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  1. Fatigue of welded joint in a stainless steel AISI 304 L

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    The flexion fatigue behavior for the base metal and welded joint of an AISI 304 L stainless steel type, used in the Angra-1 reactor, was determined. An automatic welding process was used with improved procedures in order to assure better welding metallurgy. Fatigue tests samples reinforcements were done to allow the evaluation of metallurgical variables, specially the role played by delta ferrite. The resulting welded joint showed better fatigue life than the base metal. Delta ferrite was found to play an important role on the initiation and propagation processes of the fatigue cracks. (Author)

  2. Effect of rare earth oxide additions on oxidation behavior of AISI 304L stainless steel

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    Marina Fuser Pillis

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available AISI 304L stainless steel powder compacts containing 2 vol% high purity rare earth oxides were prepared by mixing the different powders in a vibratory mill followed by pressing. The compacts thus obtained were sintered in a vacuum furnace and isothermal oxidation measurements were carried out in a muffle furnace, in air, up to 200 hours at 900 °C. The oxidized surfaces were examined in a scanning electron microscope and micro regions of the reaction products were studied using energy dispersive analysis. The addition of rare earth oxides decreased the oxidation rate of the stainless steel. Further evidence of predominant oxygen ion diffusion controlling the overall oxidation process in rare earth containing chromium oxide forming alloys has been observed.

  3. Production of nano/submicron grained AISI 304L stainless steel through the martensite reversion process

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    Research highlights: → At least 50% reduction is necessary to complete the transformation of austenite to martensite at 0 deg. C. → The parameters of Olsen-Cohen model were found as n = 4.5, α = 3.257 and β = 3.573. → The appropriate grain refining zone for annealing treatment was determined. → A diagram showing different zones for each level of grain sizes via annealing conditions is presented. → The hardness improves 2.5 times higher after the thermo-mechanical process. → Final structure exhibits not only high strength (above 1 GPa) but also good elongation (∼40%). - Abstract: Production of nano/submicron grained AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel through formation of strain-induced martensite and its reversion to austenite are studied in this paper. The effects of annealing parameters on the microstructural development and mechanical properties are also investigated. Heavily cold rolling at 0 deg. C is employed to induce the formation of martensite in the metastable austenitic material, followed by reversion treatment at the temperature range of 700-900 deg. C for 0.5-300 min. Microstructural evolutions are analyzed using Feritscope, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy, whereas the mechanical properties are determined by hardness and tensile tests. The smallest grain size (about 135 nm) is obtained in the specimen annealed at 700 deg. C for 20 min. The resultant nano/submicron grained steel not only exhibits a high strength level (about 1010 MPa) but also a desirable elongation of about 40%. Moreover, an annealing map is developed which indicates the appropriate range of annealing parameters for grain refinement of AISI 304L stainless steel through the martensite reversion process.

  4. Production of nano/submicron grained AISI 304L stainless steel through the martensite reversion process

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    Forouzan, Farnoosh, E-mail: forouzan.iut@gmail.com [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Najafizadeh, Abbas; Kermanpur, Ahmad; Hedayati, Ali; Surkialiabad, Roohallah [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2010-10-25

    Research highlights: {yields} At least 50% reduction is necessary to complete the transformation of austenite to martensite at 0 deg. C. {yields} The parameters of Olsen-Cohen model were found as n = 4.5, {alpha} = 3.257 and {beta} = 3.573. {yields} The appropriate grain refining zone for annealing treatment was determined. {yields} A diagram showing different zones for each level of grain sizes via annealing conditions is presented. {yields} The hardness improves 2.5 times higher after the thermo-mechanical process. {yields} Final structure exhibits not only high strength (above 1 GPa) but also good elongation ({approx}40%). - Abstract: Production of nano/submicron grained AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel through formation of strain-induced martensite and its reversion to austenite are studied in this paper. The effects of annealing parameters on the microstructural development and mechanical properties are also investigated. Heavily cold rolling at 0 deg. C is employed to induce the formation of martensite in the metastable austenitic material, followed by reversion treatment at the temperature range of 700-900 deg. C for 0.5-300 min. Microstructural evolutions are analyzed using Feritscope, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy, whereas the mechanical properties are determined by hardness and tensile tests. The smallest grain size (about 135 nm) is obtained in the specimen annealed at 700 deg. C for 20 min. The resultant nano/submicron grained steel not only exhibits a high strength level (about 1010 MPa) but also a desirable elongation of about 40%. Moreover, an annealing map is developed which indicates the appropriate range of annealing parameters for grain refinement of AISI 304L stainless steel through the martensite reversion process.

  5. Microstructural features of hot pressure bonding between stainless steel type AISI-304 L and ziracloy-2

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    The diffusion zone formed after reaching quasi-equilibrium in hot pressure bonding between stainless steel type AISI-304 L and Zircaloy-2 under particular thermal and compressive conditions (1000-11000C and 2-3 atm) contains two distinct layers, each separately localized in the modified stainless steel and Zircaloy matrices. SEM, TEM, X-ray diffraction and microanalysis were used to identify the phase structure and composition of the two diffusion layers. The nature and distribution of phases found in the diffusion layers can be explained in connection with the diffusion mechanisms operating after the initial stages of bond formation and interface disappearance: (a) The strog zirconium diffusion promotes ferrite and ZrCr2 formation in a narrow zone located near the stainless steel matrix. (b) Iron and nickel diffusion over large distances in the Zircaloy matrix leads to the occurrence of a larger zone having a two-phase structure. The light grey phase consists of untransformed α-Zr and a small precentage of high-temperature β-Zr phase. The darker grey phase contains essentially a very high amount of intermetallic bct compounds Zr-Fe-Ni, Zr2Fe and Zr2Ni dispersed in the small residue of Zircaloy matrix. (orig.)

  6. Electronic structures and nitride formation on ion-implanted AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel

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    Chang, G.S.; Son, J.H.; Kim, S.H.; Chae, K.H.; Whang, C.N. (Yonsei Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of). Dept. of Physics); Menthe, E.; Rie, K.-T.; Lee, Y.P.

    1999-02-01

    A N[sub 2][sup +] implantation technique was employed to improve the surface hardness of stainless steel, and the electronic structures and nitride formation of the ion-implanted layer were investigated and compared with those produced using other techniques, including plasma nitriding. AISI 304L austenite stainless steel was irradiated by 80 keV N[sub 2][sup +] with a dosage ranging from 1.0 x 10[sup 16] to 1.0 x 10[sup 18] ions cm[sup -2] at room temperature. The formation of various nitrides was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The quantitative hardness of the samples was measured by using a Knoop microhardness tester. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was also carried out to elucidate the chemical states and electronic structures of the ion-implanted layers. The measurements were repeated after post-annealing at 400 C for 1 h in a high vacuum. Changes in phase, chemical state and electronic structures were observed according to the ion dose and heat treatment. (orig.) 12 refs.

  7. Plasma nitriding of AISI 304L and AISI 316L stainless steels: effect of time in the formation of S phase and the chromium nitrides

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    Plasma nitriding can improve hardness and wear resistance of austenitic stainless steels without losses in corrosion resistance. This fact relies on a nitrided layer constituted only by S phase, without chromium nitrides precipitation. In this work, the effect of nitriding time on phases formed on nitrided layer was investigated in two austenitic stainless steels: AISI 304L e AISI 316L. The samples were nitrided at 420 deg C, using a mixture of 60 % N2 and 40% H2, during 5, 7 and 9 hours. It was noted that chromium nitrides were formed on samples of AISI 304L, nitrided for 7 e 9 hours, while all nitrided samples of AISI 316L showed only formation of S phase. The nitrided layers were characterized using optical microscope and x-ray diffraction. (author)

  8. Effect of thermal cycles on heavily cold deformed AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel

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    The solution treated commercial grade AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel plate was heavily cold rolled to 90% of thickness reduction. Cold rolled specimens were annealed at various temperatures by thermal cycles and isothermal annealing. Strain-induced phase transformations and microstructure studies were carried out both in the cold rolled and annealed conditions. The X-ray diffraction and magnetic measurements were used for phase transformation studies. The transmission electron microscope characterisation revealed that the cyclic thermal process resulted in ultrafine grain austenite formation whereas, the isothermal annealing developed coarser grain size microstructure. The different microstructural evolutions by the above two processes largely influenced the development of the recrystallisation texture. The thermal cycling produced a distinct γ-fibre texture while the isothermal annealing resulted in a cube texture component along with the γ-fibre. The γ-fibre texture evolution was attributed to the over critical subgrains or nuclei and {1 0 0} cube texture to the coarser grains of micrometer size.

  9. Crack propagation in stainless steel AISI 304L in Hydrogen Chemistry conditions (HWC)

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    Velocities of crack growth in samples type CT pre cracking of stainless steel AISI 304l solder and sensitized thermally its were obtained by the Rising Displacement method or of growing displacement. It was used a recirculation circuit that simulates the operation conditions of a BWR type reactor (temperature of 280 C and a pressure of 8 MPa) with the chemistry modified by the addition of hydrogen with and without the addition of impurities of a powerful oxidizer like the Cu+ ion. In each essay stayed a displacement velocity was constant of 1x10-9 m/s, making a continuous pursuit of the advance of the crack by the electric potential drop technique. Contrary to the idea of mitigation of the crack propagation velocity by effect of the addition of the hydrogen in the system, the values of the growth velocities obtained by this methodology went similar to the opposing ones under normal operation conditions. To the finish of the rehearsal one carries out the fractographic analysis of the propagation surfaces, which showed cracks growth in trans and intergranular way, evidencing the complexity of the regulator mechanisms of the IGSCC like in mitigation conditions as the alternative Hydrogen Chemistry. (Author)

  10. Propagation of crevices in stainless steel AISI304L in conditions of hydrogen chemistry (HWC)

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    Crevice growth velocities in samples of AISI 304L stainless steel thermally welded and sensitized were obtained by the Rising displacement method or of growing displacement. It was used a recirculation circuit in where the operation conditions of a BWR type reactor were simulated (temperature of 288 C and a pressure of 8 MPa) with the chemistry modified by the addition of hydrogen with and without the addition of impurities of a powerful oxidizer like the Cu++ ion. CT pre cracked specimens were used and each rehearsal stayed to one constant displacement velocity of 1 x 10-9 m/s (3.6 μm/hr), making a continuous pursuit of the advance of the crack by the electric potential drop technique. To the end of the rehearsal it was carried out the fractographic analysis of the propagation surfaces. The values of the growth velocities obtained by this methodology went similar to the opposing ones under normal conditions of operation; while the fractographic analysis show the cracks propagation in trans and intergranular ways, evidencing the complexity of the regulator mechanisms of the one IGSCC even under controlled ambient conditions or with mitigation methodologies like the alternative hydrogen chemistry. (Author)

  11. Martensitic Transformation in Ultrafine-Grained Stainless Steel AISI 304L Under Monotonic and Cyclic Loading

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    Heinz Werner Höppel

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The monotonic and cyclic deformation behavior of ultrafine-grained metastable austenitic steel AISI 304L, produced by severe plastic deformation, was investigated. Under monotonic loading, the martensitic phase transformation in the ultrafine-grained state is strongly favored. Under cyclic loading, the martensitic transformation behavior is similar to the coarse-grained condition, but the cyclic stress response is three times larger for the ultrafine-grained condition.

  12. XPS Analysis of AISI 304L Stainless Steel Surface after Electropolishing

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    Rokosz K.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available In the paper, the passive surface layers of AISI 304L after standard (EP50 and very-high-current density electropolishing (EP1000 in a mixture of orthophosphoric and sulfuric acids in a 1:4 ratio, are presented. The main finding of the presented studies is enrichment of the steel surface film in chromium: total chromium to total iron ratio was equal to 6.6 after EP50 and to 2.8 after EP1000; on the other hand, chromium compounds to iron compounds ratio was equal to 10.1 after EP50, and 3.9 after EP1000.

  13. Nitrogen interstitial diffusion induced decomposition in AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel

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    The nature of the near-surface γN phase produced by low-temperature (∼400 °C) plasma-assisted nitriding of an austenitic stainless steel 304L is studied. A combination of global probes (X-ray diffraction, nuclear reaction analysis, glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy) and local probes (field ion microscopy, conversion electron Mössbauer, X-ray absorption near edge structure and extended X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopies) is employed to reveal the morphology, phase structure, atomic ordering and chemical state of the obtained γN phase. The results consistently reveal the heterogeneous nature of the nitrided layer consisting of nanometric CrN precipitates embedded in a Fe4N-like matrix. The size of the precipitates is found to be larger at the surface than at the nitrided layer–steel interface. The precipitates have irregular, sphere-like shapes. Moreover, X-ray spectroscopic investigation revealed three different intermetallic distances and different chemical environments for Fe, Cr and Ni, accompanied by a large static disorder. These findings suggest that the presence of the interstitial N destabilizes the homogeneous element distribution in 304L even at such low temperatures. This leads to the segregation into Cr-rich zones that are coherent with the Fe4N matrix. Possible atomistic decomposition mechanisms are discussed. Based on the heterogeneous nature of the γN phase revealed in 304L, an alternative view of its remarkable combination of properties such as large hardness, induced ferromagnetism and preserved corrosion resistance is considered.

  14. The role of martensitic transformation on bimodal grain structure in ultrafine grained AISI 304L stainless steel

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    Sabooni, S., E-mail: s.sabooni@ma.iut.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 84156-83111 Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Karimzadeh, F.; Enayati, M.H. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, 84156-83111 Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ngan, A.H.W. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong (China)

    2015-06-11

    In the present study, metastable AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel samples were subjected to different cold rolling reductions from 70% to 93%, followed by annealing at 700 °C for 300 min to form ultrafine grained (UFG) austenite with different grain structures. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and nanoindentation were used to characterize the martensitic transformation, in order to relate it to the bimodal distribution of the austenite grain size after subsequent annealing. The results showed that the martensite morphology changed from lath type in the 60% rolled sample to a mixture of lath and dislocation-cell types in the higher rolling reductions. Calculation of the Gibbs free energy change during the reversion treatment showed that the reversion mechanism is shear controlled at the annealing temperature and so the morphology of the reverted austenite is completely dependent on the morphology of the deformation induced martensite. It was found that the austenite had a bimodal grain size distribution in the 80% rolled and annealed state and this is related to the existence of different types of martensite. Increasing the rolling reduction to 93% followed by annealing caused changing of the grain structure to a monomodal like structure, which was mostly covered with small grains of around 300 nm. The existence of bimodal austenite grain size in the 80% rolled and annealed 304L stainless steel led to the improvement of ductility while maintaining a high tensile strength in comparison with the 93% rolled and annealed sample.

  15. High temperature oxidation behavior of AISI 304L stainless steel—Effect of surface working operations

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    Highlights: ► Surface working resulted in thinner oxide on the surface. ► Oxides on machined/ground surfaces richer in Cr, higher in specific resistivity. ► Additional ionic transport process at the metal-oxide for ground sample established. ► Presence of fragmented grains and martensite influenced oxide nature/morphology. - Abstract: The oxidation behavior of grade 304L stainless steel (SS) subjected to different surface finishing (machining and grinding) operations was followed in situ by contact electric resistance (CER) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) measurements using controlled distance electrochemistry (CDE) technique in high purity water (conductivity −1) at 300 °C and 10 MPa in an autoclave connected to a recirculation loop system. The results highlight the distinct differences in the oxidation behavior of surface worked material as compared to solution annealed material in terms of specific resistivity and low frequency Warburg impedance. The resultant oxide layer was characterized for (a) elemental analyses by glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES) and (b) morphology by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Oxide layers with higher specific resistivity and chromium content were formed in case of machined and ground conditions. Presence of an additional ionic transport process has also been identified for the ground condition at the metal/oxide interface. These differences in electrochemical properties and distinct morphological features of the oxide layer as a result of surface working were attributed to the prevalence of heavily fragmented grain structure and presence of martensite.

  16. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Plasma Arc Brazed AISI 304L Stainless Steel and Galvanized Steel Plates

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    Jin, Yajuan; Li, Ruifeng; Yu, Zhishui; Wang, Yu

    2016-04-01

    Plasma arc brazing is used to join the AISI 304L stainless steel and galvanized steel plate butt joints with the CuSi3Mn1 filler wire. The effect of parameters on weld surface appearance, interfacial microstructure, and composition distribution in the joint was studied. The microhardness and mechanical tests were conducted to determine the mechanical properties of the welded specimens. The results indicated that good appearance, bead shape, and sufficient metallurgical bonding could be obtained when the brazing process was performed with a wire feeding speed of 0.8 m/min, plasma gas flow rate of 3.0 l/min, welding current of 100 A, and welding speed of 27 cm/min. During plasma arc brazing process, the top corner of the stainless steel and galvanized steel plate were heated and melted, and the melted quantity of stainless steel was much more than that of the galvanized steel due to the thermal conductivity coefficient difference between the dissimilar materials. The microhardness test results shows that the microhardness value gradually increased from the side of the galvanized steel to the stainless steel in the joint, and it is good for improving the mechanical properties of joint. The tensile strength was a little higher than that of the brazing filler, and the fracture position of weld joint was at the base metal of galvanized steel plate.

  17. Nanosecond laser surface modification of AISI 304L stainless steel: Influence the beam overlap on pitting corrosion resistance

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    Pacquentin, Wilfried, E-mail: wilfried.pacquentin@cea.fr [CEA, DEN/DANS/DPC/SEARS/LISL, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Caron, Nadège [CEA, DEN/DANS/DPC/SEARS/LISL, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Oltra, Roland [Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire Carnot de Bourgogne, Université de Bourgogne, UMR CNRS 5209, 21078 Dijon Cedex (France)

    2014-01-01

    Surface modifications of AISI 304L stainless steel by laser surface melting (LSM) were investigated using a nanosecond pulsed laser-fibre doped by ytterbium at different overlaps. The objective was to study the change in the corrosion properties induced by the treatment of the outer-surface of the stainless steel without modification of the bulk material. Different analytical techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (GDOES) were used to characterize the laser-melted surface. The corrosion resistance was evaluated in a chloride solution at room temperature by electrochemical tests. The results showed that the crystallographic structure, the chemical composition, the properties of the induced oxide layer and consequently the pitting corrosion resistance strongly depend on the overlap rate. The most efficient laser parameters led to an increase of the pitting potential by more than 300 mV, corresponding to a quite important improvement of the corrosion resistance. This latter was correlated to chromium enrichment (47 wt.%) at the surface of the stainless steel and the induced absence of martensite and ferrite phases. However, these structural and chemical modifications were not sufficient to explain the change in corrosion behaviour: defects and adhesion of the surface oxide layer must have been taken into consideration.

  18. Standard test method for electrochemical reactivation (EPR) for detecting sensitization of AISI type 304 and 304L stainless steels

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    1994-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers a laboratory procedure for conducting an electrochemical reactivation (EPR) test on AISI Type 304 and 304L (UNS No. S30400 and S30403, respectively) stainless steels. This test method can provide a nondestructive means of quantifying the degree of sensitization in these steels (1, 2, 3). This test method has found wide acceptance in studies of the effects of sensitization on intergranular corrosion and intergranular stress corrosion cracking behavior (see Terminology G15). The EPR technique has been successfully used to evaluate other stainless steels and nickel base alloys (4), but the test conditions and evaluation criteria used were modified in each case from those cited in this test method. 1.2 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as the standard. The inch-pound units given in parentheses are for information only. 1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this...

  19. Effect of strain-path on stress corrosion cracking of AISI 304L stainless steel in PWR primary environment at 360 deg. C

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    Austenitic stainless steels (ASS) are widespread in primary and auxiliary circuits of PWR. Moreover, some components suffer stress corrosion cracking (SCC) under neutron irradiation. This degradation could be the result of the increase of hardness or the modification of chemical composition at the grain boundary by irradiation. In order to avoid complex and costly corrosion facilities, the effects of irradiation on the material are commonly simulated by applying a cold work on non-irradiated material prior to stress corrosion cracking tests. Slow strain rate tests were conducted on an austenitic stainless steel (SS) AISI 304L in PWR environment (360 deg. C). Particular attention was directed towards pre-straining effects on crack growth rate (CGR) and crack growth path (CGP). Results have demonstrated that the susceptibility of 304L to SCC in high-temperature hydrogenated water was enhanced by pre-straining. It seemed that IGSCC was enhanced by complex strain paths. (authors)

  20. Analyses of oxide films grown on AISI 304L stainless steel and Incoloy 800HT exposed to supercritical water environment

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    Fulger, Manuela; Mihalache, Maria; Ohai, Dumitru; Fulger, Stefan; Valeca, Serban Constantin

    2011-08-01

    Supercritical water (SCW) is being considered as a cooling medium for the next generation nuclear reactors because it provides high thermal efficiency and plant simplification. However, materials corrosion has been identified as a critical problem due to the oxidative nature of supercritical water. Thus, for safety using of these nuclear reactor systems a systematic study of candidate materials corrosion is needed. As in other high temperature environments, corrosion in SCW occurs by the growth of an oxide layer on the materials surface. The current work aims to evaluate oxidation behavior of AISI 304L SS and Incoloy 800HT in water at supercritical temperatures in the range 723-873 K under a pressure of 25 MPa for up to 1680 h. After exposure to deaerated supercritical water, the samples were investigated using gravimetry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Oxide films grown on these materials have a layered structure with an outer layer consisting of a mixture of iron oxide/iron-nickel spinel oxides and an inner layer consisting of chromium oxide in the case of Incoloy 800HT and nickel-chromium spinel oxide in the case of AISI 304L SS. The mass gains for Incoloy 800HT at all temperatures were small, while comparatively with AISI 304L SS which exhibited higher oxidation rates. In the same time the results obtained by EIS indicate the best corrosion resistance of oxides grown on Incoloy 800HT surface.

  1. Analyses of oxide films grown on AISI 304L stainless steel and Incoloy 800HT exposed to supercritical water environment

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    Fulger, Manuela, E-mail: manuela.fulger@nuclear.ro [Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, POB 78, Campului Street, No. 1, 115400 Mioveni (Romania); Mihalache, Maria; Ohai, Dumitru [Institute for Nuclear Research Pitesti, POB 78, Campului Street, No. 1, 115400 Mioveni (Romania); Fulger, Stefan [University Politechnica Bucharest, Splaiul Independentei Street, No. 313, Bucharest 060042 (Romania); Valeca, Serban Constantin [University of Pitesti, Targul din Vale Street, No. 1, 110040 Pitesti (Romania)

    2011-08-15

    Supercritical water (SCW) is being considered as a cooling medium for the next generation nuclear reactors because it provides high thermal efficiency and plant simplification. However, materials corrosion has been identified as a critical problem due to the oxidative nature of supercritical water. Thus, for safety using of these nuclear reactor systems a systematic study of candidate materials corrosion is needed. As in other high temperature environments, corrosion in SCW occurs by the growth of an oxide layer on the materials surface. The current work aims to evaluate oxidation behavior of AISI 304L SS and Incoloy 800HT in water at supercritical temperatures in the range 723-873 K under a pressure of 25 MPa for up to 1680 h. After exposure to deaerated supercritical water, the samples were investigated using gravimetry, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). Oxide films grown on these materials have a layered structure with an outer layer consisting of a mixture of iron oxide/iron-nickel spinel oxides and an inner layer consisting of chromium oxide in the case of Incoloy 800HT and nickel-chromium spinel oxide in the case of AISI 304L SS. The mass gains for Incoloy 800HT at all temperatures were small, while comparatively with AISI 304L SS which exhibited higher oxidation rates. In the same time the results obtained by EIS indicate the best corrosion resistance of oxides grown on Incoloy 800HT surface.

  2. Crack propagation in stainless steel AISI 304L in Hydrogen Chemistry conditions (HWC); Propagacion de Grietas en Acero Inoxidable AISI 304L en Condiciones de Quimica de Hidrogeno (HWC)

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    Diaz S, A.; Fuentes C, P.; Merino C, F. [ININ, Carretera Mexico -Toluca s/n, La Marquesa, Ocoyoacac, Mexico (Mexico); Castano M, V. [Instituto de Fisica Aplicada, UNAM, Km 15.5 Carretera Queretaro-San Luis Potosi, Juriquilla, Queretaro (Mexico)]. e-mail: ads@nuclear.inin.mx

    2006-07-01

    Velocities of crack growth in samples type CT pre cracking of stainless steel AISI 304l solder and sensitized thermally its were obtained by the Rising Displacement method or of growing displacement. It was used a recirculation circuit that simulates the operation conditions of a BWR type reactor (temperature of 280 C and a pressure of 8 MPa) with the chemistry modified by the addition of hydrogen with and without the addition of impurities of a powerful oxidizer like the Cu{sup +} ion. In each essay stayed a displacement velocity was constant of 1x10{sup -9} m/s, making a continuous pursuit of the advance of the crack by the electric potential drop technique. Contrary to the idea of mitigation of the crack propagation velocity by effect of the addition of the hydrogen in the system, the values of the growth velocities obtained by this methodology went similar to the opposing ones under normal operation conditions. To the finish of the rehearsal one carries out the fractographic analysis of the propagation surfaces, which showed cracks growth in trans and intergranular way, evidencing the complexity of the regulator mechanisms of the IGSCC like in mitigation conditions as the alternative Hydrogen Chemistry. (Author)

  3. Propagation of crevices in stainless steel AISI304L in conditions of hydrogen chemistry (HWC); Propagacion de grietas en acero inoxidable AISI304L en condiciones de quimica de hidrogeno (HWC)

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    Diaz S, A.; Fuentes C, P.; Merino C, F. [ININ, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Castano M, V. [IFA-UNAM, Juriquilla, Queretaro (Mexico)]. e-mail: ads@nuclear.inin.mx

    2006-07-01

    Crevice growth velocities in samples of AISI 304L stainless steel thermally welded and sensitized were obtained by the Rising displacement method or of growing displacement. It was used a recirculation circuit in where the operation conditions of a BWR type reactor were simulated (temperature of 288 C and a pressure of 8 MPa) with the chemistry modified by the addition of hydrogen with and without the addition of impurities of a powerful oxidizer like the Cu{sup ++} ion. CT pre cracked specimens were used and each rehearsal stayed to one constant displacement velocity of 1 x 10{sup -9} m/s (3.6 {mu}m/hr), making a continuous pursuit of the advance of the crack by the electric potential drop technique. To the end of the rehearsal it was carried out the fractographic analysis of the propagation surfaces. The values of the growth velocities obtained by this methodology went similar to the opposing ones under normal conditions of operation; while the fractographic analysis show the cracks propagation in trans and intergranular ways, evidencing the complexity of the regulator mechanisms of the one IGSCC even under controlled ambient conditions or with mitigation methodologies like the alternative hydrogen chemistry. (Author)

  4. Characterization of welding of AISI 304l stainless steel similar to the core encircling of a BWR reactor; Caracterizacion de soldaduras de acero inoxidable AISI 304L similares a las de la envolvente del nucleo de un reactor BWR

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    Gachuz M, M.E.; Palacios P, F.; Robles P, E.F. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2003-07-01

    Plates of austenitic stainless steel AISI 304l of 0.0381 m thickness were welded by means of the SMAW process according to that recommended in the Section 9 of the ASME Code, so that it was reproduced the welding process used to assemble the encircling of the core of a BWR/5 reactor similar to that of the Laguna Verde Nucleo electric plant, there being generated the necessary documentation for the qualification of the one welding procedure and of the welder. They were characterized so much the one base metal, as the welding cord by means of metallographic techniques, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, mechanical essays and fracture mechanics. From the obtained results it highlights the presence of an area affected by the heat of up to 1.5 mm of wide and a value of fracture tenacity (J{sub IC}) to ambient temperature for the base metal of 528 KJ/m{sup 2}, which is diminished by the presence of the welding and by the increment in the temperature of the one essay. Also it was carried out an fractographic analysis of the fracture zone generated by the tenacity essays, what evidence a ductile fracture. The experimental values of resistance and tenacity are important for the study of the structural integrity of the encircling one of the core. (Author)

  5. Effect of prior deformation on the 76-K fracture toughness of AISI 304L and AWS 308L stainless steels

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    AISI 304L and its weld metal, AWS 308L, may undergo a partial transformation to martensite during cryogenic service owing to thermal and mechanical stresses. In this study, the effect of service-induced deformation on the toughness of these materials were determined. Low temperature compressive loading in the laboratory produced larger deformations. Crack initiation toughness, K/sub Ic/(J), and tearing resistance, dJ/da, at 76 K were evaluated as a function of martensite content, a measure of the deformation in these steels. The results showed that the toughness properties of the 304L decrease gradually as the martensite content increases from the 5 to 8% level found in the service condition to the 45% level obtained by compressive loading. The decrease was less than that expected on the basis of the increased flow stress. The toughness properties of the 308L weld metal decreased more sharply with increased martensite content than those of the 304L. The sharp decrease is associated with a degradation of the properties of the delta ferrite rather than that of the austenite

  6. Influence of Size on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of an AISI 304L Stainless Steel—A Comparison between Bulk and Fibers

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    Francisco J. Baldenebro-Lopez

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the mechanical properties and microstructural features of an AISI 304L stainless steel in two presentations, bulk and fibers, were systematically studied in order to establish the relationship among microstructure, mechanical properties, manufacturing process and effect on sample size. The microstructure was analyzed by XRD, SEM and TEM techniques. The strength, Young’s modulus and elongation of the samples were determined by tensile tests, while the hardness was measured by Vickers microhardness and nanoindentation tests. The materials have been observed to possess different mechanical and microstructural properties, which are compared and discussed.

  7. Correlation between Corrosion Potential and Pitting Potential for AISI 304L Austenitic Stainless Steel in 3.5% NaCl Aqueous Solution

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    Neusa Alonso-Falleiros; Stephan Wolynec

    2002-01-01

    We investigated the effect of surface finish of two AISI 304L (UNS S30403) stainless steels on the corrosion potential (Ecorr) in 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution and its value was compared with the pitting potential (Ep) value and the type of anodic potentiodynamic curve obtained for determination of Ep in this solution. Five different surface finishes were examined. Ecorr and its standard deviation are strongly affected by the type of surface finish. Moreover, there are evidences of a linear corr...

  8. THE EFFECT OF SMALL AMOUNTS OF ELEMENTS ON SHAPES OF POTENTIODYNAMIC AND POTENTIOSTATIC CURVES OF AISI 304L AND AISI 316L STAINLESS STEELS IN CHLORIDE MEDIA

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    D. Pulino-Sagradi

    1997-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract - Samples of high purity grade and commercial purity grade type AISI 304L and AISI 316L steels were studied by the potentiodynamic and potentiostatic techniques in a naturally aerated 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution at a controlled temperature of (23±2°C. The anodic polarization curves of the potentiodynamic technique showed that not always is it possible to determine pitting potential: most of the curves of commercial purity grade steels displayed a smooth curvature in the region where the current density should increase sharply. The density current versus time potentiostatic curves also showed different shapes according to the purity grade steels: for the commercial purity grade steels, the current density showed large oscillations with time (related to unstable pits, whereas for the high purity grade steels, a regular behavior of current density as a function of time was found (related to stable pits

  9. Correlation between Corrosion Potential and Pitting Potential for AISI 304L Austenitic Stainless Steel in 3.5% NaCl Aqueous Solution

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    Alonso-Falleiros Neusa

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the effect of surface finish of two AISI 304L (UNS S30403 stainless steels on the corrosion potential (Ecorr in 3.5% NaCl aqueous solution and its value was compared with the pitting potential (Ep value and the type of anodic potentiodynamic curve obtained for determination of Ep in this solution. Five different surface finishes were examined. Ecorr and its standard deviation are strongly affected by the type of surface finish. Moreover, there are evidences of a linear correlation between Ecorr and Ep, as well as between the percentage of anodic curves with a well-defined pitting potential and the uncertainty in the determination of Ecorr.

  10. Effects of concentration of sodium chloride solution on the pitting corrosion behavior of AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel

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    Asaduzzaman M.D.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The pitting corrosion behavior of the austenitic stainless steel in aqueous chloride solution was investigated using electrochemical technique. Corrosion potential (Ecorr measurement, potentiodynamic experiments, potential-hold experiments in the passive range, and microscopic examination were used for the evaluation of corrosion characteristics. The experimental parameters were chloride ion concentration, immersion time and anodic-hold potential. Ecorr measurements along with microscopic examinations suggest that in or above 3.5 % NaCl at pH 2 pitting took place on the surface in absence of applied potential after 6 hour immersion. The potentiodynamic experiment reveals that Ecorr and pitting potential (Epit decreased and current density in the passive region increased with the increase of chloride ion concentrations. A linear relationship between Epit and chloride ion concentrations was found in this investigation. The analysis of the results suggests that six chloride ions are involved for the dissolution of iron ion in the pitting corrosion process of austenitic stainless steel.

  11. Forging evaluaion of 304L stainless steel

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    The objective of this project was to evaluate and characterize the effects of various forging parameters on the metallographic structure and mechanical properties of 304L stainless steel forgings. Upset and die forgings were produced by hammer and Dynapak forging with forging temperatures ranging from 760 to 11450C, upset reductions ranging from 20 to 60%, and annealing times ranging from 0 to 25 minutes at 8430C. The carbide precipitation behavior observed was found to be a function of forging temperature and annealing time. Higher forging temperatures were beneficial in avoiding continuous carbide precipitation and annealing at 8430C promoted increased carbide precipitation. The yield strength of the unannealed forgings decreased with increasing forging temperature and, with the exception of the 11450C upset forgings, was significantly lowered by annealing

  12. Effect of surface machining and cold working on the ambient temperature chloride stress corrosion cracking susceptibility of AISI 304L stainless steel

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    Effect of plastic deformation induced by cold rolling or surface machining on the susceptibility to chloride-induced stress corrosion cracking at ambient temperature of 304L austenitic stainless steel was investigated in this study. The test material was subjected to three treatments: (a) solution annealed, (b) cold rolled and (c) surface machined to induce different levels of strain/stresses in the material. Subsequently constant strained samples were produced as per ASTM G30 for each condition and these were exposed to 1 M HCl at ambient temperature until cracking occurred. Subsequently the cracked samples were characterized using stereo microscopy, optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy to understand the effect of microstructural changes produced by straining on the susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking at ambient temperature. Strained surface produced by machining accelerated the process of crack initiation resulting in densely distributed shallow surface cracks in a very short period of time as compared to solution annealed and cold worked sample. Crack propagation in cold worked sample was along the slip lines and cracking occurred much earlier than in the solution annealed sample.

  13. Initiation and growth of thermal fatigue crack networks in an AISI 304 L type austenitic stainless steel (X2 CrNi18-09)

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    We studied the behaviour of a 304 L type austenitic stainless steel submitted to thermal fatigue. Using the SPLASH equipment of CEA/SRMA we tested parallelepipedal specimens on two sides: the specimens are continuously heated by Joule effect, while two opposites faces are cyclically. cooled by a mixed spray of distilled water and compressed air. This device allows the reproduction and the study of crack networks similar to those observed in nuclear power plants, on the inner side of circuits fatigued by mixed pressurized water flows at different temperatures. The crack initiation and the network constitution at the surface were observed under different thermal conditions (Tmax = 320 deg C, ΔT between 125 and 200 deg C). The experiment produced a stress gradient in the specimen, and due to this gradient, the in-depth growth of the cracks finally stopped. The obtained crack networks were studied quantitatively by image analysis, and different parameters were studied: at the surface during the cycling, and post mortem by step-by-step layer removal by grinding. The maximal depth obtained experimentally, 2.5 mm, is relatively coherent with the finite element modelling of the SPLASH test, in which compressive stresses appear at a depth of 2 mm. Some of the crack networks obtained by thermal fatigue were also tested in isothermal fatigue crack growth under 4-point bending, at imposed load. The mechanisms of the crack selection, and the appearance of the dominating crack are described. Compared to the propagation of a single crack, the crack networks delay the propagation, depending on the severity of the crack competition for domination. The dominating crack can be at the network periphery, in that case it is not as shielded by its neighbours as a crack located in the center of the network. It can also be a straight crack surrounded by more sinuous neighbours. Indeed, on sinuous cracks, the loading is not the same all along the crack path, leading to some morphological

  14. Constant extension rate tensile tests on 304L stainless steel in simulated hazardous low-level waste

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    New waste tanks which handle hazardous low-level waste were proposed to be constructed in H-area. The candidate material for the tanks is AISI Type 304L (304L) stainless steel. Constant extension rate tensile (CERT) tests were conducted to assess the susceptibility of 304L to stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) in these waste solutions. The tests demonstrated that 304L was not susceptible to SCC in simulated wastes. Based on these tests and previous pitting corrosion studies 304L is a suitable material of construction for the new tanks. Comparison tests in the same simulants were performed on A537 carbon steel (A537), a material that is similar to material of construction for the current tanks. Stress-corrosion cracking was indicated in two of the simulants. If carbon steel tanks are utilized to handle the hazardous low-level wastes, inhibitors such as nitrite or hydroxide will be necessary to prevent corrosion

  15. Corrosion and microstructural aspects of dissimilar joints of titanium and type 304L stainless steel

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    Mudali, U. Kamachi. E-mail: kamachi@igcar.ernet.in; Ananda Rao, B.M.; Shanmugam, K.; Natarajan, R.; Raj, Baldev

    2003-09-01

    To link titanium and zirconium metal based (Ti, Zr-2, Ti-5%Ta, Ti-5%Ta-1.8Nb) dissolver vessels containing highly radioactive and concentrated corrosive nitric acid solution to other nuclear fuel reprocessing plant components made of AISI type 304L stainless steel (SS), high integrity and corrosion resistant dissimilar joints between them are necessary. Fusion welding processes produce secondary precipitates which dissolve in nitric acid, and hence solid-state processes are proposed. In this work, various dissimilar joining processes available for producing titanium-304L SS joints with adequate strength, ductility and corrosion resistance for this critical application are highlighted. Developmental efforts made at IGCAR, Kalpakkam are outlined. The possible methods and the microstructural-metallurgical properties of the joints along with corrosion results obtained with three phase (liquid, vapour, condensate) corrosion testing are discussed. Based on the results, dissimilar joint produced by the explosive joining process was adopted for plant application.

  16. Corrosion and microstructural aspects of dissimilar joints of titanium and type 304L stainless steel

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    To link titanium and zirconium metal based (Ti, Zr-2, Ti-5%Ta, Ti-5%Ta-1.8Nb) dissolver vessels containing highly radioactive and concentrated corrosive nitric acid solution to other nuclear fuel reprocessing plant components made of AISI type 304L stainless steel (SS), high integrity and corrosion resistant dissimilar joints between them are necessary. Fusion welding processes produce secondary precipitates which dissolve in nitric acid, and hence solid-state processes are proposed. In this work, various dissimilar joining processes available for producing titanium-304L SS joints with adequate strength, ductility and corrosion resistance for this critical application are highlighted. Developmental efforts made at IGCAR, Kalpakkam are outlined. The possible methods and the microstructural-metallurgical properties of the joints along with corrosion results obtained with three phase (liquid, vapour, condensate) corrosion testing are discussed. Based on the results, dissimilar joint produced by the explosive joining process was adopted for plant application

  17. Selection of suitable stainless steels for nuclear reprocessing plants: application of chemical and electrochemical testing methods to austenitic CrNi steel AISI type 304L in various chemical compositions

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    DIN Standard Huey testing has been performed in boiling 14.4n nitric acid during 5-15 periods (240-720 h) for selection of appropriate nitric acid resistant materials for nuclear fuel reprocessing applications. The paper describes the testing process during which the intermediate and final results of metal loss by dissolution are directly transferred from the balance to the computer, stored and activated - besides material properties data - for documentation purposes. Further routine evaluation of these experiments includes metallography in cross-section and surface microscopy to look after uniform and local metal dissolution phenomena and their relationship to the bulk structure. A large variety of materials have been tested this way through the last years. It was shown how sensitively the chosen testing conditions are able to differ between materials of the same nominal composition AISI 304L/Material No. 1.4306 in different contents of residual elements. Especially, for the purest electroslag-molten steel (ESU) results of parameter studies concerning the influence of sensitization, cold deformation, grain size and sheet thickness (in respect to end grain attack) are given. Within an attempt to define faster methods of corrosion testing, e.g. to differ within a group of materials of similar composition, but different corrosion behaviour, electrochemical tests in heated nitric acid were performed under potentiostatic conditions. The necessary electrochemical equipment and the results of its application by potentiostatic tests on AISI 304L in above mentioned three chemical compositions at 1250 mV, 14n HNO3 are presented. The evaluation by light and electron microscopy of the corroded surfaces, supported by measurements of current density, weight change, metallography and surface roughness, proved that within one hour a remarkable differentiation of the corrosion behaviour took place which can serve as a basis of materials preselection and to diminish the extent of

  18. Initiation and growth of thermal fatigue crack networks in an AISI 304 L type austenitic stainless steel (X2 CrNi18-09); Amorcage et propagation de reseaux de fissures de fatigue thermique dans un acier inoxydable austenitique de type X2 CrNi18-09 (AISI 304 L)

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    Maillot, V

    2004-07-01

    We studied the behaviour of a 304 L type austenitic stainless steel submitted to thermal fatigue. Using the SPLASH equipment of CEA/SRMA we tested parallelepipedal specimens on two sides: the specimens are continuously heated by Joule effect, while two opposites faces are cyclically. cooled by a mixed spray of distilled water and compressed air. This device allows the reproduction and the study of crack networks similar to those observed in nuclear power plants, on the inner side of circuits fatigued by mixed pressurized water flows at different temperatures. The crack initiation and the network constitution at the surface were observed under different thermal conditions (Tmax = 320 deg C, {delta}T between 125 and 200 deg C). The experiment produced a stress gradient in the specimen, and due to this gradient, the in-depth growth of the cracks finally stopped. The obtained crack networks were studied quantitatively by image analysis, and different parameters were studied: at the surface during the cycling, and post mortem by step-by-step layer removal by grinding. The maximal depth obtained experimentally, 2.5 mm, is relatively coherent with the finite element modelling of the SPLASH test, in which compressive stresses appear at a depth of 2 mm. Some of the crack networks obtained by thermal fatigue were also tested in isothermal fatigue crack growth under 4-point bending, at imposed load. The mechanisms of the crack selection, and the appearance of the dominating crack are described. Compared to the propagation of a single crack, the crack networks delay the propagation, depending on the severity of the crack competition for domination. The dominating crack can be at the network periphery, in that case it is not as shielded by its neighbours as a crack located in the center of the network. It can also be a straight crack surrounded by more sinuous neighbours. Indeed, on sinuous cracks, the loading is not the same all along the crack path, leading to some

  19. Optimization of tensile strength of friction welded AISI 1040 and AISI 304L steels according to statistics analysis (ANOVA)

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    Kirik, Ihsan [Batman Univ. (Turkey); Ozdemir, Niyazi; Firat, Emrah Hanifi; Caligulu, Ugur [Firat Univ., Elazig (Turkey)

    2013-06-01

    Materials difficult to weld by fusion welding processes can be successfully welded by friction welding. The strength of the friction welded joints is extremely affected by process parameters (rotation speed, friction time, friction pressure, forging time, and forging pressure). In this study, statistical values of tensile strength were investigated in terms of rotation speed, friction time, and friction pressure on the strength behaviours of friction welded AISI 1040 and AISI 304L alloys. Then, the tensile test results were analyzed by analysis of variance (ANOVA) with a confidence level of 95 % to find out whether a statistically significant difference occurs. As a result of this study, the maximum tensile strength is very close, which that of AISI 1040 parent metal of 637 MPa to could be obtained for the joints fabricated under the welding conditions of rotation speed of 1700 rpm, friction pressure of 50 MPa, forging pressure of 100 MPa, friction time of 4 s, and forging time of 2 s. Rotation speed, friction time, and friction pressure on the friction welding of AISI 1040 and AISI 304L alloys were statistically significant regarding tensile strength test values. (orig.)

  20. An electrochemical noise study of tribo-corrosion processes of AISI 304L in Cl- and SO42- media

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    The spectral analysis method of the electrochemical noise has been performed during pin-on-disc friction tests, in which an aluminium oxide pin having a spheric extremity rubbing on a AISI 304L stainless steel disc, in aqueous Cl- and SO42- medium, and submitted or not to an imposed electrochemical polarization. The power spectral densities (PSD) of the free potential and those of the imposed polarization current as well as the normal and tangential forces fluctuations have been analyzed and compared. At frequencies superior to 0.1 Hz, the electrochemical signal PSD seems to mainly depend of the kinetics of the electrochemical phenomena (dissolution, passivation). The PSD signals reveal that the electrochemical phenomena (passivation, re-passivation) inducing the noise are not sensibly affected by an increase of the normal force, but are activated by an increase of the pin rotation velocity. (O.M.)

  1. Comparative study of the microbiological corrosion among an AISI 304L and an API X65

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    Metallic samples of AISI 304L sensitized and API X65, were subjected to the action of an inoculated media with reductive sulphate microorganisms (SBR), carrying out electrochemical evaluations by means of the techniques of Polarization Resistance (RP), Tafel extrapolation (ET) and Electrochemical Noise (RE). The generated information was complemented with the analysis and diagnostic of the present damage in the surfaces exposed in both metals. The used electrochemical techniques allow to determine the corrosion velocities associated to each system, establishing that the uniform corrosion is not affected by the effect of the microorganisms; however, electrochemical noise, evidenced the formation of stings associated to the presence of bacteria. (Author)

  2. Weld solidification cracking in 304 to 304L stainless steel

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    Hochanadel, Patrick W [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Lienert, Thomas J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Martinez, Jesse N [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Martinez, Raymond J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Johnson, Matthew Q [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2010-01-01

    A series of annulus welds were made between 304 and 304L stainless steel coaxial tubes using both pulsed laser beam welding (LBW) and pulsed gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). In this application, a change in process from pulsed LBW to pulsed gas tungsten arc welding was proposed to limit the possibility of weld solidification cracking since weldability diagrams developed for GTAW display a greater range of compositions that are not crack susceptible relative to those developed for pulsed LBW. Contrary to the predictions of the GTAW weldability diagram, cracking was found. This result was rationalized in terms of the more rapid solidification rate of the pulsed gas tungsten arc welds. In addition, for the pulsed LBW conditions, the material compositions were predicted to be, by themselves, 'weldable' according to the pulsed LBW weldability diagram. However, the composition range along the tie line connecting the two compositions passed through the crack susceptible range. Microstructurally, the primary solidification mode (PSM) of the material processed with higher power LBW was determined to be austenite (A), while solidification mode of the materials processed with lower power LBW apparently exhibited a dual PSM of both austenite (A) and ferrite-austenite (FA) within the same weld. The materials processed by pulsed GT A W showed mostly primary austenite solidification, with some regions of either primary austenite-second phase ferrite (AF) solidification or primary ferrite-second phase austenite (FA) solidification. This work demonstrates that variations in crack susceptibility may be realized when welding different heats of 'weldable' materials together, and that slight variations in processing can also contribute to crack susceptibility.

  3. Resistance Spot Weldability of Dissimilar Materials: BH180-AISI304L Steels and BH180-IFT123 Steels

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    Fatih Hayat

    2011-01-01

    In this study, resistance spot weldability of 180 grade bake hardening steel (BH180), 7123 grade interstitial free steel (IF7123) and 304 grade austenitic stainless steel (AISI304L) with each other was investigated. In the joining process, electrode pressure and weld current were kept constant and six different weld time were chosen. Microstructure, microhardness, tensile-shear properties and fracture types of resistance spot welded joints were examined. In order to characterize the metallurgical structure of the welded joint, the microstructural profile was developed, and the relationship between mechanical properties and microstructure was determined. The change of weld time, nugget diameter, the HAZ (heat affected zone) width and the electrode immersion depth were also investigated. Welded joints were examined by SEM (scanning electron microscopy) images of fracture surface. As a result of the experiment, it was determined that with increasing weld time, tensile shear load bearing capacity (TLBC) increased with weld time up to 25 cycle and two types of tearing occurred. It was also determined that while the failure occurred from IF side at the BHIS0+IF7123 joint, it occurred from the BH180 side at the BHIS0+AISI304L joint.

  4. Effect of welding process, type of electrode and electrode core diameter on the tensile property of 304L austenitic stainless steel

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    Akinlabi OYETUNJI

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available The effect of welding process, type of electrode and electrode core diameter on the tensile property of AISI 304L Austenitic Stainless Steel (ASS was studied. The tensile strength property of ASS welded samples was evaluated. Prepared samples of the ASS were welded under these three various variables. Tensile test was then carried out on the welded samples. It was found that the reduction in ultimate tensile strength (UTS of the butt joint samples increases with increase in core diameter of the electrode. Also, the best electrode for welding 304L ASS is 308L stainless steel-core electrode of 3.2 mm core diameter. It is recommended that the findings of this work can be applied in the chemical, food and oil industries where 304L ASS are predominantly used.

  5. Investigation of shot-peened austenitic stainless steel 304L by means of magnetic Barkhausen noise

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    Research highlights: The results and the conclusions drawn in this paper are important for the scientific community and especially for scientist who are looking for method to characterize phase transformations in metallic materials. We show that Barkhausen noise measurements can be successfully used to monitor strain-induced martensite in austenitic stainless steels. - Abstract: Different shot peening conditions were applied to an austenitic stainless steel AISI 304L in order to transform austenite to martensite α' at different depths. Magnetic Barkhausen noise measurements performed on this steel reveal a correlation between the strength of the signal and the depth of the treatment. The combined effect of the volume fraction of martensite and the residual stress in martensite determined using X-ray diffraction analysis were found to be responsible for the evolution of the Barkhausen noise response. Using tensile plastic deformation, the residual stress in martensite was changed, giving rise to a strong increase of the Barkhausen noise activity. This variation was correlated to a modification of the sign and amplitude of the residual stress in the martensite phase. Directional measurements of the Barkhausen noise revealed the anisotropy of the residual stresses induced by the tensile plastic deformation. It is concluded that the Barkhausen noise activity recording could lead to the determination of the residual stresses in martensite induced by shot peening processes.

  6. Investigation of shot-peened austenitic stainless steel 304L by means of magnetic Barkhausen noise

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    Kleber, X., E-mail: xavier.kleber@insa-lyon.fr [Universite de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, MATEIS CNRS UMR5510, 7 Avenue Jean Capelle, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France); Barroso, S. Pirfo [Universite de Lyon, INSA-Lyon, MATEIS CNRS UMR5510, 7 Avenue Jean Capelle, F-69621 Villeurbanne (France)

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    Research highlights: The results and the conclusions drawn in this paper are important for the scientific community and especially for scientist who are looking for method to characterize phase transformations in metallic materials. We show that Barkhausen noise measurements can be successfully used to monitor strain-induced martensite in austenitic stainless steels. - Abstract: Different shot peening conditions were applied to an austenitic stainless steel AISI 304L in order to transform austenite to martensite {alpha}' at different depths. Magnetic Barkhausen noise measurements performed on this steel reveal a correlation between the strength of the signal and the depth of the treatment. The combined effect of the volume fraction of martensite and the residual stress in martensite determined using X-ray diffraction analysis were found to be responsible for the evolution of the Barkhausen noise response. Using tensile plastic deformation, the residual stress in martensite was changed, giving rise to a strong increase of the Barkhausen noise activity. This variation was correlated to a modification of the sign and amplitude of the residual stress in the martensite phase. Directional measurements of the Barkhausen noise revealed the anisotropy of the residual stresses induced by the tensile plastic deformation. It is concluded that the Barkhausen noise activity recording could lead to the determination of the residual stresses in martensite induced by shot peening processes.

  7. HYDROGEN-ASSISTED FRACTURE IN FORGED TYPE 304L AUSTENITIC STAINLESS STEEL

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    Switzner, Nathan; Neidt, Ted; Hollenbeck, John; Knutson, J.; Everhart, Wes; Hanlin, R. [University of Missouri-Kansas City; Bergen, R. [Precision Metal Products; Balch, D. K. [Sandia Natl Laboratory

    2012-09-06

    Austenitic stainless steels generally have good resistance to hydrogen-assisted fracture; however, structural designs for high-pressure gaseous hydrogen are constrained by the low strength of this class of material. Forging is used to increase the low strength of austenitic stainless steels, thus improving the efficiency of structural designs. Hydrogen-assisted racture, however, depends on microstructural details associated with manufacturing. In this study, hydrogen-assisted fracture of forged type 304L austenitic stainless steel is investigated. Microstructural variation in multi-step forged 304L was achieved by forging at different rates and temperatures, and by process annealing. High internal hydrogen content in forged type 304L austenitic stainless steel is achieved by thermal precharging in gaseous hydrogen and results in as much as 50% reduction of tensile ductility.

  8. Effect of welding process, type of electrode and electrode core diameter on the tensile property of 304L austenitic stainless steel

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    Akinlabi OYETUNJI; Nwafagu NWIGBOJI

    2014-01-01

    The effect of welding process, type of electrode and electrode core diameter on the tensile property of AISI 304L Austenitic Stainless Steel (ASS) was studied. The tensile strength property of ASS welded samples was evaluated. Prepared samples of the ASS were welded under these three various variables. Tensile test was then carried out on the welded samples. It was found that the reduction in ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of the butt joint samples increases with increase in core diameter of...

  9. Dynamic Strength of 304L stainless steel under impact

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    Werdiger, Meir; Bakshi, Lior; Glam, Benny; Pistinner, Shlomi

    2011-06-01

    We use the Asay self consistent technique to analyze the effects of pressure hardening and strain hardening on SS304L. Previously unloading experiment has been used to infer the strength of this material at high pressure, and recently the Johnson-Cook (JC) model has been calibrated at low strain rate. Release and reshock experiments with impact velocity range of 300-1700 m/s were preformed. We used VISAR to extract the particle velocity of the SS304L- LiF window interface. The velocity profile compared to hydrodynamic simulation using JC model. Our unloading experiments have clearly demonstrate that the material yield but does not fail. Thus infer substantial effect of pressure hardening.

  10. An electrochemical noise study of tribocorrosion processes of AISI 304 L in Cl- and SO42- media

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    Electrochemical noise measurements were performed to investigate the intrinsically stochastic character of the tribocorrosion process. Unidirectional sliding tests (pin-on-disc) were performed using AISI 304L stainless steel sliding against corundum. Experiments were carried out in Cl- and SO42 containing media under open-circuit and potentiostatic polarization conditions. The power spectral density (PSD) of the current and potential signals showed a strong dependence on the sliding frequency but did not depend significantly on the normal load between 5 and 20 N. The fluctuations of the tangential and normal loads were also recorded, and a critical comparison between the PSD of the electrochemical response and the PSD of the mechanical solicitation (load) is proposed. At high frequencies (f > 0.1 Hz), the PSD of current or potential fluctuations have significantly different shapes than the PSD of load signals: the electrochemical signal PSD is governed by the dynamic balance between local depassivation and repassivation which only depends on the kinetics of the electrochemical phenomena. For lower frequencies, a plateau is observed for both the electrochemical PSD and the load PSD. The electrochemical signal is then governed by the continuous depassivation induced by sliding which appears as a low frequency component. These results suggest that the electrochemical noise technique investigated in the frequency domain might be a promising electrochemical tool for successfully unfolding tribocorrosion signatures for material parings in sliding-corrosion tests

  11. Dynamic compressive response of wrought and additive manufactured 304L stainless steels

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    Nishida Erik

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Additive manufacturing (AM technology has been developed to fabricate metal components that include complex prototype fabrication, small lot production, precision repair or feature addition, and tooling. However, the mechanical response of the AM materials is a concern to meet requirements for specific applications. Differences between AM materials as compared to wrought materials might be expected, due to possible differences in porosity (voids, grain size, and residual stress levels. When the AM materials are designed for impact applications, the dynamic mechanical properties in both compression and tension need to be fully characterized and understood for reliable designs. In this study, a 304L stainless steel was manufactured with AM technology. For comparison purposes, both the AM and wrought 304L stainless steels were dynamically characterized in compression Kolsky bar techniques. They dynamic compressive stress-strain curves were obtained and the strain rate effects were determined for both the AM and wrought 304L stainless steels. A comprehensive comparison of dynamic compressive response between the AM and wrought 304L stainless steels was performed. SAND2015-0993 C.

  12. Martensitic transformation in 304L and 316L types stainless steels cathodically hydrogen charged

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    This paper reports a TEM study on the role of phase transitions at the crack tip in 304L and 316L types stainless steels cathodically hydrogen charged in the absence of any eternally applied forces. The possible role of α prime and epsilon martensite phases in the fracture mechanism is discussed

  13. Optimization of process parameters in explosive cladding of titanium/stainless steel 304L plates

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    Explosive cladding is a solid state welding process best suited for joining incompatible metals. The selection of process parameters viz., explosive mass ratio, stand off distance and initial angle of inclination dictate the nature of the cladding. Optimization of process parameters in explosive cladding of titanium-stainless steel 304L plates, based on two level three factorial design, is attempted to establish the influencing parameters. Analysis of variance was employed to find the linear, regression and interaction values. Mathematical models to estimate the responses-amplitude and wavelength were developed. The microstructure of the Ti-SS304L explosive clad interface reveals characteristic undulations concurrent with design expectations. (orig.)

  14. Passivity and passivity breakdown of 304L stainless steel in hot and concentrated nitric acid

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    The objective of this study is to characterize the oxidation behavior of 304L stainless steel (SS) in representative conditions of spent nuclear fuel reprocessing, i.e. in hot and concentrated nitric acid. In these conditions the SS electrochemical potential is in the passive domain and its corrosion rate is low. However when the media becomes more aggressive, the potential may be shifted towards the trans-passive domain characterized with a high corrosion rate. Passivity and passivity breakdown in the trans-passive domain are of a major interest for the industry. So as to characterize these phenomenons, this work was undertaken with the following representative conditions: a 304L SS from an industrial sheet was studied, the media was hot and concentrated HNO3, long term tests were performed. First, the surface of an immersed 304L SS was characterized with several complementary techniques from the micro to the nanometer scale. Then oxidation kinetics was studied in the passive and in the trans-passive domain. The oxidation behavior was studied thanks to weight loss determination and surface analysis. Finally, oxidation evolution as a function of the potential was studied from the passive to the trans-passive domain. In particular, this allowed us to obtain the anodic curve of 304L SS in hot and concentrated and to define precisely the 304L SS limits of in such conditions. (author)

  15. Comparative study of the microbiological corrosion among an AISI 304L and an API X65; Estudio comparativo de la corrosion microbiologica entre un AISI 304L y un API X65

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    Diaz S, A.; Arganis J, C.; Luna C, P.; Carapia M, L. [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico); Gonzalez F, E. [ITT, Toluca, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2004-07-01

    Metallic samples of AISI 304L sensitized and API X65, were subjected to the action of an inoculated media with reductive sulphate microorganisms (SBR), carrying out electrochemical evaluations by means of the techniques of Polarization Resistance (RP), Tafel extrapolation (ET) and Electrochemical Noise (RE). The generated information was complemented with the analysis and diagnostic of the present damage in the surfaces exposed in both metals. The used electrochemical techniques allow to determine the corrosion velocities associated to each system, establishing that the uniform corrosion is not affected by the effect of the microorganisms; however, electrochemical noise, evidenced the formation of stings associated to the presence of bacteria. (Author)

  16. TESTING OF 304L STAINLESS STEEL IN NITRIC ACID ENVIRONMENTS WITH FLUORIDES AND CHLORIDES

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    2010-10-04

    Impure radioactive material processed in nitric acid solutions resulted in the presence of chlorides in a dissolver fabricated from 304L stainless steel. An experimental program was conducted to study the effects of chloride in nitric acid/fluoride solutions on the corrosion of 304L stainless steel. The test variables included temperature (80, 95, and 110 C) and the concentrations of nitric acid (6, 12, and 14 M), fluoride (0.01, 0.1, and 0.2 M) and chloride (100, 350, 1000, and 2000 ppm). The impact of welding was also investigated. Results showed that the chloride concentration alone was not a dominant variable affecting the corrosion, but rather the interaction of chloride with fluoride significantly affected corrosion.

  17. Development of Nanocrystalline 304L Stainless Steel by Large Strain Cold Working

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    Marina Odnobokova; Andrey Belyakov; Rustam Kaibyshev

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    The microstructural changes leading to nanocrystalline structure development and the respective tensile properties were studied in a 304L stainless steel subjected to large strain cold rolling at ambient temperature. The cold rolling was accompanied by the development of deformation twinning and martensitic transformation. The latter readily occurred at deformation microshear bands, leading the martensite fraction to approach 0.75 at a total strain of 3. The deformation twinning followed by m...

  18. Comparison of Stress Corrosion Cracking Susceptibility of Laser Machined and Milled 304 L Stainless Steel

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    Gupta, R. K.; Kumar, Aniruddha; Nagpure, D. C.; Rai, S. K.; Singh, M. K.; Khooha, Ajay; Singh, A. K.; Singh, Amrendra; Tiwari, M. K.; Ganesh, P.; Kaul, R.; Singh, B.

    2016-07-01

    Machining of austenitic stainless steel components is known to introduce significant enhancement in their susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking. The paper compares stress corrosion cracking susceptibility of laser machined 304 L stainless steel specimens with conventionally milled counterpart in chloride environment. With respect to conventionally milled specimens, laser machined specimens displayed more than 12 times longer crack initiation time in accelerated stress corrosion cracking test in boiling magnesium chloride as per ASTM G36. Reduced stress corrosion cracking susceptibility of laser machined surface is attributed to its predominantly ferritic duplex microstructure in which anodic ferrite phase was under compressive stress with respect to cathodic austenite.

  19. Comparison of SCC Behavior of 304L Stainless Steels With and Without Boron Addition in Acidic Chloride Environment

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    Sivai Bharasi, N.; Pujar, M. G.; Nirmal, S.; Mallika, C.; Kamachi Mudali, U.; Angelo, P. C.

    2016-07-01

    The stress corrosion cracking (SCC) behavior of 304L B4 grade borated stainless steel (SS) as well as 304L SS was investigated by constant load and slow strain rate testing (SSRT) techniques. The microstructure, pitting, and SCC behavior of borated SS in the as-received, sensitized, and solution-annealed conditions were analyzed. Potentiodynamic anodic polarization and double loop electrochemical potentiokinetic reactivation (DLEPR) experiments were carried out to find out pitting corrosion resistance and degree of sensitization (DOS). The number of boride particles (composed of Cr, Fe, and B) were highest for the specimen solution annealed at 1423 K/2 h. Solution-annealing treatment at 1423 K/4 h was found to be beneficial in improving the corrosion resistance of borated 304L SS. Although the borated 304L SS exhibited a higher DOS, it showed improved pitting corrosion resistance compared to 304L SS. Constant load experiments revealed the time to failure to be the highest for the specimen solution annealed at 1423 K/4 h. SCC susceptibility index (Iscc) values obtained from SSRT tests were lower for solution-annealed borated 304L SS compared to the as-received and sensitized conditions. The improved SCC resistance of borated 304L SS was attributed not only to the solution-annealing treatment but also the higher stacking fault energy (SFE) value compared to 304L SS.

  20. Comparative Shock Response of Additively Manufactured Versus Conventionally Wrought 304L Stainless Steel*

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    Wise, J. L.; Adams, D. P.; Nishida, E. E.; Song, B.; Maguire, M. C.; Carroll, J.; Reedlunn, B.; Bishop, J. E.

    2015-06-01

    Gas-gun experiments have probed the compression and release behavior of impact-loaded 304L stainless steel specimens machined from additively manufactured (AM) blocks as well as baseline ingot-derived bar stock. The AM technology allows direct fabrication of metal parts. For the present study, a velocity interferometer (VISAR) measured the time-resolved motion of samples subjected to one-dimensional (i.e., uniaxial strain) shock compression to peak stresses ranging from 0.2 to 7.5 GPa. The acquired wave-profile data have been analyzed to determine the comparative Hugoniot Elastic Limit (HEL), Hugoniot equation of state, spall strength, and high-pressure yield strength of the AM and conventional materials. Observed differences in shock loading and unloading characteristics for the two 304L source variants have been correlated to complementary Kolsky bar results for compressive and tensile testing at lower strain rates. The effects of composition, porosity, microstructure (e.g., grain size and morphology), residual stress, and sample axis orientation relative to the additive manufacturing deposition trajectory have been assessed to explain differences between the AM and baseline 304L dynamic mechanical properties. Sandia National Laboratories is a multi-program laboratory managed and operated by Sandia Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin Corporation, for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000.

