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  1. Carbon Concentration of Austenite

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    Z. Ławrynowicz

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available The investigation was carried out to examine the influence of temperature and times of austempering process on the maximum extend towhich the bainite reaction can proceed and the carbon content in retained austenite. It should be noted that a small percentage change in theaustenite carbon content can have a significant effect on the subsequent austempering reaction changing the volume fraction of the phasespresent and hence, the resulting mechanical properties. Specimens were prepared from an unalloyed ductile cast iron, austenitised at 950oCfor 60 minutes and austempered by the conventional single-step austempering process at four temperatures between BS and MS, eg., 250,300, 350 and 400oC. The samples were austempered at these temperatures for 15, 30, 60, 120 and 240 minutes and finally quenched toambient temperature. Volume fractions of retained austenite and carbon concentration in the residual austenite have been observed byusing X-ray diffraction. Additionally, carbon concentration in the residual austenite was calculated using volume fraction data of austeniteand a model developed by Bhadeshia based on the McLellan and Dunn quasi-chemical thermodynamic model. The comparison ofexperimental data with the T0, T0' and Ae3' phase boundaries suggests the likely mechanism of bainite reaction in cast iron is displacive rather than diffusional. The carbon concentration in retained austenite demonstrates that at the end of bainite reaction the microstructure must consist of not only ausferrite but additionally precipitated carbides.

  2. Expanded austenite in nitrided layers deposited on austenitic and super austenitic stainless steel grades

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    In this work nitrided layers deposited on austenitic and super austenitic stainless steels were analyzed through optical microscopy and X-rays diffraction analysis (XRD). It was observed that the formation of N supersaturated phase, called expanded austenite, has promoted significant increment of hardness (> 1000HV). XRD results have indicated the anomalous displacement of the diffracted peaks, in comparison with the normal austenite. This behavior, combined with peaks broadening, it was analyzed in different nitriding temperatures which results showed good agreement with the literature. (author)

  3. Austenite formation during intercritical annealing

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    A. Lis

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of this paper is the effect of the soft annealing of initial microstructure of the 6Mn16 steel on the kinetics of the austenite formation during next intercritical annealing.Design/methodology/approach: Analytical TEM point analysis with EDAX system attached to Philips CM20 was used to evaluate the concentration of Mn, Ni and Cr in the microstructure constituents of the multiphase steel and mainly Bainite- Martensite islands.Findings: The increase in soft annealing time from 1-60 hours at 625°C increases Mn partitioning between ferrite and cementite and new formed austenite and decreases the rate of the austenite formation during next intercritical annealing in the (α+γ temperature range at 700 and 750°C. The general equations for carbide dissolution and austenite formation in intercritical temperature range were established.Research limitations/implications: The final multiphase microstructure can be optimised by changing the time / temperature parameters of the intercritical heating in the (α+γ temperature range.Originality/value: The knowledge of partitioning of alloying elements mainly Mn during soft annealing and intercritical heating is very important to optimise the processing technology of intercritical annealing for a given amount of the austenite.

  4. A study of austenitization of SG iron

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    Uma Batra; Pankaj Tandon; Kulbir Kaur

    2000-10-01

    Austenitization process of three SG irons with varying compositions and as cast matrix microstructure has been studied at three austenitization temperatures of 850, 900 and 950C for different time periods. Microstructure, hardness and X-ray diffraction have been used to reveal the nature of dependence of the process on austenitization temperature, time and as cast structure. The optimum austenitization time is maximum for ferritic and minimum for pearlitic matrix.

  5. An approach to prior austenite reconstruction

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    One area of interest in Friction Stir Welding (FSW) of steels is to understand microstructural evolution during the process. Most of the deformation occurs in the austenite temperature range. Quantitative microstructural measurements of prior austenite microstructure are needed in order to understand evolution of the microstructure. Considering the fact that room temperature microstructure in ferritic steels contains very little to no retained austenite, prior austenite microstructure needs to be recovered from the room temperature ferrite. In this paper, an approach based on Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD) is introduced to detect Bain zones. Bain zone detection is used to reconstruct prior austenite grain structure. Additionally, a separate approach based on phase transformation orientation relationships is introduced in order to recover prior austenite orientation. - Highlights: ►This approach provides a tool to reconstruct large-scale austenite microstructures. ► It recovers prior austenite orientation without relying on retained austenite. ► It utilizes EBSD data from the room temperature microstructure. ► Higher number of active variants leads to more accurate reconstructions. ► At least two variants are needed in order to recover prior austenite orientation.

  6. Ultrasonic inspection of austenitic welds

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    The metallurgical structure of austenitic welds is described and contrasted with that found in ferritic welds. It is shown that this structure imparts a marked elastic anisotropy in the ultrasonic propagation parameters. Measurements of variations in the apparent attenuation of sound and deviations in the beam direction are described. The measurements are interpreted in terms of the measured velocity anisotropy. Two applications of the fundamental work are described. In the first it is shown how, by using short pulse compression wave probes, and with major modification of the welding procedure, a stainless steel fillet weld in an AGR boiler can be inspected. In the second application, alternative designs of a transition butt weld have been compared for ease of ultrasonic inspection. The effects of two different welding processes on such an inspection are described. Finally, the paper examines the prospects for future development of inspection and defect-sizing techniques for austenitic welds. (author)

  7. Developments in austenitic steels containing manganese

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    Two broad categories of austenitic steels are considered in this review: (a) alloys based on the Fe-Mn-C system, typified by austenitic wear resistant (Hadfield) steels and (b) alloys based on the Fe-Mn-Cr system, typified by austenitic corrosion resistant steels. Advances made in recent years in understanding and improving the relevant properties and manufacturing methods of these steels are critically appraised. The development of austenitic manganese bearing high technology steels for fusion reactor and other non-magnetic applications, as well as those that can be used in cryogenic structures, is also considered. (author)

  8. Expanded austenite, crystallography and residual stress

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    Christiansen, Thomas; Hummelshøj, Thomas Strabo; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2010-01-01

    The identity of expanded austenite as developing during low temperature nitriding and/or carburising of austenitic stainless steel has been under debate since the very first observation of this phase. In the present article, recent results obtained with (a) homogeneous samples of various uniform ...

  9. Expanded austenite; crystallography and residual stress

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    Christiansen, Thomas; Hummelshøj, Thomas Strabo; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2009-01-01

    The identity of expanded austenite as developing during low temperature nitriding and/or carburizing of austenitic stainless steel has been under debate since the very first observation of this phase. In the present article recent results obtained with i) homogeneous samples of various uniform co...

  10. Expanded austenite; crystallography and residual stress

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    Christiansen, Thomas; Hummelshøj, Thomas Strabo; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    The identity of expanded austenite as developing during low temperature nitriding and/or carburizing of austenitic stainless steel has been under debate since the very first observation of this phase. In the present article recent results obtained with i) homogeneous samples of various uniform co...

  11. High Mn austenitic stainless steel

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    Yamamoto, Yukinori [Oak Ridge, TN; Santella, Michael L [Knoxville, TN; Brady, Michael P [Oak Ridge, TN; Maziasz, Philip J [Oak Ridge, TN; Liu, Chain-tsuan [Knoxville, TN

    2010-07-13

    An austenitic stainless steel alloy includes, in weight percent: >4 to 15 Mn; 8 to 15 Ni; 14 to 16 Cr; 2.4 to 3 Al; 0.4 to 1 total of at least one of Nb and Ta; 0.05 to 0.2 C; 0.01 to 0.02 B; no more than 0.3 of combined Ti+V; up to 3 Mo; up to 3 Co; up to 1W; up to 3 Cu; up to 1 Si; up to 0.05 P; up to 1 total of at least one of Y, La, Ce, Hf, and Zr; less than 0.05 N; and base Fe, wherein the weight percent Fe is greater than the weight percent Ni, and wherein the alloy forms an external continuous scale including alumina, nanometer scale sized particles distributed throughout the microstructure, the particles including at least one of NbC and TaC, and a stable essentially single phase FCC austenitic matrix microstructure that is essentially delta-ferrite-free and essentially BCC-phase-free.

  12. Mathematical Model of the Processoof Pearlite Austenitization

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    Olejarczyk-Wożeńska I.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a mathematical model of the pearlite - austenite transformation. The description of this process uses the diffusion mechanism which takes place between the plates of ferrite and cementite (pearlite as well as austenite. The process of austenite growth was described by means of a system of differential equations solved with the use of the finite difference method. The developed model was implemented in the environment of Delphi 4. The proprietary program allows for the calculation of the rate and time of the transformation at an assumed temperature as well as to determine the TTT diagram for the assigned temperature range.

  13. Ultrasonic inspection of austenitic welds

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    The ultrasonic examination of austenitic stainless steel weld metal has always been regarded as a difficult proposition because of the large and variable ultrasonic attenuations and back scattering obtained from apparently similar weld deposits. The work to be described shows how the existence of a fibre texture within each weld deposit (as a result of epitaxial growth through successive weld beads) produces a systematic variation in the ultrasonic attenuation coefficient and the velocity of sound, depending upon the angle between the ultrasonic beam and the fibre axis. Development work has shown that it is possible to adjust the welding parameters to ensure that the crystallographic texture within each weld is compatible with improved ultrasonic transmission. The application of the results to the inspection of a specific weld in type 316 weld metal is described

  14. Cast alumina forming austenitic stainless steels

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    Muralidharan, Govindarajan; Yamamoto, Yukinori; Brady, Michael P

    2013-04-30

    An austenitic stainless steel alloy consisting essentially of, in terms of weight percent ranges 0.15-0.5C; 8-37Ni; 10-25Cr; 2.5-5Al; greater than 0.6, up to 2.5 total of at least one element selected from the group consisting of Nb and Ta; up to 3Mo; up to 3Co; up to 1W; up to 3Cu; up to 15Mn; up to 2Si; up to 0.15B; up to 0.05P; up to 1 total of at least one element selected from the group consisting of Y, La, Ce, Hf, and Zr; alumina, and a stable essentially single phase FCC austenitic matrix microstructure, the austenitic matrix being essentially delta-ferrite free and essentially BCC-phase-free. A method of making austenitic stainless steel alloys is also disclosed.

  15. Influence of Martensite Fraction on the Stabilization of Austenite in Austenitic-Martensitic Stainless Steels

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    Huang, Qiuliang; De Cooman, Bruno C.; Biermann, Horst; Mola, Javad

    2016-05-01

    The influence of martensite fraction ( f α') on the stabilization of austenite was studied by quench interruption below M s temperature of an Fe-13Cr-0.31C (mass pct) stainless steel. The interval between the quench interruption temperature and the secondary martensite start temperature, denoted as θ, was used to quantify the extent of austenite stabilization. In experiments with and without a reheating step subsequent to quench interruption, the variation of θ with f α' showed a transition after transformation of almost half of the austenite. This trend was observed regardless of the solution annealing temperature which influenced the martensite start temperature. The transition in θ was ascribed to a change in the type of martensite nucleation sites from austenite grain and twin boundaries at low f α' to the faults near austenite-martensite (A-M) boundaries at high f α'. At low temperatures, the local carbon enrichment of such boundaries was responsible for the enhanced stabilization at high f α'. At high temperatures, relevant to the quenching and partitioning processing, on the other hand, the pronounced stabilization at high f α' was attributed to the uniform partitioning of the carbon stored at A-M boundaries into the austenite. Reduction in the fault density of austenite served as an auxiliary stabilization mechanism at high temperatures.

  16. Explosive Surface Hardening of Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Kovacs-Coskun, T.

    2016-04-01

    In this study, the effects of explosion hardening on the microstructure and the hardness of austenitic stainless steel have been studied. The optimum explosion hardening technology of austenitic stainless steel was researched. In case of the explosive hardening used new idea mean indirect hardening setup. Austenitic stainless steels have high plasticity and can be easily cold formed. However, during cold processing the hardening phenomena always occurs. Upon the explosion impact, the deformation mechanism indicates a plastic deformation and this deformation induces a phase transformation (martensite). The explosion hardening enhances the mechanical properties of the material, includes the wear resistance and hardness. In case of indirect hardening as function of the setup parameters specifically the flayer plate position the hardening increased differently. It was find a relationship between the explosion hardening setup and the hardening level.

  17. The Mossbauer spectroscopy studies of retained austenite

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    J. Frackowiak

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of this paper: This paper completes the knowledge concerning the mechanisms of destabilization and properties of retained austenite. Investigations were performed on 120MnCrMoV8-6-4-2 steel, which was designed in 1998, in Phase Transformations Research Group of Department of Physical and Powder Metallurgy at the Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science at AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow.Design/methodology/approach: The samples of investigated steel were austenitized at the temperature of 900ºC and hardened in oil. Next, three from four samples were tempered. Tempering consisted of heating the samples up to chosen temperatures with a heating rate of 0.05ºC/s and, after reaching desired temperature, fast cooling. CEMS technique was applied for Mössbauer studies.Findings: Stabilized by heating up to 80ºC retained austenite, in the result of mechanical destabilization, transforms into low-temperature tempered martensite, with the structure of low bainite (into the structural constituent in which ε carbide exists.Research limitations/implications: The influence of the temperature, up to which the samples were heated during tempering, on the mechanical stability of retained austenite and on the products of its transformation, was determined.Practical implications: Changes occuring in retained austenite during tempering of steel of high hardenability (hardness, developed for potential applications on tools of enhanced wear resistance, were described.Originality/value: Mössbauer spectroscopy was applied not only for qantitative analysis of retained austenite, but also to analyze the values of quadrupole splitting and isomeric shift, what resulted in significant conclusions concerning the changes in its chemical composition, microstructure, and the level of stresses being present in it.

  18. Recycle of radiologically contaminated austenitic stainless steels

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    The United States Department of Energy owns large quantities of radiologically contaminated austenitic stainless steel which could by recycled for reuse if appropriate release standards were in place. Unfortunately, current policy places the formulation of a release standard for USA industry years, if not decades, away. The Westinghouse Savannah River Company, Idaho National Engineering Laboratory and various university and industrial partners are participating in initiative to recycle previously contaminated austenitic stainless steels into containers for the storage and disposal of radioactive wastes. This paper describes laboratory scale experiments which demonstrated the decontamination and remelt of stainless steel which had been contaminated with radionuclides

  19. Modeling of austenite to ferrite transformation

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    Mohsen Kazeminezhad

    2012-06-01

    In this research, an algorithm based on the -state Potts model is presented for modeling the austenite to ferrite transformation. In the algorithm, it is possible to exactly track boundary migration of the phase formed during transformation. In the algorithm, effects of changes in chemical free energy, strain free energy and interfacial energies of austenite–austenite, ferrite–ferrite and austenite–ferrite during transformation are considered. From the algorithm, the kinetics of transformation and mean ferrite grain size for different cooling rates are calculated. It is found that there is a good agreement between the calculated and experimental results.

  20. The influence of fabricating conditions and stability of austenite on forming behaviour of austenitic stainless steels

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    The object of the investigation is the effect of various conditions of cold rolling austenitic stainless steels on the mechanical and technological properties and on the behaviour during forming with requirements in stretching and deep drawing. Fabricating 3 coils of various stability of austenite the degree of cold forming between the annealing processes is varied by cold rolling from the thickness of hot rolled coil to final thickness without or with one or two intermediate annealings. The most important results for cold forming sheets are: most favourable stretch forming behaviour is gained with instable austenitic steels, becomes better with increasing sheet thickness most favourable deep drawing behaviour is gained with highest degrees of cold rolling before final annealing, is undependent from the stability of austenite. Favourable is cold rolling to the highest degree before intermediate annealing, whilst the deformation before final annealing is of greater importance. According to the results conditions can be given for cold rolling to get best forming behaviour. (orig.)

  1. Magnetic State of Deformed Austenite Before and After Martensite Nucleation in Austenitic Stainless Steels

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    GennadiiVSnizhnoi; MariyaSRasshchupkyna’

    2012-01-01

    The effect of the increase in the paramagnetic susceptibility of austenite up to the true value of the deformation-induced martensite transition point es has been experimentally established in steels X6CrNiTil8-10 (correspon& ing to AISI 321 steels). At this point nucleation and accumulation of martensite with the increase in the extent of de- formation but at a constant magnetic state of austenite takes place.

  2. Austenitic stainless steels for cryogenic service

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    Dalder, E.N.C.; Juhas, M.C.

    1985-09-19

    Presently available information on austenitic Fe-Cr-Ni stainless steel plate, welds, and castings for service below 77 K are reviewed with the intent (1) of developing systematic relationships between mechanical properties, composition, microstructure, and processing, and (2) of assessing the adequacy of these data bases in the design, fabrication, and operation of engineering systems at 4 K.

  3. 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

  4. Bainite orientation in plastically deformed austenite

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    Klobčar, Damjan; Shirzadi, A. A.; Abreu, H.; Pocock, L.; Withers, P.J.; Bhadeshia, Harshad Kumar Dharamshi Hansraj

    2015-01-01

    Experiments have been conducted to see whether specific crystallographic variants of bainite form in polycrystalline steel when transformation occurs from plastically deformed austenite which is otherwise free from externally applied stress. It is demonstrated by studying both overall and microtexture that there is no perceptible variant selection as bainite forms. Indeed, the texture is found to weaken on transformation.

  5. Austenitic stainless steels for cryogenic service

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    Presently available information on austenitic Fe-Cr-Ni stainless steel plate, welds, and castings for service below 77 K are reviewed with the intent (1) of developing systematic relationships between mechanical properties, composition, microstructure, and processing, and (2) of assessing the adequacy of these data bases in the design, fabrication, and operation of engineering systems at 4 K

  6. Expanded austenite in nitrided layers deposited on austenitic and super austenitic stainless steel grades; Analise da austenita expandida em camadas nitretadas em acos inoxidaveis austeniticos e superaustenitico

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    Casteletti, L.C.; Fernandes, F.A.P.; Heck, S.C. [Universidade de Sao Paulo (EESC/USP), Sao Carlos, SP (Brazil). Escola de Engenharia. Dept. de Engenharia de Materais, Aeronautica e Automobilistica; Oliveira, A.M. [Instituto de Educacao, Ciencia e Tecnologia do Maranhao (IFMA), Sao Luis, MA (Brazil); Gallego, J., E-mail: gallego@dem.feis.unesp.b [UNESP, Ilha Solteira, SP (Brazil). Dept. Engenharia Mecanica

    2010-07-01

    In this work nitrided layers deposited on austenitic and super austenitic stainless steels were analyzed through optical microscopy and X-rays diffraction analysis (XRD). It was observed that the formation of N supersaturated phase, called expanded austenite, has promoted significant increment of hardness (> 1000HV). XRD results have indicated the anomalous displacement of the diffracted peaks, in comparison with the normal austenite. This behavior, combined with peaks broadening, it was analyzed in different nitriding temperatures which results showed good agreement with the literature. (author)

  7. Austenitic stainless steels with cryogenic resistance

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    The most used austenitic stainless steels are alloyed with chromium and nickel and have a reduced carbon content, usually lower than 0.1 % what ensures corresponding properties for processing by plastic deformation at welding, corrosion resistance in aggressive environment and toughness at low temperatures. Steels of this kind alloyed with manganese are also used to reduce the nickel content. By alloying with manganese which is a gammageneous element one ensures the stability of austenites. Being cheaper these steels may be used extensively for components and equipment used in cryogenics field. The best results were obtained with steels of second group, AMnNi, in which the designed chemical composition was achieved, i.e. the partial replacement of nickel by manganese ensured the toughness at cryogenic temperatures. If these steels are supplementary alloyed, their strength properties may increase to the detriment of plasticity and toughness, although the cryogenic character is preserved

  8. Grain boundary strengthening in austenitic nitrogen steels

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    The effect of nitrogen and carbon on the strengthening of the austenitic steel Cr18Ni16Mn10 by grain boundaries is studied. It is established in accordance with previous results that contrary to carbon nitrogen increases the coefficient k in the Hall-Petch equation markedly. Because of a pronounced planar slip induced by nitrogen and the absence of any noticeable segregation of nitrogen atoms at the grain boundaries, nitrogen austenite presents an excellent object for testing different existing models of grain boundary strengthening (pile-up, grain boundary dislocation sources, work hardening theories). Based on the analysis of available data and measurements of interaction between nitrogen (carbon) atoms and dislocations it is shown that the nitrogen effect can be attributed to a strong blocking of dislocation sources in grains adjacent to those where the slip started. (orig.)

  9. The effect of retained austenite on steel fracture toughness

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    This paper is an attempt of reviewing the outlooks about the favourable influence of retained austenite on fracture toughness of tool steels. The tests were performed on the samples made of the new 70HG2MF steel in which the fraction of retained austenite was changed by subquenching or by changing the austenitizing temperature. It was revealed that in the subquenched samples retained austenite affects strongly the increase of fracture toughness. On the other hand, however, in the samples austenitized at growing temperatures, the effect of this phase on fracture toughness is not so univocal since not only the volume fraction of retained austenite is subjected to changes but also the character of fractures and the grain size. (author)

  10. Pitting corrosion resistant austenite stainless steel

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    van Rooyen, D.; Bandy, R.

    A pitting corrosion resistant austenite stainless steel comprises 17 to 28 wt. % chromium, 15 to 26 wt. % nickel, 5 to 8 wt. % molybdenum, and 0.3 to 0.5 wt. % nitrogen, the balance being iron, unavoidable impurities, minor additions made in the normal course of melting and casting alloys of this type, and may optionally include up to 10 wt. % of manganese, up to 5 wt. % of silicon, and up to 0.08 wt. % of carbon.

  11. Corrosion of austenitic steel in sodium loops

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    The possibility of predicting corrosion effects for austenitic steel exposed to liquid sodium with an analytical diffusion model is presented. The analytically predicated corrosion effects are compared with experimental measurements of corrosion effects achieved in an accurately controlled sodium loop. The diffusion model is described with figures showing disc sample weight loss and sodium flow guidance tube chromium and nickel profiles. Finally, the concentration profile in the fuel rod wall (diffusion model) is presented for iron, chromium and nickel

  12. 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)

  13. Electron beam welding of austenitic stainless steel

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    Austenitic stainless steel is used for liquid metal-cooled fast breeder reactors with operating temperature of about 550 deg C, because its elevated temperature properties are excellent and the results of use are abundant. The welded joints in LMFBRs require high degree of safety, and the application of electron beam welding is studied to make welding joints of high quality. When the inelastic deformation in a certain limit is allowed as prescribed in the ASME Code, Case 1592, the elevated temperature properties of the welded joints of structures are particularly important. The materials tested were 10 mm thick plates of SUS 304, SUS 316 and SUS 321 steels, and 150 kV - 40 mA electron beam welder was employed. The method of welding was one side, one pass Uranami welding, and first, the appropriate welding conditions were decided. Elevated temperature tensile test was carried out on the parent materials and welded joints by electron beam welding and coated arc welding. Creep rupture test and elevated temperature fatigue test were also carried out. In EB-welded austenitic stainless steel, delta ferrite is scattered finely in austenite, and its quantity is very small and less than 1.5%. The tensile strength and 0.2% proof stress of EB-welded joints are almost same as those of parent materials. The creep rupture and fatigue properties of the joints are also close to those of parent materials. (Kako, I.)

  14. Precipitation effects in austenitic stainless weld metals

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    Creep-rupture specimen of similar welded joints of X6CrNi 18 11 (1.4948/AISI 304) and X6CrNiMo 17 13 (1.4919/AISI 316) show only low elongation after longtime testing. The reason for this loss of ductility was found by metallographic investigations. The weld metal of five joints had ferrite contents from 3 to 7.5%, due to a primary ferritic solidification. During creep testing in the temperature range from 500 to 800deg C carbide precipitation takes place at the austenite-ferrite grain boundaries, because delta ferrite is not in a state of equilibrium at these temperatures. After carbon has been used up, the remaining delta ferrite changes into sigma phase, if its alloying element content is high enough. In the upper temperature range, coagulation of sigma phase is dominating. At these large particles grain boundary migration is hindered. During the grain boundary sliding sigma phase particles break and initiate creep cracks. In fully austenintic weld metal sigma precipitation starts at austenite - austenite grain boundaries. During creep testing, void formation starts at sigma particles. Growing of voids leads to grain separations. (orig.)

  15. Model of Primary Austenite Dendrite Structure in Hypoeutectic Cast Iron

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    2003-01-01

    The solidification of primary austenite in hypoeutectic gray cast iron was studied by stepped grinding and quantitative metallography. The dendrite structure of primary austenite can be described by three models: typical dendrite crystal model, metamorphic dendrite crystal model and network dendrite crystal model. The dendrite crystals formed according to 3rd model is much more than those formed according to other models in this experiment. The primary austenites are connected each other, and the primary stems of austenite could be regarded as secondary arms and vice versa.

  16. Crystallography of lath martensite and stabilization of retained austenite

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    Sarikaya. M.

    1982-10-01

    TEM was used to study the morphology and crystallography of lath martensite in low and medium carbon steels in the as-quenched and 200/sup 0/C tempered conditions. The steels have microduplex structures of dislocated lath martensite and continuous thin films of retained austenite at the lath interfaces. Stacks of laths form the packets which are derived from different (111) variants of the same austenite grain. The residual parent austenite enables microdiffraction experiments with small electron beam spot sizes for the orientation relationships (OR) between austenite and martensite. All three most commonly observed ORs, namely Kurdjumov-Sachs, Nishiyama-Wassermann, and Greninger-Troiano, operate within the same sample.

  17. Crystallography of lath martensite and stabilization of retained austenite

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    TEM was used to study the morphology and crystallography of lath martensite in low and medium carbon steels in the as-quenched and 2000C tempered conditions. The steels have microduplex structures of dislocated lath martensite and continuous thin films of retained austenite at the lath interfaces. Stacks of laths form the packets which are derived from different [111] variants of the same austenite grain. The residual parent austenite enables microdiffraction experiments with small electron beam spot sizes for the orientation relationships (OR) between austenite and martensite. All three most commonly observed ORs, namely Kurdjumov-Sachs, Nishiyama-Wassermann, and Greninger-Troiano, operate within the same sample

  18. Lattice expansion of carbon-stabilized expanded austenite

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    Hummelshøj, Thomas Strabo; Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2010-01-01

    The lattice parameter of expanded austenite was determined as a function of the content of interstitially dissolved carbon in homogeneous, carburized thin stainless steel foils. For the first time this expansion of the face-centered cubic lattice is determined on unstrained austenite. It is found...

  19. Flow lines and microscopic elemental inhomogeneities in austenitic stainless steels

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    Mosley, Jr, W C

    1982-01-01

    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.

  20. X-ray fractography studies on austenitic stainless steels

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    Rajanna, K.; Pathiraj, B.; Kolster, B.H.

    1996-01-01

    In this investigation, the fracture surfaces of SS 304 and SS 316 austenitic steels were analysed using the X-ray fractography technique. In both cases, a decrease in the austenite content was observed at the fracture surface as a result of deformation induced martensite, indicating a linear relatio

  1. Investigation of joining techniques for advanced austenitic alloys

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    Lundin, C.D.; Qiao, C.Y.P.; Kikuchi, Y.; Shi, C.; Gill, T.P.S.

    1991-05-01

    Modified Alloys 316 and 800H, designed for high temperature service, have been developed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Assessment of the weldability of the advanced austenitic alloys has been conducted at the University of Tennessee. Four aspects of weldability of the advanced austenitic alloys were included in the investigation.

  2. Electropolishing and chemical passivation of austenitic steel

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    A. Baron

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the paper is investigations a dependence between the parameters of the electrochemical treatment of austenitic steel and their electrochemical behavior in Tyrod solution.Design/methodology/approach: Specimens (rode 30 mm × ø1 mm were to give in to the surface treatment – mechanically polishing, electrolytic polishing and passivation with various parameter. Electrochemical investigations concerning the corrosion resistance of austenitic steel samples were carried out by means of the potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy method.Findings: The analysis of the obtained results leads to the conclusion that chemical passivation affects also the chemical composition of the passive layer of steel and changes its resistance to corrosion. Electrolytic polishing improves corrosion resistance, as can be proved by the shift of the value of the corrosion potential and break-down potential of the passive layer and the initiation of pittings.Research limitations/implications: The obtained results are the basis for the optimization of anodic passivation parameters of the austenitic steel as a metallic biomaterial. The future research should be focused on selected more suitable parameters of the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy test to better describe process on the solid/ liquid interface.Practical implications: In result of the presented investigations it has been found that the best corrosion resistance can be achieved thanks to the application of electrolytic polishing of the steel in a special bath and chemical passivation in nitric (V acid with an addition of chromic (VI acid temperature t = 60°C for one hour.Originality/value: The enormous demand for metal implants has given rise to a search for cheap materials with a good biotolerance and resistance to corrosion. Most commonly used are steel implants assigned to remain in the organism for some limited time only. It was compare two electrochemical methods

  3. Grain growth in heat resisting austenitic steels

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    Denisova, I.K.; Zakharov, V.N.; Karpova, N.M.; Farber, V.M.

    1985-01-01

    A study was made on kinetics of grain growth in steels of 37Kh12N8G8 type alloyed by V, Nb, Ti, Mo, W. It was concluded that the nature of carbide phase and kinetics of its dissolution in heat resisting austenitic steels dictate steel tendency to grain growth. At the same time decrease of diffusion mobility of atoms in steel matrix during its alloying by titanium aid tungsten results in sufficient decrease of the tendency to grain growth and variation in grain size.

  4. Embrittlement of austenitic stainless steel welds

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    To prevent hot-cracking, austenitic stainless steel welds generally contain a small percent of delta ferrite. Although ferrite has been found to effectively prevent hot-cracking, it can lead to embrittlement of welds when exposed to elevated temperatures. The aging behavior of type-308 stainless steel weld has been examined over a range of temperatures 475--850 C for times up to 10,000 hrs. Upon aging, and depending on the temperature range, the unstable ferrite may undergo a variety of solid state transformations. These phase changes creep-rupture and Charpy impact properties

  5. Tribocorrosion wear of austenitic and martensitic steels

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    G. Rozing

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper explores the impact of tribocorrosion wear caused by an aggressive acidic media. Tests were conducted on samples made of stainless steel AISI 316L, 304L and 440C. Austenitic steels were tested in their nitrided state and martensitic in quenched and tempered and then induction hardened state. Electrochemical corrosion resistance testing and analysis of the microstructure and hardness in the cross section was carried out on samples of selected steels. To test the possibility of applying surface modification of selected materials in conditions of use, tests were conducted on samples/parts in a worm press for final pressing.

  6. Wear behavior of austenite containing plate steels

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    As a follow up to Wolfram's Master of Science thesis, samples from the prior work were further investigated. Samples from four steel alloys were selected for investigation, namely AR400F, 9260, Hadfield, and 301 Stainless steels. AR400F is martensitic while the Hadfield and 301 stainless steels are austenitic. The 9260 exhibited a variety of hardness levels and retained austenite contents, achieved by heat treatments, including quench and tempering (Q&T) and quench and partitioning (Q&P). Samples worn by three wear tests, namely Dry Sand/Rubber Wheel (DSRW), impeller tumbler impact abrasion, and Bond abrasion, were examined by optical profilometry. The wear behaviors observed in topography maps were compared to the same in scanning electron microscopy micrographs and both were used to characterize the wear surfaces. Optical profilometry showed that the scratching abrasion present on the wear surface transitioned to gouging abrasion as impact conditions increased (i.e. from DSRW to impeller to Bond abrasion). Optical profilometry roughness measurements were also compared to sample hardness as well as normalized volume loss (NVL) results for each of the three wear tests. The steels displayed a relationship between roughness measurements and observed wear rates for all three categories of wear testing. Nanoindentation was used to investigate local hardness changes adjacent to the wear surface. DSRW samples generally did not exhibit significant work hardening. The austenitic materials exhibited significant hardening under the high impact conditions of the Bond abrasion wear test. Hardening in the Q&P materials was less pronounced. The Q&T microstructures also demonstrated some hardening. Scratch testing was performed on samples at three different loads, as a more systematic approach to determining the scratching abrasion behavior. Wear rates and scratch hardness were calculated from scratch testing results. Certain similarities between wear behavior in scratch testing

  7. Verification of ultrasonic indications in austenitic overlay

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    An austenitic overlay on steel 15Kh2MFA was tested by an ultrasonic probe. Overlays of this kind are used in nuclear reactor pressure vessels. The results of the ultrasonic method were compared with those of the metallographic method. Metallographic analysis showed that the majority of defects found by ultrasonic tests included clusters of cavities, welded-in slag and cracks, which mostly occurred between the weld beads. The experiments gave evidence that defects not smaller than 0.5 mm in size can be well detected at depths not exceeding 7 mm. (M.D.). 3 figs

  8. Austenite Recrystallization and Controlled Rolling of Low Carbon Steels

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    DU Lin-xiu; ZHANG Zhong-ping; SHE Guang-fu; LIU Xiang-hua; WANG Guo-dong

    2006-01-01

    The dynamic recrystallization and static recrystallization in a low carbon steel were investigated through single-pass and double-pass experiments. The results indicate that as the deformation temperature increases and the strain rate decreases, the shape of the stress-strain curve is changed from dynamic recovery shape to dynamic recrystallization shape. The austenite could not recrystallize within a few seconds after deformation at temperature below 900 ℃. According to the change in microstructure during deformation, the controlled rolling of low carbon steel can be divided into four stages: dynamic recrystallization, dynamic recovery, strain-induced ferrite transformation, and rolling in two-phase region. According to the microstructure after deformation, the controlled rolling of low carbon steel can be divided into five regions: non-recrystallized austenite, partly-recrystallized austenite, fully-recrystallized austenite, austenite to ferrite transformation, and dual phase.

  9. Fabrication and ageing of cast austenitic steels

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    An investigation has been undertaken to determine the magnitude of any reduction in properties which may occur in cast duplex stainless steels and weldments during long term exposure to reactor operating conditions. Test panels were fabricated in CF3 stainless steel by a manual metal arc (MMA) process using 19.9.L (Type 308L) consumables. The mechanical properties and intergranular corrosion resistance of parent material and weldments were measured following accelerated ageing at 3750 and 4000C for up to 10,000 hours. Both the impact energy and J/sub R/ fracture toughness properties of the cast austenitic/ferritic stainless steel were reduced following aging at 4000C for 10,000 hours, whereas austenitic stainless steel MMA weld metals exhibited a reduction in J/sub R/ fracture toughness but no change in impact energy. Even in the unaged state, MMA weld metals were shown to have a much lower resistance to stable crack growth than the parent cast steel, and, following aging, there is a further reduction in the ductile tearing resistance of such weld metals. Therefore, in any assessment of the structural integrity of the reactor coolant pump bowl for a pressurized water reactor (PWR), the weld metal fracture properties during service are likely to be of considerable importance

  10. Characterization of microstructure and texture across dissimilar super duplex/austenitic stainless steel weldment joint by austenitic filler metal

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    Eghlimi, Abbas, E-mail: a.eghlimi@ma.iut.ac.ir [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Shamanian, Morteza [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Eskandarian, Masoomeh [Department of Materials Engineering, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71348-51154 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Zabolian, Azam [Department of Natural Resources, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156-83111 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Szpunar, Jerzy A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A9 (Canada)

    2015-08-15

    The evolution of microstructure and texture across an as-welded dissimilar UNS S32750 super duplex/UNS S30403 austenitic stainless steel joint welded by UNS S30986 (AWS A5.9 ER309LMo) austenitic stainless steel filler metal using gas tungsten arc welding process was evaluated by optical micrography and EBSD techniques. Due to their fabrication through rolling process, both parent metals had texture components resulted from deformation and recrystallization. The weld metal showed the highest amount of residual strain and had large austenite grain colonies of similar orientations with little amounts of skeletal ferrite, both oriented preferentially in the < 001 > direction with cub-on-cube orientation relationship. While the super duplex stainless steel's heat affected zone contained higher ferrite than its parent metal, an excessive grain growth was observed at the austenitic stainless steel's counterpart. At both heat affected zones, austenite underwent some recrystallization and formed twin boundaries which led to an increase in the fraction of high angle boundaries as compared with the respective base metals. These regions showed the least amount of residual strain and highest amount of recrystallized austenite grains. Due to the static recrystallization, the fraction of low degree of fit (Σ) coincident site lattice boundaries, especially Σ3 boundaries, was increased in the austenitic stainless steel heat affected zone, while the formation of subgrains in the ferrite phase increased the content of < 5° low angle boundaries at that of the super duplex stainless steel. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Extensive grain growth in the HAZ of austenitic stainless steel was observed. • Intensification of < 100 > orientated grains was observed adjacent to both fusion lines. • Annealing twins with Σ3 CSL boundaries were formed in the austenite of both HAZ. • Cub-on-cube OR was observed between austenite and ferrite in the weld

  11. Characterization of microstructure and texture across dissimilar super duplex/austenitic stainless steel weldment joint by austenitic filler metal

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    The evolution of microstructure and texture across an as-welded dissimilar UNS S32750 super duplex/UNS S30403 austenitic stainless steel joint welded by UNS S30986 (AWS A5.9 ER309LMo) austenitic stainless steel filler metal using gas tungsten arc welding process was evaluated by optical micrography and EBSD techniques. Due to their fabrication through rolling process, both parent metals had texture components resulted from deformation and recrystallization. The weld metal showed the highest amount of residual strain and had large austenite grain colonies of similar orientations with little amounts of skeletal ferrite, both oriented preferentially in the < 001 > direction with cub-on-cube orientation relationship. While the super duplex stainless steel's heat affected zone contained higher ferrite than its parent metal, an excessive grain growth was observed at the austenitic stainless steel's counterpart. At both heat affected zones, austenite underwent some recrystallization and formed twin boundaries which led to an increase in the fraction of high angle boundaries as compared with the respective base metals. These regions showed the least amount of residual strain and highest amount of recrystallized austenite grains. Due to the static recrystallization, the fraction of low degree of fit (Σ) coincident site lattice boundaries, especially Σ3 boundaries, was increased in the austenitic stainless steel heat affected zone, while the formation of subgrains in the ferrite phase increased the content of < 5° low angle boundaries at that of the super duplex stainless steel. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Extensive grain growth in the HAZ of austenitic stainless steel was observed. • Intensification of < 100 > orientated grains was observed adjacent to both fusion lines. • Annealing twins with Σ3 CSL boundaries were formed in the austenite of both HAZ. • Cub-on-cube OR was observed between austenite and ferrite in the weld

  12. Austenite Formation from Martensite in a 13Cr6Ni2Mo Supermartensitic Stainless Steel

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    Bojack, A.; Zhao, L.; Morris, P.F.; Sietsma, J.

    2016-01-01

    The influence of austenitization treatment of a 13Cr6Ni2Mo supermartensitic stainless steel (X2CrNiMoV13-5-2) on austenite formation during reheating and on the fraction of austenite retained after tempering treatment is measured and analyzed. The results show the formation of austenite in two stage

  13. Modeling of Incubation Time for Austenite to Ferrite Phase Transformation

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    ZHOU Xiao-guang; LIU Zhen-yu; WU Di; WANG Wei; JIAO Si-hai

    2006-01-01

    On the basis of the classical nucleation theory, a new model of incubation time for austenite to ferrite transformation has been developed, in which the effect of deformation on austenite has been taken into consideration. To prove the precision of modeling, ferrite transformation starting temperature (Ar3) has been calculated using the Scheil′s additivity rule, and the Ar3 values were measured using a Gleeble 1500 thermomechanical simulator. The Ar3 values provided by the modeling method coincide with the measured ones, indicating that the model is precise in predicting the incubation time for austenite to ferrite transformation in hot deformed steels.

  14. Ultrasonic testing of austenitic stainless steel welds

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    Ultrasonic testing of austenitic stainless steel welds has been considered difficult because of the high noise level and remarkable attenuation of ultrasonic waves. To improve flaw detectability in this kind of steel, various inspection techniques have been studied. A series of tests indicated: (1) The longitudinal angle beam transducers newly developed during this study can detect 4.8 mm dia. side drilled holes in dissimilar metal welds (refraction angle: 550 from SUS side, 450 from CS side) and in cast stainless steel welds (refraction angle: 450, inspection frequency: 1 MHz). (2) Cracks more than 5% t in depth in the heat affected zones of fine-grain stainless steel pipe welds can be detected by the 450 shear wave angle beam method (inspection frequency: 2 MHz). (3) The pattern recognition method using frequency analysis technology was presumed useful for discriminating crack signals from spurious echoes. (author)

  15. Analysis of ultrasonic wave propagation in transversely isotropic austenitic welds

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    Ultrasonic testing of austenitic welds is widely known to be difficult mainly due to the anisotropy and inhomogeneity of their elastic properties. This study investigates the physical phenomena of ultrasonic wave propagation and scattering in austenitic welds, modeled as homogeneous and transversely isotropic. The velocity and slowness surfaces are obtained for the transversely isotropic plane of austenitic welds, using the elasticity analysis. Also, the phenomena of wave generation, propagation and scattering in the same medium are simulated using the mass-spring lattice model. The numerical results show good qualitative agreement with the analytical results, and various waves in the numerical results are identified by comparing with the analytical results. Further development of this work will provide useful and practical results for the field ultrasonic testing of austenitic welds.

  16. MODULATED STRUCTURES AND ORDERING STRUCTURES IN ALLOYING AUSTENITIC MANGANESE STEEL

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    L. He; Z.H. Jin; J.D. Lu

    2001-01-01

    The microstructure of Fe-10Mn-2Cr-1.5C alloy has been investigated with transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometer. The superlattice diffraction spots and satellite reflection pattrens have been observed in the present alloy, which means the appearence of the ordering structure and modulated structure in the alloy. It is also proved by X-ray diffraction analysis that the austenite in the alloy is more stable than that in traditional austenitic manganese steel. On the basis of this investigation,it is suggested that the C-Mn ordering clusters exist in austenitic manganese steel and the chromium can strengthen this effect by linking the weaker C-Mn couples together,which may play an important role in work hardening of austenitic manganese steel.

  17. Research on Mediate Temperature Decomposition of High Nitrogen Austenite

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    LI Xiao-ling; BEI Duo-hui; HU Ming-juan; ZHU Zu-chang

    2004-01-01

    The decomposed products from high nitrogen austenite aging at 225℃ were investigated by TEM. It is found that the shape of decomposition products inside the austenite grains is not regular and not strictly oriented. Preferential nucleation of γ-Fe4N at dislocations and grain boundaries has been observed. It also has been found that during the first stage of the high nitrogen austenite decomposition a large quantity of ultra-fine γ-Fe4N precipitate inside the parent austenite, which has been thought to be the undecomposed region before. The ultimate products are composed of highly dispersed α-Fe and γ-Fe4N, with both of them maintaining nanometer scale. The micro-hardness of them can be as high as900HV.

  18. Change in austenite transformation kinetics under hot rolling action

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    The effect of hot plastic deformation on kinetics of austenite transformation both during continuous cooling and under isothermal conditions, is studied. Experiments are performed using the 40 Kh, 60 KhC2, 40KhNM and 30KhGSN2 steels. It is shown that hot working speeds up isothermal transformation of austenite of low- and medium alloyed steels in pearlite range. In medium-alloyed 30KhGSN2 40KhNM steels hot working does not speed up atherma.l austenite transformation in the pearlite range and somewhat hinders it in the bainite range, due to which hardenability must not reduce at high temperatUre thermomechanical treatment. The difference in the effect of hot working on isothermal and athermal austenite transformations is conditioned by the effect of after-deformation pauses, which are practically inevitable in cases of continuous cooling of products

  19. Chemically Induced Phase Transformation in Austenite by Focused Ion Beam

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    Basa, Adina; Thaulow, Christian; Barnoush, Afrooz

    2013-11-01

    A highly stable austenite phase in a super duplex stainless steel was subjected to a combination of different gallium ion doses at different acceleration voltages. It was shown that contrary to what is expected, an austenite to ferrite phase transformation occurred within the focused ion beam (FIB) milled regions. Chemical analysis of the FIB milled region proved that the gallium implantation preceded the FIB milling. High resolution electron backscatter diffraction analysis also showed that the phase transformation was not followed by the typical shear and plastic deformation expected from the martensitic transformation. On the basis of these observations, it was concluded that the change in the chemical composition of the austenite and the local increase in gallium, which is a ferrite stabilizer, results in the local selective transformation of austenite to ferrite.

  20. Effects of austenitizing temperature in quenched niobium steels

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    Three steel compositions with varying Nb content were austenitized at different temperatures and quenched in cold water. Metallographic examination and hardness measurements provided a basis for explaining the hardening mechanism and the role of Nb on the process. (Author)

  1. Austenite grain growth calculation of 0.028% Nb steel

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    Priadi D.

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Modeling of microstructural evolution has become a powerful tool for materials and process design by providing quantitative relationships for microstructure, composition and processing. Insufficient attention has been paid to predicting the austenite grain growth of microalloyed steel and the effect of undissolved microalloys. In this research, we attempted to calculate a mathematical model for austenite grain growth of 0.028% Nb steel, which can account for abnormal grain growth. The quantitative calculation of austenite grain growth generated from this model fit well with the experimental grain growth data obtained during reheating of niobium steels. The results of this study showed that increasing the temperature increases the austenite grain size, with a sharp gradient observed at higher temperatures.

  2. EFFECT OF CHEMICAL COMPOSITION ON RETAINED AUSTENITE IN TRIP STEEL

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    Y. Chen; X. Chen; Q.F. Wang; G.L. Yuan; C.Y. Li; X.Y. Li; Y.X. Wang

    2002-01-01

    The systematic chemical compositions including common C, Si, Mn, Al, and micro- alloying elements of Ti and Nb were designed for high volume fraction of retained austenite as much as possible. The thermo-cycle experiments were conducted by using Gleeble 2000 thermo-dynamic test machine for finding the appropriate composition. The experimental results showed that chemical composition had a significant effect on retained austenite, and the appropriate compositions were determined for commercial production of TRIP steels.

  3. Hot-working behaviour of high-manganese austenitic steels

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    L.A. Dobrzański; A. Grajcar; W. Borek

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The work consisted in investigation of newly elaborated high-manganese austenitic steels with Nb and Ti microadditions in variable conditions of hot-working.Design/methodology/approach: Determination of processes controlling strain hardening was carried out in continuous compression test using Gleeble 3800 thermo-mechanical simulator.Findings: It was found that they have austenite microstructure with numerous annealing twins in the initial state. Continuous compression tests ...

  4. Nickel-free austenitic stainless steels for medical applications

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    Ke Yang and Yibin Ren

    2010-01-01

    The adverse effects of nickel ions being released into the human body have prompted the development of high-nitrogen nickel-free austenitic stainless steels for medical applications. Nitrogen not only replaces nickel for austenitic structure stability but also much improves steel properties. Here we review the harmful effects associated with nickel in medical stainless steels, the advantages of nitrogen in stainless steels, and emphatically, the development of high-nitrogen nickel-free stainl...

  5. Austenitic steels for boiler elements in USC power plants

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    A. Zieliński

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: Characteristics of functional properties of austenitic-based steels used for construction of boilers with supercritical and ultra-supercritical steam parameters.Design/methodology/approach: For selected austenitic steels in as-received state and after long-term annealing microstructural investigations were carried out with scanning and transmission electron microscope.Findings: Selected characteristics of structure and functional properties of materials to be used for critical elemen...

  6. Magnetic properties of single crystalline expanded austenite obtained by plasma nitriding of austenitic stainless steel single crystals.

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    Menéndez, Enric; Templier, Claude; Garcia-Ramirez, Pablo; Santiso, José; Vantomme, André; Temst, Kristiaan; Nogués, Josep

    2013-10-23

    Ferromagnetic single crystalline [100], [110], and [111]-oriented expanded austenite is obtained by plasma nitriding of paramagnetic 316L austenitic stainless steel single crystals at either 300 or 400 °C. After nitriding at 400 °C, the [100] direction appears to constitute the magnetic easy axis due to the interplay between a large lattice expansion and the expected decomposition of the expanded austenite, which results in Fe- and Ni-enriched areas. However, a complex combination of uniaxial (i.e., twofold) and biaxial (i.e., fourfold) in-plane magnetic anisotropies is encountered. It is suggested that the former is related to residual stress-induced effects while the latter is associated to the in-plane projections of the cubic lattice symmetry. Increasing the processing temperature strengthens the biaxial in-plane anisotropy in detriment of the uniaxial contribution, in agreement with a more homogeneous structure of expanded austenite with lower residual stresses. In contrast to polycrystalline expanded austenite, single crystalline expanded austenite exhibits its magnetic easy axes along basic directions. PMID:24028676

  7. Austenite Formation from Martensite in a 13Cr6Ni2Mo Supermartensitic Stainless Steel

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    2016-01-01

    The influence of austenitization treatment of a 13Cr6Ni2Mo supermartensitic stainless steel (X2CrNiMoV13-5-2) on austenite formation during reheating and on the fraction of austenite retained after tempering treatment is measured and analyzed. The results show the formation of austenite in two stages. This is probably due to inhomogeneous distribution of the austenite-stabilizing elements Ni and Mn, resulting from their slow diffusion from martensite into austenite and carbide and nitride dis...

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

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

  9. 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

  10. He blisters on welded austenitic stainless steel

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    Surface blisters of single-crystal and polycrystalline metals induced by He-ion irradiation have been investigated by many researchers and several blister-formation mechanisms have been proposed. But there is no report on what blister densities and blister sizes are to be expected on a welded 316 austenitic stainless steel in use as a fusion reactor material. An experiment was carried out, and details are given. The exfoliation of blisters was almost not observed until the total dose of 2 x 1022 ions m-2 was reached. A figure shows the blister densities for every increment in blister diameter of 0.5 μm on the base and weld metals. A second figure shows the corresponding blister densities on the base and weld metals annealed at 653 K for 4.5 ksec after He-ion irradiation. The total blister densities of the base metals decrease to 4.3 to 5.5 x 1010 blisters m-2 and the average blister sizes increase to 2.8 to 3.2 μm. This phenomenon indicates that the implanted He ions diffuse in the weld and base metals. The blister sizes on the weld metals are smaller than those on the base metals and the densities on the weld metals are greater than those on the base metals. (author)

  11. Austenite decomposition in carbon steel under dynamic deformation conditions

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    A. Nowotnik

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The main purpose of this paper was to estimate the effect of the dynamic conditions resulting fromdeformation process on the austenite decomposition into ferrite and pearlite (A→F+P in the commercial carbon steel.Design/methodology/approach: In the paper flow stress curves and microstructure of deformed steel within therange of discontinuous (austenite to pearlite and austenite to ferrite transformation at different strain rates andcooling rates were presented. The microstructure of hot deformed samples was tested by means of an opticaland electron microscopy.Findings: It was shown that the flow localization during hot deformation and preferred growth of the pearlitecolonies at shear bands was very limited. The most characteristic feature of the microstructure observed for hotdeformed samples was the development of carbides that nucleated along elongated ferrite grains.Research limitations/implications: In spite of intense strain hardening due to deformation and phasetransformation overlapping, microstructural observation of deformed samples did not reveal significant flowlocalization effects or heterogeneous distribution of the eutectoid components. Therefore, complementary testsshould be carried out on the steel with higher strain above the 0.5 value.Originality/value: There was no data referred to particular features of the dynamic processes, such as dynamicrecrystallization and recovery, dynamic precipitation, that can occur during austenite decomposition into ferrite,and especially during discontinuous transformation of austenite to pearlite.

