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  1. Delta ferrite in the weld metal of reduced activation ferritic martensitic steel

    Sam, Shiju, E-mail: shiju@ipr.res.in [Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382 428 (India); Das, C.R.; Ramasubbu, V.; Albert, S.K.; Bhaduri, A.K.; Jayakumar, T. [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Rajendra Kumar, E. [Institute for Plasma Research, Gandhinagar, Gujarat 382 428 (India)

    2014-12-15

    Formation of delta(δ)-ferrite in the weld metal, during autogenous bead-on-plate welding of Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic (RAFM) steel using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process, has been studied. Composition of the alloy is such that delta-ferrite is not expected in the alloy; but examination of the weld metal revealed presence of delta-ferrite in the weld metal. Volume fraction of delta-ferrite is found to be higher in the weld interface than in the rest of the fusion zone. Decrease in the volume fraction of delta-ferrite, with an increase in preheat temperature or with an increase in heat input, is observed. Results indicate that the cooling rate experienced during welding affects the volume fraction of delta-ferrite retained in the weld metal and variation in the delta-ferrite content with cooling rate is explained with variation in the time that the weld metal spends in various temperature regimes in which delta-ferrite is stable for the alloy during its cooling from the liquid metal to the ambient temperature. This manuscript will discuss the effect of welding parameters on formation of delta-ferrite and its retention in the weld metal of RAFM steel.

  2. Delta ferrite in the weld metal of reduced activation ferritic martensitic steel

    Formation of delta(δ)-ferrite in the weld metal, during autogenous bead-on-plate welding of Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic (RAFM) steel using Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) process, has been studied. Composition of the alloy is such that delta-ferrite is not expected in the alloy; but examination of the weld metal revealed presence of delta-ferrite in the weld metal. Volume fraction of delta-ferrite is found to be higher in the weld interface than in the rest of the fusion zone. Decrease in the volume fraction of delta-ferrite, with an increase in preheat temperature or with an increase in heat input, is observed. Results indicate that the cooling rate experienced during welding affects the volume fraction of delta-ferrite retained in the weld metal and variation in the delta-ferrite content with cooling rate is explained with variation in the time that the weld metal spends in various temperature regimes in which delta-ferrite is stable for the alloy during its cooling from the liquid metal to the ambient temperature. This manuscript will discuss the effect of welding parameters on formation of delta-ferrite and its retention in the weld metal of RAFM steel

  3. Low-chromium reduced-activation ferritic steels for fusion

    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J.; Kenik, E.A. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, TN (United States)

    1996-04-01

    Development of reduced-activation ferritic steels has concentrated on high-chromium (8-10 wt% Cr) steels. However, there are advantages for a low-chromium steel, and initial ORNL studies on reduced-activation steels were on compositions with 2.25 to 12% Cr. Those studies showed an Fe-2.25Cr-2W-0.25V-0.1C (2 1/4Cr-2WV) steel to have the highest strenglth of the steels studied. Although this steel had the best strength, Charpy impact properties were inferior to those of an Fe-9Cr-2W-0.25V-0.07Ta-0.1C (9Cr-2WVTa) and an Fe-2.25Cr-2W-0.1C (2 1/4Cr-2W) steel. Therefore, further development of the low-chromium Cr-W steels was required. These results indicate that it is possible to develop low-chromium reduced-activation ferritic steels that have tensile and impact properties as good or better than those of high-chromium (7-9% Cr) steels. Further improvement of properties should be possible by optimizing the composition.

  4. Deuterium Retention and Physical Sputtering of Low Activation Ferritic Steel

    T, Hino; K, Yamaguchi; Y, Yamauchi; Y, Hirohata; K, Tsuzuki; Y, Kusama

    2005-04-01

    Low activation materials have to be developed toward fusion demonstration reactors. Ferritic steel, vanadium alloy and SiC/SiC composite are candidate materials of the first wall, vacuum vessel and blanket components, respectively. Although changes of mechanical-thermal properties owing to neutron irradiation have been investigated so far, there is little data for the plasma material interactions, such as fuel hydrogen retention and erosion. In the present study, deuterium retention and physical sputtering of low activation ferritic steel, F82H, were investigated by using deuterium ion irradiation apparatus. After a ferritic steel sample was irradiated by 1.7 keV D+ ions, the weight loss was measured to obtain the physical sputtering yield. The sputtering yield was 0.04, comparable to that of stainless steel. In order to obtain the retained amount of deuterium, technique of thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS) was employed to the irradiated sample. The retained deuterium desorbed at temperature ranging from 450 K to 700 K, in the forms of DHO, D2, D2O and hydrocarbons. Hence, the deuterium retained can be reduced by baking with a relatively low temperature. The fluence dependence of retained amount of deuterium was measured by changing the ion fluence. In the ferritic steel without mechanical polish, the retained amount was large even when the fluence was low. In such a case, a large amount of deuterium was trapped in the surface oxide layer containing O and C. When the fluence was large, the thickness of surface oxide layer was reduced by the ion sputtering, and then the retained amount in the oxide layer decreased. In the case of a high fluence, the retained amount of deuterium became comparable to that of ferritic steel with mechanical polish or SS 316L, and one order of magnitude smaller than that of graphite. When the ferritic steel is used, it is required to remove the surface oxide layer for reduction of fuel hydrogen retention. Ferritic steel sample was

  5. Low-chromium reduced-activation ferritic steels

    Steels are being developed for fusion-reactor applications that contain only elements that produce radioactive isotopes that decay to low levels in a reasonable time. These reduced-activation or fast induced-radioactivity decay ferritic steels are being developed to be analogous to the Cr-Mo steels presently in the fusion program, but with molybdenum replaced by tungsten. In this paper, steels with 2-1/4% Cr will be discussed. To determine the effect of tungsten and vanadium on these steels, heats were produced with 2% W, with 0.25% V, with 1% W and 0.25% V, and with 2% W and 0.25% V. Tempering and microstructural studies were made and tensile and impact tests were conducted. Preliminary results indicate that it should be possible to develop a low-chromium Cr-W steel without molybdenum or niobium. Such steels should have properties as good as or better than the three Cr-Mo steels presently being considered as candidates for fusion-reactor applications. 22 refs., 12 figs., 3 tabs

  6. The properties and weldability of low activation ferritic steels

    A series of ferritic steels patterned on the chromium-molybdenum alloys, 2 1/4Cr--1Mo, 9Cr--1MoVNb and 12Cr--1MoVW, were tested for weldability. These steels are being developed as candidates for the first wall and blanket structures of fusion reactors. Use of these materials will minimize the long term radioactive hazards associated with disposal after service. In these low activation alloys, elements which become activated during irradiation with long half lives (Mo and Nb) are replaced. The major changes include the replacement of molybdenum with tungsten, the addition of vanadium in 2 1/4% Cr steels, and the replacement of niobium in the 9% Cr steel with tantalum. These replacement elements radically modify both the mechanical properties and weldability of the alloys. In this study, the effect of the alloy modifications on the microstructure and the mechanical properties of the welds are presented. Bainitic steels (2 1/4 Cr%) usually exhibit good weldability, while the martensitic steels (5, 9 and 12 Cr%) are suspectable to embrittlement in the heat affected zone (HAZ). The objective of this study was to characterize the welded microstructure and mechanical properties of these low activation alloys. Autogeneous bead-on-plate welds were produced using the gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process. Microstructure, microhardness, weld bend and tensile test results are reported for the base metal, heat affected zone and fusion zone of the weld. 46 refs., 36 figs., 14 tabs

  7. Microstructure and Mechanical Propertiesof a Nitride-Strengthened Reduced ActivationFerritic/Martensitic Steel

    Zhou, Qiangguo; Zhang, Wenfeng; Yan, Wei; Wang, Wei; SHA, WEI; Shan, Yiyin; Yang, Ke

    2012-01-01

    Nitride-strengthened reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels are developed taking advantage of the high thermal stability of nitrides. In the current study, the microstructure and mechanical properties of a nitride-strengthened RAFM steel with improved composition were investigated. Fully martensitic microstructure with fine nitrides dispersion was achieved in the steel. In all, 1.4 pct Mn is sufficient to suppress delta ferrite and assure the steel of the full martensitic micro...

  8. Activating Flux Design for Laser Welding of Ferritic Stainless Steel

    马立; 胡绳荪; 胡宝; 申俊琦; 王勇慧

    2014-01-01

    The behaviors of YAG laser welding process of ferritic stainless steel with activating fluxes were investi-gated in this study. Some conventional oxides, halides and carbonates were applied in laser welding. The results showed that the effect of oxides on the penetration depth was more remarkable. Most activating fluxes improved the penetration more effectively at low power than that at high power. The uniform design was adopted to arrange the formula of multicomponent activating fluxes, showing that the optimal formula can make the penetration depth up to 2.23 times as large as that without flux, including 50%ZrO2, 12.09%CaCO3, 10.43%CaO and 27.48%MgO. Through the high-speed photographs of welding process, CaF2 can minimize the plasma volume but slightly improve the pene-tration capability.

  9. Development of ferritic steels for reduced activation: the US program

    The Cr-Mo ferritic (martensitic) steels are candidates for the structural components of fusion reactors. Irradiation of such steels in a fusion environment produces long-lived radioactive isotopes, which lead to difficult radioactive waste disposal problems once the structure is removed from service. Such problems could be reduced by using steels that contain only elements that produce radioactive isotopes that decay to low levels in a reasonable time (tens of years instead of hundreds or thousands of years). The US Department of Energy has a program to develop steels to meet the criteria for shallow land burial as opposed to deep geologic storage. A review of the alloy development programs indicates that ferritic steels that meet these criteria can be developed

  10. Testing for compatibility of reduced activation ferritic steel with plasma on JFT-2M partial coverage of the vacuum vessel with ferritic steel

    The compatibility of reduced activation ferritic steel (F82H), which is a leading candidate material for the demo reactor (e.g. SSTR), with plasma has been investigated in the JFT-2M tokamak with 3 steps in an AMTEX (Advanced Material Tokamak EXperiment). In the first step, the reduction of fast ion losses was well demonstrated with the ferritic steel outside the vacuum vessel. In the second step, the ferritic steel was installed inside the vacuum vessel in order to perform a preliminary investigation of the effect of the ferromagnetism on plasma stability and control, and impurity release. For this purpose, ferritic steels of 7 mm thickness were installed to form 2 sets of toroidally uniform belts, which cover 20% of the vacuum vessel. No deteriorative effects were observed regarding mode locking, plasma control, and impurity desorption. The initial boron coating was applied in order to modify the surface of the ferritic steel. The impurity is remarkably reduced and high normalized-beta plasma was obtained. Thus encouraging results were obtained for the third step, where whole vacuum vessel wall will be covered with ferritic steel. (author)

  11. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of a Nitride-Strengthened Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic Steel

    Zhou, Qiangguo; Zhang, Wenfeng; Yan, Wei; Wang, Wei; Sha, Wei; Shan, Yiyin; Yang, Ke

    2012-12-01

    Nitride-strengthened reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels are developed taking advantage of the high thermal stability of nitrides. In the current study, the microstructure and mechanical properties of a nitride-strengthened RAFM steel with improved composition were investigated. Fully martensitic microstructure with fine nitrides dispersion was achieved in the steel. In all, 1.4 pct Mn is sufficient to suppress delta ferrite and assure the steel of the full martensitic microstructure. Compared to Eurofer97, the steel showed similar strength at room temperature but higher strength at 873 K (600 °C). The steel exhibited very high impact toughness and a low ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of 243 K (-30 °C), which could be further reduced by purification.

  12. Outgassing characteristics of F82H ferritic steel as a low activation material for fusion reactor

    Odaka, Kenji; Satou, Osamu [Hitachi Ltd., Tsuchiura, Ibaraki (Japan). Mechanical Engineering Research Lab.; Ootsuka, Michio; Abe, Tetsuya; Hara, Shigemitsu; Takatsu, Hideyuki; Enoeda, Mikio

    1997-09-01

    Outgassing characteristics of F82H ferritic steel as a low activation material for the blanket of fusion device were investigated. A test chamber was constructed by welding F82H ferritic steel plates. The inner surface of the chamber was buffed and electropolished. The test chamber was degassed by the prebaking at temperature of 350degC for 20 h in vacuum. Then outgassing rates of the test chamber were measured by the throughput method as a function of pumping time for the cases that the test chamber was baked and not baked. The typical outgassing rate after baking at 250degC for 24 h was 3 x 10{sup -9} Pa{center_dot}ms{sup -1} and it seems that this value is sufficiently small to produce pressures at least as low as 10{sup -9} Pa in the vacuum chamber made of F82H ferritic steel. In the pump-down of the test chamber without baking after exposure to air, the outgassing rate decreases with pumping time and reached 1 x 10{sup -7} Pa{center_dot}ms{sup -1} at t = 10{sup 5} s. The activation energy of hydrogen in bulk diffusion in the F82H ferritic steel was measured and found to be 7 kcal/mol. (author)

  13. Reduced activation ferritic steel R and D in US/Japan collaborative research

    Material performance of reduced activation ferritic steels (RAFS) and their response to neutron irradiation, which have been investigated by utilizing fission reactors under the US/Japan collaborative research program (JUPITER), are summarized. Rather high resistance to neutron irradiation and helium was recognized for 9Cr-2W RAFS; irradiation hardening and helium embrittlement of RAFS were evaluated to be much less than for other candidate materials. Alloy design of high-temperature steels and the development of oxide dispersion-strengthened steels have been progressing. (author)

  14. Influence of smelting processes on precipitation behaviors and mechanical properties of low activation ferrite steels

    Research highlights: → Creep properties could be improved dramatically by control of smelting process. → VIM + ESR smelting process could improve the W macrosegregation. → W could accelerate the transition of M7C3 to M23C6 in RAFM steel. → The synergetic effect of carbides and tungsten depletion of solid solution lead to the decrease in creep resistance. - Abstract: In this paper, the influence of smelting processes on precipitation behaviors and mechanical properties of CLF-1 (China low activation ferrite) steel was investigated. Mechanical properties of CLF-1 steels melted by vacuum induction melting (VIM, CS25 steel) and vacuum induction melting followed by consumable electrode remelting (VIM + ESR, CS350 steel) had been studied. The results indicated that the steels showed similar values of hardness and tensile strength, however, creep properties of CLF-1 steel were obviously improved by VIM + ESR process. M23C6 and M7C3 Carbides were precipitated in the CS25 steel, and M23C6 carbides were precipitated in CS350 steel after high-temperature tempering at 1013 K for 90 min. Creep properties of CS25 steel were shown to be dramatically deteriorated by the existence of rod M7C3 precipitates, which was due to W macrosegregation in the CS25 steel melted by VIM. M7C3 was replaced by M23C6 after ageing at 823 K for 5000 h.

  15. Hot-rolling of reduced activation 8CrODS ferritic steel

    Highlights: •Hot-rolling can induce a coarser ferrite grain in 8CrODS ferritic steel. •HR specimen consists of martensite, residual ferrite and transformed ferrite. •The coarsening of the transformed ferrite was analyzed by EBSD. •Hot-rolling can improve the strength of 8CrODS ferritic steel at 700 °C. -- Abstract: The 8CrODS ferritic steel is based on J1-lot developed for the advanced fusion blanket material to increase the coolant outlet temperature. A hot-rolling was conducted at the temperature above Ar3 of 716 °C, and its effect on the microstructure and tensile strength in 8CrODS ferritic steel was evaluated, comparing together with normalized and tempered specimen. It was confirmed that hot-rolling leads to slightly increased fraction of the ferrite and highly improved tensile strength. This ferrite was formed by transformation from the hot-rolled austenite during cooling due to fine austenite grains induced by hot-rolling. The coarsening of the transformed ferrite in hot-rolled specimen can be attributed to the crystalline rotation and coalescence of the similar oriented grains. The improved strength of hot-rolled specimen was ascribed to the high dislocation density and replacement of easily deformed martensite with the transformed coarse ferrite

  16. Hot-rolling of reduced activation 8CrODS ferritic steel

    Wu, Xiaochao, E-mail: chaoxiaowu_008@163.com [Hokkaido University, Graduate School of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, N13, W-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Ukai, Shigeharu [Hokkaido University, Faculty of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, N13, W-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Leng, Bin [Hokkaido University, Graduate School of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, N13, W-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Oono, Naoko; Hayashi, Shigenari [Hokkaido University, Faculty of Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, N13, W-8, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8628 (Japan); Sakasegawa, Hideo; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 4002 Oarai, Ibaraki 311-1393 (Japan)

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: •Hot-rolling can induce a coarser ferrite grain in 8CrODS ferritic steel. •HR specimen consists of martensite, residual ferrite and transformed ferrite. •The coarsening of the transformed ferrite was analyzed by EBSD. •Hot-rolling can improve the strength of 8CrODS ferritic steel at 700 °C. -- Abstract: The 8CrODS ferritic steel is based on J1-lot developed for the advanced fusion blanket material to increase the coolant outlet temperature. A hot-rolling was conducted at the temperature above A{sub r3} of 716 °C, and its effect on the microstructure and tensile strength in 8CrODS ferritic steel was evaluated, comparing together with normalized and tempered specimen. It was confirmed that hot-rolling leads to slightly increased fraction of the ferrite and highly improved tensile strength. This ferrite was formed by transformation from the hot-rolled austenite during cooling due to fine austenite grains induced by hot-rolling. The coarsening of the transformed ferrite in hot-rolled specimen can be attributed to the crystalline rotation and coalescence of the similar oriented grains. The improved strength of hot-rolled specimen was ascribed to the high dislocation density and replacement of easily deformed martensite with the transformed coarse ferrite.

  17. Microstructural stability of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels under high temperature and stress cycling

    Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels are leading candidates for blanket/first-wall structures of the D-T fusion reactors. In fusion application, structural materials will suffer cyclic stresses caused by repeated changes of temperature and electromagnetic forces according to reactor operation scenarios. Therefore, creep-fatigue behaviors are extremely important to qualify reduced activation steels as fusion structural materials. In this work, microstructural stability of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels under various external stresses, such as constant stress cyclic stress, was studied. The materials used are JLF-1 steel (9Cr-2W-V,Ta) and JLS-2 steel (9Cr-3W-V,Ta). The microstructure inspection by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) was performed following creep rupture tests, fatigue and creep-fatigue tests at elevated temperatures. In order to examine precipitation morphology in detail, the improved extracted residue and extracted replica methods were applied. From the microstructural observation of creep rupture-tested specimen, intergranular precipitates such as M23C6 and Laves phase coarsened by applying the static stress

  18. Report of IEA workshop on reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels

    IEA Workshop on Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic Steels under implementing agreement for program of research and development on fusion materials was held at Tokyo Yayoi Kaikan and JAERI headquarter on November 2-3, 2000. The objective of this workshop was a review of the fusion material development programs, the progress of the collaboration and the irradiation effects studies on RAF/M steels in the collaborating parties (Europe, Russia the United States, and Japan). Moreover, the development of plans for future collaboration was discussed. The present report contains viewgraphs presented at the workshop. (author)

  19. Report of IEA workshop on reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels

    NONE

    2001-03-01

    IEA Workshop on Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic Steels under implementing agreement for program of research and development on fusion materials was held at Tokyo Yayoi Kaikan and JAERI headquarter on November 2-3, 2000. The objective of this workshop was a review of the fusion material development programs, the progress of the collaboration and the irradiation effects studies on RAF/M steels in the collaborating parties (Europe, Russia the United States, and Japan). Moreover, the development of plans for future collaboration was discussed. The present report contains viewgraphs presented at the workshop. (author)

  20. Development of Reduced Activation Ferritic-Martensitic Steels in South Korea

    In the mid-1980s research programs for development of low activation materials began. This is based on the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Guidelines (10CFR part 61) that were developed to reduce longlived radioactive isotopes, which allows nuclear reactor waste to be disposed of by shallow land burial when removed from service. Development of low activation materials is also key issue in nuclear fusion systems, as the structural components can became radioactive due to nuclear transmutation caused by exposure to high dose neutron irradiation. Reduced-activation ferritic martensitic (RAFM) steels have been developed in the leading countries in nuclear fusion technology, and are now being considered as candidate structural material for the test blanket module (TBM) in the international thermonuclear experiment reactor (ITER). South Korea joined the ITER program in 2003 and since then extensive effort has been made for developing the helium-cooled solid-breeder (HCSB) TBM which is scheduled to be tested in the ITER program. However, there has been no research activity to develop RAFM steels in South Korea, while all the participants in the ITER program have developed their own RAFM steels. It is recently that the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI) started the Korean RAFM steel research program, aiming at an application for the HCSB-type TBM structure in ITER. In what follows, the current status of RAFM steels and the R and D program led by KAERI to develop Korean RAFM steels are summarized

  1. Articles comprising ferritic stainless steels

    Rakowski, James M.

    2016-06-28

    An article of manufacture comprises a ferritic stainless steel that includes a near-surface region depleted of silicon relative to a remainder of the ferritic stainless steel. The article has a reduced tendency to form an electrically resistive silica layer including silicon derived from the steel when the article is subjected to high temperature oxidizing conditions. The ferritic stainless steel is selected from the group comprising AISI Type 430 stainless steel, AISI Type 439 stainless steel, AISI Type 441 stainless steel, AISI Type 444 stainless steel, and E-BRITE.RTM. alloy, also known as UNS 44627 stainless steel. In certain embodiments, the article of manufacture is a fuel cell interconnect for a solid oxide fuel cell.

  2. Reduced activation ODS ferritic steel - recent development in high speed hot extrusion processing

    Oksiuta, Zbigniew [Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Bialystok Technical University (Poland); Lewandowska, Malgorzata; Kurzydlowski, Krzysztof [Faculty of Materials Science and Engineering, Warsaw University of Technology (Poland); Baluc, Nadine [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, Association Euratom-Confederation Suisse, Villigen PSI (Switzerland)

    2010-05-15

    The paper presents the microstructure and mechanical properties of an oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS), reduced activation, ferritic steel, namely the Fe-14Cr-2W-0.3Ti-0.3Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} alloy, which was fabricated by hot isostatic pressing followed by high speed hydrostatic extrusion (HSHE) and heat treatment HT at 1050 C. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations revealed significant differences in the grain size and dislocation density between the as-HIPped and as-HSHE materials. It was also found that the microstructure of the steel is stable after HT. The HSHE process improves significantly the tensile and Charpy impact properties of the as-HIPped steel. The ultimate tensile strength at room temperature increases from 950 up to 1350 MPa, while the upper shelf energy increases from 3.0 up to 6.0 J. However, the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) remains relatively high (about 75 C).These results indicate that HSHE is a promising method for achieving grain refinement and thus improving the mechanical properties of ODS ferritic steels. (Abstract Copyright [2010], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  3. Nitriding treatment of reduced activation ferritic steel as functional layer for liquid breeder blanket

    The development of functional layers such as a tritium permeation barrier and an anti-corrosion layer is the essential technology for the development of a molten salt type self cooled fusion blanket. In the present study, the characteristics of a nitriding treatment on a reduced activation ferritic steel, JLF-1 (Fe-9Cr-2W-0.1C) as the functional layer were investigated. The steel surface was nitrided by an ion nitriding treatment or a radical nitriding treatment. The nitridation characteristic of the steel surface was made clear based on the thermodynamic stability. The thermal diffusivity, the hydrogen permeability and the chemical stability in the molten salt Flinak were investigated. The results indicated that the nitriding treatment can improve the compatibility in the Flinak without the decrease of the thermal diffusivity, though there was little improvement as the hydrogen permeation barrier. (author)

  4. Underwater explosive welding of tungsten to reduced-activation ferritic steel F82H

    Mori, Daichi [Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Kasada, Ryuta, E-mail: r-kasada@iae.kyoto-u.ac.jp [Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Konishi, Satoshi [Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Morizono, Yasuhiro [Graduate School of Science and Technology, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan); Hokamoto, Kazuyuki [Institute of Pulsed Power Science, Kumamoto University, 2-39-1 Kurokami, Kumamoto 860-8555 (Japan)

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • The underwater explosive welding was successfully applied in the joining of tungsten to F82H reduced activation ferritic steel. • Microstructure of the interface showed the formation of a wave-like interface with a thin mixed layer of tungsten and F82H. • Nanoindentation hardness results exhibited a gradual change away from the welded interface without hardened layer. • Small punch tests on the welded specimens resulted in the cracking at a center of tungsten followed by the interfacial cracking. - Abstract: The present study reports the underwater explosive welding of commercially pure tungsten onto the surface of a reduced-activation ferritic steel F82H plate. Cross-sectional observation revealed the formation of a wave-like interface, consisting of a thin mixed layer of W and F82H. The results of nanoindentation hardness testing identified a gradual progressive change in the interface, with no hardened or brittle layer being observed. Small punch tests on the welded specimens resulted in cracking at the center of the tungsten, followed by crack propagation toward both the tungsten surface and the tungsten/steel interface.

  5. Irradiation-induced grain growth in nanocrystalline reduced activation ferrite/martensite steel

    In this work, we investigate the microstructure evolution of surface-nanocrystallized reduced activation ferrite/martensite steels upon high-dose helium ion irradiation (24.3 dpa). We report a significant irradiation-induced grain growth in the irradiated buried layer at a depth of 300–500 nm, rather than at the peak damage region (at a depth of ∼840 nm). This phenomenon can be explained by the thermal spike model: minimization of the grain boundary (GB) curvature resulting from atomic diffusion in the cascade center near GBs.

  6. Thermal and mechanical behaviour of the reduced-activation-ferritic-martensitic steel EUROFER

    Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels are being considered for structural application in potential fusion energy systems. Based on the substantial experience with RAFM developmental steels of OPTIFER type, an industrial 3.5 tons batch of a 9CrWVTa-RAFM steel, called EUROFER 97 had been specified and ordered. A characterisation programme has been launched to determine the relevant mechanical and physical-metallurgical properties in order to qualify the steel for fusion application. The hardening, tempering and transformation behaviour of EUROFER is in good agreement with that of other RAFM-steels like OPTIFER and the Japanese industrial scale heat F82H mod. Tensile tests, performed between RT and 750 deg. C, show comparable strength and ductility values that are not strongly affected by different heat treatments and ageing at 580 and 600 deg. C up to 3300 h. Impact bending tests indicate a superior ductile to brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of EUROFER in the as-received condition compared with that of F82H mod. Creep tests between 450 and 650 deg. C up to test times of 15000 h reveal a creep strength similar to other RAFM steels like OPTIFER and F82H mod. EUROFER shows a good low-cycle fatigue behaviour with longer lifetimes than F82H mod. The deformation and softening behaviour is similar

  7. Development of new generation reduced activation ferritic-martensitic steels for advanced fusion reactors

    Tan, L.; Snead, L. L.; Katoh, Y.

    2016-09-01

    International development of reduced activation ferritic-martensitic (RAFM) steels has focused on 9 wt percentage Cr, which primarily contain M23C6 (M = Cr-rich) and small amounts of MX (M = Ta/V, X = C/N) precipitates, not adequate to maintain strength and creep resistance above ∼500 °C. To enable applications at higher temperatures for better thermal efficiency of fusion reactors, computational alloy thermodynamics coupled with strength modeling have been employed to explore a new generation RAFM steels. The new alloys are designed to significantly increase the amount of MX nanoprecipitates, which are manufacturable through standard and scalable industrial steelmaking methods. Preliminary experimental results of the developed new alloys demonstrated noticeably increased amount of MX, favoring significantly improved strength, creep resistance, and Charpy impact toughness as compared to current RAFM steels. The strength and creep resistance were comparable or approaching to the lower bound of, but impact toughness was noticeably superior to 9-20Cr oxide dispersion-strengthened ferritic alloys.

  8. Diffusive transport parameters of deuterium through China reduced activation ferritic-martensitic steels

    Wang, Bo; Liu, Lingbo; Xiang, Xin; Rao, Yongchu; Ye, Xiaoqiu; Chen, Chang An

    2016-03-01

    Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic (RAFM) steels have been considered as the most promising candidate structure materials for a fusion reactor. In the recent decades, two new types of RAFM steels, called China Low Activation Martensitic (CLAM) steel and China Low-activation Ferritic (CLF-1) steel, have been developed. The gas evolution permeation technique has been used to investigate diffusive transport parameters of deuterium through CLAM and CLF-1 over the temperature range 623 ∼ 873 K at deuterium pressure of 105 Pa. The resultant transport parameters are: Φ (mol. m-1 s-1 Pa-1/2) = 5.40 × 10-8 exp (-46.8 (kJ. mol-1)/RT), D(m2 s-1) = 3.81 × 10-7 exp(-24.0(kJ. mol-1)/RT) and S (mol. m-3 Pa-1/2) = 1.42 × 10-1 exp(-22.8(kJ. mol-1)/RT) for CLAM; while Φ(mol m-1 s-1 Pa-1/2) = 1.76 × 10-8 exp(-43.9(kJ. mol-1)/RT), D(m2. s-1) = 1.02 × 10-7 exp(-16.9(kJ. mol-1)/RT) and S(mol. m-1 Pa-1/2) = 1.73 × 10-1 exp(-27.0(kJ. mol-1) /RT) for CLF-1. The results show that CLAM is more permeable than CLF-1, thus it is easier for hydrogen isotopes to transport and be removed.

  9. Effect of heat treatment and irradiation temperature on impact behavior of irradiated reduced-activation ferritic steels

    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1998-03-01

    Charpy tests were conducted on eight normalized-and-tempered reduced-activation ferritic steels irradiated in two different normalized conditions. Irradiation was conducted in the Fast Flux Test Facility at 393 C to {approx}14 dpa on steels with 2.25, 5, 9, and 12% Cr (0.1% C) with varying amounts of W, V, and Ta. The different normalization treatments involved changing the cooling rate after austenitization. The faster cooling rate produced 100% bainite in the 2.25 Cr steels, compared to duplex structures of bainite and polygonal ferrite for the slower cooling rate. For both cooling rates, martensite formed in the 5 and 9% Cr steels, and martensite with {approx}25% {delta}-ferrite formed in the 12% Cr steel. Irradiation caused an increase in the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and a decrease in the upper-shelf energy. The difference in microstructure in the low-chromium steels due to the different heat treatments had little effect on properties. For the high-chromium martensitic steels, only the 5 Cr steel was affected by heat treatment. When the results at 393 C were compared with previous results at 365 C, all but a 5 Cr and a 9 Cr steel showed the expected decrease in the shift in DBTT with increasing temperature.

  10. Microstructural developments in Fe-Cr-W low activation ferritic steels under dual beam charged particle irradiation

    Chromium-molybdenum ferritic steels have a better resistance to void swelling than austenitic steels and were considered for use as first wall structural materials in future fusion reactors. One of the major alloying elements, Mo, is deleterious for the reduction of radioactivity; reduced activation steels are under development, where Mo is replaced by W. In this work, four kinds of reduced activation steels were dual or single ion irradiated to 125 dpa. In the duel ion irradiated steels with a 7-12% Cr content, the dimensional stability of the martensite phase was superior to the other phases. The cavity microstructures of bainitic steels with 2.25% Cr content were affected by the He/dpa ratio (and by the He injection rate) even when they had a high damage level (up to 125 dpa.) Hitherto, the low activation steels developed by replacing Mo by W suggest excellent stability of microstructures and thus a high resistance to swelling. (orig.)

  11. Research and Development of Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic Steel CLF-1 in SWIP

    Full text: Because of the good industrial bases and the superior resistance for irradiation, reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel is recognized as the primary structural material for ITER test blanket modules (TBM) and a DEMOnstration reactor. In China, one of the basic options of the blanket module concept to be tested in ITER is helium cooled solid breeder (HCSB) with the RAFM steel as the reference structural material. To provide material and property database for the design and fabrication of the ITER HCSB TBM, a new type of RAFM steel CLF-1 was developed and characterized by South Western Institute of Physics in China. In this paper, recent progress in SWIP research on RAFM steel CLF-1 R and D is reviewed with a focus on ITER-TBM design and fabrication. A new heat of 350 kg of CLF-1 steel was produced recently and different product forms (plates, rods and welding wires) were manufactured. Recent advances in the fields of steel development, mainly on the melting and processing techniques, composition optimization and thermo-mechanical treatment were addressed. The properties database and technical information required for blanket design and fabrication were derived. From the tensile and creep properties test, the design allowable stresses are derived. From the Charpy impact test, ductile to brittle transition temperature (DBTT) are evaluated. From the physical properties databases, density, modulus of elasticity, thermal conductivity, thermal diffusivity, specific heat, linear expansion coefficients are derived. The effect of thermal ageing on the microstructure and properties was investigated to study the stability under high temperature for long periods of time. In addition, the efforts to characterize the weldability of CLF-1 using tungsten-inert-gas (TIG) method for the fabrication of TBM were also introduced. (author)

  12. Thermo-mechanical fatigue behavior of reduced activation ferrite/martensite stainless steels

    The thermo-mechanical cycling fatigue (TMCF) behavior of reduced activation ferrite/martensite stainless steels is examined. The test rig consists of a stiff load frame, which is directly heated by the digitally controlled ohmic heating device. Cylindrical specimens are used with a wall thickness of 0.4 mm. Variable strain rates are applied at TMCF test mode, due to the constant heating rate of 5.8 K/s and variable temperature changes. TMCF results of as received EUROFER 97 in the temperature range between 100 and 500-600 deg. C show a reduction in life time (a factor of 2) compared to F82H mod. and OPTIFER IV. TMCF-experiments with hold times of 100 and 1000 s show dramatic reduction in life time for all three materials

  13. Effect of mechanical restraint on weldability of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel thick plates

    Serizawa, Hisashi; Nakamura, Shinichiro; Tanaka, Manabu; Kawahito, Yousuke; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu; Katayama, Seiji

    2011-10-01

    As one of the reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels, the weldability of thick F82H plate was experimentally examined using new heat sources in order to minimize the total heat input energy in comparison with TIG welding. A full penetration of 32 mm thick plate could be produced as a combination of a 12 mm deep first layer generated by a 10 kW fiber laser beam and upper layers deposited by a plasma MIG hybrid welding with Ar + 2%O shielding gas. Also, the effect of mechanical restraint on the weldability under EB welding of thick F82H plate was studied by using FEM to select an appropriate specimen size for the basic test. The appropriate and minimum size for the basic test of weldability under EB welding of 90 mm thick plate might be 200 mm in length and 400 mm in width where the welding length should be about 180 mm.

  14. Effect of mechanical restraint on weldability of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel thick plates

    As one of the reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels, the weldability of thick F82H plate was experimentally examined using new heat sources in order to minimize the total heat input energy in comparison with TIG welding. A full penetration of 32 mm thick plate could be produced as a combination of a 12 mm deep first layer generated by a 10 kW fiber laser beam and upper layers deposited by a plasma MIG hybrid welding with Ar + 2%O shielding gas. Also, the effect of mechanical restraint on the weldability under EB welding of thick F82H plate was studied by using FEM to select an appropriate specimen size for the basic test. The appropriate and minimum size for the basic test of weldability under EB welding of 90 mm thick plate might be 200 mm in length and 400 mm in width where the welding length should be about 180 mm.

  15. Effect of silicon on the microstructure and mechanical properties of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel

    Chen, Shenghu; Rong, Lijian

    2015-04-01

    The effect of Si in the range of 0.05-0.77 wt.% on the microstructure, tensile properties and impact toughness of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels has been investigated. An increase in Si content affected the prior austenite grain size resulting in an increase in the tensile strength at room temperature. The tensile strength of steels tested above 773 K did not change significantly with the addition of Si, which was due to the diminished carbide hardening effect and boundary strengthening effect. Detailed fractographic analysis revealed that tear fractures occurred in the samples tensile tested at room temperature, while cup and cone fractures were found in samples tensile tested at temperatures above 773 K, which were induced by the easing of dislocation pile-ups. The ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) decreased when the Si content increased to 0.22 wt.%. However, the DBTT increased when the Si content reached 0.77 wt.% and this was due to the precipitation of Laves phase. The RAFM steel with approximately 0.22 wt.% Si content was found to possess an optimized combination of microstructure, tensile properties and impact toughness.

  16. Compatibility of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels with liquid breeders

    The compatibility of Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic Steel (RAFM) with liquid Li and molten-salt Flibe have been characterized and accessed. Static compatibility tests were carried out in which the specimens were immersed into liquid Li or Flibe in isothermal autoclaves. Also carried out were compatibility tests in flowing liquid Li by thermal convection loops. In the case of liquid Li, the corrosion rate increased with temperature significantly. The corrosion was almost one order larger for the loop tests than for the static tests. Chemical analysis showed that the corrosion was enhanced when the level of N in Li is increased. Transformation from martensitic to ferritic phase and the resulting softening were observed in near-surface area of Li-exposed specimens, which were shown to be induced by decarburization. In the case of Flibe, the corrosion loss was much larger in a Ni crucible than in a RAFM crucible. Both fluorides and oxides were observed on the surfaces. Thus, the key corrosion process of Flibe is the competing process of fluoridation and oxidation. Possible mechanism of the enhanced corrosion in Ni crucible is electrochemical circuit effect. It was suggested that the corrosion loss rate of RAFM by liquid Li and Flibe can be reduced by reducing the level of impurity N in Li and avoiding the use of dissimilar materials in Flibe, respectively. (author)

  17. Hydrogen embrittlement of ferritic steels

    Hydrogen embrittlement (HE) of ferritic and duplex stainless steels (SS) has been studied by charging annealed or quenched specimens with hydrogen through cathodic polarization. Cathodic charge has been found to reduce severely the ductility of these materials. Using microscopic observations (TEM and SEM and optical) attempts have been made to clarify the initial stage of microstructural changes which are induced by hydrogen charging in these steels. (author)

  18. Weldability of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel under ultra power density fiber laser welding

    Full text of publication follows: Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels (RAFMs) are recognized as the primary candidate structural materials for fusion blanket systems as it has been developed based on massive industrial experience of ferritic/martensitic steel replacing Mo and Nb of high chromium heat resistant martensitic steels (such as modified 9Cr-1Mo) with W and Ta, respectively. As one of RAFMS, F82H, which has been developed and studied in Japan, is designed with emphasis on high temperature property and weldablility, and was provided and evaluated in various countries as a part of the collaboration of IEA fusion materials development. Although F82H is the well perceived RAFM as ITER Test Blanket Module (TBM) structural material, the weldability was proved though TIG, EB and YAG laser weld tests using only 15 and 25 mm thickness plate. In order to reduce the welding distortion, the residual stress and the area of the heat affected zone, it is necessary to decrease the total heat input under the welding. Recently, as a result of R and D efforts about the sources of laser beam, a high-power fiber laser beam has been developed as one of the desirable heat sources for high-speed and deep-penetration welding. Since the power density of the fiber laser beam is very large, it is possible to increase the welding speed more than 10 m/min. So, in this study, the weldability of 1.5 mm thickness F82H plate and pipe was examined by using a ultra power density fiber laser, in order to reveal the excellent weldability of F82H. As a basic study of the butt welding between 1.5 mm plate and 1.5 mm thickness pipe with 11 mm outer diameter, the focus position, the beam position and the laser power were varied using 25 mm square plate and 25 mm length pipe. Then, by using the fiber laser with 1.1 MW/mm2 peak power density under the appropriate welding condition obtained from the basic study, a full penetrated weld bead with narrow width was formed in the butt welding

  19. Study on the activated laser welding of ferritic stainless steel with rare earth elements yttrium

    Wang, Yonghui; Hu, Shengsun; Shen, Junqi

    2015-10-01

    The ferritic stainless steel SUS430 was used in this work. Based on a multi-component activating flux, composed of 50% ZrO2, 12.09 % CaCO3, 10.43 % CaO, and 27.49 % MgO, a series of modified activating fluxes with 0.5%, 1%, 2%, 5%, 10%, 15%, and 20% of rare earth (RE) element yttrium (Y) respectively were produced, and their effects on the weld penetration (WP) and corrosion resistant (CR) property were studied. Results showed that RE element Y hardly had any effects on increasing the WP. In the FeCl3 spot corrosion experiment, the corrosion rates of almost all the samples cut from welded joints turned out to be greater than the parent metal (23.51 g/m2 h). However, there was an exception that the corrosion rate of the sample with 5% Y was only 21.96 g/m2 h, which was even better than parent metal. The further Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) test showed the existence of elements Zr, Ca, O, and Y in the molten slag near the weld seam while none of them were found in the weld metal, indicating the direct transition of element from activating fluxes to the welding seam did not exist. It was known that certain composition of activating fluxes effectively restrain the loss of Cr element in the process of laser welding, and as a result, the CR of welded joints was improved.

  20. Progress of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel development in Japan

    Recent accomplishment by the Japanese activity for the reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel (RAF/M) development has been reviewed. Some of the results obtained in EU and US by international collaborative activities are also introduced. Effect of irradiation on the shift of ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) has been evaluated to a dose of 20dpa. Results suggest that RAF/M appears to satisfy the requirement on DBTT-shift for the blanket application in the dose range up to several tens of dpa. Also, enhancement effect of DBTT-shift by transmutation produced helium (He) atoms was revealed to be smaller than has been suggested previously. Preliminary studies about the effect of irradiation on fatigue mechanism, the susceptibility to environmentally assisted cracking in water and flow stress-strain relation have been conducted for the specimens irradiated to several dpa, including the post irradiation tensile property examination of the joints by Hot-isostatic press (HIP) bonding method. The results also indicate that RAF/Ms exhibit suitable properties for ITER test blanket module. (author)

  1. Fractographic examination of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel charpy specimens irradiated to 30 dpa at 370{degrees}C

    Gelles, D.S.; Hamilton, M.L. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Schubert, L.E. [Univ. of Missouri, Rolla, MO (United States)

    1996-10-01

    Fractographic examinations are reported for a series of reduced activation ferritic/Martensitic steel Charpy impact specimens tested following irradiation to 30 dpa at 370{degrees}C in FFTF. One-third size specimens of six low activation steels developed for potential application as structural materials in fusion reactors were examined. A shift in brittle fracture appearance from cleavage to grain boundary failure was noted with increasing manganese content. The results are interpreted in light of transmutation induced composition changes in a fusion environment.

  2. Helium Retention and Desorption Behaviour of Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martenstic Steel

    WANG Pinghuai; NOBUTA Yuji; HINO Tomoaki; YAMAUCHI Yuji; CHEN Zilning; XU Zengyu; LI Xiongwei; LIU Shi

    2009-01-01

    The reduced activation ferritic/martenstic steel CLF-1 prepared by the Southwest-ern Institute of Physics in China was irradiated by helium ions with an energy of 5 keV at room temperature using an electron cyclotron resonance (ECR) ion irradiation apparatus. After the irradiation, the helium retention and desorption were investigated using a technique of thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). The experiment was conducted with both the normal and welded samples. Blisters were observed after the helium ion irradiation, and the surface density of blisters in the welded samples was lower than that in the non-welded samples. Three desorption peaks were observed in both the non-welded and welded samples. These desorption peaks corresponded to those of blister ruptures and the helium release from the inner bubbles and the defects. The amount of helium retained in the welded samples was approximately the same as that in the non-welded samples, which was much less than other reduced activation materials, such as vanadium alloy and SiC/SiC composites.

  3. Mechanical properties of a high-purity Fe-9Cr-2W-0.1C model alloy for low-activation ferritic steels for fusion reactors

    Reduced-activation ferritic steels, such as JLF-1 (Fe-9Cr-2W-0.1C-V-Ta-N) steel, are candidate structural materials for use in the next fusion device. It is essential to develop low-activation ferritic steels which have been purified in order to reduce the amount of radioactive impurity elements. It is important to clarify whether or not purification causes any significant changes in the mechanical properties of the ferritic steels, as they will be used as structural materials. In this study a high-purity Fe-9Cr-2W-0.1C model alloy was prepared from an ultra-high-purity iron. A significantly lower tensile strength was observed in the high-purity ferritic steel at room temperature and 573 K, as compared to that of JLF-1 steel. The difference in yield strength at room temperature is considered to be mainly due to a lower content of nitrogen and soluble impurities, a larger packet diameter and a larger lath length in the case of the high-purity steel. The hardness of the as-quenched high-purity steel and the recovery behavior below 823 K are not significantly different from those of conventional ferritic steel. (author)

  4. Microstructural characterization of weld joints of 9Cr reduced activation ferritic martensitic steel fabricated by different joining methods

    Thomas Paul, V.; Saroja, S.; Albert, S.K.; Jayakumar, T.; Rajendra Kumar, E., E-mail: vtp@igcar.gov.in

    2014-10-15

    This paper presents a detailed electron microscopy study on the microstructure of various regions of weldment fabricated by three welding methods namely tungsten inert gas welding, electron beam welding and laser beam welding in an indigenously developed 9Cr reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel. Electron back scatter diffraction studies showed a random micro-texture in all the three welds. Microstructural changes during thermal exposures were studied and corroborated with hardness and optimized conditions for the post weld heat treatment have been identified for this steel. Hollomon–Jaffe parameter has been used to estimate the extent of tempering. The activation energy for the tempering process has been evaluated and found to be corresponding to interstitial diffusion of carbon in ferrite matrix. The type and microchemistry of secondary phases in different regions of the weldment have been identified by analytical transmission electron microscopy. - Highlights: • Comparison of microstructural parameters in TIG, electron beam and laser welds of RAFM steel • EBSD studies to illustrate the absence of preferred orientation and identification of prior austenite grain size using phase identification map • Optimization of PWHT conditions for indigenous RAFM steel • Study of kinetics of tempering and estimation of apparent activation energy of the process.

  5. Development and characterisation of 9Cr ODS and reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels for fast fission and fusion reactors

    This paper presents the results of the indigenous efforts at IGCAR towards developing a 9Cr Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) and Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic (RAFM) steels for the Fast Breeder Reactors (FBR) and fusion program in India. The sodium cooled fast reactors require development of high temperature radiation resistant materials for achieving high fuel burn-up of 200GWd/t (∼160 dpa) or higher, which is one of the key factors for their efficient and economical operation. Ferritic/Martensitic steels (9-12% Cr) although exhibit higher void swelling resistance than austenitics, have poor high temperature creep strength, which limits the operating temperatures to ∼550 deg. C. Oxide dispersion strengthening (ODS) is a promising means of extending the creep resistance of F/M steels beyond 650 deg. C together with the advantages of high thermal conductivity and low swelling. Based on these well known principles, a developmental effort has been taken up to fabricate clad tubes using the yttria strengthened 9Cr ferritic steel. A small amount of Ti addition resulted in very fine mixed oxide particles of Y and Ti, thus improving creep rupture strength significantly. The process of clad tubes fabrication involved mechanical milling of alloy powders, consolidation by hot extrusion and tube formation by cold pilgering. Further, the particle size distribution studied using Analytical and High Resolution Electron Microscopy at intermediate stages and in the product showed a distribution of Y2O3 particles predominantly in the size range of 5-20nm. The process parameters have been optimized and tubes of outer diameter 6.6 mm, thickness 0.48 mm and length 1500mm have been produced. The RAFM steel for the test blanket module of International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project has also been developed. The steel conforming to specifications has been achieved by replacement of Mo and Nb (elements that lead to high induced radioactivity) by W and Ta

  6. Microstructure and mechanical properties in the weld heat affected zone of 9Cr-2W-VTa reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel for fusion

    Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel demonstrated excellent resistance to the neutron irradiation and mechanical properties. The investigation of weldability in company with the development of RAFM steel is essential for construction of the fusion reactor. Generally, the superior mechanical properties of the RAFM steel can be upset during welding process due to microstructural change by rapid heating and cooling in the weld heat affected zone (HAZ). The phase transformation and mechanical properties in the weld HAZ of RAFM steel were investigated. The base steel consisted of tempered martensite and two carbides. During rapid welding thermal cycle, the microstructure of the base steel was transformed into martensite and δ-ferrite. In addition, the volume fraction of δ-ferrite and grain size increased with increase in the peak temperature and heat input. The strength of the HAZs was higher than that of the base steel due to the formation of martensite, whereas the impact properties of the HAZs deteriorated as compared with the base steel due to the formation of δ-ferrite. The PWHT improved the impact properties of the HAZs, resulting from the formation of tempered martensite

  7. Microstructure and mechanical properties in the weld heat affected zone of 9Cr-2W-VTa reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel for fusion

    Moon, Joonoh; Lee, Changhoon; Lee, Taeho; Jang, Minho; Park, Mingu [Korea Institute of Materials Science, Changwon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyoung Chan [National Fusion Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-05-15

    Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel demonstrated excellent resistance to the neutron irradiation and mechanical properties. The investigation of weldability in company with the development of RAFM steel is essential for construction of the fusion reactor. Generally, the superior mechanical properties of the RAFM steel can be upset during welding process due to microstructural change by rapid heating and cooling in the weld heat affected zone (HAZ). The phase transformation and mechanical properties in the weld HAZ of RAFM steel were investigated. The base steel consisted of tempered martensite and two carbides. During rapid welding thermal cycle, the microstructure of the base steel was transformed into martensite and δ-ferrite. In addition, the volume fraction of δ-ferrite and grain size increased with increase in the peak temperature and heat input. The strength of the HAZs was higher than that of the base steel due to the formation of martensite, whereas the impact properties of the HAZs deteriorated as compared with the base steel due to the formation of δ-ferrite. The PWHT improved the impact properties of the HAZs, resulting from the formation of tempered martensite.

  8. Electron Beam Welding of Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic ODS-EUROFER Steel for Application in Helium Cooled Modular Divertor Concepts

    For specific blanket and divertor applications in future fusion power reactors a replacement of presently considered Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic (RAFM) steels as structural material by suitable oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic martensitic or ferritic steels would allow a substantial increase of the operating temperature from ∼ 550 oC to about 650 oC. In all cases appropriate joining technologies have to be developed. Diffusion welding techniques to perform similar and dissimilar joints have been studied successfully. Friction Stir Welding (FSW) has shown a good potential but application is limited due to geometrical restrictions and needs further development. For the advanced helium-cooled modular divertor concept various joining techniques are required for joining the complex structural parts made of different materials. First attempts have been made for joining the divertor structures of ODS EUROFER by means of the Electron beam welding process with its highly concentrated energy input. This welding is widely used to produce high quality-high integrity welded similar and dissimilar joints of a large variety of materials. For this purpose, samples of ODS-EUROFER steel were welded using a PTR 150 kV/15 kW EB welding facility. Two different post-weld heat treatments (PWHT) were applied to investigate their influence on the mechanical and microstructural properties of the welded joints. Miniaturised tensile specimens were used to determine the tensile behaviour in the temperature range between RT and 700 oC. KLST specimens were used for Charpy impact tests. The microstructure of the weld and heat affected zone was examined using optical and scanning electron microscopy. Transmission electron microscopical methods were applied to investigate the size and spatial distribution of the dispersed oxides and potential segregation phenomena. (author)

  9. Evaluation of hardening behaviour of ion irradiated reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels by an ultra-micro-indentation technique

    The evaluation of the temperature dependence of irradiation hardening in a reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel (RAFs), F82H (Fe-8Cr-2W-V-Ta) and Ni-doped (1%, 2%) F82H, was performed using single/dual-beam ion irradiation and ultra-micro-indentation technique. In analyzing the load-displacement curve, it was assumed that the elastic modulus did not exceed the original value due to irradiation-induced damage because micro-hardness was defined as a function of composite elastic modulus. Secondly, micro-structural evolution was characterized for irradiation conditions where significant changes in micro-hardness in RAFs were found. Finally, based on these results, the plastic deformation behavior of F82H steels with the irradiation hardening was investigated

  10. HEAT INPUT AND POST WELD HEAT TREATMENT EFFECTS ON REDUCED-ACTIVATION FERRITIC/MARTENSITIC STEEL FRICTION STIR WELDS

    Tang, Wei [ORNL; Chen, Gaoqiang [ORNL; Chen, Jian [ORNL; Yu, Xinghua [ORNL; Frederick, David Alan [ORNL; Feng, Zhili [ORNL

    2015-01-01

    Reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels are an important class of structural materials for fusion reactor internals developed in recent years because of their improved irradiation resistance. However, they can suffer from welding induced property degradations. In this paper, a solid phase joining technology friction stir welding (FSW) was adopted to join a RAFM steel Eurofer 97 and different FSW parameters/heat input were chosen to produce welds. FSW response parameters, joint microstructures and microhardness were investigated to reveal relationships among welding heat input, weld structure characterization and mechanical properties. In general, FSW heat input results in high hardness inside the stir zone mostly due to a martensitic transformation. It is possible to produce friction stir welds similar to but not with exactly the same base metal hardness when using low power input because of other hardening mechanisms. Further, post weld heat treatment (PWHT) is a very effective way to reduce FSW stir zone hardness values.

  11. Depth-dependent nanoindentation hardness of reduced-activation ferritic steels after MeV Fe-ion irradiation

    Highlights: • We investigate nanoindentation hardness of reduced-activation ferritic steels after ion irradiation. • We model the depth-dependent bulk-equivalent hardness with considering indentation size effect. • We examine a film/substrate model to explain softer substrate effect. • Damage gradient effect is terminated by the appearance of softer substrate effect. • The critical depth of softer substrate effect depends on the amount of irradiation hardening. - Abstract: The irradiation hardening behavior of F82H reduced-activation ferritic steels after MeV Fe-ion beam irradiation experiments was investigated with a nanoindentation test. Two sets of ion-irradiation experiments were conducted at 270 °C with 10.5 MeV Fe3+ ions up to 5 dpa at a 1000 nm depth at TIARA facility and at 290 °C with 6.4 MeV Fe3+ ions up to 3 dpa at a 600 nm depth at DuET facility, respectively. The measured nanoindentation hardness was converted to the depth-dependent bulk-equivalent hardness based on a combination of the Nix–Gao model to explain the indentation size effect and the film/substrate model to explain the damage gradient effect in the ion-irradiated region and softer substrate effect of the non-irradiated region beyond the irradiated depth range

  12. Recent activities on the compatibility of the ferritic steel wall with the plasma in the JFT-2M tokamak

    Tsuzuki, K.; Sato, M.; Kawashima, H.; Isei, N.; Kimura, H.; Ogawa, H.; Miyachi, K.; Yamamoto, M.; Shibata, T.

    2002-12-01

    The compatibility of the low activation ferritic steel with a fusion plasma has been investigated in the JFT-2M tokamak. The program consists of three stages. In the first stage, the reduction of fast ion losses was well demonstrated by ferritic steel plates (FPs) outside the vacuum vessel (VV). In the second stage, 20% of the inner surface of the VV was covered by the FPs. The plasma control, stability, and impurity release were preliminary investigated. No deteriorative effect on the plasma was observed at least in the following conditions: partial covering of 20% and the normalized beta value less than 2.8. First boronization was applied to JFT-2M leading to a remarkable decrease of the oxygen impurity. After the boronization, plasmas with the highest normalized beta in JFT-2M were obtained. Thus encouraging results were gained for this stage. In the third stage, the VV was fully covered by FPs, where the ripple reduction and the plasma stability will be investigated as a full scale testing.

  13. Phase transformation and impact properties in the experimentally simulated weld heat-affected zone of a reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel

    In this work, the phase transformation and impact properties in the weld heat-affected zone (HAZ) of a reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel are investigated. The HAZs were experimentally simulated using a Gleeble simulator. The base steel consisted of tempered martensite through normalizing at 1000 °C and tempering at 750 °C, while the HAZs consisted of martensite, δ-ferrite and a small volume of autotempered martensite. The impact properties using a Charpy V-notch impact test revealed that the HAZs showed poor impact properties due to the formation of martensite and δ-ferrite as compared with the base steel. In addition, the impact properties of the HAZs further deteriorated with an increase in the δ-ferrite fraction caused by increasing the peak temperature. The impact properties of the HAZs could be improved through the formation of tempered martensite after post weld heat treatment (PWHT), but they remained lower than that of the base steel because the δ-ferrite remained in the tempered HAZs

  14. Tensile and charpy impact properties of irradiated reduced-activation ferritic steels

    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-10-01

    Tensile tests were conducted on eight reduced-activation Cr-W steels after irradiation to 15-17 and 26-29 dpa, and Charpy impact tests were conducted on the steels irradiated to 26-29 dpa. Irradiation was in the Fast Flux Test Facility at 365{degrees}C on steels containing 2.25-12% Cr, varying amounts of W, V, and Ta, and 0.1%C. Previously, tensile specimens were irradiated to 6-8 dpa and Charpy specimens to 6-8, 15-17, and 20-24 dpa. Tensile and Charpy specimens were also thermally aged to 20000 h at 365{degrees}C. Thermal aging had little effect on the tensile behavior or the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT), but several steels showed a slight increase in the upper-shelf energy (USE). After {approx}7 dpa, the strength of the steels increased and then remained relatively unchanged through 26-29 dpa (i.e., the strength saturated with fluence). Post-irradiation Charpy impact tests after 26-29 dpa showed that the loss of impact toughness, as measured by an increase in DBTT and a decrease in the USE, remained relatively unchanged from the values after 20-24 dpa, which had been relatively unchanged from the earlier irradiations. As before, the two 9Cr steels were the most irradiation resistant.

  15. Ferritic steels for French LMFBR steam generators

    Austenitic stainless steels have been widely used in many components of the French LMFBR. Up to now, ferritic steels have not been considered for these components, mainly due to their relatively low creep properties. Some ferritic steels are usable when the maximum temperatures in service do not exceed about 5300C. It is the case of the steam generators of the Phenix plant, where the exchange tubes of the evaporator are made of 2,25% Cr-1% Mo steel, stabilized or not by addition of niobium. These ferritic alloys have worked successfully since the first steam production in October 1973. For the SuperPhenix power plant, an ''all austenitic stainless alloy'' apparatus has been chosen. However, for the future, ferritic alloys offer potential for use as alternative materials in the evaporators: low alloys steels type 2,25% Cr-1% Mo (exchange tubes, tube-sheets, shells), or at higher chromium content type 9% Cr-2% Mo NbV (exchange tubes) or 12M Cr-1% Mo-V (tube-sheets). Most of these steels have already an industrial background, and are widely used in similar applications. The various potential applications of these steels are reviewed with regards to the French LMFBR steam generators, indicating that some points need an effort of clarification, for instance the properties of the heterogeneous ferritic/austenitic weldments

  16. Effect of pre-strain on susceptibility of Indian Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic Steel to hydrogen embrittlement

    Sonak, Sagar; Tiwari, Abhishek; Jain, Uttam; Keskar, Nachiket; Kumar, Sanjay; Singh, Ram N.; Dey, Gautam K.

    2015-10-01

    The role of pre-strain on hydrogen embrittlement susceptibility of Indian Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic Steel was investigated using constant nominal strain-rate tension test. The samples were pre-strained to different levels of plastic strain and their mechanical behavior and mode of fracture under the influence of hydrogen was studied. The effect of plastic pre-strain in the range of 0.5-2% on the ductility of the samples was prominent. Compared to samples without any pre-straining, effect of hydrogen was more pronounced on pre-strained samples. Prior deformation reduced the material ductility under the influence of hydrogen. Up to 35% reduction in the total strain was observed under the influence of hydrogen in pre-strained samples. Hydrogen charging resulted in increased occurrence of brittle zones on the fracture surface. Hydrogen Enhanced Decohesion (HEDE) was found to be the dominant mechanism of fracture.

  17. Ferritic/martensitic steels - overview of recent results

    Klueh, R. L.; Gelles, D. S.; Jitsukawa, S.; Kimura, A.; Odette, G. R.; van der Schaaf, B.; Victoria, M.

    2002-12-01

    Considerable research work has been conducted on the ferritic/martensitic steels since the last International Conference on Fusion Reactor Materials in 1999. Since only a limited amount of that work can be reviewed in this paper, four areas will be emphasized: (1) the international collaboration under the auspices of the International Energy Agency (IEA) to address potential problems with ferritic/martensitic steels and to prove their feasibility for fusion, (2) the major uncertainty that remains concerning the effect of transmutation helium on mechanical properties of the steels when irradiated in a fusion neutron environment, (3) development of new reduced-activation steels beyond the F82H and JLF-1 steels studied in the IEA collaboration, and (4) work directed at developing oxide dispersion-strengthened steels for operation above 650 °C.

  18. Effects of activating fluxes on the weld penetration and corrosion resistant property of laser welded joint of ferritic stainless steel

    Wang, Yonghui; Hu, Shengsun; Shen, Junqi

    2015-10-01

    This study was based on the ferritic stainless steel SUS430. Under the parallel welding conditions, the critical penetration power values (CPPV) of 3mm steel plates with different surface-coating activating fluxes were tested. Results showed that, after coating with activating fluxes, such as ZrO2, CaCO3, CaF2 and CaO, the CPPV could reduce 100~250 W, which indicating the increases of the weld penetrations (WP). Nevertheless, the variation range of WP with or without activating fluxes was less than 16.7%. Compared with single-component ones, a multi-component activating flux composed of 50% ZrO2, 12.09% CaCO3, 10.43% CaO, and 27.49% MgO was testified to be much more efficient, the WP of which was about 2.3-fold of that without any activating fluxes. Furthermore, a FeCl3 spot corrosion experiment was carried out with samples cut from weld zone to test the effects of different activating fluxes on the corrosion resistant (CR) property of the laser welded joints. It was found that all kinds of activating fluxes could improve the CR of the welded joints. And, it was interesting to find that the effect of the mixed activating fluxes was inferior to those single-component ones. Among all the activating fluxes, the single-component of CaCO3 seemed to be the best in resisting corrosion. By means of Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS) testing, it was found that the use of activating fluxes could effectively restrain the loss of Cr element of weld zone in the process of laser welding, thus greatly improving the CR of welded joints.

  19. Irradiation embrittlement of ferritic stainless steels

    The characteristics of the irradiation embrittlement of some ferritic stainless steels were examined by tensile tests. Steels selected in this investigation were classified into three groups: chi phase, precipitation hardened Fe-13Cr steels; tempered martensitic Fe-12Cr steels; and low alloy steels. The latter steels were chosen in order to compare the irradiation embrittlement characteristics with those of stainless steels. The stainless steels were superior to the low alloy steels with regard to the irradiation embrittlement (the changes in both ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and unstable plastic flow transition temperature (UPFTT)), irrespective of whether these stainless steels had chi phase precipitated structures or tempered martensitic structures. The suppression of the DBTT increase owing to irradiation results from low yield stress increase Δσsub(y) and high |[dσsub(y)(u)/dT]|, where u denotes unirradiated, in the stainless steels. The suppression of the UPFTT results from the high work hardening rate or the high work exponent and the low Lueders strain in the stainless steels. These characteristics of irradiation embrittlement in the ferritic stainless steels are thought to be caused by the defect structure, which is modified by Cr atoms. (author)

  20. Production and qualification for fusion applications, a steel of low activity ferritic-martensitic ASTURFER; Produccion y cualificacion, para aplicaciones de fusion, de un acero de baja actividad ferritico-martensitico, ASTURFER

    Moran, A.; Belzunce, J.; Artimez, J. M.

    2011-07-01

    This article details the work carried out in the design and development pilot plant scale of a steel ferritic-martensitic of reduced activity, Asturfer, with a chemical composition and metallurgical properties similar to steel Eurofer. We describe the different stages of steel production and the results of the characterizations made in the context of an extensive test program.

  1. Microstructural Variations Across a Dissimilar 316L Austenitic: 9Cr Reduced Activation Ferritic Martensitic Steel Weld Joint

    Thomas Paul, V.; Karthikeyan, T.; Dasgupta, Arup; Sudha, C.; Hajra, R. N.; Albert, S. K.; Saroja, S.; Jayakumar, T.

