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  1. Strip casting of stainless steels

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    Raabe, D.

    1997-01-01

    FLAT PRODUCTS OF STAINLESS STEELS ARE CONVENTIONALLY MANUFACTURED BY CONTINUOUS CASTING, HOT ROLLING, HOT BAND ANNEALING, PICKLING, COLD ROLLING AND RECRYSTALLISATION. IN THE LAST YEARS STRIP CASTING HAS INCREASINGLY ATTRACTED ATTENTION. IT OFFERS THREE IMPROVEMENTS IN COMPARISON TO THE CONVENTIONAL METHOD.1.) IT ALLOWS TO CAST STEEL SHEETS WITH THE SAME THICKNESS AND WIDTH AS THOSE PRODUCED BY HOT ROLLING. THIS MEANS THAT THE HOT ROLLING PROCESSIS BYPASSED. 2.) THE STRIP CAST STEEL REVEALS A...

  2. Fracture Mechanisms in Steel Castings

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    Z. Stradomski

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The investigations were inspired with the problem of cracking of steel castings during the production process. A single mechanism of decohesion - the intergranular one - occurs in the case of hot cracking, while a variety of structural factors is decisive for hot cracking initiation, depending on chemical composition of the cast steel. The low-carbon and low-alloyed steel castings crack due to the presence of the type II sulphides, the cause of cracking of the high-carbon tool cast steels is the net of secondary cementite and/or ledeburite precipitated along the boundaries of solidified grains. Also the brittle phosphor and carbide eutectics precipitated in the final stage solidification are responsible for cracking of castings made of Hadfield steel. The examination of mechanical properties at 1050°C revealed low or very low strength of high-carbon cast steels.

  3. Casting AISI 316 steel by gel cast

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    The feasibility of producing AISI 316 steel components from their powders and avoiding their compaction is analyzed. A casting technique is tested that is similar to gel casting, used for ceramic materials. In the initial stage, the process consists of the formulation of a concentrated barbotine of powdered metal in a solution of water soluble organic monomers, which is cast in a mold and polymerized in situ to form a raw piece in the shape of the cavity. The process can be performed under controlled conditions using barbotines with a high monomer content from the acrylimide family. Then, the molded piece is slowly heated until the polymer is eliminated, and it is sintered at temperatures of 1160oC to 1300oC under a dry hydrogen atmosphere, until the desired densities are attained. The density and micro structure of the materials obtained are compared with those for the materials compacted and synthesized by the conventional processes. The preliminary results show the feasibility of the process for the production of certain kinds of structural components (CW)

  4. The heat treatment of Fermanal cast steel

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    F. Binczyk; A. Smoliński; J. Szymszal

    2007-01-01

    The study discloses the results of microstructural examinations, testing of magnetic properties and hardness measurements as cast and after heat treatment conducted on the Fermanal cast steel. A characteristic feature of this cast steel is its density lower by about 10% than the density of carbon cast steel [4]. It has been proved that the factor deciding about the composition of microstructure (fraction of ferrite and austenite) is the content of aluminium. The matrix totally austenitic is p...

  5. Fillability of Thin-Wall Steel Castings

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    Robert C. Voigt; Joseph Bertoletti; Andrew Kaley; Sandi Ricotta; Travis Sunday

    2002-07-30

    The use of steel components is being challenged by lighter nonferrous or cast iron components. The development of techniques for enhancing and ensuring the filability of thin-wall mold cavities is most critical for thinner wall cast steel production. The purpose of this research was to develop thin-wall casting techniques that can be used to reliably produce thin-wall castings from traditional gravity poured sand casting processes. The focus of the research was to enhance the filling behavior to prevent misrunds. Experiments were conducted to investigate the influence of various foundry variables on the filling of thin section steel castings. These variables include casting design, heat transfer, gating design, and metal fluidity. Wall thickness and pouring temperature have the greatest effect on casting fill. As wall thickness increases the volume to surface area of the casting increases, which increases the solidification time, allowing the metal to flow further in thicker sect ions. Pouring time is another significant variable affecting casting fill. Increases or decreases of 20% in the pouring time were found to have a significant effect on the filling of thin-wall production castings. Gating variables, including venting, pouring head height, and mold tilting also significantly affected thin-wall casting fill. Filters offer less turbulent, steadier flow, which is appropriate for thicker castings, but they do not enhance thin-wall casting fill.

  6. Process development of thin strip steel casting

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    Sussman, R.C.; Williams, R.S.

    1990-12-01

    An important new frontier is being opened in steel processing with the emergence of thin strip casting. Casting steel directly to thin strip has enormous benefits in energy savings by potentially eliminating the need for hot reduction in a hot strip mill. This has been the driving force for numerous current research efforts into the direct strip casting of steel. The US Department of Energy initiated a program to evaluate the development of thin strip casting in the steel industry. In earlier phases of this program, planar flow casting on an experimental caster was studied by a team of engineers from Westinghouse Electric corporation and Armco Inc. A subsequent research program was designed as a fundamental and developmental study of both planar and melt overflow casting processes. This study was arranged as several separate and distinct tasks which were often completed by different teams of researchers. An early task was to design and build a water model to study fluid flow through different designs of planar flow casting nozzles. Another important task was mathematically modeling of melt overflow casting process. A mathematical solidification model for the formation of the strip in the melt overflow process was written. A study of the material and conditioning of casting substrates was made on the small wheel caster using the melt overflow casting process. This report discusses work on the development of thin steel casting.

  7. Clean Cast Steel Technology, Phase IV

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    Charles E. Bates

    2003-02-24

    The objective of the Clean Cast Steel Technology Program was to improve casting product quality by removing or minimizing oxide defects and to allow the production of higher integrity castings for high speed machining lines. Previous research has concentrated on macro-inclusions that break, chip, or crack machine tool cutters and drills and cause immediate shutdown of the machining lines. The overall goal of the project is to reduce the amount of surface macro-inclusions and improve the machinability of steel castings. Macro-inclusions and improve the machinability of steel castings. Macro-inclusions have been identified by industrial sponsors as a major barrier to improving the quality and marketability of steel castings.

  8. The heat treatment of Fermanal cast steel

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    F. Binczyk

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The study discloses the results of microstructural examinations, testing of magnetic properties and hardness measurements as cast and after heat treatment conducted on the Fermanal cast steel. A characteristic feature of this cast steel is its density lower by about 10% than the density of carbon cast steel [4]. It has been proved that the factor deciding about the composition of microstructure (fraction of ferrite and austenite is the content of aluminium. The matrix totally austenitic is present in cast steel containing from 0,8 to 0,9% C, from 22 to 24% Mn, and from 4,5 to 5,5% Al. The magnetic properties examined on samples of the Fermanal cast steel were determined by spectroscopy of the Mössbauer effect with isotope 57Fe. The magnetic properties represented by a mean value of the hyperfine magnetic field Bhf and relative magnetic permeability were determined. It has been stated that the level of magnetic properties of the Fermanal cast steel depends on the content of ferrite. The effect of the parameters of solutioning and ageing on the cast steel microstructure and hardness after modification with additions of B, Ti and Nb was investigated.

  9. Low-alloy constructional cast steel

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    D. Bartocha

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available Production of constructional casting competitive for welded structure of high-strength steel first of all required high metallurgical quality of cast steel. Assumptions, methodology and results of investigation which the aim was determination of the most advantageous: configuration and parameters of metallurgical treatments and ways to modify, in aspects of reach the low-alloy cast steel of the highest quality as possible, are presented. A series of low-alloy cast steel melts modeled on cast steel L20HGSNM was performed, the way of argoning in laboratory induction furnace with a capacity of 50kg was worked out, modifications with additions of FeNb, FeV and master alloy MgCe were performed. During each melts samples of cast steel direct from metal bath were get and series of experimental casting was made. Chemical compositions of melted cast steel, contents of O, N and H were determined as well as influence of additions on structure and nature of impact strength samples fracture were estimated.

  10. 46 CFR 59.20-1 - Carbon-steel or alloy-steel castings.

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Carbon-steel or alloy-steel castings. 59.20-1 Section 59... BOILERS, PRESSURE VESSELS AND APPURTENANCES Welding Repairs to Castings § 59.20-1 Carbon-steel or alloy-steel castings. Defects in carbon-steel or alloy-steel castings may be repaired by welding. The...

  11. Clean cast steel technology. Final report

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    Bates, C.E.; Griffin, J.A.

    1998-06-01

    This report documents the results obtained from the Clean Cast Steel Technology Program financially supported by the DOE Metal Casting Competitiveness Research Program and industry. The primary objective of this program is to develop technology for delivering steel free of oxide macroinclusions to mold cavities. The overall objective is to improve the quality of cast steel by developing and demonstrating the technology for substantially reducing surface and sub-surface oxide inclusions. Two approaches are discussed here. A total of 23 castings were produced by submerge pouring along with sixty conventionally poured castings. The submerged poured castings contained, on average, 96% fewer observable surface inclusions (11.9 vs 0.4) compared to the conventionally poured cast parts. The variation in the population of surface inclusions also decreased by 88% from 5.5 to 0.7. The machinability of the casting was also improved by submerged pouring. The submerge poured castings required fewer cutting tool changes and less operator intervention during machining. Subsequent to these trials, the foundry has decided to purchase more shrouds for continued experimentation on other problem castings where submerge pouring is possible. An examination of melting and pouring practices in four foundries has been carried out. Three of the four foundries showed significant improvement in casting quality by manipulating the melting practice. These melting practice variables can be grouped into two separate categories. The first category is the pouring and filling practice. The second category concerns the concentration of oxidizable elements contained in the steel. Silicon, manganese, and aluminum concentrations were important factors in all four foundries. Clean heats can consistently be produced through improved melting practice and reducing exposure of the steel to atmospheric oxygen during pouring and filling.

  12. Cracks in high-manganese cast steel

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    A. Chojecki

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The reasons which account for the formation of in service cracks in castings made from Hadfield steel were discussed. To explain the source of existence of the nuclei of brittle fractures, the properties of cast steel were examined within the range of solidification temperatures, remembering that feeding of this material is specially difficult, causing microporosity in hot spots. This creates conditions promoting the formation of microcracks which tend to propagate during service conditions involving high dynamic stresses, and explains why the cracks are mainly characterized by a brittle nature. The reason for crack formation in service are micro-porosities formed during casting solidification.

  13. Ageing of cast stainless steel components

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    The nuclear industry uses cast stainless steels in areas where it is paramount to ensure reactor safety. Investigations into the resistance of cast stainless steels to intergranular stress corrosion cracking (SCC) in simulated light water reactor conditions have shown contrary to expectation, some nuclear grade steels are indeed susceptible to SCC. The paper sets out of determine whether the information available in the various life extension databanks is sufficient for the application of the various empirical and theoretical models to the relevant safety analyses or if not, to identify areas where data is deficient. (Author)

  14. DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD OF STEEL AND CAST IRON

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    Ten, E. B.; V. D. Belov

    2015-01-01

    The article describes the use of a number of promising casting technologies applied to produce the castings of steel and cast iron with special properties. Such as, technology of centrifugal casting of large-size workpieces made of steel, forecasting method composition of slag in the smelting of high-manganese steels, method of complex modifying chromium cast irons, analysis of properties of perspective high-alloy aluminium cast iron.

  15. DEVELOPMENTS IN THE FIELD OF STEEL AND CAST IRON

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    E. B. Ten

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The article describes the use of a number of promising casting technologies applied to produce the castings of steel and cast iron with special properties. Such as, technology of centrifugal casting of large-size workpieces made of steel, forecasting method composition of slag in the smelting of high-manganese steels, method of complex modifying chromium cast irons, analysis of properties of perspective high-alloy aluminium cast iron.

  16. The quality of the joint between alloy steel and unalloyed cast steel in bimetallic layered castings

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    T. Wróbel

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In paper is presented technology of bimetallic layered castings based on founding method of layer coating directly in cast process so-called method of mould cavity preparation. Prepared castings consist two fundamental parts i.e. bearing part and working part (layer. The bearing part of bimetallic layered casting is typical foundry material i.e. ferritic-pearlitic unalloyed cast steel, whereas working part (layer is plate of austenitic alloy steel sort X2CrNi 18-9. The ratio of thickness between bearing and working part is 8:1. The aim of paper was assessed the quality of the joint between bearing and working part in dependence of pouring temperature and carbon concentration in cast steel. The quality of the joint in bimetallic layered castings was evaluated on the basis of ultrasonic non-destructive testing, structure and microhardness researches.

  17. The World's Largest Steel Casting Poured Successfully

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    2008-01-01

    @@ The world's largest steel casting -- the upper beam (or the top head) for free forging oil hydraulic press with a 18,000-ton force capacity, was poured successfully by CITIC Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd. (CITICHM) on May 22, 2008. This head piece is 11.95 meters long, 3.8 meters wide, 4.59 meters high and about 520 tons in gross weight. Pouring is the most important and critical step during its manufacturing process. The production of this huge casting requires about 830 tons of refined molten steel from 10 smelting furnaces and pouring with six ladles into the mold cavity at one time, which made it currently the world's largest steel casting poured and the most one-time molten steel organized.

  18. Yield Improvement in Steel Casting (Yield II)

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    Richard A. Hardin; Christoph Beckermann; Tim Hays

    2002-02-18

    This report presents work conducted on the following main projects tasks undertaken in the Yield Improvement in Steel Casting research program: Improvement of Conventional Feeding and Risering Methods, Use of Unconventional Yield Improvement Techniques, and Case Studies in Yield Improvement. Casting trials were conducted and then simulated using the precise casting conditions as recorded by the participating SFSA foundries. These results present a statistically meaningful set of experimental data on soundness versus feeding length. Comparisons between these casting trials and casting trials performed more than forty years ago by Pellini and the SFSA are quite good and appear reasonable. Comparisons between the current SFSA feeding rules and feeding rules based on the minimum Niyama criterion reveal that the Niyama-based rules are generally less conservative. The niyama-based rules also agree better with both the trials presented here, and the casting trails performed by Pellini an d the SFSA years ago. Furthermore, the use of the Niyama criterion to predict centerline shrinkage for horizontally fed plate sections has a theoretical basis according to the casting literature reviewed here. These results strongly support the use of improved feeding rules for horizontal plate sections based on the Niyama criterion, which can be tailored to the casting conditions for a given alloy and to a desired level of soundness. The reliability and repeatability of ASTM shrinkage x-ray ratings was investigated in a statistical study performed on 128 x-rays, each of which were rated seven different times. A manual ''Feeding and Risering Guidelines for Steel Castings' is given in this final report. Results of casting trials performed to test unconventional techniques for improving casting yield are presented. These use a stacked arrangement of castings and riser pressurization to increase the casting yield. Riser pressurization was demonstrated to feed a casting up to

  19. Aging degradation of cast stainless steel

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    A program is being conducted to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast-duplex stainless steels under light-water reactor operating conditions. Data from room-temperature Charpy-impact tests for several heats of cast stainless steel aged up to 10,000 h at 350, 400, and 4500C are presented and compared with results from other studies. Microstructures of cast-duplex stainless steels subjected to long-term aging either in the laboratory or in reactor service have been characterized. The results indicate that at least two processes contribute to the low-temperature embrittleent of duplex stainless steels, viz., weakening of the ferrite/austenite phase boundary by carbide precipitation and embrittlement of ferrite matrix by the formation of additional phases such as G-phase, Type X, or the α' phase. Carbide precipitation has a significant effect on the onset of embrittlement of CF-8 and -8M grades of stainless steels aged at 400 or 4500C. The existing correlations do not accurately represent the embrittlement behavior over the temperature range 300 to 4500C. 18 refs., 13 figs

  20. Aging degradation of cast stainless steel

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    A program is being conducted to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels under light-water reactor operating conditions. Microstructures of cast materials subjected to long-term aging either in reactor service or in the laboratory have been characterized by TEM, SANS, and APFIM techniques. Two precipitate phases, i.e., the Cr-rich α' and Ni- and Si-rich G phase, have been identified in the ferrite matrix of the aged steels. The results indicate that the low-temperature embrittlement is primarily caused by α' precipitates which form by spinodal decomposition. The relative contribution of G phase to loss of toughness is now known. Microstructural data also indicate that weakening of ferrite/austenite phase boundary by carbide precipitates has a significant effect on the onset and extent of embrittlement of the high-carbon CF-8 and CF-8M grades of stainless steels, particularly after aging at 400 or 4500C. Data from Charpy-impact, tensile, and J-R curve tests for several heats of cast stainless steel aged up to 10,000 h at 350, 400, and 4500C are presented and correlated with the microstructural results. Thermal aging of the steels results in an increase in tensile strength and a decrease in impact energy, J/sub IC/, and tearing modulus. The fracture toughness results show good agreement with the Charpy-impact data. The effects of compositional and metallurgical variables on loss of toughness are discussed

  1. Aging degradation of cast stainless steel

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    Chopra, O.K.; Chung, H.M.

    1985-10-01

    A program is being conducted to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast-duplex stainless steels under light-water reactor operating conditions. Data from room-temperature Charpy-impact tests for several heats of cast stainless steel aged up to 10,000 h at 350, 400, and 450/sup 0/C are presented and compared with results from other studies. Microstructures of cast-duplex stainless steels subjected to long-term aging either in the laboratory or in reactor service have been characterized. The results indicate that at least two processes contribute to the low-temperature embrittleent of duplex stainless steels, viz., weakening of the ferrite/austenite phase boundary by carbide precipitation and embrittlement of ferrite matrix by the formation of additional phases such as G-phase, Type X, or the ..cap alpha..' phase. Carbide precipitation has a significant effect on the onset of embrittlement of CF-8 and -8M grades of stainless steels aged at 400 or 450/sup 0/C. The existing correlations do not accurately represent the embrittlement behavior over the temperature range 300 to 450/sup 0/C. 18 refs., 13 figs.

  2. 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

  3. Steel castings Ultrasonic examination, Part 2: Steel castings for highly stressed components

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    International Organization for Standardization. Geneva

    2004-01-01

    This European Standard specifies the requirements for the ultrasonic examination of steel castings (with ferritic structure) for highly stressed components and the methods for determining internal discontinuities by the pulse echo technique. This European Standard applies to the ultrasonic examination of steel castings which have usually received a grain refining heat treatment and which have wall thicknesses up to and including 600 mm. For greater wall thicknesses, special agreements apply with respect to test procedure and recording levels. This European Standard does not apply to austenitic steels and joint welds.

  4. Studies of the transition zone in steel – chromium cast iron bimetallic casting

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    S. Tenerowicz

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work authors presented the results of transition zone studies on steelcast iron interface in bimetallic casting. During the investigations cylindrical castings with different diameter were prepared of cast iron with steel rods placed in the center. From each bimetallic casting a microsection was prepared for microhardness tests and metalographic analysis, consisting of transition zone measurement, point and linear analysis as well as quantitative analysis.

  5. Tensile-property characterization of thermally aged cast stainless steels

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    Michaud, W.F.; Toben, P.T.; Soppet, W.K.; Chopra, O.K. [Argonne National Lab., IL (United States)

    1994-02-01

    The effect of thermal aging on tensile properties of cast stainless steels during service in light water reactors has been evaluated. Tensile data for several experimental and commercial heats of cast stainless steels are presented. Thermal aging increases the tensile strength of these steels. The high-C Mo-bearing CF-8M steels are more susceptible to thermal aging than the Mo-free CF-3 or CF-8 steels. A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting the change in tensile flow and yield stresses and engineering stress-vs.-strain curve of cast stainless steel as a function of time and temperature of service. The tensile properties of aged cast stainless steel are estimated from known material information, i.e., chemical composition and the initial tensile strength of the steel. The correlations described in this report may be used for assessing thermal embrittlement of cast stainless steel components.

  6. Tensile-property characterization of thermally aged cast stainless steels

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    The effect of thermal aging on tensile properties of cast stainless steels during service in light water reactors has been evaluated. Tensile data for several experimental and commercial heats of cast stainless steels are presented. Thermal aging increases the tensile strength of these steels. The high-C Mo-bearing CF-8M steels are more susceptible to thermal aging than the Mo-free CF-3 or CF-8 steels. A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting the change in tensile flow and yield stresses and engineering stress-vs.-strain curve of cast stainless steel as a function of time and temperature of service. The tensile properties of aged cast stainless steel are estimated from known material information, i.e., chemical composition and the initial tensile strength of the steel. The correlations described in this report may be used for assessing thermal embrittlement of cast stainless steel components

  7. Clean Cast Steel Technology - Machinability and Technology Transfer

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    C. E. Bates; J. A. Griffin

    2000-05-01

    There were two main tasks in the Clean Cast Steel Technology - Machinability and Technology Transfer Project. These were (1) determine the processing facts that control the machinability of cast steel and (2) determine the ability of ladle stirring to homogenize ladle temperature, reduce the tap and pouring temperatures, and reduce casting scrap.

  8. Phase Transformation in Cast Superaustenitic Stainless Steels

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    Nathaniel Steven Lee Phillips

    2006-12-12

    Superaustenitic stainless steels constitute a group of Fe-based alloys that are compositionally balanced to have a purely austenitic matrix and exhibit favorable pitting and crevice corrosion resistant properties and mechanical strength. However, intermetallic precipitates such as sigma and Laves can form during casting or exposure to high-temperature processing, which degrade the corrosion and mechanical properties of the material. The goal of this study was to accurately characterize the solid-solid phase transformations seen in cast superaustenitic stainless steels. Heat treatments were performed to understand the time and temperature ranges for intermetallic phase formations in alloys CN3MN and CK3MCuN. Microstructures were characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (EDS, WDS). The equilibrium microstructures, composed primarily of sigma and Laves within purely austenitic matrices, showed slow transformation kinetics. Factors that determine the extent of transformation, including diffusion, nucleation, and growth, are discussed.

  9. Solidification control in continuous casting of steel

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    S Mazumdar; S K Ray

    2001-02-01

    An integrated understanding of heat transfer during solidification, friction/lubrication at solid-liquid interface, high temperature properties of the solidifying shell etc. is necessary to control the continuous casting process. The present paper elaborates upon the knowledge developed in the areas of initial shell formation, mode of mould oscillation, and lubrication mechanism. The effect of these issues on the caster productivity and the quality of the product has been discussed. The influence of steel chemistry on solidification dynamics, particularly with respect to mode of solidification and its consequence on strength and ductility of the solidifying shell, has been dealt with in detail. The application of these basic principles for casting of stainless steel slabs and processing to obtain good quality products have been covered.

  10. Ultrasonic examination of cast stainless steel

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    We present the recent results of a program between CEA and EDF concerning ultrasonic examination of cast stainless steel. We compare the results obtained with different transducers, in particular large aperture composite transducers. We present different signal processing techniques (Spit Spectrum Processing) and image processing, developed to increase signal to noise ratio. Detection capabilities for artificial defects in different structures (equiaxed, columnar structures) are discussed. (authors). 2 refs., 15 figs

  11. Aging degradation of cast stainless steel

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    A program is being conducted to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels under light-water reactor operating conditions. Microstructures of cast materials subjected to long-term aging either in reactor service or in the laboratory have been characterized by TEM, SANS, and APFIM techniques. Two precipitate phases, i.e., the Cr-rich α' phase and the Ni- and Si-rich G phase, have been identified in the ferrite matrix of the aged steels. The results indicate that the low-temperature embrittlement is primarily caused by α' precipitates which form by spinodal decomposition. The relative contribution of the G phase to loss of toughness is now known. Microstructural data also indicate that weakening of the ferrite/austenite phase boundary by carbide precipitates has a significant effect on the onset and extent of embrittlement of the high-carbon CF-8 and CF-8M grades of stainless steels, particularly after aging at 400 or 4500C. Data from Charpy-impact, tensile, and J-R curve tests for several heats of cast stainless steel aged up to 10,000 h at 350, 400, and 4500C are presented and correlated with the microstructural results. Thermal aging of the steels results in an increase in tensile strength and a decrease in impact energy, J/sub IC/, and tearing modulus. The fracture toughness results show good agreement with the Charpy-impact data. The effects of compositional and metallurgical variables on loss of toughness are discussed

  12. Prediction of quenched and tempered steel and cast steel properties

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    B. Smoljan

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The influence of processing parameters, such as pouring temperature and cooling rate during the casting, as well as application of hot working and pre-heat treatment, on strength and toughness of quenched and tempered steel was investigated.Design/methodology/approach: Strength and toughness were presented by yield strength and Charpy-V notch toughness, respectively. Experimental procedure of material properties optimization was done using the 25-2 factor experiment.Findings: It was found out that yield strength is insensitive on differences between applied manufacturing processes, but by application of hot working and with appropriate pouring temperature the Charpy-V notch toughness is increased. Also, Charpy-V notch toughness is increased by interactive effect of the appropriate cooling rate during the casting and application of hot working.Research limitations/implications: The research was focused mainly on Charpy-V notch toughness of carbon and low alloyed heat treatable steels.Practical implications: The established algorithms can be used for prediction of tensile strength, yield strength and Charpy-V notch toughness in heat treating practice.Originality/value: Original relation for prediction of quenched and tempered steel and cast steel Charpy-V notch toughness are developed.

  13. Thermal aging of cast duplex stainless steels

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    Cast duplex stainless steels of CR8M and CF8 are used in major components because of their superior characteristics, such as corrosion resistance, weldability and so on. But, these stainless steels are known to have tendency of thermal aging embrittlement after long term service. Therefore, mechanical properties have been investigated using Charpy impact specimens and fracture toughness specimens aged at 300∼400 C up to 40,000 hours. As the results, effects of thermal aging on mechanical properties of these stainless steels were identified and a good relationship between Charpy impact energy and fracture toughness was obtained. In addition, prediction method for Charpy absorbed energy and fracture toughness was established

  14. Prediction of quenched and tempered steel and cast steel properties

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    B. Smoljan; D. Iljkić; H. Novak

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The influence of processing parameters, such as pouring temperature and cooling rate during the casting, as well as application of hot working and pre-heat treatment, on strength and toughness of quenched and tempered steel was investigated.Design/methodology/approach: Strength and toughness were presented by yield strength and Charpy-V notch toughness, respectively. Experimental procedure of material properties optimization was done using the 25-2 factor experiment.Findings: It was ...