  1. Corrosion testing of type 304L stainless steel in tuff groundwater environments

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    The stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance of Type 304L stainless steel (SS) to elevated temperatures in tuff rock and tuff groundwater environments was determined under irradiated and nonirradiated conditions using U-bend specimens and slow-strain-rate tests. The steel was tested both in the solution-annealed condition and after sensitization heat treatments. The material was found to be susceptible to SCC in both the solution-annealed and solution-annealed-and-sensitized conditions when exposed to an irradiated crushed tuff rock environment containing air and water vapor at 900C. A similar exposure at 500C did not result in failure after a 25-month test duration. Specimens of sensitized 304 SS conditioned with a variety of sensitization heat treatments resisted failure during a test of 1-year duration in which a nonirradiated environment of tuff rock and groundwater held at 2000C was allowed to boil to dryness on a cyclical basis. All specimens of sensitized 304 SS exposed to this environment failed. Slow-strain-rate studies were performed on 304L, 304, and 316L SS specimens. The 304L SS was tested in J-13 well water at 1500C, and the 316L SS at 950C. Neither material showed evidence of SCC in these tests. Sensitized 304 SS did exhibit SCC in J-13 well water in tests conducted at 1500C. 12 refs., 27 figs., 13 tabs

  2. Chloride induced localized corrosion in simulated concrete pore solution: effect of a phosphate-based inhibitor on the behavior of 304L stainless steel compared to carbon steel

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    In this paper, the acoustic emission technique coupled with electrochemical measurements was used to determine, in simulated concrete pore solution (Ca(OH)2), the critical value [Cl-] / [OH-], which prevents the pitting corrosion initiation of AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel, and to compare this critical value with that of the carbon steel in the same medium with and without inhibitor Na3PO4. The results show that for the austenitic stainless steel, the critical threshold of pitting corrosion initiation is around 5, while for carbon steel without inhibitor in Ca(OH)2 solution, it has a low value of about 0.6. However, the presence of the inhibitor Na3PO4 in this solution leads to the formation of a protective phosphate layer on the steel surface, increasing the critical ratio [Cl-] / [OH-] from 0.6 to 15. Under these conditions, the corrosion behavior of carbon steel is improved and, thanks to the blocking of pitting sites by the Na3PO4 inhibitor, it becomes much more resistant to localized corrosion than AISI 304L austenitic steel. (authors)

  3. Microstructure and corrosion behavior of multipass gas tungsten arc welded 304L stainless steel

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    Highlights: • Multipass gas tungsten arc welding of 304L stainless steel was successfully done. • All welds were austenitic with the presence of a small amount of δ-ferrite. • The morphology of δ-ferrite showed the lathy and skeletal δ-ferrite in the welds. • Hardness and corrosion resistance were improved by multipass welding. • The best joint properties were obtained after three passes welding. - Abstract: The purpose of this study was to discuss the effect of single pass and multipass (double and triple pass) gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) on microstructure, hardness and corrosion behavior of 304L stainless steel. In this investigation, 308 stainless steel filler metal was used. Microstructures and hardness of the weldments were investigated using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) and Vickers microhardness (HV0.5). A ferritescope was also used in the non-destructive evaluation to observe the ferrite content on the weldments. Corrosion behavior of weldments in 1 M H2SO4 solution at 25 ± 1 °C was investigated using potentiodynamic polarization and immersion tests. Results indicated that the microstructure of fusion zones exhibited dendritic structure contained lathy and skeletal δ-ferrite. The contents of δ-ferrite in the weld zone increased by increasing the number of passes. Therefore, as the number of passes increased, the hardness and corrosion resistance increased

  4. Corrosion of type 304L stainless steel in boiling dilute neptunium nitrate solution

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    Corrosion of type 304L stainless steel in nitric acid solution containing neptunium was studied under immersion and heat-transfer condition. Corrosion rates of stainless steel were obtained by the weight loss measurement and the quantitative analysis of metallic ions dissolved in solution. The surface morphology was observed by scanning electron microscopy. The corrosion acceleration mechanism was investigated by polarization measurement and spectrophotometry. The corrosion rate in boiling 9M nitric acid was accelerated by addition of neptunium. The corrosion of stainless steel was promoted under heat-transfer condition compared to immersion condition. In polarization measurements, the cathodic current was increased by addition of neptunium. Spectrophotometric measurements showed the oxidization of neptunium in boiling nitric acid. It was suggested that the accelerated corrosion in nitric acid solution containing neptunium was caused by re-oxidation of neptunium. (author)

  5. Repetitive Thermomechanical Processing towards Ultra Fine Grain Structure in 301, 304 and 304L Stainless Steels

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    A. Momeni; S.M. Abbasi

    2011-01-01

    Thermomechanical processing as a combination of cold rolling and annealing was performed on austenitic stainless steels 301,304 and 304L. Two cold rolling steps each one up to a reduction of 75% were combined with an intermediate annealing at 800℃ for 20 min. The final annealing was performed at.the same temperature and time. Cold rolling contributed to martensite formation at the expense of metastable austenite in the studied materials. Austenite in 301 was found to be less stable than that in 304 and 304L. Hence, higher strength characteristics in the as-quenched 301 stainless steels were attributed to the higher volume fraction of martensite. Both α'-martensite and ε-martensite were found to form as induced by deformation. However, the intensity of ε-martensite increased as the stability of austenite decreased. Annealing after cold rolling led to the reversion of austenite with an ultra fine grained structure in the order of 0.5-1 μm from the strain induced martensite. The final grain size was found to be an inverse function of the amount of strain induced martensite. The thermomechanical processing considerably improved the strength characteristics while the simultaneous decrease of elongation was rather low.

  6. Modeling Periodic Adiabatic Shear Bands Evolution in a 304L Stainless Steel Thick-Walled Cylinder

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    Liu, Mingtao; Hu, Haibo; Fan, Cheng; Tang, Tiegang

    2015-06-01

    The self-organization of multiple shear bands in a 304L stainless steel thick-walled cylinder (TWC) was numerically studied. The microstructures of material lead to the non-uniform distribution of local yield stress, which plays a key role in the formation of spontaneous shear localization. We introduced a probability factor satisfied Gauss distribution into the macroscopic constitutive relationship to describe the non-uniformity of local yield stress. Using the probability factor, the initiation and propagation of multiple shear bands in TWC were numerically replicated in our 2D FEM simulation. Experimental results in the literature indicate that the machined surface at the internal boundary of a 304L stainless steel cylinder provides a work-hardened layer (about 20 μm) which has significantly different microstructures from base material. The work-hardened layer leads to the phenomenon that most shear bands are in clockwise or counterclockwise direction. In our simulation, periodic oriented perturbations were applied to describe the grain orientation in the work-hardened layer, and the spiral pattern of shear bands was successfully replicated.

  7. Effect of H2O2 on the corrosion behavior of 304L stainless steel

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    In connection with the safe storage of high level nuclear waste, effect of H2O2 on the corrosion behavior of 304L stainless steel was examined. Open circuit potentials and polarization curves were measured with and without H2O2. The experimental results show that H2O2 increased corrosion potential and decreased pitting potential. The passive range, therefore, decreased as H2O2 concentration increased, indicating that pitting resistance was decreased by the existence of H2O2 in the electrolyte. These effects of H2O2 on corrosion of 304L stainless steel are considered to be similar to those of γ-irradiation. To compare the effects of H2O2 with those of O2, cathodic and anodic polarization curves were made in three types of electrolyte such as aerated, deaerated, and stirred electrolyte. The experimental results show that the effects of H2O2 on the corrosion behavior were very similar to those of O2 such as increase of corrosion potential, decrease of pitting resistance, and increase of repassivation potential. Further, H2O2 played much greater role in controlling cathodic reaction rate in neutral water environment. In acid and alkaline media, potential shifts by H2O2 were restricted by the large current density of proton reduction and by the le Chatelier's principle respectively

  8. Comparative study in the induced corrosion by sulfate reducing microorganisms, in a stainless steel 304L sensitized and a carbon steel API X65

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    In spite of the operational experience related with the presence of the phenomenon of microbiological corrosion (MIC) in industrial components, it was not but until the decade of the 80 s when the nuclear industry recognized its influence in some systems of Nuclear Generating Power plants. At the moment, diverse studies that have tried to explain the generation mechanism of this phenomenon exist; however, they are even important queries that to solve, especially those related with the particularities of the affected metallic substrates. Presently work, the electrochemical behavior of samples of stainless steel AISI 304L sensitized is evaluated and the carbon steel APIX65, before the action of sulfate reducing microorganisms low the same experimental conditions; found that for the APIX65 the presence of this type of bacteria promoted the formation of a stable biofilm that allowed the maintenance of the microorganisms that damaged the material in isolated places where stings were generated; while in the AISI 304L, it was not detected damage associated to the inoculated media. The techniques of Resistance to the Polarization and Tafel Extrapolation, allowed the calculation of the speed of uniform corrosion, parameter that doesn't seem to be influenced by the presence of the microorganisms; while that noise electrochemical it distinguished in real time, the effect of the sulfate reducing in the steel APIX65. (Author)

  9. Estudo comparativo entre os aços inoxidáveis dúplex e os inoxidáveis AISI 304L/316L

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    Marcelo Senatore

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Os aços inoxidáveis dúplex ferríticos-austeníticos fazem parte de uma classe de materiais com microestrutura bifásica, composta por uma matriz ferrítica e ilhas de austenita, com frações volumétricas aproximadamente iguais dessas fases. Essa classe de materiais é caracterizada por apresentar interessante combinação de elevadas propriedades mecânicas e de resistência à corrosão e, por isso, é considerada bastante versátil. Os aços inoxidáveis dúplex são, freqüentemente, utilizados nas indústrias química e petroquímica, de papel e celulose, siderúrgicas, alimentícias e de geração de energia. O presente trabalho estabelece um comparativo entre as propriedades físicas, mecânicas e de resistência à corrosão dos aços inoxidáveis duplex e os tradicionais aços inoxidáveis austeníticos AISI 304L e 316L, largamente utilizados na indústria brasileira. Resultados de ensaios laboratoriais e dados relevantes de experiências práticas desses materiais também são apresentados.Ferritic-austenitic duplex stainless steels are part of a class of material having a two-phase microestructure, comprised of a ferritic matrix and austenitic islands, with the volumetric fractions approximately the same in these phases. This class of material is characterized by the presentation of an interesting combination of high mechanical properties and corrosion resistance and is therefore considered quite versatile. The duplex stainless steels are often used in the chemical, petrochemical, pulp & paper and food industries, as well as in steel foundaries and energy power plants. This paper shows a comparison between the physical, mechanical and corrosion resistance properties of duplex stainless steels and the traditional austenitic stainless steels 304L and 316L, largely used in the Brazilian industry. Results of laboratory tests and relevant data on practical experiments on these materials are also presented.

  10. Chemical interaction between granular B4C and 304L-type stainless steel materials used in BWRs in Japan

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    Chemical reactions between stainless steel and boron carbide were investigated using the materials applied for control rods in BWRs in Japan, specifically 304L-type stainless steel and granular boron carbide. The reaction region consisted of 2–4 layers, in which the significant composition variation of each element was detected, especially for B and C. Assuming that the reaction layer growth obeys the parabolic law, the effective rate constant between 304L-type stainless steel and granular boron carbide was evaluated to be approximately one order of magnitude smaller than the previously reported values for boron carbide pellets or powers. This difference might originate from the loose contact between the stainless steel and the granular boron carbide in the present study. Regarding liquefaction progress, the stainless steel components were selectively dissolved in the melt; consequently, the unreacted boron carbide tended to remain. (author)

  11. In situ study by atomic force microscopy of localised corrosion on a 304L stainless steel

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    At this time, the understanding of the initiation of localized corrosion on stainless steels (SS) is still limited. In this context, the present work aimed at observing in situ by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) the initiation of corrosion pits and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) cracks. In order to complete the project, a new technique associating an AFM, an electrochemical cell and a traction platform as been developed. It allows in situ imaging of the surface evolutions of a 304L SS at the nano-scale. under controlled potential and/or under stress conditions. We show that corrosion pits initiate preferentially in relation with nano-metric defects of the surface. For the first time, a real-time kinetic study of the first steps of nano-metric pits growth has been performed. This study corroborates the 'point-defect' model (vertical pit growth speed of 0.18 angstrom.s-1, current densities inside pits evaluated to 73 μjA.cm-2. Combined with the EBSD technique (Electron Backscattered Diffraction), the AFM allows a total indexing of the activated slip systems during deformation and give information about the number of emerged dislocations (few units). The effect of strain hardening at the nano-scale on pitting susceptibility has been investigated: 70% of the pits set up at strain hardened areas. To explain this phenomenon, we propose a simple model based on the modification of the local work function of the surface due to local stress gradients. Concerning SCC, the first in situ observations seem to validate Magnin's mechanism: crack initiation appears at strain concentration spots. Observed after anodization of our 304L surface, organized arrays of nano-cavities (period of 50-100 nm) have been analyzed. In collaboration with an INSERM team, we showed that such nano-structured surfaces increase the adhesion and differentiation of bone cells. (author)

  12. Effect of sensitization on the mechanical properties of type 304 L stainless steel

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    The sensitization is a corrosion cause that it has studied broadly in the austenitic steels; however its relations don't knowed very well, into the sensitization and the steel's mechanical properties. Wherefore, the objectives of this work was to study the mechanical properties, in tension of austenitic steel with different levels of sensitization. The material utilized was a 304 L steel of standard composition AISI. The samples were sensitized at 450, 650 and 850 Centigrade degree, by short expositions, following by a temper in water. After this treatment, the tension test tubes were carried to rupture at low deformation velocity. The sensitization was evaluated by the method of Akashi EPR cyclic polarization. The sensitization distribution was analyzed by optical metallography in color and the fracture surface were studied by sweeping electronic microscopy. The distribution and length of the carbides were the factor that control the mechanic behavior of materials. At 450 Centigrade, the border of the grain its founded free of carbides, also for the longest times of exposition, but the particles are presented as fine precipitates in the grain interior, with this is increased the mechanical properties by the internal interactions of hardness or oldness types. At 650 Centigrade the frontiers show a dense distribution of fine carbides. These precipitates are interacting with the borders grain, increasing lightly the mechanical properties of steel. At 850 Centigrade, were formed discontinued carbides that not affect the mechanical behavior, but whether the fracture; the resistance is reduced and the ductility is increased although to impose the thermic effect of treatment. (Author)

  13. Thermomechanical history measurements on Type 304L stainless steel pipe girth welds

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    Thermal and strain histories were recorded for three 40-cm-diameter (16 inch), Type 304L stainless steel (SS), schedule 40 (1.27 cm thickness) pipe girth welds. Two weld groove preparations were standard V grooves while the third was a narrow groove configuration. The welding parameters for the three pipe welds simulated expected field practice as closely as possible. The narrow gap weld was completed in four continuous passes while the other two welds required six and nine (discontinuous) passes, due to the use of different weld wire diameters. Thermomechanical history measurements were taken on the inner counterbore surface, encompassing the weld centerline and heat-affected zone (HAZ), as well as 10 cm of inner counterbore surface on either side of the weld centerline; a total of 47 data acquisition instruments were used for each weld. These instruments monitored: (1) weld shrinkages parallel to the pipe axis; (2) surface temperatures; (3) surface strains parallel to weld centerline; and (4) radial deformations. Results show that the weld and HAZ experienced cyclic deformation in the radial direction during welding, indicating that the final residual stress distribution in multi-pass pipe weldments is not axisymmetric. Measured radial and axial deformations were smaller for the narrow gap groove than for the standard V grooves, suggesting that the narrow gap groove weldment may have lower residual stress levels than the standard V groove weldments. This study provides the experimental database and a guideline for further computational modeling work

  14. Cracking of 304L stainless steel observed within CANDU nuclear power plants under cyclic moist environments

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    The stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of stainless steel Type 304L has been observed recently in a CANDU nuclear station. The cracking occurred on the inside surface of a piping structure and was transgranular in nature. It was mainly present in sections adjacent to welds, at pipe bends, and straight pipe sections. Such cracking mechanisms are governed by specific intrinsic parameters associated with stress, environment, and material factors. In this case, environmental factors not typical, and, presumably, the stresses at the affected locations are low. This paper discusses the results of the failure analysis conducted on affected component materials. The assessment of the observed mechanism includes the investigation of the affected piping (e.g., undamaged test welds, bends, and around the crack locations) using Orientation Imaging Microscopy (OIM) to evaluate the relative degree of residual plastic strain present in the crack locations and in the general pipe microstructure. Advance surface analysis (ToF-SIMS) was used to examine metal surface oxides buried beneath deposits and at strained regions of the pipe in order to elucidate the chemical species likely involved in the cracking/degradation process. (author)

  15. Mechanical properties of Austenitic Stainless Steel 304L and 316L at elevated temperatures

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    Full Text Available Austenitic Stainless Steel grade 304L and 316L are very important alloys used in various high temperature applications, which make it important to study their mechanical properties at elevated temperatures. In this work, the mechanical properties such as ultimate tensile strength (UTS, yield strength (YS, % elongation, strain hardening exponent (n and strength coefficient (K are evaluated based on the experimental data obtained from the uniaxial isothermal tensile tests performed at an interval of 50 °C from 50 °C to 650 °C and at three different strain rates (0.0001, 0.001 and 0.01 s−1. Artificial Neural Networks (ANN are trained to predict these mechanical properties. The trained ANN model gives an excellent correlation coefficient and the error values are also significantly low, which represents a good accuracy of the model. The accuracy of the developed ANN model also conforms to the results of mean paired t-test, F-test and Levene's test.

  16. Low cycle fatigue: high cycle fatigue damage accumulation in a 304L austenitic stainless steel

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    The aim of this study was to evaluate the consequences of a Low Cycle Fatigue pre-damage on the subsequent fatigue limit of a 304L stainless steel. The effects of hardening and severe roughness (grinding) have also been investigated. In a first set of tests, the evolution of the surface damage induced by the different LCF pre-cycling was characterized. This has permitted to identify mechanisms and kinetics of damage in the plastic domain for different surface conditions. Then, pre-damaged samples were tested in the High Cycle Fatigue domain in order to establish the fatigue limits associated with each level of pre-damage. Results evidence that, in the case of polished samples, an important number of cycles is required to initiate surface cracks ant then to affect the fatigue limit of the material but, in the case of ground samples, a few number of cycles is sufficient to initiate cracks and to critically decrease the fatigue limit. The fatigue limit of pre-damaged samples can be estimated using the stress intensity factor threshold. Moreover, this detrimental effect of severe surface conditions is enhanced when fatigue tests are performed under a positive mean stress (author)

  17. Development of Nanocrystalline 304L Stainless Steel by Large Strain Cold Working

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    Marina Odnobokova

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The microstructural changes leading to nanocrystalline structure development and the respective tensile properties were studied in a 304L stainless steel subjected to large strain cold rolling at ambient temperature. The cold rolling was accompanied by the development of deformation twinning and martensitic transformation. The latter readily occurred at deformation microshear bands, leading the martensite fraction to approach 0.75 at a total strain of 3. The deformation twinning followed by microshear banding and martensitic transformation promoted the development of nanocrystalline structure consisting of a uniform mixture of austenite and martensite grains with their transverse sizes of 120–150 nm. The developed nanocrystallites were characterized by high dislocation density in their interiors of about 3 × 1015 m−2 and 2 × 1015 m−2 in austenite and martensite, respectively. The development of nanocrystalline structures with high internal stresses led to significant strengthening. The yield strength increased from 220 MPa in the original hot forged state to 1600 MPa after cold rolling to a strain of 3.

  18. Effect of pre-hardening on the lifetime of type 304L austenitic stainless steels

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    This study deals with the effect of the loading history on the cyclic behavior and the fatigue life of two kinds (THYSSEN and CLI) of 304L stainless steel at room temperature. The experiments have been performed using two specimens' categories. The first one (virgin) has been submitted to only classical fatigue tests while in the second category, prior to the fatigue test, the specimen is subjected to a pre-hardening process under either monotonic or cyclic strain control. Cyclic softening followed by cyclic hardening are observed for the virgin specimens while only cyclic softening is exhibited by the pre-hardened specimens. The obtained results show that fatigue life is strongly influenced by the pre-hardening: it seems beneficial under stress control but detrimental under strain control, even in the presence of a compressive mean stress. The results are discussed regarding the cyclic evolution of the elastic modulus as well as the isotropic and kinematic parts of the strain hardening, and strain energy density per cycle, in different configurations: with or without prehardening,stress or strain control. (author)

  19. Investigation of high temperature corrosion behavior on 304L austenite stainless steel in corrosive environments

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    In this work, 304L stainless steel samples were exposed at 700 °C for 10hrs in different corrosive environments; dry oxygen, molten salt, and molten salt + dry oxygen. The corrosion behavior of samples was analyzed using weight change measurement technique, optical microscope (OM) and Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipped with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX). The existence phases of corroded sample were determined using X-ray Diffraction (XRD). The lowest corrosion rate was recorded in dry oxygen while the highest was in molten salt + dry oxygen environments with the value of 0.0062 mg/cm2 and −13.5225 mg/cm2 respectively. The surface morphology of sample in presence of salt mixture showed scale spallation. Oxide scales of Fe3O4, Fe2O3 were the main phases developed and detected by XRD technique. Cr2O3 was not developed in every sample as protective layers but chromate-rich oxide was developed. The cross-section analysis found the oxide scales were in porous, thick and non-adherent that would not an effective barrier to prevent from further degradation of alloy. EDX analysis also showed the Cr-element was low compared to Fe-element at the oxide scale region

  20. Superior radiation-resistant nanoengineered austenitic 304L stainless steel for applications in extreme radiation environments

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    Sun, C.; Zheng, S.; Wei, C. C.; Wu, Y.; Shao, L.; Yang, Y.; Hartwig, K. T.; Maloy, S. A.; Zinkle, S. J.; Allen, T. R.; Wang, H.; Zhang, X.

    2015-01-01

    Nuclear energy provides more than 10% of electrical power internationally, and the increasing engagement of nuclear energy is essential to meet the rapid worldwide increase in energy demand. A paramount challenge in the development of advanced nuclear reactors is the discovery of advanced structural materials that can endure extreme environments, such as severe neutron irradiation damage at high temperatures. It has been known for decades that high dose radiation can introduce significant void swelling accompanied by precipitation in austenitic stainless steel (SS). Here we report, however, that through nanoengineering, ultra-fine grained (UFG) 304L SS with an average grain size of ~100 nm, can withstand Fe ion irradiation at 500°C to 80 displacements-per-atom (dpa) with moderate grain coarsening. Compared to coarse grained (CG) counterparts, swelling resistance of UFG SS is improved by nearly an order of magnitude and swelling rate is reduced by a factor of 5. M23C6 precipitates, abundant in irradiated CG SS, are largely absent in UFG SS. This study provides a nanoengineering approach to design and discover radiation tolerant metallic materials for applications in extreme radiation environments.

  1. Multi-scale analysis of behavior and fatigue life of 304L stainless under cyclic loading with pre-hardening

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    This study investigates the effects of loading history on the cyclic stress-strain curve and fatigue behavior of 304L stainless steel at room temperature. Tension-compression tests were performed on the same specimen under controlled strain, using several loading sequences of increasing or decreasing amplitude. The results showed that fatigue life is significantly reduced by the previous loading history. A previously developed method for determining the effect of prehardening was evaluated. Microstructural analyses were also performed; the microstructures after pre-loading and their evolution during the fatigue cycles were characterized by TEM. The results of these analyses improve our understanding of the macroscopic properties of 304L stainless steel and can help us identify the causes of failure and lifetime reduction. (author)

  2. Corrosion and slow-strain-rate testing of Type 304L stainless steel in tuff groundwater environments

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    Type 304L stainless steel (SS) is the nuclear waste package reference material by the Nevada Nuclear Waste Storage Investigations (NNWSI) Project. The stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) resistance of this material to elevated-temperature tuff groundwater environments was determined under irradiated and unirradiated conditions. The material was found to be susceptible to SCC (in both the solution-annealed and solution-annealed-and-sensitized conditions) when exposed to an irradiated (3 x 105 rad/h) air/water vapor/crushed tuff rock environment at 900C. A similar exposure at 500C did not result in failure after a 25-month test duration. Specimens of sensitized Type 304 SS failed in both the 900C and 500C environments. U-bend specimens of Type 304L SS conditioned with a variety of sensitization heat treatments resisted failure during a test of 1-year duration in which an environment of tuff rock and groundwater held at 2000C was allowed to boil to dryness on a cyclical (weekly) basis. All specimens of sensitized Type 304 SS exposed to this environment failed. Slow-strain-rate studies were performed on 304L, 304, and 316L SS specimens. The Type 304L steel was tested in J-13 well water at 1500C; the Type 316L steel at 950C. Neither material showed evidence of SCC in these tests. Sensitized Type 304 SS, on the other hand, did exhibit SCC in J-13 well water in tests conducted at 1500C

  3. Comparative study in the induced corrosion by sulfate reducing microorganisms, in a stainless steel 304L sensitized and a carbon steel API X65; Estudio comparativo de la corrosion inducida por microorganismos sulfatorreductores, en un acero inoxidable 304L sensibilizado y un acero al carbono API X65

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    Diaz S, A.; Gonzalez F, E.; Arganis J, C.; Luna C, P.; Carapia M, L. [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca Km. 36.5, 52045 Estado de Mexico (Mexico)]. e-mail: ads@nuclear.inin.mx

    2004-07-01

    In spite of the operational experience related with the presence of the phenomenon of microbiological corrosion (MIC) in industrial components, it was not but until the decade of the 80 s when the nuclear industry recognized its influence in some systems of Nuclear Generating Power plants. At the moment, diverse studies that have tried to explain the generation mechanism of this phenomenon exist; however, they are even important queries that to solve, especially those related with the particularities of the affected metallic substrates. Presently work, the electrochemical behavior of samples of stainless steel AISI 304L sensitized is evaluated and the carbon steel APIX65, before the action of sulfate reducing microorganisms low the same experimental conditions; found that for the APIX65 the presence of this type of bacteria promoted the formation of a stable biofilm that allowed the maintenance of the microorganisms that damaged the material in isolated places where stings were generated; while in the AISI 304L, it was not detected damage associated to the inoculated media. The techniques of Resistance to the Polarization and Tafel Extrapolation, allowed the calculation of the speed of uniform corrosion, parameter that doesn't seem to be influenced by the presence of the microorganisms; while that noise electrochemical it distinguished in real time, the effect of the sulfate reducing in the steel APIX65. (Author)

  4. The effect of electrode vertex angle on automatic tungsten-inert-gas welds for stainless steel 304L plates

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    The effect of electrode vertex angle on penetration depth and weld bead width, in automatic tungsten-inert-gas (TIG) dcsp bead-on-plate welding with different currents, has been studied for stainless steel 304L plates 1.5 mm and 8 mm thick. It has been found that for thin plates, wider and deeper welds are obtained when using sharper electrodes while, for thick plates, narrower and deeper welds are produced when blunt electrodes (vertex angle 180 deg) are used. An explanation of the results, based on a literature survey, is included

  5. Corrosion of high Ni-Cr alloys and Type 304L stainless steel in HNO3-HF

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    Nineteen alloys were evaluated as possible materials of construction for steam heating coils, the dissolver vessel, and the off-gas system of proposed facilities to process thorium and uranium fuels. Commercially available alloys were found that are satisfactory for all applications. With thorium fuel, which requires HNO3-HF for dissolution, the best alloy for service at 1300C when complexing agents for fluoride are used is Inconel 690; with no complexing agents at 1300C, Inconel 671 is best. At 950C, six other alloys tested would be adequate: Haynes 25, Ferralium, Inconel 625, Type 304L stainless steel, Incoloy 825, and Haynes 20 (in order of decreasing preference); based on composition, six untested alloys would also be adequate. The ions most effective in reducing fluoride corrosion were the complexing agents Zr4+ and Th4+; Al3+ was less effective. With uranium fuel, modestly priced Type 304L stainless steel is adequate. Corrosion will be most severe in HNO3-HF used occasionally for flushing and in solutions of HNO3 and corrosion products (ferric and dichromate ions). HF corrosion can be minimized by complexing the fluoride ion and by passivation of the steel with strong nitric acid. Corrosion caused by corrosion products can be minimized by operating at lower temperatures

  6. Examination of irradiated 304L stainless steel to 6061-T6 aluminum inertia welded transition joints after irradiation in a spallation neutron

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    The Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) designed and fabricated tritium target/blanket assemblies which were irradiated for six months at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE). Cooling water was supplied to the assemblies through 1 inch diameter 304L Stainless Steel (SS) tubing. To attach the 304L SS tubing to the modules a 304L SS to 6061-T6 Aluminum (Al) inertia welded transition joint was used. These SS/Al inertia weld transition joints simulate expected transition joints in the Accelerator Production of Tritium (APT) Target/Blanket where as many as a thousand SS/Al weld transition joints will be used. Materials compatibility between the 304L SS and the 6061-T6 Al in the spallation neutron environment is a major concern as well as the corrosion associated with the cooling water flowing through the piping. The irradiated inertia weld examination will be discussed

  7. Corrosion fatigue behavior of cold-worked 304L stainless steel in a simulated BWR coolant environment

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    Fatigue crack growth tests were performed to evaluate the effect of cold work on the fatigue behavior of 304L stainless steel in the ambient air at room temperature and 300degC and in a simulated BWR coolant environment, respectively. The fatigue crack growth rates (FCGRs) for the as-received (AR) and cold-rolled specimens as room temperature were in the same range and the FCGRs obtained at 300degC in air were higher than at room temperature. In addition, the FCGRs for the AR specimens were higher at 300degC in air compared with those for the cold-rolled. The specimens tested in the water environment at 300degC showed higher corrosion fatigue crack growth rates (CFCGRs) relative to those measured in air at room temperature and 300degC. Local quasi-cleavages could account for the observation that the FCGRs in air at 300degC were faster than at room temperature. The dominant fracture features of quasi-cleavages, along with corrosion products, were observed with all the 304L specimens tested in the simulated BWR water environment, which could be related to the higher crack growth rates in the corrosive environment. (author)

  8. Effects of Low Temperature on Hydrogen-Assisted Crack Growth in Forged 304L Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Jackson, Heather; San Marchi, Chris; Balch, Dorian; Somerday, Brian; Michael, Joseph

    2016-08-01

    The objective of this study was to evaluate effects of low temperature on hydrogen-assisted crack propagation in forged 304L austenitic stainless steel. Fracture initiation toughness and crack-growth resistance curves were measured using fracture mechanics specimens that were thermally precharged with 140 wppm hydrogen and tested at 293 K or 223 K (20 °C or -50 °C). Fracture initiation toughness for hydrogen-precharged forgings decreased by at least 50 to 80 pct relative to non-charged forgings. With hydrogen, low-temperature fracture initiation toughness decreased by 35 to 50 pct relative to room-temperature toughness. Crack growth without hydrogen at both temperatures was microstructure-independent and indistinguishable from blunting, while with hydrogen microcracks formed by growth and coalescence of microvoids. Initiation of microvoids in the presence of hydrogen occurred where localized deformation bands intersected grain boundaries and other deformation bands. Low temperature additionally promoted fracture initiation at annealing twin boundaries in the presence of hydrogen, which competed with deformation band intersections and grain boundaries as sites of microvoid formation and fracture initiation. A common ingredient for fracture initiation was stress concentration that arose from the intersection of deformation bands with these microstructural obstacles. The localized deformation responsible for producing stress concentrations at obstacles was intensified by low temperature and hydrogen. Crack orientation and forging strength were found to have a minor effect on fracture initiation toughness of hydrogen-supersaturated 304L forgings.

  9. Corrosion behaviour of single (Ti) and duplex (Ti-TiO2) coating on 304L stainless steel in nitric acid medium

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    Highlights: → Ti coated 304L SS showed moderate to marginal corrosion resistance in 1 M and 8 M HNO3. → Duplex Ti-TiO2 coated 304L SS showed minimization of structural heterogeneities. → Passive film property improves by minimizing structural heterogeneities. → Protection efficiency for 304L SS increases with duplex Ti-TiO2 coating in HNO3. - Abstract: Sputter deposited single titanium (Ti) layer, and duplex Ti-TiO2 coating on austenitic type 304L stainless steel (SS) was prepared, and the corrosion performance was evaluated in nitric acid medium using surface morphological and electrochemical techniques. Morphological analysis using atomic force microscope of the duplex Ti-TiO2 coated surface showed minimization of structural heterogeneities as compared to single Ti layer coating. The electrochemical corrosion results revealed that, titanium coated 304L SS showed moderate to marginal improvement in corrosion resistance in 1 M, and 8 M nitric acid, respectively. Duplex Ti-TiO2 coated 304L SS specimens showed improved corrosion resistance as compared to Ti coating from dilute (1 M) to concentrated medium (8 M). The percentage of protection efficiency for base material increases significantly for duplex Ti-TiO2 coating as compared to single Ti layer coating. The oxidizing ability of nitric acid on both the coatings as well as factors responsible for improvement in protection efficiency are discussed and highlighted in this paper.

  10. On the dynamic strength of 304l stainless steel under impact

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    Werdiger, Meir; Glam, Benny; Bakshi, Lior; Moshe, Ella; Horovitz, Yossef; Pistinner, Shlomi Levi

    2012-03-01

    Uniaxial strain plane impact (300-1700 m/s), loading and reloading experiments carried out on SS304L are reported. The aim of these experiments was to measure the material strength properties under shock compression. Most of the experiments reported here show a viscous type elastic precursor. The experimental results are compared to numerical simulations performed using a 1D code. The input physics to the simulations are the Steinberg equation of state and Johnson-Cook strength model. This model has been previously calibrated under uniaxial stress conditions in the rangee ɛ =1-5×103 s-1. Our experiments extended the data into the regione ɛ =105 -106 s-1. In spite of this extrapolation, there is a general agreement between simulations and experiments. However, differences in some details still exist.

  11. Influence of the temperature and the time of sensitization heat treatment on the rupture energy of notched specimen of 304 L austenitic stainless steel

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    This study allowed us to show that the measurement of rupture energy on notched specimen, at low temperature (-180+-50C) is a sensitive method for evaluating the importance of carbide precipitation at grain boundaries when austenitic stainless steel 304 L is sensitized. This process had been studied between 500 and 9000C, and during 3 to 100 hrs

  12. Establishing precursor events for stress corrosion cracking initiation in type 304L stainless steel

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    The present study attempts to establish slip band emergence, due to localized deformation, as a precursor event for SCC initiation in type 304L SS. The unidirectional tensile loading was used for straining flat tensile specimen, less than 10% strain, in air, 0.5 M NaCl + 0.5 M H2SO4 and boiling water reactor (BWR) simulated environment (288 C. degrees, 10 MPa). The surface features were characterized using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (including electron backscattered diffraction-EBSD) and atomic force microscopy. The study shows that with increase in strain level, during unidirectional slow strain rate test (SSRT), average slip band height increases in air and the attack on slip lines occurs in acidified chloride environment. In BWR simulated environment, preferential oxidation on slip lines and initiation of a few cracks on some of the slip lines are observed. Based on the observation, the study suggests slip bands, formed due to localized deformation, to act as a precursor for SCC initiation. (authors)

  13. Deposition and characterization of noble metal onto surfaces of 304l stainless steel

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    Noble metal chemical addition (NMCA) plus hydrogen water chemistry is an industry-wide accepted approach for potential intergranular stress corrosion cracking mitigation of BWR internals components. NMCA is a method of applying noble metal onto BWR internals surfaces using reactor water as the transport medium that causes the deposition of noble metal from the liquid onto surfaces. In this work different platinum concentration solutions were deposited onto pre-oxidized surfaces of 304l steel at 180 C during 48 hr in an autoclave. In order to simulate the zinc water conditions, deposits of Zn and Pt-Zn were also carried out. The solutions used to obtain the deposits were: sodium hexahydroxyplatinate (IV), zinc nitrate hydrate and zinc oxide. The deposits obtained were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. Finally, the electrochemical corrosion potential of pre-oxidized samples with Pt deposit were obtained and compared with the electrochemical corrosion potential of only pre-oxidized samples. (Author)

  14. In situ AFM study of pitting corrosion and corrosion under strain on a 304L stainless steel

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    Our study is centred on surface localised corrosion under strain of a standard stainless steel (304L). The interest we take in these corrosion phenomena is led by the general misunderstanding of its primary initiation steps. The goal of this study is to determine precisely the relationships between local geometrical defects (grain boundaries, dislocation lines, etc) or chemical defects (inclusions) with the preferential sites of corrosion on the strained material. By combining three techniques at the same time: Atomic Force Microscopy, an electrochemical cell and a traction plate, we can observe in situ the effect of localised stress and deformation on the sample surface exposed to a corrosive solution. We managed to build an original set-up compatible with all the requirements of these three different techniques. Furthermore, we prepared the surface of our sample as flat as possible to decrease at maximum the topographical noise in order to observe the smallest defect on the surface. By using a colloidal suspension of SiO2, we obtained surfaces with a typical corrugation (RMS) of about 1 A for areas of at least 1 μm2. Our experimental study has been organised in two primary investigations: - In situ study of the morphology evolution of the surface under a corrosive chloride solution (borate buffer with NaCl salt). The influence of time, NaCl concentration, and potential was investigated; - In situ exploration of a 304L strained surface. It revealed the first stages of the surface plastic evolutions like activation of sliding dislocations, materialized by parallel steps of about 2 nm high in the same grain. The secondary sliding plane systems were also noticeable for higher deformation rates. Recent results concerning in situ AFM observation of corroded surfaces under strain in a chloride media will be presented. (authors)

  15. Study on prevention of chloride induced stress corrosion cracking for type 304L, 316L stainless steel canister

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    For the practical application of multi-purpose canisters (MPCs), there are technical issues for containment function to prevent the initiation of chloride induced stress corrosion cracking (SCC). Therefore, the SCC test were conducted to clarify the critical salt density to initiate SCC and the effect which the reduction treatment of weld residual stress influents to prevent SCC. (1) The minimum threshold of salt for SCC initiation could be 4 g/cm2 as Cl under the condition of the temperatures of 50degC and the relative humidity of 35% with the 316 type L-grade austenite stainless steel used over 5000 hr. However, the threshold could be reduced to 2 g/m2 as Cl under the actual equipment surface condition corresponding to the conventional stainless steel MPC. (2) An accelerated corrosion test was performed using mock-up MPC made of Type 304L, in which the salt concentration on the surface of weld lines was kept to 4 g/cm2 as Cl. As the result of the test, SCC on the surface-treated weld line by ZSP didn't occur because of the compressed stress induced appropriately, therefore the validity of surface treatment techniques was confirmed. (author)

  16. Corrosion study of stainless steel SS304L in molten molybdates

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    Usami, T.; Uruga, K.; Tsukada, T.; Miura, Y.; Komamine, S.; Ochi, E.

    2016-04-01

    Depending on operating conditions of the vitrification process of high-level liquid waste, molten salt mainly composed of sodium and molybdenum can be generated, and poured into stainless steel canisters. In this work, the possible reaction between the molten molybdate and stainless steel was investigated using multi-component molybdate and simple Na2MoO4 - MoO3 molybdate. In the experiments using multi-component molybdates, no significant reaction is observed between the mixed molybdates and the stainless steel specimens at 700 °C in 4 h. The reaction rate of the stainless steel with the multi-component molybdate increases in proportion to exp(-1/T). The depth of the most reacted area is about 300 μm even at 1000 °C, and was much smaller than the 6 mm thickness of the canister. In the simple Na2MoO4 - MoO3 molybdate, the reaction rate was proportional to the MoO3 concentration. The essence of the reaction is oxidation of metals by Mo6+ - > Mo4+. Part of the reaction product mainly composed of Fe is dissolved into the molybdate, while the other part mainly composed of Cr sloughs and forms a banded layer.

  17. Formation of abrasion-resistant coatings of the AlSiFe{sub x}Mny intermetallic compound type on the AISI 304L alloy

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    Martinez-Peralez, L. G.; Flores-Valdes, A.; Salinas-Rodriguez, A.; Ochoa-Palacios, R. M.; Toscano-giles, J. A.; Torres-Torres, J.

    2016-05-01

    The α-Al{sub 9}FeMnSi and α-Al{sub 9}FeMn{sub 2}Si intermetallics formed by reactive sintering of Al, Si, Mn, Fe, Cr and Ni powders have been used in AISI 304L steels to enhance microhardness. Processing variables of the reactive sintering treatment were temperature (600, 650, 700, 750 and 800 degree centigrade), pressure (5, 10 y 20 MPa) and holding time (3600, 5400 y 7200 seconds). Experimental results show that temperature is the most important variable affecting the substrate/coating formation, while pressure does not appear to have a significant effect. The results show the optimum conditions of the reactive sintering that favor the substrate/coating formation are 800 degree centigrade, 20 MPa and 7200 seconds. Under these conditions, the reaction zone between the substrate and coating is more compacted and well-adhered, with a microhardness of 1300 Vickers. The results of SEM and X-Ray diffraction confirmed the formation of β-Al{sub 9}FeMnSi and β-Al{sub 9}FeMn{sub 2}Si intermetallics in the substrate/coating interface as well as the presence of Cr and Ni, indicating diffusion of these two elements from the substrate to the interface. (Author)

  18. Formation of abrasion-resistant coatings of the AlSiFexMny intermetallic compound type on the AISI 304L alloy

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    The α-Al9FeMnSi and α-Al9FeMn2Si intermetallics formed by reactive sintering of Al, Si, Mn, Fe, Cr and Ni powders have been used in AISI 304L steels to enhance microhardness. Processing variables of the reactive sintering treatment were temperature (600, 650, 700, 750 and 800 degree centigrade), pressure (5, 10 y 20 MPa) and holding time (3600, 5400 y 7200 seconds). Experimental results show that temperature is the most important variable affecting the substrate/coating formation, while pressure does not appear to have a significant effect. The results show the optimum conditions of the reactive sintering that favor the substrate/coating formation are 800 degree centigrade, 20 MPa and 7200 seconds. Under these conditions, the reaction zone between the substrate and coating is more compacted and well-adhered, with a microhardness of 1300 Vickers. The results of SEM and X-Ray diffraction confirmed the formation of β-Al9FeMnSi and β-Al9FeMn2Si intermetallics in the substrate/coating interface as well as the presence of Cr and Ni, indicating diffusion of these two elements from the substrate to the interface. (Author)

  19. Reactor Materials Program: Mechanical properties of irradiated Types 304 and 304L stainless steel weldment components

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    The vessels (reactor tanks) of the Savannah River Site nuclear production reactors constructed in the 1950's are comprised of Type 304 stainless steel with Type 308 stainless steel weld filler. Irradiation exposure to the reactor tank sidewalls through reactor operation has caused a change in the mechanical properties of these materials. A database of as-irradiated mechanical properties for site-specific materials and irradiation conditions has been produced for reactor tank structural analyses and to quantify the effects of radiation-induced materials degradation for evaluating reactor service life. The data has been collected from the SRL Reactor Materials Program (RMP) irradiations and testing of archival stainless steel weldment components and from previous SRL programs to measure properties of irradiated reactor Thermal Shield weldments and reactor tank (R-tank) sidewall material. Irradiation programs of the RMP are designed to quantify mechanical properties at tank operating temperatures following irradiation to present and future tank wall maximum exposure conditions. The exposure conditions are characterized in terms of fast neutron fluence (En > 0.1 MeV) and displacements per atom (dpa)3. Tensile properties, Charpy-V notch toughness, and elastic-plastic fracture toughness were measured for base, weld, and weld heat-affected zone (HAZ) weldment components from archival piping specimens following a Screening Irradiation in the University of Buffalo Reactor (UBR) and following a Full-Term Irradiation in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR)

  20. Reactor Materials Program: Mechanical properties of irradiated Types 304 and 304L stainless steel weldment components

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    Sindelar, R.L.; Caskey, G.R. Jr.

    1991-12-01

    The vessels (reactor tanks) of the Savannah River Site nuclear production reactors constructed in the 1950`s are comprised of Type 304 stainless steel with Type 308 stainless steel weld filler. Irradiation exposure to the reactor tank sidewalls through reactor operation has caused a change in the mechanical properties of these materials. A database of as-irradiated mechanical properties for site-specific materials and irradiation conditions has been produced for reactor tank structural analyses and to quantify the effects of radiation-induced materials degradation for evaluating reactor service life. The data has been collected from the SRL Reactor Materials Program (RMP) irradiations and testing of archival stainless steel weldment components and from previous SRL programs to measure properties of irradiated reactor Thermal Shield weldments and reactor tank (R-tank) sidewall material. Irradiation programs of the RMP are designed to quantify mechanical properties at tank operating temperatures following irradiation to present and future tank wall maximum exposure conditions. The exposure conditions are characterized in terms of fast neutron fluence (E{sub n} > 0.1 MeV) and displacements per atom (dpa){sup 3}. Tensile properties, Charpy-V notch toughness, and elastic-plastic fracture toughness were measured for base, weld, and weld heat-affected zone (HAZ) weldment components from archival piping specimens following a Screening Irradiation in the University of Buffalo Reactor (UBR) and following a Full-Term Irradiation in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR).

  1. Reactor Materials Program: Mechanical properties of irradiated Types 304 and 304L stainless steel weldment components

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    Sindelar, R.L.; Caskey, G.R. Jr.

    1991-12-01

    The vessels (reactor tanks) of the Savannah River Site nuclear production reactors constructed in the 1950's are comprised of Type 304 stainless steel with Type 308 stainless steel weld filler. Irradiation exposure to the reactor tank sidewalls through reactor operation has caused a change in the mechanical properties of these materials. A database of as-irradiated mechanical properties for site-specific materials and irradiation conditions has been produced for reactor tank structural analyses and to quantify the effects of radiation-induced materials degradation for evaluating reactor service life. The data has been collected from the SRL Reactor Materials Program (RMP) irradiations and testing of archival stainless steel weldment components and from previous SRL programs to measure properties of irradiated reactor Thermal Shield weldments and reactor tank (R-tank) sidewall material. Irradiation programs of the RMP are designed to quantify mechanical properties at tank operating temperatures following irradiation to present and future tank wall maximum exposure conditions. The exposure conditions are characterized in terms of fast neutron fluence (E{sub n} > 0.1 MeV) and displacements per atom (dpa){sup 3}. Tensile properties, Charpy-V notch toughness, and elastic-plastic fracture toughness were measured for base, weld, and weld heat-affected zone (HAZ) weldment components from archival piping specimens following a Screening Irradiation in the University of Buffalo Reactor (UBR) and following a Full-Term Irradiation in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR).

  2. Effect of low temperature on hydrogen-assisted crack propagation in 304L/308L austenitic stainless steel fusion welds

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    Highlights: •Measured crack growth resistance of welds at 223 K with 140 wppm H (gas charged). •H reduced fracture initiation toughness by >59% and altered fracture mode. •223 K altered fracture mode but had no effect on JIC of precharged welds. •At 293 K, microcracks initiate at δ-ferrite, and ferrite governed crack path. •At 223 K, microvoids form at γ deformation band intersections near phase boundaries. -- Abstract: Effects of low temperature on hydrogen-assisted cracking in 304L/308L austenitic stainless steel welds were investigated using elastic–plastic fracture mechanics methods. Thermally precharged hydrogen (140 wppm) decreased fracture toughness and altered fracture mechanisms at 293 and 223 K relative to hydrogen-free welds. At 293 K, hydrogen increased planar deformation in austenite, and microcracking of δ-ferrite governed crack paths. At 223 K, low temperature enabled hydrogen to exacerbate localized deformation, and microvoid formation, at austenite deformation band intersections near phase boundaries, dominated damage initiation; microcracking of ferrite did not contribute to crack growth

  3. Evaluation of stress corrosion cracking of irradiated 304L stainless steel in PWR environment using heavy ion irradiation

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    Gupta, J.; Hure, J.; Tanguy, B.; Laffont, L.; Lafont, M.-C.; Andrieu, E.

    2016-08-01

    IASCC has been a major concern regarding the structural and functional integrity of core internals of PWR's, especially baffle-to-former bolts. Despite numerous studies over the past few decades, additional evaluation of the parameters influencing IASCC is still needed for an accurate understanding and modeling of this phenomenon. In this study, Fe irradiation at 450 °C was used to study the cracking susceptibility of 304 L austenitic stainless steel. After 10 MeV Fe irradiation to 5 dpa, irradiation-induced damage in the microstructure was characterized and quantified along with nano-hardness measurements. After 4% plastic strain in a PWR environment, quantitative information on the degree of strain localization, as determined by slip-line spacing, was obtained using SEM. Fe-irradiated material strained to 4% in a PWR environment exhibited crack initiation sites that were similar to those that occur in neutron- and proton-irradiated materials, which suggests that Fe irradiation may be a representative means for studying IASCC susceptibility. Fe-irradiated material subjected to 4% plastic strain in an inert argon environment did not exhibit any cracking, which suggests that localized deformation is not in itself sufficient for initiating cracking for the irradiation conditions used in this study.

  4. High temperature microstructural evolution of 304L stainless steel as function of pre-strain and strain rate

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    304L stainless steel specimens are pre-strained to 0.15 or 0.5 and are then deformed at strain rates ranging from 2000 s-1 to 6000 s-1 at temperatures of 300 deg. C, 500 deg. C and 800 deg. C using a compressive split-Hopkinson pressure bar. The results show that for both values of the pre-strain, the flow stress increases with increasing strain rate, but reduces with increasing temperature. At deformation temperatures of 300 deg. C or 500 deg. C, the flow stress in the 0.5 pre-strained specimen is higher than that in the specimen pre-strained to 0.15. However, at a temperature of 800 deg. C, the two specimens exhibit a similar level of flow stress. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations reveal that the strengthening effect observed in the specimens deformed at 300 deg. C or 500 deg. C is the combined result of dislocations, mechanical twins and martensite transformation. However, at a deformation temperature of 800 deg. C, the strengthening effect is the result primarily of dislocation multiplication. The volume fraction of martensite transformation decreases with increasing strain rate and temperature. In addition, both the dislocation density and the twin density increase with increasing strain rate, but decrease with increasing temperature. Finally, the quantitative analysis results indicate that the flow stress varies with the square root of the dislocation density, the twin density and the volume fraction of martensite, respectively.

  5. Numerical Simulation and Artificial Neural Network Modeling for Predicting Welding-Induced Distortion in Butt-Welded 304L Stainless Steel Plates

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    Narayanareddy, V. V.; Chandrasekhar, N.; Vasudevan, M.; Muthukumaran, S.; Vasantharaja, P.

    2016-02-01

    In the present study, artificial neural network modeling has been employed for predicting welding-induced angular distortions in autogenous butt-welded 304L stainless steel plates. The input data for the neural network have been obtained from a series of three-dimensional finite element simulations of TIG welding for a wide range of plate dimensions. Thermo-elasto-plastic analysis was carried out for 304L stainless steel plates during autogenous TIG welding employing double ellipsoidal heat source. The simulated thermal cycles were validated by measuring thermal cycles using thermocouples at predetermined positions, and the simulated distortion values were validated by measuring distortion using vertical height gauge for three cases. There was a good agreement between the model predictions and the measured values. Then, a multilayer feed-forward back propagation neural network has been developed using the numerically simulated data. Artificial neural network model developed in the present study predicted the angular distortion accurately.

  6. Microelectrochemical investigation of the effect of cathodic polarisation on the corrosion resistance of 304L stainless steel in a 1 M NaCl solution

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    Arjmand Gholenji, Farzin; Adriaens, Annemie

    2012-01-01

    304L stainless steel was cathodically polarised in a 1 M sodium chloride solution using a microcapillary electrochemical droplet cell. During the cathodic polarisation the produced hydrogen atoms penetrate into the sample and accumulate at sites of the steel surface. We observed that the pitting potential (E-pit), the anodic current density (I-corr) and the corrosion potential (E-corr) of the polarised steel are strongly influenced by the applied cathodic potential and therefore by the amount...

  7. Four nondestructive electrochemical tests for detecting sensitization in type 304 and 304L stainless steels

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    Three different electrochemical reactivation tests are compared with etch structures produced in the electrolytic oxalic acid etch test. These nondestructive tests are needed to evaluate welded stainless steel pipes and other plant equipment for susceptibility to intergranular attack. Sensitization associated with precipitates of chromium carbides at grain boundaries can make these materials subject to intergranular attack in acids and, in particular, to intergranular stress corrosion cracking in high-temperature (2890C) water on boiling water nuclear reactor power plants. In the first of the two older reactivation tests, sensitization is detected by the electrical charge generated during reactivation. In the second, it is measured by the ratio of maximum currents generated by a prior anodic loop and the reactivation loop. A third, simpler reactivation method based on a measurement of the maximum current generated during reactivation is proposed. If the objective of the field tests, which are to be carried out with portable equipment, is to distinguish between nonsensitized and sensitized material, this can be accomplished most simply, most rapidly, and at lowest cost by an evaluation of oxalic acid etch structures

  8. Investigation of micro-structure and micro-hardness properties of 304L stainless steel treated in a hot cathode arc discharge plasma

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    We have established a hot cathode arc discharge plasma system, where different stainless steel samples can be treated by monitoring the plasma parameters and nitriding parameters independently. In the present work, a mixture of 70% N2 and 30% H2 gases was fed into the plasma chamber and the treatment time and substrate temperature were optimized for treating 304L Stainless Steel samples. Various physical techniques such as x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and micro-vickers hardness tester were employed to determine the structural, surface composition and surface hardness of the treated samples

  9. Investigation of micro-structure and micro-hardness properties of 304L stainless steel treated in a hot cathode arc discharge plasma

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    Malik, Hitendra K., E-mail: hkmalik@physics.iitd.ac.in [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi – 110016 (India); Singh, Omveer [Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi – 110016 (India); Dahiya, Raj P. [Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, New Delhi – 110016 (India); Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science and Technology, Murthal–131039 (India)

    2015-08-28

    We have established a hot cathode arc discharge plasma system, where different stainless steel samples can be treated by monitoring the plasma parameters and nitriding parameters independently. In the present work, a mixture of 70% N{sub 2} and 30% H{sub 2} gases was fed into the plasma chamber and the treatment time and substrate temperature were optimized for treating 304L Stainless Steel samples. Various physical techniques such as x-ray diffraction, energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and micro-vickers hardness tester were employed to determine the structural, surface composition and surface hardness of the treated samples.

  10. Optimisation of CO2 laser welding of thin sheets made of stainless steel 304 L. Fabrication of prototype detection modules for a large size electromagnetic calorimeter

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    For the new calorimeter detector, to be used in UA1 experiment at CERN proton-antiproton collider, about 35'000 stainless steel boxes with a volume of the order of 500 x 400 x 3 mm3, containing immerged electrodes in Tetramethylpentane (TMP) are required. The first hundred prototype boxes were built at CERN using CO2 laser welding technique. The results of a systematic experimental investigation and optimization of the welding parameters for 0.1 mm thick 304 L stainless steel sheets are presented

  11. Action of an aerobic hydrogenotroph bacteria isolated from ultrapure water systems on AISI 304 stainless steel

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    Several microbial studies have been recently performed in nuclear power stations. These studies concerned essentially the formation of bio-films on submerged metal coupons. Heterotrophic micro-organisms have been found in bulk water of nuclear fuel storage basins but the in situ nutrient sources for bacterial development in such highly oligo-trophic water was unknown. In nuclear environments, radiations lead to the production of molecular hydrogen, hydrogen peroxide and some radicals (OH, O2-) by radiolysis of water or embedding matrices. Bacterial oxidation of molecular H2 commonly occurs in nature, as molecular hydrogen represents a high-energy reductant. We investigated the microbiology of a ultra-pure water basin containing irradiating waste. The initial aim of this study was to determine if autotrophic bacterial growth was possible in this basin. A major bacteria was isolated (Ralstonia sp. GGLH002) which was able to grow autotrophically with hydrogen as the electron donor and oxygen as the electron acceptor, and heterotrophically with organic nutrients. Its hydrogenase activity has been characterized. We focused then our study on the effects of this strain on 304L AISI stainless steel depending on the nutrient source used for bacterial development, e.g hydrogen or organics. In conclusion, the mechanism of passivation enhanced by Ralstonia sp. GGLH002 on AISI 304L SS still remains unknown. Several techniques could give substantial information, including XPS and polarization curves. It seems for the moment that the major bacteria inhabiting an oxic environment containing hydrogen due to radiolysis is not aggressive to stainless steel in conditions near from its environment. Further investigations are needed to test this hypothesis, including a study of the molecular diversity of the bacteria using culture-independent techniques, as cultivatable bacterial populations represent in general only a fraction of the total bacteria. (authors)

  12. Environmental effect on cracking of an 304L austenitic stainless steels in PWR primary environment under cyclic loading

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    The present study was undertaken in order to get further insights on cracking mechanisms in a 304L stainless steel. More precisely, a first objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of various cold working conditions on the cyclic stress-strain behavior and the fatigue life in air and in PWR primary environment. In air a prior hardening was found to reduce the fatigue life in the LCF regime but not in primary environment. In both environments, the fatigue limit of the hardened materials was increased after cold working.The second objective addresses the effect of the air and the PWR primary environments on the cracking mechanisms (initiation and propagation) in the annealed material in the LCF regime. More precisely, the kinetics of crack initiation and micro crack propagation were evaluated with a multi scale microscopic approach in air and in primary environment. In PWR primary environment, during the first cycles, preferential oxidation occurs along emerging dissociated dislocation and each cycle generates a new C-rich/Fe-rich oxide layer. Then, during cycling, the microstructure evolves from stacking fault into micro twinning and preferential oxidation occurs by continuous shearing and dissolution of the passive film. Beyond a certain crack depth (≤3 μm), the crack starts to propagate with a direction close to a 90 degrees angle from the surface. The crack continues its propagation by successive generation of shear bands and fatigue striations at each cycle up to failure. The role of corrosion hydrogen on these processes is finally discussed. (author)

  13. The role of atomic hydrogen and hydrogen-induced martensites in hydrogen embrittlement of type 304L stainless steel

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    潘川; 褚武扬; 李正邦; 梁东图; 宿彦京; 乔利杰

    2002-01-01

    The role of atomic hydrogen and hydrogen-induced martensites in hydrogen embrittlement in slow strain rate tensile tests and hydrogen-induced delayed cracking (HIC) in sustained load tests for type 304 L stainless steel was quantitatively studied.The results indicated that hydrogen-induced martensites formed when hydrogen concentration C0 exceeded 30 ppm,and increased with an increase in C0,i.e.M(vol%)=62-82.5exp(-C0/102).The relative plasticity loss caused by the martensites increased linearly with increasing amount of the martensites,i.e.Iδ(M),%=0.45M(vol %)=27.9-37.1 exp(-C0/102).The plasticity loss caused by atomic hydrogen Iδ(H) increased with an increase in C0 and reached a saturation value Iδ(H)max=40% when C0>100 ppm.Iδ(H) decreased with an increase in strain rate ,i.e.Iδ(H),%=-21.9-9.9,and was zero when ≥c=0.032/s.HIC under sustained load was due to atomic hydrogen,and the threshold stress intensity for HIC decreased linearly with lnC0,i.e.KIH(Mpam1/2)=91.7-10.1 lnC0(ppm).The fracture surface of HIC was dimple if KI was high or/and C0 was low,otherwise it was quasi-cleavage.The boundary line between ductile and brittle fracture surface was KI-54+25exp(-C0/153)=0.``

  14. A 3D finite element analysis of temperature and stress fields in girth welded 304L stainless steel pipe

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    A 3D finite element analysis model was developed to simulate a multipass, narrow gap pipe girth welding process. The pipe simulated was a Type 304L stainless steel pipe with a diameter of 406 mm, a thickness of 12.7 mm, and a narrow groove configuration. This pipe was finished in four continuous welding passes with one start-stop position. Temperatures, deformations and strains were recorded in real time during pipe welding. The thermal results from this model were tuned to match the calculated temperature histories with the comparable experimental thermal cycles. The calculated temperature histories were found to be axisymmetrically distributed around the pipe except in locations close to the welding start-stop position. This is in good agreement with what was observed from the experimental data. The calculated stress results show that the tensile residual stress zone on the pipe inner surface is about 30 mm from the weld centerline on each side and the tensile residual stress zone in the pipe wall thickness is about 5 mm from the pipe inner surface for up to 19 mm from the weld centerline (WCL). The calculated residual stresses are, in general, axisymmetrically distributed around the pipe except in locations near the welding start-stop position. This is not in agreement with what was noted from the experimental results. The comparison between the calculated stress results with the limited neutron diffraction residual stress measurements on the pipe inner surface demonstrates reasonable agreement between them. This 3D model is the first attempt at simulation of a full multipass girth pipe welding process. Much improvement could be realized, but more experimental residual stress measurements on pipe weldments are needed to verify this model

  15. Low cycle fatigue: high cycle fatigue damage accumulation in a 304L austenitic stainless steel; Endommagement et cumul de dommage en fatigue dans le domaine de l'endurance limitee d'un acier inoxydable austenitique 304L

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    Lehericy, Y

    2007-05-15

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the consequences of a Low Cycle Fatigue pre-damage on the subsequent fatigue limit of a 304L stainless steel. The effects of hardening and severe roughness (grinding) have also been investigated. In a first set of tests, the evolution of the surface damage induced by the different LCF pre-cycling was characterized. This has permitted to identify mechanisms and kinetics of damage in the plastic domain for different surface conditions. Then, pre-damaged samples were tested in the High Cycle Fatigue domain in order to establish the fatigue limits associated with each level of pre-damage. Results evidence that, in the case of polished samples, an important number of cycles is required to initiate surface cracks ant then to affect the fatigue limit of the material but, in the case of ground samples, a few number of cycles is sufficient to initiate cracks and to critically decrease the fatigue limit. The fatigue limit of pre-damaged samples can be estimated using the stress intensity factor threshold. Moreover, this detrimental effect of severe surface conditions is enhanced when fatigue tests are performed under a positive mean stress (author)

  16. Thermal fatigue of austenitic and duplex stainless steels

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    2001-01-01

    Thermal fatigue behavior of AISI 304L, AISI 316, AISI 321, and AISI 347 austenitic stainless steels as well as 3RE60 and ACX-100 duplex stainless steels was studied. Test samples were subjected to cyclic thermal transients in the temperature range 20 - 600°C. The resulting thermal strains were analyzed with measurements and numerical calculations. The evolution of thermal fatigue damage was monitored with periodic residual stress measurements and replica-assisted microscopy. The elastic strai...

  17. Experimental investigation of Tie6Ale4V titanium alloy and 304L stainless steel friction welded with copper interlayer

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    R. KUMAR; M. BALASUBRAMANIAN

    2015-01-01

    The basic principle of friction welding is intermetallic bonding at the stage of super plasticity attained with self-generating heat due to friction and finishing at upset pressure. Now the dissimilar metal joints are especially popular in defense, aerospace, automobile, bio-medical, refinery and nuclear engineerings. In friction welding, some special alloys with dual phase are not joined successfully due to poor bonding strength. The alloy surfaces after bonding also have metallurgical changes in the line of interfacing. The reported research work in this area is scanty. Although the sound weld zone of direct bonding between Tie6Ale4V and SS304L was obtained though many trials, the joint was not successful. In this paper, the friction welding characteristics between Tie6Ale4V and SS304L into which pure oxygen free copper (OFC) was introduced as interlayer were investigated. BoxeBehnken design was used to minimize the number of experiments to be performed. The weld joint was analyzed for its mechanical strength. The highest tensile strength between Tie6Ale4V and SS304L between which pure copper was used as insert metal was acquired. Micro-structural analysis and elemental analysis were carried out by EDS, and the formation of intermetallic compound at the interface was identified by XRD analysis.

  18. Oligo-cyclic damage and behaviour of a 304 L austenitic stainless steel according to environment (vacuum, air, PWR primary water) at 300 C

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    Nowadays, for nuclear power plants licensing or operating life extensions, various safety authorities require the consideration of the primary water environment effect on the fatigue life of Pressurized Water Reactor (PWR) components. Thus, this work focused on the study of low cycle fatigue damage kinetics and mechanisms, of a type 304L austenitic stainless steel. Several parameters effects such as temperature, strain rate or strain amplitude were investigated in air as in PWR water. Thanks to targeted in-vacuum tests, the intrinsic influence of these parameters and environments on the fatigue behaviour of the material was studied. It appears that compared with vacuum, air is already an active environment which is responsible for a strong decrease in fatigue lifetime of this steel, especially at 300 C and low strain amplitude. The PWR water coolant environment is more active than air and leads to increased damage kinetics, without any modifications of the initiation sites or propagation modes. Moreover, the decreased fatigue life in PWR water is essentially attributed to an enhancement of both initiation and micropropagation of 'short cracks'. Finally, the deleterious influence of low strain rates on the 304L austenitic stainless steel fatigue lifetime was observed in PWR water environment, in air and also in vacuum without any environmental effects. This intrinsic strain rate effect is attributed to the occurrence of the Dynamic Strain Aging phenomenon which is responsible for a change in deformation modes and for an enhancement of cracks initiation. (author)

  19. Dependence of the cyclic stress–strain curve on loading history and its interaction with fatigue of 304L stainless steel

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    Highlights: ► Contrary to low deformation, cyclic curve is not unique at high strain amplitude. ► However, as the loading was continued cyclic hardening tends to stabilize. ► Cyclic hardening is mainly kinematic type, isotropic component remains quasi-linear. ► Increasing in pre-hardening strain amplitude has almost no effect on fatigue damage. ► Fatigue life decreasing is associated with formation of walls, cells and defect bands. - Abstract: This study investigates the effects of loading history on the cyclic stress–strain curve and fatigue behavior of 304L stainless steel at room temperature. Tension–compression tests were performed on the same specimen under controlled strain, using several loading sequences of increasing or decreasing amplitude. The results show that the cyclic curve is not unique, as it depends on the loading sequence. The same predeformed specimens were subjected to fatigue tests. The results showed that fatigue life is significantly reduced by the previous loading history. A previously developed method for determining the effect of prehardening was evaluated. Microstructural analyses were also performed; the microstructures after preloading and their evolution during the fatigue cycles were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results of these analyses improve our understanding of the macroscopic properties of 304L stainless steel and can help us identify the causes of failure and lifetime reduction.

  20. Influence of low-temperature nitriding on the strain-induced martensite and laser-quenched austenite in a magnetic encoder made from 304L stainless steel

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    Leskovšek, Vojteh; Godec, Matjaž; Kogej, Peter

    2016-08-01

    We have investigated the possibility of producing a magnetic encoder by an innovative process. Instead of turning grooves in the encoder bar for precise positioning, we incorporated the information in 304L stainless steel by transforming the austenite to martensite after bar extrusion in liquid nitrogen and marking it with a laser, which caused a local transformation of martensite back into austenite. 304L has an excellent corrosion resistance, but a low hardness and poor wear resistance, which limits its range of applications. However, nitriding is a very promising way to enhance the mechanical and magnetic properties. After low-temperature nitriding at 400 °C it is clear that both ε- and α‧-martensite are present in the deformed microstructure, indicating the simultaneous stress-induced and strain-induced transformations of the austenite. The effects of a laser surface treatment and the consequent appearance of a non-magnetic phase due to the α‧ → γ transformation were investigated. The EDS maps show a high concentration of nitrogen in the alternating hard surface layers of γN and α‧N (expanded austenite and martensite), but no significantly higher concentration of chromium or iron was detected. The high surface hardness of this nitride layer will lead to steels and encoders with better wear and corrosion resistance.

  1. The mechanical properties of 316L/304L stainless steels, Alloy 718 and Mod 9Cr-1Mo after irradiation in a spallation environment

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    Maloy, S. A.; James, M. R.; Willcutt, G.; Sommer, W. F.; Sokolov, M.; Snead, L. L.; Hamilton, M. L.; Garner, F.

    2001-07-01

    The Accelerator Production of Tritium (APT) project proposes to use a 1.0 GeV, 100 mA proton beam to produce neutrons via spallation reactions in a tungsten target. The neutrons are multiplied and moderated in a lead/aluminum/water blanket and then captured in 3He to form tritium. The materials in the target and blanket region are exposed to protons and neutrons with energies into the GeV range. The effect of irradiation on the tensile and fracture toughness properties of candidate APT materials, 316L and 304L stainless steel (annealed), modified (Mod) 9Cr-1Mo steel, and Alloy 718 (precipitation hardened), was measured on tensile and fracture toughness specimens irradiated at the Los Alamos Neutron Science Center accelerator, which operates at an energy of 800 MeV and a current of 1 mA. The irradiation temperatures ranged from 50°C to 164°C, prototypic of those expected in the APT target/blanket. The maximum achieved proton fluence was 4.5×10 21 p/ cm2 for the materials in the center of the beam. This maximum exposure translates to a dpa of 12 and the generation of 10 000 appm H and 1000 appm He for the Type 304L stainless steel tensile specimens. Specimens were tested at the irradiation temperature of 50-164°C. Less than 1 dpa of exposure reduced the uniform elongation of the Alloy 718 (precipitation hardened) and Mod 9Cr-1Mo to less than 2%. This same dose reduced the fracture toughness by 50%. Approximately 4 dpa of exposure was required to reduce the uniform elongation of the austenitic stainless steels (304L and 316L) to less than 2%. The yield stress of the austenitic steels increased to more than twice its non-irradiated value after less than 1 dpa. The fracture toughness reduced significantly by 4 dpa to ˜100 MPa m 1/2. These results are discussed and compared with results of similar materials irradiated in fission reactor environments.

