Eur. Phys. J. Appl. Phys.
Volume 51, Number 1, July 2010
|Number of page(s)||6|
|Section||Imaging, Microscopy and Spectroscopy|
|Published online||11 June 2010|
TEM characterization of the fine scale microstructure of a Roman ferrous nail
CNRS; CEMES; BP 94347, 29 rue J. Marvig, 31055 Toulouse, France
2 Université de Toulouse; UPS, INSA, CEMES, 31055 Toulouse, France
3 CIRIMAT, ENSIACET, INPT, 4 allée Émile Monso, BP 74233, 31432 Toulouse Cedex 4, France
4 TRACES, UMR 5608, Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, 31058 Toulouse, France
Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised: 23 March 2010
Accepted: 4 May 2010
Published online: 11 June 2010
This paper describes the microstructure of a Roman ferrous nail through its observation by transmission electron microscopy. The morphologies of pearlitic colonies and ferritic grains are detailed and the relationship between pearlitic colonies and ferrite in Roman nails is explicitly demonstrated for the first time. Observations also confirm the presence of dislocations in ferritic grains and attest to the existence of very small carbide precipitates that have not been pointed out previously in standard archaeometric studies.
© EDP Sciences, 2010
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