  15. Tundish Technology for Casting Clean Steel: A Review

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    Sahai, Yogeshwar

    2016-03-01

    With increasing demand of high-quality clean steel, cleanliness is of paramount importance in steel production and casting. Tundish plays an important role in controlling the continuously cast steel quality as it links a batch vessel, ladle, to a continuous casting mold. Tundish is also the last vessel in which metal flows before solidifying in mold. For controlling the quality of steel, flow and temperature control of the melt are critical, and these are presented in this paper. Use of proper flux, design of flow control devices, and gas injection in tundish become important factors in casting clean steel. Recycling of hot tundish, centrifugal flow tundish, H-shaped tundish, etc. are some of the developments which were implemented to cast clean steel and these are discussed.

  16. Tundish Technology for Casting Clean Steel: A Review

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    Sahai, Yogeshwar

    2016-08-01

    With increasing demand of high-quality clean steel, cleanliness is of paramount importance in steel production and casting. Tundish plays an important role in controlling the continuously cast steel quality as it links a batch vessel, ladle, to a continuous casting mold. Tundish is also the last vessel in which metal flows before solidifying in mold. For controlling the quality of steel, flow and temperature control of the melt are critical, and these are presented in this paper. Use of proper flux, design of flow control devices, and gas injection in tundish become important factors in casting clean steel. Recycling of hot tundish, centrifugal flow tundish, H-shaped tundish, etc. are some of the developments which were implemented to cast clean steel and these are discussed.

  17. Improved cast stainless steels for shield module applications

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    Full text of publication follows: Casting of austenitic stainless steels offers the possibility of directly producing large and/or relatively complex structures, such as the first wall shield modules or the divertor cassette for the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor (ITER). Casting offers major cost savings when compared to fabrication via welding together quarter modules machined from large forgings. However, because of the large grain size, low dislocation density and extensive segregation of alloying elements, the strength properties of such cast components are frequently inferior to those of conventionally forged and annealed components. To improve and validate cast stainless steel as a substitute for wrought stainless steel for shield module applications, a series of test cast steels based on the commercially available CF3M specification have been designed and fabricated. These modifications utilize combinations of Mn and N,which are expected to synergistically result in significant increases in strength. In addition, two other alloys will enhance solid solution strengthening with Cu and W additions to increase strength. It will be necessary to demonstrate that these compositional modifications do not adversely affect performance in the ITER water corrosion and radiation environments Computational thermodynamics and solidification modeling predict that these improved cast steel compositions to be fully austenitic throughout the solidification process. Post-cast heat treatments are a second-route for improving strength and properties of cast materials. Homogenizing treatments to remove second particles have also been explored as means of improving strength in cast stainless steel. In this paper, the physical metallurgy, mechanical properties, and irradiation tolerance of the improved cast stainless steel compositions and heat treatments will be compared to standard cast stainless steel. Fracture toughness, weldability, and non-destructive analysis of

  18. Phase Transformations in Cast Duplex Stainless Steels

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    Yoon-Jun Kim

    2004-12-19

    Duplex stainless steels (DSS) constitute both ferrite and austenite as a matrix. Such a microstructure confers a high corrosion resistance with favorable mechanical properties. However, intermetallic phases such as {sigma} and {chi} can also form during casting or high-temperature processing and can degrade the properties of the DSS. This research was initiated to develop time-temperature-transformation (TTT) and continuous-cooling-transformation (CCT) diagrams of two types of cast duplex stainless steels, CD3MN (Fe-22Cr-5Ni-Mo-N) and CD3MWCuN (Fe-25Cr-7Ni-Mo-W-Cu-N), in order to understand the time and temperature ranges for intermetallic phase formation. The alloys were heat treated isothermally or under controlled cooling conditions and then characterized using conventional metallographic methods that included tint etching, and also using electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS). The kinetics of intermetallic-phase ({sigma} + {chi}) formation were analyzed using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (MA) equation in the case of isothermal transformations and a modified form of this equation in the case of continuous cooling transformations. The rate of intermetallic-phase formation was found to be much faster in CD3MWCuN than CD3MN due mainly to differences in the major alloying contents such as Cr, Ni and Mo. To examine in more detail the effects of these elements of the phase stabilities; a series of eight steel castings was designed with the Cr, Ni and Mo contents systematically varied with respect to the nominal composition of CD3MN. The effects of varying the contents of alloying additions on the formation of intermetallic phases were also studied computationally using the commercial thermodynamic software package, Thermo-Calc. In general, {sigma} was stabilized with increasing Cr addition and {chi} by increasing Mo addition. However, a delicate balance among Ni and other minor elements such as N and Si also exists. Phase equilibria in

  19. Phase transformations in cast duplex stainless steels

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    Kim, Yoon-Jun

    Duplex stainless steels (DSS) constitute both ferrite and austenite as a matrix. Such a microstructure confers a high corrosion resistance with favorable mechanical properties. However, intermetallic phases such as sigma (sigma) and chi (chi) can also form during casting or high-temperature processing and can degrade the properties of the DSS. This research was initiated to develop time-temperature-transformation (TTT) and continuous-cooling-transformation (CCT) diagrams of two types of cast duplex stainless steels, CD3MN (Fe-22Cr-5Ni-Mo-N) and CD3MWCuN (Fe-25Cr-7Ni-Mo-W-Cu-N), in order to understand the time and temperature ranges for intermetallic phase formation. The alloys were heat treated isothermally or under controlled cooling conditions and then characterized using conventional metallographic methods that included tint etching, and also using electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS). The kinetics of intermetallic-phase (sigma + chi) formation were analyzed using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) equation in the case of isothermal transformations and a modified form of this equation in the case of continuous cooling transformations. The rate of intermetallic-phase formation was found to be much faster in CD3MWCuN than CD3MN due mainly to differences in the major alloying contents such as Cr, Ni and Mo. To examine in more detail the effects of these elements of the phase stabilities, a series of eight steel castings was designed with the Cr, Ni and Mo contents systematically varied with respect to the nominal composition of CD3MN. The effects of varying the contents of alloying additions on the formation of intermetallic phases were also studied computationally using the commercial thermodynamic software package, Thermo-Calc. In general, a was stabilized with increasing Cr addition and chi by increasing Mo addition. However, a delicate balance among Ni and other minor elements such as N and Si also exists. Phase equilibria in

  20. Assessment of thermal embrittlement of cast stainless steels

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    A procedure and correlations are presented for assessing thermal embrittlement and predicting Charpy-impact energy and fracture toughness J-R curve of cast stainless steel components under Light Water Reactor operating conditions from known material information. The ''saturation'' impact strength and fracture toughness of a specific cast stainless steel, i.e., the minimum value that would be achieved for the material after long-term service, is estimated from the chemical composition of the steel. Fracture properties as a function of time and temperature of reactor service are estimated from the kinetics of embrittlement, which are also determined from chemical composition. A common ''predicted lower-bound'' J-R curve for cast stainless steels of unknown chemical composition is also defined for a given grade of steel, ferrite content, and temperature. Examples of estimating fracture toughness of cast stainless steel components during reactor service are presented

  1. Heat Treatment Procedure Qualification for Steel Castings

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    Mariol Charles; Nicholas Deskevich; Vipin Varkey; Robert Voigt; Angela Wollenburg

    2004-04-29

    Heat treatment practices used by steel foundries have been carefully studied as part of comprehensive heat treatment procedure qualification development trials. These studies highlight the relationships between critical heat treatment process control parameters and heat treatment success. Foundry heat treatment trials to develop heat treatment procedure qualifications have shed light on the relationship between heat treatment theory and current practices. Furnace load time-temperature profiles in steel foundries exhibit significant differences depending on heat treatment equipment, furnace loading practice, and furnace maintenance. Time-temperature profiles of furnace control thermocouples can be very different from the time-temperature profiles observed at the center of casting loads in the furnace. Typical austenitization temperatures and holding times used by steel foundries far exceed what is required for transformation to austenite. Quenching and hardenability concepts were also investigated. Heat treatment procedure qualification (HTPQ) schema to demonstrate heat treatment success and to pre-qualify other alloys and section sizes requiring lesser hardenability have been developed. Tempering success is dependent on both tempering time and temperature. As such, furnace temperature uniformity and control of furnace loading during tempering is critical to obtain the desired mechanical properties. The ramp-up time in the furnace prior to the establishment of steady state heat treatment conditions contributes to the extent of heat treatment performed. This influence of ramp-up to temperature during tempering has been quantified.

  2. Effect of annealing on mechanical properties of ledeburitic cast steel

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents evaluation of influence of grain normalization (refinement as a result of repeatedaustenitizing, and the inclination to precipitate the hypereutectoid cementite in Widmannstätten structure inG200CrMoNi4-6-3 cast steel. Four temperatures of heat refining have been applied.Design/methodology/approach: Basic research of G200CrMoNi4-6-3 cast steel included metallographicanalysis, and hardness and impact strength tests. The heat treatment has been planned on the basis of CCTdiagram prepared for that alloy cast steel.Findings: The test material has been G200CrMoNi4-6-3 hypereutectoid cast steel. The evaluation has beencarried out for four annealing temperatures, i.e. 850°C, 900°C, 950°C and 1050°C. At all annealing temperaturesin the structure of cast steel the precipitation of hypereutectoid cementite along grain boundaries of formeraustenite took place. At the temperature of 850°C one may observe the coagulated hypereutectoid cementiteprecipitates inside of primary grains of austenite. Whereas beginning from the temperature of 900°C thecementite in G200CrMoNi4-6-3 cast steel forms distinct „subgrains” inside of primary grains of austenite.Research limitations/implications: Research financed by the Ministry of Scientific Research and InformationTechnology, grant No. 3 T08B 057 29.Practical implications: G200CrMoNi4-6-3 cast steel of ledeburite class is used mainly for rolls production.Any data related to the structure and mechanical properties of that cast steel are precious for the manufacturersand users of the mill rolls.Originality/value: The new heat treatment of G200CrMoNi4-6-3 cast steel

  3. Investigations of Protective Coatings for Castings of High-manganese Cast Steels

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    M. Holtzer

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available When cast steel castings are made in moulding sands on matrices of high-silica sand, which has a low fire resistance the problem of theso-called chemical penetration is distinctly visible. Whereas this effect appears to a small degree only when moulding sand matrices are of chromite, zircon or olivine sands. Therefore in case of making castings of high-manganese cast steel (e.g. Hadfield steel sands not containing free silica should be applied (e.g. olivine sand or in case of a high-silica matrix protective coatings for moulds and cores should be used. Two protective coatings, magnesite alcoholic (marked as coating 1 and coating 2 originated from different producers and intended for moulds for castings of the Hadfield steel, were selected for investigations. Examinations of the basic properties were performed for these coatings: viscosity, thermal analysis, sedimentation properties, wear resistance. In order to estimate the effectiveness of protective coatings the experimental castings were prepared. When applying coating 1, the surface quality of the casting was worse and traces of interaction between the casting material (cast steel and the coating were seen. When protective coating 2 was used none interactions were seen and the surface quality was better.

  4. Simulation of continuous cast steel product solidification

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    Ardelean, E.

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available Primary cooling – inside the tundish – has a great impact over the thickness of the solidified steel crust. If on exiting the tundish the crust is too thin, it can punch and break, as a result of the ferrostatic pressure exerted from the inside by the liquid steel as well as because of the weight of the molten steel. The parameters that influence the amount of dissipated heat depend on the cooling water flow of the tundish, on the pressure and temperature of the cooling water but also on the overheating of the continuously cast steel. The secondary cooling takes place at the exit of the semi-finished product from the tundish, when the solidification is supposed to take place all along the cross section of the strand. In order to achieve it, in addition to a correctly managed primary cooling, it is necessary to obtain the proper correlation of the factors that influence the secondary cooling as well: the water flow rate long the three zones of the installation and its pressure in the secondary circuit. All these have in view a proper solidification length; an intense cooling can generate cracks due to the thermal stress, while a too slow cooling can generate a partial solidification of the strand up to the cropping machine area. The paper presents a mathematical simulation of the continuously cast steel solidification.

    El enfriamiento primario del cristalizador tiene una gran importancia sobre el espesor de la costra de acero solidificado. Si al salir del cristalizador, esta costra es demasiado sutil, bajo la acción de la presión ferro estática ejercitada por el acero líquido del interior y gracias el peso propio del hilo, ésta, puede perforar resultando su rompimiento. Los parámetros que influenyen sobre la cantidad de calor cedida dependen del agua de enfriamiento del catalizador, de la presión y de la temperatura de agua de enfriamiento, pero también del sobrecalentamiento del acero fundido continuamente. A la salida del

  5. Stress Corrosion Cracking Behavior of Cast Stainless Steels

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    Casting of austenitic stainless steels offers the possibility of directly producing large and/or relatively complex structures, such as the first wall shield modules or the diverter cassette for the ITER fusion reactor. Casting offers major cost savings when compared to fabrication via welding of quarter modules machined from large forgings. However, the strength properties of such cast components are typically considered inferior to those of conventionally forged and annealed components. To improve and validate cast stainless steel as a substitute for wrought stainless steel, a development and testing program was initiated, utilizing nitrogen and manganese additions to promote improved performance. This paper focuses on the response of the first set of developmental alloys to neutron-irradiation and susceptibility to stress corrosion cracking. These cast materials may also have applications for different components in light water reactors. Results showed that all steels exhibited irradiation-induced hardening and a corresponding drop in ductility, as expected, although there is still considerable ductility in the irradiated samples. The cast steels all exhibited reduced hardening in comparison to a wrought reference steels, which may be related to a larger grain size. Higher nitrogen contents did not negatively influence irradiation performance. Regarding stress corrosion cracking susceptibility, the large difference in grain size limits the comparison between wrought and cast materials, and inclusions in a reference and archive cast alloy tests complicate analysis of these samples. Results suggest that the irradiated archive heat was more susceptible to cracking than the modified alloys, which may be related to the more complex microstructure. Further, the results suggest that the modified cast steel is at least as SCC resistant as wrought 316LN. The beneficial effect of nitrogen on the mechanical properties of the alloys remains after irradiation and is not

  6. Yield improvement and defect reduction in steel casting

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    Kent Carlson

    2004-03-16

    This research project investigated yield improvement and defect reduction techniques in steel casting. Research and technology development was performed in the following three specific areas: (1) Feeding rules for high alloy steel castings; (2) Unconventional yield improvement and defect reduction techniques--(a) Riser pressurization; and (b) Filling with a tilting mold; and (3) Modeling of reoxidation inclusions during filling of steel castings. During the preparation of the proposal for this project, these areas were identified by the High Alloy Committee and Carbon and Low Alloy Committee of the Steel Founders' Society of America (SFSA) as having the highest research priority to the steel foundry industry. The research in each of the areas involved a combination of foundry experiments, modeling and simulation. Numerous SFSA member steel foundries participated in the project through casting trials and meetings. The technology resulting from this project will result in decreased scrap and rework, casting yield improvement, and higher quality steel castings produced with less iteration. This will result in considerable business benefits to steel foundries, primarily due to reduced energy and labor costs, increased capacity and productivity, reduced lead-time, and wider use and application of steel castings. As estimated using energy data provided by the DOE, the technology produced as a result of this project will result in an energy savings of 2.6 x 10{sup 12} BTU/year. This excludes the savings that were anticipated from the mold tilting research. In addition to the energy savings, and corresponding financial savings this implies, there are substantial environmental benefits as well. The results from each of the research areas listed above are summarized.

  7. Embrittlement of cast stainless steels in LWR systems

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    Mechanical property data from Charpy-impact and J-R curve tests are presented for several experimental and commercial heats, as well as reactor-aged material of CF-3, CF-8, and CF-8M grades of cast stainless steel. The effects of material variables on the embrittlement of cast stainless steels are evaluated. The chemical composition and ferrite morphology have a strong effect on the extent and kinetics of embrittlement. The data are analyzed to establish the mechanisms of embrittlement. The procedure and correlations for predicting the impact strength and fracture toughness of cast components during reactor service are described. The lower bound values of impact strength and fracture toughness for low-temperature aged cast stainless steel are defined. 13 refs., 13 figs., 3 tabs

  8. Aging of maraging steel welds during aluminium alloy die casting

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    Klobčar, Damjan; Pleterski, Matej; Taljat, Boštjan; Kosec, Ladislav; Tušek, Janez

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate precipitation annealing of 18% Ni maraging steel repair welds during aluminium die casting and to predict the prolonged in-service tool life. The emphasis of this study is the influence ofpost-weld precipitation annealing heat treatment and aluminium die casting thermal cycling on metallurgical and mechanical properties. A series of specimens of 1.2344 tool steel is prepared to which 1.6356 maraging steel is GTA weld cladded. Analysis of weld microstructur...

  9. Evaluation of tensile properties of cast stainless steel using ball

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    In this study the ball indentation tests were performed on the four unaged cast stainless steel and 316 stainless steel, which have different microstructure and strength, to examine the applicability of ball indentation test to the evaluation of thermal aging of cast stainless steel. Also, the reliability of test results were analyzed by evaluating the scattering of data tested from each material and by comparing tensile properties obtained from ball indentation test and tensile test. The results showed that the maximum standard deviation to mean value are less than 6%, and the average standard deviation to mean value are about 1.5∼2.5%, when 2 point data that show out of trend were discarded from the data set tested a single specimen. Also, the scattering increased slightly with decreasing δ-ferrite content. Additionally, the ball indentation test predicted the tensile properties of cast stainless steel within an error of ±10% for all materials

  10. Development of a thin steel strip casting process. Final report

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    Williams, R.S.

    1994-04-01

    This is a comprehensive effort to develop direct strip casting to the point where a pilot scale program for casting carbon steel strip could be initiated. All important aspects of the technology were being investigated, however the program was terminated early due to a change in the business strategy of the primary contractor, Armco Inc. (focus to be directed at specialty steels, not low carbon steel). At termination, the project was on target on all milestones and under budget. Major part was casting of strip at the experiment casting facility. A new caster, capable of producing direct cast strip of up to 12 in. wide in heats of 1000 and 3000 lb, was used. A total of 81 1000-1200 lb heats were cast as well as one test heat of 3000 lb. Most produced strip of from 0.016 to 0.085 in. thick. Process reliability was excellent for short casting times; quality was generally poor from modern hot strip mill standards, but the practices necessary for good surface quality were identified.

  11. Diffusion of C and Cr During Creation of Surface Layer on Cast Steel Casting

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    Szajnar J.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available In paper a method of improvement in utility properties of unalloyed cast steel casting in result of diffusion of C and Cr in process of creation of surface layer is presented. The aim of paper was determination of diffusion range of basic elements of alloyed surface layer. Moreover a quantitative analysis of carbides phase strengthens alloyed surface layer of casting was carried out. The results of studies shown that important factors of surface layer creation are maximal temperature Tmax on granular insert – cast steel boundary dependent of pouring temperature, granularity Zw of Fe-Cr-C alloy insert and thickness of casting wall gśo. On the basis of obtained results was affirmed that with increase of thickness of casting wall increases range of diffusion in solid state in Fe-Cr-C grains and in liquid state. Moreover the range of Tmax = 13001500oC favours creation of the proper alloyed surface layers on cast steel.

  12. Weldability of a high purity offshore cast steel

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    Koivula, J.; Katila, R.; Liimatainen, J.; Martikainen, H.

    1989-01-01

    High purity, high strength cast steels with excellent weldability have been developed for offshore components with wall thicknesses up to 200 mm. The three new steel grades developed were given the designations OS 340, OS 540, and OS 690 according to their respective guaranteed yield strengths. The strengthening of OS steels is based mainly on solid solution hardening. Microalloying is not used because of weldability requirements. As a result of the ultra-low impurity content and low carbon contents the grain boundaries are clean of carbides, segregated impurities, and non-metallic inclusions, which contribute to the excellent toughness of these steels. (author).

  13. Development of a duplex cast stainless steel for nuclear purposes

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    The starting material was a Finnish austenitic-ferritic stainless steel belonging to the family of widely used CF 308 M cast steels. This original HKS steel failed in the Strauss tests, which are of primary importance for materials used in nuclear power piles. Development work on lowering the ferrite and interstitial impurity contents influenced the properties of the steel so much that it no longer failed the Strauss test nor showed any brittleness when tested after irradiation treatment. Welded samples also showed no brittleness, provided the welding was carried out using correct filler materials and suitable heat input. (author)

  14. The abrasive wear behaviour of alloy cast steel in SiC-water slurry

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    R. Zapała

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The results of abrasive wear tests carried out in an environment of SiC-water slurry on four grades of cast steel, i.e. carbon cast steel with microadditions of vanadium, low-alloy L70H2GNM cast steel, and high-alloy L120G13 cast steels, without and with microadditions of vanadium, were discussed. Tests were carried out on a Miller machine. A measure of the abrasive wear resistance was the loss of mass in specimens during 16 hour test cycle. It has been proved that the L120G13 cast steel is definitely less resistant to abrasive wear than its L70H2GNM counterpart. On the other hand, no distinct differences in the abrasive wear resistance were noticed between the L120G13 cast steel without vanadium, and the L120G13 cast steel and carbon cast steel, both with microadditions of vanadium.

  15. Development status of ultrasonic test techniques for cast stainless steel

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    Ultrasonic testing has been thought to be difficult to apply to cast stainless steel which is used as the material for the main coolant pipes in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). An ultrasonic testing technique using large aperture twin crystal transducers was developed in INSS for application to inspection of the main coolant pipes. The method was evaluated in an application to detect circumferential and axial defects in the cast stainless steel pipes. It was found that (1) the defects could be detected which had a depth that was so small that their evaluation was not required; and (2) depth sizing and length sizing of detected defects were also possible. (author)

  16. Thermodynamic Modeling as a Strategy for Casting High Alloy Steels

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    Peri Reddy V; S Raman Sankaranarayanan

    2009-01-01

    Strategies based on thermodynamic calculations can be used to overcome the problems associated with oxides encountered in steel plant operations, which can lead to certain difficulties in the process such as clogging of submerged entry nozzle during continuous casting. Approaches to producing high alloy steels by continuous casting have been taken. One of the strategies to avoid the oxidation of chromium is to add a small amount of other elements (subject to other constraints), which do not cause subsequent problems. The problem has been studied using the Thermo-CalcR software, with related databases; and the results obtained for different process conditions or generic com-positions have been presented.

  17. Shrinkage Prediction for the Investment Casting of Stainless Steels

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    Sabau, Adrian S [ORNL

    2007-01-01

    In this study, the alloy shrinkage factors were obtained for the investment casting of 17-4PH stainless steel parts. For the investment casting process, unfilled wax and fused silica with a zircon prime coat were used for patterns and shell molds, respectively. Dimensions of the die tooling, wax pattern, and casting were measured using a Coordinate Measurement Machine in order to obtain the actual tooling allowances. The alloy dimensions were obtained from numerical simulation results of solidification, heat transfer, and deformation phenomena. The numerical simulation results for the shrinkage factors were compared with experimental results.