  2. Influence of surface finish on the high cycle fatigue behavior of a 304L austenitic stainless steel

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    This work has dealt with the influence of surface finish on the high cycle fatigue behavior of a 304L. The role played by roughness, surface hardening and residual stresses has been particularly described. First part of this study has consisted of the production of several surface finishes. These latter were obtained by turning, grinding, mechanical polishing and sandblasting. The obtained surfaces were then characterised in terms of roughness, hardening, microstructure and residual stresses. Fatigue tests were finally conducted under various stress ratios or mean stresses at two temperatures (25 C and 300 C). Results clearly evidenced an effect of the surface integrity on the fatigue resistance of the 304L. This influence is nevertheless more pronounced at ambient temperature and for a positive mean stress. For all explored testing conditions, the lowest endurance limit was obtained for ground specimens whereas polished samples exhibited the best fatigue strength. Results also cleared out a detrimental influence of a positive mean stress in the case of specimens having surface defaults of a great acuity. The study of the relative effect of each of the surface parameter, under a positive stress ratio and at the ambient temperature, showed that roughness profile and surface hardening are the two more influential factors. The role of the residual stresses remains negligible due to their rapid relaxation during the application of the first cycles of fatigue. The estimation of the initiation and propagation periods showed that mechanisms differed as a function of the applied stress ratio. Crack propagation is governed by the parameter DK at a positive stress ratio and by Dep/2 in the case of tension-compression tests. (author)

  3. 24 h-corrosion tests combined with electrochemical potential measurements of CrNi-steel DIN W.Nr. 1.4306 (AISI Type 304 L) in 7 molar nitric acid containing oxidizing metal ions at 90deg C

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    Corrosion experiments - combined with measurements of the free corrosion potential of the steels under test and the redox potential of the corrosive nitric acid media - have been performed. Three different versions of the austenitic CrNi steel DIN W.Nr. 1.4306 (AISI Type 304 L) in the solution annealed condition were tested at 90deg C during 24 h in nitric acid and nitric acid solutions containing single or combined additions of Fe(III)-, Cr(VI)- and Ce(IV)-ions. The relationship between the rate of metal loss and the free corrosion potential of the corroding steels was confirmed to be an exponential one. Furthermore, it was shown that these short-term tests could reveal within a narrow band of free corrosion potentials (1150-1250 mV) an extent of surface corrosion which is specific for small compositional or microstructural differences of these steels. (orig.)

  4. Thermal fatigue of a 304L austenitic stainless steel: simulation of the initiation and of the propagation of the short cracks in isothermal and aniso-thermal fatigue

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    The elbow pipes of thermal plants cooling systems are submitted to thermal variations of short range and of variable frequency. These variations bound to temperature changes of the fluids present a risk of cracks and leakages. In order to solve this problem, EDF has started the 'CRECO RNE 808' plan: 'thermal fatigue of 304L austenitic stainless steels' to study experimentally on a volume part, the initiation and the beginning of the propagation of cracks in thermal fatigue on austenitic stainless steels. The aim of this study is more particularly to compare the behaviour and the damage of the material in mechanic-thermal fatigue (cycling in temperature and cycling in deformation) and in isothermal fatigue (the utmost conditions have been determined by EDF for the metal: Tmax = 165 degrees C and Tmin = 90 degrees C; the frequency of the thermal variations can reach a Hertz). A lot of experimental results are given. A model of lifetime is introduced and validated. (O.M.)

  5. Corrosion of AISI 316 and AISI 304 stainless steel with iodine vapor

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    The weight loss of stainless steel in corrosion with iodine vapor was studied at 500 to 10000C and an iodine vapor pressure range of 0.05 to 0.5 mm Hg, using a thermobalance. In the initial stage of corrosion, the weight loss rate is largely influenced by solution treatment or surface treatment; the induction period, observed for solution-treated samples, is shortened or eliminated by fission-fragment irradiation, ion-bombardment or mechanical polishing, and in some cases corrosion is even accelerated by the surface treatments. A constant weight loss region follows the initial stage of corrosion. In this region, the weight loss rate is not dependent on treatment to the samples, and has a linear relationship with the vapor pressure of iodine. The rate is the largest at about 800 and 7500C for AISI 316 s. s. and AISI 304 s. s. The rates in general are larger for AISI 304 s. s. than for AISI 316 s. s. below 7000C but almost the same above 8000C. Corrosion product layer is observed on the surface of the sample below 7000C. Based on these findings, the corrosion process is discussed. The deposition of corrosion product in a temperature gradient tube is also described

  6. The initiation and propagation of chloride-induced transgranular stress-corrosion cracking (TGSCC) of 304L austenitic stainless steel under atmospheric conditions

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    Highlights: • Cracking consistent with corrosion enhanced plasticity model of Magnin. • Cracking stress threshold is 10 MPa, substantially lower than current guidance. • Humidity threshold for cracking is 30%. • Measured length of cracks very dependent on polishing practice. • Cracking could occur at 290–300 K, based on measured activation energy. - Abstract: Bending tests were used to investigate the stress-corrosion cracking of 304L stainless steel in a corrosive atmosphere containing magnesium chloride. Initially smooth specimens showed multiple closely spaced cracks after exposures of up to 500 h. These showed threshold stresses of 10 MPa and a threshold humidity of 30%. Cracking rates increased with stress but were a maximum at plastic strains of 2%. Examination of cracks using focussed ion beam milling and electron diffraction indicated a multi-stage mechanism of propagation via preferential oxidation of slip planes. The apparent activation energy was 34 kJ mol−1 in the temperature range 333–363 K

  7. Effect of temperature on the level of corrosion caused by heavy petroleum on AISI 304 and AISI 444 stainless steel

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    João Paulo Sampaio Eufrásio Machado; Cleiton Carvalho Silva; Ana Vládia Cabral Sobral-Santiago; Hosiberto Batista de Sant'Ana; Jesualdo Pereira Farias

    2006-01-01

    This work presents a study on the influence of national heavy petroleum in the corrosion of the AISI 444 and AISI 304 stainless steels in simulated refining operation conditions. The petroleum was first characterized through physicochemical analysis (density, fluidity point, viscosity, sulfur concentration). In an attempt to understand the corrosion effect of temperature and of the type of heating the referred types of steel thermal treatments were carried out at three levels of temperature (...

  8. Fiber laser welding of AISI 304 stainless steel plates

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    Compared with conventional lasers, fiber laser welding is characterized by high melting efficiency, deferent keyhole modes and power density characteristics, which could affect the heat and melt flow of the molten pool during welding. The objective of the present work was to study the fiber laser weldability of 5 mm thick AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel plates; therefore, bead-on-plate welding was exploited on AISI 304 stainless steel plates with different laser powers, welding speeds, defocused distances with different types of shielding gas and their effects on the weld zone geometry and properties and final solidification microstructure at room temperature. Laser power, welding speed and defocused distance have a great effect on the bead appearance and weld zone shape while almost no significant effect on both the type of microstructure and mechanical properties of welds. The microstructure of all laser welds was always austenitic including about 3-5 % ferrite. However, the lower the laser power and/or the higher the welding speed, the finer solidification structure, primary ferrite or mixed-mode solidification resulted in crack-free welds. (author)

  9. Heat transfer and fluid flow during keyhole mode laser welding of tantalum, Ti-6Al-4V, 304L stainless steel and vanadium

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    Because of the complexity of several simultaneous physical processes, most heat transfer models of keyhole mode laser welding require some simplifications to make the calculations tractable. The simplifications often limit the applicability of each model to the specific materials systems for which the model is developed. In this work, a rigorous, yet computationally efficient, keyhole model is developed and tested on tantalum, Ti-6Al-4V, 304L stainless steel and vanadium. Unlike previous models, this one combines an existing model to calculate keyhole shape and size with numerical fluid flow and heat transfer calculations in the weld pool. The calculations of the keyhole profile involved a point-by-point heat balance at the keyhole walls considering multiple reflections of the laser beam in the vapour cavity. The equations of conservation of mass, momentum and energy are then solved in three dimensions assuming that the temperatures at the keyhole wall reach the boiling point of the different metals or alloys. A turbulence model based on Prandtl's mixing length hypothesis was used to estimate the effective viscosity and thermal conductivity in the liquid region. The calculated weld cross-sections agreed well with the experimental results for each metal and alloy system examined here. In each case, the weld pool geometry was affected by the thermal diffusivity, absorption coefficient, and the melting and boiling points, among the various physical properties of the alloy. The model was also used to better understand solidification phenomena and calculate the solidification parameters at the trailing edge of the weld pool. These calculations indicate that the solidification structure became less dendritic and coarser with decreasing weld velocities over the range of speeds investigated in this study. Overall, the keyhole weld model provides satisfactory simulations of the weld geometries and solidification sub-structures for diverse engineering metals and alloys

  10. Biomaterial Studies on AISI 316L Stainless Steel after Magnetoelectropolishing

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    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available The polarisation characteristics of the electropolishing process in a magnetic field (MEP – magnetoelectropolishing, in comparison with those obtained under standard/conventional process (EP conditions, have been obtained. The occurrence of an EP plateau has been observed in view of the optimization of MEP process. Up-to-date stainless steel surface studies always indicated some amount of free-metal atoms apart from the detected oxides and hydroxides. Such a morphology of the surface film usually affects the thermodynamic stability and corrosion resistance of surface oxide layer and is one of the most important features of stainless steels. With this new MEP process we can improve metal surface properties by making the stainless steel more resistant to halides encountered in a variety of environments. Furthermore, in this paper the stainless steel surface film study results have been presented. The results of the corrosion research carried out by the authors on the behaviour of the most commonly used material - medical grade AISI 316L stainless steel both in Ringer’s body fluid and in aqueous 3% NaCl solution have been investigated and presented earlier elsewhere, though some of these results, concerning the EIS Nyquist plots and polarization curves are also revealed herein. In this paper an attempt to explain this peculiar performance of 316L stainless steel has been undertaken. The SEM studies, Auger electron spectroscopy (AES and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS were performed on 316L samples after three treatments: MP – abrasive polishing (800 grit size, EP – conventional electrolytic polishing, and MEP – magnetoelectropolishing. It has been found that the proposed magnetoelectropolishing (MEP process considerably modifies the morphology and the composition of the surface film, thus leading to improved corrosion resistance of the studied 316L SS.

  11. Deformation induced martensite in AISI 316 stainless steel

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    The forming process leads to a considerable differentiation of the strain field within the billet, and finally causes the non-uniform distribution of the total strain, microstructure and properties of the material over the product cross-section. This paper focus on the influence of stress states on the deformation-induced a martensitic transformation in AISI Type 316 austenitic stainless steel. The formation of deformation-induced martensite is related to the austenite (g) instability at temperatures close or below room temperature. The structural transformation susceptibility is correlated to the stacking fault energy (SFE), which is a function not only of the chemical composition, but also of the testing temperature. Austenitic stainless steels possess high plasticity and can be easily cold formed. However, during cold processing the hardening phenomena always occurs. Nevertheless, the deformation-induced martensite transformation may enhance the rate of work-hardening and it may or may not be in favour of further material processing. Due to their high corrosion resistance and versatile mechanical properties the austenitic stainless steels are used in pressing of heat exchanger plates. However, this corrosion resistance is influenced by the amount of martensite formed during processing. In order to establish the links between total plastic strain, and martensitic transformation, the experimental tests were followed by numerical simulation. (Author) 21 refs.

  12. CO2 laser welding of AISI 321stainless steel

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    CO2 laser welding of AISI 321austenitic stainless steel has been carried out. Bead on plate welds on 2 mm thick steel were performed with 450W CO2 laser at speeds ranging from 200 to 900 mm/min. It was observed that weld depth and width was decreased with increasing the speed at constant laser power. Butt welds on different sheet thickness of 1, 2 and 2.5 mm were performed with laser power of 450 W and at speed 750, 275 and 175 mm/min, respectively. The microstructures of the welded joints and the heat affected zones (HAZ) were examined by optical microscopy and SEM. The austenite/delta ferrite microstructure was reported in the welded zone. The microhardness and tensile strength of the welded joints were measured and found almost similar to base metal due to austenitic nature of steel

  13. Corrosion of AISI 304 stainless steel in polluted seawater

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    The sequence of microbiofouling settlement on AISI 304 stain steel samples exposed to polluted harbor sea water of a power cooling water intake is studied. The firts sates of bacterial colonization are followed by means of scanning electron microscopy during two weeks of exposure. The relation between microbiofouling and corrosion is also followed by scanning electron microscopy and evaluated through electrochemical polarization experiments. The results obtained show that microbial colonization and extracellular polimeric substances forming the biofilms have a marked influence on the electrochemical behaviour of stainless steel in sea water. Laboratory experiments using inorganic chloride solutions or artificial sea water show a considerably lesser attack of the metal than those performed 'in situ' with natural sea water. Passivity breadown is highly facilitated when complex biological and inorganic deposits (fouling) have settled on the metal surface. (Author)

  14. Fractographic studies of hydrogen embrittlement of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel

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    This paper concerns a fractographic examination of hydrogen embrittlement of a stable AISI 316L type austenitic stainless steel. The objective is a better understanding of the possible role of hydrogen in stress corrosion cracking processes. (author)

  15. Study on tempering behaviour of AISI 410 stainless steel

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    Martensitic stainless steels find extensive applications due to their optimum combination of strength, hardness and wear-resistance in tempered condition. However, this class of steels is susceptible to embrittlement during tempering if it is carried out in a specific temperature range resulting in significant reduction in toughness. Embrittlement of as-normalised AISI 410 martensitic stainless steel, subjected to tempering treatment in the temperature range of 673–923 K was studied using Charpy impact tests followed by metallurgical investigations using field emission scanning electron and transmission electron microscopes. Carbides precipitated during tempering were extracted by electrochemical dissolution of the matrix and identified by X-ray diffraction. Studies indicated that temper embrittlement is highest when the steel is tempered at 823 K. Mostly iron rich carbides are present in the steel subjected to tempering at low temperatures of around 723 K, whereas chromium rich carbides (M23C6) dominate precipitation at high temperature tempering. The range 773–823 K is the transition temperature range for the precipitates, with both Fe2C and M23C6 types of carbides coexisting in the material. The nucleation of Fe2C within the martensite lath, during low temperature tempering, has a definite role in the embrittlement of this steel. Embrittlement is not observed at high temperature tempering because of precipitation of M23C6 carbides, instead of Fe2C, preferentially along the lath and prior austenite boundaries. Segregation of S and P, which is widely reported as one of the causes for temper embrittlement, could not be detected in the material even through Auger electron spectroscopy studies. - Highlights: • Tempering behaviour of AISI 410 steel is studied within 673–923 K temperature range. • Temperature regime of maximum embrittlement is identified as 773–848 K. • Results show that type of carbide precipitation varies with temperature of tempering

  16. Correlation of radiation-induced changes in microstructure/microchemistry, density and thermo-electric power of type 304L and 316 stainless steels irradiated in the Phénix reactor

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    Annealed specimens of type 304L and 316 stainless steel and cold-worked 316 specimens were irradiated in the Phénix reactor in the temperature range 381–394 °C and to different damage doses up to 39 dpa. The microstructure and microchemistry of both 304L and 316 have been examined using the combination of the different techniques of TEM to establish the void swelling and precipitation behavior under neutron irradiation. TEM observations are compared with results of measurements of immersion density and thermo-electric power obtained on the same irradiated stainless steels. The similarities and differences in their behavior on different scales are used to understand the factors in terms of the chemical composition and metallurgical state of steels, affecting the precipitation under irradiation and the swelling behavior. Irradiation induces the formation of some precipitate phases (e.g., M6C and M23C6-type carbides, and γ’- and G-phases), Frank loops and cavities. According to the metallurgical state and chemical composition of the steel, the amount of each type of radiation-induced defects is not the same, affecting their density and thermo-electric power

  17. AES depth profiles in Mo-coated 304L stainless steel achieved by RF-magnetron sputtering and influence of Mo on the corrosion in 3.5% NaCl solution

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    Saidi, D. [Département de métallurgie, Division de Technologie du Combustible, Centre de Recherche Nucléaire de Draria CRND, BP. 43 Draria, Alger (Algeria); Zaid, B., E-mail: zaidbachir@yahoo.com [Département de métallurgie, Division de Technologie du Combustible, Centre de Recherche Nucléaire de Draria CRND, BP. 43 Draria, Alger (Algeria); Souami, N. [Centre de Recherche Nucléaire d’Alger CRNA, 2 Bd. Frantz Fanon, Alger (Algeria); Saoula, N. [Division des Milieux Ionisés et Lasers, Centre de Développement des Technologies Avancées CDTA, Cité du 20 août 1956, Baba Hassan, BP n 17, Alger (Algeria); Siad, M. [Centre de Recherche Nucléaire d’Alger CRNA, 2 Bd. Frantz Fanon, Alger (Algeria); Si Ahmed, A. [Im2np, UMR 7334 CNRS, Aix-Marseille Université, 13397 Marseille Cedex 20 (France); Biberian, J.P. [CINaM, UMR 7525 CNRS, Aix Marseille Université, 13288 Marseille Cedex 9 (France)

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    Highlights: • Mo coating of 304L stainless steel is achieved via RF-magnetron sputtering. • The AES depth profiles before and after annealing in air (at 973 K) are analyzed. • The corrosions in NaCl solution of bare and Mo-coated samples are compared. • Mo-coated steels exhibit better corrosion behaviors. • The positive action of Mo oxide via its semi-conducting properties is deduced. - Abstract: Molybdenum-coated 304L stainless steel samples, fabricated by RF-magnetron sputtering, are characterized by Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) before and after annealing in air at 973 K. The electrochemical parameters of bare and coated materials, in NaCl 3.5% water solution at 298 K, are derived from the potentiodynamic polarization curves. The corrosion current of Mo-coated samples (before and after annealing) is significantly lower than that of its bare counterpart. The information gained from the AES depth profiles leads us to infer that the positive action of molybdenum on the corrosion behavior may be attributed to the changes induced by the semi-conducting properties of Mo oxide in the passive film.

  18. Comparative electrochemical study of 08H18N10T, AISI 304 and AISI 316L stainless steels

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    The aim of this work was to determine the main characteristics of the passivation and surface oxidation of 08H18N10T, AISI304 and AISI316L stainless steels, which serve as structural materials of VVER and PWR nuclear reactors. With the help of electrochemical experiments these materials were ranked according to their resistance against uniform corrosion. The measurements were done as a function of temperature in the range between room temperature and 80 deg. C. A sample of 08H18N10T steel was irradiated in the Budapest research reactor. With cyclic voltammetry we found that AISI 304 exhibits a very large passivation peak as a classical example for passivation. The peak is much smaller for AISI 316L and it is very small for 08H18N10T. This implies that the native oxide layer on AISI 316L and 08H18N10T is more protective than on AISI 304. The 08H18N10T steel has the best protective passive oxide layer which forms already in air and it is very difficult to remove it even at negative potentials. By comparing impedance spectra of the various stainless steels results lead to the same conclusions we obtained from cyclic voltammetry. Our experimental results of the irradiated steel are in accord with the fact that neutron irradiation increases the number of defect sites within the oxide layer. We found that irradiation has no considerable effect on the active-to-passive transition process. The small variations in the alloy composition do not alter the transition process significantly, as well

  19. Comparative electrochemical study of 08H18N10T, AISI 304 and AISI 316L stainless steels

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    Kerner, Zsolt; Horvath, Akos [KFKI Atomic Energy Research Institute, H-1525 Budapest 114, P.O. Box 49 (Hungary); Nagy, Gabor [KFKI Atomic Energy Research Institute, H-1525 Budapest 114, P.O. Box 49 (Hungary)], E-mail: nagyg@sunserv.kfki.hu

    2007-10-10

    The aim of this work was to determine the main characteristics of the passivation and surface oxidation of 08H18N10T, AISI304 and AISI316L stainless steels, which serve as structural materials of VVER and PWR nuclear reactors. With the help of electrochemical experiments these materials were ranked according to their resistance against uniform corrosion. The measurements were done as a function of temperature in the range between room temperature and 80 deg. C. A sample of 08H18N10T steel was irradiated in the Budapest research reactor. With cyclic voltammetry we found that AISI 304 exhibits a very large passivation peak as a classical example for passivation. The peak is much smaller for AISI 316L and it is very small for 08H18N10T. This implies that the native oxide layer on AISI 316L and 08H18N10T is more protective than on AISI 304. The 08H18N10T steel has the best protective passive oxide layer which forms already in air and it is very difficult to remove it even at negative potentials. By comparing impedance spectra of the various stainless steels results lead to the same conclusions we obtained from cyclic voltammetry. Our experimental results of the irradiated steel are in accord with the fact that neutron irradiation increases the number of defect sites within the oxide layer. We found that irradiation has no considerable effect on the active-to-passive transition process. The small variations in the alloy composition do not alter the transition process significantly, as well.

  20. THE EMPHASIS OF PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS AND ALLOYING CONSTITUENTS ON HOT CRACKING SUSCEPTIBILITY OF TYPE 304L AND 316L STAINLESS STEEL WELDS

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    RATI SALUJA; K. M. MOEED

    2012-01-01

    Hot cracking is a significant problem due to transformation of retained ferrite into sigma phase, which results preferential corrosion of ferrite. The Hot Cracking Susceptibility is high for fully austenitic compositions but specimens with 5 to 30% ferrite were quite resistant to cracking. Hot cracking in 304L and 316L is amplified by low-melting eutectics containing impurities such as S, P, Si, N. It could be diminished by small increase in C, N, Cr, Ni, Si or by substantial increase in Mn c...

  1. Texture evolution in thin-sheets on AISI 301 metastable stainless steel under dynamic loading

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    Kim, K.Y. [Posco Steels, Pohan, South Korea (Korea, Republic of); Kozaczek, K. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Kulkarni, S.M. [TRW Vehicle Safety Systems, Mesa, AZ (United States); Bastias, P.C.; Hahn, G.T. [Vanderbilt Univ., Nashville, TN (United States)

    1995-05-08

    The evolution of texture in thin sheets of metastable austenitic stainless steel AISI 301 is affected by external conditions such as loading rate and temperature, by inhomogeneous deformation phenomena such as twinning and shear band formation, and by the concurent strain induced phase transformation of the retained austenitc ({gamma}) into martensite ({alpha}). The present paper describes texture measurements on different gauges of AISI 301 prior and after uniaxial stretching under different conditions.

  2. Thermal fatigue of a 304L austenitic stainless steel: simulation of the initiation and of the propagation of the short cracks in isothermal and aniso-thermal fatigue; Fatigue thermique d'un acier inoxydable austenitique 304L: simulation de l'amorcage et de la croissance des fissures courtes en fatigue isotherme et anisotherme

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    Haddar, N

    2003-04-01

    The elbow pipes of thermal plants cooling systems are submitted to thermal variations of short range and of variable frequency. These variations bound to temperature changes of the fluids present a risk of cracks and leakages. In order to solve this problem, EDF has started the 'CRECO RNE 808' plan: 'thermal fatigue of 304L austenitic stainless steels' to study experimentally on a volume part, the initiation and the beginning of the propagation of cracks in thermal fatigue on austenitic stainless steels. The aim of this study is more particularly to compare the behaviour and the damage of the material in mechanic-thermal fatigue (cycling in temperature and cycling in deformation) and in isothermal fatigue (the utmost conditions have been determined by EDF for the metal: Tmax = 165 degrees C and Tmin = 90 degrees C; the frequency of the thermal variations can reach a Hertz). A lot of experimental results are given. A model of lifetime is introduced and validated. (O.M.)

  3. Microstructural origins of radiation-induced changes in mechanical properties of 316 L and 304 L austenitic stainless steels irradiated with mixed spectra of high-energy protons and spallation neutrons

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    Sencer, B. H.; Bond, G. M.; Hamilton, M. L.; Garner, F. A.; Maloy, S. A.; Sommer, W. F.

    2001-07-01

    A number of candidate alloys were exposed to a particle flux and spectrum at Los Alamos Neutron Science Center (LANSCE) that closely match the mixed high-energy proton/neutron spectra expected in accelerator production of tritium (APT) window and blanket applications. Austenitic stainless steels 316 L and 304 L are two of these candidate alloys possessing attractive strength and corrosion resistance for APT applications. This paper describes the dose dependence of the irradiation-induced microstructural evolution of SS 316 L and 304 L in the temperature range 30-60°C and consequent changes in mechanical properties. It was observed that the microstructural evolution during irradiation was essentially identical in the two alloys, a behavior mirrored in their changes in mechanical properties. With one expection, it was possible to correlate all changes in mechanical properties with visible microstructural features. A late-term second abrupt decrease in uniform elongation was not associated with visible microstructure, but is postulated to be a consequence of large levels of retained hydrogen measured in the specimens. In spite of large amounts of both helium and hydrogen retained, approaching 1 at.% at the highest exposures, no visible cavities were formed, indicating that the gas atoms were either in solution or in subresolvable clusters.

  4. Microstructural features of a type 304L stainless steel deformed at 1473 K in the strain rate interval 10[sup [minus]3] s[sup [minus]1] to 10[sup 2] s[sup [minus]1

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    Sundararaman, D.; Divakar, R.; Raghunathan, V.S. (Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (India))

    1993-05-01

    Deformation processing of materials in continuously being refined by dynamic materials modeling procedures to establish a safe window for the manufacture of engineering components. Microstructure development during the processing and its correlation with the mechanical properties is inevitable for better understanding of the materials. On this basis, microstructural examination of the dynamically processed type 304L austenitic stainless steels has been carried out. The samples that have been deformed at 1,473 K under various strain rates, ranging from 10[sup [minus]2]s[sup [minus]1] to 10[sup 2]s[sup [minus]1], were observed by transmission electron microscopy, to corroborate the energy efficiency of the process. The details of the energy efficiency contours and their implications are reported elsewhere. In this report the authors present some of the unusual microstructural features that, in general, are not desirable for the safe processing of materials.

  5. Low temperature plasma carburizing of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel and AISI F51 duplex stainless steel Cementação sob plasma à baixa temperatura do aço inoxidável austenítico AISI 316L e do aço inoxidável duplex AISI F51

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    Carlos Eduardo Pinedo; André Paulo Tschiptschin

    2013-01-01

    In this work an austenitic AISI 316L and a duplex AISI F51 (EN 1.4462) stainless steel were DC-Plasma carburized at 480ºC, using CH4 as carbon carrier gas. For the austenitic AISI 316L stainless steel, low temperature plasma carburizing induced a strong carbon supersaturation in the austenitic lattice and the formation of carbon expanded austenite (γC) without any precipitation of carbides. The hardness of the carburized AISI 316L steel reached a maximum of 1000 HV due to ∼13 at% c...

  6. Effect of temperature on the level of corrosion caused by heavy petroleum on AISI 304 and AISI 444 stainless steel

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    João Paulo Sampaio Eufrásio Machado

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available This work presents a study on the influence of national heavy petroleum in the corrosion of the AISI 444 and AISI 304 stainless steels in simulated refining operation conditions. The petroleum was first characterized through physicochemical analysis (density, fluidity point, viscosity, sulfur concentration. In an attempt to understand the corrosion effect of temperature and of the type of heating the referred types of steel thermal treatments were carried out at three levels of temperature (200, 300 and 400 °C. The procedure was done in conditions close to those in the distillation column. Heat was gradually increased from room temperature, and directly heated to working temperature. Each treatment took 4 hours to be completed. Scanning electronic microscopy (SEM and the analysis of X rays dispersive energy (EDX were used after the trials to characterize the samples. The results show that treatment temperature, as well as the type of heating, has distinct influences on each type of steel.

  7. Superficial and electrochemical study of stainless steel 304l with an inhibitory protective coating (TiO{sub 2} and ZrO{sub 2}); Estudio superficial y electroquimico de acero inoxidable 304L con una capa protectora inhibidora (TiO{sub 2} y ZrO{sub 2})

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    Davila N, M. L.; Contreras R, A.; Arganis J, C. R., E-mail: aida.contreras@inin.gob.mx [ININ, Carretera Mexico-Toluca s/n, 52750 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

    2014-10-15

    The degradation mechanisms in the boiling water reactors (BWR) have been an alert focus for owners, especially the cracking by stress corrosion cracking (SCC), therefore different techniques have been studied to inhibit this problem inside which is the water injection of hydrogen feeding (HWC, Hydrogen Water Chemistry), together with the noble metals injection (NMCA, Nobel Metal Chemical Addition) and the ceramic materials injection that form an inhibitory protective coating (Ipc). In this work the Ipc was simulated, for which were carried out hydro-thermals deposits starting from suspensions of 1000 ppm of zirconium oxide in its crystalline phase baddeleyite and titanium oxides in its anatase and rutile phases, on test tubes of stainless steel 304l previously rusty under simulated conditions of pressure and temperature of a BWR (288 C and 8 MPa). The superficial characterization was realized by scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive of X-ray and X-ray diffraction. The capacity to mitigate the corrosion was studied with the electrochemical technique of Tafel polarization (288 C and 8 MPa). The steel presents the formation of two oxide coatings formed by magnetite and hematite. The baddeleyite presents a deposit more thick and homogeneous it also presents the most negative electrochemical potential of corrosion, what indicates that it has the bigger capacity to mitigate the SCC. (Author)

  8. Study of diffusion welding between the zirconium alloy Zy{sub 4} and the stainless steel 304L. Morphology of the interface and nature of the phases formed; Etude du soudage diffusion entre l'alliage de zirconium Zy{sub 4} et l'acier inoxydable 304L. Morphologie de l'interface et nature des phases formees

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    Taouinet, M. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire de Draria (CRNA), Alger (Algeria); Lebaili, S. [Universite des Sciences et de la Technologie Houari Boumediene, Lab. de Science et Genie des Materiaux, Faculte de Genie Mecanique et Genie des Procedes, Alger (Algeria); Souami, N. [Centre de Recherche Nucleaire d' Alger (CRNA), Alger (Algeria)

    2009-07-01

    We approach a study on the solid state diffusion bonding between zircaloy (Zy{sub 4}) and stainless steel (304L) for an application in the sector of the nuclear power. The diffusion couples prepared underwent treatments at the temperatures ranging between 850 and 1020 C in a controlled atmosphere and under dynamic pressures. We give a particular attention to the morphology of the interface, formed, and to the determination of the nature of the compounds formed. The observations and chemical analysis are realized by ESEM-EDX and XRD. The quantitative distribution as well as the detailed localization of the basic chemical elements are defined by chemical profiles, and series of images X. The junction of diffusion consists of three zones distinct, formed from a solid solution FeCr({alpha}), rich in Cr in the form of a homogeneous edge, localized in steel side. The two other zones of the center of the Zy{sub 4} side are two phase of type Zr{sub {alpha}}, (FeCr){sub {alpha}}-Zr(Fe, Cr){sub 2} and Zr{sub {alpha}}-Zr{sub 2}(Fe{sub 1-x}Ni{sub x}), 0.15{<=}x{<=}0.25. The detailed results obtained, are a regrouping, between those obtained from the observations and chemical analysis and radio crystallographic. The values of the measured micro-hardnesses give very heterogeneous filiations to the level of the interface. (authors)

  9. Structure and properties of the Stainless steel AISI 316 nitrided with microwave plasma

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    In this work were presented the results obtained by nitridation on stainless steel AISI 316 using a plasma generated through a microwave discharge with an external magnetic field using several moistures hydrogen / nitrogen to form a plasma. The purpose of nitridation was to increase the surface hardness of stainless steel through a phase formation knew as γN which has been reported that produces such effect without affect the corrosion resistance proper of this material. (Author)

  10. AN ELECTROCHEMICAL PROCESSING STRATEGY FOR IMPROVING TRIBOLOGICAL PERFORMANCE OF AISI 316 STAINLESS STEEL UNDER GREASE LUBRICATION

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    JIAOJUAN ZOU; MAOLIN LI; NAIMING LIN; XIANGYU ZHANG; LIN QIN; BIN TANG

    2014-01-01

    In order to improve the tribological performance of AISI 316 stainless steel (316 SS) under grease lubrication, electrochemical processing was conducted on it to obtain a rough (surface texturing-like) surface by making use of the high sensitivity of austenitic stainless steel to pitting corrosion in Cl--rich environment. Numerous corrosion pits or micro-ditches acted as micro-reservoirs on the obtained surface. While the grease could offer consistent lubrication, and then improve the tribolo...

  11. Materials Reliability Program Environmental Fatigue Testing of Type 304L Stainless Steel U-Bends in Simulated PWR Primary Water (MRP-100), Phase A (Optimization of Test Procedures and Baseline Testing)

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    OAK-B135 Laboratory data generated over the past two decades indicate the possibility of a significant reduction in component fatigue life when reactor water environmental effects are experimentally simulated. However, these laboratory data have not been confirmed by nuclear power plant component operating experience. In a recent comprehensive review of laboratory, component and structural test data performed through the EPRI Materials Reliability Program, flow rate was identified as a critical variable that was generally not considered in laboratory studies but is applicable in plant operating environments. Available corrosion fatigue data for carbon/low-alloy steel piping components suggest that high flow is beneficial regarding the effects of reactor water environments. Similar information is lacking for stainless steel piping materials. MRP-49 recommended that additional laboratory testing be performed to improve the applicability of laboratory test results under simulated reactor water environmental conditions for stainless steel materials. This report documents progress made in an extensive testing program underway to evaluate the effects of flow rate on fatigue of 304L stainless steel in simulated PWR primary water

  12. The adhesion of hot-filament CVD diamond films on AISI type 316 austenitic stainless steel

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    Buijnsters, J.G.; Shankar, P.; Enckevort, W.J.P. van; Schermer, J.J.; Meulen, J.J. ter

    2004-01-01

    Steel ball indentation and scratch adhesion testing of hot filament chemical vapour deposited diamond films onto AISI type 316 austenitic stainless steel substrates using two different interlayer systems, namely chromium nitride and borided steel, have been investigated. In order to compare the adhe

  13. Influence of the surface finishing on electrochemical corrosion characteristics of AISI 316L stainless steel

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    Dundeková, S.; Hadzima, B.; Fintová, Stanislava

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 22, č. 2 (2015), s. 77-84. ISSN 1335-0803 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : AISI 316L stainless steel * EIS * Corrosion Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials http://ojs.mateng.sk/index.php/Mateng/article/view/167/278

  14. Breakdown and evolution of the protective oxide scales of AISI 304 and AISI 316 stainless steels under high-temperature oxidation

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    Habib, K. A.; Damra, M. S.; Saura, J. J.; Cervera, I.; Bellés, J.

    2011-01-01

    The failure of the protective oxide scales of AISI 304 and AISI 316 stainless steels has been studied and compared at 1,000°C in synthetic air. First, the isothermal thermogravimetric curves of both stainless steels were plotted to determine the time needed to reach the breakdown point. The different resistance of each stainless steel was interpreted on the basis of the nature of the crystalline phases formed, the morphology, and the surface structure as well as the cross-section structure of...

  15. Microstructural Characteristic of Dissimilar Welded Components (AISI 430 Ferritic-AISI 304 Austenitic Stainless Steels) by CO2 Laser Beam Welding (LBW)

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    Caligulu, Ugur; Dikbas, Halil; Taskin, Mustafa

    2012-01-01

    In this study, microstructural characteristic of dissimilar welded components (AISI 430 ferritic-AISI 304 austenitic stainless steels) by CO2 laser beam welding (LBW) was investigated. Laser beam welding experiments were carried out under argon and helium atmospheres at 2000 and 2500 W heat inputs and 100-200-300 cm/min. welding speeds. The microstructures of the welded joints and the heat affected zones (HAZ) were examined by optical microscopy, SEM, EDS and XRD analysis. The tensile strengt...

  16. Effects of X-rays Radiation on AISI 304 Stainless Steel Weldings with AISI 316L Filler Material: A Study of Resistance and Pitting Corrosion Behavior

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    Francisco Javier Cárcel-Carrasco; Manuel Pascual-Guillamón; Miguel Angel Pérez-Puig

    2016-01-01

    This article investigates the effect of low-level ionizing radiation, namely X-rays, on the micro structural characteristics, resistance, and corrosion resistance of TIG-welded joints of AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel made using AISI 316L filler rods. The welds were made in two different environments: natural atmospheric conditions and a closed chamber filled with inert argon gas. The influence of different doses of radiation on the resistance and corrosion characteristics of the welds i...

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

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    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

  18. Experimental investigation of the residual stresses of 304L tubular welded joints; Caracterisation des contraintes residuelles sur assemblages soudes tubulaires en acier 304L

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    Monin, L.; Panier, S.; Hariri, S.; Zakrzewski, D. [Ecole des Mines de Douai, 941, rue Charles Bourseul, BP 10838, 59508 DOUAI Cedex (France); Faidi, C. [EDF-SEPTEN, 12-14, avenue Dutrievoz, 69628 VILLEURBANNE (France)

    2007-07-01

    In the nuclear energy industry, the use of components made of austenitic stainless steel is widely spread, because of its specific thermal properties. The assembly of these pressure vessels and piping by welding processes often requires surface mechanical operations. These operations aim at hardening surfaces and lowering roughness. Nevertheless the main effect of these operations is the occurrence of residual stresses which can have positive or negative effects on the fatigue life. In this study, we focus on the evaluation and relaxation of residual stresses level on AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel tubular welded structures. Some of these rings are base metal rings (which stand as reference), the rest presents a longitudinal and symmetrical Y-weld joint, with or without grinding. Surface residual stresses, and their relaxation, were determined by using the X-ray diffraction method. (authors) [French] L'utilisation de composants en acier inoxydable austenitique, aux proprietes thermiques bien specifiques, est tres courante dans le domaine de la production d'energie nucleaire. Les procedes d'assemblage par soudage de ces equipements sous pression requierent des traitements de parachevement mecanique afin d'ameliorer l'etat de surface et modifier l'etat mecanique en introduisant des contraintes residuelles, qui peuvent avoir une influence sur la duree de vie de la structure. Cette etude porte sur la caracterisation et la relaxation des contraintes residuelles, determinees sur des eprouvettes annulaires specifiques en acier inoxydable austenitique de type 304L, a l'etat brut ou avec des soudures, arasees ou non. La methode de determination utilisee est la diffraction des rayons X. La relaxation de ces contraintes au cours d'essais de fatigue est egalement etudiee. (auteurs)

  19. Effect of heat treatment on an AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel evaluated by the ultrasonic attenuation coefficient

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    The properties of metals can be substantially changed by various methods, one of them is using heat treatment processes. Moreover, ultrasonic testing is the most preferred and effective, nondestructive testing technique for characterization of mechanical material properties. Austenitic stainless steel AISI 304 serves in many applications due to high strength and corrosion resistance. In certain applications, it is important to evaluate the mechanical properties of AISI 304 stainless steel. In this study, the ultrasonic method (attenuation measurement technique) is used to evaluate the hardness of AISI 304 stainless steel samples which were heat treated at different levels. Due to the heat treatment process, each sample has its specific microstructure and hardness which attenuate ultrasonic waves appropriately. The ultrasonic and hardness test show that it is possible to evaluate the hardness of AISI 304 stainless steel by ultrasonic attenuation coefficient. In addition, the relationship between ultrasonic attenuation coefficients and time of heat treatment is investigated.

  20. Effect of heat treatment on an AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel evaluated by the ultrasonic attenuation coefficient

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    Moghanizadeh, Abbas; Farzi, Abolfazl [Islamic Azad Univ., Esfarayen (Iran, Islamic Republic of). Dept. of Civil Engineering

    2016-07-01

    The properties of metals can be substantially changed by various methods, one of them is using heat treatment processes. Moreover, ultrasonic testing is the most preferred and effective, nondestructive testing technique for characterization of mechanical material properties. Austenitic stainless steel AISI 304 serves in many applications due to high strength and corrosion resistance. In certain applications, it is important to evaluate the mechanical properties of AISI 304 stainless steel. In this study, the ultrasonic method (attenuation measurement technique) is used to evaluate the hardness of AISI 304 stainless steel samples which were heat treated at different levels. Due to the heat treatment process, each sample has its specific microstructure and hardness which attenuate ultrasonic waves appropriately. The ultrasonic and hardness test show that it is possible to evaluate the hardness of AISI 304 stainless steel by ultrasonic attenuation coefficient. In addition, the relationship between ultrasonic attenuation coefficients and time of heat treatment is investigated.

  1. INFLUENCE OF AISI 316Ti STAINLESS STELL SURFACE TREATMENT ON PITTING CORROSION IN VARIOUS SOLUTIONS

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    Pavol Fajnor

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Investigation of the surface treatment effect on the resistance of AISI 316Ti stainless steel to pitting corrosion is presented in this paper. The grinded surfaces without additional chemical treatment, grinded and pickled, grinded, pickled and passivated surfaces are tested. The corrosion tests are carried out by exposition in solution which evoke pitting and by electrochemical cyclic potential - sweep method. According to the results the surface treatment has a great influence on the resistance of the tested material to pitting. It is not possible to estimate the best surface treatment because behavior of AISI 316Ti stainless steel with different surface state depends on the mechanism of corrosion processes which vary in the used experimental methods.

  2. Microhardness measurement in AISI 321 stainless steel with niobium additions before and after fast neutron irradiation

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    Data about influence of neutron irradiation on the microhardness of stainless steel of type AISI 321 with 0.05 and 0.1wt.% Nb additions are presented. The microhardness measurements were made in the range of 300 to 6500C, before and after fast neutron irradiation with fluences about 1017n/cm2. Our results indicate that radiation damage peaks occur around 4800C for the stainless steel of type AISI 321 without Nb addition, around 5000C for the composition with 0.05 wt.% Nb addition and around 5700C for the composition with 0.1 wt.% Nb addition. Microhardness data are in agreement with those obtained by means of electrical resistivity measurements, performed at the same conditions. (Author)

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

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    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.

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

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    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.

  5. Laser welding of butt joints of austenitic stainless steel AISI 321

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    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of this paper: A study of an automated laser autogenous welding process of butt joints of austenitic stainless steel AISI 321 sheets 0.5 [mm] and 1.0 [mm] thick using a high power diode laser HPDL has been carried out.Design/methodology/approach: Influence of basic parameters of laser welding on shape and quality of the butt joints and the range of optimal parameters of welding were determined.Findings: It was showed that there is a wide range of laser autogenous welding parameters which ensures high quality joints of mechanical strength not lower than the strength of the base material (BM. The butt joints of austenitic steel AISI 321 sheets welded by the HPDL diode laser at optimal parameters are very high quality, without any internal imperfections and the structure and grain size of weld metal and HAZ is very small and also the HAZ is very narrow and the fusion zone is very regular.Research limitations/implications: Studies of the weldability of stainless steels indicate that the basic influence on the quality of welded joints and reduction of thermal distortions has the heat input of welding, moreover the highest quality of welded joints of austenitic stainless steel sheets are ensured only by laser welding.Practical implications: The technology of laser welding can be directly applied for welding of butt joints of austenitic steel AISI 321 sheets 0.5 and 1.0 [mm] thick.Originality/value: Application of high power diode laser for welding of austenitic stainless steel AISI 321.

  6. Influence of the surface finishing on the corrosion behaviour of AISI 316L stainless steel

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    Dundeková, S.; Zatkalíková, V.; Fintová, Stanislava; Hadzima, B.; Škorík, Viktor

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 22, č. 1 (2015), s. 48-53. ISSN 1335-0803 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) EE2.3.30.0063 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : AISI 316L stainless steel * Corrosion * Immersion test * Corrosion rate Subject RIV: JK - Corrosion ; Surface Treatment of Materials http://ojs.mateng.sk/index.php/Mateng/article/view/166/251

  7. Evaluation of structural behaviour and corrosion resistant of austenitic AISI 304 and duplex AISI 2304 stainless steel reinforcements embedded in ordinary Portland cement mortars

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    The mechanical and structural behaviour of two stainless steels reinforcements, with grades austenitic EN 1.4301 (AISI 304) and duplex EN 1.4362 (AISI 2304) have been studied, and compared with the conventional carbon steel B500SD rebar. The study was conducted at three levels: at rebar level, at section level and at structural element level. The different mechanical properties of stainless steel directly influence the behaviour at section level and structural element level. The study of the corrosion behaviour of the two stainless steels has been performed by electrochemical measurements, monitoring the corrosion potential and the lineal polarization resistance (LPR), of reinforcements embedded in ordinary Portland cement (OPC) mortar specimens contaminated with different amount of chloride over one year time exposure. Both stainless steels specimens embedded in OPC mortar remain in the passive state for all the chloride concentration range studied after one year exposure. (Author) 26 refs.

  8. Structure and properties of the Stainless steel AISI 316 nitrided with microwave plasma; Estructura y propiedades del acero inoxidable AISI 316 nitrurado con plasmas de microondas

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    In this work were presented the results obtained by nitridation on stainless steel AISI 316 using a plasma generated through a microwave discharge with an external magnetic field using several moistures hydrogen / nitrogen to form a plasma. The purpose of nitridation was to increase the surface hardness of stainless steel through a phase formation knew as {gamma}N which has been reported that produces such effect without affect the corrosion resistance proper of this material. (Author)

  9. Investigation of residual stress in laser welding between carbon steel AISI 1010 and stainless AISI 304

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    The dissimilar materials union has the residual stress formation as one of the most critical problems, which occurs mainly because these materials have both different thermal expansion coefficients and thermal conductivities. In this study, it was investigated the laser welding technique between steels, AISI 1010 and AISI 304. The materials were joined by butt autogenous welding with a continuous Nd:YAG laser. The main objective was to identify the welding parameters influence by the residual stresses analysis in the heat affected zone (HAZ). It was executed a factorial design with three-factor at two levels with a replica, which were varied power, welding speed and focal position of the laser beam. Residual stress measurements by the diffraction of X-rays were performed on the sample surface, to study their variation as a function of the parameters investigated. The blind hole method was also used to evaluate the residual stress along the samples depth, up to depth of 1mm. Besides residual stress measurement, weld seams were evaluated by optical and scanned electron microscopy, which were aimed to determine the weld geometry and changes in the microstructure. It was also made Vickers hardness measurements to evaluate the extent of HAZ. To evaluate the mechanical properties of the union were performed tensile and fatigue test. The MINITAB 15 software was used to analyze the residual stresses obtained by the blind hole method at different depths of the HAZ. It was also used statistical regression based on both the influences different and the combination of this input factors, in the residual stress of union. The results indicate that the models can satisfactorily predict the responses and provide users a guide to better define the welding parameters. (author)

  10. Linear friction welding of AISI 316L stainless steel

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    Research highlights: → Linear friction welding is a feasible process for joining AISI316L. → Most welds had tensile strengths superior to the parent material. → Welding parameters had a significant impact on weld microstructure. → Control of microstructure by controlling welding parameters is a process benefit. - Abstract: Linear friction welding is a solid state joining process established as a niche technology for the joining of aeroengine bladed disks. However, the process is not limited to this application, and therefore the feasibility of joining a common engineering austenitic steel, AISI 316L, has been explored. It was found that mechanically sound linear friction welds could be produced in 316L, with tensile properties in most welds exceeding those of the parent material. The mechanical properties of the welds were also found to be insensitive to relatively large changes in welding parameters. Texture was investigated in one weld using high energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction. Results showed a strong {1 1 1} type texture at the centre of the weld, which is a typical shear texture in face centre cubic materials. Variations in welding parameters were seen to have a significant impact on the microstructures of welds. This was particularly evident in the variation of the fraction of delta ferrite, in the thermo-mechanically affected zone of the welds, with different process parameters. Analysis of the variation in delta ferrite, with different welding parameters, has produced some interesting insights into heat generation and dissipation during the process. It is hoped that a greater understanding of the process could help to make the parameter optimisation process, when welding 316L as well as other materials, more efficient.

  11. Dynamic strain ageing of deformed nitrogen-alloyed AISI 316 stainless steels

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    Intergranular stress corrosion cracking has occurred in BWR environment in non-sensitized, deformed austenitic stainless steel materials. The affecting parameters are so far not fully known, but deformation mechanisms may be decisive. The effect of deformation and nitrogen content on the behaviour of austenitic stainless steels was investigated. The materials were austenitic stainless steels of AISI 316L type with different amounts of nitrogen (0.03 - 0.18%) and they were mechanically deformed 0, 5 and 20%. The investigations are focused on the dynamic strain ageing (DSA) behaviour. A few crack growth rate measurements are performed on nuclear grade AISI 316NG material with different degrees of deformation (0, 5 and 20%). The effects of DSA on mechanical properties of these materials are evaluated based on peaks in ultimate tensile strength and strain hardening coefficient and minimum in ductility in the DSA temperature range. Additionally, internal friction measurements have been performed in the temperature range of -100 to 600 deg. C for determining nitrogen interactions with other alloying elements and dislocations (cold-worked samples). The results show an effect of nitrogen on the stainless steel behaviour, e.g. clear indications of dynamic strain ageing and changes in the internal friction peaks as a function of nitrogen content and amount of deformation. (authors)

  12. Dynamic strain ageing of deformed nitrogen-alloyed AISI 316 stainless steels

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    Ehrnsten, U.; Toivonen, A. [Materials and Structural Integrity, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Kemistintie 3, P.O. Box 1704, FIN-02044 VTT (Finland); Ivanchenko, M.; Nevdacha, V.; Yagozinskyy, Y.; Haenninen, H. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Helsinki University of Technology Puumiehenkuja 3, P.O. Box 4200, FIN-02015 HUT (Finland)

    2004-07-01

    Intergranular stress corrosion cracking has occurred in BWR environment in non-sensitized, deformed austenitic stainless steel materials. The affecting parameters are so far not fully known, but deformation mechanisms may be decisive. The effect of deformation and nitrogen content on the behaviour of austenitic stainless steels was investigated. The materials were austenitic stainless steels of AISI 316L type with different amounts of nitrogen (0.03 - 0.18%) and they were mechanically deformed 0, 5 and 20%. The investigations are focused on the dynamic strain ageing (DSA) behaviour. A few crack growth rate measurements are performed on nuclear grade AISI 316NG material with different degrees of deformation (0, 5 and 20%). The effects of DSA on mechanical properties of these materials are evaluated based on peaks in ultimate tensile strength and strain hardening coefficient and minimum in ductility in the DSA temperature range. Additionally, internal friction measurements have been performed in the temperature range of -100 to 600 deg. C for determining nitrogen interactions with other alloying elements and dislocations (cold-worked samples). The results show an effect of nitrogen on the stainless steel behaviour, e.g. clear indications of dynamic strain ageing and changes in the internal friction peaks as a function of nitrogen content and amount of deformation. (authors)

  13. Hydrogen-assisted crack propagation in 304L/308L and 21Cr–6Ni–9Mn/308L austenitic stainless steel fusion welds

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    Highlights: ► Measured crack growth resistance of welds with 140 wppm H from gas charging. ► H reduced fracture initiation toughness by over 67% and altered fracture mode. ► With H, microcracks initiate at weld ferrite. Without H, fracture is uniformly ductile. ► With H, localized deformation in austenite creates stress concentrations at ferrite. ► In austenite/ferrite microstructures, JIC decreases with increasing vol.% ferrite. - Abstract: Elastic–plastic fracture mechanics methods were used to characterize hydrogen-assisted crack propagation in two austenitic stainless steel gas tungsten arc (GTA) welds. Thermally precharged hydrogen (140 wppm) degraded fracture initiation toughness and crack growth toughness and altered fracture mechanisms. Fracture initiation toughness in hydrogen-precharged welds represented a reduction of >67% from the estimated toughness of non-charged welds. In hydrogen-precharged welds, microcracks initiated at ferrite, and dendritic microstructure promoted crack propagation along ferrite. Deformation twinning in austenite interacts with ferrite, facilitating microcrack formation. While hydrogen altered fracture mechanisms similarly for both welds, the amount of ferrite governed the severity of hydrogen-assisted crack propagation.

  14. Corrosion and microstructural analysis data for AISI 316L and AISI 347H stainless steels after exposure to a supercritical water environment

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    Ruiz, A.; Timke, T.; van de Sande, A.; Heftrich, T.; Novotny, R.; Austin, T.

    2016-01-01

    This article presents corrosion data and microstructural analysis data of austenitic stainless steels AISI 316L and AISI 347H exposed to supercritical water (25 MPa, 550 °C) with 2000 ppb of dissolved oxygen. The corrosion tests lasted a total of 1200 h but were interrupted at 600 h to allow measurements to be made. The microstructural data have been collected in the grain interior and at grain boundaries of the bulk of the materials and at the superficial oxide layer developed during the corrosion exposure. PMID:27158647

  15. Corrosion and microstructural analysis data for AISI 316L and AISI 347H stainless steels after exposure to a supercritical water environment.

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    Ruiz, A; Timke, T; van de Sande, A; Heftrich, T; Novotny, R; Austin, T

    2016-06-01

    This article presents corrosion data and microstructural analysis data of austenitic stainless steels AISI 316L and AISI 347H exposed to supercritical water (25 MPa, 550 °C) with 2000 ppb of dissolved oxygen. The corrosion tests lasted a total of 1200 h but were interrupted at 600 h to allow measurements to be made. The microstructural data have been collected in the grain interior and at grain boundaries of the bulk of the materials and at the superficial oxide layer developed during the corrosion exposure. PMID:27158647

  16. Behaviour in aqueous H2S of austenitic stainless steels AISI 316L and AISI 304

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    Embrittlement by hydrogen in aqueous H2S medium of austenitic stainless steels was studied. Embrittlement in the hyper-quenched and sensitized state was characterized by slow traction tests. The susceptibility to hydrogen increases with the decrease of the charging speed and the increase of the sensitization time. The value of the piling defect energy, the presence of martensite ε and the transportation of hydrogen through dislocations seem to be very determining parameters for embrittlement by hydrogen in H2S medium. (authors). 19 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs

  17. Martensitic transformation on AISI 304 stainless steel produced by a coaxial plasma gun

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    Full text: In a previous paper, a surface treatment of AISI 304 stainless steel irradiated by a Nitrogen ion beam generated in a coaxial plasma gun has been reported. The device is operated with a Titanium insert at the end of the inner electrode, producing a TiN coating on the surface of the sample. Because of the ion and plasma energy deposition, the sample surface is strongly heated during the treatment resulting in titanium diffusion. Preliminary X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies have shown the presence of a martensitic transformation on AISI 304 samples, probably induced by Ti atoms. In this work, the transformation depth is studied with grazing-incidence XRD on samples subjected to several superimposed shots. For this purpose, multiple low angles of incidence are used, allowing the analysis at different depths of the substrate

  18. Embrittlement and strain hardining of the hydrogenated AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel

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    The influence of hydrogen the mechanical properties of type AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel was analysed. Hydrogenation was performed cathodically, at room temperature, in a 1N H2SO4 solution. The variables controlled for analysis were current density and time. Uniaxial tensile tests were conducted with constant nominal strain rate. Fracture morphology was analysed by scanning electron microscopy and the kinetics of strain hardening by applying Ludwick's equation to the resulting stress-strain curves. It was verified that hydrogen embrittles markedly, the austenitic AISI 304 steel, leading to a significant loss of ductility and modifying the fracture made, from essentially ductile to a transgrannular fragile fracture, containing small regions of intergranular fracture. With increasing amounts of hydrogen there was also a decrease in the maximum uniform stress, the strength coefficient, the strain hardening exponent and in the range the deformation stages II and III extended. (Author)

  19. Effects of Cr2N Precipitation on the Antibacterial Properties of AISI 430 Stainless Steel

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    Je-Kang Du

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Based on their mechanical properties and good corrosion resistance, some commercial Ni-Cr stainless steels have been widely applied as biomaterials, including the austenitic 304 stainless steel, the austenitic 316 stainless steel, the duplex 2205 stainless steel, and the ferritic 430 stainless steel. In order to reduce the occurrence of infections resulting from biomaterial implants, instruments, and medical devices, Cu2+ and Ag2+ ions have been added onto biomaterials for increasing the antibacterial properties, but they are known to damage biofilm. The occurrence of nanoparticles can also improve the antibacterial properties of biomaterials through various methods. In this study, we used Escherichia coli and analyzed the microstructures of American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI 430 stainless steel with a 0.18 mass % N alloy element. During a lower temperature aging, the microstructure of the as-quenched specimen is essentially a ferrite and martensite duplex matrix with some Cr2N precipitates formed. Additionally, the antibacterial properties of the alloy for E. coli ranged from 3% to 60%, consistent with the presence of Cr2N precipitates. When aged at a lower temperature, which resulted in nano-Cr2N precipitation, the specimen possessed the highest antibacterial activity.

  20. Compatibility studies of AISI type 316 stainless steel with lead-lithium eutectic alloy

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    Spent fuel subassemblies from the Fast Breeder Test Reactor (FBTR) are to be stored in leak tight cotainers until they are required to be sent for reprocessing. Use of advanced fuels like uranium carbides and plutonium carbides, which are known to be highly chemically active with oxygen and moisture demands adequate leak tightness during long term storage to avoid undesirable chemical reactions. Use of low melting alloys which acts as liquid/solid sealants in the storage containers in which fuel subassemblies are to be kept is being considered for this purpose. Lead-lithium (0.7 wt % lithium) eutectic alloy was chosen as one of the candidate alloys for the purpose on the basis of theoretical assessments. The candidate sealing alloy should have good compatibility with the structural materials of fuel subassemblies as well as the fuel and fission products. AISI type 316 stainless steel in solution annealed, ten and twenty percent cold worked condition is the clad and wrapper material used for the fabrication of fuel pins and subassemblies. Compatibility studies between eutectic Pb-Li alloy and AISI type 316 stainless steel material in the above conditions were undertaken at different temperatures and time durations. The studies indicate that the tensile properties of AISI type 316 stainless steel are not subject to any serious jeopardisation through contact with this molten Pb-Li eutectic alloy for periods extending even upto 7000 hours at 873 K. Thus use of Pb-Li eutectic alloy would be suitable for the storage of irradiated fuel. (author). 16 refs., 38 figs., 3 tabs

  1. Effects of ageing on the ductile fracture of AISI type 316 stainless steel

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    The micromechanisms of ductile fracture have been studied in a commercial AISI type 316 austenitic stainless steel. Tensile, Charpy impact and ductile fracture toughness testing has been performed on unaged material and samples aged at 7000C for times up to 4380 h. Examination of the specimens after testing has demonstrated that the microstructural changes occurring at grain boundaries are reponsible for the observed losses of ductility and crack growth resistance. The relative magnitude of the observed changes in mechanical properties has been accounted for using a simple model to describe the ductile fracture process. (author)

  2. Laser welding of butt joints of austenitic stainless steel AISI 321

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    A. Klimpel; A. Lisiecki

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: of this paper: A study of an automated laser autogenous welding process of butt joints of austenitic stainless steel AISI 321 sheets 0.5 [mm] and 1.0 [mm] thick using a high power diode laser HPDL has been carried out.Design/methodology/approach: Influence of basic parameters of laser welding on shape and quality of the butt joints and the range of optimal parameters of welding were determined.Findings: It was showed that there is a wide range of laser autogenous welding parameters w...

  3. Anodic behaviour of the stainless steel AISI 430 in aqueous solutions of chloride and sulphate ions

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    The kinetics of the dissolution of stainless steel AISI 430 in the presence of chloride and sulphate ions has been studied in terms of the ion concentration, the pH variation, and the velocity of the working electrode. The experimental method utilized was the potentiostatic anodic polarization, and the reactants used were NaCl and Na2 SO4 at room temperature. Atomic Absorption spectrophotometry and Auger Electrons spectroscopy (AES) analyses were made in order to support the interpretation of results obtained by means of the potentiostatic polarization method. (author)

  4. Effects of the stress reduction tests in the creep of AISI-316 austenitic stainless steel

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    Stress Reduction Tests were performed at the temperature of 1006 K (7330C) in AISI-316 stainless steel and the evolution of the microstructure was followed. After the stress reduction a rapid decrease in the dislocation density, a continuous increase in the average carbide size and a decrease in the mean particle spacing are observed. No change in the subgrain size occurs after the stress reduction. An increase in the creep resistance is observed after the stress reductions and is interpreted based on the microstructural modifications. (Author)

  5. Estimation of embrittlement during aging of AISI 316 stainless steel TIG welds

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    J Nayak; K R Udupa; K R Hebbar; H V S Nayak

    2004-12-01

    Weldments of AISI grade 316 stainless steel, having a ferrite content of 4–6% and a variety of nitrogen concentrations were prepared using a modified element implant technique. Charpy impact specimens prepared from these weldments were subjected to a variety of aging treatments. Impact toughness decreases with aging time at all aging temperatures. Nitrogen is found to be beneficial to toughness. An empirical relation connecting the aging temperature, aging time and nitrogen content with toughness has been developed which can be used to estimate the time for embrittlement.

  6. The influence of sulphate-reducing bacteria biofilm on the corrosion of stainless steel AISI 316

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    This work investigates microbially-influenced corrosion (MIC) of stainless steel AISI 316 by two sulphate-reducing bacteria, Desulfovibrio desulfuricans and a local marine isolate. The biofilm and pit morphology that developed with time were analyzed using atomic force microscopy (AFM). Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) results were interpreted with an equivalent circuit to model the physicoelectric characteristics of the electrode/biofilm/solution interface. D. desulfuricans formed one biofilm layer on the metal surface, while the marine isolate formed two layers: a biofilm layer and a ferrous sulfide deposit layer. AFM images corroborated results from the EIS modeling which showed biofilm attachment and subsequent detachment over time

  7. Microstructural changes due to laser surface melting of an AISI 304 stainless steel

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    Full Text Available Several techniques can be used to improve surface properties. These can involve changes on the surface chemical composition (such as alloying and surface welding processes or on the surface microstructure, such as hardening and melting. In the present work surface melting with a 3kW CO2 cw laser was done to alter surface features of an AISI 304 stainless steel. Microstructure characterisation was done by optical and scanning electron microscopy. Vickers and Knoop microhardness tests evaluated mechanical features after surface melting. Phase transformation during rapid solidification is analysed and discussed.

  8. Aspects of plasma arc cutting process in the AISI 321 type stainless steel

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    Some aspects of plasma arc cutting process in the AISI321 stainless steel, used in nuclear industry, are analysed. The maximum values of the velocity of cutting and, the minimum quantity of energy per unit of length necesary for the plasma were determined. The localization of irregularities in the cut surface in function of the velocity of cutting was investigated. The cut surfaces were evaluated by surface roughness, using as measurement parameter, the distance between the sharpest salience and the deepest reentrance of the sample profile. The width of layer from thermal action of the plasma was influenced by the velocity of cutting. (Author)

  9. Stoichiometric titanium dioxide ion implantation in AISI 304 stainless steel for corrosion protection

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    Hartwig, A.; Decker, M.; Klein, O.; Karl, H.

    2015-12-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate the applicability of highly chemically inert titanium dioxide synthesized by ion beam implantation for corrosion protection of AISI 304 stainless steel in sodium chloride solution. More specifically, the prevention of galvanic corrosion between carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and AISI 304 was investigated. Corrosion performance of TiO2 implanted AISI 304 - examined for different implantation and annealing parameters - is strongly influenced by implantation fluence. Experimental results show that a fluence of 5 × 1016 cm-2 (Ti+) and 1 × 1017 cm-2 (O+) is sufficient to prevent pitting corrosion significantly, while galvanic corrosion with CFRP can already be noticeably reduced by an implantation fluence of 5 × 1015 cm-2 (Ti+) and 1 × 1016 cm-2 (O+). Surface roughness, implantation energy and annealing at 200 °C and 400 °C show only little influence on the corrosion behavior. TEM analysis indicates the existence of stoichiometric TiO2 inside the steel matrix for medium fluences and the formation of a separated metal oxide layer for high fluences.

  10. Study of carbonitriding thermochemical treatment by plasma screen in active with pressures main austenitic stainless steels AISI 409 and AISI 316L

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    The technique called Active Screen Plasma Nitriding (ASPN) is being used as an alternative once it offers several advantages with respect to conventional DC plasma. In this method, the plasma does not form directly in the sample's surface but on a screen, in such a way that undesired effects such as the edge effect is minimized. Stainless steels present not very satisfactory wearing characteristics. However, plasma carbonitriding has been used as to improve its resistance to wearing due to the formation of a fine surface layer with good properties. In this work, samples of stainless steel AISI 316L and AISI 409 were treated at pressures of 2.5 and 5 mbar. After the treatments they were characterized by microhardness, microscopy and Xray diffraction. Microscopy and hardness analysis showed satisfactory layers and toughness in those steels. (author)

  11. Effect of Starch Binders in Alumina Coatings on Aisi 316 L Stainless Steel for Medical Application

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    Ghazali, M. J.; Pauzi, A. A.; Azhari, C. H.; Ghani, J. A.; Sulong, A. B.; Mustafa, R.

    A slurry immersion technique of alumina coatings was carried out on several AISI 316 L stainless steels using two types of binding agents; commercial starch and Sarawakian starch (sago), which were also mixed with polyvinylchloride (PVA) for strengthening purposes. The sintering temperatures in this work were varied from 500 to 1000°C. Prior to sintering process, all stainless steels were metallographically ground and polished to approximately 0.6 µm of average roughness. Detailed characterisations on the sintered specimens were carried out with the aid of the secondary electron microscopy (SEM), microhardness and a profilometer. The results revealed that coated steels using sago binder showed improved adhesion and homogenous microstructures with greater hardness of 2642 HV than those found in coated steel with commercial starch after sintering process.