  12. X-ray stress measurement of high manganese austenitic steels

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    By using psi0 oscillation method with CrKβ γ(311) diffraction, the X-ray stress measurement was made on five specimens, which were obtained by water toughening and various plastic working treatments (tensile pre-strain, hammered and explosive hardening) from Hadfield's high manganese austenitic steel, and their mechanical elastic constants, X-ray elastic constants and the accuracy of measurement were examined. The results obtained are as follows: (1) The mechanical elastic constant for 13% Mn austenitic steel after water toughening was 18900 kg/mm2. This value gradually decreased with increasing tensile pre-strain. But it changed little when the specimen was treated by hammered or explosive hardening. (2) The K-value (K sub(X) = -37.26 kg/mm2/deg) of austenitic steel adopted in the standard method of X-ray stress measurement is considered suitable for the X-ray stress measurement of 13% Mn austenitic steel which has not been subjected to severe plastic deformation. (3) The error in stress measurement Δσ in the X-ray stress measurement of high manganese austenitic steel becomes larger, depending more on the statistical fluctuation parameter, than that of ferritic steel. (author)

  13. Austenitic stainless steel patterning by plasma assisted diffusion treatments

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    The new concept of surface texturing or surface patterning on austenitic stainless steel by plasma assisted diffusion treatment is presented in this paper. It allows the creation of uniform micro or nano relief with regularly shaped asperities or depressions. Plasma assisted diffusion treatments are based on the diffusion of nitrogen and/or carbon in a metallic material at moderate to elevated temperatures. Below 420 deg. C, a plasma assisted nitriding treatment of austenitic stainless steel produces a phase usually called expanded austenite. Expanded austenite is a metastable nitrogen supersaturated solid solution with a disordered fcc structure and a distorted lattice. The nitrided layer with the expanded austenite is highly enriched in nitrogen (from 10 to 35 at%) and submitted to high compressive residual stresses. From mechanical consideration, it is shown that the only possible deformation occurs in the direction perpendicular to the surface. Such an expansion of the layer from the initial surface of the substrate to the gas phase is used here for surface patterning of stainless steel parts. The surface patterning is performed by using masks (TEM grid) and multi-dipolar plasmas.

  14. Ferrite stability in duplex austenitic stainless steel welds

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

  15. In situ observations of austenite grain growth in Fe-C-Mn-Si super bainitic steel

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    Feng Liu; Guang Xu; Yu-long Zhang; Hai-jiang Hu; Lin-xin Zhou; Zheng-liang Xue

    2013-01-01

    In situ observations of austenite grain growth in Fe-C-Mn-Si super bainitic steel were conducted on a high-temperature laser scanning confocal microscope during continuous heating and subsequent isothermal holding at 850, 1000, and 1100◦C for 30 min. A grain growth model was proposed based on experimental results. It is indicated that the austenite grain size increases with austenitizing temperature and holding time. When the austenitizing temperature is above 1100◦C, the austenite grains grow rapidly, and abnormal austenite grains occur. In addition, the eff ect of heating rate on austenite grain growth was investigated, and the relation between austenite grains and bainite morphology after bainitic transformations was also discussed.

  16. Evaluation of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties in Dissimilar Austenitic/Super Duplex Stainless Steel Joint

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    Rahmani, Mehdi; Eghlimi, Abbas; Shamanian, Morteza

    2014-10-01

    To study the effect of chemical composition on microstructural features and mechanical properties of dissimilar joints between super duplex and austenitic stainless steels, welding was attempted by gas tungsten arc welding process with a super duplex (ER2594) and an austenitic (ER309LMo) stainless steel filler metal. While the austenitic weld metal had vermicular delta ferrite within austenitic matrix, super duplex stainless steel was mainly comprised of allotriomorphic grain boundary and Widmanstätten side plate austenite morphologies in the ferrite matrix. Also the heat-affected zone of austenitic base metal comprised of large austenite grains with little amounts of ferrite, whereas a coarse-grained ferritic region was observed in the heat-affected zone of super duplex base metal. Although both welded joints showed acceptable mechanical properties, the hardness and impact strength of the weld metal produced using super duplex filler metal were found to be better than that obtained by austenitic filler metal.

  17. Nickel-free austenitic stainless steels for medical applications

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    Ke Yang and Yibin Ren

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The adverse effects of nickel ions being released into the human body have prompted the development of high-nitrogen nickel-free austenitic stainless steels for medical applications. Nitrogen not only replaces nickel for austenitic structure stability but also much improves steel properties. Here we review the harmful effects associated with nickel in medical stainless steels, the advantages of nitrogen in stainless steels, and emphatically, the development of high-nitrogen nickel-free stainless steels for medical applications. By combining the benefits of stable austenitic structure, high strength and good plasticity, better corrosion and wear resistances, and superior biocompatibility compared to the currently used 316L stainless steel, the newly developed high-nitrogen nickel-free stainless steel is a reliable substitute for the conventional medical stainless steels.

  18. Propagation of fissures by fatigue in metastable austenitic steels

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    Many works discuss martensitic transformation in austenitic stainless steels, and especially transformations induced by temperature or monotonic charges. Some studies have focused on the propagation of fissures by fatigue in metastable austenitic test pieces, which display reduced propagation speed of fissures when martensite is induced at the end of the fissure. However, controversy still persists with regard to the role of different parameters in the fatigue behavior of these steels. This work presents preliminary analysis results of fissure propagation by fatigue using test pieces obtained from 1 mm thick sheets of austenitic steel EN 1.4318 (AISI 301LN) with 17% Cr, 7% Ni, low C and alloyed with N. The tests were performed at R charge relations (relation between minimum and maximum charge) of 0.1, 0.3, 0.5 and 0.7. The results were analyzed applying the concepts of the two driving forces concept (cw)

  19. Effect of multiple austenitizing treatments on HT-9 steels

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    The effect of multiple austenitizing treatments on the toughness of an Fe-12Cr-1.0Mo-0.5W-0.3V (HT-9) steel was studied. The resulting microstructures were characterized by their mechanical properties, precipitated carbide distribution, and fracture surface appearance. It was proposed that multiple transformations would refine the martensite structure and improve toughness. Optical and scanning electron microscopic observations revealed that the martensite packet structure was somewhat refined by a second austenite transformation. Transmission electron microscopy studies of carbon extraction replicas showed that this multiple step treatment had eliminated grain boundary carbide films seen in single treated specimens on prior austenite grain boundaries. The 0.2% yield strength, tensile strength, and elongation were relatively unchanged, but the toughness measured by fatigue pre-cracked Charpy impact tests increased for the multiple step specimens

  20. Microstructural characterisation of carbon implanted austenitic stainless steel

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    Low carbon (316L) austenitic stainless steel has been implanted with carbon ions with a fluence of 5 x 1017 C ions/cm2 using an ion energy of 75 keV. The effect of carbon ion implantation on the microstructure of the austenitic steel has been examined in cross-section using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) both before and after implantation, and the implantation data correlated with a computer based simulation, TRIM (Transport and Range of Ions in Matter). It has been found that the high-fluence carbon ion implantation modified the microstructure of the steel, as demonstrated by the presence of two amorphous layers separated by a layer of expanded austenite

  1. Microstructural characterisation of carbon implanted austenitic stainless steel

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    Murphy, M.E. [Scientific Affairs Research Group, Stryker Orthopaedics, Raheen Business Park, Limerick (Ireland)]. E-mail: matthew.murphy@stryker.com; Insley, G.M. [Scientific Affairs Research Group, Stryker Orthopaedics, Raheen Business Park, Limerick (Ireland); Laugier, M.T. [Department of Physics, University of Limerick, Limerick (Ireland); Newcomb, S.B. [Sonsam Ltd., Glebe Laboratories, Newport, Tipperary (Ireland)

    2005-06-01

    Low carbon (316L) austenitic stainless steel has been implanted with carbon ions with a fluence of 5 x 10{sup 17} C ions/cm{sup 2} using an ion energy of 75 keV. The effect of carbon ion implantation on the microstructure of the austenitic steel has been examined in cross-section using transmission electron microscopy (TEM) both before and after implantation, and the implantation data correlated with a computer based simulation, TRIM (Transport and Range of Ions in Matter). It has been found that the high-fluence carbon ion implantation modified the microstructure of the steel, as demonstrated by the presence of two amorphous layers separated by a layer of expanded austenite.

  2. The study of retained austenite morphology in low-carbon silico manganese steels

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    The experimental results of a retained austenite morphology in low-carbon steels of a chemical composition of 0.2% C, 1.5% Mn, and 1.5% Si are presented. The microstructure of retained austenite after martensitic transformation in samples quenched from austenite region, dual phase region and suggested isothermal bainitic transformation were analysed. (author)

  3. 76 FR 43981 - Circular Welded Austenitic Stainless Pressure Pipe From the People's Republic of China: Final...

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    ... International Trade Administration Circular Welded Austenitic Stainless Pressure Pipe From the People's Republic... antidumping duty order on circular welded austenitic stainless pressure pipe from the People's Republic of..., 2010. \\1\\ See Circular Welded Austenitic Stainless Pressure Pipe From the People's Republic of...

  4. Failure of austenitic stainless steel tubes during steam generator operation

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    M. Głowacka; J. Łabanowski; S. Topolska

    2012-01-01

    Purpose: of this study is to analyze the causes of premature failure of steam generator coil made of austenitic stainless steel. Special attention is paid to corrosion damage processes within the welded joints.Design/methodology/approach: Examinations were conducted several segments of the coil made of seamless cold-formed pipes Ø 23x2.3 mm, of austenitic stainless steel grade X6CrNiTi18-10 according to EN 10088-1:2007. The working time of the device was 6 months. The reason for the withdrawa...

  5. Oxidation resistant high creep strength austenitic stainless steel

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    Brady, Michael P.; Pint, Bruce A.; Liu, Chain-Tsuan; Maziasz, Philip J.; Yamamoto, Yukinori; Lu, Zhao P.

    2010-06-29

    An austenitic stainless steel displaying high temperature oxidation and creep resistance has a composition that includes in weight percent 15 to 21 Ni, 10 to 15 Cr, 2 to 3.5 Al, 0.1 to 1 Nb, and 0.05 to 0.15 C, and that is free of or has very low levels of N, Ti and V. The alloy forms an external continuous alumina protective scale to provide a high oxidation resistance at temperatures of 700 to 800.degree. C. and forms NbC nanocarbides and a stable essentially single phase fcc austenitic matrix microstructure to give high strength and high creep resistance at these temperatures.

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

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

  7. Influence of hot and warm deformation on austenite decomposition

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    Jandová, D.

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: The substructure of austenite influences phase transformations during the austenite decomposition andconsequently the final properties of the steel.Design/methodology/approach: Steel 0.5C-1Cr-0.8Mn-0.3Si was processed using the thermo-mechanicalcycling simulator. Different methods of the thermo-mechanical processing were applied including austenitizationat 950°C, compression deformation at 950°C or 650°C and isothermal dwell at temperatures in the range(350°C÷450°C). Microstructure w...

  8. Phase control of austenitic chrome-nickel steel

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    Korkh, M. K., E-mail: KorkhMK@imp.uran.ru; Davidov, D. I., E-mail: davidov@imp.uran.ru; Korkh, J. V., E-mail: Korkh@imp.uran.ru; Rigmant, M. B., E-mail: Rigmant@imp.uran.ru; Nichipuruk, A. P., E-mail: Nichip@imp.uran.ru; Kazantseva, N. V., E-mail: kazantseva@imp.uran.ru [Institute of Metal Physics UrB RAS, Yekaterinburg (Russian Federation)

    2015-10-27

    The paper presents the results of the comparative study of the possibilities of different structural and magnetic methods for detection and visualization of the strain-induced martensitic phase in low carbon austenitic chromium-nickel steel. Results of TEM, SEM, optical microscopy, atomic and magnetic force microscopy, and magnetic measurements are presented. Amount of the magnetic strain-induced martensite was estimated. We pioneered magnetic force microscopic images of the single domain cluster distribution of the strain-induced martensite in austenite-ferrite materials.

  9. Phase control of austenitic chrome-nickel steel

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    The paper presents the results of the comparative study of the possibilities of different structural and magnetic methods for detection and visualization of the strain-induced martensitic phase in low carbon austenitic chromium-nickel steel. Results of TEM, SEM, optical microscopy, atomic and magnetic force microscopy, and magnetic measurements are presented. Amount of the magnetic strain-induced martensite was estimated. We pioneered magnetic force microscopic images of the single domain cluster distribution of the strain-induced martensite in austenite-ferrite materials

  10. Friction Stir Welding of austenitic stainless steels

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    C. Meran

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Friction Stir Welding (FSW was applied austenitic stainless steels that is difficult to weld using FSW technique. Proper weld can be obtained by using appropriate welding parameter. In this paper, the effect of different tool rotational speeds, traverse speeds, compressive tool forces, and tool angles was investigated.Design/methodology/approach: The dimension of 3 mm x 75 mm x 150 mm two stainless steel plates were used and butt welded by FSW method using 7.5 kW vertical head milling machine. All welded test specimens were prepared perpendicular to the weld line in order to determine the mechanical properties and tested with 12 MPa/sec stress rate under stress control using a servo-hydraulic Instron 8801. Microstructure of the welding zone and macrograph of the heat affected zone was investigated by SEM.Findings: The average grain size in the SZ was between 3 and 7 μm, which is smaller than that in the BM. The average grain size in the HAZ was about 20 μm, which is half of that in the BM.Fine-grained microstructures are present the welded area. The dark bands observed in the weld zone were also detected the microstructure of the transition zone. Dark and narrow bands do not consist of pores or cavities. It was determined that these bands do not process an ultra fine-grained microstructure. They are Cr2O3 oxide layers which over the surface of stainless steels may have been ruptured during friction stir welding and may form bands inside the welding bead due to stirring.Research limitations/implications: The proper cooling system helps to prevent the stirrer tool from the deformation.Practical implications: The strength of the welded zone of AISI 304 stainless steel can be easily found by implementing welding design parameters and high quality joints can be obtained.Originality/value: This study was performed in the frame of the TUBITAK project no 106M504, „Friction Stir Weldability of Stainless Steels and Investigation of the

  11. Composition-dependent variation of magnetic properties and interstitial ordering in homogeneous expanded austenite

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    Brink, Bastian K.; Ståhl, Kenny; Christiansen, Thomas Lundin;

    2016-01-01

    The crystal structure and magnetic properties of austenitic stainless steel with a colossal interstitial content, so-called expanded austenite, are currently not completely understood. In the present work, the magnetic properties of homogeneous samples of expanded austenite, as prepared by...... lowerature nitriding of thin foils, were investigated with magnetometry and Mössbauer spectroscopy. At room temperature, expanded austenite is paramagnetic for relatively low and for relatively high nitrogen contents (yN = 0.13 and 0.55, respectively, where yN is the interstitial nitrogen occupancy), while...... order of nitrogen atoms in expanded austenite was observed for high nitrogen contents....

  12. The sub-zero Celsius treatment of precipitation hardenable semi-austenitic stainless steel

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    Villa, Matteo; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2015-01-01

    A precipitation hardenable semi-austenitic stainless steel AISI 632 grade was austenitized according to industrial specifications and thereafter subjected to isothermal treatment at sub-zero Celsius temperatures. During treatment, austenite transformed to martensite. The isothermal austenite......-to-martensite transformation was monitored in situ by magnetometry and data was used to sketch a TTT diagram for transformation. As an alternative treatment, after austenitization the material was immersed in boiling nitrogen and up-quenched to room temperature by immersion in water prior to be subjected to isothermal...

  13. Kinetics of austenite grain growth in medium-carbon niobium-bearing steel

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    Ying-li ZHAO; Jie SHI; Wen-quan CAO; Mao-qiu WANG; Gang XIE

    2011-01-01

    In order to locate a reasonable heating system, the austenite grain growth behavior of Nb microalloyed medium carbon steel has been experimentally studied at various austenitizing temperatures and for different holding times. It is indicated that austenite grain growth increases with increasing austenitizing temperatures and holding times. Particularly when the austenitizing temperature was above 1100 ℃, austenite grains grew rapidly, and an abnormal austenite grain growth was observed. When the austenitizing temperature was lower than 1100 ℃, austenite grain size and growth rate were small. The activation energy of grain growth in the tested steel is 397 679.5 J/mol. To ensure an absence of coarse grains in microstructures, the heating technology of the tested steel should be controlled for 1 h at 1100 ℃. The relationships of austenite average grain size with soaking temperature and time of tested steel were obtained by mathematical calculation, and austenite average grain size was found to be in agreement with the measured size for different holding times.

  14. Austenite Formation from Martensite in a 13Cr6Ni2Mo Supermartensitic Stainless Steel

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    Bojack, A.; Zhao, L.; Morris, P. F.; Sietsma, J.

    2016-05-01

    The influence of austenitization treatment of a 13Cr6Ni2Mo supermartensitic stainless steel (X2CrNiMoV13-5-2) on austenite formation during reheating and on the fraction of austenite retained after tempering treatment is measured and analyzed. The results show the formation of austenite in two stages. This is probably due to inhomogeneous distribution of the austenite-stabilizing elements Ni and Mn, resulting from their slow diffusion from martensite into austenite and carbide and nitride dissolution during the second, higher temperature, stage. A better homogenization of the material causes an increase in the transformation temperatures for the martensite-to-austenite transformation and a lower retained austenite fraction with less variability after tempering. Furthermore, the martensite-to-austenite transformation was found to be incomplete at the target temperature of 1223 K (950 °C), which is influenced by the previous austenitization treatment and the heating rate. The activation energy for martensite-to-austenite transformation was determined by a modified Kissinger equation to be approximately 400 and 500 kJ/mol for the first and the second stages of transformation, respectively. Both values are much higher than the activation energy found during isothermal treatment in a previous study and are believed to be effective activation energies comprising the activation energies of both mechanisms involved, i.e., nucleation and growth.

  15. Effect of initial microstructure on austenite formation kinetics in high-strength experimental microalloyed steels

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    López-Martínez, Edgar; Vázquez-Gómez, Octavio; Vergara-Hernández, Héctor Javier; Campillo, Bernardo

    2015-12-01

    Austenite formation kinetics in two high-strength experimental microalloyed steels with different initial microstructures comprising bainite-martensite and ferrite-martensite/austenite microconstituents was studied during continuous heating by dilatometric analysis. Austenite formation occurred in two steps: (1) carbide dissolution and precipitation and (2) transformation of residual ferrite to austenite. Dilatometric analysis was used to determine the critical temperatures of austenite formation and continuous heating transformation diagrams for heating rates ranging from 0.03°C•s-1 to 0.67°C•s-1. The austenite volume fraction was fitted using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov equation to determine the kinetic parameters k and n as functions of the heating rate. Both n and k parameters increased with increasing heating rate, which suggests an increase in the nucleation and growth rates of austenite. The activation energy of austenite formation was determined by the Kissinger method. Two activation energies were associated with each of the two austenite formation steps. In the first step, the austenite growth rate was controlled by carbon diffusion from carbide dissolution and precipitation; in the second step, it was controlled by the dissolution of residual ferrite to austenite.

  16. Effect of initial microstructure on austenite formation kinetics in high-strength experimental microalloyed steels

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    Edgar Lpez-Martnez; Octavio Vzquez-Gmez; Hctor Javier Vergara-Hernndez; Bernardo Campillo

    2015-01-01

    Austenite formation kinetics in two high-strength experimental microalloyed steels with different initial microstructures compris-ing bainite–martensite and ferrite–martensite/austenite microconstituents was studied during continuous heating by dilatometric analysis. Austenite formation occurred in two steps:(1) carbide dissolution and precipitation and (2) transformation of residual ferrite to austenite. Di-latometric analysis was used to determine the critical temperatures of austenite formation and continuous heating transformation diagrams for heating rates ranging from 0.03°C×s−1 to 0.67°C×s−1. The austenite volume fraction was fitted using the Johnson–Mehl–Avrami–Kolmogorov equation to determine the kinetic parameters k and n as functions of the heating rate. Both n and k parameters increased with increasing heat-ing rate, which suggests an increase in the nucleation and growth rates of austenite. The activation energy of austenite formation was deter-mined by the Kissinger method. Two activation energies were associated with each of the two austenite formation steps. In the first step, the austenite growth rate was controlled by carbon diffusion from carbide dissolution and precipitation;in the second step, it was controlled by the dissolution of residual ferrite to austenite.

  17. Nanoindentation investigation on the mechanical stability of individual austenite grains in a medium-Mn transformation-induced plasticity steel

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    Graphical abstract: Bright-field TEM image showing martensitic transformation of a retained austenite grain subjected to nanoindentation (α′: martensite, γ: austenite). -- The mechanical stability of individual retained austenite grains is studied by nanoindentation combined with electron backscattered diffraction, scanning electron microscope, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The average hardness of retained austenite and ferrite is 7.7 and 3.4 GPa, respectively. The large scatter of hardness distribution in retained austenite may be due to the varied stability and boundary structure of different austenite grains. The mechanical stability of retained austenite increases with Mn content

  18. To the corrosion of austenitic steels in sodium loops

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    This report describes the comparison between experimental corrosion and calculated corrosion effects on austenitic steels exposed to liquid sodium. As basis for the calculations served a diffusion model. The comparison showed that the model is able to predict the corrosion effects. In addition the model was used to calculate the corrosion effect along an actual fuel rod. (orig.)

  19. The propagation of ultrasound in an austenitic weld

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    Halkjær, Søren; Sørensen, Mads Peter; Kristensen, Anders Wang

    2000-01-01

    The propagation of ultrasound through an austenitic weld is investigated experimentally as well as in a numerical simulation. The weld is insonified at normal incidence to the fusion line with a longitudinal contact transducer. In order to experimentally trace the ultrasound through the weld...

  20. INSTRUMENTED MICROSCRATCH TESTS USAGE FOR STUDY OF EXPANDED AUSTENITE PROPERTIES

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    Fernando Luis Sato

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Corrosion resistance and poor mechanical properties are both characteristics of AISI 316 austenitic stainless steel. Nitrogen supersaturated expanded austenite, or S-phase, promotes surface hardening of the alloy without the formation of undesirable that can reduce passivation properties. Mechanical characterization of this layer using instrumented microscratch tests gives an important set of empirical data useful for comprehension and modeling of tribological phenomena occurring in mechanical system. This work presents results from a series of instrumented microscratch tests performed on Low Temperature Plasma Nitrided (LTPN AISI 316 stainless steel samples with an expanded austenite layer. The specimens were produced by 20 h active screen plasma nitriding treatment, done in direct current reactor at 400°C in an atmosphere containing three parts of nitrogen for one part of hydrogen (3N2 :1H2 . The reduced friction coefficient (< 0,1 between the indenter and the expanded austenite layer observed in the initial stage of scratch test and the absence of adhesive failure along the test are also discussed.

  1. Effect of re-austenitization on the transformation texture inheritance

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    Kaijalainen, A.; Suikkanen, P.; Porter, D. A.

    2015-04-01

    Bainitic-martensitic microstructures produced by direct quenching austenite subjected to different degrees of pancaking have been re-austenitized and quenched to fully martensitic structures in order to investigate the effect of prior texture on the final martensite texture. Three different prior austenite pancaking states varying from convex-like to highly pancaked were investigated using an ultrahigh-strength strip steel hot rolled with various finish rolling temperatures followed by direct quenching. Microstructures were characterized using FESEM and transformation texture analysed using FESEM-EBSD at the strip surface, quarter- thickness and mid-thickness positions. The results show that an increase in rolling reduction below the non-recrystallization temperature increases the intensities of ∼{554}α and ∼{112}α texture components in the ferrite along the strip mid-thickness and of the ∼{112}α component at the surface. The re-austenitization of the materials at 910°C for 30 min led to an inheritance of the same components from the parent specimens, but also increased the intensity of {001}α, {110}α and {011}α components.

  2. Carbon diffusion in carbon-supersaturated ferrite and austenite

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    Čermák, Jiří; Král, Lubomír

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 586, FEB (2014), s. 129-135. ISSN 0925-8388 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP108/11/0148; GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0068 Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : carbon diffusion * Carbon supersaturation * Carbon supersaturation * Ferrite * Austenite Subject RIV: BJ - Thermodynamics Impact factor: 2.999, year: 2014

  3. Phase Transformation of Metastable Austenite in Steel during Nano indentation

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    Ahn, Taehong [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Sung Bo; Han, Heung Nam [Seoul National Univ., Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Park, Kyungtae [Hanbat National Univ., Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    These can produce geometrical softening accompanied by a sudden displacement excursion during load-controlled nanoindentation, which referred to in the literature as a pop-in. In this study, phase transformation of metastable austenite to stress-induced ε martensite which causes pop-ins during nanoindentation of steel will be reported and discussed. This study investigated the relationship between pop-in behavior of austenite in the early stage of nanoindentation and formation of ε martensite based on microstructural analyses. The load-displacement curve obtained from nanoindentation revealed stepwise pop-ins in the early stage of plastic deformation. From analyses of high resolution TEM images, a cluster of banded structure under the indent turned out a juxtaposition of (111) planes of γ austenite and (0001) planes of ε martensite. The calculation of displacement along indentation axis for (111) slip system by formation of ε martensite showed that geometrical softening can also occur by ε martensite formation when considering that the stress-induced ε martensite transformation is the predominant deformation mode in the early stage of plastic deformation and its monopartial nature as well. These microstructural investigations strongly suggest that the pop-in behavior in the early stage of plastic deformation of austenite is closely related to the formation of ε martensite.

  4. Effect of shot peening on metastable austenitic stainless steels

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    Fargas, G., E-mail: gemma.fargas@upc.edu [CIEFMA - Departament de Ciència dels Materials i Enginyeria Metallúrgica, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); CRnE, Centre de Recerca en Nanoenginyeria, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Roa, J.J.; Mateo, A. [CIEFMA - Departament de Ciència dels Materials i Enginyeria Metallúrgica, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); CRnE, Centre de Recerca en Nanoenginyeria, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2015-08-12

    In this work, shot peening was performed in a metastable austenitic stainless steel EN 1.4318 (AISI 301LN) in order to evaluate its effect on austenite to martensite phase transformation and also the influence on the fatigue limit. Two different steel conditions were considered: annealed, i.e., with a fully austenitic microstructure, and cold rolled, consisting of a mixture of austenite and martensite. X-ray diffraction, electron back-scattered diffraction and focus ion beam, as well as nanoindentation techniques, were used to elucidate deformation mechanisms activated during shot peening and correlate with fatigue response. Results pointed out that extensive plastic deformation and phase transformation developed in annealed specimens as a consequence of shot peening. However, the increase of roughness and the generation of microcracks led to a limited fatigue limit improvement. In contrast, shot peened cold rolled specimens exhibited enhanced fatigue limit. In the latter case, the main factor that determined the influence on the fatigue response was the distance from the injector, followed successively by the exit speed of the shots and the coverage factor.

  5. Phase Transformation of Metastable Austenite in Steel during Nano indentation

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    These can produce geometrical softening accompanied by a sudden displacement excursion during load-controlled nanoindentation, which referred to in the literature as a pop-in. In this study, phase transformation of metastable austenite to stress-induced ε martensite which causes pop-ins during nanoindentation of steel will be reported and discussed. This study investigated the relationship between pop-in behavior of austenite in the early stage of nanoindentation and formation of ε martensite based on microstructural analyses. The load-displacement curve obtained from nanoindentation revealed stepwise pop-ins in the early stage of plastic deformation. From analyses of high resolution TEM images, a cluster of banded structure under the indent turned out a juxtaposition of (111) planes of γ austenite and (0001) planes of ε martensite. The calculation of displacement along indentation axis for (111) slip system by formation of ε martensite showed that geometrical softening can also occur by ε martensite formation when considering that the stress-induced ε martensite transformation is the predominant deformation mode in the early stage of plastic deformation and its monopartial nature as well. These microstructural investigations strongly suggest that the pop-in behavior in the early stage of plastic deformation of austenite is closely related to the formation of ε martensite

  6. Effect of shot peening on metastable austenitic stainless steels

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    In this work, shot peening was performed in a metastable austenitic stainless steel EN 1.4318 (AISI 301LN) in order to evaluate its effect on austenite to martensite phase transformation and also the influence on the fatigue limit. Two different steel conditions were considered: annealed, i.e., with a fully austenitic microstructure, and cold rolled, consisting of a mixture of austenite and martensite. X-ray diffraction, electron back-scattered diffraction and focus ion beam, as well as nanoindentation techniques, were used to elucidate deformation mechanisms activated during shot peening and correlate with fatigue response. Results pointed out that extensive plastic deformation and phase transformation developed in annealed specimens as a consequence of shot peening. However, the increase of roughness and the generation of microcracks led to a limited fatigue limit improvement. In contrast, shot peened cold rolled specimens exhibited enhanced fatigue limit. In the latter case, the main factor that determined the influence on the fatigue response was the distance from the injector, followed successively by the exit speed of the shots and the coverage factor

  7. The Varying Effects of Uniaxial Compressive Stress on the Bainitic Transformation under Different Austenitization Temperatures

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    Mingxing Zhou

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In this study, thermal simulation experiments under different austenitization temperatures and different stress states were conducted. High-temperature laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM, thermal dilatometry, and scanning electron microscope (SEM were used to quantitatively investigate the effects of the uniaxial compressive stress on bainitic transformation at 330 °C following different austenitization temperatures. The transformation plasticity was also analyzed. It was found that the promotion degree of stress on bainitic transformation increases with the austenitization temperature due to larger prior austenite grain size as well as stronger promoting effect of mechanical driving force on selected variant growth at higher austenitization temperatures. The grain size and the yield strength of prior austenite are other important factors which influence the promotion degree of stress on bainitic transformation, besides the mechanical driving force provided by the stress. Moreover, the transformation plasticity increases with the austenitization temperature.

  8. Austenite Grain Growth and the Surface Quality of Continuously Cast Steel

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    Dippenaar, Rian; Bernhard, Christian; Schider, Siegfried; Wieser, Gerhard

    2014-04-01

    Austenite grain growth does not only play an important role in determining the mechanical properties of steel, but certain surface defects encountered in the continuous casting industry have also been attributed to the formation of large austenite grains. Earlier research has seen innovative experimentation, the development of metallographic techniques to determine austenite grain size and the building of mathematical models to simulate the conditions pertaining to austenite grain growth during the continuous casting of steel. Oscillation marks and depressions in the meniscus region of the continuously casting mold lead to retarded cooling of the strand surface, which in turn results in the formation of coarse austenite grains, but little is known about the mechanism and rate of formation of these large austenite grains. Relevant earlier research will be briefly reviewed to put into context our recent in situ observations of the delta-ferrite to austenite phase transition. We have confirmed earlier evidence that very large delta-ferrite grains are formed very quickly in the single-phase region and that these large delta-ferrite grains are transformed to large austenite grains at low cooling rates. At the higher cooling rates relevant to the early stages of the solidification of steel in a continuously cast mold, delta-ferrite transforms to austenite by an apparently massive type of transformation mechanism. Large austenite grains then form very quickly from this massive type of microstructure and on further cooling, austenite transforms to thin ferrite allotriomorphs on austenite grain boundaries, followed by Widmanstätten plate growth, with almost no regard to the cooling rate. This observation is important because it is now well established that the presence of a thin ferrite film on austenite grain boundaries is the main cause of reduction in hot ductility. Moreover, this reduction in ductility is exacerbated by the presence of large austenite grains.

  9. Structure and mechanical properties of austenitic steel after cold rolling

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    A. Kurc-Lisiecka

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the paper is to determine the influence of the cold plastic deformation within the range 18-79% and heat treatment in a temperature range of 500 to 700°C on the microstructure and mechanical properties of austenitic stainless steel grade X5CrNi18-8.Design/methodology/approach: The investigations included observations of the microstructure on a light microscope, researches of mechanical properties in a static tensile test and hardness measurements made by Vickers’s method. The analysis of the phase composition was carried out on the basis of X-ray researches. Whereas, X-ray quantitative phase analysis was carried out by the Averbach Cohen method.Findings: Heat treatment of X5CrNi18-8 stainless steel in the range 500-700°C causes a significant decrease of the mechanical properties (Rm, Rp0.2 and increase of elongation (A. Hardness of investigated steel drops with decrease of cold working degree and increase of heat treatment temperature.Research limitations/implications: The analysis of the obtained results permits to state that the heat treatment causes an essential changes of the microstructure connected with fading of cold deformation. Heating of cold rolled austenitic stainless steels can cause a reverse transformation α’ → γ.Practical implications: Two-phase structure α’+γ of austenitic Cr-Ni steel in deformed state working at elevated temperature undergo a transformation. It significantly influences mechanical properties of steel. Austenite phase undergoes a recrystallization, while martensite α’ phase undergoes reverse transformation.Originality/value: The analytic dependence of the yield point of the investigated steel on the cold working degree in cold rolling process has been confirmed. Revealing this relation is of essential practical importance for the technology of sheetmetal forming of austenitic steel.

  10. Application of advanced austenitic alloys to fossil power system components

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    Swindeman, R.W.

    1996-06-01

    Most power and recovery boilers operating in the US produce steam at temperatures below 565{degrees}C (1050{degrees}F) and pressures below 24 MPa (3500 psi). For these operating conditions, carbon steels and low alloy steels may be used for the construction of most of the boiler components. Austenitic stainless steels often are used for superheater/reheater tubing when these components are expected to experience temperatures above 565{degrees}C (1050{degrees}F) or when the environment is too corrosive for low alloys steels. The austenitic stainless steels typically used are the 304H, 321H, and 347H grades. New ferritic steels such as T91 and T92 are now being introduced to replace austenitic: stainless steels in aging fossil power plants. Generally, these high-strength ferritic steels are more expensive to fabricate than austenitic stainless steels because the ferritic steels have more stringent heat treating requirements. Now, annealing requirements are being considered for the stabilized grades of austenitic stainless steels when they receive more than 5% cold work, and these requirements would increase significantly the cost of fabrication of boiler components where bending strains often exceed 15%. It has been shown, however, that advanced stainless steels developed at ORNL greatly benefit from cold work, and these steels could provide an alternative to either conventional stainless steels or high-strength ferritic steels. The purpose of the activities reported here is to examine the potential of advanced stainless steels for construction of tubular components in power boilers. The work is being carried out with collaboration of a commercial boiler manufacturer.

  11. Failure of austenitic stainless steel tubes during steam generator operation

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    M. Głowacka

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of this study is to analyze the causes of premature failure of steam generator coil made of austenitic stainless steel. Special attention is paid to corrosion damage processes within the welded joints.Design/methodology/approach: Examinations were conducted several segments of the coil made of seamless cold-formed pipes Ø 23x2.3 mm, of austenitic stainless steel grade X6CrNiTi18-10 according to EN 10088-1:2007. The working time of the device was 6 months. The reason for the withdrawal of the generator from the operation was leaks in the coil tube caused by corrosion damage. The metallographic investigations were performed with the use of light microscope and scanning electron microscope equipped with the EDX analysis attachment.Findings: Examinations of coil tubes indicated severe corrosion damages as pitting corrosion, stress corrosion cracking, and intergranular corrosion within base material and welded joints. Causes of corrosion was defined as wrong choice of austenitic steel grade, improper welding technology, lack of quality control of water supply and lack of surface treatment of stainless steel pipes.Research limitations/implications: It was not known the quality of water supply of steam generator and this was the reason for some problems in the identification of corrosion processes.Practical implications: Based on the obtained research results and literature studies some recommendations were formulated in order to avoid failures in the application of austenitic steels in the steam generators. These recommendations relate to the selection of materials, processing technology and working environment.Originality/value: Article clearly shows that attempts to increase the life time of evaporator tubes and steam coils by replacing non-alloy or low alloy structural steel by austenitic steel, without regard to restrictions on its use, in practice often fail.

  12. Thermal fatigue cracking of austenitic stainless steels

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    This report deals with the thermal fatigue cracking of austenitic stainless steels as AISI 316 LN and 304 L. Such damage has been clearly observed for some components used in Fast Breeder reactors (FBR) and Pressure Water Reactor (PWR). In order to investigate thermal fatigue, quasi-structural specimen have been used. In this frame, facilities enforcing temperature variations similar to those found under the operation conditions have been progressively developed. As for components, loading results from impeded dilatation. In the SPLASH facility, the purpose was to establish accurate crack initiation conditions in order to check the relevance of the usual component design methodology. The tested specimen is continuously heated by the passage of an electrical DC current, and submitted to cyclic thermal down shock (up to 1000 deg C/s) by means of periodical spraying of water on two opposite specimen faces. The number of cycles to crack initiation Ni is deduced from periodic examinations of the quenched surfaces, by means of optical microscopy. It is considered that initiation occurs when at least one 50μm to 150□m long crack is observed. Additional SPLASH tests were performed for N >> Ni, with a view to investigate the evolution of a surface multiple cracking network with the number of cycles N. The CYTHIA test was mainly developed for the purpose of assessing crack growth dynamics of one isolated crack in thermal fatigue conditions. Specimens consist of thick walled tubes with a 1 mm circular groove is spark-machined at the specimen centre. During the test, the external wall of the tube is periodically heated by using a HF induction coil (1 MHz), while its internal wall is permanently cooled by flowing water. Total crack growth is derived from post-mortem examinations, whereby the thermal fatigue final rupture surface is oxidized at the end of the test. The specimen is broken afterwards under mechanical fatigue at room temperature. All the tests confirm that usual

  13. Influence of reverted austenite on the texture and magnetic properties of 350 maraging steel

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    Abreu, Hamilton F.G., E-mail: hamilton@ufc.br [Universidade Federal do Ceará, Campus do Pici-Bloco 729, CEP 60440-554 Fortaleza, CE (Brazil); Silva, Jean J. [Universidade Federal do Ceará, Campus do Pici-Bloco 729, CEP 60440-554 Fortaleza, CE (Brazil); Silva, Manoel R. [Universidade Federal de Itajubá, Campus Sede Itajubá/IFQ- Instituto de Física e Química, Itajubá, MG (Brazil); Gomes da Silva, Marcelo J., E-mail: mgsilva@ufc.br [Universidade Federal do Ceará, Campus do Pici-Bloco 729, CEP 60440-554 Fortaleza, CE (Brazil)

    2015-11-01

    The aging temperature to improve magnetic properties in Maraging-350 steel (Mar-350) is limited by the onset of austenite reversion. The traditional process of cooling after aging is to remove the piece from the oven and then to air cool it. The purpose of this research was to characterize the reverted austenite and to investigate the effect of cooling below the martensite start temperature (M{sub s}) on the magnetic properties. The Mar350 samples aged at temperatures above 550 °C, and subsequently cooled in liquid nitrogen presented less austenite than samples cooled in air, resulting in higher magnetization saturation and a lower coercive force. A combination of optical microscopy (OM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) techniques were used to characterize the presence of reverted austenite. The crystallographic texture of both martensite and reverted austenite were analyzed. The texture of the reverted austenite coincides with the texture of the parent austenite indicating that a phenomenon of texture memory is present. - Highlights: • Cooling maraging samples in liquid nitrogen reduces reverted austenite fraction. • Retained austenite increases coercive force and decreases saturation magnetization. • Reverted and parent austenites have the same crystallographic texture. • Memory effect found during reversion transformation.

  14. Influence of reverted austenite on the texture and magnetic properties of 350 maraging steel

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    The aging temperature to improve magnetic properties in Maraging-350 steel (Mar-350) is limited by the onset of austenite reversion. The traditional process of cooling after aging is to remove the piece from the oven and then to air cool it. The purpose of this research was to characterize the reverted austenite and to investigate the effect of cooling below the martensite start temperature (Ms) on the magnetic properties. The Mar350 samples aged at temperatures above 550 °C, and subsequently cooled in liquid nitrogen presented less austenite than samples cooled in air, resulting in higher magnetization saturation and a lower coercive force. A combination of optical microscopy (OM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) techniques were used to characterize the presence of reverted austenite. The crystallographic texture of both martensite and reverted austenite were analyzed. The texture of the reverted austenite coincides with the texture of the parent austenite indicating that a phenomenon of texture memory is present. - Highlights: • Cooling maraging samples in liquid nitrogen reduces reverted austenite fraction. • Retained austenite increases coercive force and decreases saturation magnetization. • Reverted and parent austenites have the same crystallographic texture. • Memory effect found during reversion transformation

  15. Hot-working of advanced high-manganese austenitic steels

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    L.A. Dobrzański

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The work consisted in investigation of newly elaborated high-manganese austenitic steels with Nb and Ti microadditions in variable conditions of hot-working.Design/methodology/approach: The force-energetic parameters of hot-working were determined in continuous and multi-stage compression test performed in temperature range of 850 to 1100°C using the Gleeble 3800 thermomechanical simulator. Evaluation of processes controlling work-hardening were identified by microstructure observations of the specimens compresses to the various amount of deformation (4x0.29, 4x0.23 and 4x0.19. The microstructure evolution in successive stages of deformation was determined in metallographic investigations using light, scanning and electron microscopy as well as X-ray diffraction.Findings: The investigated steels are characterized by high values of flow stresses from 230 to 450 MPa. The flow stresses are much higher in comparison with austenitic Cr-Ni and Cr-Mn steels and slightly higher compared to Fe-(15-25Mn alloys. Increase of flow stress along with decrease of compression temperature is accompanied by translation of εmax strain in the direction of higher deformation. Results of the multi-stage compression proved that applying the true strain 4x0.29 gives the possibility to refine the austenite microstructure as a result of dynamic recrystallization. In case of applying the lower deformations 4x0.23 and 4x0.19, the process controlling work hardening is dynamic recovery and a deciding influence on a gradual microstructure refinement has statical recrystallization. The steel 27Mn-4Si-2Al-Nb-Ti has austenite microstructure with annealing twins and some fraction of ε martensite plates in the initial state. After the grain refinement due to recrystallization, the steel is characterized by uniform structure of γ phase without ε martensite plates.Research limitations/implications: To determine in detail the microstructure evolution during industrial

  16. Changes of structure of austenitic steel caused by hot deformation

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    The phenomena taking place during hot deformation and reconstruction of the microstructure of chromium-manganese and chromium-nickel austenitic steels of low SFE were analyzed. In particular, the problems of recovery of dynamic recrystallization as well as changes of the microstructure after deformation were analyzed. The research of hot deformation carried out by means of the torsion test on a torsional plastometer allowed to determine the impact of the deformation conditions (ε, ε', T) on austenitic steel workability and to capture basic differences in strengthening and softening of manganese in relation to the austenite more extensively tested austenite in Cr-Ni steel. The differences in deformation of both materials up to maximal yield stress εm result from various dislocation splitting and association ability during deformation process. Manganese austenite is generally susceptible to splitting of dislocation in initial phases of deformation - that is why the strengthening intensity is so high. Carbon is additional factor strongly strengthening solid solution. The process of dynamic recrystallization of Cr-Mn steel (SFE approx. 50 mJ/m2) deformed at 900oC takes place through dislocation climbing within boundaries of adjacent subgrains and their coalescence. Nucleation of new grains and growth in the process of dynamic recrystallization of Cr-Ni steel (SFE approx. 20 mJ/m2) takes place through migration of high-angle grain boundaries as well as through the mechanism of subgrain coalescence. In the whole range of the steady plastic flow of samples of both steel grades, the size of grain formed in the result of dynamic recrystallization practically does not depend on the ε deformation size, but only on deformation conditions (T, ε'). Regardless the initial grain size of the tested austenitic steel grades practically the same grain sizes were obtained during dynamic recrystallization at the temperature of 1000-1100oC. No considerable influence of other

  17. First-principles study of helium, carbon, and nitrogen in austenite, dilute austenitic iron alloys, and nickel

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    Hepburn, D. J.; Ferguson, D.; Gardner, S.; Ackland, G. J.

    2013-07-01

    An extensive set of first-principles density functional theory calculations have been performed to study the behavior of He, C, and N solutes in austenite, dilute Fe-Cr-Ni austenitic alloys, and Ni in order to investigate their influence on the microstructural evolution of austenitic steel alloys under irradiation. The results show that austenite behaves much like other face-centered cubic metals and like Ni in particular. Strong similarities were also observed between austenite and ferrite. We find that interstitial He is most stable in the tetrahedral site and migrates with a low barrier energy of between 0.1 and 0.2 eV. It binds strongly into clusters as well as overcoordinated lattice defects and forms highly stable He-vacancy (VmHen) clusters. Interstitial He clusters of sufficient size were shown to be unstable to self-interstitial emission and VHen cluster formation. The binding of additional He and V to existing VmHen clusters increases with cluster size, leading to unbounded growth and He bubble formation. Clusters with n/m around 1.3 were found to be most stable with a dissociation energy of 2.8 eV for He and V release. Substitutional He migrates via the dissociative mechanism in a thermal vacancy population but can migrate via the vacancy mechanism in irradiated environments as a stable V2He complex. Both C and N are most stable octahedrally and exhibit migration energies in the range from 1.3 to 1.6 eV. Interactions between pairs of these solutes are either repulsive or negligible. A vacancy can stably bind up to two C or N atoms with binding energies per solute atom up to 0.4 eV for C and up to 0.6 eV for N. Calculations in Ni, however, show that this may not result in vacancy trapping as VC and VN complexes can migrate cooperatively with barrier energies comparable to the isolated vacancy. This should also lead to enhanced C and N mobility in irradiated materials and may result in solute segregation to defect sinks. Binding to larger vacancy clusters

  18. Abnormal austenite-ferrite transformation behavior in pure iron

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    LIU Yongchang; F.Sommer; E.J. Mittemeijer

    2004-01-01

    The austenite → ferrite transformation is the most important reaction route in the manufacture of Fe-based materials. Here the austenite (γ) → ferrite (α)transformation of pure iron was systematically explored by high-resolution dilatometry. Abnormal transformation kinetics, multi-peak discontinuous reaction, was recognized in pure iron according to the variation of the ferrite-formation rate. The occurrence the one or the other type of γ→α trans formation strongly depends on the grain size: the transformation type changes from abnormal to normal (single-peak continuous reaction) with decreasing grain size. The inherent reason for the occurrence of abnormal transformation could be attributed to the repeated nucleation in front of the moving γ/α interface induced by the accumulation of elastic and plastic accommodation energy.

  19. Manual ultrasonic inspection of austenitic and dissimilar welds

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    In the third phase of the Programme for Inspection of Steel Components (PISCIII) several round robin tests with austenitic test samples and assemblies containing dissimilar welds were carried out. Based on the destructive analysis the performance of different inspection procedures and participating teams was evaluated. By using low recording level and a combination of conventional shear wave angle beam probes and mode conversion technique the team of VTT Manufacturing Technology detected all the flaws considered in the evaluation of the results of round robin tests. The majority of flaws in the austenitic test samples were stress corrosion cracks (IGSCC). The sizes (heights) of the flaws were mainly overestimated slightly by the team but the sizing capability clearly fulfils the requirements of the latest ASME Code Appendix VIII. In the nozzle and dissimilar weld action the team detected all rejectable flaws in the assembly that was estimated to be the most difficult assembly of this action. (orig.)

  20. Thermodynamic stability of austenitic Ni-Mn-Cu cast iron

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    A. Janus

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The performed research was aimed at determining thermodynamic stability of structures of Ni-Mn-Cu cast iron castings. Examined were 35 alloys. The castings were tempered at 900 °C for 2 hours. Two cooling speeds were used: furnace-cooling and water-cooling. In the alloys with the nickel equivalent value less than 20,0 %, partial transition of austenite to martensite took place. The austenite decomposition ratio and the related growth of hardness was higher for smaller nickel equivalent value and was clearly larger in annealed castings than in hardened ones. Obtaining thermodynamically stable structure of castings requires larger than 20,0 % value of the nickel equivalent.

  1. Residual stress studies of austenitic and ferritic steels

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

  2. Early detection of damage in austenitic materials under thermocyclic stress

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    Austenitic pipe systems in nuclear power plants are subject to thermomechanical stress. Temperature gradients resulting from alternating cold and warm fluids in the pipelines lead to stress gradients, especially in the surge line, lines of the volume control and aftercooling system, and spray lines. The thermomechanical stress induces microstructural changes and fatigue of the pipeline material. The project focused on the development of new, nondestructive sensor systems and concepts for detecting and interprating fatigue-induced microstructural changes prior to crack initiation. In a joint research project of IZFP (Fraunhofer Institute of Non-Destructive Test Methods) and the WKK (Materials Science Department) of TU Kaiserslautern University, thermo-elastic/plastic load states of an austenitic pipeline steel were investigated systematically in fatigue tests. Conventional and nondestructive in-situ characterisation of the fatigue characteristics were applied to find an early detection concept for selective component monitoring in the context of pro-active ageing management.

  3. Austenitic steels for boiler elements in USC power plants

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    A. Zieliński

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Characteristics of functional properties of austenitic-based steels used for construction of boilers with supercritical and ultra-supercritical steam parameters.Design/methodology/approach: For selected austenitic steels in as-received state and after long-term annealing microstructural investigations were carried out with scanning and transmission electron microscope.Findings: Selected characteristics of structure and functional properties of materials to be used for critical elements in the pressure section of power boilers were summarised in a single paperPractical implications: The steel characteristics presented in this paper are used for assessment of structural changes and changes in strength properties of material of elements after long-term service under creep conditions.Originality/value: The presented results of the mechanical properties, structure and in the precipitation processes are applied to evaluation the condition of the elements in further industrial service.

  4. Autofocus imaging: Experimental results in an anisotropic austenitic weld

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    Zhang, J.; Drinkwater, B. W.; Wilcox, P. D.; Hunter, A.

    2012-05-01

    The quality of an ultrasonic array image, especially for anisotropic material, depends on accurate information about acoustic properties. Inaccuracy of acoustic properties causes image degradation, e.g., blurring, errors in locating of reflectors and introduction of artifacts. In this paper, for an anisotropic austenitic steel weld, an autofocus imaging technique is presented. The array data from a series of beacons is captured and then used to statistically extract anisotropic weld properties by using a Monte-Carlo inversion approach. The beacon and imaging systems are realized using two separated arrays; one acts as a series of beacons and the other images these beacons. Key to the Monte-Carlo inversion scheme is a fast forward model of wave propagation in the anisotropic weld and this is based on the Dijkstra algorithm. Using this autofocus approach a measured weld map was extracted from an austenitic weld and used to reduce location errors, initially greater than 6mm, to less than 1mm.

  5. An alternative to the crystallographic reconstruction of austenite in steels

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    An alternative crystallographic austenite reconstruction programme written in Matlab is developed by combining the best features of the existing models: the orientation relationship refinement, the local pixel-by-pixel analysis and the nuclei identification and spreading strategy. This programme can be directly applied to experimental electron backscatter diffraction mappings. Its applicability is demonstrated on both quenching and partitioning and as-quenched lath-martensite steels. - Highlights: • An alternative crystallographic austenite reconstruction program is developed. • The method combines a local analysis and a nuclei identification/spreading strategy. • The validity of the calculated orientation relationship is verified on a Q and P steel. • The accuracy of the reconstructed microtexture is investigated on a martensite steel

  6. Austenitization Behaviors of X80 Pipeline Steel With High Nb and Trace Ti Treatment

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    LIU Qing-you; SUN Xin-jun; JIA Shu-jun; ZHANG Lu-lin; HUANG Guo-jian; REN Yi

    2009-01-01

    The austenitization behaviors of two high niobium-containing X80 pipeline steels with different titanium contents, including the dissolution of microalloying precipitates and the austenite grain growth, were investigated by using physical-chemical phase analysis method and microstructural observation. The results illustrated that most niobium could be dissolved into austenite during soaking at 1180℃, whereas little amount of titanium could be dissolved. It was found that during soaking, the austenite grain growth rate was initially high, and then decreased after soaking for 1 h; moreover, the austenite grains grew up more rapidly at temperatures above 1180℃ than below 1180℃. The results show that the steel with titanium content of 0.016% has a larger austenite grain size than that with titanium content of 0.012% under the same soaking conditions, which is explained by considering the particle size distribution.