  18. Aging of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems

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    A program is being conducted to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels under light-water reactor operating conditions. The existing data are evaluated to determine the expected embrittlement of cast components during the operating lifetime of reactors and to define the objectives and scope of the investigation. This presentation describes the status of the program. Data for the metallurgical characterization of the various cast stainless steels used in the investigation are presented. Charpy impact tests on short-term aged material indicate that CF-3 stainless steels are less susceptible to embrittlement than CF-8 or CF-8M stainless steels. Microstructural characterization of cast stainless steels that were obtained from Georg Fischer Co. and aged for up to 70,000 h at 300, 350, and 4000C reveals the formation of four different types of precipitates that are not α'. Embrittlement of the ferrite phase is primarily due to pinning of the dislocations by two of these precipitates, designated as Type M and Type X. The ferrite phase is embrittled after approx. 8 y at 3000C and shows cleavage fracture. Examination of the fracture surfaces of the impact-test specimens indicates that the toughness of the long-term aged material is determined by the austenite phase. 8 figures, 3 tables

  19. Aging of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems

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    A program is being conducted to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels operating conditions. The existing data are evaluated to determine the expected embrittlement of cast components during the operating lifetime of reactors and to define the objectives and scope of the investigation. This presentation describes the status of the program. Data for the metallurgical characterization of the various cast stainless steels used in the investigation are presented. Charpy impact tests on short-term aged material indicate that CF-3 stainless steels are less susceptible to embrittlement than CF-8 or CF-8M stainless steels. Microstructural characterization of cast stainless steels that were obtained from Georg Fischer Co. and aged for up to 70 000 h at 300, 350 and 4000C reveals the formation of four different types of precipitates that are not α'. Embrittlement of the ferrite phase is primarily due to pinning of the dislocations by two of these precipitates, designated as Type M and Type X. The ferrite phase is embrittled after proportional 8 y at 3000C and shows cleavage fracture. Examination of the fracture surfaces of the impact test specimens indicates that the toughness of the long-term aged material is determined by the austenitic phase. (orig./HP)

  20. Studies of aged cast stainless steel from the Shippingport reactor

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    The cast stainless steels used for primary coolant piping in many pressurized water reactors and for valve bodies, fittings, and coolant pump casings in most light water reactors are subject to embrittlement after extended service at reactor operating temperatures. Most studies pertaining to embrittlement of cast stainless steels involve simulation of end-of-life reactor conditions by accelerated aging at ≥400 degrees C since the time period for operation of a power plant is far longer than can generally be considered for laboratory studies. Thus, an assessment of the end-of-life mechanical properties is almost always based on an extrapolation of the accelerated test data. Because the embrittlement mechanisms and kinetics are complex, microstructural studies and mechanical testing of actual component materials that have completed long in-reactor service are needed to ensure that the mechanisms observed in accelerated aging experiments are the same as those occurring in reactor. Cast stainless steel materials from the decommissioned Shippingport reactor offered a unique opportunity to validate and benchmark the laboratory studies. Cast stainless steel materials were obtained from four primary coolant system check valves, two manual hot-leg isolation valves, and two pump volutes. Microstructural examination of the cast materials indicates that the primary mechanism of thermal embrittlement is the same as that of laboratory-aged materials, i.e., spinodal decomposition of the ferrite to form chromium-rich α' phase. Other phases, such as nickel- and silicon-rich G phase precipitated in the ferrite, and the presence of carbides at the austenite/ferrite phase boundary also contribute to embrittlement. Charpy-impact, tensile, and J-R curve tests were conducted on several cast stainless steels from the Shippingport reactor

  1. Centrifugal castings of stainless steel spiked with radioactive tracers

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    The results of making centrifugal castings of stainless steel spiked with radioactive tracers are presented in this report. After casting, the cylinders were machined and analyses made of the tracer content of the machining chips. The structure of the castings was also investigated for porosity and corrosion resistance. The tests have demonstrated that centrifugal castings can be made from a stainless steel supply contaminated with isotopes of cobalt, strontium, cesium, and iridium. With radiation levels of about 0.4 mR/h [which approaches the Defense Waste Processing Facility (DWPF) upper limit], no smearable surface contamination was obtained from the machined cylinders. For 60 to 67 μCi of radioactive isotopes melted with 500 lbs of steel, the contact activity of the ingots was about 0.8 mR/h and the machined cylinders 0.4 mR/h. Most of the original 192Ir and all the 60Co activity was found distributed in the ingots and in the centrifugally cast cylinders. The 60Co was homogeneously distributed and the iridium showed a slight migration due to the centrifugal force field of 120 G's. Porosity and corrosion resistance measurements showed an acceptable structure. 4 refs., 16 figs., 3 tabs

  2. Developing of chromium cast steel on sleeves of heavy machines

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    J. Kilarski

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available The results of investigations of hardness, impact resistance, abrasive and corrosive wear of selected chromium cast steel with destination on sleeves of heavy machines were introduced in the article. First results of exploational investigations talked over on the end.

  3. Hot tears in niobium stainless steel investment casting

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    Results concerning hot tears in Niobium stainless steel investment castings were analysed. It was observed that solidification mode is the principal parameter in determining the occurrence of this defect: on the other hand, there was no consistent relationship between Creq/Nieq ratio and its occurrence. (author)

  4. Aging degradation of cast stainless steels: Effects on mechanical properties

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    A program is being conducted to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels under light-water operating conditions. Mechanical property data are presented from Charpy-impact, tensile, and J-R curve tests for several heats of cast stainless steel aged up to 10,000 h at 450, 400, 350, 320, and 2900C. The results indicate that thermal aging increases the tensile strength and decreases the impact energy, J/sub IC/, and tearing modulus of the steels. Also, the ductile-to-brittle transition curve shifts to higher temperatures. The fracture toughness results are consistent with the Charpy-impact data, i.e., the relative reduction in J/sub IC/ is similar to the relative decrease in impact energy. The ferrite content and concentration of C in the steel have a strong effect on the overall process of low-temperature embrittlement. The low-carbon CF-3 steels are the most resistant and Mo-containing CF-8M steels are most susceptible to embrittlement. Weakening of the ferrite/austenite phase boundaries by carbide precipitates has a significant effect on the kinetics and extent of embrittlement of the high-carbon CF-8 and CF-8M steels, particularly after aging at temperatures ≥4000C. The influence of N content and distribution of ferrite on loss of toughness are discussed. The data also indicate that existing correlations do not accurately represent the embrittlement behavior over the temperature range 280 to 4500C, i.e., extrapolation of high-temperature data to reactor temperatures may not be valid for some compositions of cast stainless steel

  5. Study of Influence of Heat Treatment on Cyclic Properties of L21HMF Cast Steel

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    Mroziński, Stanisław; Golański, Grzegorz

    2016-07-01

    This work presents the results of studies of CrMoV cast steel after long-term service and after regenerative heat treatment (RHT). The cast steel was investigated in the conditions of static and changeable load. The tests were carried out at room temperature and 550 °C. The fatigue lifetime curves were determined and described using the Basquin-Manson-Coffin relationship. It has been shown that the cast steel after RHT is characterized by smaller range of plastic strain and bigger range of stress amplitude, with the same value of total strain, compared with the cast steel after service. For the cast steel after RHT, the observed fatigue properties were different in comparison with the cast steel after service at small and large strains. At room temperature (20 °C) and at elevated temperature (550 °C), there is an increase in the life of samples of the cast steel after RHT in comparison with the samples of the cast steel after service only in the area of large strains ( ɛ ac > 1.2%). For small strains ɛ ac life of the cast steel after RHT at the examined temperatures is shorter than that of the cast steel after service. The paper shows that regardless of an explicit improvement in the strength properties (the static and cyclic ones), as a result of the performed RHT, a complete improvement in the fatigue properties of the cast steel does not occur.

  6. Properties of thermally embrittled cast duplex stainless steel

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    The authors describe cast duplex stainless steel, grade CF-3, used in nuclear pump applications, thermally aged at 4000C to induce an embrittling phase transformation, thereby simulating long term exposures at 2800C (5360F). The mechanical properties of as-cast material and the thermally aged materials were subsequently investigated. Fracture roughness, Charpy V-Notch (CVN), tensile, precracked CVN, nil-ductility transition temperature, and hardness tests were performed on these materials. Tests were run as a function of temperature and loading rate. The as-cast structure of this duplex stainless steel is extremely tough, but thermal aging causes a decrease in upper shelf fracture toughness parameters and absorbed Charpy energy, and a marked increase in transition temperature. However, even the most severely aged material (14406 hr/4000C) appears to possess excellent upper shelf values, although the transition temperature shift is to a relatively high temperature. A conclusion is that cast duplex stainless steel is sufficiently tough, even in the aged condition, to resist crack initiation and propagation under expected nuclear pump service conditions

  7. Phase characterization in two centrifugally cast HK stainless steel tubes

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    The petrochemical industry has been using 25% Cr - 20% Ni centrifugally cast stainless steel since the early 1960s in reformer and pyrolysis furnaces. This class of material has replaced the traditional superalloys showing similar creep behavior, with substantial reduction in costs. The use of the centrifugal casting technique for tube production has also contributed to better quality in these components. During the past two decades, several studies have been conducted concerning the improvement in the performance of this material at high temperatures. Some of them were related to failure analysis and life prediction, while others were related to the chemical composition balance and to new alloying procedures. As a consequence, a new generation of centrifugally cast steels has been developed in the form of niobium-modified HK and HP steels. The creep resistance of these alloys appears to be dependent on the composition, morphology, and distribution of carbides that form within them. The purpose of the study reported herein is to characterize the precipitation effects occurring during long- term service in two HK-type steels, one being of basic HK composition and the other a niobium-modified alloy

  8. Microstructural characterization of second phase regions in cast stainless steels

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    Full text of publication follows: Cast austenitic stainless steels offer the possibility of directly producing large and/or relatively complex structures, such as the first wall shield modules or the divertor cassette for the International Tokamak Experimental Reactor (ITER). Unfortunately, one of the inherent problems associated with casting stainless steel, especially large castings, is the formation of coarse dendrites with possibly inhomogeneously distributed second phases separated by up to several hundred microns in the microstructure. These microstructural features result from temperature and composition gradients that develop during solidification and subsequent cooling. However, detailed characterization of the second phase regions in the cast microstructures can be quite challenging to techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which is useful for phase identification. furthermore, the information about the phases that may be present in the cast microstructures, both equilibrium and nonequilibrium, is important as input as well as for confirming predictions made by computational thermodynamics and solidification modeling. In this study, the investigation of second phase regions that formed in a large cast of a 316 stainless steel (equivalent to CF3M) will be presented and compared to simulations of the phases predicted by computational thermodynamic modeling of the solidification process. The preliminary TEM investigation of the cast microstructure was performed with specimens that were prepared by jet-polishing of 3 mm diameter discs. Although this approach allowed for the identification of the sigma and chi phases, which was consistent with the simulations, it was not suitable for detailed analysis of the second phase regions since these specimens often contained only grains of the gamma austenite phase. A better approach for preparing TEM specimens consisted of strategically lifting small sections of material from second phase regions

  9. Submerged entry nozzle clogging during continuous casting of Al-killed steel

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    F. Tehovnik; Burja, J.; Arh, B.; Knap, M.

    2015-01-01

    Nozzle clogging is a common problem in the production of continuously cast Al-killed steels. Clogging occurs when there are solid inclusions in molten steel at casting temperatures. SENs (Submerged entry nozzles) from continuous casting of Al-killed low alloy steel grades with increased content of sulfur (0,020 to 0,035 % S) were examined. The examinations revealed that the deposits are mainly alumina based, with spinel and sulfur inclusions and some entrapped steel melt. It was concluded tha...

  10. 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.

  11. PROBLEMS OF MODIFICATION STEEL CASTINGS BY NANOPARTICLES

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    V. Kovalevskij; A. Zhuk; A. Kovalevskaja; S. Grigor’ev; K. Zhuk

    2015-01-01

    It is suggested to use steel shot with the structure of tempered martensite for smelt modifying in the capacity of carriermodifier. It was applied barrier nickel layer and then wolfram nano-coating (over 200 nm) along with protective cobalt layer, which prevents interreaction of oxygen with wolfram surface. Introduction of the modifier creates subcooling zone. When it interreacts with smelt the process of active mixing of the modifier with the smelt takes place. Subsequent crystallization car...

  12. Zircon products for stopperless casting of steel

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    A description is given of the technology for making experimental series of zirconium parts for gate valves used in steel pouring ladles which have been tested at the Dneprovsk steel foundry. A diagram is presented for the production of parts used for continuous teeming of steel. The furnace charge for making the parts consists of 50% of ground briquette, fractions 2.8-0.5 mm, and 50% of a finely ground mixture of briquette and clay. Iron impurities introduced to the charge during grinding are removed by magnetic separation. The parts are made with the aid of a friction press (250 t/cm2). They are kept at ambient temperatures for 24 hours followed by drying at 85-110 deg C. Calcination has been carried out according to Dinas conditions: maximum temperature 1405-1415 deg C, calcination period 74-94 hours, including a delay of 38-52 hours during the heating and cooling period. The calcined parts are soaked with bakelite lacquer in a special setup and then subjected to thermal treatment in a tunnel dryer at 120-140 deg C for 11-12 hours. The contact surfaces are polished on surface-grinding machine 2B722 by using a diamond disk. The finished zirconium parts have the following characteristics: limiting strength on compression 800-980 kg/cm2, open porosity-10-10.3%, concentration of ZrO2-56.81% by wt., concentration of Al2O3-4.35% by wt. Testing of these parts in 100-t ladles for pouring semikilled and rimmed steel have given satisfactory results

  13. Non-metallic Inclusions in Continuously Cast Aluminum Killed Steels

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    2000-01-01

    In aluminum killed steels, the size, shape, quantity and formation of non-metallic inclusions in ladle steel (before and after RH vacuum treatment) and in tundish as well as in slabs were studied by EPMA (Electron Probe Microanalysis) and by analyzing the total oxygen. The results showed that in the slabs the total oxygen was quite low and the inclusions discovered were mainly small-sized angular alumina inclusions. This indicates that most inclusions have been removed by floating out during the continuous casting process. In addition, the countermeasures were discussed to decrease the alumina inclusions in the slabs further.

  14. Aging degradation of cast stainless steel: status and program

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    A program has been initiated to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels under light-water reactor operating conditions. The existing data are reviewed to determine the critical parameters that control the aging behavior and to define the objectives and scope of the investigation. The test matrices for microstructural studies and mechanical property measurements are presented. The initial experimental effort is focussed on characterizing the microstructure of long-term, low-temperature aged material. Specimens from three heats of cast CF-8 and CF-8M stainless steel aged for up to 70,000 h at 300, 350, and 4000C were obtained from George Fisher Ltd., of Switzerland. Initial analyses reveal the formation of three different types of precipitates which are not α'. An FCC phase, similar to the M23C6 precipitates, was present in all the long-term aged material. 15 references, 10 figures, 2 tables

  15. Description Of Alloy Layer Formation On A Cast Steel Substrate

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    Szajnar J.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A description of alloy layer formation on a steel substrate is presented. Two types of formation are considered: diffusion of carbon and chromium into the solid from the pad in the direction of the cast steel within the FeCrC (grains and diffusion in a layer of liquid chromium cast iron formed in a preceding step. The influence of silicon in the pad on the pad’s transformation into the liquid is also examined. Solidus and liquidus temperatures of high carbon ferrochromium are determined. The larger the content of Si is used in the experiment, the lower the solidus temperature of the FeCrC alloy is observed. This results from the higher intensity of the elements’ diffusion and faster formation of the liquid.

  16. Porosity Defect Remodeling and Tensile Analysis of Cast Steel

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    Linfeng Sun; Ridong Liao; Wei Lu; Sibo Fu

    2016-01-01

    Tensile properties on ASTM A216 WCB cast steel with centerline porosity defect were studied with radiographic mapping and finite element remodeling technique. Non-linear elastic and plastic behaviors dependent on porosity were mathematically described by relevant equation sets. According to the ASTM E8 tensile test standard, matrix and defect specimens were machined into two categories by two types of height. After applying radiographic inspection, defect morphologies were mapped to the mid-s...

  17. Identification of scale formed on Cr-Ni cast steel

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    B. Kalandyk

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available An attempt has been made to identify the scale formed on austenitic chromium-nickel cast steel with additions of Ti and Zr duringoxidising at temperatures of 820 and 1000 °C. The scale identification was done by the technique of scanning microscopy, by X-raydiffraction phase analysis in Bragg-Brentano geometry with constant angle of incidence, and by scratch test.

  18. Complex assessment of fracture properties of cast ferritic steel

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

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

  19. PROBLEMS OF MODIFICATION STEEL CASTINGS BY NANOPARTICLES

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    V. Kovalevskij

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available It is suggested to use steel shot with the structure of tempered martensite for smelt modifying in the capacity of carriermodifier. It was applied barrier nickel layer and then wolfram nano-coating (over 200 nm along with protective cobalt layer, which prevents interreaction of oxygen with wolfram surface. Introduction of the modifier creates subcooling zone. When it interreacts with smelt the process of active mixing of the modifier with the smelt takes place. Subsequent crystallization carries involving large number of crystallization centers, which leads to reduction in the structure graininess and velocity and plasticity increase by 2–3 times. 

  20. Investigation on thermally aged cast duplex stainless steel piping

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    In order to evaluate integrity of PWR primary coolant pipes, four-point bending test of cast duplex stainless steel pipe specimen had been conducted for seven years until March 2006. Materials testing of tensile properties and fracture toughness, and elastic-plastic analysis of crack growth of test pipe specimen were also performed. Simplified prediction curves of stress vs. strain and fracture toughness (J kJ/m2) of cast stainless steel were prepared for parameters of ferrite number, thermal aging temperature and period. Four-point bending test of pipe specimen with initial inner crack measured load vs. displacement and crack growth curve and showed fracture behavior. Plastic collapse occurred before thermal aging, and ductile crack growth due to thermal aging and tearing instability followed. Ductile crack growth behavior of thermally aged specimen was tested. Numerical analysis of test pipe specimen was performed to simulate ductile crack growth behavior based on obtained stress vs. strain curve and compared with J (kJ/m2) vs. crack depth (mm) curve in good conformity. Numerical analysis of full size pipe based on validated method of test specimen analysis was performed to establish database of J (kJ/m2) for evaluation of thermally aged cast stainless steel piping (T. Tanaka)

  1. Behavior of duplex stainless steel casting defects under mechanical loadings

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    Several components in the primary circuit of pressurized water reactors are made of cast duplex stainless steels. This material contains small casting defects, mainly shrinkage cavities, due to the manufacturing process. In safety analyses, the structural integrity of the components is studied. In order to assess the real severity of the casting defects under mechanical loadings, an experimental program was carried out. It consisted of testing, under both cyclic and monotonic solicitations, three-point bend specimens containing either a natural defect (in the form of a localized cluster of cavities) or a machined notch having the dimensions of the cluster's envelope. The tests are analyzed in order to develop a method that takes into account the behavior of castings defects in a more realistic fashion than by an envelope crack. Various approaches are investigated, including the search of equivalent defects or of criteria based on continuum mechanics concepts, and compared with literature data. This study shows the conservatism of current safety analyses in modelling casting defects by envelope semi-elliptical cracks and contributes to the development of alternative approaches. (author)

  2. High temperature corrosion of cast irons and cast steels in dry air

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    Tholence, F.; Norell, M. [Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Engineering Metals

    2001-07-01

    The oxidation in dry air of four cast alloys intended for exhaust gas systems has been examined. Particular interest was directed to how the oxide growth was related to the microstructures. The examined alloys were two cast ductile irons, a SiMo alloy (Fe3,86Si0,6Mo3C) and a Ni-Resist alloy (Fe32Ni5,3Si2,1C), and two cast stainless steels, one ferritic (Fe18Cr2,1Mn0,32C) and one austenitic (Fe20Cr9Ni0,47C). Coupons were oxidised for 50 h at temperatures between 650 C and 1050 C. The samples were characterised by using XRD, SEM/EDX and AES. As expected, the overall oxide thickness increased with temperature and partial spallation occurred at the highest temperatures for all alloys. Porous Fe oxide nodules nucleate at the graphite nodules on the ductile irons. These Fe-oxide nodules formed above a continuous layer of Fe-Si-oxide for the SiMo and mixed Fe-Ni-Si oxides for the Ni-Resist. The total oxide thickness is about (60 {mu}m). Thick oxides at the interdendritic regions in the cast steels were attributed to non-Cr-carbides. Segregation of Cr directed the formation of iron oxide nodules to the centre of the dendrites in the austenitic alloy. (orig.)

  3. Behavior of duplex stainless steel casting defects under mechanical loadings

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    Several components in the primary circuit of pressurized water reactors are made of cast duplex stainless steels. This material contains small casting defects, mainly shrinkage cavities, due to the manufacturing process. In safety analyses, the structural integrity of the components is studied under the most severe assumptions: presence of a large defect, accidental loadings and end-of-life material properties accounting for its thermal aging embrittlement at the service temperature. The casting defects are idealized as semi-circular surface cracks or notches that have envelope dimensions. In order to assess the real severity of the casting defects under mechanical loadings, an experimental program was carried out. It consisted of testing, under both cyclic and monotonic solicitations, three-point bend specimens containing either a natural defect (in the form of a localized cluster of cavities) or a machined notch having the dimensions of the cluster's envelope. The results show that shrinkage cavities are far less harmful than envelope notches thanks to the metal bridges between cavities. Under fatigue loadings, the generalized initiation of a cluster of cavities (defined when the cluster becomes a crack of the same global size) is reached for a number of cycles that is much higher than the one leading to the initiation of a notch. In the case of monotonic loadings, specimens with casting defects offer a very high resistance to ductile tearing. The tests are analyzed in order to develop a method that takes into account the behavior of casting defects in a more realistic fashion than by an envelope crack. Various approaches are investigated, including the search of equivalent defects or of criteria based on continuum mechanics concepts, and compared with literature data. This study shows the conservatism of current safety analyses in modeling casting defects by envelope semi-elliptical cracks and contributes to the development of alternative approaches. (orig.)

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

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

    2015-11-01

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

  5. Analysis of the quality renovated continuous steel casting roller

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    J Viňáš; J Brezinová; A Guzanová

    2013-06-01

    This paper presents the possibility of restoration of worn contact surfaces of rollers for continuous casting of steel. Permanent effort of steel producers to extend the lifespan of these components requires the implementation of new filler materials or modifying technological renovation processes to reduce the economic costs. This matter seems to be very important for the world leaders in steel production, e.g., ArcelorMittal, Tata Steel, but also for smaller concerns such as Magnitogorsk Iron and Steel Works, Salzgitter, etc. Renovation of continuous steel casting rollers, made of X12Cr13 EN 10088-1-97, was realised using submerged arc surfacing technology. Worn surface of roller was machined and surfaced using one interlayer and two cover layers. The quality of deposited layers was verified using non-destructive and destructive tests. The influence of filler material on the tribological properties of contact surfaces of deposited layers was analysed by abrasive wear test. Studies were made in the influence of surfacing parameters on cladding metal mixing (mixed) with base metal and also influence of heat introduced by welding using metallographic analysis. The experiments confirmed very good wear resistance of the applied filler metal due to dispersion strengthening caused by finely dispersed carbides and nitrides in the weld coating. The measures to be taken into account in renovation of rollers using hard surfacing, as well as the development of research in this area were also given. The experiments have confirmed that parameters used are suitable for studying filler materials.

  6. Microstructural evolution in a duplex cast steel after quench ageing process

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    Stradomski, Z.; D. Dyja

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The effectiveness and usefulness of the quench ageing on the service properties of massive duplex cast steel was presented in this work. The mechanism of precipitation of a ε-Cu phase and its effect on the mechanical properties of the cast steel were investigated.Design/methodology/approach: The microscopic analysis of the cast steel was performed on a Zeiss Axiovert 25 optical microscope. The substructure of ferrite was examined on a JOEL JEM 3010 high-resolution transmission electr...

  7. Effect of tempering temperature on the properties of low-alloy cast steel

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    D. Bartocha

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical properties of cast steel are primarily a function of chemical composition and solidification conditions i.e. primary structure, however, them can be change in a limited extent, by heat treatment. In the article the influence parameters of quenching on mechanical properties of low-alloy structural cast steel, modeled in terms of chemical composition, on the cast steel L20HGSNM, are presented. An attempt to quantify this relationship was made.

  8. Exploitation of rare earth metals in cast steel production for power engineering

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    J. Kasińska

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of experiments carried out on industrial melts. There has been tested the REM influence on carbon properties (0.20%C as well as austenitic cast steel Cr-Ni 18/8+Ti type.It was found that REM cause an essential improvement of cast steels impact strength and in case of austenitic cast steel – also the corrosion resistance improvement in boiling 65%HNO3 (Huey test.

  9. A study on centrifugal casting of high speed steel roll

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    2004-01-01

    High speed steel (HSS) rolls can replace traditional rolls such as alloyed cast iron rolls and powder metallurgical (PM) hard alloy rolls. The main reasons for the replacement are that the wear resistance of low-cost alloyed cast iron rolls is poor and the cost of high-quality PM hard alloy rolls is very high. By means of centrifugal casting, HSS rolls having excellent wear resistance have been manufactured. The hardness of the HSS roll is 65~ 67 HRC, the range of variation is smaller than 2 HRC and its impact toughness is 15 J/cm2. The wear rate of HSS rolls used in the pre-finishing stands of high-speed hot wire-rod rolling mill reaches 2.5 × 10-4 mm per ton steel. Furthermore, the manufacturing cost of HSS rolls is significantly lower than that of PM hard alloy rolls; it is only 30 percent of that of PM hard alloy rolls.

  10. Effects of Cr - Ni 18/9 Austenitic Cast Steel Modification by Mischmetal

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    Gajewski, M; J. Kasińska

    2012-01-01

    This paper presents the results of Cr - Ni 18/9 austenitic cast steel modifications by mischmetal. The study was conducted on industrial melts. Cast steel was melted in an electric induction furnace with a capacity of 2000 kg and a basic lining crucible. .The mischmetal was introduced into the ladle during tapping of the cast steel from the furnace. The effectiveness of modification was examined with the carbon content of 0.1% and the presence of δ ferrite in the structure of cast steel stabi...

  11. Long term thermal aging of cast duplex stainless steels

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    Cast duplex stainless steels of CF8M and CF8 are used in major components because of their superior characteristics, such as corrosion resistance, weldability and so on. But, these stainless steels are known to have tendency of thermal aging embrittlement after long term service. Therefore, mechanical properties and metallurgical structure were investigated using materials aged at 290--400 C up to 30,000 hours. As the results show, effects of thermal aging on mechanical properties and metallurgical behavior were identified. In addition, prediction method for Charpy absorbed energy and fracture toughness was established. The following results have been obtained: (1) it was recognized that Charpy absorbed energy and fracture toughness tend to decrease and the tensile strength tend to increase with the increasing aging time; (2) it was confirmed that thermal aging embrittlement was caused by the phase separation in ferrite from the test results of APFIM; (3) in the degradation prediction model development the prediction model was applied to the material test data, including materials aged for 30,000 hours. As the results, the degradation prediction formulas for CVRT, CVHT, JIC and J6 were obtained. The toughness of cast duplex stainless steels during service could be estimated from chemical composition using this method

  12. Long term thermal aging of cast duplex stainless steels

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    Suzuki, Isao; Koyama, Masakuni [Japan Power Engineering and Inspection Corp., Tokyo (Japan); Kawaguchi, Seiichi [Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Takasago (Japan); Mimaki, Hidehito [Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., Kobe (Japan); Akiyama, Mamoru; Mishima, Yoshitsugu [Univ. of Tokyo (Japan); Okubo, Tadatsune [Sophia Univ., Tokyo (Japan); Mager, T.R.