  12. Application of radionuclide techniques on AISI 316 stainless steel wear measurements

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    In the last years a wide development in the area of surfaces treatment was observed in order to reduce the wear phenomena in machine components, motors, tools. In this work, sheets of stainless AISI 316 with thickness of 12,5 μm, which simulates successive and equal cuts in a block, were irradiated with 9 MeV protons at the CV-28 cyclotron. The induced activity in each foil was measured with a Ge(Li) detector, and the variation of this activity, as function of irradiated depth, was followed. In this activation with protons nominated thin layer activation has some advantages when compared to neutron activation. In the case the activation of foils of stainless steel 316 the peaks related to 52 Mn, 56 Co, 57 Co and 58 Co were clearly discriminated in the spectrum and this fact is used to establish a calibration curve for wear measurements. (author)

  13. Wear measurements of stainless steel AISI 316 by thin layer activation in cyclotron

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    Nuclear energy techniques have multiple applications in medicine, agriculture and industry. Among the industrial applications, thin layer activation shows as a promising quantitative analytic method for on-line wear measurements in machine components with many advantages when compared with the conventional methods. Some of these advantages are beside the on-line measurements the possibility to carry out these measurements in specific areas where the material is activated and also for a short time required in the wear analysis. The main objective of this work was to study the viability to develop an experimental method using proton irradiation in the thin layer activation technique for wear evaluation of machine metallic components. In this work wear measurements, in stainless steel AISI 316 irradiated with 8 MeV - protons using the CV-28 Cyclotron at IPEN-CNEN/SP, were carried out. The first task of this work was the proton beam characterization in both homogeneity and incident energy using specific nuclear reactions in samples of pure Cu. Two sets of stainless steel AISI 316 samples were used. The first set were formed by 12.5 μm foils which were used to obtain the calibration curves that give the induced activity as a function of thickness. The second set of samples was stainless steel AISI 316 blocks on which consecutive programmed wear processes were performed using an automatic polishing machine. After proton irradiation the foils activated were measured with a high purity Ge detector where 56Co, 57Co, 58Co and 52Mn were determined and selected as a function of the proton energy and the radioactive decay of the radionuclides of short half-life. From these radionuclides, 56Co had shown to be the worse suitable for the calibration curve determination. For on-line wear measurements a Nal(Tl)-detector with a portable probe was used. To simulate real conditions for the wear measurements, metallic capsules were used to separate the activated material and the

  14. Electrochemical deposition of black nickel solar absorber coatings on stainless steel AISI316L for thermal solar cells

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    Lira-Cantú, Monica; Morales Sabio, Angel; Brustenga, Alex; Gómez-Romero, P.

    2005-01-01

    We report the electrochemical deposition of nanostructured nickel-based solar absorber coatings on stainless steel AISI type 316L. A sol–gel silica-based antireflection coating, from TEOS, was also applied to the solar surface by the dip-coating method. We report our initial results and analyze the influence of the stainless steel substrate on the final total reflectance properties of the solar absorber. The relation between surface morphology, observed by SEM and AFM, the comp...

  15. Surface characterization of stainless steel AISI 316 L in contact with simulated body fluid

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    Titanium and cobalt alloys, as well as some stainless steels, are often used in orthopedic surgery. In the more developed countries, stainless steel is used only for temporary implants since it does not hold up as well as other alloys to corrosion in a physiological medium. Nevertheless, stainless steel alloys are frequently used for permanent implants in developing countries. Therefore, more knowledge about its reaction to corrosion is needed as well as the characteristics of the surface layer generated in a physiological medium in order to control potential toxicity from the release of metallic ions into the organism. The surface films usually have a different composition and chemical state from the base material. The surface characterization of alloys used in orthopedic surgery should not be underestimated, since it heavily influences the behavior of the implant through the relationship of the surface film-tissue and the possible migration of metallic ions from the base metal to the surrounding tissue. This work presents a study of the surface composition and resistance to the corrosion of stainless steel AISI 316L in simulated body fluid (SBF) aired at pH 7.25 and 37oC. The resistance to the corrosion was studied with an electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) and anodic polarization curves (CW)

  16. Extended X-Ray Absorption Fine Structure Investigation of Carbon Stabilized Expanded Austenite and Carbides in Stainless Steel AISI 316

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    Oddershede, Jette; Christiansen, Thomas; Ståhl, Kenny;

    2011-01-01

    Low temperature carburized AISI 316 stainless steel - carbon expanded austenite - was investigated with EXAFS and synchrotron diffraction together with synthesized carbides of the type M3C2, M7C3 and M23C6. It was found that the chemical environment of carbon expanded austenite is not associated...

  17. X-Ray diffraction application in studying the nitrogen fixing and aging in stainless steel AISI 304

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    Solid solutions of N in AISI-304 stainless steels were aged to different degrees. The aging was monitored through X-Ray difraction measurement of the lattice parameter 'a'. The increases in 'a', due to the increase of N in solid solution were determined experimentally

  18. Corrosion behavior of powder metallurgical stainless steels in urban and marine environments

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    Bautista, A.; F. Velasco; S. Guzmán; Fuente, Daniel de la; Cayuela, F.; Morcillo, Manuel

    2006-01-01

    This work studies the development of corrosive attack on sintered components manufactured from AISI 316L and AISI 304L powders. The stainless steels were sintered in vacuum and in nitrogen-base atmosphere at 1,120 and 1,250ºC, and their corrosion resistance was then analyzed by electrochemical techniques and by atmospheric corrosion testing (two years) at urban and marine test sites. Images are shown of the morphology of the attack on the surface of the stainless steels and the development...

  19. Corrosion behavior of powder metallurgical stainless steels in urban and marine environments

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    Bautista, A.; F. Velasco; S. Guzmán; de la Fuente, D.; Cayuela, F.; Morcillo, M.

    2006-01-01

    This work studies the development of corrosive attack on sintered components manufactured from AISI 316L and AISI 304L powders. The stainless steels were sintered in vacuum and in nitrogen-base atmosphere at 1,120 and 1,250 ºC, and their corrosion resistance was then analyzed by electrochemical techniques and by atmospheric corrosion testing (two years) at urban and marine test sites. Images are shown of the morphology of the attack on the surface of the stainless steels and the development o...

  20. Wear of plasma nitrided and nitrocarburized AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: the purpose of the work is to compare the wear resistance, in dry and lubricated conditions, of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel samples that were plasma nitrided or nitrocarburized at 450°C for 5 and 10 h, respectively.Design/methodology/approach: Hardness and wear resistance of austenitic stainless steel can be increased substantially, without losing corrosion resistance, by plasma nitriding or nitrocarburizing surface treatments. In this work, AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel was plasma nitrided and nitrocarburized at 450°C, for 5 and 10 h respectively.Findings: The obtained layers were characterized by optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction, microhardness and micro-wear tests in dry and lubricated conditions. Optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrated that the nitrided layer is homogeneous and primarily composed of nitrogen rich expanded austenite with a thickness of about 15 µm. Nitrocarburized samples exhibited an external layer of chromium and iron compounds and a sub-layer of expanded austenite with a total thickness of 45 µm. Microhardness profiles showed that the hardness near to the surface was close to 1100 HV for nitriding and 1300 HV for nitrocarburizing. Plasma nitrided and nitrocarburized layers exhibited substantial wear reduction in dry and lubricated test conditions. The use of a lubricant oil reduces wear by a factor of approximately 200 compared to the dry test results.Research limitations/implications: The plasma nitrided layer yielded the best wear performance in both dry and lubricated conditions.Originality/value: Plasma nitriding resulted in the best wear performance when compared with nitrocarburizing in dry and lubricated sliding which is probably due to reduced layer fragility.

  1. Tribological Properties of Nanometric Atomic Layer Depositions Applied on AISI 420 Stainless Steel

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    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Atomic Layer Deposition ( ALD is a modern technique that Allows to deposit nanometric, conformal coatings on almost any kind of substrates, from plastics to ceramic, metals or even composites. ALD coatings are not dependent on the morphology of the substrate and are only regulated by the composition of the precursors, the chamber temperature and the number of cycles. In this work, mono- and bi -layer nanometric, protective low-temperature ALD Coatings, based on Al2O3 and TiO2 were applied on AISI 420 Stainless Steel in orderto enhance its relatively low corrosion resistance in chloride containing environments. Tribological testing were also performed on the ALD coated AISI 420 in order to evaluate the wear and scratch resistance of these nanometric layers and thus evaluate their durability. Scratch tests were performed using a standard Rockwell C indenter, under a variable load condition, in order to evaluate the critical loading condition for each coating. Wear testing were performed using a stainless steel counterpart, in ball-on-discconfiguration, in order to measure the friction coefficient and wear to confront the resistance. All scratch tests scars and wear tracks were then observed by means of Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM in order to understand the wear mechanisms that occurred on the sample surfaces. Corrosion testing, performed under immersion in 0.2 M NaCl solutions, clearly showed that the ALD coatings have a strong effect in protecting the Stainless Steel Substrate against corrosion, reducing the corrosion current density by two orders of magnitude.Tribological The preliminary results showed that ALD depositions obtained at low Temperatures have a brittle behavior caused by the amorphous nature of their structure, and thus undergo delamination phenomena during Scratch Testing at relatively low applied loads. During ball-on-disc testing, the coatings were removed from the substrate, in particular for monolayer ALD configurations

  2. Elastic-plastic fracture toughness characteristics of irradiated AISI 316 H stainless steel

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    The objective of this research is the FM assessment of neutron damage to AISI 316 H steel commonly used in LMFBR's permanent primary circuit components. The material FM characteristics studied are the crack-initiation toughness and the crack-resistance curves. The AISI 316 H stainless steel has been considered in the base condition, the welded deposit and the HAZ material. The specimens tested are 3PB bars. The results presented cover the 0, 0.1 dpa and 0.3 dpa fluences at 350 deg. C and 550 deg. C. The crack-growth-resistance curves were obtained following the dimensional analysis approach together with the deformation theory of plasticity concepts. This method, using key curves has effectively shown trends in the above-mentioned fracture mechanics characteristics of the irradiated AISI 316 H steel. The results obtained so far indicate generally low degradation at both temperatures between the non-irradiated and the irradiated base material, one note-worthy exception being the significant lowering at 550 deg. C and 0.1 dpa of sup(dJ)/da by about 35% and of sup(J)Ic by about 50% with respect to those parameters values in the other conditions of fluences and temperatures. As far as the weld material is concerned, it exhibits significantly lower initiation toughness and tearing moduli in the pre and post irradiation conditions with respect to the base material but those FM parameters values are practically unaltered at both temperatures and all fluence levels. The HAZ material was studied too and it was found that all J values corresponding to various crack advances fell within the base material results at 350 deg. C as upper bound and the welded material at 550 deg. C as lower bound at corresponding fluence levels. (author)

  3. Phase Transformations During the Low-Temperature Nitriding of AISI 2205 Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Yan, Jing; Gu, Tan; Qiu, Shaoyu; Wang, Jun; Xiong, Ji; Fan, Hongyuan

    2015-02-01

    Liquid nitriding of type AISI 2205 duplex stainless steel was conducted at 723 K (450 °C), using one type of novel low-temperature liquid chemical thermo-treatment. The transformation of the nitrided surface microstructure was systematically studied. Experimental results revealed that a nitrided layer formed on the sample surface with the thickness ranging from 3 to 28 μm, depending on nitriding time. After the 2205 duplex stainless steel was subjected to liquid nitriding 723 K (450 °C) for less than 8 hours, the pre-existing ferrite region on the surface transformed into the expanded austenite (S phase) by the infusion of nitrogen atoms, most of which stay in the interstitial sites. Generally, the dominant phase of the nitrided layer was the expanded austenite. When the nitriding time prolonged up to 16 hours, some pre-existing ferrite in expanded austenite was decomposed and ɛ-nitride precipitated subsequently. When the treatment time went up to 40 hours, large amount of ɛ-nitride and CrN precipitates were observed in the pre-existing ferritic region in the expanded austenite. Furthermore, many nitrides precipitated from the pre-austenite region. Acicular nitride was identified by transmission electron microscopy. The thickness of the nitrided layer increased with increasing nitriding time. The growth of the nitrided layer is mainly due to nitrogen diffusion in accordance with the expected parabolic rate law. Liquid nitriding effectively increased the surface hardness of 2205 duplex stainless steel by a factor of 3.

  4. Contribution to analysis of fatigue crack propagation at room temperature in low carbon austenitic steels type 18-10(304L) and Mo 17-12(316L). Relation between macroscopic and microscopic phenomena

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    Low cycle fatigue phenomenon on the structural components of reactors is one of the most important problem. In this paper were carried out some fatigue tests on stainless steels type Z2CN18-10 (AISI 304L) and Z2CND17-12 (AISI 316L) at room temperature in air and in a corrosive medium (NaCl solution at different pH values). Length of cracks and crack propagation under stresses were determined. Z2CND17-12 has a better behavior than Z2CN18-10 because of a better structural stability both in air and in a corrosive environment. Structure was examined by transmission electron microscopy and microhardness was measured in the perturbed zones

  5. Microstructure evolution in nano/submicron grained AISI 301LN stainless steel

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    The phase and microstructure evolution of a heavily cold-rolled AISI 301LN stainless steel (SS), before and after annealing is discussed. AISI 301LN SS has been cold-rolled to 63% rolling reduction and subsequently annealed from 600 to 1000 deg. C for short annealing durations (1-100 s). Phase analysis indicates that the cold-rolled sheet comprises almost 100% martensite, while transmission electron microscopy examination reveals its morphology to be of dislocation cell- and heavily deformed lath-type martensite. The martensite → austenite reversion upon annealing at 600 deg. C for 1 and 10 s is negligible, but nanoscale austenite grains are formed in the martensitic matrix. Partial reversion to nano/submicron austenite grains is observed for samples annealed at 600 deg. C for 100 s, and 700 deg. C for 1 s. Samples annealed at higher temperatures exhibit a complete reversion to submicron/nano-austenite grains with a large grain size variation, as well as secondary phase chromium nitride precipitates.

  6. Study on interim storage of spent nuclear fuel by concrete cask for practical use. Feasibility study on prevention of chloride induced stress corrosion cracking for type304L stainless steel canister

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    For the practical use of the concrete cask storage method, remaining issues are preventive design (monitoring, inspection and countermeasures) and its demonstration of the Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) on the canister surface. Scenarios to maintain its confinement function of the canister made of the conventional SUS 304L materials during storage period were established by keeping the salt density on the canister surface not be exceed its critical salt density to initiate SCC or by controlling the crack propagation if the salt density exceeded the critical value. Furthermore the feasibility of the scenarios were demonstrated by tests defining the critical salt density for the SCC initiation and by tests of crack propagation based on metrological data of representative coastal sites in Japan. On top of that, methods of reduction of welding residual stress to prevent SCC were demonstrated by SCC tests using small scale test model made of SUS 304L simulating wall thickness of the real canister and welding methods. (author)

  7. Applications of the essay at slow deformation velocity in pipes of stainless steel AISI-304

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    Nowadays is carried out research related with the degradation mechanisms of structures, systems and/or components in the nuclear power plants, since many of the involved processes are those responsible for the dependability of these, of the integrity of the components and of the aspects of safety. The purpose of this work, was to determine the grade of susceptibility to the corrosion of a pipe of Austenitic stainless steel AISI 304, in a solution of Na CI (3.5%) to the temperatures of 60 and 90 C, in two different thermal treatments - 1. - Sensitive 650 C by 4 hours and cooled in water. 2. Solubilized to 1050 C by 1 hour and cooled in water

  8. Surface Modification by Nitrogen Plasma Immersion Ion Implantation on Austenitic AISI 304 Stainless Steel

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    Miguel CASTRO-COLIN; William DURRER; Jorge ALPEZ; Enrique RAMIREZ-HOMS

    2016-01-01

    Surfaces of AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel plates nitrided by plasma immersion ion implantation (PIII) technology were studied by means of Auger electron spectroscopy (AES)and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)to determine the effect of the nitriding process on the surface and subjacent layers.Elemental compositions obtained by AES and XPS at varying depths indicate that the saturation of N is relatively constant as a function of depth,indicating the reliability of PIII technology for subsurface saturation.It is concluded that the concentrations of both Cr and O increase with depth,the subjacent oxide is driven by the Ar+ sputtering process used to access the lower layers,and then N is bound to Cr.

  9. The effect of internal hydrogen on surface slip localisation on polycrystalline AISI 316L stainless steel

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    A statistical analysis of the effect of internal hydrogen on the surface slip morphology of relatively high nickel content AISI 316L type austenitic stainless steel was carried out on high resolution data obtained by atomic force microscopy. Surface plastic strain localisation was studied for different hydrogen contents, two grain sizes, and two plastic strain levels. The height and spacing of approximately 8000 slip bands, observed on 12 specimens, are shown to follow log-normal distributions. Hydrogen increased the mean slip-band height and the mean slip-band spacing for the two macroscopic plastic strain levels considered, and for the two hydrogen concentrations in coarse-grained specimens. The hydrogen effect was also observed for fine-grained specimens, but only for the highest hydrogen concentration. In addition, the emerging dislocation velocity increased by a factor 3 for high hydrogen content.

  10. Analysis of deformation induced martensite in AISI 316L stainless steel

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    Jagarinec, Darko; Kirbis, Peter; Predan, Jozef; Vuherer, Tomaz; Gubeljak, Nenad [Maribor Univ. (Slovenia). Faculty of Mechanical Engineering

    2016-08-01

    Metastable austenite stainless steel AISI 316L is sensitive to cold deformation, where transformation from austenite to martensite occurred. The bending deformation as the formation process leads to tensile and compression throughout the thickness of the billet. Tensile testing of the specimen causes differences in the true stress-strain along the contraction neck prior to fracture as well. The aim of the paper is to find correlation between microhardness as brief inspection parameters and extension of martensitic transformation. The total equivalent plastic strain extend diagram obtained by numerical simulation of bending was compared with tensile true stress-strain diagram. Results show very good correlation between hardness, true strain and martesite content. Therefore, one can conclude that by hardness measurement, it is possible to measure the level of equivalent plastic strain until ultimate tensile stress as a linear correlation between hardness, true strain and martesite content.

  11. Corrosion behavior of low energy, high temperature nitrogen ion-implanted AISI 304 stainless steel

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    M Ghorannevis; A Shokouhy; M M Larijani; S H Haji Hosseini; M Yari; A Anvari; M Gholipur Shahraki; A H Sari; M R Hantehzadeh

    2007-01-01

    This work presents the results of a low-energy nitrogen ion implantation of AISI 304 type stainless steel (SS) at a moderate temperature of about 500° C. The nitrogen ions are extracted from a Kauffman-type ion source at an energy of 30 keV, and ion current density of 100 A cm-2. Nitrogen ion concentration of 6 × 1017, 8 × 1017 and 1018 ions cm-2, were selected for our study. The X-ray diffraction results show the formation of CrN polycrystalline phase after nitrogen bombardment and a change of crystallinity due to the change in nitrogen ion concentration. The secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS) results show the formation of CrN phases too. Corrosion test has shown that corrosion resistance is enhanced by increasing nitrogen ion concentration.

  12. An investigation of the aseptic loosening of an AISI 316L stainless steel hip prosthesis

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    The total replacement of joints by the implantation of permanently indwelling prosthetic components has been one of the major successes of modern surgery in terms of relieving pain and correcting deformity. However, the aseptic loosening of a prosthetic-joint component is the most common reason for joint-revision surgery. Furthermore, it is thought that wear particles are one of the major contributors to the development and perpetuation of aseptic loosening. The aim of the present study was to identify the factors related to the aseptic loosening of an AISI 316L stainless steel total hip prosthesis. The stem was evaluated by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, with polished and rough regions being analyzed in order to establish the differences in the chemical compositions of both regions. Specific areas were examined using scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy and light microscopy.

  13. Microstructure and Hardness of High Temperature Gas Nitrided AISI 420 Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available This study examined the microstructure and hardness of as-received and nitrided AISI 420 martensitic stainless steels. High temperature gas nitriding was employed to treat the steels at 1200°C for one hour and four hours using nitrogen gas, followed by furnace cooled. Chromium nitride and iron nitride were formed and concentrated at the outmost surface area of the steels since this region contained the highest concentration of nitrogen. The grain size enlarged at the interior region of the nitrided steels due to nitriding at temperature above the recrystallization temperature of the steel and followed by slow cooling. The nitrided steels produced higher surface hardness compared to as-received steel due to the presence of nitrogen and the precipitation of nitrides. Harder steel was produced when nitriding at four hours compared to one hour since more nitrogen permeated into the steel.

  14. Stress corrosion cracking of AISI 321 stainless steel in acidic chloride solution

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    2002-02-01

    The stress corrosion cracking (SCC) of AISI 321 stainless steel in acidic chloride solution was studied by slow strain rate (SSR) technique and fracture mechanics method. The fractured surface was characterized by cleavage fracture. In order to clarify the SCC mechanism, the effects of inhibitor KI on SCC behaviour were also included in this paper. A study showed that the inhibition effects of KI on SCC were mainly attributed to the anodic reaction of the corrosion process. The results of strain distribution in front of the crack tip of the fatigue pre-cracked plate specimens in air, in the blank solution (acidic chloride solution without inhibitor KI) and in the solution added with KI measured by speckle interferometry (SPI) support the unified mechanism of SCC and corrosion fatigue cracking (CFC).

  15. Correlation of substructure with time-dependent fatigue properties of aisi304 stainless steel

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    Ermi, A. M.; Moteff, John

    1982-09-01

    Transmission electron microscopy was employed to study the substructure of AISI 304 stainless steel tested at 482, 593, and 650 °C in low-cycle fatigue with various hold times. Total strains investigated ranged from 0.5 to 2.0 pct, strain rates of 4 E-03 and 4 E-05 s-1. The cell size was found to be inversely related to the relaxed tensile saturation stress, but with different constants of proportionality for the two strain rates. At the lower strain rate, substructures tended to resemble those produced by pure creep. A modified work-hardening theory was used to relate the peak saturation stress to both plastic strain and cell size.

  16. Surface effects induced by cathodic hydrogenation in type AISI 304 stainless steel

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    Cathodic hydrogen charging of type AISI 304 stainless steel modified its austenitic structure, giving rise to the formation of two new martensitic phases and the appearance of cracks, in most cases delayed. As electrolyte a 1 N H2 S O4 solution containing As2 O3 was employed. The cathodic hydrogenation was carries out at room temperature. The transformed phases were identified with black and white and coloured metallographic techniques, as well as by X-ray diffraction. The effect of cathodic hydrogenation in samples uniaxially tensile tested with constant nominal strain rate was investigated. It was concluded that the number of cracks per unit surface area changes with hydrogenation conditions and that hydrogen should be present for the embrittlement to occur. (author)

  17. Irradiation creep in bending of cold-worked AISI 316 stainless steel at low neutron fluence

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    The results from the first and second interim examinations of a test to measure irradiation creep in bending of 20 percent cold-worked AISI 316 stainless steel are presented. These low-fluence results indicate that irradiation creep in bending exhibits a larger primary creep component of the total strain as compared with creep in biaxial pressurized tubes of the same heat of material, but the secondary creep rates in the two cases appear to be similar. The data also indicate that the bending strains have a linear fluence and stress dependency, and strains measured on beams fabricated parallel to and transverse to the direction of cold work are similar, indicating that material texture anisotropy does not effect irradiation creep in bending. 6 refs

  18. Stress corrosion cracking of stainless steel AISI 316L HAZ in PWR nuclear reactor environment

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    In pressurized water reactors (PWRs), low alloy carbon steels and stainless steel are widely used in the primary water circuits. In most cases, Ni alloys are used to joint these materials and form dissimilar welds. These alloys are known to accommodate the differences in composition and thermal expansion of the two materials. Stress corrosion cracking of metals and alloys is caused by synergistic effects of environment, material condition and stress. Over the last thirty years, CST has been observed in dissimilar metal welds. This study presents a comparative work between the CST in the HAZ (Heat Affected Zone) of the AISI 316L in two different temperatures (303 deg C and 325 deg C). The susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking was assessed using the slow strain rate tensile (SSRT) test. The results of the SSRT tests indicated that CST is a thermally-activated mechanism and that brittle fracture caused by the corrosion process was observed at 325 deg C). (author)

  19. Effect of the purging gas on properties of Ti stabilized AISI 321 stainless steel TIG welds

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    Taban, Emel; Kaluc, Erdinc; Aykan, T. Serkan [Kocaeli Univ. (Turkey). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    2014-07-01

    Gas purging is necessary to provide a high quality of stainless steel pipe welding in order to prevent oxidation of the weld zone inside the pipe. AISI 321 stabilized austenitic stainless steel pipes commonly preferred in refinery applications have been welded by the TIG welding process both with and without the use of purging gas. As purging gases, Ar, N{sub 2}, Ar + N{sub 2} and N{sub 2} + 10% H{sub 2} were used, respectively. The aim of this investigation is to detect the effect of purging gas on the weld joint properties such as microstructure, corrosion, strength and impact toughness. Macro sections and microstructures of the welds were investigated. Chemical composition analysis to obtain the nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen content of the weld root was done by Leco analysis. Ferrite content of the beads including root and cap passes were measured by a ferritscope. Vickers hardness (HV10) values were obtained. Intergranular and pitting corrosion tests were applied to determine the corrosion resistance of all welds. Type of the purging gas affected pitting corrosion properties as well as the ferrite content and nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen contents at the roots of the welds. Any hot cracking problems are not predicted as the weld still solidifies with ferrite in the primary phase as confirmed by microstructural and ferrite content analysis. Mechanical testing showed no significant change according to the purge gas. AISI 321 steel and 347 consumable compositions would permit use of nitrogen rich gases for root shielding without a risk of hot cracking.

  20. Low temperature plasma carburizing of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel and AISI F51 duplex stainless steel Cementação sob plasma à baixa temperatura do aço inoxidável austenítico AISI 316L e do aço inoxidável duplex AISI F51

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work an austenitic AISI 316L and a duplex AISI F51 (EN 1.4462 stainless steel were DC-Plasma carburized at 480ºC, using CH4 as carbon carrier gas. For the austenitic AISI 316L stainless steel, low temperature plasma carburizing induced a strong carbon supersaturation in the austenitic lattice and the formation of carbon expanded austenite (γC without any precipitation of carbides. The hardness of the carburized AISI 316L steel reached a maximum of 1000 HV due to ∼13 at% carbon supersaturation and expansion of the FCC lattice. For the duplex stainless steel AISI F51, the austenitic grains transformed to carbon expanded austenite (γC, the ferritic grains transformed to carbon expanded ferrite (αC and M23C6 type carbides precipitated in the nitrided case. Hardness of the carburized case of the F51 duplex steel reached 1600 HV due to the combined effects of austenite and ferrite lattice expansion with a fine and dispersed precipitation of M23C6 carbides.O aço inoxidável austenítico AISI 316L e o aço inoxidável duplex AISI F51 (EN 1.4462 foram cementados sob plasma-DC na temperatura de 480ºC, utilizando-se CH4 como gás de arraste. A cementação sob plasma à baixa temperatura conduziu a uma elevada supersaturação do reticulado cristalino em carbono com a formação de austenita expandida(γC, sem a precipitação de carbonetos. A dureza do aço 316L, após a cementação, atingiu um valor máximo de 1000 HV, devido à supersaturação de ∼ 13 at% de carbono e à expansão do reticulado cristalino CFC. Para o aço inoxidável duplex AISI F51, os grãos de austenita se transformaram em austenita expandida pelo carbono e os grãos de ferrita se transformaram para ferrita expandida com a precipitação de carbonetos do tipo M23C6, na camada cementada. A dureza da camada cementada, no aço F51, atingiu 1600HV, devido ao efeito combinado da expansão dos reticulados cristalinos da austenita e da ferrita com a precipitação fina e

  1. Hot rolling of the superaustenitic stainless steel AISI 904L: Vroče valjanje superavstenitnega nerjavnega jekla AISI 904L:

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    Arh, Boštjan; Burja, Jaka; PODGORNIK, Bojan; Tehovnik, Franc; Žužek, Borut

    2014-01-01

    The AISI 904L superaustenitic stainless steel has a narrow processing window. In this work the hot rolling of steel, specifically the hot deformation behavior, is investigated. Specimens of steel were hot rolled at temperatures from 1000 °C to 1250 °C with 50 °C increments and the rolling loads were measured and recorded. Microstructural changes were examined, with the accent on the recrystallization. From changes of the hot-rolling loads and microstructure it is concluded that the recrystall...

  2. Carburization behavior of AISI 316LN austenitic stainless steel - Experimental studies and modeling

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    AISI type 316LN austenitic stainless steel was exposed to flowing sodium at 798 K for 16,000 h in the bi-metallic (BIM) sodium loop. A modified surface layer of 10 μm width having a ferrite structure was detected from X-ray diffraction and electron micro probe based analysis. Beneath the modified surface layer a carburized zone of 60 μm width was identified which was found to consist of M23C6 carbides. A mathematical model based on finite difference technique was developed to predict the carburization profiles in sodium exposed austenitic stainless steel. In the computation, effect of only chromium on carbon diffusion was considered. Amount of carbon remaining in solution was determined from the solubility parameter. The predicted profile showed a reasonably good match with the experimental profile. Calculations were extended to simulate the thickness of the carburized layer after exposure to sodium for a period of 40 years. Attempt was also made to predict the carburization profiles based on equilibrium calculations using Dictra and Thermocalc which contain both thermodynamic and kinetic databases for the system under consideration.

  3. Q-switch Nd:YAG laser welding of AISI 304 stainless steel foils

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    Conventional fusion welding of stainless steel foils (<100 μm thickness) used in computer disk, precision machinery and medical device applications suffer from excessive distortion, formation of discontinuities (pore, void and hot crack), uncontrolled melting (melt-drop through) and poor aesthetics. In this work, a 15 ns pulsed, 400 mJ Nd:YAG laser beam was utilized to overcome these barriers in seam welding of 60 μm thin foil of AISI 304 stainless steel. Transmission electron microscopy was used to characterize the microstructures while hardness and tensile-shear tests were used to evaluate the strengths. Surface roughness was measured using a DekTak profilometer while porosity content was estimated using the light microscope. Results were compared against the data obtained from resistance seam welding. Laser welding, compared to resistance seam welding, required nearly three times less heat input and produced welds having 50% narrower seam, 15% less porosity, 25% stronger and improved surface aesthetics. In addition, there was no evidence of δ-ferrite in laser welds, supporting the absence of hot cracking unlike resistance welding

  4. Carburization behavior of AISI 316LN austenitic stainless steel - Experimental studies and modeling

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    Sudha, C.; Sivai Bharasi, N.; Anand, R.; Shaikh, H.; Dayal, R. K.; Vijayalakshmi, M.

    2010-07-01

    AISI type 316LN austenitic stainless steel was exposed to flowing sodium at 798 K for 16,000 h in the bi-metallic (BIM) sodium loop. A modified surface layer of 10 μm width having a ferrite structure was detected from X-ray diffraction and electron micro probe based analysis. Beneath the modified surface layer a carburized zone of 60 μm width was identified which was found to consist of M 23C 6 carbides. A mathematical model based on finite difference technique was developed to predict the carburization profiles in sodium exposed austenitic stainless steel. In the computation, effect of only chromium on carbon diffusion was considered. Amount of carbon remaining in solution was determined from the solubility parameter. The predicted profile showed a reasonably good match with the experimental profile. Calculations were extended to simulate the thickness of the carburized layer after exposure to sodium for a period of 40 years. Attempt was also made to predict the carburization profiles based on equilibrium calculations using Dictra and Thermocalc which contain both thermodynamic and kinetic databases for the system under consideration.

  5. Carburization behavior of AISI 316LN austenitic stainless steel - Experimental studies and modeling

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    Sudha, C. [Physical Metallurgy Division, Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamilnadu (India); Sivai Bharasi, N. [Corrosion Science and Technology Division, Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamilnadu (India); Anand, R. [Physical Metallurgy Division, Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamilnadu (India); Shaikh, H., E-mail: hasan@igcar.gov.i [Corrosion Science and Technology Division, Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamilnadu (India); Dayal, R.K. [Corrosion Science and Technology Division, Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamilnadu (India); Vijayalakshmi, M. [Physical Metallurgy Division, Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102, Tamilnadu (India)

    2010-07-31

    AISI type 316LN austenitic stainless steel was exposed to flowing sodium at 798 K for 16,000 h in the bi-metallic (BIM) sodium loop. A modified surface layer of 10 {mu}m width having a ferrite structure was detected from X-ray diffraction and electron micro probe based analysis. Beneath the modified surface layer a carburized zone of 60 {mu}m width was identified which was found to consist of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides. A mathematical model based on finite difference technique was developed to predict the carburization profiles in sodium exposed austenitic stainless steel. In the computation, effect of only chromium on carbon diffusion was considered. Amount of carbon remaining in solution was determined from the solubility parameter. The predicted profile showed a reasonably good match with the experimental profile. Calculations were extended to simulate the thickness of the carburized layer after exposure to sodium for a period of 40 years. Attempt was also made to predict the carburization profiles based on equilibrium calculations using Dictra and Thermocalc which contain both thermodynamic and kinetic databases for the system under consideration.

  6. Investigation of the influential parameters of machining of AISI 304 stainless steel

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    R A Mahdavinejad; S Saeedy

    2011-12-01

    Austenitic stainless steels are hard materials to machine, due to their high strength, high ductility and low thermal conductivity. The last characteristic results in heat concentration at the tool cutting edge. This paper aims to optimize turning parameters of AISI 304 stainless steel. Turning tests have been performed in three different feed rates (0.2, 0.3, 0.4 mm/rev) at the cutting speeds of 100, 125, 150, 175 and 200 m/min with and without cutting fluid. A design of experiments (DOE) and an analysis of variance (ANOVA) have been made to determine the effects of each parameter on the tool wear and the surface roughness. It is being inferred that cutting speed has the main influence on the flank wear and as it increases to 175 m/min, the flank wear decreases. The feed rate has the most important influence on the surface roughness and as it decreases, the surface roughness also decreases. Also, the application of cutting fluid results in longer tool life and better surface finish.

  7. An Electrochemical Processing Strategy for Improving Tribological Performance of Aisi 316 Stainless Steel Under Grease Lubrication

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    Zou, Jiaojuan; Li, Maolin; Lin, Naiming; Zhang, Xiangyu; Qin, Lin; Tang, Bin

    2014-12-01

    In order to improve the tribological performance of AISI 316 stainless steel (316 SS) under grease lubrication, electrochemical processing was conducted on it to obtain a rough (surface texturing-like) surface by making use of the high sensitivity of austenitic stainless steel to pitting corrosion in Cl--rich environment. Numerous corrosion pits or micro-ditches acted as micro-reservoirs on the obtained surface. While the grease could offer consistent lubrication, and then improve the tribological performance of 316 SS. Tribological behaviors of raw 316 SS and the treated sample were measured using a reciprocating type tribometer sliding against GCr15 steel counterpart under dry and grease lubrication conditions. The results showed that the mass losses of the two samples were in the same order of magnitude, and the raw sample exhibited lower friction coefficient in dry sliding. When the tests were conducted under grease lubrication condition, the friction coefficients and mass losses of the treated sample were far lower than those of the raw 316 SS. The tribological performance of 316 SS under grease lubrication was drastically improved after electrochemical processing.

  8. Surface Nanostructure Formations in an AISI 316L Stainless Steel Induced by Pulsed Electron Beam Treatment

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    Yang Cai

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available High current pulsed electron beam (HCPEB is an efficient technique for surface modifications of metallic materials. In the present work, the formations of surface nanostructures in an AISI 316L stainless steel induced by direct HCPEB treatment and HCPEB alloying have been investigated. After HCPEB Ti alloying, the sample surface contained a mixture of the ferrite and austenite phases with an average grain size of about 90 nm, because the addition of Ti favors the formation of ferrite. In contrast, electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD analyses revealed no structural refinement on the direct HCPEB treated sample. However, transmission electron microscope (TEM observations showed that fine cells having an average size of 150 nm without misorientations, as well as nanosized carbide particles, were formed in the surface layer after the direct HCPEB treatment. The formation of nanostructures in the 316L stainless steel is therefore attributed to the rapid solidification and the generation of different phases other than the steel substrate in the melted layer.

  9. Changes of surface layer of nitrogen-implanted AISI316L stainless steel

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    The effects of nitrogen ion implantation into AISI316L stainless steel on friction, wear, and microhardness have been investigated at an energy level of 125 keV at a fluence of 1·1017 - 1·1018 N/cm2. The composition of the surface layer was investigated by RBS, XRD (GXRD), SEM and EDX. The friction coefficient and abrasive wear rate of the stainless steel were measured in the atmospheres of air, oxygen, argon, and in vacuum. As follows from the investigations, there is an increase in resistance to frictional wear in the studied samples after implantation; however, these changes are of different characters in various atmospheres. The largest decrease in wear was observed during tests in the air, and the largest reduction in the value of the friction coefficient for all implanted samples was obtained during tests in the argon atmosphere. Tribological tests revealed larger contents of nitrogen, carbon, and oxygen in the products of surface layer wear than in the surface layer itself of the sample directly after implantation

  10. High temperature oxidation behavior of austenitic stainless steel AISI 304 in steam of nanofluids contain nanoparticle ZrO2

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    The objective of this study is to evaluate high temperature oxidation behavior of austenitic stainless steel SS 304 in steam of nanofluids contain nanoparticle ZrO2. The oxidation was performed at high temperatures ranging from 600 to 800°C. The oxidation time was 60 minutes. After oxidation the surface of the samples was analyzed by different methods including, optical microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). X-ray diffraction examination show that the oxide scale formed during oxidation of stainless steel AISI 304 alloys is dominated by iron oxide, Fe2O3. Minor element such as Cr2O3 is also appeared in the diffraction pattern. Characterization by optical microscope showed that cross section microstructure of stainless steel changed after oxidized with the oxide scale on the surface stainless steels. SEM and x-ray diffraction examination show that the oxide of ZrO2 appeared on the surface of stainless steel. Kinetic rate of oxidation of austenite stainless steel AISI 304 showed that increasing oxidation temperature and time will increase oxidation rate

  11. Modification and characterization of the AISI 410 martensitic stainless steels surface; Modificacao e caracterizacao da superficie do aco inoxidavel martensitico AISI 410

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    Bincoleto, A.V.L. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (PPG-CEM/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Programa de Pos-Graduacao em Ciencia e Engenharia de Materiais; Nascente, P.A.P. [Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos (DEMa/UFSCar), SP (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia de Materiais

    2010-07-01

    Steam turbines are used in the generation of more than half the electric energy produced in the world nowadays. It is important the study which aims to improve the efficiency by means of the optimization of leaks and of the aerodynamic profiles, as well as to maintain the integrity of the components. The martensitic stainless steels are widely employed due to the combination of their good mechanical properties with higher corrosion resistance. However, their lower wear resistance and their poor tribological behavior limit their use, since they decrease the component life time. In order to evaluate the improvement in the performance of the AISI 410 stainless steel, several process of surface modification were employed. Five samples were produced: the first one was not treated, the second one received liquid nitriding, the third, gas nitriding, the forth, thermal aspersion of tungsten carbide, and the fifth, boronizing. The samples were characterized by optical microscopy, surface microhardness, and X-ray diffractometry. (author)

  12. LaCrO3 composite coatings for AISI 444 stainless steel solid oxide fuel cell interconnects

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    Wilson Acchar

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Doped lanthanum chromite-based ceramics are the most widely used interconnector material in solid fuel cells (SOFC since they exhibit significant electrical and thermal conductivity, substantial corrosion resistance and adequate mechanical strength at ambient and high temperatures. The disadvantage of this material is its high cost and poor ductility. The aim of this study is to determine the mechanical and oxidation behavior of a stainless steel (AISI 444 with a LaCrO3 deposition on its surface obtained through spray pyrolisis. Coated and pure AISI 444 materials were characterized by mechanical properties, oxidation behavior, X-ray diffraction and scanning electronic microscopy. Results indicated that the coated material displays better oxidation behavior in comparison to pure stainless steel, but no improvement in mechanical strength. Both materials indicate that deformation behavior depends on testing temperatures.

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

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    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

  14. Modifications on the behaviour of AISI 304 stainless steel submitted to creep caused by intermediate treatment of annealing

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    Type AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel samples which have been previously creep deformed at 7500C, were annealed at 11000C. The effects of this heat treatment in the mechanical behavior of this material when retested in creep were investigated. The results were analysed by taking into account the structural modifications observed and the controlling mechanisms which operate during the deformation and fracture occurring in the creep process. (Author)

  15. OPTIMIZATION OF SURFACE ROUGHNESS AND TOOL FLANK WEAR IN TURNING OF AISI 304 AUSTENITIC STAINLESS STEEL WITH CVD COATED TOOL

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    M. Kaladhar; K. Venkata Subbaiah; CH. SRINIVASA RAO

    2013-01-01

    AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel is a popularly used grade in the various fields of manufacturing because of its high ductility, high durability and excellent corrosion resistance. High work hardening, low heat conductivity and high built up edge (BUE) formation made this as difficult-to- machine material. Poor surface quality and rapid tool wear are the common problems encountered while machining it. In the present work, an attempt has been made to explore the influence of machining para...

  16. Investigating the correlation between some of the properties of plasma nitrided AISI 316L stainless steel

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    M. Olzon-Dionysio

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available When AISI 316L stainless steels are submitted to the nitriding process at temperatures lower than 450 °C, a high nitrogen content expanded austenite phase is formed, which shows higher hardness and higher pitting corrosion resistance compared to the untreated material. As a result, this material becomes adequate for biomedical application. The conditions of the nitriding technique, such as gas mixture, pressure, time and temperature, play an important role in some properties of the modified layer, including: thickness, hardness and N concentration along the layer. This paper explores a set of six samples of AISI 316L, nitrided at different times and temperatures, whose properties show important differences. The aim of this research is to investigate the correlation between the nitrided layer thickness (in the range of 0.77 to 11 µm with both X-ray patterns characteristics and hardness measurements, which used two distinct loads. The results of this study show that: whereas the 3.6 gf load was suitable to measure the real hardness for four of the nitrided layers showing thickness ≥ 2.9 µm, the 50 gf load measured a substrate contribution, probably even for the highest thickness, 11 µm. Moreover, analyzing different reflections of the X-ray patterns showed evidence of the clear consistency between the X-Ray depths and the nitrided layer thicknesses: if the layer thickness is lower than the penetration depth of X-rays, two phases (austenite and expanded substrate are present. If the layer thickness is higher, only the austenite is observed. Finally, concerning the citotoxicity property, all the samples, nitrided or not, were approved in the test for biocompatibility, indicating their potential use for biomedical applications.

  17. Microstructure and mechanical properties of friction stir processed AISI 316L stainless steel

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    Highlights: • FSP can be used to produce bulk ultrafine grained structures in AISI 316L SS. • The main mechanism for grain structure refinement of FSP 316L SS is DDRX. • However, some evidences of CDRX and SRX were also observed. • The material flow was found to be near simple shear deformation (A/A‾ and C). • FSP samples have an enhanced hardness and strength compared with the base metal. - Abstract: Friction stir processing was used to refine the grain structure in 2 mm thick AISI 316L stainless steel sheets, with a pinless tool, at a constant traverse speed of 63 mm/min and relatively low rotational speeds of 200 and 315 rpm. Depending on the processing conditions, the initial grain size of 14.8 μm in the base metal was subsequently decreased to 0.8–2.2 μm in the processed areas. The microstructural characterizations by orientation imaging and transmission electron microscopy revealed that the grain structure evolution in the stir zone is primarily dominated by discontinuous dynamic recrystallization. The material flow was found to be near simple shear deformation and the developed textures were composed of a mixture of A/A‾ and C components of ideal simple shear textures. The mechanical properties were also evaluated by the longitudinal tensile tests and microhardness measurements. The obtained results showed that, despite a 50% decrease in ductility, the highest yield and ultimate tensile strength of the friction stir processed samples are respectively about 1.6 and 1.2 times higher than those of the base metal. In good agreement with the tensile properties, the increased hardness of the stir zone was attributed to the grain structure refinement

  18. Dislocation structure evolution and its effects on cyclic deformation response of AISI 316L stainless steel

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    Research highlights: → The cyclic deformation response of AISI 316L steel is investigated at 20 deg. C. → The corresponding microstructure evolution is characterised by electron microscopy. → A 3D representation of dislocation evolution is proposed based on the observation. → The 3D representation gives a good explanation of the microstructure complexity. → The cyclic deformation response is discussed based on the microstructure evolution. - Abstract: The cyclic deformation response of an austenitic stainless steel is characterised in terms of its cyclic peak tensile stress properties by three stages of behaviour: a hardening stage followed by a softening stage, and finally a stable stress response stage. A series of tests have been performed and interrupted at selected numbers of cycles in the different stages of mechanical response. At each interruption point, specimens have been examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with different beam directions by means of the tilting function in order to investigate the formation and the development of dislocation structures from the as-received condition until the end of fatigue life. A new 3D representation of dislocation structure evolution during cyclic loading is proposed on the basis of the microstructural observations. The 3D representation provides a deeper insight into the development of dislocation structures in AISI 316L during low cycle fatigue loading at room temperature. By investigating the dislocation evolution, the study shows that the hardening response is mainly associated with an increase of total dislocation density, whereas the softening stage is a result of the formation of dislocation-free regions. Further development of the dislocation structure into a cellular structure is responsible for the stable stress response stage.

  19. Susceptibility to stress corrosion in stainless steels type AISI 321 and 12X18H10T used in PWR type reactors (WWER)

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    Titanium stabilized stainless steels have been utilized in sovietic pressurized water reactors (VVER) for avoid the susceptibility to Intergranular Corrosion (IGC) present in other austenitic stainless steels. However the Intergranular Corrosion resistance of this kind of materials has been questioned because of Intergranular Stress Corrosion Cracking failures (IGSCC) have been reported. This paper study the electrochemical behavior of the AISI 321 stainless steel in a H3BO3 Solution contaminated with chlorides and its susceptibility to Intergranular Corrosion.Electrochemical prediction diagrams of the stainless steels AISI 321 and 12X18H10T (sovietic) sensitized (600 Centigrade, 3 h.) were compared. Cylindrical and conical samples were used in Slow Strain Rate Tests (SSRT), to determine the susceptibility to Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) in AISI 321 and 12X18H10T stainless steels. The results obtained showed that the temperature of the solution is a very important factor to detect this susceptibility. Fractography studies on the fracture surfaces of the samples obtained in the SSRT at high temperature were realized. Corrosion velocities of both AISI 321 and 12X18H10T stainless steels were determined using conical samples in the CERT system at high temperature. E.D.A.X. analysis was employed in both AISI 321 and 12X18H10T stainless steels in order to explain the degree of sensitization. (Author)

  20. Plasma nitriding process by direct current glow discharge at low temperature increasing the thermal diffusivity of AISI 304 stainless steel

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    This work reports for the first time on the use of the open photoacoustic cell technique operating at very low frequencies and at room temperature to experimentally determine the thermal diffusivity parameter of commercial AISI304 stainless steel and AISI304 stainless steel nitrided samples. Complementary measurements of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were also performed. The results show that in standard AISI 304 stainless steel samples the thermal diffusivity is (4.0 ± 0.3) × 10−6 m2/s. After the nitriding process, the thermal diffusivity increases to the value (7.1 ± 0.5) × 10−6 m2/s. The results are being associated to the diffusion process of nitrogen into the surface of the sample. Carrying out subsequent thermal treatment at 500 °C, the thermal diffusivity increases up to (12.0 ± 2) × 10−6 m2/s. Now the observed growing in the thermal diffusivity must be related to the change in the phases contained in the nitrided layer.

  1. Plasma nitriding process by direct current glow discharge at low temperature increasing the thermal diffusivity of AISI 304 stainless steel

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    Prandel, L. V.; Somer, A.; Assmann, A.; Camelotti, F.; Costa, G.; Bonardi, C.; Jurelo, A. R.; Rodrigues, J. B.; Cruz, G. K. [Universidade Estadual de Ponta Grossa, Grupo de Espectroscopia Optica e Fotoacustica de Materiais, Departamento de Fisica, Av. Carlos Cavalcanti, 4748, CEP 84030-900, Ponta Grossa, PR (Brazil)

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    This work reports for the first time on the use of the open photoacoustic cell technique operating at very low frequencies and at room temperature to experimentally determine the thermal diffusivity parameter of commercial AISI304 stainless steel and AISI304 stainless steel nitrided samples. Complementary measurements of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were also performed. The results show that in standard AISI 304 stainless steel samples the thermal diffusivity is (4.0 {+-} 0.3) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} m{sup 2}/s. After the nitriding process, the thermal diffusivity increases to the value (7.1 {+-} 0.5) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} m{sup 2}/s. The results are being associated to the diffusion process of nitrogen into the surface of the sample. Carrying out subsequent thermal treatment at 500 Degree-Sign C, the thermal diffusivity increases up to (12.0 {+-} 2) Multiplication-Sign 10{sup -6} m{sup 2}/s. Now the observed growing in the thermal diffusivity must be related to the change in the phases contained in the nitrided layer.

  2. Plasma nitriding process by direct current glow discharge at low temperature increasing the thermal diffusivity of AISI 304 stainless steel

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    Prandel, L. V.; Somer, A.; Assmann, A.; Camelotti, F.; Costa, G.; Bonardi, C.; Jurelo, A. R.; Rodrigues, J. B.; Cruz, G. K.

    2013-02-01

    This work reports for the first time on the use of the open photoacoustic cell technique operating at very low frequencies and at room temperature to experimentally determine the thermal diffusivity parameter of commercial AISI304 stainless steel and AISI304 stainless steel nitrided samples. Complementary measurements of X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy were also performed. The results show that in standard AISI 304 stainless steel samples the thermal diffusivity is (4.0 ± 0.3) × 10-6 m2/s. After the nitriding process, the thermal diffusivity increases to the value (7.1 ± 0.5) × 10-6 m2/s. The results are being associated to the diffusion process of nitrogen into the surface of the sample. Carrying out subsequent thermal treatment at 500 °C, the thermal diffusivity increases up to (12.0 ± 2) × 10-6 m2/s. Now the observed growing in the thermal diffusivity must be related to the change in the phases contained in the nitrided layer.

  3. Evaluation of structural behaviour and corrosion resistant of austenitic AISI 304 and duplex AISI 2304 stainless steel reinforcements embedded in ordinary Portland cement mortars; Evaluacion del comportamiento estructural y de resistencia a la corrosion de armaduras de acero inoxidable austenitico AISI 304 y duplex AISI 2304 embebidas en morteros de cemento Portland

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    Medina, E.; Cobo, A.; Bastidas, D. M.

    2012-07-01

    The mechanical and structural behaviour of two stainless steels reinforcements, with grades austenitic EN 1.4301 (AISI 304) and duplex EN 1.4362 (AISI 2304) have been studied, and compared with the conventional carbon steel B500SD rebar. The study was conducted at three levels: at rebar level, at section level and at structural element level. The different mechanical properties of stainless steel directly influence the behaviour at section level and structural element level. The study of the corrosion behaviour of the two stainless steels has been performed by electrochemical measurements, monitoring the corrosion potential and the lineal polarization resistance (LPR), of reinforcements embedded in ordinary Portland cement (OPC) mortar specimens contaminated with different amount of chloride over one year time exposure. Both stainless steels specimens embedded in OPC mortar remain in the passive state for all the chloride concentration range studied after one year exposure. (Author) 26 refs.

  4. Cavitation erosion resistance of AISI 316L stainless steel laser surface-modified with NiTi

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    Chiu, K.Y. [Department of Applied Physics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China); Cheng, F.T. [Department of Applied Physics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China)]. E-mail: apaftche@polyu.edu.hk; Man, H.C. [Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong (China)

    2005-02-15

    The present study is part of a project on the surface modification of AISI 316 stainless steel using various forms of NiTi for enhancing cavitation erosion resistance. In this study, NiTi powder was preplaced on the AISI 316L substrate and melted with a high-power CW Nd:YAG laser. With appropriate laser processing parameters, an alloyed layer of a few hundred micrometers thick was formed and fusion bonded to the substrate without the formation of a brittle interface. EDS analysis showed that the layer contained Fe as the major constituent element while the XRD patterns of the surface showed an austenitic structure, similar to that of 316 stainless steel. The cavitation erosion resistance of the modified layer (316-NiTi-Laser) could reach about 29 times that of AISI 316L stainless steel. The improvement could be attributed to a much higher surface hardness and elasticity as revealed by instrumented nanoindentation tests. Among various types of samples, the cavitation erosion resistance was ranked in descending order as: NiTi plate > 316-NiTi-Laser > 316-NiTi-TIG > AISI 316L, where 316-NiTi-TIG stands for samples surfaced with the tungsten inert gas (TIG) process using NiTi wire. Though the laser-surfaced samples and the TIG-surfaced samples had similar indentation properties, the former exhibited a higher erosion resistance mainly because of a more homogeneous alloyed layer with much less defects. In both the laser-surfaced and TIG-surfaced samples, the superelastic behavior typical of austenitic NiTi was only partially retained and the superior cavitation erosion resistance was thus still not fully attained.

  5. Cavitation erosion resistance of AISI 316L stainless steel laser surface-modified with NiTi

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    The present study is part of a project on the surface modification of AISI 316 stainless steel using various forms of NiTi for enhancing cavitation erosion resistance. In this study, NiTi powder was preplaced on the AISI 316L substrate and melted with a high-power CW Nd:YAG laser. With appropriate laser processing parameters, an alloyed layer of a few hundred micrometers thick was formed and fusion bonded to the substrate without the formation of a brittle interface. EDS analysis showed that the layer contained Fe as the major constituent element while the XRD patterns of the surface showed an austenitic structure, similar to that of 316 stainless steel. The cavitation erosion resistance of the modified layer (316-NiTi-Laser) could reach about 29 times that of AISI 316L stainless steel. The improvement could be attributed to a much higher surface hardness and elasticity as revealed by instrumented nanoindentation tests. Among various types of samples, the cavitation erosion resistance was ranked in descending order as: NiTi plate > 316-NiTi-Laser > 316-NiTi-TIG > AISI 316L, where 316-NiTi-TIG stands for samples surfaced with the tungsten inert gas (TIG) process using NiTi wire. Though the laser-surfaced samples and the TIG-surfaced samples had similar indentation properties, the former exhibited a higher erosion resistance mainly because of a more homogeneous alloyed layer with much less defects. In both the laser-surfaced and TIG-surfaced samples, the superelastic behavior typical of austenitic NiTi was only partially retained and the superior cavitation erosion resistance was thus still not fully attained

  6. Welding of AA1050 aluminum with AISI 304 stainless steel by rotary friction welding process

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    Chen Ying An

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this work was to assess the development of solid state joints of dissimilar material AA1050 aluminum and AISI 304 stainless steel, which can be used in pipes of tanks of liquid propellants and other components of the Satellite Launch Vehicle. The joints were obtained by rotary friction welding process (RFW, which combines the heat generated from friction between two surfaces and plastic deformation. Tests were conducted with different welding process parameters. The results were analyzed by means of tensile tests, Vickers microhardness, metallographic tests and SEM-EDX. The strength of the joints varied with increasing friction time and the use of different pressure values. Joints were obtained with superior mechanical properties of the AA1050 aluminum, with fracture occurring in the aluminum away from the bonding interface. The analysis by EDX at the interface of the junction showed that interdiffusion occurs between the main chemical components of the materials involved. The RFW proves to be a great method for obtaining joints between dissimilar materials, which is not possible by fusion welding processes.

  7. Thermodynamic modeling and kinetics simulation of precipitate phases in AISI 316 stainless steels

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    Yang, Y., E-mail: yangying@ornl.gov [Materials Science and Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States); Busby, J.T. [Fusion and Materials for Nuclear Systems Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN 37831 (United States)

    2014-05-01

    This work aims at utilizing modern computational microstructural modeling tools to accelerate the understanding of phase stability in austenitic steels under extended thermal aging. Using the CALPHAD approach, a thermodynamic database OCTANT (ORNL Computational Thermodynamics for Applied Nuclear Technology), including elements of Fe, C, Cr, Ni, Mn, Mo, Si, and Ti, has been developed with a focus on reliable thermodynamic modeling of precipitate phases in AISI 316 austenitic stainless steels. The thermodynamic database was validated by comparing the calculated results with experimental data from commercial 316 austenitic steels. The developed computational thermodynamics was then coupled with precipitation kinetics simulation to understand the temporal evolution of precipitates in austenitic steels under long-term thermal aging (up to 600,000 h) at a temperature regime from 300 to 900 °C. This study discusses the effect of dislocation density and difusion coefficients on the precipitation kinetics at low temperatures, which shed a light on investigating the phase stability and transformation in austenitic steels used in light water reactors.

  8. Low temperature tensile deformation and acoustic emission signal characteristics of AISI 304LN stainless steel

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    Barat, K.; Bar, H.N. [Material Science and Technology Division, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur 831007 (India); Mandal, D. [Material Processing and Technology Division, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur 831007 (India); Roy, H., E-mail: himadri9504@gmail.com [NDT and Metallurgy Group, CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur 713209 (India); Sivaprasad, S.; Tarafder, S. [Material Science and Technology Division, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur 831007 (India)

    2014-03-01

    This investigation examines low temperature tensile deformation behavior of AISI 304LN stainless steel along with synergistic analysis of acoustic emission signals. The tensile tests are done at a range of temperatures starting from 283 K till 223 K. The fracture surfaces of the broken specimens are investigated using scanning electron microscope. The amount of deformation induced martensite is measured using a feritscope. The obtained results reveal that with decrease in test temperature, both strength and ductility increase. The increase in strength and ductility with decreasing temperature is explained in terms of void morphologies and formation of deformation induced martensite. The rapid increment in strength and ductility at 223 K is associated with the burst of martensitic transformation at that temperature; which has been clarified from acoustic emission signals. An additional initiative has been taken to model the evolution of martensite formation from the observed cumulative emission counts using a non linear logarithmic functional form. The fitted curves from the recorded acoustic emission cumulative count data are found to be better correlated compared to earlier obtained results. However, at 223 K normal non-linear logarithmic fit is not found suitable due to presence of burst type signals at intervals, therefore; piecewise logarithmic function to model acoustic emission bursts is proposed.

  9. Low temperature tensile deformation and acoustic emission signal characteristics of AISI 304LN stainless steel

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    This investigation examines low temperature tensile deformation behavior of AISI 304LN stainless steel along with synergistic analysis of acoustic emission signals. The tensile tests are done at a range of temperatures starting from 283 K till 223 K. The fracture surfaces of the broken specimens are investigated using scanning electron microscope. The amount of deformation induced martensite is measured using a feritscope. The obtained results reveal that with decrease in test temperature, both strength and ductility increase. The increase in strength and ductility with decreasing temperature is explained in terms of void morphologies and formation of deformation induced martensite. The rapid increment in strength and ductility at 223 K is associated with the burst of martensitic transformation at that temperature; which has been clarified from acoustic emission signals. An additional initiative has been taken to model the evolution of martensite formation from the observed cumulative emission counts using a non linear logarithmic functional form. The fitted curves from the recorded acoustic emission cumulative count data are found to be better correlated compared to earlier obtained results. However, at 223 K normal non-linear logarithmic fit is not found suitable due to presence of burst type signals at intervals, therefore; piecewise logarithmic function to model acoustic emission bursts is proposed

  10. Duplex treatment of 304 AISI stainless steel using rf plasma nitriding and carbonitriding

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    Surface of 304 AISI austenitic stainless steel has been modified using duplex treatment technique of nitriding and carbonitriding. A thick modified nitrided layer, of approximately 20 μm, has been achieved when rf inductively coupled plasma was adjusted at 450 W for processing time of only 10 min. After performing the nitrided layer, the nitrided samples were carbonitrided using the same technique at different acetylene partial pressure ratios ranges from 10% to 70%, the balance was pure nitrogen. Different amount of nitrogen and carbon species are diffused underneath the surface through the nitrided layer during carbonitriding process and are found to be gas composition dependent. The treated samples were characterized by glow discharge optical spectroscopy, X-ray diffractometry, scanning electron microscopy and Vickers microhardness tester. The microstructure of the duplex treated layer indicates the formation of γ-Fe4N, Fe3C, CrN and nitrogen-expanded austenite (γN). The thickness of the duplex treated layer increases with increasing the acetylene partial pressure ratio. The surface microhardness of duplex treated samples has been found to be gas composition dependent and increased by 1.29 fold in comparison to the nitrided sample.

  11. A study on the corrosion Properties of AISI type 316 Stainless Steel Weldment

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    As a study on the corrosion property change at each part near weldment in AISI type 316 Stainless Steel, causes for the decrease of the corrosion resistance, change of the passive tendency and process of pitting were investigated by metallographic and electrochemical techniques. The equilibrium corrosion potentials, the pitting potentials and the current densities in the passive region in 3% NaCl solution at 19-20 .deg. C were studied with the potentiostatic anodic polarization curves. And the shapes of the pits were investigated as soon as the experiment for anodic polarization curve had been finished(i.e. in the transpassive region). The followings are the main conclusions drawn from the above experiments. The decrease of corrosion resistance is caused by the residual stress as well as the thermal effect. The passivity decreased at HAZ, and a certain correlation between the passive potential range and the current density in the passive region was revealed. Pits were most frequently generated at HAZ, and pitting initiated near the grain boundaries

  12. Microstructure analysis of AISI 304 stainless steel produced by twin-roll thin strip casting process

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    2007-01-01

    The microstructure of AISI 304 austenite stainless steel fabricated by the thin strip casting process were investigated using optical microscope, scanning electron microscope (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD).The microstructures of the casting strips show a duplex structure consisting of delta ferrite and austenite. The volume fraction of the delta ferrite is about 9.74vol% at the center and 6.77vol% at the surface of the casting thin strip, in vermicular and band shapes. On account of rapid cooling and solidification in the continuous casting process, many kinds of inclusions and precipitates have been found. Most of the inclusions and precipitates are spherical complex compounds consisting of oxides, such as, SiO2, MnO, Al2O3,Cr2O3,and FeO or their multiplicity oxides of MnO·Al2O3,2FeO·SiO2, and 2MnO·SiO2. Many defects including dislocations and stacking faults have also formed during the rapid cooling and solidification process, which is helpful to improve the mechanical properties of the casting strips.

  13. Corrosion of aluminium, stainless steels and AISI 680 nickel alloy in nitrogen-based fuels

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    Kap, I.; Starostin, M.; Shter, G.E.; Grader, G.S. [Department of Chemical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (Israel)

    2012-07-15

    Nitrogen-based compounds can potentially be used as alternative non-carbon or low-carbon fuels. Nevertheless, the corrosion of construction materials at high temperatures and pressures in the presence of such fuel has not been reported yet. This work is focused on the corrosion of AISI Al 6061, 1005 carbon steel (CS), 304, 316L, 310 austenitic stainless steels (SS) and 680 nickel alloy in highly concentrated water solution of ammonium nitrate and urea (ANU). The corrosion at 50 C and ambient pressure and at 350 C and 20 bar was investigated to simulate storage and working conditions. Sodium chloride was added to the fuel (0-5 wt%) to simulate industrial fertilizers and accelerated corrosion environment. Heavy corrosion of CS was observed in ANU solution at 50 C, while Al 6061, 304 and 316L SS showed high resistance both to uniform and pitting corrosion in ANU containing 1% of sodium chloride. Addition of 5% sodium chloride caused pitting of Al 6061 but had no influence on the corrosion of SS. Tests in ANU at 350 C and 20 bar showed pitting on SS 304 and 316L and 680 nickel alloy. The highest corrosion resistance was found for SS 310 due to formation of stable oxide film on its surface. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  14. The effect of preheat and post weld heat treatment on the laser weldability of AISI 420 martensitic stainless steel

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    Highlights: • Laser welding of martensitic stainless steel is a very challenging process. • An effect of post weld treatment on properties of laser weldment was investigated. • The desired properties of weldment have been achieved by controlling cooling rate. • The post-weld treatment could be responsible for reducing microcrack propagation. - Abstract: The martensitic stainless steels are widely used in many industries with their excellent mechanical properties and sufficient corrosion resistance. These steels usually are used for a wide range of applications like nuclear power plants, steam generators, mixer blades, pressure vessels, turbine blades, surgical tools, instrument manufacturing and so on. Contrary to good mechanical and corrosion properties of martensitic steels, poor weldability and cold cracking sensitivity are major problems that are faced in joining of these steels. In this study, the weldability of AISI 420 (X30Cr13) martensitic stainless steel by CO2 laser beam welding method has been investigated. Effects of pre and post weld heat treatments on mechanical properties and microstructure of laser welded AISI 420 martensitic stainless have also been determined. As a conclusion, it was determined that pre and post weld heat treatments sufficiently improved the mechanical properties of the welds

  15. Aluminum coating by fluidized bed chemical vapor deposition on austenitic stainless steels AISI 304 and AISI 316

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Los revestimientos de aluminio f ueron depositados sobre aceros inoxidables AISI 304 y AISI 316 en el rango de temperatura de 5 60 a 600 °C por deposición química de vapor en lecho fluidizado(CVD – FBR. Se utilizó un lecho que consistía en 10 % de aluminio en polvo y 90 % de lecho inerte (alúmina, el cual fue fluidizado con Ar y como ga ses activadores se utilizó una mezcla de ácido clorhídrico con hidrógeno (HCl/H 2 . En el recubrimiento si n tratamiento térmico están las siguiente s especies: Al 13 Fe 4 , Fe 2 Al 5 , FeAl 2 y Al 5 FeNi, las cuales están presentes para ambos aceros. Además, el tratamiento térmico provoca la difusa de alu minio hacia el sustrato y la difusa de hierro del sustrato haci a la superficie del recubrimiento, haciendo la trans formación de los compuestos ant eriores a FeAl, Fe 2 Al 5 , FeAl 2 , Al 0.99 Fe 0.99 Ni 0.02 , AlNi y el Fe 2 AlCr. Se realizó la simulación termodinámica con el s oftware Thermo Calc para obt ener información de la posible composición y la cantidad de mat erial depositado, para condiciones seleccionadas. Las muestras recubi ertas y sin recubrir, se expus ieron a 750 ºC en una atmósfera d onde el vapor agua se transporta a las muestras usando un flujo de N 2 de 40 ml/min, más 100 % vapor de agua (H 2 O. Los dos sustratos sin revestir se comportaron de manera diferente, ya que el acero AISI 304 soportó bien el a taque y ganó poco peso (0.49 mg/cm 2 , en comparación con el acero AISI 316 que perdió mucho peso (25.4 mg/cm 2 . Los aceros recubiertos ganaron poco de peso durante las mil horas de exposición (0.26 mg/cm 2 y soportaron muy bien el ataque corrosivo en c omparación con sustratos sin r ecubrimiento.

