Eutectic point

  1. What is eutectic point?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Actually I read that but couldnt understand what was written that's why I posted here
     
  4. Astronuc

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    chound, what is not clear in the wikipedia article.

    The key point is:
    In the two phase diagram given, the eutectic is found at the "V" of the liquid phase, where the vertex touches the horizontal line. The horizontal line represents a constant temperature, and the vertex represents a specific composition. The eutectic represents the point where that composition goes 'directly' from solid to liquid, i.e. without partially melting to a solid-liquid combination.

    The example of the steel (Fe - C) system is perhaps better.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eutectic#Eutectoid
    This figure shows the eutectic and eutectoid.

    Then there is a three-phse reactions diagram below that:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Three-Phase-Reactions.png ,
    which should be more clear.

    Here is another site which discusses binary phase diagrams.
    http://csmres.jmu.edu/geollab/Fichter/IgnRx/BinryEu.html
     
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2006
  5. Gokul43201

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