    1996-09-01

    Cast duplex stainless steels of CF8M and CF8 are used in major components because of their superior characteristics, such as corrosion resistance, weldability and so on. But, these stainless steels are known to have tendency of thermal aging embrittlement after long term service. Therefore, mechanical properties and metallurgical structure were investigated using materials aged at 290--400 C up to 30,000 hours. As the results show, effects of thermal aging on mechanical properties and metallurgical behavior were identified. In addition, prediction method for Charpy absorbed energy and fracture toughness was established. The following results have been obtained: (1) it was recognized that Charpy absorbed energy and fracture toughness tend to decrease and the tensile strength tend to increase with the increasing aging time; (2) it was confirmed that thermal aging embrittlement was caused by the phase separation in ferrite from the test results of APFIM; (3) in the degradation prediction model development the prediction model was applied to the material test data, including materials aged for 30,000 hours. As the results, the degradation prediction formulas for CVRT, CVHT, J{sub IC} and J{sub 6} were obtained. The toughness of cast duplex stainless steels during service could be estimated from chemical composition using this method.

  13. A method for vertical electromagnetic moldless casting of steel

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    Several approaches have been studied for the vertical casting of thin (3 mm-8 mm) sheets of steel. Each approach employs electromagnetic (EM) forces, avoids the need for contact between the solidifying steel and a solid mold. The most promising approach uses a high-frequency (HF:>100 kHz) oval solenoid magnet to provide containment of the liquid steel and a low-frequency (LF:/approximately/60 Hz) traveling field, similar to the double-sided linear induction pump, to provide levitation. The low field level of the solenoid and the low frequency of the levitation magnet result in acceptably low EM heating of the steel. The LF field penetrates the steel and provides a body force exactly counteracting the force of gravity everywhere except near the edges of the solidifying sheet. Additional HF traveling field magnets augment the levitation force near the edges but generate more EM heating. Other means of extending the levitating force to the edge and other approaches using stationary or traveling fields have also been studied. 4 refs., 4 figs

  14. Thermal aging evaluation of casting stainless steel under BWR environment

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    Effect of thermal aging under BWR condition on material properties of casting stainless steel were evaluated by such as Charpy impact test, using replaced BWR component material. Solution heat treatment was performed to the same material and the material properties were obtained. Comparing each material test results, impact value of thermal aging material was lower than solution heat treatment material. By the results, thermal aging effect on material properties under BWR condition was confirmed. The material properties were compared with model equation using PLM evaluation and conservativeness of model equation was confirmed. (author)

  15. Effect of casting technology on microstructure and phases of high carbon high speed steel

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    Zhang Tianming; Wang Qinjuan; Song Xuding

    2011-01-01

    The as-cast microstructures of high carbon high speed steels (HC-HSS) made by sand casting, centrifugal casting and electromagnetic centrifugal casting, respectively, were studied by using of optical microscopy (OM) and D/max2200pc X-ray diffraction. The results show that the microstructure of as-cast HC-HSS is dominated by alloy carbides (W2C, VC, Cr7C3), martensite and austenite. The centrifugal casting and electromagnetic centrifugal casting apparently improve the solidification structure ...

  16. Ultrasonic NDT and imaging of centrifugally cast stainless steel samples

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    This paper examines the application of a split-spectrum processing (SSP) technique for detection of defects in centrifugally cast stainless steel (CCSS) samples. Nonlinear polarity thresholding and minimization algorithms were derived and were shown to provide significant enhancement in the signal-to-noise ratio. The optimal processing parameters for the two nonlinear SSP algorithms were identified experimentally; the choice of window bandwidth and spectral region were the most critical parameters. These parameters were shown to be relatively similar for both columnar and equiaxial samples. A bandpass filtering technique, which yielded substantial grain noise suppression in stainless steel data in previous work, was unsuccessful in providing signal-to-noise ratio enhancement for the CCSS samples. Therefore, the experimental results indicate that the SSP technique in conjunction with the nonlinear algorithms is highly effective in suppressing grain noise and enhancing the flaw signal in CCSS components

  17. A dynamic control water distribution model of steel in continuous casting

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    After investigation in many continuous casting shop of steel, a dynamic water distribution model is proposed for flexible control on secondary cooling in continuous casting. In this model, the water cooling intensity is determined by the model casting speed instead of the real casting speed. When the casting speed is steady, the model casting speed is equal to the real casting speed. When the real casting speed is changing, the model casting speed according to calculating algorithm to adjust and approaches to the real one, but there is a time delay between them, so it can avoid the slab surface temperature fluctuated due to casting speed changes. The secondary cooling can be dynamically controlled by monitoring the model casting speed. The compare of the simulation results and the measured results reveals that the temperature field and thickness of slab shell in simulations agree very well with the real production situations.

  18. Evaluation of the mechanical properties of Niobium modified cast AISI H 13 hot work tool steel

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    In this research, the effects of partially replacing of vanadium and molybdenum with niobium on the mechanical properties of AISIH 13 hot-work tool steel have been studied. Cast samples made of the modified new steel were homogenized and austenitized at different conditions, followed by tempering at the specified temperature ranges. Hardness, red hardness, three point bending test and Charpy impact test were carried out to evaluate the mechanical properties together with characterizing the microstructure of the modified steel using scanning electron microscope. The results show that niobium addition modifies the cast structure of Nb-alloyed steel, and increases its maximum hardness. It was found that bending strength; bending strain, impact strength, and red hardness of the modified cast steel are also higher than those of the cast H13 steel, and lower than those of the wrought H13 steel.

  19. Simulation of mechanical properties of forged and casted steel 42CrMo4 specimen

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    B. Smoljan

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: In this paper, the prediction of working stress of quenched and tempered shaft has been done. Prediction was done for two different manufacture processes. In the first manufacture process the shaft was made of steel and in second one the shaft was made of cast steel. The working stress was characterized by yield strength and impact toughness. The method of computer simulation of working stress was applied in workpiece of complex form.Design/methodology/approach: Hardness distribution of quenched and tempered workpiece of complex form was predicted by computer simulation of quenching using a finite volume method. Hardness of quenched and tempered steel can be expressed as function of maximal hardness of actual steel, hardness of steel with 50% of martensite in microstructure, according to the time and temperature of tempering. The algorithm of estimation of yield strength and impact energy was based on hardness, HV. Starting point in studying of the mechanical properties of steel castings can be the fact that the mechanical properties of steel castings are derived from the mechanical properties of ordinary steel metal matrix reduced by the influence of the typical as-cast structure, i.e. casting defects on those properties. Hardness and yield strength will be unaffected by most defects. The only effect will be that due to the reduction in area. Coarse as-cast microstructure of cast steel lowers ductility and toughness. Impact energy of quenched and tempered cast steel was predicted based on pouring temperature, temperature of mould during the pouring and fact that steel castings are not subjected to different metallurgical and mechanical processes of microstructure improvement in so far as wrought steels.Findings: It can be concluded that working stress of quenched and tempered shaft can be successfully predicted by proposed method.Practical implications: Estimation of hardness distribution can be based on time, relevant for structure

  20. Tearing resistance of aged cast austenitic stainless steels

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    CF8 and CF8M type cast stainless steels containing about 10 to 25 % ferrite are used in the primary piping of light water reactors (PWRs and BWRs). It is now recognized that these materials are embrittled by thermal aging at the operating temperature (between 2900C and 3300C), mainly due to precipitation hardening of the ferrite by α', and other phases. Extensive research programs are under way in several countries to better understand the mechanisms of embrittlement and to determine the mechanical properties of components as a function of aging time and temperature. In earlier studies thermal aging embrittlement was mainly characterized by the evolutions of the tensile and Charpy impact properties. However the evaluation of reactor coolant circuit integrity through mechanical analyses requires the knowledge of fracture toughness properties. The first measurements of the tearing resistance of a CF8M type severely aged material were presented in 1983 by SLAMA, PETREQUIN and MAGER. Other contributions to the knowledge of the fracture toughness of aged materials were published, but were relative to medium or high toughness materials. The objective of this paper is to present the results of tearing resistance measurements made on a large spectrum of severely embrittled materials, which allow to give lower bound properties for aged CF8 and CF8M type cast stainless steels

  1. Porosity Defect Remodeling and Tensile Analysis of Cast Steel

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    Linfeng Sun

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available Tensile properties on ASTM A216 WCB cast steel with centerline porosity defect were studied with radiographic mapping and finite element remodeling technique. Non-linear elastic and plastic behaviors dependent on porosity were mathematically described by relevant equation sets. According to the ASTM E8 tensile test standard, matrix and defect specimens were machined into two categories by two types of height. After applying radiographic inspection, defect morphologies were mapped to the mid-sections of the finite element models and the porosity fraction fields had been generated with interpolation method. ABAQUS input parameters were confirmed by trial simulations to the matrix specimen and comparison with experimental outcomes. Fine agreements of the result curves between simulations and experiments could be observed, and predicted positions of the tensile fracture were found to be in accordance with the tests. Chord modulus was used to obtain the equivalent elastic stiffness because of the non-linear features. The results showed that elongation was the most influenced term to the defect cast steel, compared with elastic stiffness and yield stress. Additional visual explanations on the tensile fracture caused by void propagation were also given by the result contours at different mechanical stages, including distributions of Mises stress and plastic strain.

  2. Occupational risk assessment in the process of continuous steel casting

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    D. Szewieczek

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of the presented paper aimed at motivating the necessity of the implementation of Occupational Health and Safety Management System and showing the possibility of usage the estimation of threats to occupational health and safety and results of threats; in this case in the process of continuous steel casting.Design/methodology/approach: used for the research has covered the occupational health and safety risk assessment including the identification and classification of the threats, occupational risk assessment as well as calculation of its acceptabilityFindings: of the carried out researches are as follows: the realization of occupational health and safety policy using the occupational health and safety risk assessment leads to the improvement of the analyzed processes by the preventive actions, and in consequence - lowering of the occupational risk to the acceptable level. Practical implications: can refer to continuous steel casting processes and to the usage of occupational health and safety risk assessment, identification of the threats connected with physical factors in the sudden manner acting on worker as well as recommendation of the preventive actions in the form of the means of collective and individual protection and organizationaland procedural means.Originality/value: of the presented paper has the meaning both for the employees from the point of view of work in the safe and hygienic conditions, as well as for employers from the point of view of creation the proper work background and possibilities of legal and normative requirements fulfilling.

  3. Aging degradation of cast stainless steel: status and program

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    Chopra, O.K.; Ayrault, G.

    1983-10-01

    A program has been initiated to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels under light-water reactor operating conditions. The existing data are reviewed to determine the critical parameters that control the aging behavior and to define the objectives and scope of the investigation. The test matrices for microstructural studies and mechanical property measurements are presented. The initial experimental effort is focussed on characterizing the microstructure of long-term, low-temperature aged material. Specimens from three heats of cast CF-8 and CF-8M stainless steel aged for up to 70,000 h at 300, 350, and 400/sup 0/C were obtained from George Fisher Ltd., of Switzerland. Initial analyses reveal the formation of three different types of precipitates which are not ..cap alpha..'. An FCC phase, similar to the M/sub 23/C/sub 6/ precipitates, was present in all the long-term aged material. 15 references, 10 figures, 2 tables.

  4. Ultrasonic wave scattering and characterization: centrifugally cast stainless steel

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    Centrifugally cast stainless steel materials are widely used in the nuclear industry. Unfortunately, from the point of view of ultrasonic nondestructive testing for detection, location, classification, and sizing of defects, the material is difficult to size because of its anisotropic character. Ultrasonic wave propagation is not as well understood in anisotropic materials as wave propagation in isotropic materials. A numerical computer model is being developed to study wave propagation in anisotropic materials. The model is an extension of an ultrasonic field analysis model used to predict wave propagation in fluids. This new model includes mode conversion concepts at boundaries and considers wave speed a variable, with both position and propagation direction. Of primary concern in this work is the development of procedures to detect, locate, and classify anomalies inside an anisotropic material, and the potential masking effects of the anisotropic filter. A physical model of a reflector embedded in anisotropic half space was developed. A computational philosophy was also established. Progress has been made in understanding the phase velocity profiles as a function of angle for centrifugally cast stainless steel material, the resulting group velocities and beam deviation angle, the mathematics required for generating a point source solution in anisotropic media, the quasi-longitudinal and shear partition function, and the mode conversion principles on the surface of a reflector. Potential problems associated with anisotropic media inspection and possible anomaly classification and imaging were also established

  5. Ultrasonic wave scattering and characterization: centrifugally cast stainless steel

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    Of recent concern in nondestructive evaluation is the importance of inspecting anisotropic material. The anisotropic nature of centrifugally cast stainless steel (CCSS) used in the nuclear industry is discussed. There exists significant skew angle variations of 15 degrees or more at times that can cause serious problems in defect detection, location, classification, and sizing. With recent advances in the understanding of wave propagation in anisotropic media associated with critical angle refractivity, surface waves, plate waves, and longitudinal and shear wave scattering employing a newly developed point source Green's function numerical integration model, there exists an excellent chance that, once a material's characteristics are known with respect to its anisotropic character, a very accurate and a detailed defect classification analysis could be carried out. All the rules that exist today for studying defects in homogeneous isotropic media can most likely be extended to the anisotropic problem if the material characteristics are clearly established. The purpose of this work is to outline a numerical integration ultrasonic field analysis computation model and also to illustrate a variety of different experimental and analytical techniques that could be used to characterize the anisotropic nature and hence the corresponding grain structure associated with centrifugally cast stainless steel

  6. Studies of aged cast stainless steel from the Shippingport reactor

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    Charpy-impact and tensile tests were conducted on several cast stainless steel materials from the Shippingport reactor. Baseline mechanical properties for unaged material were determined from tests on either recovery-annealed material, i.e., annealed for 1 h at 550 degree C and water-quenched, or material from the cooler region of the component. The materials indicate relatively modest decreases in impact energy. The results show good agreement with estimations based on accelerated laboratory-aging studies. Correlations for estimating thermal-aging degradation of cast stainless steels indicate that the degree of embrittlement of the Shippingport materials is low. The minimum room-temperature impact energies that would ever be achieved after long-term aging are >75 J/cm2 (>45 ft·lb) for all materials. The estimated activation energies for embrittlement range from 150 to 230 kJ/mole. The estimated fracture toughness J-R curves for the materials are also presented. 14 refs., 16 figs

  7. Optimizing casting parameters of steel ingot based on orthogonal method

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    张沛; 李学通; 臧新良; 杜凤山

    2008-01-01

    The influence and signification of casting parameters on the solidification process of steel ingot were discussed based on the finite element method (FEM) results by orthogonal experiment method. The range analysis, analysis of variance (ANOVA) and optimization project were used to investigate the FEM results. In order to decrease the ingot riser head and improve the utilization ratio of ingot, the casting parameters involved casting temperature, pouring velocity and interface heat transfer were optimized to decrease shrinkage pore and microporosity. The results show that the heat transfer coefficient between melt and heated board is a more sensitive factor. It is favor to decrease the shrinkage pore and microporosity under the conditions of low temperature, high pouring velocity and high heat transfer between melt and mold. If heat transfer in the ingot body is quicker than that in the riser, the position of shrinkage pore and microporosity will be closer to riser top. The results of optimization project show that few of shrinkage pore and microporosity reach into ingot body with the rational parameters, so the riser size can be reduced.

  8. Development of centrifugal casting high speed steel rolls

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    Hanguang Fu; Aimin Zhao; Jiandong Xing

    2003-01-01

    The present study aims at developing the high speed steel (HSS) as roll materials to replace the traditional roll materials such as the alloy cast iron and powder metallurgical (PM) hard alloy. The HSS roll billet was formed by centrifugal casting, and the billet was rough machined after soften annealing heat treatment, then it was quenched and tempered to get suitable hardness and toughness. After that the HSS roll was finish machined to the final dimension of φ285 mm in the outer diameter, φ160 mm in the inner diameter and 120 mm in width and its surface hardness was tested. Finally the HSS roll was used in high speed wire rod mill. The test results show that a high and homogeneous hardness can obtain on the work surface of HSS rolls, the surface hardness is 63-65HRC and its variation is smaller than 2HRC. The impact toughness of this kind of HSS is about 16 J/cra2. The results of on-line service investigation in high speed wire rod mill indicate that the HSS rolls have excellent wear resistance, the steel rolling quantity per mm of HSS rolls is 3120 t, the service life-span of HSS rolls is 4 times longer than that of high chromium cast iron rolls and it is close to that of the PM hard alloy rolls. The manufacturing burden of HSS rolls is obviously lower than that of the PM hard alloy rolls, it is only 25% of that of the PM hard alloy rolls.

  9. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a new type of austempered boron alloyed high silicon cast steel

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    Chen Xiang; Li Yanxiang

    2013-01-01

    In the present paper, a new type of austempered boron alloyed high silicon cast steel has been developed, and its microstructures and mechanical properties at different temperatures were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the boron alloyed high silicon cast steel comprises a dendritic matrix and interdendritic eutectic borides in as-cast condition. The dendritic matrix is made up of pearlite, ferrite, and the interdendritic eutectic boride is with a chemical formula of M2B (...

  10. Effect of Carbon Properties on Melting Behavior of Mold Fluxes for Continuous Casting of Steels

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    2006-01-01

    During continuous casting of steel, the properties of mold fluxes strongly affect the casting performance,steel quality and environment of casting operation. The high temperature microscopy technique was used to investigate the melting behaviour of mold fluxes, and drip test method was used to determine their melting rate. The results showed that free carbon is a dominant factor in governing the melting behaviour of fluxes, and the melting rate is increased with increasing carbon reactivity and decreasing carbon content.

  11. Effect of quenching temperature on structure and properties of centrifugal casting high speed steel roll

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    Fu Hanguang; Cheng Xiaole; Du Zhongze

    2009-01-01

    The critical points and time-temperature-transformation (TTT) curves of the isothermal transformation diagrams for a high-speed steel casting on a horizontal centrifugal casting machine had been determined experimentally in the study. The effects of quenching temperature on the microstructures and properties of centrifugal casting high speed steel (HSS) roll has been investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), light optical microscopy (LOM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) as well as us...

  12. Effect of thermal aging on mechanical properties of cast stainless steels

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    A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting mechanical properties of cast stainless steels in service at temperatures <450 degrees C from known material information. The ''saturation'' fracture properties of a cast stainless steel, i.e., the minimum values that would be achieved for the material after long-term service, are estimated from the chemical composition of the steel. Fracture properties as a function of time and temperature of service are estimated from the kinetics of embrittlement, which are also determined from chemical composition. The correlations successfully predict fracture toughness, Charpy-impact, and tensile properties of cast stainless steels from the Shippingport-, Ringhals-, and Gundremmingen-reactor components

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  14. Metallographic and autoradiographic investigation of the structure of centrifugally cast steel

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    Metallographic and autoradiographic investigations were carried out on the structure of steel tubes cast in a horizontal axis centrifugal casting machine. In chill castings the chill and columnar zones showed significantly lower sulphur contents than the equiaxed zone. Mould rotational speed was found to have an important influence on sulphur segregation. Sulphur-depleted bands, which were often observed in the castings were found to arise due to minor variations in the mould rotational speed. (auth.)

  15. Thermal Aging Phenomena in Cast Duplex Stainless Steels

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    Byun, T. S.; Yang, Y.; Overman, N. R.; Busby, J. T.

    2016-02-01

    Cast stainless steels (CASSs) have been extensively used for the large components of light water reactor (LWR) power plants such as primary coolant piping and pump casing. The thermal embrittlement of CASS components is one of the most serious concerns related to the extended-term operation of nuclear power plants. Many past researches have concluded that the formation of Cr-rich α'-phase by Spinodal decomposition of δ-ferrite phase is the primary mechanism for the thermal embrittlement. Cracking mechanism in the thermally-embrittled duplex stainless steels consists of the formation of cleavage at ferrite and its propagation via separation of ferrite-austenite interphase. This article intends to provide an introductory overview on the thermal aging phenomena in LWR-relevant conditions. Firstly, the thermal aging effect on toughness is discussed in terms of the cause of embrittlement and influential parameters. An approximate analysis of thermal reaction using Arrhenius equation was carried out to scope the aging temperatures for the accelerated aging experiments to simulate the 60 and 80 years of services. Further, an equilibrium precipitation calculation was performed for model CASS alloys using the CALPHAD program, and the results are used to describe the precipitation behaviors in duplex stainless steels. These results are also to be used to guide an on-going research aiming to provide knowledge-based conclusive prediction for the integrity of the CASS components of LWR power plants during the service life extended up to and beyond 60 years.

  16. Thermal Aging Phenomena in Cast Duplex Stainless Steels

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    Byun, Thak Sang; Yang, Ying; Overman, Nicole R.; Busby, Jeremy T.

    2016-02-28

    Cast stainless steels (CASSs) have been extensively used for the large components of light water reactor (LWR) power plants such as primary coolant piping and pump casing. The thermal embrittlement of CASS components is one of the most serious concerns related to the extended-term operation of nuclear power plants. Many past researches have concluded that the formation of Cr–rich α'-phase by Spinodal decomposition of δ-ferrite phase is the primary mechanism for the thermal embrittlement. Cracking mechanism in the thermally-embrittled duplex stainless steels consists of the formation of cleavage at ferrite and its propagation via separation of ferrite-austenite interphase. This article intends to provide an introductory overview on the thermal aging phenomena in LWR relevant conditions. Firstly, the thermal aging effect on toughness is discussed in terms of the cause of embrittlement and influential parameters. An approximate analysis of thermal reaction using Arrhenius equation was carried out to scope the aging temperatures for the accelerated aging experiments to simulate the 60 and 80 years of services. Further, equilibrium precipitation calculation was performed for model CASS alloys using the CALPHAD program and the results are used to describe the precipitation behaviors in duplex stainless steels. These results are also to be used to guide an on-going research aiming to provide knowledge-based conclusive prediction for the integrity of the CASS components of LWR power plants during the service life extended up to and beyond 60 years.

  17. Use of titanium and zirconium in centrifugally cast heat resistant steel

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    García Caballero, Francisca; Imizcoz, P; López Serrano, Víctor; Alvarez, L. F.; García de Andrés, Carlos

    2007-01-01

    Low carbon 25Cr–35Ni steel (HP type steel) modified with titanium and zirconium has been produced by centrifugal casting. The different phases present in the as cast and aged conditions were described by light optical and scanning electron microscopy with secondary electron imaging and energy dispersive spectroscopy. Results suggest that the use of titanium as a microalloying element reduces secondary precipitation during aging. Moreover, secondary precipitates in the microalloyed steel are m...

  18. Influence of Vanadium and Cast Temperature on Nitrogen Solubility of Stainless Steel

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    Three stainless steel grades with different vanadium content were produced in open induction furnace. The base chemical composition of investigated stainless steel has contained 18.48–18.75% Cr, 5.17–5.62% Mn, 2.47–2.58% Mo, and 6.39–6.64% Ni. The vanadium contents of the three stainless steel grades were 0.009%, 0.112%, and 0.189%. The proposed stainless steels were casted at temperatures 1753 K and 1833 K. The nitrogen contents were determined for the produced steel grades at every cast tem...

  19. Fracture formation in austenitic cast steel during thermal fatigue

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    J. Tuleja

    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.

  20. Mold flux characterization for thin slab casting of steel

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    The mineralogical constitution and the melting-solidification behavior of two commercial fluxes for thin slab casting of steel were determined. The characterization of the commercial fluxes as received show the presence of wollastonite (CaO . SiO2), a sodium carbonate (Na2CO3), calcite (CaCO3), fluorite (CaF2) and carbon as the main components by X ray powder diffraction (XRD) and microscopic techniques. When fluxes were heated to 1573 K and further solidification, there was almost a whole transformation from the original compounds to cuspidine (3CaO. 2SiO2.CaF2) and nepheline (Na2O . Al2O3. 2SiO2) phases. The thermal gravimetrical analysis showed an important weight reduction in both fluxes due to the thermal decompositions of calcite and sodium carbonate. The characterization reveals that fluxes are produced by an agglomeration process. (Author) 15 refs.

  1. Effects of Cr - Ni 18/9 Austenitic Cast Steel Modification by Mischmetal

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    M. Gajewski

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the results of Cr - Ni 18/9 austenitic cast steel modifications by mischmetal. The study was conducted on industrial melts. Cast steel was melted in an electric induction furnace with a capacity of 2000 kg and a basic lining crucible. .The mischmetal was introduced into the ladle during tapping of the cast steel from the furnace. The effectiveness of modification was examined with the carbon content of 0.1% and the presence of δ ferrite in the structure of cast steel stabilized with titanium. The changes in the structure of cast steel and their effect on mechanical properties and intergranular corrosion were studied. It was found that rare earth metals decrease the sulfurcontent in cast steel and above all, they cause a distinct change in morphology of the δ ferrite and non-metallic inclusions. These changes have improved mechanical properties. R02, Rm, and A5 and toughness increased significantly. There was a great increase of the resistance to intergranular corrosion in the Huey test. The study confirmed the high efficiency of cast steel modification by mischmetal in industrial environments. The final effect of modification depends on the form and manner of placing mischmetal into the liquid metal and the melting technology, ie the degree of deoxidation and desulfurization of the metal in the furnace.