    2016-03-01

    This paper discuss the microstructural variations across a dissimilar weld joint between SS316 and 9Cr-RAFM steel and its modifications on post weld heat treatments (PWHT). Detailed characterization showed a mixed microstructure of austenite and martensite in the weld which is in agreement with the phases predicted using Schaeffler diagram based on composition measurements. The presence of very low volume fraction of δ-ferrite in SS316L has been identified employing state of the art electron back-scattered diffraction technique. PWHT of the ferritic steel did not reduce the hardness in the weld metal. Thermal exposure at 973 K (700 °C) showed a progressive reduction in hardness of weld joint with duration of treatment except in austenitic base metal. However, diffusion annealing at 1073 K (800 °C) for 100 hours resulted in an unexpected increase in hardness of weld metal, which is a manifestation of the dilution effects and enrichment of Ni on the transformation characteristics of the weld zone. Migration of carbon from ferritic steel aided the precipitation of fine carbides in the austenitic base metal on annealing at 973 K (700 °C); but enhanced diffusion at 1073 K (880 °C) resulted in coarsening of carbides and thereby reduction of hardness.

  2. Rapid solidification of candidate ferritic steels

    HT-9 and 9Cr-1Mo steels were rapidly solidified by the liquid dynamic compaction process and 2-1/4Cr-1Mo steel was prepared by the ultrasonic gas atomization process. The consolidation was performed in the ferritic temperature range in order to minimize segregation. These alloys will be tested at ORNL using 1/3 CVN test specimens and the results will be compared with those for conventially processed alloys

  3. Thermal-stress analysis of IFMIF target back-wall made of reduced-activation ferritic steel and austenitic stainless steel

    Ida, Mizuho [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 2-4 Shirakata, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan)], E-mail: ida.mizuho@jaea.go.jp; Chida, Teruo [Hitachi Engineering and Services Co., Ltd., 2-1 Saiwai-cho 3-chome, Hitachi, Ibaraki 317-0073 (Japan); Furuya, Kazuyuki [Hachinohe National College of Technology, 16-1 Uwanotai, Tamonoki, Hachinohe, Aomori 039-1192 (Japan); Wakai, Eiichi; Nakamura, Hiroo; Sugimoto, Masayoshi [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, 2-4 Shirakata, Tokai, Ibaraki 319-1195 (Japan)

    2009-04-30

    For long time operation of a liquid lithium target of the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility, annual replacement of a back-wall, a part of the flow channel, is planned, since the target suffers neutron damage of more than 50 dpa/fpy. Considering irradiation/activation conditions, remote weld on stainless steel 316L between a back-wall and a target assembly was employed. Furthermore, dissimilar weld between the 316L and a reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steel F82H in the back-wall was employed. The objective of this study is to clarify structures and materials of the back-wall with acceptable thermal-stress under nuclear heating. Thermal-stress analysis was done using a code ABAQUS and data of the nuclear heating. As a result, thermal-stress in the back-wall is acceptable level, if thickness of the stress-mitigation part is more than 5 mm. With results of the analysis, necessity of material data for F82H and 316L under conditions of irradiation tests and mechanical tests are clarified.

  4. Control of substrate oxidation in MOD ceramic coating on low-activation ferritic steel with reduced-pressure atmosphere

    Tanaka, Teruya, E-mail: teru@nifs.ac.jp; Muroga, Takeo

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • A Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer was produced on a ferritic steel substrate with a reduced-pressure. • The Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer prevents further substrate oxidation in following coating process. • The Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer has a function as a hydrogen permeation barrier. • A smooth MOD Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating was successfully made on the Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer by dip coating. • The Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer would enhance flexibility in MOD coating process and performances. - Abstract: An Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} ceramic coating fabricated using the metal–organic decomposition (MOD) method on a Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}-covered low-activation ferritic steel JLF-1 substrate was examined to improve hydrogen permeation barrier performance of the coating. The Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer was obtained before coating by heat treating the substrate at 700 °C under reduced pressures of <5 × 10{sup −3} Pa and 5 Pa. The Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer was significantly stable even with heat treatment at 700 °C in air. This layer prevented further production of Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, which has been considered to degrade coating performance. An MOD Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} coating with a smooth surface was successfully obtained on a Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3}-covered JLF-1 substrate by dip coating followed by drying and baking. Preprocessing to obtain a Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer would provide flexibility in the coating process for blanket components and ducts. Moreover, the Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} layer suppressed hydrogen permeation through the JLF-1 substrate. While further optimization of the coating fabrication process is required, it would be possible to suppress hydrogen permeation significantly by multilayers of Cr{sub 2}O{sub 3} and MOD oxide ceramic.

  5. Creep property measurements of welded joint of reduced-activation ferritic steel by the small-punch creep test

    The small-punch (SP) test and the SP creep test were carried out by using a further miniaturized plate-type specimen (3 mm diameter x 0.25 mm thick). Those tests were applied to the electron-beam welded joint of reduced-activation ferritic steel for evaluating the distribution of high-temperature strength in the joint. The experimental results revealed that the distribution of the maximum load measured by the SP test at 873 K was very similar to that obtained from Vickers hardness, and the fusion zone was relatively devoid of high-temperature ductility. In addition, the ratio of the load of SP creep test to the stress of standard uniaxial creep test was calculated so that both the creep rupture curves were overlapped to convert the results of SP creep test into those of standard test. As a result, the ratio was determined to be 0.43 for the base metal and this load-stress conversion coefficient is in good agreement with that obtained from finite element analysis.

  6. High heat flux test of a HIP-bonded first wall panel of reduced activation ferritic steel F-82H

    Reduced activation ferritic steel F-82H is a primary candidate structural material of DEMO fusion reactors. In fabrication technology, development of the DEMO blanket in JAERI, a hot isostatic pressing (HIP) bonding method, especially for the first wall structure with built-in cooling tubes has been proposed. A HIP-bonded F-82H first wall panel was successfully fabricated with selected manufacturing parameters. A high heat flux test of the HIP-bonded F-82H first wall panel has been performed to examine the thermo-mechanical performance of the panel including the integrity of the HIP-bonded interfaces and the fatigue behavior. A maximum heat flux of 2.7 MW/m2 was applied to accelerate the fatigue test up to 5000 cycles in test blanket inserted ITER. The maximum temperature of the panel was ∼450 deg. C under this heat flux. Through this test campaign, no damage such as cracks was observed on the surface of the panel, and no degradation in heat removal performance was observed either from the temperature responses. The thermal fatigue lifetime of the panel was found to be longer than the fatigue data obtained by mechanical testing

  7. Corrosion characteristics of low activation ferritic steel, JLF-1, in liquid lithium in static and thermal convection conditions

    The compatibility of JLF-1(Fe-9Cr-2W-0.1C), a reduced activation ferritec/martensitic (RAFM) steel with static and flowing lithium (Li) was investigated. The corrosion characteristics were studied by means of measurement of weight losses and scanning electron microscope (SEM)/energy dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDS) analysis on the surfaces and cross-sections of the specimens. The weight losses of JLF-1 specimens showed saturation at the temperature of 500 deg. C and 600 deg. C. This is possibly due to the saturation of Fe, Cr in bulk Li or formation of saturated layer of dissolved elements in liquid Li near the specimen surface. In the corrosion test in a thermal convection loop, the corrosion rate at 500 deg. C for 250 h was significantly larger than that obtained in the static test in an identical condition. After Li exposure, the phase transformation from martensite to ferrite was found on the specimens. The chemical analysis results and the loss of carbides suggested that the phase change was caused by the depletion of carbon. At the same time, selective depletion of alloy elements, such as Cr and W was detected by EDS on the surface. The result of Vickers hardness test showed that obvious softening occurred on the surface of the specimens after Li exposure and the depth of the softened region was consistent with that of the phase transformation. The flowing Li enhanced the weight loss, phase change and hardness reduction due to the mass transfer

  8. Dynamic Strain Aging and Oxidation Effects on the Thermomechanical Fatigue Deformation of Reduced Activation Ferritic-Martensitic Steel

    Nagesha, A.; Kannan, R.; Srinivasan, V. S.; Sandhya, R.; Choudhary, B. K.; Laha, K.

    2016-03-01

    Thermomechanical fatigue (TMF) behavior of a reduced activation ferritic-martensitic steel was investigated under in-phase (IP) and out-of-phase (OP) conditions under different mechanical strain amplitudes and temperature regimes. OP TMF was generally observed to result in the lowest cyclic lives compared to both IP TMF and isothermal low cycle fatigue (IF) at the maximum temperature ( T max). The stress-strain hysteresis loops under TMF were marked by extensive serrations associated with dynamic strain aging (DSA) at the strain amplitudes of ±0.4 and ±0.6 pct. The serrations were noticed during the downward ramp of temperature that resulted in IP and OP TMF exhibiting jerky flow in the compressive and tensile portions, respectively. However, no evidence of serrated flow was seen under IF cycling at any of the temperatures within the TMF cycle. The stress response during IP TMF was marked by a near-saturation regime over 65 to 70 pct of life in contrast to continuous cyclic softening in the case of OP TMF. The marked life reduction observed under OP cycling at the strain amplitudes of ±0.4 and ±0.6 pct was attributed to the deleterious influence associated with oxidation, DSA, and tensile mean stress. The findings assume importance in the context of elevated temperature fatigue design, considering the fact that the IF data at T max are deemed adequately conservative in traditional design approaches.

  9. Gas- and plasma-driven hydrogen permeation through a reduced activation ferritic steel alloy F82H

    Zhou, Haishan, E-mail: zhou.haishan@LHD.nifs.ac.jp [The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Toki 509-5292, Gifu (Japan); Hirooka, Yoshi; Ashikawa, Naoko; Muroga, Takeo; Sagara, Akio [The Graduate University for Advanced Studies, Toki 509-5292, Gifu (Japan); National Institute for Fusion Science, 322-6 Oroshi, Toki 509-5292, Gifu (Japan)

    2014-12-15

    The first wall of a magnetic fusion power reactor will be subjected to hydrogen isotope permeation by the two mechanisms: one is gas-driven and the other is plasma-driven. Hydrogen transport through a reduced activation ferritic steel alloy F82H has been investigated using a steady-state laboratory-scale plasma device. Permeation parameters including permeability, solubility and diffusivity have been measured in the temperature range from 150 to 520 °C. The surface recombination coefficient for hydrogen has also been estimated by a one-dimensional steady-state permeation model with the input data taken from experiments. Using these parameters, the hydrogen plasma-driven permeation flux and inventory for a 0.5 cm thick first wall around 500 °C are estimated to be ∼1.0 × 10{sup 13} atom cm{sup −2} s{sup −1} and ∼2 × 10{sup 16} atom cm{sup −3}, respectively. Also, the implications of all these data on reactor operation are discussed.

  10. Mechanical properties of 9Cr–1W reduced activation ferritic martensitic steel weldment prepared by electron beam welding process

    Highlights: • Width of HAZ is smaller in the 9Cr–1W RAFM weldment prepared by EB process compared to that reported for TIG weldments in literature. • Weld joint is stronger than that of the base metal. • Toughness of weld metal prepared by EB welding process is comparable to that (in PWHT condition) prepared by TIG process. • DBTT of as-welded 9Cr–1W RAFM weldment prepared by EB process is comparable to that reported for TIG weld metal in PWHT condition. - Abstract: Microstructure and mechanical properties of the weldments prepared from 9Cr–1W reduced activation ferritic martensitic (RAFM) steel using electron beam welding (EBW) process were studied. Microstructure consists of tempered lath martensite where precipitates decorating the boundaries in post weld heat treated (PWHT) condition. Lath and precipitate sizes were found to be finer in the weld metal than in base metal. Accordingly, hardness of the weld metal was found to be higher than the base metal. Tensile strength of the cross weldment specimen was 684 MPa, which was comparable with the base metal tensile strength of 670 MPa. On the other hand, DBTT of 9Cr–1W weld metal in as-welded condition is similar to that reported for TIG weld metal in PWHT condition

  11. Investigation on different oxides as candidates for nano-sized ODS particles in reduced-activation ferritic (RAF) steels

    Future generation reactor concepts are based on materials that can stand higher temperatures and higher neutron doses in corrosive environments. Oxide dispersion strengthened steels with chromium contents ranging from 9 to 14 wt.% – produced by mechanical alloying – are typical candidate materials for future structural materials in fission and fusion power plants. Y2O3 has proven to be a good candidate for addition to ferritic steels during mechanical alloying to form nano-sized dispersion oxide particles during compacting of the material. These oxide particles have many positive effects on the material such as improved high-temperature properties and higher corrosion resistance. However, there is potential for improvements by choosing different oxides. In this present work, four different oxides (MgO, La2O3, Ce2O3 and ZrO2) are selected by looking at their thermal stabilities and Gibbs free enthalpies of various chemical compositions. These oxides are mixed and mechanically alloyed with ferritic steel powder (Fe13Cr1W0.3Ti) and compared to a reference material produced with Y2O3 (Fe13Cr1W0.3Ti + Y2O3). The materials were characterized in terms of their mechanical properties and detailed microstructural investigations by transmission electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction. All further results of the mechanical testing and microstructural characterizations are analyzed, compared, and discussed in this paper

  12. Modelling fracture in ferritic steel

    Smith, G

    2002-01-01

    Results from mathematical models and computer simulations of fracture in polycrystalline steels are presented for a range of temperatures. The proportions of intergranular and intragranular failure predicted are compared with experimental results for brittle fracture, ductile fracture and in the transition region. Interactive software to create two-dimensional polycrystalline models, which allow a range of physical to be varied independently, is described. The results include those for model materials chosen to match steels used by the power generation industry. The models simulate segregation and cavitation effects in steel and fracture of weldments and their associated heat-affected zones.

  13. Hydrogen and helium effects on reduced activation Fe-Cr ferrite-martensite and ODS steels

    Malitckii, Evgenii

    2015-01-01

    Significant amounts of hydrogen and helium are generated in the structural materials of the nuclear reactor systems by the interaction of the alloying elements with both fast and thermal neutrons. Hydrogen can also be effectively absorbed by other environmental processes. Helium and hydrogen stabilize the small vacancy clusters and facilitate the further formation of the voids that causes the swelling of the structural steels. At the same time, hydrogen plays an important role in degradation ...

  14. Plasma spot welding of ferritic stainless steels

    Plasma spot wedding of ferritic stainless steels studied. The study was focused on welding parameters, plasma and shieldings and the optimum welding equipment. Plasma-spot welded overlap joints on a 0.8 mm thick ferritic stainless steel sheet were subjected to a visual examination and mechanical testing in terms of tension-shear strength. Several macro specimens were prepared Plasma spot welding is suitable to use the same gas as shielding gas and as plasma gas , i. e. a 98% Ar/2% H2 gas mixture. Tension-shear strength of plasma-spot welded joint was compared to that of resistance sport welded joints. It was found that the resistance welded joints withstand a somewhat stronger load than the plasma welded joints due to a large weld sport diameter of the former. Strength of both types of welded joints is approximately the same. (Author) 32 refs

  15. Development of HIP bonding procedure and mechanical properties of HIP bonded joints for reduced activation ferritic steel F-82H

    Structural materials of blanket components in fusion DEMO reactors will receive a neutron wall load more than 3-5MW/m2 as well as exposed by surface heat flux more than 0.5MW/m2. A reduced activation ferritic steel F-82H has been developed by JAERI in collaboration with NKK from viewpoints of resistance for high temperature and neutron loads and lower radioactivity. This study intends to obtain basic performance of F-82H to establish the fabrication procedure of the first wall and blanket box by using Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) bonding. Before HIP bonding tests, effects of heat treatment temperature and surface roughness on mechanical properties of joints were investigated in the heat treatment tests and diffusion bonding tests, respectively. From these results, the optimum HIP bonding conditions and the post heat treatment were selected. Using these conditions, the HIP bonding tests were carried out to evaluate HIP bondability and to obtain mechanical properties of the joints. Sufficient HIP bonding performance was obtained under the temperature of 1040degC, the compressive stress of 150MPa, the holding time of 2h, and the surface roughness ∼μ m. Mechanical properties of HIP bonded joints with these conditions were similar to those of as-received base metal. An oxide formation on the surface to be bonded would need to be avoided for sufficient bonding. The bonding ratio, Charpy impact value and fatigue performance of the joints strongly depended on the HIP conditions, especially temperature, while micro-structure, Vickers hardness and tensile properties had little dependence on the HIP temperature. The surface roughness strongly affected the bonding ratio and would be required to be in the level of a few μ m. In the HIP bonding test of the welded material, the once-melted surface could be jointed by the HIP bonding under the above-mentioned procedure. (J.P.N.)

  16. Hydrogen permeation measurement of the reduced activation ferritic steel F82H by the vacuum thermo-balance method

    Hydrogen permeation fluxes of the reduced activation ferritic steel F82H were quantitatively measured by a newly proposed method, vacuum thermo-balance method, for a precise estimation of tritium leakage in a fusion reactor. We prepared sample capsules made of F82H, which enclosed hydrogen gas. The hydrogen in the capsules permeated through the capsule wall, and subsequently desorbed from the capsule surface during isothermal heating. The vacuum thermo-balance method allows simultaneous measurement of the hydrogen permeation flux by two independent methods, namely, the net weight reduction of the sample capsule and exhaust gas analysis. Thus the simultaneous measurements by two independent methods increase the reliability of the permeability measurement. When the gas pressure of enclosed hydrogen was 0.8 atm at the sample temperature of 673 K, the hydrogen permeation flux of F82H obtained by the net weight reduction and the exhaust gas analysis was 0.75x1018 (H2/m2s) and 2.2x1018 (H2/m2s), respectively. The ratio of the hydrogen permeation fluxes obtained by the net weight reduction to that measured by the exhaust gas analysis was in the range from 1/4 to 1/1 in this experiment. The temperature dependence of the estimated permeation flux was similar in both methods. Taking the uncertainties of both measurements into consideration, both results are supposed to be consistent. The enhancement of hydrogen permeation flux was observed from the sample of which outer surface was mechanically polished. Through the present experiments, it has been demonstrated that the vacuum thermo-balance method is effective for the measurement of hydrogen permeation rate of F82H. (author)

  17. Buckling response of ferritic stainless steel columns at elevated temperatures

    Afshan, S; Gardner, L; Baddoo, NR

    2013-01-01

    This paper presents a numerical study on the buckling behaviour of ferritic stainless steel columns in fire. Finite element models were developed and validated against existing test results to predict the elevated temperature non-linear response of ferritic stainless steel columns. A total of nine austenitic and three ferritic stainless steel column tests were replicated using the finite element analysis package ABAQUS. Parametric studies were performed to investigate the effects of variation...

  18. Investigation on different oxides as candidates for nano-sized ODS particles in reduced-activation ferritic (RAF) steels

    Hoffmann, Jan, E-mail: j.hoffmann@kit.edu [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Applied Materials (IAM-AWP), Karlsruhe (Germany); Rieth, Michael; Lindau, Rainer; Klimenkov, Michael; Möslang, Anton [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Institute for Applied Materials (IAM-AWP), Karlsruhe (Germany); Sandim, Hugo Ricardo Zschommler [Department of Materials Engineering, EEL, University of São Paulo, 12600-970 Lorena (Brazil)

    2013-11-15

    Future generation reactor concepts are based on materials that can stand higher temperatures and higher neutron doses in corrosive environments. Oxide dispersion strengthened steels with chromium contents ranging from 9 to 14 wt.% – produced by mechanical alloying – are typical candidate materials for future structural materials in fission and fusion power plants. Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} has proven to be a good candidate for addition to ferritic steels during mechanical alloying to form nano-sized dispersion oxide particles during compacting of the material. These oxide particles have many positive effects on the material such as improved high-temperature properties and higher corrosion resistance. However, there is potential for improvements by choosing different oxides. In this present work, four different oxides (MgO, La{sub 2}O{sub 3}, Ce{sub 2}O{sub 3} and ZrO{sub 2}) are selected by looking at their thermal stabilities and Gibbs free enthalpies of various chemical compositions. These oxides are mixed and mechanically alloyed with ferritic steel powder (Fe13Cr1W0.3Ti) and compared to a reference material produced with Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (Fe13Cr1W0.3Ti + Y{sub 2}O{sub 3}). The materials were characterized in terms of their mechanical properties and detailed microstructural investigations by transmission electron microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction. All further results of the mechanical testing and microstructural characterizations are analyzed, compared, and discussed in this paper.

  19. New ferritic steels for advanced steam plants

    Mayer, K.H; Koenig, H. [GEC ALSTHOM Energie GmbH, Nuremberg (Germany)

    1998-12-31

    During the last 15-20 years ferritic-martensitic 9-12 % chromium steels have been developed under international research programmes which permit inlet steam temperatures up to approx. 625 deg C and pressures up to about 300 bars, thus leading to improvements in thermal efficiency of around 8 % and a CO{sub 2} reduction of about 20 % versus conventional steam parameters. These new steels are already being applied in 13 European and 34 Japanese power stations with inlet steam temperature up to 610 deg C. This presentation will give an account of the content, scope and results of the research programmes and of the experience gained during the production of components which have been manufactured from the new steels. (orig.) 13 refs.

  20. In situ 3D monitoring of corrosion on carbon steel and ferritic stainless steel embedded in cement paste

    Highlights: • The morphology of the corrosion of steel in cement paste was studied in situ. • During galvanostatic corrosion, carbon steel reinforcement corroded homogeneously. • On ferritic stainless steel, deep corrosion pits formed and caused wider cracks. • The measured rate of steel loss correlated well with Faraday’s law of electrolysis. - Abstract: In a X-ray microcomputed tomography study, active corrosion was induced by galvanostatically corroding steel embedded in cement paste. The results give insight into corrosion product build up, crack formation, leaching of products into the cracks and voids, and differences in morphology of corrosion attack in the case of carbon steel or stainless steel reinforcement. Carbon steel was homogeneously etched away with a homogeneous layer of corrosion products forming at the steel/cement paste interface. For ferritic stainless steel, pits were forming, concentrating the corrosion products locally, which led to more extensive damage on the cement paste cover

  1. Ferrite stability in duplex austenitic stainless steel welds

    The presence of ferrite in austenitic stainless steel welds is known to be beneficial in avoiding hot cracking problems. In particular, the primary delta ferrite mode of solidification is important. For alloy compositions in which primary ferrite forms, it has been shown that up to approximately 40% ferrite may exist in the as-solidified structures. With further cooling, the ferrite becomes unstable, transforming to austenite. However, under typical welding conditions, the cooling rate is sufficiently high to suppress the complete transformation of ferrite and some residual ferrite is retained. For example, for Type 308 austenitic stainless steel filler metal, gas-tungsten arc welds contain 6 to 10% ferrite, although under equilibrium conditions at elevated temperatures, this same alloy can be homogenized into a fully austenitic structure. Thus, it is clear the retained ferrite in such duplex structure welds is unstable and transforms during elevated temperature applications. The stability of ferrite was investigated by measuring its composition after several different thermal treatments. The composition was measured by means of analytical electron microscopy of thinned foils, and only the major constituents, iron, chromium, and nickel, were analyzed. The composition of ferrite was measured as a function of aging time and temperature. It was found that, during aging, the ferrite composition changes and approaches a metastable equilibrium limit before eventually transforming to sigma phase or austenite. This limiting composition was determined as a function of temperature

  2. Variation of mechanical properties with addition of Al in low activity ferritic/martensitic heat resistant steels

    The effect of aluminum on mechanical properties in low activation martensitic steel has been studied. Impact test and tensile test were performed at high temperature. Aluminum is in solid solution state after normalizing so the grain size of prior austenite was not changed. AlN was precipitated during tempering treatment. The size of Cr2N precipitates were decreased due to the precipitation of AlN in 0.10wt.%N steel. But the precipitation of nitride such as V(C,N) and Cr2N was suppressed by the formation of AlN in 0.08wt.%N steel. The addition of aluminum have little effect on the impact properties such as DBTT and upper shelf energy. The increase of tensile strength and yield strength by addition of aluminum appeared in 0.10wt.%N steel, but not in 0.08wt.%N steel. But the tensile and yield strength of aluminum added 0.10wt.%N steel is not higher than that of 0.08wt.%N steel

  3. Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic Steel Eurofer 97 as Possible Structural Material for Fusion Devices. Metallurgical Characterization on As-Received Condition and after Simulated Services Conditions

    Metallurgical Characterization of the reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel Eurofer'97, on as-received condition and after thermal ageing treatment in the temperature range from 400 degree centigree to 600 degree centigree for periods up to 10.000 h, was carried out. The microstructure of the steel remained stable (tempered martensite with M23 C6 and MX precipitates) after the thermal ageing treatments studied in this work. In general, this stability was also observed in the mechanical properties. The Eurofer'97 steel exhibited similar values of hardness, ultimate tensile stress, 0,2% proof stress, USE and T03 regardless of the investigated material condition. However, ageing at 600 degree centigree for 10.000 ha caused a slight increase in the DBTT, of approximately 23 . In terms of creep properties, the steel shows in general adequate creep rupture strength levels for short rupture times. However, the results obtained up to now for long time creep rupture tests at 500 degree centigree suggests a change in the deformation mechanisms. (Author) 62 refs

  4. Microstructural characterization of a diffusion-bonded joint for 9Cr-ODS and JLF-1 reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels

    Bonding of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels to non-ODS reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels is essential to their application to blanket systems. In the present study, a diffusion-bonded joint of the candidate 9Cr-ODS steel and JLF-1 RAFM steel was fabricated using hot isostatic pressing (HIP). The effect of post-bond heat treatments (PBHTs) was studied by hardness measurement and microstructural analysis. The results indicated that, after normalization and tempering (N and T), the hardness and microstructures of 9Cr-ODS and JLF-1 base metals recovered to levels similar to those before HIP. However, a soft region was observed across the bonding interfaces for all specimens containing the as-HIPed condition and those after PBHTs. This was due to coarser micro-carbides (M3C in as-HIPed condition and M23C6 in N and T conditions) near the interfaces than in the base metals for both 9Cr-ODS and JLF-1. Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) analysis confirmed that carbon, tungsten, and chromium in the matrix near the interfaces are transferred to the micro-carbides, making them coarser there. Ti diffused from the 9Cr-ODS side to the JLF-1 side forming Ti-rich carbides after tempering, especially at high temperature to 1073 K

  5. Corrosion of an austenite and ferrite stainless steel weld

    BRANIMIR N. GRGUR

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Dissimilar metal connections are prone to frequent failures. These failures are attributed to the difference in the mechanical properties across the weld, the coefficients of thermal expansion of the two types of steels and the resulting creep at the interface. For the weld analyzed in this research, it was shown that corrosion measurements can be used for a proper evaluation of the quality of weld material and for the prediction of whether or not the material, after the applied welding process, can be in service without failures. It was found that the corrosion of the weld analyzed in this research resulted from the simultaneous activity of different types of corrosion. In this study, electrochemical techniques including polarization and metallographic analysis were used to analyze the corrosion of a weld material of ferrite and austenitic stainless steels. Based on surface, chemical and electrochemical analyses, it was concluded that corrosion occurrence was the result of the simultaneous activity of contact corrosion (ferrite and austenitic material conjuction, stress corrosion (originating from deformed ferrite structure and inter-granular corrosion (due to chromium carbide precipitation. The value of corrosion potential of –0.53 V shows that this weld, after the thermal treatment, is not able to repassivate a protective oxide film.

  6. Microstructure and toughness of Cr-W and Cr-V ferritic steels

    In order to obtain an optimum alloy composition of reduced-activation Cr-W-V ferritic steels, the microstructural evolution during thermal aging at 823-973 K and its effect on the toughness were investigated for simple Cr-W and Cr-V steels by means of transmission electron microscopy and Charpy impact testing. The microstructural evolution of the Cr-W steels was similar to that of the conventional Cr-Mo steels. Carbides precipitated in the martensite and the intermetallic compound Fe2W precipitated in the δ-ferrite of the Cr-W steels. On the other hand, only carbides precipitated in both the martensite and the δ-ferrite of the Cr-V steels. The effect of Cr, W and V on the thermal embrittlement is discussed by taking account of the precipitation behavior. (orig.)

  7. Proceedings of the IEA Working Group meeting on ferritic/martensitic steels

    Klueh, R.L.

    1996-12-31

    An IEA working group on ferritic/martensitic steels for fusion applications, consisting of researchers from Japan, European Union, USA, and Switzerland, met at the headquarters of the Joint European Torus, Culham, UK. At the meeting, preliminary data generated on the large heats of steels purchased for the IEA program and on other heats of steels were presented and discussed. Second purpose of the meeting was to continue planning and coordinating the collaborative test program in progress on reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steels. The majority of this report consists of viewographs for the presentations.

  8. Proceedings of the IEA Working Group meeting on ferritic/martensitic steels

    An IEA working group on ferritic/martensitic steels for fusion applications, consisting of researchers from Japan, European Union, USA, and Switzerland, met at the headquarters of the Joint European Torus, Culham, UK. At the meeting, preliminary data generated on the large heats of steels purchased for the IEA program and on other heats of steels were presented and discussed. Second purpose of the meeting was to continue planning and coordinating the collaborative test program in progress on reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steels. The majority of this report consists of viewographs for the presentations

  9. Effect of loading mode on the fracture toughness of a reduced activation ferritic/martensitic stainless steel

    The critical J integrals of mode I (JIC), mixed-mode I/III (JMC), and mode III (JIIIC) were examined for a ferritic stainless steel (F-82H) at ambient temperature. A determination of JMC was made using modified compact-tension specimens. Different ratios of tension/shear stress were achieved by varying the principal axis of the crack plane between 0 and 55 degrees from the load line. The results showed that JMCs and tearing moduli (TM) varied with the crack angles and were lower than their mode I and mode III counterparts. Both the minimum JMC and TM occurred at a crack angle between 40 and 50 degrees, where σi/σiii was 1.2 to 0.84. The Jmin was 240 kJ/m2, and ratios of JIC/Jmin and JIIIC/Jmin were about 2.1 and 1.9, respectively. Morphology of fracture surfaces was consistent with the change of JMC and TM values. While the upper shelf-fracture toughness of F-82H depends on loading mode, the Jmin remains very high. Other important considerations include the effect of mixed-mode loading on the DBT temperature, and effects of hydrogen and irradiation on Jmin

  10. Development of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels for fusion

    An oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steel with high temperature strength has been developed in line with low activation criteria for application in fusion power systems. The composition Fe-13.5Cr-2W-0.5Ti-0.25Y2O3 was chosen to provide a minimum chromium content to insure fully delta-ferrite stability. High temperature strength has been demonstrated by measuring creep response of the ODS alloy in uniaxial tension at 650 and 900 C in an inert atmosphere chamber. Results of tests at 900 C demonstrate that this alloy has creep properties similar to other alloys of similar design and can be considered for use in high temperature fusion power system designs. The alloy selection process, materials production, microstructural evaluation and creep testing are described

  11. Development of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels for fusion

    Mukhopadhyay, D.K. [Vista Metals, Inc., McKeesport, PA (United States); Froes, F.H. [Univ. of Idaho, ID (United States); Gelles, D.S. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States)

    1998-03-01

    An oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steel with high temperature strength has been developed in line with low activation criteria for application in fusion power systems. The composition Fe-13.5Cr-2W-0.5Ti-0.25Y{sub 2}O{sup 3} was chosen to provide a minimum chromium content to insure fully delta-ferrite stability. High temperature strength has been demonstrated by measuring creep response of the ODS alloy in uniaxial tension at 650 and 900 C in an inert atmosphere chamber. Results of tests at 900 C demonstrate that this alloy has creep properties similar to other alloys of similar design and can be considered for use in high temperature fusion power system designs. The alloy selection process, materials production, microstructural evaluation and creep testing are described.

  12. Experiments on cold-formed ferritic stainless steel slender sections

    Bock Montero, Marina; Arrayago Luquin, Itsaso; Real Saladrigas, Esther

    2015-01-01

    The usage of stainless steel in construction has been increasing owing to its corrosion resistance, aesthetic appearance and favourable mechanical properties. The most common stainless steel grades used for structural applications are austenitic steels. The main drawback of these grades relies on their nickel content (around 8–10%), resulting in a relatively high initial material cost. Other stainless steel grades with lower nickel content such as the ferritic steels offer the benefits of ...

  13. Development of nano-structured duplex and ferritic stainless steels by pulverisette planetary milling followed by pressureless sintering

    Nano-structured duplex and ferritic stainless steel powders are prepared by planetary milling of elemental Fe, Cr and Ni powder for 40 h and then consolidated by conventional pressureless sintering. The progress of milling and the continuous refinement of stainless steel powders have been confirmed by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Activation energy for the formation of duplex and ferritic stainless steels is calculated by Kissinger method using differential scanning calorimetry and is found to be 159.24 and 90.17 KJ/mol respectively. Both duplex and ferritic stainless steel powders are consolidated at 1000, 1200 and 1400 °C in argon atmosphere to study microstructure, density and hardness. Maximum sintered density of 90% and Vickers microhardness of 550 HV are achieved for duplex stainless steel sintered at 1400 °C for 1 h. Similarly, 92% sintered density and 263 HV microhardness are achieved for ferritic stainless steel sintered at 1400 °C. - Highlights: • Synthesized duplex and ferritic stainless steels by pulverisette planetary milling • Calculated activation energy for the formation of duplex and ferritic stainless steels • Studied the effect of sintering temperature on density, hardness and microstructure • Duplex stainless steel exhibits 90% sintered density and microhardness of 550 HV. • Ferritic stainless steel shows 92% sintered density and 263 HV microhardness

  14. Development of nano-structured duplex and ferritic stainless steels by pulverisette planetary milling followed by pressureless sintering

    R, Shashanka, E-mail: shashankaic@gmail.com; Chaira, D., E-mail: chaira.debasis@gmail.com

    2015-01-15

    Nano-structured duplex and ferritic stainless steel powders are prepared by planetary milling of elemental Fe, Cr and Ni powder for 40 h and then consolidated by conventional pressureless sintering. The progress of milling and the continuous refinement of stainless steel powders have been confirmed by means of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Activation energy for the formation of duplex and ferritic stainless steels is calculated by Kissinger method using differential scanning calorimetry and is found to be 159.24 and 90.17 KJ/mol respectively. Both duplex and ferritic stainless steel powders are consolidated at 1000, 1200 and 1400 °C in argon atmosphere to study microstructure, density and hardness. Maximum sintered density of 90% and Vickers microhardness of 550 HV are achieved for duplex stainless steel sintered at 1400 °C for 1 h. Similarly, 92% sintered density and 263 HV microhardness are achieved for ferritic stainless steel sintered at 1400 °C. - Highlights: • Synthesized duplex and ferritic stainless steels by pulverisette planetary milling • Calculated activation energy for the formation of duplex and ferritic stainless steels • Studied the effect of sintering temperature on density, hardness and microstructure • Duplex stainless steel exhibits 90% sintered density and microhardness of 550 HV. • Ferritic stainless steel shows 92% sintered density and 263 HV microhardness.

  15. Compatibility of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel specimens with liquid Na and NaK in irradiation rig of IFMIF

    In the high flux region of the International Fusion Materials Irradiation Facility (IFMIF), the neutron irradiation damage for iron-based alloys will exceed 20 dpa/year. An accurate specimen temperature measurement under a large amount of nuclear heating is a key issue but the change of heat transfer of gap between irradiation specimens and specimen holder during irradiation test is inevitable, if gap is filled with an inert gas and temperature is monitored by a thermocouple buried in the specimen holder. A solution to make heat transfer predictable is to fill the gap with a liquid metal (sodium or sodium-potassium alloy). An issue of compatibility between Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic steels and the liquid metals is addressed in this paper, and some recommendations for designing irradiation rig are presented, such as a purification control before filling liquid metals, or a careful selection of material of rig to avoid carbon mass transfer. (author)

  16. The behaviour of ferritic steels under fast neutron irradiation

    Ferritic steels have been irradiated in Rapsodie and Phenix to doses up to 150 dpa F. The swelling and irradiation creep characteristics and the mechanical properties of these materials are reported. (author)

  17. In situ 3D monitoring of corrosion on carbon steel and ferritic stainless steel embedded in cement paste

    Itty, Pierre-Adrien

    2014-06-01

    In a X-ray microcomputed tomography study, active corrosion was induced by galvanostatically corroding steel embedded in cement paste. The results give insight into corrosion product build up, crack formation, leaching of products into the cracks and voids, and differences in morphology of corrosion attack in the case of carbon steel or stainless steel reinforcement. Carbon steel was homogeneously etched away with a homogeneous layer of corrosion products forming at the steel/cement paste interface. For ferritic stainless steel, pits were forming, concentrating the corrosion products locally, which led to more extensive damage on the cement paste cover. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

  18. Martensitic/ferritic steels as container materials for liquid mercury target of ESS

    Dai, Y. [Paul Scherrer Institut, Villigen (Switzerland)

    1996-06-01

    In the previous report, the suitability of steels as the ESS liquid mercury target container material was discussed on the basis of the existing database on conventional austenitic and martensitic/ferritic steels, especially on their representatives, solution annealed 316 stainless steel (SA 316) and Sandvik HT-9 martensitic steel (HT-9). Compared to solution annealed austenitic stainless steels, martensitic/ferritic steels have superior properties in terms of strength, thermal conductivity, thermal expansion, mercury corrosion resistance, void swelling and irradiation creep resistance. The main limitation for conventional martensitic/ferritic steels (CMFS) is embrittlement after low temperature ({le}380{degrees}C) irradiation. The ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) can increase as much as 250 to 300{degrees}C and the upper-shelf energy (USE), at the same time, reduce more than 50%. This makes the application temperature range of CMFS is likely between 300{degrees}C to 500{degrees}C. For the present target design concept, the temperature at the container will be likely controlled in a temperature range between 180{degrees}C to 330{degrees}C. Hence, CMFS seem to be difficult to apply. However, solution annealed austenitic stainless steels are also difficult to apply as the maximum stress level at the container will be higher than the design stress. The solution to the problem is very likely to use advanced low-activation martensitic/ferritic steels (LAMS) developed by the fusion materials community though the present database on the materials is still very limited.

  19. Radiation resistance and thermal creep of ODS ferritic steels

    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels containing 0.38-0.39 wt% Y2O3 have been produced by mechanical alloying. After thermo-mechanical treatment, the structure of ODS steels includes polygonized extended grains and a great number (to ∼1016-1017 cm-3) of ultrafine complex yttrium oxides ∼2-3 nm in diameter. Irradiation by fast neutrons to 4.5x1026 n/m2 (340 K) and 1.5x1022 n/m2 (77 K) leads to strengthening and plasticity decreasing in ODS alloys. The advantages of ODS ferritic steels in creep resistance and strength against ferritic-martensitic steel 12Cr-2Mo-Nb-B-V and austenitic steel 16Cr-15Ni-3Mo-Ti-V display obviously when creep rate is approximately 10-2 h-1 and fracture time is longer than 1000 h

  20. Synergistic effect of helium and hydrogen for bubble swelling in reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steel under sequential helium and hydrogen irradiation at different temperatures

    Hu, Wenhui [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education, Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Guo, Liping, E-mail: guolp@whu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education, Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Chen, Jihong; Luo, Fengfeng; Li, Tiecheng [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education, Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Ren, Yaoyao [Center for Electron Microscopy, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Suo, Jinping; Yang, Feng [State Key Laboratory of Mould Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2014-04-15

    Highlights: • Helium/hydrogen synergistic effect can increase irradiation swelling of RAFM steel. • Hydrogen can be trapped to the outer surface of helium bubbles. • Too large a helium bubble can become movable. • Point defects would become mobile and annihilate at dislocations at high temperature. • The peak swelling temperature for RAFM steel is 450 °C. - Abstract: In order to investigate the synergistic effect of helium and hydrogen on swelling in reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel, specimens were separately irradiated by single He{sup +} beam and sequential He{sup +} and H{sup +} beams at different temperatures from 250 to 650 °C. Transmission electron microscope observation showed that implantation of hydrogen into the specimens pre-irradiated by helium can result in obvious enhancement of bubble size and swelling rate which can be regarded as a consequence of hydrogen being trapped by helium bubbles. But when temperature increased, Ostwald ripening mechanism would become dominant, besides, too large a bubble could become mobile and swallow many tiny bubbles on their way moving, reducing bubble number density. And these effects were most remarkable at 450 °C which was the peak bubble swelling temperature for RAMF steel. When temperature was high enough, say above 450, point defects would become mobile and annihilate at dislocations or surface. As a consequence, helium could no longer effectively diffuse and clustering in materials and bubble formation was suppressed. When temperature was above 500, helium bubbles would become unstable and decompose or migrate out of surface. Finally no bubble was observed at 650 °C.

  1. Synergistic effect of helium and hydrogen for bubble swelling in reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steel under sequential helium and hydrogen irradiation at different temperatures

    Highlights: • Helium/hydrogen synergistic effect can increase irradiation swelling of RAFM steel. • Hydrogen can be trapped to the outer surface of helium bubbles. • Too large a helium bubble can become movable. • Point defects would become mobile and annihilate at dislocations at high temperature. • The peak swelling temperature for RAFM steel is 450 °C. - Abstract: In order to investigate the synergistic effect of helium and hydrogen on swelling in reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel, specimens were separately irradiated by single He+ beam and sequential He+ and H+ beams at different temperatures from 250 to 650 °C. Transmission electron microscope observation showed that implantation of hydrogen into the specimens pre-irradiated by helium can result in obvious enhancement of bubble size and swelling rate which can be regarded as a consequence of hydrogen being trapped by helium bubbles. But when temperature increased, Ostwald ripening mechanism would become dominant, besides, too large a bubble could become mobile and swallow many tiny bubbles on their way moving, reducing bubble number density. And these effects were most remarkable at 450 °C which was the peak bubble swelling temperature for RAMF steel. When temperature was high enough, say above 450, point defects would become mobile and annihilate at dislocations or surface. As a consequence, helium could no longer effectively diffuse and clustering in materials and bubble formation was suppressed. When temperature was above 500, helium bubbles would become unstable and decompose or migrate out of surface. Finally no bubble was observed at 650 °C

  2. Effect of Geobacter sulfurreducens on the microbial corrosion of mild steel, ferritic and austenitic stainless steels

    Mehanna, Maha; Basséguy, Régine; Délia, Marie-Line; Bergel, Alain

    2009-01-01

    The influence of Geobacter sulfurreducens was tested on the anaerobic corrosion of four different steels: mild steel 1145, ferritic steel 403 and austenitic steels 304L and 316L. Within a few hours, the presence of cells induced a free potential (Eoc) ennoblement around +0.3 V on 1145 mild steel, 403 ferritic steel and 304L austenitic steels and slightly less on 316L. The kinetics of Eoc ennoblement depended on the amount of bacteria in the inoculum, but the final potential value depended ess...

  3. Breakdown of protective oxide films on ferritic and austenitic steels

    The kinetics and morphology of scale formation on a 9% Cr ferritic and an 18% Cr austenitic steel in high pressure CO2 are discussed. For the ferritic steel, the normal protective oxidation mode is growth of a duplex scale with an Fe3O4 outer layer and an (Fe, Cr) spinel inner layer. After long times at elevated temperatures, the protective scale may break down. The more rapid attack that follows requires conjoint oxidation and carbon deposition. The austenitic steel is not susceptible to this kind of breakaway attack, but a 'breakaway' transition from M2O3 to duplex spinel growth can be induced by temperature cycling. (author)

  4. Influence of HIP treatment on aluminised ferritic-martensitic steels

    Coatings on low activation steels are required in fusion technology in order to reduce the tritium permeation rate through the steel into the cooling water system by a factor of at least 100. Alumina seems to be a promising coating material. However, an appropriate coating system must also have the potential for self healing since the ceramic alumina scale tends to fail if mechanical stress is applied. Hot-dip aluminising is an applicable technology to coat ferritic-martensitic steels which consists of two main process steps: firstly, hot dip aluminising of the steel (700 C, 30 s) Secondly, transformation of the very hard intermetallic scale Fe2Al5 into FeAl and α-Fe(Al) phase during a subsequent heat treatment (1040 C, 30 min). The pressure chosen for the HIP experiment was 1000, 2000 and 3000 bar. Compared to a heat treatment without superimposed high pressure pores formation due to the Kirkendall effect could be suppressed successfully. The influence of the high pressure on the heat treatment (1040 C, 30 min) will be discussed in this paper. (orig.)

  5. Sintering and characterization of YAG dispersed ferritic stainless steels

    The present study investigates the effect of yttrium aluminium garnet (YAG) addition on the densification, mechanical, tribological and corrosion behaviour of ferritic (434L) stainless steels. The composites were sintered at both solid-state (1200 deg. C) and supersolidus (1400 deg. C) sintering conditions. Supersolidus sintering results in superior densification, hardness and corrosion resistance of both straight 434L stainless steel as well as YAG reinforced 434L stainless steels. The addition of YAG to 434L stainless steels at supersolidus sintered conditions improves the strength and wear resistance of 434L stainless steels without significantly degrading the corrosion performance

  6. 77 FR 60478 - Control of Ferrite Content in Stainless Steel Weld Metal

    2012-10-03

    ... COMMISSION Control of Ferrite Content in Stainless Steel Weld Metal AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission... Ferrite Content in Stainless Steel Weld Metal.'' This guide describes a method that the NRC staff considers acceptable for controlling ferrite content in stainless steel weld metal. Revision 4 updates...

  7. Intragranular ferrite in inoculated low-carbon steels

    Inoculated low-carbon plate steels have been developed which provide improved low temperature toughness compared with conventional HSLA steels, and also exhibit better weldability with high heat input welding processes. These characteristics make inoculated steels suitable for large structures in severe environments. The improved toughness and weldability are attributed to the formation of microstructures containing fine, intragranular ferrite which nucleates on inclusion dispersions, similar to acicular ferrite formation in weld metals. The development of various inoculated steels is described and the role of inclusions in intragranular ferrite formation is reviewed. The primary role of inclusions is to provide heterogeneous nucleation sites, but nucleation appears to be enhanced to a certain extent by a number of other phenomena at the inclusion surface. Various phases have been shown to enhance intragranular ferrite nucleation, and the most effective of these for inoculation of plate steels are phases rich in titanium and oxygen. Inoculated Ti-O steels have found limited commercial acceptance, but further development depends on achievement of reliable steelmaking technology to optimise microstructural control with particles

  8. Alloys influence in ferritic steels with hydrogen attack

    Materials exposed to a corrosive environment and high temperatures, are associated with a decrease of their mechanical properties and embitterment.At room temperatures atomic hydrogen diffuses easily through metals structure, it accumulates in lattice defects forming molecular hydrogen and generating cracking due to internal stresses.Under high temperatures the phenomenon is more complex.The steels in these conditions present different structures of precipitates, that the change under creep conditions period.In this work it is determined the influence of Cr and V alloys, the changes of ferritic steel resistance in a corrosive environment and high temperatures.1.25 Cr 1 Mo 0.25 V and 2.25Cr 1 Mo under different loads and temperatures previously attacked by hydrogen environment.The hydrogen is induced by the electrolytic technique, optimizing the choice of temperatures, current density, electrolyte, etc. In order to control an adequate cathode charge, a follow up procedure is carried out by electronic barrier microscopy.After the attack, the material is settled at room temperatures for certain period of time, to allow the hydrogen to leave and evaluate the residual damage.Creep by torsion assays, under constant load and temperature is used as an experimental technique.With the outcome data curves are drawn in order to study the secondary creep rate, with the applied load and temperature, determining the value of stress exponent n and the activation energy Q.Comparing to equal assays to the same ferritic steels but non attacked by hydrogen, these values allows the prediction of microstructure changes present during these tests

  9. Influence of tempering on mechanical properties of ferritic martensitic steels

    In the mid-1980s research programs for development of low activation materials began. This is based on the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission Guidelines (10CFR part 61) that were developed to reduce long-lived radioactive isotopes, which allows nuclear reactor waste to be disposed of by shallow land burial when removed from service. Development of low activation materials is also key issue in nuclear fusion systems, as the structural components can became radioactive due to nuclear transmutation caused by exposure to high dose neutron irradiation. Reduced-activation ferritic martensitic (RAFM) steels have been developed in the leading countries in nuclear fusion technology, and are now being considered as primary candidate material for the test blanket module (TBM) in the international thermonuclear experiment reactor (ITER). RAFM steels developed so far (e.g., EUROFER 97 and F82H) meet the requirement for structural application in the ITER. However, if such alloys are used in the DEMO or commercial fusion reactor is still unclear, as the reactors are designed to operate under much severe conditions (i.e., higher outlet coolant temperature and neutron fluences). Such harsh operating conditions lead to development of RAFM steels with better creep and irradiation resistances. Mechanical properties of RAFM steels are strongly affected by microstructural features including the distribution, size and type of precipitates, dislocation density and grain size. For a given composition, such microstructural characteristics are determined mainly by thermo-mechanical process employed to fabricate the final product, and accordingly a final heat treatment, i.e., tempering is the key step to control the microstructure and mechanical properties. In the present work, we investigated mechanical properties of the RAFM steels with a particular attention being paid to effects of tempering on impact and creep properties

  10. The filler powders laser welding of ODS ferritic steels

    Liang, Shenyong, E-mail: s_y_liang@126.com; Lei, Yucheng; Zhu, Qiang

    2015-01-15

    Laser welding was performed on Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) ferritic steel with the self-designed filler powders. The filler powders were added to weld metal to produce nano-particles (Y–M–O and TiC), submicron particles (Y–M–O) and dislocation rings. The generated particles were evenly distributed in the weld metal and their forming mechanism and behavior were analyzed. The results of the tests showed that the nano-particles, submicron particles and dislocation rings were able to improve the micro-hardness and tensile strength of welded joint, and the filler powders laser welding was an effective welding method of ODS ferritic steel.

  11. Deformation twinning and the transition temperature of ferritic steels

    The appearance of deformation twins in the wide temperature region of three structural ferritic steels was analyzed. It was found that the deformation twinning was associated with cleavage fracture. These results were verified in more detail on technically pure bcc Fe. For two grain sizes the tensile tests at two different strain rates and impact tests proved deformation twinning in the transition region of technically pure bcc Fe. In ductile specimens the deformation twinning was not observed. The fractographic analysis of cleaved specimens proved the reinitiation of cleavage on the twin boundary. Based on the experimental results, a linkage between the transition temperature and deformation twinning in ferritic steels can be assumed. (author)

  12. Residual stress studies of austenitic and ferritic steels

    Residual studies have been made on austenitic and ferritic steels of the types used as structural materials. The residual stress results presented here will include residual stress measurements in the heat-affected zone on butt welded Type 304 stainless steel pipes, and the stresses induced in Type 304 austenitic stainless steel and Type A508 ferritic steel by several surface preparations. Such surface preparation procedures as machining and grinding can induce large directionality effects in the residual stresses determined by X-ray techniques and some typical data will be presented. A brief description is given of the mobile X-ray residual stress apparatus used to obtain most of the data in these studies. (author)

  13. FERRITE STRUCTURE AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF LOW ALLOY DUPLEX STEELS

    Hoel, R.H.; Thomas, G.

    1981-04-01

    The purpose of this communication is threefold. 1) To confirm the presence of and to characterize the precipitates in the ferrite phase of the base + Nb and base + Mo steels, 2) to study any possible variation in precipitate density as the martensitic volume fraction is changed and 3) to determine the level of precipitation strengthening.

  14. Microstructural Features During Strain Induced Ferrite Transformation in 08 and 20Mn Steels

    2001-01-01

    The microstructure evolution during strain induced ferrite transformation was followed in thermal-simulation tests of clean 08 and 20Mn steels. The influences of carbon equivalence and initial austenite grain size on ferrite grain refinement and the volume fraction of ferrite during straining were inspected. The results revealed that the accelerating effect of ferrite transformation by strain was increased as the carbon equivalence decreased. However, finer ferrite grains were obtained at higher carbon content. At strain of ~1.5 ferrite grains less than 3m and 2m can be obtained in 08 and 20Mn steels respectively. Whereas the ferrite grain refinement in 08 steel was due to both effects of strain induced transformation and ferrite dynamic recrystallization, that in 20Mn was mainly due to strain induced transformation. Heavy strain can produce fine ferrite grains in coarse austenite grained 08 steel, but it would lead to band microstructure in coarse austenite grained 20Mn.

  15. Investigation on different oxides as candidates for nano-sized ODS particles in reduced-activation ferritic (RAF) steels

    Hoffmann, Jan; Rieth, Michael; Lindau, Rainer; Klimenkov, Michael; Möslang, Anton; Sandim, Hugo Ricardo Zschommler

    2013-11-01

    Future generation reactor concepts are based on materials that can stand higher temperatures and higher neutron doses in corrosive environments. Oxide dispersion strengthened steels with chromium contents ranging from 9 to 14 wt.% - produced by mechanical alloying - are typical candidate materials for future structural materials in fission and fusion power plants.

  16. Assessment of the integrity of ferritic-austenitic dissimilar weld joints of different grades of Cr-Mo ferritic steels

    Laha, K.; Chandravathi, K.S.; Parameswaran, P.; Goyal, Sunil; Mathew, M.D. [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (India). Metallurgy and Materials Group

    2010-07-01

    Integrity of the 2.25 Cr-1Mo / Alloy 800, 9Cr-1Mo / Alloy 800 and 9Cr-1Mo-VNb / Alloy 800 ferritic-austenitic dissimilar joints, fusion welded employing Inconel 182 electrode, has been assessed under creep conditions at 823 K. The dissimilar weld joints displayed lower creep rupture strength than their respective ferritic steel base metals. The strength reduction was more for 2.25Cr-1Mo steel joint and least for 9Cr-1Mo steel joint. The failure location in the joints was found to shift from the ferritic steel base metal to the intercritical region of heat-affected zone (HAZ) in ferritic steel (type IV cracking) with decrease in stress. At still lower stresses the failure occurred at the ferritic / austenitic weld interface. Localized creep deformation and cavitation in the soft intercritical HAZ induced type IV failure whereas creep cavitation at the weld interface particles induced ferritic / austenitic interface cracking due to high creep strength mismatch across it. Micromechanisms of type IV failure and interface cracking in the ferritic / austenitic joints and different susceptibility to failure for different grades of ferritic steels are discussed based on microstructural investigation, mechanical testing and finite element analysis. (Note from indexer: paper contains many typographical errors.)

  17. Effect of Geobacter sulfurreducens on the microbial corrosion of mild steel, ferritic and austenitic stainless steels

    Mehanna, Maha [Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, CNRS - Universite de Toulouse, 5 rue Paulin Talabot, BP1301, 31029 Toulouse (France)], E-mail: mum34@psu.edu; Basseguy, Regine; Delia, Marie-Line; Bergel, Alain [Laboratoire de Genie Chimique, CNRS - Universite de Toulouse, 5 rue Paulin Talabot, BP1301, 31029 Toulouse (France)

    2009-11-15

    The influence of Geobacter sulfurreducens was tested on the anaerobic corrosion of four different steels: mild steel 1145, ferritic steel 403 and austenitic steels 304L and 316L. Within a few hours, the presence of cells induced a free potential (E{sub oc}) ennoblement around +0.3 V on 1145 mild steel, 403 ferritic steel and 304L austenitic steels and slightly less on 316L. The kinetics of E{sub oc} ennoblement depended on the amount of bacteria in the inoculum, but the final potential value depended essentially on the nature of the material. This effect was due to the capacity of G. sulfurreducens to create a direct cathodic reaction on steel surfaces, extracting the electrons directly from material. The presence of bacterial cells modified the corrosion features of mild steel and ferritic steel, so that corrosion attacks were gathered in determined zones of the surface. Local corrosion was significantly enhanced on ferritic steel. Potential ennoblement was not sufficient to induce corrosion on austenitic steels. In contrast G. sulfurreducens delayed the occurrence of pitting on 304L steel because of its capability to oxidize acetate at high potential values. The electrochemical behaviour of 304L steel was not affected by the concentration of soluble electron donor (acetate, 1-10 mM) or the amount of planktonic cells; it was directly linked to the biofilm coverage. After polarization pitting curves had been recorded, microscopic observations showed that pits propagated only in the surface zones where cell settlement was the densest. The study evidenced that Geobacter sulfurreducens can control the electrochemical behaviour of steels in complex ways that can lead to severe corrosion. As Geobacteraceae are ubiquitous species in sediments and soils they should now be considered as possible crucial actors in the microbial corrosion of buried equipment.

  18. Effect of Geobacter sulfurreducens on the microbial corrosion of mild steel, ferritic and austenitic stainless steels

    The influence of Geobacter sulfurreducens was tested on the anaerobic corrosion of four different steels: mild steel 1145, ferritic steel 403 and austenitic steels 304L and 316L. Within a few hours, the presence of cells induced a free potential (Eoc) ennoblement around +0.3 V on 1145 mild steel, 403 ferritic steel and 304L austenitic steels and slightly less on 316L. The kinetics of Eoc ennoblement depended on the amount of bacteria in the inoculum, but the final potential value depended essentially on the nature of the material. This effect was due to the capacity of G. sulfurreducens to create a direct cathodic reaction on steel surfaces, extracting the electrons directly from material. The presence of bacterial cells modified the corrosion features of mild steel and ferritic steel, so that corrosion attacks were gathered in determined zones of the surface. Local corrosion was significantly enhanced on ferritic steel. Potential ennoblement was not sufficient to induce corrosion on austenitic steels. In contrast G. sulfurreducens delayed the occurrence of pitting on 304L steel because of its capability to oxidize acetate at high potential values. The electrochemical behaviour of 304L steel was not affected by the concentration of soluble electron donor (acetate, 1-10 mM) or the amount of planktonic cells; it was directly linked to the biofilm coverage. After polarization pitting curves had been recorded, microscopic observations showed that pits propagated only in the surface zones where cell settlement was the densest. The study evidenced that Geobacter sulfurreducens can control the electrochemical behaviour of steels in complex ways that can lead to severe corrosion. As Geobacteraceae are ubiquitous species in sediments and soils they should now be considered as possible crucial actors in the microbial corrosion of buried equipment.

  19. Vanadium effect on ductility of nickelless ferrite stainless steels

    Examined were the structure, properties, and the process characteristics of a new 08Kh18F2T1 nickel-free stainless steel, which differs from 08Kh18T1 steel by the additional alloying with vanadium in an amount of up to 1.5%. It has been established that the elongation of the specimens made of 0Kh18F2T1 steel increases noticeably (on the average of 7%) with a certain increase in its strength, as compared with the elongation of 0.8Kh18T1 steel. By varying the modes of the thermal treatment of cold-rolled sheet, the mechanical strength of 0318F2T1 steel may be increased up to 53 to 55.5 kgf/mm2, while the elongation of the steel is preserved within the range of 39 to 41%. It is shown that the additional alloying with vanadium completely suppresses α reversible γ transformation, and cleans the boundaries of ferrite grain. This is substantiated by the measurement of the microhardness at the grain boundaries. Stabilization of ferrite occurs owing to the binding of carbon into titanium carbides and to the introduction of vanadium into the solid solution, and it considerably reduces the absolute and the relative difference between the central portion and the boundaries of grains

  20. Determination of delta ferrite volumetric fraction in austenitic stainless steel

    Measurements of delta ferrite volumetric fraction in AISI 304 austenitic stainless steels were done by X-ray diffraction, quantitative metallography (point count) and by means of one specific commercial apparatus whose operational principle is magnetic-inductive: The Ferrite Content Meter 1053 / Institut Dr. Foerster. The results obtained were comparated with point count, the reference method. It was also investigated in these measurements the influence of the martensite induced by mechanical deformation. Determinations by X-ray diffraction, by the ratio between integrated intensities of the ferrite (211) and austenite (311) lines, are in excelent agreement with those taken by point count. One correction curve for the lectures of the commercial equipment in focus was obtained, for the range between zero and 20% of delta ferrite in 18/8 stainless steels. It is demonstrated that, depending on the employed measurement method and surface finishing of the material to be analysed, the presence of martensite produced by mechanical deformation of the austenitic matrix is one problem to be considered. (Author)

  1. Effects of mechanical force on grain structures of friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel

    Han, Wentuo, E-mail: hanwentuo@hotmail.com [Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Kimura, Akihiko [Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Tsuda, Naoto [Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Serizawa, Hisashi [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Chen, Dongsheng [Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Je, Hwanil [Institute of Advanced Energy, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Fujii, Hidetoshi [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Ha, Yoosung [Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan); Morisada, Yoshiaki [Joining and Welding Research Institute, Osaka University, Ibaraki, Osaka 567-0047 (Japan); Noto, Hiroyuki [Graduate School of Energy Science, Kyoto University, Gokasho, Uji, Kyoto 611-0011 (Japan)

    2014-12-15

    The weldability of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels is a critical obstructive in the development and use of these steels. Friction stir welding has been considered to be a promising way to solve this problem. The main purpose of this work was to reveal the effects of mechanical force on grain structures of friction stir welded ODS ferritic steel. The grain appearances and the misorientation angles of grain boundaries in different welded zones were investigated by the electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Results showed that the mechanical force imposed by the stir tool can activate and promote the recrystallization characterized by the transformation of boundaries from LABs to HABs, and contribute to the grain refinement. The type of recrystallization in the stir zone can be classified as the continuous dynamic recrystallization (CDRX)

  2. Mechanisms of short crack propagation in austenitic–ferritic duplex steel

    Scharnweber, Michael, E-mail: michael.scharnweber@mailbox.tu-dresden.de; Tirschler, Wolfgang; Oertel, Carl-Georg; Skrotzki, Werner

    2014-02-10

    For applications requiring both high strength and high corrosion resistance, austenitic–ferritic duplex steels are often the material of choice. In this study, cyclic deformation experiments were performed on the austenitic–ferritic duplex stainless steel 1.4462. By measuring the crack opening and crack sliding displacement in situ in a scanning electron microscope, the characteristics of the different crack propagation mechanisms in the two phases are determined. In the ferritic phase, two different appearances of short cracks can be observed, one exhibiting a very smooth and the other one a rather rough surface crack path. Electron backscatter diffraction measurements on the crack-containing grains in addition with high resolution imaging of the topography of the crack flanks reveal that contrary to common assumptions in the literature, short cracks in ferrite do not propagate via single slip. Instead, two different slip systems with an identical slip direction, but different slip planes, are activated. In this context, the specific appearance of different crack paths can be explained with the orientation of the respective grains. Furthermore, a model for discontinuous crack propagation especially of rough cracks in ferrite is developed. Finally, a correlation between the crack propagation rate and the plastic deformation of the crack tip is revealed and the possibility of determining the barrier effect of grain and phase boundaries via the measurement of the plastic deformation of the crack tip is investigated.

  3. Complex assessment of fracture properties of cast ferritic steel

    Dlouhý, Ivo; Chlup, Zdeněk; Kozák, Vladislav; Holzmann, Miloslav

    Brno : Ústav fyziky materiálů AV ČR Brno, 2001, s. čl. 3. [Transerability of Fracture Mechanical Characteristics - Final Project Workshop Brno. Brno (CZ), 05.11.2001-06.11.2001] R&D Projects: GA MŠk ME 303 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : fracture toughness * cast ferritic steel * transferability Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  4. Ultra-Pure Ferritic Stainless Steels-Grade, Refining Operation, and Application

    YOU Xiang-mi; JIANG Zhou-hua; LI Hua-bing

    2007-01-01

    The grades of ultra-pure ferritic stainless steels, especially the grades used in automobile exhaust system, were reviewed. The dependence of properties on alloying elements, the refining facilities, and the mechanism of the reactions in steel melts were described in detail. Vacuum, strong stirring, and powder injection proved to be effective technologies in the melting of ultra-pure ferritic stainless steels. The application of the ferritic grades was also briefly introduced.