  7. Computation of parent austenite grain orientation from product grain orientations upon displacive phase transformations

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    A reverse computation procedure is proposed for calculating parent austenite orientations, which are experimentally challenging to obtain, based on the final texture after austenite-to-bainite and austenite-to-martensite phase transformations. Specifically, post-transformation electron backscatter diffraction scans of bainite and martensite were carried out in order to identify the product crystal orientations within a single former austenite grain. Subsequently, the Kurdjumov–Sachs relationship was utilized to compute the parent austenite crystal orientation based on these data. The proposed method provided a unique solution for the initial austenite grain orientation in most of the cases. Overall, the proposed computational procedure constitutes a means of understanding the factors influencing microstructural evolution in displacive phase transformations. (paper)

  8. On the Mechanical Stability of Austenite Matrix After Martensite Formation in a Medium Mn Steel

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    He, B. B.; Huang, M. X.

    2016-07-01

    The present work employs the nanoindentation technique to investigate the effect of prior martensite formation on the mechanical stability of a retained austenite matrix. It is found that the small austenite grains that were surrounded by martensite laths have higher mechanical stability than the large austenite grains that were free of martensite laths. The higher mechanical stability of small austenite grains is due to its higher amount of defects resulting from the prior martensite formation. These defects act as barriers for the later martensite formation and therefore contribute to the higher mechanical stability of small austenite grains. As a result, the present work suggests that the formation of martensite tends to stabilize the surrounding austenite matrix. Therefore, it may explain the lower transformed amount of martensite after quenching as compared to the theoretical calculation using the Koistinen and Marburger (K-M) equation.

  9. On the Mechanical Stability of Austenite Matrix After Martensite Formation in a Medium Mn Steel

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    He, B. B.; Huang, M. X.

    2016-04-01

    The present work employs the nanoindentation technique to investigate the effect of prior martensite formation on the mechanical stability of a retained austenite matrix. It is found that the small austenite grains that were surrounded by martensite laths have higher mechanical stability than the large austenite grains that were free of martensite laths. The higher mechanical stability of small austenite grains is due to its higher amount of defects resulting from the prior martensite formation. These defects act as barriers for the later martensite formation and therefore contribute to the higher mechanical stability of small austenite grains. As a result, the present work suggests that the formation of martensite tends to stabilize the surrounding austenite matrix. Therefore, it may explain the lower transformed amount of martensite after quenching as compared to the theoretical calculation using the Koistinen and Marburger (K-M) equation.

  10. Plastic localization phenomena in a Mn-alloyed austenitic steel

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    Matteis, Paolo; Firrao, Donato; Scavino, Giorgio; Russo Spena, Pasquale

    2010-01-01

    A 0.5 wt pct C, 22 wt pct Mn austenitic steel, recently proposed for fabricating automotive body structures by cold sheet forming, exhibits plastic localizations (PLs) during uniaxial tensile tests, yet showing a favorable overall strength and ductility. No localization happens during biaxial Erichsen cupping tests. Full-thickness tensile and Erichsen specimens, cut from as-produced steel sheets, were polished and tested at different strain rates. During the tensile tests, the PL phenomena co...

  11. Role of mechanical activation in the dynamic transformation of austenite

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    When austenite is deformed above the equilibrium transformation temperature Ae3, it is dynamically transformed into Widmanstätten ferrite by a displacive mechanism. On removal of the load it is slowly retransformed into austenite by diffusional processes. The forward transformation has recently been explained in terms of a thermodynamic model in which the lower free energy of austenite is raised above that of normally unstable ferrite as a result of the additional stored energy associated with the dislocations introduced by straining. This model is here shown to be unable to account for the initiation of transformation at critical strains of about 0.1, at which only low densities of dislocations are present. Of particular importance is the observation that dynamic transformation can be initiated at temperatures 100 °C and more above the Ae3 and that the critical strain actually decreases with increasing temperature and increasing chemical free energy barrier. This discrepancy is removed by allowing for mechanical (stress-based) activation of the transformation. The latter provides the energy required to accommodate the shear of the parent austenite into Widmanstätten plates, as well as the volume change or dilatation accompanying ferrite formation. The work of dilatation and the shear accommodation work, omitted from the previous analysis, are introduced here as barriers to the transformation that are overcome by the applied stress. This modified approach is able to account for the very rapid forward (mechanically activated) transformation compared with the much slower reverse transformation that takes place in the absence of stress

  12. QUALITY CONTROL ON THE AUSTENITIC-BAINITIC DUCTILE IRON GEAR

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    2000-01-01

    By reasonable casting, spheroidizing , inoculating and heat treating processes to control cupola metallurgy and the lipuid iron chemical compositions, a new kind of austenitic-bainitic ductile iron which can substitute for 20CrMnTi carburizing steel is studied. The gears made by the cast iron are high in quality,low in weight and the production cost is greatly reduced. The mechanical properties of the gear, including wear resistance, fatigue resistance, durability and others, can be greatly improved.

  13. Manifestations of DSA in austenitic stainless steels and inconel alloys

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    The aim of the investigation was to examine and compare different types of DSA (Dynamic Strain Aging) manifestations in AISI 316 austenitic stainless steel (SS) and Inconel 600 and Inconel 690 alloys by means of slow strain rate tensile testing, mechanical loss spectrometry (internal friction) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Another aim was to determine differences in the resulting dislocation structures and internal friction response of materials showing and not showing DSA behaviour

  14. Hot-working of advanced high-manganese austenitic steels

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    L.A. Dobrzański; W. Borek

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: The work consisted in investigation of newly elaborated high-manganese austenitic steels with Nb and Ti microadditions in variable conditions of hot-working.Design/methodology/approach: The force-energetic parameters of hot-working were determined in continuous and multi-stage compression test performed in temperature range of 850 to 1100°C using the Gleeble 3800 thermomechanical simulator. Evaluation of processes controlling work-hardening were identified by microstructure observati...

  15. Influence of hot and warm deformation on austenite decomposition

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    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The substructure of austenite influences phase transformations during the austenite decomposition andconsequently the final properties of the steel.Design/methodology/approach: Steel 0.5C-1Cr-0.8Mn-0.3Si was processed using the thermo-mechanicalcycling simulator. Different methods of the thermo-mechanical processing were applied including austenitizationat 950°C, compression deformation at 950°C or 650°C and isothermal dwell at temperatures in the range(350°C÷450°C. Microstructure was investigated using light and transmission electron microscopy.Findings: It was demonstrated that straining in austenitic region accelerated the ferrite and pearlite transformations.Bainite reaction depended on the temperature of austenite deformation, the strain level and the temperature ofisothermal dwell. Hot deformation slightly accelerated the transformation to upper bainite and retarded thetransformation to lower bainite. Warm deformation resulted in mixture structures containing pearlite, ferrite andbainite; bainitic reactions were accelerated. Fine ferritic grains, pearlitic nodules and clusters of individual ferrite/carbide units enclosed with martensitic matrix were observed in heavy strained parts of specimens.Practical implications: Different morphologies of ferritic structures which can occur in the wrought steel canresult in deterioration of mechanical properties. This fact has to be taken into account in numerical simulationsof thermo-mechanical processing of low alloy steels.Originality/value: Of this paper consists in elucidation of the processes taking place in heavy strained austeniticstructure during its isothermal decomposition at temperatures in bainitic region.

  16. A discrete dislocation–transformation model for austenitic single crystals

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    A discrete model for analyzing the interaction between plastic flow and martensitic phase transformations is developed. The model is intended for simulating the microstructure evolution in a single crystal of austenite that transforms non-homogeneously into martensite. The plastic flow in the untransformed austenite is simulated using a plane-strain discrete dislocation model. The phase transformation is modeled via the nucleation and growth of discrete martensitic regions embedded in the austenitic single crystal. At each instant during loading, the coupled elasto-plasto-transformation problem is solved using the superposition of analytical solutions for the discrete dislocations and discrete transformation regions embedded in an infinite homogeneous medium and the numerical solution of a complementary problem used to enforce the actual boundary conditions and the heterogeneities in the medium. In order to describe the nucleation and growth of martensitic regions, a nucleation criterion and a kinetic law suitable for discrete regions are specified. The constitutive rules used in discrete dislocation simulations are supplemented with additional evolution rules to account for the phase transformation. To illustrate the basic features of the model, simulations of specimens under plane-strain uniaxial extension and contraction are analyzed. The simulations indicate that plastic flow reduces the average stress at which transformation begins, but it also reduces the transformation rate when compared with benchmark simulations without plasticity. Furthermore, due to local stress fluctuations caused by dislocations, martensitic systems can be activated even though transformation would not appear to be favorable based on the average stress. Conversely, the simulations indicate that the plastic hardening behavior is influenced by the reduction in the effective austenitic grain size due to the evolution of transformation. During cyclic simulations, the coupled plasticity

  17. Thermal fatigue of austenitic and duplex stainless steels

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    Virkkunen, Iikka

    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...

  18. Creep embrittlement of austenitic stainless steels with titanium addition

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    Some cold-worked austenitic stainless steels of the 316 type with titanium addition exhibit a low creep ductility and a notch sensitivity in the temperature range of 5500C to 7500C and for times to rupture from 10 to 10000 hours. It has been shown that this embrittlement increases highly with cold-work percentage, with solution annealing temperature, and depends on chemical composition because these factors can modify the difference of hardness between grains and grain boundaries

  19. Retained austenite thermal stability in a nanostructured bainitic steel

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    The unique microstructure of nanostructured bainite consists of very slender bainitic ferrite plates and high carbon retained austenite films. As a consequence, the reported properties are opening a wide range of different commercial uses. However, bainitic transformation follows the T0 criteria, i.e. the incomplete reaction phenomena, which means that the microstructure is not thermodynamically stable because the bainitic transformation stops well before austenite reaches an equilibrium carbon level. This article aims to study the different microstructural changes taking place when nanostructured bainite is destabilized by austempering for times well in excess of that strictly necessary to end the transformation. Results indicate that while bainitic ferrite seems unaware of the extended heat treatment, retained austenite exhibits a more receptive behavior to it. - Highlights: • Nanostructured bainitic steel is not thermodynamically stable. • Extensive austempering in these microstructures has not been reported before. • Precipitation of cementite particles is unavoidable at longer austempering times. • TEM, FEG-SEM and XRD analysis were used for microstructural characterization

  20. Welding technology trend of austenitic stainless steels for cryogenic services

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    At present, the large use of stainless steel in cryogenic field is the storage and transport system for liquefied gas represented by LNG and the nuclear fusion reactors utilizing superconductivity. Most of the stainless steel used for the LNG system is austenitic stainless steel SUS 304. The main use of stainless steel for fusion reactors is the support structures for superconductive magnets, and the thick plates over 150 mm are used. In the experiment, SUS 304L and 316L were used, but the development of a new high strength stainless steel is actively advanced. The target specification of the cryogenic structural material for the fusion experimental reactor (FER) was proposed in 1982. The proof stress is not lower than 1200 MPa, and the fracture toughness value is not lower than 200 MPa √m at 4 K. Six kinds of nitrogen-strengthened austenitic stainless steels and high manganese austenitic steels are developed. As the problems of the welded parts, the toughness and strength at extremely low temperature, the susceptibility to high temperature cracking, the material quality design of the welded metals and so on are examined. The welding methods are GTAW and GMAW. (K.I.)

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

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

  2. Phase stability of high manganese austenitic steels for cryogenic applications

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    Couturier, K

    2000-01-01

    The aim of this work is to study the austenitic stability against a' martensitic transformation of three non-magnetic austenitic steels : a new stainless steel X2CrMnNiMoN 19-12-11-1 grade, a traditional X8CrMnNiN 19-11-6 grade and a high manganese X8MnCrNi 28-7-1 grade. Measurements of relative magnetic susceptibility at room temperature are performed on strained tensile specimens at 4.2 K. A special extensometer for high precision strain measurements at low temperature has been developed at CERN to test specimens up to various levels of plastic strain. Moreover, the high precision strain recording of the extensometer enables a detailed study of the serrated yield phenomena associated with 4.2 K tensile testing and their influence on the evolution of magnetic susceptibility. The results show that high Mn contents increase the stability of the austenitic structure against a' martensitic transformation, while keeping high strength at cryogenic temperature. Moreover, proper elaboration through primary and possi...

  3. Study of irradiation damage structures in austenitic stainless steels

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    Hamada, Shozo [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst., Tokai, Ibaraki (Japan). Tokai Research Establishment

    1997-08-01

    The irradiation damage microstructures in austenitic stainless steels, which have been proposed to be a candidate of structural materials of a fusion reactor, under ions and neutrons irradiation have been studied. In ion irradiation experiments, cross-sectional observation of the depth distribution of damage formed due to ion irradiation became available. Comparison and discussion between experimental results with TEM and the calculated ones in the depth profiles of irradiation damage microstructures. Further, dual-phase stainless steels, consisted of ferritic/austenitic phases, showed irradiation-induced/enhanced precipitation during ion irradiation. High Flux Isotope Reactor with high neutron fluxes was employed in neutron-irradiation experiments. Swelling of 316 steel showed irradiation temperature dependence and this had strong correlation with phase instability under heavy damage level. Swelling resistance of Ti-modified austenitic stainless steel, which has good swelling resistance, decreased during high damage level. This might be caused by the instability of Ti-carbide particles. The preparation method to reduce higher radioactivity of neutron-irradiated TEM specimen was developed. (author). 176 refs.

  4. Producing nanostructured super-austenitic steels by friction stir processing

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    Research highlights: → FSP was successfully used to produce nanostructured super-austenitic steel. → FSP led to breaking down the coarse sigma precipitates into the nanosize ones. → Determinable effect of sigma can be minimized by its fragmentation to nanoparticles. → FSP is a unique approach to break coarse particles to attain a uniform microstructure. - Abstract: In the present work, friction stir processing (FSP) was used to produce the nanostructured super-austenitic steel. After preheating, the specimens were subjected to FSP using the rotation and traverse speed of 2600 rpm and 30 mm min-1, respectively. The specimen temperature during FSP was about 950 ± 2 deg. C. The results show that a nanostructured layer of about 91 μm thick was produced on the specimen surface. The formed nanograins ranged from 50 to 90 nm. Besides, the hot severe deformation applied during FSP led to significant fragmentation of the coarse sigma particles to nanosize ones. The produced nanostructured layer was then characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The formed nanostructure led to a twofold increase in the hardness. The formation of nanostructure resulted in an increase in hardness up to 350 Hv, comparing to 185 Hv pertaining to base structure of super austenitic steel.

  5. Low ductility creep failure in austenitic weld metals

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    Creep tests have been carried out for times of up to approx. 22,000 hrs on three austenitic weld metals of nominal composition 17Cr-8Ni-2Mo, 19Cr-12Ni-3Mo+Nb and 17Cr-10Ni-2Mo. The two former deposits were designed to produce delta-ferrite contents in the range 3-9% while the latter was designed to be fully austenitic. The common feature of all three weld metals was that they all gave very low strains at failure, typically approx. 1%. The microstructures of the failed creep specimens have been studied using optical and electron microscopy and the precipitate structures related to the occurrence of low creep strains. Creep deformation and fracture mechanisms in austenitic materials in general have been reviewed and this has been used as a basis for discussion of the observations of the present work. Finally, some of the factors that can be controlled to improve long-term creep ductility have been appraised

  6. Solidification cracking in austenitic stainless steel welds

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    V Shankar; T P S Gill; S L Mannan; S Sundaresan

    2003-06-01

    Solidification cracking is a significant problem during the welding of austenitic stainless steels, particularly in fully austenitic and stabilized compositions. Hot cracking in stainless steel welds is caused by low-melting eutectics containing impurities such as S, P and alloy elements such as Ti, Nb. The WRC-92 diagram can be used as a general guide to maintain a desirable solidification mode during welding. Nitrogen has complex effects on weld-metal microstructure and cracking. In stabilized stainless steels, Ti and Nb react with S, N and C to form low-melting eutectics. Nitrogen picked up during welding significantly enhances cracking, which is reduced by minimizing the ratio of Ti or Nb to that of C and N present. The metallurgical propensity to solidification cracking is determined by elemental segregation, which manifests itself as a brittleness temperature range or BTR, that can be determined using the varestraint test. Total crack length (TCL), used extensively in hot cracking assessment, exhibits greater variability due to extraneous factors as compared to BTR. In austenitic stainless steels, segregation plays an overwhelming role in determining cracking susceptibility.

  7. Researches upon the cavitation erosion behaviour of austenite steels

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    Bordeasu, I.; Popoviciu, M. O.; Mitelea, I.; Salcianu, L. C.; Bordeasu, D.; Duma, S. T.; Iosif, A.

    2016-02-01

    Paper analyzes the cavitation erosion behavior of two stainless steels with 100% austenitic structure but differing by the chemical composition and the values of mechanical properties. The research is based on the MDE(t) and MDER(t) characteristic curves. We studied supplementary the aspect of the eroded areas by other to different means: observations with performing optical microscopes and roughness measurements. The tests were done in the T2 vibratory facility in the Cavitation Laboratory of the Timisoara Polytechnic University. The principal purpose of the study is the identification of the elements influencing significantly the cavitation erosion resistance. It was established the effect of the principal chemical components (determining the proportion of the structural components in conformity the Schaffler diagram) upon the cavitation erosion resistance. The results of the researches present the influence of the proportion of unstable austenite upon cavitation erosion resistance. The stainless steel with the great proportion of unstable austenite has the best behavior. The obtained conclusion are important for the metallurgists which realizes the stainless steels used for manufacturing the runners of hydraulic machineries (turbines and pumps) with increased resistance to cavitation attack.

  8. Corrosion resistance of kolsterised austenitic 304 stainless steel

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    Abudaia, F. B., E-mail: fabudaia@yahoo.com; Khalil, E. O., E-mail: ekhalil9@yahoo.com; Esehiri, A. F., E-mail: Hope-eseheri@hotmail.co.uk; Daw, K. E., E-mail: Khawladaw@yahoo.com [University of Tripoli Department of Materials and Metallurgical Eng, Tripoli-Libya P.O.Box13589 (Libya)

    2015-03-30

    Austenitic stainless suffers from low wear resistance in applications where rubbing against other surfaces is encountered. This drawback can be overcome by surface treatment such as coating by hard materials. Other treatments such as carburization at relatively low temperature become applicable recently to improve hardness and wear resistance. Carburization heat treatment would only be justified if the corrosion resistance is unaffected. In this work samples of 304 stainless steels treated by colossal supersaturation case carburizing (known as Kolsterising) carried out by Bodycote Company was examined for pitting corrosion resistance at room temperature and at 50 °C. Comparison with results obtained for untreated samples in similar testing conditions show that there is no deterioration in the pitting resistance due to the Kolsterising heat treatment. X ray diffraction patterns obtained for Kolsterising sample showed that peaks correspond to the austenite phase has shifted to lower 2θ values compared with those of the untreated sample. The shift is an indication for expansion of austenite unit cells caused by saturation with diffusing carbon atoms. The XRD of Kolsterising samples also revealed additional peaks appeared in the patterns due to formation of carbides in the kolsterised layer. Examination of these additional peaks showed that these peaks are attributed to a type of carbide known as Hagg carbide Fe{sub 2}C{sub 5}. The absence of carbides that contain chromium means that no Cr depletion occurred in the layer and the corrosion properties are maintained. Surface hardness measurements showed large increase after Kolsterising heat treatment.

  9. Effect of Chemistry on the Transformation of Austenite to Martensite for Intercritically Austempered Ductile Iron

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    Banerjee, Sayanti

    2013-01-01

    Intercritically austempered ductile iron (IADI) with a matrix microstructure of ferrite plus metastable austenite has an excellent combination of strength and toughness. The high strength and good ductility of this material is due to the transformation of metastable austenite to martensite during deformation. In the present study, the transformation of austenite to martensite for intercritically austempered ductile irons of varying alloy chemistry (varying amounts of nickel and/or manganese) ...

  10. Influence of austenite grain size on overaging treatment of continuous annealed dual phase steels

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    García-Junceda, A; García Caballero, Francisca; Iung, T; Capdevila, Carlos; García de Andrés, Carlos

    2007-01-01

    A dual phase steel with an initial coarse microstructure was refined, by means of a thermal treatment, to study the influence of the austenite grain size reached during an intercritical annealing treatment on the martensite start temperature. Thus, the effect of the austenite grain size on a subsequent overaging treatment was also investigated. It was found that a coarser austenite grain size leads to a higher martensite start temperature and a lower amount of nontempered marte...

  11. Enhancing Hydrogen Embrittlement Resistance of Lath Martensite by Introducing Nano-Films of Interlath Austenite

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    Wang, Meimei; Tasan, C. Cem; Koyama, Motomichi; Ponge, Dirk; Raabe, Dierk

    2015-09-01

    Partial reversion of interlath austenite nano-films is investigated as a potential remedy for hydrogen embrittlement susceptibility of martensitic steels. We conducted uniaxial tensile tests on hydrogen-free and pre-charged medium-Mn transformation-induced plasticity-maraging steels with different austenite film thicknesses. Mechanisms of crack propagation and microstructure interaction are quantitatively analyzed using electron channelling contrast imaging and electron backscatter diffraction, revealing a promising strategy to utilize austenite reversion for hydrogen-resistant martensitic steel design.

  12. Corrosion Behavior of Austenitic and Duplex Stainless Steels in Lithium Bromide

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    Ayo Samuel AFOLABI; Alaneme, K.K.; Samson Oluwaseyi BADA

    2009-01-01

    The corrosion behavior of austenitic and duplex stainless steels in various concentrations of lithium, bromide solution was investigated by using the conventional weight loss measurement method. The results obtained show that corrosion of these steels occurred due to the aggressive bromide ion in the medium. Duplex stainless steel shows a greater resistance to corrosion than austenitic stainless steel in the medium. This was attributed to equal volume proportion of ferrite and austenite in th...

  13. Effect of Austenite Deformation on Continuous Cooling Transformation Microstructures for 22CrSH Gear Steel

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    WANG Bing-xin; JIANG Ying-tian; XU Xu-dong; LIU Xiang-hua; WANG Guo-dong

    2007-01-01

    The effect of compressive deformation of austenite on continuous cooling transformation microstructures for 22CrSH gear steel has been investigated using a Gleeble 1500 thermal simulator. The experimental results show that the deformation of austenite promotes the formation of proeutectoid ferrite and pearlite, and leads to the increase of critical cooling rate of proeutectoid ferrite plus pearlite microstructure. The grain boundary allotriomorphic ferrite occupies the austenite grain surfaces when the prior deformation takes place or the cooling rate is decreased, which causes a transition from bainite to acicular ferrite. The deformation enhances the stability of transformation from austenite to acicular ferrite, which results in an increase of M/A constituent.

  14. The model of prediction of the microstructure austenite C-Mn steel

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    B. Koczurkiewicz

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The subject of the work is analysis of author’s model for prediction of austenite microstructure of C-Mn steel based on Sellar’s solution.Design/methodology/approach: The present study adopts the Sellar’s solution for C-Mn steel to the prediction of phenomena occurring in the steel and the grain size of austeniteFindings: The developed model for the evolution of the austenite microstructure enables the correct determination of the grain size of austenite formed by multi-stage hot de...

  15. Transformation of austenite to duplex austenite-ferrite assembly in annealed stainless steel 316L consolidated by laser melting

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    Saeidi, K.; Gao, X. [Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Arrhenius Laboratory, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden); Lofaj, F. [Institute of Materials Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 47, Košice (Slovakia); Faculty of Materials Science and Technology in Trnava, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, 916 24 Trnava (Slovakia); Kvetková, L. [Institute of Materials Research of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Watsonova 47, Košice (Slovakia); Shen, Z.J. [Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry, Arrhenius Laboratory, Stockholm University, S-106 91 Stockholm (Sweden)

    2015-06-05

    Highlights: • Mechanical properties, phase and microstructure stability of laser melted steel was studied. • Duplex austenite-ferrite assembly with improved mechanical properties was formed. • Dissolution of Mo in the steel matrix resulted in ferrite stabilization and stress relief. • Enhanced mechanical properties were achieved compared to conventionally casted and annealed steel. - Abstract: Laser melting (LM), with a focused Nd:YAG laser beam, was used to form solid bodies from 316L austenite stainless steel powder and the laser melted samples were heat treated at various temperatures. The phase changes in heat treated samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD). Samples heat treated at 800 °C and 900 °C remained single austenite while in samples heat treated at 1100 °C and 1400 °C a dual austenite-ferrite phase assembly was formed. The ferrite formation was further verified by electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD) and selective area diffraction (SAD). Microstructural changes were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM). In samples heat treated up to 900 °C, coalescence of the cellular-sub grains was noticed, whereas in sample heat treated at and above 1100 °C the formation of ferrite phase was observed. The correlation between the microstructure/phase assembly and the measured strength/microhardness were investigated, which indicated that the tensile strength of the laser melted material was significantly higher than that of the conventional 316L steel even after heat treatment whereas caution has to be taken when laser melted material will be exposed to an application temperature above 900 °C.

  16. Transformation of austenite to duplex austenite-ferrite assembly in annealed stainless steel 316L consolidated by laser melting

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    Highlights: • Mechanical properties, phase and microstructure stability of laser melted steel was studied. • Duplex austenite-ferrite assembly with improved mechanical properties was formed. • Dissolution of Mo in the steel matrix resulted in ferrite stabilization and stress relief. • Enhanced mechanical properties were achieved compared to conventionally casted and annealed steel. - Abstract: Laser melting (LM), with a focused Nd:YAG laser beam, was used to form solid bodies from 316L austenite stainless steel powder and the laser melted samples were heat treated at various temperatures. The phase changes in heat treated samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD). Samples heat treated at 800 °C and 900 °C remained single austenite while in samples heat treated at 1100 °C and 1400 °C a dual austenite-ferrite phase assembly was formed. The ferrite formation was further verified by electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD) and selective area diffraction (SAD). Microstructural changes were studied by scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM, TEM). In samples heat treated up to 900 °C, coalescence of the cellular-sub grains was noticed, whereas in sample heat treated at and above 1100 °C the formation of ferrite phase was observed. The correlation between the microstructure/phase assembly and the measured strength/microhardness were investigated, which indicated that the tensile strength of the laser melted material was significantly higher than that of the conventional 316L steel even after heat treatment whereas caution has to be taken when laser melted material will be exposed to an application temperature above 900 °C

  17. Nanomechanical insights into the deformation behavior of austenitic alloys with different stacking fault energies and austenitic stability

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    Misra, R.D.K., E-mail: dmisra@louisiana.edu [Center for Structural and Functional Materials, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P.O. Box 44130, Lafayette, LA 70504 (United States); Zhang, Z.; Jia, Z.; Surya, P.K.C. Venkat [Center for Structural and Functional Materials, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, P.O. Box 44130, Lafayette, LA 70504 (United States); Somani, M.C.; Karjalainen, L.P. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4200, 90014 Oulu (Finland)

    2011-08-25

    Highlights: {yields} Deformation mechanisms of Type 316L, 301LN, and TWIP steels were elucidated. {yields} Nanoindentation and electron microscopy was used to explain deformation behavior. {yields} Multiple pop-ins depend on the stability and stacking fault energy of the steels. {yields} Strain-induced martensite formation and twinning involve variant selection. - Abstract: Nanoscale experiments and electron microscopy were combined to probe the deformation behavior in near defect-free volume of three austenitic steels (Type 316L, 301LN, and TWIP steel) with different stacking fault energies and austenite stability. In all the three steels, the occurrence of first pop-in is related to nucleation of dislocations in the small defect-free volume. But the second and subsequent pop-ins describe the load-displacement response resulting from the multiplication, motion and pile-up of dislocations and twinning in stable 316L stainless steel, phase transition such as strain-induced austenite-to-martensite phase transformation in metastable 301LN steel, and twinning in TWIP steel. Pop-ins associated with deformation twinning occur at a lower displacement in TWIP steel as compared to 316L steel, consistent with the lower stacking fault energy of TWIP steel. Both strain-induced martensite formation and twinning involve variant selection.

  18. Nanomechanical insights into the deformation behavior of austenitic alloys with different stacking fault energies and austenitic stability

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    Highlights: → Deformation mechanisms of Type 316L, 301LN, and TWIP steels were elucidated. → Nanoindentation and electron microscopy was used to explain deformation behavior. → Multiple pop-ins depend on the stability and stacking fault energy of the steels. → Strain-induced martensite formation and twinning involve variant selection. - Abstract: Nanoscale experiments and electron microscopy were combined to probe the deformation behavior in near defect-free volume of three austenitic steels (Type 316L, 301LN, and TWIP steel) with different stacking fault energies and austenite stability. In all the three steels, the occurrence of first pop-in is related to nucleation of dislocations in the small defect-free volume. But the second and subsequent pop-ins describe the load-displacement response resulting from the multiplication, motion and pile-up of dislocations and twinning in stable 316L stainless steel, phase transition such as strain-induced austenite-to-martensite phase transformation in metastable 301LN steel, and twinning in TWIP steel. Pop-ins associated with deformation twinning occur at a lower displacement in TWIP steel as compared to 316L steel, consistent with the lower stacking fault energy of TWIP steel. Both strain-induced martensite formation and twinning involve variant selection.

  19. Ultrasonic testing of austenitic and austenitic-ferritic welds made possible by NDT-based optimization of welding techniques, illustrated for some circumferential pipe welds at NPP components, and their qualification

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    The paper summarizes practical results of the making and testing of austenitic and austenitic-ferritic welds in compliance with the KTA codes. The subsequent evaluation is based on mechanized ultrasonic testing for longitudinal flaws in pipe welds made by narrow-gap TIG welding. It is shown that NDT of austenitic as well as austenitic-ferritic root welds produced after optimization of welding techniques can be done with shear wave transducers, and yields satisfactory results. (orig./CB)

  20. Mechanism of Austenite Formation from Spheroidized Microstructure in an Intermediate Fe-0.1C-3.5Mn Steel

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    Lai, Qingquan; Gouné, Mohamed; Perlade, Astrid; Pardoen, Thomas; Jacques, Pascal; Bouaziz, Olivier; Bréchet, Yves

    2016-05-01

    The austenitization from a spheroidized microstructure during intercritical annealing was studied in a Fe-0.1C-3.5Mn alloy. The austenite grains preferentially nucleate and grow from intergranular cementite. The nucleation at intragranular cementite is significantly retarded or even suppressed. The DICTRA software, assuming local equilibrium conditions, was used to simulate the austenite growth kinetics at various temperatures and for analyzing the austenite growth mechanism. The results indicate that both the mode and the kinetics of austenite growth strongly depend on cementite composition. With sufficiently high cementite Mn content, the austenite growth is essentially composed of two stages, involving the partitioning growth controlled by Mn diffusion inside ferrite, followed by a stage controlled by Mn diffusion within austenite for final equilibration. The partitioning growth results in a homogeneous distribution of carbon within austenite, which is supported by NanoSIMS carbon mapping.

  1. Mechanism of Austenite Formation from Spheroidized Microstructure in an Intermediate Fe-0.1C-3.5Mn Steel

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    Lai, Qingquan; Gouné, Mohamed; Perlade, Astrid; Pardoen, Thomas; Jacques, Pascal; Bouaziz, Olivier; Bréchet, Yves

    2016-07-01

    The austenitization from a spheroidized microstructure during intercritical annealing was studied in a Fe-0.1C-3.5Mn alloy. The austenite grains preferentially nucleate and grow from intergranular cementite. The nucleation at intragranular cementite is significantly retarded or even suppressed. The DICTRA software, assuming local equilibrium conditions, was used to simulate the austenite growth kinetics at various temperatures and for analyzing the austenite growth mechanism. The results indicate that both the mode and the kinetics of austenite growth strongly depend on cementite composition. With sufficiently high cementite Mn content, the austenite growth is essentially composed of two stages, involving the partitioning growth controlled by Mn diffusion inside ferrite, followed by a stage controlled by Mn diffusion within austenite for final equilibration. The partitioning growth results in a homogeneous distribution of carbon within austenite, which is supported by NanoSIMS carbon mapping.

  2. The influence of titanium additions on the swelling of austenitic steels and nickel alloys irradiated with electrons

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    It is shown that the addition of titanium is beneficial to the swelling behaviour of austenitic steels. The magnitude of the observed effects depends greatly on the nature and concentration of the other minor elements in the austenite matrix. (author)

  3. Nitrogen diffusion and nitrogen depth profiles in expanded austenite: experimental assessment, numerical simulation and role of stress

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    Christiansen, Thomas; Dahl, Kristian Vinter; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2008-01-01

    The present paper addresses the experimental assessment of the concentration dependent nitrogen diffusion coefficient in stress free expanded austenite foils from thermogravimetry, the numerical simulation of nitrogen concentration depth profiles on growth of expanded austenite into stainless ste...

  4. Austenite formation during intercritical annealing in C-Mn cold-rolled dual phase steel

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    李声慈; 康永林; 朱国明; 邝霜

    2015-01-01

    Two different kinds of experimental techniques were used to in-situ study the austenite formation during intercritical annealing in C-Mn dual phase steel. The microstructure evolution was observed by confocal laser scanning microscope, and the austenite isothermal and non-isothermal transformation kinetics were studied by dilatometry. The results indicate that banded structure is produced for the reason of composition segregation and the competition between recrystallization and phase transformation. Austenite prefers to nucleate not only at ferrite/ferrite grain boundaries, but also inside the grains of ferrite. Furthermore, the austenitizing process is accomplished mainly via migration of the existing austenite/ferrite interface rather than nucleation of new grains. The incubation process can be divided into two stages which are controlled by carbon and manganese diffusion, respectively. During the incubation process, the nucleation rate of austenite decreases, and austenite growth changes from two-dimensional to one-dimensional. The partitioning coefficient, defined as the ratio of manganese content in the austenite to that in the adjacent ferrite, increases with increasing soaking time.

  5. Extended X-ray absorption fine structure investigation of nitrogen stabilized expanded austenite

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

    2010-01-01

    As-delivered austenitic stainless steel and nitrogen stabilized expanded austenite, both fully nitrided and denitrided (in H2), were investigated with Cr, Fe and Ni extended X-ray absorption fine structure. The data shows pronounced short-range ordering of Cr and N. For the denitrided specimen the...

  6. On the Development of the Brass-Type Texture in Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Singh, C. D.

    1993-01-01

    It has been clarified and demonstrated that the conclusions drawn by Singh, Ramaswamy and Suryanarayana (1992) in an investigation of development of rolling textures in an austenitic stainless steel are correct. The observations and reinterpretations drawn by Leffers (1993) are without any proper scientific basis and do not hold good at least in austenitic stainless steel.

  7. 75 FR 70908 - Circular Welded Austenitic Stainless Pressure Pipe From the People's Republic of China: Extension...

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    2010-11-19

    ... International Trade Administration Circular Welded Austenitic Stainless Pressure Pipe From the People's Republic... of the antidumping duty order on circular welded austenitic stainless pressure pipe from the People's... for Revocation in Part, 75 FR 22107 (April 27, 2010). The period of review (``POR'') is September...

  8. The mechanical stability of retained austenite in low-alloyed TRIP steel under shear loading

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    The microstructure evolution during shear loading of a low-alloyed TRIP steel with different amounts of the metastable austenite phase and its equivalent DP grade has been studied by in-situ high-energy X-ray diffraction. A detailed powder diffraction analysis has been performed to probe the austenite-to-martensite transformation by characterizing simultaneously the evolution of the austenite phase fraction and its carbon concentration, the load partitioning between the austenite and the ferritic matrix and the texture evolution of the constituent phases. Our results show that for shear deformation the TRIP effect extends over a significantly wider deformation range than for simple uniaxial loading. A clear increase in average carbon content during the mechanically-induced transformation indicates that austenite grains with a low carbon concentration are least stable during shear loading. The observed texture evolution indicates that under shear loading the orientation dependence of the austenite stability is relatively weak, while it has previously been found that under tensile load the {110}〈001〉 component transforms preferentially. The mechanical stability of retained austenite in TRIP steel is found to be a complex interplay between the interstitial carbon concentration in the austenite, the grain orientation and the load partitioning

  9. Determination of the concentration dependent diffusion coefficient of nitrogen in expanded austenite

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    Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2008-01-01

    The concentration dependent diffusion coefficient of nitrogen in expanded austenite was determined from of the rate of retracting nitrogen from thin initially N-saturated coupons. Nitrogen saturated homogeneous foils of expanded austenite were obtained by nitriding AISI 304 and AISI 316 in pure...

  10. Effect of austenite deformation temperature on Nb clustering and precipitation in microalloyed steel

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    The effect of thermomechanical processing conditions on Nb clustering and precipitation in both austenite and ferrite in a Nb–Ti microalloyed steel was studied using electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. A decrease in the deformation temperature increased the Nb-rich precipitation in austenite and decreased the extent of precipitation in ferrite. Microstructural mechanisms that explain this variation are discussed

  11. Austenite Static Recrystallization Kinetics in Microalloyed B Steels

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    Larrañaga-Otegui, Ane; Pereda, Beatriz; Jorge-Badiola, Denis; Gutiérrez, Isabel

    2016-04-01

    Boron is added to steels to increase hardenability, substituting of more expensive elements. Moreover, B acts as a recrystallization delaying element when it is in solid solution. However, B can interact with N and/or C to form nitrides and carbides at high temperatures, limiting its effect on both phase transformation and recrystallization. On the other hand, other elements like Nb and Ti are added due to the retarding effect that they exert on the austenite softening processes, which results in pancaked austenite grains and refined room microstructures. In B steels, Nb and Ti are also used to prevent B precipitation. However, the complex interaction between these elements and its effect on the austenite microstructure evolution during hot working has not been investigated in detail. The present work is focused on the effect the B exerts on recrystallization when added to microalloyed steels. Although B on its own leads to retarded static recrystallization kinetics, when Nb is added a large delay in the static recrystallization times is observed in the 1273 K to 1373 K (1000 °C to 1100 °C) temperature range. The effect is larger than that predicted by a model developed for Nb-microalloyed steels, which is attributed to a synergistic effect of both elements. However, this effect is not so prominent for Nb-Ti-B steels. The complex effect of the composition on recrystallization kinetics is explained as a competition between the solute drag and precipitation pinning phenomena. The effect of the microalloying elements is quantified, and a new model for the predictions of recrystallization kinetics that accounts for the B and Nb+B synergetic effects is proposed.

  12. Fatigue behavior of welded austenitic stainless steel in different environments

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    D. S. Yawas; S.Y. Aku; S.O. Aluko

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    The fatigue behavior of welded austenitic stainless steel in 0.5 M hydrochloric acid and wet steam corrosive media has been investigated. The immersion time in the corrosive media was 30 days to simulate the effect on stainless steel structures/equipment in offshore and food processing applications and thereafter annealing heat treatment was carried out on the samples. The findings from the fatigue tests show that seawater specimens have a lower fatigue stress of 0.5 × 10−5 N/mm2 for the heat...

  13. Creep properties and microstructure of the new wrought austenitic steel

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    Vlasak, T.; Hakl, J.; Novak, P. [SVUM a.s., Prague (Czech Republic); Vyrostkova, A. [Slovak Academy of Sciences, Kosice (Slovakia). Inst. of Materials Research

    2010-07-01

    The contribution is oriented on the new wrought austenitic steel BGA4 (Cr23Ni15Mn6Cu3W1.5NbVMo) developed by the British Corus Company. Our main aim is to present creep properties studied in SVUM a.s. Prague during COST 536 programme. The dependencies of the creep strength, strength for specific creep strain and minimum creep strain rate were evaluated on the basis of long term creep tests carried out at temperature interval (625; 725) C. Important part of a paper is metallographic analysis. (orig.)

  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. Considerations on ultrasonic testing of austenitic steel weld joints

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    Starting from concrete examples, the Working Group describes the difficulties encountered when ultrasonic testing of welds is carried out on austenitic alloys. It indicates particularly the technique used for the detection of defects such as lack of fusion and cracks and also where inspection has to be carried out on welds between dissimilar metals or between strongly attenuated parent metals. It concludes on the necessity of carrying out a case study for each testing problem encountered, taking into account the testability of a component from the stage of manufacturing

  16. 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...

  17. Hot-working behaviour of high-manganese austenitic steels

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    L.A. Dobrzański

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The work consisted in investigation of newly elaborated high-manganese austenitic steels with Nb and Ti microadditions in variable conditions of hot-working.Design/methodology/approach: Determination of processes controlling strain hardening was carried out in continuous compression test using Gleeble 3800 thermo-mechanical simulator.Findings: It was found that they have austenite microstructure with numerous annealing twins in the initial state. Continuous compression tests realized in the temperature range from 850 to 1050°C with the strain rate of 10s-1 enabled determination of yield stress values and values of εmax deformations – corresponding to maximum flow stress. It was found that initiation of dynamic recrystallization requires true strain equal at least 0.29. Holding of steel after plastic deformation allowed determining the progress of recrystallization in the function of isothermal holding time. Determined half-times of recrystallization at 900°C after deformation with 25% of reduction are equal 32 and 17s for 27Mn-4Si-2Al-Nb-Ti and 26Mn-3Si-3Al-Nb-Ti steel, respectively. Several-stage compression tests with true strain of 0.29 permit to use dynamic recrystallization for shaping fine-grained microstructure of steel in the whole range of deformation temperature. Decreasing true strain to 0.23 limits the course of dynamic recrystallization to two first deformation cycles. In two final cycles of deformation, as well as in the whole range of hot-working realized with true strain of 0.19 – dynamic recovery is the process controlling strain hardening.Practical implications: The obtained microstructure – hot-working conditions relationships and stress-strain curves can be useful in determination of power-force parameters of hot-rolling for sheets with fine-grained austenitic structures.Originality/value: The hot-working behaviour and microstructure evolution in various conditions of plastic deformation for new

  18. Nitrogen bearing austenitic stainless steels for surgical implants

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    Tschiptschin, A.P.; Aidar, C.H.; Alonso-Falleiros, N. [Sao Paulo Univ. (Brazil). Escola Politecnica; Neto, F.B. [Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas, Sao Paulo (Brazil)

    1999-07-01

    Nitrogen addition promotes substantial improvements on general and localized corrosion performance of stainless steels. In recent times high nitrogen (up to 0.6 wt%) and Mn bearing super austenitic stainless steel has been studied for medical applications due to its low Ni content, the so called body friendly alloys. 18%Cr, 0.4%N and 15%Mn stainless steels were cast either from electrolytic or commercial master alloys in induction furnace, forged, solubilized at 1423K for 3 hours and water quenched. Delta ferrite and carbide precipitate free structures were observed. (orig.)

  19. Residual stresses associated with welds in austenitic steel

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    Two exploratory welds have been made with AISI 316 austenitic steel and Armex GT electrodes by the manual metal-arc process, and residual stress measurements made in the as-welded condition and after various periods of stress relief. The results show that substantial stress relief occurs at temperatures of 8500 and 7500C after 1 hr, but is not complete. The stress distributions are compared with those obtained from ferritic welds and the effect of differences in thermal expansion coefficients is examined using finite element analysis. (author)

  20. Alkaline stress corrosion of iron-nickel-chromium austenitic alloys

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    This research thesis reports the study of the behaviour in stress corrosion of austenitic iron-nickel-chromium alloys by means of tensile tests at imposed strain rate, in a soda solution at 50 pc in water and 350 degrees C. The author shows that the mechanical-chemical model allows the experimental curves to be found again, provided the adjustment of characteristic parameters, on the one hand, of corrosion kinetics, and on the other hand, of deformation kinetics. A classification of the studied alloys is proposed

  1. Kinetic of martensitic transformations induced by hydrogen in the austenite

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    The X-ray diffractometry technique was used, with an automatic data acquisition system to determine the kinetics of hydrogen induced martensitic phase transformations in an AISI 304 austenitic stainless steel type, used in nuclear power plants. Hydrogenation was performed cathodically in a 1N sulfuric acid solution, containing 100 mg/l of arsenic trioxide, at 500C, during 2 hours and with a current density of 200 A/m2. It was found that the microstructure of the steel plays a role on the generation of hydrogen induced martensitic phases and surface micro cracks. Both kinetics were slower on a pre-cold rolled steel. (Author)

  2. Pulsed magnetic welding application of fast breeder austenitic pins plugging

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    For specific nuclear needs, we had to develop pulsed magnetic welding on high resistivity coefficient alloys as austenitic steels. The magnetic force produced by an explosive inductor is transmitted on weld pieces by the use of an aluminium driver. A theoretical work carried out permitted to compare pulsed magnetic welding with explosive welding. With specific recordings, it was possible to study electrical and magnetical behavior during the active welding phase. By means of these informations, we are able to specify and to realize, with the financial help of ANVAR organization, a low impedance high velocity generator permitting to weld with a non destructible inductor. 6 refs

  3. Fatigue crack growth of a metastable austenitic stainless steel

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    Martelo, D.F.; Mateo García, Antonio Manuel; Chapetti, M.D.

    2015-01-01

    The fatigue crack growth behavior of an austenitic metastable stainless steel AISI 301LN in the Paris region is investigated in this work. The fatigue crack growth rate curves are evaluated in terms of different parameters such as the range of stress intensity factor Delta K, the effective stress intensity factor Delta K-eff, and the two driving force parameter proposed by Kujawski K*.; The finite element method is used to calculate the stress intensity factor of the specimens used in this in...

  4. Laser Welding Of Finned Tubes Made Of Austenitic Steels

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    Stolecki M.; Bijok H.; Kowal Ł.; Adamiec J.

    2015-01-01

    This paper describes the technology of welding of finned tubes made of the X5CrNi1810 (1.4301) austenitic steel, developed at Energoinstal SA, allowing one to get high quality joints that meet the requirements of the classification societies (PN-EN 15614), and at the same time to significantly reduce the manufacturing costs. The authors described an automatic technological line equipped with a Trumph disc laser and a tube production technological process. To assess the quality of the joints, ...

  5. Thermodynamic modeling of the stacking fault energy of austenitic steels

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    Curtze, S., E-mail: sven.curtze@oxinst.com [Tampere University of Technology, Department of Materials Science, P.O. Box 589, FI-33101 Tampere (Finland); Kuokkala, V.-T. [Tampere University of Technology, Department of Materials Science, P.O. Box 589, FI-33101 Tampere (Finland); Oikari, A. [Aalto University School of Science and Technology, Department of Engineering Design and Production, P.O. Box 14200, FI-00076 Aalto (Finland); Talonen, J. [Outokumpu Oyj, P.O. Box 140, FI-02201 Espoo (Finland); Haenninen, H. [Aalto University School of Science and Technology, Department of Engineering Design and Production, P.O. Box 14200, FI-00076 Aalto (Finland)

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    The stacking fault energies (SFE) of 10 austenitic steels were determined in the temperature range 50 {<=} T {<=} 600 K by thermodynamic modeling of the Fe-Cr-Ni-Mn-Al-Si-Cu-C-N system using a modified Olson and Cohen modeling approach (Olson GB, Cohen M. Metall Trans 1976;7A:1897 ). The applied model accounts for each element's contribution to the Gibbs energy, the first-order excess free energies, magnetic contributions and the effect of interstitial nitrogen. Experimental SFE values from X-ray diffraction measurements were used for comparison. The effect of SFE on deformation mechanisms was also studied by electron backscatter diffraction.

  6. Secondary Austenite Morphologies in Fusion Zone of Welded Joint after Postweld Heat Treatment with a Continuous Wave Laser

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    Heping Liu; Xuejun Jin

    2012-01-01

    In order to improve the weldability of duplex stainless steels,obtaining more secondary austenite in the weld metal is an effective way.Therefore,optimizing the secondary austenite by changing its morphology,volume fraction and stability may be expected to enhance the ductility of the weld.The secondary austenite morphologies in the fusion zone of the laser continuously heat treated welds of 2205 duplex stainless steel were investigated.The secondary austenite morphologies were found to be influenced by different laser power level.The secondary austenite with penniform,freely grown and dendritic shape appeared in the course of 4,6 and 8 kW continuous heat treatment,respectively.It was found that there were three kinds of morphologies of secondary austenite in the fusion zone treated by different power,i.e.,widmannst¨atten austenite,grain boundary austenite and intragranular austenite.The results demonstrated that the mechanism of the secondary austenite formation was a displacement mechanism during the initial austenite lath formation and a diffusion mechanism during cooling.The nitrides provided the nitrogen for the transformation and at the same time acted as nucleation sites for the secondary austenite.

  7. Extended x-ray absorption fine structure investigation of annealed carbon expanded austenite

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    Oddershede, Jette; Christiansen, Thomas L.; Somers, Marcel A. J.;

    2012-01-01

    Carbon expanded austenite synthesized through carburizing of austenitic stainless steel powder at 380°C was annealed at 470°C and investigated with extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and synchrotron powder diffraction (SPD). SPD showed that the samples consisted of carbon expanded...... austenite and Hägg carbide, Ξ-M5C2. EXAFS showed that the Cr atoms were mainly present in environments similar to the carbides Hägg Ξ-M5C2 and M23C6. The environments of the Fe and Ni atoms were concluded to be largely metallic austenite. Light optical micrograph of stainless steel AISI 316 gas......-carburized in a temperature regime around 470°C. The surface zone is converted into carbon expanded austenite; the high interstitial content of carbon dissolved in the surface results in highly favorable materials properties. In the present article the local atomic environment of (annealed) carbon expanded...

  8. Influence of austenitizing temperature on apparent morphologies of as-quenched microstructures of steels

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    LIU Yue-jun; LI Yi-min; HUANG Bai-yun

    2006-01-01

    The effects of austenitizing temperature on the morphologies and substructures of as-quenched microstructure were investigated by using 13 medium and high carbon steels. The formation reasons of various morphologies of martensite quenched at different austenitizing temperatures were also studied. The results show that the packet martensite in medium and high carbon steels quenched at higher austenitizing temperature is entirely different from that in as-quenched low carbon steels, which is still plate martensite, and not lath martensite. All the change laws of as-quenched microstructures in medium and high carbon steels are identical with an increase in austenitizing temperature, and the austenitizing temperature can merely change the combined morphology of martensitic platelets,but cannot alter the type of product of martensitic transformation in commercial steels.

  9. Evolution of compressive strains in retained austenite during sub-zero Celsius martensite formation and tempering

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    Villa, Matteo; Pantleon, Karen; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2014-01-01

    The development of martensite during sub-zero Celsius treatment of a 1 wt.% C, 1.6 wt.% Cr steel was investigated by in situ and ex situ (synchrotron) X-ray diffraction at the synchrotron facility HZB-BESSY II in order: (i) to quantitatively assess the fractions of retained austenite and martensite......; (ii) to measure the evolution of the lattice strain in retained austenite; and (iii) to identify the different stages of tempering. This work shows for the first time that the compressive strains built up in austenite upon martensite formation during sub-zero Celsius treatment are retained after...... tempering. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that sub-zero Celsius treatment after tempering leads to compressive strain in austenite. Finally, it is reported that no compressive strain builds up in austenite when the martensite formation occurs below a certain critical temperature....

  10. Heat treatment of high manganese type X57MnAl27-5 austenitic steel

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    In the paper, the influence of heat treatment parameters on microstructure and mechanical properties of high manganese type X57MnAl27-5 austenitic steel was investigated. The as-forged bar with diameter of 15 mm were underwent a saturation process at six different temperatures. The microstructural changes of austenite and the influence of heat treatment on the mechanical properties were considered. The quantitative analysis of austenite phase of the examined steel indicated that the parameters of saturation process resulted in changes of morphology and grain size of austenite. It was revealed that treatment temperature in the range of 950 deg. C - 1100 deg. C slightly influenced grain size, stress limit and hardness of the investigated steel. Treatment at temperature higher than 1150 deg. C resulted in the growth of austenite grain size and the decrease of mechanical properties.

