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Nature of the inhibition layer in GA baths

Abstract : The nature of the intermetallic layer which forms on the steel surface during immersion in typical galvanizing baths for galvannealed (GA) sheets production has been investigated on two commercial Titanium-stabilized Interstitial-Free (Ti-IF) steel substrates galvanized in baths with different Al contents. Results from this study show that in both cases the inhibition layer is biphasic and composed of a very thin Al-rich phase layer, identified as Fe2Al5Znx, and a thicker Zn-rich phase layer on top of it, identified as δ. Experimental results also show that the Fe2Al5Znx phase layer becomes discontinuous when decreasing the bath Al content. Discussions about the mechanisms of formation and the final microstructure of this inhibiting layer are also tackled in this paper by means of the Al-Fe-Zn ternary phase diagram at 460 °C and assumptions to justify any deviation from thermodynamic equilibrium are as well proposed.
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D. Zapico Álvarez, F. Bertrand, J.-M. Mataigne, M.-L. Giorgi. Nature of the inhibition layer in GA baths. Metallurgical Research & Technology, EDP Sciences, 2014, 111 (1), pp.9 - 15. ⟨10.1051/metal/2014002⟩. ⟨hal-01238200⟩

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