Ordinary chondrite metallography: Part 1. Fe-Ni taenite cooling experiments
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CitationReisener, R. J., & Goldstein, J. I. (2003). Ordinary chondrite metallography: Part 1. Fe‐Ni taenite cooling experiments. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 38(11), 1669-1678.
PublisherThe Meteoritical Society
JournalMeteoritics & Planetary Science
AbstractCooling rate experiments were performed on P-free Fe-Ni alloys that are compositionally similar to ordinary chondrite metal to study the taenite --> taenite + kamacite reaction. The role of taenite grain boundaries and the effect of adding Co and S to Fe-Ni alloys were investigated. In P-free alloys, kamacite nucleates at taenite/taenite grain boundaries, taenite triple junctions, and taenite grain corners. Grain boundary diffusion enables growth of kamacite grain boundary precipitates into one of the parent taenite grains. Likely, grain boundary nucleation and grain boundary diffusion are the applicable mechanisms for the development of the microstructure of much of the metal in ordinary chondrites. No intragranular (matrix) kamacite precipitates are observed in P-free Fe-Ni alloys. The absence of intragranular kamacite indicates that P-free, monocrystalline taenite particles will transform to martensite upon cooling. This transformation process could explain the metallography of zoneless plessite particles observed in H and L chondrites. In P-bearing Fe-Ni alloys and iron meteorites, kamacite precipitates can nucleate both on taenite grain boundaries and intragranularly as Widmanstatten kamacite plates. Therefore, P-free chondritic metal and P-bearing iron meteorite/ pallasite metal are controlled by different chemical systems and different types of taenite transformation processes.