  11. Stability field of austenite and martensitic transformation in the system Fe-Cr-Mn-N

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    The phase equilibria between ferrite and austenite as well as between austenite and the hexagonal ε nitride ''Cr2N'' were calculated for different compositions of Fe-Cr-Mn-N alloys. Corresponding phase diagrams show, that single-phase austenite can be obtained by heat treatment only above about 1200 and below about 1600 K. The difference ΔGm of the Gibbs energies of ferrite and austenite causes martensitic transformation, when the critical driving force ΔG-m is surpassed. Applying recentlypublished thermodynamic data the corresponding martensite start temperatures of alloys containing different mass contents of chromium and manganese were estimated. They were drawn into [%N]-T-phase diagrams. From the diagrams the conditions can be red where martensite can be formed by quenching single-phase austenite. (orig.)

  12. Impact Strength of Austenitic and Ferritic-Austenitic Cr-Ni Stainless Cast Steel in -40 and +20°C Temperature

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    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Studies described in this paper relate to common grades of cast corrosion resistant Cr-Ni steel with different matrix. The test materials were subjected to heat treatment, which consisted in the solution annealing at 1060°C followed by cooling in water. The conducted investigations, besides the microstructural characteristics of selected cast steel grades, included the evaluation of hardness, toughness (at a temperature of -40 and +20oC and type of fracture obtained after breaking the specimens on a Charpy impact testing machine. Based on the results of the measured volume fraction of ferrite, it has been found that the content of this phase in cast austenitic steel is 1.9%, while in the two-phase ferritic-austenitic grades it ranges from 50 to 58%. It has been demonstrated that within the scope of conducted studies, the cast steel of an austenitic structure is characterised by higher impact strength than the two-phase ferritic-austenitic (F-A grade. The changing appearance of the fractures of the specimens reflected the impact strength values obtained in the tested materials. Fractures of the cast austenitic Cr-Ni steel obtained in these studies were of a ductile character, while fractures of the cast ferritic-austenitic grade were mostly of a mixed character with the predominance of brittle phase and well visible cleavage planes.

  13. Stress-corrosion and fatigue cracking behaviour of nitrogen-alloyed austenitic and ferritic-austenitic chrome-nickel-(molybdenum)steels

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    Under unfavorable heat-exchanger conditions simulated with 3 % sodium chloride solutions of different rhoH-values and redox potentials there excists a close connection between the stress-corrosion and fatigue behavior and the results of electrochemical measurements for nitrogen-alloyed austenitic and ferritic-austenitic high-alloy stells. Elevated contents of chromium and molybdenum have a positive effect. With free corrosion the materials no. 1.4311 and 1.4406 as well as partly also 1.4439 and the corresponding weldings are not suited if there is a hazard of stress corrosion. For 1.4439 and 1.4462 and their weldings of the same type a lower-bound stress may be given for the hazard of stress corrosion. It is within the order of magnitude of the garanteed elevated temperature yield strength and is therefore distinctly higher for the ferritic-austenitic steel 1.4462 than for nitrogenous austenitic steels. For the nitrogenous austenitic steels mentioned the dynamic loading capacity with and without the action of corrosive media is marked by lower than for the steel 1.4462 with ferritic-austenitic structure and its welding of the same type. As the notch sensitivity for both groups of material can be taken as equal the steel 1.4462 appears suitable for being used under unfavorable heat-exchanger conditions if high resistance against stress-corrosion and fatigue cracking is taken into account. (orig.)

  14. Corrosion of an austenite and ferrite stainless steel weld

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    BRANIMIR N. GRGUR

    2011-07-01

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

  15. Fatigue behavior of welded austenitic stainless steel in different environments

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    D.S. Yawas

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The fatigue behavior of welded austenitic stainless steel in 0.5 M hydrochloric acid and wet steam corrosive media has been investigated. The immersion time in the corrosive media was 30 days to simulate the effect on stainless steel structures/equipment in offshore and food processing applications and thereafter annealing heat treatment was carried out on the samples. The findings from the fatigue tests show that seawater specimens have a lower fatigue stress of 0.5 × 10−5 N/mm2 for the heat treated sample and 0.1 × 10−5 N/mm2 for the unheat-treated sample compared to the corresponding hydrochloric acid and steam samples. The post-welding heat treatment was found to increase the mechanical properties of the austenitic stainless steel especially tensile strength but it reduces the transformation and thermal stresses of the samples. These findings were further corroborated by the microstructural examination of the stainless steel specimen.

  16. Martensitic and austenitic transformations in core-surface cubic nanoparticles

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    Özüm, S. [Institute of Sciences, Niğde University, 51240 Niğde (Turkey); Yalçın, O., E-mail: o.yalcin@nigde.edu.tr [Department of Physics, Niğde University, 51240 Niğde (Turkey); Erdem, R. [Department of Physics, Akdeniz University, 07058 Antalya (Turkey); Bayrakdar, H. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University, 17000 Çanakkale (Turkey); Eker, H.N. [Institute of Sciences, Niğde University, 51240 Niğde (Turkey)

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    As a continuation of our recently published work, we have used the pair approximation in Kikuchi version to investigate martensitic and austenitic transformations in homogeneous (HM) and composite (CM) cubic nanoparticles (CNPs) based on the Blume–Emery–Griffiths model. A single cubic nanoparticle made of a core surrounded by a surface is considered as shaped in two dimensional (2D) square arrays instead of hexagonal array. From the phase diagrams of HM and CM-CNPs it has been observed that the martensitic–austenitic transformations (MT–AT) occurred. The influence of the exchange coupling and single-ion anisotropy parameters in the model Hamiltonian on the MT–AT is studied and analyzed in comparison with the results for hexagonal nanoparticles. Significant changes of the phase transition points and hysteresis behaviours depending upon the particle structure have been discussed. - Highlights: • This paper realized cubic nanoparticles. • This nanoparticles are investigated with single-ion anisotropy. • The hysteretic splitting are plotted.

  17. Microstructural change during isothermal aging in high manganese austenitic steels

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    Microstructural change during isothermal aging has been investigated in 13%Mn-0.9%C and 22%Mn-0.6%C steels by means of optical and electron microscopy and X-ray diffractometry. High manganese austenitic steels undergo three kinds of reactions during isothermal aging; (1) grain boundary precipitation of carbide, (2) precipitation of platelet carbide within austenite (γ) grains and (3) formation of lamellar structure through eutectoid transformation (γ → ferrite (α + carbide). In 13%Mn-0.9%C steel, all of the reactions occur and the carbide concerning the reactions is M3C in any case. On the other hand, in 22%Mn-0.6%C steel, only two of them occur; grain boundary precipitation of M23C6 carbide (not M3C) and the eutectoid transformation (γ → α + M3C). Besides, both of the two reactions in 22%Mn-0.6%C steel were effectively suppressed due to the chemical composition; high Mn and low C content. Eutectoid transformation proceeds by being supplied carbon from untransformed γ, so that this results in the shortage of carbon in untransformed γ during isothermal aging and the γ phase undergoes γ → ε (hcp) martensitic transformation on the following cooling. (author)

  18. Nanostructured nickel-free austenitic stainless steel/hydroxyapatite composites.

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    Tulinski, Maciej; Jurczyk, Mieczyslaw

    2012-11-01

    In this work Ni-free austenitic stainless steels with nanostructure and their nanocomposites with hydroxyapatite are presented and characterized by means of X-ray diffraction and optical profiling. The samples were synthesized by mechanical alloying, heat treatment and nitriding of elemental microcrystalline powders with addition of hydroxyapatite (HA). In our work we wanted to introduce into stainless steel hydroxyapatite ceramics that have been intensively studied for bone repair and replacement applications. Such applications were chosen because of their high biocompatibility and ability to bond to bone. Since nickel-free austenitic stainless steels seem to have better mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and biocompatibility compared to 316L stainless steels, it is possible that composite made of this steel and HA could improve properties, as well. Mechanical alloying and nitriding are very effective technologies to improve the corrosion resistance of stainless steel. Similar process in case of nanocomposites of stainless steel with hydroxyapatite helps achieve even better mechanical properties and corrosion resistance. Hence nanocrystalline nickel-free stainless steels and nickel-free stainless steel/hydroxyapatite nanocomposites could be promising bionanomaterials for use as a hard tissue replacement implants, e.g., orthopedic implants. In such application, the surface roughness and more specifically the surface topography influences the proliferation of cells (e.g., osteoblasts). PMID:23421285

  19. Cavitation behaviour of a metastable Cr-Mn-austenite

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    The microstructures of three steels with metastable austenite with mass contents of 10-14% Cr, 10-15% Mn and 0.1-0.35% C were optimized by a simulation of the cavitation load. Results of cavitation tests show that the microstructure should be fine grained, to avoid the arise of cracks in the early stages. The materials were pretreated by a thermomechanical treatment. Criteria for a selection were the mechanical properties and the microstructure. According to the results a steel with mass contents of 13% Cr, 10% Mn and 0.35% C (X 35 CrMn 13 10) should have the best cavitation resistance. In this steel a deformation of 400 C produces a dislocation network that forces a transformation of austenite to very fine martensite plates during cavitation and gives a smooth abrasion. The cavitation resistance of steel X 35 CrMn 13 10 in a pretreated condition is in the range of published values of a Stellite 6B, but the production of the steel is more versatile and less expensive than that of a Stellite. (orig.)

  20. Residual stress and cracking in expanded austenite layers

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    The residual stress state and mechanical properties of an expanded austenite layer produced by plasma immersion ion implantation (PI3) on type 316 austenitic stainless steel substrates at different temperatures were investigated. Residual stress data were obtained using the substrate curvature technique for six different treatment temperatures in the range 360-520 deg. C. Lattice expansion, nitrogen concentration with depth and mechanical properties of the layer were investigated using x-ray diffraction (XRD), glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy (GDOES) and nano-indentation, respectively. Layer strength and fracture toughness behaviour were investigated using tensile testing with optical microscopy to study the cracking evolution in situ. The results showed that for the treatments at 360-420 deg. C lattice expansions greater than 8% were achieved with nitrogen concentrations near 40 at.%. Two distinct stress-temperature regions were identified from the curvature measurements: (i) for treatment temperatures less than 450 deg. C, high compressive residual stresses in the range 2-3 GPa were found and the fracture resistances of these layers were less than 7 MPa m1/2, and (ii) for treatment temperatures above 450 deg. C, the residual stress was significantly lower (∼0.7 GPa) but remained constant and the fracture toughness of the layer was improved by a factor of two

  1. Defect microstructures and deformation mechanisms in irradiated austenitic stainless steels

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    Microstructural evolution and deformation behavior of austenitic stainless steels are evaluated for neutron, heavy-ion and proton irradiated materials. Radiation hardening in austenitic stainless steels is shown to result from the evolution of small interstitial dislocation loops during light-water-reactor (LWR) irradiation. Available data on stainless steels irradiated under LWR conditions have been analyzed and microstructural characteristics assessed for the critical fluence range (0.5 too 10 dpa) where irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking susceptibility is observed. Heavy-ion and proton irradiations are used to produce similar defect microstructures enabling the investigation of hardening and deformation mechanisms. Scanning electron, atomic force and transmission electron microscopies are employed to examine tensile test strain rate and temperature effects on deformation characteristics. Dislocation loop microstructures are found to promote inhomogeneous planar deformation within the matrix and regularly spaced steps at the surface during plastic deformation. Twinning is the dominant deformation mechanism at rapid strain rates and at low temperatures, while dislocation channeling is favored at slower strain rates and at higher temperatures. Both mechanisms produce highly localized deformation and large surface slip steps. Channeling, in particular, is capable of creating extensive dislocation pileups and high stresses at internal grain boundaries which may promote intergranular cracking

  2. Radiation damage simulation studies of selected austenitic and ferritic alloys

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    Results are presented of a study of the radiation damage structure of selected alloys following ion bombardment to simulate fusion-reactor exposures up to 40 dpa (approx. 3 MW-yr m-2) at temperatures from 4750C-6500C. Gas concentrations appropriate to fusion-reactor conditions were simulated using a mixed gas beam of 4 MeV He + 2 MeV H2. A beam of 46 MeV Ni ions was used in sequence with the gas beam to provide gas-to-damage ratios of 13 appm He/dpa and 52 appm H/dpa at a nickel-ion damage rate of approx. 1 dpa/hr. The materials investigated comprised three austenitic stainless steels (316L, modified 316-Ti and 316-Nb), a ferritic alloy (1.4914) and a commercial low-activation alloy containing Mn (TENELON). The results reveal that ferritic steels have good radiation damage resistance and are far superior to austenitic steels in respect of void-induced swelling. (author)

  3. Martensitic and austenitic transformations in core-surface cubic nanoparticles

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    As a continuation of our recently published work, we have used the pair approximation in Kikuchi version to investigate martensitic and austenitic transformations in homogeneous (HM) and composite (CM) cubic nanoparticles (CNPs) based on the Blume–Emery–Griffiths model. A single cubic nanoparticle made of a core surrounded by a surface is considered as shaped in two dimensional (2D) square arrays instead of hexagonal array. From the phase diagrams of HM and CM-CNPs it has been observed that the martensitic–austenitic transformations (MT–AT) occurred. The influence of the exchange coupling and single-ion anisotropy parameters in the model Hamiltonian on the MT–AT is studied and analyzed in comparison with the results for hexagonal nanoparticles. Significant changes of the phase transition points and hysteresis behaviours depending upon the particle structure have been discussed. - Highlights: • This paper realized cubic nanoparticles. • This nanoparticles are investigated with single-ion anisotropy. • The hysteretic splitting are plotted

  4. A new effect of retained austenite on ductility enhancement in high strength bainitic steel

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    Highlights: ► A new DARA effect in the bainitic steel is proposed. ► The conditions of DARA effect are proposed. ► The mechanism of retained austenite on ductility enhancement is clarified. - Abstract: A designed high strength bainitic steel with considerable amount of retained austenite is presented in order to study the effect of retained austenite on the ductility enhancement in bainitic steels. Transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) effect is verified by both X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement of retained austenite fraction in various deformation stages and transmission electron microscopy observation of the deformed twin-type martensite. Results from XRD line profile analysis reveal that the average dislocation density in bainite during the deformation is lower than that before deformation, and such a phenomenon can be explained by a new effect, dislocations absorption by retained austenite (DARA) effect, based on our previous investigation of martensitic steels. DARA effect availably enhances the compatibility of deformation ability of bainite with retained austenite. In view of microstructure similarity of bainitic steels with martensitic steels, the conditions of DARA effect are proposed. The effects of retained austenite on the ductility enhancement in bainitic steels are clarified.

  5. Effect of fresh martensite on the stability of retained austenite in quenching and partitioning steel

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    Restrictions on fuel consumption and safety in the automotive industry have stimulated the development of quenching and partitioning (Q and P) steel. This steel is expected to have very high strength in combination with acceptable ductility owing to its microstructure consisting of martensite with a considerable amount of retained austenite. The effect of retained austenite on the mechanical properties and its transformation stability were determined by stepwise uniaxial micro-tensile testing and subsequent electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) study of a pre-selected region. The austenite fraction evolution with increasing plastic deformation and the influence of fresh martensite on the local strain distribution were quantified based on the orientation data. The decrease of the retained austenite as a function of the applied strain was described by an exponential function with the pre-exponential and exponential factors related to the starting austenite fraction and its transformation stability respectively. It was proven that the presence of fresh martensite has a negative influence on this austenite transformation stability due to its constraining effect on the strain distribution. This effects the mechanical properties manifested by changes in the strain hardening behavior and total elongation. The results suggest that the ductility of the Q and P steels can be improved by an appropriate design of the heat treatment schedule in order to ensure high retained austenite fractions without the presence of fresh martensite in the final microstructure

  6. The Influence of Saturation of Cast Iron Austenite with Carbon on the Ausferrite Transformation

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    T. Giętka

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Austenitizing during quench hardening of the ductile cast iron influences the content of carbon in austenite depending on the soaking heat. On the other hand, the saturation of austenite impacts its transformation in the ausferritizing process of a metal matrix and forming of microstructure. Ductile cast iron with the ferrite matrix was hardened with isothermal transformation in the range of ausferritizing in temperature tpi = 400 i 300 0C and the range of time τpi = 7,5 �� 240 min. Specimens were gradually austenitized. They were soaked in the nominal temperature tγ = 950 0C, then precooled to the temperature tγ’ = 850 and 800 0C. Microstructure was investigated, there were also defined the proportion of austenite in the matrix of the cast iron and the content of carbon in it and hardness and impact strength in unnotched specimens. It was stated, that the precooling temperature deciding on the content of carbon in austenite influences kinetics of the ausferritic transformation, the content of carbon in the γ phase and impact strength and, in a less degree, hardness. As a result of gradual austenitizing the cast iron after quench hardening, in some conditions of treatment, reached mechanical properties corresponding, according to the ASTM A 897 standard, with high grades of ADI. Chilling in the range of austenitizing in temperature 850 and 800 0C led to the decrease of carbon in austenite what influenced positively on the matrix microstructure and properties of the ADI. Investigations in this range will be continued.

  7. Influence of austenitic orientation on martensitic transformations in a compressed high manganese steel

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    Highlights: → Parent orientation affects product kinetics, variant, size and orientation. → Martensite, like austenite twinning, forms fastest in compressed austenite. → The only one martensite variant formed in austenite leads to grain coarsening. → Both transformation and deformation contribute to final texture in martensite. - Abstract: High manganese TRIP/TWIP steels contain two types of martensite and the morphology, size, variant selection and texture of both types of martensite are influenced by the parent austenite grain orientation. In the present paper the TRIP effect was investigated in a compressed high manganese steel, focusing on the crystallographic behavior by means of X-ray diffraction and the electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) technique. It is observed that γ austenite oriented with close to the compression axis (CA) transformed more easily into α'-martensite with only one variant, whereas the transformation in CA// and -oriented austenite was sluggish and often yielded several variants. This orientation dependency was ascribed to the ease of either deformation twinning or Shockley dislocation movement. Similarly, ε-M was also observed to transform smoothly into α'-M in nearly -oriented austenite and more sluggishly in other austenite grains of other orientations. However, the number of ε-M variants detected by EBSD was higher than direct observation. In contrast to thermally induced martensitic transformations, the TRIP effect during compression failed to cause grain refinement in the transformed α'-M. The rapid formation of α'-M in -oriented γ promoted the formation of a texture of the α'-M, whereas the texture developed in the austenite at high level of compression led to a restricted transformation into martensite. The reasons for the occurrence of a texture in the α'-M and for the behavior of the ε-M are discussed.

  8. Observation on Formation of Fresh Martensite from the Reversed Austenite During Water-Quenching Process in Fe-0.2C-5Mn Steel

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    Zhao, Chuan; Zhang, Chi; Cao, Wen-Quan; Yang, Zhi-Gang; Weng, Yu-Qing

    2015-09-01

    Phase transformation behavior during intercritical annealing in Fe-0.2C-5Mn was studied. Austenite lath formed and transformed at martensite lath during annealing. XRD revealed that retained austenite amount did not always increase with time. TEM result may firstly demonstrate that reversed austenite partly changed into fresh martensite during quenching while the remained part was retained as retained austenite. The final structure consisted of ferrite, retained austenite and fresh martensite. Simulation was done by DICTRA to support TEM result.

  9. The Influence of Saturation of Cast Iron Austenite with Carbon on the Ausferrite Transformation

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    T. Giętka; T. Szykowny; S. Dymski

    2007-01-01

    Austenitizing during quench hardening of the ductile cast iron influences the content of carbon in austenite depending on the soaking heat. On the other hand, the saturation of austenite impacts its transformation in the ausferritizing process of a metal matrix and forming of microstructure. Ductile cast iron with the ferrite matrix was hardened with isothermal transformation in the range of ausferritizing in temperature tpi = 400 i 300 0C and the range of time τpi = 7,5 �� 240 min. Specimens...

  10. Influence of carbon partitioning kinetics on final Austenite fraction during quenching and partitioning

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    Clarke, Amy J [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Speer, John G [COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES; Matlock, David K [COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES; Rizzo, F C [PONTIFFCIA UNIV; Edmonds, David V [UNIV OF LEEDS; Santofimia, Maria J [IMDEA-MATERIALES, MADRID

    2009-01-01

    The quenching and partitioning (Q&P) process is a two-stage heat-treatment procedure proposed for producing steel microstructures that contain carbon-enriched retained austenite. In Q&P processing, austenite stabilization is accomplished by carbon partitioning from supersaturated martensite. A quench temperature selection methodology was developed to predict an optimum process quench temperature; extension of this methodology to include carbon partitioning kinetics is developed here. Final austenite fraction is less sensitive to quench temperature than previously predicted, in agreement with experimental results.

  11. Research on Retained Austenite for Advanced Aluminum-containing Hot-rolled TRIP Steel

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    Guoyi TANG; Fangyu CHEN; Pinghe LI; Sunbing ZHOU

    2005-01-01

    A new type of hot-rolled transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) steel with 2.3%Al was developed to replace conventional Si-bearing TRIP steel to improve surface quality of the steel sheet. The relationship between retained austenite volume fraction and hot-rolling processing was researched by Gleeble-2000 thermo-dynamic test for the Al-bearing steel. The experimental result showed that aluminum played an important role on retaining austenite and the volume fraction increased from 4.4% to 7.5% as coiling temperature increased from 350℃ to 450℃, while coiling temperature had a stronger effect on retaining austenite than finishing rolling temperature.

  12. EFFECTS OF CARBON CONTENT AND ROLLING PROCESSING ON RETAINED AUSTENITE FOR HOT-ROLLED TRIP STEELS

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    Y. Chen; X. Chen; Z.X. Yuan; B.F. Xu; A.M. Guo; P.H. Li; S.K. Pu

    2002-01-01

    The effects of finishing rolling temperature and coiling temperature on retained austen-ire were studied for hot-rolled transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) steels withdifferent carbon content. The experimental results showed that an appropriate volumefraction of retained austenite from 6% to 11% could be obtained according to the dif-ferent carbon content less than 0.20% by controlled finishing rolling and coiling forthe hot-rolled TRIP steels. It can be concluded that carbon content has a significanteffect on the fraction of retained austenite and coiling processing plays stronger roleon retaining austenite than fishing rolling processing.

  13. Effect of Warm-Rolled Pearlite Microstructural Features on Austenitic Transformation

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    YAO Sheng-jie; DU Lin-xiu; LIU Xiang-hua; WANG Guo-dong

    2009-01-01

    The austenite transformation characteristics for various warm-rolled pearlite during rapid heating were investigated. The results indicate that the start temperature (Ts) is sensitive to the microstructural feature of pearlite,whereas the dislocation plays an important role in the transformation rate; at the same time, the uniformity of austenite grains is more or less affected by the amount of spheroidized pearlite. A critical effect on the state of austenite grain is created through the influence of initial microstructures on the start temperature of transformation.

  14. Modeling of microstructural evolution during dynamic recrystallization in coarse Nb microalloyed austenite

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    Ling Zhang; Wangyue Yang; Zuqing Sun

    2007-01-01

    The aim of the current study was to investigate the microstructural evolution during dynamic recrystallization in coarse Nb microalloyed austenite in thin slab direct rolling (TSDR) processing. A model was developed to predict the change of the austenite grain size during the dynamic recrystallization, by using the law of mixtures. The equations initially developed for partial static recrystallization were used for partial dynamic recrystallization, by adjusting the value of the constant. The results show that the change of the austenite grain size can be reasonably described by using the equations developed according to the law of mixtures.

  15. Niobium effects on the austenitic grain growth and hardenability of steels for mechanical construction

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    The austenitic grain growth and hardenability of SAE 86XX and 5120 steels modified with 0,001 to 0,20 per-cent niobium content were studied when submitted to case hardening and quenching heat treatments. The results show that niobium controlS the austenite grain size better than molybdenum up to 9500C austenitization temperature. The hardenability, evaluated by the Jominy test which the modified SAE 8640 steels, is more strongly inflencied by the grain refining resulting from niobium addition than by any other supposed effect. (Author)

  16. Manufacture and characterization of austenitic steel welded joints

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    This paper describes the results of the first phase of the project, i.e. manufacturing and characterization of welded austenitic steel and the test matrix adopted to test the mechanical resistance of the welding. Five different welding methods have been tested and characterized in comparison to the parent material. The reference material was an AISI 316 L type steel close to the French Superphenix composition. The results of the mechanical testing and the relative comparison of the five welding methods are described in separate papers of the same session. As a general conclusion, the vacuum electron-beam welding proved to have better properties than the other weld methods and to attain in most cases the properties of the parent material. (author)

  17. Production of Austenitic Steel for the LHC Superconducting Dipole Magnets

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    Bertinelli, F; Komori, T; Peiro, G; Rossi, L

    2006-01-01

    The austenitic-steel collars are an important component of the LHC dipole magnets, operating at cryogenic temperature under high mechanical stress. The required steel, known as YUS 130S, has been specifically developed for this application by Nippon Steel Corporation (NSC), who was awarded a CERN contract in 1999 for the supply of 11 500 tonnes. In 2005 - after six years of work - the contract is being successfully completed, with final production being ensured since October 2003 by Nippon Steel & Sumikin Stainless Steel Corporation (NSSC). The paper describes the steel properties, its manufacturing and quality control process, organization of production, logistics and contract follow-up. Extensive statistics have been collected relating to mechanical, physical and technological parameters. Specific attention is dedicated to measurements of magnetic permeability performed at cryogenic temperatures by CERN, the equipment used and statistical results. Reference is also made to the resulting precision of the...

  18. Fracture formation in austenitic cast steel during thermal fatigue

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    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available In the paper are presented the results of numerical analyses of carburisation and thermal shock effect on fracture formation in stable austenitic cast steel of Fe–Ni–Cr–C type used in the charge–carrying elements of carburising furnaces. Using the method of finite element method, the distribution of stresses developing in carbides and their surrounding matrix were determined during rapid temperature changes. It was showed that very large tensile stresses developed in the carbides “out–coming” onto the alloy surface, regardless of the volume, type and anisotropy of properties, which could have led to their cracking as early as in the first cycles of heating and rapid cooling.

  19. Thermal deformation behavior and microstructure of nuclear austenitic stainless steel

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    Gleeble-1500D thermal simulation tester was employed in the hot-compression investigation of as-cast nuclear 304 austenitic stainless steel under conditions: deformation temperature 950―1200℃; deformations 30% and 50%; deformation rates 0.01 and 0.1 s?1. The results show that the flow stress decreases with temperature rise under the same strain rate and deformation, that the flow stress increases with deformation under the same temperature and strain rate, and that the flow stress increases with strain rate under the same temperature condition, i.e., work hardening becomes distinct. Materials exhibit better strength-toughness when the strain rate is 0.01 s-1, the deformation is 50%, and the temperature is 1050℃.

  20. Low temperature sensitization of austenitic stainless steel weldments

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    The effect of long heat treatments on the structure and degree of sensitization of the HAZ in an austenitic stainless steel weld joint were studied. In the literature review sensitization as a phenomenon and the various metallurgical factors that affect sensitization are presented. Sensitization that occurs at temperatures well below the normal sensitization range, the so called low temperature sensitization (LTS), is described and the various variables affecting the susceptibility to LTS are considered. Transmission electron microscopy revealed that M23C6 carbides precipitate on rain boundaries in the HAZ. After welding the carbides are small and the degree of sensitization is low, but aging at temperatures below the precipitation range caused the growth of previously nucleated carbides. At the same time the degree of sensitization increased considerably. The degree of sensitization was evaluated with various intergranular corrosion tests. The electrochemical EPR-test proved to be suitable for measuring small changes in the degree of sensitization. (author)

  1. Lattice dynamics of high-pressure hydrogenated austenitic stainless steels

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    Hoelzel, M [Darmstadt University of Technology, Institute for Materials Science, Petersenstrasse 23, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Rajevac, V [Darmstadt University of Technology, Institute for Materials Science, Petersenstrasse 23, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany); Danilkin, S A [Bragg Institute, ANSTO, New Illawarra Road, Lucas Heights, NSW 2234PMB 1, Menai (Australia); Udovic, T J [National Institute of Standards and Technology, NIST Center for Neutron Research, 100 Bureau Drive, MS 8562, Gaithersburg, MD 20899-8562 (United States); Wipf, H [Darmstadt University of Technology, Institute for Solid State Physics, Hochschulstrasse 6, 64289 Darmstadt (Germany); Fuess, H [Darmstadt University of Technology, Institute for Materials Science, Petersenstrasse 23, 64287 Darmstadt (Germany)

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    The vibrational spectra of hydrogenated austenitic stainless steels AISI 304 (Fe/Cr18/Ni10) and AISI 310 (Fe/Cr25/Ni20) were investigated by inelastic neutron scattering. Based on the results of previous neutron diffraction studies, the data have been analysed by model calculations. The peaks corresponding to the optical modes show a significant broadening because of the variation of vibrational energies from one hydrogen site to another in the alloys. At high hydrogen contents (hydrogen-to-metal atomic ratios H/Me {approx}1) the peak profile is dominated by hydrogen-hydrogen interactions. Correspondingly, the optical peaks show a splitting into longitudinal and transverse modes for H/Me {approx}1. A continuous lowering of the vibrational energies with increasing hydrogen content was observed for both steels, reflecting a weakening of the hydrogen-metal interactions with increasing hydrogen-metal atomic distance.

  2. Lattice dynamics of high-pressure hydrogenated austenitic stainless steels

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    The vibrational spectra of hydrogenated austenitic stainless steels AISI 304 (Fe/Cr18/Ni10) and AISI 310 (Fe/Cr25/Ni20) were investigated by inelastic neutron scattering. Based on the results of previous neutron diffraction studies, the data have been analysed by model calculations. The peaks corresponding to the optical modes show a significant broadening because of the variation of vibrational energies from one hydrogen site to another in the alloys. At high hydrogen contents (hydrogen-to-metal atomic ratios H/Me ∼1) the peak profile is dominated by hydrogen-hydrogen interactions. Correspondingly, the optical peaks show a splitting into longitudinal and transverse modes for H/Me ∼1. A continuous lowering of the vibrational energies with increasing hydrogen content was observed for both steels, reflecting a weakening of the hydrogen-metal interactions with increasing hydrogen-metal atomic distance

  3. Interaction of deuterium with SS316 austenitic stainless steel

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    Accumulation and desorption of deuterium implanted in SS316 austenitic stainless steel to concentrations ∼1 at.%, the influence of helium and radiation-induced defects on the process of mass transfer of deuterium and the mechanical properties of steel at different levels of damage were studied. The samples were irradiated with 15 keV/D, 30 keV/He and 1.4 MeV/Ar ions. For modeling of the defect structure formed in the materials of nuclear power plants, the irradiation with high-energy argon ions was performed. Studies were carried out by means of ion implantation, nuclear reactions D(3He,p)4He with analyzing beam of 3He (E = 0.3...1.4 MeV), thermal desorption spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy and nanoindentation. It was found that the retention of deuterium in steel is increased significantly in the presence of radiation damage created by helium and argon pre-implantation

  4. Influence of titanium on the tempering structure of austenitic steels

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    The microstructure of titanium-stabilized and initially deformed (approximately 20%) austenitic stainless steels used in structures of fast neutrons reactors has been studied after one hour duration annealings (500 0C) by X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, microhardness and transmission electron microscopy. The studied alloys were either of industrial type CND 17-13 (0.23 to 0.45 wt% Ti) or pure steels (18% Cr, 14% Ni, 0 or 0.3 wt% Ti). During tempering, the pure steels presented some restauration before recristallization. In the industrial steels, only recristallization occurred, and this only in the most deformed steel. Precipitation does not occur in the titanium-free pure steel. In industrial steels, many intermetallic phases are formed when recristallization starts

  5. Precipitation and cavity formation in austenitic stainless steels during irradiation

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    Microstructural evolution in austenitic stainless steels subjected to displacement damage at high temperature is strongly influenced by the interactions between helium atoms and second phase particles. Cavity nucleation occurs by the trapping of helium at partially coherent particle-matrix interfaces. The recent precipitate point defect collector theory describes the more rapid growth of precipitate-attached cavities compared to matrix cavities where the precipitate-matrix interface collects point defects to augment the normal point deflect flux to the cavitry. Data are presented which support these ideas. It is shown that during nickel ion irradiation of a titanium-modified stainless steel at 6750C the rate of injection of helium has a strong effect on the total swelling and also on the nature and distribution of precipitate phases

  6. Thermal stability of ultrafine-grained austenitic stainless steels

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    Ultrafine-grained 316 and 304 austenitic stainless steel samples have been produced by high pressure torsion. Their microstructure, after deformation and annealing at a temperature in the 350-900 deg. C range, has been characterized using several techniques (transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Moessbauer spectroscopy). The average grain size in the ultrafine-grained 316 is about 40 nm while it is larger in the ultrafine-grained 304 due to a smaller deformation. Results show the formation of α'-martensite during deformation in both steels while ε-martensite is formed only in the 304 steel. Annealing at 350 deg. C induces the decrease of α'-martensite content in the 316 steel. The trend is different in the 304 steel, in which the α'-martensite content increases. Recrystallization of grains is observed from 700 deg. C. Moessbauer spectroscopy shows a reduction of the level of solute atoms in α'-martensite during annealing.

  7. Small punch creep test in a 316 austenitic stainless steel

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    Saucedo-Munoz, M. L.; Komazaki, S. I.; Hashida, T.; Lopez-Hirata, V. M.

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    The small punch creep test was applied to evaluate the creep behavior of a 316 type austenitic stainless steel at temperatures of 650, 675 and 700 degree centigrade. The small punch test was carried out using a creep tester with a specimen size of 10x10x0.3 mm at 650, 675 and 700 degree centigrade using loads from 199 to 512 N. The small punch creep curves show the three stages found in the creep curves of the conventional uniaxial test. The conventional creep relationships which involve parameters such as creep rate, stress, time to rupture and temperature were followed with the corresponding parameters of small punch creep test and they permitted to explain the creep behavior in this steel. The mechanism and activation energy of the deformation process were the grain boundary sliding and diffusion, respectively, during creep which caused the intergranular fracture in the tested specimens. (Author)

  8. Influence of phosphorus on point defects in an austenitic alloy

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    The influence of phosphorus on points defects clusters has been studied in an austenitic alloy (Fe/19% at. Cr/13% at. Ni). Clusters are observed by transmission electron microscopy. After quenching and annealing, five types of clusters produced by vacancies or phosphorus-vacancies complexes are observed whose presence depends on cooling-speed. Vacancy concentration (with 3.6 10-3 at. P) in clusters is about 10-5 and apparent vacancy migration is 2± 0.1 eV. These observations suggest the formation of metastable small clusters during cooling which dissociate during annealing and migrate to create the observed clusters. With phosphorus, the unfrequent formation of vacancy loops has been observed during electron irradiation. Ions irradiations show that phosphorus does not favour nucleation of interstitial loops but slowers their growth. It reduces swelling by decreasing voids diameter. Phosphorus forms vacancy complexes whose role is to increase the recombination rate and to slow vacancy migration

  9. Formability analysis of austenitic stainless steel-304 under warm conditions

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    Lade, Jayahari; Singh, Swadesh Kumar; Banoth, Balu Naik; Gupta, Amit Kumar

    2013-12-01

    A warm deep drawing process of austenitic stainless steel-304 (ASS-304) of circular blanks with coupled ther mal analysis is studied in this article. 65 mm blanks were deep drawn at different temperatures and thickness distribution is experimentally measured after cutting the drawn component into two halves. The process is simulated using explicit fin ite element code LS-DYNA. A Barlat 3 parameter model is used in the simulation, as the material is anisotropic up to 30 0°C. Material properties for the simulation are determined at different temperatures using a 5 T UTM coupled with a furn ace. In this analysis constant punch speed and variable blank holder force (BHF) is applied to draw cups without wrinkle.

  10. Small punch creep test in a 316 austenitic stainless steel

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    The small punch creep test was applied to evaluate the creep behavior of a 316 type austenitic stainless steel at temperatures of 650, 675 and 700 degree centigrade. The small punch test was carried out using a creep tester with a specimen size of 10x10x0.3 mm at 650, 675 and 700 degree centigrade using loads from 199 to 512 N. The small punch creep curves show the three stages found in the creep curves of the conventional uniaxial test. The conventional creep relationships which involve parameters such as creep rate, stress, time to rupture and temperature were followed with the corresponding parameters of small punch creep test and they permitted to explain the creep behavior in this steel. The mechanism and activation energy of the deformation process were the grain boundary sliding and diffusion, respectively, during creep which caused the intergranular fracture in the tested specimens. (Author)

  11. Residual stresses of water-jet peened austenitic stainless steel

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    The specimen material was austenitic stainless steel, SUS316L. The residual stress was induced by water-jet peening. The residual stress was measured using the 311 diffraction with conventional X-rays. The measured residual stress showed the equi-biaxial stress state. To investigate thermal stability of the residual stress, the specimen was aged thermally at 773K in air to 1000h. The residual stress kept the equi-biaxial stress state against the thermal aging. Lattice plane dependency of the residual stress induced by water-jet peening was evaluated using hard synchrotron X-rays. The residual stress measured by the soft lattice plane showed the equi-biaxial stress state, but the residual stress measured by the hard lattice plane did not. In addition, the distributions of the residual stress in the depth direction were measured using a strain scanning method with hard synchrotron X-rays and neutrons. (author)

  12. Hydrogen embrittlement of SUS 316 austenitic stainless steel weldments

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    In order to understand the degrading behavior of hydrogen embrittlement of SUS 316 austenitic stainless steel weldment, base metal and welded joints which were welded with EBW and SMAW and heat-treated at 650 0C - 24 hr for carbide and 850 0C - 6 hr for Sigma-phase precipitation after welding were evaluated in tensile test at room temperature with and without hydrogen charging in the autoclave at 450 0C - 220 atm - 48 hr treatment. As a result the drastic degrading to 40 % in reduction in area of the welded joint was observed when hydrogen of 41 ppm was contained in the welded joint of SUS 316 stainless steel. (author)

  13. Fatigue crack growth in metastable austenitic stainless steels

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    Mei, Z.; Chang, G.; Morris, J.W. Jr.

    1988-06-01

    The research reported here is an investigation of the influence of the mechanically induced martensitic transformation on the fatigue crack growth rate in 304-type steels. The alloys 304L and 304LN were used to test the influence of composition, the testing temperatures 298 K and 77 K were used to study the influence of test temperature, and various load ratios (R) were used to determine the influence of the load ratio. It was found that decreasing the mechanical stability of the austenite by changing composition or lowering temperature decreases the fatigue crack growth rate. The R-ratio effect is more subtle. The fatigue crack growth rate increases with increasing R-ratio, even though this change increases the martensite transformation. Transformation-induced crack closure can explain the results in the threshold regime, but cannot explain the R-ratio effect at higher cyclic stress intensities. 26 refs., 6 figs.

  14. Mechanized welding of austenitic precision stainless steel tubes

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    Austenitic stainless steel tubes of material no. 1,4541 and 1,4550 are used for the tube systems to transport active and inactive gases in reactor experiments. A fully mechanical method was developed for the joining of these tubes by welding which makes use of an electrode holder with surrounding W electrode. This method, whose application is described here, enables the joining of the tubes in all welding positions. A pulsating direct current is used as welding current. Breaking tests on the welded samples gave values corresponding to the strength of the materials mentioned. The welded seams are subjected to the helium leak test and to the X-ray test. (GSCH/LH)

  15. Weld repair issues in thick section austenitic pipework

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    Thick section austenitic Type 316 Stainless steel, in the solution treated condition, has been used in Central Electricity Generating Board plant in the United Kingdom for some three decades and has given good service. Repair and replacement of this material after long term service is becoming a requirement and is complicated by the precipitation hardening and sensitisation of the materials. This paper summarises the compositional, microstructural and ageing characteristics of the wrought material and weld metals and the consequences for materials properties. Post weld heat treatment options are outlined and sensitisation to stress corrosion cracking is discussed. Finally, some examples of cracking that has occurred in plant after long term operation are given and weld repair research requirements are noted. (author)

  16. Laser Welding Of Finned Tubes Made Of Austenitic Steels

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    Stolecki M.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available This paper describes the technology of welding of finned tubes made of the X5CrNi1810 (1.4301 austenitic steel, developed at Energoinstal SA, allowing one to get high quality joints that meet the requirements of the classification societies (PN-EN 15614, and at the same time to significantly reduce the manufacturing costs. The authors described an automatic technological line equipped with a Trumph disc laser and a tube production technological process. To assess the quality of the joints, one performed metallographic examinations, hardness measurements and a technological attempt to rupture the fin. Analysis of the results proved that the laser-welded finned tubes were performed correctly and that the welded joints had shown no imperfections.

  17. Microstructural evolution in fast-neutron-irradiated austenitic stainless steels

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    The present work has focused on the specific problem of fast-neutron-induced radiation damage to austenitic stainless steels. These steels are used as structural materials in current fast fission reactors and are proposed for use in future fusion reactors. Two primary components of the radiation damage are atomic displacements (in units of displacements per atom, or dpa) and the generation of helium by nuclear transmutation reactions. The radiation environment can be characterized by the ratio of helium to displacement production, the so-called He/dpa ratio. Radiation damage is evidenced microscopically by a complex microstructural evolution and macroscopically by density changes and altered mechanical properties. The purpose of this work was to provide additional understanding about mechanisms that determine microstructural evolution in current fast reactor environments and to identify the sensitivity of this evolution to changes in the He/dpa ratio. This latter sensitivity is of interest because the He/dpa ratio in a fusion reactor first wall will be about 30 times that in fast reactor fuel cladding. The approach followed in the present work was to use a combination of theoretical and experimental analysis. The experimental component of the work primarily involved the examination by transmission electron microscopy of specimens of a model austenitic alloy that had been irradiated in the Oak Ridge Research Reactor. A major aspect of the theoretical work was the development of a comprehensive model of microstructural evolution. This included explicit models for the evolution of the major extended defects observed in neutron irradiated steels: cavities, Frank faulted loops and the dislocation network. 340 refs., 95 figs., 18 tabs

  18. Ion beam nitriding of single and polycrystalline austenitic stainless steel

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    Polycrystalline and single crystalline [orientations (001) and (011)] AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel was implanted at 400 deg. C with 1.2 keV nitrogen ions using a high current density of 0.5 mA cm-2. The nitrogen distribution profiles were determined using nuclear reaction analysis (NRA). The structure of nitrided polycrystalline stainless steel samples was analyzed using glancing incidence and symmetric x-ray diffraction (XRD) while the structure of the nitrided single crystalline stainless steel samples was analyzed using x-ray diffraction mapping of the reciprocal space. For identical treatment conditions, it is observed that the nitrogen penetration depth is larger for the polycrystalline samples than for the single crystalline ones. The nitrogen penetration depth depends on the orientation, the being more preferential for nitrogen diffusion than . In both type of samples, XRD analysis shows the presence of the phase usually called 'expanded' austenite or γN phase. The lattice expansion depends on the crystallographic plane family, the (001) planes showing an anomalously large expansion. The reciprocal lattice maps of the nitrided single crystalline stainless steel demonstrate that during nitriding lattice rotation takes place simultaneously with lattice expansion. The analysis of the results based on the presence of stacking faults, residual compressive stress induced by the lattice expansion, and nitrogen concentration gradient indicates that the average lattice parameter increases with the nitrided layer depth. A possible explanation of the anomalous expansion of the (001) planes is presented, which is based on the combination of faster nitriding rate in the (001) oriented grains and the role of stacking faults and compressive stress

  19. Steam generator local water chemistry and SCC of austenitic steel

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    The titanium stabilized austenitic steel similar to the type of 321 is sensitive to the stress corrosion cracking under horizontal steam generator operating condition. SCC was observed under crevice corrosion parameters and has resulted in the transgranular or intergranular cracking at the both, components primary collectors and heat exchange tubes. The crevice environment is characterized by aggressive impurities and 'non aggressive' compounds. Sulfates and chlorides as aggressive species and silicates and alumino-silicates as 'non aggressive' species on the other hand are present in significant amount in the crevice environment under operating condition. Local water chemistry parameters were evaluated with MULTEQ Code. As input data the measured operational values of local and bulk environments have been used. The determined parameters were compared with the results of thread hole environment analyses and tube surface investigations respectively. Results of the hideout return profiles measurement showed an increase of sulfate concentration by one order of magnitude. Increase of the chloride content was not been observed, its value remains at operation levels. Examination of surface layers showed the preferential accumulation of sulfates, silicates and alumino-silicates in the deposit at tube support plates and in thread holes comparing relative to free span surfaces. The content of species in the water and deposits and the crystallographic structure of deposits correspond to MULTEQ results. Rising displacement tests were carried out with 0.5T CT specimens at a temperature 275 degrees C in the model water environment which simulated the crevice conditions. The experimental values are presented for crack growth rate versus stress intensity factor. Corrosion damage of the titanium stabilized austenitic steel is likely to be determined by the presence of sulfates and chlorides and other aggressive agents, as Cu. It is supposed that other decisive factor is the

  20. A review of hot cracking in austenitic stainless steel weldments

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    The occurrence of hot cracking in austenitic stainless steel weldments is discussed with respect to its origin and metallurgical contributory factors. Of the three types of hot cracking, namely solidification cracking, liquation and ductility dip cracking, solidification cracking occurs in the interdendritic regions in weld metal while liquation and ductility dip cracking occur intergranularly in the heat-affected zone (HAZ). Segregation of impurity and minor elements such as sulphur, phosphorous, silicon, niobium, boron etc to form low melting eutectic phases has been found to be the major cause of hot cracking. Control of HAZ cracking requires minimisation of impurity elements in the base metal. In stabilized stainless steels containing niobium, higher amounts of delta-ferrite have been found necessary to prevent cracking than in unstabilized compositions. Titanium compounds have been found to cause liquation cracking in maraging steels and titanium containing stainless steels and superalloys. In nitrogen added stainless steels, cracking resistance decreases when the solidification mode changes to primary austenitic due to nitrogen addition. A review of the test methods to evaluate hot cracking behaviour showed that several external restraint and semi-self-restraint tests are available. The finger Test, WRC Fissure Bend Test, the PVR test and the Varestraint Test are described along with typical test results. Hot ductility testing to reveal HAZ cracking tendency during welding is described, which is of particular importance to stabilized stainless steels. Based on the literature, recommendations are made for welding stabilized and nitrogen added steels, indicating areas of further work. (author). 81 refs., 30 figs., 1 tab

  1. Effect of Grain Size on Mechanical Properties of Nickel-Free High Nitrogen Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    LI Hua-bing; JIANG Zhou-hua; ZHANG Zu-rui; YANG Yan

    2009-01-01

    The fine grained structures of nickel-free high nitrogen austenitic stainless steels had been obtained by means of cold rolling and subsequent annealing.The relationship between microstructure and mechanical properties and gain size of nickel-free high nitrogen austenitic stainless steels was examined.High strength and good ductility of the steel were found.In the grain size range,the Hall-Petch dependency for yield stress,tensile strength,and hardness was valid for grain size ranges for the nickel-free high nitrogen austenitic stainless steel.In the present study,the ductility of cold rolled nickel-free high nitrogen austenitic stainless steel decreased with annealing time when the grain size was refined.The fracture surfaces of the tensile specimens in the grain size range were covered with dimples as usually seen in a ductile fracture mode.

  2. MODELING OF AUSTENITE GRAIN SIZE IN LOW-ALLOY STEEL WELD METAL

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    A.G.Huang; Y.S.Wang; Z.Y.Li; J.G.Xiong; Q.Hu

    2004-01-01

    The size of austenite grain hassignificant effects on components and proportions of various ferrites in low-alloy steel weld metal.Therefore,it is important to determine the size of austenite grain in the weld metal.In this paper,a model based upon the carbon diffusion rate is developed for computing austenite grain size in low-alloy steel weld metal during continuous cooling.The model takes into account the effects of the weld thermal cycles,inclusion particles and various alloy elements on the austenite grain growth.The calculating results agree reasonably with those reported experimental observations.The model demonstrates a significant promise to understand the weld microstructure and properties based on the welding science.

  3. Interaction of Hydrogen and Retained Austenite in Bainite/Martensite Dual-Phase High Strength Steel

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    GU Jia-lin; CHANG Kai-di; FANG Hong-sheng; YANG Zhi-gang; BAI Bing-zhe

    2004-01-01

    The hydrogen trapping phenomena in two bainite/martensite dual-phase high strength steels (U20Si and U20DSi) were investigated by electrochemical permeation technique. The hydrogen diffusivity was calculated from data of permeation delay time, and the diffusion coefficient in U20Si is far less than that in U20DSi. Moreover, the hydrogen diffusivity decreases as the volume percent of retained austenite increases. The experiment results show that there are different hydrogen trappings and different volume percents of retained austenite in U20Si and U20DSi. The retained austenite is precipitated as films. The trap binding energy for the retained austenite and hydrogen is calculated to be 40.4 kJ·mol-1.

  4. Effect of Primary Factor on Cavitation Resistance of Some Austenitic Metals

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    WANG Zai-you; ZHU Jin-hua

    2003-01-01

    The cavitation resistance of six kinds of austenitic metals was investigated using a rotating disc rig. The research results show that cavitation resistance of the austenitic metals is obviously raised due to cavitation-induced martensite and greatly influenced by mechanism of martensitic transformation. The cavitation resistance of two stress-induced martensite Fe-Mn-Si-Cr shape memory alloys is much better than that of three strain-induced martensite austenitic stainless steels. The Fe-Mn-Si-Cr shape memory alloys possess excellent cavitation resistance mainly because of their excellent elasticity in local small-zone. The first principal factor for cavitation resistance of metastable austenitic metals is unloaded rebounding depth, and the second one is energy dissipation resulted from cavitation-induced martensite.

  5. Effect of Plastic Deformation on Magnetic Properties of Fe-40%Ni-2%Mn Austenitic Alloy

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    Selva Büyükakkas; H Aktas; S Akturk

    2007-01-01

    The effects of plastic deformation on the magnetic properties of austenite structure in an Fe-40%Ni-2%Mn alloy is investigated by using Mssbauer spectroscopy and Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) techniques The morphology of the alloy has been obtained by using Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM). The magnetic behaviour of austenite state is ferromagnetic. After plastic deformation, a mixed magnetic structure including both paramagnetic and ferromagnetic states has been obtained at the room temperature. The volume fraction changes, the effective hyperfine fields of the ferromagnetic austenite phase and isomery shift values have also been determined by Mssbauer spectroscopy. The Curie point (TC) and the Neel temperature (TN) have been investigated by means of DSC system for non-deformed and deformed Fe-Ni-Mn alloy. The plastic deformation of the alloy reduces the TN and enhances the paramagnetic character of austenitic Fe-Ni-Mn alloy.

  6. Determination of Concentration Dependent Diffusion Coefficients of Carbon in Expanded Austenite

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    Hummelshøj, Thomas Strabo; Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2008-01-01

    Abstract. In the present paper various experimental procedures to experimentally determine the concentration dependent diffusion coefficient of carbon in expanded austenite are evaluated. To this end thermogravimetric carburization was simulated for various experimental conditions and the evaluated...

  7. Effects of austenitization temperature on the microstructure of 15BCr30 and PL22 boron steels

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper studies boron precipitation and segregation at austenitic grain boundaries for low carbon boron steels types: PL22 and 15BCr30. The following parameters were evaluated: percentage of martensite/bainite, size and nucleation sites of austenitic grains and precipitates sizes. Three austenitization temperatures were studied (870, 1050 and 1200 °C. The highest martensite percentage occurred for 1050 °C. Iron-borocarbides were detected at grain boundaries for all tested temperatures. At 870 °C the coarse iron-borocarbides are due to non-solubility and coalescence. The highest martensite percentage at 1050 °C is caused by the discrete precipitation of iron-borocarbides at austenitic grains boundaries. The discrete precipitation was due to the low non-equilibrium segregation of boron at grain boundaries. The low non-equilibrium segregation and the small grain size at 1050 °C reduce the total boron concentration at grain boundaries.