  16. A preliminary study of laser cladding of AISI 316 stainless steel using preplaced NiTi wire

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    NiTi wire of diameter 1 mm was preplaced on AISI 316 stainless steel samples by using a binder. Melting of the NiTi wire to form a clad track on the steel substrate was achieved by means of a high-power CW Nd:YAG laser using different processing parameters. The geometry and microstructure of the clad deposit were studied by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The hardness and compositional profiles along the depth of the deposit were acquired by microhardness testing and energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), respectively. The elastic behavior of the deposit was analyzed using nanoindentation, and compared with that of the NiTi wire. The dilution of the NiTi clad by the substrate material beneath was substantial in single clad tracks, but could be successively reduced in multiple clad layers. A strong fusion bonding with tough interface could be obtained as evidenced by the integrity of Vickers indentations in the interfacial region. In comparison with the NiTi cladding on AISI 316 using the tungsten inert gas (TIG) process, the laser process was capable of producing a much less defective cladding with a more homogeneous microstructure, which is an essential cladding quality with respect to cavitation erosion and corrosion resistance. Thus, the present preliminary study shows that laser cladding using preplaced wire is a feasible method to obtain a thick and homogeneous NiTi-based alloy layer on AISI 316 stainless steel substrate

  17. A preliminary study of laser cladding of AISI 316 stainless steel using preplaced NiTi wire

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    Cheng, F.T.; Lo, K.H.; Man, H.C

    2004-08-25

    NiTi wire of diameter 1 mm was preplaced on AISI 316 stainless steel samples by using a binder. Melting of the NiTi wire to form a clad track on the steel substrate was achieved by means of a high-power CW Nd:YAG laser using different processing parameters. The geometry and microstructure of the clad deposit were studied by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy (SEM), respectively. The hardness and compositional profiles along the depth of the deposit were acquired by microhardness testing and energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), respectively. The elastic behavior of the deposit was analyzed using nanoindentation, and compared with that of the NiTi wire. The dilution of the NiTi clad by the substrate material beneath was substantial in single clad tracks, but could be successively reduced in multiple clad layers. A strong fusion bonding with tough interface could be obtained as evidenced by the integrity of Vickers indentations in the interfacial region. In comparison with the NiTi cladding on AISI 316 using the tungsten inert gas (TIG) process, the laser process was capable of producing a much less defective cladding with a more homogeneous microstructure, which is an essential cladding quality with respect to cavitation erosion and corrosion resistance. Thus, the present preliminary study shows that laser cladding using preplaced wire is a feasible method to obtain a thick and homogeneous NiTi-based alloy layer on AISI 316 stainless steel substrate.

  18. Self-organisation of nanoscaled pores in anodic oxide overlayer on stainless steels

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    Martin, F. [CEA de Saclay, DEN, DPC, SCCME, Laboratoire d' Etude de la Corrosion Aqueuse, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Del Frari, D. [CEA de Saclay, DSM, IRAMIS, SPSCI, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France); Cousty, J. [CEA de Saclay, DSM, IRAMIS, SPSCI, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)], E-mail: jacques.cousty@cea.fr; Bataillon, C. [CEA de Saclay, DEN, DPC, SCCME, Laboratoire d' Etude de la Corrosion Aqueuse, F-91191 Gif-sur-Yvette (France)

    2009-04-15

    The nanoscaled morphology of the overlayer covering stainless steels after electropolishing in perchloric acid-based electrolyte was explored mainly by AFM and SEM. Two kinds of stainless steels were tested. For the austenitic one (AISI 304L), a quasi-periodic arrangement of pores in this overlayer has been observed. Depending on the experimental conditions, the distance between neighbouring pores ranged from 20 nm up to 230 nm. This inter-pore distance varied either with the applied voltage or with the current density for a constant voltage. From XPS spectra performed on the nanostructured surfaces, analysis of the energy shifts of Cr and Fe 2p levels showed that the anodic overlayer was enriched in Cr atoms compared to the 304L steel bulk composition. For the austeno-ferritic duplex stainless steel, the electropolished surface exhibited nanoscaled pores, which had grown and self-organised on both phases but with different characteristic dimensions.

  19. Resistance spot welding joints of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel sheets: Phase transformations, mechanical properties and microstructure characterizations

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    Highlights: • Resistance spot welding of AISI 316L stainless steel sheets. • Microstructure prediction by the use of Schaeffler and Pseudo-binary diagrams. • Non-equilibrium phases including skeletal, acicular and lathy delta ferrite formed. • Mechanical characterization of weld nuggets including peak load and failure energy. • Different failure modes were found at various welding currents. - Abstract: In this paper, we aim to optimize welding parameters namely welding current and time in resistance spot welding (RSW) of the austenitic stainless steel sheets grade AISI 316L. Afterward, effect of optimum welding parameters on the resistance spot welding properties and microstructure of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel sheets has been investigated. Effect of welding current at constant welding time was considered on the weld properties such as weld nugget size, tensile–shear load bearing capacity of welded materials, failure modes, failure energy, ductility, and microstructure of weld nuggets as well. Phase transformations that took place during weld thermal cycle were analyzed in more details including metallographic studies of welding of the austenitic stainless steels. Metallographic images, mechanical properties, electron microscopy photographs and micro-hardness measurements showed that the region between interfacial to pullout mode transition and expulsion limit is defined as the optimum welding condition. Backscattered electron scanning microscopic images (BE-SEM) showed various types of delta ferrite in weld nuggets. Three delta ferrite morphologies consist of skeletal, acicular and lathy delta ferrite morphologies formed in resistance spot welded regions as a result of non-equilibrium phases which can be attributed to the fast cooling rate in RSW process and consequently, prediction and explanation of the obtained morphologies based on Schaeffler, WRC-1992 and Pseudo-binary phase diagrams would be a difficult task

  20. Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy and magnetic measurements on thermally oxidized AISI 304 and AISI 316 stainless steels

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    Maachi, B. [Universite d' Oran, Laboratoire de Physique des Couches Minces et Materiaux pour l' Electronique (LPC2ME), BP 1524, El M' Naouer, 31000 Oran (Algeria); Pirri, C.; Mehdaoui, A. [Universite de Haute Alsace (UHA), Institut de Science des Materiaux de Mulhouse (IS2M), LRC 7228 - CNRS, 4 rue des freres Lumiere, 68093 Mulhouse (France); Hakiki, N.E., E-mail: hakiki.nourredine@yahoo.f [Universite d' Oran, Laboratoire de Physique des Couches Minces et Materiaux pour l' Electronique (LPC2ME), BP 1524, El M' Naouer, 31000 Oran (Algeria); Bubendorff, J.L., E-mail: jean-luc.bubendorff@uha.f [Universite de Haute Alsace (UHA), Institut de Science des Materiaux de Mulhouse (IS2M), LRC 7228 - CNRS, 4 rue des freres Lumiere, 68093 Mulhouse (France)

    2011-03-15

    Research highlights: {yields} The surface roughness of the bare substrate influence the oxide layer growth. {yields} The oxide layer roughness follows power laws and belongs to universality class. {yields} At low growth temperature, the p-n heterojunction disappears in some places. {yields} SKPFM images allow the direct visualization of local corrosion sites. {yields} Presence of a magnetite phase in the outer iron rich layer of the oxide thin film. - Abstract: Thermally oxidized AISI304 and AISI316 stainless steels are studied by Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (SKPFM) and Magneto-Optical Kerr effect as a function of their growth temperature. The surface roughness is a competition between the roughness of the bare substrate and the roughness resulting from the oxide layer growth. Cr oxide is present at some places on the surface at low growth temperature as shown by SKPFM. The observed decrease of surface potential with the oxide layer thickness indicates an effective protection against corrosion. Magnetic measurements demonstrate that the outer layer contains a magnetite phase (in-plane magnetization).

  1. Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy and magnetic measurements on thermally oxidized AISI 304 and AISI 316 stainless steels

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    Research highlights: → The surface roughness of the bare substrate influence the oxide layer growth. → The oxide layer roughness follows power laws and belongs to universality class. → At low growth temperature, the p-n heterojunction disappears in some places. → SKPFM images allow the direct visualization of local corrosion sites. → Presence of a magnetite phase in the outer iron rich layer of the oxide thin film. - Abstract: Thermally oxidized AISI304 and AISI316 stainless steels are studied by Atomic Force Microscopy, Scanning Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy (SKPFM) and Magneto-Optical Kerr effect as a function of their growth temperature. The surface roughness is a competition between the roughness of the bare substrate and the roughness resulting from the oxide layer growth. Cr oxide is present at some places on the surface at low growth temperature as shown by SKPFM. The observed decrease of surface potential with the oxide layer thickness indicates an effective protection against corrosion. Magnetic measurements demonstrate that the outer layer contains a magnetite phase (in-plane magnetization).

  2. Biocompatibility evaluation of surface-treated AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel in human cell cultures.

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    Martinesi, M; Bruni, S; Stio, M; Treves, C; Bacci, T; Borgioli, F

    2007-01-01

    The effects of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel, tested in untreated state or subjected to glow-discharge nitriding (at 10 or 20 hPa) and nitriding + post-oxidizing treatments, on human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) and on peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were evaluated. All the treated samples showed a better corrosion resistance in PBS and higher surface hardness in comparison with the untreated alloy. In HUVEC put in contact for 72 h with the sample types, proliferation and apoptosis decreased and increased, respectively, in the presence of the nitrided + post-oxidized samples, while only slight differences in cytokine (TNF-alpha, IL-6, and TGF-beta1) release were registered. Intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) increased in HUVEC incubated with all the treated samples, while vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) and E-selectin increased in the presence of all the sample types. PBMC incubated for 48 h with the samples showed a decrease in proliferation and an increase in apoptosis in the presence of the untreated samples and the nitrided + post-oxidized ones. All the sample types induced a remarkable increase in TNF-alpha and IL-6 release in PBMC culture medium, while only the untreated sample and the nitrided at 10 hPa induced an increase in ICAM-1 expression. In HUVEC cocultured with PBMC, previously put in contact with the treated AISI 316L samples, increased levels of ICAM-1 were detected. In HUVEC coincubated with the culture medium of PBMC, previously put in contact with the samples under study, a noteworthy increase in ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and E-selectin levels was always registered, with the exception of VCAM-1, which was not affected by the untreated sample. In conclusion, even if the treated samples do not show a marked increase in biocompatibility in comparison with the untreated alloy, their higher corrosion resistance may suggest a better performance as the contact with physiological environment becomes longer. PMID

  3. Solid-particle erosion of tungsten carbide/cobalt cermet vs. hardened AISI 440C stainless steel

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    Solid-particle erosion tests were conducted on hardened AISI 440C stainless steel and a cermet that consisted of ∼90 vol.% submicrometer WC embedded in ∼10 vol.% Co. Angular Al2O3 abrasives were used as the erodent. Experimental variables were: angle of impact = 20, 50, or 90 degrees; erodent velocity = 60 or 120 m/s; erodent nominal diameter = 63 or 143 (micro)m. For all test conditions, the stainless steel eroded faster than the cermet. Analysis of weight-loss data and examination of eroded surfaces by scanning electron microscopy indicated that the erosion mechanisms were similar for the two hard materials. Both exhibited significant plasticity when impacted, but the stainless steel's response to impact appeared to have been more ductile in nature

  4. Analysis of a premature failure of welded AISI316L stainless steel pipes originated by microbial induced corrosion

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    Otero, E.; Bastidas, J.M.; Lopez, V. [Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Metalurgicas, Madrid (Spain)

    1997-07-01

    This paper analyses the causes of the premature failure of welded AISI 316L stainless steel (ss) pipes which formed part of a sea water cooling circuit. The service time of the pipes was 8 months. The laboratory tests carried out consisted of metallography tests, {delta}-ferrite determination, intergranular corrosion susceptibility, cyclic anodic polarization curves, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and X-ray photo-electron spectroscopy (XPS). The study presents typical forms of microbial induced corrosion (MIC) in AISI 308L and 316L ss in contact with natural sea water. The research is completed with the performance of bacteriological tests which demonstrate that the bacteria which cause the localized corrosion are of the sulphate-reducing genus ``desulfovibrio`` and the sulphide-oxidizing genus ``thiocapsa``. (orig.) 17 refs.

  5. Effect of fast neutron irradiation on tensile properties of AISI 304 stainless steel and alloy Ti-6Al-4V

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    Highlights: → The σy and σUTS of AISI 304 steel increased with fluence and markedly at 4.8 x 1018 n cm-2. → Ductility of the AISI 304 steel is reduced slightly even up to highest fluence. → Marked decrease in σy and relatively less decrease in σUTS occur in the alloy Ti-6Al-4V. → Reduction in ductility occurs in Ti-6Al-4V even at low fluence of 1.2 x 1018 n cm-2. → Both the materials are shown phase instability resulting from neutron irradiation. - Abstract: Effect of fast neutron irradiation at low fluence level of ∼1018 ncm-2, on tensile properties of AISI 304 stainless steel and titanium alloy Ti-6Al-4V, was studied at ambient temperature. Flat tensile specimens, subjected to fast neutron irradiation to three different fluences of 0.6 x 1018, 1.2 x 1018 and 4.8 x 1018 ncm-2, in a reactor, were tested at ambient temperature. It was observed that yield strength and tensile strength of the AISI 304 stainless steel increased marginally, upto the fluence level of 1.2 x 1018 ncm-2, but significantly at the highest fluence of 4.8 x 1018 ncm-2. However there was only nominal decrease in ductility due to neutron irradiation. On the other hand, in the alloy Ti-6Al-4V there was fall both in strength as well as ductility with increase in neutron fluence. Ductility was found to decrease upto the fluence of 1.2 x 1018 ncm-2 and remained constant at higher fluences. Phase instability was revealed by X-ray diffraction in both the neutron irradiated materials.

  6. 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

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    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.

  7. Evaluation of the austenitic alloys 304L, 316L, and alloy 825 under Tuff repository conditions

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    Austenitic alloys 304L and 316L and stainless steel 825 were investigated as candidate materials for containers for waste disposal in the relatively benign conditions of the Yucca Mountain site. In this vault there will be very little water, and what there is will contain small amounts of chlorides, nitrates, sulphates and carbonates. The radiation fields will be 104 rad/h initially, but will decay to low levels by the end of the containment period. The initial temperature will be around 250 C, and it will remain above the boiling point of water for the containment period (approximately 300 years). There will be no lithostatic or hydrostatic pressure. Type 304L stainless steel is a base case material used in comparisons with other candidates. Type 316L stainless steel possesses enhanced resistance to sensitization and localized corrosion; alloy 825 is stabilized to have a much better resistance to sensitization and localized corrosion and performs better in chloride environments

  8. Effect of Cl– on the corrosive wear of AISI 321 stainless steel in H2SO4 solution

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    Yanliang Huang; Xiaoxia Jiang; Sizuo Li

    2003-06-01

    The effect of Cl– on the corrosive wear behaviour of AISI 321 stainless steel in H2SO4 solution was studied via the corrosive wear rate, the load bearing capacity of passive film and the relationship between pitting and corrosive wear. There is a critical load at natural potential, below which the corrosive wear rate is slightly lowered by Cl–, while above which is increased. At natural potential there are more pits at low load than that at a higher one in the wear tracks and the pits are also deeper. The load bearing capacity is lowered by Cl– at passive region and then the corrosive wear rate increased.

  9. The influence of the martensitic transformation on the fatigue of an AISI type 316 metastable stainless steel

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    The influence of the martensitic transformation on the process of pulse tension fatigue of a AISI type 316 metastable stainless steel was studied at 250 and 1960c. The fatigue tests were performed on annealed and cold worked specimens in order to separate the effects of static transformation, dynamic transformation and work hardening. The fatigue limits obtained from the corresponding Wohler curves were compared for the different test conditions. The results showed that the fatigue is not affected by the dynamically induced martensite. On the other hand the static martensite, previously induced, appears to decrease the resistance to fatigue. The reasons for these effects are discussed. (Author)

  10. Effect of martensite to austenite reversion on the formation of nano/submicron grained AISI 301 stainless steel

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    The martensite to austenite reversion behavior of 90% cold rolled AISI 301 stainless steel was investigated in order to refine the grain size. Cold rolled specimens were annealed at 600-900 deg. C, and subsequently characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Feritscope, and hardness measurements. The effects of annealing parameters on the formation of fully-austenitic nano/submicron grained structure and the mechanisms involved were studied. It was found that annealing at 800 deg. C for 10 s exhibited the smallest average austenite grain size of 240 ± 60 nm with an almost fully-austenitic structure.

  11. Effect of martensite to austenite reversion on the formation of nano/submicron grained AISI 301 stainless steel

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    Karimi, M.; Najafizadeh, A. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Kermanpur, A., E-mail: ahmad_k@cc.iut.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Eskandari, M. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-11-15

    The martensite to austenite reversion behavior of 90% cold rolled AISI 301 stainless steel was investigated in order to refine the grain size. Cold rolled specimens were annealed at 600-900 deg. C, and subsequently characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Feritscope, and hardness measurements. The effects of annealing parameters on the formation of fully-austenitic nano/submicron grained structure and the mechanisms involved were studied. It was found that annealing at 800 deg. C for 10 s exhibited the smallest average austenite grain size of 240 {+-} 60 nm with an almost fully-austenitic structure.

  12. AISI 304 stainless steel disintegration using a water jet intensified by mechanical vibrations with frequency of 20kHz

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    Lehocká, D.; Klich, Jiří; Foldyna, Josef; Hloch, Sergej; Cárach, J.

    Belgrade: TEAM International Society, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Belgrade, 2015 - (Sedmak, A.), s. 320-323 ISBN 978-86-7083-877-2. [International Scientific and Expert Conference TEAM 2015 /7./. Belgrade (RS), 15.10.2015-16.10.2015] R&D Projects: GA MŠk ED2.1.00/03.0082; GA MŠk(CZ) LO1406 Institutional support: RVO:68145535 Keywords : pulsating water jet * disintegration * mass material removal * AISI 304 stainless steel Subject RIV: JQ - Machines ; Tools http://johanyak.hu/files/u1/publi/G_J_Survey_on_Intrusion_TEAM_2015.pdf

  13. Effect of rare earth elements on microstructure and oxidation behaviour in TIG weldments of AISI 316L stainless steel

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    The influence of rare earth addition in weld metal, on the microstructure and oxidation behaviour of AISI 316L stainless steel in dry air under isothermal condition at 973 K for 240 h is reported. Rare earth metal (REM) doped weld metal zone exhibits better oxidation resistance during isothermal holding as compared to base metal and undoped weld metal zone of 316L. Presence of both Ce and Nb in weld metal shows superior oxidation resistance than with Ce alone. TIG weld microstructures are presented by optical microscopy. The morphologies of the scales and nature of their adherence to the alloy substrates, and scale spallation have been characterized by SEM and EDAX

  14. Small angle neutron scattering study of the damage induced by creep deformation in AISI 304 stainless steel

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    In the austenitic stainless steels, a class of materials largely used in the nuclear power plants, creep induces essentially two new microstructural effects: the nucleation and growth of grain boundary cavities and the precipitation of carbides. Carbides precipitate as a consequence of pure thermal treatment, whereas for the occurrence of voids the presence of stress is necessary. It should be noted however, that the kinetics of precipitation and even the precipitate crystal structure are changed by the introduction of dislocations due to straining during creep. The aim of the present study is a quantitative characterization of the creep damage occurring in a stainless steel of the type X 6 CrNi 8 11 (AISI 304). The experimental techniques used are optical and electron microscopy, microprobe analysis and small angle neutron scattering. This latter technique is described in more detail

  15. Effect of aging at 700 deg. C on precipitation and toughness of AISI 321 and AISI 347 austenitic stainless steel welds

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    A detailed knowledge of changes in microstructures and mechanical behaviour that occur in austenitic stainless steels with or without Nb/Ti-stabilized weld during heat treatment is of great interest, since the ductility and toughness of the material may change drastically after long aging times. Two kinds of materials, i.e. AISI 321 base and without Ti-stabilized weld steel and AISI 347 base with Nb-stabilized weld steel, were compared during aging at 700 deg. C up to 6000 h. Both materials present increased amount of precipitate and decreased impact energy as the aging time increases. The decreased extent of impact energy with aging is almost the same for both base materials. However, it presents differences for 347 and 321 weld samples. The latter shows a more drastic decrease of impact energy than the former due to the different amount of precipitates. 321 weld sample precipitates more numerously than 347 weld sample due to the absence of stabilized Ti/Nb on the former. Large amount of carbides is formed on 321 weld sample immediately after welding. The carbides are transformed to sigma phase, which is mainly responsible for the much more sigma phase precipitation compared with other samples, after high-temperature aging. The fractographs showed, in general, brittle fracture mode in 321 weld impact-fractured specimens after aging at 700 deg. C for 6000 h. However, other samples show ductile fracture mode in general. Several approaches should be employed to control sigma phase precipitation in weld material. These approaches include: decreasing content of ferrite and M23C6 carbide in weld and selecting Nb added weld wire during welding

  16. Study of corrosion resistance of AISI 444 ferritic stainless steel for application as a biomaterial; Estudo da resistencia a corrosao do aco inoxidavel ferritico AISI 444 para aplicacao como biomaterial

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    Marques, Rogerio Albuquerque

    2014-09-01

    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

  17. TRIBOLOGICAL BEHAVIORS OF PLASMA NITRIDED AISI 316 LN TYPE STAINLESS STEEL IN AIR AND HIGH VACUUM ATMOSPHERE AT ROOM TEMPERATURE

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    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available In this work, tribological behaviors of the plasma nitrided AISI 316 LN type austenitic stainless steel specimens (both pins and rings have been analyzed. The experiments have been conducted in high vacuum and in air atmosphere using Vacuum based high temperature Pin-on-disc tribometer. The tribological parameters such as friction coefficient and wear resistance have been analyzed by Origin graphs. The wear mechanisms involved have been identified by recording surface morphology on the wear track and pin surface through scanning electron microscope (SEM and Optical profilometer. The self mating of AISI 316 LN type stainless steel (316LN exhibits strong adhesion between the contact surfaces and severe surface damage both in air and in vacuum atmosphere. But, the self mating of Plasma Nitrided 316LN (CrN/CrN reveals mild wear till the CrN coating peeled off from the pin surface. It has also been proved that Plasma Nitrided (CrN layer on 316 LN ring was wear resistant layer when it issliding against the untreated 316 LN pin in air and high vacuum atmosphere.

  18. Study of carbonitriding thermochemical treatment by plasma screen in active with pressures main austenitic stainless steels AISI 409 and AISI 316L; Estudo do tratamento termoquimico de carbonitretacao por plasma em tela ativa com pressoes variaveis nos acos inoxidaveis austenitico AISI 316L e ferririco AISI 409

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    Melo, M.S.; Oliveira, A.M.; Leal, V.S.; Sousa, R.R.M. de; Alves Junior, C. [Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica do Maranhao (CEFET/MA), Sao Luis, MA (Brazil); Centro Federal de Educacao Tecnologica do Piaui (CEFET/PI), Teresina, PI (Brazil); Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (DF/UFRN), Natal, RN (Brazil). Dept. de Fisica. Labplasma

    2010-07-01

    The technique called Active Screen Plasma Nitriding (ASPN) is being used as an alternative once it offers several advantages with respect to conventional DC plasma. In this method, the plasma does not form directly in the sample's surface but on a screen, in such a way that undesired effects such as the edge effect is minimized. Stainless steels present not very satisfactory wearing characteristics. However, plasma carbonitriding has been used as to improve its resistance to wearing due to the formation of a fine surface layer with good properties. In this work, samples of stainless steel AISI 316L and AISI 409 were treated at pressures of 2.5 and 5 mbar. After the treatments they were characterized by microhardness, microscopy and Xray diffraction. Microscopy and hardness analysis showed satisfactory layers and toughness in those steels. (author)

  19. Microstructure, mechanical properties and chemical degradation of brazed AISI 316 stainless steel/alumina systems

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    Paiva, O.C. [Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP), Rua Dr. Antonio Bernardino de Almeida 431, 4200-072 Porto (Portugal)], E-mail: omp@isep.ipp.pt; Barbosa, M.A. [Instituto de Engenharia Biomedica (INEB), Rua do Campo Alegre, 823, 4150-180 Porto (Portugal); Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto (FEUP), Rua Roberto Frias s/n, 4200-465 Porto (Portugal)

    2008-05-15

    The main aims of the present study are simultaneously to relate the brazing parameters with: (i) the correspondent interfacial microstructure, (ii) the resultant mechanical properties and (iii) the electrochemical degradation behaviour of AISI 316 stainless steel/alumina brazed joints. Filler metals on such as Ag-26.5Cu-3Ti and Ag-34.5Cu-1.5Ti were used to produce the joints. Three different brazing temperatures (850, 900 and 950 deg. C), keeping a constant holding time of 20 min, were tested. The objective was to understand the influence of the brazing temperature on the final microstructure and properties of the joints. The mechanical properties of the metal/ceramic (M/C) joints were assessed from bond strength tests carried out using a shear solicitation loading scheme. The fracture surfaces were studied both morphologically and structurally using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). The degradation behaviour of the M/C joints was assessed by means of electrochemical techniques. It was found that using a Ag-26.5Cu-3Ti brazing alloy and a brazing temperature of 850 deg. C, produces the best results in terms of bond strength, 234 {+-} 18 MPa. The mechanical properties obtained could be explained on the basis of the different compounds identified on the fracture surfaces by XRD. On the other hand, the use of the Ag-34.5Cu-1.5Ti brazing alloy and a brazing temperature of 850 deg. C produces the best results in terms of corrosion rates (lower corrosion current density), 0.76 {+-} 0.21 {mu}A cm{sup -2}. Nevertheless, the joints produced at 850 deg. C using a Ag-26.5Cu-3Ti brazing alloy present the best compromise between mechanical properties and degradation behaviour, 234 {+-} 18 MPa and 1.26 {+-} 0.58 {mu}A cm{sup -2}, respectively. The role of Ti diffusion is fundamental in terms of the final value achieved for the M/C bond strength. On the contrary, the Ag and Cu distribution along the

  20. Assessment and comparison of oxides grown on 304l ods steel and 304l ss in water environment in supercritical conditions

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    In order to fulfil superior cladding for new reactor generation G IV, the austenitic304L stainless steel was improved by oxide dispersion strengthening (ODS), using two nano-oxides: titanium and yttrium oxides. The behaviour of the new material resulted, 304 ODS, in water at supercritical temperature of about 550OC and 25 MPa pressure, was considered. The oxidation kinetics by weigh gain measurements for both materials have been estimated and compared. The weight gain of ODS samples is higher than basic austenitic steel up to 1320 hours. The oxides developed on the ODS samples in SCPW are layered and more uniform than in 304L SS. The protectively character of oxide films was estimated by different techniques. The morphology of oxide surface, the layering and chemical formula of oxides films were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Energy Dispersion X-Ray Spectrometry (EDS), electrochemical impedance spectrometry (EIS) and by Small Angle X-ray Diffraction (SAXD). 1. (authors)

  1. Preliminary studies of the welding zone of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel capsules, for Cs137 sealed sources

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    Currently, the treatment for cervix, endometrium and vaginal cancer, uses radioactive seeds, shaped like spheres, seeds or threads, with the brachytherapy technique. The brachytherapy sources are encased in surgical grade stainless steel cylinders. This geometry aims to contain the radioactive material, by providing safe barriers, thereby reducing other undesirable radiations from the radioisotopes during their disintegration and by providing rigidity to the source. The properties of the stainless steels are greatly influenced by their chemical composition, which also determines the microstructural characteristics of these alloys. AISI 316L steel is one of the raw materials used most frequently for surgical use, due to its stability and inert character when in contact with the human organism. Small stainless steel cylindrical capsules (about 10 mm long, 2mm diameter) were prepared for this work, with caps welded at both ends using the TIG process, producing an airtight closure. The welds are described by cut, surface, grain-revealing chemical attack, and chemical analysis using dispersive energy spectroscopy and metallographic analysis. Vickers hardness measurements are also presented in the zones affected by the welding. The dendritic-granular interface of the welded stainless matrix under the TIG process, shows resistance to corrosion from human plasma at 36.5oC

  2. DCEMS Study of Thin Oxide Layers and Interface of Stainless Steel Films Deposited by Sputtering Austenitic AISI304

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    Thin stainless steel films were deposited on surface oxidized Si plate using austenitic AISI304 stainless steel as target with a RF magnetron Ar sputtering method. The deposited films and the oxidized films with about 15 nm in thickness were characterized by depth selective conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (DCEMS) using a 2π gas proportional counter. The as-deposited film consisted of ferromagnetic phase. The average hyperfine magnetic fields increased from 25 to 28 T by heating. A relative large amount of iron oxide (Fe2O3) was produced on the top surface layer upon heating at 400oC. After heating at 500oC the relative amount of iron oxide decreased and chromium oxide layers grew in the interface between the iron oxide and substrate layers. The ferromagnetic phase in the deposited stainless steel film was partially converted into austenitic phase at 500oC and largely at 600oC. DCEMS is effective for non-destructive characterization of both surface and interface layers of thin stainless steel films with several 10 nm thickness.

  3. DCEMS Study of Thin Oxide Layers and Interface of Stainless Steel Films Deposited by Sputtering Austenitic AISI304

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    Nomura, K.; Takahashi, K.; Takeda, M.; Shimizu, K.; Habasaki, H.; Kuzmann, E.

    2004-12-01

    Thin stainless steel films were deposited on surface oxidized Si plate using austenitic AISI304 stainless steel as target with a RF magnetron Ar sputtering method. The deposited films and the oxidized films with about 15 nm in thickness were characterized by depth selective conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy (DCEMS) using a 2π gas proportional counter. The as-deposited film consisted of ferromagnetic phase. The average hyperfine magnetic fields increased from 25 to 28 T by heating. A relative large amount of iron oxide (Fe2O3) was produced on the top surface layer upon heating at 400°C. After heating at 500°C the relative amount of iron oxide decreased and chromium oxide layers grew in the interface between the iron oxide and substrate layers. The ferromagnetic phase in the deposited stainless steel film was partially converted into austenitic phase at 500°C and largely at 600°C. DCEMS is effective for non-destructive characterization of both surface and interface layers of thin stainless steel films with several 10 nm thickness.

  4. DCEMS Study of Thin Oxide Layers and Interface of Stainless Steel Films Deposited by Sputtering Austenitic AISI304

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    Nomura, K. [University of Tokyo, School of Engineering (Japan); Takahashi, K.; Takeda, M. [Toho University, Department of Chemistry (Japan); Shimizu, K. [Keio University, University Chemical Laboratory (Japan); Habasaki, H. [University of Tokyo, School of Engineering (Japan); Kuzmann, E. [Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Eoetvoes Lorand University, Research Group for Nuclear Methods in Structural Chemistry (Hungary)

    2004-12-15

    Thin stainless steel films were deposited on surface oxidized Si plate using austenitic AISI304 stainless steel as target with a RF magnetron Ar sputtering method. The deposited films and the oxidized films with about 15 nm in thickness were characterized by depth selective conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy (DCEMS) using a 2{pi} gas proportional counter. The as-deposited film consisted of ferromagnetic phase. The average hyperfine magnetic fields increased from 25 to 28 T by heating. A relative large amount of iron oxide (Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) was produced on the top surface layer upon heating at 400{sup o}C. After heating at 500{sup o}C the relative amount of iron oxide decreased and chromium oxide layers grew in the interface between the iron oxide and substrate layers. The ferromagnetic phase in the deposited stainless steel film was partially converted into austenitic phase at 500{sup o}C and largely at 600{sup o}C. DCEMS is effective for non-destructive characterization of both surface and interface layers of thin stainless steel films with several 10 nm thickness.

  5. Effects of Si and Ti on the phase stability and swelling behavior of AISI 316 stainless steel

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    Swelling behavior of neutron irradiated stainless steels is influenced by solute segregation and preciptation phenomena. The extent to which in-reactor swelling behavior may be simulated by heavy ion irradiation depends upon the extent to which in-reactor phase changes are reproduced; this question is addressed by comparing the precipitation behavior under neutron irradiation with behavior during 4 MeV Ni ion irradiation for AISI 316 stainless steel and a related stainless steel containing additions of titanium and silicon. The results are discussed qualitatively in terms of the effects of damage rate on solute segregation and the effects of displacement cascades on the dissolution of particles. It is shown that the partitioning of elements into various phases during irradiation is not a sufficient condition for the initiation of swelling in stainless steels modified with silicon and titanium. It is also necessary for helium to be generated simultaneously with the breakdown of the matrix into various phases; it is believed that helium trapping at the growing particle-matrix interface is responsible for the observed physical association between voids and precipitates

  6. Effects of Cr2N Precipitation on the Antibacterial Properties of AISI 430 Stainless Steel

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    Je-Kang Du; Chih-Yeh Chao; Yu-Ting Jhong; Chung-Hao Wu; Ju-Hui Wu

    2016-01-01

    Based on their mechanical properties and good corrosion resistance, some commercial Ni-Cr stainless steels have been widely applied as biomaterials, including the austenitic 304 stainless steel, the austenitic 316 stainless steel, the duplex 2205 stainless steel, and the ferritic 430 stainless steel. In order to reduce the occurrence of infections resulting from biomaterial implants, instruments, and medical devices, Cu2+ and Ag2+ ions have been added onto biomaterials for increasing the anti...

  7. Corrosion behavior of powder metallurgical stainless steels in urban and marine environments

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    Bautista, A.

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available This work studies the development of corrosive attack on sintered components manufactured from AISI 316L and AISI 304L powders. The stainless steels were sintered in vacuum and in nitrogen-base atmosphere at 1,120 and 1,250 ºC, and their corrosion resistance was then analyzed by electrochemical techniques and by atmospheric corrosion testing (two years at urban and marine test sites. Images are shown of the morphology of the attack on the surface of the stainless steels and the development of this attack in the interior of the material.

    Este trabajo estudia el desarrollo del proceso corrosivo en componentes sinterizados fabricados a partir de polvos de AISI 316L y AISI 304L. Los aceros inoxidables fueron sinterizados en vacío y en atmósfera base nitrógeno a 1.120 y 1.250 ºC y, su resistencia a corrosión se ha analizado mediante técnicas electroquímicas y mediante ensayos de corrosión atmosférica (dos años en ambientes urbano y marino. Se muestran imágenes de la morfología del ataque en la superficie de los aceros inoxidables y del desarrollo de este ataque en el interior del material.

  8. Electrochemical and corrosion behavior of passive film on stainless steels after gamma-ray irradiation

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    The nature and structure of passive film on AISI 304L and AISI 446 stainless steels, after bare metal anodic oxidation and after the subsequent galvanostatic reduction or gamma-ray irradiation of the oxide film formed, were investigated by XPS and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS). Atomic Absorption Spectroscopic (AAS) analysis of irradiated solution was also undertaken. Results obtained from XPS measurement indicated that gamma-ray irradiation can have significant effects on the stability of passive film due to the release of iron and corresponding enrichment in chromium oxides. The EIS technique was used to elucidate the physical structure of passive film after irradiation and galvanostatic reduction. The passive film formed on AISI 304L and AISI 446 stainless steels have a compact structure. The galvanostatic treatment leads to a film composed of two layers, the external one showing a spongy-like structure, while the gamma-ray irradiation treatment leads to a thinner compact film exhibiting higher capacitive behavior compared to that of unirradiated samples

  9. Estimation of Fatigue Life of Laser Welded AISI304 Stainless Steel T-Joint Based on Experiments and Recommendations in Design Codes

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    Lambertsen, Søren Heide; Damkilde, Lars; Kristensen, Anders Schmidt;

    2013-01-01

    In this paper the fatigue behavior of laser welded T-joints of stainless steel AISI304 is investigated experimentally. In the fatigue experiments 36 specimens with a sheet thickness of 1 mm are exposed to one-dimensional cyclic loading. Three different types of specimens are adopted. Three groups...

  10. Characterization of passive film formed on AISI 316L stainless steel after magnetoelectropolishing in a broad range of polarization parameters

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    Rokosz, Krzysztof; Hryniewicz, Tadeusz [Politechnika Koszalinska, Division of Surface Electrochemistry, Raclawicka 15-17, PL 75-620 Koszalin (Poland); Raaen, Steiner [NTNU Trondheim, Institute of Physics, Trondheim (Norway)

    2012-09-15

    The aim of the paper is to present the changes in the surface film composition on AISI 316L stainless steel (SS) after electropolishing (EP) and magnetoelectropolishing (MEP) in a broad range of the process conditions. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy surface analyses were performed to reveal the effect of MEP. The EP process has been performed under natural convection (in a stagnant electrolyte), much above the polarization plateau. A series of experiments were carried out on AISI 316L SS samples in accordance with the five-level composite rotary statistical plan with the variables being the magnetic field intensity B (mT), and the anodic current density i (A dm{sup -2}). XP high resolution spectra have been obtained on AISI 316L SS surface concerning Fe 2p, Cr 2p, O 1s, S 2p, P 2p, and C 1s, respectively. The Cr:Fe ratio regarding both metallic M and compound X was also studied and calculated. At the end, the summary results of Cr/Fe = f(B, i) in relation to the corrosion potential, have been compared. The conclusions, concerning the selection of MEP process conditions, regarding the optimum Cr/Fe ratio and corrosion behavior, have been formulated. It was found the Cr:Fe ratio well correlates with the pitting corrosion potential. MEP process can modify not only the rate of dissolution to a determined extent, but also control the corrosion behavior and Cr:Fe ratio results. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  11. Wear properties of Fe-Cr-C and B{sub 4}C powder coating on AISI 316 stainless steel analyzed by the Taguchi method

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    Gur, Ali Kaya; Ozay, Cetin; Orhan, Ayhan; Buytoz, Soner; Caligulu, Ugur; Yigitturk, Necmettin [Firat Univ., Elazig (Turkey). Faculty of Technical Education

    2014-06-01

    In this study, the plasma arc welded cladding of FeCrC and B{sub 4}C powder mixtures alloyed with 70 wt.-% Cr on the surface of AISI 316 stainless steel was investigated. Application of the Taguchi method revealed respective effects on the abrasive wear resistance of the cladding layer on the stainless steel. The abrasive wear behaviour of the AISI 316 stainless steel surfaces coated with Fe-Cr-C and with 10 wt.-%, 15 wt.-%, 20 wt.-%, and 25 wt.-% B{sub 4}C was investigated by using four loads and four distances for the 220 mesh SiC abrasive. Results were analyzed by variance analysis using ANOVA, and effects of parameters on the wear rate were determined as percentage rate. Furthermore, the error ratio was statistically evaluated. The experimental results were analyzed by the respective analysis of means and variance which is discussed in detail. (orig.)

  12. Enzymatic mechanism in low chloride media: influence of glucose oxidase on the electrochemical behaviour of AISI 316L stainless steel

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    The open circuit potential (OCP) of stainless steels immersed in natural waters generally increases with time. This phenomenon is strongly linked to the formation of a bio-film on the surface. Several studies have proved that the bio-film modifies the reaction of reduction of dissolved oxygen and that it acts mainly on the cathodic processes. One of the hypotheses explaining the action of the bio-film involves certain bacteria which use dissolved oxygen and extracellular enzymes to produce reactive oxygen species. Among this kind of metabolites is hydrogen peroxide H2O2. This compound interacts with the passive layer of stainless steels and affects their electrochemical behaviour, even when the chloride concentration is low. The aim of this work is to study the influence of an enzymatic reaction (of the oxidoreductase type) on anodic and cathodic processes on AISI 316L stainless steel. Experiments are carried out in two artificial electrolytes simulating natural fresh waters, with two different chloride concentrations. The role of enzymatically-produced hydrogen peroxide is shown by OCP measurements and volt-amperometric methods. (authors)

  13. Phase transformations in an AISI 410S stainless steel observed in directional and laser-induced cooling regimes

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    Milton Sergio Fernandes de Lima

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available The applications of the chromium ferritic stainless steel AISI 410S have been considerably increased in the last years in many technical fields as chemical industries and oil or gas transportation. However, the phase transformation temperatures are, currently, unknown for this alloy. The aim of this work is to determine the alpha to gamma transformation temperatures of the AISI 410S alloy in different cooling conditions and to analyze them using continuous cooling theory. In order to achieve different cooling rates and thermal conditions, two complementary techniques were used: Bridgman furnace crystal growth and laser remelting technique. The measured solidification temperature was around 1730 and 1750 K. Plate-like and dendritic austenite precipitates were obtained in solid-state phase using growth rates between 5 and 10 µm/s in directional growth experiments. Only plate-like austenite phase was observed in the experiments using growth rates above 100 µm/s. The appearance of dendrites, with the consequent segregation of the elements, can be previously determined by the microstructure modeling currently proposed. Massive austenite can be produced from 0.3 to 10 mm/s rates at temperatures between 1100-1300 K. The structure might be less sensitive to corrosion because this phase is produced without microsegregation.

  14. Characteristics of the nitrided layer formed on AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel by high temperature nitriding assisted hollow cathode discharge

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    Highlights: • AISI 304 austenite steel was nitrided at high temperatures in short time. • It could critically reduce time compared with low temperature nitriding. • The nitrided layer was mainly composed of nitrogen expanded austenite. • It could improve pitting corrosion resistance in NaCl solution. - Abstract: A series of experiments have been conducted on AISI 304 stainless steel using a hollow cathode discharge assisted plasma nitriding apparatus. Specimens were nitrided at high temperatures (520–560 °C) in order to produce nitrogen expanded austenite phase within a short time. The nitrided specimen was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, potentiodynamic polarization and microhardness tester. The corrosion properties of nitrided samples were evaluated using anodic polarization tests in 3.5% NaCl solution. The nitrided layer was shown to consist of nitrogen expanded austenite and possibly a small amount of CrN precipitates and iron nitrides. The results indicated that rapid nitriding assisted hollow cathode discharge not only increased the surface hardness but also improved the corrosion resistance of the untreated substrate

  15. Study of the tensile behavior of AISI type 316 stainless steel using acoustic emission and infrared thermography techniques

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    Thodamrakandy Haneef

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Acoustic emission (AE and infrared thermography technique (IRT have been used to study the tensile behavior of AISI type 316 stainless steel. Strain rates of tensile testing were varied from 1.4 × 10−3 s−1 to 1.4 × 10−2 s−1. AE root mean square voltage increases with increase in strain rate due to the increase in source activation. Dominant frequency of the AE signals generated during different regions of tensile deformation has also been used to compare the results for different strain rates. The dominant frequency increases from elastic region to around 590 kHz during work hardening and 710 kHz around ultimate tensile strength (UTS for all the strain rates. Temperature changes during different regions of deformation are monitored using infrared thermography. The temperature rise in the work hardening region is found to approximately increase linearly with time and from the slopes of the linear regression analyses the rate of temperature rise in the work-hardening region is obtained which is found to be very sensitive to strain rates. From the experimental results an empirical equation that relates the rate of temperature increase with strain rate and thermal hardening coefficient is obtained. The correlation between the variation of AE dominant frequency and temperature rise during different deformation regions provided better insight into the tensile behavior of AISI type 316 SS for different strain rates.

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

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    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.

  17. Microstructural Evolutions During Annealing of Plastically Deformed AISI 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel: Martensite Reversion, Grain Refinement, Recrystallization, and Grain Growth

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    Naghizadeh, Meysam; Mirzadeh, Hamed

    2016-08-01

    Microstructural evolutions during annealing of a plastically deformed AISI 304 stainless steel were investigated. Three distinct stages were identified for the reversion of strain-induced martensite to austenite, which were followed by the recrystallization of the retained austenite phase and overall grain growth. It was shown that the primary recrystallization of the retained austenite postpones the formation of an equiaxed microstructure, which coincides with the coarsening of the very fine reversed grains. The latter can effectively impair the usefulness of this thermomechanical treatment for grain refinement at both high and low annealing temperatures. The final grain growth stage, however, was found to be significant at high annealing temperatures, which makes it difficult to control the reversion annealing process for enhancement of mechanical properties. Conclusively, this work unravels the important microstructural evolution stages during reversion annealing and can shed light on the requirements and limitations of this efficient grain refining approach.

  18. Strain-rate dependence of residual strength and ductility of AISI 316 stainless steel after creep, fatigue and irradiation

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    The mechanical response against impact loading of reactor structures during their life is predicted by computer codes which need constitutive equations describing the effects of damage processes like creep, low cycle fatigue and irradiation on material properties. In this context a method is proposed which is based on the measurement of the residual tensile properties at low and high strain-rate after interrupted creep, low cycle fatigue and irradiation tests of the material. The determination of the damage parameters follows by comparing the flow curves of damaged and as-received materials. This method has been applied to AISI 316 stainless steel obtaining a qualitatively common mechanical response of the material damaged by creep, low cycle fatigue and irradiation characterized by strength increase, reduction of ductility and instabilities along the flow curve before the onset of necking. The phenomena observed may be described by constitutive equations based on the thermal activation theory. (author)

  19. Microstructural characteristics and creep rupture behavior of electron beam and laser welded AISI 316L stainless steel

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    AISI 316L stainless steel was welded by the electron beam (EB) and laser techniques. Microstructural characteristics, hardness profile, creep rupture properties and creep damage of the welds were investigated. Fully austenitic microstructure was obtained in the two welds. The solidification structure of the welds consisted of the cellular and equiaxed dendrites. The creep rupture lives of the two welds were almost the same, and they were reduced by a factor of about two compared to the base metal. Moreover, the rupture elongation of the welds was lower than that of the base metal. Creep damage was observed in the ''parting'' region of the welds and in the heat-affected zone (HAZ), respectively. Final creep fracture occurred in the ''parting'' region of the welds. (orig.)

  20. Methodology for optimizing the electropolishing of stainless steel AISI 316L combining criteria of surface finish and dimensional precision

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    Núñez, P. J.; García-Plaza, E.; Martín, A. R.; Trujillo, R.; De la Cruz, C.

    2009-11-01

    This work examines a methodology for optimizing electrochemical polishing conditions bearing in mind the criteria that enhance minimum surface roughness and dimensional precision (minimum loss of thickness). The study consisted in electrochemically polishing stainless steel AISI 316L (ISO 4954 X2CrNiMo17133E) under a combination of different temperatures (T) baths and current densities (J), and application times (t). The surface finish (ΔRa) and dimensional variations (Δh) of the electrochemically polished workpieces were assessed, and the experimental data of the variables was correlated as can be seen by the response surfaces. This methodology enables optimum working areas to be specified using the sole criteria of surface finish, or by using a combination of both criteria (minimum roughness and maximum precision). The methodology has proven to be an optimum method for selecting electrochemical polishing conditions using the combined criteria of surface finish and dimensional precision in accordance with design requirements.

  1. Microstructural Evolutions During Annealing of Plastically Deformed AISI 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel: Martensite Reversion, Grain Refinement, Recrystallization, and Grain Growth

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    Naghizadeh, Meysam; Mirzadeh, Hamed

    2016-06-01

    Microstructural evolutions during annealing of a plastically deformed AISI 304 stainless steel were investigated. Three distinct stages were identified for the reversion of strain-induced martensite to austenite, which were followed by the recrystallization of the retained austenite phase and overall grain growth. It was shown that the primary recrystallization of the retained austenite postpones the formation of an equiaxed microstructure, which coincides with the coarsening of the very fine reversed grains. The latter can effectively impair the usefulness of this thermomechanical treatment for grain refinement at both high and low annealing temperatures. The final grain growth stage, however, was found to be significant at high annealing temperatures, which makes it difficult to control the reversion annealing process for enhancement of mechanical properties. Conclusively, this work unravels the important microstructural evolution stages during reversion annealing and can shed light on the requirements and limitations of this efficient grain refining approach.

  2. Low temperature nitriding and carburizing of AISI304 stainless steel by a low pressure plasma arc source

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    Liang Wang; Xiaolei Xu; Bin Xu; Zhiwei Yu; Zukun Hei [Dalian Maritime Univ. (China). Inst. of Metal and Technology

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    This paper presents results on the nitriding and carbrizing of AISI 304 stainless steel by a low-pressure plasma arc source at 420 C in Ar-N{sub 2}-H{sub 2} or Ar-H{sub 2}-CH{sub 3}-COCH{sub 3} (acetone) gas mixtures. The working pressure was 0.3-0.4 Pa and the negative voltage applied to the samples was 0.8-1 kV. The phase of nitrided layer formed on the surface was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. The hardness of the samples was measured by using a Vickers microhardness tester with the load of 100 g. X-Ray photoelectron spectroscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy were also carried out to elucidate the chemical states and N concentration of the nitrided layer. The surface properties were investigated by wear and corrosion measurements. (orig.)

  3. Effect of flowing sodium on corrosion and tensile properties of AISI type 316LN stainless steel at 823 K

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    AISI type 316LN stainless steel was exposed to flowing sodium in mass transfer loop (MTL) at 823 K for 16 000 h and then examined for changes in the tensile properties due to the mass transfer and corrosion effects. Comparisons in microstructural and mechanical properties were made between annealed, thermally aged and sodium exposed materials. Microstructural examination of thermally aged and sodium exposed materials revealed precipitation of carbides at the grain boundaries. The sodium exposed samples contained a degraded layer at the surface up to a depth of around 10 μm and a surface carburized layer of about 30 μm. There was about 15% increase in yield strength and a decrease of about 20% in ductility for the sodium exposed material vis-a-vis thermally aged material and this was attributed to carburization effects and microstructural changes

  4. Effect of the hydrogen charging of AISI 316 stainless steel from solutions containing As2 O3

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    The hydrogen charging of AISI 316 stainless steel has turned unstable the austenitic structure which partially decomposes into two phases: ε (hexagonal close packed) and α ' (body centered cubic). A 1 N H2 SO4 solution was used as electrolyte, with varying concentrations of As2 O3 (0, 1, 5 and 100 mg/l) for a single constant applied current density (io = 0,22 A/cm2). It was observed that a smaller austenitic grain as well as a larger hydrogen charging time, improve the phase transformation. It was established that the order in which the transformation products of the austenite appear through hydrogen charging follows the sequence: Y → Y-bar + ε → Y + ε + α ', although there is still some doubt about the equivalent transformation order by plastic deformation. (author)

  5. Creep crack growth behaviour of AISI 304 stainless steel and its weldments in air and flowing sodium

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    Creep crack growth measurements have been carried out in flowing sodium at a temperature of 823K for austenitic stainless steel type AISI 304 and its weldments. The crack growth rates were measured using indirect methods involving measurement of load line displacements and notch region extension. For weldments average crack growth rates were used. Oxygen and carbon in sodium were controlled below 2 ppm and 0.1 ppm respectively. The comparison of results with air data indicated that sodium does not influence creep crack growth behaviour of both base metal and weldment. The results expressed in terms of stress intensity factor (Ksub(I)) net section stress (σsub(net)) and energy rate integral (Csup(*)) indicate that Csup(*) is better parameter for characterising creep crack growth rates. (author). 16 refs., 10 figs

  6. A study on low magnetic permeability gas tungsten arc weldment of AISI 316LN stainless steel for application in electron accelerator

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    Highlights: • AISI 316LN is a suitable material for vacuum chamber of Injector Microtron. • Formed component need not be annealed to obtain low magnetic permeability. • GTAW with high Mn filler produced a crack-free non-magnetic weld. • The weld exhibited acceptable mechanical properties. • Results are also important for future indigenous accelerators. - Abstract: Low magnetic permeability is an important criterion in selection of the material of construction of beam pipes and vacuum chambers of electron accelerators for safeguarding against distortion of the magnetic field. In the modified design of new 20 MeV/30 mA Injector Microtron for the existing synchrotron radiation sources Indus-1 and Indus-2, AISI 316 LN stainless steel has been identified as the material of construction of its vacuum chamber. Welding of AISI 316LN stainless steel with conventional filler alloys like ER316L and ER317L of AWS A5.9 produces duplex weld metal with 3–8% ferro-magnetic delta ferrite to avoid solidification cracking. The results of the study has demonstrated that GTAW of AISI 316LN SS with high Mn adaptation of W 18 16 5 N L filler produced a crack free non-magnetic weld with acceptable mechanical properties. Moreover, AISI 316LN stainless steel is not required to be solution annealed after the final forming operation for obtaining a low magnetic permeability, thereby avoiding solution annealing of large vacuum chamber in vacuum/controlled atmosphere furnace and associated problems of distortion. Besides Injector Microtron, the study also provides useful input for design of future indigenous accelerators with vacuum chambers of austenitic stainless steel

  7. Characterisation of passive films on 300 series stainless steels

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    The formation and breakdown of the passive films on stainless steels are mainly controlled by ionic and electronic transport processes. Both these processes are in part controlled by the electronic properties of the oxide film. Consequently, it is vital to gain a detailed perception of the electronic properties of the passive films together with structural and compositional information for a comprehensive understanding of mechanisms behind passivity and localised corrosion. As a step towards this goal the passive films formed on two main austenitic stainless steels AISI 316L and AISI 304L in borate solution were characterised by in situ Raman spectroscopy and photocurrent spectroscopy coupled with electrochemical measurements. This revealed the formation of an Fe-Cr spinel as the dominant constituent in the passive films with more Cr enrichment in the oxide film on 316L than that of 304L. Bandgap readings and semiconductivities of the two stainless steels suggested that three different applied potential regions existed; 800 mV(SCE) to 300 mV(SCE), 200 mV(SCE) to -300 mV(SCE) and below -500 mV(SCE)

  8. Structure–property-correlation in laser surface alloyed AISI 304 stainless steel with WC + Ni + NiCr

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    Highlights: ► Optimization of process parameters for development of WC dispersed composite with Ni + NiCr as binder. ► Development of fine grained γ-stainless steel with the dispersion of very fine carbides (WC, W2C, M6C and M23C6). ► A significantly improved microhardness of the top surface (to 700–1350 VHN) as compared to as-received matrix (220 VHN) and its correlation with microstructures. ► Detailed microstructural evolution of the alloyed zone and its correlation with process parameters. ► Graded hardness distribution is achieved when lased with a low scan speed. - Abstract: The present study concerns a detailed investigation of the characteristics and properties of the alloyed zone formed in laser surface alloyed AISI 304 stainless steel with WC + Ni + NiCr (in the ratio of 70:15:15). Laser surface alloying has been carried out using a 5 kW continuous wave (CW) Nd:YAG laser (at a beam diameter of 4 mm), with the output power ranging from 1 to 3 kW and scan speed from 0.005 m/s to 0.1 m/s by simultaneous feeding of precursor powder (at a flow rate of 20 mg/s) and using Ar shroud at a gas flow rate of 5 l/min. The effect of laser power and scan speed on the characteristics of the surface alloyed layer (microstructures, phases and composition) and property (microhardness) have been investigated in details. Laser surface alloying leads to development of fine grained γ-stainless steel with the dispersion of WC, W2C, M6C and M23C6. The microhardness of the alloyed zone is significantly improved to a maximum value of 1350 VHN as compared to 220 VHN of as-received γ-stainless steel. The optimum parameters for laser processing were derived.

  9. Multitechnique characterisation of 304L surface states oxidised at high temperature in steam and air atmospheres

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    Mamede, Anne-Sophie; Nuns, Nicolas; Cristol, Anne-Lise; Cantrel, Laurent; Souvi, Sidi; Cristol, Sylvain; Paul, Jean-François

    2016-04-01

    In case of a severe accident occurring in a nuclear reactor, surfaces of the reactor coolant system (RCS), made of stainless steel (304L) rich in Cr (>10%) and Ni (8-12%), are oxidised. Fission products (FPs) are released from melt fuel and flow through the RCS. A part of them is deposited onto surfaces either by vapour condensation or by aerosol deposition mechanisms. To be able to understand the nature of interactions between these FPs and the RCS surfaces, a preliminary step is to characterize the RSC surface states in steam and air atmosphere at high temperatures. Pieces of 304L stainless steel have been treated in a flow reactor at two different temperatures (750 °C and 950 °C) for two different exposition times (24 h and 72 h). After surfaces analysing by a unique combination of surface analysis techniques (XPS, ToF-SIMS and LEIS), for 304L, the results show a deep oxide scale with multi layers and the outer layer is composed of chromium and manganese oxides. Oxide profiles differ in air or steam atmosphere. Fe2O3 oxide is observed but in minor proportion and in all cases no nickel is detected near the surface. Results obtained are discussed and compared with the literature data.

  10. Plasma arc welding of AISI316Ti (EN 1.4571) stainless steel. Mechanical, microstructural, corrosion aspects

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    Taban, Emel; Kaluc, Erdinc [Kocaeli Univ. (Turkey). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    2014-03-01

    AISI316Ti (EN1.4571) austenitic stainless steel plates with a thickness of 7 mm were welded by plasma arc welding (PAW) process. Joints were obtained using 316L type of filler metal as well as without filler metal called as Weld 1 and Weld 2, respectively. Tensile and bend testing of the joints were carried out. Impact toughness tests carried out at temperatures from 20 C down to -60 C have shown encouraging results. Chemical analysis of the weld deposits were made by glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (GDOES). Photomacrographs and photomicrographs of the cross-sections were used to determine ferrite content and hardness. Intergranular corrosion tests in accordance with TSEN 3157/ENISO 3651-2 were carried out. No corrosion sign was reported. The effect of the consumable has the most influence on the toughness properties. Promising mechanical, toughness and corrosion results are useful, considering the implementation of an innovative process, thus PAW of 316Ti stainless steel. (orig.)

  11. Biocompatibility studies of low temperature nitrided and collagen-I coated AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel.

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    Martinesi, M; Stio, M; Treves, C; Borgioli, F

    2013-06-01

    The biocompatibility of austenitic stainless steels can be improved by means of surface engineering techniques. In the present research it was investigated if low temperature nitrided AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel may be a suitable substrate for bioactive protein coating consisting of collagen-I. The biocompatibility of surface modified alloy was studied using as experimental model endothelial cells (human umbilical vein endothelial cells) in culture. Low temperature nitriding produces modified surface layers consisting mainly of S phase, the supersaturated interstitial solid solution of nitrogen in the austenite lattice, which allows to enhance surface microhardness and corrosion resistance in PBS solution. The nitriding treatment seems to promote the coating with collagen-I, without chemical coupling agents, in respect of the untreated alloy. For biocompatibility studies, proliferation, lactate dehydrogenase levels and secretion of two metalloproteinases (MMP-2 and MMP-9) were determined. Experimental results suggest that the collagen protection may be favourable for endothelial cell proliferation and for the control of MMP-2 release. PMID:23471501

  12. Experimental investigation on dissimilar pulsed Nd:YAG laser welding of AISI 420 stainless steel to kovar alloy

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    Highlights: • Austenite solidification morphology is cellular affected by temperature gradient. • Epitaxial growth region was produced in the fusion boundary of kovar side. • Precipitation of M23C6 carbides in ferrite grain boundary increased 420 HAZ hardness. • At high temperature gradient, columnar grains created in 420 fusion side. • Chemical compositions variations, grains morphologies alter welds vickers hardness. - Abstract: This paper presents the results of an investigation on autogeneous laser welding of AISI 420 stainless steel to kovar alloy using a 100 W pulsed Nd:YAG laser. The joints had a circular geometry and butt welded. The joints were examined by optical microscope for cracks, pores and for determining the weld geometry. The microstructure of the weld and the heat affected zones were investigatedby scanning electron microscope. The austenitic microstructure was achieved in the weld. The morphology of weld zone solidification was basically cellural, being influenced by the temperature gradient. It was found that the start of solidification in the kovar side of weld zone occurred by means of epitaxial growth. When the temperature gradient was high, the columnar grains were created in the fusion boundary of 420 stainless steel side toward weld zone. Measurements taken by X-ray spectrometry for dispersion of the energy in the weld zone indicated a significantly heterogeneous distribution of chromium element. The variations in chemical compositions and grains morphologies significantly alter the Vickers microhardness values in the weld zone

  13. Plasma arc welding of AISI316Ti (EN 1.4571) stainless steel. Mechanical, microstructural, corrosion aspects

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    AISI316Ti (EN1.4571) austenitic stainless steel plates with a thickness of 7 mm were welded by plasma arc welding (PAW) process. Joints were obtained using 316L type of filler metal as well as without filler metal called as Weld 1 and Weld 2, respectively. Tensile and bend testing of the joints were carried out. Impact toughness tests carried out at temperatures from 20 C down to -60 C have shown encouraging results. Chemical analysis of the weld deposits were made by glow discharge optical emission spectrometry (GDOES). Photomacrographs and photomicrographs of the cross-sections were used to determine ferrite content and hardness. Intergranular corrosion tests in accordance with TSEN 3157/ENISO 3651-2 were carried out. No corrosion sign was reported. The effect of the consumable has the most influence on the toughness properties. Promising mechanical, toughness and corrosion results are useful, considering the implementation of an innovative process, thus PAW of 316Ti stainless steel. (orig.)

  14. Monitoring early biofilm formation in cooling water systems using electrochemical probes made of AISI Type 316 stainless steel

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    Microorganisms in natural waters often adhere onto material surfaces in cooling water systems; they secrete slime, trap nutrients and reproduce, resulting in a complex biofilm that hampers the property of the condenser material. Biofilm formation on titanium material (commercial y pure, CP), used as condenser material, reduces heat-transfer efficiency. Experience worldwide has shown that routine water treatment programmes cannot remain effective under varying environmental, design and operation factors. Thus, the need of the hour is a means to continuously monitor the effectiveness of the control programmes and facilities to modify it as per need. In our laboratory we are involved in developing a probe based on electrochemical techniques to monitor early biofilm formation. Our earlier experience has shown that changes in some electrochemical parameters like open circuit potential (OCP) ennoblement, increase in passive current density and active repassivation potential would indicate crevice-stabilization tendencies of a heterogeneous biofilm on stainless steel materials. Literature further explains that there is a distinct time lag between crevice initiation and crevice propagation. Hence, it was hypothesized that if we can provide necessary conditions of crevice initiations artificially by intermittent polarization, electrochemical signals generated during crevice initiation can diagnose the causative agent of the crevice, that is, biofilm. However, care should be taken to avoid crevice propagation. Thus, attempts were made to distinguish the response of current to temporary application of a potential difference between two similar stainless steels (AISI Type 304, 316) and titanium electrodes in the biofilm forming environment. (author)

  15. Atomic force microscopy based approach to local impedance measurements of grain interiors and grain boundaries of sensitized AISI 304 stainless steel

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    The paper presents the results of the AFM based approach to local impedance spectroscopy (LIS) measurements performed within the region of austenite grain interiors and the austenite grain boundaries for both sensitized and non-sensitized AISI 304 stainless steel (SS). The local impedance investigations in the AFM contact mode were carried out after standard tests for susceptibility to intergranular corrosion (IGC). Local impedance spectra recorded in the AFM contact mode for both sensitized and non-sensitized AISI 304 stainless steel within the region of the austenite grain interiors and the austenite grain boundaries demonstrated different shapes and characters. Performed researches revealed significant differences in the charge transfer resistance values recorded for the austenite grain interiors and the grain boundaries depending on the sensitization state. Moreover, proposed AFM based approach allows identification of the IGC process even when a double-loop electrochemical potentiokinetic reactivation (DL-EPR) method does not provide evidence of it.

  16. Characterization Of Oxide Layers Produced On The AISI 321 Stainless Steel After Annealing

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    Full Text Available In this study, the structure, chemical composition and topography of oxide layers produced on the surface of the AISI 321 austenitic steel in the annealing process were analyzed. Heat treatment was done at 980°C temperature for 1 hour time in different conditions. The annealing was done in a ceramic furnace in oxidation atmosphere and in vacuum furnaces with cylindrical molybdenum and graphite chambers. The analysis was carried out using the following methods: a scanning electron microscope (SEM equipped with an energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX, a transmission electron microscope (TEM equipped with an energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer (EDX, an X-ray diffractometer (XRD, a secondary ion mass spectrometer with time-of-flight mass analyzer (TOF SIMS and an atomic force microscope (AFM. The oxide layer formed during annealing of the AISI 321 steel at 980°C consisted of sub-layers, diversified in the chemical composition. The thickness of the oxidized layer is depended on the annealing conditions. In a ceramic furnace in oxidation atmosphere, the thickness of the oxide layer was of 300-500 nm, in a vacuum furnace with molybdenum and graphite heating chambers, it ranged from 40 to 300 nm and from a few to 50 nm, respectively. TOF SIMS method allows to get average (for the surface of 100 μm × 100 μm depth profiles of concentration of particular elements and elements combined with oxygen. In oxide layers formed in vacuum furnaces there are no iron oxides. Titanium, apart from being bounded with carbon in carbides, is a component of the oxide layer formed on the surface of the AISI 321 steel.

  17. Thermo-mechanical and isothermal fatigue behavior of austenitic stainless steel AISI 316L

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    Škorík, Viktor; Šulák, Ivo; Obrtlík, Karel; Polák, Jaroslav

    Ostrava: TANGER Ltd, 2015. ISBN 978-80-87294-58-1. [METAL 2015 - International Conference on Metallurgy and Materials /24./. Brno (CZ), 03.06.2015-05.06.2015] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) EE2.3.30.0063; GA ČR(CZ) GA15-20991S; GA ČR(CZ) GA13-23652S Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : Thermo-mechanical fatigue (TMF) * In-phase cycling (IP) * Isothermal fatigue (IF) * AISI 316L * Fatigue life Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  18. Cumulative creep damage and its control in the stainless steel AISI 304

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    The possibility to obtain the regression or inhibition of the cumulative creep damage process through heat treatment of type 304 austenitic stainless steel mechanical components for high temperature services is discussed. (Author)

  19. Improvement in cavitation erosion resistance of AISI 316L stainless steel by friction stir processing

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    Commercial AISI 316L plates with the initial grain size of 14.8 μm were friction stir processed (FSP) with different processing parameters, resulting in two fine-grained microstructures with the grain sizes of 4.6 and 1.7 μm. The cavitation erosion behavior, before and after FSP, was evaluated in terms of incubation time, cumulative mass loss and mean depth of erosion. A separate cavitation erosion test was performed on the transverse cross section of a FSP sample to reveal the effect of grain structure. It was observed that FSP samples, depending on their grain size, are at least 3–6 times more resistant than the base material against cavitation erosion. The improvement in cavitation erosion resistance is attributed to smaller grain structure, lower fraction of twin boundaries, and favorable crystallographic orientation of grains in FSP samples. The finer the grain size, the more cavitation erosion resistance was achieved. Moreover, the microstructures of eroded surfaces were studied using a scanning electron microscope equipped with EBSD, and an atomic force microscope. The mechanisms controlling the cavitation erosion damage in friction stir processed AISI 316L are also discussed.

  20. Improvement in cavitation erosion resistance of AISI 316L stainless steel by friction stir processing

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    Hajian, M.; Abdollah-zadeh, A.; Rezaei-Nejad, S. S.; Assadi, H.; Hadavi, S. M. M.; Chung, K.; Shokouhimehr, M.

    2014-07-01

    Commercial AISI 316L plates with the initial grain size of 14.8 μm were friction stir processed (FSP) with different processing parameters, resulting in two fine-grained microstructures with the grain sizes of 4.6 and 1.7 μm. The cavitation erosion behavior, before and after FSP, was evaluated in terms of incubation time, cumulative mass loss and mean depth of erosion. A separate cavitation erosion test was performed on the transverse cross section of a FSP sample to reveal the effect of grain structure. It was observed that FSP samples, depending on their grain size, are at least 3-6 times more resistant than the base material against cavitation erosion. The improvement in cavitation erosion resistance is attributed to smaller grain structure, lower fraction of twin boundaries, and favorable crystallographic orientation of grains in FSP samples. The finer the grain size, the more cavitation erosion resistance was achieved. Moreover, the microstructures of eroded surfaces were studied using a scanning electron microscope equipped with EBSD, and an atomic force microscope. The mechanisms controlling the cavitation erosion damage in friction stir processed AISI 316L are also discussed.