  2. Study on thermal aging mechanism of cast duplex stainless steel

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    Cast duplex stainless steel is used for reactor coolant piping in pressurized water reactors. However, its toughness is reduced by aging after long time operation. R and D on non-destructive techniques for evaluating the level of aging during in-service inspections has been carried out. A practical technique to evaluate accuracy has not, however, been developed yet. This is because the relationship between microstructural changes and mechanical property changes has not been clearly identified. The aim of this study is to clarify the relationship between the microstructural and mechanical property changes due to aging by examining the process of generation of precipitates. The specimens used in this study were SCS 14 A centrifuged cast stainless steel with three different ferrite content types of 8, 15 and 23%. They were aged at temperatures of 350degC and 400degC for up to 10,000 hours. The mechanical properties were investigated with Charpy impact testing and Vickers hardness testing, and microstructural changes studied with a transmission electron microscope, atom probe analysis and Moessbauer spectroscopy. As a result, the Charpy impact value of the specimen with larger ferrite content decreased the most. The hardness of the austenite phase remained almost unchanged while the hardness of the ferrite phase significantly increased. The ferrite hardness increase and the phase decomposition rate were almost the same among the three specimens with different ferrite contents. G phase precipitation was observed for the ferrite materials of 15% and 23% after the long period of thermal aging. In conclusion, the thermal aging degradation can be evaluated by detecting the ferrite phase decomposition rate, the ferrite content and the G phase precipitation. (author)

  3. NDE Assessments of Cast Stainless Steel Reactor Piping Components

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    Studies conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, have focused on developing and evaluating the effectiveness and reliability of novel NDE approaches for the inspection of coarse-grained, cast stainless steel reactor components. The primary objective of this work is to provide information to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) on the utility, effectiveness and reliability of ultrasonic testing (UT) and eddy current testing (ET) inspection techniques as related to the in-service inspection of primary piping components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). This paper describes recent developments and results from assessments of three different NDE approaches including an ultrasonic phased array inspection methodology, an eddy current testing technique and a low-frequency ultrasonic inspection methodology coupled with a synthetic aperture focusing technique (SAFT). Westinghouse Owner's Group (WOG) cast stainless steel pipe segments with thermal and mechanical fatigue cracks located close to the weld roots, were used for assessing the inspection methods. ET studies were conducted on the inner diameter (ID) surface of piping specimens while the ultrasonic inspection methods were performed from the outer diameter (OD) surface of the specimens. The ET technique employed a ZETEC MIZ-27SI Eddy Current instrument and a ZETEC Z0000857-1 cross point spot probe with an operating frequency of 250 kHz. On some samples where noise levels were high, degaussing of the sample resulted in significant improvements. The phased array approach was implemented using an RD Tech Tomoscan III system operating at 1 MHz and composite volumetric images of the samples were generated. The low-frequency ultrasonic method employs a zone-focused, multi-incident angle; inspection protocol (operating at 250-450 kHz) coupled with a synthetic aperture focusing technique (SAFT) for improved signal-to-noise and advanced imaging capabilities

  4. Mechanical properties of stainless steel castings at 4 K

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    Ten heats of cast CF8M stainless steel, which is the casting equivalent of AISI 316, were produced by a commercial vendor. In five of the heats the chromium and nickel contents were varied to obtain different delta-ferritie contents, ranging from 1.1 to 28.5 percent. The other five heats all had approximately 8 percent delta-ferrite and the nitrogen content was varied from 0.02 to 0.20 percent. As was expected from previous data on weldments and wrought materials, an increase in either delta-ferrite or nitrogen content increases the yield strength. In the five heats with varying nitrogen content the increase in strength resulted in a corresponding decrease in fracture toughness. An increase in delta-ferrite content also gave a decrease in fracture toughness up to approximately 15 percent dela-ferrite. Above this level the fracture toughness remained constant with increasing delta-ferrite content. This has been shown, by metallographic and fractographic evidence, to be due to the establishment of a continuous delta-ferrite crack path, at approximately 15 percent delta-ferrite

  5. Characteristics of centrifugally cast GX25CrNiSi18-9 steel

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    R. Zapała

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents the results of microstructural examinations of the industrial heat-resistant centrifugally cast GX25CrNiSi18-9 steel characterised by increased content of Cu. The study included changes in the microstructure of base cast steel respective of the steel held at a temperature of 900 and 950°C for 48 hours. Based on the results obtained, an increase in microhardness of the examined cast steel matrix with increasing temperature was stated, which was probably caused by fine precipitates enriched in Cr, Mo, and C forming inside the matrix grains.The layer of scale formed on the tested cast steel oxidised in the atmosphere of air at 900 and 950°C was characterised by an increased tendency to degradation with increasing temperature of the conducted tests.

  6. Stainless Steel Round Robin Test: Centrifugally cast stainless steel screening phase

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    This report presents the results of the Centrifugally Cast Stainless Steel Round Robin Test (CCSSRRT). The CCSSRRT is the first phase of an effort to investigate and improve the capability and reliability of NDE inspections of light water reactor piping systems. This phase was a screening test to identify the most promising procedures presently available for CCSS. The next phase will be an in-depth program to evaluate the capability and reliability of inservice inspections (ISI) for piping. In the CCSSRRT, 15 centrifugally cast stainless steel pipe sections containing welds and laboratory-grown thermal fatigue cracks in both columnar and equiaxed base material were used. These pipe specimens were inspected by a total of 18 teams from Europe and the United States using a variety of NDE techniques, mostly ultrasonic (UT). The inspections were carried out at the team's facilities and included inspections from both sides of the weld and inspections restricted to one side of the weld. The results of the CCSSRRT make it apparent that a more detailed study on the capability and reliability of procedures to inspect stainless steel materials is needed to better understand the specific material and flaw properties and how they affect the outcome of an inspection

  7. Si-STEEL Thin-Strip Prepared by Twin-Roll Continuous Casting

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    Yi, Yu; Zhou, Zehua; Wang, Zehua; Jiang, Shaoqun; Huang, Weidong

    The fabrication process of Si-steel thin-strip by twin-roll continuous casting was described and the quality of the obtained Si-steel thin-strip was measured. Si-steel strips with 0.5-6.5 wt.% Si content were successfully prepared, and proper parameters including pouring temperature, height of molten pool, casting speed and pouring head mode were optimized, and their mechanisms were discussed. The relationship between quality factors of Si-steel including cracks, strip thickness, impurity and process parameters such as Si content and so on were discussed. The morphologies of the strips with different Si content were studied.

  8. Effects of high cooling rates on the improvement of continuous steel casting microstructure

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    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper has researched into the influence of trace elements in steel, combined with new casting processes, on the microstructure and micro-segregation phenomenon in the case of structural steel. Thermocalc software has been applied for calculation of steel phase. In the paper, close attention has been paid to monitoring of the influence of the cooling rate in regard to solidification time and to the characteristic elements’ segregation coefficient. Higher cooling rates during solidification improve the microstructure and produce positive effects on the metallurgical quality of the steel cast.

  9. Effect of Niobium on Microstructure of Cast AISI H13 Hot Work Tool Steel

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    Shahram Kheirandish; Ahmad Noorian

    2008-01-01

    The effect of niobium addition on the microstructure of cast AISI H13 hot work tool steel was evaluated by using EDX analyzer attached to the scanning electron microscope.The volume percent of eutectic area and eutectic cell size and also volume percent of different carbides of new steel,which is heat treated under different conditions,are also determined.The results show that the a niobium addition modifies the cast structure of Nb-alloyed hot work tool steel,and reduces the size and volume of eutectic cells,and increases the maximum hardness of the steel.

  10. Final Report, Volume 1, Metallurgical Evaluation of Cast Duplex Stainless Steels and their Weldments

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    Wen, Songqing; Lundin, Carl, W.; Batten, Greg, W.

    2005-09-30

    Duplex stainless steels (DSS) are being specified for chloride containing environments due to their enhanced pitting and stress corrosion cracking resistance. They exhibit improved corrosion performance over the austenitic stainless steels. Duplex stainless steels also offer improved strength properties and are available in various wrought and cast forms. Selected grades of duplex stainless steel castings and their welds, in comparison with their wrought counterparts, were evaluated, regarding corrosion performance and mechanical properties and weldability. Multiple heats of cast duplex stainless steel were evaluated in the as-cast, solution annealed (SA) static cast and SA centrifugal cast conditions, while their wrought counterparts were characterized in the SA condition and in the form of as-rolled plate. Welding, including extensive assessment of autogenous welds and a preliminary study of composite welds (shielded metal arc weld (SMAW)), was performed. The evaluations included critical pitting temperature (CPT) testing, intergranular corrosion (IGC) testing, ASTM A923 (Methods A, B and C), Charpy impact testing, weldability testing (ASTM A494), ferrite measurement and microstructural evaluations. In the study, the corrosion performances of DSS castings were characterized and assessed, including the wrought counterparts for comparison. The evaluation filled the pore of lack of data for cast duplex stainless steels compared to wrought materials. A database of the pitting corrosion and IGC behavior of cast and wrought materials was generated for a greater depth of understanding for the behavior of cast duplex stainless steel. In addition, improved evaluation methods for DSS castings were developed according to ASTM A923, A262, G48 and A494. The study revealed that when properly heat treated according to the specification, (1) DSS castings have equal or better pitting and intergranular corrosion resistance than their wrought counterparts; (2) Welding reduces the

  11. Final Report, Volume 1, Metallurgical Evaluation of Cast Duplex Stainless Steels and their Weldments

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    Wen, Songqing; Lundin, Carl, W.; Batten, Greg, W.

    2005-09-30

    Duplex stainless steels (DSS) are being specified for chloride containing environments due to their enhanced pitting and stress corrosion cracking resistance. They exhibit improved corrosion performance over the austenitic stainless steels. Duplex stainless steels also offer improved strength properties and are available in various wrought and cast forms. Selected grades of duplex stainless steel castings and their welds, in comparison with their wrought counterparts, were evaluated, regarding corrosion performance and mechanical properties and weldability. Multiple heats of cast duplex stainless steel were evaluated in the as-cast, solution annealed (SA) static cast and SA centrifugal cast conditions, while their wrought counterparts were characterized in the SA condition and in the form of as-rolled plate. Welding, including extensive assessment of autogenous welds and a preliminary study of composite welds (shielded metal arc weld (SMAW)), was performed. The evaluations included critical pitting temperature (CPT) testing, intergranular corrosion (IGC) testing, ASTM A923 (Methods A, B and C), Charpy impact testing, weldability testing (ASTM A494), ferrite measurement and microstructural evaluations. In the study, the corrosion performances of DSS castings were characterized and assessed, including the wrought counterparts for comparison. The evaluation filled the pore of lack of data for cast duplex stainless steels compared to wrought materials. A database of the pitting corrosion and IGC behavior of cast and wrought materials was generated for a greater depth of understanding for the behavior of cast duplex stainless steel. In addition, improved evaluation methods for DSS castings were developed according to ASTM A923, A262, G48 and A494. The study revealed that when properly heat treated according to the specification, (1) DSS castings have equal or better pitting and intergranular corrosion resistance than their wrought counterparts; (2) Welding reduces the

  12. Influence on ultrasonic incident angle and defect detection sensitivity by cast stainless steel structure

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    It is well known that ultrasonic waves are affected strongly by macro-structures in cast stainless steel, as in the primary pipe or other components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). In this work, ultrasonic refractive angles and defect detection sensitivities are investigated at different incident angles to cast stainless steel. The aims of the investigation are to clarify the transmission of ultrasonic waves in cast stainless steel and to contribute to the transducer design. The results are that ultrasonic refractive angles in cast stainless steel shift towards the 45-degree direction with respect to the direction of dendritic structures by 11.8 degrees at the maximum and that the sensitivity of transducer for inner surface breaking cracks increases with decreasing incident angle. However, in an ultrasonic inspection of actual welds at smaller incident angles, a trade-off occurs between increased defect detection sensitivity and decreased defect discrimination capability due to intense false signals produced by non-defective features. (orig.)

  13. Study of the Effect of Shrinkage Porosity on Strength Low Carbon Cast Steel

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    Ol'khovik, E.

    2015-09-01

    Today there are many computer systems for modeling of the casting technology processes. All of them allow calculating the availability and distribution of the shrinkage porosity in the test casting, but this information allows only making changes in existing casting technology. In this paper you obtain the information about changes in the local and structural mechanical properties of the casting in the presence of its volume shrinkage porosity. Article presents the results of direct experimental studies of technological defects (shrinkage and gas porosity) impact on the mechanical properties of low carbon steel castings. Methods of investigation are also disclosed, including the methods for producing of molded samples obtained at different process conditions and the crystallization apparatus which is described for the measuring of the density of the samples. There are the mathematical relationship for the elastic modulus, yield stress, elongation and fatigue characteristics fracture cast steel with low carbon content in the presence of the volumetric shrinkage porosity.

  14. Impact toughness and microstructure of continuous medium carbon steel bar-reinforced cast iron composite

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    Although nodular cast iron has popular characteristics, its toughness and tensile strength are insufficient in many applications. In the present research, an attempt was made to produce a nodular cast iron composite reinforced with medium carbon steel bar, in order to investigate its effects on improving the toughness of the material. The composite material was produced by the sand mould casting technique. Then, the samples were annealed at 900 °C for 1 h. Afterwards, the microstructures of the composite in as cast and annealed conditions were analyzed by optical and electron microscopes. Later on, the hardness and impact toughness of the cast iron composite specimens were compared with the samples without reinforcement. The results revealed a pearlitic diffusion bond between the two components of the composite, due to the diffusion of carbon from the cast iron towards the steel bar. Furthermore, the impact toughness of the composite material showed better results in comparison with that of the simple specimens.

  15. Estimation of fracture toughness of cast stainless steels in LWR systems

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    A program is being conducted to investigate the low-temperature embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels under light water reactor (LWR) operating conditions and to evaluate possible remedies for the embrittlement problem in existing and future plants. The scope of the investigation includes the following goals: develop a methodology and correlations for predicting the toughness loss suffered by cast stainless steel components during normal and extended life of LWRs, validate the simulation of in-reactor degradation by accelerated aging, and establish the effects of key compositional and metallurgical variables on the kinetics and extent of embrittlement. Microstructural and mechanical property data are being obtained on 25 experimental heats (static-cast keel blocks and slabs) and 6 commercial heats (centrifugally cast pipes and a static-cast pump impeller and pump casing ring), as well as on reactor-aged material of CF-3, CF-8, and CF-8M grades of cast stainless steel. The ferrite content of the cast materials ranges from 3 to 30%. Charpy-impact, tensile, and J-R curve tests have been conducted on several experimental and commercial heats of cast stainless steel that were aged up to 30,000 h at temperatures of 290 to 400 degrees C. The results indicate that thermal aging at these temperatures increases the tensile strength and decreases the impact energy and fracture toughness of the steels. In general, the low-carbon CF-3 steels are the most resistant to embrittlement, and the molybdenum-containing high-carbon CF-8M steels are the least resistant. Ferrite morphology has a strong effect on the degree or extent of embrittlement, and the kinetics of embrittlement can vary significantly with small changes in the constituent elements of the cast material

  16. Analytical Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Pier and Cast-in-Steel-Shell Pile Connection Behavior considering Steel-Concrete Interface

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    Jiho Moon; Dawn E. Lehman; Charles W. Roeder; Hak-Eun Lee; Tae-Hyung Lee

    2016-01-01

    The seismic design of bridges may require a large-diameter deep pile foundation such as a cast-in-steel-shell (CISS) pile where a reinforced concrete (RC) member is cast in a steel casing. In practice, the steel casing is not considered in the structural design and the pile is assumed to be an RC member. It is partially attributed to the difficulties in evaluation of composite action of a CISS pile. However, by considering benefits provided by composite action of the infilled concrete and the...

  17. Effect of inter-critical quenching on mechanical properties of casting low-alloy steel

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    Liu Zhongli; Shang Yong

    2013-01-01

    For some casting low-alloy steels, traditional quenching and tempering heat treatments can improve the strength; however, sometimes the ductility is not satisfied. Therefore, some kind of effective heat treatment method seems necessary; one which could improve the ductility, but not seriously affect the strength. In this paper, the effect of inter-critical quenching (IQ) on the mechanical properties of casting low-alloy steel was studied. IQ was added between quenching and tempering heat trea...

  18. RESEARCH OF INFLUENCE OF LIQUID ALUMINUM ON RESISTANCE OF THE STEEL AND CAST-IRON TOOL

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    S. S. Zhizhchenko; I. A. Shpareva; M. A. Turchanin; P. G. Agraval

    2015-01-01

    The study of the interaction of steel and cast iron with aluminum was performed by immersion, and isothermal holding. By optical and electron microscopy, the microstructure of the reaction zone was investigated. The partial enthalpy of dissolution of iron, steel and cast iron in liquid aluminum has been investigated by high-temperature calorimetry at 1773 K. X-ray analysis and microhardness measurements was used to study the phase composition of the reaction zone. The thermodynamic descriptio...

  19. Quench ageing behaviour of duplex cast steel with nano-scale ε-Cu particles

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    D. Dyja; Stradomski, Z.

    2007-01-01

    Purpose: The aim of the study was to examine the effectiveness and usefulness of the quench ageing on theservice properties of massive duplex cast steel. The mechanism of precipitation of a ε-Cu phase and its effect onthe mechanical properties of the cast steel were investigated.Design/methodology/approach: The ferrite substructure was examined on a JOEL JEM HREM. The analysisof chemical composition of selected micro-regions was carried out using a scanning electron microscope. Theverificatio...

  20. Thermo-mechanical properties and cracking during solidification of thin slab cast steel

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    Santillana, M.B.

    2013-01-01

    Nowadays a vast majority of the steel produced worldwide is via the continuous casting process route because this is the most low-cost, efficient and high quality method to mass produce metal products in a variety of sizes and shapes. Most of the continuous casters are the initial manufacturing step of a product which is very close to the final shape, reducing the need for further finishing. During continuous casting the liquid steel is solidified under controlled conditions of heat extractio...

  1. Initial assessment of the processes and significance of thermal aging in cast stainless steels

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    Charpy-impact and J-R curve data for thermally aged cast stainless steel are presented. The effects of material variables on the embrittlement of cast materials are evaluated. The chemical composition and ferrite morphology have a strong effect on the kinetics and extent of embrittlement. The procedure and correlations for predicting the impact strength and fracture toughness of cast component during reactor service are described. 19 refs., 17 figs., 4 tabs

  2. Guidelines for and evaluation of radiographic nondestructive tests of steel castings

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    Various approaches to the guidelines for radiographic testing of steel castings and to the evaluation of their results are characterized. Attention is particularly paid to foreign standards (ASTM), to the standard valid at the Slatina corporation in Brno, and to the Czechoslovak regulation Classification of Defects in Castings by their Radiograms. (Z.M.)

  3. Effect of V and N on the microstructure evolution during continuous casting of steel

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    Santillana, B; Eskin, DG; Boom, R; Katgerman, L

    2011-01-01

    Low Carbon (LC) steel is not expected to be sensitive to hot tearing and/or cracking while microalloyed steels are known for their high cracking sensitivity during continuous casting. Experience of the Direct Sheet Plant caster at Tata Steel in Ijmuiden (the Netherlands), seems to contradict this statement. It is observed that a LC steel grade has a high risk of cracking alias hot tearing, while a High Strength Low Alloyed (HSLA) steel has a very low cracking occurrence. Another HSLA steel gr...

  4. Microstructural evolution of aged heat-resistant cast steel following strain controlled fatigue

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    Golański, Grzegorz, E-mail: grisza@wip.pcz.pl [Institute of Materials Engineering, Czestochowa University of Technology, Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Częstochowa (Poland); Zielińska-Lipiec, Anna, E-mail: alipiec@agh.edu.pl [AGH University of Science and Technology, Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Cracow (Poland); Mroziński, Stanisław, E-mail: stmpkm@utp.edu.pl [University of Technology and Life Sciences in Bydgoszcz, Al. Prof. S. Kaliskiego 7, 85-791 Bydgoszcz (Poland); Kolan, Cezary, E-mail: kolan@wip.pcz.pl [Institute of Materials Engineering, Czestochowa University of Technology, Armii Krajowej 19, 42-200 Częstochowa (Poland)

    2015-03-11

    The paper presents the results of research on the microstructure of high-chromium martensitic GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 (GP91) cast steel after the isothermal ageing process and fatigue process. The fatigue process was performed at room temperature and elevated temperature (600 °C), with the value of total strain amplitude ε{sub ac} amounting to 0.25% and 0.60%. Microstructural tests of GP91 cast steel were carried out by means of high-resolution transmission electron microscope. Quantitative study performed by means of TEM included the characteristics of changes in the dislocation substructure and morphology of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides. Performed research has shown that the microstructure of the examined cast steel after ageing is characterized by partly remaining lath microstructure with numerous precipitations of the MX and M{sub 23}C{sub 6} type, as well as the Laves phase. It has been shown that the fatigue test at room temperature contributes to the process of dislocation strengthening of the examined cast steel. The increase of fatigue test temperature influences the degree of increase in the matrix softening. The degree of softening of the cast steel microstructure at elevated temperature depends also on the value of strain amplitude ε{sub ac}. The softening process of the examined cast steel was connected with the decrease of dislocation density and increase of subgrains.

  5. Microstructural evolution of aged heat-resistant cast steel following strain controlled fatigue

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    The paper presents the results of research on the microstructure of high-chromium martensitic GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 (GP91) cast steel after the isothermal ageing process and fatigue process. The fatigue process was performed at room temperature and elevated temperature (600 °C), with the value of total strain amplitude εac amounting to 0.25% and 0.60%. Microstructural tests of GP91 cast steel were carried out by means of high-resolution transmission electron microscope. Quantitative study performed by means of TEM included the characteristics of changes in the dislocation substructure and morphology of M23C6 carbides. Performed research has shown that the microstructure of the examined cast steel after ageing is characterized by partly remaining lath microstructure with numerous precipitations of the MX and M23C6 type, as well as the Laves phase. It has been shown that the fatigue test at room temperature contributes to the process of dislocation strengthening of the examined cast steel. The increase of fatigue test temperature influences the degree of increase in the matrix softening. The degree of softening of the cast steel microstructure at elevated temperature depends also on the value of strain amplitude εac. The softening process of the examined cast steel was connected with the decrease of dislocation density and increase of subgrains

  6. Z factors for aged cast duplex stainless steel pipes and welds

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    This paper provides the Z factors of aged cast duplex stainless steel pipes and their welds with circumferential through-wall crack obtained form the Japanese material data. Z factors are used for elastic-plastic evaluation in ASME Code Section XI. Stress-strain curve and J-resistance curve taken from the base metal of cast duplex stainless steel with ferrite contents of about 23.5% and its adjoining welds of TIG (Tungsten Inert Gas), SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding), and SAW (Submerged Arc Welding) were used. These material were aged for 20000 to 40000 hours at 400 degrees C. The calculated Z factors were formulated in using the approximation with a linear equation of logarithm to the base ten. The proposed Z factors were compared with the Z factors in ASME Code Section XI. In the case of TIG and SMAW, the proposed Z factors give almost the same as the Z factors in ASME Code Section XI. In the case of SAW and cast stainless steel, the proposed Z factors were higher than the Z factors in ASME Code Section XI. Besides, In order to verify the availability of proposed Z factors, the critical bending moments by Z factors were compared with experimental data of aged cast duplex stainless steel pipes. The proposed Z factor for SAW and aged cast duplex stainless steel would be applied to estimate the failure moment of aged cast duplex stainless steel pipes. (author)

  7. Investigation of the tensile properties of continuous steel wire-reinforced gray cast iron composite

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    Research highlights: → Metal matrix composite (MMC) is an important structural material. → Gray cast irons as a matrix material in MMC have more advantages than other cast irons. → Interface greatly determines the mechanical properties of MMC. → Interface formed by diffusion of carbon atoms. → While decarburizing takes place in gray cast iron, carburiszing takes place in steel near the interface. - Abstract: The aim of the present study was to improve the tensile properties of gray cast iron by reinforcing the material with a steel wire. The composite was produced by sand mold casting, and the specimens were normalized by applying heat treatments at 800 deg. C, 850 deg. C, and 900 deg. C. Tension tests were conducted on gray cast iron and composite specimens, and the microstructure of the specimens was examined with an optical microscope. The fracture surface of the tension test specimens was examined with a scanning electron microscope (SEM), and graphite-free transition regions with high degrees of hardness were observed due to the diffusion of carbon from the cast iron to the steel wire. The microstructure of the transition region (fine pearlitic phase with partially dissolved graphite flakes) and the bond quality in the transition region increased the tensile properties of cast iron composites. Also, it is concluded that the tensile properties of gray cast iron increased with an increase in the normalization temperature.