  5. Ferrite hardening response in a low alloy ferrite–martensite dual phase steel

    Highlights: • The ferrite hardening response varies with ferrite volume fraction. • A considerable variation in hardness was observed within a specific ferrite grain. • Finer ferrite grains were accompanied by more homogenized carbon content. • Coarser ferrite grains depicted a significant gradient of carbon content. • Ferrite hardness increased along the center to the peripheral regions of a grain. -- Abstract: This paper is concerned to investigate in details the variation of ferrite hardening response in conjunction with carbon partitioning developed within ferrite during austenite to ferrite phase transformation in a low alloy ferrite–martensite dual phase (DP) steel. For this purpose, a wide variety of ferrite–martensite DP microstructures consisting different volume fractions of ferrite and martensite have been prepared using step quenching heat treatment processes at isothermal temperature of 600 °C for various holding times. Nanoindentation measurements have been supplemented by energy dispersive X-ray and microprobe wavelength-dispersive spectroscopic analyses to follow the variation of ferrite hardening response and its relation to the carbon concentration of ferrite in the ferrite–martensite DP microstructures. The experimental results showed that the ferrite hardening response is quite variable depending on the progress of ferrite formation in the ferrite–martensite DP microstructures. For a specific ferrite grain in a specific ferrite martensite DP microstructure, the location nearer to the ferrite–martensite interfaces has been accompanied with a significant higher carbon concentration and simultaneously higher ferrite hardening response in comparison to that of central regions of ferrite grains. These results are rationalized with a higher concentration of carbon within ferrite developed as a consequence of higher carbon entrapment within defected ferrite area generated at early stage of austenite to ferrite phase transformation

  6. THE INFLUENCE OF POSTHEAT TREATMENT ON FERRITE REDISTRIBUTION IN DUPLEX STEELS ELECTRON BEAM WELDS

    Zita Iždinská; František Kolenič

    2009-01-01

    The duplex stainless steel is two-phase steel with the structure composed of austenite and ferrite with optimum austenite/ferrite proportion 50%. At present, classical arc processes for welding duplex steels are generally regarded as acceptable. On the other hand electron and laser beam welding is up to now considered less suitable for welding duplex steels. The submitted work presents the results of testing various thermal conditions at welding duplex stainless steel with electron beam. It w...

  7. Electrochemical and passivation behavior investigation of ferritic stainless steel in simulated concrete pore media

    Hong Luo; Huaizhi Su; Chaofang Dong; Kui Xiao; Xiaogang Li

    2015-01-01

    The applications of stainless steel are one of the most reliable solutions in concrete structures to reduce chloride-induced corrosion problems and increase the structures service life, however, due to high prices of nickel, especially in many civil engineering projects, the austenitic stainless steel is replaced by the ferritic stainless steels. Compared with austenite stainless steel, the ferritic stainless steel is known to be extremely resistant of stress corrosion cracking and other prop...

  8. Ferritic steel strengthening for nuclear application

    Ferritic alloys were studied in view of their application as canning materials for fast reactor fuel. Their creep strength has to be equal to or better than that of AISI 316 at 700 deg C. A Fe-Cr base alloy with addition of Mo and Ti was chosen. The requested properties have been obtained on hot worked alloys, the structure of which can be described as a bamboo structure. Cold working destroys the structure and the mechanical properties are lost. It is however not the case when the alloy is made by powder metallurgy methods with addition of a ceramic oxide. In this case only, heat treatments can rebuild the bamboo structure and the alloy recovers the good mechanical properties

  9. Ferrite hardening response in a low alloy ferrite–martensite dual phase steel

    Fereiduni, E., E-mail: e.fereiduni@yahoo.com; Ghasemi Banadkouki, S.S.

    2014-03-15

    Highlights: • The ferrite hardening response varies with ferrite volume fraction. • A considerable variation in hardness was observed within a specific ferrite grain. • Finer ferrite grains were accompanied by more homogenized carbon content. • Coarser ferrite grains depicted a significant gradient of carbon content. • Ferrite hardness increased along the center to the peripheral regions of a grain. -- Abstract: This paper is concerned to investigate in details the variation of ferrite hardening response in conjunction with carbon partitioning developed within ferrite during austenite to ferrite phase transformation in a low alloy ferrite–martensite dual phase (DP) steel. For this purpose, a wide variety of ferrite–martensite DP microstructures consisting different volume fractions of ferrite and martensite have been prepared using step quenching heat treatment processes at isothermal temperature of 600 °C for various holding times. Nanoindentation measurements have been supplemented by energy dispersive X-ray and microprobe wavelength-dispersive spectroscopic analyses to follow the variation of ferrite hardening response and its relation to the carbon concentration of ferrite in the ferrite–martensite DP microstructures. The experimental results showed that the ferrite hardening response is quite variable depending on the progress of ferrite formation in the ferrite–martensite DP microstructures. For a specific ferrite grain in a specific ferrite–martensite DP microstructure, the location nearer to the ferrite–martensite interfaces has been accompanied with a significant higher carbon concentration and simultaneously higher ferrite hardening response in comparison to that of central regions of ferrite grains. These results are rationalized with a higher concentration of carbon within ferrite developed as a consequence of higher carbon entrapment within defected ferrite area generated at early stage of austenite to ferrite phase

  10. Decomposition Kinetics of Ferrite in Isothermally Aged SAF 2507-Type Duplex Stainless Steel

    Berecz, Tibor; Fazakas, Éva; Mészáros, István; Sajó, István

    2015-12-01

    Decomposition of the ferritic phase is studied in isothermally aged SAF 2507 superduplex stainless steel (SDSS) by means of different examination methods. The ferritic phase ( δ) undergoes an eutectoid transformation into secondary austenite ( γ 2) and σ-phase between 650 and 1000 °C. Samples were treated at 900 °C because the incubation time of this transformation is the shortest at this temperature. In order to follow the microstructural changes, x-ray diffraction analysis (XRD), automated electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), applied magnetic investigation [vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM)], micro-hardness tests, and differential thermal analysis (DTA) were used. The results of XRD and EBSD methods for phase quantification showed nearly the same amounts for all three phases. The results of applied magnetic investigation for the fraction of ferritic phase were also in good agreement with the corresponding results of XRD and EBSD methods. Decomposition of ferrite is similarly well-traceable on EBSD phase maps where the coherent ferritic areas gradually broke into pieces with increasing time of heat treatment. According to the EBSD measurements the σ-phase grains appeared and started to grow after 2 min aging time in the ferritic-austenitic matrix, usually on the boundaries of ferritic and austenitic grains. After 15 min treating time, the microstructure consisted of mainly σ- and austenitic (primary and secondary) phases with negligible amount of ferrite. Chemical composition of the σ-phase was measured by energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy (EDS) at different aging times. Activation energies of σ-phase precipitation and α'-phase formation were determined by the Kissinger plot, through DTA measurements; they are 243 and 261 kJ/mol, respectively. Using the results of phase quantifications, the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation was fitted.

  11. Development and characterization of advanced 9Cr ferritic/martensitic steels for fission and fusion reactors

    Saroja, S., E-mail: saroja@igcar.gov.in [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamil Nadu (India); Dasgupta, A.; Divakar, R.; Raju, S.; Mohandas, E.; Vijayalakshmi, M. [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamil Nadu (India); Bhanu Sankara Rao, K. [School of Engineering Sciences, University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad (India); Raj, Baldev [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2011-02-15

    This paper presents the results on the physical metallurgy studies in 9Cr Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) and Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic (RAFM) steels. Yttria strengthened ODS alloy was synthesized through several stages, like mechanical milling of alloy powders and yttria, canning and consolidation by hot extrusion. During characterization of the ODS alloy, it was observed that yttria particles possessed an affinity for Ti, a small amount of which was also helpful in refining the dispersoid particles containing mixed Y and Ti oxides. The particle size and their distribution in the ferrite matrix, were studied using Analytical and High Resolution Electron Microscopy at various stages. The results showed a distribution of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} particles predominantly in the size range of 5-20 nm. A Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic steel has also been developed with the replacement of Mo and Nb by W and Ta with strict control on the tramp and trace elements (Mo, Nb, B, Cu, Ni, Al, Co, Ti). The transformation temperatures (A{sub c1}, A{sub c3} and M{sub s}) for this steel have been determined and the transformation behavior of the high temperature austenite phase has been studied. The complete phase domain diagram has been generated which is required for optimization of the processing and fabrication schedules for the steel.

  12. Annealing effects on microstructure and coercive field of ferritic-martensitic ODS Eurofer steel

    Research highlights: → ODS RAFM steels as structural material for fusion reactors. → Isothermal annealing of 80% deformed steel. → Recovery and recrystallization in the ferritic phase field. → Martensitic transformation takes place above 800 deg. C. → Microstructural changes during annealing are mirrored by coercive field measurements. - Abstract: Oxide dispersion strengthened reduced-activation ferritic-martensitic steels are promising candidates for applications in future fusion power plants. Samples of a reduced activation ferritic-martensitic 9 wt.%Cr-oxide dispersion strengthened Eurofer steel were cold rolled to 80% reduction in thickness and annealed in vacuum for 1 h from 200 to 1350 deg. C to evaluate its thermal stability. Vickers microhardness testing and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) were used to characterize the microstructure. The microstructural changes were also followed by magnetic measurements, in particular the corresponding variation of the coercive field (Hc), as a function of the annealing treatment. Results show that magnetic measurements were sensitive to detect the changes, in particular the martensitic transformation, in samples annealed above 850 deg. C (austenitic regime).

  13. Thin slab processing of acicular ferrite steels with high toughness

    Reip, Carl-Peter; Hennig, Wolfgang; Hagmann, Rolf [SMS Demag Aktiengesellschaft, Duesseldorf (Germany); Sabrudin, Bin Mohamad Suren; Susanta, Ghosh; Weng Lan Lee [Megasteel Sdn Bhd, Banting (Malaysia)

    2005-07-01

    Near-net-shape casting processes today represent an important option in steelmaking. High productivity and low production cost as well as the variety of steel grades that can be produced plus an excellent product quality are key factors for the acceptance of such processes in markets all over the world. Today's research focuses on the production of pipe steel with special requirements in terms of toughness at low temperatures. The subject article describes the production of hot strip made from acicular ferritic / bainitic steel grades using the CSP thin-slab technology. In addition, the resulting strength and toughness levels as a function of the alloying concepts are discussed. Optimal control of the CSP process allows the production of higher-strength hot-rolled steel grades with a fine-grain acicular-ferritic/bainitic microstructure. Hot strip produced in this way is characterized by a high toughness at low temperatures. In a drop weight tear test, transition temperatures of up to -50 deg C can be achieved with a shear-fracture share of 85%. (author)

  14. INTRAGRANULAR FERRITE FORMED IN ASSOCIATION WITH INCLUSIONS IN A VANADIUM MICROALLOYED STEEL

    K.M. Wu; M. Enomoto

    2004-01-01

    Intragranular ferrite was formed at inclusions in a vanadium microalloyed steel with excess amount of sulfur. The chemical composition of inclusions in the steel was analyzed by SEM-EDS. The inclusions were mainly composed of MnS and aluminum oxides. The precipitation of MnS at aluminum oxides might result in Mn depletion, which, in turn, promotes the formation of intragranular ferrite. Optical and SEM observations and threedimensional (3D) reconstruction demonstrated that intragranular ferrite was formed at inclusions. The morphology of intragranular ferrite changed with undercooling. At higher temperatures intragranular ferrite was nearly equiaxed whereas it was plate-like or lath-like at lower temperatures.

  15. Application of thermoelectricity to NDE of thermally aged cast duplex stainless steels and neutron irradiated ferritic steels

    The thermoelectric power (TEP) of an alloy depends mainly on its temperature, its chemical composition and its atomic arrangement. The TEP measurement technique is used in order to study and follow two degradation phenomena affecting some components of the primary loop of Pressurized Water Reactors (PWR). The first degradation phenomenon is the thermal aging of cast duplex stainless steel components. The de-mixing of the ferritic Fe-Cr-Ni slid solution is responsible for the decreasing of the mechanical characteristics. Laboratory studies have shown the sensitivity of TEP to the de-mixing phenomenon. TEP increases linearly with the ferrite content and with and Arrhenius-type aging parameter depending on time, temperature and activation energy. TEP is also correlated to mechanic characteristics. The second degradation phenomenon is the aging of ferritic steels due to neutron irradiation at about 290 deg C. In this case, the degradation mechanism is the formation of clusters of solute atoms and/or copper rich precipitates that causes the hardening of the material. As a first approach, a study of binary Fe-Cu alloys irradiated by electrons at 288 deg C has revealed the possibility of following the copper depletion of the ferritic matrix. Moreover, the recovery of the mechanical properties of the alloy by annealing can be monitored. Finally, a correlation between Vickers hardness and TEP has been established. (author)

  16. Optimization and testing results of Zr-bearing ferritic steels

    Tan, Lizhen [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Yang, Ying [Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States); Tyburska-Puschel, Beata [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States); Sridharan, K. [Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (United States)

    2014-09-01

    The mission of the Nuclear Energy Enabling Technologies (NEET) program is to develop crosscutting technologies for nuclear energy applications. Advanced structural materials with superior performance at elevated temperatures are always desired for nuclear reactors, which can improve reactor economics, safety margins, and design flexibility. They benefit not only new reactors, including advanced light water reactors (LWRs) and fast reactors such as sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) that is primarily designed for management of high-level wastes, but also life extension of the existing fleet when component exchange is needed. Developing and utilizing the modern materials science tools (experimental, theoretical, and computational tools) is an important path to more efficient alloy development and process optimization. Ferritic-martensitic (FM) steels are important structural materials for nuclear reactors due to their advantages over other applicable materials like austenitic stainless steels, notably their resistance to void swelling, low thermal expansion coefficients, and higher thermal conductivity. However, traditional FM steels exhibit a noticeable yield strength reduction at elevated temperatures above ~500°C, which limits their applications in advanced nuclear reactors which target operating temperatures at 650°C or higher. Although oxide-dispersion-strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels have shown excellent high-temperature performance, their extremely high cost, limited size and fabricability of products, as well as the great difficulty with welding and joining, have limited or precluded their commercial applications. Zirconium has shown many benefits to Fe-base alloys such as grain refinement, improved phase stability, and reduced radiation-induced segregation. The ultimate goal of this project is, with the aid of computational modeling tools, to accelerate the development of a new generation of Zr-bearing ferritic alloys to be fabricated using conventional

  17. Fracture toughness of steels of martensite-ferrite structure

    The effect is studied of ferrite, incorporated in a martensitic structure, upon the resistance to cracking of a low-tempered grade 40Kh steel, said resistance being in evaluated terms of the parameter Ksub(1C) and the kinetics of the fatigue crack. It has been shown that, for low values of the stress intensity factor in the mouth of a crack Δ K, the combined martensitic-ferritic structure possesses a greater resilience than the purely martensitic one. The increase in Δ K to Ksub(1C) lowers the resistance to cracking of the combined structure as compared to the purely martensitic one. Said effects are explained on the basis of electron-diffraction fractographic and microscopic observations of crack development

  18. Nucleation and three-dimensional morphology of intragranular ferrite in a vanadium microalloyed steel

    2005-01-01

    The formation of intragranular ferrite at inclusions was analyzed by SEM-EDX in a vanadium microalloyed steel with an excess amount of sulfur. The precipitation of MnS at aluminum oxides may result in Mn depletion, which, in turn, promotes the formation of intragranular ferrite. The morphology of intragranular ferrite changed with undercooling. At higher temperatures intragranular ferrite is nearly equiaxed whereas it is plate-like at lower temperatures.

  19. Kinetics of isochronal austenization in modified high Cr ferritic heat-resistant steel

    Liu, Chenxi; Liu, Yongchang; Zhang, Dantian; Yan, Zesheng [Tianjin University, School of Material Science and Engineering, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Advanced Jointing Technology, Tianjin (China)

    2011-12-15

    Employment of high Cr ferritic steels as a main structural material is considered as a way to achieve economical competitiveness of main steam pipe and nuclear reactors in power plants. Differential dilatometry and microstructure observation were employed to investigate the isochronal austenitic transformation of the modified high Cr ferritic steel. The kinetics of the isochronal austenitic transformation were described by a phase-transformation model involving site saturation (pre-existing nuclei), diffusion-controlled growth, and incorporating an impingement correction. The experimental results and kinetic analysis indicate that an increase of the heating rate promotes the diffusion-controlled austenitic transformation. The dissolving degree of precipitates during the austenization process affects the activation energy for diffusion and the undissolved precipitates lead to an increase of the onset temperature of the subsequent martensite transformation upon cooling. (orig.)

  20. Nano-indentation hardness evaluation of 9Cr-ODS ferritic steel

    An oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steel is the most prospective candidate cladding material for the sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) and other Generation IV reactors. Their target average burnup is 150 GWd/t and relevant neutron dose is as high as 250 dpa. For SFR fuel elements, Japan Atomic Energy Agency has been extensively developing 9Cr-ODS ferritic steel cladding, which exhibits the distinguished creep rupture strength at 973K. In order to elucidate its strengthening mechanism, hardness measurement using 1 mN load was conducted by means of nano-indentaion technique. The 9Cr-ODS ferritic steel exhibits the unique composite structure consisting of the ferrite grains designated as residual ferrite and surrounding tempered martensite grains. The nano-scopic hardness corresponding to individual grains, i.e. residual ferritic grains and tempered martensite grains, was directly measured at the condition of the normalizing and tempering. The inherent hardness of martensite grains reduces with increasing tempering temperature, whilst residual ferrite grains maintain almost constant hardness. TEM observation of the dispersed oxide particles suggested that a dispersion strengthening is slightly higher in residual ferritic grains, but dominant strengthening mechanism could be owing to extremely high density of dislocations, and their recovery retards in residual ferritic grains. The excellent high-temperature strength of 9Cr-ODS ferritic steel is attributed to optimum balancing between hard residual ferrite and soft tempered martensite grains. (authors)

  1. 78 FR 63517 - Control of Ferrite Content in Stainless Steel Weld Metal

    2013-10-24

    ... Information The NRC published DG-1279 in the Federal Register on October 3, 2012 (77 FR 60479), for a 60-day... COMMISSION Control of Ferrite Content in Stainless Steel Weld Metal AGENCY: Nuclear Regulatory Commission... revision to Regulatory Guide (RG) 1.31, ``Control of Ferrite Content in Stainless Steel Weld Metal.''...

  2. On the swelling resistance of ferritic steel

    Transmission electron microscopy has been used to study the microstructural features associated with void swelling resistance in FV448 martensitic stainless steel after fast reactor irradiation to damage levels of 30 dpa at temperatures in the range 380-4600C. A characteristic feature of the microstructures is the presence of domains in which the high pre-irradiation network dislocation density is eliminated, and replaced by a homogeneous population of interstitial dislocation loops with a Burgers vectors. These domains grow but remain interspersed within a martensitic-type matrix that still retains high network dislocation densities. It is suggested that the observed evolution of the damage structure and the associated swelling resistance in such b.c.c. materials is due to the relative rates of nucleation and growth of the two interstitial dislocation loop types, with 1/2a and a Burgers vectors. (author)

  3. Impact of increasing the enrichment of 15N in reduced-activation ferritic steels on 14C production of tokamak reactors

    The impact of increasing the enrichment of 15N in F82H of a fusion reactor has been investigated in order to increase the fraction of shallow land burial. In Japan, the radioactive waste having any single radionuclide, exceeding the limit concentration value determined by the Nuclear Safety Commission, will not qualify as a low level waste (LLW), which can be disposed by shallow land burial. The regulation of carbon-14, which has a half life of 5730 years, was 37 kBq/g. Low activation ferritic steel is the most promising structural materials under research for fusion because of its good irradiation properties at high temperature and low activation. From the viewpoint of toughness and reliability, it is preferable to mix more than 200 ppm nitrogen in F82H. In DT fusion neutron environment, 14C is produced by 14N(n,p)14C nuclear reaction. The natural abundance of nitrogen isotopes is 99.63% of 14N and 0.37% of 15N. Then increasing 15N enrichment is effective to reduce the production of 14C. SlimCS, which is a compact demonstration reactor characterized by low aspect ratio (A) and reduced-size center solenoid (CS), has been designed in JAEA. The reactor has a major radius of 5.5 m and aspect ratio of 2.6. It produces a fusion output of 2.95 GW, which corresponds to a neutron wall loading of 3.6 MW/m2. A tritium breeding blanket in outboard side consists of both 30 cm thick replaceable blanket and 50 cm thick permanent blanket. In the inboard side, it has only replaceable blanket of 30 cm thickness to realize low-A. Neutron transport calculations have been performed using ANISN with nuclear cross sections from the FUSION-40 based on JENDL 3.1. The concentration of nitrogen in F82H is 200 ppm. The enrichment of 15N was varied from natural abundance of 0.37% to 95%. After thirty years operation with the operating rate of 50%, the 14C concentrations in F82H of the surface of outboard permanent blanket decreased from 78 kBq/g to 10 kBq/g by increasing the enrichment of 15N

  4. Analysis of ridging in ferritic stainless steel sheet

    Wu, P.D. [Novelis Inc., Novelis Global Technology Centre, 945 Princess Street, Kingston, Ont., K7L 5L9 (Canada)]. E-mail: wupeidong@hotmail.com; Jin, H. [Novelis Inc., Novelis Global Technology Centre, 945 Princess Street, Kingston, Ont., K7L 5L9 (Canada); Shi, Y. [Novelis Inc., Novelis Global Technology Centre, 945 Princess Street, Kingston, Ont., K7L 5L9 (Canada); Lloyd, D.J. [Novelis Inc., Novelis Global Technology Centre, 945 Princess Street, Kingston, Ont., K7L 5L9 (Canada)

    2006-05-15

    The finite element method is used to numerically simulate the development of ridging/roping in ferritic stainless steel sheet under stretching. The measured electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) data (grain orientations and their spatial distributions) are directly incorporated into the finite element model and the constitutive response at an integration point is described by the single crystal plasticity theory. The effects of spatial orientation distribution, imposed deformation path, and inhomogeneous deformation within individual grains on the roping are discussed. It is found that the initial texture and its spatial distribution are the predominant factors for the development of ridging.

  5. Foucault current testing of ferritic steel fuel cans

    The analysis of impedance involved by a Foucault current test of ferritic steel tubes, is quite different from the classical analysis which refers to non-magnetic tubes; more particularly, volume defects are considered as magnetic anomalies. Contrarily to current instructions which recommend to test the product in a satured magnetic state, it is very interesting to work with a continuous energizing field, comparatively low, corresponding to a sequenced magnetization, of which value is obtained according to the magnetic structure of the product. This analysis is useful when testing fast reactor fuel cans

  6. Corrosion Performance of Ferritic Steel for SOFC Interconnect Applications

    Ziomek-Moroz, M.; Holcomb, G.R.; Covino, B.S., Jr.; Bullard, S.J.; Jablonski, P.D.; Alman, D.E.

    2006-11-01

    Ferritic stainless steels have been identified as potential candidates for interconnects in planar-type solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC) operating below 800ºC. Crofer 22 APU was selected for this study. It was studied under simulated SOFC-interconnect dual environment conditions with humidified air on one side of the sample and humidified hydrogen on the other side at 750ºC. The surfaces of the oxidized samples were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with microanalytical capabilities. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis was also used in this study.

  7. Ferritic steels for the first generation of breeder blankets

    Materials development in nuclear fusion for in-vessel components, i.e. for breeder blankets and divertors, has a history of more than two decades. It is the specific in-service and loading conditions and the consequentially required properties in combination with safety standards and social-economic demands that create a unique set of specifications. Objectives of Fusion for Energy (F4E) include: 1) To provide Europe's contribution to the ITER international fusion energy project; 2) To implement the Broader Approach agreement between Euratom and Japan; 3) To prepare for the construction and demonstration of fusion reactors (DEMO). Consequently, activities in F4E focus on structural materials for the first generations of breeder blankets, i.e. ITER Test Blanket Modules (TBM) and DEMO, whereas a Fusion Materials Topical Group implemented under EFDA coordinates R and D on physically based modelling of irradiation effects and R and D in the longer term (new and /or higher risk materials). The paper focuses on martensitic-ferritic steels and (i) reviews briefly the challenges and the rationales for the decisions taken in the past, (ii) analyses the status of the main activities of development and qualification, (iii) indicates unresolved issues, and (iv) outlines future strategies and needs and their implications. Due to the exposure to intense high energy neutron flux, the main issue for breeder materials is high radiation resistance. The First Wall of a breeder blanket should survive 3-5 full power years or, respectively in terms of irradiation damage, typically 50-70 dpa for DEMO and double figures for a power plant. Even though the objective is to have the materials and key fabrication technologies needed for DEMO fully developed and qualified within the next two decades, a major part of the task has to be completed much earlier. Tritium breeding test blanket modules will be installed in ITER with the objective to test DEMO relevant technologies in fusion

  8. Stress-Strain Rate Relations in Ultra High Carbon Steels Deformed in the Ferrite Range of Temperature

    Syn, C K; Lesuer, D R; Sherby, O D; Taleff, E M

    2003-02-20

    The stress-strain rate relations in ultrahigh carbon steels (UHCSs) have been analyzed at high temperatures in the ferrite range where dislocation slip is the principal deformation mechanism. Specifically, the present investigation centers on the factors influencing the strength of UHCS in the ferrite range of 500 to 700 C and in the strain rate range of 10{sup -3} to 10{sup 3} s{sup -1}. These steels contain iron carbide as a second phase either in the form of spheroidite or pearlite and vary in the grain size according to the processing history. The new variables that need to be taken into account are the effect of ferromagnetism and its change with temperature on the creep strength of the ferritic UHCSs. Recent studies have shown that ferromagnetism strongly influences the lattice and dislocation pipe diffusion coefficient and the elastic modulus of iron in the ferrite range of temperature. These variables are shown to influence the creep strength of ferrite-base steels and explain the high activation energies that are observed in many of the ferritic UHCSs.

  9. High temperature reaction tests between high-Cr ODS ferritic steels and U–Zr metallic fuel

    Highlights: •Aluminum addition to ODS steel improves compatibility between U-Zr fuel and the ODS steels. •It increases the threshold temperature for reaction layer formation by 50 K. •The compatibility improvement mechanism was discussed using general thermodynamic data. -- Abstract: Out-of-pile high-temperature reaction tests are carried out on the diffusion couples between U–Zr fuel and ODS ferritic steels, in which the concentrations of Cr and Al were systematically changed for improvement of corrosion resistance. The results show that the Al addition to ODS ferritic steel considerably improves the compatibility between U–Zr fuel and the ODS steel. The threshold temperature for reaction layer formation is roughly 50 K higher in the Al-containing ODS ferritic steels than in the steels without Al addition for the testing time up to 900 min. The compatibility improvement mechanism by Al addition is discussed from the viewpoint of activity change. The activity calculation results obtained using general thermodynamic data indicate the possibility that stabilization of the intact α-Zr layer by Al addition is the main mechanism and occupation of steel lattice sites by Al that does not easily diffuse into γ-U–Zr also partly contributes to suppression of the inter-diffusion

  10. Current status and recent research achievements in ferritic/martensitic steels

    When the austenitic stainless steel 316L(N) was selected for ITER, it was well known that it would not be suitable for DEMO and fusion reactors due to its irradiation swelling at high doses. A parallel programme to ITER collaboration already had been put in place, under an IEA fusion materials implementing agreement for the development of a low activation ferritic/martensitic steel, known for their excellent high dose irradiation swelling resistance. After extensive screening tests on different compositions of Fe–Cr alloys, the chromium range was narrowed to 7–9% and the first RAFM was industrially produced in Japan (F82H: Fe–8%Cr–2%W–TaV). All IEA partners tested this steel and contributed to its maturity. In parallel several other RAFM steels were produced in other countries. From those experiences and also for improving neutron efficiency and corrosion resistance, European Union opted for a higher chromium lower tungsten grade, Fe–9%Cr–1%W–TaV steel (Eurofer), and in 1997 ordered the first industrial heats. Other industrial heats have been produced since and characterised in different states, including irradiated up to 80 dpa. China, India, Russia, Korea and US have also produced their grades of RAFM steels, contributing to overall maturity of these steels. This paper reviews the work done on RAFM steels by the fusion materials community over the past 30 years, in particular on the Eurofer steel and its design code qualification for RCC-MRx

  11. Current status and recent research achievements in ferritic/martensitic steels

    Tavassoli, A.-A. F.; Diegele, E.; Lindau, R.; Luzginova, N.; Tanigawa, H.

    2014-12-01

    When the austenitic stainless steel 316L(N) was selected for ITER, it was well known that it would not be suitable for DEMO and fusion reactors due to its irradiation swelling at high doses. A parallel programme to ITER collaboration already had been put in place, under an IEA fusion materials implementing agreement for the development of a low activation ferritic/martensitic steel, known for their excellent high dose irradiation swelling resistance. After extensive screening tests on different compositions of Fe-Cr alloys, the chromium range was narrowed to 7-9% and the first RAFM was industrially produced in Japan (F82H: Fe-8%Cr-2%W-TaV). All IEA partners tested this steel and contributed to its maturity. In parallel several other RAFM steels were produced in other countries. From those experiences and also for improving neutron efficiency and corrosion resistance, European Union opted for a higher chromium lower tungsten grade, Fe-9%Cr-1%W-TaV steel (Eurofer), and in 1997 ordered the first industrial heats. Other industrial heats have been produced since and characterised in different states, including irradiated up to 80 dpa. China, India, Russia, Korea and US have also produced their grades of RAFM steels, contributing to overall maturity of these steels. This paper reviews the work done on RAFM steels by the fusion materials community over the past 30 years, in particular on the Eurofer steel and its design code qualification for RCC-MRx.

  12. Effect of initial microstructures on the properties of Ferrite-Martensite Dual-Phase pipeline steels with Strain-Based design

    Yueyue Hu; Xiurong Zuo; Rutao Li; Zhanzhan Zhang

    2012-01-01

    This study aims to investigate the effect of initial microstructures on the properties of ferrite-martensite dual-phase pipeline steels with strain-based design. For this purpose, the as-received acicular ferrite steels were first austenitized at 920 ºC for 15 minutes followed by air cooling and water quenching to produce ferrite-pearlite and ferrite-martensite microstructure, respectively. Subsequently, the steels with ferrite-pearlite, ferrite-martensite and as-received acicular ferrite mic...

  13. Effect of boron on sintering of a ferritic stainless steel

    This work studies the effect of boron on the density of a 409Nb ferritic stainless steel obtained by powder metallurgy during the process of sintering. The purpose of adding boron is to promote the formation of a liquid phase during sintering at temperatures below 120 degree centigrade . The boron contents varied from 0.0 to 1.5%wt. Specimens were compacted at 700MPa, and sintering was made at 1075 and 1150 degree centigrade during 60 minutes under a hydrogen atmosphere, using a heating rate of 20 degree centigrade/min. Density values were determined by the Archimedes method, and the samples were analysed using scanning electron microscopy. This work shows the dependence of the steel density and morphology of the microstructure as a function of boron content and the temperature of sintering. (Author) 29 refs

  14. Microstructure and mechanical properties of an oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel by a new fabrication route

    A reduced activation oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steel with nominal composition of Fe-12Cr-2.5W-0.25Ti-0.2V-0.4Y2O3 (designated 12Cr-ODS) was produced by using EDTA-citrate complex method to synthesize and add Y2O3 particles to an argon atomized steel powder, followed by hot isostatic pressing at 1160 deg. C for 3 h under the pressure of 130 MPa, forging at 1150 deg. C, and heat treatment at 1050 deg. C for 2 h. The microstructure, tensile, and Charpy impact properties of the 12Cr-ODS steel were investigated. Transmission electron microscopy studies indicate that the 12Cr-ODS steel exhibits the characteristic ferritic structure containing few dislocations. Tensile characterization has shown that the 12Cr-ODS steel has superior tensile strength accompanied by good elongation at room temperature and 550 deg. C. The material exhibits very attractive Charpy impact properties with upper shelf energy of 22 J and a ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of about -15 deg. C. The formation of small, equiaxed grains and fine dispersion of oxide particles are the main reasons for the good compromise between tensile strength and impact properties.

  15. Mechanical characterization of a reduced activation 9 Cr ferritic/martensitic steel of spanish production; Caracterizacion mecanica de un acero ferritico/martenitico de activacion reducida de produccion espanola

    Rodriguez, D.; Serrano, M.

    2012-07-01

    This paper shows the first results concerning the characterization of two heats of a reduced activation 9 Cr ferritic/martensitic steel (RAFM) made in Spain, called AF1B and AF2A. The results of this characterization are compared with their European counterparts, EUROFER97-2, which was chosen as reference material. All activities described were performed in the Structural Materials Unit of CIEMAT, within the national project TECNO-FUS CONSOLIDER INGENIO.The two Spanish heats have the same production process and heat treatment. Both heats have a similar tensile behaviour similar to EUROFER97-2, but on the other hand impact properties are lower. The microstructure of AF1B reveals large biphasic inclusions that affecting its mechanical properties, especially the impact properties. AF2A casting was free of these inclusions. (Author) 24 refs.

  16. Diffusion bonding between ODS ferritic steel and F82H steel for fusion applications

    Diffusion bonding techniques were employed to join high Cr oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steel (Fe–15Cr–2W–0.2Ti–0.35Y2O3) and F82H steel under uni-axial hydrostatic pressure using a high vacuum hot press, and the microstructure and mechanical properties of the joints were investigated. The dissimilar joints were bonded by solid-state diffusion bonding (SSDB) and liquid phase diffusion bonding (LPDB). After bonding process, heat treatments were conducted to utilize the phase transformation of F82H steel for recovering the martensitic structure. Tensile tests with miniaturized specimens were carried out to investigate and compare the bonding strengths of each joint. Microstructure was observed for the bonding interface, and fracture mode was investigated after the tensile tests. LPDB joint of interfacial F82H steel fully recovered to martensite phase by post-joining heat treatments, while SSDB joint had ferrite phases at the interface even after heat treatment, which is considered to be due to decarburization of F82H steel during the bonding process. Therefore it is considered that the insert material plays a role as diffusion barrier of carbon during LPDB process. Microstructure observations and tensile tests of the joints revealed that the LPDB joints possess suitable tensile properties which are comparable to that of F82H steel. This indicates that LPDB is more promising method to bond ODS-FS and F82H steel than SSDB.

  17. Effect of VN precipitates on formation of grain boundary and intragranular ferrite in a high N-V bearing steel; V-N tenkako no ryukai oyobi ryunai ferrite hentai ni oyobosu austenite chu no VN sekishutsu no eikyo

    Omori, A.; Oi, K.; Kawabata, F.; Amano, K. [Kawasaki Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1998-11-01

    The enhancement of ferrite nucleation owing to vanadium nitride (VN) precipitated in the austenite phase was studied for a 0.14%C- 1.45%Mn-0.06%V-0.009%N steel and the isothermal ferrite transformation behavior associated with VN precipitation was also quantitatively discussed. Vanadium nitrides precipitate on the austenite grain boundary in preference to the grain interior and increase the density of grain boundary ferrites. On the other hand, VN precipitates in austenite grain interior are less effective to intragranular ferrite nucleation. The calculation based on the classical nucleation theory shows that the activation energy of VN precipitates for a critical ferrite nucleus formation is one-fifth lower than that in case of no precipitate. The ferrite nucleation potency of VN precipitates is kept high even in higher temperature range above 700degreeC. (author)

  18. Sticking Phenomenon Occurring during Hot Rolling of Ferritic Stainless Steels

    Sticking phenomenon occurring during hot rolling of two ferritic stainless steels, STS 430J1L and STS 436L, was investigated in this study. A hot rolling simulation test was carried out using a high-temperature wear tester capable of controlling rolling speed, load, and temperature. The simulation test results at 900 .deg. C and 1000 .deg. C revealed that the sticking process proceeded with three stages, i.e., nucleation, growth, and saturation, for the both stainless steels, and that STS 430J1L had a smaller number of sticking nucleation sites than the STS436L because of higher high-temperature hardness, thereby leading to a smaller amount of the sticking. When the test temperature was 1070 .deg. C, the sticking hardly occurred in both stainless steels as Fe-Cr oxide layers were formed on the surface of the rolled materials. These findings suggested that the improvement of high-temperature properties of stainless steels and the appropriate rolling conditions for readily forming oxide layers on the rolled material surface were required in order to prevent or minimize the sticking

  19. Sticking Phenomenon Occurring during Hot Rolling of Ferritic Stainless Steels

    Son, Chang Young; Kim, Chang Kyu; Ha, Dae Jin; Lee, Sung Hak [Pohang Univ. of Institute of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Jong Seog; Kim, Kwang Tae; Lee, Yong Deuk [POSCO Technical Research Lab., Gwangyang (Korea, Republic of)

    2007-01-15

    Sticking phenomenon occurring during hot rolling of two ferritic stainless steels, STS 430J1L and STS 436L, was investigated in this study. A hot rolling simulation test was carried out using a high-temperature wear tester capable of controlling rolling speed, load, and temperature. The simulation test results at 900 .deg. C and 1000 .deg. C revealed that the sticking process proceeded with three stages, i.e., nucleation, growth, and saturation, for the both stainless steels, and that STS 430J1L had a smaller number of sticking nucleation sites than the STS436L because of higher high-temperature hardness, thereby leading to a smaller amount of the sticking. When the test temperature was 1070 .deg. C, the sticking hardly occurred in both stainless steels as Fe-Cr oxide layers were formed on the surface of the rolled materials. These findings suggested that the improvement of high-temperature properties of stainless steels and the appropriate rolling conditions for readily forming oxide layers on the rolled material surface were required in order to prevent or minimize the sticking.

  20. Effect of alloy content on microstructure and microchemistry of phases during short term thermal exposure of 9Cr–W–Ta–0.1C reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels

    Ravikirana; R Mythili; S Raju; S Saroja; G Paneerselvam; T Jayakumar; E Rajendra Kumar

    2014-10-01

    This paper presents the results of an experimental study on the microstructural evolution in 9Cr reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels during short term thermal exposures. Since the microstructure is strongly influenced by the alloying additions, mainly W, Ta and C contents, the effect of varying W and Ta contents on the martensite structure that forms during normalizing treatment and the subsequent changes during tempering of the martensite in the temperature regime of 923–1033 K have been studied. Microstructural changes like subgrain formation and nature of precipitates have been evaluated and correlated to hardness variations. The systematic change in size distribution and microchemistry of M23C6 carbide is studied with variation in W content at different temperatures.

  1. Effects of Annealing Treatment Prior to Cold Rolling on the Edge Cracking Phenomenon of Ferritic Lightweight Steel

    Sohn, Seok Su; Lee, Byeong-Joo; Kwak, Jai-Hyun; Lee, Sunghak

    2014-08-01

    Effects of annealing treatment from 923 K to 1023 K (650 °C to 750 °C) prior to cold rolling on the edge cracking phenomenon of a ferritic lightweight steel were investigated. The edge cracking was severely found in the hot-rolled and 923 K (650 °C)-annealed steels after cold rolling, whereas it hardly occurred in the 1023 K (750 °C)-annealed steel. As the annealing temperature increased, lamellar κ-carbides were dissolved and coarsened, and most of the κ-carbides continuously formed along boundaries between ferrite and κ-carbide bands disappeared. Microstructural observation of the deformed region of tensile specimens revealed that the removal of band boundary κ-carbides reduced the difference in tensile elongation along the longitudinal direction (LD) and transverse direction (TD), which consequently led to the reduction in edge cracking. The 1023 K (750 °C)-annealed steel showed fine ferrite grain size, weak texture, and decomposed band structure after subsequent cold rolling and intercritical annealing, because κ-carbides actively worked as nucleation sites of ferrite and austenite. The present annealing treatment prior to cold rolling, which was originally adopted to prevent edge cracking, also beneficially modified the final microstructure of lightweight steel.

  2. Ferrite/pearlite microstructural and microchemical banding in hot rolled microalloyed steel

    Ferrite/pearlite banded structure is commonly observed in the hot rolled steels which can be described as a microstructure comprising of alternate layers of pro eutectoid ferrite and perlite in contrast to random distribution of these microstructural constituents. The occurrence of banded ferrite/pearlite structure has been well established in case plan carbon steels to segregation of Mn and consequently carbon during solidification. However this has not yet been reported for microalloyed steels. In this work the influence of microchemical and microstructural banding has been examined in microalloyed steel using optical. SEM and fine-probe EDS microanalysis. The compositional changes occurred in the ferrite/pearlite banded structure are explained by the diffusion of elements in the microalloyed steel. (author)

  3. Mechanical properties of high strength quenched steels with minute amounts of ferrite

    In this paper the effects of minute amounts of ferrite on mechanical properties in high strength quenched steels were studied by the sound emission method. The results show that, with the same macrohardness, a decrease of 75% of the resistance to minute amounts of the plastic deformation is as a result of 2.0% ferrite in steels, moreover, both the resistance to ambient temperature creep and the resistance to low cycle fatigue are reduced when minute amounts of ferrite exists in steels. (Copyright (c) 1998 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam. All rights reserved.)

  4. Conversion of MX Nitrides to Modified Z-Phase in 9-12%Cr Ferritic Steels

    Cipolla, Leonardo; Somers, Marcel A. J.; Hald, John

    2010-01-01

    The 9-12%Cr ferritic steels are extensively used in modern steam power plants at service temperature up to 620°C. Currently the best perform ing ferritic creep resistance steel is the ASTM Grade 92, whose high temperature strength has recently been assessed by European Creep Collaborative Committee in 2005 as 600°C/113MPa/10 5h. All previous attempts made in the last twenty years to develop ferritic steels for 650°C applications have failed due to the incapacity to combine the superior oxidat...

  5. Identification of Age, Temperature and Radiation Effect on Ferritic Steel Microstructure Based on Artificial Intelligence

    In the construction of nuclear installation, it is important to know the material condition used on it. Considering mechanical properties of these materials, there are some material change affected by ageing, temperature and radiation. For some years, austenitic stainless steel are used as a fuel cladding in fast breeder reactor. However this material will not sufficiently competitive from economic point of view for the next year. Experiment result on ferritic steel gave information of stronger structural properties compared to austenitic stainless steel. Modeling and simulation will support further identification of this material changing caused by such effects. Pattern recognition of these changes base on artificial intelligence is expected to support the research and development activities on nuclear structure materials. Material structure pattern of these materials, observed by SEM, are converted using image processing system. Its characteristic is then analyzed with principal component using perception method, which usually used on identifying and learning neural network system based on artificial intelligence. Specific design and input are needed to identify the change of material structure pattern before and after any applied effect. In this paper, simulation of changing identification on three types ferritic steel F17(17 Cr), EM 12 (9 CR-2 MoNbV), and EMI 0 (9 Cr-I Mo) were done. The microstructure data before and after effect are taken from some references. The whole pattern recognition process are done using MATLAB software package. (author)

  6. Self-consistent modeling of rolling textures in an austenitic-ferritic duplex steel

    Research highlights: → The selection of slip systems is linked to the grain-boundary-mediated activities. → In the duplex steel interactions between phases play a big role on the texture. → For austenite, a reliable prediction of texture is achieved at small deformations. → A model incorporating micro-scale shear banding in f.c.c. phases was developed. - Abstract: Rolling textures of the constituent phases in an austenitic-ferritic duplex stainless steel are measured by X-ray diffraction experiments, showing that the brass-type texture, typical of f.c.c. materials with low SFE, is developed in the austenitic phase, and the rotated-cube and brass-R textures are developed in the ferritic phase. On the basis of the experimental texture components and fibers at different reductions, rolling textures of the respective phases in the duplex steel are simulated using a self-consistent model. After considering various micromechanical interactions within the steel, a reliable prediction of the evolution of grain orientation distributions for the phases at small reductions is achieved. An attempt in modeling the brass-type texture for the f.c.c. metallic phase is also performed by incorporating the shear banding mechanism into the presented model.

  7. Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior of Gas Metal Arc Welded AISI 409 Grade Ferritic Stainless Steel Joints

    Lakshminarayanan, A. K.; Shanmugam, K.; Balasubramanian, V.

    2009-10-01

    The effect of filler metals such as austenitic stainless steel, ferritic stainless steel, and duplex stainless steel on fatigue crack growth behavior of the gas metal arc welded ferritic stainless steel joints was investigated. Rolled plates of 4 mm thickness were used as the base material for preparing single ‘V’ butt welded joints. Center cracked tensile specimens were prepared to evaluate fatigue crack growth behavior. Servo hydraulic controlled fatigue testing machine with a capacity of 100 kN was used to evaluate the fatigue crack growth behavior of the welded joints. From this investigation, it was found that the joints fabricated by duplex stainless steel filler metal showed superior fatigue crack growth resistance compared to the joints fabricated by austenitic and ferritic stainless steel filler metals. Higher yield strength and relatively higher toughness may be the reasons for superior fatigue performance of the joints fabricated by duplex stainless steel filler metal.

  8. Concurrent microstructural evolution of ferrite and austenite in a duplex stainless steel processed by high-pressure torsion

    A duplex stainless steel with approximately equal volume fractions of ferrite and austenite was processed by high-pressure torsion. Nano-indentation, electron backscatter diffraction and transmission electron microscopy were used to investigate the hardness and microstructure evolutions of the steel. Despite the different strain-hardening rates of individual ferrite and austenite, the microstructures of the two phases evolved concurrently in such a way that the neighbouring two phases always maintained similar hardness. While the plastic deformation and grain refinement of ferrite occurred mainly via dislocation activities, the plastic deformation and grain refinement process of austenite were more complicated and included deformation twinning and de-twinning in coarse grains, grain refinement by twinning and dislocation–twin interactions, de-twinning in ultrafine grains and twin boundary subdivision

  9. Investigations of low-temperature neutron embrittlement of ferritic steels

    Investigations were made into reasons for accelerated embrittlement of surveillance specimens of ferritic steels irradiated at 50C at the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) pressure vessel. Major suspects for the precocious embrittlement were a highly thermalized neutron spectrum,a low displacement rate, and the impurities boron and copper. None of these were found guilty. A dosimetry measurement shows that the spectrum at a major surveillance site is not thermalized. A new model of matrix hardening due to point defect clusters indicates little effect of displacement rate at low irradiation temperature. Boron levels are measured at 1 wt ppM or less, inadequate for embrittlement. Copper at 0.3 wt % and nickel at 0.7 wt % are shown to promote radiation strengthening in iron binary alloys irradiated at 50 to 60C, but no dependence on copper and nickel was found in steels with 0.05 to 0.22% Cu and 0.07 to 3.3% Ni. It is argued that copper impurity is not responsible for the accelerated embrittlement of the HFIR surveillance specimens. The dosimetry experiment has revealed the possibility that the fast fluence for the surveillance specimens may be underestimated because the stainless steel monitors in the surveillance packages do not record an unexpected component of neutrons in the spectrum at energies just below their measurement thresholds of 2 to 3 MeV

  10. Investigation on the Behavior of Austenite and Ferrite Phases at Stagnation Region in the Turning of Duplex Stainless Steel Alloys

    Nomani, J.; Pramanik, A.; Hilditch, T.; Littlefair, G.

    2016-06-01

    This paper investigates the deformation mechanisms and plastic behavior of austenite and ferrite phases in duplex stainless steel alloys 2205 and 2507 under chip formation from a machine turning operation. SEM images and EBSD phase mapping of frozen chip root samples detected a build-up of ferrite bands in the stagnation region, and between 65 and 85 pct, more ferrite was identified in the stagnation region compared to austenite. SEM images detected micro-cracks developing in the ferrite phase, indicating ferritic build-up in the stagnation region as a potential triggering mechanism to the formation of built-up edge, as transgranular micro-cracks found in the stagnation region are similar to micro-cracks initiating built-up edge formation. Higher plasticity of austenite due to softening under high strain is seen responsible for the ferrite build-up. Flow lines indicate that austenite is plastically deforming at a greater rate into the chip, while ferrite shows to partition most of the strain during deformation. The loss of annealing twins and activation of multiple slip planes triggered at high strain may explain the highly plastic behavior shown by austenite.

  11. Investigation on the Behavior of Austenite and Ferrite Phases at Stagnation Region in the Turning of Duplex Stainless Steel Alloys

    Nomani, J.; Pramanik, A.; Hilditch, T.; Littlefair, G.

    2016-04-01

    This paper investigates the deformation mechanisms and plastic behavior of austenite and ferrite phases in duplex stainless steel alloys 2205 and 2507 under chip formation from a machine turning operation. SEM images and EBSD phase mapping of frozen chip root samples detected a build-up of ferrite bands in the stagnation region, and between 65 and 85 pct, more ferrite was identified in the stagnation region compared to austenite. SEM images detected micro-cracks developing in the ferrite phase, indicating ferritic build-up in the stagnation region as a potential triggering mechanism to the formation of built-up edge, as transgranular micro-cracks found in the stagnation region are similar to micro-cracks initiating built-up edge formation. Higher plasticity of austenite due to softening under high strain is seen responsible for the ferrite build-up. Flow lines indicate that austenite is plastically deforming at a greater rate into the chip, while ferrite shows to partition most of the strain during deformation. The loss of annealing twins and activation of multiple slip planes triggered at high strain may explain the highly plastic behavior shown by austenite.

  12. Study on microstructure and mechanical characteristics of low-carbon steel and ferritic stainless steel joints

    In this work, examinations on the microstructure and mechanical properties of plain carbon steel and AISI 430 ferritic stainless steel dissimilar welds are carried out. Welding is conducted in both autogenous and using ER309L austenitic filler rod conditions through gas tungsten arc welding process. The results indicate that fully-ferritic and duplex ferritic–martensitic microstructures are formed for autogenous and filler-added welds, respectively. Carbide precipitation and formation of martensite at ferrite grain boundaries (intergranular martensite) as well as grain growth occur in the heat affected zone (HAZ) of AISI 430 steel. It is found that weld heat input can strongly affect grain growth phenomenon along with the amount and the composition of carbides and intergranular martensite. Acquired mechanical characteristics of weld in the case of using filler metal are significantly higher than those of autogenous one. Accordingly, ultimate tensile strength (UTS), hardness, and absorbed energy during tensile test of weld metal are increased from 662 MPa to 910 MPa, 140 Hv to 385 Hv, and 53.6 J m−3 to 79 J m−3, respectively by filler metal addition. From fracture surfaces, predominantly ductile fracture is observed in the specimen welded with filler metal while mainly cleavage fracture occurs in the autogenous weld metal

  13. Study on microstructure and mechanical characteristics of low-carbon steel and ferritic stainless steel joints

    Sarkari Khorrami, Mahmoud; Mostafaei, Mohammad Ali; Pouraliakbar, Hesam, E-mail: hpouraliakbar@alum.sharif.edu; Kokabi, Amir Hossein

    2014-07-01

    In this work, examinations on the microstructure and mechanical properties of plain carbon steel and AISI 430 ferritic stainless steel dissimilar welds are carried out. Welding is conducted in both autogenous and using ER309L austenitic filler rod conditions through gas tungsten arc welding process. The results indicate that fully-ferritic and duplex ferritic–martensitic microstructures are formed for autogenous and filler-added welds, respectively. Carbide precipitation and formation of martensite at ferrite grain boundaries (intergranular martensite) as well as grain growth occur in the heat affected zone (HAZ) of AISI 430 steel. It is found that weld heat input can strongly affect grain growth phenomenon along with the amount and the composition of carbides and intergranular martensite. Acquired mechanical characteristics of weld in the case of using filler metal are significantly higher than those of autogenous one. Accordingly, ultimate tensile strength (UTS), hardness, and absorbed energy during tensile test of weld metal are increased from 662 MPa to 910 MPa, 140 Hv to 385 Hv, and 53.6 J m{sup −3} to 79 J m{sup −3}, respectively by filler metal addition. From fracture surfaces, predominantly ductile fracture is observed in the specimen welded with filler metal while mainly cleavage fracture occurs in the autogenous weld metal.

  14. Mechanical behaviour of ferritic ODS steels - Temperature dependancy and anisotropy

    Fournier, B.; Steckmeyer, A.; Rouffie, A.-L.; Malaplate, J.; Garnier, J.; Ratti, M.; Wident, P.; Ziolek, L.; Tournie, I.; Rabeau, V.; Gentzbittel, J. M.; Kruml, T.; Kubena, I.

    2012-11-01

    Ferritic 14%Cr and 18%Cr ODS steels produced at CEA in round bars or plates were tested mechanically. The present paper reports results obtained in tension, impact, fatigue, creep and toughness tests. These tests were carried out at various temperatures and in different directions. These materials show a pronounced anisotropy at all tested temperatures. No matter the loading, the transversal direction is always found to be far less resistant than the longitudinal one. This anisotropy is mainly observed in terms of damage mechanisms, with intergranular fracture preferentially occurring along the extrusion direction. This intergranular fracture mode leads to very low and anisotropic toughness values and to the absence of tertiairy creep stage, pointing out the unstable nature of fracture, even at high temperature. The unrealistically high values of the Norton exponent measured in creep suggests the existence of a threshold stress, which is consistent with the mainly kinematic nature of the stress as revealed by fatigue tests.

  15. Simulation of the kinetics of precipitation reactions in ferritic steels

    Computer simulations of diffusion-controlled phase transformations in model alloys of Fe-Cr-C, Fe-Cr-W-C, Fe-Cr-Si-C, and Fe-Cr-Co-V-C are presented. The compositions considered are typical for ferritic steels. The simulations are performed using the software DICTRA and the thermodynamic calculations of phase equilibria are performed using Thermo-Calc. The thermodynamic driving forces and the kinetics of diffusion-controlled precipitation reactions of M23C6, M7C3, cementite and Laves-phase (Fe, Cr)2W are discussed. The simultaneous growth of stable and metastable phases is treated in a multi-cell approach. The results show remarkable effects on the growth kinetics due to the competition during simultaneous growth

  16. Forming limit and fracture mechanism of ferritic stainless steel sheets

    Research highlights: → Forming limit curves of two ferritic stainless steel sheets were well predicted. → Failure occurs by necking in uniaxial and plane strain tension for both materials. → Failure occurs by shearing in balanced biaxial tension for both materials. → Strain rate sensitivity does not affect the limit strains a lot for both materials. → Strain rate sensitivity likely influences the failure mode for both materials. - Abstract: In this work, the forming limit curves (FLCs) of two ferritic stainless steel sheets, AISI409L and AISI430, were predicted with the Marciniak-Kuczynski (MK) and Bressan-William-Hill (BWH) models, combined with the Yld2000-2d yield function and the Swift hardening law. Uniaxial tension, disk compression and hydraulic bulge tests were performed to determine the yield loci and hardening curves of both materials. Meanwhile, the strain rate sensitivity (SRS) coefficient was measured through uniaxial tension tests carried out at different strain rates. Out-of-plane stretching tests were conducted in sheet specimens to obtain the surface limit strains under different linear strain paths. Micrographs of the specimens fractured in different stress states were obtained by optical and scanning electron microscopy. The overall results show that the BWH model can predict the FLC better than the MK model, and that the SRS does not have much effect on the limit strains for both materials. The predicted FLCs and micrograph analysis both indicate that failure occurs by surface localized necking in uniaxial and plane strain tension states, whereas it occurs by localized shearing in the through thickness direction in balanced biaxial tension state.

  17. Experimental and Thermokinetic Simulation Studies on the Formation of Deleterious Zones in Dissimilar Ferritic Steel Weldments

    Anand, R.; Sudha, C.; Saroja, S.; Vijayalakshmi, M.

    2013-05-01

    The methods to predict and prevent the formation of hard and soft zones in dissimilar weldments of 9Cr-1Mo and 2¼Cr-1Mo ferritic steels during high-temperature exposure are examined in this article. The computational studies have been carried out using multicomponent diffusion model incorporated in Dictra and validated by experimental methods using EPMA and TEM. Carbon concentration profiles across the interface of the weld joint between the two ferritic steels were simulated in the temperatures ranging from 823 K to 1023 K (from 550 °C to 750 °C) for various time durations using "diffusion in dispersed phase model" in Dictra. When precipitation and diffusion were incorporated into the calculations simultaneously, the agreement was better between the calculated and the experimentally measured values of carbon concentration profiles, type, and volume fractions of carbides in the hard zone and diffusion zone, width, and the activation energy. Calculation results of thermodynamic potentials of carbon in 2¼Cr-1Mo and 9Cr-1Mo steels suggested that the diffusion is driven by the activity gradient of carbon across the joint. The effectiveness of nickel-based diffusion barrier in suppressing the formation of hard and soft zones is demonstrated using calculations based on the cell model incorporated in Dictra.

  18. Low Cost Ferritic Stainless Steel in Dye Sensitized Solar Cells with Cobalt Complex Electrolyte

    Miettunen, Kati; Jouttijärvi, Sami; Jiang, Roger; Saukkonen, Tapio; Romu, Jyrki; Halme, Janne; Lund, Peter

    2014-01-01

    Cheap ferritic stainless steel is applied here as the counter electrode substrate in dye sensitized solar cells with cobalt complex electrolyte. A 5.0% efficiency was reached with these type of cells which is more than 2.5 times higher compared to previously reported devices with metal counter electrode and cobalt complex electrolyte. The electrochemical impedance spectra analysis showed that the best cells with the ferritic steel counter electrode had as low charge transfer resistance (3.6 Ω...

  19. A Comparison of Creep Rupture Strength of Ferritic/Austenitic Dissimilar Weld Joints of Different Grades of Cr-Mo Ferritic Steels

    Laha, K.; Chandravathi, K. S.; Parameswaran, P.; Goyal, Sunil; Mathew, M. D.

    2012-04-01

    Evaluations of creep rupture properties of dissimilar weld joints of 2.25Cr-1Mo, 9Cr-1Mo, and 9Cr-1MoVNb steels with Alloy 800 at 823 K were carried out. The joints were fabricated by a fusion welding process employing an INCONEL 182 weld electrode. All the joints displayed lower creep rupture strength than their respective ferritic steel base metals, and the strength reduction was greater in the 2.25Cr-1Mo steel joint and less in the 9Cr-1Mo steel joint. Failure location in the joints was found to shift from the ferritic steel base metal to the intercritical region of the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of the ferritic steel (type IV cracking) with the decrease in stress. At still lower stresses, the failure in the joints occurred at the ferritic/austenitic weld interface. The stress-life variation of the joints showed two-slope behavior and the slope change coincided with the occurrence of ferritic/austenitic weld interface cracking. Preferential creep cavitation in the soft intercritical HAZ induced type IV failure, whereas creep cavitation at the interfacial particles induced ferritic/austenitic weld interface cracking. Micromechanisms of the type IV failure and the ferritic/austenitic interface cracking in the dissimilar weld joint of the ferritic steels and relative cracking susceptibility of the joints are discussed based on microstructural investigation, mechanical testing, and finite element analysis (FEA) of the stress state across the joint.

  20. Grain boundary diffusion of Fe in ultrafine-grained nanocluster-strengthened ferritic steel

    Grain boundary diffusion of Fe in nanocluster-strengthened ferritic steel (Fe-14Cr-3W-0.4Ti-0.25Y2O3 in wt.%) has been investigated. The steel was produced by mechanical alloying followed by hot extrusion. The final grain size was ∼200 nm. The diffusivity of Fe was measured within the temperature range 423-820 K. The grain boundary penetration at lower temperatures revealed a specific time dependence, which indicates a residual interconnected porosity in the ferritic steel. In order to quantify the percolating porosity, conventional radiotracer (59Fe) diffusion measurements were combined with a study of room temperature penetration of liquid 110mAg solution to distinguish between solid-state diffusion along boundaries and penetration along the surface of interconnected cavities. The presence of porosity affected the diffusion process, introducing a hierarchy of internal interfaces. The grain boundary diffusion coefficient and the diffusivity along internal surfaces were determined in the so-called type C-C, C-B and B-B kinetic regimes of interface diffusion in a hierarchical microstructure. Using the residual activity method and a 65Zn tracer, the volume fraction of the percolating porosity was estimated to be 0.6%.

  1. Nanostructures in a ferritic and an oxide dispersion strengthened steel induced by dynamic plastic deformation

    Zhang, Zhenbo

    fission and fusion reactors. In this study, two candidate steels for nuclear reactors, namely a ferritic/martensitic steel (modified 9Cr-1Mo steel) and an oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steel (PM2000), were nanostructured by dynamic plastic deformation (DPD). The resulting microstructure...... processes. Higher strain rates are demonstrated to be able to facilitate the structural refinement; nevertheless, the general annealing behavior resembles that of the material after deformation at low strain rate. In addition to the microstructure of the matrix materials, the oxide nanoparticles in PM2000...

  2. The effect of cooling rate and austenite grain size on the austenite to ferrite transformation temperature and different ferrite morphologies in microalloyed steels

    The effect of different austenite grain size and different cooling rates on the austenite to ferrite transformation temperature and different ferrite morphologies in one Nb-microalloyed high strength low alloy steel has been investigated. Three different austenite grain sizes were selected and cooled at two different cooling rates for obtaining austenite to ferrite transformation temperature. Moreover, samples with specific austenite grain size have been quenched, partially, for investigation on the microstructural evolution. In order to assess the influence of austenite grain size on the ferrite transformation temperature, a temperature differences method is established and found to be a good way for detection of austenite to ferrite, pearlite and sometimes other ferrite morphologies transformation temperatures. The results obtained in this way show that increasing of austenite grain size and cooling rate has a significant influence on decreasing of the ferrite transformation temperature. Micrographs of different ferrite morphologies show that at high temperatures, where diffusion rates are higher, grain boundary ferrite nucleates. As the temperature is lowered and the driving force for ferrite formation increases, intragranular sites inside the austenite grains become operative as nucleation sites and suppress the grain boundary ferrite growth. The results indicate that increasing the austenite grain size increases the rate and volume fraction of intragranular ferrite in two different cooling rates. Moreover, by increasing of cooling rate, the austenite to ferrite transformation temperature decreases and volume fraction of intragranular ferrite increases.

  3. Tests on ferritic stainless steel RHS and SHS beam-columns

    Arrayago Luquin, Itsaso; Real Saladrigas, Esther; Mirambell Arrizabalaga, Enrique

    2015-01-01

    The desirable features offered by different stainless steel grades have encouraged the use of this material in construction and the lower nickel content of the ferritic grades allows, additionally, controlling and decreasing the initial investment needs. Design expressions codified for carbon steel have been extended to stainless steel elements in EN1993-1-4, regardless their different mechanical behaviours. The study of stainless steel elements subjected to combined axial compression and ben...

  4. Experimental study on ferritic stainless steel RHS and SHS beam-columns

    Arrayago Luquin, Itsaso; Real Saladrigas, Esther; Mirambell Arrizabalaga, Enrique

    2015-01-01

    Ferritic stainless steels, with their lower nickel content, supplement the desirable features offered by different stainless steel grades with a more controlled and lower initial investment requirements, which have encouraged the use of these materials in construction. The nonlinear behaviour of stainless steel grades is not usually considered when extending design expressions codified for carbon steel to these alloyed materials, leading to overconservative design approaches and the applicabi...

  5. Modelling of Nb influence on phase transformation behaviours from austenite to ferrite in low carbon steels

    Wang, L.; Parker, S. V.; Rose, A. J.; West, G. D.; Thomson, R. C.

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, a new model has been developed to predict the phase transformation behaviours from austenite to ferrite in Nb-containing low carbon steels. The new model is based on some previous work and incorporates the effects of Nb on phase transformation behaviours, in order to make it applicable for Nb-containing steels. Dissolved Nb atoms segregated at prior austenite grain boundaries increase the critical energy for ferrite nucleation, and thus the ferrite nucleation rate is decreased. Dissolved Nb atoms also apply a solute drag effect to the moving transformation interface, and the ferrite grain growth rate is also decreased. The overall transformation kinetics is then calculated according to the classic Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) theory. The new model predictions are quite consistent with experimental results for various steels during isothermal transformations or continuous cooling.

