Self-affine patterns of boride layers

Oswaldo Morales, Ivan Campos


In this study, the evaluation of interfaces on iron boride Fe2B growth obtained by paste boriding process was carried out. Fractal geometry is used like a powerful tool for the roughness analysis present during iron boride growth. Experiments were performed in AISI 1045 steel at temperatures of 1193K for exposure times of 2, 4 and 6 h, and 1223K for treatment times of 2, 4, 5 and 6 h, varying the boron paste thicknesses in the range of 1 – 5 mm for each temperature and time. The fronts of the interfaces in iron boride coatings were characterized and digitized with mean of an optic microscope and Scion Image software. Self-affine methods were applied to the interface growths for validate the fractality of the system. It was established that the interface width, , scales to  , where H represents the roughness exponent of the boride layers.


fractal systems, boriding, modeling, roughness interphases, kinetics

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