  1. Improvement in cavitation erosion resistance of AISI 316L stainless steel by friction stir processing

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    Hajian, M. [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Abdollah-zadeh, A., E-mail: zadeh@modares.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Rezaei-Nejad, S.S.; Assadi, H. [Department of Materials Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, P.O. Box 14115-143, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hadavi, S.M.M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, MA University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Chung, K. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Research Institute of Advanced Materials, Engineering Research Institute, Seoul National University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Shokouhimehr, M. [Department of Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, Seoul National University, Seoul 151-742 (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-07-01

    Commercial AISI 316L plates with the initial grain size of 14.8 μm were friction stir processed (FSP) with different processing parameters, resulting in two fine-grained microstructures with the grain sizes of 4.6 and 1.7 μm. The cavitation erosion behavior, before and after FSP, was evaluated in terms of incubation time, cumulative mass loss and mean depth of erosion. A separate cavitation erosion test was performed on the transverse cross section of a FSP sample to reveal the effect of grain structure. It was observed that FSP samples, depending on their grain size, are at least 3–6 times more resistant than the base material against cavitation erosion. The improvement in cavitation erosion resistance is attributed to smaller grain structure, lower fraction of twin boundaries, and favorable crystallographic orientation of grains in FSP samples. The finer the grain size, the more cavitation erosion resistance was achieved. Moreover, the microstructures of eroded surfaces were studied using a scanning electron microscope equipped with EBSD, and an atomic force microscope. The mechanisms controlling the cavitation erosion damage in friction stir processed AISI 316L are also discussed.

  2. First-principles study of the relaxation and energy of bcc-Fe, fcc-Fe and AISI-304 stainless steel surfaces

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    Relaxations and surface energies of bcc-Fe, fcc-Fe and AISI-304 stainless steel surfaces are investigated by using first-principles total energy calculations. The low-index surfaces (1 0 0), (1 1 0), and (1 1 1) are optimized with respect to the atomic coordinates. The calculations are performed within the density functional framework using the projector augmented plane wave (PAW) method. The structural property, surface relaxations and surface energies of bcc-Fe agree well with experimental data from previous computational studies. For bcc-Fe, the order of surface relaxations and surface energies is (1 1 0) < (1 0 0) < (1 1 1). The orders of surface relaxations and energies for fcc-Fe and AISI-304 stainless steel are (1 1 1) < (1 0 0) < (1 1 0) and (1 0 0) < (1 1 1) < (1 1 0), respectively. The surface energies of AISI-304 stainless steel achieved in this study provide a good basis for future experimental application.

  3. Chemical, morphological and nano-mechanical characterizations of Al2O3 thin films deposited by metal organic chemical vapour deposition on AISI 304 stainless steel

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    Amorphous alumina coatings of different thickness have been deposited on AISI 304 stainless steel substrates by MOCVD in a hot wall reactor at 380 deg. C under O2/H2O atmosphere. The used aluminium precursor was the high volatile and easy to prepare dimethyl-aluminum-isopropoxide. Selected films were annealed in N2 and O2 atmosphere at 500 and 700 deg. C to evaluate the effects of the thermal treatments on the morphology and on the nano-mechanical properties of the coatings. X-ray diffraction and Rutherford backscattering spectroscopy measurements indicated that both the as grown and annealed films were amorphous and very pure with the correct Al2O3 stoichiometry. The surface morphology, investigated by atomic force microscopy, was free of cracks with a roughness of the films that increases with deposition time and with annealing in oxygen atmosphere. The hardness and the elastic modulus of the films and of the AISI 304 stainless steel substrate were measured by load-depth nano-indentation tests. The results highlighted a significant increase in the Berkovich hardness of the coated samples compared to that of the bulk AISI 304 stainless steel

  4. A novel determination of thermodynamic activities of metals in an AISI 316 stainless steel by a metastable emf method

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    An emf technique was adopted for the first time for direct determination of thermodynamic activities of all major metallic components, namely Fe, Cr, Ni an Mn in a commercial grade AISI 316 stainless steel in the temperature range of approximately 800 to 1200 K. The viability of this method was initially established in the case of chromium activity measurements which could be compared with literature values. For this purpose galvanic cells with M/MF2 and Msub(316ss)/MF2 (M=Fe, Cr, Ni, or Mn) were used, employing single crystal CaF2 as the electrolyte. In addition, Mo activity in this alloy was measured using the emf of the galvanic cell, Pt, Mo, MoO2/7 YDT/MoO2, Mosub(316ss), Pt. The activities determined by these galvanic cells could be represented as: log asub(Cr)(±0.02) = -0.577 + 69.1/T, log asub(Ni)(±0.02)=0.589-800.31/T, log asub(Fe)(±0.01)=0.179-248.54/T, log asub(Mn)(±0.01)=0.742-2581.40/T, log asub(Mo)(±0.05)=-4.548+3148.48/T These activities were used to compute the threshold oxygen levels in Na/AISI 31 stainless steel system for the formation of the corrosion products, viz., NaCrO2, Na4FeO3, MnO and NaMnO2. These data in conjunction with the carbon activity in this alloy reported in the literature and initial compositio of M23C6 phase, could lead to the estimation of the Gibbs energy change for a typical reaction, 2.571 Cr + 0.732 Fe + 0.303 Mo + 0.226 Ni + C=Msub(23sub(6))C as: Gsub(f,T)sup(o)(Msub(23sub(6))C,s)(kJ)=-29.16-0.0522 T (K). (author). 40 refs., 6 figs

  5. Effect of the Surface Roughness on Galvanic Corrosion of AISI 316 Stainless Steel

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    One of the major problems that can be raised in different mechanical designs in many different applications such as reactors, piping systems and production of hot cells, machine tools, is the galvanic corrosion. Many studies have been carried out concerning the dangerous effect of galvanic corrosion that usually occur between two mating components of dissimilar metals. So far limited attention has been paid to the effect of the surface roughness of two mating parts of two mating parts of same material on their mutual galvanic corrosion. The present work presents a practical study on galvanic corrosion concerning the remarkable effect of the use of two mating parts of same materials (AISI 316 St. St.) but having different values of surface roughness. From this investigation, it is concluded that designers must classify the surface roughness of the mating parts in their design to have the same value, to minimize galvanic corrosion

  6. Evaluation of the corrosion resistance of AISI 316 stainless steel filters

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    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available In this investigation, the corrosion resistance of AISI 316 SS filters prepared with powders in the size ranges 74-44 µm and 210-105 µm and compacted with pressures of 300 MPa and 400 MPa has been evaluated in naturally aerated 0.5 M H2SO4 solution at 25 °C. Weight loss of filters manufactured with compacting pressure of 400 MPa were significantly higher than that of filters compacted at 300 MPa. The filter compacted at 400 MPa had higher carbon and nitrogen contents compared to those compacted at 300 MPa. The former also had chromium rich precipitates and oxides in the grain boundaries. The pores in filters compacted at 400 MPa were smaller than in filters compacted at 300 MPa. Smaller pores favor the formation of concentration cells and consequently, increased crevice corrosion.

  7. Structure-property-correlation in laser surface alloyed AISI 304 stainless steel with WC + Ni + NiCr

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    Anandan, S. [Dept. of Met. and Mat. Engg., Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India); Pityana, Sisa [National Laser Centre, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria (South Africa); Dutta Majumdar, J., E-mail: jyotsna@metal.iitkgp.ernet.in [Dept. of Met. and Mat. Engg., Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur 721302 (India)

    2012-02-28

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Optimization of process parameters for development of WC dispersed composite with Ni + NiCr as binder. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Development of fine grained {gamma}-stainless steel with the dispersion of very fine carbides (WC, W{sub 2}C, M{sub 6}C and M{sub 23}C{sub 6}). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer A significantly improved microhardness of the top surface (to 700-1350 VHN) as compared to as-received matrix (220 VHN) and its correlation with microstructures. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Detailed microstructural evolution of the alloyed zone and its correlation with process parameters. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Graded hardness distribution is achieved when lased with a low scan speed. - Abstract: The present study concerns a detailed investigation of the characteristics and properties of the alloyed zone formed in laser surface alloyed AISI 304 stainless steel with WC + Ni + NiCr (in the ratio of 70:15:15). Laser surface alloying has been carried out using a 5 kW continuous wave (CW) Nd:YAG laser (at a beam diameter of 4 mm), with the output power ranging from 1 to 3 kW and scan speed from 0.005 m/s to 0.1 m/s by simultaneous feeding of precursor powder (at a flow rate of 20 mg/s) and using Ar shroud at a gas flow rate of 5 l/min. The effect of laser power and scan speed on the characteristics of the surface alloyed layer (microstructures, phases and composition) and property (microhardness) have been investigated in details. Laser surface alloying leads to development of fine grained {gamma}-stainless steel with the dispersion of WC, W{sub 2}C, M{sub 6}C and M{sub 23}C{sub 6}. The microhardness of the alloyed zone is significantly improved to a maximum value of 1350 VHN as compared to 220 VHN of as-received {gamma}-stainless steel. The optimum parameters for laser processing were derived.

  8. Non local approach in crystalline plasticity: study of mechanical behaviour of AISI 316LN stainless steel during low cycle fatigue

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    If fatigue crack initiation is currently quite well understood for pure single crystals, its comprehension and prediction in cases of polycrystal alloys such as AISI 316LN stainless steel remain complicated. Experimentally our study focuses on the characterisation of the mechanical behaviour and on the study at different scales of the phenomenon leading to low cycle fatigue crack initiation in 316LN stainless steel. For straining amplitudes of?e/2 = 0,3 and 0,5%, the cyclic softening observed during testing has been related to the organisation of dislocations in band structures. These bands, formed due to the activation of slip systems having the greatest Schmid's factor, carry the most part of the deformation. Their emergence at free surfaces leads to the formation of intrusions and extrusions which help cracks initiate and spread. Numerically we worked on the mesoscopic scale, proposing a new model of crystalline plasticity. This model integrates geometrically necessary dislocations (GND) directly computed from the lattice curvature. Implemented in the finite element code AbaqusTM and Cast3mTM, it is based on single crystal finite deformations laws proposed by Peirce et al. (1983) and Teodosiu et al. (1993). Extended for polycrystals by Hoc (2001) and Erieau (2003), it has been improved by the introduction of GND (Acharya and Bassani, 2000). The simulations performed on different types of aggregates (2D/3D) have shown that taking GND into account enables:- the prediction of the grain size effect on a macroscopic and on a local scale,- a finer computation of local stress field.The influence of the elasticity and interaction matrices on the values and the evolution of the isotropic and kinematic mean stresses has been shown. The importance of boundary conditions on computed mechanical fields could also be pointed out. (author)

  9. Shielding gas effects on flux cored arc welding of AISI 316L (N) austenitic stainless steel joints

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    Highlights: ► The effects of shielding gasses are analyzed. ► The impact strength increases with increasing of percentage of CO2 in shielding gas mixtures. ► The ferrite percentage decreases with increasing of percentage of CO2 in shielding gas mixtures. ► Microhardness values increases with increasing of ferrite percentage in the weld metal. -- Abstract: This paper deals with the flux cored arc welding (FCAW) of AISI 316L (N) austenitic stainless steel with 1.2 mm diameter of flux cored 316LT filler wire. The welding was carried out with different shielding gas mixtures like 100% Ar, 95% Ar + 05% CO2, 90% Ar + 10% CO2, 80% Ar + 20% CO2, 75% Ar + 23% CO2 + 2% O2 and 70% Ar + 25% CO2 + 5% O2 and 100% CO2. The main aim of the work is to study the effect of various shielding gas mixtures on mechanical properties and metallurgical characters. The microstructures and ferrite content of the welds were analyzed. The mechanical characteristics such as impact test, microhardness and ductility of welds were carried out. The fracture surface impact samples were analyzed through scanning electron microscope (SEM). The fracture surface revealed a ductile rupture at room temperature and ductile rupture with a few cleavages at lower temperatures occurred. The toughness and ferrite percentages of the welds were decreased for increase of the CO2 in shielding gas mixtures.

  10. Development of nitride-layer of AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel during high-temperature ammonia gas-nitriding

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    Ammonia-gas nitriding of AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel was studied at temperatures higher than 800 deg. C using SEM and X-ray diffraction. The result showed that S-phase, an expanded austenite, was formed even at such high temperatures due to a high nitriding potential of ammonia gas. The equilibrium phase, CrN was formed through a decomposition of S-layer in two different modes; the one was through continuous precipitation of particles at the surface-side of S-layer due to a higher nitriding potential; the other through a discontinuous(-like) precipitation at the austenite interface-side, producing a fine lamellar structure of austenite and CrN. The γ-phase in the surface-side resulting from the precipitation of CrN particles subsequently transformed into Fe4N because of a fast enrichment of N atoms and a limited mobility of Cr atoms at the surface-side. A coarse lamellar structure made of austenite and Cr2N was developed in front of fine lamellae composed of austenite and CrN by the decomposition of supersaturated austenite through a discontinuous precipitation via grain boundary movement.

  11. The leading of Titanium on corrosion resistance of AISI 321 stainless steel as material for nuclear waste canister

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    Ultimate disposal of spent fuel or high level waste on underground, needs canister which has high corrosion resistance. The AISI 321 stainless steel which contains titanium as spent fuel or high level waste canister has been studied. The titanium content in alloy would retard the formation of Cr23C6 precipitate, so the corrosion attack will be avoided. The experiment was conducted by heating specimens at temperature of 700oC for 2 hours in which the analysis was performed by optical microscope, SEM and EDS. The analysis results showed that at the experiment temperature was undetected the Cr23C6 precipitate, although the TiC precipitate was formed with average diameter of 4.70 μm with the Ti content on the TiC and matrix were 96.20% and 0.925% of weight respectively. The fact that this material has a high corrosion resistance, so the use as spent fuel or high level waste canister will be sufficiently safe

  12. The microstructure of a small scale AISI 316 stainless steel pumped sodium loop following operation for 20,000h

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    A small pumped loop constructed of AISI 316 stainless steel has been operated for 20,000 hrs. with a peak temperature of 6350C. Marked decarburisation was observed in the preheater and in the adjacent specimen chamber. No regions of significant carburisation were found. The decarburisation of the heat input areas appears to be a consequence of the large temperature difference between the hot and cold legs. In addition the steel temperatures in the hot regions are such as to allow relatively high solid state mobility of carbon. The absence of significant carburisation in other parts is attributed to the lower temperatures which leads to a gradual reduction in carbon activity over a sink area which is large in relation to that of the source. Additionally, the mobility of carbon is reduced at the lower temperatures found in the cooler regions of the loop. Tentatively applying the results to a fast reactor circuit suggests the occurrence of decarburisation in the high heat input regions ie the fuel clad, with corresponding but more widely distributed, and hence less significant, carburisation in other regions. (author)

  13. Influence of tensile pre-strain and sensitization on passive films in AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel

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    The degree of sensitization for tensile pre-strain (0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, 40%) of AISI 304 stainless steels and sensitization at 575 °C was investigated by the double loop electrochemical potentiokinetic reactivation technique and scanning electron microscopes (SEMs). The properties of passive films of all the sensitized specimens in borate buffer solution (pH = 9.2) with 5000 ppm Cl− were investigated by the Mott–Schottky analysis. The degree of sensitization results showed that two reactivation current peak values were obtained for the sensitized specimens after 30% and 40% pre-strain. The degree of sensitization was decreased by pre-strain, except for specimen with 10% pre-strain. The results were further confirmed by the Mott–Schottky analysis. -- Highlights: ► Two reactivation current peaks occur for sensitized specimens with large strain. ► Change trend of acceptor concentration and degree of sensitization is similar. ► The Mott–Schottky analysis is effective in evaluating degree of sensitization.

  14. Finite Element Analysis of Cross Rolling on AISI 304 Stainless Steel: Prediction of Stress and Strain Fields

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    Rout, Matruprasad; Pal, Surjya Kanta; Singh, Shiv Brat

    2016-05-01

    Studies on the effect of strain path during rolling has been carried out for a long time, but the same has not been done using Finite Element Analysis (FEA). Change in strain path affects the state variables in the rolled plate like stress, strain, temperature etc. In the current work, Finite Element Analysis for cross rolling of AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel has been carried out by rotating the plate by 90° in between the passes. To analyze stress and strain fields in the material for cross rolling, a full 3D model of work-roll and plate has been developed using rigid-viscoplastic finite element method. The stress and strain fields, considering von-Mises yield criteria, are calculated by using updated Lagrangian method. In addition to these, the model also calculates the normal pressure and strain rate distribution in the plate during cross rolling. The nature of the variations of stress and strain fields in the plate, predicted by the model, is in good agreement with the previously published works for unidirectional rolling.

  15. Structural variations ahead of crack tip during monotonic and cyclic fracture tests of AISI 304LN stainless steel

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    Roy, H., E-mail: himadri9504@gmail.com [NDT and Metallurgy Group, CSIR-Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur-713209 (India); Metals and Alloys, Universitaet Bayreuth, Ludwig-Thoma Strasse, 36b, 95447 Bayreuth (Germany); Ray, A. [Institute fuer Experimentalphysik, Universitaet Bayreuth, Bayreuth 95440 (Germany); Barat, K. [Material Science and Technology Division, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur-831007 (India); Hochmuth, C. [Metals and Alloys, Universitaet Bayreuth, Ludwig-Thoma Strasse, 36b, 95447 Bayreuth (Germany); Sivaprasad, S.; Tarafder, S. [Material Science and Technology Division, CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory, Jamshedpur-831007 (India); Glatzel, U. [Metals and Alloys, Universitaet Bayreuth, Ludwig-Thoma Strasse, 36b, 95447 Bayreuth (Germany); Ray, K.K. [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur-721302 (India)

    2013-01-20

    This investigation presents examination of structural variations ahead of crack tip during monotonic fracture toughness and cyclic fracture toughness tests of AISI 304LN stainless steel. The monotonic fracture toughness tests are carried out using standard J-integral technique; whereas the cyclic fracture toughness tests are evaluated using periodic unloading to different extents fixed by pre-determined stress-ratio, R. The associated structural variations adjacent to fracture surfaces are characterized in terms of nature and amount of deformation induced martensite using micro structural analysis, X-ray diffraction, hardness measurement, ferrofluid technique and transmission electron microscope. The obtained results reveal that monotonic fracture toughness specimens exhibit higher amount of deformation induced martensite compared to cyclic fracture toughness specimens, and the latter exhibit variation in martensite content with change in R ratio. The dislocation substructure also changes rapidly with decreasing stress ratio for cyclically deformed samples. The associated significant structural variations in cyclic fracture toughness specimens has been explained by variation in energy expended during crack propagation and different residual stress fields ahead of cracks in cyclic fracture toughness compared to monotonic fracture toughness specimens.

  16. The irradiation creep of nickel and AISI 321 stainless steel during 4 MeV proton bombardment

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    An apparatus has been developed to study the creep of thin metal specimens under tensile stress during bombardment by 4 MeV protons from the Harwell Van de Graaff Accelerator. The specimen is held in a helium atmosphere and the proton beam reaches it through a thin metal window at the end of the accelerator beam line. The proton beam passes through the thin (25 μm) specimen, losing approximately 1.5MeV in the process (most of which contributes to heating the specimen) and creating almost uniform radiation damage at the rate of (1-10)x10-7 displacements per atom per second (dpa s-1). The specimen temperature is monitored by infra-red pyrometry and controlled to +-0.20C by additional DC heating via the infra-red pyrometer output to compensate for ion beam fluctuations. The irradiation creep strain of the specimen is continuously measured with a sensitivity of 5x10-6 by a linear variable differential transformer. Irradiation times up to about 100h with reasonable beam stability are possible. Results are presented of the irradiation creep behavior of pure Ni and both solution treated and cold-worked AISI 321 stainless steel bombarded in the temperature range 400-6000C under tensile stresses in the range 20-250 MPa

  17. Influence of C, N and Ti concentration on the intergranular corrosion resistance of AISI 316 Ti stainless steel

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    The influence of Ti, C, and N concentration on the intergranular corrosion resistance of AISI 316 Ti stainless steel has been studied. A kinetic study of the corrosion process has been carried out using gravimetric tests according to ASTM A-262 practices B and C (Streicher and Huey, respectively). The TTS diagrams were drawn as a function of alloying elements concentration (C, N and Ti). Materials characterization under several test conditions was carried out using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) analysing microstructural characteristics and the attack microstructure. The chemical resistance of these steels to intergranular test was function of N, C and Ti concentration. High Ti and N concentration favoured the precipitation of TiN during the material manufacture process. N forms TiN very stable, causing the removal of Ti from the matrix and, indirectly, favouring the Cr23C6 precipitation during the sensitization process and increasing the corrosion rate. In order to inhibit the intergranular corrosion in these materials the N and Ti concentrations must be optimised. (authors)

  18. Nano-Borides and Silicide Dispersed Composite Coating on AISI 304 Stainless Steel by Laser-Assisted HVOF Spray Deposition

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    Sharma, Prashant; Majumdar, Jyotsna Dutta

    2014-10-01

    The study concerned a detailed microstructural investigation of nano-borides (Cr2B and Ni3B) and nano-silicide (Ni2Si) dispersed γ-nickel composite coating on AISI 304 stainless steel by HVOF spray deposition of the NiCrBSi precursor powder and subsequent laser surface melting. A continuous wave diode laser with an applied power of 3 kW and scan speed of 20 mm/s in argon shroud was employed. The characterization of the surface in terms of microstructure, microtexture, phases, and composition were carried out and compared with the as-coated (high-velocity oxy-fuel sprayed) surface. Laser surface melting led to homogenization and refinement of microstructures with the formation of few nano-silicides of nickel along with nano-borides of nickel and chromium (Ni3B, Cr2B, and Cr2B3). A detailed microtexture analysis showed the presence of no specific texture in the as-sprayed and laser-melted surface of Cr2B and Ni3B phases. The average microhardness was improved to 750-900 VHN as compared to 250 VHN of the as-received substrate. Laser surface melting improved the microhardness further to as high as 1400 VHN due to refinement of microstructure and the presence of silicides.

  19. Statistical study by digitalized image analysis of pitting corrosion of an AISI 304 type stainless steel in chloride environment

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    This research thesis addresses the pitting corrosion of an AISI 304-type stainless steel in chloride environment, a phenomenon which is generally considered as comprising two main steps: pit initiation with local degradation of the passive film, and pit growth. By using a technique of analysis of digitalized images, the process is observed in situ and both steps are monitored. A statistical study of the initiation of all the noticed pits is performed. After a bibliographical survey on the pitting corrosion process, its mechanisms and the influence of different parameters, the author presents the studied material and the experimental methods, reports the investigation of the pitting corrosion process in potentiostatic mode over a wide range of potentials in order to study all the types of pits, discusses the influence of potential on pit initiation and growth, reports the study of the influence of hydrodynamic conditions and of ageing in solution on the different parameters, reports the analysis of passive films by photoelectron spectroscopy, and the study of the influence of an inhibitor (molybdate ions) on both steps of pitting corrosion

  20. Electrochemical study of AISI 304 stainless steel during the exposure at the disinfectant solutions with fungal suspensions

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    Stoica, M.; Bruma, M. [Department of Biochemistry and Technologies, Faculty of Food Science and Engineering, ' ' Dunarea de Jos' ' University of Galati, 111 Domneasca Street, 800201 Galati (Romania); Carac, G. [Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, ' ' Dunarea de Jos' ' University of Galati, 47 Domneasca Street, 800008 Galati (Romania)

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    The effect of fungal suspensions on the disinfectant solution (Actisept with sodium dichloroisocyanurate as active substance, which releases 140 ppm active chlorine) and the corrosion behavior of type AISI 304 stainless steel (SS) were evaluated through linear polarization. The work presents a study of biocide Actisept solution as reference solution and the mixed solutions: reference biocide Actisept solution with three fungal suspensions (10 vol%), Aspergillus niger, Candida mycoderma, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The fungal suspension has an important influence on the synergistic effect of the SS corrosion in the following order: Saccharomyces cerevisiae > Candida mycoderma > Aspergillus niger. The E{sub corr} values from the mixed solutions decreased with immersion time of the samples. In the case of Aspergillus niger, the corrosion rate was lower than that of any other type of fungal suspension tested, because the arrangement in solutions, the size and composition of Aspergillus niger spores were more favorable to protect the spores of the chemical and the electrical stressing. The results showed that there is a synergistic effect between the active substances from the disinfectant, fungal suspensions and applied potential, thus this effect can be taken into consideration for the hygienic and safety food industry. (Copyright copyright 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. Deformability analysis of the AISI 304 DDQ stainless steel under deep drawing multiaxial condition. Evaluation of the initial strain influence

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    The deep drawing formability of a material is established as a function of standard indexes, as strength coefficient and anisotropy coefficient. But these indexes are determined in different conditions to those that take place in the forming process. The simulative assays do not separate the actions due to the different variables that work in the process, as for example, the rolling direction. In the present work a test that uses a wedge shape die is considered in order to obtain the strength and anisotropy coefficients as a function of rolling direction. This way, the assays are carried out under a tensile-biaxial compression stress state similar to that one taking place in the flange zone in deep drawing. The experimented material is a deep drawing quality stainless steel AISI 304. The influence of initial strengthened states, rolling and uniaxial tensile on the steel behaviour are also studied. The results permits the authors establish the validity of the assay from the point of view of the strains produced in the sheet. The initial strain has a higher effect on the material than that one obtained from the tensile-biaxial of the state than the tensile-biaxial compression causes. The anisotropy coefficient changes with the strain for the sheet rolling direction. (Author).

  2. In vitro response of human peripheral blood mononuclear cells to AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel subjected to nitriding and collagen coating treatments.

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    Stio, Maria; Martinesi, Maria; Treves, Cristina; Borgioli, Francesca

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    Surface modification treatments can be used to improve the biocompatibility of austenitic stainless steels. In the present research two different modifications of AISI 316L stainless steel were considered, low temperature nitriding and collagen-I coating, applied as single treatment or in conjunction. Low temperature nitriding produced modified surface layers consisting mainly of S phase, which enhanced corrosion resistance in PBS solution. Biocompatibility was assessed using human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) in culture. Proliferation, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) levels, release of cytokines (TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-12, IL-10), secretion of metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and its inhibitor TIMP-1, and the gelatinolytic activity of MMP-9 were determined. While the 48-h incubation of PBMC with all the sample types did not negatively influence cell proliferation, LDH and MMP-9 levels, suggesting therefore a good biocompatibility, the release of the pro-inflammatory cytokines was always remarkable when compared to that of control cells. However, in the presence of the nitrided and collagen coated samples, the release of the pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-1β decreased, while that of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 increased, in comparison with the untreated AISI 316L samples. Our results suggest that some biological parameters were ameliorated by these surface treatments of AISI 316L. PMID:25655502

  3. Effect of Surface Treatment on the Surface Characteristics of AISI 316L Stainless Steel

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    Trigwell, Steve; Selvaduray, Guna

    2005-01-01

    The ability of 316L stainless steel to maintain biocompatibility, which is dependent upon the surface characteristics, is critical to its effectiveness as an implant material. The surfaces of mechanically polished (MP), electropolished (EP) and plasma treated 316L stainless steel coupons were characterized by X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) and Auger Electron Spectroscopy (AES) for chemical composition, Atomic Force Microscopy for surface roughness, and contact angle measurements for critical surface tension. All surfaces had a Ni concentration that was significantly lower than the bulk concentration of -43%. The Cr content of the surface was increased significantly by electropolishing. The surface roughness was also improved significantly by electropolishing. Plasma treatment had the reverse effect - the surface Cr content was decreased. It was also found that the Cr and Fe in the surface exist in both the oxide and hydroxide states, with the ratios varying according to surface treatment.

  4. Corrosion fatigue of AISI 304 stainless steel in aqueous chloride solution

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    The fatique behaviour of an 304 austenitic stainless steel in a 0,5 M NaCl environment was studied. The material was tested, under different electrode potential conditions and the results were compaired with those obtained for tests in air. It has been shown by means of metallographic and fractografic observations, that the mechanism of crack initiation depends on the applied potential. (Author)

  5. On low temperature ion nitriding of austenitic stainless steel AISI 316

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    2007-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to discuss some problems concerning the extremely high values of the nitride layer hardness and the features of so called S-phase which are formed after low-temperature ion nitriding of high-alloyed austenitic (austenitic-ferritic steels.Design/methodology/approach: The investigations are performed mainly by using of ray diffraction method after ion nitrided 316 (AISI steel.Findings: As a result of the work some data, concerning the structure and substructure, the phase composition of the S-phase, crystal lattice, the broadening of diffraction reflexes, mechanism of transformation of γ'- phase into S-phase, its high hardness etc. of the nitrided layer are obtained. It could be concluded that S-phase could be classified as a modified γ’-phase. The extremely high values of the hardness could be explained by the high nitrogen concentration in the solid solution and by the presence of increased density of the defects in the austenitic volume, which is transformed in the new S-phase.Research limitations/implications: The potencionstatic investigations of the electrochemical properties of the nitriding probes, performed by us, confirmed the data, obtained by the literature, but this problem will be discussed in some of the next publications.Originality/value: The high micro- and macro-deformations of the lattice of S-phase could be explained by the considerable registered expansions and the angle replacements of the slope (ψ on the ray diffraction maxima. The registered macro deformations could reach immense values, in the range of (1.4 – 2.1�10-2, which corresponds to macro deformations around 1900 – 2300 MPa (if we accept, for the austenite, the usual module of elasticity of 2.1�105 MPa. For such final decision it is necessary to obtain also some other confirmation facts.

  6. Effect of pH on the Stress Corrosion Cracking of Sensitized AISI 304 Stainless Steel

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    The effect of pH on the stress corrosion cracking was studied in 0.1 M sodium thiosulfate solution using two stress corrosion cracking testing methods (constant load and slow strain rate technique). The stress corrosion cracking resistance of sensitized 304 stainless steel decreased with lowering pH of the solution. Although the results agreed well in the above two experimental methods, slow strain rate technique was more efficient than constant load method in assessing the pH effect. The acoustic emission signals during the experiments were analyzed, that supports the film rupture mechanism of stress corrosion cracking

  7. Study of stress-reduction effects on creep behaviour of AISI-316 stainless steel

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    Creep tests were performed in 316 austenitic stainless steel at 10060K in both solution treated and in 15% pre-deformed samples. The dislocation substructure in the steady state stage was analysed for the applied stresses 109,30 MPa and 208,23 MPa. The influence of the prestraining conditions was verified. The strutural modifications occurring after a stress reduction were analysed in stress reduction tests. The results are discussed in terms of current ideas and its shown that the increase in creep resistance, introduced by a 15% pre-strain, is due to the presence of a subgrain structure and carbides which act as obstacles to dislocation motion. (E.G.)

  8. Comparison of high temperature wear behaviour of plasma sprayed WC–Co coated and hard chromium plated AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel

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    Highlights: ► WC–12wt.%Co powders were deposited to a thickness of 300 μm on to steel substrates. ► The micro hardness of the above coatings was lower than that of chromium plating. ► Wear resistance of chromium coating was increased up to five times of AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel. ► Wear resistance of chromium coat higher than plasma coat at different temperatures. -- Abstract: The wear behaviour of plasma sprayed coating and hard chrome plating on AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel substrate is experimentally investigated in unlubricated conditions. Experiments were conducted at different temperatures (room temp, 100 °C, 200 °C and 300 °C) with 50 N load and 1 m/s sliding velocity. Wear tests were carried out by dry sliding contact of EN-24 medium carbon steel pin as counterpart on a pin-on-disc wear testing machine. In both coatings, specimens were characterised by hardness, microstructure, coating density and sliding wear resistance. Wear studies showed that the hard chromium coating exhibited improved tribological performance than that of the plasma sprayed WC–Co coating. X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD) of the coatings showed that the better wear resistance at high temperature has been attributed to the formation of a protective oxide layer at the surface during sliding. The wear mechanisms were investigated through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and XRD. It was observed that the chromium coating provided higher hardness, good adhesion with the substrate and nearly five times the wear resistance than that obtained by uncoated AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel.

  9. Study of the polarization for Incoloy 800 and for the stainless stell AISI 304 in mixtures of Iron, Nickel and Chromium Chlorides

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    Polarization curves for the Incoloy 800 and for the stainless stell AISI 304 were obtained with static and rotational electrodes. The electrolytes employed showed growing concentrations of mixtures as Iron, Nickel and Chromium Chlorides their proportion being the same as the content of these elements in the respective alloys. The alloys under investigation exhibited a continuous transition behaviour from the passive to the active-passive and to the active conditions. Also, the pH was found the main parameter controlling the anodic behaviour of the alloy. (Author)

  10. A Study on the Stress Corrosion Cracking of AISI 304 Stainless Steel

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    Stress corrosion cracking phenomenon of the commercial type 304 stainless steel wire in the boiling 42% magnesium chloride solution has been investigated. Main experimental techniques were to measure the time to failure of the wire varying the applied tensile stress, to follow potential of the material versus time, to observe potentiostatic polarization behavior, and to examine the microstructure of the failed specimens. Results showed that every crack propagates in the transgranular fashion. With the more applied stress up to 53,200 psi, the more crack density appeared per unit length of specimen and the less time was taken to the final fracture. The role of applied stress seemed to be involved both in the crack initiation and in the crack propagation, but more pronounced in the latter process. Potential vs. time curve and potentiostatic polarization behavior of the wire indicated that a passive film would be present on the corroding specimen surface. Breaking of such a film induced by strain due to the applied stress would initiate crack formation when anodic dissolution of the metal was followed at the resulting bare sites. It was found that crack propagation started at the base of a pit especially when large anodic current was forced to flow into the wire. A cathodic polarization to the potential slightly more active than the steady state corrosion potential retarded remarkably the time to failure of the wire specimen. Data revealed that such a slight cathodic protection was slowing down crack propagation

  11. Low-Temperature Nitriding of Deformed Austenitic Stainless Steels with Various Nitrogen Contents Obtained by Prior High-Temperature Solution Nitriding

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    Bottoli, Federico; Winther, Grethe; Christiansen, Thomas Lundin;

    2016-01-01

    In the past decades, high nitrogen steels (HNS) have been regarded as substitutes for conventional austenitic stainless steels because of their superior mechanical and corrosion properties. However, the main limitation to their wider application is their expensive production process. As an...... alternative, high-temperature solution nitriding has been applied to produce HNS from three commercially available stainless steel grades (AISI 304L, AISI 316, and EN 1.4369). The nitrogen content in each steel alloy is varied and its influence on the mechanical properties and the stability of the austenite...... investigated. Both hardness and yield stress increase and the alloys remain ductile. In addition, strain-induced transformation of austenite to martensite is suppressed, which is beneficial for subsequent low-temperature nitriding of the surface of deformed alloys. The combination of high- and low...

  12. Corrosion of stainless steel grades in molten NaOH/KOH eutectic at 250 C: AISI304 austenitic and 2205 duplex

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    Bozzini, B.; Bogani, F.; Scarselli, G. [Dipartimento di Ingegneria dell' Innovazione, Universita del Salento, Via per Monteroni, 73100 Lecce (Italy); Barella, S.; Boniardi, M. [Dipartimento di Meccanica, Politecnico di Milano, via La Masa 34, 20156 Milano (Italy); Giovannelli, G.; Natali, S. [Dipartimento DICMA, Universita di Roma ' ' La Sapienza' ' , via Eudossiana 18, 00184 Roma (Italy)

    2012-11-15

    The present paper focuses on the corrosion of an austenitic (AISI304) and a duplex (2205) stainless steel grade in molten KOH/NaOH 50 w/o eutectic at 250 C. Experimental activities have been performed consisting in electrochemical measurements (linear sweep voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectrometry) complemented by metallographic (in-plane and cross-sectional SEM micrography), structural (X-ray diffractometry) and compositional (EDX line-profiles) characterisation of the materials attacked under electrochemically controlled conditions. Electrochemical measurements have shown that AISI304 exhibits a passivating behaviour, characterised by two passivation peaks and a transpassive threshold, while duplex, does not yield a clear indication of passivation. AISI304 was found to fail by intergranular corrosion and to be covered in both passive and transpassive conditions, by an incoherent scale, containing electrolyte species. Duplex samples, instead tends to fail by homogeneous attack and exhibit a range of scale structures, depending on the applied potential. (Copyright copyright 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  13. Correlation of the microstructure with the creep and tensile properties of AISI 304 stainless steel

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    The evaluation of the microstructure by transmission electron microscopy of 304 stainless steel (Reference Heat No. 9T2796) specimens tested in the creep and tensile modes shows a strong correlation of the observed cell or subgrain sizes with the flow stress of the alloy. Specimens were tested in the temperature range of 538 to 8160C at stress levels from 34.5 MPa to 385 MPa (5,000 psi to 55,800 psi). These test conditions result in an effective temperature compensated creep-rate which spans eleven orders of magnitude. At modulus compensated stress levels below about 2 x 10-3, the substructure takes the form of well defined subgrains with the size, lambda, in microns, varying as lambda = 6.6 b(sigma/sub T//E)-1 where sigma/sub T/ is the effective true stress, E is Young's Modulus and b the Burgers vector. For stresses above this critical value, cells are formed with the size-stress relationship being given by lambda = 1.4 x 10-2 b(sigma/sub T//E)-2. The deformation rate-stress relation is shown to follow a power law of the form epsilon-dot = B lambda3 (sigma/sub T//E)/sup n/ exp (-Q/sub c//RT) where lambda is the subgrain or cell intercept size, Q/sub c/ an activation energy for creep, and B is a constant. The formation of cells and subgrains is shown to correspond with different fields on a deformation mechanism map which is representative of dislocation glide associated with transgranular fracture and with dislocation climb associated with intergranular fracture, respectively

  14. Phase transformations induced by implantation of 12C- ions into α-Fe and AISI 304 and 316 stainless steels studied by CEMS and SEM

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    Samples of AISI 304 and 316 stainless steels, initially in austenitic (first set) and martensitic states (second set) and α-Fe (third set), were implanted with 180 keV 12C- to a dose of 1017 atoms/cm2 at room temperature. Surfaces were examined by SEM (scanning electron microscopy) and the crystalline-phase fractions were estimated through CEMS (conversion electron Moessbauer spectroscopy). Different grades of etching were produced by sputtering during the implantations on the stainless steel samples depending on the previous crystallographic states. CEMS data reveal the γ→a' transformation in the initially martensitic samples and no noticeable modifications as a result of the implantation on α-Fe and austenitic samples. (orig.)

  15. The electrochemical behaviour of stainless steel AISI 304 in alkaline solutions with different pH in the presence of chlorides

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    Highlights: → The passivation and passivation breakdown of AISI 304 in alkaline solutions with different pH was studied. → The electrochemical behaviour and the corrosion resistance in chloride environments were evaluated using d.c. potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. → The results were modelled using a hierarchically distributed circuit and revealed a more susceptible surface at pH 9. → The passive film characterization was carried out by SEM and EDS analysis, revealing the existence of MnS inclusions and the increase of Cr/Fe ratio in the attacked areas, preferably the vicinity of those inclusions. - Abstract: Nowadays, stainless steel reinforcements appear as an effective solution to increase the durability of reinforced concrete structures exposed to very aggressive environments. AISI 304 is widely used for this purpose. Although the improved durability of reinforcing AISI 304, when compared to carbon steel, there is a high probability of pitting susceptibility in the presence of chlorides. Thus, the present work aims at studying the passivation and passivation breakdown of AISI 304 in alkaline solutions of different pH (pH from 13 to 9), simulating the interstitial concrete electrolyte. These solutions were contaminated with different concentrations of chloride ions (3% and 10%, as NaCl). The electrochemical behaviour was evaluated by d.c. potentiodynamic polarization and by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS). The morphological features and the changes observed in the surface composition were evaluated by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) together with EDS chemical analysis. The results evidence that pH plays an important role in the evolution of the film resistance and charge transfer processes. Moreover, the effect is highly dependent upon the chloride content and immersion time.

  16. Applications of the essay at slow deformation velocity in pipes of stainless steel AISI-304; Aplicaciones del ensayo a velocidad de deformacion lenta en tuberias de acero inoxidable AISI-304

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    Zamora R, L.; Mora R, T. De la [ININ, 52045 Ocoyoacac, Estado de Mexico (Mexico)

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    Nowadays is carried out research related with the degradation mechanisms of structures, systems and/or components in the nuclear power plants, since many of the involved processes are those responsible for the dependability of these, of the integrity of the components and of the aspects of safety. The purpose of this work, was to determine the grade of susceptibility to the corrosion of a pipe of Austenitic stainless steel AISI 304, in a solution of Na CI (3.5%) to the temperatures of 60 and 90 C, in two different thermal treatments - 1. - Sensitive 650 C by 4 hours and cooled in water. 2. Solubilized to 1050 C by 1 hour and cooled in water.

  17. Microstructural Characterization and Properties Evaluation of Ni-Based Hardfaced Coating on AISI 304 Stainless Steel by High Velocity Oxyfuel Coating Technique

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    Sharma, Prashant; Majumdar, Jyotsna Dutta

    2013-01-01

    The present study concerns a detailed investigation of microstructural evolution of nickel based hardfaced coating on AISI 304 stainless steel by high velocity oxy-fuel (HVOF) deposition technique. The work has also been extended to study the effect of coating on microhardness, wear resistance and corrosion resistance of the surface. Deposition has been conducted on sand blasted AISI 304 stainless steel by HVOF spraying technique using nickel (Ni)-based alloy [Ni: 68.4 wt pct, chromium (Cr): 17 wt pct, boron (B): 3.9 wt pct, silicon (Si): 4.9 wt pct and iron (Fe): 5.8 wt pct] of particle size 45 to 60 μm as precursor powder. Under the optimum process parameters, deposition leads to development of nano-borides (of chromium, Cr2B and nickel, Ni3B) dispersion in metastable and partly amorphous gamma nickel (γ-Ni) matrix. The microhardness of the coating was significantly enhanced to 935 VHN as compared to 215 VHN of as-received substrate due to dispersion of nano-borides in grain refined and partly amorphous nickel matrix. Wear resistance property under fretting wear condition against WC indenter was improved in as-deposited layer (wear rate of 4.65 × 10-7 mm3/mm) as compared to as-received substrate (wear rate of 20.81 × 10-7 mm3/mm). The corrosion resistance property in a 3.56 wt pct NaCl solution was also improved.

  18. The influence of cyclic straining on the work hardening behavior of AISI 304 stainless steel bars in multiple-pass drawing

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    Carballo Siqueira Correa, Elaine [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Rua Espirito Santo 35, Centro, 30160-030 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)], E-mail: elaine@demet.ufmg.br; Aguilar, Maria Teresa Paulino [Department of Materials and Civil Construction, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Rua Espirito Santo 35, Centro, 30160-030 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil); Cetlin, Paulo Roberto [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Rua Espirito Santo 35, Centro, 30160-030 Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)], E-mail: pcetlin@demet.ufmg.br

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    The occurrence of strain softening in drawn low carbon steel bars, as a consequence of cyclic torsion, was previously observed in terms of changes in the mechanical properties of the bars and in the drawing stress, bringing out the possibility of employing cyclic straining in order to improve multiple-stage forming operations. In the present paper, the influence of the structural features of the drawn material on the strain softening phenomenon was analyzed. A commercial AISI 304 stainless steel was used in the experiments. Drawing was carried out in five passes. Cyclic torsion was conducted between the last two stages of drawing and between every drawing pass. In addition to the evaluation of the drawing stress, microstructural and X-ray diffraction analyses were performed, allowing the examination and the calculation of the amount of martensite formed during plastic deformation. Contrasting with the low carbon steel investigation, torsion did not lead to changes in the drawing stress of the AISI 304 stainless steel, for both experimental procedures. The quantitative phase analysis revealed that, even though a considerable deformation value was applied to the material, the amount of martensite formed in cyclic torsion was very low.

  19. Microstructure and microhardness analysis of the hexagonal oxides formed on the surface of the AISI 304 stainless steel after Nd:YAG pulsed laser surface melting

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    The laser surface melting (LSM) technique was adopted to modify the surface layer microstructure of the AISI 304 stainless steel in this paper. The results showed that the hexagonal morphologies have been successfully fabricated on the surface after LSM. These hexagons had side lengths of about 0.5-1 μm and were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and high resolution transmission electron microscope (HRTEM). It was proved by the XRD that the stainless steel surface mainly consisted of γ-Fe, Cr2O3, Fe2O3 and some manganese oxides. The FESEM micrographs showed that the hexagonal oxides were regular hexagons in geometry. The HRTEM micrographs also indicated the presence of the hexagons on the surface of the stainless steel. The spacing values were calculated from the HRTEM micrograph and the SAED pattern, and the hexagonal oxide phases determined by these spacing values were consistent with those verified by the XRD. After LSM, the microhardness of the stainless steel was significantly improved.

  20. Ion-nitriding of austenitic stainless steels

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    Although ion-nitriding is an extensively industrialized process enabling steel surfaces to be hardened by nitrogen diffusion, with a resulting increase in wear, seizure and fatigue resistance, its direct application to stainless steels, while enhancing their mechanical properties, also causes a marked degradation in their oxidation resistance. However, by adaption of the nitriding process, it is possible to maintain the improved wear resistant properties while retaining the oxidation resistance of the stainless steel. The controlled diffusion permits the growth of a nitrogen supersaturated austenite layer on parts made of stainless steel (AISI 304L and 316L) without chromium nitride precipitation. The diffusion layer remains stable during post heat treatments up to 650 F for 5,000 hrs and maintains a hardness of 900 HV. A very low and stable friction coefficient is achieved which provides good wear resistance against stainless steels under diverse conditions. Electrochemical and chemical tests in various media confirm the preservation of the stainless steel characteristics. An example of the application of this process is the treatment of Reactor Control Rod Cluster Assemblies (RCCAs) for Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactors

  1. Surface properties of nitrided layer on AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel produced by high temperature plasma nitriding in short time

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    Li, Yang, E-mail: metalytu@163.com [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yantai University, Qingquan Road 32, Yantai 264005 (China); Wang, Zhuo [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Yantai University, Qingquan Road 32, Yantai 264005 (China); Wang, Liang [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Dalian Maritime University, Linghai Road 1, Dalian 116026 (China)

    2014-04-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The 8 μm nitrided layer was produced on the surface of AISI 316L stainless steel by plasma nitrided at high temperatures (540 °C) within 1 h. • The nitrided layer consisted of nitrogen expanded austenite and possibly a small amount of free-CrN and iron nitrides. • It could critically reduce processing time compared with low temperature nitriding. • High temperature plasma nitriding could improve pitting corrosion resistance of the substrate in 3.5% NaCl solution. - Abstract: It has generally been believed that the formation of the S phase or expanded austenite γ{sub N} with enough thickness depends on the temperature (lower than 480 °C) and duration of the process. In this work, we attempt to produce nitrogen expanded austenite layer at high temperature in short time. Nitriding of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel was carried out at high temperatures (>520 °C) for times ranging from 5 to 120 min. The microstructures, chemical composition, the thickness and the morphology of the nitrided layer, as well as its surface hardness, were investigated using X-ray diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and microhardness tester. The corrosion properties of the untreated and nitrided samples were evaluated using anodic polarization tests in 3.5% NaCl solution. The results confirmed that nitrided layer was shown to consist of γ{sub N} and a small amount of free-CrN and iron nitrides. High temperature plasma nitriding not only increased the surface hardness but also improved the corrosion resistance of the austenitic stainless steel, and it can critically reduce processing time compared with low temperature nitriding.

  2. Effects of Cold Rolling and Strain-Induced Martensite Formation in a SAF 2205 Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Breda, Marco; Brunelli, Katya; Grazzi, Francesco; Scherillo, Antonella; Calliari, Irene

    2015-02-01

    Duplex stainless steels (DSSs) are biphasic steels having a ferritic-austenitic microstructure that allows them to combine good mechanical and corrosion-resistance properties. However, these steels are sensitive to microstructural modifications, such as ferrite decomposition at high temperatures and the possibility of strain-induced martensite (SIM) formation from cold-worked austenite, which can significantly alter their interesting features. In the present work, the effects of cold rolling on the developed microstructural features in a cold-rolled SAF 2205 DSS and the onset of martensitic transformation are discussed. The material was deformed at room temperature from 3 to 85 pct thickness reduction, and several characterization techniques (scanning and transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, hardness measurements, and time-of-flight-neutron diffraction) were employed in order to fully describe the microstructural behavior of the steel. Despite the low stacking fault energy of DSS austenite, which contributed to SIM formation, the steel was found to be more stable than other stainless steel grades, such as AISI 304L. Rolling textures were similar to those pertaining to single-phase materials, but the presence of the biphasic (Duplex) microstructure imposed deformation constraints that affected the developed microstructural features, owing to phases interactions. Moreover, even if an intensification of the strain field in austenite was revealed, retarded SIM transformation kinetics and lower martensite amounts with respect to AISI 304L were observed.

  3. Fatigue behaviour of 304L steel welded structures: influence of residual stresses and surface mechanical finishing

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    This study focuses on the influence of residual stresses and surface mechanical finishing on lifetime of stainless steel 304L welded structures. Residual stresses are determined on specific specimens of three types: base-metal, as-welded and ground-welded specimens. Each type is submitted to fatigue tests in order to assess the influence of these parameters on the lifetime, and to determine their evolution. The experiments show that an important surface stress concentration is located in the weld root of as-welded structures, which has a negative effect on the fatigue life. The grinding operation generates high-level surface residual stresses but the lifetime is higher thanks to the reduction of the notch effect. The fatigue test results are compared to the nuclear industry best-fit S-N curves. This enables the determination of correction factors related to fatigue test results of polished specimens, and to assess the lifetime of structures. (author)

  4. Corrosion Behaviour Of Sintered AISI 316L Stainless Steel Modified With Boron-Rich Master Alloy In 0.5M NaCl Water Solution

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Present study describes results of research conducted on sinters manufactured from a powdered AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel modified with an addition of boron-rich master alloy. The main aim was to study impact of the master alloy addition on a corrosion resistance of sinters in 0.5M water solution of NaCl. In order to achieve it, a potentiodynamic method was used. Corrosion tests results were also supplemented with a microstructures of near-surface areas. Scanning electron microscope pictures of a corroded surfaces previously exposed to the corrosive environment were taken and compared. It was successful to increase the corrosion resistance of AISI 316L sinters modified with master alloy. It was also successful in particular samples to obtain a densified superficial layer not only on the sinters sintered in the hydrogen but also on sinters sintered in the vacuum. No linear correlation between presence of the densified superficial layer and the enhanced corrosion resistance was noticed.

  5. The effect of inhibitor sodium nitrate on pitting corrosion of dissimilar material weldment joint of stainless steel AISI 304 and mild steel SS 400

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    Hilca, B. R.; Triyono

    2016-03-01

    This study experimentally evaluated the effect of Sodium Nitrate inhibitor (NaNO3) of 0.1%, 0.3%, and 0.5% on NaCl 3.5% toward pitting corrosion of dissimilar metal welding joint between stainless steel AISI 304 and mild steel SS 400. Electrochemical corrosion was tested using potentiodynamic polarization. Further the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) conducted to analyze the specimen. Chemical composition analysis used Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectrometry (EDS). The highest efficiency of sodium nitrate for ER 308 attained 63.8% and 64.89%for ER 309L. The specimen surface which observed through SEM showed decrease of pitting corrosion respectively with the addition of sodium nitrate content as inhibitor.

  6. Improvement of localised corrosion resistance of AISI 2205 Duplex Stainless Steel joints made by gas metal arc welding under electromagnetic interaction of low intensity

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    García-Rentería, M. A.; López-Morelos, V. H.; García-Hernández, R.; Dzib-Pérez, L.; García-Ochoa, E. M.; González-Sánchez, J.

    2014-12-01

    The resistance to localised corrosion of AISI 2205 duplex stainless steel plates joined by Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) under the effect of electromagnetic interaction of low intensity (EMILI) was evaluated with sensitive electrochemical methods. Welds were made using two shielding gas mixtures: 98% Ar + 2% O2 (M1) and 97% Ar + 3% N2 (M2). Plates were welded under EMILI using the M1 gas with constant welding parameters. The modified microstructural evolution in the high temperature heat affected zone and at the fusion zone induced by application of EMILI during welding is associated with the increase of resistance to localised corrosion of the welded joints. Joints made by GMAW using the shielding gas M2 without the application of magnetic field presented high resistance to general corrosion but high susceptibility to undergo localised attack.

  7. Influence of the Amount of Master Alloy on the Properties of Austenitic Stainless Steel AISI 316L Powder Sintered in Hydrogen

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel powder was modified with four different amounts of boron (0.1; 0.2; 0.3; 0.4 of wt. % in the form of MasterAlloy micro-powder, and was sintered in a pure dry hydrogen atmosphere in order to obtain high density sintered samples characterized by a thickened non-porous surface layer. We investigated the influence of the amount of boron on: density, hardness, grain microhardness, porosity, microstructure and surface quality. The study revealed that it is possible by a conventional compacting and sintering process to obtain near full-density sintered samples with a non-porous superficial layer without boride precipitations.

  8. Corrosion of stainless steels in lead-bismuth eutectic up to 600 deg. C

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    An experimental program has been carried out to understand the differences in the corrosion behaviour between different stainless steels: the austenitic steels 304L and 316L, the martensitic steels F82Hmod, T91 and EM10, and the low alloy steel P22. The influence of oxygen level in Pb-Bi, temperature and exposure time is studied. At 600 deg. C, the martensitic steels and the P22 steel exhibit thick oxide scales that grow with time, following a linear law for the wet environment and a parabolic law for the dry one. The austenitic stainless steels show a better corrosion behaviour, especially AISI 304L. Under reducing conditions, the steels exhibit dissolution, more severe for the austenitic stainless steels. At 450 deg. C, all the materials show an acceptable behaviour provided a sufficient oxygen level in the Pb-Bi. At reducing conditions, the martensitic steels and the P22 steel have a good corrosion resistance, while the austenitic steels exhibit already dissolution at the longer exposures

  9. Corrosion of stainless steels in lead-bismuth eutectic up to 600 deg. C

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    Soler, L. [Dpto. Fision Nuclear, CIEMAT, Edificio 30, Avda. Complutense 22, Madrid 28040 (Spain)]. E-mail: laura.soler@ciemat.es; Martin, F.J. [Dpto. Fision Nuclear, CIEMAT, Edificio 30, Avda. Complutense 22, Madrid 28040 (Spain); Hernandez, F. [Dpto. Fision Nuclear, CIEMAT, Edificio 30, Avda. Complutense 22, Madrid 28040 (Spain); Gomez-Briceno, D. [Dpto. Fision Nuclear, CIEMAT, Edificio 30, Avda. Complutense 22, Madrid 28040 (Spain)

    2004-11-01

    An experimental program has been carried out to understand the differences in the corrosion behaviour between different stainless steels: the austenitic steels 304L and 316L, the martensitic steels F82Hmod, T91 and EM10, and the low alloy steel P22. The influence of oxygen level in Pb-Bi, temperature and exposure time is studied. At 600 deg. C, the martensitic steels and the P22 steel exhibit thick oxide scales that grow with time, following a linear law for the wet environment and a parabolic law for the dry one. The austenitic stainless steels show a better corrosion behaviour, especially AISI 304L. Under reducing conditions, the steels exhibit dissolution, more severe for the austenitic stainless steels. At 450 deg. C, all the materials show an acceptable behaviour provided a sufficient oxygen level in the Pb-Bi. At reducing conditions, the martensitic steels and the P22 steel have a good corrosion resistance, while the austenitic steels exhibit already dissolution at the longer exposures.

  10. The specific heat loss combined with the thermoelastic effect for an experimental analysis of the mean stress influence on axial fatigue of stainless steel plain specimens

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    G. Meneghetti

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The energy dissipated to the surroundings as heat in a unit volume of material per cycle, Q, was recently proposed by the authors as fatigue damage index and it was successfully applied to correlate fatigue data obtained by carrying out fully reversed stress- and strain-controlled fatigue tests on AISI 304L stainless steel plain and notched specimens. The use of the Q parameter to analyse the experimental results led to the definition of a scatter band having constant slope from the low- to the high-cycle fatigue regime. In this paper the energy approach is extended to analyse the influence of mean stress on the axial fatigue behaviour of unnotched cold drawn AISI 304L stainless steel bars. In view of this, stress controlled fatigue tests on plain specimens at different load ratios R (R=-1; R=0.1; R=0.5 were carried out. A new energy parameter is defined to account for the mean stress effect, which combines the specific heat loss Q and the relative temperature variation due to the thermoelastic effect corresponding to the achievement of the maximum stress level of the stress cycle. The new two-parameter approach was able to rationalise the mean stress effect observed experimentally. It is worth noting that the results found in the present contribution are meant to be specific for the material and testing condition investigated here.

  11. Behavior to the fracture of an AISI 304 stainless steel sensitized in BWR reactor conditions (288 degrees Centigrade and 80 Kg/cm2)

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    It is a knew fact that ductility of a lot of structural alloys can be deteriorated by the environment effect which are exposed, and that their consequent embrittlement can put in doubt the safety of their functioning; such is the case of austenitic stainless steels used in internal components of the BWR type reactors which not only is subjected to the effect combined of the aggressive environment which surround it (pressure, temperature, corrosion potential, conductivity medium, local state of efforts, etc.), but also to the action of present neutron radiation, manifesting microstructural changes which are reflected in the augmentation of its susceptibility to the intergranular cracking, phenomena generally known as IASCC ''Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking''. Once appeared the cracking in the material, the useful life of a component is limited by the rapidity to growth of these cracking, making necessary evaluations which can to predict its behavior, therefore the present work shows the preliminary results for determining the behavior to the fracture of an AISI 304 stainless steel sensitized, in a dynamic recirculation circuit which allows to simulate the operation conditions of a BWR reactor (288 Centigrade and 80 kg/cm2). (Author)

  12. The influence of reversion annealing behavior on the formation of nanograined structure in AISI 201L austenitic stainless steel through martensite treatment

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    Highlights: → The martensite formation becomes saturated at εs = 0.5. → The smallest average grain size of 65 nm is achieved by annealing at 850 oC for 30 s. → The nanocrystalline 201L steel showed good combination of strength and elongation. → The rate of martensite reversion was very high for the primary annealing times. -- Abstract: Martensite treatment is one of the known thermo-mechanical processes that can be used for the grain refinement of metastable austenitic stainless steels. In this work, the martensite to austenite reversion behavior as well as its effect on the processing of nanocrystalline structure in an as-cast AISI 201L austenitic stainless steel was investigated. The as-cast specimens were first homogenized and then hot forged in order to prepare a suitable microstructure for the subsequent martensite treatment. The cold rolling was carried out to various reductions between 10% and 95% followed by annealing at temperature range of 750-900 oC for different times of 15-1800 s. The microstructure characterization was performed using optical and scanning electron microscopies, X-ray diffraction and Feritscope. Hardness measurements were also used for evaluating the mechanical properties of the experimental material. The results indicated that the specimen which was reversion-annealed at 850 oC for 30 s exhibited the smallest average austenite grain size of 65 nm with more than 86% austenite.

  13. Corrosion of nickel-chromium deposit on AISI 316L stainless steel in radioactive water with and without fluoride at pH 4

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    The electrochemical behavior of samples was studied using potentiodynamic techniques at low scan rates, cyclic voltammetry at high scan rates and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. The surfaces were examined and analyzed by scanning electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis, respectively. The results from these different methods are discussed. They show that the deposit is more easily corroded than the AISI 316L stainless steel in presence or absence of fluoride. With fluoride and at the prepassive potentials, the Warburg straight line indicates that there is ionic diffusion in the nickel-chromium deposit oxide. The equivalent circuits for the nickel-chromium are proposed and indicate that the deposit can take part in localized corrosion. The use of high scan rates shows the transient kinetics of the oxide formation in presence of fluoride. With fluoride, the pitting currents are higher for nickel-chromium deposits. The SEM photographs and polarization curves show that the Ni-Cr deposit is locally corroded by fluoride, leading to the possibility of crevice formation under this and in 316L stainless steel. (orig.)

  14. Investigation of in-plane biaxial low cycle fatigued austenitic stainless steel AISI 321. I. Mechanical testing on the planar biaxial load machine

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    During fatigue loading of structural materials such as stainless steel, changes in the microstructure which affect the mechanical and physical properties occur. Experimental simulation of the loading conditions that induce the changes can be performed by mechanical loading, usually in the form of uniaxial tension-compression cycling. However, real machines and structures are subjected to more complex multiaxial stresses. Fatigue and fracture under multiaxial stresses are one of the most important current topics aimed at ensuring improved reliability of industrial components. The first step towards better understanding of this problem is to subject the materials to biaxial loading. The material examined was low austenitic stainless steel AISI 321 H. A set of the four samples of cruciform geometry was subjected to the biaxial tension-compression fatigue cycling with the frequency of 0.5 Hz at the applied load of 10-17 kN. The samples are intended for the neutron diffraction measurements of the residual stresses and the mechanical characterizations on a dedicated stress-diffractometer

  15. Influence of Zn on the oxide layer on AISI 316L(NG) stainless steel in simulated pressurised water reactor coolant

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    The oxidation of AISI 316L(NG) stainless steel in simulated pressurised water reactor (PWR) coolant with or without addition of 1 ppm Zn at 280 deg. C for up to 96 h has been characterised in situ by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), both at the corrosion potential and under anodic polarisation up to 0.5 V vs. the reversible hydrogen electrode (RHE). Additional tests were performed in simulated PWR coolant with the addition of 0.01 M Na2B4O7 to exclude the effect of pH excursions probably due to Zn hydrolysis reactions. The thickness and in-depth composition of the oxide films formed at open circuit and at 0.5 V vs. RHE in the investigated electrolytes have been estimated from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) depth profiles. The kinetic and transport parameters characterising the oxide layer growth have been estimated using a calculational procedure based on the mixed conduction model for oxide films. Successful simulations of both the EIS and XPS data have been obtained. The parameter estimates are discussed in terms of the effect of Zn on the oxide layers on stainless steel in PWR conditions

  16. Composition and orientation effects on the final recrystallization texture of coarse-grained Nb-containing AISI 430 ferritic stainless steels

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    Graphical abstract: EBSD results showing the inhomogeneous recrystallization behavior in FSS-A after final recrystallization annealing: (a) orientation map; (b) pole figures corresponding to partial-recrystallized region 1; (c and d) ODFs (φ2-constant sections) corresponding to distinct recrystallized regions 2 and 3, respectively and (e) pole figures corresponding to recovered region 4. . Research highlights: → Recrystallization of coarse-grained Nb-bearing ferritic stainless steels → important orientation and composition effects during primary recrystallization → distinct recrystallization textures depending on the chemical composition. - Abstract: Composition and orientation effects on the final recrystallization texture of three coarse-grained Nb-containing AISI 430 ferritic stainless steels (FSSs) were investigated. Hot-bands of steels containing distinct amounts of niobium, carbon and nitrogen were annealed at 1250 deg. C for 2 h to promote grain growth. In particular, the amounts of Nb in solid solution vary from one grade to another. For purposes of comparison, the texture evolution of a hot-band sheet annealed at 1030 deg. C for 1 min (finer grain structure) was also investigated. Subsequently, the four sheets were cold rolled up to 80% reduction and then annealed at 800 deg. C for 15 min. Texture was determined using X-ray diffraction and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Noticeable differences regarding the final recrystallization texture and microstructure were observed in the four investigated grades. Results suggest that distinct nucleation mechanisms take place within these large grains leading to the development of different final recrystallization textures.

  17. Composition and orientation effects on the final recrystallization texture of coarse-grained Nb-containing AISI 430 ferritic stainless steels

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    Siqueira, R.P. [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Escola de Engenharia de Lorena, University of Sao Paulo, 12600-970, Lorena-SP (Brazil); Sandim, H.R.Z., E-mail: hsandim@demar.eel.usp.br [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Escola de Engenharia de Lorena, University of Sao Paulo, 12600-970, Lorena-SP (Brazil); Oliveira, T.R. [Centro de Pesquisa da ArcelorMittal Inox Brasil S.A., 35180-000, Timoteo-MG (Brazil); Raabe, D. [Max-Planck Institut fuer Eisenforschung, D-40237, Duesseldorf (Germany)

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    Graphical abstract: EBSD results showing the inhomogeneous recrystallization behavior in FSS-A after final recrystallization annealing: (a) orientation map; (b) pole figures corresponding to partial-recrystallized region 1; (c and d) ODFs ({phi}{sub 2}-constant sections) corresponding to distinct recrystallized regions 2 and 3, respectively and (e) pole figures corresponding to recovered region 4. . Research highlights: {yields} Recrystallization of coarse-grained Nb-bearing ferritic stainless steels {yields} important orientation and composition effects during primary recrystallization {yields} distinct recrystallization textures depending on the chemical composition. - Abstract: Composition and orientation effects on the final recrystallization texture of three coarse-grained Nb-containing AISI 430 ferritic stainless steels (FSSs) were investigated. Hot-bands of steels containing distinct amounts of niobium, carbon and nitrogen were annealed at 1250 deg. C for 2 h to promote grain growth. In particular, the amounts of Nb in solid solution vary from one grade to another. For purposes of comparison, the texture evolution of a hot-band sheet annealed at 1030 deg. C for 1 min (finer grain structure) was also investigated. Subsequently, the four sheets were cold rolled up to 80% reduction and then annealed at 800 deg. C for 15 min. Texture was determined using X-ray diffraction and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Noticeable differences regarding the final recrystallization texture and microstructure were observed in the four investigated grades. Results suggest that distinct nucleation mechanisms take place within these large grains leading to the development of different final recrystallization textures.