  6. Electrochemical and passivation behavior investigation of ferritic stainless steel in simulated concrete pore media.

    Luo, Hong; Su, Huaizhi; Dong, Chaofang; Xiao, Kui; Li, Xiaogang

    2015-12-01

    The applications of stainless steel are one of the most reliable solutions in concrete structures to reduce chloride-induced corrosion problems and increase the structures service life, however, due to high prices of nickel, especially in many civil engineering projects, the austenitic stainless steel is replaced by the ferritic stainless steels. Compared with austenite stainless steel, the ferritic stainless steel is known to be extremely resistant of stress corrosion cracking and other properties. The good corrosion resistance of the stainless steel is due to the formation of passive film. While, there is little literature about the electrochemical and passive behavior of ferritic stainless steel in the concrete environments. So, here, we present the several corrosion testing methods, such as the potentiodynamic measurements, EIS and Mott-Schottky approach, and the surface analysis methods like XPS and AES to display the passivation behavior of 430 ferritic stainless steel in alkaline solution with the presence of chloride ions. These research results illustrated a simple and facile approach for studying the electrochemical and passivation behavior of stainless steel in the concrete pore environments. PMID:26501086

  7. Effect of vanadium addition on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the ODS ferritic steels

    In this work, the effects of vanadium addition in the range of 0.3–3% (in weight percent) for an oxide dispersion strengthened reduced activation ferritic (ODS RAF) steel were investigated. Samples of the V-modified steel have been prepared using elemental (Fe, Cr, W, Ti) and Y2O3 powders with the nominal composition of Fe–14Cr–2W–0.3Ti–0.3Y2O3. Consolidated and heat treated samples were investigated using Scanning Electron Microscopy and Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy equipped with Electron Energy Loss Spectroscopy detector. Hardness and Charpy impact tests (KLST specimens) were also performed. The microstructure investigations revealed numerous particles of the size up to 0.5 μm. They are primarily Ti–Cr–V oxides located at the grain boundaries and inside the grains. These particles increase hardness and significantly reduce fracture resistance of the ODS RAF alloys developed here. However, it should be noted that the 0.3% V-ODS steel has unexpectedly the lowest transition temperature of about 282 K and that the 1–3% V-ODS steels, in spite of the transition temperature about 373 K, exhibit almost two times higher the lower shelf energy values in comparison with the 0.3% V-ODS and 0% V-ODS steels

  8. Effect of Niobium on Isothermal Transformation of Austenite to Ferrite in HSLA Low-Carbon Steel

    CAO Jian-chun; LIU Qing-you; YONG Qi-long; SUN Xin-jun

    2007-01-01

    Using thermomechanical simulation experiment, the kinetics of the isothermal transformation of austenite to ferrite in two HSLA low-carbon steels containing different amounts of niobium was investigated under the conditions of both deformation and undeformation. The results of optical microstructure observation and quantitative metallography analysis showed that the kinetics of the isothermal transformation of austenite to ferrite in lower niobium steel with and without deformation suggests a stage mechanism, wherein there exists a linear relationship between the logarithms of holding time and ferrite volume fraction according to Avrami equation, whereas the isothermal transformation of austenite to ferrite in high niobium steel proceeds via a two stage mechanism according to micrographs, wherein, the nucleation rate of ferrite in the initial stage of transformation is low, and in the second stage,the rate of transformation is high and the transformation of residual austenite to ferrite is rapidly complete. Using carbon extraction replica TEM, niobium carbide precipitation for different holding time was investigated and the results suggested that NbC precipitation and the presence of solute niobium would influence the transformation of austenite to ferrite. The mechanism of the effect of niobium on the isothermal transformation was discussed.

  9. ROLE OF STRUCTURE IS IN THE PROCESS OF FERRITIC-PEARLITIC STEEL EROSION

    O. A. Kuzin

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The results of study of influence of structure on mechanical properties and behavior of ferrite-perlite steels under the action of contact loads are presented. It is shown that the formation of the widmanstatten pattern has a negative impact on the performance of steels under static loads but a positive effect on their durability.

  10. Effect of tin addition on the microstructure and properties of ferritic stainless steel

    Yang Li; Ji-peng Han; Zhou-hua Jiang; Pan He

    2015-01-01

    This article reports the effects of Sn on the inclusions as well as the mechanical properties and hot workability of ferritic stainless steel. Precipitation phases and inclusions in Sn-bearing ferritic stainless steel were observed, and the relationship between the workability and the microstructure of the steel was established. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopic analysis of the steel reveals that an almost pure Sn phase forms and MnS–Sn compound inclusions appear in the steel with a higher Sn content. Little Sn segregation was observed in grain boundaries and in the areas around sulfide inclusions;however, the presence of Sn does not adversely affect the workability of the steel con-taining 0.4wt%Sn. When the Sn content is 0.1wt%–0.4wt%, Sn improves the tensile strength and the plastic strain ratio and also improves the plasticity with increasing temperature. A mechanism of improving the workability of ferritic stainless steel induced by Sn addition was discussed:the presence of Sn lowers the defect concentration in the ultra-pure ferritic lattice and the good distribution of tin in the lattice overcomes the problem of hot brittleness that occurs in low-carbon steel as a result of Sn segregation.

  11. Diffusion of Nickel into Ferritic Steel Interconnects of Solid Oxide Fuel/Electrolysis Stacks

    Molin, Sebastian; Chen, Ming; Bowen, Jacob R.;

    2013-01-01

    a limited number of studies have been devoted to the phenomenon. Here, diffusion of Ni into ferritic Crofer 22 APU steel is studied in a wet hydrogen atmosphere after 250 hours of exposure at 800 °C using Ni-plated (~ 10 micron thick coatings) sheet steel samples as a model system. Even after...

  12. CYCLIC RECRYSTALLIZATION OF FERRITE IN HOT-ROLLED LOW-CARBON SHEET STEEL WITH STRUCTURETEXTURAL HETEROGENEITY

    A. M. Nesterenko

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available It is determined that in the process of soaking at subcritical temperature 680 °C in hot-rolled rolling of low-carbon steel 08 ps recrystallization is developed with heterogeneous fu ll repeat change of the steel ferrite change by its section.

  13. Diffusion of Nickel into Ferritic Steel Interconnects of Solid Oxide Fuel/Electrolysis Stacks

    Molin, Sebastian; Chen, Ming; Bowen, Jacob R.; Hendriksen, Peter Vang

    2013-01-01

    limited number of studies have been devoted to the phenomenon. Here, diffusion of Ni into ferritic Crofer 22 APU steel is studied in a wet hydrogen atmosphere after 250 hours of exposure at 800 °C using Ni-plated (~ 10 micron thick coatings) sheet steel samples as a model system. Even after this...

  14. Study of MHD Corrosion and Transport of Corrosion Products of Ferritic/Martensitic Steels in the Flowing PbLi and its Application to Fusion Blanket

    Saeidi, Sheida

    2014-01-01

    Two important components of a liquid breeder blanket of a fusion power reactor are the liquid breeder/coolant and the steel structure that the liquid is enclosed in. One candidate combination for such components is Lead-Lithium (PbLi) eutectic alloy and advanced Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic (RAFM) steel. Implementation of RAFM steel and PbLi in blanket applications still requires material compatibility studies as many questions related to physical/chemical interactions in the RAFM...

  15. Thermal fatigue crack propagation behaviour of F82H ferritic steel

    Kudo, Yusuke E-mail: kudou@fusion.naka.jaeri.go.jp; Kikuchi, Kouichi; Saito, Masakatsu

    2002-12-01

    This paper presents an issue obtained from thermal fatigue research, which attempts to examine the fusion reactor first wall by fracture mechanics. The research is organised with two different approaches: 1. Studies of the thermal fatigue crack propagation behaviour on notched 5-mm thick plate specimens of ferritic steel F82H (9Cr-1W), compared with 9Cr-1Mo ferritic steel and type 316 stainless steel; 2. Numerical simulations of the stress field caused by thermal loads including fracture mechanics. It is concluded that the stress intensity factor {delta}K{sub I} is substantial for crack growth while cyclic thermal loading.

  16. Alloying design of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel for long life FBRs core materials

    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferrite steels with excellent swelling resistance and superior high temperature strength are prospective cladding materials for advanced fast breeder reactors. The addition of Ti in 13Cr-3W ODS ferritic steels improved the high temperature strength remarkably by the formation of uniformly distributed ultra-fine oxide particles. ODS ferritic steels have a bamboo-like grain structure and a strong deformation texture. The decrease of creep rupture strength in the bi-axial direction compared to the uni-axial direction is attributed mainly to this unique bamboo grain structure. Nearly equivalent creep rutpure strength for both bi-axial and uni-axial direction was successfully attained by introducing the α to γ transformation in ODS martensitic steel. (orig.)

  17. Boron effects on the ductility of a nano-cluster-strengthened ferritic steel

    Research highlights: → Cu-rich nano-particle precipitation strengthens the ferritic steels. → Boron doping suppresses brittle intergranular fracture. → Moisture-induced environmental embrittlement can be alleviated by surface coating. - Abstract: The mechanical properties of Cu-rich nano-cluster-strengthened ferritic steels with and without boron doping were investigated. Tensile tests at room temperature in air showed that the B-doped ferritic steel has similar yield strength but a larger elongation than that without boron doping after extended aging at 500 deg. C. There are three mechanisms affecting the ductility and fracture of these steels: brittle cleavage fracture, week grain boundaries, and moisture-induced hydrogen embrittlement. Our study reveals that boron strengthens the grain boundary and suppresses the intergranular fracture. Furthermore, the moisture-induced embrittlement can be alleviated by surface coating with vacuum oil.

  18. Rupture character of steels with ferrite-pearlite structure under influence of liquid metallic media

    Influence of liquid metal environment (gallium base alloy with melting point of 5 deg C) on mechanical properties and fracture mode was studied for ferritic-pearlitic steels with 0.03-0.8 % C under static and cyclic loading. Liquid metal medium was found to assist plastic deformation in a surface layer and to change fracture mode. It was revealed that the liquid of metal deteriorated steel properties in case of static loads but this effect weakened when passing from ferrite to pearlite. In ferritic steel under cycling loading the liquid metal affected so that shifted cracking resistance value to the region of lower stress intensity factors and promoted transition from intragranular fracture to intergranular one. Pearlitic steels behaved alike under cyclic loading both in liquid metal and in the air

  19. Deformation response of ferrite and martensite in a dual-phase steel

    Deformation response of ferrite and martensite in a commercially produced dual-phase sheet steel with a nominal composition of 0.15% C–1.45% Mn–0.30% Si (wt.%) was characterized by nanoindentation and uniaxial compression of focused ion beam-milled cylindrical micropillars (1–2 μm diameter). These experiments were conducted on as-received and pre-strained specimens. The average nanoindentation hardness of ferrite was found to increase from ∼2 GPa in the as-received condition to ∼3.5 GPa in the specimen that had been pre-strained to 7% plastic tensile strain. Hardness of ferrite in the as-received condition was inhomogeneous: ferrite adjacent to ferrite/martensite interface was ∼20% harder than that in the interior, a feature also captured by micropillar compression experiments. Hardness variation in ferrite was reversed in samples pre-strained to 7% strain. Martensite in the as-received condition and after 5% pre-strain exhibited large scatter in nanoindentation hardness; however, micropillar compression results on the as-received and previously deformed steel specimens demonstrated that the martensite phase in this steel was amenable to plastic deformation and rapid work hardening in the early stages of deformation. The observed microscopic deformation characteristics of the constituent phases are used to explain the macroscopic tensile deformation response of the dual-phase steel

  20. Phase transformations in ferrite phase of a duplex stainless steel aged at 500 degree C

    Due to their high strength, high corrosion resistance, and good properties of castings, duplex stainless steels are widely used in the recirculation system of nuclear power plants. Although the presence of ferrite phase increases the strength and the resistance to SCC, the ferrite phase also brings about thermal aging embrittlement known as ''475 C embrittlement''. The room temperature impact strength can decrease by 80% after aging for 8 years at a temperature as low as 300 C. Much research has been performed on the low temperature embrittlement of duplex stainless steels. It is generally acknowledged that the spinodal decomposition in ferrite phase and precipitation of some other carbides or nickel silicide are responsible for the degradation in mechanical properties of duplex stainless steels at low temperatures. The extent of the degradation was found to be strongly dependent on the composition in ferrite, which is closely related to the change of microstructure. Thus, the exact evolution of phase transformation in ferrite has also drawn a large audience. In this study, using electron microscopy, the authors investigated the phase evolution of ferrite phase in duplex stainless steel, aged at 500 C. up to 10,000 hours

  1. Demonstration of ripple reduction by ferritic steel board insertion in JFT-2M

    In the JFT-2M tokamak, application testing of low activation ferritic steel to plasma has been investigated, (so called Advanced Material Tokamak Experiment (AMTEX) program). In the first stage, toroidal field ripple reduction was examined by ferritic steel boards (FBs) insertion between toroidal field coils and vacuum vessel. It is demonstrated that the FB insertion is effective to reduce the toroidal field ripple and to reduce the losses of fast ions produced by tangential co-NBI. By optimizing the FB thickness, such that the fundamental mode ripple is minimized to be 0.07% at the shoulder part, the ripple-trapped loss is reduced to be almost negligible. It is indicated that the reductions of the fundamental mode ripple and the ripple banana diffusion coefficient at the shoulder part are most effective to reduce the ripple ion losses. Ripple loss reduction by FBs is also confirmed with the perpendicular beam injection. The FB insertion gives no deteriorative effect on the plasma production and control. (author)

  2. Development and Application of High-Cr Ferritic Stainless Steels as Building Exterior Materials

    Stainless Steels have been widely used as a building exterior materials in Asian countries for the last decade. It is required for the materials in this field to have an aesthetic appearance,a relatively high strength, and an excellent corrosion resistance. Other metallic materials such as copper, aluminum, and carbon steels have been also used as the exterior materials. Considering the cost of maintenance, stainless steel, having the outstanding corrosion resistance, is replacing other materials in the several parts in the building exteriors. Ferritic stainless steel has been applied as the roofing materials because its thermal expansion is much smaller than that of austenitic stainless steel. Therefore, it is suitable for the large-scale construction such as airport terminal, convention center, and football stadium. To improve the corrosion resistance of the ferritic stainless steels, the modification of alloy composition has been studied to develop new grade materials and the progress in the surface technology has been introduced. Corrosion properties, of these materials were evaluated in the laboratory and in the field for longer than two years. High-Cr ferritic stainless steel showed excellent corrosion resistance to the atmospheric environments. In the region close to the sea, the corrosion resistance of high-Cr ferritic stainless steel was much superior to that of other materials, which may prove this steel to be the appropriate materials for the construction around seashore. In some of the large constructions around seashore in South Korea, high-Cr ferritic stainless steels have been used as the building exterior materials for six years

  3. Optimisation of a Nanostructured ODS Ferritic Steel Fabrication towards Improvement of its Plasticity

    Full text: In order to increase the operation temperature of the high-chromium reduced activation steels foreseen in applications of fusion reactors, ferritic steels containing 12 to 14% Cr in weight and reinforced with a dispersion of nano-oxides are being under development. The nano-oxides are incorporated into the matrix by adding Y2O3 or Fe-Y intermetallic particles to the initial steel powder, and by performing an intensive ball milling. In order to produce an ODS-steel with better mechanical properties, two specific actions of the production route were considered in this work to minimize the air contamination and porosity. The first one consists in using a higher purity pre-alloyed steel powder instead of mixture of elemental powders. The second one is to perform an additional densification after the hot-isostatic pressing (HIP) by hot cross rolling (HCR) the consolidated HIPed ingot. The steel powders batches were produced by ball milling of either elemental or pre-alloyed powders with Y2O3 or Fe2Y reinforcement particles in attritor, applying a hydrogen milling atmosphere at a controlled pressure and subsequent hot isostatic pressing. The influence of the type of substrate powders on the mechanical properties was studied for the ODS steels after HIP and after a thermal-mechanical treatment. HCR were applied at a temperature of 800 deg C. Optical microscope observations revealed a refinement of the microstructure with smaller porosity. Transmission electron microscope observations of the HCR ODS steel samples microstructures showed mainly recovered grains but also a slight coarsening of the finest oxides particles compared with the steel after HIP. Grains elongation in the rolling plane or in the normal plane was not observed. Hot cross-rolling resulted in an increase of ultimate tensile strength and a significant decrease of the ductile to brittle transition temperature (DBTT). While a lower DBTT has been found for the ODS steels on which HCR was applied

  4. Effect of carbon content on the mechanical properties of 10Cr-5W ferritic steels

    The effect of carbon content on the microstructures, the tensile strength, creep strength and fracture toughness of 10Cr-5W ferritic steels containing from 0.02 to 0.13 mass% C is investigated. The low carbon steels possess the higher Ms temperature than the high carbon steels, so that the packet size of the martensite structure is larger in the low carbon steels. Both the FATT (fracture appearance transition temperature) and the USE (upper shelf energy) increase with decreasing carbon content. This means the decrease of toughness and the increase of ductility with decreasing carbon content. Fine precipitates of the Laves phase are observed in the martensite lath in all experimental steels after quality heat treatment. The tensile strength measured at 873 K has a tendency to increase with decreasing C content. But a certain amount of C is needed even in 5 W ferritic steels to keep the longer creep-rupture life under the lower stress level. (orig.)

  5. Microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of eutectoid steel with ultrafine or fine (ferrite+cementite) structure

    Eutectoid steel with the ultrafine or fine-grained ferrite (α)+cementite (θ) particles structure was formed by hot deformation of undercooled austenite at 0.1 s−1 or 5 s−1 at 650 °C using a Gleeble 1500 hot simulator and subsequent annealing. The microstructural evolution of fine (α+θ) structure was investigated by means of a scanning electronic microscope, electron backscattered diffraction and transmission electron microscope, and the mechanical properties of fine (α+θ) steel were analyzed in comparison with that of ultrafine (α+θ) steel. The results show that only dynamic transformation of undercooled austenite into proeutectoid ferrite occurs during hot deformation at 650 °C at 5 s−1. During water quenching, lamellar pearlite with small colony sizes is formed and the average size of pearlite colonies decreases with increasing the strain. By subsequent annealing at 650 °C for 30 min, the spheroidization of lamellar pearlite takes place, resulting in the formation of fine (α+θ) structure consisting of ferrite matrix with the average size of about 4.9 μm and fine cementite particles mainly within ferrite grains. In comparison with ultrafine (α+θ) steel consisting of ferrite matrix with the average size of about 1.8 μm and relatively large cementite particles mostly located at grain boundaries, the yield strength, tensile strength, uniform elongation, total elongation and work-hardening capability of fine (α+θ) steel improve markedly

  6. Toughening mechanisms of a high-strength acicular ferrite steel heavy plate

    Cao, Zhi-Qiang; Bao, Yan-Ping; Xia, Zheng-Hai; Luo, Deng; Guo, Ai-Min; Wu, Kai-Ming

    2010-10-01

    An ultra-low carbon acicular ferrite steel heavy plate was obtained with an advanced thermo-mechanical control process-relaxed precipitation controlled transformation (TMCP-RPC) at Xiangtan Steel, Valin Group. The heavy plate has a tensile strength of approximately 600 MPa with a lower yield ratio. The impact toughness of the heavy plate achieves 280 J at -40°C. The fine-grained mixed microstructures of the heavy plate mainly consist of acicular ferrite, granular bainite, and polygonal ferrite. The high strength and excellent toughness of the heavy plate are attributed to the formation of acicular ferrite microstructure. The prevention of blocks of martensite/retained austenite (M/A) and the higher cleanness are also responsible for the superior toughness.

  7. Ferritic stainless steel composite slabs : Experimental study of longitudinal shear transfer

    Ferrer Ballester, Miquel; Marimón Carvajal, Federico; Arrayago Luquin, Itsaso; Mirambell Arrizabalaga, Enrique

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this work is to carry out the procedure described in Eurocode 4 to evaluate the longitudinal shear transfer capability of conventional steel sheeting open-rib profile with embossments, usually rolled in conventional galvanized steel, being rolled now in ferritic stainless steel 1.4003 alloy. Finally, the results of both composite floor slabs are compared. Two methodologies have been used to evaluate the longitudinal shear resistance in composite slabs, the m-k method and t...

  8. Lead-bismuth eutectic corrosion behaviors of ferritic/martensitic steels in low oxygen concentration environment

    Liu, Jian; Shi, Quanqiang; Luan, He; Yan, Wei; Sha, Wei; Wang, Wei; Shan, Yiyin; Yang, Ke

    2015-01-01

    In order to investigate the compatibility of candidate structural materials with liquid metals, two kinds of ferritic/martensitic steels were chosen to contact with lead–bismuth eutectic in sealed quartz–glass tubes. The corrosion exposures were for 500 and 3000 h. Results showed that the oxidation layer and carbide dissolution layer on the two steels grew with contact time under oxygen unsaturated condition. Short-term corrosion behavior of a newly developed steel showed better lead–bismuth ...

  9. Microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion behavior of laser welded dissimilar joints between ferritic stainless steel and carbon steel

    Highlights: • Laser welding of ferritic stainless steel to carbon steel joints was made. • The microstructure of this dissimilar joint is lath martensite and ferrite. • Decarburized layer and type II grain boundary was observed in joints. • The hardness distribution of two heat input joints across interface were analyzed. • Ecorr of dissimilar joint is between two base metals and joint has greatest icorr. - Abstract: The joint of dissimilar metals between ferritic stainless steel (FSS) and low carbon steel (CS) are welded by laser beam with two different welding speeds: 12 mm/s and 24 mm/s. Microstructure of dissimilar joint were investigated using optical microscope, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope. The results show that the microstructure of this dissimilar joint is lath martensite and few ferrite, upper bainite and widmanstatten ferrite formed in heat-affected zone (HAZ) of CS. An increase of welding speed leads to narrower HAZ of CS and higher hardness of weld bead close to FSS side. The joints with different welding speed have similar ultimate tensile strength but superior elongation is obtained of high welding speed joint. Electrochemical corrosion test indicates the corrosion potential of dissimilar joint falls in between FSS and CS. And dissimilar joint has greatest corrosion current density which is attributed to the effect of galvanic corrosion

  10. Fracture toughness and tensile properties of nano-structured ferritic steel 12YWT

    Sokolov, M.A. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6151 (United States)]. E-mail: sokolovm@ornl.gov; Hoelzer, D.T. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6151 (United States); Stoller, R.E. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6151 (United States); McClintock, D.A. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6151 (United States)

    2007-08-01

    The oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels are being developed and investigated for fission and fusion structural applications in Japan, Europe, and the United States. In this paper, the fracture toughness and tensile properties of an ODS steel with nominal composition Fe-12Cr-2.5W-0.4Ti-0.25Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (designated 12YWT) were investigated and compared to commercial reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels. Small, 1.6-mm thick and 3.2-mm wide, 3-point bend specimens were used for fracture toughness characterization of this steel. Specimens were fatigue pre-cracked to initial crack length (a) to width (W) ratio of 0.45 and tested quasi-statically in the temperature range from -50{sup o}C to 550{sup o}C. Specimens tested up to 50{sup o}C exhibited elastic-plastic cleavage fracture that was typical for the transition region in ferritic steels. The master curve transition temperature, T{sub 0}, for the 12YWT alloy was determined to be 102{sup o}C. Specimens tested at 100{sup o}C and higher exhibited ductile stable crack growth. In these cases, the J-integral at the onset of stable crack growth (J{sub Ic}) was determined from the J-R curves. Their equivalent values in terms of stress intensity factor, K{sub J{sub Ic}}, were about 93MPa{radical}m at 100{sup o}C and decreased to 53MPa{radical}m at 550{sup o}C. This study showed that oxide dispersion strengthening resulted in significant decreases in the toughness properties compared to commercial RAFM steels, although appreciable level of toughness was still retained. Tensile tests were performed at temperatures between room temperature and 800{sup o}C. As expected, this material exhibited very high yield strength, {approx}1300MPa, at room temperature. For comparison, the yield strength of commercial RAFM steels is about 550MPa. Yield strength of 12YWT decreases as test temperature increases and at 800{sup o}C it is about 3230009M.

  11. Cathodic cage nitriding of AISI 409 ferritic stainless steel with the addition of CH4

    Rômulo Ribeiro Magalhães de Sousa

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available AISI 409 ferritic stainless steel samples were nitrided using the cathodic cage plasma nitriding technique (CCPN, with the addition of methane to reduce chromium precipitation, increase hardness and wear resistance and reduce the presence of nitrides when compared to plasma carbonitriding. Microhardness profiles and X-Ray analysis confirm the formation of a very hard layer containing mainly ε-Fe3N and expanded ferrite phases.

  12. Cathodic cage nitriding of AISI 409 ferritic stainless steel with the addition of CH4

    Rômulo Ribeiro Magalhães de Sousa; Francisco Odolberto de Araújo; José Alzamir Pereira da Costa; Antonio Maia de Oliveira; Mineia Sampaio Melo; Clodomiro Alves Junior

    2012-01-01

    AISI 409 ferritic stainless steel samples were nitrided using the cathodic cage plasma nitriding technique (CCPN), with the addition of methane to reduce chromium precipitation, increase hardness and wear resistance and reduce the presence of nitrides when compared to plasma carbonitriding. Microhardness profiles and X-Ray analysis confirm the formation of a very hard layer containing mainly ε-Fe3N and expanded ferrite phases.

  13. Modeling of Ni Diffusion Induced Austenite Formation in Ferritic Stainless Steel Interconnects

    Chen, Ming; Molin, Sebastian; Zhang, L; Ta, Na; Hendriksen, Peter Vang; Kiebach, Wolff-Ragnar; Y. Du

    2015-01-01

    Ferritic stainless steel interconnect plates are widely used in planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) or electrolysis cell (SOEC) stacks. During stack production and operation, nickel from the Ni/YSZ fuel electrode or from the Ni contact component diffuses into the IC plate, causing transformation of the ferritic phase into an austenitic phase in the interface region. This is accompanied with changes in volume and in mechanical and corrosion properties of the IC plates. In this work, kinetic mo...

  14. Ferrite control--Measurement problems and solutions during stainless steel fabrication

    Ferrite is one of the magnetic phases found in many grades of otherwise nonmagnetic austenitic stainless steel weldments. Control of ferrite during the fabrication of cryogenic component parts is necessary to produce a reliable product, free of cracking and microfissuring. This is accomplished by balancing compositions in order to produce a small amount of ferrite which is generally accompanied with reduced toughness. Control of ferrite is essential during the fabrication of component parts. The means to accomplish this will vary with the type of material being welded, thickness, welding process, method of measurement and fabrication procedures. An application used during the fabrication of component parts for the Fast Flux Test Facility (FFTF) required specially formulated shielded manual arc welding (SMAW) electrodes and consumable inserts. Control of ferrite measurements and shop welding procedures were essential. The special materials and techniques were used to weld Type 316 stainless steel pipe joints, 28 in. (0.71 m) in diameter. By using three lots of electrodes, each with a different ferrite level, a compatible range of ferrite was achieved throughout the layers of weld metal. By extensive use of the Schaeffler and DeLong modified constitution diagrams for stainless steel weld metal, E-16-8-2 SMAW electrodes were developed with ''0'' ferrite level. The electrodes were used during fabrication of the Liquid Metal Fast Breader Reactor (LMFBR) component parts of Type 316 stainless steel. Metallographic evaluation of laboratory specimens, control of shop welding techniques and individual laboratory training of shop welders combined to produce a quality product

  15. Optimization of Ferrite Number of Solution Annealed Duplex Stainless Steel Cladding Using Integrated Artificial Neural Network: Simulated Annealing

    V. Rathinam; T. Kannan

    2014-01-01

    Cladding is the most economical process used on the surface of low carbon structural steel to improve the corrosion resistance. The corrosion resistant property is based on the amount of ferrite present in the clad layer. Generally, the ferrite content present in the layer is expressed in terms of Ferrite Number (FN). The optimum range of ferrite number provides adequate surface properties like chloride stress corrosion cracking resistance, pitting and crevice corrosion resistance and mechani...

  16. Constitutive modeling of the mechanical behavior of high strength ferritic steels for static and dynamic applications

    Abed, Farid H.

    2010-11-01

    A constitutive relation is presented in this paper to describe the plastic behavior of ferritic steel over a broad range of temperatures and strain rates. The thermo-mechanical behavior of high strength low alloy (HSLA-65) and DH-63 naval structural steels is considered in this study at strains over 40%. The temperatures and strain rates are considered in the range where dynamic strain aging is not effective. The concept of thermal activation analysis as well as the dislocation interaction mechanism is used in developing the flow model for both the isothermal and adiabatic viscoplastic deformation. The flow stresses of the two steels are very sensitive to temperature and strain rate, the yield stresses increase with decreasing temperatures and increasing strain rates. That is, the thermal flow stress is mainly captured by the yield stresses while the hardening stresses are totally pertained to the athermal component of the flow stress. The proposed constitutive model predicts results that compare very well with the measured ones at initial temperature range of 77 K to 1000 K and strain rates between 0.001 s-1 and 8500 s-1 for both steels.

  17. Evidence of zinc ferrite formation on carbon steel in primary-side coolant with added soluble zinc

    Conversion electron and X-ray backscattering Moessbauer spectroscopy was used to identify iron compounds that were formed on carbon steel in simulated CANDU trademark reactor coolant containing 15 to 60 ppb (μg/L H2O) soluble zinc. Analyses of the coupons exposed to coolant in the absence of zinc indicated the formation of magnetite, whereas, in the presence of zinc, the formation of a layer of zinc-bearing ferrite ZnxFe3-xO4 (with x>0.8) was observed. The role of the high electrical resistivity of zinc ferrite in reducing corrosion rates, corrosion-product release rates, and 60Co activity buildup on carbon steel is briefly discussed. (orig.)

  18. Effect of microstructure on the fracture toughness of ferrite-martensite-bainite steels

    The effect of microstructure on the fracture toughness of ferrite-martensite -bainite steels was investigated with Fe-0.11C-1.64Mn-0.78Si composition. One inch compact tension specimens (1T-CTSs) were machined from hot rolled plates. The microstructure of ferrite-martensite-bainite was introduced to the specimens by the heat treatment of intercritical annealing at 800deg C and isothermal holding at 350deg C. Holding at 350deg C increased volume fraction of bainite, while decreased that of martensite, and refined martensite particles. Single specimen unloading compliance method was used in fracture test to obtain J-resistance (J-R) curve and to determine the fracture toughness(JIC). Introduction of bainite to the ferrite-martensite steel improved the fracture toughness due to the deformation of bainite which relaxed the stress concentration on the interface of ferrite and martensite. Observation of fracto-graphs through the scanning electron microscope(SEM) identified the fracture mechanism of ferrite-martensite-bainite steels as dimple nucleation and crack growth by decohesion of ferrite matrix and second phase particles and by microvoid coales cence. (Author)

  19. High-temperature strength characterization of advanced 9Cr-ODS ferritic steels

    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels, which are the most promising candidate materials for advanced fast reactor fuel elements, have exceptional creep strength at 973 K. The superior creep property of 9Cr-ODS ferritic steels is ascribed to the formation of a nonequilibrium phase, designated as the residual ferrite. The yield strength of the residual ferrite itself has been determined to be as high as 1360 MPa at room temperature from nanoindentation measurements. The creep strength is also enhanced by minimizing the number of packet boundaries induced by the martensitic phase transformation. The creep strain occurs at a lower stress than that necessary for the deformation of the intragrain regions, which are strengthened by an interaction between nanosize oxide particles and dislocations; this occurs by sliding at weaker regions such as at the grain boundaries and packet boundaries. It is found that 9Cr-ODS ferritic steels behave as fiber composite materials comprising the harder residual ferrite and the softer tempered martensite.

  20. 46 CFR 54.25-10 - Low temperature operation-ferritic steels (replaces UCS-65 through UCS-67).

    2010-10-01

    ... VIII of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (incorporated by reference; see 46 CFR 54.01-1) and... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Low temperature operation-ferritic steels (replaces UCS....25-10 Low temperature operation—ferritic steels (replaces UCS-65 through UCS-67). (a) Scope. (1)...

  1. Hydrogen-induced defects in austenite and ferrite of a duplex steel.

    Głowacka, A; Swiatnicki, W A; Jezierska, E

    2006-09-01

    The influence of hydrogen on the microstructure of two types of austeno-ferritic duplex stainless steel (Cr26-Ni6 model steel and Cr22-Ni5-Mo3 commercial steel), each of them after two thermo-mechanical treatments, was investigated. The aim of this study was to reveal microstructural changes appearing during the hydrogen charging and particularly to clarify the occurrence of phase transformations induced by hydrogen. The specific microstructural changes in the ferrite (alpha) and austenite (gamma) of both types of steel were observed. A strong increase of dislocation density was noticed in the alpha phase. In the case of model steel, longer hydrogen charging times led to significant ferrite grain refinement. In the commercial steel, the strips and twin plates appeared in the ferrite after hydrogenation. The appearance of stacking faults was revealed in the gamma phase. The martensite laths appeared in austenite after longer hydrogenation times. It seems that the microstructural changes gave rise to the formation of microcracks in the alpha and gamma phases as well as on the alpha/gamma interphase boundaries. PMID:17059551

  2. Evaluation of the transformation mechanisms and mechanical properties of ferrite: martensite microalloyed steels

    Ovri Henry

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available The influence of starting point microstructures on the transformation mechanisms and mechanical properties of a micro alloyed steel after annealing in the alpha + gamma region have been investigated. Three different microstructures: austenite, pearlite in a ferrite matrix and martensite were used as starting point microstructures for the production of dual (alpha + phase structures in the test steel. Photomicrographs obtained from metallographic examination of the heat treated samples were used as criteria for the assessment of results obtained from impact toughness and hardness testing. The results obtained showed that the transformation mechanisms and hence the morphology of ferrite - martensite microalloyed steels are strongly influenced by their initial microstructural details. Ferrite - martensite structures produced via the intercritical quench (IQ treatment, with martensite as the starting point microstructure, have the best combination of hardness and impact energy.

  3. Ferrite morphology and residual phases in continuously cooled low carbon steels

    Although much research has been conducted on the isothermal transformation products of medium to high carbon hardenable steels, relatively little has been reported for transformation of low carbon structural steels under continuous cooling conditions. The trend towards reduced carbon levels (less than about 0.1 wt% C) has been driven by demands for formability and weldability, challenging steel designers to maintain strength by microalloying and/or thermomechanical controlled processing. Although control of the ferritic products formed in low carbon steels after hot rolling, normalising and welding is essential in order to ensure adequate strength and toughness, understanding of the microstructures formed on continuous cooling is still limited. In addition, transformation mechanisms remain controversial because of polarisation of researchers into groups championing diffusional and displacive theories for the transformation of austenite over a wide range of cooling rates. The present review compares and draws together the main ferrite classification schemes, and discusses some critical issues on kinetics and mechanisms, in an attempt to rationalise the effects of cooling rate, prior austenite structure and composition on the resulting ferrite structure and its mechanical properties. It is concluded that with increasing cooling rate the ferritic product becomes finer, more plate-like, more dislocated, more carbon supersaturated, more likely to be formed by a displacive mechanism, harder and stronger. Other conclusions are that: (i) 'bainitic ferrite', which is a pervasive form of ferrite in continuously cooled low carbon steels, is different from the conventional upper and lower bainites observed in higher carbon steels, insofar as the co-product 'phase' is typically martensite-austenite islands rather than cementite; and (ii) low carbon bainite rather than martensite is the dominant product at typical fast cooling rates (<500K/s) associated with commercial

  4. Elevated-Temperature Ferritic and Martensitic Steels and Their Application to Future Nuclear Reactors

    Klueh, RL

    2005-01-31

    In the 1970s, high-chromium (9-12% Cr) ferritic/martensitic steels became candidates for elevated-temperature applications in the core of fast reactors. Steels developed for conventional power plants, such as Sandvik HT9, a nominally Fe-12Cr-1Mo-0.5W-0.5Ni-0.25V-0.2C steel (composition in wt %), were considered in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Now, a new generation of fission reactors is in the planning stage, and ferritic, bainitic, and martensitic steels are again candidates for in-core and out-of-core applications. Since the 1970s, advances have been made in developing steels with 2-12% Cr for conventional power plants that are significant improvements over steels originally considered. This paper will review the development of the new steels to illustrate the advantages they offer for the new reactor concepts. Elevated-temperature mechanical properties will be emphasized. Effects of alloying additions on long-time thermal exposure with and without stress (creep) will be examined. Information on neutron radiation effects will be discussed as it applies to ferritic and martensitic steels.

  5. Ferrite and austenite phase identification in duplex stainless steel using SPM techniques

    Guo, L. Q.; Lin, M. C.; Qiao, L. J.; Volinsky, Alex A.

    2013-12-01

    It can be challenging to properly identify the phases in electro-polished duplex stainless steel using optical microscopy or other characterization techniques. This letter describes magnetic force microscopy to properly identify the phases in electropolished duplex stainless steel. The results are also confirmed with the current sensing atomic force and scanning Kelvin probe force microscopy. The difference in topography heights between the ferrite and austenite phases is attributed to the different etching rates during electropolishing, although these phases have different mechanical properties. The current in the austenite is much higher compared with the ferrite, thus current sensing atomic force microscopy can also be used to properly identify the phases.

  6. Evaluation of the material in creep-exposed critical 12Cr-1Mo-V ferritic steel components of the pressure section of power plant steam boilers

    Metallographic examinations were carried out on ferritic 12Cr-1Mo-V steel with tempered martensite structure after 68,000 - 145,000 hr service in creep conditions. Structural evolution related to the form of martensite, carbide precipitation and internal damage due to long-term action of thermally activated processes was discussed. A generalised scheme of structural evolution and progress of the internal damage was developed in correlation with the life exhaustion ratio. Principles of the classification for ferritic 12Cr-1Mo-V steel after long-term-service were proposed together with the method for evolution of the state of the material for the industrial practice. (author)

  7. Surface modification and deuterium retention in reduced activation ferritic martensitic steels exposed to low-energy, high flux D plasma and D2 gas

    Samples prepared from steels F82H and EUROFER97 were irradiated with 20 MeV W ions at 300 K to 0.54 displacements per atom at the damage peak. Damaged and undamaged samples were exposed at elevated temperatures both to deuterium plasma at ion energies of 60 and 200 eV to a fluence of ≈1026 D m−2 and to D2 gas at a pressure of 100 kPa. The surface modification after plasma exposure was examined by scanning electron microscopy and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy. Deuterium depth profiles were determined by the D(3He, p)4He nuclear reaction. In damaged steels loaded with deuterium, deuterium decorates the damage profile and the D concentration decreases with increasing temperature. After exposure of the F82H steel to the D plasma W-enriched near-surface layers are formed. The effective concentration of W in the near-surface steel layer depends on plasma exposure conditions. (paper)

  8. A study on low temperature transformation ferrite in ultra low carbon IF steels (I) - effects of manganese and annealing conditions

    An investigation was made to determine the effects of Mn content and annealing conditions on the formation of the low temperature transformation products in ultra low carbon interstitial free steels. With increasing the Mn content, yield and tensile strengths increased, but yield ratio decreased. The Mn was found to be effective to decrease the yield point elongation, causing continuous yielding in 3% Mn steel. Low temperature transformation ferrites such as quasi-polygonal ferrite, granular bainitic ferrite, and bainitic ferrite more easily formed with higher Mn content, higher annealing temperature, longer annealing time, and faster cooling rate. Polygonal ferrite grain was readily identified in the light microscope and was characterized by the polyhedral and equiaxed shape while quasi-polygonal ferrite showed the irregular changeful grain boundaries. It was found that both granular bainitic and bainitic ferrites revealed some etching evidence of substructures in the light microscope

  9. Performance Evaluation of Advanced Ferritic/Martensitic Steels for a SFR Fuel Cladding

    High-chromium(9-12 wt.%) ferritic/martensitic steels are currently being considered as candidate materials for cladding and duct applications in a Gen-IV SFR (sodium-cooled fast reactor) nuclear system because of their higher thermal conductivities and lower expansion coefficients as well as excellent irradiation resistance to void swelling when compared to austenite stainless steels. Since the operation condition in the design of Gen-IV SFR would be envisioned to be harsh from the viewpoints of temperature (≥600 .deg. C) and irradiation dose (≥200 dpa), the primary emphasis is on the fuel cladding materials, i.e. high-Cr ferritic/martensitic steels. The ferritic/martensitic steels for the fuel cladding are commonly used in a 'normalized and tempered' condition. This heat treatment involves a solutionizing treatment (austenitizing) that produces austenite and dissolves the M23C6 carbides and MX carbonitrides, followed by an air cooling that transforms the austenite to martensite. Precipitation sequence during a long-term creep exposure is strongly influenced by the distribution of those in the as heat treated condition of the steels. Their creep strength has been improved by their martensitic lath structure, the precipitation strengthening effects of M23C6 carbides and MX carbonitrides and the solid solution strengthening effects of Mo and W in the matrix. Especially, the precipitation strengthening effect of MX is important because its coarsening rate is small and a fine particle size is maintained for a long-term creep exposure. Z-phase formation from MX-type precipitates has been proposed as a degradation mechanism for a long-term creep regime. The ferritic/martensitic steels should need to improve their performance to be utilized in the high burn-up fuel cladding. For this purpose, KAERI has been developing advanced ferritic/martensitic steels since 2007. This study includes some performance evaluation results of the mechanical and microstructural

  10. Ferritic steels for sodium-cooled fast reactors: Design principles and challenges

    Raj, Baldev; Vijayalakshmi, M.

    2010-09-01

    An overview of the current status of development of ferritic steels for emerging fast reactor technologies is presented in this paper. The creep-resistant 9-12Cr ferritic/martensitic steels are classically known for steam generator applications. The excellent void swelling resistance of ferritic steels enabled the identification of their potential for core component applications of fast reactors. Since then, an extensive knowledge base has been generated by identifying the empirical correlations between chemistry of the steels, heat treatment, structure, and properties, in addition to their in-reactor behavior. A few concerns have also been identified which pertain to high-temperature irradiation creep, embrittlement, Type IV cracking in creep-loaded weldments, and hard zone formation in dissimilar joints. The origin of these problems and the methodologies to overcome the limitations are highlighted. Finally, the suitability of the ferritic steels is re-evaluated in the emerging scenario of the fast reactor technology, with a target of achieving better breeding ratio and improved thermal efficiency.

  11. Effect of δ-ferrite on the low cycle fatigue behavior of 12CrMoV steel

    The 12CrMoV steel subjected to high temperature will inevitably contain some δ-ferrite. The presence of δ-ferrite in this steel has been known to lead to discontinuites in the mechanical properties because of compositional differences and lack of cohesin between δ-ferrite and tempered martensite matrix. The strain controlled fatigue test was carried out to investigate the effect of δ-ferrite on the low cycle fatigue behavior of the 12CrMoV steel at room temperature. Two different microstructures, tempered martensite with and without δ-ferrite, were developed by heat treatment schedules. The tensile properties for the two different specimen conditions were very similar. The cyclic behavior was characterized by softening and the plastic strain range vs. the number of reversals plots obeyed the Manson-Coffin relationship. The fatigue crack propagation mode was a transgranular. However, the specimen with δ-ferrite had a longer fatigue life than that without δ-ferrite. Introduction of δ-ferrite resulted in the increase of cyclic strain hardening exponent and the more plastic work required to failure. The δ-ferrite had influence on the crack path as a soft obstacle, which resulted that the crack passed around δ-ferrite. An excess energy was required to propagate the crack and led locally to a decrease in crack growth rate. Therefore, the presence of δ-ferrite in tempered martensite increased the resistance to crack propagation and resulted in the increase in fatigue life

  12. Effects of Annealing Treatment Prior to Cold Rolling on Delayed Fracture Properties in Ferrite-Austenite Duplex Lightweight Steels

    Sohn, Seok Su; Song, Hyejin; Kim, Jung Gi; Kwak, Jai-Hyun; Kim, Hyoung Seop; Lee, Sunghak

    2016-02-01

    Tensile properties of recently developed automotive high-strength steels containing about 10 wt pct of Mn and Al are superior to other conventional steels, but the active commercialization has been postponed because they are often subjected to cracking during formation or to the delayed fracture after formation. Here, the delayed fracture behavior of a ferrite-austenite duplex lightweight steel whose microstructure was modified by a batch annealing treatment at 1023 K (750 °C) prior to cold rolling was examined by HCl immersion tests of cup specimens, and was compared with that of an unmodified steel. After the batch annealing, band structures were almost decomposed as strong textures of {100} α-fibers and {111} γ-fibers were considerably dissolved, while ferrite grains were refined. The steel cup specimen having this modified microstructure was not cracked when immersed in an HCl solution for 18 days, whereas the specimen having unmodified microstructure underwent the delayed fracture within 1 day. This time delayed fracture was more critically affected by difference in deformation characteristics such as martensitic transformation and deformation inhomogeneity induced from concentration of residual stress or plastic strain, rather than the difference in initial microstructures. The present work gives a promise for automotive applications requiring excellent mechanical and delayed fracture properties as well as reduced specific weight.

  13. Investigation on the irradiation damage behavior of a novelty oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel (ODS steel)

    A kind of Fe-Cr-W-Ti-Y2O3 ODS ferritic steel with low swelling and high strength properties has been developed and its behavior and characteristic of the irradiation damage have been systematically studied. Results of electron irradiation indicate that Y2O3 dispersed oxide particles were stable under these irradiation conditions. During irradiation, two kinds of dislocation loops with b=a-type and b=a/2-type were formed. At 673K the void swelling increased from 0.1% to 0.35% as with increasing of dose from 5 dpa to 17.5 dpa. In the irradiated region there were not significant concentration changes of the solute atoms such as Cr, W and Ti near grain boundary. (author)

  14. Application of Master Curve fracture toughness methodology for ferritic steels. Final report

    This report provides background information and technical arguments in support of using the Master Curve fracture toughness approach to provide an alternative definition of the existing reference temperature (RTNDT) and statistically-defined fracture toughness curve(s) for ferritic pressure vessel steels. The origin and bases of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Sections III and XI, lower bound fracture toughness curves using the RTNDT referencing approach, are reviewed and contrasted with the new Master Curve Method. The activities of a task group of the Pressure Vessel Research Council are described as they relate to possible recommendations for incorporating the Master Curve methodology into the ASME Code. EPRI is publishing this report to formally document the 1970s bases for the current ASME Code reference temperature approach and lower bound fracture toughness curves, and to present alternatives that use more relevant and advanced fracture mechanics approaches

  15. Radiation damage in ferritic/martensitic steels for fusion reactors: a simulation point of view

    Schäublin, R.; Baluc, N.

    2007-12-01

    Low activation ferritic/martensitic steels are good candidates for the future fusion reactors, for, relative to austenitic steels, their lower damage accumulation and moderate swelling under irradiation by the 14 MeV neutrons produced by the fusion reaction. Irradiation of these steels, e.g. EUROFER97, is known to produce hardening, loss of ductility, shift in ductile to brittle transition temperature and a reduction of fracture toughness and creep resistance starting at the lowest doses. Helium, produced by transmutation by the 14 MeV neutrons, is known to impact mechanical properties, but its effect at the microstructure level is still unclear. The mechanisms underlying the degradation of mechanical properties are not well understood, despite numerous studies on the evolution of the microstructure under irradiation. This impedes our ability to predict materials' behaviour at higher doses for use in the future fusion reactors. Simulations of these effects are now essential. An overview is presented on molecular dynamics simulations of the primary state of damage in iron and of the mobility of a dislocation, vector of plasticity, in the presence of a defect.

  16. Creep and creep rupture behaviour of 650 C ferritic/martensitic super heat resistant steels

    The investigations of high-temperature creep properties of advanced ferritic/martensitic steels for 650 C power plant components focus on the chemical composition as well as on the heat treatment conditions. First experiments on various modifications of the 9% Cr model piping steel P92 demonstrate a negative influence of 12% Cr, 5% Co and low tempering conditions on the creep rupture strength up to 104 h operating time. Low tempering conditions promote the precipitation of the modified Z-phase Cr(V, Nb) N during creep. This phase was recently identified as a major cause for premature breakdown in creep strength of some 9-12% Cr martensitic steels. The aim ''650 C/100 MPa/100 000 h'' in creep life was not achieved in this investigation so far. The effect of boron on the improvement of creep behaviour depends on the interaction of chemical composition and heat treatment. Further activities focus on the stabilization of M23C6, a fine distribution of VN and measures for avoidance of Z-phase. (orig.)

  17. Corrosion resistance of modern austenitic-ferritic (duplex) stainless steel. Corrosion of special types. (Review)

    Recent data on resistance of modern corrosion-resistant austenitic-ferritic steels to different types of corrosion are generalized. It is shown that these steels are characterized by high resistance to general corrosion in acid, alkali, chloride and other solutions, are not inclined to intercrystalline, pitting and crevice corrosion and are noted for high resistance to corrosion cracking and corrosion fatigue. All this is combined with technological and economical effectiveness. It is advisible to use these steels instead of highly-alloyed and expensive steels and alloys in chemical, power and other industries. 59 refs.; 2 tabs

  18. Helium effects on neutron-irradiated Cr-Mo ferritic steels: A review of recent results

    Large amounts of transmutation helium will be produced in the first wall of a fusion reactor by the high-energy neutrons from the fusion reaction. Since no fusion reactor is available, the effect of simultaneous helium production and displacement damage from neutron irradiation must be simulated. One method that has been used in ferritic steels is to add nickel to the steels and irradiate them in a mixed-spectrum reactor. In such reactors, the fast neutrons produce displacement damage, while helium is produced by a two-step reaction of 58Ni with thermal neutrons. This technique has been used to investigate the effect of helium on swelling, tensile properties, impact properties, and elevated-temperature embrittlement. Results indicate that helium accelerates swelling and affects tensile and impact properties of Cr-Mo ferritic steels below /approximately/450/degree/C. However, these steels are highly resistant to elevated-temperature helium embrittlement. 44 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs

  19. Effect of the delta ferrite solidification morphology of austenitic steels weld metal on the joint properties

    The properties of austenitic stainless steel weld metals are largely influenced by the appearance in the microstructure of delta ferrite of a given morphology. The susceptibility to hot cracks and low temperature toughness are deeply conditioned by the mixed complex austenitic-ferritic structures which depending on the steel chemical composition and on the cooling rate may be developed. The latest research on this issue points out the importance of the sodification mode as regards to the influence in the appearance of delta ferrite of a certain morphology. In fact, it is very important to understand the solidification sequences, the primary solidification modes which are possible and the subsequent solid state transformations to correlate the structural elements of the weld metal with the parameters of the welding process on the one had, and the weld joint properties on the other. (Author) 19 refs

  20. Evaluation of the transformation mechanisms and mechanical properties of ferrite: martensite microalloyed steels

    Ovri Henry; Kamma Celestine Monde

    2008-01-01

    The influence of starting point microstructures on the transformation mechanisms and mechanical properties of a micro alloyed steel after annealing in the alpha + gamma region have been investigated. Three different microstructures: austenite, pearlite in a ferrite matrix and martensite were used as starting point microstructures for the production of dual (alpha + ) phase structures in the test steel. Photomicrographs obtained from metallographic examination of the heat treated samples were ...

  1. Radiation-induced Ostwald ripening in oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels irradiated at high ion dose

    Lescoat, Marie-Laure; Chen, Y.; Marquis E., A.; Bordas, Eric; Trocellier, Patrick; Serruys, Yves; Gentils, Aurélie; Kaitasov, Odile; De Carlan, Yann; Legris, Alexandre

    2014-01-01

    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels are considered promising candidates as cladding tubes for Generation IV nuclear reactors. In such reactors, irradiation damage can reach more than 150 dpa at temperatures ranging from 400 to 650 degrees C. Thus nanopartide stability has to be guaranteed in order to ensure that these materials possess excellent creep properties. Using Fe ions, ODS steels were irradiated at 500 degrees C up to 150 dpa. At this temperature the nano-oxide popula...

  2. Microstructure And Mechanical Properties Of Crofer 22 APU Ferritic Stainless Steel

    Stygar M.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The objective of this work was to expand the knowledge on mechanical properties of the oxidized Crofer 22 APU Ferritic Stainless Steel. To examine adhesion of oxide scale formed on steel the scratch test was performed. Scratch test as an appropriate method for qualitative evaluation of the film adhesion to substrate has been used in many studies. Scratch properties were investigated before and after oxidation at 800°C for 500 hours in laboratory air.

  3. Effect of Mn Addition on Microstructural Modification and Cracking Behavior of Ferritic Light-Weight Steels

    Sohn, Seok Su; Lee, Byeong-Joo; Lee, Sunghak; Kwak, Jai-Hyun

    2014-11-01

    In the present study, effects of Mn addition on cracking phenomenon occurring during cold rolling of ferritic light-weight steels were clarified in relation to microstructural modification involving κ-carbide, austenite, and martensite. Four steels were fabricated by varying Mn contents of 3 to 12 wt pct, and edge areas of steel sheets containing 6 to 9 wt pct Mn were cracked during the cold rolling. The steels were basically composed of ferrite and austenite in a band shape, but a considerable amount of κ-carbide or martensite existed in the steels containing 3 to 6 wt pct Mn. Microstructural observation of the deformed region of fractured tensile specimens revealed that cracks which were initiated at ferrite/martensite interfacial κ-carbides readily propagated along ferrite/martensite interfaces or into martensite areas in the steel containing 6 wt pct Mn, thereby leading to the center or edge cracking during the cold rolling. In the steel containing 9 wt pct Mn, edge cracks were found in the final stage of cold rolling because of the formation of martensite by the strain-induced austenite to martensite transformation, whereas they were hardly formed in the steel containing 12 wt pct Mn. To prevent or minimize the cracking, it was recommended that the formation of martensite during the cooling from the hot rolling temperature or during the cold rolling should be suppressed, which could be achieved by the enhancement of thermal or mechanical stability of austenite with decreasing austenite grain size or increasing contents of austenite stabilizers.

  4. Experimental study on ferritic stainless steel simply supported and continuous beams

    Arrayago Luquin, Itsaso; Real Saladrigas, Esther

    2015-01-01

    Development of efficient design guidance for stainless steel structures is key for the increased use of this corrosion-resistant material by considering both nonlinear behaviour and strain hardening into resistance prediction expressions, together with the moment redistribution in indeterminate structures. With the aim of analysing the bending moment redistribution capacity of ferritic stainless steel beams, a comprehensive experimental programme on continuous beams is presented. These tests ...

  5. Tests on ferritic stainless steel simply supported and continuous SHS and RHS beams

    Arrayago Luquin, Itsaso; Real Saladrigas, Esther; Mirambell Arrizabalaga, Enrique

    2015-01-01

    Development of efficient design guidance for stainless steel structures is key for the spreading of this corrosion-resistant material by considering both nonlinear behavior and strain hardening into predicting expressions, together with allowing the consideration of moment redistribution in indeterminate structures. With the aim of analyzing the bending moment redistribution capacity in ferritic stainless steel beams (RHS and SHS), an experimental programme is presented. The tests contribute ...

  6. Microstructure And Mechanical Properties Of Crofer 22 APU Ferritic Stainless Steel

    Stygar M.; Durda E.

    2015-01-01

    The objective of this work was to expand the knowledge on mechanical properties of the oxidized Crofer 22 APU Ferritic Stainless Steel. To examine adhesion of oxide scale formed on steel the scratch test was performed. Scratch test as an appropriate method for qualitative evaluation of the film adhesion to substrate has been used in many studies. Scratch properties were investigated before and after oxidation at 800°C for 500 hours in laboratory air.

  7. The welding of austenitic-ferritic Mo-alloyed Cr-Ni-Steel

    This paper provides general information and guidance on the welding of austenitic-ferritic Mo-alloyed Cr-Ni stainless steel. Information is given on the various chemical compositions and on resistance to corrosion and on the mechanical and physical properties of commercially available steels. The effect of welding on the base metal and the selection of welding processes and welding consumables are described

  8. Nondestructive evaluation for remanent life of aged 12Cr ferrite heat resisting steel by reversible permeability

    We present a magnetic and nondestructive method to evaluate the remanent life of advanced ferritic steel using the value of reversible permeability. The method to measure reversible permeability is based on the theory that the value of reversible permeability is the same differential of the hysteresis loop. The measurement principle is based on the foundation of harmonics voltage induced in a sensing coil using a lock-in amplifier tuned to the frequency of the exciting one. Results obtained for reversible permeability, Vickers hardness, and tensile strength on the aged samples show that the peak interval of reversible permeability, Vickers hardness and tensile strength decrease as aging time increases. We could estimate the remanent life of advanced ferritic steel by using the relationship between the peak interval of reversible permeability and the Larson–Miller parameter, non-destructively. - Highlights: ► Magnetic, nondestructive evaluation method of remanent life of 12Cr ferritic steel is presented. ► Peak interval of reversible permeability decreases with the increase of aging time. ► Mechanical properties decrease with the increase of aging time. ► Magnetic and mechanical properties are decreased with increase of Larson–Miller parameter. ► Reversible permeability is nondestructively used to estimate remanent life of 12Cr ferrite steel.

  9. Characteristics of microstructural evolution during deformation-enhanced ferrite transformation in Nb-microalloyed HSLA steel

    Guoan Chen; Wangyue Yang; Shouzhen Guo; Zuqing Sun

    2007-01-01

    Microstructure evolution during deformation of undercooled austenite at 760 ℃ was investigated in Nb-microalloyed steel by using SEM (scanning electron microscope),TEM (transmission electron microscope),and EBSD (electron backscattered diffraction).It is indicated that during deformation-enhanced ferrite transformation (DEFT) in Nb-microalloyed steel,the incubation period is prolonged,and the higher strain is needed to accomplish ferrite transformation.Therefore,the transformation kinetics curves move to high strain parallelly; and the transformation kinetics curves of Nb-microalloyed steel can be divided into three stages.At the first stage,the solute drag effect of Nb and the consumption of strain energy for the dynamic precipitation of Nb(CN) led to a long incubation period,and at the second stage,ferrite transformation was accelerated significantly and fine Nb(CN) precipitates restrict the grain growth of ferrite effectively.The results also showed that DEFT in Nb-microalloyed steel is still a nucleation dominated process,and during the microstructure evolution the interchange of and texture was obtained.

  10. Effect of hardness of martensite and ferrite on void formation in dual phase steel

    Azuma, M.; Goutianos, Stergios; Hansen, Niels;

    2012-01-01

    The influence of the hardness of martensite and ferrite phases in dual phase steel on void formation has been investigated by in situ tensile loading in a scanning electron microscope. Microstructural observations have shown that most voids form in martensite by evolving four steps: plastic defor...

  11. Modeling of Ni Diffusion Induced Austenite Formation in Ferritic Stainless Steel Interconnects

    Chen, Ming; Molin, Sebastian; Zhang, L.;

    2015-01-01

    Ferritic stainless steel interconnect plates are widely used in planar solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) or electrolysis cell (SOEC) stacks. During stack production and operation, nickel from the Ni/YSZ fuel electrode or from the Ni contact component diffuses into the IC plate, causing transformation of...

  12. Constraint Effects at Brittle Fracture Initiation in a Cast Ferritic Steel

    Dlouhý, Ivo; Chlup, Zdeněk; Kozák, Vladislav

    č. 71 (2004), s. 873-883. ISSN 0013-7944 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA2041003 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : Cast ferritic steel * transition behaviour * fracture toughness Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 1.299, year: 2004 www.sciencedirect.com

  13. Influence of flowing sodium on the creep properties of ferritic steel R8 (EM 12)

    Uniaxial creep rupture tests have been performed on the ferritic steel R8 (type EM12) both in vacuum and in flowing sodium. The effect of sodium exposure on the creep parameters is discussed in terms of the structural and chemical changes observed. The role played by non-metallic and metallic impurities is treated in more detail. (orig.)

  14. Influence of delta ferrite on mechanical and creep properties of steel P92

    Mohyla, Petr [VSB - Technical Univ. of Ostrava (Czech Republic). Faculty of Mechanical Engineering; Kubon, Zdenek [Material and Metallurgical Research Ltd., Ostrava (Czech Republic)

    2010-07-01

    This article presents some new results obtained during research of chromium modified steel P92. This steel is considered the best modified 9-12% Cr steel for the construction of modern power plants with ultra-super-critical steam parameters. High creep rupture strength of steel P92 is characterized by its chemical composition and by microstructure as well. Optimal microstructure of steel P92 is ideally composed of homogeneous martensite and fine dispersion of secondary particles. During the research program one P92 heat with an occurrence of about 20% delta ferrite was produced. The article describes the microstructure of the heat in various modes of heat treatment, as well as the results of mechanical properties tests at room temperature and also creep test results. The results are confronted with properties of other heats that have no delta ferrite. The relevance is on the significant difference while comparing of creep test results. The comparison of results brings conclusions, defining influence of delta ferrite on mechanical and creep properties of P92 steel. (orig.)

  15. The relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties of ferritic chromium steel weldments

    Mayr, Peter; Cerjak, Horst [Graz Univ. of Technology (Austria); Toda, Yoshiaki; Hara, Toru; Abe, Fujio [National Institute for Materials Science (Japan)

    2008-07-01

    Welding as the major joining and repair technology for steels in thermal power plants has a significant influence on the steels microstructure and, therefore, on its properties. Heat-resistant martensitic 9-12% chromium steels show an affinity to the retention of delta ferrite in the heat-affected zone of their weldments. This is related to their high level of ferrite stabilizing alloying elements such as Cr, W or Mo. Retained delta ferrite in martensitic steel grades has a significant negative influence on creep strength, fatigue strength, toughness and oxidation resistance. In the long-term range of creep exposure, many weldments of martensitic heatresistant steels fail by Type IV cracking in the fine-grained region of the heat-affected zone. In this work, the formation of the heat-affected zone microstructures in martensitic chromium steels is studied by in-situ X-ray diffraction using synchrotron radiation, optical microscopy as well as most advanced electron microscopical methods. The observed microstructure is directly linked to the mechanical properties, i.e. ductility, toughness and creep strength. Characteristic failure modes are discussed in detail. (orig.)

  16. Hydrogen embrittlement of ferritic steels: Observations on deformation microstructure, nanoscale dimples and failure by nanovoiding

    While hydrogen embrittlement of ferritic steels has been a subject of significant research, one of the major challenges in tackling hydrogen embrittlement is that the mechanism of embrittlement is not fully resolved. This paper reports new observations and interpretation of fracture surface features and deformation microstructures underneath the fracture surface, providing a mechanistic view of failure catalyzed by hydrogen. Linepipe grade ferritic steels were tested in air with electrochemically pre-charged hydrogen and in high-pressure H2 gas. The fracture surface features were studied and compared using high-resolution surface-sensitive scanning electron microscopy, and the deformation microstructures just beneath the fracture surfaces were studied using transmission electron microscopy. Significant dislocation plasticity was observed just beneath both ductile and quasi-brittle fracture surfaces. Further, the dislocation activity just beneath the fracture surfaces was largely comparable with those observed in samples tested without hydrogen. Evidence for hydrogen-enhanced plastic flow localization and shear softening on the sub-micron scale was observed very near the final fracture surface (<2 μm) in the tensile samples. The quasi-brittle fracture surfaces were found to be covered with nanoscale dimples 5–20 nm wide and 1–5 nm deep. Based on analyses of conjugate fracture surfaces, most of the nanodimples appear to be “valley-on-valley” type, rather than “mound-on-valley” type, indicating nanovoid nucleation and growth in the plastically flowing medium prior to ultimate failure. Based on these observations, an alternative scenario of plasticity-generated, hydrogen-stabilized vacancy damage accumulation and nanovoid coalescence as the failure pathway for hydrogen embrittlement is proposed.