  8. Long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems

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    Charpy-impact, tensile. and fracture toughness data are presented for several heats of cast stainless steel that were aged up to 58,000 h at temperatures of 290--400 degrees C. Results indicate that thermal aging increases the tensile stress and decreases the fracture toughness of the materials. In general, CF-3 steels are the least sensitive to thermal aging embrittlement and CF-8M steels are the most sensitive. The increase in flow stress of fully aged cast stainless steels is ∼10% for CF-3 steels and ∼20% for CF-8 and CF-8M steels. The fracture toughness JIc and average tearing modulus for heats that are sensitive to thermal aging (e.g., CF-8M steels) are as low as ∼90 kJ/m2 and ∼60, respectively

  9. Long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems

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    This progress report summarizes work performed by Argonne National Laboratory on long-term thermal embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems during the six months from October 1991 to March 1992. Charpy-impact, tensile, and fracture toughness J-R curve data are presented for several heats of cast stainless steel that were aged 10,000-58,000 h at 290, 320, and 350 degree C. The results indicate that thermal aging decreases the fracture toughness of cast stainless steels. In general, CF-3 steels are the least sensitive to thermal aging and CF-8M steels are the most sensitive. The values of fracture toughness JIC and tearing modulus for CF-8M steels can be as low as ∼90 kJ/m2 and ∼60, respectively. The fracture toughness data are consistent with the Charpy-impact results, i.e. unaged and aged steels that show low impact energy also exhibit lower fracture toughness. All steels reach a minimum saturation fracture toughness after thermal aging; the time to reach saturation depends on the aging temperature. The results also indicate that low-strength cast stainless steels are generally insensitive to thermal aging

  10. Optimization of Heat Treatment in Aspect of Production’s Costs Reducing and Improving of Casting Quality from Duplex Cast Steel

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    D. Dyja

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper determines possibilities of cost optimisation in the production of GX2CrNiMoCu25-6-3-3 type duplex cast steel castings through selection of appropriate solution heat treatment temperature, which value depends on the content of alloying elements. Metallographic analysis was carried out for as-cast and heat treated cast steel. Hardness and impact strength of the cast steel were determined, which were correlated with the volume fraction of phases determined by means of ImagePro computer image analyser. It has been shown that increased carbon content creates a need to use higher treatment temperatures, thereby increasing the production cost. With increasing carbon content the cast steel hardness after solution heat treatment increases, however, crack resistance decreases

  11. Long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems

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    This progress report summarizes work performed by Argonne National Laboratory on longterm thermal embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems during the six months from April--September 1992. A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting Charpy-impact energy, tensile flow stress, fracture toughness J-R curve, tearing modulus, and JIC of aged cast stainless steels from known material information. The ''saturation'' impact strength and fracture toughness of a specific cast stainless steel, i.e., the minimum value that would be achieved for the material after long-term service, is estimated from the chemical composition of the steel. Mechanical properties as a function of time and temperature of reactor service are estimated from impact energy and flow stress of the unaged material and the kinetics of embrittlement, which are also determined from chemical composition. The JIC values are determined from the estimated J-R curve and flow stress. Examples of estimating mechanical properties of cast stainless steel components during reactor service are presented. A common ''lower-bound'' J-R curve for cast stainless steels of unknown chemical composition is also defined for a given grade of steel, ferrite content, and temperature

  12. Long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems

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    This progress report summarizes work performed by Argonne National Laboratory on long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems during the six months from April to September 1991. A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting Charpy-impact energy, tensile flow stress, fracture toughness J-R curve, and JIC of aged cast stainless steels from known material information. The ''saturation'' impact strength and fracture toughness of a specific cast stainless steel, i.e., the minimum value that would be achieved for the material after long-term service, is estimated from the chemical composition of the steel. Mechanical properties as a function of time and temperature of reactor service are estimated from impact energy and flow stress of the unaged material and the kinetics of embrittlement, which are also determined from chemical composition. The JIC values are determined from the estimated J-R curve and flow stress. Examples of estimating mechanical properties of cast stainless steel components during reactor service are presented. A common ''lower-bound'' J-R curve for cast stainless steels of unknown chemical composition is also defined for a given grade of steel, ferrite content, and temperature

  13. Evaluation of aging of cast stainless steel components

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    Cast stainless steel is used extensively in nuclear reactors for primary-pressure-boundary components such as primary coolant pipes, elbows, valves, pumps, and safe ends. These components are, however, susceptible to thermal aging embrittlement in light water reactors because of the segregation of Cr atoms from Fe and Ni by spinodal decomposition in ferrite and the precipitation of Cr-rich carbides on ferrite/austenite boundaries. A recent advance in understanding the aging kinetics is presented. Aging kinetics are strongly influenced by the synergistic effects of other metallurgical reactions that occur in parallel with spinodal decomposition, i.e., clustering of Ni, Mo, and Si solute atoms and the nucleation and growth of G-phase precipitates in the ferrite phase. A number of methods are outlined for estimating aging embrittlement under end-of-life of life-extension conditions, depending on several factors such as degree of permissible conservatism, availability of component archive material, and methods of estimating and verifying the activation energy of aging. 33 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs

  14. Ultrasonic inspection and microstructural characterization of centrifugally cast stainless steel

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    Centrifugally cast stainless steel (CCSS) components are currently being used in many critical industrial applications such as nuclear reactors, which have stringent inspection requirements. The manufacturing process of such components results in unique microstructural patterns consisting of large columnar grains with non-random growth directions and isotropic equiaxial grains. Consequently, the ultrasonic inspection of CCSS components is limited due to high attenuation by scattering, mode conversion, beam divergence/convergence, and skewing. The ultrasonic backscattered signal has poor signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and consists of random and interfering grain noise which often masks the echoes received from defects caused by stress corrosion, thermal and mechanical fatigue. The ability to detect such defects is at best limited with the conventional non-destructive evaluation techniques. Some novel ultrasonic signal processing techniques involving both temporal and spectral methods are examined to improve the microstructure characterization and flaw detection capabilities. The research objectives are two-fold: (1) to reduce the background noise from the CCSS microstructure in order to improve flaw visibility, and (2) to determine signal parameters which can be correlated with the microstructural properties of the CCSS components

  15. Ultrasonic characterization of centrifugally cast stainless steel samples

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    The program for ultrasonic characterization of centrifugally cast stainless steel (CCSS) involves examining a broad sample set to determine the reliability of ultrasonics to detect and characterize flaws in CCSS piping. As part of this program, Amdata, Inc., participated in the PISC II international round robin. Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories (BPNL) conducted this round robin for the purpose of identifying methods that reliably detect flaws in CCSS. Fifteen pipe sections containing weldments made with material representative of PWR piping and one calibration block were inspected in 1985. The samples were provided by Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories as part of an international round robin for identifying methods and limitations for reliable detection of flaws in CCSS. Twelve of these samples were received by Amdata for re-examination on August 1, 1986. The other three have been destructively tested at BPNL. The destructive testing was performed for two reasons. The first was to verify the depth and extent of cracking in the samples. The second reason was to try to identify metallurgical reasons for the strong false indications of cracking that were observed in some samples. All of the samples currently being re-examined have had the backing plates removed and light machining performed to clean the inner diameter and outer diameter surfaces. In addition, the samples have been etched to confirm the grain structure. Dye-penetrant examinations were also performed. Four of the samples and the calibration block were ultrasonically imaged. The images of these samples are in agreement with last year's results

  16. The effect of boundary conditions of casting on the size of porosity of heavy steel ingot

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents new knowledge from numerical modelling of porosity in heavy steel ingot using ProCAST software. The main aim of numerical modelling realized under the conditions of the Department of Metallurgy and Foundry and Regional Materials Science and Technology Centre at the VSB-TU Ostrava is the optimization of the production of heavy steel ingots produced at the companyVítkovice Heavy Machinery a.s.Design/methodology/approach: The selected method of numerical modelling enables 3D fully dimensional numerical simulation of steel casting and the subsequent solidification of steel with the possibility of prediction of ingot defects.Findings: The numerical modelling of casting and solidification of the 90 ton heavy steel ingot under different boundary conditions of the casting led to these main conclusions: In all simulated variants, the final character of solidification was very similar. The lowest level of porosities were achieved in the variant when we used the longer filling time together with decrease of casting temperatures. However, the tested adjustment of casting technology appeared to have only small impact on the resulting porosity.Practical implications: The change of geometry of the mould will have probably more effect on the character of the solidification than only the small changes of the casting parameters which are dependent on the steel grade.Originality/value: On the basis of applied research in close collaboration with industry companies, the obtained data can contribute significantly to optimization the operating conditions, thereby increasing the efficiency of the steelmaking technology and final quality of cast steel.

  17. Solidification microstructure of M2 high speed steel by different casting technologies

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    Zhou Xuefeng

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available The present work investigated the solidification microstructure of AISI M2 high speed steel manufactured by different casting technologies, namely iron mould casting and continuous casting. The results revealed that the as-cast structure of the steel was composed of the iron matrix and the M2C eutectic carbide networks, which were greatly refined in the ingot made by continuous casting process, compared with that by the iron mould casting process. M2C eutectic carbides presented variation in their morphologies and growth characteristics in the ingots by both casting methods. In the ingot by iron mould casting, they have a plate-like morphology and grow anisotropically. However, in the ingot made by continuous casting, the carbides evolved into the fiber-like shape that exhibited little characteristics of anisotropic growth. It was noticed that the fiber-like M2C was much easier to decompose and spheroidize after heated, as a result, the carbides refined remarkably, compared with the case of plate-like carbides in the iron mould casting ingot.

  18. Clean cast steel technology. Determination of transformation diagrams for duplex stainless steel

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    Chumbley, S. L. [Iowa State Univ., Ames, IA (United States)

    2005-09-01

    Duplex stainless steels (DSS) constitute both ferrite and austenite as a matrix. Such a microstructure confers a high corrosion resistance with favorable mechanical properties. However, intermetallic phases such as sigma ( can also form during casting or high-temperature processing and can degrade the properties of the DSS. This research was initiated to develop time-temperature-transformation (TTT) and continuous-cooling- transformation (CCT) diagrams of two types of cast duplex stainless steels, CD3MN (Fe 22Cr-5Ni-Mo-N) and CD3MWCuN (Fe-25Cr-7Ni-Mo-W-Cu-N), in order to understand the time and temperature ranges for intermetallic phase formation. The alloys were heat treated isothermally or under controlled cooling conditions and then characterized using conventional metallographic methods that included tint etching, and also using electron microscopy (SEM, TEM) and wavelength dispersive spectroscopy (WDS). The kinetics of intermetallic-phase ( formation were analyzed using the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami (JMA) equation in the case of isothermal transformations and a modified form of this equation in the case of continuous cooling transformations, The rate of intermetallic-phase formation was found to be much faster in CD3MWCuN than CD3MN due mainly to differences in the major alloying contents such as Cr, Ni and Mo. To examine in more detail the effects of these elements of the phase stabilities, a series of eight steel castings was designed with the Cr, Ni and Mo contents systematically varied with respect to the nominal composition of CD3MN. The effects of varying the contents of alloying additions on the formation of intermetallic phases were also studied computationally using the commercial thermodynamic software package, Thermo-Calc. In general, was stabilized with increasing Cr addition and by increasing Mo addition. However, a delicate balance among Ni and other minor elements such as N and Si also exists. Phase equilibria in DSS can be affected by local

  19. Energy Saving Melting and Revert Reduction (E-SMARRT): Precision Casting of Steel

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    Dr. Von L. Richards

    2011-09-30

    This project addresses improvements in metal casting processes by reducing scrap and reducing the cost of production, due to scrap reduction from investment casting and yield improvement offered by lost foam casting as compared to no-bake or green sand molding. The objectives for the investment casting portion of the subtask are to improve knowledge of fracture toughness of mold shells and the sources of strength limiting flaws and to understand the effects of wax reclamation procedures on wax properties. Applying 'clean steel' approaches to pouring technology and cleanliness in investment casting of steel are anticipated to improve incoming materials inspection procedures as they affect the microstructure and toughness of the shell. This project focused on two areas of study in the production of steel castings to reduce scrap and save energy: (1) Reducing the amount of shell cracking in investment cast steel production; (2) Investigate the potential of lost foam steel casting The basic findings regarding investment casting shell cracking were: (1) In the case of post pouring cracking, this could be related to phase changes in silica upon cooling and could be delayed by pouring arrangement strategies that maintained the shell surface at temperature for longer time. Employing this delay resulted in less adherent oxidation of castings since the casting was cooler at the time o fair exposure. (2) A model for heat transfer through water saturated shell materials under steam pressure was developed. (3) Initial modeling result of autoclave de-waxing indicated the higher pressure and temperature in the autoclave would impose a steeper temperature gradient on the wax pattern, causing some melt flow prior to bulk expansion and decreasing the stress on the green shell. Basic findings regarding lost foam casting of steel at atmospheric pressure: (1) EPS foam generally decomposes by the collapse mode in steel casting. (2) There is an accumulation of carbon pick-up at

  20. Multiphysics modeling of the steel continuous casting process

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    Hibbeler, Lance C.

    This work develops a macroscale, multiphysics model of the continuous casting of steel. The complete model accounts for the turbulent flow and nonuniform distribution of superheat in the molten steel, the elastic-viscoplastic thermal shrinkage of the solidifying shell, the heat transfer through the shell-mold interface with variable gap size, and the thermal distortion of the mold. These models are coupled together with carefully constructed boundary conditions with the aid of reduced-order models into a single tool to investigate behavior in the mold region, for practical applications such as predicting ideal tapers for a beam-blank mold. The thermal and mechanical behaviors of the mold are explored as part of the overall modeling effort, for funnel molds and for beam-blank molds. These models include high geometric detail and reveal temperature variations on the mold-shell interface that may be responsible for cracks in the shell. Specifically, the funnel mold has a column of mold bolts in the middle of the inside-curve region of the funnel that disturbs the uniformity of the hot face temperatures, which combined with the bending effect of the mold on the shell, can lead to longitudinal facial cracks. The shoulder region of the beam-blank mold shows a local hot spot that can be reduced with additional cooling in this region. The distorted shape of the funnel mold narrow face is validated with recent inclinometer measurements from an operating caster. The calculated hot face temperatures and distorted shapes of the mold are transferred into the multiphysics model of the solidifying shell. The boundary conditions for the first iteration of the multiphysics model come from reduced-order models of the process; one such model is derived in this work for mold heat transfer. The reduced-order model relies on the physics of the solution to the one-dimensional heat-conduction equation to maintain the relationships between inputs and outputs of the model. The geometric

  1. Effects of heat treatment on mechanical properties of modified cast AISI D3 tool steel

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    Highlights: • Secondary hardening occurred when tempered at 500 °C and austenitized at 1050 °C. • Hardness of new steel is about 1 HRC higher than D3 steel, when tempered at 300 °C. • New steel has less bending strength and strain compared with D3 steel. • With increasing hardness wear resistance is improved about 56%. • Linear relationship observed between weight loss and hardness of modified steel. - Abstract: In this research new modified as-cast cold work AISI D3 tool steel was produced by increasing Ti and Nb and decreasing Cr. At first, Cast samples were homogenized at optimized cycle and then austenitized and tempered within the specified temperature ranges. Mechanical properties and wear behavior were determined by performing hardness test, three point bending test and pin on disc wear test. Also, scanning electron microscope was employed to characterize the new modified steel. For the specimens austenitized and tempered at 1050 °C and 500 °C respectively, the secondary hardening effect was observed which was consistent with lower weight loss of pin on disc wear test results. The results show that, the new modified as-cast steel represents hardness and wear resistance equal to or better than that of standard wrought D3 steel, while its strength and toughness are lower than those of wrought steel

  2. Comparison of properties of centrifugally cast and wrought stainless steels with similar chemical composition for DWPF canisters

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    This report compares the properties of centrifugally cast stainless steel and plate stainless steel (wrought). The comparison was to determine whether centrifugally cast cylinders are an acceptable alternative to wrought, rolled and welded cylinders. After comparing the two materials, it was found that the castings meet or exceed the requirements of the proposed DWPF (Defense Waste Project Facility) canister design. Recommendations for future action are: that the molten steel used to make the centrifugal castings must be processed by an Argon Oxygen Decarburizer (AOD) prior to casting, and that the effect of partially heat treating an as-cast centrifugal casting should be evaluated. This evaluation is to determine the metallurgical affect of pouring molten borosilicate glass into a casting and allowing the casting cool at ambient temperature

  3. Fracture toughness of CF8 stainless steel castings in liquid helium

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    Fracture toughness measurements for CF8 stainless steel castings in liquid helium at 4 K are reported. Single-phase (austenite) and duplex (austenite + delta-ferrite) castings were tested. On the basis of estimates from J-integral data, the plane-strain fracture toughness (K/sub Ic/) of castings containing 3.2 to 14.5% delta-ferrite ranged from 84 to 179 MPa.m/sup 1/2/ at 4 K. In contrast, a fully austenitic casting (0% delta-ferrite) exhibited a K/sub Ic/ value of 331 MPa.m/sup 1/2/, which is nearly equivalent to the toughness of a wrought AISI 304 stainless steel of a similar strength. Optical and scanning electron microscopy studies indicate that the inferior toughness of castings containing delta-ferrite may be chiefly attributed to the brittlemenss of this body-centered-cubic phase at cryogenic temperatures and its distribution in the microstructure

  4. Influence of the cooling rate on the corrosion resistance of duplex cast steel

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of the influence of the cooling rate of the casting made of the acid-resistant ferritic - austenitic cast steel on the microstructure and corrosion resistance are presented in the paper. Samples cut out from the walls of the casting being cooled at the cooling rate of 3,2 - 0,5 ºC/s were used in the study. Different cooling rates create favorable conditions for the segregation processes lowering properties of castings. It was found, that differences in the polarization curves occur only in the more aggressive corrosive environment. The reason of such behaviour of cast steel is the segregation of elements dissolved in austenite and the difference in the volume fraction of ferrite and austenite in the walls of the different thickness.

  5. Autonomous Optimization of a Solidification Pattern and Its Effect on Porosity and Segregation in Steel Castings

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    Kotas, Petr; Tutum, Cem Celal; Hattel, Jesper Henri

    The present paper considers optimization of a solidification pattern of a gravity sand-cast steel part. That is, the choice of proper riser and chill designs has been investigated using genetic algorithms while simultaneously considering their impact on centerline porosity and macrosegregation...... distribution. This was accomplished by coupling a casting simulation software package with an optimization module. The casting process of the original casting design was simulated using a transient 3D thermal model incorporated in a commercial simulation software package to determine potential flaws and...

  6. Continuous casting of 12Kh18N10T steel at horizontal machine with two-side withdrawal without castings trimming

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    Main parameters of continuous casting of steel type 12Kh18N10T have been determined for a horizontal casting machine with two-side withdrawal of castings. The process makes it possible to produce slab billets without trimming and 5to obtain then rolled products which meet the requirements of standards. Horizontal casting machine allows one to reach a good yield higher by 5% compared to that for vertical or radial machines

  7. Microstructural characterization of welded unions of cast refractory steels

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    This work presents a microstructural study of welded unions of cast heat resistant (refractory) steels, type HC (29Cr-2Ni-0,4C) and HD (28Cr-5Ni-0,4C) using quantitative metallography and X-ray diffraction. Two series of alloys were prepared in an induction furnace and cast in sand molds with phenolic resin, in the classic 'Y' shape, with thicknesses of 12, 25 and 50 mm, following ASTM A395. These samples were chemically and micro structurally characterized, in order to verify their chemical composition and the presence and distribution of phases in the material. Test pieces were then cut from the test section of the 'Y' samples to produce the welded unions, which were done with a single and double bevel (X) butt, using a manual arc and one with electrodes AWS E 309 and AWS E 410. These unions were also submitted to thermal treatments of 780oC, in order to study the forced precipitation of the sigma phase, simulating service conditions in a production environment. The presence and distribution of phases in the fusion zone (welding cord) and in the thermally affected zones (TAZ) next to both sides of the cord were studied. They displayed a relatively low dilution compared to the composition of the electrodes. The presence of austenite in a ferritic matrix, with relatively small amounts of Cr23C6 and Cr7C3 carbides was shown together with an incipient presence of sigma phase. The annealing of the test pieces at temperatures close to those for the use of these materials, resulted in a new sigma precipitation, in different relative amounts, depending on the time of exposure to these temperatures. Sigma phase precipitates in low relative amounts simply from welding, but this event deserves more attention when the material is submitted to post-welding thermal treatments, or more intensely, to prolonged exposures to higher working temperatures. Quantitative metallographic techniques with contrast and coloring of phases can be used to quantify the micro-constituents; the

  8. Suitability of maraging steel weld cladding for repair of die casting tooling Part II

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    Taljat, Boštjan; Klobčar, Damjan; Muhič, Mitja; Tušek, Janez; Kosec, Ladislav

    2015-01-01

    This study was done to evaluate precipitation annealing of 18% Ni maraging steel repair welds during aluminium alloy die casting and to predict the prolonged in-service tool life. The emphasis of this study was the influence of post-weld precipitation annealing heat treatment and aluminium die casting thermal cycling on metallurgical and mechanical properties. A series of specimens of 1.2344 tool steel was prepared to which 1.6356 maraging steel wasgas tungsten arc weld clad. Analysis of weld...

  9. An Informatics Based Approach to Reduce the Grain Size of Cast Hadfield Steel

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    Dey, Swati; Pathak, Shankha; Sheoran, Sumit; Kela, Damodar H.; Datta, Shubhabrata

    2016-04-01

    Materials Informatics concept using computational intelligence based approaches are employed to bring out the significant alloying additions to achieve grain refinement in cast Hadfield steel. Castings of Hadfield steels used for railway crossings, requires fine grained austenitic structure. Maintaining proper grain size of this component is very crucial in order to achieve the desired properties and service life. This work studies the important variables affecting the grain size of such steels which includes the compositional and processing variables. The computational findings and prior knowledge is used to design the alloy, which is subjected to a few trials to validate the findings.

  10. Influence of the counter-pressure casting on the macrostructure of high nitrogen steel industrial blocks

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    The problem of high nitrogen steel (HNS) sheets production has not yet been solved. Sheets represent 90% of the world output of stainless and other steels, but there are no published data about HNS technologies and production of sheets on an industrial scale. The big steel bath (BSB) method and the counter-pressure casting (CPC) have proved the possibility of producing highly homogeneous ingots (1.3 and 10 tons) with all alloying elements, including nitrogen. In this way, the BSB and CPC methods have proved themselves to be universal ones for the production of shaped castings, HNS electrodes for remelting and sort, as well as, of sheets. (orig.)

  11. Research on Welding Test of Grey Cast Iron and Low-Carbon Steel

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    2002-01-01

    Grey cast iron's welding itself is a complex proble m.So proper welding materials must be selected,complex welding techniques such as preheating before weldingslow cooling after welding etc,should be taken. However the carbon component in low-carbon steel is comparatively low,the carbo n of welded joint will diffuse to the low-carbon steel when it is welded with gr ey cast iron,which will cause the component of carbon greatly increased at the low-carbon steel side in HAZ,high carbon martensite and cracks ...

  12. Mathematical Modeling and Microstructure Analysis of Low Carbon Steel Strips Produced by Horizontal Single Belt Casting (HSBC)

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    Ge, Sa; Chang, Sheng; Wang, Tong; Calzado, Luis E.; Isac, Mihaiela; Kozinski, Janusz; Guthrie, Roderick I. L.

    2016-03-01

    The horizontal single belt casting (HSBC) process has been proposed as an efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly alternative approach to the production of ferrous alloys. Low carbon steel strips were cast using the HSBC simulator apparatus to study the characteristics and properties of the as-cast steel strips. Three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics simulations using ANSYS FLUENT 14.5 were also performed. Numerical predictions were validated against experimental casting results. Microstructural analyses and as-cast surface texture studies were conducted on low carbon steels.

  13. Mathematical Modeling and Microstructure Analysis of Low Carbon Steel Strips Produced by Horizontal Single Belt Casting (HSBC)

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    Ge, Sa; Chang, Sheng; Wang, Tong; Calzado, Luis E.; Isac, Mihaiela; Kozinski, Janusz; Guthrie, Roderick I. L.

    2016-06-01

    The horizontal single belt casting (HSBC) process has been proposed as an efficient, economical, and environmentally friendly alternative approach to the production of ferrous alloys. Low carbon steel strips were cast using the HSBC simulator apparatus to study the characteristics and properties of the as-cast steel strips. Three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics simulations using ANSYS FLUENT 14.5 were also performed. Numerical predictions were validated against experimental casting results. Microstructural analyses and as-cast surface texture studies were conducted on low carbon steels.

  14. Long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems

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    This progress report summarizes work performed by Argonne National Laboratory on long-term thermal embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems during the six months from April to September 1989. Tensile and fracture toughness data are presented for several heats of cast stainless steel that were aged up to 30,000 h at temperatures of 290--450 degree C. The results indicate that thermal aging increases the tensile stress and decreases the fracture toughness of the materials. In general, CF-3 steels are the least sensitive to thermal aging embrittlement and CF-8M steels are the most sensitive. The increase in flow stress of fully aged cast stainless steels is ∼10% for CF-3 steels and ∼20% for CF-8 and CF-8M steels. The fracture toughness JIC and average tearing modulus for heats that are sensitive to thermal aging (e.g., CF-8M steels) are as low as ∼90 kJ/m2 and ∼60, respectively. Correlations are presented for estimating the increase in flow stress of the steels from data for the kinetics of thermal embrittlement. 33 refs., 22 figs., 5 tabs

  15. Long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems

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    This progress report summarizes work performed by Argonne National Laboratory on long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems during the six months from April to September 1987. Microstructural studies were conducted to investigate the kinetics of spinodal decomposition and G-phase and γ2 precipitation of CF-8 and CF-8M grades of cast stainless steel. The results indicate that the presence of Mo in CF-8M steel accelerates spinodal decomposition as well as G-phase and γ2 precipitation. Examination of the long-term-aged CF-8M steels also revealed a ''spinodal-like'' decomposition of the austenite caused by segregation of Fe and Ni in the matrix. Preliminary results indicate that local regions of austenite are significantly hardened by the decomposition. Charpy-impact, tensile, and J-R curve data are presented for several heats of cast stainless steels aged at temperatures between 320 and 450 degree C for times up to 10,000 h. The results indicate that concentrations of carbon and nitrogen in the steel and the ferrite content and spacing are important parameters in controlling low-temperature embrittlement. The existing correlations for estimating the extent and kinetics of embrittlement do not accurately represent the properties of different grades and compositions of cast stainless steel after thermal aging. 36 refs., 24 figs., 5 tabs

  16. High Cr white cast iron/carbon steel bimetal liner by lost foam casting with liquid-liquid composite process

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    Xiao Xiaofeng

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Liners in wet ball mill for mineral processing industry must bear abrasive wear and corrosive wear, and consequently, the service life of the liner made from traditional materials, such as Hadfield steel and alloyed steels, is typically less than ten months. Bimetal liner, made from high Cr white cast iron and carbon steel, has been successfully developed by using liquid-liquid composite lost foam casting process. The microstructure and interface of the composite were analyzed using optical microscope, SEM, EDX and XRD. Micrographs indicate that the boundary of bimetal combination regions is staggered like dogtooth, two liquid metals are not mixed, and the interface presents excellent metallurgical bonding state. After heat treatment, the composite liner specimens have shown excellent properties, including hardness > 61 HRC, fracture toughness αk >16.5 J·cm-2 and bending strength >1,600 MPa. Wear comparison was made between the bimetal composite liner and alloyed steel liner in an industrial hematite ball mill of WISCO, and the results of eight-month test in wet grinding environment have proved that the service life of the bimetal composite liner is three times as long as that of the alloyed steel liner.