  18. Study of the chemical structure of films formed during transpassive to passive transitions on a cathodically protected AISI 430 ferritic stainless steel

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    AISI 430 stainless steel can be cathodically protected in highly oxidizing solutions. The freely corroding potential of this stainless steel in such solutions is transpassive. In the protecting process this potential is lowered from the transpassive to the passive zone by applying potentiostatic techniques. The chemical structures of the surface films formed during the various stages of this potential shift were investigated by X-ray and Auger electron spectroscopies combined with Ar+ ion sputtering for depth profiling and by scanning electron microscopy. The shift is accompanied by two distinct phenomena: a) Increase of the concentration ratio of the oxidized to the metallic states of the iron and of the chromium present in the film. This implies that films formed in the passive zone are thicker than those formed in the transpassive one, a fact which is also revealed by the Auger depth profiles. b) Formation of a layered structure in the passive zone which is characterized by chromium surface segregation in the film. Three layers were detected. The layer at the metal film interface is composed of Cr+3 oxide whereas the two layers above it are composed of mixed iron and chromium oxides with the iron being primarily of Fe+2 type in the intermediate layer and of Fe+3 type in the outer one. (author)

  19. Statistical and regression analysis of Material Removal Rate for wire cut Electro Discharge Machining of SS 304L using design of experiments

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    Vishal Parashar; Rehman, A.; J.L.Bhagoria,; Y.M.Puri

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    In this paper, statistical and regression analysis of Material removal rate (MRR) using design of experiments is proposed for WEDM operations. Experimentation was planned as per Taguchi’s L’32 (21 X 44) mixed orthogonal array. Each experiment has been performed under different cutting conditions of gap voltage, pulse ON time, pulseOFF time, wire feed and dielectric flushing pressure. Stainless Steel grade 304L was selected as a work material to conduct the xperiments. From experimental resul...

  20. Behaviour of stainless steels immersed in natural waters: electrochemistry and bacterial adhesion

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    The free corrosion potential of a stainless steel immersed in natural seawater rises quickly until it reaches values ranging between +100 and +350 mV/SCE, which increases the risk of initiation of pitting corrosion. According to literature this phenomenon also occurs in fresh waters. The aim of this study is to confirm or to invalidate this trend; the electrochemical behaviour of samples of stainless steels immersed in river water and the influence of the bio-film formed on the surface of the samples are studied. The free corrosion potentials of three different stainless steels (S30403 or AISI 304L, S31603 or AISI 316L, S31254 or 254SMO) have been measured continuously during their immersion in the Seine river. SEM observations of the samples surface show the presence of a bio-film on the three kinds of stainless steel. The free corrosion potentials increase and end up between +100 and +300 mV/SCE. This increase is not immediate, the latency time being around 20 days. This could be related to an effect of the low temperature of the water during the immersion (8-10 C) and/or to an effect of the Total Organic Carbon (TOC), which would limit the growth rate of the bio-film, hence its influence on the evolution of the free corrosion potential. (authors)

  1. Comportamiento termomecánico de aceros AISI 304

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    El Wahabi, M.

    2001-04-01

    Full Text Available The hot deformation behaviour of three AISI 304 (H, L and HP austenitic stainless steel with different carbon contents has been studied. An analysis of the parameters describing their hot flow curves was carried out. No heavy effect of the carbon content was found on most of the latter parameters. However, the work hardening and dynamic recovery behaviour showed clear differences depending on the given alloy, especially at high temperatures and low strain rates where the high carbon steel displayed larger work hardening and dynamic recovery rates than the other steels. The high purity steel (interstitial free displayed the lower stress levels as its hardening rate was slower than in the other two steels.

    Se llevó a cabo un estudio del comportamiento termomecánico de tres aceros inoxidables austeníticos tipo AISI 304 (H, L y HP con diferentes contenido en carbono, mediante la determinación de los parámetros que describen las etapas de deformación en caliente. No se notó un fuerte efecto del carbono en dichos parámetros, excepto en los que describen los procesos de endurecimiento y de restauración dinámica que muestran una cierta dependencia con la composición química, especialmente a bajos valores del parámetro de Zener-Hollomon, donde el acero de alto carbono (304H endurece y restaura más rápido que el de bajo carbono (304L, alcanzándose valores de tensión de pico similares en ambos casos. El material de alta pureza (libre de intersticiales toma valores de tensión de pico más bajos que los otros aceros, endureciendo más lentamente y con una velocidad de restauración similar a la del 304H.

  2. Production and characterization of multilayer coatings of Ti/TiN on AISI 316L stainless steel by the PVD technique of cathodic arc ion plating

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    Multilayer coatings were produced from bi-layers (compound layers) of Ti/TiN in a PVD reactor of cathodic arc ion plating. The process was carried out at an Argon gas pressure of 5x10-3 Torr for the interlayer of Ti and a nitrogen + argon pressure of 2x10-2 Torr for the deposit of TiN and a Bias voltage of -500V for the Ti layer and -100V for the TiN layer. The arc current held constant at 80 amp. The samples were kept at high temperatures ≥ 300oC, mounted on a rotating system that held the test piece 15-25 cm from the Ti electrode. Certified composition AISI 316L and AISI 410 stainless steel were used for the substrate. Coatings with one or two compound layers with similar thicknesses were made. The coatings were characterized mechanically by adherence, thickness and microhardness by Vickers indentation with 25g loads. The texture was studied by X-ray diffraction and present phases and residual tensions were determined. The results of the X-ray diffraction show the presence of the mostly TiN phase, with fcc structure in the mono-layer and the bi-layer. Residual tensions are compressive and elevated due to the expansion of the TiN network during the deposition process. Measurements of the bi-layers at different angles showed a relaxing of the tensions close to the surface, which could be due to the effect of the second interlayer of Ti. Preferential orientations associated with the growth process of the layers and the developed microstructure were detected in the TiN (CW)

  3. Evolução da textura cristalográfica de chapas de aço inoxidável ferrítico do tipo AISI 430 durante laminação a frio, recozimento e estampagem Crystallographic texture evolution of ferritic stainless steel strips (AISI 430 during cold rolling, annealing and drawing

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    Antenor Ferreira Filho

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available A evolução da textura, nos estados "como recebido", laminado a frio, recozido e após a estampagem, e a estampabilidade de aços inoxidáveis ferríticos AISI 430, estabilizados ao nióbio, foram estudadas. Duas corridas de chapas com espessuras de 3,0 e 0,7 mm foram utilizadas. A de maior espessura foi relaminada a frio e recozida. A de menor espessura, de composição química semelhante à primeira, foi laminada a frio, na usina siderúrgica, e, posteriormente, submetida a estampagem. A textura foi avaliada usando DRX em todas as condições. O aço AISI 430, na condição "como recebido", apresentou forte textura {100}, {100} e a fibra g. Após a deformação, a intensidade da fibra g aumentou e apareceu a fibra a. O recozimento causou o desaparecimento da fibra a e o fortalecimento da fibra g, que é uma textura adequada para a estampagem. Embora o aço AISI 430, de espessura 0,7 mm, tivesse apresentado uma forte textura de fibra g, no estado inicial, as propriedades de estampagem não foram boas e o material trincou durante a conformação.Texture evolution in AISI 430 Nb stabilized ferritic stainless steels in the "as-received", hot-and cold-rolled, annealed and stamped conditions have been studied, along with their formability. Two ferritic stainless steels (Nb stabilized having a thickness of 3.0 and 0.7mm, were employed. The thicker one was cold rolled and annealed. The thinner one, with similar composition, was cold rolled at the steel plant and subsequently submitted to deep drawing. Texture has been evaluated using DRX for all conditions. The AISI 430 stainless steel, in the "as-received" condition presented a strong {100} texture in the and directions and the gamma fibre. After cold rolling the material presented stronger gamma and weaker alpha fibres. Annealing of the cold rolled steel conduced to the vanishing of the alpha fibre and strengthening of the gamma fibre, adequate for deep drawing operations. Although the AISI 430

  4. The microstructural, mechanical, and fracture properties of austenitic stainless steel alloyed with gallium

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    Kolman, D. G.; Bingert, J. F.; Field, R. D.

    2004-11-01

    The mechanical and fracture properties of austenitic stainless steels (SSs) alloyed with gallium require assessment in order to determine the likelihood of premature storage-container failure following Ga uptake. AISI 304 L SS was cast with 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 wt pct Ga. Increased Ga concentration promoted duplex microstructure formation with the ferritic phase having a nearly identical composition to the austenitic phase. Room-temperature tests indicated that small additions of Ga (less than 3 wt pct) were beneficial to the mechanical behavior of 304 L SS but that 12 wt pct Ga resulted in a 95 pct loss in ductility. Small additions of Ga are beneficial to the cracking resistance of stainless steel. Elastic-plastic fracture mechanics analysis indicated that 3 wt pct Ga alloys showed the greatest resistance to crack initiation and propagation as measured by fatigue crack growth rate, fracture toughness, and tearing modulus. The 12 wt pct Ga alloys were least resistant to crack initiation and propagation and these alloys primarily failed by transgranular cleavage. It is hypothesized that Ga metal embrittlement is partially responsible for increased embrittlement.

  5. The influence of low oxygen and contaminated sodium environments on the fatigue behavior of solution treated AISI 316 stainless steel

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    The influence of air and sodium environments on the fatigue properties of solution treated AISI 316 steel was studied by predictive methods and by conducting tests in air, in high temperature sodium, or following pre-exposure to sodium. The sodium environments studied included contaminated sodium or the products of sodium/water flames possibly typical of fast reactor fault conditions, and low oxygen sodium more appropriate to normal plant operation. Generally, fatigue properties were reduced by contaminated sodium or the products of sodium/water flames and improved by low oxygen sodium when compared with similar tests conducted in air. However, complex effects were observed with respect to crack initiation. The experimental results are discussed and generally follow trends predicted by physically based fatigue models. (author)

  6. Characterization of deposits build-up on austenitic stainless steel AISI 316L exposed in high purity water system

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    For the characterization of deposit layers on AISI 316L surfaces in high purity water systems, operating up to 80 deg C Moessbauer spectroscopy (ME), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) are used. Austenitic steel particles were identified on the surfaces of systems not properly cleaned before start-up. Long exposition of austenitic surfaces to high purity water promotes the build-up, composed by trivalent iron and chromium oxidehydroxides and oxide. The oxidehydroxide phase is located mainly at the solid-water interface, whereas oxide phase is in direct contact with metal. Spheroid-like morphology of particles in these layers and the lack of metal attack suggest that coagulation and crystallization processes are the way for oxide production from existing dissolved species. (author)

  7. The influence of low oxygen and contaminated sodium environments on the fatigue behaviour of solution treated AISI 316 stainless steel

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    The influence of air and sodium environments on the fatigue properties of solution treated AISI 316 steel was studied by predictive methods and by conducting tests in air, in high temperature sodium, or following pre-exposure to sodium. The sodium environments studied included contaminated sodium or the products of sodium/water flames possibly typical of fast water reactor fault conditions, and low oxygen sodium more appropriate to normal plant operation. Generally, fatigue properties were reduced by contaminated sodium or the products of sodium/water flames and improved by low oxygen sodium when compared with similar tests conducted in air. However, complex effects were observed with respect to crack initiation. The experimental results are discussed and generally follow trends predicted by physically based fatigue models. (author)

  8. Literature study - Sigma phase in 316L and 304L

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    A literature survey of the existence, formation and kinetics of the sigma phase has been made. It was early realised that the precipitation of the sigma phase and that of 23-carbide were intimately coupled, why both are treated. The mechanical properties of both 304L and 316L are highly affected by the presence of sigma phase. The dominating features are: Yield strength is reduced, due to reduced solution hardening, Deformation hardening increases, Ultimate tensile stress increases, due to the presence of a hard phase, Impact strength is generally decreased. This is however dependant on the microstructure and processing. There are conditions where the impact strength can increase due to crack deflection, Ductility is significantly reduced. An additional conclusion is that the Huey test is too a blunt and conservative instrument to identify sensitization, caused by sigma phase. In a material that contains ferrite in some form, before aging, 23-carbide will precipitate in all welded 304L and 316L steels according to the literature. It is also clear that the first carbide to form is very fine and is precipitated before the sigma phase. This has the consequence that welded and annealed weldments will show some sensitization from 23-carbide. It is also clear that the amount of 23-carbide reduces as the amount of sigma phase increases. The time to the start of the dissolution, which could decrease the level of sensitization, depends on temperature. This could for instance explain why there are examples of sensitized 30L steel that showed excellent corrosion resistance. Direct corrosion of the sigma phase is highly pH-dependant. The sμμma phase has little resistance against oxidizing acids. It is thus important to understand the coupling between the sensitization caused by the 23-carbide and the change in ductility caused by the 23-carbide with sigma phase present. This is in turn primarily depending on the carbon content and the ferrite content after welding

  9. Influences of deposition strategies and oblique angle on properties of AISI316L stainless steel oblique thin-walled part by direct laser fabrication

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    Wang, Xinlin; Deng, Dewei; Qi, Meng; Zhang, Hongchao

    2016-06-01

    Direct laser fabrication (DLF) developed from laser cladding and rapid prototyping technique has been widely used to fabricate thin-walled parts exhibiting more functions without expending weight and size. Oblique thin-walled parts accompanied with inhomogeneous mechanical properties are common in application. In the present study, a series of AISI316L stainless steel oblique thin-walled parts are successfully produced by DLF, in addition, deposition strategies, microstructure, and mechanical property of the oblique thin-walled parts are investigated. The results show that parallel deposition way is more valuable to fabricate oblique thin-walled part than oblique deposition way, because of the more remarkable properties. The hardness of high side initially increases until the distance to the substrate reaches about 25 mm, and then decreases with the increase of the deposition height. Oblique angle has a positive effect on the tensile property but a negative effect on microstructure, hardness and elongation due to the more tempering time. The maximum average ultimate tensile strength (UTS) and elongation are presented 744.3 MPa and 13.5% when the angle between tensile loading direction and horizontal direction is 45° and 90°, respectively.

  10. Improvement of localised corrosion resistance of AISI 2205 Duplex Stainless Steel joints made by gas metal arc welding under electromagnetic interaction of low intensity

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    Highlights: • Electromagnetic interaction in welding improved localised corrosion resistance. • Electromagnetic interaction in welding enhanced γ/δ phase balance of DuplexSS. • Welding under Electromagnetic interaction repress formation and growth of detrimental phases. • Welds made with gas protection (2% O2 + 98% Ar) have better microstructural evolution during welding. - Abstract: The resistance to localised corrosion of AISI 2205 duplex stainless steel plates joined by Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) under the effect of electromagnetic interaction of low intensity (EMILI) was evaluated with sensitive electrochemical methods. Welds were made using two shielding gas mixtures: 98% Ar + 2% O2 (M1) and 97% Ar + 3% N2 (M2). Plates were welded under EMILI using the M1 gas with constant welding parameters. The modified microstructural evolution in the high temperature heat affected zone and at the fusion zone induced by application of EMILI during welding is associated with the increase of resistance to localised corrosion of the welded joints. Joints made by GMAW using the shielding gas M2 without the application of magnetic field presented high resistance to general corrosion but high susceptibility to undergo localised attack

  11. Improvement of localised corrosion resistance of AISI 2205 Duplex Stainless Steel joints made by gas metal arc welding under electromagnetic interaction of low intensity

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    García-Rentería, M.A., E-mail: crazyfim@gmail.com [Instituto de Investigación en Metalurgia y Materiales, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, A.P. 888, CP 58000, Morelia, Michoacán (Mexico); López-Morelos, V.H., E-mail: vhlopez@umich.mx [Instituto de Investigación en Metalurgia y Materiales, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, A.P. 888, CP 58000, Morelia, Michoacán (Mexico); García-Hernández, R., E-mail: rgarcia@umich.mx [Instituto de Investigación en Metalurgia y Materiales, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, A.P. 888, CP 58000, Morelia, Michoacán (Mexico); Dzib-Pérez, L., E-mail: luirdzib@uacam.mx [Centre for Corrosion Research, Autonomous University of Campeche, Av. Agustín Melgar s/n, Col. Buenavista, CP 24039, Campeche, Cam (Mexico); García-Ochoa, E.M., E-mail: emgarcia@uacam.mx [Centre for Corrosion Research, Autonomous University of Campeche, Av. Agustín Melgar s/n, Col. Buenavista, CP 24039, Campeche, Cam (Mexico); González-Sánchez, J., E-mail: jagonzal@uacam.mx [Centre for Corrosion Research, Autonomous University of Campeche, Av. Agustín Melgar s/n, Col. Buenavista, CP 24039, Campeche, Cam (Mexico)

    2014-12-01

    Highlights: • Electromagnetic interaction in welding improved localised corrosion resistance. • Electromagnetic interaction in welding enhanced γ/δ phase balance of DuplexSS. • Welding under Electromagnetic interaction repress formation and growth of detrimental phases. • Welds made with gas protection (2% O{sub 2} + 98% Ar) have better microstructural evolution during welding. - Abstract: The resistance to localised corrosion of AISI 2205 duplex stainless steel plates joined by Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) under the effect of electromagnetic interaction of low intensity (EMILI) was evaluated with sensitive electrochemical methods. Welds were made using two shielding gas mixtures: 98% Ar + 2% O{sub 2} (M1) and 97% Ar + 3% N{sub 2} (M2). Plates were welded under EMILI using the M1 gas with constant welding parameters. The modified microstructural evolution in the high temperature heat affected zone and at the fusion zone induced by application of EMILI during welding is associated with the increase of resistance to localised corrosion of the welded joints. Joints made by GMAW using the shielding gas M2 without the application of magnetic field presented high resistance to general corrosion but high susceptibility to undergo localised attack.

  12. Statistical analysis of AISI304 austenitic stainless steel machining using Ti(C, N/Al2O3/TiN CVD coated carbide tool

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    Sofiane Berkani

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The present research work investigated the machining of AISI304 austenitic stainless steel in terms of machining force evolution, power consumption, specific cutting force and surface roughness where a factorial experiment design and analysis of variance technique were used and several factors were evaluated for their effects on each level. The case of dry turning process was studied based on design of experiments in order to obtain empirical equations characterizing material machinability according to cutting conditions such as cutting speed, feed rate and depth of cut and the latter ones were put in relationship with the machining output variables (Ra, Fc, Kc and Pc through the response surface methodology (RSM. Results revealed that feed rate was the most preponderant factor affecting surface roughness (71.04%. However, the depth of cut affects considerably cutting force and cutting power by (60.74% and 67.11%, respectively. In addition, the specific cutting force was found affected significantly by cutting speed with a contribution of 41.43%. The quadratic model of RSM associated with response optimization technique and composite desirability was used to find optimum values of machining parameters (104.54 m/min, 0.08 mm/rev and 0.295 mm.

  13. Microstructural Characterization and Wear Behavior of Nano-Boride Dispersed Coating on AISI 304 Stainless Steel by Hybrid High Velocity Oxy-Fuel Spraying Laser Surface Melting

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    Sharma, Prashant; Majumdar, Jyotsna Dutta

    2015-07-01

    The current study concerns the detailed microstructural characterization and investigation of wear behavior of nano-boride dispersed coating developed on AISI 304 stainless steel by high velocity oxy-fuel spray deposition of nickel-based alloy and subsequent laser melting. There is a significant refinement and homogenization of microstructure with improvement in microhardness due to laser surface melting (1200 VHN as compared to 945 VHN of as-sprayed and 250 VHN of as-received substrate). The high temperature phase stability of the as-coated and laser melted surface has been studied by differential scanning calorimeter followed by detailed phase analysis at room and elevated temperature. There is a significant improvement in wear resistance of laser melted surface as compared to as-sprayed and the as-received one due to increased hardness and reduced coefficient of friction. The mechanism of wear has been investigated in details. Corrosion resistance of the coating in a 3.56 wt pct NaCl solution is significantly improved (4.43 E-2 mm/year as compared to 5 E-1 mm/year of as-sprayed and 1.66 mm/year of as-received substrate) due to laser surface melting as compared to as-sprayed surface.

  14. Microbiologically influenced corrosion evaluation on brass (UNS C68700, UNS C443) and AISI 316 stainless steel

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    Microorganisms may play an important role in the corrosion process and generate conditions which affect the rate and/or the mechanism of deterioration. They become visible by the formation of bio films: clusters of microorganisms and extracellular polymers. These bio films affect not only the durability of the material, but also reduce the heat transfer. The present work studied the growth of aerobic and anaerobic heterotrophic microorganisms and sulfate reducing bacteria on aluminum brass (Uns C.a.), admiralty brass (Uns C.a.) and stainless steel Asi 316 in exposure experiments held in the Bay of Montevideo (Uruguay). The influence of the biofilm growth on the corrosion behavior was studied by electrochemical techniques: polarization curves and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (Ei). The selection of the most suitable material for the exposure conditions is discussed and hypotheses of the corrosion mechanism are presented. Although stainless steel Asi 316 presented the lowest corrosion rate it showed localized deterioration. (Author)

  15. Feasibility of surface-coated friction stir welding tools to join AISI 304 grade austenitic stainless steel

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    A.K. Lakshminarayanan; C.S. Ramachandran; Balasubramanian, V.

    2014-01-01

    An attempt is made to develop the tools that are capable enough to withstand the shear, impact and thermal forces that occur during friction stir welding of stainless steels. The atmospheric plasma spray and plasma transferred arc hardfacing processes are employed to deposit refractory ceramic based composite coatings on the Inconel 738 alloy. Five different combinations of self-fluxing alloy powder and 60% ceramic reinforcement particulate mixtures are used for coating. The best friction sti...

  16. Oxidation behavior of 26Cr-16Ni and AISI 309 austenitic stainless steels in air flow at 1,173 K

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    Pipatnukun, Peeraya; Wangyao, Panyawat; Lothongkum, Gobboon [Chulalongkorn Univ., Bangkok (Thailand). Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering

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    This work investigates the isothermal oxidation behavior of as cast 26Cr-16Ni, as cold-rolled AISI 309 and as cast AISI 309 at 1,173 K in air flow rate of 40 cm{sup 3} x min{sup -1} using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). In 33 hours, the oxidation resistance declines from high to low are as cast 26Cr-16Ni, as cold-rolled AISI 309 and as cast AISI 309, respectively. The oxidation kinetic results show that the exponential rate constant of the as cast 26Cr-16Ni, as cold-rolled AISI 309 and as cast AISI 309 are 8.79 x 10{sup -6}, 4.02 x 10{sup -5} and 4.35 x 10{sup -5} g x cm{sup -2} x s{sup -n}, respectively. The exponential growth rates of as cast 26Cr-16Ni, as cold-rolled AISI 309 and as cast AISI 309 are 0.42, 0.29 and 0.32, respectively. It indicates that the oxidation kinetic of as cast 26Cr-16Ni approaches a parabolic rate law, but those of as cold-rolled and as cast AISI 309 approach the cubic rate law. The sequence of oxide scale formations on the tested samples is also discussed.

  17. Oxidation behavior of 26Cr-16Ni and AISI 309 austenitic stainless steels in air flow at 1,173 K

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    This work investigates the isothermal oxidation behavior of as cast 26Cr-16Ni, as cold-rolled AISI 309 and as cast AISI 309 at 1,173 K in air flow rate of 40 cm3 x min-1 using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). In 33 hours, the oxidation resistance declines from high to low are as cast 26Cr-16Ni, as cold-rolled AISI 309 and as cast AISI 309, respectively. The oxidation kinetic results show that the exponential rate constant of the as cast 26Cr-16Ni, as cold-rolled AISI 309 and as cast AISI 309 are 8.79 x 10-6, 4.02 x 10-5 and 4.35 x 10-5 g x cm-2 x s-n, respectively. The exponential growth rates of as cast 26Cr-16Ni, as cold-rolled AISI 309 and as cast AISI 309 are 0.42, 0.29 and 0.32, respectively. It indicates that the oxidation kinetic of as cast 26Cr-16Ni approaches a parabolic rate law, but those of as cold-rolled and as cast AISI 309 approach the cubic rate law. The sequence of oxide scale formations on the tested samples is also discussed.

  18. Stress corrosion crack growth studies on nitrogen added AISI type 316 stainless steel and its weld metal in boiling acidified sodium chloride solution using the fracture mechanics approach

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    Shaikh, H.; George, G.; Khatak, H.S. [Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam (India). Div. of Metallurgy; Schneider, F.; Mummert, K. [Institut fuer Festkoerper- und Werkstofforschung Dresden e.V. (Germany). Inst. fuer Metallische Werkstoffe

    2000-10-01

    Compact tension specimens of nitrogen-added AISI type 316 austenitic stainless steel and its weld metal were subject to stress corrosion cracking (SCC) testing in a boiling solution containing 5 M sodium chloride + 0.15 M sodium sulphate + 2.5 ml/l hydrochloric acid solution using the constant extension rate testing (CERT) technique. The extension rate of testing was 10 microns per hour. The threshold values of stress intensify factor (K{sub ISCC}) and J-integral (J{sub ISCC}) were taken as those values of K{sub I} and J{sub I} at which about 25 microns of SCC crack growth was observed. These threshold values were about four times higher and plateau crack growth rates (PCGR) were nearly one order of magnitude lower for the base metal vis-a-vis the weld metal. Fractographic observations indicated failure by transgranular SCC (TGSCC) of austenite in both the base and weld metal. No stress-assisted dissolution of delta-ferrite or its interface with austenite, was observed. (orig.) [German] CT-Proben von Grund- und Schweissnahtwerkstoff des stickstoffhaltigen Stahles AISI 316 LN wurden Spannungsrisskorrosionstests in siedender chloridhaltiger Loesung (5 M Natriumchlorid/0,15 M Natriumsulfat/0,03 M Salzsaeure) unterzogen. Die Tests erfolgten bei konstanter Dehnrate (CERT-Test) von 10 {mu}m/h. Als Schwellwerte der Initiierung von Spannungsrisskorrosion K{sub ISCC} und I{sub ISCC} wurden die Werte des Spannungsintensitaetsfaktors K{sub I} und des J-Integrals J{sub I} ermittelt, bei denen ein Risswachstum von 25 {mu}m auftrat. Dabei wies der Grundwerkstoff 4-fach hoehere Schwellwerte K{sub ISCC} und J{sub ISCC} auf als der Schweissnahtwerkstoff. Auch die Risswachstumsraten im Plateaubereich der Risswachstumsrate-Spannungsintensitaetskruven waren am Grundwerkstoff um eine Groessenordnung geringer als am Schweissnahtwerkstoff. Die fraktorgrahischen Untersuchungen zeigten an beiden Materialien Schaedigung durch transkristalline Spannungsrisskorrosion. Eine

  19. The effect of CO2 laser beam welded AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel on the viability of fibroblast cells, in vitro.

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    Köse, Ceyhun; Kaçar, Ramazan; Zorba, Aslı Pınar; Bağırova, Melahat; Allahverdiyev, Adil M

    2016-03-01

    It has been determined by the literature research that there is no clinical study on the in vivo and in vitro interaction of the cells with the laser beam welded joints of AISI 316L biomaterial. It is used as a prosthesis and implant material and that has adequate mechanical properties and corrosion resistance characteristics. Therefore, the interaction of the CO2 laser beam welded samples and samples of the base metal of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel with L929 fibroblast cells as an element of connective tissue under in vitro conditions has been studied. To study the effect of the base metal and the laser welded test specimens on the viability of the fibroblast cells that act as an element of connective tissues in the body, they were kept in DMEMF-12 medium for 7, 14, 28 days and 18 months. The viability study was experimentally studied using the MTT method for 7, 14, 28 days. In addition, the direct interaction of the fibroblast cells seeded on 6 different plates with the samples was examined with an inverted microscope. The MTT cell viability experiment was repeated on the cells that were in contact with the samples. The statistical relationship was analyzed using a Tukey test for the variance with the GraphPad statistics software. The data regarding metallic ion release were identified with the ICP-MS method after the laser welded and main material samples were kept in cell culture medium for 18 months. The cell viability of the laser welded sample has been detected to be higher than that of the base metal and the control based on 7th day data. However, the laser welded sample's viability of the fibroblast cells has diminished by time during the test period of 14 and 28 days and base metal shows better viability when compared to the laser welded samples. On the other hand, the base metal and the laser welded sample show better cell viability effect when compared to the control group. According to the ICP-MS results of the main material and laser welded

  20. Effect of cryorolling on the microstructure and tensile properties of bulk nano-austenitic stainless steel

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    We report the synthesis of nanostructured austenitic AISI 304L stainless steel (SS) through cryorolling (CR) and reversion annealing in the temperature range of 700–800 °C. Severe CR at sub-zero temperature promotes twinning in γ-austenite, which transform into α'-martensite with lath thickness of 50–100 nm. Whereas, 50–300 nm size γ-grains recrystallize in nano-twinned α' through reversion annealing as confirmed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) imaging. The evolution of highly processable bulk nano-austenitic SS with bimodal grain size distribution on achieving high strength (~1295 MPa), large tensile ductility (~0.47), and true necking strain of 0.59, have been discussed

  1. Aspects of dislocation substructures associated with the deformation stages of stainless steel AISI 304 at high temperatures

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    The development of dislocation substrutures in type 304 austenitic stainless steel at high temperatures has been associated with the deformation stages through log dσ/d epsilon x log epsilon plots, which show the transition point independently. The mechanisms responsible for the Dynamic Strain Aging particulary the Portevin-LeChatelier effect were related to the appearence of the stages. The results indicate that the deformation stages can be divided into two distinct regions. Each one of these region show particular characteristics with respect to the stress level, transition point, developed substructure and type of crystalline defects interaction with dislocations. (Author)

  2. Detection of crevice corrosion in AISI type 316LN stainless steel in presence of pseudomonas bacteria using electrochemical noise technique

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    Gram-negative pseudomonas sp. was used as the test organism for the biofilm formation and growth on 316 LN stainless and electrochemical noise (EN) monitoring studies, since this genus has been identified as the major biofilm former on stainless steels. EN studies were conducted for 21 days on the galvanically coupled specimens exposed to the dilute nutrient culture with pseudomonas sp. The visual records of the current potential EN, analysis of statistical and power spectral density (PSD) parameters of current and potential along with shot-noise parameters showed increase in the localized corrosion during initial 2-11 days exposure; thereafter the specimens showed passive behaviour. Raman spectra taken inside the pit for the specimen exposed for 21 days showed the peak corresponding to Cr3+ ions signifying repassivation process. Similarly, Raman spectra on the surface outside the pits on the specimens exposed for 7, 10 and 15 days showed steady growth of the peak corresponding to Cr3+ ions. This implied steady enrichment of Cr on the surface of the specimen which accounted for the gradual passivation with increased exposure time. (author)

  3. Evolution of microstructure in laser welding of SS304L

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    Laser welding is an important joining process and its application in industries is growing rapidly. One can produce laser welds over a wide range of process parameters and this offers very good opportunity for producing microstructure of different morphology and scales in the weldment. Weld beads have been produced on 5 mm thick plates of SS304L using CW Nd-YAG laser. Laser power was varied in 200 W to 1000 W range and welding speed was varied in 100 mm/mm to 1000 mm/mm. This resulted in weld beads of different morphology. Microstructure of the weld beads was examined on the cross-section as well as in the axial direction using optical microscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) to study evolution of the microstructure in the weldment. Microstructure was cellular and cellular-dendritic with grains growing from the fusion line towards the centerline. In the central region, cellular growth along the welding direction was observed. The cell size was found to increase with increasing laser power and decreasing welding speed. The findings are presented in this paper. (author)

  4. Dissimilar laser welding of AISI 316L stainless steel to Ti6–Al4–6V alloy via pure vanadium interlayer

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    Tomashchuk, I., E-mail: iryna.tomashchuk@u-bourgogne.fr; Grevey, D.; Sallamand, P.

    2015-01-12

    Successful continuous laser joining of AISI 316L stainless steel with Ti6Al4V titanium alloy through pure vanadium interlayer has been performed. Three welding configurations were tested: one-pass welding involving all three materials and two pass and double spot welding involving creation of two melted zones separated by remaining solid vanadium. For the most relevant welds, the investigation of microstructure, phase content and mechanical properties has been carried out. In case of formation of a single melted zone, the insertion of steel elements into V-based solid solution embrittles the weld. In case of creation of two separated melted zones, the mechanical resistance of the junction is determined by annealing of remaining vanadium interlayer, which can be witnessed by observing the increase of grain size and decrease of UTS. The two pass configuration allows attain highest mechanical resistance: 367 MPa or 92% of UTS of annealed vanadium. Double spot configuration produces excessive heat supply to vanadium interlayer, which results in important decrease of tensile strength down to 72% of UTS of annealed vanadium. It was found that undesirable σ phase which forms between Fe and V is not created during the laser welding process because of high cooling rates. However, the zones whose composition corresponds to σ homogeneity range are crack-susceptible, so the best choice is to reduce the V content in steel/vanadium melted zone below σ phase formation limit. In the same time, the proportion between V and Ti in Ti6Al4V/vanadium melted zones does not influence mechanical properties as these elements form ideal solid solution.

  5. Dissimilar laser welding of AISI 316L stainless steel to Ti6–Al4–6V alloy via pure vanadium interlayer

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    Successful continuous laser joining of AISI 316L stainless steel with Ti6Al4V titanium alloy through pure vanadium interlayer has been performed. Three welding configurations were tested: one-pass welding involving all three materials and two pass and double spot welding involving creation of two melted zones separated by remaining solid vanadium. For the most relevant welds, the investigation of microstructure, phase content and mechanical properties has been carried out. In case of formation of a single melted zone, the insertion of steel elements into V-based solid solution embrittles the weld. In case of creation of two separated melted zones, the mechanical resistance of the junction is determined by annealing of remaining vanadium interlayer, which can be witnessed by observing the increase of grain size and decrease of UTS. The two pass configuration allows attain highest mechanical resistance: 367 MPa or 92% of UTS of annealed vanadium. Double spot configuration produces excessive heat supply to vanadium interlayer, which results in important decrease of tensile strength down to 72% of UTS of annealed vanadium. It was found that undesirable σ phase which forms between Fe and V is not created during the laser welding process because of high cooling rates. However, the zones whose composition corresponds to σ homogeneity range are crack-susceptible, so the best choice is to reduce the V content in steel/vanadium melted zone below σ phase formation limit. In the same time, the proportion between V and Ti in Ti6Al4V/vanadium melted zones does not influence mechanical properties as these elements form ideal solid solution

  6. Effects of pulsed Nd:YAG laser welding parameters and subsequent post-weld heat treatment on microstructure and hardness of AISI 420 stainless steel

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    Highlights: ► Weld depth and width increase with voltage and decrease with welding speed. ► The weld microstructure consists of martensite, delta ferrite, retained austenite. ► The high hardness was observed in HAZ due to precipitation of M23C6 carbide. ► Hardness of weld decreases with tempering temperature. ► Higher toughness for type 2 than 1; more martensite transforms to ferrite and M23C6. -- Abstract: Martensitic stainless steels are often used in cases where high strength and medium corrosion resistance are required. In this study, pulsed Nd:YAG laser welding of AISI 420 martensitic stainless steel is considered. Welding of samples were carried out autogenously. The spacing between samples was set to almost zero. All samples were butt welded. The effect of welding parameters such as voltage, laser beam diameter, frequency, pulse duration, and welding speed on the weld dimensions were investigated and the optimum values were obtained for the 450 V voltage, 0.6 mm focal diameter, 6 Hz frequency, 5 ms pulse duration and 1.5 mm/s welding speed. Microstructure of weld pool and heat affected zone (HAZ) were investigated by optical microscopy (OM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Micro-hardness studies were also carried out. The results showed the presence of some remaining delta-ferrite in the martensitic weld structure and coarsening of M23C6 carbides in HAZ. The magnitude of hardness in the HAZ was higher than that of the weld zone. To reduce the hardness of weld and HAZ and to increase the toughness in these regions, two types of post-weld heat treatments (PWHTs) were carried out. In type 1, samples tempered for 2 h. In type 2, samples austenitizied for 0.5 h at 1010 °C and then tempered for 2 h. In order to achieve high strength and toughness, optimum temper temperatures for type 1 and 2 heat treatments were obtained for 595 and 537 °C, respectively. The results showed higher toughness for type 2 than type 1.

  7. Result of International Round Robin Test on Young's Modulus Measurement of 304L and 316L Steels at Cryogenic Temperatures

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    Ogata et al. reported in 1996 results of international Round Robin tests on mechanical property measurement of several metals at cryogenic temperatures. Following the report, the standard deviation of Young's modulus of 316L steel is much larger than those of yield and tensile strengths, that is, 4.6 % of the mean value for Young's modulus, while 1.4 % and 1.6 % of the mean values for yield and for tensile strengths, respectively. Therefore, an international Round Robin test on Young's modulus of two austenitic stainless steels at cryogenic temperatures under the participation often institutes from four nations has been initiated within these two years. As a result, the ratios of standard deviation to the mean values are 4.2 % for 304L and 3.6 % for 316L. Such a drop in the standard deviation is attributable to the decrease in the number of institute owing to the application of single extensometer or direct strain gage technique

  8. Contribution to the study to the stress corrosion susceptibility of austenitic stainless steel AISI 304 in aqueous solutions containing chlorides

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    The anodic behaviour of type 304 austenitic stainless steel, stressed in aqueous neutral and acid NaCl solutions, was studied. The experimental technique of the straining electrode, with constant speed and high strain rate, was applied at room temperature and at 900C. The current density on the bare metal, which is exposed to the medium during the straining the specimen, was determined at various potentials for 1N; 0,1N and 0,001N NaCl, at both temperatures, and for 1N H2SO4 + 0,1N NaCl at room temperature. In the 1N NaCl solution, tests were also carried with slightly sensitizes material at 250C and 900C. The possible crack propagation rates were estimated from these data, and parameters related with stress corrosion cracking susceptibility were analised. Potentiodynamic polarization curves were done at several potential scanning rates with and without simultaneous straining of the electrode at the same temperature, in some of the NaCl concentrations, with the aim of comparing the current values with those found in the method described above. These curves were also performed in boiling MgCl2 solutions with and without addition of NaNO3 with the purpose of compare its stress corrosion prognostic capacity in relation of that other types of tests reported. (Author)

  9. Effects of neutron irradiation on the tensile properties of the stainless steel DIN 1.4948 (similar to AISI 304)

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    Tensile properties of DIN 1.4948 stainless steel irradiated at 723 K and 823 K in the HFR at Petten and of the parallel heat treated steel are compared for the temperature range 723 K - 923 K and strain rates ranging from 6.10-6 s-1 up to 6 s-1. This was done for base materials as well as welded joints. Two types of irradiations were carried out: the first one up to a fast fluence (E>0.1 MeV) of 1023 n.m-2 and a thermal fluence of 4.4x1022 n.m-2, the second one up to a fast fluence of 5.1024 n.m-2 and a thermal fluence of 1.6x1024 n.m-2. Results indicate only a minor influence of irradiation on the 0.2% yield stress and the ultimate tensile strength. A significant loss of ductility was observed at high temperature and low strain rates. After irradiation to a thermal fluence of 1.6x1024 the total elongation at 923 K remained unchanged at a strain rate of 6 s-1 but was reduced from 42% to 6% at a strain rate of 6.10-6 s-1. (Auth.)

  10. Effects of strain rate and notch geometry on hydrogen embrittlement of AISI type 316L austenitic stainless steel

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    This paper presents the first results of the work which the author has been performing for the European Fusion Technology Programme. The contribution deals with the effects of strain rate and notch geometry on hydrogen embrittlement of 316L austenitic stainless steel, which will be used for the first wall of the next European fusion reactor. Slow strain rate fracture tests on round notched specimens of 316L steel were carried out under cathodic polarization during the mechanical loading. A wide range of strain rates was covered in the tests, in order to obtain very different degrees of damage produced by the hydrogen. Two notch geometries with very different radii were used, to analyze the influence of the stress state in the vicinity of the notch tip on hydrogen embrittlement. Samples were machined in two directions (the rolling direction and the perpendicular one), thus permitting a study of anisotropy effects. Results are compared with those for a high-strength pearlitic steel tested with the same technique under the same electrochemical potential. (orig.)

  11. Welding of stainless steel clad fuel rods for nuclear reactors

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    This work describes the obtainment of austenitic stainless steel clad fuel rods for nuclear reactors. Two aspects have been emphasized: (a) obtainment and qualification of AISI 304 and 304 L stainless steel tubes; b) the circumferential welding of pipe ends to end plugs of the same alloy followed by qualification of the welds. Tubes with special and characteristic dimensions were obtained by set mandrel drawing. Both, seamed and seamless tubes of 304 and 304 L were obtained.The dimensional accuracy, surface roughness, mechanical properties and microstructural characteristics of the tubes were found to be adequate. The differences in the properties of the tubes with and without seams were found to be insignificant. The TIG process of welding was used. The influence of various welding parameters were studied: shielding gas (argon and helium), welding current, tube rotation speed, arc length, electrode position and gas flow. An inert gas welding chamber was developed and constructed with the aim of reducing surface oxidation and the heat affected zone. The welds were evaluated with the aid of destructive tests (burst-test, microhardness profile determination and metallographic analysis) and non destructive tests (visual inspection, dimensional examination, radiography and helium leak detection). As a function of the results obtained, two different welding cycles have been suggested; one for argon and another for helium. The changes in the microstructure caused by welding have been studied in greater detail. The utilization of work hardened tubes, permitted the identification by optical microscopy and microhardness measurements, of the different zones: weld zone; heat affected zone (region of grain growth, region of total and partial recrystallization) and finally, the zone not affected by heat. Some correlations between the welding parameters and metallurgical phenomena such as: solidification, recovery, recrystallization, grain growth and precipitation that occurred

  12. Lean-alloyed austenitic stainless steel with high resistance against hydrogen environment embrittlement

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    Highlights: · Hydrogen environment embrittlement of austenitic steel. · Novel alloying concept for austenitic stainless steel with improved HEE resistance. · Influence of austenite stability and strain-induced α-martensite on HEE. · Cost efficiency by reduced amounts of nickel and molybdenum. · Influence of silicon on HEE. - Abstract: To address the upcoming austenitic stainless steel market for automotive applications involving hydrogen technology, a novel lean - alloyed material was developed and characterized. It comprises lower contents of nickel and molybdenum compared to existing steels for high - pressure hydrogen uses, for instance 1.4435 (AISI 316L). Alloying with manganese and carbon ensures a sufficient stability of the austenite at 8 wt.% of nickel while silicon is added to improve resistance against embrittlement by dissolved hydrogen. Investigations were performed by tensile testing in air and 400 bar hydrogen at 25 deg. C, respectively. In comparison to a standard 1.4307 (AISI 304L) material, a significant improvement of ductility was found. The materials concept is presented in general and discussed with regard to austenite stability and microstructure.

  13. Understanding and modelling of the aniso-thermal cyclic mechanical behaviour of the AISI 316LN austenitic stainless steel

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    The main subject of this report consists in proposing a mechanical model of the viscoplastic behaviour of an austenitic stainless steel under isothermal and aniso-thermal low cycle fatigue loadings at high temperatures (550-900 K). In this domain, numerous phenomena linked to dynamic strain ageing (DSA) and to dipolar dislocation structure formation may appear. Isothermal and aniso-thermal low cycle fatigue tension-compression tests were performed in order to verify some aspects about the effect of temperature on the mechanical behaviour. The study of the hysteresis loops and the observation of dislocation structures carried on transmission electron microscopy establish two different DSA mechanisms during isothermal tests. The effect of temperature history is shown for for particular temperature sequences. It is demonstrated that the stress amplitude increase when the sample is submitted to cycles at 'high temperature' is linked to the second mechanism of DSA. It comes from the increase of short range interaction between dislocations (chromium segregation), but it is also the consequence of the lack of dipolar structure annihilation at low temperature. From the experimental analysis of DSA mechanisms and dipolar restoration, a macroscopic aniso-thermal model is developed using physical internal variables (densities of dislocations). The equations of a polycrystalline model are rewritten with the aim of getting a simple multi-scale approach which can be used on finite elements analysis software. Between 550 and 873 K, the simulation results are in good accordance with the macroscopic and microscopic observations of low cycle fatigue, relaxation, and 2D-ratchetting tests. (author)

  14. Articles comprising ferritic stainless steels

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    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.

  15. Precipitated phases and corrosion behavior in the dissimilar alloy 690-SUS 304L joints formed by EBW and GTAW

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    This study investigates the correlation between the microstructure and the corrosion resistance properties of the fusion zone of Alloy 690-SUS 304L stainless steel dissimilar weldments formed by electron beam welding (EBW). The effects of the EBW process are evaluated by comparing the microstructure and corrosion resistance properties of the EBW weldment with those of Alloy 690-SUS 304L weldment formed by gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW). The experimental results reveal that the interdendritic region of the fusion zone of the EBW weldment contains fine TiN precipitates and Cr-Ni rich phases. The TiN precipitates are originated from the Alloy 690 base metal, while the Cr-Ni rich phases, a new formation of precipitates, is precipitated in the region around TiN during solidification. Microscopic analysis of the samples following a modified Huey test indicates that the matrix around TiN precipitate and the Cr-Ni rich phase precipitate provide the preferred sites for corrosion pit initiation. Due to the rapid cooling in the EBW process, relatively fewer and smaller TiN precipitates and Cr-Ni rich phases are formed in the weldment. Consequently, only limited corrosive pitting is observed which indicates better interdendritic corrosion resistance properties in comparison to joints with GTAW process. Furthermore, rapid solidification in the fusion zone results not only the suppression of chromium carbide precipitation but also the chromium depletion at the grain boundaries. As a result, the intergranular corrosion resistance and interdendritic corrosion resistance of the EBW weldment are significantly higher than that of the GTAW weldment. (author)

  16. A study of the microstructural distribution of cathodic hydrogen in austenitic stainless steels by hydrogen microprint

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    The cathodic hydrogen distribution in austenitic stainless steel (304L; 316L) microstructure is shwon, at electron microscope scale, using the hydrogen microprint technique. Cathodic hydrogen induced cracking is analysed

  17. Effect of different pre-heat treatment processes on the hardness of AISI 410 martensitic stainless steels surface-treated using pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser

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    Highlights: → The effect of laser surface treatment on the structure of AISI 410 was studied. → The hardness profile was predicted in the sample depth by the finite element simulation. → Laser surface treatment is an effective approach to improve the ferrite hardness. → Laser surface treatment has less positive effects on increasing the martensite hardness. -- Abstract: AISI 410 martensitic stainless steel (MSS) samples were conventionally heat treated in diverse quenching environments to obtain three different microstructures: fine ferrite, fine and coarse martensite. Furthermore, laser surface treatment (LST) was done by pulsed neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet (Nd:YAG) laser to compare the effect of short-term diffusion on the hardness of the different microstructures. The microstructure and microhardness of the samples were investigated by means of an optical microscope and Vickers microhardness tester respectively. Moreover, finite element simulation was done using ABAQUS finite element software to predict cooling curves and temperature histories at different depths of workpiece and to calculate the depth of fully hardened and partially hardened material. A comparison between theoretical and experimental results showed a good conformity and that LST is an effective approach to improve the hardness of the ferrite, despite the coarse and fine martensite phases.

  18. Determination of creep compliance and creep-swelling coupling coefficients for neutron-irradiated titanium-modified stainless steel at ∼400 degree C

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    Irradiation creep data from FFTF-MOTA at ∼400 degrees C were analyzed for nine 20% cold-worked titanium-modified type 316 stainless steels, each of which exhibits a different duration for the transient regime of swelling. One of these steels was the fusion prime candidate alloy designated PCA. The others were various developmental breeder reactor heats. The analysis was based on the assumption that the B0 + DS creep model applies to these steels at this temperature. This assumption was found to be valid. A creep-swelling coupling coefficient of D ∼ 0.6 x 10-2 MPa-1 was found for all steels that had developed a significant level of swelling. This result is in excellent agreement with the results of earlier studies conducted in EBR-II using annealed AISI 304L and also 10% and 20% cold-worked AISI 316 stainless steels. There appears to be some enhancement of swelling by stress, contradicting an important assumption in the analysis and leading to an apparent but misleading nonlinearity of creep with respect to stress

  19. Influence of Water Pollution on MIC of Stainless Steel 304L

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    The influence of water pollution and welding defects on MIC (microbiologically influenced corrosion) was studied. The open circuit potential (OCP) was measured during MIC test. It was found that OCP shifted to a higher level when the system was inoculated with bacteria while the OCP of those samples in water without bacteria was kept at a low level. The OCP decreased dramatically when MIC started in polluted water. Combination of weld defect-heat tint, polluted water and adding bacteria causes MIC happen at high rate. Some elements inside the tubercle were analyzed with EDXA. The pits and biofilm were observed with SEM. Microbiological analysis revealed the difference of bacteria between corroded and uncorroded samples.

  20. Multi-cracking in uniaxial and biaxial fatigue of 304L stainless steel

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    When a mechanical part is subjected to a repeated mechanical stress, it may be damaged after a number of cycles by several cracks initiation and propagation of a main crack. This is the phenomenon of fatigue damage. The thesis deals specifically with possible damage to some components of nuclear plants due to thermal fatigue. Unlike conventional mechanical fatigue damage where a main crack breaks the part, the thermal fatigue damage usually results in the appearance of a surface crack network. Two aspects are discussed in the thesis. The first is the experimental study of fatigue multiple cracking stage also called multi-cracking. Two mechanical test campaigns with multi-cracking detection by digital image correlation were conducted. These campaigns involve uniaxial and equi-biaxial mechanical loads in tension/compression without mean stress. This work allows to monitor and to observe the evolution of different networks of cracks through mechanical solicitations. The second is the numerical simulation of the phenomenon of fatigue damage. Several types of model are used (stochastic, probabilistic, cohesive finite elements). The experimental results have led to identify a multiple crack initiation law in fatigue which is faced with the numerical results. This comparison shows the relevance of the use of an analytical probabilistic model to find statistical results on the density of cracks that can be initiated with thermal and mechanical fatigue loadings. (author)

  1. Influence of surface states on the plasma-jet oxidation of 304 L stainless steel

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    Many parameters related to the plasma spraying process and to the substrate surface properties control the quality of plasma sprayed coating; Current studies have pointed out the fact that a preliminary oxidation, in case of metallic surfaces, enhances really the adhesion of the deposits. This oxidation is achieved by the plume of the plasma jet during a time tp at the estimated surface temperature conditions and also for given initial surface preparations. In order to understand the influence of these different surface states to their plasma oxidation behaviour. Oxide layers, metallic bulk and oxide-metal interfaces have been investigated using different spectroscopic techniques, like XRD, CEMS and near ultraviolet-visible-near infrared spectroscopy. (authors)

  2. Stainless steels low temperature nitriding; Nitruration a basse temperature de l`acier inoxydable AISI 316L. Resistance a la corrosion et proprietes tribologiques

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    Roux, T.; Darbeida, A.; Von Stebut, J.; Michel, H. [Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines, 54 - Nancy (France); Lebrun, J.P. [NITRUVID, 95 - Argenteuil (France); Hertz, D. [Framatome, 69 - Lyon (France)

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    Nitrogen ions implantation of 316L stainless steel leads to monophasic diffusion layers, which are constituted of a solid solution ({gamma}{sub N}) fcc, metastable, nitrogen sur-saturated, and without order. This article shows that for 316L stainless steels,these layers improve the tribological properties without degradation of the corrosion resistance. (A.B.). 13 refs. 6 figs.

  3. Behavior to the fracture of an AISI 304 stainless steel sensitized in BWR reactor conditions (288 degrees Centigrade and 80 Kg/cm{sup 2}); Comportamiento a la fractura de un acero inoxidable AISI 304 sensibilizado en condiciones de reactor BWR (288 grados Centigrados y 80 Kg/cm{sup 2})

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    Hernandez C, R.; Diaz S, A.; Garcia R, R.; Aguilar T, A.; Gachuz M, M.; Arganis J, C.; Merino C, J. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, A.P. 18-1027, 11801 Mexico D.F. (Mexico)

    1999-07-01

    It is a knew fact that ductility of a lot of structural alloys can be deteriorated by the environment effect which are exposed, and that their consequent embrittlement can put in doubt the safety of their functioning; such is the case of austenitic stainless steels used in internal components of the BWR type reactors which not only is subjected to the effect combined of the aggressive environment which surround it (pressure, temperature, corrosion potential, conductivity medium, local state of efforts, etc.), but also to the action of present neutron radiation, manifesting microstructural changes which are reflected in the augmentation of its susceptibility to the intergranular cracking, phenomena generally known as IASCC ''Irradiation Assisted Stress Corrosion Cracking''. Once appeared the cracking in the material, the useful life of a component is limited by the rapidity to growth of these cracking, making necessary evaluations which can to predict its behavior, therefore the present work shows the preliminary results for determining the behavior to the fracture of an AISI 304 stainless steel sensitized, in a dynamic recirculation circuit which allows to simulate the operation conditions of a BWR reactor (288 Centigrade and 80 kg/cm{sup 2}). (Author)

  4. Microbiologically influenced corrosion evaluation on brass (UNS C68700, UNS C443) and AISI 316 stainless steel; Estudio de la influencia microbiologica en la corrosion de latones (UNS C68700, UNS C443) y acero inoxidable AISI 316

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    Ohanian, M.; Diaz, V.; Corengia, M.; Russi, P.; Pianzzola, M. J.; Menes, R. J.

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    Microorganisms may play an important role in the corrosion process and generate conditions which affect the rate and/or the mechanism of deterioration. They become visible by the formation of bio films: clusters of microorganisms and extracellular polymers. These bio films affect not only the durability of the material, but also reduce the heat transfer. The present work studied the growth of aerobic and anaerobic heterotrophic microorganisms and sulfate reducing bacteria on aluminum brass (Uns C.a.), admiralty brass (Uns C.a.) and stainless steel Asi 316 in exposure experiments held in the Bay of Montevideo (Uruguay). The influence of the biofilm growth on the corrosion behavior was studied by electrochemical techniques: polarization curves and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (Ei). The selection of the most suitable material for the exposure conditions is discussed and hypotheses of the corrosion mechanism are presented. Although stainless steel Asi 316 presented the lowest corrosion rate it showed localized deterioration. (Author)

  5. Flow lines and microscopic elemental inhomogeneities in austenitic stainless steels

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    Mosley, Jr, W C

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    Flow lines in mechanically formed austenitic stainless steels are known to influence fracture behavior. Enhancement of flow lines by chemical etching is evidence of elemental inhomogeneity. This paper presents the results of electron microprobe analyses to determine the nature of flow lines in three austenitic stainless steels: 21Cr-6Ni-9Mn, 304L, and 19Ni-18Cr.

  6. Characterization of gold and nickel coating on AISI 304 stainless steel for use in the fabrication of current collector plates for fuel cells; Caracterizacion de recubrimientos de oro y niquel realizados sobre acero inoxidable AISI 304 para su empleo en la fabricacion de placas colectoras de corriente para celdas de combustible

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    Flores Hernandez, J. Roberto [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico)] e-mail: jrflores@iie.org.mx; Aguilar Gama, M. Tulio [UNAM. Facultad de Quimica, Mexico D.F. (Mexico); Cano Castillo, Ulises; Albarran, Lorena [Instituto de Investigaciones Electricas, Cuernavaca, Morelos (Mexico); Olvera, J. Carlos; Orozco, German [CIDETEQ, Pedro Escobedo, Queretaro (Mexico)

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    Among the different components that compose fuel cell technology (MEA, bipolar plates, seals, etc.) current collector plates play an important role in the good performance of fuel cells, since they collect all of the current generated and distribute it to the external circuit. Therefore, the most important properties that the current collector plates should have are excellent conductivity and good resistance to the corrosive conditions present in the fuel cell. This document presents results obtained during the nickel and gold electrodeposition process on AISI 304 stainless steel and the morphology and thickness of each coating, their adhesion, hardness and conductivity values. Finally, results obtained during some of the electrochemical tests performed on the coatings are shown. [Spanish] De los diferentes componentes que integran la tecnologia de celdas de combustible (MEA's, placas bipolares, sellos, etc.), las placas colectoras de corriente tienen un importante rol en el buen desempeno de la celdas de combustibles, ya que en estas placas se colecta toda la corriente generada y se distribuye al circuito externo. Debido a esto, las propiedades mas importantes que deben tener las placas colectaras de corriente son: excelente conductividad y buena resistencia a las condiciones corrosivas presentes en la celda de combustible. En este documento se presentan los resultados obtenidos en el proceso de electrodeposicion de niquel y oro sobre acero inoxidable AISI 304, asi como la morfologia y el espesor de cada recubrimiento, sus valores de adherencia, dureza y conductividad. Finalmente se muestran tambien los resultados obtenidos de algunas pruebas electroquimicas a los que fueron sometidos los recubrimientos.

  7. Evaluation of crevice corrosion initiation condition and repassivation condition of SUS304L

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    Crevice corrosion has been concerned in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, since seawater was injected to make up water level as part of the emergency action. To evaluate structural integrity, it is important to investigate whether crevice corrosion occurred. The purpose of this study is to investigate conditions of crevice corrosion initiation and repassivation of SUS304L. SUS304L specimens with acrylic crevice were held at constant electrochemical potentials in 1000ppm Cl- solution. It was investigated the crevice corrosion initiation time as a function of the holding potential. Next, crevice-corroding specimens were held at constant electrochemical potentials in 1000ppm Cl- solution. It was investigated the repassivation time against the holding potential. The initiation potential and repassivation potential are in good agreement with ER,CREV obtained according to the JIS standard. (author)

  8. Statistical and regression analysis of Material Removal Rate for wire cut Electro Discharge Machining of SS 304L using design of experiments

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    Full Text Available In this paper, statistical and regression analysis of Material removal rate (MRR using design of experiments is proposed for WEDM operations. Experimentation was planned as per Taguchi’s L’32 (21 X 44 mixed orthogonal array. Each experiment has been performed under different cutting conditions of gap voltage, pulse ON time, pulseOFF time, wire feed and dielectric flushing pressure. Stainless Steel grade 304L was selected as a work material to conduct the xperiments. From experimental results, the MRR was determined for each machining performance criteria. Analysis of variance (ANOVA technique was used to find out the variables affecting the MRR.Assumptions of ANOVA were discussed and carefully examined using analysis of residuals. Variation of the MRR with machining parameters was mathematically modeled by using the regression analysis method. Finally, the developed model was validated with a new set of experimental data and appeared to be satisfactory.

  9. Charpy impact energy evolution, with sensitization treatments, in absence and presence of internal hydrogen in austenitic 304 L

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    Charpy impact energy measurement is a sensitive method, specially at low temperature (-180+-50C), to evaluate the sensitization treatments on austenitic 304 L, in presence or absence of cathodic hydrogen

  10. Effect of Cold-Rolling on Precipitation Phenomena in Sensitized Type 316L and 340L Austenitic Stainless Steels

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    H.Tsubakino; A.Yamamoto; T. Yamada; L.Liu; M.Terasawa; S.Nakahigashi; H.Harada

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    Precipitation phenomena in Type 316L and 304L stainless steels were studied mainly by transmission electron microscopic (TEM) observations after cold-rolling ranging from 0% (as solution annealed) to 80% reduction in thickness,and then by sensitization treatment. Precipitates were identified by electron diffraction analysis and EDS analysis.Precipitates observed in sensitized 316L stainless steel were sigma and chi phases, whereas carbide and sigma were observed in sensitized 304L stainless steel. Recrystallized grains were formed in 30% cold-rolled and sensitized 304L.However, the tendency toward recrystallization in sensitized 316L was much lower than in 304L. Precipitation of sigma and chi phases was accelerated by cold-rolling and they were observed at grain boundaries in lower cold-rolling; they were also seen, in grain interiors in higher cold-rolling. Higher deformation induced partially recrystallization combined with precipitation, resulting in the formation of heterogeneous microstructures.

  11. Study of a type AISI 321 austenitic stainless steel with niobium additions, submitted to thermal and mechanical treatments and to fast neutron irradiation

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    The strengthening mechanisms and improved corrosion-and swelling resistance of austenitic Ni-Fe-Cr stainless steel by Nb additions are properties of interest in Nuclear Technology. In this work, Nb additions were made in type 321 stainless steel for metallography, microhardness, electrical resistivity and radiation damage studies. The samples were fabricated in induction furnace on water cooled melting-pot in argon atmosphere. This work presents the results of experimental measurements from which an attempt is made to analyse the effects of Nb additions acting as microalloying element and of thermal and mechanical process (cold work in present work) on the microstructure, micorhardness and electrical resistivity properties of the 11%Ni-70%Fe-17%Cr austenitic stainless steel. The study of this properties before, during and after irradiation with fast neutrons, showed: - for the original composition of type 321 stainless steel the radiation damage peak is around 4950C; - the radiation damage peak for the composition with 0.05Wt.% of Nb addition is around 5000C; - the radiation damage peak for the composition with 0.1Wt.% of Nb addition is around 5650C. Results of vacancies supersaturation are present in the sense to contribute to the void formation studies in metals during irradiation with high energy particles. (Author)

  12. Spring back evaluation by bending under tension tests in conditions of multiaxial stresses corresponding to deep drawing processes. Application to AISI 304 DDQ stainless steel sheet; Evaluacion del springback mediante ensayos de doblado bajo tension en condiciones de multiaxialidad tipicas de los procesos de embuticion profunda. Aplicacion a chapa de acero inoxidable AISI 304 DDQ

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    Miguel, V.; Coello, J.; Martinez, A.; Calatayud, A.

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    In this paper, a methodology has been developed for evaluating the spring back of AISI 304 DDQ stainless steel sheet based on a bending under tension test. The main difference of the methodology herein carried out is that tests are made under the multiaxial stresses state that take place in deep drawing processes. This affects to the level of stress value in the test and to the hardening state of the sheet. Springback evaluation has been done in two different areas. Bending area has been evaluated from elastic recovery ratio defined as the ratio between the bending radius after and before bending. Bending and unbending extreme has been studied from the measured curvature radius in this area and taking into account the geometric equivalence of the test with the drawing cups process. Results found allow to state that drawing ratio or deformation ratio have a negligible influence on the springback into the range of values experimented here. Bending radius has hardly influence as well while bending angle is the most significant variable. The results obtained are compared to those measured in deep-drawn cups, finding a great agreement. (Author)

  13. Characterization by EBSD technique of AISI 304 DDQ stainless steel sheet deformed under typical deep drawing multiaxial stress system; Caracterizacion mediante la tecnica EBSD de la defromacion de chapa de acero inoxidable AISI 304 DDQ bajo tensiones multiaxiales tipicas de la embuticion

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    Coello, J.; Miguel, V.; Calatayud, A.; Ferrer, C.; Martinez, A.

    2009-07-01

    The main aim of this work to evaluate AISI 304 DDQ stainless steel behaviour under deep drawing deformation condition, that is pure shear deformation in which materials suffers a typical deformation under tension-biaxial compression stresses system. The microstructural evolution has been investigated by optical microscopy and by EBSD technique. The success of the EBSD analysis has been established for the deformation conditions experimented here. It has been determined the rolling direction and the equivalent strain influence on the crystallographic orientation maps, misorientation diagrams and poles figures. The results let the authors say the low angle misorientation corresponding to 0,45 and 90 degree centigrade rolling directions have an inverse correlation with the material anisotropy. Initial pre-straining has been considered also and the analysis of this aspects lead to establish that the increment of the intragranular misorientation with the strain depends on the initial state a of the steel; this increment is observed to be minor for samples with initial prestraining. High angle misorientation analysis (>15 degree centigrade) indicates that the grain boundaries character distributions depends on the deformation. (Author) 20 refs.

  14. Deformability analysis of the AISI 304 DDQ stainless steel under deep drawing multiaxial condition. Evaluation of the initial strain influence; Analisis de la deformabilidad del acero inoxidable AISI 304 DDQ en condiciones multiaxiales de embuticion. Evaluacion de la influencia de la acritud inicial

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    Coello, J.; Miguel, V.; Calatayud, A.; Martinez, A.; Ferrer, C.

    2010-07-01

    The deep drawing formability of a material is established as a function of standard indexes, as strength coefficient and anisotropy coefficient. But these indexes are determined in different conditions to those that take place in the forming process. The simulative assays do not separate the actions due to the different variables that work in the process, as for example, the rolling direction. In the present work a test that uses a wedge shape die is considered in order to obtain the strength and anisotropy coefficients as a function of rolling direction. This way, the assays are carried out under a tensile-biaxial compression stress state similar to that one taking place in the flange zone in deep drawing. The experimented material is a deep drawing quality stainless steel AISI 304. The influence of initial strengthened states, rolling and uniaxial tensile on the steel behaviour are also studied. The results permits the authors establish the validity of the assay from the point of view of the strains produced in the sheet. The initial strain has a higher effect on the material than that one obtained from the tensile-biaxial of the state than the tensile-biaxial compression causes. The anisotropy coefficient changes with the strain for the sheet rolling direction. (Author).

  15. A comparison of residual stresses in multi pass narrow gap laser welds and gas-tungsten arc welds in AISI 316L stainless steel

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    Elmesalamy, Ahmed; Francis, John Anthony; LI, Lin

    2014-01-01

    Thick-section austenitic stainless steels have widespread industrial applications, especially in nuclear power plants. The joining methods used in the nuclear industry are primarily based on arc welding processes. However, it has recently been shown that narrow gap laser welding (NGLW) can weld ma- terials with thicknesses that are well beyond the capabilities of single pass autogenous laser welding. The heat input for NGLW is much lower than for arc welding, as are the expected levels of res...

  16. Qualidade do aço inoxidável martensítico do tipo AISI-420 utilizado na confecção de ferramentas cirúrgicas Quality of martensitic stainless steel type AISI-420 utilized in the manufacture surgical implements

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    Full Text Available Até o presente momento, o aço inoxidável martensítico do tipo AISI-420 é muito utilizado na confecção de ferramentas cirúrgicas. Tais ferramentas vêm apresentando corrosão prematura, identificada após processo de limpeza e esterilização, perda de corte e/ou quebra durante os processos cirúrgicos. Esse trabalho avalia esse aço sobre à composição química, dureza, microestrutura e resistência à corrosão por pite em solução de detergente enzimático diluída em água por polarização cíclica anódica. Essa mistura é utilizada na limpeza das ferramentas que são submersas por 2h nessa solução antes da lavagem e esterilização. Os resultados mostram aços com microestrutura composta de martensita com fase ferrita e impurezas. Os referidos aços apresentam baixos valores de potencial de pite em compara��ão aos aços com microestrutura totalmente martensítica que possuem maiores valores.Until now the martensitic stainless steel type AISI-420 is widely used in the manufacture of surgical implements. These implements present premature corrosion problems identified after cleaning, , sterilization and cutting edge loss and/or rupture during the surgical processes. This study evaluates the steel as to the chemical composition, hardness, microstructure and pitting corrosion resistance in a solution of enzyme detergent diluted in water by anodic cyclic polarization. This mixture is used in the cleaning of surgical implements that are submerged in this solution for 2 h before cleaning and sterilization. The results show steels with martensite microstructures in the ferrite phase, together wth impurities. These presented low pitting potential values in compariston to steels with a fully martensitic microstructure.