  17. Overlaying of type 316 austenitic stainless steel with type 430 ferritic stainless steel

    Overlaying of type 316 austenitic stainless steel vessel with type 430 ferritic stainless is proposed for liquid magnesium service. The interface in this type of bimetallic configuration has been shown to be a cause for concern as it contains a hard and brittle martensite micro constituent which becomes susceptible to cracking under certain conditions. This study was carried out to standardize the welding conditions and characterise the interface in order to obtain sound overlay. Some tests were also conducted to simulate the elevated temperature service. The investigation has shown that the interface hardness approaches 400 VPN when no preheating is employed. However, in the preheated samples, appreciable reduction in the peak hardness was observed. This has been attributed to a decrease in the cooling rate of the clad metal with an increase in the preheating temperature which results in softening of the martensite. The minimum recommended preheat is 473 K. The samples exposed to thermal cycle tests to a peak temperature of 1223 K to simulate the service condition did not show any cracking at the interface after 20 cycles of testing. Therefore, this study has demonstrated the stability of the interface between type 316 and 430 stainless steels at the intended temperature of service. (author)

  18. Studies on oxidation and deuterium permeation behavior of a low temperature α-Al2O3-forming Fesbnd Crsbnd Al ferritic steel

    Xu, Yu-Ping; Zhao, Si-Xiang; Liu, Feng; Li, Xiao-Chun; Zhao, Ming-Zhong; Wang, Jing; Lu, Tao; Hong, Suk-Ho; Zhou, Hai-Shan; Luo, Guang-Nan

    2016-08-01

    To evaluate the capability of Fesbnd Crsbnd Al ferritic steels as tritium permeation barrier in fusion systems, the oxidation behavior together with the permeation behavior of a Fesbnd Crsbnd Al steel was investigated. Gas driven permeation experiments were performed. The permeability of the oxidized Fesbnd Crsbnd Al steel was obtained and a reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel CLF-1 was used as a comparison. In order to characterize the oxide layer, SEM, XPS, TEM, HRTEM were used. Al2O3 was detected in the oxide film by XPS, and HRTEM showed that Al2O3 in the α phase was found. The formation of α-Al2O3 layer at a relatively low temperature may result from the formation of Cr2O3 nuclei.

  19. Epitaxial growth of zinc on ferritic steel under high current density electroplating conditions

    Highlights: •EBSD of electroplated Zn on Fe or steel was performed. •Zn grows epitaxially on electropolished ferritic steel following Burger's orientation relation. •Surface deformation of steel leads to multiple electroplated zinc grains with random orientation. •Zn grows epitaxially even on industrial surfaces with little surface deformation. •Multiple zinc grains on one steel grain can show identical orientation relations. -- Abstract: The dependence of the crystal orientation of electrodeposited zinc of the grain orientation on ferritic steel substrate at high current density deposition (400 mA cm−2) during a pulse-plating process was investigated by means of EBSD (electron backscatter diffraction) measurements. EBSD-mappings of surface and cross-sections were performed on samples with different surface preparations. Furthermore an industrial sample was investigated to compare lab-coated samples with the industrial process. The epitaxial growth of zinc is mainly dependent on the condition of the steel grains. Deformation of steel grains leads to random orientation while zinc grows epitaxially on non-deformed steel grains even on industrial surfaces

  20. Microstructure and mechanical properties of heat-resistant 12% Cr ferritic-martensitic steel EK-181 after thermomechanical treatment

    Polekhina, N. A.; Litovchenko, I. Yu.; Tyumentsev, A. N.; Astafurova, E. G.; Chernov, V. M.; Leontyeva-Smirnova, M. V.

    2015-10-01

    The effect of high-temperature thermomechanical treatment (TMT) with the deformation in the austenitic region on the features of microstructure, phase transformations and mechanical properties of low-activation 12% Cr ferritic-martensitic steel EK-181 is investigated. It is established, that directly after thermomechanical treatment (without tempering) the sizes and density of V(CN) particles are comparable with those after a traditional heat treatment (air quenching and tempering at 720°C, 3 h), where these particles are formed only during tempering. It causes the increasing of the yield strength of the steel up to ≈1450 MPa at room temperature and up to ≈430 MPa at the test temperature T = 650°C. The potential of microstructure modification by this treatment aimed at improving heat resistance of steel is discussed.

  1. Corrosion of various ferritic steels in an isothermal sodium loop system

    Ferritic chromium-molybdenum steels with chromium contens of 1 wt% up to 12 wt% have been exposed for 8370 h to flowing sodium at 5500C. The oxygen content of the sodium was 6-7 ppm by weight. Weight measurements, carbon analyses and metallographic examinations were carried out. The low chromium steels show weight loss and decarburisation. The high chromium steels show weight gain and carburisation. The crossover point is at about 5 wt% Cr. The composition at the utmost surface (< 10 μm) of the various steels tend to about 8 wt% chromium, about 2 wt% nickel and 0.02-0.09 wt% carbon. Sodium chromite crystals were present on the steels with a chromium content of 5 wt% or more. At the exposed surface of the 21/4 wt% chromium steel sodium chromite crystals were found locally. (orig.)

  2. Hydrogen embrittlement of the 22 Cr5 Ni austeno-ferritic stainless steel. Role of the microstructure

    Austenitic-ferritic stainless steels are characterised by very good mechanical properties and by a high corrosion resistance, especially to stress-corrosion and to pitting. However, their duplex structure shows a sensitivity to hydrogen embrittlement. Among duplex stainless steels, the 22 Cr 5 Ni grade has gradually became the most used. In this work the tensile properties and the resistance to fatigue crack propagation of 22 Cr5 Ni duplex stainless steel have been analysed, with and without hydrogen charging, after it had been treated at temperatures ranging between 200-1050 deg. C for varying times. The heat treatment times and temperatures were chosen to characterise completely the effects of the different intermetallic and the carbide and nitride phases and to compare these results with those from the tensile tests and those in the literature. A technique for obtaining the hydrogen diffusion coefficient in the steel was optimised and was shown to be alternative to the permeation technique. Thermal analysis was used to determine the activation energy of the hydrogen traps in the steel. From the results the following conclusions were established: - Grain boundaries and dislocations have very little influence on the process of hydrogen diffusion. - The quantity of hydrogen absorbed depends in that any type of precipitate decrease the absorption. This decrease was probably due to changes in the diffusivity and solubility of hydrogen caused by the precipitation. - The charging with hydrogen caused a large decrease in εm pc for the steel for all heat treatments temperature, except 1050 deg. C. At this temperature the effect was much less as the dislocation density was very low and the precipitates were now in solution. - Hydrogen charging of the steel did not affect the YS and the decrease in UTS produced depended on the microstructure. Use of the embrittlement index 'F' showed that spinodal decomposition and precipitation of G phase decrease hydrogen embrittlement

  3. Substrate integrated ferrite phase shifters and active frequency selective surfaces

    Cahill, B M

    2002-01-01

    There are two distinct parts to this thesis; the first investigates the use of ferrite tiles in the construction of printed phase shifting transmission lines, culminating in the design of two compact electromagnetic controlled beam steered patch and slot antenna arrays. The second part investigates the use of active frequency selective surfaces (AFSS), which are later used to cover a uPVC constructed enclosure. Field intensity measurements are taken from within the enclosure to determine the dynamic screening effectiveness. Trans Tech G-350 Ferrite is investigated to determine its application in printed microstrip and stripline phase shifting transmission lines. 50-Ohm transmission lines are constructed using the ferrite tile and interfaced to Rogers RT Duroid 5870 substrate. Scattering parameter measurements are made under the application of variable magnetic fields to the ferrite. Later, two types of planar microwave beam steering antennas are constructed. The first uses the ferrites integrated into the Dur...

  4. INVESTIGATION ON THE ASSESSMENT OF THE ANEALING EVALUATION OF THE 430E FERRITIC STAINLESS STEEL

    Alessandra Cunha Ferreira

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Ferritic stainless steels may require good stamping properties. In order to achieve the best performance it is necessary to know its texture behavior during hot and cold processing. The present work, investigated the microstructural evolution of niobium-stabilized ferritic stainless annealed steel after 80% thickness reduction. Samples were taken from work hardened condition and isochronous annealed at the temperature range of 400°C to 1000°C. The recrystallized volume fraction has been reported as the softened fraction measured by Vickers microhardness in each temperature. Data analysis was also supported electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD. Results show that the crystallization begins at 700°C for a soaking time of 900s. At about 750°C the steel is fully recrystallized and having grain size of 8,5 µm.

  5. Effects of chromium content and sodium velocity on the compatibility of high-Cr ferritic steels in a sodium environment

    To obtain fundamental data on the compatibility of high-chromium ferritic steels in sodium, high-purity Fe-0.1C-1Mo-5, 9 or 13Cr ferritic steels were prepared by vacuum melting. Test specimens of these steels which were normalized and tempered and a reference type 316 stainless steel (316 ss) were exposed to two sodium-velocity regions for periods up to 10.8 Ms in a sodium loop system which had a direct resistance main heater and was made of SUS 316. The test temperature, the maximum temperature, of the loop system in this work was 873 K, the oxygen content of sodium was 1 - 2 ppm, and the sodium velocities were about 4.0 and 0.02 m/s. The specimens exposed to the high sodium-velocity region revealed that corrosion loss at a zero downstream position of the three kinds of ferritic steels was smaller than that of the reference 316 ss ; about one fifth for the 5 and 9 %Cr steels and one half for the 13 %Cr steel. The surface analysis showed deposition of Ni that dissolved at upstream for all the ferritic steels, deposition of Cr for the 5 %Cr steel, and selective dissolution of Cr for the 9 and 13 %Cr steels. The ferritic steels without Ni and with less amounts of Cr than the reference 316 ss would result in their smaller corrosion loss than the 316 ss. Transfer of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen was not remarkable, except the carburization of the 5 %Cr steel. The specimens of the three kinds of ferritic steels which were exposed to the low sodium-velocity region revealed much smaller corrosion loss than that in the high velocity region, deposition of both Ni and Cr, and no transfer of carbon, nitrogen and oxygen except for slight carburization of the 13 %Cr steel. (author)

  6. Influence of Ferrite Content on Fatigue Strength of Quenched and Tempered 42CrMoS4 Steel

    Hanno, Mithaq Elias

    2012-01-01

    Specimens of steel 42CrMoS4 were quenched from the austenite (γ) and the ferrite (α) + austenite + cementite phase fields to produce fully martensitic matrices with 0 – 14 % ferrite dispersed in the matrix. After tempering at 300°C or 600°C mechanical and fatigue properties were determined. As expected yield strength, tensile strength and hardness decreased with increased tempering temperature and ferrite content. Quite unexpected, the fatigue properties were mildly affected. A small amount o...

  7. Structure and properties of hot rolled corrosion-resistant ferritic sheet steel

    Steels K18, Kh18T, Kh25 and Kh25T are investigated with the aim to reveal and optimize the processing parameters determining the structure formation and providing the needed resistance to brittle fracture in ferritic stainless steels. It is stated that the temperature and the deformation degree during final hot rolling passes play a decisive role. A decrease of rolling temperature below 800 deg C and an increase of degree of reduction result in the formation of recrystallized structure in a sheet central zone. This structure ensures sufficient plasticity and toughness, makes further processing easier and enhances mechanical properties of steels

  8. The effect of porosity on the austenite to ferrite transformation in powder metallurgy steels

    Research highlights: → Presence of porosity in samples reduces overall stability of austenite phase. → Nucleation rate of ferrite increases with increase in porosity in the samples. → Measurements showed reduction in incubation time with increasing porosity. → Avrami exponent, n, found to be independent of temperature and pore fraction. → Avrami constant, b(T), found to be dependent on porosity. - Abstract: The effect of porosity on the kinetics of the austenite to ferrite isothermal transformation in powder metallurgy steels was characterized using high-speed quench dilatometery. The measurements reveal that the presence of porosity in these steels reduces the stability of austenite and hence shortens the incubation time of the transformation. An Avrami-type equation was fitted to the measured data in order to quantify the effect of porosity on the Avrami constants. In addition, samples with varying levels of porosity were interruptedly quenched after holding them at 650 deg. C for 900 s. Quantitative microscopic measurements performed on these samples showed an increase in the number and a decrease in the average diameter of the ferrite grains with increasing porosity. It is hypothesized that pores in powder metallurgy steels increase the rate of nucleation of ferrite from austenite by providing high diffusivity paths for carbon atoms that help accelerate their partitioning during the transformation.

  9. Nature of anisotropy of impact toughness of structural steels with ferrite-pearlite structure

    Goritskii, V. M.; Shneyderov, G. R.; Lushkin, M. A.

    2013-10-01

    The anisotropy of the impact toughness of low-alloy steels of various compositions and purities with a ferrite-pearlite structure has been investigated using samples of type 11 according to the Russian Standard GOST 9454-78. It has been established that the anisotropy coefficient of the impact toughness depends on the anisotropy coefficient of the work of crack propagation and is independent of the degree of striation of the ferrite-pearlite structure and the work for nucleation of the ductile crack.

  10. In situ microstructure evolution of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel under uniaxial deformation

    The microstructure and texture evolution of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel during stepwise uniaxial tensile deformation were observed by high-resolution electron backscattered diffraction with a newly designed deformation device. The rotation behavior of individual ferrite grains as well as overall preferred orientation were traced and analyzed. The tendency describes that the grains rotate towards the stable orientation of 〈1 0 0〉//ND and 〈1 1 1〉//ND. The degree of rotation was dependent on their initial orientation. Vickers hardness test and transmission electron microscope analysis were performed before and after uniaxial tensile deformation to correlate the microstructure with its mechanical properties.

  11. Dissolutions of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels in various nitric acid solutions. Martensitic 9Cr-ODS steels

    Corrosion resistance of fuel pin cladding tube materials is one of the most important properties to design advanced aqueous reprocessing process. The martensitic oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel, named as '9Cr-ODS' steel, is the primary candidate material for high burnup fuel pin cladding tube in fast reactor cycle system. Because 9Cr-ODS steel contains lower chromium than stainless steels, oxidizing species such as high nitric acid concentrations and metallic ions need to reduce its corrosion rate. In nitric acid medium in contact with 9Cr-ODS steel, both nitric acid and metallic ions concentrations gradually change and stabilize protective passive layer effectively in rotary drum type continuous dissolvers. (author)

  12. Mechanical and microstructural behaviour of isothermally and thermally fatigued ferritic/martensitic steels

    Isothermal low cycle fatigue (LCF) and thermal low cycle fatigue results in the temperature range between room temperature and 823 K of the quenched and tempered reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels F82H mod. and EUROFER 97 are reported. Under these test conditions both steels show, after the first few cycles and for both types of tests, a pronounced cyclic softening up to failure. The softening during LCF tests described by a simple empirical relationship is dependent on temperature but independent of the total strain amplitude of the tests. From the analysis of the hysteresis loops and corroborated by electron microscopy observations it can be concluded that the cyclic softening is produced by the softening observed in the internal stress as a consequence of the evolution of the microstructure. During cycling, the martensitic lath structure with high dislocation density and carbides along the lath interfaces evolves to a softer dislocation subgrain structure. This conclusion could be correlated with transmission electron microscopy observations

  13. Fatigue behavior of plain C–Mn steel plates with fine grained ferrite in surface layers

    Highlights: ► Grain refinement can improve effectively the fatigue properties of C–Mn steel plates. ► The area of fatigue striations in plate with fine grained ferrite is less than that with coarse grained ferrite. ► The ferrite grain refinement in the surface layers of the steel plates can hold back or postpone the formation of surface fatigue cracks. ► The banding pearlite can promote the formation and extension of the secondary cracks. - Abstract: The effect of fine-grained surface layers on the fatigue behavior of plain C–Mn steel plates is investigated. The plain C–Mn steel plates have been manufactured by a special thermo-mechanical controlled process (TMCP). For plates rolled by the special TMCP (designated special plates), the ferrite grain size approaches 5.5 μm in the surface layers and reaches 6.5 μm on average in the whole thickness of the plates, while for usually rolled plates (designated usual plates), the grain size is 15 μm on average in the whole thickness of the plates, without obvious difference between surface and central layers. Significant improvements of fatigue properties have been achieved by the ferrite grain refinement. Under the similar stress condition, the fatigue lifetime of the special plate is more than 10 times as long as that of the usual plate, and the first stage of fatigue crack propagation can be prolonged. With a similar lifetime of the usual plate under a load ratio R (σmin/σmax) approaching zero, the special plate can sustain a load 40 MPa higher than that of the usual plate. Furthermore, fatigue fractographs have been observed and analyzed by a scanning electron microscope (SEM).

  14. SPEED DEPENDENCE OF ACOUSTIC VIBRATION PROPAGATION FROM THE FERRITIC GRAIN SIZE IN LOW-CARBON STEEL

    I. A. Vakulenko

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. It is determining the nature of the ferrite grain size influence of low-carbon alloy steel on the speed propagation of acoustic vibrations. Methodology. The material for the research served a steel sheet of thickness 1.4 mm. Steel type H18T1 had a content of chemical elements within grade composition: 0, 12 % C, 17, 5 % Cr, 1 % Mn, 1, 1 % Ni, 0, 85 % Si, 0, 9 % Ti. The specified steel belongs to the semiferritic class of the accepted classification. The structural state of the metal for the study was obtained by cold plastic deformation by rolling at a reduction in the size range of 20-30 % and subsequent recrystallization annealing at 740 – 750 ° C. Different degrees of cold plastic deformation was obtained by pre-selection of the initial strip thickness so that after a desired amount of rolling reduction receives the same final thickness. The microstructure was observed under a light microscope, the ferrite grain size was determined using a quantitative metallographic technique. The using of X-ray structural analysis techniques allowed determining the level of second-order distortion of the crystal latitude of the ferrite. The speed propagation of acoustic vibrations was measured using a special device such as an ISP-12 with a working frequency of pulses 1.024 kHz. As the characteristic of strength used the hardness was evaluated by the Brinell’s method. Findings. With increasing of ferrite grain size the hardness of the steel is reduced. In the case of constant structural state of metal, reducing the size of the ferrite grains is accompanied by a natural increasing of the phase distortion. The dependence of the speed propagation of acoustic vibrations up and down the rolling direction of the ferrite grain size remained unchanged and reports directly proportional correlation. Originality. On the basis of studies to determine the direct impact of the proportional nature of the ferrite grain size on the rate of propagation of sound

  15. Cracking of ferritic stainless steel tubes during production process

    Majtás, Dušan; Kreislová, K.; Viani, Alberto; Pérez-Estébanez, Marta; Geiplová, H.

    Ostrava: TANGER, 2015, s. 768-772. ISBN 978-80-87294-62-8. [METAL 2015. 24th International conference on metallurgy and materials. Brno (CZ), 03.06.2015-05.06.2015] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) LO1219 Keywords : delta ferrite * metallography * mechanical failure * crystallographic defects Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials http://www.metal2016.com/files/proceedings/21/papers/4048.pdf

  16. Nano-mesoscopic structural control in 9CrODS ferritic/martensitic steels

    Effects of varying oxygen concentration and final heat treatment on high-temperature strength and microstructure in 9Cr-oxide dispersion strengthened steel (9CrODS) were investigated. It was shown that appropriate control of excess oxygen concentration remarkably improves creep strength of 9CrODS. This creep strength improvement is ascribed to ultra-fine oxide particle dispersion in a part of the grains and increasing austenite (γ) to ferrite (α) diffusional transformation. Enhancement of austenite (γ) to ferrite (α) diffusional transformation leads to suppression of grain boundary sliding. Creep strength of 9CrODS can be remarkably improved by controlling excess oxygen concentration and performing a furnace-cooling heat treatment for austenite (γ) to ferrite (α) diffusional transformation

  17. Development of Advanced 9Cr Ferritic-Martensitic Steels and Austenitic Stainless Steels for Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactors

    Ferritic-martensitic (FM) steel Grade 92, with or without thermomechanical treatment (TMT), and austenitic stainless steels HT-UPS (high-temperature ultrafine precipitate strengthening) and NF709 were selected as potential candidate structural materials in the U.S. Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) program. The objective is to develop advanced steels with improved properties as compared with reference materials such as Grade 91 and Type 316H steels that are currently in nuclear design codes. Composition modification and/or processing optimization (e.g., TMT and cold-work) were performed to improve properties such as resistance to thermal aging, creep, creep-fatigue, fracture, and sodium corrosion. Tests to characterize these properties of the subject advanced steels were conducted by the Idaho National Laboratory, the Argonne National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the U.S. SFR program. This paper focuses on the resistance to thermal aging and creep of the advanced steels. The advanced steels exhibited up to two orders of magnitude increase in creep life compared to the reference materials. Preliminary results on the weldment performance of the advanced steels are also presented. The superior performance of the advanced steels would improve reactor design flexibility, safety margins and economics. (author)

  18. Development of Advanced 9Cr Ferritic-Martensitic Steels and Austenitic Stainless Steels for Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor

    Sham, Sam [ORNL; Tan, Lizhen [ORNL; Yamamoto, Yukinori [ORNL

    2013-01-01

    Ferritic-martensitic (FM) steel Grade 92, with or without thermomechanical treatment (TMT), and austenitic stainless steels HT-UPS (high-temperature ultrafine precipitate strengthening) and NF709 were selected as potential candidate structural materials in the U.S. Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) program. The objective is to develop advanced steels with improved properties as compared with reference materials such as Grade 91 and Type 316H steels that are currently in nuclear design codes. Composition modification and/or processing optimization (e.g., TMT and cold-work) were performed to improve properties such as resistance to thermal aging, creep, creep-fatigue, fracture, and sodium corrosion. Testings to characterize these properties for the advanced steels were conducted by the Idaho National Laboratory, the Argonne National Laboratory and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory under the U.S. SFR program. This paper focuses on the resistance to thermal aging and creep of the advanced steels. The advanced steels exhibited up to two orders of magnitude increase in creep life compared to the reference materials. Preliminary results on the weldment performance of the advanced steels are also presented. The superior performance of the advanced steels would improve reactor design flexibility, safety margins and economics.

  19. Effects of nickel and cobalt addition on creep strength and microstructure of the precipitation-strengthened 15Cr ferritic steels

    Shibuya, Masachika; Toda, Yoshiaki; Sawada, Kota; Kushima, Hideaki; Kimura, Kazuhiro [National Inst. for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2010-07-01

    Creep strength of 15Cr ferritic steel with ferrite matrix was increased by precipitation strengthening of intermetallic compounds. It was higher than those of 9-12Cr ferritic steels with a tempered martensitic microstructure strengthened by carbide and carbonitride. Addition of nickel was confirmed to improve Charpy impact toughness of the 15Cr steels, however, creep strength was slightly reduced by the addition of nickel. Microstructure of the 15Cr steel changes from ferrite single phase to dual phases of ferrite and martensite with the addition of nickel which is an austenite stabilizing element. The 15Cr steels investigated in the previous study, contain 3mass% of cobalt which is also an austenite stabilizing element, therefore, the influence of nickel and cobalt combination on mechanical properties and microstructure of the 15Cr-1Mo-6W-V-Nb steel is investigated in this study. Creep strength, Charpy impact toughness and microstructure of the steel were strongly influenced by the composition of nickel and cobalt. Design guideline of the 15Cr steel is discussed with respect to a role of microstructure and combination of nickel and cobalt addition. (orig.)

  20. Mechanical Properties and Retained Austenite Transformation Mechanism of TRIP-Aided Polygonal Ferrite Matrix Seamless Steel Tube

    ZHANG Ming-ya; ZHU Fu-xian; ZHENG Dong-sheng

    2011-01-01

    Through the comparison of microstructure for polygonal ferrite (PF) matrix transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) seamless steel tube at different positions before and after tensile rupture, the transformation behavior of retained austenite (RA) was studied. The results showed that there were no yield points in tensile process and the splendid elongation and tensile strength were contributed by the uniform ferrite/bainite grains and the transformation of RA. The stability of RA was to some extent in inverse proportion with the ability of transformation induced plas ticity. The coarse retained austenite located in ferrite and ferrite/bainite laths were all transformed into martensite during the tensile process.

  1. Effect of Structural Heterogeneity on In Situ Deformation of Dissimilar Weld Between Ferritic and Austenitic Steel

    Ghosh, M.; Santosh, R.; Das, S. K.; Das, G.; Mahato, B.; Korody, J.; Kumar, S.; Singh, P. K.

    2015-08-01

    Low-alloy steel and 304LN austenitic stainless steel were welded using two types of buttering material, namely 309L stainless steel and IN 182. Weld metals were 308L stainless steel and IN 182, respectively, for two different joints. Cross-sectional microstructure of welded assemblies was investigated. Microhardness profile was determined perpendicular to fusion boundary. In situ tensile test was performed in scanning electron microscope keeping low-alloy steel-buttering material interface at the center of gage length. Adjacent to fusion boundary, low-alloy steel exhibited carbon-depleted region and coarsening of matrix grains. Between coarse grain and base material structure, low-alloy steel contained fine grain ferrite-pearlite aggregate. Adjacent to fusion boundary, buttering material consisted of Type-I and Type-II boundaries. Within buttering material close to fusion boundary, thin cluster of martensite was formed. Fusion boundary between buttering material-weld metal and weld metal-304LN stainless steel revealed unmixed zone. All joints failed within buttering material during in situ tensile testing. The fracture location was different for various joints with respect to fusion boundary, depending on variation in local microstructure. Highest bond strength with adequate ductility was obtained for the joint produced with 309L stainless steel-buttering material. High strength of this weld might be attributed to better extent of solid solution strengthening by alloying elements, diffused from low-alloy steel to buttering material.

  2. Processing of a new high strength high toughness steel with duplex microstructure (Ferrite + Austenite)

    Highlights: ► This new steel has exceptional combination of high strength and fracture toughness. ► Austempering treatment resulted in a very fine scale bainitic ferrite microstructure. ► As the austempering temperature increases yield strength and toughness decreases. ► Maximum fracture toughness of 105 MPa √m is obtained after austempering at 371 °C. ► A relationship between fracture toughness and the parameter σy(XγCγ)1/2 was observed. - Abstract: In this investigation a new third generation advanced high strength steel (AHSS) has been developed. This steel was synthesized by austempering of a low carbon and low alloy steel with high silicon content. The influence of austempering temperature on the microstructure and the mechanical properties including the fracture toughness of this steel was also examined. Compact tension and cylindrical tensile specimens were prepared from a low carbon low alloy steel and were initially austenitized at 927 °C for 2 h and then austempered in the temperature range between 371 °C and 399 °C to produce different microstructures. The microstructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and optical metallography. Test results show that the austempering heat treatment has resulted in a microstructure consisting of very fine scale bainitic ferrite and austenite. A combination of very high tensile strength of 1388 MPa and fracture toughness of 105 MPa √m was obtained after austempering at 371 °C

  3. Mechanical Performance of Ferritic Martensitic Steels for High Dose Applications in Advanced Nuclear Reactors

    Anderoglu, Osman; Byun, Thak Sang; Toloczko, Mychailo; Maloy, Stuart A.

    2013-01-01

    Ferritic/martensitic (F/M) steels are considered for core applications and pressure vessels in Generation IV reactors as well as first walls and blankets for fusion reactors. There are significant scientific data on testing and industrial experience in making this class of alloys worldwide. This experience makes F/M steels an attractive candidate. In this article, tensile behavior, fracture toughness and impact property, and creep behavior of the F/M steels under neutron irradiations to high doses with a focus on high Cr content (8 to 12) are reviewed. Tensile properties are very sensitive to irradiation temperature. Increase in yield and tensile strength (hardening) is accompanied with a loss of ductility and starts at very low doses under irradiation. The degradation of mechanical properties is most pronounced at Ferritic/martensitic steels exhibit a high fracture toughness after irradiation at all temperatures even below 673 K (400 °C), except when tested at room temperature after irradiations below 673 K (400 °C), which shows a significant reduction in fracture toughness. Creep studies showed that for the range of expected stresses in a reactor environment, the stress exponent is expected to be approximately one and the steady state creep rate in the absence of swelling is usually better than austenitic stainless steels both in terms of the creep rate and the temperature sensitivity of creep. In short, F/M steels show excellent promise for high dose applications in nuclear reactors.

  4. Microstructural stability of 9-12%Cr ferrite/martensite heat-resistant steels

    Wei YAN; Wei WANG; Yi-Yin SHAN; Ke YANG

    2013-01-01

    The microstructural evolutions of advanced 9-12%Cr ferrite/martensite heat-resistant steels used for power generation plants are reviewed in this article. Despite of the small differences in chemical compositions, the steels share the same microstructure of the as-tempered martensite. It is the thermal stability of the initial microstructure that matters the creep behavior of these heat-resistant steels. The microstructural evolutions involved in 9-12%Cr ferrite heat-resistant steels are elabo- rated, including (1) martensitic lath widening, (2) disappearance of prior austenite grain boundary, (3) emergence of subgrains, (4) coarsening of precipitates, and (5) formation of new precipitates, such as Laves-phase and Z-phase. The former three microstructural evolutions could be retarded by properly disposing the latter two. Namely improving the stability of precipitates and optimizing their size distribution can effectively exert the beneficial influence of precipitates on microstructures. In this sense, the microstructural stability of the tempered martensite is in fact the stability of precipitates during the creep. Many attempts have been carried out to improve the microstructural stability of 9-12%Cr steels and several promising heat-resistant steels have been developed.

  5. The influence of delta (a) ferrite on the irradiation effects in type-304 stainless steel weldment

    Differences in the high energy ion induced defects microstructure of BCC a-ferrite and FCC austenite matrix, and the effects of a-ferrite on the Vickers micro-hardness increase after irradiation were investigated for Type 304 stainless steel weldments containing two different a-ferrite contents: ferrite number(FN) 5.5 and 8.5, respectively. Specimens were irradiated to 1.5 dpa by 8 MeV Fe+4 ions using a Tandem Vande-Graft accelerator (flux : 4.3 x 1010 ion/cm2. sec, fluence : 0.83 x 1015 ion/cm2) at room temperature. TRIM 95 results showed that a peak damage appeared at 1.5 μm in depth with 0.7 μm full width at half maximum (FWHM), and these results could have been confirmed by TEM on irradiation induced defects (IID) distribution. Clear differences in the size and number of IID in the form of black dots (size: 5-10 nm) and loops were observed between the austenitic matrix and a-ferrite, where the size of IID was far larger in FCC matrix than BCC a-ferrite. Vickers micro-hardness (Hv) test results showed that a -ferrite has increased about five times higher than austenitic matrix after irradiation. This observation was used to explain the higher Vickers micro-hardness increase due to irradiation in the high FN weldment than the lower FN weldment, i.e., 44% increase for 8.5 FN to 36% increase for 5.5 FN after irradiation

  6. XRD and TEM study of bainitic ferrite plate thickness in nanostructured, carbide free bainitic steels

    It is well documented that much of the strength and hardness of nanostructured, carbide free bainitic steels come from the very small thickness of bainitic ferrite plates. In the current work, the Williamson–Hall method has been used to determine the bainitic ferrite plate thickness. The fitting of X-ray peaks to various functions showed good coefficient of determination values for Gaussian function compared to the Cauchy and Pseudo-Voigt functions. The thickness of bainitic ferrite plates was measured by distinguishing the contribution of very small plates on peak broadening from the lattice microstrain and instrumental effects. The results showed that by decreasing the transformation temperature the bainitic ferrite plate thickness decreases. The determined thicknesses were compared with that of measured from transmission electron microscope micrographs. There is a good qualitative and quantitative agreement between the thicknesses measured using both methods. - Highlights: • A Williamson–Hall technique is proposed for bainitic ferrite thickness measurement. • The technique relies on full width at half maximum of XRD peaks. • The measured sizes were compared with that of determined from TEM micrographs. • There is a good qualitative and quantitative agreement between both methods. • Austenite strength and nucleation driving force lead to microstructural refinement

  7. XRD and TEM study of bainitic ferrite plate thickness in nanostructured, carbide free bainitic steels

    Yoozbashi, M.N., E-mail: n_yoozbashi@sut.ac.ir [University of Applied Science and Technology, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Yazdani, S., E-mail: yazdani@sut.ac.ir [Faculty of Materials Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-06-15

    It is well documented that much of the strength and hardness of nanostructured, carbide free bainitic steels come from the very small thickness of bainitic ferrite plates. In the current work, the Williamson–Hall method has been used to determine the bainitic ferrite plate thickness. The fitting of X-ray peaks to various functions showed good coefficient of determination values for Gaussian function compared to the Cauchy and Pseudo-Voigt functions. The thickness of bainitic ferrite plates was measured by distinguishing the contribution of very small plates on peak broadening from the lattice microstrain and instrumental effects. The results showed that by decreasing the transformation temperature the bainitic ferrite plate thickness decreases. The determined thicknesses were compared with that of measured from transmission electron microscope micrographs. There is a good qualitative and quantitative agreement between the thicknesses measured using both methods. - Highlights: • A Williamson–Hall technique is proposed for bainitic ferrite thickness measurement. • The technique relies on full width at half maximum of XRD peaks. • The measured sizes were compared with that of determined from TEM micrographs. • There is a good qualitative and quantitative agreement between both methods. • Austenite strength and nucleation driving force lead to microstructural refinement.

  8. Ferrite Measurement in Austenitic and Duplex Stainless Steel Castings - Final Report

    Lundin, C.D.; Zhou, G.; Ruprecht, W.

    1999-08-01

    The ability to determine ferrite rapidly, accurately and directly on a finished casting, in the solution annealed condition, can enhance the acceptance, save on manufacturing costs and ultimately improve service performance of duplex stainless steel cast products. If the suitability of a non-destructive ferrite determination methodology can be demonstrated for standard industrial measurement instruments, the production of cast secondary standards for calibration of these instruments is a necessity. With these concepts in mind, a series of experiments were carried out to demonstrate, in a non-destructive manner, the proper methodology for determining ferrite content. The literature was reviewed, with regard to measurement techniques and vagaries, an industrial ferrite measurement round-robin was conducted, the effects of casting surface finish, preparation of the casting surface for accurate measurement and the evaluation of suitable means for the production of cast secondary standards for calibration were systematically investigated. The data obtained from this research program provide recommendations to ensure accurate, repeatable, and reproducible ferrite measurement and qualifies the Feritscope for field use on production castings.

  9. Ferrite Measurement in Austenitic and Duplex Stainless Steel Castings - Literature Review

    Lundin, C.D.; Zhou, G.; Ruprecht, W.

    1999-08-01

    The ability to determine ferrite rapidly, accurately and directly on a finished casting, in the solution annealed condition, can enhance the acceptance, save on manufacturing costs and ultimately improve service performance of duplex stainless steel cast products. If the suitability of a non-destructive ferrite determination methodology can be demonstrated for standard industrial measurement instruments, the production of cast secondary standards for calibration of these instruments is a necessity. With these concepts in mind, a series of experiments were carried out to demonstrate, in a non-destructive manner, the proper methodology for determining ferrite content. The literature was reviewed, with regard to measurement techniques and vagaries, an industrial ferrite measurement round-robin was conducted, the effects of casting surface finish, preparation of the casting surface for accurate measurement and the evaluation of suitable means for the production of cast secondary standards for calibration were systematically investigated. The data obtained from this research program provides recommendations to insure accurate, repeatable and reproducible ferrite measurement and qualifies the Feritscope for field use on production castings.

  10. Cavity growth in dual-ion and electron irradiated HT-9 ferritic stainless steels

    In-situ observations of the cavity growth process in dual-ion irradiated HT-9 ferritic stainless steel were performed using HVEMs. The objective of this study is to analyze the cavity growth mechanisms as functions of cavity size and irradiation temperature. Dual-ion irradiations of the HT-9 produced a bi-modal cavity microstructure only at a peak swelling temperature of 743 K. And subsequent electron irradiation at 623 K caused growth of cavities larger than the critical radius. On the other hand after electron irradiation at 573 K a drastic decrease of the critical radius and growth of all the cavities produced by the dual-ion irradiation was observed. These results provide clear evidence of bias-driven and pressure-driven cavity growth mechanisms in ferritic stainless steels, and yield the temperature dependence of the critical radius. A different temperature dependence of swelling between ion irradiation and electron irradiation is found. (orig.)

  11. Effect of Autogenous Arc Welding Processes on Tensile and Impact Properties of Ferritic Stainless Steel Joints

    A K Lakshminarayanan; K Shanmugam; V Balasubramanian

    2009-01-01

    The effect of autogeneous arc welding processes on tensile and impact properties of ferritic stainless steel conformed to AISI 409M grade is studied.Rolled plates of 4 mm thickness have been used as the base material for preparing single pass butt welded jointa.Tensile and impact properties,microhardness,microstructure,and fracture surface morphology of continuous current gas tungsten arc welding (CCGTAW),pulsed current gas tungsten arc welding (PCGTAW),and plasma arc welding (PAW) joints are evaluated and the results are compared.It is found that the PAW joints of ferritic stainless steel show superior tensile and impact properties when compared with CCGTAW and PCGTAW joints,and this is mainly due to lower heat input,finer fusion zone grain diameter,and higher fusion zone hardness.

  12. Mechanical properties of 15%Mn steel with fine lamellar structure consisting of ferrite and austenite phases

    New steel with fine lamellar structure consisting of austenite and ferrite was developed. 15mass%Mn-3%Al-3%Si steel sheet was used in this study. First of all, the effect of the cooling rate on the microstructure was examined. The cooling at the slower speed of 100 deg/hour created the dual phase structure consisting of both austenite and ferrite. The additional rolling developed the fine lamellar duplex structure. Improvement of both the tensile strength and elongation was achieved by rolling. The strength increases furthermore by the rolling up to larger reduction. The 90% rolled sheet shows high tensile strength around 1000MPa with large elongation (15%-20%). These results indicate that the multi-phased structure with controlled lamellar morphology is beneficial for the management of both high strength and large ductility.

  13. The law of structure formation in sheet stainless steels of the ferrite class

    The effect of metallurgical redistribution on the structure in the stainless steels of the ferrite class is studied. The regularities of the solid solution state change in dependence on the sheet rolling temperature-deformation conditions are established. It is shown, that the rolling, produced from the stainless steels of the ferrite class, is delivered for hot rolling in the cold-hardened state when there is heavy supersaturation of the solid solution with the carbon and nitrogen atoms. The conclusion is made, that for improving the structure and properties of the cold-rolled sheet it is advisable to subject the rolling to the special recrystallization annealing for separating the carbon and nitrogen atoms in the secondary phase composition

  14. Characterization of high temperature creep properties in recrystallized 12Cr-ODS ferritic steel claddings

    The high temperature strengthening mechanism of previously manufactured 12Cr-ODS ferritic steel claddings was clarified. In the recrystallized 12Cr-2W-0.3Ti-0.24Y2O3-ODS ferritic steel cladding, αY2TiO5 type complex oxide formation was responsible for the drastic reduction of oxide particle size and the resulting shortened distance between particles, which led to superior internal creep rupture strength at 973 K because of the high resistance to gliding dislocation. Internal creep deformation was considered to be controlled by the grain boundary sliding associated with grain morphology: the near Σ11, Σ9 and Σ19 coincidence boundaries with a common axis. (author)

  15. Effect of biaxial loading on the fracture behaviour of a ferritic steel component

    The effect of biaxial loading on the ductile behaviour of a through-wall crack in a ferritic steel structure under contained yield is of particular interest to the structural integrity argument for reactor pressure vessels. This results from the fact that there are many instances in practice (for example a crack in a circumferential weld), where a significant applied stress is present in the direction parallel to the crack as well as in the perpendicular direction. Two large plate ductile tearing tests have been performed on centre through-crack specimens (75mm by 2m by 2m) manufactured from a ferritic steel. The first test specimen was loaded in uniaxial tension and the second test specimen was loaded biaxially. This paper presents experimental details and results of the two plate tests and describes the analysis work undertaken to interpret the experiments satisfactorily. ((orig.))

  16. Prevision of in-service aging of molded austenitic-ferritic stainless steels components

    After having recalled the service conditions of the nuclear PWR boilers, the austenitic-ferritic molded stainless steels and their uses in the primary coolant circuit are described. The main consequences of the thermal aging on the rupture mechanisms and the mechanical properties are recalled too. Then are described the laboratory studies carried out in France and abroad which have allowed the development of an extensive knowledge of the aging reaction kinetics and then of embrittlement anticipation formulae. Measures and sampling carried out on down-rated components or even on in service components are used to verify the quality of the in-service aging anticipation. At last are identified the subjects on which it will be important to advance to improve our knowledge of the behaviour of the austenitic-ferritic stainless steels components. (O.M.)

  17. Numerical simulation of hydrogen-assisted crack initiation in austenitic-ferritic duplex steels

    Duplex stainless steels have been used for a long time in the offshore industry, since they have higher strength than conventional austenitic stainless steels and they exhibit a better ductility as well as an improved corrosion resistance in harsh environments compared to ferritic stainless steels. However, despite these good properties the literature shows some failure cases of duplex stainless steels in which hydrogen plays a crucial role for the cause of the damage. Numerical simulations can give a significant contribution in clarifying the damage mechanisms. Because they help to interpret experimental results as well as help to transfer results from laboratory tests to component tests and vice versa. So far, most numerical simulations of hydrogen-assisted material damage in duplex stainless steels were performed at the macroscopic scale. However, duplex stainless steels consist of approximately equal portions of austenite and δ-ferrite. Both phases have different mechanical properties as well as hydrogen transport properties. Thus, the sensitivity for hydrogen-assisted damage is different in both phases, too. Therefore, the objective of this research was to develop a numerical model of a duplex stainless steel microstructure enabling simulation of hydrogen transport, mechanical stresses and strains as well as crack initiation and propagation in both phases. Additionally, modern X-ray diffraction experiments were used in order to evaluate the influence of hydrogen on the phase specific mechanical properties. For the numerical simulation of the hydrogen transport it was shown, that hydrogen diffusion strongly depends on the alignment of austenite and δ-ferrite in the duplex stainless steel microstructure. Also, it was proven that the hydrogen transport is mainly realized by the ferritic phase and hydrogen is trapped in the austenitic phase. The numerical analysis of phase specific mechanical stresses and strains revealed that if the duplex stainless steel is

  18. SAW surfacing of low-alloyed steel with super-ferrite additional material

    Klimpel, A; T. Kik; J. Górka; A. Czupryński; P. Sitarz

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: of these researches was to investigate influence of heat input in SAW surfacing of low-alloyed steel with super-ferrite filler material on quality of deposits.Design/methodology/approach: the quality of single and multilayer, stringer beads was assessed by metallographic examinations, stresses measurements and hardness tests.Findings: due to the fact that it was used at automated surfacing stand, the analysis of properties of the deposits was performed for single and multilayer, str...

  19. DIFFUSIONAL PROPERTIES OF INTERPHASE BOUNDARIES IN TWO-PHASE FERRITIC-AUSTENITIC STEEL

    Światnicki, W.; Świderski, J.; Grabski, M.

    1990-01-01

    Thermal stability of trapped lattice dislocations in ferritic austenitic steel have been studied in order to determine the diffusional properties of internal interfaces. It was found that interphase boundaries with low diffusivity are characterised by the ordered semicoherent structure, formed in Kurdjumov-Sachs or Nishiyama-Wassermann orientation relationship. The fraction of these "special" interfaces varies considerably with the thermomechanical treatment employed as it acts on the process...

  20. Effects of LCF Loadings on the HCF Life of Notched Specimens in Ferritic-Bainitic Steel

    Bidouard, Hadrien; PALIN-LUC, Thierry; Saintier, Nicolas; Dumas, Christian; EL DSOKI, Chalid; KAUFMANN, Heinz; SONSINO, Cetin Morris

    2009-01-01

    Fatigue tests were performed on ferritic bainitic steel notched specimens (Kt = 2.5) under load controlled constant amplitude loading. These tests show that under constant amplitude tension compression loading, periodical overloads application have a detrimental effect on the fatigue crack initiation strength for fully reversed load ratio (R σ = — 1), while they have no influence under pulsating loading (R σ = 0). A finite element analysis shows that in the fully reversed tension (R σ = — ...

  1. Dislocation structures in cyclically strained X10CrAl24 ferritic steel

    Petrenec, Martin; Polák, Jaroslav; Obrtlík, Karel; Man, Jiří

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 54, č. 13 (2006), s. 3429-3443. ISSN 1359-6454. [Micromechanics and Microstructure Evolution: Modeling Simulation and Experiments. Madrid, 11.09.2005-16.09.2006] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GP106/05/P521 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : Transmission electron microscopy * Ferritic steel * Fatigue Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 3.549, year: 2006

  2. Corrosion stability of ferritic stainless steels for solid oxide electrolyser cell interconnects

    Palcut, Marián; Mikkelsen, Lars; Neufeld, Kai;

    2010-01-01

    Long-term oxidation behaviour of eight ferritic steels with 20–29 wt.% chromium (F 20 T, TUS 220 M, AL 453, Crofer 22 APU, Crofer 22 H, Sanergy HT, E-Brite and AL 29-4C) has been studied. The samples were cut into square coupons, ground and annealed for 140–1000 h at 1173 K in flowing, wet hydrogen...

  3. Recrystallization of niobium stabilized ferritic stainless steel during hot rolling simulation by torsion tests

    Flávia Vieira Braga; Diana Pérez Escobar; Thompson Junior Ávila Reis; Nilton José Lucinda de Oliveira; Margareth Spangler Andrade

    2016-01-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of finishing hot rolling temperature in promoting interpass recrystallization on a Nb-stabilized AISI 430 ferritic stainless steel. Torsion tests were performed in order to simulate the Steckel mill rolling process by varying the temperature ranges of the finishing passes. Interrupted torsion test were also performed and interpass recrystallization was evaluated via optical microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). As a result ...

  4. Intergranular segregation of Cr in Ti-stabilized low-Cr ferritic stainless steel

    The precipitation and segregation phenomenon in a type 409L Ti-stabilized 11 wt.% Cr ferritic stainless steel has been investigated using transmission electron microscopy and a laser-assisted three-dimensional atom probe. In solution-treated and aged specimens, a strong segregation and consequent depletion of Cr was observed, as well as segregation of C and Ti atoms along the grain boundary. The reason for the Cr segregation and the way to avoid such segregation is discussed.

  5. Corrosion of Ferritic-Martensitic steels in high temperature water: A literature Review

    Available literature concerning corrosion of high-chromium ferritic/martensitic steel in high temperature water as reviewed. The subjects considered are general corrosion, effect of irradiation on corrosion, environmentally assisted cracking (EAC) including stress corrosion cracking (SCC), corrosion fatigue and irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC). In addition some investigations about radiation induced segregation (RIS). Are shown in order to know the compositional changes at grain boundaries of these alloys and their influence on corrosion properties. (Author)

  6. Characteristics of low nickel ferritic-austenitic corrosion resistant cast steel

    B. Kalandyk; Zapała, R.; Sobula, S.; M. Górny; Ł. Boroń

    2014-01-01

    The article presents the results of microscopic examinations of corrosion resistant cast steel with reduced nickel content obtained in a test casting with varying wall thickness. Investigations were carried out in as-cast condition and after heat treatment. Regardless of the casting wall thickness, increasing the manganese and nitrogen content to about 5 % and 2 500 ppm, respectively, yields the material with a two-phase microstructure containing ferrite in an amount of 55,6 ÷ 57,2 % (magneti...

  7. Ferritic Steel Interconnectors and Their Interactions with Ni Base Anodes in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC)

    Froitzheim, J.

    2008-01-01

    In recent years high Cr ferritic steels such as Crofer 22 APU became the most widespread construction materials for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnects mainly due to low cost and the ease of fabrication compared to ceramic materials. It was shown that optimum properties with respect to oxide scale growth and adherence could only be obtained by very low, carefully controlled concentrations of minor alloying additions such as Al and Si. This required sophisticated alloy manufacturing met...

  8. Effect of delta-ferrite on the mechanical properties of CF8M stainless steel castings at 4 K

    A series of five CF8M stainless steel castings, with varying delta-ferrite contents, has been tensile and fracture toughness tested at 4 K. Tensile tests were conducted in the low strain region to establish the initial strain hardening behavior for comparison with two phase deformation theory. It was found that the tensile behavior of the duplex austenite/delta-ferrite structure fits very well with the two phase deformation theory proposed by Ashby. The initial strain hardening rate is determined by the mean-free-path between delta-ferrite particles. Fracture toughness results at 4 K show a decrease in fracture toughness with increasing delta-ferrite content up to approximately 15%; at this point a continuous delta-ferrite crack path is established, and the fracture toughness remains constant with increasing delta-ferrite

  9. Microstructural evolution of delta ferrite in SAVE12 steel under heat treatment and short-term creep

    This research focused on the formation and microstructural evolution of delta ferrite phase in SAVE12 steel. The formation of delta ferrite was due to the high content of ferrite forming alloy elements such as Cr, W, and Ta. This was interpreted through either JMatPro-4.1 computer program or Creq calculations. Delta ferrite was found in bamboo-like shape and contained large amount of MX phase. It was surrounded by Laves phases before creep or aging treatment. Annealing treatments were performed under temperatures from 1050 °C to 1100 °C and various time periods to study its dissolution kinetics. The result showed that most of the delta ferrite can be dissolved by annealing in single phase austenitic region. Dissolution process of delta ferrite may largely depend on dissolution kinetic factors, rather than on thermodynamic factors. Precipitation behavior during short-term (1100 h) creep was investigated at temperature of 600 °C under a stress of 180 MPa. The results demonstrated that delta ferrite became preferential nucleation sites for Laves phase at the early stage of creep. Laves phase on the boundary around delta ferrite showed relatively slower growth and coarsening rate than that inside delta ferrite. - Highlights: ► Delta ferrite is systematically studied under heat treatment and short-term creep. ► Delta ferrite contains large number of MX phase and is surrounded by Laves phases before creep or aging treatment. ► Formation of delta ferrite is interpreted by theoretical and empirical methods. ► Most of the delta ferrite is dissolved by annealing in single phase austenitic region. ► Delta ferrite becomes preferential nucleation sites for Laves phase at the early stage of creep.

  10. Dilution and Ferrite Number Prediction in Pulsed Current Cladding of Super-Duplex Stainless Steel Using RSM

    Eghlimi, Abbas; Shamanian, Morteza; Raeissi, Keyvan

    2013-12-01

    Super-duplex stainless steels have an excellent combination of mechanical properties and corrosion resistance at relatively low temperatures and can be used as a coating to improve the corrosion and wear resistance of low carbon and low alloy steels. Such coatings can be produced using weld cladding. In this study, pulsed current gas tungsten arc cladding process was utilized to deposit super-duplex stainless steel on high strength low alloy steel substrates. In such claddings, it is essential to understand how the dilution affects the composition and ferrite number of super-duplex stainless steel layer in order to be able to estimate its corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. In the current study, the effect of pulsed current gas tungsten arc cladding process parameters on the dilution and ferrite number of super-duplex stainless steel clad layer was investigated by applying response surface methodology. The validity of the proposed models was investigated by using quadratic regression models and analysis of variance. The results showed an inverse relationship between dilution and ferrite number. They also showed that increasing the heat input decreases the ferrite number. The proposed mathematical models are useful for predicting and controlling the ferrite number within an acceptable range for super-duplex stainless steel cladding.

  11. Hybrid (plasma + gas tungsten arc) weldability of modified 12% Cr ferritic stainless steel

    This paper deals with the hybrid (plasma + gas tungsten arc) welding properties of 12 mm thick modified 12% Cr ferritic stainless steel complying with EN 1.4003 and UNS S41003 steels with a carbon content of 0.01% to improve the weldability. The root passes of the butt welds were produced with plasma arc welding (PAW) without filler metal while gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) was used to accomplish filler passes with 309 and 316 austenitic stainless steel type of consumables, respectively. The joints were subjected to tensile and bend tests as well as Charpy impact toughness testing at -20 oC, 0 oC and 20 oC. Examinations were carried out in terms of metallography, chemical analysis of the weld metal, ferrite content, grain size and hardness analyses. Although 309 consumables provided higher mean weld metal toughness values compared to 316 (90 J vs. 75 J), 316 type of consumables provided better mean HAZ toughness data for the joints (45 J vs. 20 J) at -20 oC. Toughness properties of the welds correspond with those of microstructural features including grain size and ferrite content.

  12. The influence of Cr content on the mechanical properties of ODS ferritic steels

    Li, Shaofu; Zhou, Zhangjian; Jang, Jinsung; Wang, Man; Hu, Helong; Sun, Hongying; Zou, Lei; Zhang, Guangming; Zhang, Liwei

    2014-12-01

    The present investigation aimed at researching the mechanical properties of the oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels with different Cr content, which were fabricated through a consolidation of mechanical alloyed (MA) powders of 0.35 wt.% nano Y2O3 dispersed Fe-12.0Cr-0.5Ti-1.0W (alloy A), Fe-16.0Cr-0.5Ti-1.0W (alloy B), and Fe-18.0Cr-0.5Ti-1.0W (alloy C) alloys (all in wt.%) by hot isostatic pressing (HIP) with 100 MPa pressure at 1150 °C for 3 h. The mechanical properties, including the tensile strength, hardness, and impact fracture toughness were tested by universal testers, while Young's modulus was determined by ultrasonic wave non-destructive tester. It was found that the relationship between Cr content and the strength of ODS ferritic steels was not a proportional relationship. However, too high a Cr content will cause the precipitation of Cr-enriched segregation phase, which is detrimental to the ductility of ODS ferritic steels.

  13. Simplified Thermodynamic Model for Pro-Eutectoid Ferrite Formation in Multicomponent Structural Steel

    2003-01-01

    By introducing a parameter of difference in ferrite formation temperature between binary Fe-C and multicomponent system, and referring to the thermodynamic model for Fe-C binary system, a simplified thermodynamic model for pro-eutectoid ferrite formation in Fe-ΣXi-C multicomponent structural steels (Xi=Mn, Si, Mo, Cr, Ni or Ti, etc) was suggested. The comparison of the calculated Ae3 temperatures with the measured data of steels 42 shows that the relative standard deviation and root-mean-square (RMS) error between them are only 0.71 % and 8.92 K, respectively. However, the deviations between the same measured data and the values calculated from the superelement model are as high as 1.86 % and 23.83 K, respectively. It can be concluded that the simplified thermodynamic model for pro-eutectoid ferrite formation in multicomponent structural steels is acceptable and the calculated Ae3 temperatures are in good agreement with the experimental data.

  14. Irradiation response of delta ferrite in as-cast and thermally aged cast stainless steel

    Li, Zhangbo; Lo, Wei-Yang; Chen, Yiren; Pakarinen, Janne; Wu, Yaqiao; Allen, Todd; Yang, Yong

    2015-11-01

    To enable the life extension of Light Water Reactors (LWRs) beyond 60 years, it is critical to gain adequate knowledge for making conclusive predictions to assure the integrity of duplex stainless steel reactor components, e.g. primary pressure boundary and reactor vessel internal. Microstructural changes in the ferrite of thermally aged, neutron irradiated only, and neutron irradiated after being thermally aged cast austenitic stainless steels (CASS) were investigated using atom probe tomography. The thermal aging was performed at 400 °C for 10,000 h and the irradiation was conducted in the Halden reactor at ˜315 °C to 0.08 dpa (5.6 × 1019 n/cm2, E > 1 MeV). Low dose neutron irradiation at a dose rate of 5 × 10-9 dpa/s was found to induce spinodal decomposition in the ferrite of as-cast microstructure, and further to enhance the spinodal decomposition in the thermally aged cast alloys. Regarding the G-phase precipitates, the neutron irradiation dramatically increases the precipitate size, and alters the composition of the precipitates with increased, Mn, Ni, Si and Mo and reduced Fe and Cr contents. The results have shown that low dose neutron irradiation can further accelerate the degradation of ferrite in a duplex stainless steel at the LWR relevant condition.

  15. Ultimate strength of single shear bolted connections with cold-formed ferritic stainless steel

    Jin-seong LIM; Tae-soo KIM; Seung-hun KIM

    2013-01-01

    This paper is focused on the structural behavior of the single shear bolted connections with thin-walled ferritic stainless steel.The purpose of this study is to investigate the ultimate behaviors,such as ultimate strength and fracture mode of the single shear bolted connections of thin-walled ferritic stainless steel (low cost steel) rather than austenitic stainless steel (high cost steel).Bolt arrangement and end distance parallel to the direction of applied load are considered as main variables of the test specimens for bolted connections.Specimens have a constant dimension of edge distance perpendicular to the loading direction,bolt diameter,pitch,and gauge.A monotonic tensile test for specimens has been carried out and some bolted connections with long end distance showed curling (out of plane deformation) occurrence which led to strength reduction.The ultimate behaviors such as fracture mode,ultimate strength are compared with those predicted by current design codes.Further,conditions of curling occurrence and the strength reduction due to curling are investigated and modified strength equations are suggested considering the curling effect.

  16. Effects of a sodium environment on the mechanical properties of ferritic steels

    This summary paper outlines the known effects of sodium and other low oxygen systems on the creep rupture and fatigue behaviour of chromium containing ferritic steels for steam generators. In the absence of carbon movement it is shown that a low oxygen system such as sodium has little effect on the creep and rupture behaviour of these steels at temperatures of up to 5500C. Generally the fatigue behaviour is not adversely affected by low oxygen systems. Decarburisation may occur in 2 1/4Cr1Mo steel causing a reduction in strength but this phenomenon is unlikely in higher alloyed steels. Although carburisation may occur, particularly at the surface, in practice this is unlikely to be detrimental to the operation of steam generator components. (author)

  17. Effect of the damage by radiation on the reference temperature T0 of ferritic steel

    Presently work studies the effect that produces the irradiation in ferritic steels, on the reference temperature T0 (intrinsic characteristic of the fracture tenacity in the area of ductile-fragile transition), applying the approach of the Master curve that is based on the norm Astm E-1921. For it it was elaborated a methodology and procedure for test tubes type Charpy according to the standard before mentioned. Due to the ferritic steels are used mainly in pressure vessels to the reactor (RPV) of nuclear power plants; in the samples it was simulated the effect of the damage for irradiation through a thermal treatment that induced the precipitation of the carbides and sulfurs in the limits of grain (one of the modifications suffered in the irradiated materials); it was made a comparison later with material samples in initial state (without thermal treatment), used as witness sample, by means of assays of fracture mechanics, specifically flexion in three points; this way with it to observe the effect of the damage for irradiation in the reference temperature (T0). This temperature (T0) it is a very important parameter in the mechanical property of the material called fracture tenacity; which at the moment gives the rule for the verification of structural integrity of the RPV. As a result of this it was observed an increase in the reference temperature in the material in fragilezed state with respect to the initial state of 31.75 C. They were carried out metallographic analysis and fractographs of the assayed surface finding carbide inclusions and sulfurs that in theory of the Master Curve they are initiators of cracks and of a possible catastrophic flaw of the material. At the moment the Division of Scientific Investigation of the ININ is carrying out activities in the Nucleo electric Central of Laguna Verde (CNLV) related with the program of surveillance of the materials of the vessel of the unit 2, as well as projects of structural integrity financed by the

  18. Effect of initial microstructures on the properties of Ferrite-Martensite Dual-Phase pipeline steels with Strain-Based design

    Yueyue Hu

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to investigate the effect of initial microstructures on the properties of ferrite-martensite dual-phase pipeline steels with strain-based design. For this purpose, the as-received acicular ferrite steels were first austenitized at 920 ºC for 15 minutes followed by air cooling and water quenching to produce ferrite-pearlite and ferrite-martensite microstructure, respectively. Subsequently, the steels with ferrite-pearlite, ferrite-martensite and as-received acicular ferrite microstructure were intercritically annealed at 820 ºC for 10 minutes followed by water quenching to produce three different ferrite-martensite dual-phase microstructures. Tensile tests, Vickers hardness and Charpy impact tests were carried out to investigate the mechanical properties. Scanning electron microscope was used to analyze the microstructures and tensile fractographs. The results showed that all the tensile specimens of these three different ferrite-martensite dual-phase steels fractured in ductile mode, however, their microstructures and mechanical properties varied significantly. By contrast, the ferrite-martensite dual-phase steel derived from acicular ferrite initial microstructure had optimal combination of the strength, toughness and deformability, which provided a good candidate for the pipeline steels with strain-based design used in severe geological environments.

  19. Study of Irradiation Effects on the Fracture Properties of A533-Series Ferritic Steels

    Since the Kori nuclear power plant unit 3 (Kori-3) was founded in 1986, the surveillance tests have been conducted five times. One of the primary objectives of the surveillance test is to determine the effects of irradiation on reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steel embrittlement. The RPV is made out of ferritic steels such as SA533 type B class 1, which were used for early nuclear power plants industry including Kori-2, 3, 4 and Yonggwang-1, 2 units in Korea. The Westinghouse supplied Kori-3 with the RPV steels ASTM A533 grade B class 1, which is equivalent to SA533 type B class 1. The irradiation effects on tensile properties in ASTM A533 grade B class 1 steel had been studied by Steichen and Williams. They experimentally determined the effect of strain rate and temperature on the tensile properties of unirradiated and irradiated A533 grade B steel 1. The effects of neutron irradiation on ferritic steels could be determined from tensile properties, as well as the fracture strength and toughness measurements. Hunter and Williams have reported that the strength and ductility for unirradiated material at a low strain rate increase with decreasing test temperature. Also, neutron irradiation increases strength and decreases ductility. Crosley and Ripling revealed that the yield strength of unirradiated material rapidly increases with the strain rate. Therefore, yield strength for unirradiated and irradiated materials should be determined by test parameters along with strain rate and temperature. In this study we compare ASTM A533 grad B class 1 steel obtained from several papers with SA533 type B class 1 steel taken from the surveillance data of Kori-3 unit, whose mechanical property of unirradiated and irradiated materials was correlated with the rate-temperature parameter

  20. Studies on the activation energy from the ac conductivity measurements of rubber ferrite composites containing manganese zinc ferrite

    Manganese zinc ferrites (MZF) have resistivities between 0.01 and 10 Ω m. Making composite materials of ferrites with either natural rubber or plastics will modify the electrical properties of ferrites. The moldability and flexibility of these composites find wide use in industrial and other scientific applications. Mixed ferrites belonging to the series Mn(1-x)ZnxFe2O4 were synthesized for different ‘x’ values in steps of 0.2, and incorporated in natural rubber matrix (RFC). From the dielectric measurements of the ceramic manganese zinc ferrite and rubber ferrite composites, ac conductivity and activation energy were evaluated. A program was developed with the aid of the LabVIEW package to automate the measurements. The ac conductivity of RFC was then correlated with that of the magnetic filler and matrix by a mixture equation which helps to tailor properties of these composites.

  1. Studies on the activation energy from the ac conductivity measurements of rubber ferrite composites containing manganese zinc ferrite

    Hashim, Mohd.; Alimuddin; Kumar, Shalendra; Shirsath, Sagar E.; Mohammed, E. M.; Chung, Hanshik; Kumar, Ravi

    2012-11-01

    Manganese zinc ferrites (MZF) have resistivities between 0.01 and 10 Ω m. Making composite materials of ferrites with either natural rubber or plastics will modify the electrical properties of ferrites. The moldability and flexibility of these composites find wide use in industrial and other scientific applications. Mixed ferrites belonging to the series Mn(1-x)ZnxFe2O4 were synthesized for different ‘x’ values in steps of 0.2, and incorporated in natural rubber matrix (RFC). From the dielectric measurements of the ceramic manganese zinc ferrite and rubber ferrite composites, ac conductivity and activation energy were evaluated. A program was developed with the aid of the LabVIEW package to automate the measurements. The ac conductivity of RFC was then correlated with that of the magnetic filler and matrix by a mixture equation which helps to tailor properties of these composites.