  8. Interface Migration between Martensite and Austenite during Quenching and Partitioning (Q&P) Process

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    Ning ZHONG; Xiaodong WANG; Yonghua RONG; Li WANG

    2006-01-01

    An Fe-0.2C-1.5Si-1.67Mn steel was subjected to quenching and partitioning (Q&P) process, and the interface migration between martensite and austenite at an elevated partitioning temperature was observed. The interface migration is excluded in constrained paraequilibrium (CPE) model. Based on "endpoint" predicted by CPE model the thermodynamic condition of interface migration is analyzed, that is, the difference in the chemical potential of iron in both ferrite (martenisite) and austenite produces the driving force of the iron atoms to migrate from one phase to the other phase. In addition, the interface migration can change the austenite fraction; as a result, the austenite fraction at partitioning temperature may be higher than that at quenching temperature through the interface migration, but this phenomenon cannot be explained by CPE model.

  9. Static Recrystallization Behavior of Hot Deformed Austenite for Micro-Alloyed Steel

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    Jie HUANG; Zhou XU; Xin XING

    2003-01-01

    Static recrystallization behavior of austenite for micro-alloyed steel during hot rolling was studied and the influence (τ-ε diagram) of holding time and deformation at different deformations and isothermal temperatures on microstructuralstate of austen

  10. Fabrication of high nitrogen austenitic stainless steels with excellent mechanical and pitting corrosion properties

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    Hua-bing Li; Zhou-hua Jiang; Yang Cao; Zu-rui Zhang

    2009-01-01

    18Cr18Mn2Mo0.9N high nitrogen austenitic stainless steel exhibits high strength and good ductility at room temperature. The steel shows typical duc-tile-brittle transition behavior and excellent pitting corrosion resistance properties.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. 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)

  14. Grain refinement of a nickel and manganese free austenitic stainless steel produced by pressurized solution nitriding

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    Prolonged exposure at high temperatures during solution nitriding induces grain coarsening which deteriorates the mechanical properties of high nitrogen austenitic stainless steels. In this study, grain refinement of nickel and manganese free Fe–22.75Cr–2.42Mo–1.17N high nitrogen austenitic stainless steel plates was investigated via a two-stage heat treatment procedure. Initially, the coarse-grained austenitic stainless steel samples were subjected to an isothermal heating at 700 °C to be decomposed into the ferrite + Cr2N eutectoid structure and then re-austenitized at 1200 °C followed by water quenching. Microstructure and hardness of samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction, optical and scanning electron microscopy, and micro-hardness testing. The results showed that the as-solution-nitrided steel decomposes non-uniformly to the colonies of ferrite and Cr2N nitrides with strip like morphology after isothermal heat treatment at 700 °C. Additionally, the complete dissolution of the Cr2N precipitates located in the sample edges during re-austenitizing requires longer times than 1 h. In order to avoid this problem an intermediate nitrogen homogenizing heat treatment cycle at 1200 °C for 10 h was applied before grain refinement process. As a result, the initial austenite was uniformly decomposed during the first stage, and a fine grained austenitic structure with average grain size of about 20 μm was successfully obtained by re-austenitizing for 10 min. - Highlights: • Successful grain refinement of Fe–22.75Cr–2.42Mo–1.17N steel by heat treatment • Using the γ → α + Cr2N reaction for grain refinement of a Ni and Mn free HNASS • Obtaining a single phase austenitic structure with average grain size of ∼ 20 μm • Incomplete dissolution of Cr2N during re-austenitizing at 1200 °C for long times • Reducing re-austenitizing time by homogenizing treatment before grain refinement

  15. Grain refinement of a nickel and manganese free austenitic stainless steel produced by pressurized solution nitriding

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    Mohammadzadeh, Roghayeh, E-mail: r_mohammadzadeh@sut.ac.ir; Akbari, Alireza, E-mail: akbari@sut.ac.ir

    2014-07-01

    Prolonged exposure at high temperatures during solution nitriding induces grain coarsening which deteriorates the mechanical properties of high nitrogen austenitic stainless steels. In this study, grain refinement of nickel and manganese free Fe–22.75Cr–2.42Mo–1.17N high nitrogen austenitic stainless steel plates was investigated via a two-stage heat treatment procedure. Initially, the coarse-grained austenitic stainless steel samples were subjected to an isothermal heating at 700 °C to be decomposed into the ferrite + Cr{sub 2}N eutectoid structure and then re-austenitized at 1200 °C followed by water quenching. Microstructure and hardness of samples were characterized using X-ray diffraction, optical and scanning electron microscopy, and micro-hardness testing. The results showed that the as-solution-nitrided steel decomposes non-uniformly to the colonies of ferrite and Cr{sub 2}N nitrides with strip like morphology after isothermal heat treatment at 700 °C. Additionally, the complete dissolution of the Cr{sub 2}N precipitates located in the sample edges during re-austenitizing requires longer times than 1 h. In order to avoid this problem an intermediate nitrogen homogenizing heat treatment cycle at 1200 °C for 10 h was applied before grain refinement process. As a result, the initial austenite was uniformly decomposed during the first stage, and a fine grained austenitic structure with average grain size of about 20 μm was successfully obtained by re-austenitizing for 10 min. - Highlights: • Successful grain refinement of Fe–22.75Cr–2.42Mo–1.17N steel by heat treatment • Using the γ → α + Cr{sub 2}N reaction for grain refinement of a Ni and Mn free HNASS • Obtaining a single phase austenitic structure with average grain size of ∼ 20 μm • Incomplete dissolution of Cr{sub 2}N during re-austenitizing at 1200 °C for long times • Reducing re-austenitizing time by homogenizing treatment before grain refinement.

  16. Deformation-induced austenite grain rotation and transformation in TRIP-assisted steel

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    Tirumalasetty, G.K.; van Huis, M.A.; Kwakernaak, C.; Sietsma, J.; Sloof, W.G.; Zandbergen, H. W.

    2012-01-01

    Uniaxial straining experiments were performed on a rolled and annealed Si-alloyed TRIP (transformation-induced plasticity) steel sheet in order to assess the role of its microstructure on the mechanical stability of austenite grains with respect to martensitic transformation. The transformation behavior of individual metastable austenite grains was studied both at the surface and inside the bulk of the material using electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) by de...

  17. Effect of Silicon Content on Thermodynamics of Austenite Decomposition in C-Si-Mn TRIP Steels

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    ZHU Li-juan; WU Di; ZHAO Xian-ming

    2006-01-01

    Some numerical models such as central atoms model (CAM) and superelement model were used to simulate the thermodynamics of austenite decomposition in the Fe-C-Mn-Si TRIP (transformation induced plasticity) steels. Thermodynamic calculations were carried out under a para-equilibrium (PE) condition. The results show that certain silicon content can accelerate the polygonal ferritic transformation and increase the volume fraction and stability of retained austenite by retarding the precipitation of carbides during the bainitic transformation.

  18. Influence of Plastic Deformation on Low Temperature Surface Hardening of Austenitic Stainless Steel by Gaseous Nitriding

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

    2015-01-01

    This article addresses an investigation of the influence of plastic deformation on low temperature surface hardening by gaseous nitriding of two commercial austenitic stainless steels: AISI 304 and EN 1.4369. The materials were plastically deformed to different equivalent strains by uniaxial...... demonstrate that a case of expanded austenite develops and that, in particular, strain-induced martensite has a large influence on the nitrided zone....

  19. The Influence of Stress on Interstitial Diffusion - Carbon Diffusion Data in Austenite Revisited

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    Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2010-01-01

    The present paper addresses the influence of chemical induced stresses on diffusion in interstitial systems. This is exemplified by simulations of carbon diffusion in austenite at high temperatures and it is shown that old well established literature data is flawed by the occurrence of composition...... induced stress. For the technological relevant system of expanded austenite the diffusion can be dramatically affected by composition induced stress....

  20. Effect of retained austenite on the fracture toughness of tempered tool steel

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    A. Kokosza; J. Pacyna

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: This paper is an attempt of reviewing the outlooks about the favourable influence of retained austeniteon fracture toughness of tool steels according to results of investigation concerning relations between temperingtemperature, hardness, fraction of retained austenite and fracture toughness.Design/methodology/approach: The tests were performed on the samples made of the 70MnCrMoV9-2-4-2steel in which the fraction of retained austenite was changed by cold treatment and by changing th...

  1. Austenite reconstruction via EBSD measurements: a tool to understand low Carbon martensite steel properties

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    Bracke Lieven; Sanchez Laura Moli; Bernier Nicolas

    2015-01-01

    The basic characterization of the austenite grain size and shape prior to quenching to martensite was already used in the past to optimize the mechanical properties and impact toughness of low Carbon martensitic steel. This basic characterization can typically be done by optical microscopy. To better understand the mechanisms that generate the different properties, however, a more detailed analysis is required. An algorithm has been developed to calculate the austenite orientation starting fr...

  2. The study of high speed fine turning of austenitic stainless steel

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    W.S. Lin

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The purpose of this research paper is focused on the surface roughness variation in high speed fine turning of the austenitic stainless steel.Design/methodology/approach: A series of experimental tests have been done to evaluate the possibility of high speed fine turning of the austenitic stainless steel from the surface roughness variation and machining stability.Findings: It was found that, the smaller the feed rate, the smaller the surface roughness value. But when the feed rate s...

  3. 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 ...

  4. Hydrogen Effects on Austenitic Stainless Steels and High-Strength Carbon Steels

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    Todoshchenko, Olga

    2015-01-01

    The resistance to hydrogen embrittlement is an important factor in the development of new steel grades for a variety of applications. The thesis describes investigations on hydrogen effects on two classes of steels - austenitic stainless steels and advanced high-strength carbon steels. Hydrogen solubility and diffusion in metastable austenitic stainless steels are studied with thermal desorption spectroscopy (TDS). This method, together with the mathematical modeling of the processes of hy...

  5. Oxidization and stress corrosion cracking initiation of austenitic alloys in supercritical water

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    This study determined the stress corrosion cracking behaviour of austenitic alloys in pure supercritical water. Austenitic stainless steels 310S, 316L, and Inconel 625 were tested as static capsule samples at 500oC for up to 5000 h. After that period, crack initiations were readily observed in all samples, signifying susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking. The microcracks in 316L stainless steel and Inconel 625 were almost intergranular, whereas transgranular microcrack initiation was observed in 310S stainless steel. (author)

  6. Hot ductility of austenitic and duplex stainless steels under hot rolling conditions

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    Kömi, J. (Jenni)

    2001-01-01

    Abstract The effects of restoration and certain elements, nitrogen, sulphur, calcium and Misch metal, on the hot ductility of austenitic, high-alloyed austenitic and duplex stainless steels have been investigated by means of hot rolling, hot tensile, hot bending and stress relaxation tests. The results of these different testing methods indicated that hot rolling experiments using stepped specimens is the most effective way to investigate the relationship between the s...

  7. Stress corrosion cracking behaviour of gas tungsten arc welded super austenitic stainless steel joints

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    M. Vinoth Kumar; Balasubramanian, V.; S. RAJAKUMAR; Shaju K. Albert

    2015-01-01

    Super 304H austenitic stainless steel with 3% of copper posses excellent creep strength and corrosion resistance, which is mainly used in heat exchanger tubing of the boiler. Heat exchangers are used in nuclear power plants and marine vehicles which are intended to operate in chloride rich offshore environment. Chloride stress corrosion cracking is the most likely life limiting failure with austenitic stainless steel tubing. Welding may worsen the stress corrosion cracking susceptibility of t...

  8. Plasma Nitriding of Austenitic Stainless Steel with Severe Surface Deformation Layer

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    JI Shi-jun; GAO Yu-zhou; WANG Liang; SUN Jun-cai; HEI Zu-kun

    2004-01-01

    The dc glow discharge plasma nitriding of austenite stainless steel with severe surface deformation layer is used to produce much thicker surface modified layer. This kind of layers has useful properties such as a high surface hardness of about 1500 Hv 0.1 and high resistance to frictional wear. This paper presents the structures and properties of low temperature plasma nitrided austenitic stainless steel with severe surface deformation layer.

  9. Influence of impact energy on work hardening ability of austenitic manganese steel and its mechanism

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    Li Xiaoyun; Wu Wei; Zu Fangqiu

    2012-01-01

    To further understand the hardening mechanism of austenitic manganese steel under actual working conditions, the work hardening ability was studied and the microstructures of austenitic manganese steel were observed under different impact energies. The work hardening mechanism was also analyzed. The results show that the best strain hardening effect could be received only when the impact energy reaches or exceeds the critical impact energy. The microstructural observations reveal that disloca...

  10. Dependence of nanoindentation hardness with crystallographic orientation of austenite grains in metastable stainless steels

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    Roa, J.J., E-mail: joan.josep.roa@upc.edu [CIEFMA – Departament de Ciència dels Materials i Engineria Metallúrgica, ETSEIB, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Avda. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); CRnE, Campus Diagonal Sud, Edifici C’, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, C/ Pascual i Vila 15, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); Fargas, G.; Mateo, A.; Jiménez-Piqué, E. [CIEFMA – Departament de Ciència dels Materials i Engineria Metallurgica, ETSEIB, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Avda. Diagonal 647, 08028 Barcelona (Spain); CRnE, Campus Diagonal Sud, Edifici C’, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, C/ Pascual i Vila 15, 08028 Barcelona (Spain)

    2015-10-01

    The mechanical behaviour of a metastable austenitic stainless steel has been studied by means of nanoindentation of individual grains. Hardness, elastic modulus and estimation of wear resistance were determined as a function of crystallographic orientation. Electron backscattered diffraction, atomic force microscopy and focused ion beam analysis was performed at the residual imprints. Results show that austenitic grains display an anisotropic behaviour as regard as hardness in contrast with the elastic modulus which remained constant and equal to 200 GPa.

  11. Dependence of nanoindentation hardness with crystallographic orientation of austenite grains in metastable stainless steels

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    The mechanical behaviour of a metastable austenitic stainless steel has been studied by means of nanoindentation of individual grains. Hardness, elastic modulus and estimation of wear resistance were determined as a function of crystallographic orientation. Electron backscattered diffraction, atomic force microscopy and focused ion beam analysis was performed at the residual imprints. Results show that austenitic grains display an anisotropic behaviour as regard as hardness in contrast with the elastic modulus which remained constant and equal to 200 GPa

  12. Microstructure of 316L austenite stainless steel after charging with deuterium and tritium

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    The microstructure of 316L austenite stainless steel after charging with deuterium and tritium for 6 years at room temperature is studied. The results indicate that the morphology of fracture surface after blasting is ductile rupture with dimple, stress produced by blasting of high pressure leads to the martensite transformation. The deuterium and tritium improve the ε martensite transformation of austenite and reduce the fault energy, which reduce the hydrogen-resistant properties of 316L stainless steel

  13. Structure and properties of high-temperature austenitic steels for superheater tubes

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    Blinov, V. M.

    2009-12-01

    The structure and properties of high-temperature austenitic steels intended for superheater tubes are analyzed. Widely used Kh18N10T (AISI 304) and Kh16N13M3 (AISI 316) steels are found not to ensure a stable austenitic structure and stable properties during long-term thermal holding under stresses. The hardening of austenitic steels by fine particles of vanadium and niobium carbides and nitrides and γ'-phase and Fe2W and Fe2Mo Laves phase intermetallics is considered. The role of Cr23C6 chromium carbides, the σ phase, and coarse precipitates of an M 3B2 phase and a boron-containing eutectic in decreasing the time to failure and the stress-rupture strength of austenitic steels is established. The mechanism of increasing the stress-rupture strength of steels by boron additions is described. The chemical compositions, mechanical properties, stress-rupture strength, and creep characteristics of Russian and foreign austenitic steels used or designed for superheater tubes intended for operation under stress conditions at temperatures above 600°C are presented. The conditions are found for increasing the strength, plasticity, and thermodeformation stability of austenite in steels intended for superheater tubes operating at 700°C under high stresses for a long time.

  14. Morphology and crystallographic orientation relationship in isothermally transformed Fe–N austenite

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    The 225 °C isothermal transformation of a high-nitrogen austenite with Fe–2.71 wt.% N was investigated by means of electron microscopy. It was found that the transformation products were composed of ultrafine α-Fe and γ′-Fe4N plus retained austenite γ, which were in two types of morphologies, namely, (i) with the retained austenite patches dispersed among the (α-Fe + γ′-Fe4N) packets and (ii) with the ultrafine α-Fe and γ/γ′-Fe4N laths interwoven with each other within a single bainitic packet. A cube–cube orientation relationship between the γ (austenite) and γ′-Fe4N, and a near Greninger–Troiano (G–T) one between the γ (austenite) and the bainitic α-ferrite were detected. The morphology, orientation relationship and high hardness (> 1000 HV) of the transformation products indicated that the isothermal transformation of the high nitrogen austenite was analogous to a bainitic one. - Highlights: • Isothermal transformation products consisted of nano-sized α-Fe + γ′ + γ (retained). • The hardness of transformation product exceeded 1000 HV. • The α-Fe and γ/γ′-Fe4N kept a near G-T OR in the grain interior

  15. Morphology and crystallographic orientation relationship in isothermally transformed Fe–N austenite

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    Jiao, Dongling, E-mail: dljiao@scut.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Luo, Chengping; Liu, Jiangwen [School of Materials Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640 (China); Zhang, Guoqing [Science and Technology on Advanced High Temperature Structural Materials Laboratory, Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, Beijing 100095 (China)

    2014-02-15

    The 225 °C isothermal transformation of a high-nitrogen austenite with Fe–2.71 wt.% N was investigated by means of electron microscopy. It was found that the transformation products were composed of ultrafine α-Fe and γ′-Fe{sub 4}N plus retained austenite γ, which were in two types of morphologies, namely, (i) with the retained austenite patches dispersed among the (α-Fe + γ′-Fe{sub 4}N) packets and (ii) with the ultrafine α-Fe and γ/γ′-Fe{sub 4}N laths interwoven with each other within a single bainitic packet. A cube–cube orientation relationship between the γ (austenite) and γ′-Fe{sub 4}N, and a near Greninger–Troiano (G–T) one between the γ (austenite) and the bainitic α-ferrite were detected. The morphology, orientation relationship and high hardness (> 1000 HV) of the transformation products indicated that the isothermal transformation of the high nitrogen austenite was analogous to a bainitic one. - Highlights: • Isothermal transformation products consisted of nano-sized α-Fe + γ′ + γ (retained). • The hardness of transformation product exceeded 1000 HV. • The α-Fe and γ/γ′-Fe{sub 4}N kept a near G-T OR in the grain interior.

  16. On the measurement of austenite in supermartensitic stainless steel by X-ray diffraction

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    Sections of a 13Cr supermartensitic stainless steel were investigated to determine the optimum sample preparation for measurement of the austenite content by X-ray diffraction. The surface of several samples was mechanically ground or polished using media of grit sizes in the range 1–120 μm. The strained surface layer was afterwards removed stepwise by electropolishing, and the austenite content measured at each step. It was found that any level of mechanical grinding or polishing results in a reduction of the measured austenite fraction relative to the true bulk value, and that coarser grinding media impart greater damage and greater reduction in the measured austenite content. The results thus highlight the importance of the electropolishing step in preparation of such samples, but suggest that the American Society for Testing and Materials standard E975-03 substantially overestimates the amount of material which needs to be removed to recover the true “bulk” content. - Highlights: • Quantitative Rietveld analysis of austenite/martensite ratio in supermartensitic stainless steels • Critical evaluation of sample preparation for residual austenite measurements by X-ray diffraction • Highlighting of the importance of electropolishing as a final preparation step

  17. Theoretical and experimental study of carburisation and decarburisation of a meta-stable austenitic steel

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    Charles West

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Metastable austenitic stainless steels are known to undergo a partial transformation of austenite to martensite as a consequence of plastic deformation. In the case of cyclic loading, a certain level of plastic strain must be exceeded, and phase formation takes place after an incubation period, during which the necessary amount of plastic deformation is accumulated. The susceptibility of the austenitic phase to deformation-induced martensite formation is strongly affected by the temperature of loading and the stability of austenite, which itself depends on the chemical composition. A key element in this regard is carbon which stabilizes the austenitic phase. It is shown in this study that the carbon concentration can be analysed systematically and reproducible by means of annealing treatments, if the parameters of these treatments are carefully defined on the basis of advanced theoretical thermodynamic and kinetic considerations. First results on the effect of carbon concentration and temperature of fatigue testing on the austenite/martensite transformation are presented, in order to illustrate the significance of these parameters on the martensite formation rate.

  18. Austenite Grain Growth and Precipitate Evolution in a Carburizing Steel with Combined Niobium and Molybdenum Additions

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    Enloe, Charles M.; Findley, Kip O.; Speer, John G.

    2015-11-01

    Austenite grain growth and microalloy precipitate size and composition evolution during thermal processing were investigated in a carburizing steel containing various additions of niobium and molybdenum. Molybdenum delayed the onset of abnormal austenite grain growth and reduced the coarsening of niobium-rich precipitates during isothermal soaking at 1323 K, 1373 K, and 1423 K (1050 °C, 1100 °C, and 1150 °C). Possible mechanisms for the retardation of niobium-rich precipitate coarsening in austenite due to molybdenum are considered. The amount of Nb in solution and in precipitates at 1373 K (1100 °C) did not vary over the holding times evaluated. In contrast, the amount of molybdenum in (Nb,Mo)C precipitates decreased with time, due to rejection of Mo into austenite and/or dissolution of fine Mo-rich precipitates. In hot-rolled alloys, soaking in the austenite regime resulted in coarsening of the niobium-rich precipitates at a rate that exceeded that predicted by the Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner relation for volume-diffusion-controlled coarsening. This behavior is attributed to an initial bimodal precipitate size distribution in hot-rolled alloys that results in accelerated coarsening rates during soaking. Modification of the initial precipitate size distribution by thermal processing significantly lowered precipitate coarsening rates during soaking and delayed the associated onset of abnormal austenite grain growth.

  19. On the measurement of austenite in supermartensitic stainless steel by X-ray diffraction

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    Tolchard, Julian Richard, E-mail: tolchard@material.ntnu.no [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (Norway); Sømme, Astri; Solberg, Jan Ketil [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim (Norway); Solheim, Karl Gunnar [Statoil, Stavanger (Norway)

    2015-01-15

    Sections of a 13Cr supermartensitic stainless steel were investigated to determine the optimum sample preparation for measurement of the austenite content by X-ray diffraction. The surface of several samples was mechanically ground or polished using media of grit sizes in the range 1–120 μm. The strained surface layer was afterwards removed stepwise by electropolishing, and the austenite content measured at each step. It was found that any level of mechanical grinding or polishing results in a reduction of the measured austenite fraction relative to the true bulk value, and that coarser grinding media impart greater damage and greater reduction in the measured austenite content. The results thus highlight the importance of the electropolishing step in preparation of such samples, but suggest that the American Society for Testing and Materials standard E975-03 substantially overestimates the amount of material which needs to be removed to recover the true “bulk” content. - Highlights: • Quantitative Rietveld analysis of austenite/martensite ratio in supermartensitic stainless steels • Critical evaluation of sample preparation for residual austenite measurements by X-ray diffraction • Highlighting of the importance of electropolishing as a final preparation step.

  20. 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.

  1. Tailoring plasticity of austenitic stainless steels for nuclear applications: Review of mechanisms controlling plasticity of austenitic steels below 400 °C

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    Meric de Bellefon, G.; van Duysen, J. C.

    2016-07-01

    AISI 304 and 316 austenitic stainless steels were invented in the early 1900s and are still trusted by materials and mechanical engineers in numerous sectors because of their good combination of strength, ductility, and corrosion resistance, and thanks to decades of experience and data. This article is part of an effort focusing on tailoring the plasticity of both types of steels to nuclear applications. It provides a synthetic and comprehensive review of the plasticity mechanisms in austenitic steels during tensile tests below 400 °C. In particular, formation of twins, extended stacking faults, and martensite, as well as irradiation effects and grain rotation are discussed in details.

  2. Effect of Austenitizing Temperature on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Semi-High-Speed Steel Cold-Forged Rolls

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    Wu, Qiong; Sun, Da-Le; Liu, Chang-Sheng

    2009-10-01

    The effect of austenitizing temperature on the microstructure and mechanical properties of semi-high-speed steel (S-HSS) cold-forged rolls was investigated. Low-temperature austenitizing below 1313 K induced carbide coarsening during subsequent tempering at 973 K due to the nucleation effect of undissolved M7C3. On the other hand, the heavy dissolution of M7C3 above 1353 K caused the fine carbide formation on lath and plate boundaries, which retarded the subgrain growth during tempering. The increase in strength with increasing austenitizing temperature was attributed to the fine carbide distribution and the high dislocation density. Furthermore, as the austenitizing temperature increased, the impact energy markedly reduced, due to the large prior austenite grain size and the high strength. Finally, based on the microstructure and mechanical properties, an optimal austenitizing temperature range between 1313 and 1333 K was determined.

  3. Modifying microstructure and property of 30CrMnSi steel by subcritical austenite reverse transformation quenching

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    Li, Anming

    2015-01-01

    Subcritical austenite reverse transformation quenching was used to improve the mechanical properties of 30CrMnSi steel, and the microstructure and mechanical properties of the samples were analyzed by subcritical austenite reverse transformation quenching. Experimental results show that subcritical reverse transformation quenching can refine the austenite grains of the 30CrMnSi steel. Lath-shaped martensite can be obtained after quenching. Ferrite is exited in the martensite lath when quenchi...

  4. Sub-zero austenite to martensite transformation in a Fe-Ni-0.6wt.%C alloy

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    Villa, Matteo; Pantleon, Karen; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2011-01-01

    Martensitic transformation in a model Fe-Ni-0.6wt%C alloy was investigated at sub-zero Celsius temperature. The influence of the thermal path in determining the conditions leading to the formation of martensite was studied. In the investigation, samples were austenitized and quenched, whereafter......-situ synchrotron X-ray diffraction by evaluating austenite and martensite Bragg reflections. Also, the state of internal strain in austenite was determined....

  5. Influence of Plastic Deformation on Low Temperature Surface Hardening of Austenitic and Precipitation Hardening Stainless Steels by Gaseous Nitriding

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

    2015-01-01

    This article addresses an investigation of the influence of plastic deformation on low temperature surface hardening by gaseous nitriding of three commercial austenitic stainless steels: AISI 304, EN 1.4369 and Sandvik Nanoflex® with various degrees of austenite stability. The materials were...... case included X-ray diffraction analysis, reflected light microscopy and microhardness. The results demonstrate that a case of expanded austenite develops and that, in particular, strain-induced martensite has a large influence on the nitrided zone....

  6. Evaluation of the retained austenite mechanical stability in the medium-carbon TRIP steel

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    A. Kokosza

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of this study was to evaluate the inclination to mechanical destabilization of retained austenite in the microstructure of the TRIP steel containing 0.4% C, 1.5% Mn and 1.2% Si.Design/methodology/approach: The new, simple method for evaluating the mechanical stability of retained austenite was proposed, which is based on the bending test and the measurement of volume fraction of retained austenite by X-ray quantitative phase analysis. The relationship between stress and local strain as well as local volume fraction of this phase in selected locations on the surface of the bending sample were revealed.Findings: The applied heat treatment, modified with respect to the classic one, allowed remain approximately 25 vol.% of the retained austenite in the microstructure of the investigated TRIP steel. It was pointed that retained austenite has high mechanical stability if stress is low. Under influence of the higher stress a partial destabilization this phase occurred. It was found that in the examined steel such mechanical destabilization of retained austenite has two - or three-stage nature.Research limitations/implications: Results of this study indicate a significant stability of retained austenite in the investigated TRIP steel. It is advisable to check how will change the stability of this phase when the stress or strain will be higher than those that occurred in this research.Practical implications: The new method of the evaluation of the retained austenite mechanical stability provides the possibility of an easy and effective estimation of this phase tendency to mechanical destabilisation and to martensite transformation in the steel. In addition, this method allows analysing the influence of the stress as well as the strain on changes in this phase volume fraction, which occur during three-point bending.Originality/value: The proposed method may be used for evaluation of susceptibility of retained austenite on transformation

  7. The influence of silicon and aluminum on austenite deformation behavior during fatigue and tensile loading

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    Lehnhoff, Gregory R.

    Advanced high strength steels (AHSS) for automobile light-weighting utilize Si and Al alloying to retain austenite in the microstructure during thermal partitioning treatments. This research project utilized fully austenitic steels with varied Si and Al compositions to understand the effect of these elements on austenite deformation response, including deformation induced martensite formation and deformation twinning. Specific focus was directed at understanding austenite deformation response during fatigue loading. Independent alloying additions of 2.5 wt pct Si and Al were made to a base steel composition of 15 Ni - 11 Cr - 1 Mn - 0.03 C (wt pct). Weak beam dark field transmission electron microscopy (TEM) imaging of dissociated dislocations was implemented to experimentally determine the influences of Si and Al on austenite stacking fault energy (SFE). The 2.5 wt pct Si alloying addition decreased the SFE by 6.4 mJ/m2, while the 2.5 wt pct Al alloying increased the SFE by 12 mJ/m2. Fully reversed, total strain controlled, low cycle fatigue (LCF) tests indicated that all four alloys underwent primary cyclic hardening and stabilization. Secondary cyclic strain hardening was correlated to BCC martensite formation using Feritscope magnetic fraction measurements of LCF specimens; the formation of 1 pct martensite led to 7 MPa of secondary hardening. TEM showed that martensite predominantly formed as parallel, irregular bands through strain induced nucleation on austenite shear bands. The austenite shear bands consisted of austenite {111} planes with concentrated dislocations, stacking faults, and/or HCP epsilon-martensite. Aluminum alloying promoted martensite formation during LCF, while Si suppressed martensite. Therefore, the strain induced nucleation process was not suppressed by the increased SFE associated with Al alloying. Tensile testing indicated that Si alloying promoted deformation twinning by lowering the SFE. Similarly to LCF loading, Al promoted

  8. Intermetallic Strengthened Alumina-Forming Austenitic Steels for Energy Applications

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    Hu, Bin [Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (United States); Baker, Ian [Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (United States)

    2016-03-31

    In order to achieve energy conversion efficiencies of >50 % for steam turbines/boilers in power generation systems, the materials required must be strong, corrosion-resistant at high temperatures (>700°C), and economically viable. Austenitic steels strengthened with Laves phase and L12 precipitates, and alloyed with aluminum to improve oxidation resistance, are potential candidate materials for these applications. The creep resistance of these alloys is significantly improved through intermetallic strengthening (Laves-Fe2Nb + L12-Ni3Al precipitates) without harmful effects on oxidation resistance. Microstructural and microchemical analyses of the recently developed alumina-forming austenitic (AFA) steels (Fe-14Cr-32Ni-3Nb-3Al-2Ti-based) indicated they are strengthened by Ni3Al(Ti) L12, NiAl B2, Fe2Nb Laves phase and MC carbide precipitates. Different thermomechanical treatments (TMTs) were performed on these stainless steels in an attempt to further improve their mechanical properties. The thermo-mechanical processing produced nanocrystalline grains in AFA alloys and dramatically increased their yield strength at room temperature. Unfortunately, the TMTs didn’t increase the yield strengths of AFA alloys at ≥700ºC. At these temperatures, dislocation climb is the dominant mechanism for deformation of TMT alloys according to strain rate jump tests. After the characterization of aged AFA alloys, we found that the largest strengthening effect from L12 precipitates can be obtained by aging for less than 24 h. The coarsening behavior of the L12 precipitates was not influenced by carbon and boron additions. Failure analysis and post-mortem TEM analysis were performed to study the creep failure mechanisms of these AFA steels after creep tests. Though the Laves and B2-NiAl phase precipitated along the boundaries can improve the creep properties, cracks were

  9. Correlation between mechanical properties and retained austenite characteristics in a low-carbon medium manganese alloyed steel plate

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    Chen, Jun, E-mail: cjer19841011@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Lv, Mengyang [School of Materials and Metallurgy, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Tang, Shuai; Liu, Zhenyu; Wang, Guodong [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China)

    2015-08-15

    The effects of retained austenite characteristics on tensile properties and low-temperature impact toughness have been investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. It was found that only part of austenite phase formed during heat treating was left at room temperature. Moreover, the film-like retained austenite is displayed between bcc-martensite laths after heat treating at 600 °C, while the block-form retained austenite with thin hcp-martensite laths is observed after heat treating at 650 °C. It has been demonstrated that the film-like retained austenite possesses relatively high thermal and mechanical stability, and it can greatly improve low-temperature impact toughness, but its contribution to strain hardening capacity is limited. However, the block-form retained austenite can greatly enhance ultimate tensile strength and strain hardening capacity, but its contribution to low-temperature impact toughness is poor. - Highlights: • Correlation between retained austenite and impact toughness was elucidated. • The impact toughness is related to mechanical stability of retained austenite. • The effect of retained austenite on tensile and impact properties is inconsistent.

  10. Correlation between mechanical properties and retained austenite characteristics in a low-carbon medium manganese alloyed steel plate

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    The effects of retained austenite characteristics on tensile properties and low-temperature impact toughness have been investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. It was found that only part of austenite phase formed during heat treating was left at room temperature. Moreover, the film-like retained austenite is displayed between bcc-martensite laths after heat treating at 600 °C, while the block-form retained austenite with thin hcp-martensite laths is observed after heat treating at 650 °C. It has been demonstrated that the film-like retained austenite possesses relatively high thermal and mechanical stability, and it can greatly improve low-temperature impact toughness, but its contribution to strain hardening capacity is limited. However, the block-form retained austenite can greatly enhance ultimate tensile strength and strain hardening capacity, but its contribution to low-temperature impact toughness is poor. - Highlights: • Correlation between retained austenite and impact toughness was elucidated. • The impact toughness is related to mechanical stability of retained austenite. • The effect of retained austenite on tensile and impact properties is inconsistent

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. Investigations of the austenite-to-martensite transformation under tribological loads in cryogenic media; Untersuchungen zur Austenit-Martensit-Umwandlung bei tribologischer Beanspruchung in tiefkalten Medien

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    Huebner, W. [Bundesanstalt fuer Materialforschung und -pruefung (BAM), Berlin (Germany)

    2000-08-01

    The stability of austenitic Fe-Cr-Ni alloys was investigated in cryogenic conditions, especially in liquid and cryogenic gaseous hydrogen. [German] Ziel des Vorhabens ist es, die Stabilitaet austenitischer Fe-Cr-Ni-Legierungen unter Tieftemperaturbedingungen, vor allem in fluessigem und tiefkaltem gasfoermigen Wasserstoff zu ermitteln. (orig.)

  14. Pearlite transformation in high carbon steels deformed in metastable austenite region; Jun`antei austenite iki de kakoshita kotansoko no pearlite hentai

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    Daito, Y.; Aihara, K.; Nishizawa, T. [Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd., Osaka (Japan)

    1997-09-01

    Pearlite structure was discussed noticing particularly on the state of nucleus composition, for the case when high carbon steels mainly structured by pearlite was processed in metastable austenite region below the point A1 which is thought a non-recrystallized region. When the processing amount is increased in the metastable austenite region, the size of pearlite colonies decreased. This is because of increase in nucleus producing site as a result of the processing. Even with a steel of eutectoid carbon concentration of an equilibrium diagram, proeuctoid ferrite is produced if the processing is given in the metastable austenite region. Furthermore, the production amount of the proeuctoid ferrite increased with increasing processing amount. If the processing is given in the metastable austenite region, the region that becomes a single pearlite structure shifted to hypereuctoid carbon concentration side as the transformation temperature has fallen. The result of an experiment performed in carbon concentration at which the single pearlite structure is obtained agreed well with drive force equilibrium line of ferrite and cementite as calculated based on the Gibbs energy. 18 refs., 11 figs., 1 tab.

  15. Dislocation loop evolution under ion irradiation in austenitic stainless steels

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    2010-05-01

    A solution annealed 304 and a cold worked 316 austenitic stainless steels were irradiated from 0.36 to 5 dpa at 350 deg. C using 160 keV Fe ions. Irradiated microstructures were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Observations after irradiation revealed the presence of a high number density of Frank loops. Size and number density of Frank loops have been measured. Results are in good agreement with those observed in the literature and show that ion irradiation is able to simulate dislocation loop microstructure obtained after neutron irradiation. Experimental results and data from literature were compared with predictions from the cluster dynamic model, MFVIC (Mean Field Vacancy and Interstitial Clustering). It is able to reproduce dislocation loop population for neutron irradiation. Effects of dose rate and temperature on the loop number density are simulated by the model. Calculations for ion irradiations show that simulation results are consistent with experimental observations. However, results also show the model limitations due to the lack of accurate parameters.

  16. Dislocation loop evolution under ion irradiation in austenitic stainless steels

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    Etienne, A.; Hernández-Mayoral, M.; Genevois, C.; Radiguet, B.; Pareige, P.

    2010-05-01

    A solution annealed 304 and a cold worked 316 austenitic stainless steels were irradiated from 0.36 to 5 dpa at 350 °C using 160 keV Fe ions. Irradiated microstructures were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Observations after irradiation revealed the presence of a high number density of Frank loops. Size and number density of Frank loops have been measured. Results are in good agreement with those observed in the literature and show that ion irradiation is able to simulate dislocation loop microstructure obtained after neutron irradiation. Experimental results and data from literature were compared with predictions from the cluster dynamic model, MFVIC (Mean Field Vacancy and Interstitial Clustering). It is able to reproduce dislocation loop population for neutron irradiation. Effects of dose rate and temperature on the loop number density are simulated by the model. Calculations for ion irradiations show that simulation results are consistent with experimental observations. However, results also show the model limitations due to the lack of accurate parameters.

  17. Thermal stability of ultrafine-grained austenitic stainless steels

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    Etienne, A.; Radiguet, B.; Genevois, C.; Le Breton, J.-M. [Groupe de Physique des Materiaux, Universite et INSA de Rouen, UMR CNRS 6634, BP 12, 76 801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray Cedex (France); Valiev, R. [Institute of Physics of Advanced Materials, Ufa State Aviation Technical University, 12K. Marx Street, 450000 Ufa (Russian Federation); Pareige, P., E-mail: philippe.pareige@univ-rouen.fr [Groupe de Physique des Materiaux, Universite et INSA de Rouen, UMR CNRS 6634, BP 12, 76 801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray Cedex (France)

    2010-08-20

    Ultrafine-grained 316 and 304 austenitic stainless steel samples have been produced by high pressure torsion. Their microstructure, after deformation and annealing at a temperature in the 350-900 deg. C range, has been characterized using several techniques (transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Moessbauer spectroscopy). The average grain size in the ultrafine-grained 316 is about 40 nm while it is larger in the ultrafine-grained 304 due to a smaller deformation. Results show the formation of {alpha}'-martensite during deformation in both steels while {epsilon}-martensite is formed only in the 304 steel. Annealing at 350 deg. C induces the decrease of {alpha}'-martensite content in the 316 steel. The trend is different in the 304 steel, in which the {alpha}'-martensite content increases. Recrystallization of grains is observed from 700 deg. C. Moessbauer spectroscopy shows a reduction of the level of solute atoms in {alpha}'-martensite during annealing.

  18. Reaction of uranium and plutonium carbides with austenitic steels

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    The reaction of uranium and plutonium carbides with austenitic steels has been studied between 650 and 1050 deg. C using UC, steel and (UPu)C, steel diffusion couples. The steels are of the type CN 18.10 with or without addition of molybdenum. The carbides used are hyper-stoichiometric. Tests were also carried out with UCTi, UCMo, UPuCTi and UPuCMo. Up to 800 deg. C no marked diffusion of carbon into stainless steel is observed. Between 800 and 900 deg. C the carbon produced by the decomposition of the higher carbides diffuses into the steel. Above 900 deg. C, decomposition of the monocarbide occurs according to a reaction which can be written schematically as: (U,PuC) + (Fe,Ni,Cr) → (U,Pu) Fe2 + Cr23C6. Above 950 deg. C the behaviour of UPuCMo and that of the titanium (CN 18.12) and nickel (NC 38. 18) steels is observed to be very satisfactory. (author)

  19. Mechanical Properties of Austenitic Stainless Steel Made by Additive Manufacturing.

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    Luecke, William E; Slotwinski, John A

    2014-01-01

    Using uniaxial tensile and hardness testing, we evaluated the variability and anisotropy of the mechanical properties of an austenitic stainless steel, UNS S17400, manufactured by an additive process, selective laser melting. Like wrought materials, the mechanical properties depend on the orientation introduced by the processing. The recommended stress-relief heat treatment increases the tensile strength, reduces the yield strength, and decreases the extent of the discontinuous yielding. The mechanical properties, assessed by hardness, are very uniform across the build plate, but the stress-relief heat treatment introduced a small non-uniformity that had no correlation to position on the build plate. Analysis of the mechanical property behavior resulted in four conclusions. (1) The within-build and build-to-build tensile properties of the UNS S17400 stainless steel are less repeatable than mature engineering structural alloys, but similar to other structural alloys made by additive manufacturing. (2) The anisotropy of the mechanical properties of the UNS S17400 material of this study is larger than that of mature structural alloys, but is similar to other structural alloys made by additive manufacturing. (3) The tensile mechanical properties of the UNS S17400 material fabricated by selective laser melting are very different from those of wrought, heat-treated 17-4PH stainless steel. (4) The large discontinuous yielding strain in all tests resulted from the formation and propagation of Lüders bands. PMID:26601037

  20. Hydrogen-related phase transformations in austenitic stainless steels

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    Narita, N.; Altstetter, C. J.; Birnbaum, H. K.

    1982-08-01

    The effect of hydrogen and stress (strain) on the stability of the austenite phase in stainless steels was investigated. Hydrogen was introduced by severe cathodic charging and by elevated temperature equilibration with high pressure H2 gas. Using X-ray diffraction and magnetic techniques, the behavior of two “stable” type AISI310 steels and an “unstable” type AISI304 steel was studied during charging and during the outgassing period following charging. Transformation from the fcc γ phase to an expanded fcc phase, γ*, and to the hcp ɛ phase occurred during cathodic charging. Reversion of the γ* and e phases to the original γ structure and formation of the bcc α structure were examined, and the kinetics of these processes was studied. The γ* phase was shown to be ferromagnetic with a subambient Curie temperature. The γ⇆ɛ phase transition was studied after hydrogen charging in high pressure gas, as was the formation of a during outgassing. These results are interpreted as effects of hydrogen and stress (strain) on the stability of the various phases. A proposed psuedo-binary phase diagram for the metal-hydrogen system was proposed to account for the formation of the γ* phase. The relation of these phase changes to hydrogen embrittlement and stress corrosion cracking of stainless steel is discussed.

  1. Stress corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steel core internal weld

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    Microstructural analyses by several advanced metallographic techniques were conducted on austenitic stainless steel mockup and core shroud welds that cracked in boiling water reactors. Contrary to previous beliefs, heat-affected zones of the cracked Type 304L as well as 304 SS core shroud welds and mockup shielded-metal-arc welds were free of grain-boundary carbides, which shows that core shroud failure cannot be explained by classical intergranular stress corrosion cracking. Neither martensite nor delta-ferrite films were present on grain boundaries. However, as a result of exposure to weld fumes, the heat-affected zones of the core shroud welds were significantly contaminated by oxygen and fluorine which migrate to grain boundaries. Significant oxygen contamination seems to promote fluorine contamination and suppress thermal sensitization. Results of slow-strain-rate tensile tests indicate also that fluorine exacerbate the susceptibility of irradiated steels to intergranular stress corrosion cracking. These observations, combined with previous reports on the strong influence of weld flux, indicate that oxygen and fluorine contamination and fluorine-catalyzed stress corrosion play a major role in cracking of core shroud welds

  2. Surface modification of austenitic stainless steel by titanium ion implantation

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    The wear properties of AISI 316 austenitic stainless steel implanted with Ti were investigated for ion doses in the range (2.3-5.4)x1016ionscm-2 and average ion energies of 60 and 90keV. The implanted layer was examined by Rutherford backscattering, from which the retained doses were determined, and glow discharge optical emission spectroscopy. Following implantation, the surface microhardness was observed to increase with the greatest change occurring at higher ion energy. Pin-on-disc wear tests and associated friction measurements were also performed under both dry and lubricated conditions using applied loads of 2N and 10N. In the absence of lubrication, breakthrough of the implanted layer occurred after a short sliding time; only for a dose of 5.1x1016ionscm-2 implanted at an average energy of 90keV was the onset of breakthrough appreciably delayed. In contrast, the results of tests with lubrication showed a more gradual variation, with the extent of wear decreasing with implant dose at both 2N and 10N loads. Finally, the influence of Ti implantation on possible wear mechanisms is discussed in the light of information provided by several surface characterization techniques. ((orig.))

  3. Antibacterial and corrosive properties of copper implanted austenitic stainless steel

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    Juan Xiong; Bo-fan Xu; Hong-wei Ni

    2009-01-01

    Copper ions were implanted into austenitic stainless steel (SS) by metal vapor vacuum arc with a energy of 100 keV and an ions dose range of (0.5-8.0)x 1017 cm-2. The Cu-implanted SS was annealed in an Ar atmosphere furnace. Glancing X-ray diffraction (GXRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Auger electron spectroscopy (AES) were used to reveal the phase com-positions, microstructures, and concentration profiles of copper ions in the implanted layer. The results show that the antibacterialproperty of Cu-implanted SS is attributed to Cu9.9Fe0.1 which precipitated as needles. The depth of copper in Cu-implanted SS with annealing treatment is greater than that in Cu-implanted SS without annealing treatment, which improves the antibacterial property against S. Aureus. The salt wetting-drying combined cyclic test was used to evaluate the corrosion-resistance of antibacterial SS, and the results reveal that the antibacterial SS has a level of corrosion-resistance equivalent to that of un-implanted SS.

  4. Dislocation loop evolution under ion irradiation in austenitic stainless steels

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    A solution annealed 304 and a cold worked 316 austenitic stainless steels were irradiated from 0.36 to 5 dpa at 350 deg. C using 160 keV Fe ions. Irradiated microstructures were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Observations after irradiation revealed the presence of a high number density of Frank loops. Size and number density of Frank loops have been measured. Results are in good agreement with those observed in the literature and show that ion irradiation is able to simulate dislocation loop microstructure obtained after neutron irradiation. Experimental results and data from literature were compared with predictions from the cluster dynamic model, MFVIC (Mean Field Vacancy and Interstitial Clustering). It is able to reproduce dislocation loop population for neutron irradiation. Effects of dose rate and temperature on the loop number density are simulated by the model. Calculations for ion irradiations show that simulation results are consistent with experimental observations. However, results also show the model limitations due to the lack of accurate parameters.

  5. Spinodal decomposition of austenite in long-term-aged duplex stainless steel

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    Spinodal decomposition of austenite phase in the cast duplex stainless steels CF-8 and -8M grades has been observed after long- term thermal aging at 400 and 350/degree/C for 30,000 h (3.4 yr). At 320/degree/C, the reaction was observed only at the limited region near the austenite grain boundaries. Ni segregation and ''worm-holes'' corresponding to the spatial microchemical fluctuations have been confirmed. The decomposition was observed only for heats containing relatively high overall Ni content (9.6--12.0 wt %) but not in low-Ni (8.0--9.4 wt %) heats. In some specimens showing a relatively advanced stage of decomposition, localized regions of austenite with a Vickers hardness of 340--430 were observed. However, the effect of austenite decomposition on the overall material toughness appears secondary for aging up to 3--5 yr in comparison with the effect of the faster spinodal decomposition in ferrite phase. The observation of the thermally driven spinodal decomposition of the austenite phase in cast duplex stainless steels validates the proposition that a miscibility gap occurs in Fe-Ni and ancillary systems. 16 refs., 7 figs., 1 tab

  6. Solidification crack susceptibility in weld metals of fully austenitic stainless steels, (1)

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    It has been well known that weld metals of fully austenitic stainless steels exhibit greater susceptibility to hot cracking and austenitic weld metals containing a small amount (in the order of 5%) of delta ferrite are much more resistant during welding. However, it has not been clarified completely why the presence of some delta-ferrite prevents hot cracking in Cr-Ni weld metals. Therefore, the authors have investigated the structural change during solidification from a metallographic standpoint for the both weld metals of fully austenitic stainless steel AISI 310S (25Cr-20Ni; Japanese Industrial Standards: SUS 310S) and austenitic stainless steel AISI 304 (18Cr-8Ni; JIS: SUS 304) containing a small amount of delta-ferrite to which sulphur and phosphorus were added as harmful impurities. Each specimen was rapidly quenched in water during TIG arc bead-on-plate, so that each bead showed the instantaneous structures from solidification front to room temperature along welding direction. Solidification behaviors of the fully austenitic and the duplex microstructures, microsegregation (especially S and P) during solidification and distribution of alloying elements between delta- and γ-phases at high temperature were investigated. (auth.)

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

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

    2007-01-01

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

  8. Optimization and verification of ultrasonic testability of acoustically anisotropic materials on austenitic and dissimilar welds

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    Austenitic and dissimilar welds with respect to the ultrasonic testing (UT) methods are considered normally as ''difficult-to-test'' objects. During the solidification process in such welds a distinct dendrite microstructure evolves, which is coarse-grained, anisotropic and inhomogeneous simultaneously. The reliability of available ultrasonic methods on austenitic welds depends significantly on the selected UT-parameters as well as on the inspection personnel experience. In the present dissertation, an ultrasonic testing method was developed, which allows the flaw detection and evaluation in acoustically anisotropic inhomogeneous materials, especially in austenitic and dissimilar welds with a quantitative statement to the defect size, type, and location. The principle of synthetic focusing with taking into account the material anisotropy and inhomogeneity along with two- and three-dimensional visualization provides a reliable and quantitative assessment of the inspection results in acoustically anisotropic inhomogeneous test objects. Among others, an iterative algorithm for the determination of unknown elastic properties of inhomogeneous anisotropic materials has been developed. It allows practical application of the developed UT method, since the anisotropy of most of austenitic and dissimilar welds (especially of hand-welded joints) in practice is usually unknown. The functionality of the developed inspection technique has been validated by many experiments on welded austenitic specimens having artificial and natural defects. For the practical application of the new ultrasonic technique different testing strategies are proposed, which can be used depending on the current inspection task.