  17. Strain induced grain boundary migration effects on grain growth of an austenitic stainless steel during static and metadynamic recrystallization

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    Static and metadynamic recrystallization of an AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel was investigated at 1100 °C and 10− 2 s− 1 strain rate. The kinetics of recrystallization was determined through double hit compression tests. Two strain levels were selected for the first compression hit: εf = 0.15 for static recrystallization (SRX) and 0.25 for metadynamic recrystallization (MDRX). Both the as-deformed and the recrystallized microstructures were investigated through optical microscopy and electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) technique. During deformation, strain induced grain boundary migration appeared to be significant, producing a square-like grain boundary structure aligned along the directions of the maximum shear stresses in compression. EBSD analysis revealed to be as a fundamental technique that the dislocation density was distributed heterogeneously in the deformed grains. Grain growth driven by surface energy reduction was also investigated, finding that it was too slow to explain the experimental data. Based on microstructural results, it was concluded that saturation of the nucleation sites occurred in the first stages of recrystallization, while grain growth driven by strain induced grain boundary migration (SIGBM) dominated the subsequent stages. - Highlights: • Recrystallization behavior of a stainless steel was investigated at 1100 °C. • EBSD revealed that the dislocation density distribution was heterogeneous during deformation. • Saturation of nucleation sites occurred in the first stages of recrystallization. • Strain induced grain boundary migration (SIGBM) effects were significant. • Grain growth driven by SIGBM dominated the subsequent stages

  18. A comparative study of mechanical and tribological properties of AISI-304 and AISI-316 submitted to glow discharge nitriding

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    Fabiana Cristina Nascimento; Carlos Eugênio Foerster; Silvio Luiz Rutz da Silva; Carlos Mauricio Lepienski; Carlos José de Mesquita Siqueira; Clodomiro Alves Junior

    2009-01-01

    Mechanical and tribological properties os AISI 304 and AISI 316 stainless steels submited to glow discharge ion nitriding are reported.The atmosphere was 20:80 - N2:H2 with substrate temperatures ranging from 300 to 500 °C. Treatment at 300 °C produced expanded austenite (γN) in both steels. Increasing the temperature, the phases γ´-Fe4N and - Fe2+xN were present and the latter is the major phase for AISI 304. At 500 °C, the CrN phase was also identified in both steels. Hardnesses o...

  19. Caracterização microestrutural de soldas dissimilares dos aços ASTM A-508 e AISI 316L Characterization of dissimilar metal weld between low alloy steel ASTM A-508 and 316L stainless steel

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    Full Text Available As soldas dissimilares (dissimilar metal welds - DMWs são utilizadas em diversos segmentos da indústria. No caso específico de usinas nucleares, tais soldas são necessárias para conectar tubulações de aço inoxidável com componentes fabricados em aços baixa liga. Os materiais de adição mais utilizados neste tipo de solda são as ligas de níquel 82 e 182. Este trabalho consistiu na soldagem de uma junta dissimilar de aço baixa liga ASTM A-508 G3 e aço inoxidável austenítico AISI 316L utilizando as ligas de níquel 82 e 182 como metais de adição. A soldagem foi realizada manualmente empregando os processos de soldagem ao arco SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding e GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding. Os corpos de prova foram caracterizados microestruturalmente utilizando-se microscópio óptico e microscópio eletrônico de varredura com microanálise por dispersão de energia de raios X (EDS e ensaios de microdureza Vickers. Observou-se uma microestrutura constituída de dendritas de austenita com a presença de precipitados com formas e dimensões definidas pelo aporte térmico e pela direção de soldagem. Não houve variação significativa da dureza ao longo da junta soldada, demonstrando a adequação dos parâmetros de soldagem utilizados.The dissimilar metal welds (DMWs are used in several areas of the industries. In the nuclear power plant, this weld using nickel alloy welding wires is used to connect stainless steel pipes to low alloy steel components on the reactor pressured vessels. The filler materials commonly used in this type of weld are nickel alloys 82 and 182.. In this study, dissimilar metal welds composed of low alloy steel ASTM A-508 G3, nickel alloys 82 e 182 as weld metals, and austenitic stainless steel AISI 316L were prepared by manual shielded metal arc welding (SMAW and gas tungsten arc welding techniques (GTAW. Samples were microstructural characterized by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy

  20. Effect of Yttrium Ion Implantation on the Corrosion Resistance of Stainless Steel AISI 316 L Type in Sulfuric Acid (H2SO4, pH = 1.06) Media

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    The effect of yttrium ion implantation on the corrosion resistance of stainless steel AISI 316 L type in sulfuric acid (H2SO4, pH = 1.06) is presented in this paper. Implantation of yttrium ion was carried out by varying the ion dose implanted into target at ion energy of 100 keV. Corrosion resistance properties experiments was carried out electrochemically in sulfuric acid media (H2SO4, pH = 1.06). Yttrium ion implanted into target was analyzed using EDAXS (Energy Dispersive Analysis X-Rays Spectroscopy). It has been found that before implantation, the corrosion current density of the samples was Icorr = 0.2 μA/cm2 (52 x 10-4 mpy). After the samples were implanted at ion dose 1.7 x 1017 ion /cm2, 2.1 x 1017 ion /cm2, 2.6 x 1017 ion /cm2, 3.0 x 1017 ion /cm2 and 3.5 x 1017 ion /cm2, the corrosion current density were 0.033 μA/cm2 (8.581 mpy), 0.033 μA/cm2 (8.581 mpy), 0.01 μA/cm2 (2.6 mpy), 0.033 μA/cm2 (8.581 mpy), and 0.066 μA/cm2 (17.162 mpy) respectively. From elemental analysis using EDAXS, it has been found that before implantation by yttrium ion, the contents of yttrium was 0 %, and after implantation at those ion doses, the contents of yttrium were 0.15 %, 0.17 %, 0.20 %, 0.32 % and 0.43 % weight. From these data, it could be concluded that the best corrosion resistance in sulfuric acid (pH = 1.06) was achieved at 0.20 % weight of yttrium. (author)

  1. Corrosion inhibition of stainless steel type AISI 304 by Mn coating and subsequent annealing with flow of nitrogen at different temperatures

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    This work reports the enhancement of stainless steel corrosion resistance coated with Mn and post-annealed with flow of nitrogen at different annealing temperatures. Crystallographic variation of the samples by annealing temperature is studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) while their surface morphology and surface roughness was obtained by means of atomic force microscope (AFM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) analyses before and after corrosion test respectively. Elemental analysis of samples after corrosion test was investigated by energy dispersive spectroscope (EDS) analysis. The corrosion behaviour of the samples was evaluated by potentiodynamic polarization test in 0.6 M NaCl solution. A critical annealing temperature is found at which the highest corrosion resistance can be achieved. Correlation between corrosion resistance, structural and surface morphology results is obtained.

  2. Double Loop Electrochemical Potentiodynamic Reactivation Test (DL - EPR Study of the Influence of Microstructure on the Susceptibility of AISI 430 Stainless Steel to Sensitization [Estudo da Influência da Microestrutura na Suscetibilidade à Sensitização do Aço Inoxidável AISI 430 por Polarização Eletroquímica de Reativação Cíclica (PERC

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    Vanessa M. de Souza

    2013-08-01

    Full Text Available AISI 430 is a ferritic stainless steel grade very popular due to its interesting properties and attractive cost. The sensitization of ferritic and semi-ferritic steels has been much less investigated than austenitic types. In this work, the microstructure of AISI 430 steel processed by industrial annealing were characterized by opticalmicroscopy and double-loop electrochemical polarization reactivation tests (DL-EPR. Starting from the as received material several heat treatments between 900ºC and 1150ºC followed by different cooling procedures (water, air and furnace were performed. Other samples were treated at 600ºC, 700ºC and 800ºC for one hour with water cooling. The resulting microstructures were characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy. The DL-EPR tests were conducted to identify the microstructures and heat treatment conditions more resistant to intergranular corrosion. The specimen treated at 950ºC for one hour followed by water cooling, and the specimen re-heated at700ºC from the as received condition were the two samples which presented the lowest intergranular corrosion susceptibility, although their microstructures were completely different one from the other.

  3. Kepekaan Retak Korosi Tegangan Baja Tahan Karat Austenitik AISI 304 Dalam Lingkungan Air Laut Buatan

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    Daud, Marzuki

    2012-01-01

    The component of AISI 304 stainless steel construction is used as a prop of linking up the ropes on the boat on the sea, such as socket swaged, chain plate, turnbuckle, and so on. This component usually has a failure problem of Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) although the stress which operates mechanically is far from its yield strength. The aim of this research is to analyze the SCC susceptibility of AISI 304 austenite stainless steel in artificial sea water which is represent...

  4. A comparison of residual stresses in multi pass narrow gap laser welds and gas-tungsten arc welds in AISI 316L stainless steel

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    Thick-section austenitic stainless steels have widespread industrial applications, especially in nuclear power plants. The joining methods used in the nuclear industry are primarily based on arc welding processes. However, it has recently been shown that narrow gap laser welding (NGLW) can weld materials with thicknesses that are well beyond the capabilities of single pass autogenous laser welding. The heat input for NGLW is much lower than for arc welding, as are the expected levels of residual stress and distortion. This paper reports on a preliminary investigation of the through-thickness 2D residual stresses distributions, distortions, and plastic strain characteristics, for the NGLW process using material thicknesses up to 20 mm. The results are compared with those obtained with gas-tungsten arc (GTA) welding. While further work is required on thicker test pieces, preliminary results suggest that the longitudinal tensile residual stresses in NGLW joints are 30–40% lower than those for GTA welds. -- Highlights: • The magnitude of the residual stresses is 30–40% lower in the Narrow Gap Laser Welds NGLW in comparison to those for GTA welding. • NGLW technique resulted in a very narrow tensile stress region. • The welding strategy has a significant influence on the induced residual stress for the NGLW technique. • The distortion angle of GTA welds is approximately 3 times higher than for NGLW. • The accumulation of plastic strain due to thermo-mechanical cycling in GTA welding is higher than for NGLW

  5. Contributions of ɛ and α' TRIP Effects to the Strength and Ductility of AISI 304 (X5CrNi18-10) Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Weiß, Andreas; Gutte, Heiner; Mola, Javad

    2016-01-01

    The deformation-induced processes by tensile loading of X5CrNi18-10 austenitic stainless steel in the temperature range of 77 K to 413 K (-196 °C to 140 °C) were investigated. The results were presented in the form of stress-temperature-transformation (STT) and strain-temperature-transformation (DTT) diagrams. The thermodynamic stability of the austenite with respect to the ɛ- and α'-martensite transformations was reflected in the STT and DTT diagrams. Furthermore, conclusions could be drawn from the transformation diagrams about the kinetics of stress- and strain-induced martensitic transformations. The diagrams laid foundations for the development of a new method of quantitative determination of strength and elongation contributions by means of induced and often overlapping deformation processes in the austenite. In this context, the plastic strains contributed by the glide and shearing of austenite were quantified and presented in connection with the ɛ and α' TRansformation-Induced Plasticity effects. Each deformation process was shown to have made a contribution to the strength and ductility, with a magnitude proportional to its dominance. The summation of such contributions provided the tensile strength and the uniform elongation of the steel. In other words, tensile strength and uniform elongation could be derived from a rule of mixtures. The newly proposed method was capable of explaining the anomalous temperature dependence of uniform elongation in the alloy investigated.

  6. On the origin of the tensile flow stress in the stainless steel AISI 316L at 300 K: Back stress and effective stress

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    1999-10-08

    The tensile behavior of a polycrystal austenitic stainless steel at 0.2T{sub m} is discussed in terms of back and effective stresses with the help of qualitative and quantitative TEM observations. Particular attention is given to the transition between stages I and II which occurs at a plastic strain equal to 1.5%. The effective stress evolution can be interpreted as a competition process between the increase of mobile dislocation density and dislocation interactions and an annihilation process. The main purpose of this work is to provide a basis for separating the two different contributions of the back stress, namely the intragranular back stress X{sub intra} arising from the heterogeneous dislocation distribution inside the grains and the intergranular back stress component X{sub inter} resulting from plastic strain incompatibilities between grains. Moreover, it is shown that the latter contribution is dominant at small strains (stage I), whereas the former one is more important subsequently (stages II and III), when cross-slip and multiple slip occur.

  7. The effect of dichromate ion on the pitting corrosion of AISI 316 stainless steel Part II: Pit initiation and transition to stability

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    Highlights: • Effect of dichromate ion on pitting corrosion of 316 SS is investigated by a statistical approach. • Dichromate ion increases the value of both corrosion and breakdown potentials. • Dichromate ion decreases the initiation frequency of metastable pitting. • Dichromate hinders the transition from metastable to stale pitting. • Survival probability of stable pits is increased in dichromate containing solution. - Abstract: The effect of dichromate ions on the corrosion behaviour of 316 stainless steel was investigated in 0.1 M NaCl solution by electrochemical measurements and electron microscopy. The results revealed that the addition of dichromate increases the resistance to pitting corrosion as the pitting corrosion does not occur in the presence of 0.05 M dichromate ions at room temperature. The mechanistic studies showed that the increase in pitting corrosion resistance in presence of Cr2O72− is due to the decrease in the metastable pit initiation, lower kinetics of metastable pit dissolution and increase in the survival probability of the pit formation

  8. Angle-dependent lubricated tribological properties of stainless steel by femtosecond laser surface texturing

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    Wang, Zhuo; Li, Yang-Bo; Bai, Feng; Wang, Cheng-Wei; Zhao, Quan-Zhong

    2016-07-01

    Lubricated tribological properties of stainless steel were investigated by femtosecond laser surface texturing. Regular-arranged micro-grooved textures with different spacing and micro-groove inclination angles (between micro-groove path and sliding direction) were produced on AISI 304L steel surfaces by an 800 nm femtosecond laser. The spacing of micro-groove was varied from 25 to 300 μm, and the inclination angles of micro-groove were measured as 90° and 45°. The tribological properties of the smooth and textured surfaces with micro-grooves were investigated by reciprocating ball-on-flat tests against Al2O3 ceramic balls under starved oil lubricated conditions. Results showed that the spacing of micro-grooves significantly affected the tribological property. With the increase of micro-groove spacing, the average friction coefficients and wear rates of textured surfaces initially decreased then increased. The tribological performance also depended on the inclination angles of micro-grooves. Among the investigated patterns, the micro-grooves perpendicular to the sliding direction exhibited the lowest average friction coefficient and wear rate to a certain extent. Femtosecond laser-induced surface texturing may remarkably improve friction and wear properties if the micro-grooves were properly distributed.

  9. Further investigation of the structure and properties of austenitic stainless steel after plasma nitriding

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    Menthe, E.; Rie, K.-T. [Technische Univ. Braunschweig (Germany). Inst. fuer Oberflaechentechnik und Plasmatechnische Werkstoffentwicklung

    1999-09-01

    A series of plasma nitriding experiments has been conducted on AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel at temperatures ranging from 375 to 475 C using pulsed-DC plasma with different pulse duty cycles, N{sub 2}-H{sub 2} gas mixtures and treatment times. It is shown that a wide range of treatment parameters exist that allow the formation of the S-phase. The formation and growth of this surface layer depend strongly on the treatment parameters, such as nitrogen partial pressure and duty cycle. Within the parameter range investigated, the layer growth appears to be diffusion controlled with an activation energy about 107 kJ/mol. The formation of CrN precipitates during plasma nitriding is not accompanied by the formation of bcc iron, which might be expected due to the loss of free chromium. However, the S-phase transforms into CrN and bcc iron following a heat treatment at 450 C or higher for 25 h. The wear rate after plasma nitriding is greatly reduced compared with the untreated material. (orig.)

  10. Improvement of the mechanical properties of austenitic stainless steel after plasma nitriding

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    Menthe, E.; Bulak, A.; Zimmermann, A.; Rie, K.-T. [Technische Univ. Braunschweig (Germany). Inst. fuer Oberflaechentechnik und Plasmatechnische Werkstoffentwicklung; Olfe, J. [Fraunhofer Institut fuer Schicht- und Oberflaechentechnik, Braunschweig (Germany)

    2000-11-01

    In this paper, we report on a series of experiments designed to study the influence of plasma nitriding on the mechanical properties of austenitic stainless steel. Plasma nitriding experiments were conducted on AISI 304L steel in a temperature range of 375-475 C using pulsed-DC plasma with different N{sub 2}-H{sub 2} gas mixtures and treatment times. Firstly the formation and the microstructure of the modified layer will be highlighted followed by the results of hardness measurement, adhesion testing, wear resistance and fatigue life tests. The modified surface was analyzed directly after plasma nitriding as well as using a depth profiling method. The microhardness after plasma nitriding is increased up to 19 GPa, that is a factor of five higher compared to the untreated material (3.3 GPa). The adhesion is examined by Rockwell indentation and scratch test. No delamination of the treated layer could be observed. The wear rate after plasma nitriding is significantly reduced compared to the untreated material. Plasma nitriding produces compressive stress inside the modified layer, which can be easily derived from the bending of thin metal foil, which was treated only on one side. The treatment influences the fatigue life, which can be raised by a factor of 10 at a low stress level (230 MPa). (orig.)

  11. Effects of stop-start features on residual stresses in a multipass austenitic stainless steel weld

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    Turski, M., E-mail: Mark.Turski@magnesium-elektron.com [School of Materials, University of Manchester, Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HS (United Kingdom); Francis, J.A. [School of Materials, University of Manchester, Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HS (United Kingdom)] [Materials Engineering, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA (United Kingdom); Hurrell, P.R. [Rolls-Royce Plc., Raynesway, Derby DE21 7XX (United Kingdom); Bate, S.K. [Serco Technical Services, Birchwood Park, Warrington, Cheshire WA3 6GA (United Kingdom); Hiller, S. [Materials Engineering, Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA (United Kingdom); Withers, P.J. [School of Materials, University of Manchester, Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HS (United Kingdom)

    2012-01-15

    In this article we describe experiments that characterise and quantify the localised perturbations in residual stress associated with both ramped and abrupt stop-start features in a multipass weld. Residual stress distributions in AISI Grade 304L/308L stainless steel groove-welded specimens, containing weld interruptions that were introduced in a controlled manner, have been characterised using both neutron diffraction and the incremental deep hole drilling method. The extent to which the localised stresses associated with the interruptions were annealed by overlayed passes was also assessed. The results suggest that, regardless of the type of interruption, there can be significant localised increases in residual stress if the stop-start feature is left exposed. If further weld passes are deposited, then the localised increases in stress are likely to persist if the interruption was abrupt, whereas for a ramped interruption they may be dissipated. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer In this study the residual stress-field surrounding weld interruptions was measured. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Localised stresses were found to increase at weld interruptions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Both ramped and abrupt weld interruptions were investigated. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer After subsequent weld passes, localised stresses persisted for abrupt interruptions. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer After subsequent weld passes, localised stresses dissipated for ramped interruptions.

  12. Studies on mechanical properties, microstructure and fracture morphology details of laser beam welded thick SS304L plates for fusion reactor applications

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    Buddu, Ramesh Kumar, E-mail: buddu@ipr.res.in [Fusion Reactor Materials Development and Characterization Division, Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382428 (India); Chauhan, N.; Raole, P.M. [Fusion Reactor Materials Development and Characterization Division, Institute for Plasma Research, Bhat, Gandhinagar 382428 (India); Natu, Harshad [Magod Laser Machining Pvt. Ltd, Jigani, Bengaluru 560105 (India)

    2015-06-15

    Highlights: • CO{sub 2} laser welding of 8 mm thick SS304L plates has been carried out and full penetration welds fabricated and characterized for mechanical properties and microstructure details. • Welded samples have shown tensile properties comparable to base indicating good weld quality joints. • Impact fracture tests of weld zone and heat affected zone samples have shown poor toughness compared to the base metal. • SEM analysis of fracture samples of tensile and impact specimens indicated the complex microstructure features in weld zone and combined ductile and brittle fracture features. • Combined features of dendrite and cellular structures are observed in weld microstructures with narrow HAZ and delta ferrite is found in the welds and further confirmed by higher Ferrite Number data. - Abstract: Austenitic stainless steel is widely used structural material for the fabrication of the fusion reactor components. Laser welding is high power density process which offers several advantages over the other conventional processes like Tungsten Inert Gas welding. The features like low distortion, narrow heat affected zone, deep penetration in single pass, good mechanical properties are some of the advantages of laser welding process. The laser weld process parameters optimization has several challenges in terms of overcoming the weld defects like voids due to lack of penetration over depth, undercuts and porosity. The present paper reports the studies carried out with CO{sub 2} laser welding of 8 mm thick austenitic stainless steel SS304L plates and their characterization of mechanical properties, microstructure and fracture morphology details. The weld process parameter optimization towards defect free welds with full penetration welding has been carried out. The welded samples have shown tensile properties comparable to base metal, bend tests are successfully passed. The hardness measurements have shown slightly higher for weld zone compared to base metal

  13. Studies on mechanical properties, microstructure and fracture morphology details of laser beam welded thick SS304L plates for fusion reactor applications

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    Highlights: • CO2 laser welding of 8 mm thick SS304L plates has been carried out and full penetration welds fabricated and characterized for mechanical properties and microstructure details. • Welded samples have shown tensile properties comparable to base indicating good weld quality joints. • Impact fracture tests of weld zone and heat affected zone samples have shown poor toughness compared to the base metal. • SEM analysis of fracture samples of tensile and impact specimens indicated the complex microstructure features in weld zone and combined ductile and brittle fracture features. • Combined features of dendrite and cellular structures are observed in weld microstructures with narrow HAZ and delta ferrite is found in the welds and further confirmed by higher Ferrite Number data. - Abstract: Austenitic stainless steel is widely used structural material for the fabrication of the fusion reactor components. Laser welding is high power density process which offers several advantages over the other conventional processes like Tungsten Inert Gas welding. The features like low distortion, narrow heat affected zone, deep penetration in single pass, good mechanical properties are some of the advantages of laser welding process. The laser weld process parameters optimization has several challenges in terms of overcoming the weld defects like voids due to lack of penetration over depth, undercuts and porosity. The present paper reports the studies carried out with CO2 laser welding of 8 mm thick austenitic stainless steel SS304L plates and their characterization of mechanical properties, microstructure and fracture morphology details. The weld process parameter optimization towards defect free welds with full penetration welding has been carried out. The welded samples have shown tensile properties comparable to base metal, bend tests are successfully passed. The hardness measurements have shown slightly higher for weld zone compared to base metal and the

  14. Stainless stell tubes

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    Welding parameters which provides greatest ratio depth of total penetration bead width have been selected, aiming at the sealing of fuel elements of AISI 316 stainless employing autogenous TIG. Further, room temperature and 6500C tensile tests have been performed on the obtained welds. (Author)

  15. Comparison of Strength and Serration at Cryogenic Temperatures among 304L, 316L and 310S Steels

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    Shibata, K.; Ogata, T.; Nyilas, A.; Yuri, T.; Fujii, H.; Ohmiya, S.; Onishi, T.; Weiss, K. P.

    2008-03-01

    Tensile tests of 310S steel were performed at temperatures below 300 K and the yield strength and deformation behavior were compared with those of 304L and 316L steels. Computer simulations were also carried out to graph stress-elongation curves in order to discuss the effects of martensitic transformations induced during deformation on their strengths and deformation behavior at low temperatures. Tensile tests showed that yield strength of 310S steel is highest and that of 304L is lowest. The differences in yield strengths between 316L and 310S steels and between 304L and 316L steels are larger than those expected from the differences in solid solution strengthening. This can be explained by the effect of the strain through γ to ɛ martensitic transformation induced by elastic stress in 304L and 316L steels. The strength level and the shape of stress-elongation curves at cryogenic temperatures excluding serration can be qualitatively revealed by simulation when higher strength of ɛ phase comparing to α' phase and the window effect of α' were considered simultaneously. In liquid hydrogen, the three steels exhibit large serrations on the stress-elongation curves after the deformation near to the ultimate stress, while the curves are smooth before the onset of the serration. Such serrations in liquid hydrogen could not be revealed by simulation.

  16. The Influence of Surface Processing on Outgassing Measurements of High-Mn Stainless Steel

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    Fukaya, Masuhiro; Teraoka, Shin-Ichi; Sato, Yoshihiro; Uota, Masahiko; Saito, Yoshio

    An outgassing rate was measured for a stainless steel material of YUS130S, having a high-mangany content (Fe-18Cr-7Ni-11Mn-0.3N), and compared with that for a stainless steel of SUS304L. A surface processing of both electropolished and electrochemical buffing followed by an in-air oxidation was examined in order to investigate the outgas reduction effect in the case of with and without baking. Further, a depth profile of the surface composition was analyzed by glow-discharge emission spectroscopy (GDS). Based on the results, the outgassing rate of YUS130S was 35% lower than that of SUS304L, when electropolished and electrochemical buffing. The oxidation process in air at 723 K in the case of electrochemical buffing showed effect on the outgassing reduction in both YUS130S and SUS304L. The GDS observation shows that, by electropolishing, Cr-Mn-rich and Cr-rich passive films were formed on the YUS130S and SUS304L surface, respectively. By electrochemical buffing, passive films changed to more Fe-rich films. The further process of in-air-oxidation causes a change in oxide films to Fe-Mn-rich and Fe-rich characteristics for YUS130S and SUS304L respectively. The stainless steel with Mn-rich and Cr-poor passive films shows low outgassing rate.

  17. Mechanisms-based viscoplasticity: Theoretical approach and experimental validation for steel 304L

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    Zubelewicz, Aleksander; Oliferuk, Wiera

    2016-03-01

    We propose a mechanisms-based viscoplasticity approach for metals and alloys. First, we derive a stochastic model for thermally-activated motion of dislocations and, then, introduce power-law flow rules. The overall plastic deformation includes local plastic slip events taken with an appropriate weight assigned to each angle of the plane misorientation from the direction of maximum shear stress. As deformation progresses, the material experiences successive reorganizations of the slip systems. The microstructural evolution causes that a portion of energy expended on plastic deformation is dissipated and the rest is stored in the defect structures. We show that the reorganizations are stable in a homogeneously deformed material. The concept is tested for steel 304L, where we reproduce experimentally obtained stress-strain responses, we construct the Frost-Ashby deformation map and predict the rate of the energy storage. The storage is assessed in terms of synchronized measurements of temperature and displacement distributions on the specimen surface during tensile loading.

  18. Mechanisms-based viscoplasticity: Theoretical approach and experimental validation for steel 304L.

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    Zubelewicz, Aleksander; Oliferuk, Wiera

    2016-01-01

    We propose a mechanisms-based viscoplasticity approach for metals and alloys. First, we derive a stochastic model for thermally-activated motion of dislocations and, then, introduce power-law flow rules. The overall plastic deformation includes local plastic slip events taken with an appropriate weight assigned to each angle of the plane misorientation from the direction of maximum shear stress. As deformation progresses, the material experiences successive reorganizations of the slip systems. The microstructural evolution causes that a portion of energy expended on plastic deformation is dissipated and the rest is stored in the defect structures. We show that the reorganizations are stable in a homogeneously deformed material. The concept is tested for steel 304L, where we reproduce experimentally obtained stress-strain responses, we construct the Frost-Ashby deformation map and predict the rate of the energy storage. The storage is assessed in terms of synchronized measurements of temperature and displacement distributions on the specimen surface during tensile loading. PMID:27026209

  19. Notch Effect on Tensile Deformation Behavior of 304L and 316L Steels in Liquid Helium and Hydrogen

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    Tensile tests of type 304L and 316L steels were carried out using round bar specimens with a notch in liquid helium, hydrogen, liquid nitrogen and at ambient temperature. The obtained tensile strengths were compared with the tensile strengths of smooth specimens. For smooth specimens, tensile strength increased with a decrease in temperature and the strengths in liquid helium and hydrogen show similar values in both steels. For notched specimen of 304L steel, tensile strength (including fracture strength) increased noticeably from ambient to liquid nitrogen temperature but showed a large decrease in liquid helium and hydrogen. In liquid hydrogen and helium, the tensile strength is a little lower in liquid hydrogen than in liquid helium and both strengths are lower than tensile strengths of smooth specimens. For notched specimen of 316L steel, an increase in tensile strength from ambient to liquid nitrogen temperature was not so large and a decrease from liquid nitrogen to liquid hydrogen was small. The tensile strengths in liquid helium and hydrogen were nearly same and higher than those of smooth specimens. Different behavior of serration was observed between liquid helium and hydrogen, and between 304L and 316L steels. The reasons for these differences were discussed using computer simulation

  20. Notch Effect on Tensile Deformation Behavior of 304L and 316L Steels in Liquid Helium and Hydrogen

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    Shibata, K.; Fujii, H.

    2004-06-01

    Tensile tests of type 304L and 316L steels were carried out using round bar specimens with a notch in liquid helium, hydrogen, liquid nitrogen and at ambient temperature. The obtained tensile strengths were compared with the tensile strengths of smooth specimens. For smooth specimens, tensile strength increased with a decrease in temperature and the strengths in liquid helium and hydrogen show similar values in both steels. For notched specimen of 304L steel, tensile strength (including fracture strength) increased noticeably from ambient to liquid nitrogen temperature but showed a large decrease in liquid helium and hydrogen. In liquid hydrogen and helium, the tensile strength is a little lower in liquid hydrogen than in liquid helium and both strengths are lower than tensile strengths of smooth specimens. For notched specimen of 316L steel, an increase in tensile strength from ambient to liquid nitrogen temperature was not so large and a decrease from liquid nitrogen to liquid hydrogen was small. The tensile strengths in liquid helium and hydrogen were nearly same and higher than those of smooth specimens. Different behavior of serration was observed between liquid helium and hydrogen, and between 304L and 316L steels. The reasons for these differences were discussed using computer simulation.

  1. Incremental elongation or ratchetting - Experimental tests and practical method of analysis (on stainless steel 304L and 306L)

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    Ratchetting, or incremental elongation can be considered as a creep enhancement when cyclic deformations are added to a primary constant load. Under examination, it appears that theoretical models proposed till now do not fit correctly the actual behavior of materials. From experimental tests results performed in Saclay, a simplified method for prevention of ratcheting is proposed. A validation was made by using experimental data from various sources

  2. Corrosion Performance of Rosemary-Extract-Doped TEOS:TMSM Sol-Gel Coatings on 304L Stainless Steel

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    M. Nasr-Esfahani; M. Pourriahi; A. Ashrafi; A. Motalebi

    2014-01-01

    Чистые и легированные экстрактом розмарина гибридные наноразмерные пленки были изготовлены с применением золя, синтезированного гидролизом и тетраэтоксисилана в молярном соотношении 1:1, с добавлением экстракта розмарина. Пленки осаждалисьна подложку из нержавеющей стали марки 304Lметодом центрифугирования и выдерживались при комнатной температуре в течение 24 часов, с последующим определением характеристик коррозии. Структура, состав и прочность сцепления (адгезии) гибридных пленок, полученн...

  3. Effect of applied potential on changes in solution chemistry inside crevices on type 304L stainless steel and Alloy 825

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    The changes in the pH, chloride concentration, and potential inside a rectangular crevice of metal against polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) are monitored using microelectrodes as a function of time and externally applied potential. It is found that the environment inside the crevice is altered within the experimental time frame only when the external potential is maintained above a certain value. When the external potential exceeds a certain value, there is an incubation period followed by a rapid increase in the current density which is succeeded by a decrease in pH and the potential inside the crevice. The current density also decreases rapidly upon reversal of the external potential, while a significant reversal of pH occurs over a much longer period of time. The kinetics of these changes in the environment is a function of crevice tightness. A decrease in crevice gap results in a greater decrease in pH. The changes in chloride concentration are much more modest, perhaps due to the formation of chloride complexes which can not be detected by the Ag/AgCl microelectrode. Presence of chromium depletion on the surface of alloy 825 in the crevice results in a more rapid decrease in pH even when the surface is rougher. These observations are explained in terms of crevice corrosion nucleation in small zones of narrow gap between the peaks of surface asperities which then propagate laterally to adjoining zones of wider gaps between the peaks and valleys of the asperities

  4. Acoustic Emission Technique for Characterizing Deformation and Fatigue Crack Growth in Austenitic Stainless Steels

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    Raj, Baldev; Mukhopadhyay, C. K.; Jayakumar, T.

    2003-03-01

    Acoustic emission (AE) during tensile deformation and fatigue crack growth (FCG) of austenitic stainless steels has been studied. In AISI type 316 stainless steel (SS), AE has been used to detect micro plastic yielding occurring during macroscopic plastic deformation. In AISI type 304 SS, relation of AE with stress intensity factor and plastic zone size has been studied. In AISI type 316 SS, fatigue crack growth has been characterised using acoustic emission.

  5. Material Characterization of Fatigue Specimens made from Meta-stable Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    The main objective of the EU-project CRETE (Contract No.: FIS5-1999-00280) was to assess the capability and the reliability of innovative NDT-inspection techniques for the detection of material degradation, induced by thermal fatigue and neutron irradiation, of metastable austenitic and ferritic low-alloy steel. Several project partners tested aged or irradiated samples, using various techniques (acoustic, magnetic and thermoelectric). However, these indirect methods require a careful interpretation of the measured signal in terms of micro-structural evolutions due to ageing of the material. Therefore the material had to be characterized in its undamaged, as well as in its damaged state. The present report summarises only the material characterization of the fatigue specimens. It is issued simultaneously as an PSI Bericht and the CRETE work package 3 (WP3) report. Each partner according to their own specifications purchased three materials under investigation, namely AISI 347, AISI 321 and AISI 304L. After sending the material to PSI, all fatigue specimens were manufactured by the same Swiss company. Each partner was responsible for his fatigue tests which are documented in the report WP1, written by FANP. In order to characterize the material in its unfatigued as well as in its fatigued state and to consider microstructural changes related to fatigue damage the methods listed below were employed either by PSI or by INSA de Lyon: (1) Inductive Coupled Plasma Emission Photometry (ICP-OES) was applied to determine the chemical composition, (2) Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) for observing cracks, slip bands between grain and twin boundaries, - Ferromaster for measuring the magnetic permeability, (3) Physical Properties Measuring System (PPMS) for measuring magnetization characteristics, (4) Neutron- and advanced X-ray diffraction methods for the quantitative determination of martensite, - Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) for the observation of crystalline

  6. MICROSTRUCTURE AND FATIGUE PROPERTIES OF DISSIMILAR SPOT WELDED JOINTS OF AISI 304 AND AISI 1008

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    Nachimani Charde

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available Carbon steel and stainless steel composites are being more frequently used for applications requiring a corrosion resistant and attractive exterior surface and a high strength structural substrate. Spot welding is a potentially useful and efficient jointing process for the production of components consisting of these two materials. The spot welding characteristics of weld joints between these two materials are discussed in this paper. The experiment was conducted on dissimilar weld joints using carbon steel and 304L (2B austenitic stainless steel by varying the welding currents and electrode pressing forces. Throughout the welding process; the electrical signals from the strain sensor, current transducer and terminal voltage clippers are measured in order to understand each and every millisecond of the welding process. In doing so, the dynamic resistances, heat distributions and forging forces are computed for various currents and force levels within the good welds’ regions. The other process controlling parameters, particularly the electrode tip and weld time, remained constant throughout the experiment. The weld growth was noted for the welding current increment, but in the electrode force increment it causes an adverse reaction to weld growth. Moreover, the effect of heat imbalance was clearly noted during the welding process due to the different electrical and chemical properties. The welded specimens finally underwent tensile, hardness and metallurgical testing to characterise the weld growth.

  7. Corrosion Properties of Sintered and Wrought Stainless Seel

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    Mathiesen, Troels; Maahn, Ernst Emanuel

    1997-01-01

    The corrosion properties of a range of stainless steels produced by powder metallurgy (PM) are compared with wrought AISI304 and AISI316 Steel. Characterisation of the passivation properties in 0.5M H2SO4 and pittingresistance in 0.3% chloride solution by polarisation show properties of the...

  8. Controlled dissolution of colossal quantities of nitrogen in stainless steel

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    Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2006-01-01

    The solubility of nitrogen in austenitic stainless steel was investigated thermogravimetrically by equilibrating thin foils of AISI 304 and AISI 316 in ammonia/hydrogen gas mixtures. Controlled dissolution of colossal amounts of nitrogen under metastable equilibrium conditions was realized, with...

  9. Phenomena of the coupling between steel 304L and platinum group metal particles in the environment of the dissolution of burned nuclear fuels

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    This work describes the phenomena of the electrochemical coupling between stainless steel (304L) and platinum group metal particles in the environment of the recycling of burned nuclear fuels. The main goals of this work are to prove the acceleration of the corrosion by these deposits, the comprehension of the mechanisms and the development of a corrosion model. First the corrosion phenomena are evidenced for steel in contact with noble particles (RuO2,xH2O and Ru(0)). Their accelerating effect on the corrosion process is quantified in 8 mol.L-1 HNO3. Second a local approach on the reduction process is performed using Scanning Electrochemical Microscopy (SECM). The reduction reaction is investigated for microelectrodes and for different substrates (Ru, Pt, bare steel and steel with deposit). This approach clearly showed the catalytic effect of the noble particles on the reduction process of nitrate. Most probably the limiting step of the reduction process, the chemical formation of NO2, is catalyzed by these particles. Third a reduction scheme is developed for different materials which can describe the experimental results. Simulation results were in agreement with the experimental results. This demonstrates the validity of the assumptions for the model. Finally a model was developed for the bare steel as well as the covered steel, taking into account the dissolution step. It is shown that the most important parameter, that governs the whole corrosion process is the concentration of N(III) species. It can be concluded that, due to the presence of the deposits, the concentration of these species is higher in the vicinity of the steel substrate. (author)

  10. Corrosion behavior of mild steel and SS 304L in presence of dissolved nickel under aerated and deaerated conditions

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    Mohd Mobin

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available In dual purpose water/power co-generation plants, the presence of high concentration of Cu and Ni in the re-circulating brine/condensate as a result of condenser tubes corrosion has been attributed as one of the several causes of corrosion damage of flash chamber materials and water touched parts of the boilers. The present investigation deals with the effect of dissolved nickel in the concentration range of 10 ppb to 100 ppm on the corrosion behavior of mild steel and SS 304L in two aqueous medium namely, distilled water and artificial seawater. The effect of pH, dissolved oxygen and flow condition of aqueous medium on the corrosion behavior was also monitored. The experimental techniques include immersion test and electrochemical tests which include free corrosion potential measurements and potentiodynamic polarization measurements. The corrosion rate of mild steel and SS 304L under different experimental conditions was determined by weight loss method and spectrophotometric determination of iron ion entered into the test solution during the period of immersion. The pH of the test solution was also monitored during the entire period of immersion. The left over nickel ions present in the test solution after completion of immersion was also estimated using Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer. The surface morphology of the corroded steel surface was also examined using scanning electron microscopy (SEM. The results of the studies show that SS 304L largely remains unaffected in both distilled water and artificial seawater under different experimental conditions. However, the effect of nickel on the corrosion behavior of mild steel is quite pronounced and follows interesting trends.

  11. Corrosion behavior of mild steel and SS 304L in presence of dissolved nickel under aerated and deaerated conditions

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    Mohd Mobin; Hina Shabnam

    2011-01-01

    In dual purpose water/power co-generation plants, the presence of high concentration of Cu and Ni in the re-circulating brine/condensate as a result of condenser tubes corrosion has been attributed as one of the several causes of corrosion damage of flash chamber materials and water touched parts of the boilers. The present investigation deals with the effect of dissolved nickel in the concentration range of 10 ppb to 100 ppm on the corrosion behavior of mild steel and SS 304L in two aqueous ...

  12. Strain induced grain boundary migration effects on grain growth of an austenitic stainless steel during static and metadynamic recrystallization

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    Paggi, A., E-mail: alpaggi@tenaris.com [Tenaris Dalmine R& D, Dalmine S.p.A., Piazza Caduti 6 Luglio 1944 n.1, 24044 Dalmine (Italy); Angella, G.; Donnini, R. [National Research Council (CNR), Institute for Energetics and Interphases (IENI), Via Roberto Cozzi 53, 20125 Milano (Italy)

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    Static and metadynamic recrystallization of an AISI 304L austenitic stainless steel was investigated at 1100 °C and 10{sup −} {sup 2} s{sup −} {sup 1} strain rate. The kinetics of recrystallization was determined through double hit compression tests. Two strain levels were selected for the first compression hit: ε{sub f} = 0.15 for static recrystallization (SRX) and 0.25 for metadynamic recrystallization (MDRX). Both the as-deformed and the recrystallized microstructures were investigated through optical microscopy and electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) technique. During deformation, strain induced grain boundary migration appeared to be significant, producing a square-like grain boundary structure aligned along the directions of the maximum shear stresses in compression. EBSD analysis revealed to be as a fundamental technique that the dislocation density was distributed heterogeneously in the deformed grains. Grain growth driven by surface energy reduction was also investigated, finding that it was too slow to explain the experimental data. Based on microstructural results, it was concluded that saturation of the nucleation sites occurred in the first stages of recrystallization, while grain growth driven by strain induced grain boundary migration (SIGBM) dominated the subsequent stages. - Highlights: • Recrystallization behavior of a stainless steel was investigated at 1100 °C. • EBSD revealed that the dislocation density distribution was heterogeneous during deformation. • Saturation of nucleation sites occurred in the first stages of recrystallization. • Strain induced grain boundary migration (SIGBM) effects were significant. • Grain growth driven by SIGBM dominated the subsequent stages.

  13. HYDROGEN ABSORPTION INDUCED SLOW CRACK GROWTH IN AUSTENITIC STAINLESS STEELS FOR PETROCHEMICAL PRESSURE VESSEL INDUSTRIES

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    Ronnie Higuchi Rusli

    2010-01-01

    Type 304L and type 309 austenitic stainless steels were tested either by exposed to gaseous hydrogen or undergoing polarized cathodic charging. Slow crack growth by straining was observed in type 304L, and the formation of α‘ martensite was indicated to be precursor for such cracking. Gross plastic deformation was observed at the tip of the notch, and a single crack grew slowly from this region in a direction approximately perpendicular to the tensile axis. Martensite formation is not a neces...

  14. Weldability of AISI 304 to copper by friction welding

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    Kirik, Ihsan [Batman Univ. (Turkey); Balalan, Zulkuf [Firat Univ., Elazig (Turkey)

    2013-06-01

    Friction welding is a solid-state welding method, which can join different materials smoothly and is excessively used in manufacturing industry. Friction welding method is commonly used in welding applications of especially cylindrical components, pipes and materials with different properties, for which other welding methods remain incapable. AISI 304 stainless steel and a copper alloy of 99.6 % purity were used in this study. This couple was welded in the friction welding machine. After the welding process, samples were analyzed macroscopically and microscopically, and their microhardness was measured. Tensile test was used to determine the bond strength of materials that were joined using the friction welding method. At the end of the study, it was observed that AISI 304 stainless steel and copper could be welded smoothly using the friction welding method and the bond strength is close to the tensile strength of copper. (orig.)

  15. Estudo comparativo entre os aços inoxidáveis dúplex e os inoxidáveis AISI 304L/316L

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    Marcelo Senatore; Leandro Finzetto; Eduardo Perea

    2007-01-01

    Os aços inoxidáveis dúplex ferríticos-austeníticos fazem parte de uma classe de materiais com microestrutura bifásica, composta por uma matriz ferrítica e ilhas de austenita, com frações volumétricas aproximadamente iguais dessas fases. Essa classe de materiais é caracterizada por apresentar interessante combinação de elevadas propriedades mecânicas e de resistência à corrosão e, por isso, é considerada bastante versátil. Os aços inoxidáveis dúplex são, freqüentemente, utilizados nas indústri...

  16. Corrosion resistance of the welded AISI 316L after various surface treatments

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    Tatiana Liptáková

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The main aim of this work is to monitor the surface treatment impact on the corrosion resistance of the welded stainless steel AISI 316L to local corrosion forms. The excellent corrosion resistance of austenitic stainless steel is caused by the existence of stable, thin and well adhering passive layer which quality is strongly influenced by welding. Therefore surface treatment of stainless steel is very important with regard to its local corrosion susceptibility Surfaces of welded stainless steel were treated by various mechanical methods (grinding, garnet blasting. Surface properties were studied by SEM, corrosion resistance was evaluated after exposition tests in chlorides environment using weight and metalographic analysis. The experimental outcomes confirmed that the mechanical finishing has a significant effect on the corrosion behavior of welded stainless steel AISI 316L.

  17. Estudo do comportamento eletroquímico de azóis para o aço inoxidável AISI 430 em H2SO4 1 mol L-1 Study of electrochemical behavior of azoles for AISI 430 stainless steel in H2SO4 1 mol L-1

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    Martha Tussolini; Cristiane Spagnol; Guilherme José Turcatel Alves; Maico Taras da Cunha; Paulo Rogério Pinto Rodrigues

    2010-01-01

    A corrosão é um processo indesejável que ocorre em materiais metálicos. Nesse trabalho, estudou-se o efeito inibidor do benzotriazol (BTAH), benzimidazol (BZM) e indol em diferentes concentrações para o aço inoxidável AISI 430 em H2SO4 1 mol L-1. Foram empregadas as técnicas de: polarização potenciostática anódica, espectroscopia de impedância eletroquímica, microscopia óptica e eletrônica de varredura. As curvas de polarização potenciostática anódica mostraram que o BTAH, BZM e Indol atuam c...

  18. Application of Box–Behnken design for fabrication of titanium alloy and 304 stainless steel joints with silver interlayer by diffusion bonding

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    Highlights: • Diffusion bonding of Ti–6Al–4V to SS304 with silver interlayer was successful. • Hardness and shear strength increased with the increase in the bonding temperature. • Shear strength of 149 MPa and 18% strain to failure were achieved. • Joint efficiency of 80% was obtained for the Ti–6Al–4V and SS304L joints. - Abstract: Direct bonding between titanium (Ti)/titanium alloy(Ti alloy) and stainless steel (SS) promotes the formation of various Fe–Ti and Fe–Cr–Ti intermetallics in the diffusion zone, because the solid solubility of Fe, Cr, Ni and Ti in each other is limited and these intermetallics weaken the mechanical properties of the joint. The present study focuses on the titanium alloy Ti–6Al–4V diffusion bonded to AISI 304 stainless steel with silver foil as an interlayer. The process parameters were chosen appropriately and hence, the bonding is achieved without any defect. Box–Behnken design is used to decide the optimum number of experiments required to do the investigation. Microhardness measurements and the lap shear test were carried out to determine the hardness and strength of the joints respectively. The results show that atomic diffusion and migration between Ti and Fe or C are effectively prevented by adding pure Ag as the interlayer metal. The results from mechanical testing showed that shear strength values have a direct relationship with bonding time. The maximum lap shear strength of 149 MPa and 18% strain to failure was observed for joints obtained with bonding time of 60 min. However, effective bonding was not possible at 850 °C due to incomplete coalescence of mating surfaces

  19. Electrochemical behavior of indole for AISI 430 stainless steel in changing the media from 1 mol L-1 H2SO4 to 1 mol L-1 HCl Comportamento eletroquímico do indol para o aço inoxidável AISI 430 com a mudança do meio de H2SO4 1 mol L-1 para HCl 1 mol L-1

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    Martha Tussolini

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The adsorption of organic substances in metals and in different media has been attributed to different effects, such as the carbon chain size, type or number of heteroatom in the molecule structure, reactivity, the steric effect, among others. The objective of this work is to study the electrochemical indole behavior for AISI 430 stainless steel (SS, when changing the study media from H2SO4 1 mol L-1 to HCl 1 mol L-1. The experimental techniques used are as follows: the open-circuit potential, anodic and cathodic potentiodinamic polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. These results suggest that the adsorption of indole in the presence of SO4-2 is lower than in the medium containing Cl-, which is justified by the indole action as a weak acid, because it has only a single pair of electrons, which is displaced and takes part in the π-electron aromatic system; thus the first step of the indole reaction in acid media is the protonation and generation of an indole cation.A adsorção das substâncias orgânicas nos metais, em diferentes meios, tem sido atribuída a diferentes efeitos, tais como: tamanho da cadeia carbônica, tipo ou número de heteroátomo presente na estrutura da molécula, reatividade, efeito estérico, entre outros. O objetivo desse trabalho é estudar o comportamento eletroquímico do Indol (C8H7N, para o aço inoxidável AISI 430, quando se muda o meio de estudo de H2SO4 1 mol L-1 para HCl 1 mol L-1. Experimentalmente foram empregadas as técnicas seguintes: medida de potencial de circuito aberto, curvas de polarização potenciodinâmica anódica e catódica, espectroscopia de impedância eletroquímica, microscopia óptica e eletrônica de varredura. Esses resultados sugerem que a adsorção do indol, em presença de SO4-2, é menor em relação ao meio que contem íons Cl-, fato justificado pela ação do indol como ácido fraco, pois o mesmo possui apenas um

  20. Evaluación del comportamiento estructural y de resistencia a la corrosión de armaduras de acero inoxidable austenítico AISI 304 y dúplex AISI 2304 embebidas en morteros de cemento Pórtland

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    Medina, E.; Cobo, A.; Bastidas, D. M.

    2012-01-01

    The mechanical and structural behaviour of two stainless steels reinforcements, with grades austenitic EN 1.4301 (AISI 304) and duplex EN 1.4362 (AISI 2304) have been studied, and compared with the conventional carbon steel B500SD rebar. The study was conducted at three levels: at rebar level, at section level and at structural element level. The different mechanical properties of stainless steel directly influence the behaviour at section level and structural element level. The study of the ...

  1. A comparative study of mechanical and tribological properties of AISI-304 and AISI-316 submitted to glow discharge nitriding

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    Fabiana Cristina Nascimento

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available Mechanical and tribological properties os AISI 304 and AISI 316 stainless steels submited to glow discharge ion nitriding are reported.The atmosphere was 20:80 - N2:H2 with substrate temperatures ranging from 300 to 500 °C. Treatment at 300 °C produced expanded austenite (γN in both steels. Increasing the temperature, the phases γ´-Fe4N and - Fe2+xN were present and the latter is the major phase for AISI 304. At 500 °C, the CrN phase was also identified in both steels. Hardnesses of about 13-14 GPa at near surface regions were obtained in both steels. Moreover, AISI 316 nitrided at 500 °C has the deepest hard layer. Tribological tests showed that wear can be reduced by up to a factor of six after the nitriding processes, even for a working temperature of 300 °C. The profiles during and after nanoscratch tests did not reveal significant differences after nitriding processes in both steels.

  2. Experimental evaluation of mechanical properties of friction welded AISI steels

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    Amit Handa

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available In the present study, an experimental setup was designed and fabricated in order to accomplish friction welded joints between austenitic stainless steel and low-alloy steel. Thereafter, the effect of axial pressures on the mechanical properties of friction welded AISI 304 with AISI 1021 steels, produced by mechanical joining, have been investigated. Samples were welded under different axial pressures ranging from 75 to 135 MPa, at constant speed of 1250 rpm. The tensile strength, impact strength, and micro-hardness values of the weldments were determined and evaluated. Simultaneously, the fractrography of the tensile-tested specimens were carried out, so as to understand the failure analysis.

  3. Influence of enzymatic reactions on the electrochemical behavior of EN X2CrNiMo17-11-2 (AISI 316L) stainless steel in bio-corrosion: role of interfacial processes on the modification of the passive layer

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    The outstanding corrosion behavior of stainless steels (SS) results from the presence of thin oxide layer (some nanometers). In non sterile aqueous media, stainless steels may exhibit a non stable behavior resulting from interactions between microbial species and passive film. In fact, microorganisms can be deeply involved in the corrosion processes usually reported as Microbial Influenced Corrosion (MIC). They can induce the initiation or the acceleration of this phenomenon and they do so when organized in bio-films. From the electrochemical point of view, stainless steels showed an increase of the free corrosion potential (Ecorr) attributed to the bio-film settlement. The Eco' ennoblement was broadly reported in seawater and seems to be confirmed in fresh water according to recent findings. A considerable progress in the comprehension of MIC processes was related to the role of extracellular species, essentially enzymes. Many enzymatic reactions occurring in bio-films consist on using oxygen as electron acceptor to generate hydrogen peroxide and related species. The aim of this work is to understand the mechanisms involved in the electrochemical behavior of stainless steel according to an enzymatic approach in medium simulating fresh water. To this end, glucose oxidase was chosen to globalize aerobic activities of bio-films. Electrochemical measurements in situ and surface analysis allow the comprehension of the role and the nature of interfacial processes. Surface characterization was performed with the help of a new quantitative utilization of XPS analysis and AFM. Results show a significant evolution in term of morphology (surface organization), (ii) chemical composition (passive layer, adsorbed organic species) and (iii) chemical reaction (oxidation, dissolution, effect of enzyme). Finally, a new enzymatic system is proposed to mimic specific physicochemical conditions at the SS / bio-film interface, in particular enzymatic generation of oxidant species in

  4. Modeling of the integrity of machining surfaces: application to the case of 15-5 PH stainless steel finish turning

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    During machining, extreme conditions of pressure, temperature and strain appear in the cutting zone. In this thermo-mechanical context, the link between the cutting conditions (cutting speed, lubrication, feed rate, wear, tool coating...) and the machining surface integrity represents a major scientific target. This PhD study is a part of a global project called MIFSU (Modeling of the Integrity and Fatigue resistance of Machining Surfaces) and it focuses on the finish turning of the 15-5PH (a martensitic stainless steel used for parts of helicopter rotor). Firstly, material behavior has been studied in order to provide data for machining simulations. Stress-free dilatometry tests were conducted to obtain the austenitization kinetics of 15-5PH steel for high heating rates (up to 11,000 degrees C/s). Then, parameters of Leblond metallurgical model have been calibrated. In addition, dynamic compression tests (de/dt ranging from 0.01 to 80/s and e ≥ 1) have been performed to calibrate a strain-rate dependent elasto-plasticity model (for high strains). These tests also helped to highlight the dynamic recrystallization phenomena and their influence on the flow stress of the material. Thus, recrystallization model has also been implemented.In parallel, a numerical model for the prediction of machined surface integrity has been constructed. This model is based on a methodology called 'hybrid' (developed during the PhD thesis of Frederic Valiorgue for the AISI 304L steel). The method consists in replacing tool and chip modeling by equivalent loadings (obtained experimentally). A calibration step of these loadings has been carried out using orthogonal cutting and friction tests (with sensitivity studies of machining forces, friction and heat partition coefficients to cutting parameters variations).Finally, numerical simulations predictions of microstructural changes (austenitization and dynamic recrystallization) and residual stresses have been successfully compared with

  5. Effects of nitrogen and hydrogen in argon shielding gas on bead profile, delta-ferrite and nitrogen contents of the pulsed GTAW welds of AISI 316L stainless steel

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    The general effects of 1, 2, 3 and 4 vol.-% nitrogen and 1, 5 and 10 vol.-% hydrogen in argon shielding gas on weld bead profile (depth/width ratio: D/W) and the δ-ferrite content of AISI 316L pulsed GTAW welds were investigated. The limits for imperfections for the quality levels of welds were based on ISO 5817 B. The plates with a thickness of 6 mm were welded at the flat position and the bead on plate. Increasing hydrogen content in argon shielding gas increases the D/W ratio. Excessive hydrogen addition to argon shielding gas will result in incompletely filled groove and excessive penetration of weld. Increasing welding speed decreases the weld-metal volume and the D/W ratios. Nitrogen addition to argon shielding gas has no effect on the D/W ratio. The addition of a mixture of nitrogen and hydrogen to argon shielding gas on the D/W ratio does not show any interaction between them. An effect on the D/W ratio can be exclusively observed as a function of hydrogen content. Increasing hydrogen content in argon shielding gas increases the δ-ferrite content of weld metal. Increasing either nitrogen content in shielding gas or welding speed decreases the δ-ferrite content of weld metal. The nitrogen addition increases the weld metal nitrogen content, however, the hydrogen addition leads to a decrease of weld metal nitrogen content.

  6. Effects of nitrogen and hydrogen in argon shielding gas on bead profile, delta-ferrite and nitrogen contents of the pulsed GTAW welds of AISI 316L stainless steel

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    Viyanit, Ekkarut [National Metal and Materials Technology Center (MTEC), Pathaumthani (Thailand). Failure Analysis and Surface Technology Lab; Hartung, Fritz; Lothongkum, Gobboon [Chulalongkom University, Bangkok (Thailand). Dept. of Metallurgical Engineering,; Phakpeetinan, Panyasak; Chianpairot, Amnuysak

    2016-08-01

    The general effects of 1, 2, 3 and 4 vol.-% nitrogen and 1, 5 and 10 vol.-% hydrogen in argon shielding gas on weld bead profile (depth/width ratio: D/W) and the δ-ferrite content of AISI 316L pulsed GTAW welds were investigated. The limits for imperfections for the quality levels of welds were based on ISO 5817 B. The plates with a thickness of 6 mm were welded at the flat position and the bead on plate. Increasing hydrogen content in argon shielding gas increases the D/W ratio. Excessive hydrogen addition to argon shielding gas will result in incompletely filled groove and excessive penetration of weld. Increasing welding speed decreases the weld-metal volume and the D/W ratios. Nitrogen addition to argon shielding gas has no effect on the D/W ratio. The addition of a mixture of nitrogen and hydrogen to argon shielding gas on the D/W ratio does not show any interaction between them. An effect on the D/W ratio can be exclusively observed as a function of hydrogen content. Increasing hydrogen content in argon shielding gas increases the δ-ferrite content of weld metal. Increasing either nitrogen content in shielding gas or welding speed decreases the δ-ferrite content of weld metal. The nitrogen addition increases the weld metal nitrogen content, however, the hydrogen addition leads to a decrease of weld metal nitrogen content.

  7. Tritium in austenitic stainless steel vessels

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    Austenitic stainless steels are normally recommended for components of hydrogen-handling equipment in applications where high in-service reliability is required. The literature leading to this recommendation is reviewed, and it is shown that AISI Type 316L stainless is particularly suitable for use in tritium-handling and storage systems. When made of this steel, the storage vessels will be extremely resistant to any degradation from tritium in both routine and accident conditions. (author)

  8. Stress corrosion cracking of L-grade stainless steel in high temperature water

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    L-grade stainless steels such as 316NG, SUS316L and SUS304L are used for the BWR reactor internals and re-circulation pipes. The L-grade stainless steels are known as typical SCC resistant materials because they are hardly thermally sensitized in usual welding process due to its lower carbon contents. However SCC of the L-grade material components were recently reported. This paper summarizes the recent knowledge and reports about the SCC behavior of L-grade stainless steels and its mitigation and improvement methods in BWR primary water condition. (author)

  9. Corrosion of plasma nitrided austenitic stainless steels

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    The corrosion behaviour of plasma nitrided austenitic stainless steel grades AISI 304, 316 and 321 was studied at various temperatures. Certain plasma nitriding cycles included a post-oxidation treatment. The corrosion rates were measured using linear polarisation technique. Results showed that corrosion rate increased with the plasma nitriding temperature. Minimum deterioration occurred at 653K. (author). 2 tabs., 4 figs., 10 refs

  10. Corrosion Properties of Laser Welded Stainless Steel

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    Weldingh, Jakob; Olsen, Flemmming Ove

    1997-01-01

    In this paper the corrosion properties of laser welded AISI 316L stainless steel are examined. A number of different welds has been performed to test the influence of the weld parameters of the resulting corrosion properties. It has been chosen to use the potential independent critical pitting...

  11. PERFORMANCE STUDY ON AISI316 AND AISI410 USING DIFFERENT LAYERED COATED CUTTING TOOLS IN CNC TURNING

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    K. RAJA

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Stainless steel (SS is used for many commercial and industrial applications owing to its high resistance to corrosion. It is too hard to machine due to its high strength and high work hardening property. A surface property such as surface roughness (SR is critical to the function-ability of machined components. SS is generally regarded as more difficult to machine material and poor SR is obtained during machining. In this paper an attempt has been made to investigate the SR produced by CNC turning on austenitic stainless steel (AISI316 and martensitic stainless steel (AISI410 by different cases of coated cutting tool used at dry conditions. Multilayered coated with TiCN/Al2O3, multilayered coated with Ti(C, N, B and single layered coated with TiAlN coated cutting tools are used. Experiments were carried out by using Taguchi’s L27 orthogonal array. The effect of cutting parameters on SR is evaluated and optimum cutting conditions for minimizing the SR are determined. Analysis of variance (ANOVA is used for identifying the significant parameters affecting the responses. Confirmation experiments are conducted to validate the results obtained from optimization.

  12. Microstructure and properties of laser surface alloyed PM austenitic stainless steel

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    Z. Brytan; M. Bonek; L.A. Dobrzański

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to analyse the effect of laser surface alloying with chromium on the microstructural changes and properties of vacuum sintered austenitic stainless steel type AISI 316L (EN 1.4404).Design/methodology/approach: Surface modification of AISI 316L sintered austenitic stainless steel was carried out by laser surface alloying with chromium powder using high power diode laser (HPDL). The influence of laser alloying conditions, both laser beam power (between 0.7 ...

  13. The Effect of Welding Current and Composition of Stainless steel on the Panetration in GTAW

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    Ramazan Yılmaz; Turgay Tehçi

    2012-01-01

    In this study, welding was performed on the plates of two different types of AISI 316 and AISI 316Ti austenitic stainless steels by GTAW (Gas Tungsten Arc Welding) without using welding consumable in flat position. Automatic GTAW welding machine was used to control and obtain the exact values. The effects of welding currents used in welding process and the compositions of the stainless steels materials on the penetration were investigated. Weld bead size and shape such as bead width and dept ...

  14. Decomposition kinetics of expanded austenite with high nitrogen contents

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    Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2006-01-01

    ) atmospheres. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and thermogravimetry were applied for identification of the decomposition reactions and X-ray diffraction analysis was applied for phase analysis. CrN precipitated upon annealing; the activation energies are 187 kJ/mol and 128 kJ/mol for AISI 316L and AISI 304L......This paper addresses the decomposition kinetics of synthesized homogeneous expanded austenite formed by gaseous nitriding of stainless steel AISI 304L and AISI 316L with nitrogen contents up to 38 at.% nitrogen. Isochronal annealing experiments were carried out in both inert (N2) and reducing (H2...

  15. Decomposition kinetics of expanded austenite with high nitrogen contents

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    Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2006-01-01

    This paper addresses the decomposition kinetics of synthesized homogeneous expanded austenite formed by gaseous nitriding of stainless steel AISI 304L and AISI 316L with nitrogen contents up to 38 at.% nitrogen. Isochronal annealing experiments were carried out in both inert (N2) and reducing (H2......) atmospheres. Differential thermal analysis (DTA) and thermogravimetry were applied for identification of the decomposition reactions and X-ray diffraction analysis was applied for phase analysis. CrN precipitated upon annealing; the activation energies are 187 kJ/mol and 128 kJ/mol for AISI 316L and AISI 304L...

  16. Atom probe, AFM, and STM studies on vacuum-fired stainless steels.

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    Stupnik, A; Frank, P; Leisch, M

    2009-04-01

    The surface morphology of grades 304L and 316LN stainless steels, after low-temperature bake-out process and vacuum annealing, has been studied by atomic force microscopy (AFM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM). The local elemental composition on the surface before and after thermal treatment has been investigated by atom probe (AP) depth profiling measurements. After vacuum annealing, AFM and STM show significant changes in the surface structure and topology. Recrystallization and surface reconstruction is less pronounced on the 316LN stainless steel. AP depth profiling analyses result in noticeable nickel enrichment on the surface of grade 304L samples. Since hydrogen recombination is almost controlled by surface structure and composition, a strong influence on the outgassing behaviour by the particular surface microstructure can be deduced. PMID:19167824

  17. Steam oxidation of boron carbide–stainless steel liquid mixtures

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    In the framework of nuclear reactor core meltdown accidents studies, the oxidation kinetics of boron carbide–stainless steel liquid mixtures exposed to argon/steam atmospheres was investigated at temperatures up to 1527 °C. A B–Cr–Si–O liquid protective layer forms on the surface of the mixtures in contact with steam. This protective layer gradually transforms into a Cr2O3-rich slag. Important quantities of liquid can be projected from the melt during oxidation. These projections are favoured by high B4C contents in the melt, high steam partial pressures and low temperatures. In addition to stainless steel–boron carbide melts, simpler compositions (pure 304L stainless steel, iron–boron, iron–boron carbide and stainless steel–boron) were studied, in order to identify the basic oxidation mechanisms.

  18. Tratamiento térmico del acero inoxidable ferrítico AISI 430L sinterizado en atmósfera de N2-H2

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    Ruiz-Prieto, J. M.; G. Cambronero, L. E.; Iglesias, F. J; Corpas, F.; Ruiz-Román, J. M.

    2005-01-01

    In this Work the influence of sintering AISI 430L stainless steel in N2-H2 atmosphere on its properties and microstructure have been studied. The presence of nitrogen in the sintering atmosphere leads to complex nitrides formation the AISI 430L sintered steel microstructure. A subsequent heat treatment was applied to modify this microstructure in order to improve the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of these ferritic stainless steels.Los aceros inoxidables ferríticos, son aceros...

  19. Warm compacting behavior of stainless steel powders

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    肖志瑜; 柯美元; 陈维平; 召明; 李元元

    2004-01-01

    The warm compacting behaviors of four different kinds of stainless steel powders, 304L, 316L, 410L and 430L, were studied. The results show that warm compaction can be applied to stainless steel powders. The green densities and strengths of compacts obtained through warm compaction are generally higher than those obtained through cold compaction. The compacting behaviors in warm compaction and cold compaction are similar.Under the compacting pressure of 700 MPa, the warm compacted densities are 0. 10 - 0.22 g/cm3 higher than the cold compacted ones, and the green strengths are 11.5 %-50 % higher. The optimal warm compacting temperature is 100 - 110 ℃. In the die wall lubricated warm compaction, the optimum internal lubricant content is 0.2%.

  20. Stainless steel recycle FY94 progress report

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    The Materials Technology Section (MTS) of the Savannah River Technology Center (SRTC) was asked to demonstrate the practicality of recycling previously contaminated stainless steel components such as reactor heat exchanger heads, process water piping and slug buckets into 208 liters (55 gallon) drums and 2.8 cubic meter (100 ft3) storage boxes. Radioactively contaminated stainless steel scrap will be sent to several industrial partners where it will be melted, decontaminated/cast into ingots, and rolled into plate and sheet and fabricated into the drums and boxes. As part of this recycle initiative, MTS was requested to demonstrate that radioactively contaminated Type 304L stainless steel could be remelted and cast to meet the applicable ASTM specification for fabrication of drums and boxes. In addition, MTS was requested to develop the technical basis of melt decontamination and establish practicality of using this approach for value added products. The findings presented in this investigation lead to the following conclusions: recycle of 18 wt% Cr-8 wt% Ni alloy can be achieved by melting Type 304 stainless steel in a air vacuum induction furnace; limited melt decontamination of the contaminated stainless steel was achieved, surface contamination was removed by standard decontamination techniques; carbon uptake in the as-cast ingots resulted from the graphite susceptor used in this experiment and is unavoidable with this furnace configuration. A new furnace optimized for melting stainless steel has been installed and is currently being tested for use in this program