  2. Microstructure and properties of pipeline steel with a ferrite/martensite dual-phase microstructure

    In order to satisfy the transportation of the crude oil and gas in severe environmental conditions, a ferrite/martensite dual-phase pipeline steel has been developed. After a forming process and double submerged arc welding, the microstructure of the base metal, heat affected zone and weld metal was characterized using scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The pipe showed good deformability and an excellent combination of high strength and toughness, which is suitable for a pipeline subjected to the progressive and abrupt ground movement. The base metal having a ferrite/martensite dual-phase microstructure exhibited excellent mechanical properties in terms of uniform elongation of 7.5%, yield ratio of 0.78, strain hardening exponent of 0.145, an impact energy of 286 J at - 10 deg. C and a shear area of 98% at 0 deg. C in the drop weight tear test. The tensile strength and impact energy of the weld metal didn't significantly reduce, because of the intragranularly nucleated acicular ferrites microstructure, leading to high strength and toughness in weld metal. The heat affected zone contained complete quenching zone and incomplete quenching zone, which exhibited excellent low temperature toughness of 239 J at - 10 deg. C. - Research Highlights: →The pipe with ferrite/martensite microstructure shows high deformability. →The base metal of the pipe consists of ferrite and martensite. →Heat affected zone shows excellent low temperature toughness. →Weld metal mainly consists of intragranularly nucleated acicular ferrites. →Weld metal shows excellent low temperature toughness and high strength.

  3. In-service inspection method for low-finned ferritic stainless steel tubes for new heat exchanger

    Conventional inner eddy current test cannot obtain sufficient evaluation for low finned ferritic stainless steel tube inspection. The authors tried various methods and developed special partial saturation eddy current method. This paper summarizes typical experimental results of fundamental studies and trials, and introduces developed ECT data acquisition and evaluation system. Moisture Separator Heater (MSH) used in ABWR (Advanced Boiling Water Reactor) plant is a new type heat exchanger to increase plant thermal efficiency. There are four single tubesheet heaters in a MSH vessel. Each heater has hundreds of low finned tubes made of ferritic stainless steel. In nuclear power plants, non-magnetic materials (austenitic stainless steel, titanium, aluminum brass, etc.,) are mainly used as heat exchanger tubes such as the tubes of feedwater heater, condenser, evaporator and so on. Conventional ECT (Eddy Current Test) method are easily applied for the inspection of these heat exchanger tubes. In recent years, the authors started using ferritic stainless steel tube for new heat exchangers such as MSH because of its superior heat transfer efficiency. However, high permeability of ferritic stainless steel prevents the inspection of these tubes using conventional ECT method. To inspect MSH tubes periodically is important to confirm and maintain reliability of MSH. They tried applying various inspection methods and have developed special ECT method for low finned ferritic stainless steel tubes

  4. Effects of austenite grain size and cooling rate on Widmanstaetten ferrite formation in low-alloy steels

    Bodnar, R.L.; Hansen, S.S. (Bethlehem Steel Corp., PA (United States). Hot Rolled Products Div.)

    1994-04-01

    Deformation dilatometry is used to simulate the hot rolling of 0.20 pct C-1.10 pct Mn steels over a product thickness range of 6 to 170 mm. In addition to a base steel, steels with additions of 0.02 pct Ti, 0.06 pct V, or 0.02 pct Nb are included in the study. The transformation behavior of each steel is explored for three different austenite grain sizes, nominally 30, 55, and 100 [mu]m. In general, the volume fraction of Widmanstaetten ferrite increases in all four steels with increasing austenite grain size and cooling rate, with austenite grain size having the more significant effect. The Nb steel has the lowest transformation temperature range and the greatest propensity for Widmanstaetten ferrite formation, while the amount of Widmanstaetten ferrite is minimized in the Ti steel (as a result of intragranular nucleation of polygonal ferrite on coarse TiN particles). The data emphasize the importance of a refined austenite grain size in minimizing the formation of a coarse Widmanstaetten structure. With a sufficiently fine prior austenite grain size (e.g., [le]30 [mu]m), significant amounts of Widmanstaetten structure can be avoided, even in a Nb-alloyed steel.

  5. Dependence of the mechanical properties of sheets of ferritic-martensitic ODS steels on their crystallographic texture

    The structure and phase condition, as well as the crystallographic texture and mechanical properties, of sheets of ferritic-martensitic oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels and have been studied. The features of the formation of the texture and substructure in steels after cold rolling have been analyzed

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  7. Microstructural stability of a self-ion irradiated lanthana-bearing nanostructured ferritic steel

    Pasebani, Somayeh [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering; Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Charit, Indrajit [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering; Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Burns, Jatuporn [Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Boise State Univ., ID (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Alsagabi, Sultan [Univ. of Idaho, Moscow, ID (United States). Dept. of Chemical and Materials Engineering; King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). Atomic Energy Research Inst.; Butt, Darryl P. [Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Boise State Univ., ID (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; Cole, James I. [Center for Advanced Energy Studies, Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Idaho National Lab. (INL), Idaho Falls, ID (United States); Price, Lloyd M. [Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering; Shao, Lin [Texas A & M Univ., College Station, TX (United States). Dept. of Nuclear Engineering

    2015-07-01

    Thermally stable nanofeatures with high number density are expected to impart excellent high temperature strength and irradiation stability in nanostructured ferritic steels (NFSs) which have potential applications in advanced nuclear reactors. A lanthana-bearing NFS (14LMT) developed via mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering was used in this study. The sintered samples were irradiated by Fe2+ ions to 10, 50 and 100 dpa at 30 °C and 500 °C. Microstructural and mechanical characteristics of the irradiated samples were studied using different microscopy techniques and nanoindentation, respectively. Overall morphology and number density of the nanofeatures remained unchanged after irradiation. Average radius of nanofeatures in the irradiated sample (100 dpa at 500 °C) was slightly reduced. A notable level of irradiation hardening and enhanced dislocation activity occurred after ion irradiation except at 30 °C and ≥50 dpa. Other microstructural features like grain boundaries and high density of dislocations also provided defect sinks to assist in defect removal.

  8. Microstructural stability of a self-ion irradiated lanthana-bearing nanostructured ferritic steel

    Pasebani, Somayeh; Charit, Indrajit; Burns, Jatuporn; Alsagabi, Sultan; Butt, Darryl P.; Cole, James I.; Price, Lloyd M.; Shao, Lin

    2015-07-01

    Thermally stable nanofeatures with high number density are expected to impart excellent high temperature strength and irradiation stability in nanostructured ferritic steels (NFSs) which have potential applications in advanced nuclear reactors. A lanthana-bearing NFS (14LMT) developed via mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering was used in this study. The sintered samples were irradiated by Fe2+ ions to 10, 50 and 100 dpa at 30 °C and 500 °C. Microstructural and mechanical characteristics of the irradiated samples were studied using different microscopy techniques and nanoindentation, respectively. Overall morphology and number density of the nanofeatures remained unchanged after irradiation. Average radius of nanofeatures in the irradiated sample (100 dpa at 500 °C) was slightly reduced. A notable level of irradiation hardening and enhanced dislocation activity occurred after ion irradiation except at 30 °C and ⩾50 dpa. Other microstructural features like grain boundaries and high density of dislocations also provided defect sinks to assist in defect removal.

  9. Impact property degradation of ferritic/martensitic steels after the fast reactor irradiation 'ARBOR 1'

    In an energy generating fusion reactor, structural materials will be exposed to very high levels of irradiation damage of about 100 dpa. These damage conditions can be realized - in reasonable times - only in fast reactors. For this purpose a cooperation between Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe and State Scientific Centre of Russian Federation Research Institute of Atomic Reactors had been implemented. The irradiation project is named 'ARBOR 1' (Latin for tree). Impact, tensile and low cycle fatigue specimens of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels, e.g. EUROFER 97, F82H mod., OPTIFER IVc, EUROFER 97 with different boron contents and ODS-EUROFER 97 have been irradiated in a fast neutron flux of 1.8 x 1015 n/cm2 s (>0.1 MeV) at a temperature oC up to ∼30 dpa. In the post irradiation impact tests a dramatic increase in the ductile to brittle transition temperature as an effect of irradiation has been detected

  10. Modelling of the evolution of micro-grain misorientations during creep of tempered martensite ferritic steels

    Tempered martensite ferritic steels are prone to low-angle boundary (LAB) vanishing and micro-grain size increase during creep deformation. A physically based model of LAB vanishing during creep deformation is presented. The LABs are modelled by simple dislocation arrays following the Read and Shockley model. Depending on the activated slip systems, mobile edge/screw dislocations annihilate with LAB parallel dislocations of opposite sign. The LAB misorientation frequency evolution versus creep strain can be analytically computed. The material parameters are the fractions of edge/screw dislocations in the LABs and the critical edge/screw dislocation annihilation distances. Different LAB misorientation frequencies obtained by electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and available in the literature are used as input data of the simulations. The computed LAB misorientation frequencies are then compared with the experimental frequencies obtained at different creep strains. If the material parameters belong to physical ranges, their influence on the predictions remain rather weak. The model generally permits a reasonable prediction of misorientation and micro-grain size evolutions during creep. Finally, the effects of precipitate evolution, climb and internal stresses are discussed.

  11. Hot deformation behavior and microstructure evolution of a stabilized high-Cr ferritic stainless steel

    Mehtonen, S.V., E-mail: saara.mehtonen@oulu.fi [Center for Advanced Steels Research, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4200, Oulu 90014 (Finland); Karjalainen, L.P.; Porter, D.A. [Center for Advanced Steels Research, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4200, Oulu 90014 (Finland)

    2013-06-01

    The hot deformation behavior and static microstructure evolution of a 21Cr stabilized ferritic stainless steel was studied using axisymmetric hot compression tests on a Gleeble 1500 thermomechanical simulator. The deformation was carried out at 950–1050 °C to strains of 0.2 to 0.6 using strain rates of 0.01, 0.1 and 1 s{sup −1}. The compression was followed by a holding period of 0 to 180 s in order to study the static recrystallization kinetics. The electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) technique was used in analyzing the resultant microstructures. A constitutive equation that well describes the flow stress as a function of strain, strain rate and temperature was developed. The active dynamic restoration mechanism was found to depend on the Zener–Hollomon parameter, such that continuous dynamic recrystallization was observed under low Zener–Hollomon parameter conditions but under high Zener–Hollomon parameter microstructures were dynamically recovered, and no dynamic formation of new grains occurred. Static recrystallization resulted in little or no grain refinement, and further, strain did not have an accelerating effect on the static recrystallization kinetics beyond the strain of 0.4.

  12. Microstructural stability of a self-ion irradiated lanthana-bearing nanostructured ferritic steel

    Thermally stable nanofeatures with high number density are expected to impart excellent high temperature strength and irradiation stability in nanostructured ferritic steels (NFSs) which have potential applications in advanced nuclear reactors. A lanthana-bearing NFS (14LMT) developed via mechanical alloying and spark plasma sintering was used in this study. The sintered samples were irradiated by Fe2+ ions to 10, 50 and 100 dpa at 30 °C and 500 °C. Microstructural and mechanical characteristics of the irradiated samples were studied using different microscopy techniques and nanoindentation, respectively. Overall morphology and number density of the nanofeatures remained unchanged after irradiation. Average radius of nanofeatures in the irradiated sample (100 dpa at 500 °C) was slightly reduced. A notable level of irradiation hardening and enhanced dislocation activity occurred after ion irradiation except at 30 °C and ≥50 dpa. Other microstructural features like grain boundaries and high density of dislocations also provided defect sinks to assist in defect removal.

  13. Investigation on the precipitation behavior of M3C phase in T91 ferritic steels

    Highlights: → We investigated the precipitation behavior of M3C by using differential scanning calorimetry and infrared radiation thermometer. → In spite of various austenization conditions applied, the precipitation of M3C phase is depends only on the cooling rate. → Precipitation of M3C phase occurs before the onset of the martensite transformation. → Precipitation of M3C leads to the formation of wide martensite laths with a low dislocation density. - Abstract: As traditional 9-12% Cr heat-resistant ferritic steels, T91 steels have been considered as candidate reduced-activation materials for nuclear engineering applying due to its excellent creep resistance and high resistance to void formation during neutron irradiations at elevated temperature. Needle-like M3C precipitates are produced during the routine normalizing process before tempering. Differential scanning calorimetry and infrared radiation thermometer have been employed to study the precipitation behavior of the secondary M3C particles upon subsequent cooling process after austenization. Various austenization conditions (holding time, temperature and the subsequent cooling rate) were carried out to clarify effect of normalizing condition on the formation of the M3C phase. In spite of various austenization conditions applied, it is found that the precipitation of M3C phase is depends only on the cooling rate applied. Furthermore, the precipitation of M3C phase occurs before the onset of the martensite transformation, which is contrary to the previous statement that it takes place during the auto-tempering stage after martensitic transformation. The above observation points out that the precipitation of M3C would produce an effect on the subsequent martensitic transformation behavior, leading to the formation of wide martensite laths with a low dislocation density.

  14. Influence of delta ferrite and dendritic carbides on the impact and tensile properties of a martensitic chromium steel

    Martensitic chrome steels with a high content of chromium incline to form delta ferrite frequently accompanied by massive dendritic carbide precipitations. Both phases mostly influence the mechanical properties of this steel in countercurrent manner. The relatively soft delta ferrite causes an increase of ductility and toughness, whilst the brittle dendritic carbides decreases both. Both phases mostly decrease the strength of the steel. One or the other influence will be dominant in dependence of the quantitative relation of the two phases. This is the cause for very different statements in the literature. The dendritic carbides should be avoided using a cooling rate of more than 103 K/min after the austenitization, because this phase mostly impairs the mechanical properties of the steel. However, the delta ferrite without dendritic carbides can be tolerated mostly. (orig.)

  15. Study of corrosion resistance of AISI 444 ferritic stainless steel for application as a biomaterial

    Ferritic stainless steels are ferromagnetic materials. This property does not allow their use in orthopedic prosthesis. Nevertheless, in some specific applications, this characteristic is very useful, such as, for fixing dental and facial prostheses by using magnetic attachments. In this study, the corrosion resistance and cytotoxicity of the AISI 444 ferritic stainless steel, with low nickel content, extra-low interstitial levels (C and N) and Ti and Nb stabilizers, were investigated for magnetic dental attachments application. The ISO 5832-1 (ASTM F-139) austenitic stainless steel and a commercial universal keeper for dental attachment (Neo-magnet System) were evaluated for comparison reasons. The first stainless steel is the most used metallic material for prostheses, and the second one, is a ferromagnetic keeper for dental prostheses (NeoM). In vitro cytotoxicity analysis was performed by the red neutral incorporation method. The results showed that the AISI 444 stainless steel is non cytotoxic. The corrosion resistance was studied by anodic polarization methods and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), in a saline phosphate buffered solution (PBS) at 37 °C. The electronic properties of the passive film formed on AISI 444 SS were evaluated by the Mott-Schottky approach. All tested materials showed passivity in the PBS medium and the passive oxide film presented a duplex nature. The highest susceptibility to pitting corrosion was associated to the NeoM SS. This steel was also associated to the highest dopant concentration. The comparatively low levels of chromium (nearly 12.5%) and molybdenum (0.3%) of NeoM relatively to the other studied stainless steels are the probable cause of its lower corrosion resistance. The NeoM chemical composition does not match that of the SUS444 standards. The AISI 444 SS pitting resistance was equivalent to the ISO 5832-1 pointing out that it is a potential candidate for replacement of commercial ferromagnetic alloys used

  16. Effects of radiation on spinodal decomposition of ferrite in duplex stainless steel

    Duplex stainless steel specimens embrittled by temperature-accelerated thermal aging at 400 °C for 40,000 h were irradiated at 300 °C to 1 dpa with 6.4 MeV Fe3+ ions to study the effects of radiation on spinodal decomposition of ferrite. The microstructural change was examined by atom probe tomography, and the hardness change was measured with an ultra-micro hardness tester. Hardening of the ferrite in thermal aged specimens was reduced by irradiation, whereas the ferrite of the unaged specimen was hardened by it. The spinodal decomposition of the ferrite into Fe-rich α phase and Cr-rich α′ phase, and G-phase precipitation occurred after the thermal aging. Fluctuation of the Cr concentration based on the formation of Cr-rich α′ phase decrease by irradiation. This suggested that irradiation caused the disappearance of spinodal decomposition. The decrease in spinodal decomposition correlated with a decrease in hardness

  17. Influence of delta ferrite content and welding variables on notch toughness of austenitic stainless steel weldments

    Two series of austenitic stainless steel weld deposits are evaluated to explore the separate contributions of delta ferrite content and welding variables to apparent notch toughness. Charpy-V and Dynamic Tear test determinations are used for weld deposit comparisons. The investigation represents the first part of a two part study of variable weld notch toughness in preirradiation and postirradiation conditions for the temperature range 750F (240C) to 11000F (5930C). Weld Series 1, represented by four 21/2-in. thick AISI Type 308 weld deposits (shielded metal arc) exhibited delta ferrite contents ranging from ferrite number 5.2 to 19.0. Variations in delta ferrite content within this range did not appear to be a major factor in observed toughness trends. Weld Series 2, formed of six 1-in. thick AISI Type 316 weld deposits (submerged arc), indicated that welding parameters and minor differences in flux lot formulations can contribute to variable notch toughness. Initial radiation tests demonstrate that a fluence of 8 to 9 x 1019 n/cm2 greater than 0.1 MeV at 500 to 5500F (260 to 2880C) can produce large reductions in Charpy-V notch ductility for Types 308 and 316 weld deposits

  18. Stress–strain behavior of ferrite and bainite with nano-precipitation in low carbon steels

    We systematically investigate stress–strain behavior of ferrite and bainite with nano-sized vanadium carbides in low carbon steels; the ferrite samples were obtained through austenite/ferrite transformation accompanied with interphase precipitation and the bainite samples were via austenite/bainite transformation with subsequent aging. The stress–strain curves of both samples share several common features, i.e. high yield stress, relatively low work hardening and sufficient tensile elongation. Strengthening contributions from solute atoms, grain boundaries, dislocations and precipitates are calculated based on the structural parameters, and the calculation result is compared with the experimentally-obtained yield stress. The contributions from solute atoms and grain boundaries are simply additive, whereas those from dislocations and precipitates should be treated by taking the square root of the sum of the squares of two values. Nano-sized carbides may act as sites for dislocation multiplication in the early stage of deformation, while they may enhance dislocation annihilation in the later stage of deformation. Such enhanced dynamic recovery might be the reason for a relatively large elongation in both ferrite and bainite samples

  19. Effects of radiation on spinodal decomposition of ferrite in duplex stainless steel

    Fujii, K.; Fukuya, K.

    2013-09-01

    Duplex stainless steel specimens embrittled by temperature-accelerated thermal aging at 400 °C for 40,000 h were irradiated at 300 °C to 1 dpa with 6.4 MeV Fe3+ ions to study the effects of radiation on spinodal decomposition of ferrite. The microstructural change was examined by atom probe tomography, and the hardness change was measured with an ultra-micro hardness tester. Hardening of the ferrite in thermal aged specimens was reduced by irradiation, whereas the ferrite of the unaged specimen was hardened by it. The spinodal decomposition of the ferrite into Fe-rich α phase and Cr-rich α' phase, and G-phase precipitation occurred after the thermal aging. Fluctuation of the Cr concentration based on the formation of Cr-rich α' phase decrease by irradiation. This suggested that irradiation caused the disappearance of spinodal decomposition. The decrease in spinodal decomposition correlated with a decrease in hardness.

  20. Stress and adhesion of chromia-rich scales on ferritic stainless steels in relation with spallation

    A. Galerie

    2004-03-01

    Full Text Available The relation between chromia scale spallation during oxidation or cooling down of ferritic stainless steels is generally discussed in terms of mechanical stresses induced by volume changes or differential thermal expansion. In the present paper, growth and thermal stress measurements in scales grown on different ferritic steel grades have shown that the main stress accumulation occurs during isothermal scale growth and that thermal stresses are of minor importance. However, when spallation occurs, it is always during cooling down. Steel-oxide interface undulation seems to play a major role at this stage, thus relating spallation to the metal mechanical properties, thickness and surface preparation. A major influence on spallation of the minor stabilizing elements of the steels was observed which could not be related to any difference in stress state. Therefore, an original inverted blister test was developed to derive quantitative values of the metal-oxide adhesion energy. These values clearly confirmed that this parameter was influenced by scale thickness and by minor additions, titanium greatly increasing adhesion whereas niobium decreased it.

  1. Development of a ferritic low-carbon steel for elevated temperature service

    A readily weldable 12Cr-2Mo steel with excellent creep-rupture characteristics has been developed. The outstanding weldability of the new steel results from its low carbon content, nominally 0.075%, and the high creep resistance of the steel is due to its martensitic microstructure strengthened with dispersed austenite. In addition to 12% Cr and 2% Mo the steel contains 0.6% Mn, 6% Ni, 0.25% V, 0.1% Nb, and 0.04% N. The tempering response of the new steel is essentially flat for a wide range of tempering conditions. When tempered for 1 hour at 7000C (12900F), the steel exhibits room temperature yield and tensile strengths of 790 and 1080 MPa (115 and 156 ksi), respectively, with 15% elongation and 64% area reduction. Elevated temperature tensile properties at 6490C (12000F) include yield and tensile strengths of 345 and 405 MPa (50 and 58 ksi), respectively, with 32% elongation and 89% area reduction. The steel exhibits 100% ductile fracture in room temperature Charpy V-notch (CVN) impact tests, with a typical impact energy of 135 J (100 ft-lb). In creep-rupture tests at 6490C (12000F) the steel exhibits rupture strengths and minimum creep rates at least comparable to those of Type 316 stainless steel. The steel is easily hot worked and is weldable without the need for pre-heat or post-weld stress relief. The combination of very high strength, excellent weldability, and stable, predominantly ferritic microstructure makes this steel an attractive candidate for use in nuclear energy applications

  2. Corrosion of an austenite and ferrite stainless steel weld

    BRANIMIR N. GRGUR; VLADANA N. RAJAKOVIĆ-OGNJANOVIĆ

    2011-01-01

    Dissimilar metal connections are prone to frequent failures. These failures are attributed to the difference in the mechanical properties across the weld, the coefficients of thermal expansion of the two types of steels and the resulting creep at the interface. For the weld analyzed in this research, it was shown that corrosion measurements can be used for a proper evaluation of the quality of weld material and for the prediction of whether or not the material, after the applied welding proce...

  3. Microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of a hot-rolled directly quenched and partitioned steel containing proeutectoid ferrite

    A low carbon V microalloyed steel was treated by hot-rolling direct quenching and partitioning (HDQ and P) processes. The microstructures were characterized by polygonal proeutectoid ferrite and lath martensite accompanying with both blocky and film-like retained austenite. This kind of HDQ and P steel possesses a lower yield ratio and similar tensile strength and elongation when compared with the existing HDQ and P steel without ferrite. Partitioning processes with different time were designed to optimize the characteristics of the retained austenite and to control its stability. The microstructure–properties relationship, the stability of the retained austenite, and the transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) behavior were investigated by comparing the microstructures and mechanical properties of the HDQ and P sheets with those of the TRIP sheets. The results show that the introduction of proeutectoid ferrite can ensure the low yield strengths of the materials and simultaneously intensify the inhomogeneous distributions of carbon and silicon in the untransformed austenite. The particular element distributions result in a considerable amount of large blocky retained austenite locating on the ferrite/martensite boundaries or in some regions surrounded by ferrite. The high tensile strength of the HDQ and P steel can be attributed to the major martensitic structure, the V-bearing precipitates in ferrite and the TRIP effect of the retained austenite. The outstanding combination of strength, yield ratio and ductility, which synthesizes the advantages of dual-phase (DP) steel, TRIP steel and Q and P steel, indicates that the HDQ and P steel has a great potential for practical application

  4. Microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of a hot-rolled directly quenched and partitioned steel containing proeutectoid ferrite

    Xu, Yunbo; Tan, Xiaodong, E-mail: tanxiaodong163@163.com; Yang, Xiaolong; Hu, Zhiping; Peng, Fei; Wu, Di; Wang, Guodong

    2014-06-01

    A low carbon V microalloyed steel was treated by hot-rolling direct quenching and partitioning (HDQ and P) processes. The microstructures were characterized by polygonal proeutectoid ferrite and lath martensite accompanying with both blocky and film-like retained austenite. This kind of HDQ and P steel possesses a lower yield ratio and similar tensile strength and elongation when compared with the existing HDQ and P steel without ferrite. Partitioning processes with different time were designed to optimize the characteristics of the retained austenite and to control its stability. The microstructure–properties relationship, the stability of the retained austenite, and the transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) behavior were investigated by comparing the microstructures and mechanical properties of the HDQ and P sheets with those of the TRIP sheets. The results show that the introduction of proeutectoid ferrite can ensure the low yield strengths of the materials and simultaneously intensify the inhomogeneous distributions of carbon and silicon in the untransformed austenite. The particular element distributions result in a considerable amount of large blocky retained austenite locating on the ferrite/martensite boundaries or in some regions surrounded by ferrite. The high tensile strength of the HDQ and P steel can be attributed to the major martensitic structure, the V-bearing precipitates in ferrite and the TRIP effect of the retained austenite. The outstanding combination of strength, yield ratio and ductility, which synthesizes the advantages of dual-phase (DP) steel, TRIP steel and Q and P steel, indicates that the HDQ and P steel has a great potential for practical application.

  5. Effects of Widmanstaetten ferrite on the mechanical properties of a 0. 2 pct C-0. 7 pct Mn steel

    Bodnar, R.L.; Hansen, S.S. (Bethlehem Steel Corp., PA (United States). Hot Rolled Products Div.)

    1994-04-01

    Laboratory melted and rolled C-Mn steel plates were austenitized at either 925 C or 1,150 C to produce nominal austenite grain sizes of 60 and 200 [mu]m, respectively. The plates were then cooled at rates in the range of about 2 C/min to 400 C/min to produce mixed polygonal ferrite/Widmanstaetten ferrite/pearlite microstructures. The percentage of Widmanstaetten structure (a Widmanstaetten ferrite/pearlite aggregate) increases with increasing prior austenite grain size and cooling rate. Both yield strength and impact toughness increase with decreasing austenite grain size and increasing cooling rate. This simultaneous improvement in strength and toughness is attributed to overall refinement of both the polygonal ferrite and Widmanstaetten structure. Both yield and tensile strength increase with an increase in the volume fraction of Widmanstaetten ferrite and a reduction in ferrite grain size-ID contrast, the toughness level achieved in these polygonal ferrite/Widmanstaetten ferrite/pearlite microstructures depends largely on the ferrite grain size; the finer the grain size, the better the toughness.

  6. New low carbon Q and P steels containing film-like intercritical ferrite

    In this work, the application of the Quenching and Partitioning (Q and P) process to two low-carbon steels has led to the development of a new kind of steel microstructure formed by laths of martensite separated by films of intercritical ferrite and retained austenite. The chemical compositions of the steels have been specially designed for this process, containing 3.5 wt.% Mn to retard the formation of bainite and combinations of Si and Al to avoid cementite precipitation. The microstructural changes occurring during the application of the heat treatments are discussed in terms of the current knowledge of the Q and P process and the experimental observations. A significant amount of retained austenite has been obtained in both steels after application of appropriate heat treatments, especially in the steel alloyed with higher amount of Si, in which the volume fraction of retained austenite reached values up to 0.19. Tensile tests in some selected specimens of both materials have shown outstanding combinations of strength and ductility, indicating that the designed Q and P steels are a promising candidate for the development of a new generation of advanced high strength steels.

  7. Microstructure of a 14Cr-ODS ferritic steel before and after helium ion implantation

    A 14Cr-ODS ferritic steel with the nominal compositions of Fe–14Cr–2 W–0.3Ti–0.3Y2O3 (wt.%) was produced by mechanical alloying (MA) and hot isostatic pressing (HIP). Helium ion was implanted into the 14Cr-ODS steel along with Eurofer 97 steel as reference at 400 °C to a fluence of 1 × 1017 He+/cm2. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), high angle annual dark field (HAADF) scanning TEM (STEM) and atom probe tomography (APT) were used to characterize the microstructure of 14Cr-ODS and Eurofer 97 steels before and after helium implantation. High-density Y–Ti–O-rich nanoclusters and Y2Ti2O7 precipitates as well as large Cr–Ti rich oxides were observed in the 14Cr-ODS steel. The average size of Y–Ti–O nanoclusters and Y2Ti2O7 precipitates is 9 nm. After helium implantation, the helium bubbles formed in the 14Cr-ODS steel exhibit the smaller size and the lower volume fraction than that in Eurofer 97 steel, indicating high-density nano-scale precipitates can effectively suppress the coarsening of helium bubbles

  8. Microstructure and mechanical properties of friction stir processed ODS ferritic steels

    Noh, Sanghoon; Kasada, Ryuta; Kimura, Akihiko; Park, Seung Hwan C.; Hirano, Satoshi

    2011-10-01

    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels are considered to be one of the candidate structural materials for advanced blanket systems because of its excellent properties in fusion environments. For more applications of the ODS steels to fusion systems with a huge and complex structure, development of joining technologies is a key issue to be solved. To reserve nano-oxide particles in the matrix homogeneously, the friction stir welding (FSW) is a suitable way to get good welding characteristics as a solid-state processing technique. In this research, effects of friction stir processing (FSP) on microstructure and mechanical properties of a ODS steel were studied to apply FSW process to ODS steels. The microstructure of FSPed ODS steel consists of stirred zone (SZ) and base metal (BM), as reported for other ferritic steels. Although equiaxed grain coarsening occurred through dynamic recrystallization during FSP, the nano-oxide particles in SZ showed fewer change in the size distribution. This resulted that FSP is effective to suppress the anisotropy and minimize the change of nano-oxide particles dispersion morphologies of ODS steel.

  9. Microstructure and mechanical properties of friction stir processed ODS ferritic steels

    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels are considered to be one of the candidate structural materials for advanced blanket systems because of its excellent properties in fusion environments. For more applications of the ODS steels to fusion systems with a huge and complex structure, development of joining technologies is a key issue to be solved. To reserve nano-oxide particles in the matrix homogeneously, the friction stir welding (FSW) is a suitable way to get good welding characteristics as a solid-state processing technique. In this research, effects of friction stir processing (FSP) on microstructure and mechanical properties of a ODS steel were studied to apply FSW process to ODS steels. The microstructure of FSPed ODS steel consists of stirred zone (SZ) and base metal (BM), as reported for other ferritic steels. Although equiaxed grain coarsening occurred through dynamic recrystallization during FSP, the nano-oxide particles in SZ showed fewer change in the size distribution. This resulted that FSP is effective to suppress the anisotropy and minimize the change of nano-oxide particles dispersion morphologies of ODS steel.

  10. Friction Characteristics of Nitrided Layers on AISI 430 Ferritic Stainless Steel Obtained by Various Nitriding Processes

    Hakan AYDIN

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The influence of plasma, gas and salt-bath nitriding techniques on the friction coefficient of AISI 430 ferritic stainless steel was studied in this paper. Samples were plasma nitrided in 80 % N2 + 20 % H2 atmosphere at 450 °C and 520 °C for 8 h at a pressure of 2 mbar, gas nitrided in NH3 and CO2 atmosphere at 570 °C for 13 h and salt-bath nitrided in a cyanide-cyanate salt-bath at 570 °C for 1.5 h. Characterisation of nitrided layers on the ferritic stainless steel was carried out by means of microstructure, microhardness, surface roughness and friction coefficient measurements. Friction characteristics of the nitrided layers on the 430 steel were investigated using a ball-on-disc friction-wear tester with a WC-Co ball as the counter-body under dry sliding conditions. Analysis of wear tracks was carried out by scanning electron microscopy. Maximum hardness and maximum case depth were achieved on the plasma nitrided sample at 520 ºC for 8 h. The plasma and salt-bath nitriding techniques significantly decreased the average surface roughness of the 430 ferritic stainless steel. The friction test results showed that the salt-bath nitrided layer had better friction-reducing ability than the other nitrided layers under dry sliding conditions. Furthermore, the friction characteristic of the plasma nitrided layer at 520 ºC was better than that of the plasma nitrided layer at 450 °C.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.19.1.3819

  11. Quantitative prediction of deformed austenite and transformed ferrite texture in hot-rolled steel sheet

    Tanaka, Y.; Tomida, T.; Mohles, V.

    2015-04-01

    A model to quantitatively predict ferrite (α) textures in hot-rolled steel sheets has been developed. In this model, the crystal plasticity model, called “Grain Interaction model (GIA)”, and the transformation texture model, called “Double K-S relation (DKS)”, are linked together. The deformed austenite (γ) texture is predicted by GIA with taking not only the standard {111} slip system but also non-octahedral slip systems into account. Then the transformed a texture is calculated by DKS, in which a nucleated α prefers to have orientation relationship near the Kurdjumov-Sachs relation with both of two neighboring γ grains. For validation, single pass hot-rolling tests on a C-Si-Mn steel were carried out. The comparison between the predicted and the experimental textures shows that the linked model (GIA & DKS) can lead to a remarkable reproduction of the texture of hot-rolled steel sheets.

  12. Influence of ferrite decomposition mechanisms on the corrosion resistance of an aged duplex stainless steel

    The effect of long term aging of a duplex stainless steel type X6 CrNiMoCu25-6 on pitting and intergranular corrosion was investigated by various electrochemical methods including cyclic potentiodynamic tests, potentio-kinetic tests and DL-EPR (Double Loop Electrochemical Potentio-kinetic Reactivation) tests. It was established that the spinodal decomposition of ferrite (α' + G) after aging at 400 C during 1000 h leads to localized chromium depletion (wavelength 20 nm) without any detrimental effect on the pitting and intergranular resistance of this steel in synthetic sea water, compared to the annealed steel. However, aging at 500 C for 1000 h generates carbides and intermetallic phases by nucleation and growth producing larger chromium depleted areas, which results in lower pitting and intergranular corrosion resistance in synthetic sea water. (authors)

  13. Neutron irradiation effects on the ductile-brittle transition of ferritic/martensitic steels

    Klueh, R.L.; Alexander, D.J. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1997-08-01

    Ferritic/martensitic steels such as the conventional 9Cr-1MoVNb (Fe-9Cr-1Mo-0.25V-0.06Nb-0.1C) and 12Cr-1MoVW (Fe-12Cr-1Mo-0.25V-0.5W-0.5Ni-0.2C) steels have been considered potential structural materials for future fusion power plants. The major obstacle to their use is embrittlement caused by neutron irradiation. Observations on this irradiation embrittlement is reviewed. Below 425-450{degrees}C, neutron irradiation hardens the steels. Hardening reduces ductility, but the major effect is an increase in the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and a decrease in the upper-shelf energy, as measured by a Charpy impact test. After irradiation, DBTT values can increase to well above room temperature, thus increasing the chances of brittle rather than ductile fracture.

  14. Tensile and creep properties of an oxide dispersion-strengthened ferritic steel

    The tensile and creep properties of two oxide dispersion-strengthened (ODS) steels with nominal compositions of Fe-12Cr-0.25Y2O3 (designated 12Y1) and Fe-12Cr-2.5W-0.4Ti-0.25Y2O3 (12YWT) were investigated. Optical microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atom probe field ion microscopy studies indicated that the 12YWT contained a high density of extremely fine Y-Ti-O clusters, compared to the much larger oxide particles in the 12Y1. The fine dispersion of particles gave the 12YWT better tensile and creep properties compared to commercial ODS alloys and ferritic/martensitic steels that would be replaced by the new ODS steel

  15. Structure of Oxide Nanoparticles in Fe-16Cr MA/ODS Ferritic Steel

    Hsiung, L; Fluss, M; Kimura, A

    2010-04-06

    Oxide nanoparticles in Fe-16Cr ODS ferritic steel fabricated by mechanical alloying (MA) method have been examined using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) techniques. A partial crystallization of oxide nanoparticles was frequently observed in as-fabricated ODS steel. The crystal structure of crystalline oxide particles is identified to be mainly Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} (YAM) with a monoclinic structure. Large nanoparticles with a diameter larger than 20 nm tend to be incoherent and have a nearly spherical shape, whereas small nanoparticles with a diameter smaller than 10 nm tend to be coherent or semi-coherent and have faceted boundaries. The oxide nanoparticles become fully crystallized after prolonged annealing at 900 C. These results lead us to propose a three-stage formation mechanism of oxide nanoparticles in MA/ODS steels.

  16. Effect of the radiation in the reference temperature T0 in ferritic steel

    The present work studies the effect that produces the irradiation in ferritic steels (AISI 8620) on the reference temperature (T0) that characterizes the tenacity to the fractures (KJC) of these materials obtaining this way a characteristic curve (Master Curve) of this steel. The approach of the 'Master curve' is based on the Astm E-1921. Following this standard the methodology of a sub size settled down in Charpy type test tubes. Due to this type of steels is used mainly in pressure vessels of the reactor in Nuclear Power plants, the fracture tenacity gives the rule at the moment for the verification of structural integrity of the pressure vessel of the reactor. (Author)

  17. Characteristics of low nickel ferritic-austenitic corrosion resistant cast steel

    B. Kalandyk

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of microscopic examinations of corrosion resistant cast steel with reduced nickel content obtained in a test casting with varying wall thickness. Investigations were carried out in as-cast condition and after heat treatment. Regardless of the casting wall thickness, increasing the manganese and nitrogen content to about 5 % and 2 500 ppm, respectively, yields the material with a two-phase microstructure containing ferrite in an amount of 55,6 ÷ 57,2 % (magnetic method and 52,3 ÷ 55,2 % (analytical method. Based on the results of metallographic examinations, total elimination of the secondary austenite from the microstructure was observed. Microhardness measurements showed average values of 352,3 μHV20 and 267 μHV20 for the chromium ferrite and austenite, respectively.

  18. Effect of niobium clustering and precipitation on strength of an NbTi-microalloyed ferritic steel

    Kostryzhev, A.G., E-mail: kostryzhev@yahoo.com [School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, NSW 2500 (Australia); Al Shahrani, A. [School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, NSW 2500 (Australia); Zhu, C.; Cairney, J.M.; Ringer, S.P. [Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Killmore, C.R. [BlueScope Steel Limited, Five Islands Road, Port Kembla, NSW 2505 (Australia); Pereloma, E.V. [School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, NSW 2500 (Australia); UOW Electron Microscopy Centre, University of Wollongong, NSW 2519 (Australia)

    2014-06-01

    The microstructure–property relationship of an NbTi-microalloyed ferritic steel was studied as a function of thermo-mechanical schedule using a Gleeble 3500 simulator, optical and scanning electron microscope, and atom probe tomography. Contributions to the yield stress from grain size, solid solution, work hardening, particle and cluster strengthening were calculated using the established equations and the measured microstructural parameters. With a decrease in the austenite deformation temperature the yield stress decreased, following a decrease in the number density of >20 nm Nb-rich particles and ≈5 nm Nb-C clusters, although the grain refinement contribution increased. To achieve the maximum cluster/precipitation strengthening in ferrite, the austenite deformation should be carried out in the recrystallisation temperature region where there is a limited tendency for strain-induced precipitation. Based on the analysis of cluster strengthening increment, it could be suggested that the mechanism of dislocation–cluster interaction is closer to shearing than looping.

  19. Effect of niobium clustering and precipitation on strength of an NbTi-microalloyed ferritic steel

    The microstructure–property relationship of an NbTi-microalloyed ferritic steel was studied as a function of thermo-mechanical schedule using a Gleeble 3500 simulator, optical and scanning electron microscope, and atom probe tomography. Contributions to the yield stress from grain size, solid solution, work hardening, particle and cluster strengthening were calculated using the established equations and the measured microstructural parameters. With a decrease in the austenite deformation temperature the yield stress decreased, following a decrease in the number density of >20 nm Nb-rich particles and ≈5 nm Nb-C clusters, although the grain refinement contribution increased. To achieve the maximum cluster/precipitation strengthening in ferrite, the austenite deformation should be carried out in the recrystallisation temperature region where there is a limited tendency for strain-induced precipitation. Based on the analysis of cluster strengthening increment, it could be suggested that the mechanism of dislocation–cluster interaction is closer to shearing than looping

  20. A correlative approach to segmenting phases and ferrite morphologies in transformation-induced plasticity steel using electron back-scattering diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.

    Gazder, Azdiar A; Al-Harbi, Fayez; Spanke, Hendrik Th; Mitchell, David R G; Pereloma, Elena V

    2014-12-01

    Using a combination of electron back-scattering diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy data, a segmentation procedure was developed to comprehensively distinguish austenite, martensite, polygonal ferrite, ferrite in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite laths in a thermo-mechanically processed low-Si, high-Al transformation-induced plasticity steel. The efficacy of the ferrite morphologies segmentation procedure was verified by transmission electron microscopy. The variation in carbon content between the ferrite in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite laths was explained on the basis of carbon partitioning during their growth. PMID:25126753

  1. Bismuth Ferrite for Active Control of Surface Plasmon Polariton Modes

    Babicheva, Viktoriia; Zhukovsky, Sergei; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    We propose and investigate several layouts of m etal-insulator-metal waveguide with active core which can be utilized for dynamic switching in photonic integrated circuits. The active material, bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3), is sandwiched between metal plates and changes i ts refractive index through ...

  2. Bismuth Ferrite for Active Control of Surface Plasmon Polariton Modes

    Babicheva, Viktoriia; Zhukovsky, Sergei; Lavrinenko, Andrei

    2014-01-01

    We propose and investigate several layouts of m etal-insulator-metal waveguide with active core which can be utilized for dynamic switching in photonic integrated circuits. The active material, bismuth ferrite (BiFeO3), is sandwiched between metal plates and changes i ts refractive index through...

  3. Irradiation-induced precipitation modelling of ferritic steels

    Yin, You Fa; Faulkner, Roy G.; Lu, Zheng

    2009-06-01

    In high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels typically used in reactor pressure vessels (RPV), irradiation-induced microstructure changes affect the performance of the components. One such change is precipitation hardening due to the formation of solute clusters and/or precipitates which form as a result of irradiation-enhanced solute diffusion and thermodynamic stability changes. The other is irradiation-enhanced tempering which is a result of carbide coarsening due to irradiation-enhanced carbon diffusion. Both effects have been studied using a recently developed Monte Carlo based precipitation kinetics simulation technique and modelling results are compared with experimental measurements. Good agreements have been achieved.

  4. Irradiation-induced precipitation modelling of ferritic steels

    Yin, Y.F. [Department of Materials, Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU (United Kingdom)], E-mail: y.yin@lboro.ac.uk; Faulkner, Roy G.; Zheng Lu [Department of Materials, Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU (United Kingdom)

    2009-05-31

    In high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels typically used in reactor pressure vessels (RPV), irradiation-induced microstructure changes affect the performance of the components. One such change is precipitation hardening due to the formation of solute clusters and/or precipitates which form as a result of irradiation-enhanced solute diffusion and thermodynamic stability changes. The other is irradiation-enhanced tempering which is a result of carbide coarsening due to irradiation-enhanced carbon diffusion. Both effects have been studied using a recently developed Monte Carlo based precipitation kinetics simulation technique and modelling results are compared with experimental measurements. Good agreements have been achieved.

  5. Beneficial influence of an intercritically rolled recovered ferritic matrix on the mechanical properties of TRIP-assisted multiphase steels

    Godet, S.; Jacques, Pascal

    2015-01-01

    The present study deals with the microstucture and mechanical properties of intercritically rolled TRIP-assisted multiphase steels. It is shown that the occurrence of the TRIP effect in a recovered ferritic matrix brings about an improved strength-ductility balance with respect to a fully recrystallised ferrite matrix. On the other hand, the intercritical deformation does not influence the austenite transformation rate during straining at room temperature. The improvement of the mechanical pr...

  6. Modelling of creep damage development in ferritic steels

    Sandstroem, R. [Swedish Institute for Metals Research, Stockholm (Sweden)

    1998-12-31

    The physical creep damage, which is observed in fossil-fired power plants, is mainly due to the formation of cavities and their interaction. It has previously been demonstrated that both the nucleation and growth of creep cavities can be described by power functions in strain for low alloy and 12 % CrMoV creep resistant steels. It possible to show that the physical creep damage is proportional to the product of the number of cavities and their area. Hence, the physical creep damage can also be expressed in terms of the creep strain. In the presentation this physical creep damage is connected to the empirical creep damage classes (1-5). A creep strain-time function, which is known to be applicable to low alloy and 12 % CrMoV creep resistant steels, is used to describe tertiary creep. With this creep strain - time model the residual lifetime can be predicted from the observed damage. For a given damage class the remaining life is directly proportional to the service time. An expression for the time to the next inspection is proposed. This expression is a function of fraction of the total allowed damage, which is consumed till the next inspection. (orig.) 10 refs.

  7. Investigation of iron-chromium-niobium-titanium ferritic stainless steel for solid oxide fuel cell interconnect applications

    Yang, Zhenguo; Xia, Guan-Guang; Wang, Chong-Min; Nie, Zimin; Templeton, Joshua; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Singh, Prabhakar

    As part of an effort to develop cost-effective ferritic stainless steel-based interconnects for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks, both bare AISI441 and AISI441 coated with (Mn,Co) 3O 4 protection layers were studied in terms of its metallurgical characteristics, oxidation behavior, and electrical performance. The addition of minor alloying elements, in particular Nb, led to formation of Laves phases both inside grains and along grain boundaries. In particular, the Laves phase which precipitated out along grain boundaries during exposure at intermediate SOFC operating temperatures was found to be rich in both Nb and Si. The capture of Si in the Laves phase minimized the Si activity in the alloy matrix and prevented formation of an insulating silica layer at the scale/metal interface, resulting in a reduction in area-specific electrical resistance (ASR). However, the relatively high oxidation rate of the steel, which leads to increasing ASR over time, and the need to prevent volatilization of chromium from the steel necessitates the application of a conductive protection layer on the steel. In particular, the application of a Mn 1.5Co 1.5O 4 spinel protection layer substantially improved the electrical performance of the 441 by reducing the oxidation rate.

  8. Electronic Structures and Alloying Behaviors of Ferrite Phases in High Co-Ni Secondary Hardened Martensitic Steels

    2000-01-01

    @@The electronic structure of ferrite (tempered martensite phase) in high Co-Ni secondary hardened martensitic steel has been investigated. The local density of states (LDOS) of alloying elements in the steel displays the relationship between solid solubility and the shape of the LDOS. The bond order integral (BOI) between atoms in the steel shows that the directional bonding of the p orbital of Si or C leads to the brittleness of the steel. At last, ∑BOI between atoms demonstrate that C, Co, Mn, Cr, Mo, Si strengthen the alloyed steel through solid-solution effects.

  9. Relation among rolling parameters, microstructures and mechanical properties in an acicular ferrite pipeline steel

    The correlation among thermo-mechanical controlled processing (TMCP) parameters, microstructures and mechanical properties of an acicular ferrite (AF) pipeline steel was investigated in this study. The steel was hot rolled by four different kinds of TMCP to obtain different AF microstructures, and the corresponding mechanical properties were analyzed. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis was conducted to determine the effective grain size (EGS) in the steel. It was found that the EGS in the steel reduced obviously with decrease of the finish rolling temperature (FRT), but little changed with the cooling rate (CR) and the simulated coiling temperature (SCT). Additionally, the fraction of low angle grain boundaries (LAGBs) increased with increasing CR in the experimental range. It was shown that yield strength of the steel was enhanced by the increased CR and SCT, and reduced FRT, which were corresponding with the increases of LAGB fraction and precipitated carbonitrides as well as the decrease of EGS, respectively. Charpy impact results showed that the low temperature toughness of the steel with FRT about 40 oC above Ar3 tended to be the best, which was in good accordance with the highest fraction of high angle grain boundaries (HAGBs), but seemed not to be related with the EGS.

  10. Microstructural evolution of P92 ferritic/martensitic steel under argon ion irradiation

    Microstructural evolution of P92 ferritic/martensitic steel irradiated by Ar+ ion beams at doses from 0.6 to 230 displacements per atom (dpa) at room temperature was investigated with conventional transmission electron microscope technique. Selected-area electron diffraction combined with bright-field and dark-field contrast image indicated that carbide/matrix interfaces were more easily damaged. The carbide peripheries became partly amorphous at irradiation dose of 2.3 dpa and were almost complete amorphous at the dose of 11.5 dpa. The small carbides would re-precipitate in matrices at 34.5 dpa. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis revealed that segregation of Cr and W and depletion of Fe in carbides occurred under irradiation. With the irradiation dose increasing, the irradiation induced segregation and depletion became more severe, which would influence mechanical properties of the steel. - Research Highlights: → Carbide/matrix interfaces in P92 ferritic/martensitic steel were easily damaged. → Small carbides re-precipitated in matrices after higher dose irradiation. → Segregation of Cr and W and depletion of Fe in carbides occurred after irradiation.

  11. Microstructure characterization and tensile properties of 18Cr–4Al-oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel

    Li, Shaofu; Zhou, Zhangjian, E-mail: zhouzhj@mater.ustb.edu.cn; Li, Ming; Wang, Man; Zhang, Guangming

    2015-11-05

    A microstructural characterization was performed on an 18Cr–4Al oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steel using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was found that the secondary phases in the 18Cr–4Al-ODS ferritic steel can be roughly divided into three categories according to their size-level: (1) micron-sized intermetallic σ and YAl phases; (2) submicron-sized precipitates consisting of TiN and AlN precipitates; (3) nano-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y–Ti–O/Y–Al–O complex oxide particles with diameters in a broad size range from several to dozens of nanometers. In addition, tensile testing results revealed that the 18Cr–4Al-ODS sample exhibited better tensile strength and ductility as compared with another commercial ODS steel with similar composition. - Graphical abstract: TEM BF micrographs of carbon extraction replicas of the as-heat treated 18Cr–4Al-ODS sample. - Highlights: • Various types of secondary phase precipitates were identified. • Two kinds of nano-sized particles (Y–Ti–O/Y–Al–O) were found in matrix. • Nano-sized oxide particles uniformly dispersed in matrix. • Correlation between secondary phases and tensile properties was discussed.

  12. Microstructure examination of Fe–14Cr ODS ferritic steels produced through different processing routes

    Oksiuta, Z., E-mail: z.oksiuta@pb.edu.pl [Bialystok University of Technology, Mechanical Department (Poland); Hosemann, P. [University of California Berkeley, Nuclear Engineering, 4169 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Vogel, S.C. [Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, PO Box 1663, NM (United States); Baluc, N. [Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, Association Euratom-Confédération Suisse, Villigen PSI 5232 (Switzerland)

    2014-08-01

    Various thermo-mechanical treatments were applied to refine and homogenise grain size and improve mechanical properties of hot-isostatically pressed (HIP) 14%Cr ODS ferritic steel. The grain size was reduced, improving mechanical properties, tensile strength and Charpy impact, however bimodal-like distribution was also observed. As a result, larger, frequently elongated grains with size above 1 μm and refined, equiaxed grains with a diameter ranging from 250 to 500 nm. Neutron diffraction measurements revealed that for HIP followed by hydrostatic extrusion material the strongest fiber texture was observed oriented parallel to the extrusion direction. In comparison with hot rolling and hot pressing methods, this material exhibited promising mechanical properties: the ultimate tensile strength of 1350 MPa, yield strength of 1280 MPa, total elongation of 21.7% and Charpy impact energy of 5.8 J. Inferior Charpy impact energy of ∼3.0 J was measured for HIP and hot rolled material, emphasising that parameters of this manufacturing process still have to be optimised. As an alternative manufacturing route, due to the uniform microstructure and simplicity of the process, hot pressing might be a promising method for production of smaller parts of ODS ferritic steels. Besides, the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature of all thermo-mechanically treated materials, in comparison with as-HIPped ODS steel, was improved by more than 50%, the transition temperature ranging from 50 to 70 °C (323 and 343 K) remains still unsatisfactory.

  13. Microstructure examination of Fe-14Cr ODS ferritic steels produced through different processing routes

    Oksiuta, Z.; Hosemann, P.; Vogel, S. C.; Baluc, N.

    2014-08-01

    Various thermo-mechanical treatments were applied to refine and homogenise grain size and improve mechanical properties of hot-isostatically pressed (HIP) 14%Cr ODS ferritic steel. The grain size was reduced, improving mechanical properties, tensile strength and Charpy impact, however bimodal-like distribution was also observed. As a result, larger, frequently elongated grains with size above 1 μm and refined, equiaxed grains with a diameter ranging from 250 to 500 nm. Neutron diffraction measurements revealed that for HIP followed by hydrostatic extrusion material the strongest fiber texture was observed oriented parallel to the extrusion direction. In comparison with hot rolling and hot pressing methods, this material exhibited promising mechanical properties: the ultimate tensile strength of 1350 MPa, yield strength of 1280 MPa, total elongation of 21.7% and Charpy impact energy of 5.8 J. Inferior Charpy impact energy of ∼3.0 J was measured for HIP and hot rolled material, emphasising that parameters of this manufacturing process still have to be optimised. As an alternative manufacturing route, due to the uniform microstructure and simplicity of the process, hot pressing might be a promising method for production of smaller parts of ODS ferritic steels. Besides, the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature of all thermo-mechanically treated materials, in comparison with as-HIPped ODS steel, was improved by more than 50%, the transition temperature ranging from 50 to 70 °C (323 and 343 K) remains still unsatisfactory.

  14. Development of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels for fusion

    Mukhopadhyay, D.K.; Suryanarayana, C.; Froes, F.H.; Gelles, D.S.

    1996-04-01

    Seven ODS steels, Fe(5-13.5)Cr-2W-0.5Ti-0.25 Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (in weight percent) were manufactured using the mechanical alloying process. Only the composition Fe-13.5Cr3W-0.5Ti-0.25Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} showed no austenite formation at any temperature using differential thermal analysis and hence was selected as an experimental alloy for the present investigation. Milled powders were consolidated by hot isostatic pressing and hot swaging. Electron microscopy studies indicated high material homogeneity. The hardness of the as-swaged specimen was 65 R{sub c}. Annealing of the as-swaged material at 800, 900, 1000, 1100, and 1200{degrees}C showed a minor decrease in the hardness.

  15. Calculation of microsegregation and amount of retained δ-ferrite in Fe-Cr-Ni austenitic stainless steel

    In equilibrium, 304 stainless steel has only γ-austenite phase below about 1170 .deg. C and solutes are uniformly distributed in γ-austenite. Due to incomplete solid-state diffusion, it has retained δ-ferrite as well as γ-austenite and the solute distribution becomes inhomogeneous in each phase. To further understand the solidification behavior of 304 stainless steel, the variation of δ-ferrite amount with temperature and the solute concentration in each phase across the phase boundary are calculated in this study. The calculated solute contents at the interface are in good agreement with experimental data available. It is shown that the equilibrium calculation using 304 steel composition itself produces better results than using equivalent composition. The calculated amounts of retained δ-ferrite using 304 equivalent composition are somewhat higher than experimentally observed values. Much better agreement between calculation results and experimental data is expected if more reliable experimental data can be obtained

  16. Behaviour and damage of aged austenitic-ferritic steels: a micro-mechanical approach

    The austenitic-ferritic steels are used in the PWR primary cooling system. At the running temperature (320 C), they are submitted to a slow aging, which leads to the embrittlement of the ferritic phase. This embrittlement leads to a decrease of the mechanical properties, in particular of the crack resistance of the austenitic-ferritic steels. The damage and rupture of the austenitic-ferritic steels have been approached at the ENSMP by the works of P. Joly (1992) and of L. Devilliers-Guerville (1998). These works have allowed to reveal a damage heterogeneity which induces a strong dispersion on the ductilities and the toughnesses as well as on the scale effects. Modeling including the damage growth kinetics measured experimentally, have allowed to verify these effects. Nevertheless, they do not consider the two-phase character of the material and do not include a physical model of the cleavage cracks growth which appear in the embrittled ferrite. In this study, is proposed a description of the material allowing to treat these aspects while authorizing the structure calculation. In a first part, the material is studied. The use of the ESBD allows to specify the complex morphology of these steels and crystal orientation relations between the two phases. Moreover, it is shown that the two phases keep the same crystal orientation in the zones, called bicrystals, whose size varies between 500 μm and 1 mm. The study of the sliding lines, coupled to the ESBD, allows to specify too the deformation modes of the two phases. At last, tensile and tensile-compression tests at various deformation range are carried out to characterize the macroscopic mechanical behaviour of these materials. Then, a micro-mechanical modeling of the material behaviour is proposed. This one takes into account the three scales identified at the preceding chapter. The first scale, corresponding to the laths is described as a monocrystal whose behaviour includes both an isotropic and a kinematic strain

  17. Experimental study and modelling of the high temperature mechanical behavior of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels

    The strength of metals, and therefore their maximum operating temperature, can be improved by oxide dispersion strengthening (ODS). Numerous research studies are carried out at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in order to develop a cladding tube material for Gen IV nuclear power reactors. Oxide dispersion strengthened steels appear to be the most promising candidates for such application, which demands a minimum operating temperature of 650 C. The present dissertation intends to improve the understanding of the mechanical properties of ODS steels, in terms of creep lifetime and mechanical anisotropy. The methodology of this work includes mechanical tests between room temperature and 900 C as well as macroscopic and polycrystalline modelling. These tests are carried out on a Fe-14Cr1W0,26Ti + 0,3 Y2O3 ODS ferritic steel processed at CEA by mechanical alloying and hot extrusion. The as-received material is a bar with a circular section. The mechanical tests reveal the high mechanical strength of this steel at high temperature. A strong influence of the strain rate on the ductility and the mechanical strength is also observed. A macroscopic mechanical model has been developed on the basis of some experimental statements such as the high kinematic contribution to the flow stress. This model has a strong ability to reproduce the mechanical behaviour of the studied material. Two different polycrystalline models have also been developed in order to reproduce the mechanical anisotropy of the material. They are based on its specific grain morphology and crystallographic texture. The discrepancy between the predictions of both models and experimental results reveal the necessity to formulate alternate assumptions on the deformation mechanisms of ODS ferritic steels. (author)

  18. PREDICTION OF CARBON CONCENTRATION AND FERRITE VOLUME FRACTION OF HOT-ROLLED STEEL STRIP DURING LAMINAR COOLING

    2007-01-01

    A phase transformation model was presented for predicting the phase fraction transformed and the carbon concentration in austenite for austenite to ferrite transformation during laminar cooling on run-out table in hot rolling strip mill. In this model, the parameter k in Avrami equation was developed for carbon steels. The wide range of chemical composition, the primary austenite grain size, and the retained strain were taken into account. It can be used to predict the ferrite volume fraction and the carbon concentration in austenite of hot-rolled steel strip during laminar cooling on run-out table. The coiling temperature controlling model was also presented to calculate the temperature of steel strip. The transformation kinetics of austenite to ferrite and the evolution of carbon concentration in austenite at different temperatures during cooling were investigated in the hot rolled Q235B strip for thickness of 9.35, 6.4, and 3.2mm. The ferrite volume fraction along the length of the strip was also calculated. The calculated ferrite volume fraction was compared with the log data from hot strip mill and the calculated results were in agreement with the experimental ones. The present study is a part of the prediction of the mechanical properties of hot-rolled steel strip, and it has already been used on-line and off-line in the hot strip mill.

  19. Optimization of Ferrite Number of Solution Annealed Duplex Stainless Steel Cladding Using Integrated Artificial Neural Network: Simulated Annealing

    V. Rathinam

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Cladding is the most economical process used on the surface of low carbon structural steel to improve the corrosion resistance. The corrosion resistant property is based on the amount of ferrite present in the clad layer. Generally, the ferrite content present in the layer is expressed in terms of Ferrite Number (FN. The optimum range of ferrite number provides adequate surface properties like chloride stress corrosion cracking resistance, pitting and crevice corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. For achieving maximum economy and enhanced life, duplex stainless steel (E2209T1-4/1 is deposited on the surface of low carbon structural steel of IS: 2062. The problem faced in the weld cladding towards achieving the required amount of ferrite number is selection of optimum combination of input process parameters. This study concentrates on estimating FN and analysis of input process parameters on FN of heat treated duplex stainless steel cladding. To predict FN, mathematical equations were developed based on four factor five level central composite rotatable design with full replication using regression methods. Then, the developed models were embedded further into integrated ANN-SA to estimate FN. From the results, the integrated ANN-SA is capable of giving maximum FN at optimum process parameters compared to that of experimental, regression and ANN modeling.

  20. Recrystallization of niobium stabilized ferritic stainless steel during hot rolling simulation by torsion tests

    Flávia Vieira Braga

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of finishing hot rolling temperature in promoting interpass recrystallization on a Nb-stabilized AISI 430 ferritic stainless steel. Torsion tests were performed in order to simulate the Steckel mill rolling process by varying the temperature ranges of the finishing passes. Interrupted torsion test were also performed and interpass recrystallization was evaluated via optical microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD. As a result of this work, it has been established, within the restrictions of a Steckel mill rolling schedule, which thermomechanical conditions mostly favor SRX.

  1. Compression behavior of a ferritic-martensitic Cr-Mo steel

    Zhang, Zhenbo; Mishin, Oleg; Pantleon, Wolfgang

    2012-01-01

    The compression behavior of a ferritic-martensitic Cr-Mo steel is characterized for strain rates ranging from 10-4 s-1 to 10-1 s-1 and engineering strains up to 40%. Adiabatic heating causes a reduction in flow stress during continuous compression at a strain rate of 10-1 s-1. No reduction in the...... flow stress is observed if interrupted compression tests are performed with loading and holding steps. Two work-hardening stages with work-hardening rates decreasing linearly with the flow stress are identified and interpreted in terms of the KocksMecking model. The microstructural evolution is...

  2. Tube manufacturing and mechanical properties of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel

    In order to apply the ODS ferritic steels for the prospective cladding materials of advanced fast breeder reactors, fabrication tests of thin-walled cladding tubes were carried out from a viewpoint of future industrial manufacturing. The manufactured claddings within the specification limit exhibited a superior high temperature strength and sufficient Charpy impact properties. The degradation of creep rutpure strength in the bi-axial direction, as compared with the uni-axial direction, is mainly attributed to the grain boundary fracture mode within the elongated bamboo grain structure. (orig.)

  3. Recrystallization and texture in a ferritic stainless steel: An EBSD study

    Sinclair, C.W. [Department of Metals and Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4 (Canada); Robaut, F.; Maniguet, L. [CMTC-INPG, St. Martin d' Heres (France); Mithieux, J.D.; Schmitt, J.H. [CRI R and D Groupe Arcelor, Isbergues (France); Brechet, Y. [LTPCM-INPG, St. Martin d' Heres (France)

    2003-08-01

    The recrystallization behavior of laboratory-processed AISI409 ferritic stainless steel sheet has been studied with a focus on texture inhomogeneity and ''sluggish'' recrystallization kinetics, mainly using EBSD in the scanning electron microscope. Pronounced texture gradients were observed in some grain orientations and correlated to the deformation-induced substructure. The strong pinning of some boundaries has been linked not only to textural effects, but also to the precipitation of fine titanium carbonitrides. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  4. Some microstructural characterisations in a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel alloy

    The goal of this study is to characterize microstructure of a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened alloy. The welded material is constituted by two sheets of an yttria-dispersion-strengthened PM 2000 ferritic steel. Different areas of the friction stir welded product were analyzed using field emission gun secondary electron microscopy (FEG-SEM) and electron microprobe whereas nanoindentation was used to evaluate mechanical properties. The observed microstructural evolution, including distribution of the yttria dispersoids, after friction stir welding process is discussed and a correlation between the microstructure and the results of nanoindentation tests is established.