  17. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a new type of austempered boron alloyed high silicon cast steel

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    Chen Xiang

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available In the present paper, a new type of austempered boron alloyed high silicon cast steel has been developed, and its microstructures and mechanical properties at different temperatures were investigated. The experimental results indicate that the boron alloyed high silicon cast steel comprises a dendritic matrix and interdendritic eutectic borides in as-cast condition. The dendritic matrix is made up of pearlite, ferrite, and the interdendritic eutectic boride is with a chemical formula of M2B (M represents Fe, Cr, Mn or Mo which is much like that of carbide in high chromium white cast iron. Pure ausferrite structure that consists of bainitic ferrite and retained austenite can be obtained in the matrix by austempering treatment to the cast steel. No carbides precipitate in the ausferrite structure and the morphology of borides remains almost unchanged after austempering treatments. Secondary boride particles precipitate during the course of austenitizing. The hardness and tensile strength of the austempered cast steel decrease with the increase of the austempering temperature, from 250 篊 to 400 篊. The impact toughness is 4-11 J昪m-2 at room temperature and the impact fracture fractogragh indicates that the fracture is caused by the brittle fracture of the borides.

  18. Review of production status of heavy steel castings and key technologies for their manufacture in China

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    Kang Jinwu; Huang Tianyou; Liu Baicheng

    2008-01-01

    This paper expatiates on domestic status of heavy steel casting production, with a special focus on hydraulic turbine castings for Three Gorges Project. In China, there is magnificent demand for heavy castings with the rapid growth of the national economy in recent years and the expected high growth in the coming 10 to 20 years. Some heavy and large castings such as mill housing and hydraulic turbine runner crown, blade and band for Three Gorges Project have been successfully made. However, the domestic production capability is still far from meeting the gigantic requirements. The domestic capability still lags behind the world class level, and a lot of heavy castings still depend on import. The paper also gives a particular introduction of the key technologies in the manufacturing of heavy steel castings like metal melting, foundry technology, heat treatment technology and numerical simulation technique, etc.In addition, several case studies on the application of numerical simulation in the production of heavy steel castings are presented.

  19. Corrosion resistance of various bio-films deposited on austenitic cast steel casted by lost-wax process and in gypsum mould

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    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This work is the next of a series concerning the improvement of austenitic cast steel utility predicted for use in implantology for complicated long term implants casted by lost-wax process and in gypsum mould. Austenitic cast steel possess chemical composition of AISI 316L medical steel used for implants. In further part of present work investigated cast steel indicated as AISI 316L medical steel. Below a results of electrochemical corrosion resistance of carbon layer and bi-layer of carbon/HAp deposited on AISI 316L researches are presented. Coatings were manufactured by RF PACVD and PLD methods respectively. Obtained results, unequivocally indicates on the improvement of this type of corrosion resistance by substrate material with as deposited carbon layer. While bi-layer of carbon/HAp are characterized by very low corrosion resistance.

  20. Estimation of fracture toughness of cast stainless steels during thermal aging in LWR systems

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    A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting the change in fracture toughness of cast stainless steel components due to thermal aging during service in light water rectors (LWRs) at 280--330 degrees C (535--625 degrees F). The fracture toughness J-R curve and Charpy-impact energy of aged cast stainless steels are estimated from known mineral in formation. Fracture toughness of a specific cast stainless steel is estimated from the extent and kinetics of thermal embrittlement. The extent of thermal embrittlement is characterized by the room-temperature ''normalized'' Charpy-impact energy. A correlation for the extent of embrittlement at ''saturation,'' i.e., the minimum impact energy that would be achieved for the material after long-term aging, is given in terms of a material parameter, Φ, which is determined from the chemical composition. The fracture toughness J-R curve for the material is then obtained from correlations between room-temperature Charpy-impact energy and fracture toughness parameters. Fracture toughness as a function of time and temperature of reactor service is estimated from the kinetics of thermal embrittlement, which is determined from chemical composition. A common ''lower-bound'' J-R curve for cast stainless steels with unknown chemical composition is also defined for a given material specification, ferrite content, and temperature. Examples for estimating impact strength and fracture toughness of cast stainless steel components during reactor service are describes. 24 refs., 39 figs., 2 tabs

  1. Estimation of mechanical properties of cast stainless steels during thermal aging in LWR systems

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    A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting Charpy- impact energy, tensile flow stress, fracture toughness J-R curve, and JIC of aged cast stainless steels from known material information. The ''saturation'' impact strength and fracture toughness of a specific cast stainless steel, i.e., the minimum value that would be achieved for the material after long-term service, is estimated from the chemical composition of the steel. Mechanical properties as a function of time and temperature of reactor service are estimated from impact energy and flow stress of the unaged material and the kinetics of embrittlement, which are also determined from chemical composition. The JIC values are determined from the estimated J-R curve and flow stress. Examples of estimating mechanical properties of cast stainless steel components during reactor service are presented. A common ''lower-bound'' J-R curve for cast stainless steels of unknown chemical composition is also defined for a given grade of steel, ferrite content, and temperature

  2. Estimation of mechanical properties of cast stainless steels during thermal aging in LWR systems

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    A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting Charpy-impact energy, tensile flow stress, fracture toughness J-R curve, and JIC of aged cast stainless steels from known material information. The ''saturation'' impact strength and fracture toughness of a specific cast stainless steel, i.e., the minimum value that would be achieved for the material after long-term service, is estimated from the chemical composition of the steel. Mechanical properties as a function of time and temperature of reactor service are estimated from impact energy and flow stress of the unaged material and the kinetics of embrittlement, which are also determined from chemical composition. The JIC values are determined from the estimated J-R curve and flow stress. Examples of estimating mechanical properties of cast stainless steel components during reactor service are presented. A common predicted lower-bound J-R curve for cast stainless steels of unknown chemical composition is also defined for a given grade of steel, ferrite content, and temperature

  3. Prediction of aging degradation of cast stainless steel components in LWR systems

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    A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting Charpy-impact energy, tensile flow stress, fracture toughness J-R curve, and JIC of aged cast stainless steels from known material information. The ''saturation'' impact strength and fracture toughness of a specific cast stainless steel, i.e., the minimum value that would be achieved for the material after long-term service, is estimated from the chemical composition of the steel. Mechanical properties as a function of time and temperature of reactor service are estimated from impact energy and flow stress of the unaged material and the kinetics of embrittlement, which are also determined from chemical composition. The JIC values are determined from the estimated J-R curve and flow stress. Examples of estimating mechanical properties of of cast stainless steel components during reactor service are presented. A common ''predicted lower-bound' J-R curve for cast stainless steels of unknown chemical composition is also defined for a given grade of steel, ferrite content, and temperature

  4. Thermal aging of cast stainless steels in LWR systems: Estimation of mechanical properties

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    A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting Charpy-impact energy, tensile flow stress, fracture toughness J-R curve, and JIC of aged cast stainless steels from known material information. The ''saturation'' impact strength and fracture toughness of a specific cast stainless steel, i.e., the minimum value that would be achieved for the material after long-term service, is estimated from the chemical composition of the steel. Mechanical properties as a function of time and temperature of reactor service are estimated from impact energy and flow stress of the unaged material and the kinetics of embrittlement, which are also determined from chemical composition. The JIC values are determined from the estimated J-R curve and flow stress. Examples of estimating mechanical properties of cast stainless steel components during reactor service are presented. A common ''lower-bound'' J-R curve for cast stainless steels of unknown chemical composition is also defined for a given grade of steel, ferrite content, and temperature

  5. Corrosion of two kinds of cast steels containing chromium in hot concentrated alkaline

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    LI Wei

    2007-02-01

    Full Text Available A typical hot concentrated alkaline corrosion environment exists in alumina metallurgical industry, so that steel materials with outstanding alkaline corrosion resistance are strongly demanded for its processing equipment. In this paper, the corrosion resistance of two kinds of martensitic cast steels containing chromium in static 303g/L NaOH alkaline solution at 85℃ was studied through polarization and potential-time curves, corrosion weight loss and corrosion morphology analysis. Experimental results showed that protection effect by passive film of cast steel containing Cr was temporary. The low carbon steel without Cr content also exhibited chemical passivity in the same solution. The corrosion mode of the tested Cr-containing cast steel was composed of active dissolving corrosion and caustic embrittlement cracking. Dissolving corrosion was the primary mechanism for the induced weight loss, while severe caustic embrittlement cracking was secondary. With the increase of chromium content in the cast steel, the tendency of the caustic embrittlement cracking decreased, while the active dissolving corrosion increased.

  6. Corrosion of two kinds of cast steels containing chromium in hot concentrated alkaline

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    LI Wei; LIU Jun-quan; TU Xiao-hui

    2007-01-01

    A typical hot concentrated alkaline corrosion environment exists in alumina metallurgical industry, so that steel materials with outstanding alkaline corrosion resistance are strongly demanded for its processing equipment. In this paper, the corrosion resistance of two kinds of martensitic cast steels containing chromium in static 303 g/L NaOH alkaline solution at 85℃ was studied through polarization and potential-time curves, corrosion weight loss and corrosion morphology analysis. Experimental results showed that protection effect by passive film of cast steel containing Cr was temporary. The low carbon steel without Cr content also exhibited chemical passivity in the same solution. The corrosion mode of the tested Cr-containing cast steel was composed of active dissolving corrosion and caustic embrittlement cracking. Dissolving corrosion was the primary mechanism for the induced weight loss, while severe caustic embrittlement cracking was secondary. With the increase of chromium content in the cast steel, the tendency of the caustic embrittlement cracking decreased, while the active dissolving corrosion increased.

  7. Study on Type C Coal Fly ash as an Additive to Molding Sand for Steel Casting

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    2016-05-01

    Study of physio-chemical properties studies such as granulometric analysis, moisture, X ray fluorescence etc. were performed with Type C coal—combustion fly ash to investigate their potential as a distinct option for molding sand in foundry, thereby reducing the dependency on latter. Technological properties study such as compressive strength, tensile strength, permeability and compaction of various compositions of fly ash molding sand (10, 20 and 30 % fly ash substitute to chemically bonded sand) were performed and compared with silica molding sand. Steel casting production using this fly ash molding sand was done and the casting surface finish and typical casting parameters were assessed. It was noted that a good quality steel casting could be produced using type C fly ash molding sand, which effectively replaced 20 % of traditional molding sand and binders thereby providing greater financial profits to the foundry and an effective way of fly ash utilization (waste management).

  8. Fabrication of plain carbon steel/high chromium white cast iron bimetal by a liquid-solid composite casting process

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    V Javaheri; H Rastegari; M Naseri

    2015-01-01

    High-chromium white cast iron (HCWCI) is one of the most widely used engineering materials in the mining and cement indus-tries. However, in some components, such as the pulverizer plates of ash mills, the poor machinability of HCWCI creates difficulties. The bimetal casting technique is a suitable method for improving the machinability of HCWCI by joining an easily machined layer of plain car-bon steel (PCS) to its hard part. In this study, the possibility of PCS/HCWCI bimetal casting was investigated using sand casting. The inves-tigation was conducted by optical and electron microscopy and non-destructive, impact toughness, and tensile tests. The hardness and chemical composition profiles on both sides of the interface were plotted in this study. The results indicated that a conventional and low-cost casting technique could be a reliable method for producing PCS/HCWCI bimetal. The interfacial microstructure comprised two distinct lay-ers:a very fine, partially spheroidized pearlite layer and a coarse full pearlite layer. Moreover, characterization of the microstructure revealed that the interface was free of defects.

  9. The comparative studies of ADI versus Hadfield cast steel wear resistance

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    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The results of comparative studies of wear resistance of ADI versus high manganese Hadfield cast steel are presented. For evaluation ofwear resistance three type of ADI were chosen. Two of them were of moderate strength ADI with 800 and 1000MPa tensile strength whilethe third was 1400MPa tensile strength ADI. The specimens were cut from ADI test YII type casting poured and heat treated in Institute ofFoundry in Krakow. The pin on disc method was used for wear resistance experiment. The specimens had a shape of 40mm long rod withdiameter 6mm. The load and speed were 100N and 0,54m/s respectively. It was concluded that the wear resistance of ADI is comparablewith high manganese cast steel and in case of low tensile grade ADI and is even better for high strength ADI than Hadfield steel.

  10. Aging evaluation of duplex cast stainless steel using ball indentation test

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    Cast Stainless Steel(CSS) is thermally aged by a long term exposure in the range of nuclear power plant operating temperature. The thermal aging is a cause of concern for the continued safe and reliable operation of CSS nuclear components. Therefore, an assessment of degradation in material properties of these components has been importantly considered. In this study the ball indentation tests were performed on four cast stainless steels aged at 400 .deg. C for 3600 hours, to investigate the applicability of ball indentation test to the assessment of aging degradation of cast stainless steels. Thus, the reliability of ball indentation test for aged CSS was analyzed by evaluating the scattering of data tested from each material and by comparing tensile properties obtained from ball indentation test and standard tensile test. Also, the tensile properties of aged CSS obtained from ball indentation test were compared with those predicted by the evaluation procedure developed on the basis of material database for aged CSS

  11. An evaluation of reliability on the ball indentation test for aged cast stainless steel

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    Cast stainless steel (CSS) is thermally aged by a long term exposure in the range of nuclear power plant operating temperature, and the thermal aging in CSS is a cause of concern for the continued safe and reliable operation of these nuclear components. Therefore, an assessment of degradation in material properties of these components has been importantly considered. In this study the automated ball indentation (ABI) tests were performed on four cast stainless steels aged at 400 .deg. C for 3600 hours, to investigate the applicability of ABI test to the assessment of aging degradation of cast stainless steels. Thus, the reliability of ABI test for aged CSS was analyzed by evaluating the scattering of data tested from each material and by comparing tensile properties obtained from ABI test and standard tensile test. Also, the tensile properties of aged CSS obtained from ABI test CSS were compared with those predicted by evaluation procedure developed on the basis of material database for aged CSS

  12. Detection and characterization of defects in centrifugally cast stainless steel: Final report

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    Improved ultrasonic inspection techniques would significantly improve the accuracy of assessing the structural integrity of cast stainless steel piping systems in light water reactors. This report addresses the current technology of inspecting cast stainless steel components using ultrasonic imaging methods. A broad range of material samples were ultrasonically characterized, and a systematic justification accommodated all inspection parameters. The data and results were used to develop improved systems, techniques and procedures. Blind tests and actual field results have produced a set of data that objectively defines the state of the art. The overall results indicate success significantly beyond initial expectations. The examination results for certain samples of cast stainless steel show an abnormally high rate of false positive indications. Further refinements are discussed that should reduce the false positive indications reported in these samples. The technology developed has been proven by application to field inspection problems

  13. Fracture mechanics analysis of cast duplex stainless steel elbows containing a surface crack

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    EDF, in cooperation with the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and Framatome, has conducted a research program on the fracture behaviour of aged cast duplex stainless steel elbows. The main task of this program consisted in testing two large diameter (580 mm O.D.) aged cast elbows under in-plane closure bending at 320 deg C. After a short presentation of the experimental results, the ductile fracture analyses performed are presented. (author)

  14. Numerical Simulation of Coupled Molten Steel Flow and Temperature Fields in Compact Strip Production Casting

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    LIU Xu-feng; ZHANG Jie-yu; DU Wei-dong; ZHAI Qi-jie; LI Qiang

    2007-01-01

    Based on the casting manufacture practice of steel slabs by CSP technology, the flow and the temperature fields of the funnel mould and the secondary cooling segment were simulated using the commercial code,CFX4. Compared with other physical investigations, the correlative data of the present simulation results are in good agreement with them. Therefore, a more comprehensive survey for metallurgy characteristic of the flow and the temperature fields in CSP continuous casting process can be achieved.

  15. Application of alcohol based spraying coating on green sand mould for steel casting

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    Xu, Z. L.; Wang, J.; Yang, S. S.; He, Q. L.; Xiong, H. Sh

    2015-12-01

    A kind of coating suitable for green sand steel casting was developed. The practical application showed that the strength of the coating was high enough with no crack and no peeling under room temperature after drying the spraying coating, the performance of the coating for anti-cracking was good under high temperature, and the gas evolution of the coating was low. Using the coating, the casting surfaces finish appeared very good.

  16. Structure and tensile performance of 1025 carbon steel produced by vacuum electromagnetic centrifugal casting

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    The effects of magnetic induction (0, 0.052, 0.085, 0.115 T) and rotation speed (950, 1250, 1450 r/min) on microstructure and room temperature tensile property of the vacuum electromagnetic centrifugal casting 1025 carbon steel tube was studied. The results indicate that the cast structure is refined distinctly with electromagnetic density increment, and the room temperature tensile strength and ductility are improved and reached the standards of hot rolling material. (authors)

  17. TECHNOLOGICAL COMPLEX OF EQUIPMENT FOR REFINING AND CASTING OF STEEL AND ALLOYS IN THE FOUNDRY AND STEEL INDUSTRIES

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    V. I. Zolotukhin

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Vulcan TM is a small innovative company, specializing in the manufacture of steel and alloys casting systems and refractory accessories.Available for foundry and metallurgical industries, special technological equipment, designed and manufactured by LLC NPP “Vulkan-TM.”

  18. Long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems

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    This progress report summarizes work performed by Argonne National Laboratory on long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems during the six months from April 1990 to September 1990. A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting fracture toughness J-R curves and impact strength of aged cast stainless steels from known material information. Fracture toughness of a specific cast stainless steel is estimated from the extent and kinetics of thermal embrittlement. The extent of thermal embrittlement is characterized by the room-temperature ''normalized'' Charpy impact energy. A correlation for the extent of embrittlement at ''saturation,'' i.e., the minimum impact energy that would be achieved by the material after long-term aging, is given is terms of a material parameter, φ, which is determined from the chemical composition. The fracture toughness J-R curve for the material is then obtained from correlations between room-temperature Charpy-impact energy and fracture toughness parameters. Fracture toughness as a function of time and temperature of reactor service is estimated from the kinetics of thermal embrittlement, which are determined from chemical composition. A common ''lower-bound'' J-R curve for cast stainless steels with unknown chemical composition is also defined for a given material specification, ferrite content, and temperature. Examples for estimating impact strength and fracture toughness of cast stainless steel components during reactor service are described. Mechanical-property degradation suffered by cast stainless steel components from the decommissioned Shippingport reactor has been characterized. The results are used to validate the correlations and benchmark the laboratory studies. Charpy-impact, tensile, and fracture toughness data for materials from the hot-leg shutoff valve and cold-leg check valves and pump volute are presented. 37 refs., 53 figs., 9 tabs

  19. Simulation of Distortion and Residual Stress Development During Heat Treatment of Steel Castings

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    Beckermann, Christoph; Carlson, Kent

    2011-07-22

    Heat treatment and associated processing, such as quenching, are critical during high strength steel casting production. These processes must be managed closely to prevent thermal and residual stresses that may result in distortion, cracking (particularly after machining), re-work, and weld repair. The risk of casting distortion limits aggressive quenching that can be beneficial to the process and yield an improved outcome. As a result of these distortions, adjustments must be made to the casting or pattern design, or tie bars must be added. Straightening castings after heat treatments can be both time-consuming and expensive. Residual stresses may reduce a casting's overall service performance, possibly resulting in catastrophic failure. Stress relieving may help, but expends additional energy in the process. Casting software is very limited in predicting distortions during heat treatment, so corrective measures most often involve a tedious trial-and-error procedure. An extensive review of existing heat treatment residual stress and distortion modeling revealed that it is vital to predict the phase transformations and microstructure of the steel along with the thermal stress development during heat treatment. After reviewing the state-of-the-art in heat treatment residual stress and distortion modeling, an existing commercial code was selected because of its advanced capabilities in predicting phase transformations, the evolving microstructure and related properties along with thermal stress development during heat treatment. However, this software was developed for small parts created from forgings or machined stock, and not for steel castings. Therefore, its predictive capabilities for heat treatment of steel castings were investigated. Available experimental steel casting heat treatment data was determined to be of insufficient detail and breadth, and so new heat treatment experiments were designed and performed, casting and heat treating modified versions

  20. Long-term aging of cast stainless steels: Mechanisms and resulting properties

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    Mechanical property data are presented from Charpy-impact, tensile, and J-R curve tests for several heats of cast stainless steel aged up to 10,000 h at 450, 400, 350, 320 and 290 deg. C. The results indicate that thermal aging increases the tensile strength and decreases the impact energy, JIC, and tearing modules of the steels. Also, the ductile-to-brittle transition curve shifts to higher temperatures. The ferrite content and concentration of carbon in the steel have a strong effect on the overall process of low-temperature embrittlement. The low-carbon CF-3 steels are the most resistant and the molybdenum-containing high-carbon CF-8M steels are the most susceptible to low-temperature embrittlement. Microstructural data indicate that three processes contribute to embrittlement of cast stainless steels, viz., Cr-rich α' and G-phase precipitation in the ferrite, and carbide precipitation on the austenite/ferrite phase boundary. The influence of nitrogen content and ferrite distribution on loss of toughness are discussed. The data also indicate that existing correlations do not accurately represent the embrittlement behavior over the temperature range 280-450 deg. C, i.e., extrapolation of high temperature data to reactor temperatures may not be valid for some compositions of cast stainless steel. (author)

  1. Large-scale tests on aged cast duplex stainless steel elbows: results and lessons drawn

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    Some components of the primary loop of French PWRs are made of cast duplex stainless steels. This kind of steel may age even at relatively low temperatures (in the temperature range of PWR service conditions), depending on the material composition. An important consequence of this aging process is the decrease in the ductility and fracture toughness of the material. It is feared that an embrittlement, associated with the occurrence of casting defects, may increase the risk of failure. Therefore, an extensive programme has been launched by EDF in co-operation with Framatome, in order to determine acceptability criteria for operating cast stainless steel components. This paper presents the main characteristics and results of the aged cast elbow experiments. These elbows contained ( analytical ) machined notches (semi-elliptical surface defect or through-wall defect) and were tested under in-plane bending, with or without internal pressure. During the tests, the defects initiated and grew subsequently by ductile tearing. The tests were interrupted when a significant amount (about 10 mm) of crack growth was reached. For each test, a detailed fracture mechanics analysis, based on finite element calculations, was performed. These calculations accurately simulated the overall behaviour of the tested structure, gave in each case a good prediction of the crack initiation load and conservatively predicted the load associated to the final crack size. These tests and their detailed analyses contribute to validate and justify the methodology used in the integrity assessment of in-service cast stainless steel components. (author)

  2. The influence of chemical constitution on abrasive wear of alloy cast steel Cr, Mo, V, Cu, Ni type

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    In the work were presented some elements of a wide research programme of the influence of alloying element contents such as Cr, Mo, V on the abrasive wear of hot working cast steel. The dependence between the mass decrement quantity and the element contents on cast steel structure were shown. (author)

  3. On the possibility of replacing high manganese cast steel military vehicle track pads with ADI

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    M. Kaczorowski

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The theoretical considerations of possibility replacing of high manganese cast steel used for military vehicle track pads with ADI are presented. Except these considerations, comparative investigations including tensile strength tests hardness measurements and impact resistance were included. Moreover, the structure investigation was carried out using either conventional light metallography and scanning (SEM. The last one was applied for fractography investigations, the aim of which was to discover the mode of fracture. The discussion of experimental results leads to conclusion that ADI, known as high friction resistant, looks to be concurrent material with respect to high manganese cast steel used now for tang track pads.

  4. Assessment of the Low Alloy Cast Steel Inoculation Effects with Chosen Additives

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    D. Bartocha

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Structure, and thus the mechanical properties of steel are primarily a function of chemical composition and the solidification process which can be influenced by the application of the inoculation treatment. This effect depends on the modifier used. The article presents the results of studies designed to assess the effects of structural low alloy steel inoculation by selected modifying additives. The study was performed on nine casts modeled with different inoculants, assessment of the procedure impact was based on the macrostructure of made castings. The ratio of surface area equivalent to the axial zone of the crystals and columnar crystals zone was adopted as a measure of the inoculation effect.

  5. Structure of low-alloy constructional cast steel - a quantitative analysis of impurities

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    D. Bartocha

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical properties of cast steel are primarily a function of chemical composition and solidification conditions i.e. primary structure, however, a significant role also plays its quality understood as purity metallurgical i.e. as small as possible content of harmful components of the structure. In work the results of porosity and non-metallic inclusions in steel cast structure quantity analysis are presented.A function which coefficient can be treated as parameters of unwontedstructurecomponent was statistically fittedto histograms of impurities distribution. The influence of O, N, P and S content on approximation function coefficients was analyzed.

  6. Numerical simulation of stress field in inclusions of large rudder arm steel castings

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    Yang Dixin; Xie Jingpei; Zhang Kefeng; Liu Zongfa; Wang Aiqin; Wang Wenyan

    2009-01-01

    The influence of non-metallic inclusions on quality and performance of steel depends on not only the quantity of inclusions,but also the type,shape,size,distribution,and deformation behavior. In this paper,ANSYS finite element analysis software is used to simulate the stress field of inclusions appearing in heavy rudder arm steel castings,the effects of inclusion type,shape,distribution,and various loading conditions were studied. The micromechanics of inclusions in such castings were also analyzed. Such research provides further cladficetion on reaction mechanism of inclusions under complex loading conditions.