  9. Radio-induced brittleness of austenitic stainless steels at high temperatures

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    In a first part, the author recalls some metallurgical characteristics and properties of iron (atomic properties, crystalline structure, transformation), of iron carbon systems and steels (ferrite, austenite, cementite, martensite, bainite, phase diagrams of iron chromium alloy and iron nickel alloy), aspects regarding the influence of addition elements in the case of stainless steels (mutual interaction of carbon, chromium and nickel in their iron alloys, indication of the various stainless steels, i.e. martensitic, ferritic, austenitic, austenitic-ferritic, and non ferrous), and presents and discusses various mechanical tests (tensile tests, torsion tests, resilience tests, hardness tests, creep tests). In a second part, he discusses the effects of irradiation on austenitic stainless steels: irradiation and deformation under low temperature, irradiation at intermediate temperature, irradiation at high temperature. The third part addresses mechanisms of intergranular fracture in different temperature ranges (400-600, 700-750, and about 800 C). The author then discusses the effect of Helium on the embrittlement of austenitic steels, and finally evokes the perspective of development of a damage model

  10. Proceedings of the specialists' meeting on reliability of the ultrasonic inspection of austenitic materials

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    The contributions of this meeting addressed several topics: the fundamentals of ultrasonic examination of austenitic materials (effect of anisotropy on propagation, improvement of ultrasonic testing to thick bimetallic welds, aspects of the ultrasonic testing of austenitic steel structures, utilization of a Fisher linear discriminant function in intergranular stress corrosion cracking or IGSCC detection, case of coarse grain austenitic welds, efforts of the Argonne National Laboratory), instruments and methods (longitudinal wave ultrasonic inspection, Grass echo suppression technique during the ultrasonic inspection of fuel cladding tubes, inspections of fillet and butt welds, improvement by signal averaging techniques, multiple bearing angle crack detector for cladded pipes examinations, flow-to-grain echo enhancement by split-spectrum processing, ultrasonic imaging techniques, ultrasonic inspection of pipe weldments for IGSCC), industrial practice (ultrasonic testing techniques for fabrication and in-service inspection, experiences in ultrasonic examination of austenitic steel components, experience and practice on nuclear piping in Spain, detection of underclad defects, sizing of cracks perpendicular to stainless overlay), and reliability (survey of ultrasonic testing in austenitic weld material, examination of electron beam welds, factors affecting the reliability of ultrasonic examination, detectability of IGSCC, ultrasonic inspection reliability for primary piping systems)

  11. The model of prediction of the microstructure austenite C-Mn steel

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    B. Koczurkiewicz

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The subject of the work is analysis of author’s model for prediction of austenite microstructure of C-Mn steel based on Sellar’s solution.Design/methodology/approach: The present study adopts the Sellar’s solution for C-Mn steel to the prediction of phenomena occurring in the steel and the grain size of austeniteFindings: The developed model for the evolution of the austenite microstructure enables the correct determination of the grain size of austenite formed by multi-stage hot deformation.Research limitations/implications: The model is limitated only for selected steel groupPractical implications: The results obtained on the basis of this model will be utilized in the study for the determination of the distribution and state of microstructure in sections with complicated shapes after the rolling process.Originality/value: The modelling of microstructure is very importante problem. There are a lot of general models in literature, which can be used for predicting evolution of microstructure after rolling proces of steel, but the results obtained from them are different. There is a need for adapting the general model for a selected steel group to the prediction of phenomena occurring in the steel and the grain size of austenite formed by means of multi-stage deformation.

  12. A review on nickel-free nitrogen containing austenitic stainless steels for biomedical applications.

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    Talha, Mohd; Behera, C K; Sinha, O P

    2013-10-01

    The field of biomaterials has become a vital area, as these materials can enhance the quality and longevity of human life. Metallic materials are often used as biomaterials to replace structural components of the human body. Stainless steels, cobalt-chromium alloys, commercially pure titanium and its alloys are typical metallic biomaterials that are being used for implant devices. Stainless steels have been widely used as biomaterials because of their very low cost as compared to other metallic materials, good mechanical and corrosion resistant properties and adequate biocompatibility. However, the adverse effects of nickel ions being released into the human body have promoted the development of "nickel-free nitrogen containing austenitic stainless steels" for medical applications. Nitrogen not only replaces nickel for austenitic structure stability but also much improves steel properties. Here we review the harmful effects associated with nickel and emphatically the advantages of nitrogen in stainless steel, as well as the development of nickel-free nitrogen containing stainless steels for medical applications. By combining the benefits of stable austenitic structure, high strength, better corrosion and wear resistance and superior biocompatibility in comparison to the currently used austenitic stainless steel (e.g. 316L), the newly developed nickel-free high nitrogen austenitic stainless steel is a reliable substitute for the conventionally used medical stainless steels. PMID:23910251

  13. INFLUENCE OF STRUCTURAL STATE OF CARBON STEEL IN THE PROCESS OF AUSTENITE APPEARING DURING REHEATING DOUBLE-PHASE (A+Y FIELD

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    B. I. Kindratskyi

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Based on the analysis of research results for the kinetics of austenitization process the order of the original structures in the direction of increasing the rate of austenite formation is determined.

  14. Cast heat-resistant austenitic steel with improved temperature creep properties and balanced alloying element additions and methodology for development of the same

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    Pankiw, Roman I; Muralidharan, Govindrarajan; Sikka, Vinod Kumar; Maziasz, Philip J

    2012-11-27

    The present invention addresses the need for new austenitic steel compositions with higher creep strength and higher upper temperatures. The new austenitic steel compositions retain desirable phases, such as austenite, M.sub.23C.sub.6, and MC in its microstructure to higher temperatures. The present invention also discloses a methodology for the development of new austenitic steel compositions with higher creep strength and higher upper temperatures.

  15. Prediction of Austenite Formation Temperatures Using Artificial Neural Networks

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    Schulze, P.; Schmidl, E.; Grund, T.; Lampke, T.

    2016-03-01

    For the modeling and design of heat treatments, in consideration of the development/ transformation of the microstructure, different material data depending on the chemical composition, the respective microstructure/phases and the temperature are necessary. Material data are, e.g. the thermal conductivity, heat capacity, thermal expansion and transformation data etc. The quality of thermal simulations strongly depends on the accuracy of the material data. For many materials, the required data - in particular for different microstructures and temperatures - are rare in the literature. In addition, a different chemical composition within the permitted limits of the considered steel alloy cannot be predicted. A solution for this problem is provided by the calculation of material data using Artificial Neural Networks (ANN). In the present study, the start and finish temperatures of the transformation from the bcc lattice to the fcc lattice structure of hypoeutectoid steels are calculated using an Artificial Neural Network. An appropriate database containing different transformation temperatures (austenite formation temperatures) to train the ANN is selected from the literature. In order to find a suitable feedforward network, the network topologies as well as the activation functions of the hidden layers are varied and subsequently evaluated in terms of the prediction accuracy. The transformation temperatures calculated by the ANN exhibit a very good compliance compared to the experimental data. The results show that the prediction performance is even higher compared to classical empirical equations such as Andrews or Brandis. Therefore, it can be assumed that the presented ANN is a convenient tool to distinguish between bcc and fcc phases in hypoeutectoid steels.

  16. Development of highest strength nitrogen alloyed austenitic steels

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    This work deals with different possibilities to increase the strength of austenitic stainless steels. It may be interesting to the steel producer and to the steel user, because it shows ways to increase the strength of such steels. It may also be of interest to the metallurgist, because it analyzes the achieved results on the basis of physical metallurgy. It is shown that the increase of the nitrogen content in solid solution has a positive effect on the different hardening mechanisms. The investigation, therefore, focus on nitrogen alloyed steels. Grain boundary hardening, the increase of strength with decreasing strain size, is strongly pronounced in nitrogen alloyed steels. By means of an ultra rapid recrystallization heat treatment it is possible to produce a grain size as small as 2-3 microns. The yield strength reaches an unusually high value of 1030 MPa with an elongation of 48% and an area reduction of 63%. This completely recrystallized steel is free of any precipitation. From the Hall-Petch relation the yield strength may only be extrapolated down to a grain size of about 10 microns. The slope of the Hall-Petch plot, ky, decreases with decreasing grain size. This behavior may be explained by the different distribution of dislocation glide in fine and in coarse grained material. Strain hardening, the increase of strength due to deformation, was thoroughly investigated as a second hardening mechanism. The most important results for room temperature deformation are presented. Deformation at an increased temperature of about 300-400 oC was investigated as an alternative to room temperature deformation. The potentially useful results are also presented. Strain aging may further increase the strength of cold worked nitrogen alloys steels. A heat treatment between 300 and 500oC for a few minutes may lead to an increase in strength of more than 300 MPa. (author) 73 figs., refs

  17. TEM studies of plasma nitrided austenitic stainless steel.

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    Stróz, D; Psoda, M

    2010-03-01

    Cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy and X-ray phase analysis were used to study the structure of a layer formed during nitriding the AISI 316L stainless steel at temperature 440 degrees C. It was found that the applied treatment led to the formation of 6-microm-thick layer of the S-phase. There is no evidence of CrN precipitation. The X-ray diffraction experiments proved that the occurred austenite lattice expansion - due to nitrogen atoms - depended on the crystallographic direction. The cross-sectional transmission electron microscopy studies showed that the layer consisted of a single cubic phase that contained a lot of defects such as dislocations, stacking faults, slip bands and twins. The high-resolution electron microscopy observations were applied to study the defect formation due to the nitriding process. It was shown that the presence of great number of stacking faults leads to formation of nanotwins. Weak, forbidden {100} reflections were still another characteristic feature of the S-phase. These were not detected in the X-ray spectra of the phase. Basing on the high-resolution electron microscopy studies it can be suggested that the short-range ordering of the nitrogen atoms in the octahedral sites inside the f.c.c. matrix lattice takes place and gives rise to appearance of these spots. It is suggested that the cubic lattice undergoes not only expansion but also slight rombohedral distortion that explains differences in the lattice expansion for different crystallographic directions. PMID:20500370

  18. Crack growth in an austenitic stainless steel at high temperature

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    This study deals with crack propagation at 650 deg C on an austenitic stainless steel referenced by Z2 CND 17-12 (316L(NN)). It is based on an experimental work concerning two different cracked specimens: CT specimens tested at 650 deg C in fatigue, creep and creep-fatigue with load controlled conditions (27 tests), tube specimens containing an internal circumferential crack tested in four points bending with displacement controlled conditions (10 tests). Using the fracture mechanics tools (K, J and C* parameters), the purpose here is to construct a methodology of calculation in order to predict the evolution of a crack with time for each loading condition using a fracture mechanics global approach. For both specimen types, crack growth is monitored by using a specific potential drop technique. In continuous fatigue, a material Paris law at 650 deg C is used to correlate crack growth rate with the stress intensity factor range corrected with a factor U(R) in order to take into account the effects of crack closure and loading ratio R. In pure creep on CT specimens, crack growth rate is correlated to the evolution of the C* parameter (evaluated experimentally) which can be estimated numerically with FEM calculations and analytically by using a simplified method based on a reference stress approach. A modeling of creep fatigue growth rate is obtained from a simple summation of the fatigue contribution and the creep contribution to the total crack growth. Good results are obtained when C* parameter is evaluated from the simplified expression C*s. Concerning the tube specimens tested in 4 point bending conditions, a simulation based on the actual A 16 French guide procedure proposed at CEA. (authors)

  19. 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...

  20. Cellular automaton simulation of microstructure evolution during austenite decomposition under continuous cooling conditions

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    M R Varma; R Sasikumar; S G K Pillai; P K Nair

    2001-06-01

    A two-dimensional diffusion based model is developed to describe transformation of austenite into ferrite and pearlite under continuous cooling conditions. The nucleation of ferrite is assumed to occur over grain boundaries and the nucleation of pearlite is assumed to be taking place all over the grain and at growing ferrite–austenite interfaces, when the composition and temperature conditions are favourable. A cellular automaton algorithm, with transformation rules based on this model is used for the growth of ferrite and pearlite. Model predicted results for continuous cooling transformations are verified by comparing the model predicted microstructure features with the experimental measurements for two sets of plain carbon steels of different composition and austenite grain size. Using the model, it is possible to generate results like undercooling to start ferrite and pearlite transformations, which are difficult to obtain experimentally.

  1. Dynamic Recrystallization Behavior of a Fe-Cr-Ni Super-Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    A. Hoseini Asli; A. Zarei-Hanzaki

    2009-01-01

    The super-austenitic stainless steels are extensively utilized in the seamless tubes production for oil extraction industries. Due to the importance of thermo-mechanical processing in the production of these tubes, the dynamic recrystallization (DRX) characteristics of a Cr-Ni super austenitic stainless steel (1.4563) were investigated in the present study. This was performed using the hot compression testing method in the temperature range of 950-1150℃ and the strain rate of 10~(-3)-10~(-1)s~(-1). The initiation and evolution of DRX were examined through microstructural analysis. The results indicated that the recrystallized grain formed a necklace type structure at the prior austenite grain boundaries at higher strain rates. In addition, DRX nucleation occurs by bulging and successive strain induced boundary migration (SIBM).

  2. Characteristics of the Austenitic Steels Used in the LHC Main Dipoles

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    Lanza, C

    2002-01-01

    The LHC dipole structure is assembled using austenitic steel collars and austenitic steel end-laminations. The collars will be fine-blanked starting from 11'000 tonnes of steel; the end-laminations require 1'700 tonnes of steel. The procurement of the austenitic steels was divided in two phases: first we qualified different grades from different producers then we made the call for tender, adjudicated the contract and started the series production. The first part of this paper summarises the results of the first qualification phase when extensive checks and measurements were carried out on five different grades. The second part describes the approach used to control the series production and the results obtained. At the time of writing about 19% of the steel for collars and end-laminations has been manufactured and delivered.

  3. Laser Shock Processing of an Austenitic Stainless Steel and a Nickel-base Superalloy

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    Huaming WANG; Xijun SUN; Xiaoxuan LI

    2003-01-01

    An austenitic stainless steel 1Cr18Ni9Ti and a solid solution-strengthened Ni-base superalloy GH30 were shock processed usinga Q-switched pulsed Nd-glass laser. Microstructure, hardness and residual stress of the laser shock processed surface wereinvestigated as functions of laser processing parameters. Results show that high density of dislocations and fine deformationtwins are produced in the laser shock processed surface layers in both the austenitic stainless steel and the nickel-base superalloy.Extensive strain-induced martensite was also observed in the laser shock processed zone of the austenitic steel. The hardnessof the laser shock processed surface was significantly enhanced and compressive stress as high as 400 MPa was produced inthe laser shock processed surface.

  4. Phase stability in an austenitic Fe-Cr-Mn (W,V) alloy

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    2002-01-01

    By means of deformation and long term aging, the stability and phase equilibrim characteristic of the C+N synthetically strengthening austenitic Fe-Cr-Mn (W,V) alloy were investigated. Experimental results indicate that the austenitic alloy remains stability and no →transformation occurs under 500℃. Synthetic addition of C and N causes the grains to refine and powerfully retards formation of martensite and precipitation of phase. Ms point is elevated with long term aging at elevated temperature (500-700℃) due to a large number ofstrain induced carbides precipitate. Along with accelerated decomposition of strain induced ' martensite and occurrence of recrystallization,γ →α transformation and phase precipitation are promoted so that austenite becomes unstable.

  5. Reheating Austenitizing Temperature of Spring Steel 60Si2MnA for Railway

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    CUI Juan; LIU Ya-zheng; PAN Hui; GAO Li-feng

    2008-01-01

    The microsturctural transformation of austenite grain,pearlite interlamellar spacing,and lamellar cementite thickness of spring steel 60Si2MnA for railway were studied in the hot-rolled and reheated states.Furthermore,the effect of microstructural characterization on its final mechanical properties was discussed.The results showed that as far as 60Si2MnA,the pearlite interlamellar spacing determined the hardness,whereas,the austenite grain determined the toughness.Compared with microstructure and mechanical properties in the hot-rolled state,after reheating treatment at 950℃,its average grain sizes are apparently fine and the pearlite interlamellar spacing and lamellar cementite thickness coarsen to some extent,but both hardness and impact toughness increase to HRC 48 and 8.5 J.respectively.In the course of making spring,the optimum reheating austenitizing temperature for the 60Si2MnA steel is 950℃.

  6. Influence of surface texture on the galling characteristics of lean duplex and austenitic stainless steels

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    Wadman, Boel; Eriksen, J.; Olsson, M.;

    2010-01-01

    Two simulative test methods were used to study galling in sheet forming of two types of stainless steel sheet: austenitic (EN 1.4301) and lean duplex LDX 2101 (EN 1.4162) in different surface conditions. The pin-on-disc test was used to analyse the galling resistance of different combinations of...... industrial tool used for high volume production of pump components, to compare forming of LDX 2101 and austenitic stainless steel with equal thickness. The forming forces, the geometry and the strains in the sheet material were compared for the same component. It was found that LDX steels can be formed to...... high strain levels in tools normally applied for forming of austenitic steels, but tool adaptations are needed to comply with the higher strength and springback of the material....

  7. Thermal stability of metastable austenite in rapidly solidified chromium-molybdenum-vanadium tool steel powder

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    Thermal stability of metastable austenite in a Cr-Mo-V tool steel of ledeburite type was investigated by tempering rapidly solidified (RS) particles at temperatures from 100 up to 700 deg. C and by continuous heating during differential thermal analysis. A rapid increase in microhardness was observed after the tempering at temperatures over 400 deg. C. According to Moessbauer effect measurements, only non-magnetic phases were observed in the RS particles after atomization, as well as after the tempering at temperatures below 540 deg. C. Above this temperature, the metastable austenite gradually transformed into martensite during cooling from the tempering temperature. The secondary hardening peak corresponding to 1220 HV appears at 600 deg. C. This temperature is higher than the temperature of the secondary hardening peak for this steel after conventional heat treatment. The thermal stability of austenite was determined and the mechanisms of phase transformations responsible for the achievement of secondary hardness in this steel following rapid solidification are described

  8. Thermal stability of metastable austenite in rapidly solidified chromium-molybdenum-vanadium tool steel powder

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    Grgac, P.; Moravcik, R.; Kusy, M.; Toth, I.; Miglierini, M.; Illekova, E

    2004-07-15

    Thermal stability of metastable austenite in a Cr-Mo-V tool steel of ledeburite type was investigated by tempering rapidly solidified (RS) particles at temperatures from 100 up to 700 deg. C and by continuous heating during differential thermal analysis. A rapid increase in microhardness was observed after the tempering at temperatures over 400 deg. C. According to Moessbauer effect measurements, only non-magnetic phases were observed in the RS particles after atomization, as well as after the tempering at temperatures below 540 deg. C. Above this temperature, the metastable austenite gradually transformed into martensite during cooling from the tempering temperature. The secondary hardening peak corresponding to 1220 HV appears at 600 deg. C. This temperature is higher than the temperature of the secondary hardening peak for this steel after conventional heat treatment. The thermal stability of austenite was determined and the mechanisms of phase transformations responsible for the achievement of secondary hardness in this steel following rapid solidification are described.

  9. Detection by ultrasonic waves of discontinuities in cast steels and weldings of austenitic stainless steels

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    The study of discontinuities in cast iron and austenitic weldings by means of ultrasound is extremely difficult when materials present rough structures. By virtue of the necessity existing in nuclear power plants and others, of verify to the integrity of cast pieces an austenitic weldings, such a verification is being studying at global level. Materials with a rough grain structure, frequently present in industry, are: bombs to moving fluids, pipe fittings, elbows and austenitic weldings. This problem, traditionally, has been studied varying the frequency in gropers. A new approach will be presented here, based in the use of the high sensibility of the equipment and piezoelectric tablet, as well as the maximum withdrawal of perturbation zone in X-ray tube (Author)

  10. Effects of Solute Nb Atoms and Nb Precipitates on Isothermal Transformation Kinetics from Austenite to Ferrite

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    Wang, Li; Parker, Sally; Rose, Andrew; West, Geoff; Thomson, Rachel

    2016-05-01

    Nb is a very important micro-alloying element in low-carbon steels, for grain size refinement and precipitation strengthening, and even a low content of Nb can result in a significant effect on phase transformation kinetics from austenite to ferrite. Solute Nb atoms and Nb precipitates may have different effects on transformation behaviors, and these effects have not yet been fully characterized. This paper examines in detail the effects of solute Nb atoms and Nb precipitates on isothermal transformation kinetics from austenite to ferrite. The mechanisms of the effects have been analyzed using various microscopy techniques. Many solute Nb atoms were found to be segregated at the austenite/ferrite interface and apply a solute drag effect. It has been found that solute Nb atoms have a retardation effect on ferrite nucleation rate and ferrite grain growth rate. The particle pinning effect caused by Nb precipitates is much weaker than the solute drag effect.

  11. The structure and corrosion behavior of electron beam treated austenitic stainless steels

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    The influence of electron beam surface melting of austenitic AISI 304 stainless steel on its microstructure and anodic potentiostatic behavior in 1N sulphuric acid at 25 C has been studied. Delta ferrite formed in the surface melted layer and was found to vary with electron beam current and stainless steel plate thickness. The structure and anodic behavior of AISI 304 specimens conventionally heat treated to provoke ferrite formation were also studied. The length of active region in the anodic potentiostatic curves for both the surface melted and heat treated specimens decreased with increasing ferrite in the austenitic steel. Overall, surface melting using high energy sources has been found to significantly improve the aqueous corrosion resistance of austenitic stainless steel by provoking the formation of duplex microstructures. (author)

  12. 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

  13. Regularities of structure formation during hot deformation of austenite in alloy steels

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    Regularities of substructure formation during hot working of austenite in 110Kh6 and 40Kh8G8 alloy steels, structural peculiarities and relations between structure development and a hot deformation curve were investigated. The possibility of structure formation modeling is also evaluated for deformation under commercial procedure conditions. Hot deformation during high temperatue thermomechanical treatment was carried out by rolling and compression. It is found that in alloy steel austenite during hot deformation up to 7-10% the processes of intensive strain hardening develop which result in formation of substructure with high density of dislocations either distributed uniformly or forming a cellular type substructure. Strain softening processes (dynamic polygonization) arise with a deformation degree increase. The relationship found between a hot deformation curve and structural changes during hot working of alloy steel austenite provides the option for conditions of high temperature thermomechanical treatment of commerical alloy steels softening according to a dynamic polygonization mechanism

  14. Corrosion Behavior of Austenitic and Duplex Stainless Steels in Lithium Bromide

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    Ayo Samuel AFOLABI

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The corrosion behavior of austenitic and duplex stainless steels in various concentrations of lithium, bromide solution was investigated by using the conventional weight loss measurement method. The results obtained show that corrosion of these steels occurred due to the aggressive bromide ion in the medium. Duplex stainless steel shows a greater resistance to corrosion than austenitic stainless steel in the medium. This was attributed to equal volume proportion of ferrite and austenite in the structure of duplex stainless steel coupled with higher content of chromium in its composition. Both steels produced electrochemical noise at increased concentrations of lithium bromide due to continuous film breakdown and repair caused by reduction in medium concentration by the alkaline corrosion product while surface passivity observed in duplex stainless steel is attributed to film stability on this steel.

  15. Analytical Investigation of Prior Austenite Grain Size Dependence of Low Temperature Toughness in Steel Weld Metal

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    X.F. Zhang; P. Hall; H. Terasak; M. Sato; Y. Komizo

    2012-01-01

    Prior austenite grain size dependence of the low temperature impact toughness has been addressed in the bainitic weld metals by in situ observations.Usually,decreasing the grain size is the only approach by which both the strength and the toughness of a steel are increased.However,low carbon bainitic steel with small grain size shows a weakening of the low temperature impact toughness in this study.By direct tracking of the morphological evolution during phase transformation,it is found that large austenite grain size dominates the nucleation of intragranular acicular ferrite,whereas small austenite grain size leads to grain boundary nucleation of bainite.This kinetics information will contribute to meet the increasing low temperature toughness requirement of weld metals for the storage tanks and offshore structures.

  16. Degradation of superheater tubes made of austenitic T321H steel after long term service

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    Hernas, Adam [Silesian Technical Univ., Katowice (Poland). Faculty of Material Science; Augustyniak, Boleslaw; Chmielewski, Marek [Gdansk Univ. of Technology (Poland). Mechanical Dept.; Sablik, M.J. [Applied Magnetic and Physical Modeling, LLC, San Antonio, TX (United States)

    2010-07-01

    There are presented results of complementary tests performed for the evaluation of creep damage in austenitic steel grade T321H exploited over 200,000 hours in the secondary superheater part of a power plant boiler. The following techniques have been applied: SEM microscopy, X-ray diffraction, tensile tests, hardness measurements and novel eddy current inspection. The novel eddy current inspection is proposed as a non-destructive method of estimating the creep damage stage of austenite steel boiler tubes after long-term service in power plants. We compare the results provided by the different techniques and discuss the correlations and also point out the problems which need to be addressed in order to elaborate the remaining life assessment of austenitic boiler tubes. (orig.)

  17. Effects of milling process and alloying additions on oxide particle dispersion in austenitic stainless steel

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    An oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) austenitic stainless steel was developed by mechanical alloying (MA) of advanced SUS316 stainless steel. A nano-characterization was performed to understand details of the effect of minor alloying elements in the distribution of dispersoids. It is shown that Y2O3 particles dissolve into the austenitic matrix after the MA for 6 h. Annealing at 1073 K or higher temperatures result in a distribution of fine oxide particles in the recrystallized grains in the ODS austenitic stainless steel. Additions of Hafnium or Zirconium led to the distribution of finer oxide particles than in samples without these elements, resulting in an increase in the hardness of the samples. The most effective concentration of Hf and Zr to increase the hardness was 0.6 and 0.2–0.3 wt%, respectively

  18. Review of environmental effects on fatigue crack growth of austenitic stainless steels

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    Fatigue and environmentally assisted cracking of piping, pressure vessel cladding, and core components in light water reactors are potential concerns to the nuclear industry and regulatory agencies. The degradation processes include intergranular stress corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steel (SS) piping in boiling water reactors (BWRs), and propagation of fatigue or stress corrosion cracks (which initiate in sensitized SS cladding) into low-alloy ferritic steels in BWR pressure vessels. Crack growth data for wrought and cast austenitic SSs in simulated BWR water, developed at Argonne National Laboratory under US Nuclear Regulatory Commission sponsorship over the past 10 years, have been compiled into a data base along with similar data obtained from the open literature. The data were analyzed to develop corrosion-fatigue curves for austenitic SSs in aqueous environments corresponding to normal BWR water chemistries, for BWRs that add hydrogen to the feedwater, and for pressurized water reactor primary-system-coolant chemistry

  19. Role of Austenite in Brittle Fracture of Bond Region of Super Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Kitagawa, Yoshihiko; Ikeuchi, Kenji; Kuroda, Toshio

    Weld simulation of heat-affected zone (HAZ) was performed to investigate the mechanism by which austenite affects the toughness of super duplex stainless steel. Thermal cycles of various peak temperatures in the range from 1373 K to 1673 K corresponding to the HAZ were applied to SAF2507 super duplex stainless steel specimens. Charpy impact test was carried out using the specimens after the weld simulation, and the fracture surfaces were observed by SEM using three-dimensionally reconstruction technique. Austenite content decreased with increasing the peak temperature when the peak temperature exceeded 1473 K and the impact value decreased with increasing the peak temperature and decreasing the austenite content. The thermal cycle of the peak temperature of 1673 K corresponding to weld bond region caused decreasing of austenite content which was 22% lower than that of the base metal. The ductile-brittle transition temperature was measured. As a result the temperature increased rapidly in the weld bond region, the peak temperature of which exceeded 1623 K by the grain growth of ferrite matrix occurring subsequently to the completely dissolution of austenite. The morphology of the fracture surfaces after impact testing at 77 K showed cleavage fracture of ferrite. The {100} orientations of cleavage fracture facets were measured using three-dimensional images of the fracture surfaces and the results were visualized as the orientation color maps. The results showed that there were cleavage fractures consisting of a few facets parallel to each other. It was considered that a few facets existed in one ferrite grain. It was concluded that Widmanstätten austenite divided the large fracture into smaller cleavage facets in a ferrite grain and then suppressed the degradation of bond toughness of duplex stainless steel.

  20. Effect of retained austenite on the fracture toughness of tempered tool steel

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    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: This paper is an attempt of reviewing the outlooks about the favourable influence of retained austeniteon fracture toughness of tool steels according to results of investigation concerning relations between temperingtemperature, hardness, fraction of retained austenite and fracture toughness.Design/methodology/approach: The tests were performed on the samples made of the 70MnCrMoV9-2-4-2steel in which the fraction of retained austenite was changed by cold treatment and by changing the temperingtemperature. On the ground of analysis of dependencies between fraction of retained austenite, hardness, fracturetoughness and tempering temperature of hardened 70MnCrMoV9-2-4-2 steel the influence of retained austenite onfracture toughness of tested steel was investigated.Findings: was found that retained austenite remaining in the structure of tested steel after quenching increased itsfracture toughness on directly proportional way to its volume fraction. Advantageous influence of this phase wasalso found after tempering tested steel.Research limitations/implications: It was pointed out that most beneficial influence of retained austeniteexists when tested steel after hardening is low-tempered. At that moment the highest stabilization of the phaseoccurs. While at tempering temperatures above 220°C it was indicated that it is possible to combine retainedaustenite transition and irreversible tempering brittleness.Originality/value: On the basis of own research, the authors present their own, original point of view on theissue of presence of retained austenite in the structure, its stability and the influence on fracture toughness of lowtemperedtools steel.

  1. Improvement of austenitic Hadfield Mn-steel properties by thermomechanical processing

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    A thermomechanical processing technique is used to improve austenitic Hadfield Mn-steel wear properties. ASTM A128 grade C steel billets were sized and multi-pass hot rolled. Rolling has been successfully carried out up to an 80% reduction in thickness on four passes in the temperature range 1200 to 800 oC. The inter-pass time ranged between 9 to 13 seconds. The steel was then solution treated at 900, 1000 and 1100 oC for 30 min. at temperature. Austenite grain size was measured and the carbide volume fraction was evaluated. The austenitic grains of the as-cast structure are surrounded by a network of carbides. The carbides have a lamellar structure and are richer in Cr and Mn than the austenitic grains. Austenitizing at 1100 oC was the optimum to dissolve the network of carbides. However, solution treatment at the higher temperature coarsens the austenite grains while decreasing the carbide volume fraction. By contrast, hot rolling creates finer grains and significantly reduces the carbide content. Furthermore, hot rolling followed by solution treatment further decreases the carbide content and distributes them homogeneously. This process has a positive effect on both the mechanical and wear properties. High reductions by hot rolling of the Hadfield steel creates both deformation bands and a twinned structure. These twinning boundaries are considered as slip obstacles to provide strengthening. A thick sheet martensitic structure is created accompanying twinning. Moreover, solution treatment of the hot deformed steel leads to the formation of a thin martensitic structure. (author)

  2. Diagrams of supercooled austenite transformations of low-carbon and medium-carbon TRIP-steels

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    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the paper is to determine the influence of cooling conditions on a structure and a shape of CCT-diagrams of TRIP-aided steels.Design/methodology/approach: The diagrams of undeformed supercooled austenite transformations for low-carbon and medium-carbon steels were determined. The specimens were austenitized at a temperature of 1100°C and cooled from a temperature of 900°C with a rate in a range from 1 to 300°Cs-1. The dilatometric tests were carried out by the use of the DIL805A/D dilatometer with a LVDT-type measuring head.Findings: It was found that obtained CCT-diagrams of low-carbon and medium-carbon steels are favourable for manufacturing TRIP-type steels with multiphase structures. The steels are characterized by large ferritic and bainitic fields and a right-displaced pearlitic range. However, a ferrite fraction obtained after cooling with an optimum rate from a temperature of 900°C is low. Increasing the fraction of the α phase requires two-stage cooling after austenitizing.Research limitations/implications: To obtain the optimum ferrite fraction, it is necessary to modify a cooling course in a range of γ→α transformation. It should result in an effective utilization of the time for the transformation of austenite into the fine-grained ferrite.Practical implications: The obtained diagrams of supercooled austenite transformations can be useful in a determination of a cooling course from a finishing rolling temperature for sheets with a multiphase structure.Originality/value: The diagrams of the undeformed supercooled austenite for the low-carbon and medium-carbon steels containing Nb and Ti microadditions were obtained.

  3. Chemical gradients across phase boundaries between martensite and austenite in steel studied by atom probe tomography and simulation

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    Dmitrieva, O.; Ponge, D.; Inden, G.; Millan, J.; Choi, P. [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 40237 Duesseldorf (Germany); Sietsma, J. [Delft University of Technology, Faculty 3mE, Dept. MSE, 2628 CD Delft (Netherlands); Raabe, D., E-mail: d.raabe@mpie.de [Max-Planck-Institut fuer Eisenforschung, Max-Planck-Str. 1, 40237 Duesseldorf (Germany)

    2011-01-15

    Partitioning at phase boundaries of complex steels is important for their properties. We present atom probe tomography results across martensite/austenite interfaces in a precipitation-hardened maraging-TRIP steel (12.2 Mn, 1.9 Ni, 0.6 Mo, 1.2 Ti, 0.3 Al; at.%). The system reveals compositional changes at the phase boundaries: Mn and Ni are enriched while Ti, Al, Mo and Fe are depleted. More specific, we observe up to 27 at.% Mn in a 20 nm layer at the phase boundary. This is explained by the large difference in diffusivity between martensite and austenite. The high diffusivity in martensite leads to a Mn flux towards the retained austenite. The low diffusivity in the austenite does not allow accommodation of this flux. Consequently, the austenite grows with a Mn composition given by local equilibrium. The interpretation is based on DICTRA and mixed-mode diffusion calculations (using a finite interface mobility).

  4. Chemical gradients across phase boundaries between martensite and austenite in steel studied by atom probe tomography and simulation

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    Partitioning at phase boundaries of complex steels is important for their properties. We present atom probe tomography results across martensite/austenite interfaces in a precipitation-hardened maraging-TRIP steel (12.2 Mn, 1.9 Ni, 0.6 Mo, 1.2 Ti, 0.3 Al; at.%). The system reveals compositional changes at the phase boundaries: Mn and Ni are enriched while Ti, Al, Mo and Fe are depleted. More specific, we observe up to 27 at.% Mn in a 20 nm layer at the phase boundary. This is explained by the large difference in diffusivity between martensite and austenite. The high diffusivity in martensite leads to a Mn flux towards the retained austenite. The low diffusivity in the austenite does not allow accommodation of this flux. Consequently, the austenite grows with a Mn composition given by local equilibrium. The interpretation is based on DICTRA and mixed-mode diffusion calculations (using a finite interface mobility).

  5. Relations of abrasion resistance and hardness of 16Cr-3C white irons with retained austenite content

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    Zhiping Sun; Rulin Zuo; Cong Li; Baoluo Shen; Shengji Gao; Sijiu Huang

    2004-01-01

    The relationship between the retained austenite content of the matrix in 16Cr-3C white irons and the abrasion resistance was investigated. The results show that: (1) the abrasion resistance can be improved by sub-critical heat treatment, which could be attributed to the decrease of the retained austenite content; (2) both the abrasion resistance and hardness can be improved by controlling the retained austenite content below 20%-30% and arrive at the maximum when the retained austenite content is reduced to about 10%; (3) the abrasion resistance decreases abruptly once the retained austenite content is lower than 10%, which stems from both the in situ transformation of (Fe, Cr)23C6 to M3C carbides and the formation of pearlitic matrix.

  6. An integrated computer model with applications for austenite-to-ferrite transformation during hot deformation of Nb-microalloyed steels

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    Majta, Janusz; Pietrzyk, Maciej; Zurek, Anna K.; Cola, Mark; Hochanadel, Pat

    2002-05-01

    This work presents an austenite decomposition model, based on the thermodynamics of the system and diffusion-controlled nucleation theory, to predict the evolution of microstructure during hot working of niobium-microalloyed steels. The differences in microstructural development of hotdeformed microalloyed steel in the single-phase austenite and two-phase (austenite + ferrite) regions have been effectively described using an integrated computer modeling process. The complete model presented here takes into account the kinetics of recrystallization, recrystallized austenite grain size, precipitation, phase transformation, and the resulting ferrite structure. After considering existing austenite decomposition models, we decided that the method adopted in the present work relies on isothermal transformation kinetics and the principle-of-additivity rule. The thermomechanical part of the modeling process was carried out using the finite-element method. Experimental results at different temperatures, strain rates, and strain levels were obtained using a Gleeble thermomechanical simulator. A comparison of results of the model with experiments shows good agreement.

  7. Effect of deformation temperature on niobium clustering, precipitation and austenite recrystallisation in a Nb–Ti microalloyed steel

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    Kostryzhev, Andrii G., E-mail: andrii@uow.edu.au [School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia); Al Shahrani, Abdullah, E-mail: amfa065@uowmail.edu.au [School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia); Zhu, Chen, E-mail: chen.zhu@sydney.edu.au [Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, and School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Ringer, Simon P., E-mail: simon.ringer@sydney.edu.au [Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, and School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Pereloma, Elena V., E-mail: elenap@uow.edu.au [School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Wollongong, NSW 2522 (Australia)

    2013-10-01

    The effect of deformation temperature on Nb solute clustering, precipitation and the kinetics of austenite recrystallisation were studied in a steel containing 0.081C–0.021Ti–0.064 Nb (wt%). Thermo-mechanical processing was carried out using a Gleeble 3500 simulator. The austenite microstructure was studied using a combination of optical microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atom probe microscopy, enabling a careful characterisation of grain size, as well as Nb-rich clustering and precipitation processes. A correlation between the austenite recrystallisation kinetics and the chemistry, size and number density of Nb-rich solute atom clusters, and NbTi(C,N) precipitates was established via the austenite deformation temperature. Specifically, we have determined thresholds for the onset of recrystallisation: for deformation levels above 75% and temperatures above 825 °C, Nb atom clusters <8 nm effectively suppressed austenite recrystallisation.

  8. The influence of nitrogen alloying on the pitting and crevice corrosion of austenitic and duplex stainless steels

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    The effect of nitrogen alloying on the pitting corrosion resistance of duplex and austenitic stainless steels has been examined. In order to avoid alteration of the phase ratio as a result of nitrogen alloying of the duplex steels, a simultaneous decrease has been made in the nickel content. Austenitic alloys of compositions corresponding to the austenite phase of the duplex steels have been investigated and compared to the behaviour of austenitic steels in which the nitrogen content or the nickel content alone has been varied. Nitrogen has a beneficial effect on pitting and crevice corrosion resistance in all cases but the duplex stainless steel exhibit a lower resistance to pitting and a higher resistance to crevice corrosion than predicted from the austenite nitrogen content. (orig.)

  9. Effect of deformation temperature on niobium clustering, precipitation and austenite recrystallisation in a Nb–Ti microalloyed steel

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    The effect of deformation temperature on Nb solute clustering, precipitation and the kinetics of austenite recrystallisation were studied in a steel containing 0.081C–0.021Ti–0.064 Nb (wt%). Thermo-mechanical processing was carried out using a Gleeble 3500 simulator. The austenite microstructure was studied using a combination of optical microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atom probe microscopy, enabling a careful characterisation of grain size, as well as Nb-rich clustering and precipitation processes. A correlation between the austenite recrystallisation kinetics and the chemistry, size and number density of Nb-rich solute atom clusters, and NbTi(C,N) precipitates was established via the austenite deformation temperature. Specifically, we have determined thresholds for the onset of recrystallisation: for deformation levels above 75% and temperatures above 825 °C, Nb atom clusters <8 nm effectively suppressed austenite recrystallisation

  10. Precipitation of K phase in austenitic alloys of Fe-Mn-Al system

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    The kinetics of austenite decomposition in a fully austenitic Fe-Mn-Al-Si-C alloy aged for up to 400 hours at 500, 550, 600 and 6500C was investigated. Mettalographic studies using optical and scanning electron microscopy, microprobe analysis and X-ray diffraction showed the presence only of the K-phase in the aged samples. Ferrite and other phases such as β-Mn were not detected at the aging temperatures employed. The activation energy for the K phase precipitation was evaluated by means of the evaluation of hardness peaks associated to the early stages of precipitation. (author)

  11. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of ADI Depending on Austenitization Methods and Parameters

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    T. Giętka; T. Szykowny

    2012-01-01

    Ductile iron was quenched using two-variant isothermal transformation. The first treatment variant consisted of one-phase austenitization at a temperature t = 830, 860 or 900 C, cooling down to an isothermal transformation temperature of 300 or 400 C and holding from 8 to 64 minutes. The second treatment variant consisted of two-phase austenitization. Cast iron was austenitizied at a tem- perature t = 950 C and cooled down to a supercritical temperature t ’ = 900, 860 or 830 C. Isothermal tra...

  12. Modeling of Austenite Decomposition in Low Si-Mn TRIP Steel During Cooling

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    ZHU Li-juan; WU Di; ZHAO Xian-ming

    2008-01-01

    Transformation behavior in low carbon Si-Mn TRIP steel was investigated by means of microstructural observation and computer modelling. A transformation model in which transformation is controlled by carbon diffusion was suggested,which well described the volume fractional change of ferrite,pearlite,and bainite during continuous cooling.The influence of Si content and austenite grain size was thoroughly investigated.The calculated results indicated that Si retards pearlite transformation,accelerates polygonal ferrite transformation,refines the austenite grain,and increases the ferrite transformation rate.

  13. Key Technique of Austenitic Stainless Steel on-line Solution Treatment

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    LI Sheng-li; LI Wei-juan; LIU Shuang; LI Ying; ZHAO Fei

    2004-01-01

    Generally the methods of solution treatment of austenitic stainless steel are bifurcated on-line solution and off-line solution . For a founded enterprise, it is necessary to find out how to get across alterations and search a measure of on -line solution disposal with less investment and higher efficiency. By studying and analysingin laboratory, several key points and the methods settle them are presented, which offers a new route to realize austenitic stainless steel on-line solution. By reducing the cost greatly, it makes the enterprise larger benefits.

  14. Thermal Stability of Retained Austenite in TRIP Steel After Different Treatments

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    SHI Wen; LI Lin; Bruno C De Cooman; Patrick Wollants; YANG Chun-xia

    2008-01-01

    Thermal decomposition of retained austenite in TRIP steel was investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The decomposition curve was abnormal, and the decomposition temperature and the activation energy were measured by the Kissinger method, which were all higher than those in quenched steel. The thermal decomposition data of samples soaked in liquid nitrogen after TRIP treatment were all similar to those without additional low temperature treatment. It indicated that there is a high thermal stability in retained austenite of the TRIP steel at low temperature, which was also proved by XRD analysis.

  15. Structure Evolution and Solidification Behavior of Austenitic Stainless Steel in Pulsed Magnetic Field

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    LI Qiu-shu; LI Hai-bin; ZHAI Qi-jie

    2006-01-01

    To understand the solidification behavior of austenitic stainless steel in pulsed magnetic field, the solidification process is investigated by means of the self-made high voltage pulse power source and the solidification tester. The results show that the solidification structure of austenitic stainless steel can be remarkably refined in pulsed magnetic field, yet the grains become coarse again when the magnetic intensity is exceedingly large, indicating that an optimal intensity range existed for structure refinement. The solidification temperature can be enhanced with an increase in the magnetic intensity. The solidification time is shortened obviously, but the shortening degree is reduced with the increase of the magnetic intensity.

  16. Influence of kinetics of supercooled austenite decomposition on structure formation in sparingly-alloyed tool steel

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    Krylova, S. E.; Yakovleva, I. L.; Tereshchenko, N. A.; Priimak, E. Yu.; Kletsova, O. A.

    2013-10-01

    The decomposition of supercooled austenite in 70Kh3G2VTB steel under isothermal conditions and continuous cooling have been studied. The isothermal and continuous cooling tranformation curves of the decomposition of austenite in the experimental steel have been constructed. The effect of alloying elements on phase transformations in the steel under heating and cooling have been established. The features of the formation of a microstructure in the 70Kh3G2VTB steel after different regimes of heat treatment have been described. The optimal parameters of hardening heat treatment have been developed.

  17. Rules of decomposition of austenite of low-pearlite steels in continuous cooling

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    The kinetics of the transformation of the austenite of 12G2FR steel and, for comparison, of 09G2FB steel in continuous cooling were investigated. The chemical analyses of these steels are presented. The thermokinetic curves were constructed on an AD-73 dilatometer. Alloying of steel with up to 0.005% boron increases the stability of the austenite and provides higher hardenability of the steel. Heat treatment of plates of the steels after controlled rolling provides an increase in the strength properties from 560 to 610-640 MPa with satisfactory plasticity and impact strength

  18. Thermodynamic Calculation Study on Effect of Manganese on Stability of Austenite in High Nitrogen Stainless Steels

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    Wang, Qingchuan; Zhang, Bingchun; Yang, Ke

    2016-05-01

    A series of high nitrogen steels were studied by using thermodynamic calculations to investigate the effect of manganese on the stability of austenite. Surprisingly, it was found that the austenite stabilizing ability of manganese was strongly weakened by chromium, but it was strengthened by molybdenum. In addition, with an increase of manganese content, the ferrite stabilizing ability of chromium significantly increased, but that of molybdenum decreased. Therefore, strong interactions exist between manganese and the other alloying elements, which should be the main reason for the difference among different constituent diagrams.

  19. Influence of phase transformation on the hardening of austenitic stainless steels

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    The influence of phase transformation on the true stress-true strain curves of austenitic stainless steels was studied. This investigation was carried on one type of AISI 302 steel and one AISI 316 steel. The temperature range varied from -1960C to room temperature. A model for the workhardening of metaestable austenitic stainless steel is proposed. It was concluded that stress induced martensite epsilon may be responsible for the lowering of yield strength as well as the initial plateau on workhardening in these materials. (Author)

  20. Advances in development of refractory austenitic steels and nickel alloys for power engineering

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    An evaluation is presented of the current state of knowledge of the properties and technologies of refractory austenitic steels and Ni alloys, this mainly of materials used in the temperature range of 600 to 1100 degC where the main causes of damage are creep, fatigue and high temperature corrosion. Attention is mainly devoted to the results of applied research. The problems of concrete applications in nuclear engineering were dealt with in the paper ''Assessment of long-term refractory properties of selected types of austenitic steels''. (J.B.)

  1. Microstructure and mechanical properties of low carbon silicon manganese steel sheets containing retained austenite

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    The effect of bainite transformation temperature and of plastic deformation on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a 0.2%C, 1.5%Si, 1.5%Mn triple-phase steel as well as on the stability and morphology of retained austenite is reported. Carefully designed control-rolling, control-cooling and isothermal bainite transformation allowed to obtain a multiphase steel containing retained austenite susceptible to transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP effect). Mechanical properties are discussed in terms of the obtained dependence of instantaneous strain hardening exponent on true strain. (author)

  2. Short-term low-temperature glow discharge nitriding of 316L austenitic steel

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    T. Frączek

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The AISI 316L austenitic steel after glow discharge nitriding at temperature of T = 673 K and duration of τ=14,4 ks, for two different variants of specimen arrangement in the glow-discharge chamber was investigated. In order to assess the effectiveness of nitriding process, the surface layers profile analysis examination, surface hardness and hardness profile examination, the analysis of surface layer structures and corrosion resistance tests were performed. It has been found that application of a booster screen effects in a nitrogen diffusion depth increment into the 316L austenitic steel surface, what results in the surface layer thickness escalation.

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

  4. The effect of grain size on the mechanical response of a metastable austenitic stainless steel

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    Sinclair C.W.

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The combination of high environmental resistance and excellent strength, elongation and energy absorption make austenitic stainless steels potentially attractive for transportation applications. In the case of metastable grades that undergo a strain induced martensitic transformation it is possible to significantly change the mechanical properties simply by changing the austenite grain size. Predicting such behaviour using physically based models is, however, extremely challenging. Here, some recent work on the coupling between grain size and mechanical response will be presented for a metastable AISI 301 LN stainless steel. Successes and continuing challenges will be highlighted.

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

  6. Stages of austenitization of cold-worked low-carbon steel in intercritical temperature range

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    Panov, D. O.; Simonov, Y. N.; Spivak, L. V.; Smirnov, A. I.

    2015-08-01

    Austenization processes in 10Kh3G3MF low-carbon steel in the initially cold-worked state are investigated during its continuous heating in an intercritical temperature range. The austenization of this steel has three stages, which is shown by dilatometry, differential scanning calorimetry, and transmission electron microscopy. The thermokinetic diagram of the austenite formation in 10Kh3G3MF steel is constructed. Critical points A c1 and A c2 and temperature ranges of austenite formation at every stage of the α → γ transformation at heating rates of 0.6-400 K/s are determined.

  7. Measurement techniques of magnetic properties for evaluation of neutron irradiation damage on austenitic stainless steels

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    The remote-controlled equipment for measurement of magnetic flux density has been developed in order to evaluate the irradiation damage of austenitic stainless steels. Magnetic flux densities by neutron irradiation in austenitic stainless steels, SUS304 and Fast Breeder Reactor grade type 316 (316FR), have been measured by the equipment. The results show that irradiation damage affected to magnetic flux density, and indicate the measuring method of magnetic flux density using a small magnetizer with a permanent magnet of 2 mm in diameter is less affected by specimen shape. (author)

  8. Investigation of strain-induced martensitic transformation in metastable austenite using nanoindentation

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    Strain-induced martensitic transformation of metastable austenite was investigated by nanoindentation of individual austenite grains in multi-phase steel. A cross-section prepared through one of these indented regions using focused ion beam milling was examined by transmission electron microscopy. The presence of martensite underneath the indent indicates that the pop-ins observed on the load-displacement curve during nanoindentation correspond to the onset of strain-induced martensitic transformation. The pop-ins can be understood as resulting from the selection of a favorable martensite variant during nanoindentation.

  9. Damage mechanism of piping welded joints made from austenitic Steel for the type RBMK reactor

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    In the process of operation of RBMK reactors the damages were taking place on welded piping, produced from austenitic stainless steel of the type 08X18H10T. The inspection of damaged sections in piping has shown that in most cases crack-like defects are of corrosion and mechanical character. The paper considers in details the reasons of damages appearance and their development for this type of welded joints of downcomers 325xl6 mm, which were fabricated from austenitic stainless steel using TlG and MAW welding methods. (author)

  10. Thermodynamic Calculation Study on Effect of Manganese on Stability of Austenite in High Nitrogen Stainless Steels

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    Wang, Qingchuan; Zhang, Bingchun; Yang, Ke

    2016-07-01

    A series of high nitrogen steels were studied by using thermodynamic calculations to investigate the effect of manganese on the stability of austenite. Surprisingly, it was found that the austenite stabilizing ability of manganese was strongly weakened by chromium, but it was strengthened by molybdenum. In addition, with an increase of manganese content, the ferrite stabilizing ability of chromium significantly increased, but that of molybdenum decreased. Therefore, strong interactions exist between manganese and the other alloying elements, which should be the main reason for the difference among different constituent diagrams.