  5. Some microstructural characterisations in a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel alloy

    Legendre, F. [CEA Saclay, DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMP, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France)], E-mail: flegendre@cea.fr; Poissonnet, S.; Bonnaillie, P.; Boulanger, L. [CEA Saclay, DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMP, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France); Forest, L. [CEA Saclay, DEN/DANS/DM2S/SEMT/LTA, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France)

    2009-04-30

    The goal of this study is to characterize microstructure of a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened alloy. The welded material is constituted by two sheets of an yttria-dispersion-strengthened PM 2000 ferritic steel. Different areas of the friction stir welded product were analyzed using field emission gun secondary electron microscopy (FEG-SEM) and electron microprobe whereas nanoindentation was used to evaluate mechanical properties. The observed microstructural evolution, including distribution of the yttria dispersoids, after friction stir welding process is discussed and a correlation between the microstructure and the results of nanoindentation tests is established.

  6. Some microstructural characterisations in a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel alloy

    Legendre, F.; Poissonnet, S.; Bonnaillie, P.; Boulanger, L.; Forest, L.

    2009-04-01

    The goal of this study is to characterize microstructure of a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened alloy. The welded material is constituted by two sheets of an yttria-dispersion-strengthened PM 2000 ferritic steel. Different areas of the friction stir welded product were analyzed using field emission gun secondary electron microscopy (FEG-SEM) and electron microprobe whereas nanoindentation was used to evaluate mechanical properties. The observed microstructural evolution, including distribution of the yttria dispersoids, after friction stir welding process is discussed and a correlation between the microstructure and the results of nanoindentation tests is established.

  7. Radiation hardening and deformation behavior of irradiated ferritic-martensitic steels

    Robertson, J.P.; Klueh, R.L.; Rowcliffe, A.F. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Shiba, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst. (Japan)

    1998-03-01

    Tensile data from several 8--12% Cr alloys irradiated in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) to doses up to 34 dpa at temperatures ranging from 90 to 600 C are discussed in this paper. One of the critical questions surrounding the use of ferritic-martensitic steels in a fusion environment concerns the loss of uniform elongation after irradiation at low temperatures. Irradiation and testing at temperatures below 200--300 C results in uniform elongations less than 1% and stress-strain curves in which plastic instability immediately follows yielding, implying dislocation channeling and flow localization. Reductions in area and total elongations, however, remain high.

  8. Corrosion of ferritic-martensitic steels and nickel-based alloys in supercritical water

    Ren, Xiaowei

    The corrosion behavior of ferritic/martensitic (F/M) steels and Ni-based alloys in supercritical water (SCW) has been studied due to their potential applications in future nuclear reactor systems, fossil fuel power plants and waste treatment processes. 9˜12% chromium ferritic/martensitic steels exhibit good radiation resistance and stress corrosion cracking resistance. Ni-based alloys with an austenitic face-centered cubic (FCC) structure are designed to retain good mechanical strength and corrosion/oxidation resistance at elevated temperatures. Corrosion tests were carried out at three temperatures, 360°C, 500°C and 600°C, with two dissolved oxygen contents, 25 ppb and 2 ppm for up to 3000 hours. Alloys modified by grain refinement and reactive element addition were also investigated to determine their ability to improve the corrosion resistance in SCW. A duplex oxide structure was observed in the F/M steels after exposure to 25 ppb oxygen SCW, including an outer oxide layer with columnar magnetite grains and an inner oxide layer constituted of a mixture of spinel and ferrite phases in an equiaxed grain structure. An additional outermost hematite layer formed in the SCW-exposed samples when the oxygen content was increased to 2 ppm. Weight gain in the F/M steels increased with exposure temperatures and times, and followed parabolic growth kinetics in most of the samples. In Ni-based alloys after exposure to SCW, general corrosion and pitting corrosion were observed, and intergranular corrosion was found when exposed at 600°C due to formation of a local healing layer. The general oxide structure on the Ni-based alloys was characterized as NiO/Spinel/(CrxFe 1-x)2O3/(Fe,Ni). No change in oxidation mechanism was observed in crossing the critical point despite the large change in water properties. Corrosion resistance of the F/M steels was significantly improved by plasma-based yttrium surface treatment because of restrained outward diffusion of iron by the

  9. Two methods for processing an ultrafine ferritic grain size in steels and the thermal stability of the structure

    Pan, L

    2004-01-01

    Abstract In this thesis, methods to process ultrafine ferritic (UFF) structures in steels, i.e. grain sizes below about 3 μm have been investigated. It is shown here, in accordance with the results in the literature, that a steel with a UFF grain size can be obtained by two methods, more or less convenient to mass production: deformation-induced ferrite transformation from fine-grained austenite (the DIF route) and the static recrystallization of various heavily cold-worked initial microst...

  10. SAW surfacing of low-alloyed steel with super-ferrite additional material

    A. Klimpel

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of these researches was to investigate influence of heat input in SAW surfacing of low-alloyed steel with super-ferrite filler material on quality of deposits.Design/methodology/approach: the quality of single and multilayer, stringer beads was assessed by metallographic examinations, stresses measurements and hardness tests.Findings: due to the fact that it was used at automated surfacing stand, the analysis of properties of the deposits was performed for single and multilayer, stringer beads.Research limitations/implications: for complete information about tested deposits it is needed to compare deposits properties with other technologies of super-ferrite deposits surfacing.Practical implications: results of this paper is an optimal range of parameters for surfacing of single and multilayer, stringer beads of super-ferrite layers.Originality/value: the researches (macro- and micro-observations, hardness tests, stresses distribution tests were provided for surfacing of single and multilayer, stringer beads, and the results were compared. The influence of heat input on layers properties and theirs structure was defined.

  11. Technical Letter Report on the Cracking of Irradiated Cast Stainless Steels with Low Ferrite Content

    Crack growth rate and fracture toughness J-R curve tests were performed on CF-3 and CF-8 cast austenite stainless steels (CASS) with 13-14% of ferrite. The tests were conducted at ~320°C in either high-purity water with low dissolved oxygen or in simulated PWR water. The cyclic crack growth rates of CF-8 were higher than that of CF-3, and the differences between the aged and unaged specimens were small. No elevated SCC susceptibility was observed among these samples, and the SCC CGRs of these materials were comparable to those of CASS alloys with >23% ferrite. The fracture toughness values of unirradiated CF-3 were similar between unaged and aged specimens, and neutron irradiation decreased the fracture toughness significantly. The fracture toughness of CF-8 was reduced after thermal aging, and declined further after irradiation. It appears that while lowering ferrite content may help reduce the tendency of thermal aging embrittlement, it is not very effective to mitigate irradiation-induced embrittlement. Under a combined condition of thermal aging and irradiation, neutron irradiation plays a dominant role in causing embrittlement in CASS alloys.

  12. Fracture behavior of ferrite-free stainless steel welds in liquid helium

    Most research to date concerning the cryogenic toughness of stainless steel weldments has concentrated on the effects of delta-ferrite content and nitrogen concentration. It has been shown that an increase in either of these leads to reduced cryogenic toughness. This paper reports that a wide variation in fracture toughness occurs in 316L weldments that contain no delta ferrite and only small differences in nitrogen concentration. Therefore, welding parameters and minor compositional variability must also have significant influences. Optical microscopy revealed a strong correlation between cryogenic fracture toughness and fusion-zone grain width, which is controlled by welding parameters and weld-metal composition. An increase in grain size reduces the toughness. Microfissuring, which is a problem in low-ferrite welds, did not have an effect on the measured fracture toughness, but in one cast it severely reduced the tensile ductility. Fatigue crack growth rate tests showed little variation in the fatigue properties of 316L weldments, regardless of the variations in other properties

  13. Microstructures and Toughness of Weld Metal of Ultrafine Grained Ferritic Steel by Laser Welding

    Xudong ZHANG; Wuzhu CHEN; Cheng WANG; Lin ZHAO; Yun PENG; Zhiling TIAN

    2004-01-01

    3 mm thick 400 MPa grade ultrafine grained ferritic steel plates were bead-on-plate welded by CO2 laser with heat input of 120~480 J/mm. The microstructures of the weld metal mainly consist of bainite, which form is lower bainite plates or polygonal ferrite containing quantities of dispersed cementite particles, mixed with a few of low carbon martensite laths or ferrite, depending on the heat input. The hardness and the tensile strength of the weld metal are higher than those of the base metal, and monotonously increase as the heat input decreases. No softened zone exists inheat affected zone (HAZ). Compared with the base metal, although the grains of laser weld are much larger, the toughness of the weld metal is higher within a large range of heat input. Furthermore, as the heat input increases, the toughness of the weld metal rises to a maximum value, at which point the percentage of lower bainite is the highest, and then drops.

  14. Reliability of welded austenitic stainless steel containing base metal delta ferrite

    Shalaby, Hamdy M. [Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (Kuwait)

    2004-07-01

    The paper presents the results of a failure case study carried out on welded 304L stainless steel (SS) pipeline of waste gas header (WGH). The environment inside the WGH was mainly wet steam with hydrocarbons, H{sub 2}S, oxygen, CO{sub 2}, organic acids, and organic chlorides. The outside pipe wall temperature was 91-97 deg C. The failure of the pipe was at the heat-affected zone (HAZ). The study was made on four welded pipeline samples, three of which were in service. The pipe samples were welded using three different techniques that included autogenous gas tungsten arc, shielded metal arc, and flux core arc. The investigation revealed that cracking at HAZ was due to base metal delta ferrite decay accompanied with sigma phase formation due to high heat input during welding. However, the morphology and orientation of the cracks suggested that stress-rupture and stress corrosion cracking had occurred. The presence of base metal delta ferrite made all used welding procedures un-successful. The study concluded that utilization of delta ferrite free austenitic SS should eliminate the problem. (author)

  15. Technical Letter Report on the Cracking of Irradiated Cast Stainless Steels with Low Ferrite Content

    Chen, Y. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Alexandreanu, B. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Natesan, K. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2014-11-01

    Crack growth rate and fracture toughness J-R curve tests were performed on CF-3 and CF-8 cast austenite stainless steels (CASS) with 13-14% of ferrite. The tests were conducted at ~320°C in either high-purity water with low dissolved oxygen or in simulated PWR water. The cyclic crack growth rates of CF-8 were higher than that of CF-3, and the differences between the aged and unaged specimens were small. No elevated SCC susceptibility was observed among these samples, and the SCC CGRs of these materials were comparable to those of CASS alloys with >23% ferrite. The fracture toughness values of unirradiated CF-3 were similar between unaged and aged specimens, and neutron irradiation decreased the fracture toughness significantly. The fracture toughness of CF-8 was reduced after thermal aging, and declined further after irradiation. It appears that while lowering ferrite content may help reduce the tendency of thermal aging embrittlement, it is not very effective to mitigate irradiation-induced embrittlement. Under a combined condition of thermal aging and irradiation, neutron irradiation plays a dominant role in causing embrittlement in CASS alloys.

  16. Flow localization during plane strain punch stretching of a ferrite-austenite steel

    Bird, J. E.; Pollock, T.; Srivastava, S. K.

    1986-09-01

    This is an exploratory study of plastic flow and sheet forming characteristics of a 60 pct ferrite-40 pct austenite duplex stainless steel. Variations in austenite arrangement are shown to have little effect on tensile or punch stretching behavior. Flow and forming properties of the duplex alloy are dominated by its continuous ferrite phase. Flow localization during plane strain stretching over a hemispherical punch takes place at two levels of scale, by mechanisms that are physically different. Macroscopic shear bands develop as the final process of flow localization throughout the sheet as a whole. Macroscopic shear bands initiate at the surface of sheet at the edges of a localized neck and grow inward, as finite element models predict. Fracture takes place by void sheet coalescence within intersecting shear bands. These bands grow in from opposite sides of the sheet. Macroscopic shearing limits ductility during plane strain thinning. Row localization takes place also at the microscopic level within individual grains of the two-phase alloy. Coarse slip bands develop within individual grains of ferrite, and deformation twins develop in austenite as plastic flow takes place. Bands of in-homogeneous flow that develop on the microscopic scale form as an inherent part of the crystalline deformation mechanism of individual grains.

  17. European development of ferritic-martensitic steels for fast reactor wrapper applications

    9-12%Cr ferritic-martensitic stainless steels are under development in Europe for fast reactor sub-assembly wrapper applications. Within this class of alloys, attention is focussed on three key specifications, viz. FV448 and DIN 1.4914 (both 10-12%CrMoVNb steels) and EM10 (an 8-10%Cr-0.15%C steel), which can be optimized to give acceptably low ductile-brittle transition characteristics. The results of studies on these steels, and earlier choices, covering heat treatment and compositional optimization, evolution of wrapper fabrication routes, pre and post-irradiation mechanical property and fracture toughness behaviour, microstructural stability, void swelling and in-reactor creep characteristics are reviewed. The retention of high void swelling to displacement doses in excess of 100 dpa in reactor irradiations reaffirms the selection of 9-12%Cr steels for on-going wrapper development. Moreover, irradiation-induced changes in mechanical properties (e.g. in-reactor creep and impact behaviour), measured to intermediate doses, do not give cause for concern; however, additional data to higher doses and at the lower irradiation temperatures of 3700-4000C are needed in order to fully endorse these alloys for high burnup applications in advanced reactor systems

  18. Type IV Cracking Susceptibility in Weld Joints of Different Grades of Cr-Mo Ferritic Steel

    Laha, K.; Chandravathi, K. S.; Parameswaran, P.; Bhanu Sankara Rao, K.

    2009-02-01

    Relative type-IV cracking susceptibility in 2.25Cr-1Mo, 9Cr-1Mo, and 9Cr-1MoVNb ferritic steel weld joint has been assessed. The type-IV cracking was manifested as preferential accumulation of creep deformation and cavitation in the relatively soft intercritical region of heat affected zone of the weld joint. The type-IV cracking susceptibility has been defined as the reduction in creep-rupture strength of weld joint compared to its base metal. The 2.25Cr-1Mo steel exhibited more susceptibility to type-IV cracking at relatively lower temperatures; whereas, at higher temperatures, 9Cr-1MoVNb steel was more susceptible. The relative susceptibility to type-IV cracking in the weld joint of the Cr-Mo steels has been rationalized on the basis of creep-strengthening mechanisms operating in the steels and their venerability to change on intercritical heating during weld thermal cycle, subsequent postweld heat treatment, and creep exposure.

  19. Effects of alloying elements on sticking occurring during hot rolling of ferritic stainless steels

    In this study, effects of alloying elements on the sticking occurring during hot rolling of five kinds of ferritic STS430J1L stainless steels were investigated by analyzing high-temperature hardness and oxidation behavior of the rolled steels. Hot-rolling simulation tests were conducted by a high-temperature wear tester which could simulate actual hot rolling. The simulation test results revealed that the sticking process proceeded with three stages, i.e., nucleation, growth, and saturation. Since the hardness continuously decreased as the test temperature increased, whereas the formation of Fe-Cr oxides in the rolled steel surface region increased, the sticking of five stainless steels was evaluated by considering both the high-temperature hardness and oxidation effects. The addition of Zr, Cu, or Si had a beneficial effect on the sticking resistance, while the Ni addition did not show any difference in the sticking. Particularly in the case of the Si addition, Si oxides formed first in the initial stage of high-temperature oxidation, worked as initiation sites for Fe-Cr oxides, accelerated the formation of Fe-Cr oxides, and thus raised the sticking resistance by about 10 times in comparison with the steel without Si content

  20. On the corrosion behavior of a ferritic 18 Cr-2 Mo-steel

    The investigations carried out with 18Cr-2Mo steel were aimed at its behaviour under pitting corrosion, crevice corrosion and stress corrosion cracking conditions. This was done in autoclave laboratory experiments and under experimental heat exchanger conditions in Rhine river water with a chloride content of max. 400 ppm. The test temperatures were 80, 100 and 1300C. Model heat exchangers were fabricated and operated to investigate the influence of filler materials and weld joints between the ferritic 18Cr-2Mo steel and a standard austenitic steel. The possibilities of fabricating tube sheers by applying a weld overaly and using explosive bonding were explored. 18Cr-2Mo steel has been shown to be suited for applications in cooling water which a chloride content of 400 ppm. No stress corrosion cracking occurs under such conditions. Tubes with a wall thickness up to 3 mm have sufficient toughness. Tube sheets can be made of boiler plate protected by an explosive cladding or a weld overlay of 18Cr-2Mo. A combination of Type 321 or 304 L and 18Cr-2Mo is possible. Provided 18Cr-2Mo is sufficiently resistant to the product to be cooled, it is an alternative to austenitic CrNi-(Mo) steels (e.g. AISI 304) when stress corrosion cracking is likely to occur. (orig.)

  1. Applicability of Voce equation for tensile flow and work hardening behaviour of P92 ferritic steel

    Detailed analysis of true stress (σ)-true plastic strain (ε) data indicated that tensile flow behaviour of P92 ferritic steel can be adequately described by Voce equation at strain rates ranging from 3.16 × 10−5 to 1.26 × 10−3 s−1 over a temperature range 300–923 K. The steel exhibited two-stage work hardening in the variations of instantaneous work hardening rate (θ = dσ/dε) with stress. At all the strain rates, the variations in σ-ε, θ-σ and work hardening parameters associated with Voce equation with temperature exhibited three distinct temperature regimes. At intermediate temperatures, the variations in σ-ε, θ-σ and work hardening parameters with temperature and strain rate exhibited anomalous behaviour due to the occurrence of dynamic strain ageing in the steel. The shift in θ-σ towards low stresses, and rapid decrease in flow stress and work hardening parameters with increasing temperature and decreasing strain rate suggested dominance of dynamic recovery at high temperatures. - Highlights: • Tensile flow and work hardening behaviour of P92 steel has been examined. • Applicability of Voce equation to P92 steel is demonstrated. • Three temperature regimes in flow and work hardening has been observed. • Good match between predicted and the experimental tensile properties has been shown

  2. Oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels: a basic research joint program in France

    Boutard, J.-L.; Badjeck, V.; Barguet, L.; Barouh, C.; Bhattacharya, A.; Colignon, Y.; Hatzoglou, C.; Loyer-Prost, M.; Rouffié, A. L.; Sallez, N.; Salmon-Legagneur, H.; Schuler, T.

    2014-12-01

    AREVA, CEA, CNRS, EDF and Mécachrome are funding a joint program of basic research on Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Steels (ODISSEE), in support to the development of oxide dispersion strengthened 9-14% Cr ferritic-martensitic steels for the fuel element cladding of future Sodium-cooled fast neutron reactors. The selected objectives and the results obtained so far will be presented concerning (i) physical-chemical characterisation of the nano-clusters as a function of ball-milling process, metallurgical conditions and irradiation, (ii) meso-scale understanding of failure mechanisms under dynamic loading and creep, and, (iii) kinetic modelling of nano-clusters nucleation and α/α‧ unmixing.

  3. Radiation-induced Ostwald ripening in oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels irradiated at high ion dose

    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels are considered promising candidates as cladding tubes for Generation IV nuclear reactors. In such reactors, irradiation damage can reach more than 150 dpa at temperatures ranging from 400 to 650 °C. Thus nanoparticle stability has to be guaranteed in order to ensure that these materials possess excellent creep properties. Using Fe ions, ODS steels were irradiated at 500 °C up to 150 dpa. At this temperature the nano-oxide population evolution under irradiation is similar to that observed after annealing at high temperature. It consists of a slight increase in the particle size and a slight decrease in the density, which can be both explained by an Ostwald ripening mechanism. Conversely, irradiations performed at room temperature using Au ions lead to a complete dissolution of the oxide particles, in agreement with the estimation of ballistic vs. radiation enhanced diffusion effects

  4. Surface modification of ferritic steels using MEVVA and duoplasmatron ion sources

    Kulevoy, Timur V., E-mail: kulevoy@itep.ru; Orlov, Nikolay N.; Rogozhkin, Sergey V.; Bogachev, Alexey A.; Nikitin, Alexander A.; Iskandarov, Nasib A.; Golubev, Alexander A. [State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation, Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics of National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute,” Moscow (Russian Federation); National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation); Chalyhk, Boris B.; Fedin, Petr A.; Sitnikov, Alexey L.; Kozlov, Alexander V.; Kuibeda, Rostislav P.; Andrianov, Stanislav L. [State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation, Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics of National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute,” Moscow (Russian Federation); Kravchuk, Konstantin S.; Useinov, Alexey S. [Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials, Moscow (Russian Federation); Oks, Efim M. [Institute of High Current Electronics SB RAS, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University of Control System and Radioelectronics, Tomsk (Russian Federation)

    2016-02-15

    Metal Vapor Vacuum Arc (MEVVA) ion source (IS) is a unique tool for production of high intensity metal ion beam that can be used for material surface modification. From the other hand, the duoplasmatron ion source provides the high intensity gas ion beams. The MEVVA and duoplasmatron IS developed in Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics were used for the reactor steel surface modification experiments. Response of ferritic-martensitic steel specimens on titanium and nitrogen ions implantation and consequent vacuum annealing was investigated. Increase in microhardness of near surface region of irradiated specimens was observed. Local chemical analysis shows atom mixing and redistribution in the implanted layer followed with formation of ultrafine precipitates after annealing.

  5. Hardness of 12Cr-8Mo ferritic steels irradiated by Ni ions

    12Cr-8Mo and 12Cr-8Mo-0.1Y2O3 ferritic steels were irradiated with 4-MeV Ni3+ ions up to 300 dpa at 525 C. Microstructural evolution was examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and mechanical properties were evaluated with a depth-sensing ultra-low load indentation hardness tester at room temperature with a maximum load of 1 gf. Effects of aging at 650 C for 115 h and heat treatment at 525 C for 50 h were also investigated. TEM observations reveal that these steels exhibit no void swelling in the present irradiation condition. Aging and heat treatment induces precipitation of Laves phase and ion-irradiation enhances precipitation. The induction and enhancement of precipitation strengthened the specimens. (orig.)

  6. The role of interstitial nitrogen in the precipitation hardening reactions in high-chromium ferritic steels

    The effects of exposure to temperatures in the range 475 - 800 C on the hardness and associated microstructure of high chromium ferritic steels has been investigated. Low-carbon 26Cr-1Mo steels containing 0,02 - 0,04% nitrogen were found to constitute an age hardening system when quenched from a temperature of nitrogen solubility and exposed at temperatures in the range 600 - 700 C. TEM observations on thin foils revealed that hardening was associated with the formation of a high density of Cr-N zones. Ageing at 475 C and 550 C produced hardening due to the formation of chromium-rich ferrite phases α' as result of the miscibility gap in the Fe-Cr phase diagram. However the presence of interstitial nitrogen in solution in the steel considerably reduced the rate of hardening, especially at 475 C. This type of decomposition occurs by a mechanism of nucleation and growth, forming zones similar to those formed during an ageing at 600 C. When depleted of interstitial nitrogen, the specimens aged at 475 C underwent spinodal decomposition. Thus nitrogen in solid solution was found to have a significant effect on the 475 C hardening reaction. Precision X-ray diffraction measurements revealed the presence of secondary diffraction peaks associated with the Bragg peaks, which confirmed the formation of Cr-rich phases during ageing at 475 C. The calculated associated lattice parameter measurements allowed estimates of the compositions of the decomposition phases to be made. These were calculated to be about 6-18% Cr in the Fe-rich and 60-80% Cr in the Cr-rich phases of the 26Cr-1Mo steel

  7. Variation of carbon concentration in proeutectoid ferrite during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steel

    Jung, Minsu; Cho, Wontae; Park, Jihye; Jung, Jae-Gil; Lee, Young-Kook, E-mail: yklee@yonsei.ac.kr

    2014-08-15

    The variation of the C concentration in proeutectoid ferrite (α{sub PF}) during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steels was quantitatively investigated using the massive transformation start temperature (T{sub m}) of α{sub PF} to austenite (γ) measured by high-temperature confocal laser scanning microscopy and hardness of α{sub PF}. The C concentration in α{sub PF} at T{sub m} in hypoeutectoid steels increased with increasing total C concentration up to approximately 0.2 wt.% during heating. The hardness of α{sub PF} with isothermal holding time at 775 °C in S20C steel revealed C enrichment in α{sub PF} at the early stage of isothermal holding and its reduction with further holding. These results explain the redistribution of the C in α{sub PF} during austenitization as follows: free C atoms released from cementite during pearlite decomposition diffuse excessively into neighboring α{sub PF} as well as pearlitic ferrite. The supersaturated C concentration in α{sub PF} is reduced during the long-range diffusive transformation of α{sub PF} to γ. However, some of the excess C atoms still remain in α{sub PF} until α{sub PF} starts to massively transform to γ. - Highlights: • Massive transformation of αPF to γ in hypoeutectoid steels was observed using CLSM. • C content in αPF during austenitization was analyzed by measured Tm and hardness. • Tm decreases and C content in αPF at Tm increases with increasing total C. • C atoms released from θ during formation of P to γ diffuse excessively into αPF. • Supersaturated C content in αPF is reduced during transformation of αPF to γ.

  8. Variation of carbon concentration in proeutectoid ferrite during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steel

    The variation of the C concentration in proeutectoid ferrite (αPF) during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steels was quantitatively investigated using the massive transformation start temperature (Tm) of αPF to austenite (γ) measured by high-temperature confocal laser scanning microscopy and hardness of αPF. The C concentration in αPF at Tm in hypoeutectoid steels increased with increasing total C concentration up to approximately 0.2 wt.% during heating. The hardness of αPF with isothermal holding time at 775 °C in S20C steel revealed C enrichment in αPF at the early stage of isothermal holding and its reduction with further holding. These results explain the redistribution of the C in αPF during austenitization as follows: free C atoms released from cementite during pearlite decomposition diffuse excessively into neighboring αPF as well as pearlitic ferrite. The supersaturated C concentration in αPF is reduced during the long-range diffusive transformation of αPF to γ. However, some of the excess C atoms still remain in αPF until αPF starts to massively transform to γ. - Highlights: • Massive transformation of αPF to γ in hypoeutectoid steels was observed using CLSM. • C content in αPF during austenitization was analyzed by measured Tm and hardness. • Tm decreases and C content in αPF at Tm increases with increasing total C. • C atoms released from θ during formation of P to γ diffuse excessively into αPF. • Supersaturated C content in αPF is reduced during transformation of αPF to γ

  9. Microstructural characterization and formation mechanism of abnormal segregation band of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel

    Feng, Rui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Engineering Research Center of Large Size Alloy Structural Steel Bars of Shandong Province, Jinan 250061 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University of Technology, Zibo 255049 (China); Li, Shengli, E-mail: lishengli@sdu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Engineering Research Center of Large Size Alloy Structural Steel Bars of Shandong Province, Jinan 250061 (China); Zhu, Xinde [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Ao, Qing [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Engineering Research Center of Large Size Alloy Structural Steel Bars of Shandong Province, Jinan 250061 (China)

    2015-10-15

    In order to further reveal the microstructural characterization and formation mechanism of abnormal segregation band of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel, the microstructure of this type steel was intensively studied with Scanning Auger Microprobe (SAM), etc. The results show that severe C–Mn segregation exists in the abnormal segregation band region at the center of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel, which results from the Mn segregation during solidification process of the continuous casting slab. The C–Mn segregation causes relative displacement of pearlite transformation curve and bainite transformation curve of C curve in the corresponding region, leading to bay-like shaped C curve. The bay-like shaped C curve creates conditions for the transformation from supercooling austenite to bainite at relatively lower cooling rate in this region. The Fe–Mn–C Atomic Segregation Zone (FASZ) caused by C–Mn segregation can powerfully retard the atomic motion, and increase the lattice reconstruction resistance of austenite transformation. These two factors provide thermodynamic and kinetic conditions for the bainite transformation, and result in the emergence of granular bainitic abnormal segregation band at the center of steel plate, which leads to lower plasticity and toughness of this region, and induces the layered fracture. - Highlights: • Scanning Auger Microprobe (SAM) is applied in the fracture analysis. • The abnormal segregation band region appears obvious C–Mn segregation. • The C–Mn segregation leads to bay-like shaped C curve. • The C–Mn segregation leads to Fe–Mn–C Atomic Segregation Zone.

  10. Microstructural characterization and formation mechanism of abnormal segregation band of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel

    In order to further reveal the microstructural characterization and formation mechanism of abnormal segregation band of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel, the microstructure of this type steel was intensively studied with Scanning Auger Microprobe (SAM), etc. The results show that severe C–Mn segregation exists in the abnormal segregation band region at the center of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel, which results from the Mn segregation during solidification process of the continuous casting slab. The C–Mn segregation causes relative displacement of pearlite transformation curve and bainite transformation curve of C curve in the corresponding region, leading to bay-like shaped C curve. The bay-like shaped C curve creates conditions for the transformation from supercooling austenite to bainite at relatively lower cooling rate in this region. The Fe–Mn–C Atomic Segregation Zone (FASZ) caused by C–Mn segregation can powerfully retard the atomic motion, and increase the lattice reconstruction resistance of austenite transformation. These two factors provide thermodynamic and kinetic conditions for the bainite transformation, and result in the emergence of granular bainitic abnormal segregation band at the center of steel plate, which leads to lower plasticity and toughness of this region, and induces the layered fracture. - Highlights: • Scanning Auger Microprobe (SAM) is applied in the fracture analysis. • The abnormal segregation band region appears obvious C–Mn segregation. • The C–Mn segregation leads to bay-like shaped C curve. • The C–Mn segregation leads to Fe–Mn–C Atomic Segregation Zone

  11. Further application of the cleavage fracture stress model for estimating the T0 of highly embrittled ferritic steels

    The semi-empirical cleavage fracture stress model (CFS), based on the microscopic cleavage fracture stress, sf, for estimating the ASTM E1921 reference temperature (T0) of ferritic steels from instrumented impact testing of unprecracked Charpy V-notch specimens is further confirmed by test results for additional steels, including steels highly embrittled by thermal aging or irradiation. In addition to the ferrite-pearlite, bainitic or tempered martensitic steels (which was examined earlier), acicular or polygonal ferrite, precipitation-strengthened or additional simulated heat affected zone steels are also evaluated. The upper limit for the applicability of the present CFS model seems to be T41J ∝160 to 170 C or T0 or TQcfs (T0 estimate from the present CFS model) ∝100 to 120 C. This is not a clear-cut boundary, but indicative of an area of caution where generation and evaluation of further data are required. However, the present work demonstrates the applicability of the present CFS model even to substantially embrittled steels. The earlier doubts expressed about TQcfs becoming unduly non-conservative for highly embrittled steels has not been fully substantiated and partly arises from the necessity of modifications in the T0 evaluation itself at high degrees of embrittlement suggested in the literature.

  12. Further application of the cleavage fracture stress model for estimating the T{sub 0} of highly embrittled ferritic steels

    Sreenivasan, P.R.

    2016-02-15

    The semi-empirical cleavage fracture stress model (CFS), based on the microscopic cleavage fracture stress, s{sub f}, for estimating the ASTM E1921 reference temperature (T{sub 0}) of ferritic steels from instrumented impact testing of unprecracked Charpy V-notch specimens is further confirmed by test results for additional steels, including steels highly embrittled by thermal aging or irradiation. In addition to the ferrite-pearlite, bainitic or tempered martensitic steels (which was examined earlier), acicular or polygonal ferrite, precipitation-strengthened or additional simulated heat affected zone steels are also evaluated. The upper limit for the applicability of the present CFS model seems to be T{sub 41J} ∝160 to 170 C or T{sub 0} or T{sub Qcfs} (T{sub 0} estimate from the present CFS model) ∝100 to 120 C. This is not a clear-cut boundary, but indicative of an area of caution where generation and evaluation of further data are required. However, the present work demonstrates the applicability of the present CFS model even to substantially embrittled steels. The earlier doubts expressed about T{sub Qcfs} becoming unduly non-conservative for highly embrittled steels has not been fully substantiated and partly arises from the necessity of modifications in the T{sub 0} evaluation itself at high degrees of embrittlement suggested in the literature.

  13. Strength and infrared assessment of spot-welded sheets on ferrite steel

    Highlights: • The spot welding of the ferrite steel was analyzed. • The mechanical properties were described in terms of peak load. • The fusion zone size is the most important controlling factor of spot weld peak load. • The failure mechanism was studied with the aid of thermography. - Abstract: This paper addresses the mechanical properties of ferrite steel resistance spot welds during quasi-static tensile test. The mechanical properties are described in terms of peak load. It was shown that the fusion zone size is the most important. The fusion zone size can control the solidification of the grain which controlling factor of spot weld peak load. The dendritic grain and equiaxial axial grains occurred in the microstructures of the welded specimens joined at various welding currents and electrode forces. The failure mechanism of resistance spot welds during tensile test was studied with the aid of thermography. The thermography gives visible data of temperature changes on the surface of specimen. In light of the failure mechanism, the simple model is proposed to ensure pull out failure mode

  14. Investigation of microstructure and thermal stability of pulsed plasma processed chromium ferritic-martensitic steels

    Emelyanova, O.; Dzhumaev, P.; Yakushin, V.; Polsky, V.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents results of the microstructural evolution and thermal stability of the promising Russian ferritic-martensitic steels (EP 823, EP 900, EK 181 and ChS 139) for the nuclear and fusion application after surface modification by high temperature pulsed plasma flows (HTPPF) treatment. Investigations of microstructure, topography and elemental content changes associated with irradiation by nitrogen plasma with energy density 19-28 J/ cm2 and pulse duration 20 μs were carried out. Changes in microstructure and elemental content occurring in the modified surface layer were characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray microanalysis (EDS and WDS). It was shown that independently of initial microstructure and phase composition, HTPPF treatment of ferritic- martensitic steels leads to formation of ultrafine homogeneous structure in the near surface layers with typical grain size ∼100 nm. Results of microstructure investigations after annealing during 1 hour demonstrates significant thermal stability of nanostructure formed by HTPPF treatment.

  15. Standard test method for determination of reference temperature, to, for ferritic steels in the transition range

    American Society for Testing and Materials. Philadelphia

    2011-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of a reference temperature, To, which characterizes the fracture toughness of ferritic steels that experience onset of cleavage cracking at elastic, or elastic-plastic KJc instabilities, or both. The specific types of ferritic steels (3.2.1) covered are those with yield strengths ranging from 275 to 825 MPa (40 to 120 ksi) and weld metals, after stress-relief annealing, that have 10 % or less strength mismatch relative to that of the base metal. 1.2 The specimens covered are fatigue precracked single-edge notched bend bars, SE(B), and standard or disk-shaped compact tension specimens, C(T) or DC(T). A range of specimen sizes with proportional dimensions is recommended. The dimension on which the proportionality is based is specimen thickness. 1.3 Median KJc values tend to vary with the specimen type at a given test temperature, presumably due to constraint differences among the allowable test specimens in 1.2. The degree of KJc variability among specimen types i...

  16. Interaction of carbon–vacancy complex with minor alloying elements of ferritic steels

    Interstitial carbon, dissolved in bcc matrix of ferritic steels, plays an important role in the evolution of radiation-induced microstructure since it exhibits strong interaction with vacancies. Frequent formation and break-up of carbon–vacancy pairs, occurring in the course of irradiation, affect both kinetics of the accumulation of point defect clusters and carbon spatial distribution. The interaction of typical alloying elements (Mn, Ni, Cu, Si, Cr and P) in ferritic steels used as structural materials in nuclear reactors with a carbon–vacancy complex is analyzed using ab initio techniques. It is found that all the considered solutes form stable triple clusters resulting in the increase of the total binding energy by 0.2–0.3 eV. As a result of the formation of energetically favourable solute–carbon–vacancy triplets, the dissociation energy for vacancy/carbon emission is also increased by ∼0.2–0.3 eV, suggesting that the solutes enhance thermal stability of carbon–vacancy complex. Association of carbon–vacancy pairs with multiple solute clusters is found to be favorable for Ni, Cu and P. The energetic stability of solute(s)–carbon–vacancy complexes was rationalized on the basis of pairwise interaction data and by analyzing the variation of local magnetic moments on atoms constituting the clusters

  17. Interaction of carbon–vacancy complex with minor alloying elements of ferritic steels

    Bakaev, A., E-mail: abakaev@sckcen.be [SCK-CEN, Nuclear Materials Science Institute, Boeretang 200, Mol B2400 (Belgium); Center for Molecular Modeling, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, 9052 Zwijnaarde (Belgium); Department of Experimental Nuclear Physics K-89, Institute of Physics, Nanotechnology and Telecommunications, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, 29 Polytekhnicheskaya Str., 195251 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Terentyev, D. [SCK-CEN, Nuclear Materials Science Institute, Boeretang 200, Mol B2400 (Belgium); He, X. [China Institute of Atomic Energy, P.O. Box 275-51, 102413 Beijing (China); Zhurkin, E.E. [Department of Experimental Nuclear Physics K-89, Institute of Physics, Nanotechnology and Telecommunications, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, 29 Polytekhnicheskaya Str., 195251 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Van Neck, D. [Center for Molecular Modeling, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, 9052 Zwijnaarde (Belgium)

    2014-08-01

    Interstitial carbon, dissolved in bcc matrix of ferritic steels, plays an important role in the evolution of radiation-induced microstructure since it exhibits strong interaction with vacancies. Frequent formation and break-up of carbon–vacancy pairs, occurring in the course of irradiation, affect both kinetics of the accumulation of point defect clusters and carbon spatial distribution. The interaction of typical alloying elements (Mn, Ni, Cu, Si, Cr and P) in ferritic steels used as structural materials in nuclear reactors with a carbon–vacancy complex is analyzed using ab initio techniques. It is found that all the considered solutes form stable triple clusters resulting in the increase of the total binding energy by 0.2–0.3 eV. As a result of the formation of energetically favourable solute–carbon–vacancy triplets, the dissociation energy for vacancy/carbon emission is also increased by ∼0.2–0.3 eV, suggesting that the solutes enhance thermal stability of carbon–vacancy complex. Association of carbon–vacancy pairs with multiple solute clusters is found to be favorable for Ni, Cu and P. The energetic stability of solute(s)–carbon–vacancy complexes was rationalized on the basis of pairwise interaction data and by analyzing the variation of local magnetic moments on atoms constituting the clusters.

  18. Mechanical behaviour of ferritic ODS steels – Temperature dependancy and anisotropy

    Highlights: ► We characterized the anisotropic mechanical behaviour of 3 ferritic ODS steels. ► Creep, tension, fatigue, toughness and impact tests were carried out. ► The tranversal properties are always much poorer than longitudinal ones. ► Fracture modes are highly linked to grain boundaries. - Abstract: Ferritic 14%Cr and 18%Cr ODS steels produced at CEA in round bars or plates were tested mechanically. The present paper reports results obtained in tension, impact, fatigue, creep and toughness tests. These tests were carried out at various temperatures and in different directions. These materials show a pronounced anisotropy at all tested temperatures. No matter the loading, the transversal direction is always found to be far less resistant than the longitudinal one. This anisotropy is mainly observed in terms of damage mechanisms, with intergranular fracture preferentially occurring along the extrusion direction. This intergranular fracture mode leads to very low and anisotropic toughness values and to the absence of tertiairy creep stage, pointing out the unstable nature of fracture, even at high temperature. The unrealistically high values of the Norton exponent measured in creep suggests the existence of a threshold stress, which is consistent with the mainly kinematic nature of the stress as revealed by fatigue tests.

  19. Effect of constituent phase on mechanical properties of 9Cr–1WVTa reduced activation ferritic–martensitic steels

    Influence of the formation of ferrite and accompanying carbides in martensite matrix on the tensile and Charpy impact properties was investigated for reduced activation ferritic–martensitic (RAFM) 9Cr–1WVTa steel. As the fractions of ferrite and carbide adjacent to the ferrite grain boundary increase, both tensile and Charpy impact properties deteriorated in as-normalized condition. In particular, the tensile strength and elongation decreased simultaneously, which is believed to be led by the localized deformation in ferrite which is softer than martensite, promoting the formation and growth of voids. In addition, the formation of ferrite was also detrimental to the Charpy impact properties regarding to the absorbed energy because the precipitation of carbides around ferrite were vulnerable to the nucleation and propagation of cleavage cracks. The degradation of tensile properties can be recovered by tempering, but the DBTT temperature still increases with presence of ferrite

  20. Microstructural effects on the kinetics of decarburisation of 21/4Cr-1Mo ferritic steel in sodium

    The influence of the microstructure of 2 Cr - 1 Mo ferritic steel upon the decarburisation behaviour of the steel in sodium is discussed. It is shown that selection of suitable prior heat treatment and of compositional specification with respect to minor elements (silicon and nitrogen) can improve the resistance of the steel to decarburisation. These findings largely account for the differences observed by various workers in the decarburisation of 2 Cr - 1 Mo steel specimens. The decarburisation kinetics appear likely to obey a linear rate law, after an initial period, rather than a parabolic law as commonly assumed. (author)

  1. Influence of ion-irradiation on hardness change in type 304 stainless steel weldment containing delta(δ) ferrite

    Differences of high energy-ion induced microstructure of bcc δ-ferrite and fcc austenite matrix, and the effects of δ-ferrite on the Vickers micro-hardness (Hv) after irradiation were investigated for Type 304 stainless steel weldments containing two different δ-ferrite contents: ferrite number (FN) 5.5 and 8.5, respectively. Specimens were irradiated to 1.5 dpa with 8 MeV Fe+4 ions using a Tandem Vande-Graff accelerator (flux: 4.3 x 1010 ion/cm2·s, fluence: 0.83 x 1015 ion/cm2) at below 60 degC. Calculations TRIM 95 showed that a peak damage appeared at 1.5 μm in depth with 0.7 μm full width at half maximum (FWHM). These results on irradiation-induced defects (IIDs) distribution were confirmed by TEM. Clear differences for the size and number density of IIDs as black dots (size: 5-10 nm) and loops observed in both the austenitic matrix and δ-ferrite, where the size of IIDs was far larger in the fcc matrix than the bcc δ-ferrite. Hv test results showed that the irradiation hardening of δ-ferrite was about 1.5 times larger than the austenitic matrix. From microstructural observation the increase of the higher Vickers micro-hardness was explained. (author)

  2. Analysis of ferrite grain growth mechanisms during {gamma}-{alpha} transformation in a niobium alloyed steel using EBSD

    Novillo, E. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain); Hernandez, D. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain); Gutierrez, I. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain)]. E-mail: igutierrez@ceit.es; Lopez, B. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain)

    2004-11-15

    The austenite to ferrite phase transformation was studied in a C-Mn-Nb steel after different hot deformation schedules, leading to deformed and recrystallized austenite. The mechanisms of nucleation and growth of ferrite grains were investigated by means of the electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) technique. The ferrite microstructures were characterised in terms of the misorientation angles between ferrite grains and the deviations from an ideal Kurdjumov-Sachs orientation relationship with the austenite. The results show that the grain refinement produced by the accumulation of the deformation in the austenite is limited to a certain extent by the ferrite grain coarsening taking place behind the transformation front. Both coalescence and normal grain growth have been observed to contribute to this coarsening. Coalescence is enhanced as a result of the variant selection taking place in transformation from a recrystallized austenite. The accumulation of the deformation in the austenite results in ferrite-ferrite boundaries of higher misorientation, causing coalescence in this case to be less favoured, as compared with normal grain growth.

  3. Preliminary study on the determination of the ultimate resistance of ferritic stainless steel cross-sections subjected to combined loading according to CSM

    Arrayago Luquin, Itsaso; Bock Montero, Marina; Real Saladrigas, Esther

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a preliminary study on the determination of the ultimate resistance of ferritic stainless steel RHS and SHS subjected to combinations of axial compression and bending moment. Hence, the assessment of the interaction equations proposed in EN 1993-1-4 [1] a nd in literature for austenitic stainless steels are analysed in order to determine the most appropriate approach for ferritic stainless steels

  4. The development of carbides in the phase boundary between delta ferrite and martensite in 9-14% chromium steels

    Materials with a sufficient toughness have to be used for safety-relevant components. In martensitic 12% chromium steels delta ferrite may occur, at higher contents (>0,5%) the fracture toughness of the material may be reduced considerably. This means that the DBTT (ductile to brittle transition temperature) is shifted towards higher temperatures during impact tests. In two-phase steels consisting of delta-ferrite and martensite, this behavior of brittle fracture is found to be caused by the massive dendritic carbide surrounding the delta-ferrite. The generation of this carbide is described by means of CCT diagrams (continuous cooling transformation diagrams). Carbide formation depends on both the chromium content and the cooling velocity. (orig.)

  5. On the fatigue behaviour of electron beam and gas tungsten arc weldments of 409M grade ferritic stainless steel

    Highlights: ► Fatigue behaviour of EBW and GTAW joints of ferritic stainless steel is reported. ► Effect of the microstructure, tensile properties and residual stresses are discussed. ► EBW joint showed superior fatigue performance compared to GTAW joint. ► Fine dual phase microstructure acted beneficially in retarding the crack growth. -- Abstract: Fatigue life and fatigue crack growth behaviour of the electron beam welded AISI 409M ferritic stainless steel joints in comparison with the gas tungsten arc welded joint and the base metal was studied. It is found that the joint fabricated by the electron beam welding process exhibited superior fatigue performance than that of the gas tungsten arc welded joint. Formation of a dual phase lath ferrite with fine martensitic microstructure, superior tensile properties and favourable residual stress field are the main reasons for the enhanced fatigue life and fatigue crack resistance of the electron beam welded joint.

  6. TEM Study of the Orientation Relationship Between Cementite and Ferrite in a Bainitic Low Carbon High Strength Low Alloy Steel

    Illescas Fernandez, Silvia; Brown, A P; He, K.; Fernández, Javier; Guilemany Casadamon, Josep Maria

    2005-01-01

    Two different bainitic structures are observed in a steel depending on the sample heat treatment. The different types of bainitic structures exhibit different orientation relationships between cementite and the ferrite matrix. Upper bainite presents a Pitsch orientation relationship and lower bainite presents a Bagaryatski orientation relationship. Different heat treatments of low carbon HSLA steel samples have been studied using TEM in order to find the orientation relationshi...

  7. Precipitate phases in normalized and tempered ferritic/martensitic steel P92

    Shen, Yinzhong; Liu, Huan; Shang, Zhongxia; Xu, Zhiqiang

    2015-10-01

    Ferritic/martensitic steel P92 is a promising candidate for cladding and duct applications in Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor. The precipitate phases of the P92 steel normalized at 1323 K (1050 °C) for 30 min and tempered at 1038 K (765 °C) for 1 h have been investigated using transmission electron microscopes. Four types of phases consisting of M23C6, MX, M2X and sigma-FeCr were identified in the steel. MX phases consist of Nb-rich M(C,N) carbonitride, Nb-rich MC carbide, V-rich M(C,N) carbonitride, V-rich MC carbide, V-rich MN nitride, and complex MC carbides with Nb-rich MC core and V-rich MC wings. M2X phases consist of Cr-rich M2(C,N) carbonitride, Cr-rich M2C carbide and M2N nitride. Sigma-FeCr has a simple tetragonal lattice and a typical chemical formula of Fe0.45Cr0.45W0.1. M23C6 and MX are the dominant phases, while the sigma-FeCr has the lowest content. The formation of sigma-FeCr and M2X phases in the steel is also discussed.

  8. Mechanism study of sticking occurring during hot rolling of ferritic stainless steel

    Mechanisms of sticking phenomena occurring during hot rolling of a modified STS 430J1L ferritic stainless steel have been investigated in this study by using a pilot-plant-scale rolling machine. As the rolling pass proceeds, the Fe-Cr oxide layer formed in a reheating furnace is destroyed, and the destroyed oxides penetrate into the rolled steel to form a thin oxide layer on the surface region. The sticking does not occur on the surface region containing oxides, whereas it occurs on the surface region without oxides by the separation of the rolled steel at high temperatures. This indicates that the resistance to sticking increases by the increase in the surface hardness when a considerable amount of oxides are formed on the surface region, and that the sticking can be evaluated by the volume fraction and distribution of oxides formed on the surface region. The lubrication and the increase of the rolling speed and rolling temperature beneficially affect to the resistance to sticking because they accelerate the formation of oxides on the steel surface region. In order to prevent or minimize the sticking, thus, it is suggested to increase the thickness of the oxide layer formed in the reheating furnace and to homogeneously distribute oxides along the surface region by controlling the hot-rolling process

  9. HRTEM Study of the Role of Nanoparticles in ODS Ferritic Steel

    Hsiung, L; Tumey, S; Fluss, M; Serruys, Y; Willaime, F

    2011-08-30

    Structures of nanoparticles and their role in dual-ion irradiated Fe-16Cr-4.5Al-0.3Ti-2W-0.37Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (K3) ODS ferritic steel produced by mechanical alloying (MA) were studied using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) techniques. The observation of Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} complex-oxide nanoparticles in the ODS steel imply that decomposition of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} in association with internal oxidation of Al occurred during mechanical alloying. HRTEM observations of crystalline and partially crystalline nanoparticles larger than {approx}2 nm and amorphous cluster-domains smaller than {approx}2 nm provide an insight into the formation mechanism of nanoparticles/clusters in MA/ODS steels, which we believe involves solid-state amorphization and re-crystallization. The role of nanoparticles/clusters in suppressing radiation-induced swelling is revealed through TEM examinations of cavity distributions in (Fe + He) dual-ion irradiated K3-ODS steel. HRTEM observations of helium-filled cavities (helium bubbles) preferably trapped at nanoparticle/clusters in dual-ion irradiated K3-ODS are presented.

  10. Effect of mechanical alloying parameters on irradiation damage in oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels

    Issues for developing oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steel are anisotropic mechanical properties due to the bamboo-like structure, impurity pick up during the mechanical alloying (MA) process, stability of oxide particles, heat-treatment condition and chemical composition. Several ODS steels were fabricated with a changing gas environment during MA, heat-treatment condition and chemical composition, and were electron-irradiated to 12 dpa at 673-748 K in a high-voltage electron microscope. An ODS martensitic steel (M-Ar) with high dislocation density showed very good swelling resistance. Swelling levels of ODS ferritic steels depended on the gas environment during MA and the recrystallization condition. These indicated that a helium gas environment during MA was more effective to suppress swelling than an argon gas environment and that cold working after recrystallization reduced void formation and swelling. The effect of MA parameters, such as the gas environment, heat-treat condition and cold working on the swelling behavior was evaluated

  11. Effect of solute atoms on thermal fatigue properties in ferritic stainless steels

    The hardening ability of some substitutional solute atoms was investigated and compared. It was theoretically shown that solute atoms have the effect to enhance the necking resistance during creep deformation at high temperatures and can improve the thermal fatigue property of the steels. Molybdenum which is known to have large solid solution hardening ability improves the thermal fatigue property by the solid solution hardening itself, plus the enhanced necking resistance through increase in strain rate exponent. Aluminum which is known to improve the oxidation resistance of the ferritic stainless steels has a sufficient solid solution hardening ability. Thermal fatigue life of the steel was improved by a small amount of Al addition. It can be ascribed to the solid solution hardening ability of Al plus the enhanced necking resistance through increase in strain rate exponent due to Al addition. The addition of the appropriate amount of Si would make the effect of solute Al more efficient by improving the oxidation resistance of the steel

  12. Texture evolution in Nb-containing ferritic stainless steels during secondary recrystallization

    The texture evolution of three ferritic stainless steels (FSSs) with small additions of niobium after annealing at 1523 K for 2 h to promote secondary recrystallization (SR) was investigated. The 4-mm sheets containing 16 wt.% Cr and distinct niobium contents (0.31, 0.37 and 0.56 wt.%) were obtained by hot rolling. Carbon and nitrogen contents for the two first steels are 0.02 wt.% C and 0.02 wt.% N. The third steel (0.56 wt.% Nb) contains 0.03 wt.% C and 0.03 wt.% N. The crystallographic textures were determined by conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD). The microstructure was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). The results show that hot band sheets display partial recrystallization. The Goss grains from primary recrystallization are found predominantly close to the surface. Pancake-like recovered grains displaying pronounced (0 0 1) and α-fiber texture components are present at the center layer. Grains displaying abnormal growth are noticeable in the three samples after SR annealing. The texture of the hot bands was evaluated with respect to the composition and through-thickness effects. The results were compared to other FSSs and bcc materials such as low-carbon and silicon steels

  13. Texture evolution in Nb-containing ferritic stainless steels during secondary recrystallization

    Siqueira, R.P. [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL), USP, P.O. Box 116, Lorena, SP 12600-970 (Brazil); Sandim, H.R.Z. [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL), USP, P.O. Box 116, Lorena, SP 12600-970 (Brazil)], E-mail: hsandim@demar.eel.usp.br; Oliveira, T.R. [Centro de Pesquisa da ArcelorMittal Inox Brasil, Praca 1o de Maio, 9, Timoteo, MG 12228-904 (Brazil)

    2008-12-15

    The texture evolution of three ferritic stainless steels (FSSs) with small additions of niobium after annealing at 1523 K for 2 h to promote secondary recrystallization (SR) was investigated. The 4-mm sheets containing 16 wt.% Cr and distinct niobium contents (0.31, 0.37 and 0.56 wt.%) were obtained by hot rolling. Carbon and nitrogen contents for the two first steels are 0.02 wt.% C and 0.02 wt.% N. The third steel (0.56 wt.% Nb) contains 0.03 wt.% C and 0.03 wt.% N. The crystallographic textures were determined by conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD). The microstructure was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). The results show that hot band sheets display partial recrystallization. The Goss grains from primary recrystallization are found predominantly close to the surface. Pancake-like recovered grains displaying pronounced (0 0 1)<0 1 1> and {alpha}-fiber texture components are present at the center layer. Grains displaying abnormal growth are noticeable in the three samples after SR annealing. The texture of the hot bands was evaluated with respect to the composition and through-thickness effects. The results were compared to other FSSs and bcc materials such as low-carbon and silicon steels.

  14. Evaluation of carburization and decarburization behavior of Fe-9Cr-Mo ferritic steels in sodium environment

    Carburization and decarburization behavior in sodium have been examined for Fe-9Cr-Mo ferritic steels exposure to flowing sodium with containing 0.0049, 0.016 and 0.16 wppm carbon at temperature between 723 and 873 K. The Fe-9Cr-Mo ferritic steels were more resistant to carbon transfer than 2 1/4Cr-1Mo steel. The carbon transfer and its gradient in Fe-9Cr-Mo ferritic steels was closely related with carbon concentration in sodium, and carburization and decarburization behavior depended on the sodium conditions. In the case of the application of Mod. 9Cr-1Mo steel to heat transfer tubes of steam generator of LMFBR, carburization behavior was observed on the conditions that sodium inlet temperature was 778K and carbon concentration in sodium was 0.01∼0.10 wppm. The mean carbon contents of heat transfer tubes after the operation of the steam generator for 200,000 h were estimated to be about 0.103∼0.148 wt% comparing with initial carbon contents of 0.10 wt%. Consequently it is expected that high-temperature strength of Mod. 9Cr-1Mo steel would retain sufficient strength and ductility for such operating conditions. (author)

  15. Substrate integrated ferrite phase shifters and active frequency selective surfaces

    There are two distinct parts to this thesis; the first investigates the use of ferrite tiles in the construction of printed phase shifting transmission lines, culminating in the design of two compact electromagnetic controlled beam steered patch and slot antenna arrays. The second part investigates the use of active frequency selective surfaces (AFSS), which are later used to cover a uPVC constructed enclosure. Field intensity measurements are taken from within the enclosure to determine the dynamic screening effectiveness. Trans Tech G-350 Ferrite is investigated to determine its application in printed microstrip and stripline phase shifting transmission lines. 50-Ohm transmission lines are constructed using the ferrite tile and interfaced to Rogers RT Duroid 5870 substrate. Scattering parameter measurements are made under the application of variable magnetic fields to the ferrite. Later, two types of planar microwave beam steering antennas are constructed. The first uses the ferrites integrated into the Duroid as microstrip lines with 3 patch antennas as the radiating elements. The second uses stripline transmission lines, with slot antennas as the radiating sources etched into the ground plane of the triplate. Beam steering is achieved by the application of an external electromagnet. An AFSS is constructed by the interposition of PIN diodes into a dipole FSS array. Transmission response measurements are then made for various angles of electromagnetic wave incidence. Two states of operation exist: when a current is passed through the diodes and when the diodes are switched off. These two states form a high pass and band stop space filter respectively. An enclosure covered with the AFSS is constructed and externally illuminated in the range 2.0 - 2.8GHz. A probe antenna inside the enclosure positioned at various locations through out the volume is used to establish the effective screening action of the AFSS in 3 dimensional space. (author)

  16. Experimental study of behavior and functional capability of ferritic steel elbows and austenitic stainless steel thin-walled elbows

    The results are presented of two series of tests performed on 900 large-radius elbows. A first series of 10 tests was conducted on TU 42 C (equivalent to ASME SA 106 grade B) ferritic steel elbows with an outside diameter-to-wall thickness ratio of 6.7. A second series of 15 tests was conducted on Z2 CN 18-10 (equivalent to ASME TP 304 L) austenitic stainless steel elbows with an outside diameter-to-wall thickness ratio of 90. These elbows were subjected to in-plane (opening and closing) and out-of-plane bending moments. Changes in elbow angular deflection and ovalization of the mid-section were recorded as a function of applied moment. Measurements were made well into the plastic region. Influence of pressure, temperature and cyclic loading was also studied. The tests supplied extensive data on the behaviour of thin-walled austenitic stainless steel elbows when subjected to large displacements, including ability of the elbow to carry the flow under high loadings. Analysis in accordance with the requirements of the RCC-M1 was also performed to quantify flow area reduction at stress limits allowed by these rules, in addition to the displacement amplitude margin allowed by the level D service limit criteria with respect to the experimental limit moment. A criteria is proposed which aims to limit secondary stresses under faulted conditions. (author)

  17. Surface and electrochemical characterization of nano zinc ferrite coating on carbon steel

    The structural materials in nuclear power reactors are mainly iron and nickel based alloys. Operation of these nuclear reactors at high temperatures and high pressures for a longer duration leads to the formation of various oxides due to the corrosion of the structural materials and the nature of these oxides depend on the chemical environment prevailed. Since the corrosion process is electrochemical in nature, the interface formed between the alloys and oxides play a crucial role in deciding the overall corrosion resistance of the structural materials. Therefore, modifying these oxides to nano size would improve the adherence and protectiveness of the interfacial film. In this context, the chemical synthesis of zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4) was carried out by precipitation method using zinc sulphate and iron ammonium sulphate. The synthesized ferrite powder was confirmed by Raman Spectroscopy. X-Ray Diffraction studies showed that the intensity and the ‘d’ values of the observed diffraction peaks perfectly match with the single-crystalline cubic spinel form of zinc ferrite having lattice constant a=8.436 Å. The 10 mm diameter ferrite targets were prepared using synthesized ZnFe2O4 powder by sintering at 1000°C for 24 hours. Thin film of ZnFe2O4 was deposited on Carbon Steel specimens using pulsed laser deposition technique. Characterization of this deposited ferrite was carried out by Raman spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Secondary Electron Microscopy. Raman data of coated ZnFe2O4 matched with the standard ZnFe2O4 oxide. X-ray diffraction pattern indicated that the sample was in single phase with an average grain size 30 nm. XPS data indicated the formation of ZnFe2O4. Scanning electron microscopy technique was used to analyze the surface film morphology. The mechanism of corrosion resistance/improvement in the deposited layer was studied by electrochemical techniques and the results are presented in detail in this paper

  18. Transformation of austenite to duplex austenite-ferrite assembly in annealed stainless steel 316L consolidated by laser melting

    Saeidi, K.; Gao, X. [Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Arrhenius Laboratory, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden); Lofaj, F. [Institute of Materials Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 47, Košice (Slovakia); Faculty of Materials Science and Technology in Trnava, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, 916 24 Trnava (Slovakia); Kvetková, L. [Institute of Materials Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 47, Košice (Slovakia); Shen, Z.J. [Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Arrhenius Laboratory, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2015-06-05

    Highlights: • Mechanical properties, phase and microstructure stability of laser melted steel was studied. • Duplex austenite-ferrite assembly with improved mechanical properties was formed. • Dissolution of Mo in the steel matrix resulted in ferrite stabilization and stress relief. • Enhanced mechanical properties were achieved compared to conventionally casted and annealed steel. - Abstract: Laser melting (LM), with a focused Nd:YAG laser beam, was used to form solid bodies from 316L austenite stainless steel powder and the laser melted samples were heat treated at various temperatures. The phase changes in heat treated samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD). Samples heat treated at 800 °C and 900 °C remained single austenite while in samples heat treated at 1100 °C and 1400 °C a dual austenite-ferrite phase assembly was formed. The ferrite formation was further verified by electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD) and selective area diffraction (SAD). Microstructural changes were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM). In samples heat treated up to 900 °C, coalescence of the cellular-sub grains was noticed, whereas in sample heat treated at and above 1100 °C the formation of ferrite phase was observed. The correlation between the microstructure/phase assembly and the measured strength/microhardness were investigated, which indicated that the tensile strength of the laser melted material was significantly higher than that of the conventional 316L steel even after heat treatment whereas caution has to be taken when laser melted material will be exposed to an application temperature above 900 °C.

  19. Transformation of austenite to duplex austenite-ferrite assembly in annealed stainless steel 316L consolidated by laser melting

    Highlights: • Mechanical properties, phase and microstructure stability of laser melted steel was studied. • Duplex austenite-ferrite assembly with improved mechanical properties was formed. • Dissolution of Mo in the steel matrix resulted in ferrite stabilization and stress relief. • Enhanced mechanical properties were achieved compared to conventionally casted and annealed steel. - Abstract: Laser melting (LM), with a focused Nd:YAG laser beam, was used to form solid bodies from 316L austenite stainless steel powder and the laser melted samples were heat treated at various temperatures. The phase changes in heat treated samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD). Samples heat treated at 800 °C and 900 °C remained single austenite while in samples heat treated at 1100 °C and 1400 °C a dual austenite-ferrite phase assembly was formed. The ferrite formation was further verified by electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD) and selective area diffraction (SAD). Microstructural changes were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM). In samples heat treated up to 900 °C, coalescence of the cellular-sub grains was noticed, whereas in sample heat treated at and above 1100 °C the formation of ferrite phase was observed. The correlation between the microstructure/phase assembly and the measured strength/microhardness were investigated, which indicated that the tensile strength of the laser melted material was significantly higher than that of the conventional 316L steel even after heat treatment whereas caution has to be taken when laser melted material will be exposed to an application temperature above 900 °C

  20. Effect of Co deposition on oxidation behavior and electrical properties of ferritic steel for solid oxide fuel cell interconnects

    In this work, a Co layer deposited on DIN 50049 steel by means of pulsed laser deposition was applied for the protection of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnects operating on the cathode side. The coated and uncoated steel samples were oxidized in air at 1073 K for 500 h, and their microstructures as well as electrical resistances were evaluated using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and the 2-probe 4-point direct current method. It was demonstrated that the Co coating had reduced the oxidation rate of the steel by nearly a half. The area-specific resistance value of the coated steel was 5 × 10−6 Ω·m2, which was significantly lower than that of bare steel after 350 h of oxidation at 1073 K. Cr vaporization tests showed that the Co coating was efficient at blocking the outward diffusion of Cr. The obtained results prove that steel coated with a thin film of cobalt was suitable for use as metallic interconnect material in SOFCs operating at intermediate temperatures. - Highlights: • Co layer was deposited on ferritic steel by means of pulsed laser deposition. • Coated and bare ferritic steel samples were exposed to air at 1073 K for 500 h. • Scale growth rate on bare steel is higher than that on coated steel. • Electrical resistance for oxidized coated steel was lower than for bare steel. • Co-coated steel effectively reduced the formation of volatile Cr species

  1. Effect of Co deposition on oxidation behavior and electrical properties of ferritic steel for solid oxide fuel cell interconnects

    Kruk, A.; Adamczyk, A.; Gil, A. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Kąc, S. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Dąbek, J.; Ziąbka, M. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Brylewski, T., E-mail: brylew@agh.edu.pl [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland)

    2015-09-01

    In this work, a Co layer deposited on DIN 50049 steel by means of pulsed laser deposition was applied for the protection of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnects operating on the cathode side. The coated and uncoated steel samples were oxidized in air at 1073 K for 500 h, and their microstructures as well as electrical resistances were evaluated using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and the 2-probe 4-point direct current method. It was demonstrated that the Co coating had reduced the oxidation rate of the steel by nearly a half. The area-specific resistance value of the coated steel was 5 × 10{sup −6} Ω·m{sup 2}, which was significantly lower than that of bare steel after 350 h of oxidation at 1073 K. Cr vaporization tests showed that the Co coating was efficient at blocking the outward diffusion of Cr. The obtained results prove that steel coated with a thin film of cobalt was suitable for use as metallic interconnect material in SOFCs operating at intermediate temperatures. - Highlights: • Co layer was deposited on ferritic steel by means of pulsed laser deposition. • Coated and bare ferritic steel samples were exposed to air at 1073 K for 500 h. • Scale growth rate on bare steel is higher than that on coated steel. • Electrical resistance for oxidized coated steel was lower than for bare steel. • Co-coated steel effectively reduced the formation of volatile Cr species.

