaries. The grain boundaries are of great importance for material properties. Dissolved atoms tend to segregate at grain boundaries and they can induce strong changes in the mechanical and corrosion behaviour. Some phenomena caused by grain boundary segregation of impurities in steels may be enumerated: temper embrittlement, creep embrittlement, intergranular corrosion, stress corrosion cracking and so on.


Auger Electron Auger Electron Spectroscopy Intergranular Fracture Boundary Concentration Surface Segregation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. J. Grabke
    • 1
  • H. Erhart
    • 1
  • R. Möller
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Eisenforschung GmbH.DüsseldorfFederal Republic of Germany

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