  11. Non-metallic inclusions in high manganese austenitic alloys

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the paper is to identify the type, fraction and chemical composition of non-metallic inclusions modified by rare-earth elements in an advanced group of high-manganese austenitic C-Mn-Si-Al-type steels with Nb and Ti microadditions.Design/methodology/approach: The heats of 3 high-Mn steels of a various content of Si, Al and Ti were melted in a vacuum induction furnace and a modification of non-metallic inclusions was carried out by the mischmetal in the amount of 0.87 g or 1.74 g per 1 kg of steel. Evaluation of the metallurgical purity of steels with non-metallic inclusions was done basing on determination their fraction, type, size and morphology. Stereological parameters of the inclusions were assessed by the use of automatic image analyzer cooperating with light microscope. EDS method was used to assess the chemical composition of non-metallic inclusions.Findings: It was found that the steels are characterized by high metallurgical purity connected to low concentrations of phosphorus and gases at a slightly higher sulphur content, introduced to a melt together with electrolytic manganese. The steels contain fine sulfide inclusions with a mean size from 21 to 25 µm2 in a majority and their fraction equals from 0.047 to 0.09%, depending on sulphur content. MnS, carbonitrides of the (Ti,Nb(C,N type and complex carbosulfides containing Mn, Ti and Nb were identified in steels. The beneficial influence in decreasing a fraction of non-metallic inclusions and their susceptibility to elongate in a rolling direction has a higher addition of mischmetal and titanium microaddition. A modification of the chemical composition of non-metallic inclusions by Ce, La and Nd proceeds in an external zone of inclusions.Research limitations/implications: Further investigations relating the type and morphology of non-metallic inclusions to mechanical properties of sheets at various sections according to the rolling direction are needed

  12. Hot deformation behavior of austenite in HSLA-100 microalloyed steel

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    Momeni, A., E-mail: ammomeni@aut.ac.ir [Mining and Metallurgical Engineering Department, Amir Kabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Arabi, H. [Tarbiat Modarres University, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Rezaei, A.; Badri, H.; Abbasi, S.M. [KNT University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-02-25

    Research highlights: {yields} The flow stress is well fitted by the exponential constitutive equation. {yields} The average value of apparent activation energy for hot deformation is 377 kJ mol{sup -1}. {yields} A yield point phenomenon is observed on flow curves at high temperatures. {yields} The Avrami exponent is determined around unity for dynamic recrystallization. - Abstract: Dynamic recrystallization of austenite in the Cu-bearing HSLA-100 steel was investigated by hot compression testing at a temperature range of 850-1150 deg. C and a strain rate of 0.001-1 s{sup -1}. The obtained flow curves at temperatures higher than 950 deg. C were typical of DRX while at lower temperatures the flow curves were associated with work hardening without any indication of DRX. At high temperatures, flow stress exhibited a linear relation with temperature while at temperatures below 950 deg. C the behavior changed to non-linear. Hence, the temperature of 950 deg. C was introduced as the T{sub nr} of the alloy. All the flow curves showed a yield point elongation like phenomenon which was attributed to the interaction of solute atoms, notably carbon, and moving dislocations. The maximum elongation associated with the yield point phenomenon was observed at about 950 deg. C. Since the maximum yield point elongation was observed about the calculated T{sub nr}, it was concluded that carbon atoms were responsible for it. It was also concluded that the temperature at which the yield point elongation reaches the maximum value increases as strain rate rises. The stress and strain of the characteristic points of DRX flow curves were successfully correlated to the Zener-Hollomon parameter, Z, by power-law equations. The constitutive exponential equation was found more precise than the hyperbolic sine equation for modeling the dependence of flow stress on Z. The apparent activation energy for DRX was determined as 377 kJ mol{sup -1}. The kinetics of DRX was modeled by an Avrami

  13. Crack initiation at high temperature on an austenitic stainless steel

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    The study deals with crack initiation at 600 degrees Celsius and 650 degrees Celsius, on an austenitic stainless steel referenced by Z2 CND 17 12. The behaviour laws of the studied plate were update in comparison with existing data. Forty tests were carried out on CT specimens, with continuous fatigue with load or displacement controlled, pure creep, pure relaxation, creep-fatigue and creep-relaxation loadings. The practical initiation definition corresponds to a small crack growth of about the grain size, monitored by electrical potential drop technique. The time necessary for the crack to initiate is predicted with fracture mechanics global and local approaches, with the helps of microstructural observations and finite elements results. An identification of a 'Paris'law' for continuous cyclic loading and of a unique correlation between the initiation time and C*k for creep tests was established. For the local approach, crack initiation by creep can be interpreted as the reaching of a critical damage level, by using a damage incremental rule. For creep-fatigue tests, crack growth rates at initiation are greater than those of Paris'law for continuous fatigue. A calculation of a transition time between elastic-plastic and creep domains shows that crack initiation can be interpreted whether by providing Paris'law with an acceleration term when the dwell period is less than the transition time, or by calculating a creep contribution which relies on C*k parameter when the dwell period and/or the initiation times are greater than the transition time. Creep relaxation tests present crack growth rates at initiation which are less than those for 'equivalent' creep-fatigue tests. These crack growth rates when increasing hold time, but also when temperature decreases. Though, for hold times which are important enough and at lower temperature, there is no effect of the dwell period insofar as crack growth rate is equal to continuous fatigue Paris law predicted ones

  14. Fracture toughness of austenitic stainless steels after BWR irradiation

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    Austenitic stainless steels used for the core internal materials in BWRs are hardened by exposure to fast neutrons, and the fracture toughness is reduced by neutron fluence. It is important for integrity estimation of aged core internals to understand the reduction behavior of fracture toughness by neutron irradiation. In this study, core shroud materials (Type 304 SS) with 38 mm thickness and top guide materials (Type 316 SS) with 9.1 mm thickness, actually used for over twenty years in BWRs, were transported to PIE facility. Neutron fluence of type 304 SS was 1-6*1024 (n/m2, E > 1 MeV) and that of type 316 SS was 3-17*1024 (n/m2, E > 1 MeV). Fracture toughness tests for base metal were performed at 288 C in air using the CT specimen with real thickness of core shroud and top guide to obtain valid fracture toughness. And fracture toughness tests for heat affected zone (HAZ) were conducted using 0.7 TCT by the restriction of weld line direction. JIC and JQ of irradiated type 304 and type 316 base metals decreased with neutron fluence. JIC values of type 304 SS base metal and HAZ were obtained over 140 kJ/m2 at 5*1024 n/m2. JIC values of type 316 SS base metal were obtained over 240 kJ/m2 at 1.7*1025 n/m2. JIC values of type 304 HAZ were similar to those of base metal. JQ values of type 316 SS base metal had a higher value than JIC of type 304 SS base metal at similar neutron fluence. The difference between type 304 SS and type 316 SS is considered to be caused by the orientation effect of microstructure in CT specimen. From the SEM observation of crack surfaces, a linear relationship between JIC and the critical stretched zone width (SZWC) was found to exist in irradiated stainless steel materials. (authors)

  15. Time-dependent synchrotron X-ray diffraction on the austenite decomposition kinetics in SAE 52100 bearing steel at elevated temperatures under tensile stress

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    We have studied the decomposition kinetics of the metastable austenite phase present in quenched-and-tempered SAE 52100 steel by in situ high-energy synchrotron X-ray diffraction experiments at elevated temperatures of 200–235 °C under a constant tensile stress. We have observed a continuous decomposition of austenite into ferrite and cementite. The decomposition kinetics is controlled by the long-range diffusion of carbon atoms into the austenite ahead of the moving austenite/ferrite interface. The presence of a tensile stress of 295 MPa favours the carbon diffusion in the remaining austenite, so that the activation energy for the overall process decreases from 138–148 to 82–104 kJ mol−1. Before the austenite starts to decompose, a significant amount of carbon atoms partition from the surrounding martensite phase into the metastable austenite grains. This carbon partitioning takes place simultaneously with the carbide precipitation due to the over-tempering of the martensite phase. As the austenite decomposition proceeds gradually at a constant temperature and stress, the elastic strain in the remaining austenite grains continuously decreases. Consequently, the remaining austenite grains act as a reinforcement of the ferritic matrix at longer isothermal holding times. The texture evolution in the constituent phases reflects both significant grain rotations and crystal orientation relationships between the parent austenite phase and the newly formed ferritic grains

  16. Progress in EPRI-programs on the inspection of cast austenitic stainless steel

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    This document presents the progress in EPRI programs on in-service inspection of Cast austenitic Stainless Steel (CSS). The CSS examination strategy is presented, together with results concerning thermal fatigue cracks and mechanical fatigue cracks. A statistical analysis method is provided, in order to estimate the crack detectability and the false call (a non-crack called crack). (TEC)

  17. Toughness and austenite stability of modified 9Cr-1Mo welds after tempering

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    The influence of tempering treatments on toughness and austenite stability was conducted on modified 9Cr-1Mo welds. Deteriorated impact toughness was noticed for the welds tempered between 450 and 610 C for 1 h, in which the peak hardness and the lowest impact energy occurred at 540 C. The impact toughness of the welds increased rapidly at tempering temperatures above 680 C, and the associated fracture surface exhibited mainly dimple fractures for 750 C/1 h tempered welds, in contrast to quasi-cleavage for 540 C/1 h welds. Retained austenite at martensite interlath boundaries was found to be mechanically stabilized by transformation stresses in the welds tempered at lower temperatures. It could also be transformed to untempered martensite upon cooling if the stresses were relieved to a certain degree by proper selection of temperature and time combinations in tempering. For welds tempered at higher temperatures, e.g. 750 C, the elimination of transformation stresses and the isothermal transformation of retained austenite to ferrite proceeded simultaneously. As a result, no martensitic transformation upon cooling could be found for such welds. The transformation of austenite to untempered martensite would certainly contribute to the minimum toughness of the weld after being tempered at 540 C/1 h. (orig.)

  18. Study of structural modifications induced by ion implantation in austenitic stainless steel

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    Ion implantation in steels, although largely used to improve the properties of use, involves structural modifications of the surface layer, which remain still prone to controversies. Within this context, various elements (N, Ar, Cr, Mo, Ag, Xe and Pb) were implanted (with energies varying from 28 to 280 keV) in a 316LVM austenitic stainless steel. The implanted layer has a thickness limited to 80 nm and a maximum implanted element concentration lower than 10 % at. The analysis of the implanted layer by grazing incidence X ray diffraction highlights deformations of austenite lines, appearance of ferrite and amorphization of the layer. Ferritic phase which appears at the grain boundaries, whatever the implanted element, is formed above a given 'threshold' of energy (produced of fluency by the energy of an ion). The formation of ferrite as well as the amorphization of the implanted layer depends only on energy. In order to understand the deformations of austenite diffraction lines, a simulation model of these lines was elaborated. The model correctly describes the observed deformations (broadening, shift, splitting) with the assumption that the expansion of the austenitic lattice is due to the presence of implanted element and is proportional to the element concentration through a coefficient k'. This coefficient only depends on the element and varies linearly with its radius. (author)

  19. The structure of austenitic steel AISI 316 after ECAP and low-cycle fatigue

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    L. Kander

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The article presents results of investigation of structure and properties of austenitic steel grade AISI 316 after application of Equal Channel Angular Pressing (ECAP at the temperature of approx. 290ºC.Design/methodology/approach: The ECAP method led to significant improvement of strength of investigated material. Experiments were planned and realised at the temperature ranging from room temperature up to above mentioned temperature.Findings: It was established with use of the EBSD technique that after 8 passes through the ECAP die the sub-grains with an angle of disorientation smaller than 10º formed less than 20% of resulting structure. Average size of austenitic grains with high angle boundary after 8 passes was approx. 0.32 µm. It was proven that the ECAP method enables obtaining of ultra fine-grained austenitic structure formed by recrystallised grains with very low density of dislocations.Practical implications: The Technology ECAP was applied on austenitic steel AISI 316. It was verification of ECAP application possibility on steel AISI 316 importantly for following applying on similar kinds of steel, because ECAP technology influence on fatigue properties was confirmed.Originality/value: It can be predicted on the basis of obtained results that, contrary to low-cycle fatigue the ultra-fine grained material will manifest at fatigue load in the mode of constant amplitude of stress higher fatigue characteristics, particularly fatigue limit.

  20. Crack growth rates and fracture toughness of irradiated austenitic stainless steels in BWR environments.

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    Chopra, O. K.; Shack, W. J.

    2008-01-21

    In light water reactors, austenitic stainless steels (SSs) are used extensively as structural alloys in reactor core internal components because of their high strength, ductility, and fracture toughness. However, exposure to high levels of neutron irradiation for extended periods degrades the fracture properties of these steels by changing the material microstructure (e.g., radiation hardening) and microchemistry (e.g., radiation-induced segregation). Experimental data are presented on the fracture toughness and crack growth rates (CGRs) of wrought and cast austenitic SSs, including weld heat-affected-zone materials, that were irradiated to fluence levels as high as {approx} 2x 10{sup 21} n/cm{sup 2} (E > 1 MeV) ({approx} 3 dpa) in a light water reactor at 288-300 C. The results are compared with the data available in the literature. The effects of material composition, irradiation dose, and water chemistry on CGRs under cyclic and stress corrosion cracking conditions were determined. A superposition model was used to represent the cyclic CGRs of austenitic SSs. The effects of neutron irradiation on the fracture toughness of these steels, as well as the effects of material and irradiation conditions and test temperature, have been evaluated. A fracture toughness trend curve that bounds the existing data has been defined. The synergistic effects of thermal and radiation embrittlement of cast austenitic SS internal components have also been evaluated.

  1. Effect of electromagnetic stirring on solidification structure of austenitic stainless steel in horizontal continuous casting

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    2007-01-01

    An investigation on the influence of low frequency rotary electromagnetic stirring on solidification structure of austenitic stainless steel in horizontal continuous casting was experimentally conducted and carried out on an industrial trial basis. The results show that application of appropriate electromagnetic stirring parameters can obviously improve the macrostructure of austenitic stainless steel, in which both columnar and equiaxed grains can be greatly refined and shrinkage porosity or cavity zone along centerline can be remarkably decreased due to eliminating intracrystalline and enlarging equiaxed grains zone. The industrial trials verify that the electromagnetic stirring intensity of austenitic stainless steel should be higher than that of plain carbon steel. Electromagnetic stirring has somewhat affected the macrostructure of austenitic stainless steel even if the magnetic flux density of the electromagnetic stirring reaches 90 mT (amplitude reaches 141 mT ) in average at frequency f=3-4Hz, which provides a reference for the optimization of design and process parameters when applying the rotary electromagnetic stirrer

  2. Very high cycle regime fatigue of thin walled tubes made from austenitic stainless steel

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    Carstensen, J.V.; Mayer, H.; Brøndsted, P.

    2002-01-01

    Fatigue life data of cold worked tubes (diameter 4 mm, wall thicknesses 0.25 and 0.30 mm) of an austenitic stainless steel, AISI 904 L, were measured in the regime ranging from 2 × 105 to 1010 cycles to failure. The influence of the loading frequency was investigated as data were obtained in...

  3. Modelling the X-ray powder diffraction of nitrogen-expanded austenite using the Debye formula

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    Oddershede, Jette; Christiansen, Thomas; Ståhl, Kenny

    2008-01-01

    Stress-free and homogeneous samples of nitrogen-expanded austenite, a defect-rich f.c.c. structure with a high interstitial nitrogen occupancy (between 0.36 and 0.61), have been studied using X-ray powder diffraction and Debye simulations. The simulations confirm the presence of deformation...

  4. The Formation of Multipoles during the High-Temperature Creep of Austenitic Stainless Steels

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    Howell, J.; Nielsson, O.; Horsewell, Andy;

    1981-01-01

    It is shown that multipole dislocation configurations can arise during power-law creep of certain austenitic stainless steels. These multipoles have been analysed in some detail for two particular steels (Alloy 800 and a modified AISI 316L) and it is suggested that they arise either during...

  5. Performance evaluation of vegetable-based oils in drilling austenitic stainless steel

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    Belluco, Walter; De Chiffre, Leonardo

    2004-01-01

    The efficiency of six cutting oils was evaluated in drilling AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel using conventional HSS-Co tools by measurements of tool life, tool wear, cutting forces and chip formation. Seven tools were tested with each fluid to catastrophic failure. Cutting forces and chip...

  6. Effect of heavy ion irradiation on microstructural evolution in CF8 cast austenitic stainless steel

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    Chen, Wei-Ying; Li, Meimei; Kirk, Marquis A.; Baldo, Peter M.; Lian, Tiangan

    2016-04-01

    The microstructural evolution in ferrite and austenitic in cast austenitic stainless steel (CASS) CF8, as received or thermally aged at 400 °C for 10,000 h, was followed under TEM with in situ irradiation of 1 MeV Kr ions at 300 and 350 °C to a fluence of 1.9 × 1015 ions/cm2 (∼3 dpa) at the IVEM-Tandem Facility. For the unaged CF8, the irradiation-induced dislocation loops appeared at a much lower dose in the austenite than in the ferrite. At the end dose, the austenite formed a well-developed dislocation network microstructure, while the ferrite exhibited an extended dislocation structure as line segments. Compared to the unaged CF8, the aged specimen appeared to have lower rate of damage accumulation. The rate of microstructural evolution under irradiation in the ferrite was significantly lower in the aged specimen than in the unaged. This difference is attributed to the different initial microstructures in the unaged and aged specimens, which implies that thermal aging and irradiation are not independent but interconnected damage processes.

  7. Long term corrosion resistance of alumina forming austenitic stainless steels in liquid lead

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    Highlights: • Alumina forming austenitic stainless steels (AFA) were exposed to lead at 550 °C. • The influence of Al addition and Ni content was evaluated. • The low Ni (14 wt.%) AFA formed a thin protective Al rich oxide on its surfaces. • 17% ferrite was formed in the 14Ni AFA alloy as a result of the one year exposure. - Abstract: Alumina forming austenitic steels (AFA) and commercial stainless steels have been exposed in liquid lead with 10−7 wt.% oxygen at 550 °C for up to one year. It is known that chromia forming austenitic stainless steels, such as 316L and 15–15 Ti, have difficulties forming protective oxides in liquid lead at temperatures above 500 °C, which is confirmed in this study. By adding Al to austenitic steels, it is in general terms possible to increase the corrosion resistance. However this study shows that the high Ni containing AFA alloys are attacked by the liquid lead, i.e. dissolution attack occurs. By lowering the Ni content in AFA alloys, it is possible to achieve excellent oxidation properties in liquid lead. Following further optimization of the microstructural properties, low Ni AFA alloys may represent a promising future structural steel for lead cooled reactors

  8. Void Volume Swelling Dependent on Grain Size in Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Singh, Bachu Narain

    1973-01-01

    Describes some of the main findings of a systematic study of the effect of grain size on the void volume swelling. In this study a powder-produced 20 Ni/20 Cr austenitic stainless steel, with 0.02% carbon and without carbide-forming elements was used. Some specimens containing dispersions of...

  9. The influence of chemical composition on structure and mechanical properties of austenitic Cr-Ni steels

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    A. Kurc-Lisiecka

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the paper is to investigated the influence of the chemical composition on the structure and mechanical properties of austenitic Cr-Ni steels. Special attention was put on the effect of solution heat treatment on mechanical properties of examined steels. Design/methodology/approach: The examinations of static tensile tests were conducted on ZWICK 100N5A. Hardness measurements were made by Vickers method. The X-ray analyzes were realized with the use of Dron 2.0 diffractometer equipped with the lamp of the cobalt anode. The metallographic observations were carried out on LEICA MEF 4A light microscope. Findings: Results shown that after solution heat treatment the values of strength properties (UTS, YS0.2 and hardness (HV of both investigated steels decrease and their elongation (EL increases. The X5CrNi18-8 steel in delivery state shown austenitic microstructure with twins and numerous non-metallic inclusions, while in steel X10CrNi18-8 revealed a austenitic microstructure with numerous slip bands in areas with deformation martensite α’. The examined steels after solution heat treatment followed by water-cooling has the structure of austenite. Research limitations/implications: To investigate in more detail the influence of chemical composition on structure and mechanical properties the examinations of substructure by TEM should be conducted. Originality/value: The relationship between the solution heat treatment, structure and mechanical properties of investigated steels was specified.

  10. Modeling of the Austenite-Martensite Transformation in Stainless and TRIP Steels

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    Geijselaers, H.J.M.; Hilkhuijsen, P.; Bor, T.C.; Perdahcioglu, E.S.; Boogaard, van den A.H.; Zhang, S.-H.; Liu, X.-H.; Gheng, M.; Li, J.

    2013-01-01

    The transformation of austenite to martensite is a dominant factor in the description of the constitutive behavior during forming of TRIP assisted steels. To predict this transformation different models are currently available. In this paper the transformation is regarded as a stress induced process

  11. The efficiency of ion nitriding of austenitic stainless steel 304 using the “active screen”

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    Ogórek, M.; Skuza, Z.; T. Frączek

    2015-01-01

    The study examined layers were formed on the outer surface of austenitic stainless steel 304 under glow discharge conditions in the low-temperature and short-term ion nitriding. The outer layers analyzed in the work produced in parallel in the classical process of cathode and a novel method of “active screen”, intensifying the process of nitriding.

  12. The efficiency of ion nitriding of austenitic stainless steel 304 using the “active screen”

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    M. Ogórek

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The study examined layers were formed on the outer surface of austenitic stainless steel 304 under glow discharge conditions in the low-temperature and short-term ion nitriding. The outer layers analyzed in the work produced in parallel in the classical process of cathode and a novel method of “active screen”, intensifying the process of nitriding.

  13. Welding of super austenitic stainless steels with very high nitrogen contents

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    Results of studies performed on the weld of different super austenitic stainless steels show that nitrogen additions as high as 0.5% does not deteriorate the weldability but on the contrary improves the mechanical and corrosion properties of the weld. (A.B.). 5 refs., 5 figs., 6 tabs

  14. 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

  15. Ultrasonic inspection of austenitic welded joints of equipment of nuclear power plant

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    The ultrasonic control technique has been checked according to main provisions of the instruction during experimental-production control of welded joints of austenitic pipeline of 560x34 mm of 12Kh18NKh12T steel welded by electrode of austenite-ferrite class. The weld seam root of the above pipeline has been welded by means of argon-arc welding. Alpha-phase content in a melt metal has been at 3-4% level. Real and artificial defects in a form of slag inclusions, pores, asbestos pieces have been in the seam metal. It is shown that longitudinal ultrasonic vibrations in a clad austenitic metal have less damping than transverse vibrations at the same wave length and may be recommended for control by the direct beam of austenitic welded joints of 12Kh18N12T steel. The recommended by normalyzing materials control sensitivity level ensures revealing dangerous defects of planar type in a welded joint root not always found by radiation control methods. A rejected sensitivity level which does not lead to re-evaluation of items as a result of ultrasonic longitudinal wave reflection from dendrite welded joint structure is chosen

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

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

  17. Compatibility of Austenitic Steel With Molten Lead-Bismuth-Tin Alloy

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    ZHANG Rui-qian; LI Yan; WANG Xiao-min

    2011-01-01

    The compatibility of the austenitic AISI 304 steel with Pb-Bi-Sn alloy was analyzed. The AISI 304 steels were immersed in stagnant molten Pb-33.3Bi-33. 3Sn alloy at 400, 500 and 600℃ for different exposure times (100-2 000 h) respectively. XRay diffractio

  18. Effect of Multi-Step Tempering on Retained Austenite and Mechanical Properties of Low Alloy Steel

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    Hamid Reza Bakhsheshi-Rad; Ahmad Monshi; Hossain Monajatizadeh; Mohd Hasbullah Idris; Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Kadir; Hassan Jafari

    2011-01-01

    The effect of multi-step tempering on retained austenite content and mechanical properties of low alloy steel used in the forged cold back-up roll was investigated.Microstructural evolutions were characterized by optical microscope,X-ray diffraction,scanning electron microscope and Feritscope,while the mechanical properties were determined by hardness and tensile tests.The results revealed that the content of retained austenite decreased by about 2% after multi-step tempering.However,the content of retained austenite increased from 3.6% to 5.1% by increasing multi-step tempering temperature.The hardness and tensile strength increased as the austenitization temperature changed from 800 to 920 ℃,while above 920 ℃,hardness and tensile strength decreased.In addition,the maximum values of hardness,ultimate and yield strength were obtained via triple tempering at 520 ℃,while beyond 520 ℃,the hardness,ultimate and yield strength decreased sharply.

  19. Effect of electromagnetic stirring on solidification structure of austenitic stainless steel in horizontal continuous casting

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    ZHOU Shu-cai

    2007-08-01

    Full Text Available An investigation on the influence of low frequency rotary electromagnetic stirring on solidification structure of austenitic stainless steel in horizontal continuous casting was experimentally conducted and carried out on an industrial trial basis. The results show that application of appropriate electromagnetic stirring parameters can obviously improve the macrostructure of austenitic stainless steel, in which both columnar and equiaxed grains can be greatly refined and shrinkage porosity or cavity zone along centerline can be remarkably decreased due to eliminating intracrystalline and enlarging equiaxed grains zone. The industrial trials verify that the electromagnetic stirring intensity of austenitic stainless steel should be higher than that of plain carbon steel. Electromagnetic stirring has somewhat affected the macrostructure of austenitic stainless steel even if the magnetic flux density of the electromagnetic stirring reaches 90 mT (amplitude reaches 141 mT in average at frequency f=3-4Hz, which provides a reference for the optimization of design and process parameters when applying the rotary electromagnetic stirrer.

  20. Hardened austenite steel with columnar sub-grain structure formed by laser melting

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    Laser melting (LM), with a focused Nd: YAG laser beam, was used to form solid bodies from a 316L austenite stainless steel powder. The microstructure, phase content and texture of the LM stainless steel were characterized and compared with conventional 316L stainless steel. The crack-free LM samples achieved a relative density of 98.6±0.1%. The XRD pattern revealed a single phase Austenite with preferential crystallite growth along the (100) plane and an orientation degree of 0.84 on the building surface. A fine columnar sub-grain structure of size 0.5 μm was observed inside each individual large grain of single-crystal nature and with grain sizes in the range of 10–100 μm. Molybdenum was found to be enriched at the sub-grain boundaries accompanied with high dislocation concentrations. It was proposed that such a sub-grain structure is formed by the compositional fluctuation due to the slow kinetics of homogeneous alloying of large Mo atoms during rapid solidification. The local enrichment of misplaced Mo in the Austenite lattice induced a network of dislocation tangling, which would retard or even block the migration of newly formed dislocations under indentation force, turning otherwise a soft Austenite to hardened steel. In addition, local formation of spherical nano-inclusions of an amorphous chromium-containing silicate was observed. The origin and the implications of the formation of such oxide nano-inclusions were discussed

  1. Modelling grain-scattered ultrasound in austenitic stainless-steel welds: A hybrid model

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    Nowers, O.; Duxbury, D. J. [NDE Research, Support and Development, Rolls-Royce Marine, Derby, PO BOX 2000, DE21 7XX (United Kingdom); Velichko, A.; Drinkwater, B. W. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, University Walk, University of Bristol, Bristol BS8 1TR (United Kingdom)

    2015-03-31

    The ultrasonic inspection of austenitic stainless steel welds can be challenging due to their coarse grain structure, charaterised by preferentially oriented, elongated grains. The anisotropy of the weld is manifested as both a ‘steering’ of the beam and the back-scatter of energy due to the macroscopic granular structure of the weld. However, the influence of weld properties, such as mean grain size and orientation distribution, on the magnitude of scattered ultrasound is not well understood. A hybrid model has been developed to allow the study of grain-scatter effects in austenitic welds. An efficient 2D Finite Element (FE) method is used to calculate the complete scattering response from a single elliptical austenitic grain of arbitrary length and width as a function of the specific inspection frequency. A grain allocation model of the weld is presented to approximate the characteristic structures observed in austenitic welds and the complete scattering behaviour of each grain calculated. This model is incorporated into a semi-analytical framework for a single-element inspection of a typical weld in immersion. Experimental validation evidence is demonstrated indicating excellent qualitative agreement of SNR as a function of frequency and a minimum SNR difference of 2 dB at a centre frequency of 2.25 MHz. Additionally, an example Monte-Carlo study is presented detailing the variation of SNR as a function of the anisotropy distribution of the weld, and the application of confidence analysis to inform inspection development.

  2. Determination of Stress Profiles in Expanded Austenite by Combining Successive Layer Removal and GI-XRD

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    Fernandes, Frederico Augusto Pires; Christiansen, Thomas Lundin; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2014-01-01

    The present work deals with the evaluation of the residual-stress profile in expanded-austenite by successive removal steps using GI-XRD. Preliminary results indicate stresses of several GPa's from 111 and 200 diffraction lines. These stresses appear largest for the 200 reflection. The strain...

  3. Microstructure of super-austenitic steels after long-term annealing

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    Kraus, M.; Kroupa, Aleš; Miodownik, P.; Svoboda, Milan; Vřešťál, J.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 101, č. 6 (2010), s. 729-735. ISSN 1862-5282 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA106/07/1078 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : phase equilibria * microstructure * super-austenitic steel Subject RIV: BJ - Thermodynamics Impact factor: 0.860, year: 2010

  4. 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.

  5. Assessment of Retained Austenite in AISI D2 Tool Steel Using Magnetic Hysteresis and Barkhausen Noise Parameters

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    Kahrobaee, Saeed; Kashefi, Mehrdad

    2015-03-01

    Inaccurate heat treatment process could result in excessive amount of retained austenite, which degrades the mechanical properties, like strength, wear resistance, and hardness of cold work tool steel parts. Thus, to control the mechanical properties, quantitative measurement of the retained austenite is a critical step in optimizing the heat-treating parameters. X-ray diffraction method is the most frequently used technique for this purpose. This technique is, however, destructive and time consuming. Furthermore, it is not applicable to 100% quality inspection of industrial parts. In the present paper, the influence of austenitizing temperature on the retained austenite content and hardness of AISI D2 tool steel has been studied. Additionally, nondestructive magnetic hysteresis parameters of the samples including coercivity, magnetic saturation, and maximum differential permeability as well as their magnetic Barkhausen noise features (RMS peak voltage and peak position) have been investigated. The results revealed direct relations between magnetic saturation, differential permeability, and MBN peak amplitude with increasing austenitizing temperature due to the retained austenite formation. Besides, both parameters of coercivity and peak position had an inverse correlation with the retained austenite fraction.

  6. High nitrogen-dosed austenitic-stainless steels and duplex steels

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    The austenitic grades represent the most important group in the family of stainless steels. Nitrogen addition to austenitic stainless steels provides much higher yield strength. It was the goal of the present work to develop new high strength austenitic and duplex stainless steels and to investigate the beneficial influence of nitrogen. More than 40 small ingots up to a weight of 1.5 kg were melted in a specially developed high pressure induction furnace. In addition 20 more alloys produced by a pressurized electro slag remelting facility were included in this investigation. The nitrogen content was varied between 0.37 and 1.47 wt.%. New coefficients are proposed for the nickel equivalent in the Schaeffler diagram; these are from 0.12 to 0.24 for manganese and 18 for nitrogen. The increase in yield strength by interstitially dissolved nitrogen is due to solid solution hardening and to increased grain boundary hardening. The addition of 1% nitrogen gives a yield strength of more than 759 MPa. The toughness remains very good. At room temperature nitrogen alloyed Fe-Cr-Mn austenitic steels give the highest product of strength and toughness. Nitrogen containing austenitic stainless steels show a substantial increase in strength at low temperature. From room temperature to 4K the yield strength is more than tripled. Nitrogen alloyed Fe-Cr-Mn austenitic stainless steels exhibit a ductile to brittle transition as the temperature is lowered. This is due to a planar deformation mode which could be caused by low stacking fault energy. Nickel improves the low temperature toughness and also raises the stacking fault energy. In the temperature range from 600 to 900oC, Cr2N precipitate. The minimal time for precipitation is longer by a factor of 10 than in Fe-Cr-Ni grade. Nitrogen decreases the corrosion rate in austenitic and duplex stainless steels. The resistance to pitting corrosion can be described by the equation WL= %Cr + 3.3 %Mo + 30 %N. (author) figs., tabs., refs

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

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    A. Klimpel

    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.

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

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    F.A.P. Fernandes

    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.

  9. Thermo-mechanical processing and microstructure evolution of highmanganese austenitic TRIP-type steels

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    M. Ondrula

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the paper is to determine the influence of hot-working conditions on microstructure evolution and phase composition of new-developed high-manganese austenitic TRIP-type steels.Design/methodology/approach: The hot-working behaviour was determined in continuous and multistage compression tests performed in a temperature range of 850 to 1100°C by the use of the Gleeble 3800 thermo-mechanical simulator. The processes controlling work hardening and removing it were identified by microstructure evolution observations in different stages of compression with the amount of true strain 4x0.23. Phase composition of steels was confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis.Findings: It was found that they have austenite microstructure with numerous annealing twins in the initial state. Continuous compression tests realized in the temperature range from 850 to 1050°C with the strain rate of 0.1, 1 and 10 s-1 enabled determination of yield stress values and values of εmax deformations - corresponding to maximum flow stress. The investigated steels are characterized by high values of flow stress from 120 to 380 MPa. Results of the multi-stage compression proved that applying the true strain 4x0.23 gives the possibility to refine the austenite microstructure.Research limitations/implications: To determine in detail the microstructure evolution during industrial rolling, the hot-working schedule should take into account real number of passes and higher strain rates.Practical implications: The obtained microstructure - hot-working conditions relationships and stress-strain curves can be useful in determination of power-force parameters of hot-rolling for sheets with fine-grained austenitic structures.Originality/value: The hot-working behaviour and microstructure evolution in various conditions of plastic deformation for new-developed high-manganese austenitic TRIP-type steels with Nb and Ti microadditions were investigated.

  10. Persamaan Empiris Pertumbuhan Butir Austenit Baja HSLA-0,019% Nb pada Proses Pendinginan non-Isotermal

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    M. Ariati

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The strength of a final steel product is affected by its final austenite grain size. The applied model for austenite grain growth by Beck and Sellars actually based on the isothermal condition assumption, whilst most of the materials processing take place under non-isothermal condition. Hence, this situation results in deviation of product specification. This paper examines the austenite grain growth under non-isothermal condition of HSLA-0.019%Nb single composition after single pass hot-rolling process and predicts its final austenite grain size. The material was hot-rolled about 0.3-0.4 at a temperature of 900-1100 0C, cooling rate of 7-12 0K/s, in a time period of 25-50 second, and quenched by using water jetspray. The results show that austenite grain growth after hot-rolled can be illustrated as a function of cooling rate. Grain size decreases as the cooling rate increases. Non-isothermal austenite grain growth was obtained by modifying Beck and Sellar’s empirical model, in which the cooling rate is 1/Crm where m = 14 and an additional constant of B is 1014. Abstract in Bahasa Indonesia: Kekuatan akhir produk manufaktur baja antara lain ditentukan oleh besar butir austenit. Persamaan pertumbuhan butir austenit yang selama ini digunakan yaitu Persamaan Beck dan Sellars umumnya berasumsi bahwa proses berjalan pada kondisi isotermal, sementara hampir semua proses manufaktur berjalan dalam kondisi non-isotermal. Dengan demikian, persamaan yang ada tidak tepat untuk digunakan karena sering menyebabkan tidak tercapainya spesifikasi produk. Penelitian ini dilakukan pada baja paduan rendah HSLA-0.019%Nb, dengan mengamati pertumbuhan butir austenit pada kondisi non-isotermal setelah dilakukan proses deformasi canai panas satu pass. Pendekatan yang digunakan adalah memberikan regangan deformasi 0,3-0,4, dengan proses canai panas dan temperatur deformasi 900-1100 0C, kecepatan pendinginan 7-12 0K/detik, dalam rentang waktu 25-50 detik, dan

  11. Austenitic steels of the new generation used for power plant installations with supercritical parameters and their welding

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    Combustion of bituminous coal and lignite in power boilers brings into the atmosphere a lot of contaminations. The emission of pollutants can be reduced by the application of supercritical steam parameters, which also improves the efficiency of power units, but in that case constructional materials of the new generation are needed, among them austenitic steels. The development of power units with supercritical and ultra supercritical steam parameters is presented as well as applied structural materials. Austenitic steels used in power boiler constructions are listed. Basic characteristics of austenitic steels of the new generation are given and principles of their forming and welding. (author)

  12. Growth of austenite from as-quenched martensite during intercritical annealing in an Fe–0.1C–3Mn–1.5Si alloy

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    The growth of austenite from as-quenched martensite during intercritical annealing was studied in a quaternary Fe–0.1C–3Mn–1.5Si alloy. Fine austenite grains either grew from interlath-retained austenite films or were newly nucleated at lath and martensite packet boundaries. Both types grew to a size comparable to the width of the martensite lath. It was found both metallographically and by dilatometry that the austenite grew to an amount in excess of the volume fraction at final equilibrium. Simulation by DICTRA, which assumed local equilibrium at the α/γ boundary, confirmed that the development of austenite is composed of three stages: initial negligible-partitioning growth controlled by rapid carbon diffusion in ferrite, which is gradually replaced by carbon diffusion in austenite; intermediate slow growth, controlled by diffusion of Mn and/or Si in ferrite; and a final stage controlled by diffusion of substitutional elements in austenite for final equilibration, which may result in the shrinkage of austenite. The formation of austenite in excess of the equilibrium amount is considered to occur due to very slow substitutional diffusion in the growing austenite compared to the boundary migration.

  13. Effect of lower bainite/martensite/retained austenite triplex microstructure on the mechanical properties of a low-carbon steel with quenching and partitioning process

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    Li, Wan-song; Gao, Hong-ye; Li, Zhong-yi; Nakashima, Hideharu; Hata, Satoshi; Tian, Wen-huai

    2016-03-01

    We present a study concerning Fe-0.176C-1.31Si-1.58Mn-0.26Al-0.3Cr (wt%) steel subjected to a quenching and partitioning (Q&P) process. The results of scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and tensile tests demonstrate that the microstructures primarily consist of lath martensite, retained austenite, lower bainite (LB), and a small amount of tempered martensite; moreover, few twin austenite grains were observed. In the microstructure, three types of retained austenite with different sizes and morphologies were observed: blocky retained austenite (~300 nm in width), film-like retained austenite (80-120 nm in width), and ultra- fine film-like retained austenite (30-40 nm in width). Because of the effect of the retained austenite/martensite/LB triplex microstructure, the specimens prepared using different quenching temperatures exhibit high ultimate tensile strength and yield strength. Furthermore, the strength effect of LB can partially counteract the decreasing strength effect of martensite. The formation of LB substantially reduces the amount of retained austenite. Analyses of the retained austenite and the amount of blocky retained austenite indicated that the carbon content is critical to the total elongation of Q&P steel.

  14. 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

  15. In-Situ Austenite Steel Matrix Composite Reinforced by Granular γ+(Fe,Mn)3C Eutectic

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    LIANG Gao-fei; XU Zhen-ming; JIANG Qi-chuan; LI Jian-guo

    2004-01-01

    A new in-situ austenite matrix composite reinforced by granular γ+(Fe, Mn)3C binary eutectics (abbreviated to in-situ AMGE) was prepared in as-cast state, in which the modifier, yttrium-based heavy rare earth alloy, was used to influence carbon segregation, manganese segregation and phase formation. The eutectics are formed in the molten pools among austenite dendrites at the later stage of non-equilibrium solidification because the modifier enhances carbon segregation and manganese segregation greatly. Pin-on-disc dry wear tests show that the wear resistance of in-situ AMGE is 1-3 times higher than that of austenite medium manganese steel under low and medium loads, and the loads under which serious wear of in-situ AMGE occurs are much higher than that of austenite medium manganese steel.

  16. The Effects of Austenitizing Conditions on the Microstructure and Wear Resistance of a Centrifugally Cast High-Speed Steel Roll

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    Kang, Minwoo; Lee, Young-Kook

    2016-07-01

    The influences of austenitizing conditions on the microstructure and wear resistance of a centrifugally cast high-speed steel roll were investigated through thermodynamic calculation, microstructural analysis, and high-temperature wear tests. When the austenitizing temperature was between 1323 K and 1423 K (1050 °C and 1150 °C), coarse eutectic M2C plates were decomposed into a mixture of MC and M6C particles. However, at 1473 K (1200 °C), the M2C plates were first replaced by both new austenite grains and MC particles without M6C particles, and then remaining M2C particles were dissolved during the growth of MC particles. The wear resistance of the HSS roll was improved with increasing austenitizing temperature up to 1473 K (1200 °C) because the coarse eutectic M2C plates, which are vulnerable to crack propagation, changed to disconnected hard M6C and MC particles.

  17. Static Recrystallized Grain Size of Coarse-Grained Austenite in an API-X70 Pipeline Steel

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    Sha, Qingyun; Li, Guiyan; Li, Dahang

    2013-12-01

    The effects of initial grain size and strain on the static recrystallized grain size of coarse-grained austenite in an API-X70 steel microalloyed with Nb, V, and Ti were investigated using a Gleeble-3800 thermomechanical simulator. The results indicate that the static recrystallized grain size of coarse-grained austenite decreases with decreasing initial grain size and increasing applied strain. The addition of microalloying elements can lead to a smaller initial grain size for hot deformation due to the grain growth inhibition during reheating, resulting in decreasing of static recrystallized grain size. Based on the experimental data, an equation for the static recrystallized grain size was derived using the least square method. The grain sizes calculated using this equation fit well with the measured ones compared with the equations for fine-grained austenite and for coarse-grained austenite of Nb-V microalloyed steel.

  18. Kinetics of Ferrite Recrystallization and Austenite Formation During Intercritical Annealing of the Cold-Rolled Ferrite/Martensite Duplex Structures

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    Mazaheri, Y.; Kermanpur, A.; Najafizadeh, A.; Kalashami, A. Ghatei

    2016-03-01

    Ultrafine-grained, dual-phase (UFG DP) steels were produced by a new route using an uncommon cold-rolling and subsequent intercritical annealing of ferrite/martensite duplex starting microstructures. The effects of processing parameters such as rolling reduction, intercritical annealing temperature, and time on the microstructural evaluations have been studied. UFG DP steels with an average grain size of about 1 to 2 μm were achieved by short intercritical annealing of the 80 pct cold-rolled duplex microstructures. The kinetics of ferrite recrystallization and austenite formation were studied based on the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov (JMAK) model. The proposed model for describing the isothermal austenite formation kinetics was applied successfully to the nonisothermal conditions. It was found that complete recrystallization of ferrite before the austenite formation led to the formation of a large extent randomly distributed austenite in the ferrite matrix and a chain-networked structure.

  19. Study by factorial analysis of the influence of chemical composition on the stress corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steels

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    The stress corrosion cracking of austenitic stainless steels has been treated by factorial correspondence analysis. This statistical method gives a relationship between chemical characteristics and the susceptibility of the steels to the phenomenon

  20. Segregation engineering enables nanoscale martensite to austenite phase transformation at grain boundaries: A pathway to ductile martensite

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    Graphical abstract: -- Abstract: In an Fe–9 at.% Mn maraging alloy annealed at 450 °C reversed allotriomorphic austenite nanolayers appear on former Mn decorated lath martensite boundaries. The austenite films are 5–15 nm thick and form soft layers among the hard martensite crystals. We document the nanoscale segregation and associated martensite to austenite transformation mechanism using transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. The phenomena are discussed in terms of the adsorption isotherm (interface segregation) in conjunction with classical heterogeneous nucleation theory (phase transformation) and a phase field model that predicts the kinetics of phase transformation at segregation decorated grain boundaries. The analysis shows that strong interface segregation of austenite stabilizing elements (here Mn) and the release of elastic stresses from the host martensite can generally promote phase transformation at martensite grain boundaries. The phenomenon enables the design of ductile and tough martensite

  1. Development of a System to Measure Austenite Grain Size of Plate Steel Using Laser-Based Ultrasonics

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    A measurement system for austenite grain size of plate steel using laser-based ultrasonics has been developed. At first, the relationship between the ultrasonic attenuation coefficients using longitudinal waves and austenite grain size of samples was investigated in the laboratory experiments. According to the experimental results, the ultrasonic attenuation coefficients showed a good correlation with actual austenite grain sizes. For the next step, the system was installed in a hot rolling pilot plant of plate steel, and it was verified that the austenite grain size could be measured even in the environment of a hot rolling pilot plant. In the experiments, it was also confirmed that the fiber delivery system could deliver Nd:YAG laser beam of 810 mJ/pulse and ultrasonic signals could be obtained successfully

  2. Ultrahigh strength martensite–austenite dual-phase steels with ultrafine structure: The response to indentation experiments

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    In medium to high carbon steels, characterized by martensite–austenite microstructure processed by quenching and partitioning process, martensite potentially provides high strength, while austenite provides work hardening [Fu, Wu, and Misra, DOI: 10.1179/1743284712/068]. Given the significant interest in these steels in the steel community, the paper reports for the first time the nanoscale deformation experiments and accompanying microstructural evolution to obtain micromechanical insights into the deformation behavior of ultrahigh strength-high ductility dual-phase steels with significant retained austenite fraction of ∼0.35. During deformation experiments with nanoindenter, dislocations were distributed on several slip systems, whereas strain-induced twinned martensite and twinning were the deformation mechanisms in carbon-enriched and thermally stabilized retained austenite. Furthermore, ultrafine dual-phase steels exhibited high strain rate sensitivity.

  3. The Effects of Austenitizing Conditions on the Microstructure and Wear Resistance of a Centrifugally Cast High-Speed Steel Roll

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    Kang, Minwoo; Lee, Young-Kook

    2016-04-01

    The influences of austenitizing conditions on the microstructure and wear resistance of a centrifugally cast high-speed steel roll were investigated through thermodynamic calculation, microstructural analysis, and high-temperature wear tests. When the austenitizing temperature was between 1323 K and 1423 K (1050 °C and 1150 °C), coarse eutectic M2C plates were decomposed into a mixture of MC and M6C particles. However, at 1473 K (1200 °C), the M2C plates were first replaced by both new austenite grains and MC particles without M6C particles, and then remaining M2C particles were dissolved during the growth of MC particles. The wear resistance of the HSS roll was improved with increasing austenitizing temperature up to 1473 K (1200 °C) because the coarse eutectic M2C plates, which are vulnerable to crack propagation, changed to disconnected hard M6C and MC particles.

  4. Metastable structure of austenite base obtained by rapid solidification in a semi-solid state

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    Research highlights: → The influence of cooling rate from semi-solid state was analyzed for X210Cr12 steel. → Unconventional microstructures with over 90% of austenite were created. → Cooling rate influenced the morphology of network among globular austenite grains. → Fine troostit nuclei surrounded globular austenite grains after slower cooling. - Abstract: Material processing in a semi-solid state with rapid solidification is an innovative technology, which enables us to produce complex-shaped semi products in one operation. Unconventional properties and microstructures can be obtained in this way. Material processing in a semi-solid state has been used for materials with lower melting temperatures, particularly for Al alloys. This paper concentrates on the development of new technologies for production of miniature thin-walled steel components with complicated shapes. Ledeburitic steel with 1.8% of carbon and 11% of chromium was chosen for this experimental study. This material was used to produce very small thin-walled semi products. From the initial structure consisting of primary and secondary carbides distributed in a ferrite matrix was obtained a microstructure with over 90% of metastable austenite after cooling from the semi-solid state. The main aim of this experimental program was to describe the effect of two different methods of heating to the semi-solid state. The first method used unique heating equipment, combining high frequency and resistance heating. The second method consisted of conventional heating in a furnace. The influence of the cooling rate on the development of the microstructure was investigated. If was found that both heating and cooling rates influence grain size and the size and the morphology of carbide network placed between the globular austenite grains. Structure analysis was performed with the help of light microscopy, laser scanning confocal microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. EDX analysis was applied to

  5. Synergistic effect of austenitizing temperature and hot plastic deformation strain on the precipitation behavior in novel HSLA steel

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    Examination of thin foils of specimens with various austenitizing conditions by transmission electron microscopy revealed randomly homogeneous precipitation in the ferrite for each experimental condition. Though no interphase precipitation was found in the present study, two types of random precipitation morphologies were identified in the ferrite matrix. One was randomly and homogeneously precipitated carbides of smaller size (<10 nm), and the other was randomly precipitated carbides of larger size (10–30 nm). Transmission electron microscopy results provided evidence that both types of precipitation carbides could be associated with the supersaturation of microalloying elements in the ferrite and austenite, respectively. A higher austenitizing temperature treatment can lead to more microalloying elements dissolving in the austenite such that many tiny carbides precipitation at the low isothermal holding temperature, which is believed to effectively strengthen the ferrite. Vickers hardness data revealed that, in specimens austenitized at 1200 °C and deformed at 900 °C with strains of 10% and 30%, the ranges of hardness distribution were 250–360 HV 0.1 and 310–400 HV 0.1, respectively. For specimens austenitized at 1000 °C and deformed at 900 °C with strains of 10% and 30%, the ranges of hardness distribution were 220–250 HV 0.1 and 220–260 HV 0.1, respectively. Therefore, the average Vickers hardness increased with the austenitizing temperature and deformation strain. However, a wider range of hardness distribution occurred in specimens that underwent treatment at higher austenitizing temperatures. The wider Vickers hardness distribution reflects non-uniform precipitation in each ferrite grain

  6. Influence of Plastic Deformation on Low-Temperature Surface Hardening of Austenitic Stainless Steel by Gaseous Nitriding

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

    2015-01-01

    , reflected-light microscopy, and microhardness testing. The results demonstrate that a case of expanded austenite develops and that the presence of plastic deformation has a significant influence on the morphology of the nitrided case. The presence of strain-induced martensite favors the formation of Cr......N, while a high dislocation density in a fully austenitic structure does not lead to such premature nucleation of CrN....

  7. Studies Regarding the Elaboration of the Manganese Austenitic Steel in the Induction Electric Furnace with Acid Coating

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    Constantin Marta

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper forwards a method of elaborating the manganese austenitic steel in induction electric furnaces with a capacity of 250 Kg having an acid furnace coating. Considering the fact that when elaborating the manganese austenitic steel sulphur can be obtained under 0.02% constitutes an additional reason to attempt the elaboration of this steel in the electric furnaces through induction with acid coating, even if the load has over 0.02% S.

  8. Effect of Free Surface on the Stability of Individual Retained Austenite Grains in a Duplex Stainless Steel

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    He, B. B.; Huang, M. X.; Ngan, A. H. W.; van der Zwaag, S.

    2014-10-01

    The present work explored the effect of free surface on the stability of individual austenite grains in a duplex stainless steel. It was found that martensitic transformation took place automatically in the retained austenite grain when a free surface was introduced. This is due to the fact that the martensite nucleation energy barrier can be lowered to a thermally surmountable value as the strain energy induced by martensitic transformation is largely lowered when the matrix constraints were removed.

  9. Synergistic effect of austenitizing temperature and hot plastic deformation strain on the precipitation behavior in novel HSLA steel

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    Chen, Chih-Yuan, E-mail: chen6563@gmail.com [Department of Energy Engineering, National United University, Miaoli 36003, Taiwan (China); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Chen, Chien-Chon [Department of Energy Engineering, National United University, Miaoli 36003, Taiwan (China); Yang, Jer-Ren, E-mail: jryang@ntu.edu.tw [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2015-07-15

    Examination of thin foils of specimens with various austenitizing conditions by transmission electron microscopy revealed randomly homogeneous precipitation in the ferrite for each experimental condition. Though no interphase precipitation was found in the present study, two types of random precipitation morphologies were identified in the ferrite matrix. One was randomly and homogeneously precipitated carbides of smaller size (<10 nm), and the other was randomly precipitated carbides of larger size (10–30 nm). Transmission electron microscopy results provided evidence that both types of precipitation carbides could be associated with the supersaturation of microalloying elements in the ferrite and austenite, respectively. A higher austenitizing temperature treatment can lead to more microalloying elements dissolving in the austenite such that many tiny carbides precipitation at the low isothermal holding temperature, which is believed to effectively strengthen the ferrite. Vickers hardness data revealed that, in specimens austenitized at 1200 °C and deformed at 900 °C with strains of 10% and 30%, the ranges of hardness distribution were 250–360 HV 0.1 and 310–400 HV 0.1, respectively. For specimens austenitized at 1000 °C and deformed at 900 °C with strains of 10% and 30%, the ranges of hardness distribution were 220–250 HV 0.1 and 220–260 HV 0.1, respectively. Therefore, the average Vickers hardness increased with the austenitizing temperature and deformation strain. However, a wider range of hardness distribution occurred in specimens that underwent treatment at higher austenitizing temperatures. The wider Vickers hardness distribution reflects non-uniform precipitation in each ferrite grain.

  10. The phase diagrams with influence of biquadratic exchange coupling on martensitic–austenitic transformations for core–surface nanoparticles

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    Yalçın, Orhan, E-mail: o.yalcin@nigde.edu.tr [Department of Physics, Niğde University, Niğde 51240 (Turkey); Erdem, Rıza [Department of Physics, Akdeniz University, Antalya 07058 (Turkey); Özüm, Songül; Demir, Zafer [Institute of Sciences, Niğde University, Niğde 51240 (Turkey)

    2015-09-01

    Recently, origin of the martensite–austenite transitions in core–surface type magnetic nanoparticles has been investigated theoretically and it has been indicated that repulsive biquadratic exchange coupling (K<0.0) causes the coexisting martensite and austenite phases. In the present paper, the phase diagrams of homogeneous and composite nanoparticles in the k{sub B}T/J{sub 0}−D/J{sub 0} plane are studied for the presence and absence of attractive biquadratic exchange interaction in addition to repulsive biquadratic exchange interaction. Significant changes in the phase diagram points are discussed in the presence of martensitic and austenitic transformations. Four regions in the phase diagrams are found as second-order, martensitic–austenitic, T{sub Cid} and first-order phase transition regimes. - Highlights: • The phase diagrams have been observed for HM- and CM-NPs with martensitic (M) and austenitic (A) phases. • The thermal hysteresis loops have also been plotted for CM-NPs. • The four separate regions in phase diagrams called first-order phase transition (1st), martensitic/austenitic transition (M–A), second-order phase transition (2nd) and T{sub Cid} have been observed.