  2. Evaluation of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Laser Beam Welded AISI 409M Grade Ferritic Stainless Steel%Evaluation of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Laser Beam Welded AISI 409M Grade Ferritic Stainless Steel

    A K Lakshminarayanan; V Balasubramanian

    2012-01-01

    The microstructure analysis and mechanical properties evaluation of laser beam welded AISI 409M ferritic stainless steel joints are investigated. Single pass autogeneous welds free of volumetric defects were produced at a welding speed of 3 000 mm/min. The joints were subjected to optical microscope, scanning electron fractographe, microhardness, transverse and longitudinal tensile, bend and charpy impact toughness testing. The coarse ferrite grains in the base metal were changed into dendritic grains as a result of rapid solidification of laser beam welds. Tensile testing indicates overmatching of the weld metal is relative to the base metal. The joints also exhibited acceptable impact toughness and bend strength properties.

  3. Effects of δ-ferrite and welding structure on high-cycle fatigue properties of austenitic stainless steels weld metals

    We studied the effects of δ-ferrite and welding structure on high-cycle fatigue properties for austenitic stainless steel weld metals at cryogenic temperatures. SUS304L and SUS316L weld metals contained 0% δ-ferrite (0% material) and 10% δ-ferrite (10% material) were prepared. High-cycle fatigue tests were carried out at 293, 77 and 4 K. The S-N curves of those weld metals shifted towards higher stress levels, i.e., the longer life side, with decreasing test temperature. The ratios of 106-cycles fatigue strength (FS) to tensile strength (TS) of 0% material decreased from 0.8 to 0.45 and those of 10% material decreased between 0.35 to 0.65 with decreasing test temperature. Fatigue crack initiation sites of SUS304L 10% material were almost at blowholes, and those of SUS316L 10% material were at weld pass interface boundaries. On the other hand, those of 0% materials were considered to be due to the interface of the solidification structure. Although δ-ferrite reduces toughness at cryogenic temperatures in austenitic stainless steel weld metals, the effects of δ-ferrite on high-cycle fatigue properties are not significant

  4. Microstructural probing of ferritic/martensitic steels using internal transmutation-based positron source

    Krsjak, Vladimir; Dai, Yong

    2015-10-01

    This paper presents the use of an internal 44Ti/44Sc radioisotope source for a direct microstructural characterization of ferritic/martensitic (f/m) steels after irradiation in targets of spallation neutron sources. Gamma spectroscopy measurements show a production of ∼1MBq of 44Ti per 1 g of f/m steels irradiated at 1 dpa (displaced per atom) in the mixed proton-neutron spectrum at the Swiss spallation neutron source (SINQ). In the decay chain 44Ti → 44Sc → 44Ca, positrons are produced together with prompt gamma rays which enable the application of different positron annihilation spectroscopy (PAS) analyses, including lifetime and Doppler broadening spectroscopy. Due to the high production yield, long half-life and relatively high energy of positrons of 44Ti, this methodology opens up new potential for simple, effective and inexpensive characterization of radiation induced defects in f/m steels irradiated in a spallation target.

  5. Modification in the Microstructure of Mod. 9Cr-1Mo Ferritic Martensitic Steel Exposed to Sodium

    Prasanthi, T. N.; Sudha, Cheruvathur; Paul, V. Thomas; Bharasi, N. Sivai; Saroja, S.; Vijayalakshmi, M.

    2014-09-01

    Mod. 9Cr-1Mo is used as the structural material in the steam generator circuit of liquid metal-cooled fast breeder reactors. Microstructural modifications on the surface of this steel are investigated after exposing to flowing sodium at a temperature of 798 K (525 °C) for 16000 hours. Sodium exposure results in the carburization of the ferritic steel up to a depth of ~218 µm from the surface. Electron microprobe analysis revealed the existence of two separate zones with appreciable difference in microchemistry within the carburized layer. Differences in the type, morphology, volume fraction, and microchemistry of the carbides present in the two zones are investigated using analytical transmission electron microscopy. Formation of separate zones within the carburized layer is understood as a combined effect of leaching, diffusion of the alloying elements, and thermal aging. Chromium concentration on the surface in the α-phase suggested possible degradation in the corrosion resistance of the steel. Further, concentration-dependent diffusivities for carbon are determined in the base material and carburized zones using Hall's and den Broeder's methods, respectively. These are given as inputs for simulating the concentration profiles for carbon using numerical computation technique based on finite difference method. Predicted thickness of the carburized zone agrees reasonably well with that of experiment.

  6. Fracture behavior evaluations for ferritic steel piping with circumferential double flaws on the inner surface

    Methods for assessing the structural integrity of nuclear components having some flaws are provided in the Rules on Fitness-for-Service for Nuclear Power Plants of the JSME code (JSME FFS code). Although the JSME FFS code provides such methods for piping with a single flaw, it does not describe any method for fracture assessment of piping with multiple flaws including flaw coalescence criteria. Some investigations on the fracture behavior of mainly austenitic stainless steel piping with multiple flaws, whose fracture mode is plastic collapse, have recently been reported and fracture assessment methods have been proposed. In the present study, fracture tests and analyses of carbon steel piping with a single and two circumferential flaw(s) on the inner surface were conducted to investigate a method for fracture assessment of ferritic steel piping with multiple flaws. It was found that fracture assessment based on the twice elastic slope method and the plastic collapse mechanism gave inadequate results for a large single flaw. Including this case, two kinds of elastic–plastic fracture assessment method, one using the Z-factor in the JSME FFS code and the other by ductile instability analysis, gave conservative estimates of fracture strength even when the structural factor SF was not considered (i.e. SF = 1)

  7. Microstructure control for high strength 9Cr ferritic-martensitic steels

    Tan, Lizhen [ORNL; Hoelzer, David T [ORNL; Busby, Jeremy T [ORNL; Sokolov, Mikhail A [ORNL; Klueh, Ronald L [ORNL

    2012-01-01

    Ferritic-martensitic (F-M) steels with 9 wt.%Cr are important structural materials for use in advanced nuclear reactors. Alloying composition adjustment, guided by computational thermodynamics, and thermomechanical treatment (TMT) were employed to develop high strength 9Cr F-M steels. Samples of four heats with controlled compositions were subjected to normalization and tempering (N&T) and TMT, respectively. Their mechanical properties were assessed by Vickers hardness and tensile testing. Ta-alloying showed significant strengthening effect. The TMT samples showed strength superior to the N&T samples with similar ductility. All the samples showed greater strength than NF616, which was either comparable to or greater than the literature data of the PM2000 oxide-dispersion-strengthened (ODS) steel at temperatures up to 650 C without noticeable reduction in ductility. A variety of microstructural analyses together with computational thermodynamics provided rational interpretations on the strength enhancement. Creep tests are being initiated because the increased yield strength of the TMT samples is not able to deduce their long-term creep behavior.

  8. Corrosion and radiation response of advanced ferritic-martensitic steels for Generation IV application

    For many Generation IV systems, ferritic-martensitic steels are considered candidates for core internals, cladding, or pressure vessels. The radiation response to proton and heavy ion irradiation and the corrosion response in supercritical water and lead-bismuth eutectic of two advanced steels, specifically HCM12A (Grade 122) and a 9Cr Oxide Dispersion Strengthened (ODS) steel are reported in this work. The HCM12A appears to harden in a similar manner to T91. In the 9Cr ODS alloy, the oxides particles shrink slightly under high heavy ion irradiation, but this loss in size is accompanied by an increase in density such that any loss of hardening appears to be negligible. When exposed to SCW, the 9Cr ODs alloy has a thinner and less porous oxide than HCM12A. Although the inner oxide layers of HCM12A exposed in SCW and LBE have some similarity, the outer magnetite layer has smaller and equiaxed grains when exposed to LBE as opposed to the large columnar grains when exposed in SCW. (author)

  9. Formation of alumina-aluminide coatings on ferritic-martensitic T91 steel

    Choudhary R.K.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, alumina-aluminide coatings were formed on ferritic-martensitic T91 steel substrate. First, coatings of aluminum were deposited electrochemically on T91 steel in a room temperature AlCl3-1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium chloride ionic liquid, then the obtained coating was subjected to a two stage heat treatment procedure consisting of prolonged heat treatment of the sample in vacuum at 300 ○C followed by oxidative heat treatment in air at 650 ○C for 16 hours. X-ray diffraction measurement of the oxidatively heat treated samples indicated formation of Fe-Al and Cr-Al intermetallics and presence of amorphous alumina. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy measurement confirmed 50 wt- % O in the oxidized coating. Microscratch adhesion test conducted on alumina-aluminide coating formed on T91 steel substrate showed no major adhesive detachment up to 20 N loads. However, adhesive failure was observed at a few discrete points on the coating along the scratch track.

  10. Ultrafine grained ferrite-martensite dual phase steels fabricated via equal channel angular pressing: Microstructure and tensile properties

    Ultrafine grained (UFG) ferrite-martensite dual phase steels containing different amounts of vanadium were fabricated by equal channel angular pressing (ECAP) and subsequent intercritical annealing. Their room temperature tensile properties were examined and compared to those of a coarse grained counterpart. The formation of UFG martensite islands of ∼1 μm was not confined to the former pearlite colonies but they were uniformly distributed throughout UFG ferrite matrix. A diffusion analysis showed that this specific microstructure may result from dissolution of carbon atoms from pearlitic cementite and their concurrent diffusion into UFG ferrite during ECAP, making the average carbon content reach the equilibrium content to form austenite during subsequent intercritical annealing. The strength of UFG dual phase steels was much higher than that of the coarse grained counterpart, but uniform and total elongations were not degraded. More importantly, the present UFG dual phase steels exhibited extensive rapid strain hardening unlike most UFG materials. The addition of vanadium slightly increased the strength and elongation of the present UFG dual phase steels, but it was found that excessive vanadium addition did not lead to further improvement of their mechanical properties. An excellent combination of strength, elongation and strain hardening of the present UFG dual phase steels was explained in terms of their specific microstructural features

  11. Design of martensitic/ferritic heat-resistant steels for application at 650 deg. C with supporting thermodynamic modelling

    Knezevic, V.; Balun, J. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, 40074 Duesseldorf (Germany); Sauthoff, G. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, 40074 Duesseldorf (Germany)], E-mail: g.sauthoff@mpie.de; Inden, G.; Schneider, A. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung GmbH, 40074 Duesseldorf (Germany)

    2008-03-25

    In view of developing novel heat-resisting steels for applications in conventional power plants with service temperatures of 650 deg. C, a series of martensitic/ferritic model steels with 12 wt.%Cr were studied to achieve an increased creep resistance through additional alloying with various elements for controlled precipitation of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides, MX carbonitrides and intermetallic Laves phase. The alloy design relied on thermodynamic simulation calculations using Thermo-Calc and DICTRA. The mechanical testing concentrated on creep at 650 deg. C for up to 8000 h. The alloy optimization resulted in creep rupture strengths above those of the martensitic/ferritic P92 steel. The work was part of a cooperative project within the German MARCKO program.

  12. Design of martensitic/ferritic heat-resistant steels for application at 650 deg. C with supporting thermodynamic modelling

    In view of developing novel heat-resisting steels for applications in conventional power plants with service temperatures of 650 deg. C, a series of martensitic/ferritic model steels with 12 wt.%Cr were studied to achieve an increased creep resistance through additional alloying with various elements for controlled precipitation of M23C6 carbides, MX carbonitrides and intermetallic Laves phase. The alloy design relied on thermodynamic simulation calculations using Thermo-Calc and DICTRA. The mechanical testing concentrated on creep at 650 deg. C for up to 8000 h. The alloy optimization resulted in creep rupture strengths above those of the martensitic/ferritic P92 steel. The work was part of a cooperative project within the German MARCKO program

  13. Electron work functions of ferrite and austenite phases in a duplex stainless steel and their adhesive forces with AFM silicon probe

    Guo, Liqiu; Hua, Guomin; Yang, Binjie; Lu, Hao; Qiao, Lijie; Yan, Xianguo; Li, Dongyang

    2016-02-01

    Local electron work function, adhesive force, modulus and deformation of ferrite and austenite phases in a duplex stainless steel were analyzed by scanning force microscopy. It is demonstrated that the austenite has a higher electron work function than the ferrite, corresponding to higher modulus, smaller deformation and larger adhesive force. Relevant first-principles calculations were conducted to elucidate the mechanism behind. It is demonstrated that the difference in the properties between austenite and ferrite is intrinsically related to their electron work functions.

  14. Comparison between magnetic force microscopy and electron back-scatter diffraction for ferrite quantification in type 321 stainless steel

    Several analytical techniques that are currently available can be used to determine the spatial distribution and amount of austenite, ferrite and precipitate phases in steels. The application of magnetic force microscopy, in particular, to study the local microstructure of stainless steels is beneficial due to the selectivity of this technique for detection of ferromagnetic phases. In the comparison of Magnetic Force Microscopy and Electron Back-Scatter Diffraction for the morphological mapping and quantification of ferrite, the degree of sub-surface measurement has been found to be critical. Through the use of surface shielding, it has been possible to show that Magnetic Force Microscopy has a measurement depth of 105–140 nm. A comparison of the two techniques together with the depth of measurement capabilities are discussed. - Highlights: • MFM used to map distribution and quantify ferrite in type 321 stainless steels. • MFM results compared with EBSD for same region, showing good spatial correlation. • MFM gives higher area fraction of ferrite than EBSD due to sub-surface measurement. • From controlled experiments MFM depth sensitivity measured from 105 to 140 nm. • A correction factor to calculate area fraction from MFM data is estimated

  15. Investigation on the Enhanced Oxidation of Ferritic/Martensitic Steel P92 in Pure Steam

    Juntao Yuan

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Oxidation of ferritic/martensitic steel P92 was investigated in pure oxygen and in pure steam at 600–800 °C by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, optical microscopy (OM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and X-ray diffraction (XRD. The results showed that the oxidation of P92 was significantly enhanced and multilayer scale with an outer iron oxides layer formed in pure steam. At 700 °C, the gas switch markedly influenced the scaling kinetics and scale microstructure. It was supposed that the higher affinity of iron to steam would be attributed to the enhanced oxidation of P92 in pure steam, and the much easier transport of hydroxyl would account for the significant difference induced by gas switch.

  16. Innovative Powder Processing of Oxide Dispersion Strengthened ODS Ferritic Stainless Steels

    Rieken, Joel; Anderson, Iver; Kramer, Matthew

    2011-04-01

    An innovative gas atomization reaction synthesis technique was employed as a viable method to dramatically lower the processing cost for precursor oxide dispersion forming ferritic stainless steel powders (i.e., Fe-Cr-(Hf,Ti)-Y). During this rapid solidification process the atomized powders were enveloped by a nano-metric Cr-enriched metastable oxide film. Elevated temperature heat treatment was used to dissociate this metastable oxide phase through oxygen exchange reactions with Y-(Hf,Ti) enriched intermetallic compound precipitates. These solid state reactions resulted in the formation of highly stable nano-metric mixed oxide dispersoids (i.e., Y-Ti-O or Y-Hf-O) throughout the alloy microstructure. Subsequent high temperature (1200 C) heat treatments were used to elucidate the thermal stability of each nano-metric oxide dispersoid phase. Transmission electron microscopy coupled with X-ray diffraction was used to evaluate phase evolution within the alloy microstructure.

  17. Aluminum clad ferritic stainless steel foil for metallic catalytic converter substrate applications

    Chang, C.S.; Pandey, A.; Jha, B.

    1996-09-01

    A roll bonding process was developed to produce Al clad ferritic stainless steel foil for the metallic catalytic converter substrate application. Clad foils with different chemistry were produced and their properties were evaluated. Heat treatment conditions for the homogenization of clad foils were identified. This article includes results from oxidation tests and mechanical tests on as-rolled and heat treated clad foil. Results from commercial ingot metallurgy foil were also included for comparison. The oxidation weight gain study indicates that the Al content in the foils is directly related to the usable life of the foil. However, rare earth addition is necessary to improve the oxidation resistance of this material for the high temperature applications by slowing down the weight gain kinetics and thus extend the usable life of foils. The heat treated clad foil also exhibit excellent tensile ductility when compared to the ingot metallurgy foil.

  18. Plastic deformation-induced phosphorus segregation to ferrite grain boundaries in an interstitial free steel

    Research highlights: → Plastic deformation causes non-equilibrium grain boundary phosphorus segregation. → Deformation induced segregation increases with increasing deformation rate. → Non-equilibrium segregation is induced by supersaturated vacancy-phosphorus complex. → Model predictions show a reasonable agreement with the observations. - Abstract: Grain boundary concentration of phosphorus in an interstitial free steel is observed by virtue of Auger electron spectroscopy after the alloy is plastically deformed to different strains under different strain rates at a high temperature in the ferrite region. The results reveal that phosphorus segregates at grain boundaries during plastic deformation. The segregation increases with increasing deformation until reaching a steady value, and at the same deformation amount it increases with increasing strain rate. Model predictions are made, which shows a reasonable agreement between the predictions and the observations.

  19. Phase stability of oxide dispersion-strengthened ferritic steels in neutron irradiation

    Oxide dispersion-strengthened ferritic steels were irradiated by neutrons up to 21 dpa and studied by microstructural observation and microchemical analysis. The original high dislocation density did not change after neutron irradiation, indicating that the dispersed oxide particles have high stability under neutron irradiation. However, there is potential for recoil resolution of the oxide particles due to ballistic ejection at high dose. From the microchemical analysis, it was implied that some of the complex oxides have a double-layer structure, such that TiO2 occupied the core region and Y2O3 the outer layer. Such a structure may be more stable than the simple mono-oxides. Under high-temperature irradiation, Laves phase was the predominant precipitate occurring at grain boundaries α phase and χ phase were not observed in this study

  20. The Oxidation Characteristics of Modified High-Chromium Ferritic Steel for High Temperature

    The Oxidation properties of modified high chromium ferritic steels were investigated in steam and in air at 600 .deg. C, 650 .deg. C, and in thermal cyclic condition between 400 .deg. C and 600 .deg. C. In steam, the internal oxidation occurred deeply, and the formation of Cr2O3 protective scale was prevented, so the oxidation rate was 5∼20 times higher than that in air. The oxidation rate decreased with increasing Cr content and with decreasing grain size. In the zone of internal oxidation, the microhardness was higher than that in the matrix because of the formation of fine oxide particles. Finally, the existence of W-oxide and Mo-oxide was not observed by the analysis of EPMA and XRD

  1. The correlation between yielding behavior and precipitation in ultra purified ferritic stainless steels

    Cold rolled sheets of a ultra purified ferritic stainless steel were annealed either by being slowly cooled from 950 deg. C or being rapidly cooled to room temperature from the intermediate holding at 750 deg. C. The former exhibited substantial Lueders elongation during tensile testing, while the later showed continuous yielding behavior. In the slowly cooled sheet, both Nb(C, N) and (Fe, Cr)2Nb have been formed, and no (Fe, Cr)2Nb could be observed in the rapidly cooled sheet. The fast growth of (Fe, Cr)2Nb is believed to have caused local depletion of Nb atoms around fine NbC particles, resulting in their dissolution and having carbon atoms released for the formation of the Cottrell atmosphere. These results have been confirmed by the internal friction measurements and thermodynamic calculations.

  2. Ion-irradiation hardening of brazed joints of tungsten and oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steel

    Irradiation hardening and microstructural change of the brazed-joint of W and oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel (ODS-FS) was investigated by nano-indentation hardness test and transmission electron microscopy after ion irradiation with 6.4 MeV Fe3+ ions at 500°C up to 10 dpa. Dual-beam irradiation of Fe3+ ions and energy-degraded 1 MeV He+ ion was also carried out. A considerable irradiation hardening occurred in the W base metal where dislocation loops and nano-scaled voids or He-bubbles were observed. Dual-beam irradiation enhanced the hardening. No significant hardening was observed in ODS-FS. The hardness of insert material was reduced after irradiation, which is due to the recovery of dislocations generated during joining process. (author)

  3. Corrosion of High Chromium Ferritic/Martensitic Steels in High Temperature Water. a Literature Review

    Fernandez, P.; Lapena, J.; Blazquez, F. [Ciemat, Madrid (Spain)

    2000-07-01

    Available literature concerning corrosion of high-chromium ferritic/martensitic steels in high temperature water has been reviewed. The subjects considered are general corrosion, effect of irradiation on corrosion, stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC). In addition some investigations about radiation induced segregation (RIS) are shown in order to know the compositional changes at grain boundaries of these alloys and their influence on corrosion properties. The data on general corrosion indicate moderate corrosion rates in high temperature water up to 350 degree centigree. Considerably larger corrosion rates were observed under neutron irradiation. The works concerning to the behaviour of these alloys to stress corrosion cracking seem to conclude that in these materials is necessary to optimize the temper temperature and to carry out the post-weld heat treatments properly in order to avoid stress corrosion cracking. (Author) 40 refs.

  4. Corrosion of High Chromium Ferritic/Martensitic Steels in High Temperature Water. a Literature Review

    Available literature concerning corrosion of high-chromium ferritic/martensitic steels in high temperature water has been reviewed. The subjects considered are general corrosion, effect of irradiation on corrosion, stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC). In addition some investigations about radiation induced segregation (RIS) are shown in order to know the compositional changes at grain boundaries of these alloys and their influence on corrosion properties. The data on general corrosion indicate moderate corrosion rates in high temperature water up to 350 degree centigrade. Considerably larger corrosion rates were observed under neutron irradiation. The works concerning to the behaviour of these alloys to stress corrosion cracking seem to conclude that in these materials is necessary to optimize the temper temperature and to carry out the post-weld heat treatments properly in order to avoid stress corrosion cracking. (Author) 40 refs

  5. Characterization and Modeling of Grain Boundary Chemistry Evolution in Ferritic Steels under Irradiation

    Marquis, Emmanuelle [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Wirth, Brian [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Was, Gary [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

    2016-03-28

    Ferritic/martensitic (FM) steels such as HT-9, T-91 and NF12 with chromium concentrations in the range of 9-12 at.% Cr and high Cr ferritic steels (oxide dispersion strengthened steels with 12-18% Cr) are receiving increasing attention for advanced nuclear applications, e.g. cladding and duct materials for sodium fast reactors, pressure vessels in Generation IV reactors and first wall structures in fusion reactors, thanks to their advantages over austenitic alloys. Predicting the behavior of these alloys under radiation is an essential step towards the use of these alloys. Several radiation-induced phenomena need to be taken into account, including phase separation, solute clustering, and radiation-induced segregation or depletion (RIS) to point defect sinks. RIS at grain boundaries has raised significant interest because of its role in irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) and corrosion of structural materials. Numerous observations of RIS have been reported on austenitic stainless steels where it is generally found that Cr depletes at grain boundaries, consistently with Cr atoms being oversized in the fcc Fe matrix. While FM and ferritic steels are also subject to RIS at grain boundaries, unlike austenitic steels, the behavior of Cr is less clear with significant scatter and no clear dependency on irradiation condition or alloy type. In addition to the lack of conclusive experimental evidence regarding RIS in F-M alloys, there have been relatively few efforts at modeling RIS behavior in these alloys. The need for predictability of materials behavior and mitigation routes for IASCC requires elucidating the origin of the variable Cr behavior. A systematic detailed high-resolution structural and chemical characterization approach was applied to ion-implanted and neutron-irradiated model Fe-Cr alloys containing from 3 to 18 at.% Cr. Atom probe tomography analyses of the microstructures revealed slight Cr clustering and segregation to dislocations and

  6. Irradiation hardening of ODS ferritic steels under helium implantation and heavy-ion irradiation

    Irradiation hardening of ODS ferritic steels after multi-energy He-ion implantation, or after irradiation with energetic heavy ions including Xe and Bi-ions was investigated with nano-indentation technique. Three kinds of high-Cr ODS ferritic steels including the commercial MA956 (19Cr–3.5Al), the 16Cr–0.1Ti and the 16Cr–3.5Al–0.1Zr were used. Data of nano-hardness were analyzed with an approach based on Nix-Gao model. The depth profiles of nano-hardness can be understood by the indentation size effect (ISE) in specimens of MA956 implanted with multi-energy He-ions or irradiated with 328 MeV Xe ions, which produced a plateau damage profile in the near-surface region. However, the damage gradient overlaps the ISE in the specimens irradiated with 9.45 Bi ions. The dose dependence of the nano-hardness shows a rapid increase at low doses and a slowdown at higher doses. An 1/2-power law dependence on dpa level is obtained. The discrepancy in nano-hardness between the helium implantation and Xe-ion irradiation can be understood by using the average damage level instead of the peak dpa level. Helium-implantation to a high dose (7400 appm/0.5 dpa) causes an additional hardening, which is possibly attributed to the impediment of motion dislocations by helium bubbles formed in high concentration in specimens

  7. Effect of thermo-mechanical treatments on the microstructure and mechanical properties of an ODS ferritic steel

    The Fe-14Cr-2W-0.3Ti-0.3Y2O3 oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) reduced activation ferritic (RAF) steel was fabricated by mechanical alloying of a pre-alloyed, gas atomised powder with yttria nano-particles, followed by hot isostatic pressing and thermo-mechanical treatments (TMTs). Two kinds of TMT were applied: (i) hot pressing, or (ii) hot rolling, both followed by annealing in vacuum at 850 deg. C. The use of a thermo-mechanical treatment was found to yield strong improvement in the microstructure and mechanical properties of the ODS RAF steel. In particular, hot pressing leads to microstructure refinement, equiaxed grains without texture, and an improvement in Charpy impact properties, especially in terms of the upper shelf energy (about 4.5 J). Hot rolling leads to elongated grains in the rolling direction, with a grain size ratio of 6:1, higher tensile strength and reasonable ductility up to 750 deg. C, and better Charpy impact properties, especially in terms of the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (about 55 deg. C).

  8. On the influence of cold rolling parameters for 14CrW-ODS ferritic steel claddings

    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels, produced by powder metallurgy, are considered as promising material for high burn up cladding tubes for future Sodium Cooled Fast reactors. They present superior radiation resistance compared with austenitic steels and high creep strength due to reinforcement by the homogeneous dispersion of hard nano-sized particles. The aim of this study is to investigate several possible cold rolling routes for a Fe-14Cr-1W-0.3Ti-0.3Y2O3 ODS ferritic grade by comparing the effects of annealing temperature on cold-workability, microstructure evolution and mechanical properties. A three-roll type HPTR rolling mill is used to manufacture ODS steel claddings. Cold rolling passes and intermediate annealing are repeated until reaching the final geometry: 10.73 mm external diameter and 500 μm thick. Optical and TEM observations, hardness measurements and tensile tests are conducted to characterize three different cladding tubes. Microstructure of hot extruded mother tubes is highly anisotropic with equiaxed grains in the transverse direction but with significant elongation in the longitudinal direction. Despite the high temperature used for annealing during fabrication route, the elongated grain structure induced by the hot extrusion process is retained all along the cold manufacturing. Tensile tests are carried out on both longitudinal and circumferential directions by mean of respectively tile and ring tensile specimens for temperatures between 20 C and 700 C. The tensile properties obtained for the final tubes are dependent on the processing route, i.e. on the initial annealing temperature applied on the mother tube. For the lowest annealing temperature (1150 C), UTS values measured at room temperature are of about 1500 MPa in the longitudinal direction and of about 1300 MPa in the circumferential one. For higher annealing temperature (1250 C), UTS values are found around 1000 MPa in the both directions, showing a less pronounced

  9. Improvement in the DTVG detection method as applied to cast austeno-ferritic steels

    Initially, the so-called DTVG method was developed to improve detection and (lengthwise) dimensioning of cracks in austenitic steel assembly welds. The results obtained during the study and the structural similarity between austenitic and austeno-ferritic steels led us to carry out research into adapting the method on a sample the material of which is representative of the cast steels used in PWR primary circuit bends. The method was first adapted for use on thick-wall cast austeno-ferritic steel structures and was validated for zero ultrasonic beam incidence and for a flat sample with machine-finished reflectors. A second study was carried out notably to allow for non-zero ultrasonic beam incidence and to look at the method's validity when applied to a non-flat geometry. There were three principal goals to the research; adapting the process to take into account the special case of oblique ultrasonic beam incidence (B image handling), examining the effect of non-flat geometry on the detection method, and evaluating the performance of the method on actual defects (shrinkage cavities). We began by focusing on solving the problem of oblique incidence. Having decided on automatic refracted angle determination, the problem could only be solves by locking the algorithm on a representative image of the suspect material comprising an indicator. We then used a simple geometric model to quantify the deformation of the indicators on a B-scan image due to a non-flat translator/part interface. Finally, tests were carried out on measurements acquired from flat samples containing artificial and real defects so that the overall performance of the method after development could be assessed. This work has allowed the DTVG detection method to be adapted for use with B-scan images acquired with a non-zero ultrasonic beam incidence angle. Moreover, we have been able to show that for similar geometries to those of the cast bends and for deep defects the deformation of the indicators due

  10. Long term high temperature oxidation characteristics of La and Cu alloyed ferritic stainless steels for solid oxide fuel cell interconnects

    Swaminathan, Srinivasan; Lee, Young-Su; Kim, Dong-Ik

    2016-09-01

    To ensure the best performance of solid oxide fuel cell metallic interconnects, the Fe-22 wt.% Cr ferritic stainless steels with various La contents (0.006-0.6 wt.%) and Cu addition (1.57 wt.%), are developed. Long-term isothermal oxidation behavior of these steels is investigated in air at 800 °C, for 2700 h. Chemistry, morphology, and microstructure of the thermally grown oxide scale are examined using XPS, SEM-EDX, and XRD techniques. Broadly, all the steels show a double layer consisting of an inner Cr2O3 and outer (Mn, Cr)3O4. Distinctly, in the La-added steels, binary oxides of Cr, Mn and Ti are found at the oxide scale surface together with (Mn, Cr)3O4. Furthermore, all La-varied steels possess the metallic Fe protrusions along with discontinuous (Mn, Cr)3O4 spinel zones at the oxide scale/metal interface and isolated precipitates of Ti-oxides in the underlying matrix. Increase of La content to 0.6 wt.% is detrimental to the oxidation resistance. For the Cu-added steel, Cu is found to segregate strongly at the oxide scale/metal interface which inhibits the ingress of oxygen thereby suppressing the subscale formation of (Mn, Cr)3O4. Thus, Cu addition to the Fe-22Cr ferritic stainless steels benefits the oxidation resistance.

  11. Preparation of ferritic 17%Cr ODS steel by mechanical alloying from prealloyed steel powder

    Hadraba, Hynek; Husák, Roman; Kuběna, Ivo; Bureš, R.; Fáberová, M.; Strečková, M.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 14, č. 4 (2014), s. 222-227. ISSN 1335-8987 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA14-25246S Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : ODS steel * mechanical alloying * hot rolling Subject RIV: JG - Metallurgy

  12. Analysis of the hysteresis loop in stainless steels I. Austenitic and ferritic steels

    Polák, Jaroslav; Fardoun, F.; Degallaix, S.

    2001-01-01

    Roč. 297, 1/2 (2001), s. 144-153. ISSN 0921-5093 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA2041704 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : hysteresis loop * fatigue * steel Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 0.978, year: 2001

  13. Synthesis of nano-structured duplex and ferritic stainless steel powders by planetary milling: An experimental and simulation study

    Gupta, Shalabh; Shashanka, R.; Chaira, D.

    2015-02-01

    Nano-structured duplex and ferritic stainless steel powders were prepared by planetary milling of elemental Fe, Ni and Cr powder compositions (duplex: 69Fe-18Cr-13Ni and ferritic:82Fe-17Cr-1Ni) in a dual drive planetary mill for 10 hours. The feasibility for solid solution formation of Cr and Ni in Fe matrix were studied. The samples were collected at regular time intervals and characterized for their morphological and phase analysis using X- Ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It has been observed that as the milling time increases crystallite size decreases and lattice strain increases. Thermodynamic aspects of milled stainless steel powders were performed using Miedema model. The theoretical values ΔH,ΔS and ΔG of and were calculated and were found to be -14.32kJ/mol, 6.93J/mol and -16.39 kJ/mol for duplex stainless steel and -2.81kJmol, 4.35Jmol and -4.11 kJ/mol for ferritic stainless steel respectively.

  14. Effect of Hot Coiling Under Accelerated Cooling on Development of Non-equiaxed Ferrite in Low Carbon Steel

    Lanjewar, H. A.; Tripathi, Pranavkumar

    2016-06-01

    Strengthening mechanisms dominant in non-equiaxed ferrite structures are not so familiar and well measured. In present study, non-equiaxed ferritic structures were generated and perceived to be strengthened by grain/crystal refinement, presence of varying substructures, solid solution strengthening, and textural hardening. A Nb-V microalloyed steel was modeled under various accelerated cooling and coiling temperature conditions in a thermo-mechanical simulator. Decrease in coiling temperature in conjunction with accelerated cooling resulted in non-equiaxed ferrite structures with array of phase morphologies. Intermediate transformation conditions produced increase in strength concurrent with observed smallness in crystallite size and high amount of microstrain in the matrix phase indicative of high dislocation densities and crystal imperfections. Increase in strength is partially attributed to solid solution and texture hardening owing to increase in (111) pole intensity in structure.

  15. Oxidation Behavior of Some Cr Ferritic Steels for High Temperature Fuel Cells

    The oxidation behavior of three high Cr ferritic steels designated 1Al, RA and 5Al with different levels of Al, Si, Mn and Hf has been investigated in the present work. These steels have been developed as candidates for Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) interconnect. Specimens of these alloys have been subjected to isothermal as well as cyclic oxidation in air. Isothermal oxidation tests are conducted in the temperature range 800 - 1000 degree C for time periods up to 1000 h. cyclic oxidation tests were carried out at 800 and 1000 degree C for twenty 25 - h cycles giving a total cyclic exposure time of 500 h. The growth rate of the oxide scales was found to follow a parabolic law over a certain oxidation period which changed with alloy composition and oxidation temperature. The value of the parabolic rate constant increased with increasing oxidation temperature. At 800 and 900 degree C alloy 1Al exhibited higher oxidation resistance compared to the other two alloys. Alloy RA showed spalling behavior when oxidized at 900 degree C and the extent of spalling increased with increasing the oxidation temperature to 1000 degree C. Alloy 5Al oxidized at 1000 degree C showed the highest oxidation resistance among the investigated alloys. Alloy 1Al and RA showed similar scale morphology and composition. X- ray diffraction analysis revealed that the scales developed on these alloys consist of Cr2O3 with an outer layer of MnCr2O4 and a minor amount of FeCr2O4 spinels. Alloy 5Al developed scale consisting of γ- Al2O3 at 800 degree C and γ and α- Al2O3 at 900 degree C. Oxidation of alloy 5Al at 1000 degree C led to formation of a scale consisting mainly of the protective phase α Al2O3. The presence of 0.84 wt% Al and 0.95 wt % Si in alloy 1Al enhanced its oxidation resistance compared to alloy RA which contains only 0.29 wt% Si and is Al - free. This enhancement was attributed to formation of internal oxidation zone in alloy 1Al just beneath the oxide / alloy interface. This zone

  16. A correlative approach to segmenting phases and ferrite morphologies in transformation-induced plasticity steel using electron back-scattering diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy

    Using a combination of electron back-scattering diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy data, a segmentation procedure was developed to comprehensively distinguish austenite, martensite, polygonal ferrite, ferrite in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite laths in a thermo-mechanically processed low-Si, high-Al transformation-induced plasticity steel. The efficacy of the ferrite morphologies segmentation procedure was verified by transmission electron microscopy. The variation in carbon content between the ferrite in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite laths was explained on the basis of carbon partitioning during their growth. - Highlights: • Multi-condition segmentation of austenite, martensite, polygonal ferrite and ferrite in bainite. • Ferrites in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite segmented by variation in relative carbon counts. • Carbon partitioning during growth explains variation in carbon content of ferrites in bainites. • Developed EBSD image processing tools can be applied to the microstructures of a variety of alloys. • EBSD-based segmentation procedure verified by correlative TEM results

  17. A correlative approach to segmenting phases and ferrite morphologies in transformation-induced plasticity steel using electron back-scattering diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy

    Gazder, Azdiar A., E-mail: azdiar@uow.edu.au [Electron Microscopy Centre, University of Wollongong, New South Wales 2500 (Australia); Al-Harbi, Fayez; Spanke, Hendrik Th. [School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, New South Wales 2522 (Australia); Mitchell, David R.G. [Electron Microscopy Centre, University of Wollongong, New South Wales 2500 (Australia); Pereloma, Elena V. [Electron Microscopy Centre, University of Wollongong, New South Wales 2500 (Australia); School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, New South Wales 2522 (Australia)

    2014-12-15

    Using a combination of electron back-scattering diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy data, a segmentation procedure was developed to comprehensively distinguish austenite, martensite, polygonal ferrite, ferrite in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite laths in a thermo-mechanically processed low-Si, high-Al transformation-induced plasticity steel. The efficacy of the ferrite morphologies segmentation procedure was verified by transmission electron microscopy. The variation in carbon content between the ferrite in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite laths was explained on the basis of carbon partitioning during their growth. - Highlights: • Multi-condition segmentation of austenite, martensite, polygonal ferrite and ferrite in bainite. • Ferrites in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite segmented by variation in relative carbon counts. • Carbon partitioning during growth explains variation in carbon content of ferrites in bainites. • Developed EBSD image processing tools can be applied to the microstructures of a variety of alloys. • EBSD-based segmentation procedure verified by correlative TEM results.

  18. Microalloyed V-Nb-Ti and V steels Pt. 1 - stereological study of ferrite-pearlite microstructure and its relationship to toughness

    Tanniru, M.; Shanmugam, S.; Misra, R.D.K.; Panda, D.; Jansto, S.

    2005-02-15

    Stereological analysis was applied to quantify the ferrite-pearlite microstructure and relate it to the toughness of similar strength V-Nb-Ti and V microalloyed steels. The V-Nb-Ti and the V steel were characterised by average yield strengths of {approx} 375 and 363 MPa, respectively and an elongation of {approx} 20%. The relationship between the microstructure and toughness was investigated in terms of stereological parameters, namely: (a) mean intercept length of polygonal ferrite and its distribution, (b) mean intercept length of pearlite colonies and their distribution, (c) ferrite grain boundary surface area per unit volume, (d) total grain boundary surface area per unit volume, (e) contiguity ratio of ferrite grains and pearlite colonies, and (f) pearlite interlamellar spacing and its distribution. Stereological analysis of core and flange sections of beams of both steels indicated that the core and flange sections of V steel are characterised by a marginally finer ferrite grain size and narrower grain size distribution, higher contiguity ratio of ferrite grains, finer pearlite interlamellar spacing and its distribution, and more uniform distribution of pearlite colony size, in comparison with respective core and flange sections of the V-Nb-Ti steel. These characteristics influence the toughness of the investigated steels. (author)

  19. Compatibility test between beryllium and ferritic stainless steel(F82H)

    In a fusion blanket, beryllium has been identified for use as neutron multiplier, where it will be in contact with the structural material. Austenitic stainless steel, 316SS has been considered as the structural material. However, from some studies, it is reported that beryllium reacts with 316SS above 600 C. In our investigations, we found that the reaction product between beryllium and nickel, BeNi was formed on 316SS side at 600 C. Therefore, the compatibility between beryllium and ferritic stainless steel without nickel, F82H(Fe - 8%Cr - 2%W - 0.2%V) as the new structural material in JAERI was investigated to determine if it was more compatible with beryllium. In this study, for clarifying the chemical interaction between beryllium and F82H, the out-of-pile compatibility test has been carried out with diffusion couples of beryllium and F82H which were inserted in the capsule filled with high purity helium gas. Annealing temperatures was 400, 600 and 800 C, and annealing periods was 100, 300 and 1000 h, respectively. From the results of this test, it is obvious that the thickness of reaction layer in F82H is 2/3 of that in 316SS in the case of annealing at 800 C for 1000 h. (orig.)

  20. Difference in transformation behavior between ferrite and austenite formations in medium manganese steel

    The difference in transformation behavior between the γ → α and α′ → γ transformations at the transition temperature T0 was investigated in 0.1%C–5%Mn steel. The γ → α transformation was very slow, and so little ferrite phase formed at T0, even after a lengthy annealing time of 50 h. However, the α′ → γ transformation was relatively fast and rapidly proceeded at T0. In the dual-phase structure formed by the α′ → γ transformation, thin film-shaped reversed austenite grains with sufficient thermal stability formed along the lath boundaries of the tempered martensite matrix. The simulation using diffusion-controlled transformations (DICTRA) software confirmed that the rapid austenite formation in medium manganese steel is attributed to: (1) the high density of austenite nucleation sites derived from the hierarchical lath martensitic structure; (2) the negligible-partitioning local equilibrium growth controlled by very fast carbon diffusion at the initial stage; and (3) the relatively higher diffusivity of Mn within the martensite matrix under the partitioning local equilibrium growth that occurred at a subsequent stage

  1. Microstructural analysis of ferritic-martensitic steels irradiated at low temperature in HFIR

    Hashimoto, N.; Robertson, J.P.; Rowcliffe, A.F. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Wakai, E. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst. (Japan)

    1998-09-01

    Disk specimens of ferritic-martensitic steel, HT9 and F82H, irradiated to damage levels of {approximately}3 dpa at irradiation temperatures of either {approximately}90 C or {approximately}250 C have been investigated by using transmission electron microscopy. Before irradiation, tempered HT9 contained only M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbide. Irradiation at 90 C and 250 C induced a dislocation loop density of 1 {times} 10{sup 22} m{sup {minus}3} and 8 {times} 10{sup 21} m{sup {minus}3}, respectively. in the HT9 irradiated at 250 C, a radiation-induced phase, tentatively identified as {alpha}{prime}, was observed with a number density of less than 1 {times} 10{sup 20} m{sup {minus}3}. On the other hand, the tempered F82H contained M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and a few MC carbides; irradiation at 250 C to 3 dpa caused minor changes in these precipitates and induced a dislocation loop density of 2 {times} 10{sup 22} m{sup {minus}3}. Difference in the radiation-induced phase and the loop microstructure may be related to differences in the post-yield deformation behavior of the two steels.

  2. Hydrogen embrittlement and fracture mode of EUROFER 97 ferritic-martensitic steel

    The hydrogen embrittlement of EUROFER 97 ferritic-martensitic steel promotes a change from ductile to brittle trans- and inter-granular fracture during fracture toughness testing. The brittle fracture is controlled by hydrogen content in the range of 2–4 wppm and strongly depends on the extent of hydrogen saturated trapping sites. The same hydrogen concentration in base and weld metals manifests itself by different extents of brittle fracture, higher in base metal and lower in weld metal as a result of a different number and saturation of trapping sites. The extent of brittle fracture on surface specimens decreases along the hydrogen concentration gradient from the crack tip and with increasing testing temperature. - Highlights: ► Hydrogen effects the fracture toughness of base and weld metal of EUROFER 97 RAFM steel. ► The J0.2 integral values decrease depending on the hydrogen content in the range of 0–4 wppm. ► With increased temperature in the range of 25 °C–120 °C the brittle fracture mode decreases. ► The extent of brittle trans- and inter-granular fracture decreases in the direction of crack propagation. ► Results of this work would help of structural integrity assessment of ITER test blanket module components.

  3. Development of novel diffusion coatings for 9-12 % Cr ferritic-martensitic steels

    Rohr, V.; Schuetze, M. [DECHEMA e.V. Theodor-Heuss-Allee-25, 60486 Frankfurt am Main (Germany); Fortuna, E.; Tsipas, D.N. [Aristotles University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 540 06 (Greece); Milewska, A.; Perez, F.J. [Universidad Complutense Madrid, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2005-12-01

    Eventhough 9-12% Cr steels are mechanically designed for power plant applications up to 650 C, their effective use is limited by the corrosion resistance at this temperature. Therefore, the present paper addresses the development of diffusion coatings on 9% Cr ferritic-martensitic steels. The difficulty of coating these materials with conventional diffusion processes arises from the temperature limit above which the conversion of the martensite is accelerated and the mechanical properties would be deteriorated. Aluminide coatings consisting of Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5} or FeAl phases were thus developed for deposition temperatures between 650 and 715 C by the conventional pack cementation technique. As the addition of boron was expected to improve the oxidation properties of the coating, the influence of B on the aluminide coating was investigated. The precedent diffusion of Cr as an interdiffusion barrier before switching to the Al diffusion step was also investigated. As a further technique, the fluidised bed chemical vapour deposition (FBCVD) method allowed the development of Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5} coatings at 550 C. Furthermore, Si or codiffusion Al-Si coatings were developed at temperatures as low as 550 C. (Abstract Copyright [2005], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  4. Microstructural changes induced near crack tip during corrosion fatigue tests in austenitic-ferritic steel.

    Gołebiowski, B; Swiatnicki, W A; Gaspérini, M

    2010-03-01

    Microstructural changes occurring during fatigue tests of austenitic-ferritic duplex stainless steel (DSS) in air and in hydrogen-generating environment have been investigated. Hydrogen charging of steel samples during fatigue crack growth (FCG) tests was performed by cathodic polarization of specimens in 0.1M H(2)SO(4) aqueous solution. Microstructural investigations of specimens after FCG tests were carried out using transmission electron microscopy to reveal the density and arrangement of dislocations formed near crack tip. To determine the way of crack propagation in the microstructure, electron backscatter diffraction investigations were performed on fatigue-tested samples in both kinds of environment. To reveal hydrogen-induced phase transformations the atomic force microscopy was used. The above investigations allowed us to define the character of fatigue crack propagation and microstructural changes near the crack tip. It was found that crack propagation after fatigue tests in air is accompanied with plastic deformation; a high density of dislocations is observed at large distance from the crack. After fatigue tests performed during hydrogen charging the deformed zone containing high density of dislocations is narrow compared to that after fatigue tests in air. It means that hydrogenation leads to brittle character of fatigue crack propagation. In air, fatigue cracks propagate mostly transgranularly, whereas in hydrogen-generating environment the cracks have mixed transgranular/interfacial character. PMID:20500395

  5. Mechanical and microstructural behavior of a ferritic stainless steel under high temperature cycling

    A ferritic stainless steel, Fe9Cr1Mo containing V and Nb, has been proposed for applications which involve combinations of cyclic and static loads at elevated temperatures. Since the components made from this alloy are to be in service over many years it is essential that the microstructure exhibit a high degree of stability under the design conditions. In the present experiments the fatigue life of the modified Fe9Cr1Mo steel was examined at two test temperatures, 5930 and 7000C, in fully reversed fatigue over a total strain range of 2.1 x 10-2. The cycling was either continuous (ramp wave with a strain rate of 4 x 10-3/s) or included a two minute tension or compression hold imposed at the maximum strain. Tests were carried out in vacuum or in a mixture of 3% hydrogen in argon containing water vapor as in impurity which caused the gas to be oxidizing. The resultant microstructure and damage features were investigated by TEM (shadowed 2 stage replicas), optical microscopy, and HVEM examination of thin foils. Cyclic softening was observed in all tests. The stress undergoes a marked relaxation during the hold period. The peak stress is scarcely affected by the introduction of hold times and no mean stress is observed to develop. The presence of a hold time decreases the cycle life but increases the time to failure

  6. Gas porosity evolution and ion-implanted helium behavior in reactor ferritic/martensitic and austenitic steels

    The peculiarities of gas porosity formation and helium retention and release in reactor ferritic/martensitic EP-450 and EP-450-ODS and austenitic ChS-68 steels are investigated by transmission electron microscopy and helium thermal desorption spectrometry (HTDS). The samples were irradiated by 40 keV He+ ions up to a fluence of 5 · 1020 m−2 at 293 and 923 K. An nonuniform distribution of helium bubbles and high-level gas swelling in ferritic/martensitic steels were found at high-temperature helium implantation. The same irradiation conditions result in formation of uniformly distributed helium bubbles and low-level swelling in ChS-68 steel. Temperature range of helium release from EP-450-ODS steel was considerably wider in comparison to HTDS-spectra of the EP-450 steel. A considerable quantity of helium is released from ODS steel in the high-temperature range after the main peak of the HTDS-spectrum

  7. Formation and coalescence of strain localized regions in ferrite phase of DP600 steels under uniaxial tensile deformation

    In this study the key factors in the creation and coalescence of strain localization regions in dual-phase steels were investigated. An in-situ tensile setup was used to follow the microscopic deformation of ferrite phase inside the microstructure of DP600 steel. The test was continued until the specimen was very close to final failure. The captured scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs enabled us to directly observe the evolution of deformation bands as a contour of strain distribution in the ferrite matrix. The image processing method was used to quantify the ferrite microscopic strains; the obtained strain maps were superimposed onto the SEM micrographs. The results revealed important deformational characteristics of the microstructure at the microscopic level. It was observed that despite the formation of slip bands inside the large grains during the early stages of deformation, the large ferrite grains did not contribute to the formation of high-strain bands until the final stages of severe necking. The behavior of voids and initial defects inside the localization bands was also studied. In the final stages of deformation, cracks were observed to preferentially propagate in the direction of local deformation bands and to coalescence with each other to form the final failure lines in the microstructure. It was observed that in the final stages of deformation, the defects or voids outside the deformation bands do not contribute to the final failure mechanisms and could be considered to be of minor importance

  8. Validation of a numerical model used to predict phase distribution and residual stress in ferritic steel weldments

    Highlights: • We validate a numerical model to simulate the welding of ferritic steel components. • We use a solid-state phase transformation (SSPT) algorithm to predict SSPT kinetics. • Post-weld phase predictions are validated using micro-hardness measurements. • Post-weld residual stress predictions are validated using neutron diffraction data. • Residual stress predictions are found to be dependent on transformation plasticity. - Abstract: Numerical finite element analyses were combined with experimental observation of a single-pass autogenous beam weld in SA508 Gr.3 Cl.1 ferritic steel. Two weldment sets were prepared using different weld heat inputs, resulting in different post-weld residual stress and ferritic phase distributions. Neutron diffraction was employed to measure the residual stress distribution while microhardness measurements were used to measure the post-weld phase distribution in each weldment. In both cases, the numerical model accurately predicts the ferritic phase distribution and residual stress field. Model predictions illustrate how the higher cooling rates associated with a faster torch speed result in an increased martensite volume fraction within the weldment. Consideration of both the transformation kinetics and transformation plasticity are proven to significantly improve model accuracy when comparing measured and predicted residual stress profiles

  9. Formation and coalescence of strain localized regions in ferrite phase of DP600 steels under uniaxial tensile deformation

    Alaie, A., E-mail: amir_alaie@yahoo.com [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kadkhodapour, J. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Shahid Rajaee Teacher Training University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Institute for Materials Testing, Materials Science and Strength of Materials (IMWF), University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart (Germany); Ziaei Rad, S. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Asadi Asadabad, M. [Materials Research School, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Schmauder, S. [Institute for Materials Testing, Materials Science and Strength of Materials (IMWF), University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart (Germany)

    2015-01-19

    In this study the key factors in the creation and coalescence of strain localization regions in dual-phase steels were investigated. An in-situ tensile setup was used to follow the microscopic deformation of ferrite phase inside the microstructure of DP600 steel. The test was continued until the specimen was very close to final failure. The captured scanning electron microscopy (SEM) micrographs enabled us to directly observe the evolution of deformation bands as a contour of strain distribution in the ferrite matrix. The image processing method was used to quantify the ferrite microscopic strains; the obtained strain maps were superimposed onto the SEM micrographs. The results revealed important deformational characteristics of the microstructure at the microscopic level. It was observed that despite the formation of slip bands inside the large grains during the early stages of deformation, the large ferrite grains did not contribute to the formation of high-strain bands until the final stages of severe necking. The behavior of voids and initial defects inside the localization bands was also studied. In the final stages of deformation, cracks were observed to preferentially propagate in the direction of local deformation bands and to coalescence with each other to form the final failure lines in the microstructure. It was observed that in the final stages of deformation, the defects or voids outside the deformation bands do not contribute to the final failure mechanisms and could be considered to be of minor importance.

  10. Multi-stage Modeling of Lüders Elongation and Work-Hardening Behaviors of Ferrite Steels Under Tension

    Zhang, Zhongyang; Liao, Yiliang

    2016-04-01

    For structural and engineering steels, accurate modeling of stress-strain relation of ferrite phase is of particular importance, since the modeling results could benefit new material system design and process-microstructure-property analysis. Several modeling efforts have been made to achieve this target. However, few efforts have been put on the Lüders elongation behavior of ferrite. As a result, the modeling results from proposed models do not match well with experimental data, particularly at a relatively low-strain range. Furthermore, without the consideration of yield point elongation due to the formation of Lüders bands, additional calibration parameters are required to capture the stress level of stress-strain curves. In this work, a multi-stage model is developed to predict the stress-strain relation of ferrite phase steel under room temperature tension. This model is capable of capturing the grain size effect on both Lüders elongation and work-hardening behaviors of ferrite. The modeling results are extensively validated by experimental data.

  11. Analysis of the variation in nanohardness of pearlitic steel: Influence of the interplay between ferrite crystal orientation and cementite morphology

    Debehets, Jolien, E-mail: jolien.debehets@mtm.kuleuven.be [Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven, University of Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44 bus 2450, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Tacq, Jeroen [Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven, University of Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44 bus 2450, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium); Favache, Audrey; Jacques, Pascal [Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering, Université catholique de Louvain, Place Sainte Barbe 2 L5.02.02, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium); Seo, Jin Won; Verlinden, Bert; Seefeldt, Marc [Department of Materials Engineering, KU Leuven, University of Leuven, Kasteelpark Arenberg 44 bus 2450, B-3001 Leuven (Belgium)

    2014-10-20

    The influence of the relative orientation of the ferrite crystallite lattice and the cementite lamellae on the hardness of pearlitic steel has been investigated by a combination of nanoindentation and electron microscopy (electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)). Three pearlitic samples, each with a different interlamellar spacing, and one ferritic sample were nanoindented. Although the hardness of the ferritic sample is very similar at different spots on the sample, a large variation in hardness is obtained on each of the pearlitic samples. It has been found that this variation cannot be accounted for solely by the variation in interlamellar spacing and is related to differences in ferrite crystal orientation. As to explain the observed large variation in hardness, the ferrite crystal orientation was considered relative to the cementite lamellae orientation by calculation of the distance dislocations can glide between adjacent lamellae in the slip direction. However, no clear correlation was found for a scaling of this orientation factor with the hardness. Possible interpretations of this discrepancy are suggested.

  12. Analysis of the variation in nanohardness of pearlitic steel: Influence of the interplay between ferrite crystal orientation and cementite morphology

    The influence of the relative orientation of the ferrite crystallite lattice and the cementite lamellae on the hardness of pearlitic steel has been investigated by a combination of nanoindentation and electron microscopy (electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)). Three pearlitic samples, each with a different interlamellar spacing, and one ferritic sample were nanoindented. Although the hardness of the ferritic sample is very similar at different spots on the sample, a large variation in hardness is obtained on each of the pearlitic samples. It has been found that this variation cannot be accounted for solely by the variation in interlamellar spacing and is related to differences in ferrite crystal orientation. As to explain the observed large variation in hardness, the ferrite crystal orientation was considered relative to the cementite lamellae orientation by calculation of the distance dislocations can glide between adjacent lamellae in the slip direction. However, no clear correlation was found for a scaling of this orientation factor with the hardness. Possible interpretations of this discrepancy are suggested

  13. Effect of mechanical alloying atmosphere on the microstructure and Charpy impact properties of an ODS ferritic steel

    Two types of oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels, with the composition of Fe-14Cr-2W-0.3Ti-0.3Y2O3 (in weight percent), have been produced by mechanically alloying elemental powders of Fe, Cr, W, and Ti with Y2O3 particles either in argon atmosphere or in hydrogen atmosphere, degassing at various temperatures, and compacting the mechanically alloyed powders by hot isostatic pressing. It was found in particular that mechanical alloying in hydrogen yields a significant reduction in oxygen content in the materials, a lower dislocation density, and a strong improvement in the fast fracture properties of the ODS ferritic steels, as measured by Charpy impact tests.

  14. An integrated computer model with applications for austenite-to-ferrite transformation during hot deformation of Nb-microalloyed steels

    Majta, Janusz; Pietrzyk, Maciej; Zurek, Anna K.; Cola, Mark; Hochanadel, Pat

    2002-05-01

    This work presents an austenite decomposition model, based on the thermodynamics of the system and diffusion-controlled nucleation theory, to predict the evolution of microstructure during hot working of niobium-microalloyed steels. The differences in microstructural development of hotdeformed microalloyed steel in the single-phase austenite and two-phase (austenite + ferrite) regions have been effectively described using an integrated computer modeling process. The complete model presented here takes into account the kinetics of recrystallization, recrystallized austenite grain size, precipitation, phase transformation, and the resulting ferrite structure. After considering existing austenite decomposition models, we decided that the method adopted in the present work relies on isothermal transformation kinetics and the principle-of-additivity rule. The thermomechanical part of the modeling process was carried out using the finite-element method. Experimental results at different temperatures, strain rates, and strain levels were obtained using a Gleeble thermomechanical simulator. A comparison of results of the model with experiments shows good agreement.

  15. Pros and cons of nickel- and boron-doping to study helium effects in ferritic/martensitic steels

    Hashimoto, N.; Klueh, R. L.; Shiba, K.

    2002-12-01

    In the absence of a 14 MeV neutron source, the effect of helium on structural materials for fusion must be simulated using fission reactors. Helium effects in ferritic/martensitic steels have been studied by adding nickel and boron and irradiating in a mixed-spectrum reactor. Although the nickel- and boron-doping techniques have limitations and difficulties to estimate helium effects on the ferritic/martensitic steels, past irradiation experiments using these techniques have demonstrated similar effects on the swelling and Charpy impact properties that are indicative of a helium effect. Although both techniques have disadvantages, it should be possible to plan experiments using the nickel- and boron-doping techniques to develop an understanding of the effects of helium on mechanical properties.

  16. Thermal treatments effect on the austenite-ferrite equilibrium in a duplex stainless steel weld beads; Effet des traitements thermiques sur l equilibre austenite - ferrite dans un cordon de soudure en acier inoxydable duplex

    Belkessa, Brahim; Badji, Riad; Bettahar, Kheireddine; Maza, Halim [Division de la Metallurgie et Mecanique. Centre de Recherche Scientifique et Technique en Soudage et Controle. B.P 64, Route de Dely Ibrahim, Cheraga, Alger (Algeria)

    2006-07-01

    Heat treatments in the temperature range between 800 to 1200 C, with a keeping at high temperature of 60 min, followed by a water quenching at 20 C, have been carried out on austeno-ferritic stainless steel welds (of type SAF 2205-UNS S31803). The heat treatments carried out at temperatures below 1000 C have modified the structure of the duplex stainless steel 2205 in inducing the formation of precipitates, identified by X-ray diffraction as being the intermetallic compound {sigma} and the chromium carbides M{sub 23}C{sub 6}. The treatments applied to temperatures superior to 1000 C shift the {delta}-{gamma} equilibrium towards the {delta} phase. Indeed, the increase of the ferrite rate with the treatment temperature is approximately linear. The ferrite rates are higher in the heat-affected zone, which has been submitted to a ferritizing due to the welding thermal effects. (O.M.)

  17. Cyclic plasticity of an austenitic-ferritic stainless steel under biaxial non proportional loading

    Austenitic-ferritic stainless steels are supplied since about 30 years only, so they are yet not well-known. Their behaviour in cyclic plasticity was studied under uniaxial loading but not under multiaxial loading, whereas only a thorough knowledge of the phenomena influencing the mechanical behaviour of a material enables to simulate and predict accurately its behaviour in a structure. This work aims to study and model the behaviour of a duplex stainless steel under cyclic biaxial loading. A three step method was adopted. A set of tension-torsion tests on tubular specimen was first defined. We studied the equivalence between loading directions, and then the influence of loading path and loading history on the stress response of the material. Results showed that duplex stainless steel shows an extra-hardening under non proportional loading and that its behaviour depends on previous loading. Then, in order to analyse the results obtained during this first experimental stage, the yield surface was measured at different times during cyclic loading of the same kind. A very small plastic strain offset (2*10-5) was used in order not to disturb the yield surface measured. The alteration of isotropic and kinematic hardening variables were deduced from these measures. Finally, three phenomenological constitutive laws were identified with the experimental set. We focused our interest on the simulation of stabilized stress levels and on the simulation of the cyclic hardening/softening behaviour. The comparison between experimental and numerical results enabled the testing of the relevance of these models. (authors)

  18. The Influence of Shielding Gas and Heat Input on the Mechanical Properties of Laser Welds in Ferritic Stainless Steel

    Keskitalo, M.; Sundqvist, J.; Mäntyjärvi, K.; Powell, J.; Kaplan, A. F. H.

    Laser welding of ferritic steel in normal atmosphere gives rise to weld embrittlement and poor formability. This paper demonstrates that the addition of an argon gas shield to the welding process results in tough, formable welds. Post weld heat treatment and microscopic analysis has suggested that the poor ductility of welds produced without a gas shield is, to some extent, the result of the presence of oxides in the weld metal.

  19. AFM and TEM study of cyclic slip localization in fatigued ferritic X10CrAl24 stainless steel

    Man, Jiří; Petrenec, Martin; Obrtlík, Karel; Polák, Jaroslav

    2004-01-01

    Roč. 52, č. 19 (2004), s. 5551-5561. ISSN 1359-6454 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA106/00/D055; GA ČR GA106/01/0376; GA AV ČR IAA2041201 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : ferritic steel * fatigue * persistent slip band Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics Impact factor: 3.490, year: 2004

  20. Analysis of stress-induced Burgers vector anisotropy in pressurized tube specimens of irradiated ferritic-martensitic steel: JLF-1

    Gelles, D.S. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Shibayama, T. [Univ. of Hokkaido, Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. for Materials Research

    1998-09-01

    A procedure for determining the Burgers vector anisotropy in irradiated ferritic steels allowing identification of all a<100> and all a/2<111> dislocations in a region of interest is applied to a pressurized tube specimen of JLF-1 irradiated at 430 C to 14.3 {times} 10{sup 22} n/cm{sup 2} (E > 0.1 MeV) or 61 dpa. Analysis of micrographs indicates large anisotropy in Burgers vector populations develop during irradiation creep.