  11. Influence of Silicon on Swelling and Microstructure in Russian Austenitic Stainless Steels Irradiated to High Neutron Doses

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    Porollo, S.I.; Shulepin, S.V.; Konobeev, Y.V.; Garner, F. [Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.o. Box 999, Richland WA, AK 99352 (United States)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: For some applications in fusion devices austenitic stainless steels are still considered to be candidates for use as structural components, but high neutron exposures must be endured by the steels. Operational experience of fast reactors in Western Europe, USA and Japan provides evidence of the possible use of austenitic steels up to {approx} 150 dpa. Studies aimed at improvement of existing Russian austenitic steels are being carried out in Russia. For improvement of irradiation resistance of Russian steels it is necessary to understand the basic mechanisms responsible for deterioration of steel properties. This understanding can be achieved by continuing detailed investigations of the microstructure of cladding steels after irradiation to high doses. By investigating the evolution of radiation-induced microstructure in neutron irradiated steels of different chemical composition one can study the effect of chemical variations on steel properties. Silicon is one of the most important chemical elements that strongly influence the behavior of austenitic steel properties under irradiation. In this paper results are presented of investigations of the effect of silicon additions on void swelling and microstructure of base austenitic stainless steel EI-847 (0.06C-16Cr-15Ni- 3Mo-Nb) irradiated as fuel pin cladding of both regular and experimental assemblies in the BOR-60, BN-350 and BN-600 fast reactors to neutron doses up to 49 dpa. The possible mechanisms of silicon's effect on void swelling in austenitic stainless steels are presented and analyzed. (authors)

  12. Mechanical stability of individual austenite grains in TRIP steel studied by synchrotron X-ray diffraction during tensile loading

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    The stability of individual metastable austenite grains in low-alloyed TRIP steels has been studied during tensile loading using high-energy X-ray diffraction. The carbon concentration, grain volume and grain orientation with respect to the loading direction was monitored for a large number of individual grains in the bulk microstructure. Most austenite grains transform into martensite in a single transformation step once a critical load is reached. The orientation-dependent stability of austenite grains was found to depend on their Schmid factor with respect to the loading direction. Under the applied tensile stress the average Schmid factor decreased from an initial value of 0.44 to 0.41 at 243 MPa. The present study reveals the complex interplay of microstructural parameters on the mechanical stability of individual austenite grains, where the largest grains with the lowest carbon content tend to transform first. Under the applied tensile stress the average carbon concentration of the austenite grains increased from an initial value of 0.90 to 1.00 wt% C at 243 MPa, while the average grain volume of the austenite grains decreased from an initial value of 19 to 15 µm3 at 243 MPa

  13. Dissimilar Friction Stir Welding Between UNS S31603 Austenitic Stainless Steel and UNS S32750 Superduplex Stainless Steel

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    Theodoro, Maria Claudia; Pereira, Victor Ferrinho; Mei, Paulo Roberto; Ramirez, Antonio Jose

    2015-02-01

    In order to verify the viability of dissimilar UNS S31603 austenitic and UNS S32750 superduplex stainless steels joined by friction stir welding, 6-mm-thick plates were welded using a PCBN-WRe tool. The welded joints were performed in position control mode at rotational speeds of 100 to 300 rpm and a feed rate of 100 mm/min. The joints performed with 150 and 200 rpm showed good appearance and no defects. The metallographic analysis of both joints showed no internal defects and that the material flow pattern is visible only in the stirred zone (SZ) of the superduplex steel. On the SZ top, these patterns are made of regions of different phases (ferrite and austenite), and on the bottom and central part of the SZ, these patterns are formed by alternated regions of different grain sizes. The ferrite grains in the superduplex steel are larger than those in the austenitic ones along the SZ and thermo-mechanically affected zone, explained by the difference between austenite and ferrite recrystallization kinetics. The amount of ferrite islands present on the austenitic steel base metal decreased near the SZ interface, caused by the dissolving of the ferrite in austenitic matrix. No other phases were found in both joints. The best weld parameters were found to be 200 rpm rotation speed, 100 mm/min feed rate, and tool position control.

  14. Effect of Austenite Stability on Microstructural Evolution and Tensile Properties in Intercritically Annealed Medium-Mn Lightweight Steels

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

    2016-06-01

    The microstructural evolution with varying intercritical-annealing temperatures of medium-Mn ( α + γ) duplex lightweight steels and its effects on tensile properties were investigated in relation to the stability of austenite. The size and volume fraction of austenite grains increased as the annealing temperature increased from 1123 K to 1173 K (850 °C to 900 °C), which corresponded with the thermodynamic calculation data. When the annealing temperature increased further to 1223 K (950 °C), the size and volume fraction were reduced by the formation of athermal α'-martensite during the cooling because the thermal stability of austenite deteriorated as a result of the decrease in C and Mn contents. In order to obtain the best combination of strength and ductility by a transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) mechanism, an appropriate mechanical stability of austenite was needed and could be achieved when fine austenite grains (size: 1.4 μm, volume fraction: 0.26) were homogenously distributed in the ferrite matrix, as in the 1123 K (850 °C)—annealed steel. This best combination was attributed to the requirement of sufficient deformation for TRIP and the formation of many deformation bands at ferrite grains in both austenite and ferrite bands. Since this medium-Mn lightweight steel has excellent tensile properties as well as reduced alloying costs and weight savings, it holds promise for new automotive applications.

  15. Thermodynamic mapping of austenite decomposition’s approach toward equilibrium in Fe–C–Mn at 700 °C

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    Transformation of Fe–0.85C–11.56Mn (wt.%) at 700 °C begins by formation of grain boundary cementite in conjunction with carbon and manganese partitioning. Grain boundary cementite formation initiates regional partitioning of manganese from austenite to cementite that continues over months of cementite growth. The large disparity between manganese volume and grain boundary diffusion in austenite highlights why grain boundaries are associated with all stages of the 700 °C phase transformation in this system. Therefore, unlike carbon, manganese partitioning associated with cementite growth is localized to the immediate region near the grain boundary/cementite reaction front. The reaction path involves austenite ‘neighborhoods’, defined to have manganese chemistries and, consequently, thermodynamic properties different from the majority of the remaining matrix. The remaining matrix does partition carbon but not manganese. Along with differences between grain boundary and matrix manganese diffusivity in austenite, diffusion of carbon is up to 106 times greater than that of manganese resulting in carbon activity in austenite equilibrating at each step of cementite growth. The concept of neighborhood thermodynamics is developed for these altered austenite regions and directed toward producing a transformation pathway analysis. The concept of local equilibrium is also demonstrated not to be viable as a method for phase transformation tracking and thermodynamic mapping as the reaction moves toward equilibrium

  16. Laser surface melting of an austenitic Fe-26Mn-7Al-0.9C alloy

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    A laser surface melting technique was used to modify and improve the surface properties of an austenitic Fe-26Mn-7Al-0.9C alloy. Scanning electron microscopy observations were made of the structural features of the laser melted zone and the substrate aged at 600 and 710 C respectively for different periods. Metallographic examination revealed that the laser melted region consisted of columnar and equiaxed dendrites. Aging treatment resulted in the development of ferrite and brittle β-Mn phases into large modules which grew into the initial austenitic grains of the substrate alloy. However, the laser melting resulted in an appreciable decrease in the fraction of β-Mn phase after aging treatment. (orig.)

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

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

  18. A powder metallurgy austenitic stainless steel for application at very low temperatures

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    Sgobba, Stefano; Liimatainen, J; Kumpula, M

    2000-01-01

    The Large Hadron Collider to be built at CERN will require 1232 superconducting dipole magnets operating at 1.9 K. By virtue of their mechanical properties, weldability and improved austenite stability, nitrogen enriched austenitic stainless steels have been chosen as the material for several of the structural components of these magnets. Powder Metallurgy (PM) could represent an attractive production technique for components of complex shape for which dimension tolerances, dimensional stability, weldability are key issues during fabrication, and mechanical properties, ductility and leak tightness have to be guaranteed during operation. PM Hot Isostatic Pressed test plates and prototype components of 316LN-type grade have been produced by Santasalo Powdermet Oy. They have been fully characterized and mechanically tested down to 4.2 K at CERN. The fine grained structure, the absence of residual stresses, the full isotropy of mechanical properties associated to the low level of Prior Particle Boundaries oxides ...

  19. Effect of Austenite Recrystallization on Microstructure and Properties of Q345 Steel

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    ZHU Fu-xian; LI Yan-mei; LIU Yan-chun; WANG Guo-dong

    2005-01-01

    The Q345 plate steel austenite recrystallization behavior and strain accumulation during rolling were investigated through thermal simulation and rolling. The effect of the recrystallization behavior on the microstructure and properties of the steel was discussed and analyzed. The control principles of the pass reduction in the austenite recrystallization region and partial recrystallization region were established. It is found that to increase the thickness of intermediate billet in the finish temperature interval of 880-820 ℃ is favorable to grain refinement.The result has been applied to the industrial production of the 3 500 mm plate mill of Shougang Group. The average grain size of the steel plate conforms to ASTM No. 10-12, and the grade of band structure has been reduced to below 1.5.

  20. Study on comprehensive properties of duplex austenitic surfacing alloys for impacting abrasion

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    2000-01-01

    In this paper, comprehensive property crack resistance, work hardening and abrasion resistance of a series of double-phases austenitic alloys(FAW) has been studied by means of SEM, TEM and type MD-10 impacting wear test machine. FAW alloys are of middle chromium and low manganese, including Fe-Cr-Mo-C alloy,Fe-Cr-Mn-C alloy and Fe-Cr-Mn-Ni-C alloy, that are designed for working in condition of impacting abrasion resistance hardfacing.Study results show that the work hardening mechanism of FAW alloys are mainly deformation high dislocation density and dynamic carbide aging, the form of wearing is plastic chisel cutting. Adjusting the amount of carbon, nickel, manganese and other elements in austenitic phase area, the FAW alloy could fit different engineering conditions of high impacting, high temperature and so on.

  1. Characterization of Austenite Dynamic Recrystallization under Different Z Parameters in a Microalloyed Steel

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    M. Shaban; B. Eghbali

    2011-01-01

    A low carbon Nb-Ti microalloyed steel was subjected to hot torsion testing over the temperature range 850-1100℃ and strain rates 0.01-1 s-1 to study the influence of deformation conditions on the dynamic recrystallization characteristics of austenite. The results show that dynamic recrystallization occurs more easily with the decrease of strain rate and the increase of deformation temperature. The complete dynamically recrystallized grain size as a function of Zener-Hollomon parameter was established. It was found that dynamically recrystallized grain sizes decrease with increasing strain rate and decreasing deformation temperature. The effect of microalloying elements on peak strain was investigated and the solute drag corrected peak strain was determined. Also, the dynamic recrystallization map of austenite was obtained by using recrystallization critical parameters.

  2. Effect of silicon and prior deformation of austenite on isothermal transformation in low carbon steels

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    Minghui CAI; Hun DING; Jiansu ZHANG; Long LI

    2009-01-01

    Isothermal transformation (TTT) behavior of the low carbon steels with two Si con-tents (0.50 wt pct and 1.35 wt pct) was investigated with and without the prior deformation. The results show that Si and the prior deformation of the austenite have significant effects on the transformation of the ferrite and bainite. The addition of Si refines the ferrite grains, accelerates the polygonal ferrite transformation and the formation of M/A constituents, leading to the improvement of the strength. The ferrite grains formed under the prior deformation of the austenite become more ho-mogeneous and refined. However, the influence of deformation on the tensile strength of both steels is dependent on the isothermal temperatures. Thermodynamic calcu-lation indicates that Si and prior deformation reduce the incubation time of both ferrite and bainite transformation, but the effect is weakened by the decrease of the isothermal temperatures.

  3. Correlation between microstructure and mechanical properties of stable mixtures formed by austenite and martensite

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    The influence of martensite in mechanical properties of stable mixtures formed by austenite and martensite was studied by varying the amount of martensite in the mixtures. Microstructural parameters were determined by Optical Quantitative Metallography and used to establish the correlation between the mechanical response of the mixtures in tension and their microstructures. The 'in situ' deformation of each phase in mixtures was determined experimentally in terms of the rule of mixtures. It is shown that the partitioning of the deformation depends on the amount of martensite in the mixture and that it tends to a condition of isostrain at higher martensite volume fractions. Optical observation of fractured specimens showed that the beginning of the fracture process may related to regions of the austenite grain boundaries where they meet martensite plates. (Author)

  4. HEALING OF HYDROGEN ATTACK CRACK IN AUSTENITE STAINLESS STEEL UNDER HEAT TREATMENT

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    X.G. Li; C.F. Dong; H. Chen

    2002-01-01

    The specimens of 304 austenite stainless steel with the hydrogen attack bubbles orcracks were heat treated at 600℃ for 6h. The SEM and TEM observations on thespecimens before and after the heat treatment showed that the bubbles or cracks could behealed completely by heat treatment. The healing of hydrogen attack bubbles or cracksis closely related to heat diffusion of Fe and C atoms in austenite. The driving forceof crack healing results fram the plastic deforming energy Es induced by the growthof hydrogen attack bubbles or cracks. The critical condition of healing of bubbles orcracks is Es ≥ 2γ/r (where γγ is the surface tension, r is the radius of bubbles or halflength of crack). During healing of the hydrogen attack bubbles or cracks, the recovery,polygonization and recrystallization of the sub-grain also occured.

  5. The effect of manganese on the kinetics of phase transformations of austenite in structural steels

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    The aim of this work was to examine the effect of Mn on the kinetics of phase transformations of supercooled austenite. It was executed the 4 CCT diagrams for alloys of a variable Mn content. The obtained results indicate that with the increase of Mn concentrations in austenite in the range 0.73-2.94% the times to the beginning of its transformation are lengthened and the temperatures of these transformations into ferrite and the bainitic transformations are lengthened slightly whole only the time to the beginning of a pearlitic transformation is lengthened more strongly. In the range of 2.0-2.94% Mn the times to the beginnings of all transformations grow very strongly. (author)

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

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    B. Kalandyk

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of microscopic examinations of corrosion resistant cast steel with reduced nickel content obtained in a test casting with varying wall thickness. Investigations were carried out in as-cast condition and after heat treatment. Regardless of the casting wall thickness, increasing the manganese and nitrogen content to about 5 % and 2 500 ppm, respectively, yields the material with a two-phase microstructure containing ferrite in an amount of 55,6 ÷ 57,2 % (magnetic method and 52,3 ÷ 55,2 % (analytical method. Based on the results of metallographic examinations, total elimination of the secondary austenite from the microstructure was observed. Microhardness measurements showed average values of 352,3 μHV20 and 267 μHV20 for the chromium ferrite and austenite, respectively.

  7. Influence of impact energy on work hardening ability of austenitic manganese steel and its mechanism

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    Li Xiaoyun

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available To further understand the hardening mechanism of austenitic manganese steel under actual working conditions, the work hardening ability was studied and the microstructures of austenitic manganese steel were observed under different impact energies. The work hardening mechanism was also analyzed. The results show that the best strain hardening effect could be received only when the impact energy reaches or exceeds the critical impact energy. The microstructural observations reveal that dislocations, stacking faults and twins increase with raising impact energy of the tested specimens. The hardening mechanism changes at different hardening degrees. It is mainly dislocation and slip hardening below the critical impact energy, but it changes to the twinning hardening mechanism when the impact energy is above the critical impact energy.

  8. Investigations into radiation swelling and mechanical properties of irradiated austenitic chromium-manganese steel

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    Presented are the results of investigations of material with fast-dropping radioactivity-austenitic Cr-Mn steel (04Kh12G14N4YuM), damage dose dependence of swelling and mechanical properties of steel. It is shown that 04Kh12G14N4YuM steel has high radiation swelling resistance up to a damage dose of 60 dpa at temperature ranging from 340 to 530 deg C. Mechanical properties of steel are as good as those of austenitic Cr-Ni steels up to 30 dpa and 40 deg C. Ductility does not decrease lower than 2-5 %. Dose and temperature increase leads to instability of γ-solid solution, that is confirmed by the results of TEM and X-ray examinations. 4 refs.; 6 figs.; 2 tabs

  9. Improvement of high temperature strength and low temperature toughness of high manganese-chromium austenitic steels

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    High Mn-Cr austenitic steels are still considered to be an important high temperature structural material from the point of view of fast-induced radioactivity decay (FIRD) and non-magneticity. The objective of the present study is to investigate the mechanical properties of 12% Cr-15% Mn austenitic stainless steels and to compare these properties with those of the reference materials of JPCAs and JFMS, which are being investigated for the development of fusion reactor structural materials in Japan. The effects of the alloying elements V, Ti, Ta, etc. were investigated to determine the improvement of mechanical properties. Tiny precipitates of VN and Ti(C, N) raised the high-temperature strength considerably. Content of 0.1 to 0.2% C, however, formed very coarse precipitates of M23C6 type carbide on the grain boundaries, which deteriorated low temperature toughness inducing intergranular fracture. Microstructural evolution during long-term aging was also investigated. ((orig.))

  10. High temperature strength of simple and solute-modified 10Cr-30Mn austenitic steels

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    In order to develop potential reduced activation manganese-stabilized austenitic steels for use in the first wall component of a fusion reactor, tensile and high temperature creep properties have been investigated for simple and solute-modified 10% Cr-30% Mn austenitic steels. The yield stress increased linearly with carbon concentration over the range from room temperature to 873 K. The creep-rupture strength at 873 K increased linearly with carbon concentration at short times, below 360 ks (100 h). The contribution of carbon to the increase in creep rupture strength decreased at high carbon concentration, above 0.2%, and at long times, above 3600 ks (1000 h). A solute-modified 10Cr-30Mn-2W-0.2Ti-0.008B-0.04P-0.15C(wt%) steel exhibited very high tensile and creep rupture strength that were superior to those of type 316 steel. (orig.)

  11. Hydrogen embrittlement of martensitic and austenitic stainless steels for fusion applications

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    In this study the Disk Pressure Method was employed to investigate the mechanical behaviour of several stainless steels with potential application in fusion reactors. Tests were carried out on as-received material and on specimens charged with different hydrogen concentrations. The DPT tests were performed at hydrogen concentrations ranging from 1 to 15 wt ppm for martensitic materials and at a maximum concentration of 30 wt ppm for austenitic steel. The mechanical properties of martensitic steels were greatly affected by the presence of hydrogen only above well defined concentrations. The critical concentration values measured are reported and discussed in terms of hydrogen diffusion and trapping, as well as microstructural parameters such as prior austenitic grain size. No significant mechanical effects were found in the case of 316L at the hydrogen concentrations indicated. (orig.)

  12. Thermal property characterization of a titanium modified austenitic stainless steel (alloy D9)

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    Banerjee, Aritra [Physical Metallurgy Section, Materials Characterisation Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Raju, S. [Physical Metallurgy Section, Materials Characterisation Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India)]. E-mail: sraju@igcar.ernet.in; Divakar, R. [Physical Metallurgy Section, Materials Characterisation Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Mohandas, E. [Physical Metallurgy Section, Materials Characterisation Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Panneerselvam, G. [Fuel Chemistry Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India); Antony, M.P. [Fuel Chemistry Division, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603 102 (India)

    2005-12-01

    The temperature dependence of lattice parameter and enthalpy increment of alloy D9, a titanium modified nuclear grade austenitic stainless steel were studied using high temperature X-ray diffraction and inverse drop calorimetry techniques, respectively. A smooth variation of the lattice parameter of the austenite with temperature was found. The instantaneous and mean linear thermal expansion coefficients at 1350 K were estimated to be 2.12 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1} and 1.72 x 10{sup -5} K{sup -1}, respectively. The measured enthalpy data were made use of in estimating heat capacity, entropy and Gibbs energy values. The estimated isobaric heat capacity C {sub p} at 298 K was found to be 406 J kg{sup -1} K{sup -1}. An integrated theoretical analysis of the thermal expansion and enthalpy data was performed to obtain approximate values of bulk modulus as a function of temperature.

  13. Measurement of thickness of austenitic overlays on carbon steel walls using a magnetic method

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    Mechanical and magnetic methods are used for measuring the thickness of austenitic overlays on the walls of carbon steel pressure vessels. Specific problems pertaining to the magnetic methods are briefly discussed. A magnetic thickness gage has been developed for overlays using the principle of ferrite effect suppression. Thickness gaging is done by aligning the gage with the layer to be measured on the overlay side. Basic accuracy of the instrument is 7% for overlays containing 2 to 8% ferrite. For the ferrite content 0 to 2% or 8 to 10%, accuracy reduces to roughly 12%. The method is simple, reliable and versatile during the manufacture of a pressure vessel and after it is finished. The economic benefit is considerable because it allows overlaying of a thickness which practically is without reserve; each millimeter of the austenitic layer thickness on the pressure vessel costs more than a million Czechoslovak crowns. (Z.M.). 7 figs., 5 refs

  14. The effect of hydrogen on strain hardening and fracture mechanism of high-nitrogen austenitic steel

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    Maier, G. G.; Astafurova, E. G.; Melnikov, E. V.; Moskvina, V. A.; Vojtsik, V. F.; Galchenko, N. K.; Zakharov, G. N.

    2016-07-01

    High-nitrogen austenitic steels are perspective materials for an electron-beam welding and for producing of wear-resistant coatings, which can be used for application in aggressive atmospheres. The tensile behavior and fracture mechanism of high-nitrogen austenitic steel Fe-20Cr-22Mn-1.5V-0.2C-0.6N (in wt.%) after electrochemical hydrogen charging for 2, 10 and 40 hours have been investigated. Hydrogenation of steel provides a loss of yield strength, uniform elongation and tensile strength. The degradation of tensile properties becomes stronger with increase in charging duration - it occurs more intensive in specimens hydrogenated for 40 hours as compared to ones charged for 2-10 hours. Fracture analysis reveals a hydrogen-induced formation of brittle surface layers up to 6 μm thick after 40 hours of saturation. Hydrogenation changes fracture mode of steel from mixed intergranular-transgranular to mainly transgranular one.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  16. TDA method application to austenite transformation in nodular cast iron with carbides assessment

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the possibility of TDA method using to austenite transformation in nodular cast iron with carbides assessment is presented. Studies were conducted on cast iron with about 2% molybdenum and 0,70% to 4,50% nickel. On diagrams, where TDA curves are pre- sented, on time axis a logarithmic scale was applied. It has not been used up to now. It was found, that during cooling and crystallization of cast iron in TDA probe, on the derivative curve there is a slight thermal effect from austenite to upper bainite or martensite transformation. Depending on nickel concentration austeniteupper bainite transformation start temperature changed (Bus, while MS temperature was independent of it. An influence of nickel on eutectic transformation temperature in nodular cast iron with carbides was determined too.

  17. Diffusion of nitrogen in austenitic phase: Application to nitriding of stainless steels

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    Torchane Lazhar

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The nitriding treatment of the martensitic stainless steels aims to harden and to introduce compressive stresses on the surface of steel. Hardening is resulting of the martensitic transformation of the austenitic matrix enriched into nitrogen during cooling and of the germination and the nitride growth. In order to preserve the stainless character of the nitrided layer, it is imperative to control precipitation within the zone affected by the treatment. Our task consists in showing that is possible to control the composition of the gas atmosphere containing ammonia and argon and to carry out on the surface of nitrided samples at 1050°C two types of configuration of layers : a single phase layer made up by martensite enriched in nitrogen α’N and or a two phase layer made up by austenite γN and martensite α’N enriched in nitrogen.

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

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

  19. Material for hot rolling of high boron content austenite stainless steel, and hot rolling method

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    A hot rolling material made of a high boron content austenite stainless steel of the present invention comprises a slab made of an austenite stainless steel containing from 0.6 to 2.0% by weight of B and a pad-welded metal layer formed on the side surface of the slab. The pad-welded metal layer has δ ferrite amount of from 3 to 12% by volume, B content up to 0.3% by weight, a thickness of 3mm or greater, and is subjected to hot rolling after heated to a temperature of from 1100 to 1200degC. This can prevent occurrence of peripheral cracking and the material can be industrially manufactured stably at a low cost. (T.M.)

  20. Mechanism of fatigue crack initiation in austenitic stainless steels in light water reactor environments

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    This paper examines the mechanism of fatigue crack initiation in austenitic stainless steels (SSs) in light water reactor (LWR) coolant environments. The effects of key material and loading variables on the fatigue lives of wrought and cast austenitic SSs in air and LWR environments have been evaluated. The influence of reactor coolant environments on the formation and growth of fatigue cracks in polished smooth SS specimens is discussed. The results indicate that the fatigue lives of these steels are decreased primarily by the effects of the environment on the growth of cracks <200 μm and, to a lesser extent, on enhanced growth rates of longer cracks. The fracture morphology in the specimens has been characterized. Exploratory fatigue tests were conducted to study the effects of surface micropits or minor differences in the surface oxide on fatigue crack initiation. (author)

  1. CrN precipitation and elemental segregation during the decay of expanded austenite

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    Manova, D.; Lotnyk, A.; Mändl, S.; Neumann, H.; Rauschenbach, B.

    2016-06-01

    Nitrogen insertion into austenitic stainless steel at elevated temperatures leads to anomalous fast nitrogen diffusion and the formation of an expanded fcc phase which is known as expanded austenite. In situ x-ray diffraction measurements during low energy nitrogen ion implantation into steel AISI 304 at 475 °C and short annealing at 575 °C were performed in conjunction with transmission electron microscopy investigations. They show the time dependent decay of this expanded phase with coalescing and growing CrN precipitates. There is elemental segregation associated with this decay where Fe is absent very early from the Cr–N containing precipitates. Ni is segregating towards the Fe-rich matrix more slowly. At the same time, the microstructure—decayed phase vs expanded austenite—is visible in SIMS cluster analysis.

  2. The importance of metallurgical variables in environment sensitive fracture of austenitic alloys

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    The effects of metallurgical variables on environment sensitive cracking of austenitic Fe-Cr-Ni alloys, in particular austenitic stainless steels, have been examined. It is demonstrated by reviewing available literature data and by new, unpublished results that the nature and extent of susceptibility are sensitive such metallurgical variables as composition, grain size, microstructure, thermal treatment and radiation damage. Environment sensitive cracking has been classified as hydrogen-induced cracking or selective dissolution of an active path (Cr-depleted zone, segregations or deformation structures). The common factors between stress corrosion cracking and hydrogen embrittlement of these alloys are identified. Finally, possible aspects of the role and mechanism of hydrogen-induced cracking in environment sensitive cracking are discussed. (author)

  3. Stress and Composition of Carbon Stabilized Expanded Austenite on Stainless Steel

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    Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2009-01-01

    Low-temperature gaseous carburizing of stainless steel is associated with a colossal supersaturation of the fcc lattice with carbon, without the development of carbides. This article addresses the simultaneous determination of stress and composition profiles in layers of carbon xpanded austenite...... obtained by low-temperature gaseous carburizing of AISI 316. X-ray diffraction was applied for the determination of lattice spacing depth profiles by destructive depth profiling and reconstruction of the original lattice spacing profiles from the measured, diffracted intensity weighted, values. The...... compressive stress depth distributions correlate with the depth distribution of the strain-free lattice parameter, the latter being a measure for the depth distribution of carbon in expanded austenite. Elastically accommodated compressive stress values as high as -2.7 GPa were obtained, which exceeds the...

  4. Hydrogen Environment Embrittlement on Austenitic Stainless Steels from Room Temperature to Low Temperatures

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    Ogata, Toshio

    2015-12-01

    Hydrogen environment embrittlement (HEE) on austenitic stainless steels SUS304, 304L, and 316L in the high pressure hydrogen gas was evaluated from ambient temperature to 20 K using a very simple mechanical properties testing procedure. In the method, the high- pressure hydrogen environment is produced just inside the hole in the specimen and the specimen is cooled in a cooled-alcohol dewar and a cryostat with a GM refrigerator. The effect of HEE was observed in tensile properties, especially at lower temperatures, and fatigue properties at higher stress level but almost no effect around the stress level of yield strength where almost no strain-induced martensite was produced. So, no effect of HEE on austenitic stainless steels unless the amount of the ferrite phase is small.

  5. Ultrafine-Grained Structure of Fe-Ni-C Austenitic Alloy Formed by Phase Hardening.

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    Danilchenko, Vitalij

    2016-12-01

    The X-ray and magnetometry methods were used to study α-γ transformation mechanisms on heating quenched Fe-22.7 wt.% Ni-0.58 wt.% С alloy. Variation of heating rate within 0.03-80 K/min allowed one to switch from diffusive to non-diffusive mechanism of the α-γ transformation. Heating up primary austenitic single crystal specimen at a rate of less than 1.0-0.5 K/min has led to formation of aggregate of grains with different orientation and chemical composition in the reverted austenite. Significant fraction of these grains was determined to have sizes within nanoscale range. PMID:26860715

  6. 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)

  7. Solubility of niobium in austenite in the presence of Nb(C,N)

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    It was developed some equations to calculate the solubility of niobium in austenite in the presence of NbC sub(0.87) or NbN. These equations were applied to steels with carbon, nitrogen and niobium content varying from 10-3 to 1 wt %, and for 800-13000C temperature range. The results obtained were compared with experimental data from literature, and showed a good agreement. Using those equations, it was developed an algorithm to calculate the solubility of niobium in austenite in the presence of niobium carbonitride (NbC sub(x) N sub(y)). The results obtained by this method were compared with experimental data, and also showed a good agreement. (Author)

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

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

  9. The Synthesis and Electrochemical Behavior of High-Nitrogen Nickel-Free Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Sun, Shicheng; Wei, Sufeng; Wang, Guoyong; Jiang, Zhonghao; Lian, Jianshe; Ji, Changtao

    2014-11-01

    A new smelting method to synthesize high-nitrogen nickel-free austenitic stainless steel was suggested. The synthesized steel completely consists of austenite and represents more brilliant anti-corrosion ability both in salt solution and sulfuric acid solution. The brilliant anti-corrosion ability is retained even after severe cold-rolling deformation, which ensures its workability in practice. The potentiodynamic polarization curves, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, and passivating treatment were used to characterize its corrosion properties and uncover its corrosion mechanism in salt solution. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy was used to clarify the mechanism of passivation. The results demonstrate that the steel has a more uniform and thicker passive film than traditional stainless steel due to the cooperation of nitrogen and chromium.

  10. Effect of Electrode Types on the Solidification Cracking Susceptibility of Austenitic Stainless Steel Weld Metal

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    J. U. Anaele; O. O. ONYEMAOBI; Nwobodo, C. S.; C. C. Ugwuegbu

    2015-01-01

    The effect of electrode types on the solidification cracking susceptibility of austenitic stainless steel weld metal was studied. Manual metal arc welding method was used to produce the joints with the tungsten inert gas welding serving as the control. Metallographic and chemical analyses of the fusion zones of the joints were conducted. Results indicate that weldments produced from E 308-16 (rutile coated), E 308-16(lime-titania coated) electrodes, and TIG welded joints fall within the range...

  11. Influence of hot-working conditions on a structure of high-manganese austenitic steels

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    A. Grajcar

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the paper is to determine the influence of hot deformation conditions on σ-ε curves and structure changes of new-developed high-manganese austenitic steels.Design/methodology/approach: The force-energetic parameters of hot-working were determined in hot-compression tests performed in a temperature range of 850 to 1050°C by the use of the Gleeble 3800 thermomechanical simulator. Evaluation of processes controlling work hardening at 850°C were identified by microstructure observations of the specimens water-quenched after plastic deformation to a true strain equal 0.22, 0.51 and 0.92.Findings: At initial state the steel containing 3% of Si and Al possesses homogeneous austenite structure with many annealing twins. Increased up to 4% Si concentration and decreased to 2% Al concentration result in a presence of some fraction of ε martensite plates. For applied deformation conditions, the values of flow stress vary from 250 to 450MPa – increasing with decreasing deformation temperature. A relatively small values ofε max deformation at temperatures of 1050 and 950°C allow to suppose that in this range of temperature, to form a fine-grained microstructure of steels, dynamic recrystallization can be used. At a temperature of 850°C, the dynamic recrystallization leads to structure refinement after true strain of about 0.51.Research limitations/implications: To determine in detail the hot-working behaviour of developed steels, a progress of recrystallization as a function of time at deformation temperature should be investigated.Practical implications: The obtained stress-strain curves can be useful in determination of power-force parameters of hot-rolling of high-manganese austenitic steels.Originality/value: The hot-working behaviour of new-devoloped high-manganese austenitic steels containing Nb and Ti microadditions was investigated.

  12. Variation of carbon concentration in proeutectoid ferrite during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steel

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    Jung, Minsu; Cho, Wontae; Park, Jihye; Jung, Jae-Gil; Lee, Young-Kook, E-mail: yklee@yonsei.ac.kr

    2014-08-15

    The variation of the C concentration in proeutectoid ferrite (α{sub PF}) during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steels was quantitatively investigated using the massive transformation start temperature (T{sub m}) of α{sub PF} to austenite (γ) measured by high-temperature confocal laser scanning microscopy and hardness of α{sub PF}. The C concentration in α{sub PF} at T{sub m} in hypoeutectoid steels increased with increasing total C concentration up to approximately 0.2 wt.% during heating. The hardness of α{sub PF} with isothermal holding time at 775 °C in S20C steel revealed C enrichment in α{sub PF} at the early stage of isothermal holding and its reduction with further holding. These results explain the redistribution of the C in α{sub PF} during austenitization as follows: free C atoms released from cementite during pearlite decomposition diffuse excessively into neighboring α{sub PF} as well as pearlitic ferrite. The supersaturated C concentration in α{sub PF} is reduced during the long-range diffusive transformation of α{sub PF} to γ. However, some of the excess C atoms still remain in α{sub PF} until α{sub PF} starts to massively transform to γ. - Highlights: • Massive transformation of αPF to γ in hypoeutectoid steels was observed using CLSM. • C content in αPF during austenitization was analyzed by measured Tm and hardness. • Tm decreases and C content in αPF at Tm increases with increasing total C. • C atoms released from θ during formation of P to γ diffuse excessively into αPF. • Supersaturated C content in αPF is reduced during transformation of αPF to γ.

  13. Variation of carbon concentration in proeutectoid ferrite during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steel

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    The variation of the C concentration in proeutectoid ferrite (αPF) during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steels was quantitatively investigated using the massive transformation start temperature (Tm) of αPF to austenite (γ) measured by high-temperature confocal laser scanning microscopy and hardness of αPF. The C concentration in αPF at Tm in hypoeutectoid steels increased with increasing total C concentration up to approximately 0.2 wt.% during heating. The hardness of αPF with isothermal holding time at 775 °C in S20C steel revealed C enrichment in αPF at the early stage of isothermal holding and its reduction with further holding. These results explain the redistribution of the C in αPF during austenitization as follows: free C atoms released from cementite during pearlite decomposition diffuse excessively into neighboring αPF as well as pearlitic ferrite. The supersaturated C concentration in αPF is reduced during the long-range diffusive transformation of αPF to γ. However, some of the excess C atoms still remain in αPF until αPF starts to massively transform to γ. - Highlights: • Massive transformation of αPF to γ in hypoeutectoid steels was observed using CLSM. • C content in αPF during austenitization was analyzed by measured Tm and hardness. • Tm decreases and C content in αPF at Tm increases with increasing total C. • C atoms released from θ during formation of P to γ diffuse excessively into αPF. • Supersaturated C content in αPF is reduced during transformation of αPF to γ

  14. Stability of austenitic 316L steel against martensite formation during cyclic straining

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    Man, Jiří; Obrtlík, Karel; Petrenec, Martin; Beran, Přemysl; Smaga, M.; Weidner, A.; Dluhoš, J.; Kruml, Tomáš; Biermann, H.; Eifler, D.; Polák, Jaroslav

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 10, - (2011), s. 1279-1284. ISSN 1877-7058. [ICM11 -International Conference on The Mechanical Behavior of Materials /11./. Lake Como, 05.06.2011-09.06.2011] R&D Projects: GA ČR GAP108/10/2371 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10480505; CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : low cycle fatigue * 316L austenitic stainless steel * deformation-induced martensite Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  15. Experimental Investigation of Ultrasonic Vibration Assisted Turning of 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Zou, Ping; Xu, Yingshuai; He, Yu; Chen, Mingfang; Wu, Hao

    2015-01-01

    This research study focuses on the experimental analysis of the three-dimensional (3D) surface topography and surface roughness of the workpiece machined with ultrasonic vibration assisted turning (UAT) in comparison to conventional turning (CT). For the challenge that machining difficulties of 304 austenitic stainless steel (ASS 304) and high demands for the machined surface quality and machining precision represent, starting with cutting principle and processing technology, the ultrasonic v...

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  17. Solid solution strengthening effect on creep strength of austenitic stainless steel

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    Abouzari, Sara

    2012-01-01

    Sanicro 25 is a newly developed austenitic stainless steel, designed for the next generation of Ultrasupercritical coal-fired boilers in electrical power plants. This material is applicable in reheater and superheater tubes, where the material temperature is up to 700 °C. One of the main strengthening mechanisms in high temperature materials is solid solution strengthening. A combination of this mechanism and precipitation hardening, promotes creep strength of heat resistance materials. The a...

  18. Formation of a submicrocrystalline structure in metastable austenitic steels during severe plastic deformation and subsequent heating

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    Mal'tseva, L. A.; Mal'tseva, T. V.; Yurovskikh, A. S.; Raab, G. I.; Sharapova, V. A.; Vakhonina, K. D.

    2016-03-01

    The structure and the mechanical properties of metastable austenitic steels after severe plastic deformation by four or six passes of equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP) at a temperature of 400°C are studied. It is shown that ECAP results in strain hardening mainly due to the formation of a submicrocrystalline structure, which is retained after subsequent heating to 500°C.

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

  20. Preparation and characterization of electrolytic alumina deposit on austenitic stainless steel

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    El Hajjaji, Souad; El Alaoui, Sidi Mohammed; Simon, Patrice; Guenbour, Abdellah; Ben Bachir, Ali; Puech-Costes, Edith; Maurette, Marie-Thérèse; Aries, Lucien

    2005-01-01

    Conversion coating modified by alumina has been studied as a way for improving the resistance to thermal oxidation of an austenitic stainless steel. Conversion coating, characterized by a particular morphology and strong interfacial adhesion with the substrate, facilitate the electrochemical deposition of ceramic layers and enhance their adhesion to the substrate. The influence of the current density and treatment time on alumina deposit was studied using statistical experimental designs like...

  1. Microstructural and Texture Development in Two Austenitic Steels with High-Manganese Content

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    Bhattacharya, Basudev; Ray, Ranjit Kumar; Leffers, Torben

    2015-01-01

    Two austenitic steels, Fe-21.3Mn-3.44Si-3.74Al-0.5C and Fe-29.8Mn-2.96Si-2.73Al-0.52C, were subjected to cold rolling with 30 to 80 pct reduction with an increment of 10 pct and subsequently the development of their microstructures and textures were studied. The overall texture after 80 pct cold...

  2. Weld bead center line shift during laser welding of austenitic stainless steels with different sulfur content

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    The magnitude of the shift in position of the maximum depth of penetration, the center line shift (CLS), for a laser weld produced between two heats of austenitic stainless steels with large differences in S content was smaller relative to gas tungsten arc (GTA) welds made with both higher and lower heat inputs. The results of this study suggest that both surface tension driven fluid (Marangoni) flow effects and arc shift effects may contribute to the CLS in GTA welding

  3. Multi-response optimization of CO2 laser welding process of austenitic stainless steel

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    Benyounis, Khaled; Olabi, Abdul-Ghani; Hashmi, Saleem

    2008-01-01

    Recently, laser welding of austenitic stainless steel has received great attention in industry, due to its wide spread application in petroleum refinement stations, power plant, pharmaceutical industry and households. Therefore, mechanical properties should be controlled to obtain good welded joints. The welding process should be optimized by the proper mathematical models. In this research, the tensile strength and impact strength along with the joint operating cost of laser welded butt join...

  4. Amorphous stainless steel coatings prepared by reactive magnetron-sputtering from austenitic stainless steel targets

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    Cusenza, Salvatore; Schaaf, Peter

    2009-01-01

    Stainless steel films were reactively magnetron sputtered in argon/methane gas flow onto oxidized silicon wafers using austenitic stainless-steel targets. The deposited films of about 200 nm thickness were characterized by conversion electron Mössbauer spectroscopy, magnetooptical Kerr-effect, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering spectrometry, atomic force microscopy, corrosion resistance tests, and Raman spectroscopy. These complementary methods were us...

  5. Microstructure and properties of laser surface alloyed PM austenitic stainless steel

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    Z. Brytan

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available 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 and 2.0 kW and powder feed rate (1.0-4.5 g/min at constant scanning rate of 0.5m/min on the width of alloyed surface layer, penetration depth, microstructure evaluated by LOM, SEM x-ray analysis, surface roughness and microhardness were presented.Findings: The microstructures of Cr laser alloyed surface consist of different zones, starting from the superficial zone rich in alloying powder particles embedded in the surface; these particles protrude from the surface and thus considerably increase the surface roughness. Next is alloyed zone enriched in alloying element where ferrite and austenite coexists. The following transient zone is located between properly alloyed material and the base metal and can be considered as a very narrow HAZ zone. The optimal microstructure homogeneity of Cr alloyed austenitic stainless steel was obtained for powder feed rate of 2.0 and 4.5 g/min and laser beam power of 1.4 kW and 2 kW.Practical implications: Laser surface alloying can be an efficient method of surface layer modification of sintered stainless steel and by this way the surface chromium enrichment can produce microstructural changes affecting mechanical properties.Originality/value: Application of high power diode laser can guarantee uniform heating of treated surface, thus uniform thermal cycle across treated area and uniform penetration depth of chromium alloyed surface layer.

  6. The influence of chemical composition on structure and mechanical properties of austenitic Cr-Ni steels

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    A. Kurc-Lisiecka; M. Kciuk

    2013-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of the paper is to investigated the influence of the chemical composition on the structure and mechanical properties of austenitic Cr-Ni steels. Special attention was put on the effect of solution heat treatment on mechanical properties of examined steels. Design/methodology/approach: The examinations of static tensile tests were conducted on ZWICK 100N5A. Hardness measurements were made by Vickers method. The X-ray analyzes were realized with the use of Dron ...

  7. Microstructure evolution and phase composition of high-manganese austenitic steels

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    L.A. Dobrzański; A. Grajcar; W. Borek

    2008-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of the paper is to determine the influence of hot-working conditions on microstructure evolution and phase composition of new-developed high-manganese austenitic steels.Design/methodology/approach: Determination of processes controlling strain hardening was carried out in continuous compression test using Gleeble 3800 thermo-mechanical simulator. Evaluation of processes controlling work hardening and occurring after deformation at 900°C were identified by microstructure obser...

  8. Wear mechanisms in austenitic stainless steel drilling : A comprehensive wear study

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    Dahlström, Alexander

    2015-01-01

    This thesis is meant to serve as part of a competence platform for future product development projects at Sandvik Coromant AB, Solid Round Tools Department, Västberga, Sweden. The project objective is to gain generic knowledge of the wear mechanisms that restrict tool lifetime when drilling austenitic stainless steel. Thus, identifying if the weakest link of the tool is located within the coating, the coating adherence or in the strength of the substrate. A theoretical review of the work-pie...

  9. From micro to nano scales -recent progress in the characterization of nitrided austenitic stainless steels

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    Luo, Quanshun; Yang, Shicai

    2015-01-01

    In the frontier of materials science, understanding of materials has been in multiple scales from macro, micro, to atomic levels. This is attributed to the advanced instrumentations such as SEM, TEM, XPS, XRD, as well as several other spectroscopic and metallographic analyses. Fe-Cr-Ni based austenitic stainless steels have a diverse range of modern applications ranging from biomedical prostheses in human bodies, food processing, to chemical engineering and nuclear power generation. The outst...

  10. Determination of Thermal Diffusivity of Austenitic Steel Using Pulsed Infrared Thermography

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    Kochanowski K.; Oliferuk W.; Płochocki Z.; Adamowicz A.

    2014-01-01

    The simple method of determining thermal diffusivity of solid materials at room temperature using the pulsed infrared thermography (IRT) is proposed. The theoretical basis of the method and experimental results are presented. The study was conducted on austenitic steel 316L. Theobtained results show that the thermal diffusivity value of the tested steel determined by means of pulsed infrared thermography is very approximate to the values given in the literature, obtained by using more complic...

  11. Determination of Concentration Dependent Diffusion Coefficients of Carbon in Expanded Austenite

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    Hummelshøj, Thomas Strabo; Christiansen, Thomas; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    Abstract. In the present paper various experimental procedures to experimentally determine the concentration dependent diffusion coefficient of carbon in expanded austenite are evaluated. To this end thermogravimetric carburization was simulated for various experimental conditions and the evaluated...... composition dependent diffusivity of carbon derived from the simulated experiments was compared with the input data. The most promising procedure for an accurate determination is shown to be stepwise gaseous carburizing of thin foils in a gaseous atmosphere; the finer the stepsize, the more accurate the...

  12. Magnetic analysis of martensitic and austenitic phases in metamagnetic NiMn(In, Sn) alloys

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    Lázpita, P., E-mail: patricia.lazpita@ehu.es [University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Leioa (Spain); Escolar, J. [University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Leioa (Spain); Chernenko, V.A. [University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Leioa (Spain); BCMaterials, Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Ed. 500, Derio 48160 (Spain); Ikerbasque, Basque Foundation for Science, Bilbao 48013 (Spain); Barandiarán, J.M. [University of Basque Country (UPV/EHU), Leioa (Spain); BCMaterials, Parque Tecnológico de Bizkaia, Ed. 500, Derio 48160 (Spain)

    2015-09-25

    Highlights: • NiMnIn austenite and martensite have similar Ising-type critical exponents. • NiMnIn critical exponents rule out disordered states as spin-glass in martensite. • In NiMnIn alloys, magnetism arises mainly from moments localized at Mn atoms. • NiCoMnSn critical exponents are close to the ones from tricritical mean field model. • NiCoMnSn complex magnetic state results from three different magnetic atoms. - Abstract: Two different metamagnetic shape memory alloys of nominal composition Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 36}In{sub 14} and Ni{sub 42}Co{sub 8}Mn{sub 39}Sn{sub 11} have been studied by means of modified Arrott plots to give insight into the magnetic states of both the austenitic and martensitic phases. For Ni{sub 50}Mn{sub 36}In{sub 14} alloy, the same critical exponents (β = 0.32 and γ = 2.0) are obtained in austenite and martensite. They suggest that localized moments at Mn atoms are responsible for the magnetism of both phases according to the Ising model. The martensite, however, displays a rather complex behavior because β continuously changes with temperature. In Ni{sub 43}Co{sub 6.5}Mn{sub 39}Sn{sub 11.5}, critical exponents in the austenite are β = 0.27 and γ = 1.0. They are close to the tricritical mean field model, but no reliable fits were obtained in the martensite. The results are discussed in terms of microscopically different magnetic states in two alloys reflecting a complex interplay between the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic contributions.

  13. Out-of-plane magnetic patterning on austenitic stainless steels using plasma nitriding

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    Menéndez, E.; Nogués, Josep

    2010-01-01

    A correlation between the grain orientation and the out-of-plane magnetic properties of nitrogen-enriched polycrystalline austenitic stainless steel surface is performed. Due to the competition between the magnetocrystalline anisotropy, the exchange and dipolar interactions, and the residual stresses induced by nitriding, the resulting effective magnetic easy-axis can lay along unusual directions. It is also demonstrated that, by choosing an appropriate stainless steel texturing, arrays of fe...

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

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    R. Russev

    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.

  15. Short-term low-temperature glow discharge nitriding of 316L austenitic steel

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    T. Frączek; Olejnik, M.; Jasiñski, J.; Skuza, Z.

    2011-01-01

    The AISI 316L austenitic steel after glow discharge nitriding at temperature of T = 673 K and duration of τ=14,4 ks, for two different variants of specimen arrangement in the glow-discharge chamber was investigated. In order to assess the effectiveness of nitriding process, the surface layers profile analysis examination, surface hardness and hardness profile examination, the analysis of surface layer structures and corrosion resistance tests were performed. It has been found that application...

  16. Technique for ultrasonic testing of austenitic steel weldments of NPP components

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    Special literature on ultrasonic testing of weldments of austenitic steel is analysed. Technique for ultrasonic testing of the ring and longitudinal butt welded joints of NPP components without reinforcing bead removal is described. Special converter design and fabrication practice are described. Results of experimental check of the developed testing technology and its application during NNPs' mounting and operation are presented. Results of ultrasonic and X-ray testing are compared

  17. Niobium-containing quenching and partitioning processed ultrahigh strength martensite–austenite dual phase steels

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    Given the strong recent interest in quenching and partitioning processed steels, we present here a study concerning niobium bearing steel with medium carbon content. The quenching and partitioning process leads to an extremely high product of tensile strength and percentage elongation approaching 38 GPa%. The contribution is a cumulative effect of martensite with tempered randomly-oriented laths, small fraction of lower bainite, and a high fraction of retained austenite

  18. Magnetic analysis of martensitic and austenitic phases in metamagnetic NiMn(In, Sn) alloys

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    Highlights: • NiMnIn austenite and martensite have similar Ising-type critical exponents. • NiMnIn critical exponents rule out disordered states as spin-glass in martensite. • In NiMnIn alloys, magnetism arises mainly from moments localized at Mn atoms. • NiCoMnSn critical exponents are close to the ones from tricritical mean field model. • NiCoMnSn complex magnetic state results from three different magnetic atoms. - Abstract: Two different metamagnetic shape memory alloys of nominal composition Ni50Mn36In14 and Ni42Co8Mn39Sn11 have been studied by means of modified Arrott plots to give insight into the magnetic states of both the austenitic and martensitic phases. For Ni50Mn36In14 alloy, the same critical exponents (β = 0.32 and γ = 2.0) are obtained in austenite and martensite. They suggest that localized moments at Mn atoms are responsible for the magnetism of both phases according to the Ising model. The martensite, however, displays a rather complex behavior because β continuously changes with temperature. In Ni43Co6.5Mn39Sn11.5, critical exponents in the austenite are β = 0.27 and γ = 1.0. They are close to the tricritical mean field model, but no reliable fits were obtained in the martensite. The results are discussed in terms of microscopically different magnetic states in two alloys reflecting a complex interplay between the ferromagnetic and antiferromagnetic contributions

  19. A new high nitrogen super austenitic stainless steel with improved structure stability and corrosion resistance properties

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    A new highly alloyed (Cr, Mo, W, N) super austenitic grade has been developed. This grade offers high mechanical properties combined with excellent corrosion resistance in chloride acid media. This grade is particularly designed for applications in chloride, oxidizing acid media encountered in the chemical, transportation, pollution control, offshore and pulp and paper industries. Mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and weldability of this grade are presented and compared to that of other stainless steels and nickel base alloys

  20. Reducing heat tint effects on the corrosion resistance of austenitic stainless alloys

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    Kearns, J.R. (Allegheny Ludlum Corp., Brackenridge, PA (United States)); Moller, G.E. (Allegheny Ludlum Corp., Evergreen, CO (United States))

    1994-05-01

    Arc welding can produce a heat tint on the surface of stainless and nickel-based alloys. In some services, a heat tint can decrease corrosion resistance. The conditions that cause heat tinting are discussed, and laboratory studies on post-weld cleaning procedures for removing this surface oxide scale from a 6% molybdenum super-austenitic alloy (UNS N08367) are reviewed. Cleaning can be done by either mechanical or chemical methods; a combination of both is recommended.