  7. A Theoretical Analysis of the Interaction Between Pores and Inclusions During the Continuous Casting of Steel

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    Nick, Arash Safavi; Vynnycky, Michael; Fredriksson, Hasse

    2016-06-01

    A mathematical model is derived to predict the trajectories of pores and inclusions that are nucleated in the interdendritic region during the continuous casting of steel. Using basic fluid mechanics and heat transfer, scaling analysis, and asymptotic methods, the model accounts for the possible lateral drift of the pores as a result of the dependence of the surface tension on temperature and sulfur concentration. Moreover, the soluto-thermocapillary drift of such pores prior to final solidification, coupled to the fact that any inclusions present can only have a vertical trajectory, can help interpret recent experimental observations of pore-inclusion clusters in solidified steel castings.

  8. The mechanism of the surface alloy layer creation for cast steel

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    A. Walasek

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a detailed description of the process of creation of a surface alloy layer (using high-carbon ferrochromium on the cast steel casting. The mechanism of the surface alloy layer is based on the known theories [5,6]. The proposed course of formation of the layers has been extended to decarburization stage of steel. The research included proving the presence of carbon-lean zone. The experiment included the analysis of the distribution of elements and microhardness measurement.

  9. Determination of a liquid core profile during continuous steel casting by the radiotracer method

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    Knowledge of profile of liquid core is an important part of technological know-how of continuous casting of steel. Tracing methods are used for direct determination of profile and dimensions of the liquid core. Lead is used as inactive indicator, its presence in the cast semis is determined by the AAS method. More evidential information can be obtained by use of radioactive indicator antimony 124Sb, autoradiographic method is used for determination of its distribution in the cast semis. Realization of trial heats is subject to approval by the SUJB (State Office for Nuclear Safety), which stipulates also manner of liquidation of generated waste. (author)

  10. Heat transfer in the continuous casting of steels. Part 2. Secondary cooling

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    Once the strand leaves the mold, the solidification of steel progresses due to the heat extracted in the secondary cooling zone of the continuous casting machine. In this zone, heat is extracted mainly by: the incidence of water from sprays, radiation to surroundings contact with rolls and run out water accumulated between rolls and strand. In this work, all these mechanisms are evaluated and, when it is possible, they are quantified. Methods which are usually employed to measures solidification profiles in the continuous casting machine are also reviewed. Finally, the incidence of secondary cooling on the quality of cast products is discussed. (Author) 90 refs

  11. CHANGE OF CONNECTION BETWEEN MAGNETIC PARAMETERS OF CAST IRON IN COMPARISON WITH STEEL UNDER INFLUENCE OF INTERNAL DEMAGNETIZATION

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    S. G. Sandomirsky

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Connection of maximum magnetic permeability µm of cast irons with coercive force Нс and residual magnetism Мr is established in all size of changing of the magnetic characteristics of cast iron. Differences of this connection for steels and cast irons are revealed. Formula for calculation µm of steels by Нс and Мr is corrected for calculation µm of cast irons. As a result of correction the calculation error of cast irons µm is diminished. The results can be used in magnetic structural analysis instead of labor-consuming measurement µm.

  12. Advanced manufacturing technologies of large martensitic stainless steel castings with ultra low carbon and high cleanliness

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    Lou Yanchun

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available The key manufacturing technologies associated with composition, microstructure, mechanical properties, casting quality and key process control for large martensitic stainless steel castings are involved in this paper. The achievements fully satisfied the technical requirements of the large 700 MW stainless steel hydraulic turbine runner for the Three Gorges Hydropower Station, and become the major technical support for the design and manufacture of the largest 700 MW hydraulic turbine generator unit in the world developed through our own efforts. The characteristics of a new high yield to tensile strength (Rp0.2/Rm ratio and high obdurability martensitic stainless steel with ultra low carbon and high cleanliness are also described. Over the next ten years, the large martensitic stainless steel castings and advanced manufacturing technologies will see a huge demand in clean energy industry such as nuclear power, hydraulic power at home and abroad. Therefore, the new high yield o tensile strength (Rp0.2/Rm ratio and high obdurability martensitic stainless steel materials, the fast and flexible manufacturing technologies of large size castings, and new environment friendly sustainable process will face new challenges and opportunities.

  13. The thermal fatigue resistance of vermicular cast iron coupling with H13 steel units by cast-in process

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    This paper focuses on improving the thermal fatigue resistance on the surface of vermicular cast iron coupling with inserted H13 steel blocks that had different cross sections, by cast-in processing. The microstructure of bionic units was examined by scanning electron microscope. Micro-hardness and thermal fatigue resistance of bionic samples with varied cross sections and spacings were investigated, respectively. Results show that a marked metallurgical bonding zone was produced at interface between the inserted H13 steel block and the parent material - a unique feature of the bionic structure in the vermicular cast iron samples. The micro-hardness of the bionic samples has been significantly improved. Thermal resistance of the samples with the circular cross section was the highest and the bionics sample with spacing of 2 mm spacing had a much longer thermal fatigue life, thus resulting in the improvement for the thermal fatigue life of the bionic samples, due to the efficient preclusion for the generation and propagation of crack at the interface of H13 block and the matrix.

  14. Steel-Making and Continuous/Ingot Casting Scheduling of Mixed Charging Plan Based on Batch Splitting Policy

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    LIU Wei; SUN Liang-liang

    2012-01-01

    For steel-making and continuous/ingot casting are the key processes of modern iron and steel enterprises, this paper proposes a batch splitting schedule policy to solve continuous and ingot casting schedule of mixed whole/ half charging plan for steel making. First establish the model of continuous and ingot casting schedule of mixed whole/half charging plan according to the complex constraints. Then solve this model by heuristic algorithm. Finally use actual data to prove the proposed algorithmrs validity and analyze the application result in steel plant.

  15. Heat transfer in the continuous casting of steels Part 1. The mold

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    The continuous casting mold plays the important role of receiving the liquid steel and allowing an uniform and defect free solidified skin to be developed. In this work, the different heat transfer mechanisms which are present from the liquid steel to the mold cooling water are reviewed. The effect of operating variables on heat extraction and the relationship between global and distributed heat flux are also analyzed. (Author) 116 refs

  16. Energy Saving Melting and Revert Reduction Technology (Energy-SMARRT): Clean Steel Casting Production

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    Kuyucak, Selcuk [CanmetMATERIALS; Li, Delin [CanmetMATERIALS

    2013-12-31

    Inclusions in steel castings can cause rework, scrap, poor machining, and reduced casting performance, which can obviously result in excess energy consumption. Significant progress in understanding inclusion source, formation and control has been made. Inclusions can be defined as non-metallic materials such as refractory, sand, slag, or coatings, embedded in a metallic matrix. This research project has focused on the mold filling aspects to examine the effects of pouring methods and gating designs on the steel casting cleanliness through water modeling, computer modeling, and melting/casting experiments. Early in the research project, comprehensive studies of bottom-pouring water modeling and low-alloy steel casting experiments were completed. The extent of air entrainment in bottom-poured large castings was demonstrated by water modeling. Current gating systems are designed to prevent air aspiration. However, air entrainment is equally harmful and no prevention measures are in current practice. In this study, new basin designs included a basin dam, submerged nozzle, and nozzle extension. The entrained air and inclusions from the gating system were significantly reduced using the new basin method. Near the end of the project, there has been close collaboration with Wescast Industries Inc., a company manufacturing automotive exhaust components. Both computer modeling using Magma software and melting/casting experiments on thin wall turbo-housing stainless steel castings were completed in this short period of time. Six gating designs were created, including the current gating on the pattern, non-pressurized, partially pressurized, naturally pressurized, naturally pressurized without filter, and radial choke gating without filter, for Magma modeling. The melt filling velocity and temperature were determined from the modeling. Based on the simulation results, three gating designs were chosen for further melting and casting experiments on the same casting pattern using

  17. Some characteristics properties of structure of stainless steel pipe blanks produced by vacuum centrifugal casting for nuclear power

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    Results of studies macro- and microstructures of centrifugal castings and distributions of inclusions and alloying elements and impurities are presented. It was established that distribution of components of steels in castings is uniform. The macro structure is band and the microstructure is dendritic. Principal feature of centrifugal castings is redistribution of inclusions, main part of casting being free from conclusions. 1 refs.; 4 figs.; 3 tabs. (author)

  18. Effect of casting technology on microstructure and phases of high carbon high speed steel

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    Zhang Tianming

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The as-cast microstructures of high carbon high speed steels (HC-HSS made by sand casting, centrifugal casting and electromagnetic centrifugal casting, respectively, were studied by using of optical microscopy (OM and D/max2200pc X-ray diffraction. The results show that the microstructure of as-cast HC-HSS is dominated by alloy carbides (W2C, VC, Cr7C3, martensite and austenite. The centrifugal casting and electromagnetic centrifugal casting apparently improve the solidification structure of HC-HSS. With the increase of magnetic intensity (B, the volume fraction of austenite in the HC-HSS solidification structure increases significantly while the eutectic ledeburite decreases. Moreover, the secondary carbides precipitated from the austenite are finer with more homogeneous distribution in the electromagnetic centrifugal castings. It has also been found that the lath of eutectic carbide in ledeburite becomes finer and carbide phase spacing in eutectic ledeburite increases along with the higher magnetic field strength.

  19. Analytical Evaluation of Reinforced Concrete Pier and Cast-in-Steel-Shell Pile Connection Behavior considering Steel-Concrete Interface

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    Jiho Moon

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The seismic design of bridges may require a large-diameter deep pile foundation such as a cast-in-steel-shell (CISS pile where a reinforced concrete (RC member is cast in a steel casing. In practice, the steel casing is not considered in the structural design and the pile is assumed to be an RC member. It is partially attributed to the difficulties in evaluation of composite action of a CISS pile. However, by considering benefits provided by composite action of the infilled concrete and the steel casing, both the cost and size of CISS pile can be reduced. In this study, the structural behavior of the RC pier and the CISS pile connection is simulated by using an advanced 3D finite element (FE method, where the interface between the steel and concrete is also modeled. Firstly, the FE model is verified. Then, the parametric study is conducted. The analysis results suggest that the embedment length and the friction coefficient between the steel casing and the infilled concrete affect the structural behavior of the RC pier. Finally, the minimum embedment length with reference to the AASHTO design guideline is suggested considering the composite action of the CISS pile.

  20. 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)

  1. Estimation of fracture toughness of cast stainless steels in LWR [light water reactor] systems

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    A procedure and correlations are presented for predicting fracture toughness J-R curves and impact strength of aged cast stainless steels from known material information. The ''saturation'' fracture toughness of a specific cast stainless steel, i.e., the minimum fracture toughness that would ever be achieved for the material after long-term service, is estimated from the degree of embrittlement at saturation. Degree of embrittlement is characterized in terms of room-temperature Charpy-impact energy. The variation of the impact energy at saturation for different materials is described in terms of a material parameter Φ, which is determined from the chemical composition and ferrite morphology. The fracture toughness J-R curve for the material is then obtained from correlations between room-temperature Charpy-impact energy and fracture toughness. Fracture toughness as a function of time and temperature of reactor service is estimated from the kinetics of embrittlement, which is determined from the chemical composition. Examples for estimating impact strength and fracture toughness of cast stainless steel components during reactor service are described. A common ''lower-bound'' J-R curve for cast stainless steels with unknown chemical composition is also defined. 15 refs., 19 figs., 3 tabs

  2. Heat treatment of long term serviced Cr – Mo cast steel

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    G. Golanski

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of research on the influence of heat treatment on the structure and properties of L20HM cast steel after long term operation at elevated temperature. Investigated cast steel was taken out from an outer frame of a steam turbine serviced for 167 424 hours at the temp. of 535 oC and pressure 12.75 MPa. In post-operating condition the investigated cast steel was characterized by mechanical properties below the required minimum and by high brittleness. Performed research on the influence of austenitizing parameters has revealed that the range of austenitizing temperatures for the examined cast steel: Ac3 + 30 ÷ 60 oC ensures obtaining of a fine austenite grain, homogeneous in size. It has been proved that tempering of bainititc – ferritic structure above 680 ÷ 690 oC causes an increase of impact energy along with a decrease of mechanical properties below the required minimum. Moreover, it has been noticed that applying of under-annealing instead of tempering, after full-annealing, guarantees the required impact energy of KV > 27J, with the mechanical properties similar to those after service.

  3. Crystallization of Low-alloyed Construction Cast Steel Modified with V and Ti

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    A. Studnicki

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper crystallization studies of low-alloyed construction cast steel were presented for different additions of chromium, nickel and molybdenum modified with vanadium and titanium. Studies were conducted using developed TDA stand, which additionally enabled evaluation of cooling rate influence on crystallization process of investigated alloys.

  4. Phosphorus segregation in Cr – Mo – V cast steel after regenerative heat treatment

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    G. Golański

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of research on the influence of regenerative heat treatment on segregation of phosphorus in Cr – Mo – V cast steels. The material for investigation was L21HMF and G17CrMoV5 – 10 (L17HMF cast steel after long-term operation at elevated temperatures and after the regenerative heat treatment. Concentration of phosphorus on grain boundaries was revealed by the method of etching metallographic specimens with picric acid. Depth of the grain boundaries’ etch was the measure of phosphorus segregation on grain boundaries. Performed research has proved that the concentration of phosphorus on grain boundaries depends not only on the fraction of this impurity in the cast steel, but also on the fraction of carbon and carbide formers, as well as the type of microstructure obtained through heat treatment. It has been shown that the lowest phosphorus segregation on grain boundaries is characteristic of the cast steels with dominant fraction of bainite in the structure. However, the highest concentration of this impurity has been recognized for the structures which were slowly cooled from the austenitization temperatures.

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

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    Dlouhý, Ivo; Chlup, Zdeněk; Kozák, Vladislav

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

  6. Thermo-mechanical properties and cracking during solidification of thin slab cast steel

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    Santillana, M.B.

    2013-01-01

    Nowadays a vast majority of the steel produced worldwide is via the continuous casting process route because this is the most low-cost, efficient and high quality method to mass produce metal products in a variety of sizes and shapes. Most of the continuous casters are the initial manufacturing step

  7. Standard digital reference images for investment steel castings for aerospace applications

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    2010-01-01

    1.1 The digital reference images provided in the adjunct to this standard illustrate various types and degrees of discontinuities occurring in thin-wall steel investment castings. Use of this standard for the specification or grading of castings requires procurement of the adjunct digital reference images which illustrate the discontinuity types and severity levels. They are intended to provide the following: 1.1.1 A guide enabling recognition of thin-wall steel casting discontinuities and their differentiation both as to type and degree through digital radiographic examination. 1.1.2 Example digital radiographic illustrations of discontinuities and a nomenclature for reference in acceptance standards, specifications and drawings. 1.2 Two illustration categories are covered as follows: 1.2.1 Graded—Six common discontinuity types each illustrated in eight degrees of progressively increasing severity. 1.2.2 Ungraded—Twelve single illustrations of additional discontinuity types and of patterns and imper...

  8. Technical development of double-clad process for thin strip casting of carbon steel

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    Brown, H.L.; Forkel, C.E.; Knudson, D.L.

    1984-08-01

    This report documents the technical development for a patent disclosure of a double-clad process for the continuous casting of thin-strip carbon steel. The fundamental idea of the disclosure is to form a product strip by depositing molten steel between two, cooled, clad strips of the same material. The claimed benefits include: (a) the conservation of energy in steel making through the elimination of soaking pits and reheat cycles, and (b) an improved surface on both sides of the as-cast product such that it will be suitable for direct feed to a cold-reduction mill. However, the process as conceived is not necessarily limited to the casting of carbon steel, but may be also applied to other metals and alloys. The work is described under three headings as follows. Preliminary Considerations and Scoping Analysis presents the basic idea of the double-clad, thin-strip casting process; the energy conservation potential; scoping heat transfer calculations for the casting process; and independent review of this work. Thermal Analysis for Roller Configuration of Double-Clad Process, presents the development, results, and independent review of a finite-element thermal analysis for the casting process as originally conceived (using only chilled rollers in direct contact with the clad material of the product strip). Further Considerations for Belt Configuration of Double-Clad Process deals with a modified equipment design which interposes two product support belts, one on each side of the product, between the clad strip and the rollers. In addition to the process description, this section presents the preliminary mechanical calculations for the endless metal belts and the work scope and results for the computer model revision and thermal analysis for the modified concept.

  9. Influence of additional elements on thermoelectric power of cast duplex stainless steel

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    The mechanical properties of cast duplex stainless steel, which is used for main coolant pipes of pressurized water reactor type nuclear power plants, change due to thermal aging. Therefore it is advisable to evaluate these changes non-destructively for the maintenance of the plant components. In previous studies, it has been shown that thermoelectric power (TEP) measurement is an effective method for evaluating thermal aging of cast duplex stainless steel, and the change in TEP calculated from a model which simulates Cr concentration fluctuation was qualitatively corresponding to the change in measured TEP. But the TEP calculated from this model is different from the measured TEP. One of the reasons for this difference is considered to be the influence of other elements added in cast duplex stainless steel. In this study, the influence of C, Si, Mn, and Mo contained in stainless steel on TEP was investigated experimentally from the measurement results of Fe-Cr-Ni ternary alloys and Fe-Cr-Ni alloys containing one element of C, Si, Mn, and Mo. It was found that the addition of C, Si, and Mn changed TEP in a negative direction and addition of Mo changed TEP in a positive direction. In addition, calculated TEP of stainless steel from its chemical composition and the influence of C, Si, Mn and Mo based on the measurement results of model alloys became close to measured TEP. (author)

  10. 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.

  11. Physical and mechanical properties of cast 17-4 PH stainless steel

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    The physical and mechanical properties of an overaged 17-4 PH stainless steel casting have been examined. The tensile and compressive properties of cast 17-4 PH are only influenced to a slight degree by changing test temperature and strain rate. However, both the Charpy impact energy and dynamic fracture toughness exhibit a tough-to-brittle transition with decreasing temperature - this transition being related to a change in fracture mode from ductile, dimple to cleavage-like. Finally, although the overaged 17-4 PH casting had a relatively low room temperature Charpy impact energy when compared to wrought 17-4 PH, its fracture toughness was at least comparable to that of wrought 17-4 PH. This observation suggests that prior correlations between Charpy impact energies and fracture toughness, as derived from wrought materials, must be approached with caution when applied to cast alloys

  12. Final Report, Volume 3, Guidance Document for the Evaluation of Cast Super Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Hariharan, Vasudevan; Lundin, Carl, W.

    2005-09-30

    Volume 3 is comprised of the Development of Qualification Standards for Cast Super Duplex Stainless Steel (A890-5A) which is equivalent to wrought 2507. The objective of this work was to determine the suitability of ASTM A923 Standard Test methods for Detecting Detrimental Intermetallic Phase in Duplex Austenitic-Ferritic Stainless Steels for 25 Cr Cast Super Duplex Stainless Steels (ASTM A890-5A). The various tests which were carried out were ASTM A923 Test Method A, B and C (Sodium Hydroxide Etch Test, Charpy Impact Test and Ferric Chloride Corrosion Test), ferrite measurement using Feritscope®, ASTM E562 Manual Point Count Method and X-Ray Diffraction, hardness measurement using Rockwell B and C and microstructural analysis using SEM and EDS.

  13. Final Report, Volume 3, Guidance Document for the Evaluation of Cast Super Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Hariharan, Vasudevan; Lundin, Carl, D.

    2005-09-30

    Volume 3 comprises of the Development of Qualification Standards for Cast Super Duplex Stainless Steel (A890-5A) which is equivalent to wrought 2507. The objective of this work was to determine the suitability of ASTM A923 Standard Test methods for Detecting Detrimental Intermetallic Phase in Duplex Austenitic-Ferritic Stainless Steels for 25 Cr Cast Super Duplex Stainless Steels (ASTM A890-5A). The various tests which were carried out were ASTM A923 Test Method A, B and C (Sodium Hydroxide Etch Test, Charpy Impact Test and Ferric Chloride Corrosion Test), ferrite measurement using Feritscope{reg_sign}, ASTM E562 Manual Point Count Method and X-Ray Diffraction, hardness measurement using Rockwell B and C and microstructural analysis using SEM and EDS.

  14. Evolution of secondary phases in GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 cast steel after heat treatment

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper deals with the investigation of secondary phases evolution during quenching, quenching and tempering in the high – chromium martensitic GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 (GP91 cast steel. It also includes the analysis of evolution of secondary phases in the as - cast condition and after stress relief annealing at the temperature of 750°C of the tempered GP91 cast steel.Design/methodology/approach: Microstructure of the cast steel was characterized using scanning electron microscopy JOEL JSM 6610LV and high – resolution transmission electron microscopy JOEL JEM - 3010. Identification of the precipitates was made by means of thin foils and extraction carbon replicas. They were analyzed using selected area electron diffraction (SAD. The chemical composition of precipitations was determined by means of energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX. Moreover, there were measurements made with regard to mechanical properties (hardness.Findings: Performed research made it possible to determine the morphology of precipitates for the particular examined conditions of GP91 cast steel. The sequence of precipitation process has been proposed for the investigated cast steel.Research limitations/implications: It is necessary to continue the research in order to determine the description of microstructure and the type of particles after different heat treatment parameters.Practical implications: Optimizing the parameters of heat treatment in the aspect of its influence on the morphology of precipitates in GP91 cast steel designed for the power units working under the so-called super-critical parameters.Originality/value: The relationship between the heat treatment parameters and the type of secondary phases in high - chromium martensitic GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 (GP91 cast steel was specified. Furthermore, the secondary phases in the as-cast condition and after stress relief annealing of the tempered cast steel have been revealed

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

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

    1999-08-01

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

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

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

    1999-08-01

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

  17. Evaluation of the degradation characteristics of CF-8A cast stainless steel using EDS and nano-indentation

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    Cast austenitic stainless steel piping pump, valve casings, and elbows are susceptible to reductions in toughness and ductility because of long term exposure at the operating temperatures in LWR(Light Water Reactor). In this paper, we have measured the material properties of long term aged CF-8A cast stainless steel, accelerated aging at 400 .deg. C. These studies have been carried out using indentation tests(automated ball indentation and nano-indentation) and EDS(Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy). The fracture toughness of Cf-8A cast stainless steel was also determined by using standard fracture toughness and automated ball indentation

  18. Properties of High Basicity Mold Fluxes for Peritectic Steel Slab Casting

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    LONG Xiao; HE Sheng-ping; XU Jian-fei; HUO Xu-ling; WANG Qian

    2012-01-01

    In high speed continuous casting of peritectic steel slabs, mold fluxes with high basicity are required for less surface defect product. However, the basicity of remaining liquid slag film tends to decrease in casting process because of the crystallization of 3CaO ·2SiO2 · CaF2. Thus, a way is put forward to improve mold fluxesr properties by raising the original basicity. In order to confirm the possibility of this method, the effect of rising original basicity on the properties of mold fluxes is discussed. Properties of high fluorine based mold fluxes with different basicities and contents of CaF2 , Na2 O, and MgO were measured, respectively. Then, properties of higher basicity mold fluxes were discussed and compared with traditional ones. The results show that increasing the basicity index can improve the melting and flow property of mold fluxes. With the increasing basicity, crystallization rate of mold fluxes increases obviously and crystallization temperature tends to decrease when the basicity exceeds 1.35. The method presen- ted before is proved as a potential way to resolve the contradiction between horizontal heat transfer controlling and solidified shell lubricating for peritectic steel slab casting. But further study on improving the flow property of liquid slag is needed. This work can be used to guide mold fluxes design for high speed continuous casting of peritectic steel slabs.

  19. Waste Characterization in Steel Casting and Recycling Opportunities in Europe

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    Silvia Fiore; Maria C. Zanetti; Barbara Ruffino

    2008-01-01

    The wastes coming from a steel foundry located in Italy, producing about 600,000 t/y of steel slabs, are considered in this work. The plant produces about 143,000 t/y of wastes, made of furnace and ladle slags (84%), pelletized dust (8%) and oxidised shaving (8%). The waste materials have been characterised by means of particle-size and chemical analyses, and some reuse/recycle possibilities are considered. The recycle as inert material of the slags was evaluated by means of several leaching ...

  20. The thermal fatigue behaviour of creep-resistant Ni-Cr cast steel

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    B. Piekarski

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available The study gives a summary of the results of industrial and laboratory investigations regarding an assessment of the thermal fatigue behaviour of creep-resistant austenitic cast steel. The first part of the study was devoted to the problem of textural stresses forming in castings during service, indicating them as a cause of crack formation and propagation. Stresses are forming in carbides and in matrix surrounding these carbides due to considerable differences in the values of the coefficients of thermal expansion of these phases. The second part of the study shows the results of investigations carried out to assess the effect of carbon, chromium and nickel on crack resistance of austenitic cast steel. As a criterion of assessment the amount and propagation rate of cracks forming in the specimens as a result of rapid heating followed by cooling in running water was adopted. Tests were carried out on specimens made from 11 alloys. The chemical composition of these alloys was comprised in a range of the following values: (wt-%: 18-40 %Ni, 17-30 %Cr, 1.2-1.6%Si and 0.05-0.6 %C. The specimens were subjected to 75 cycles of heating to a temperature of 900oC followed by cooling in running water. After every 15 cycles the number of the cracks was counted and their length was measured. The results of the measurements were mathematically processed. It has been proved that the main factor responsible for an increase in the number of cracks is carbon content in the alloy. In general assessment of the results of investigations, the predominant role of carbon and of chromium in the next place in shaping the crack behaviour of creep-resistant austenitic cast steel should be stressed. Attention was also drawn to the effect of high-temperature corrosion as a factor definitely deteriorating the cast steel resistance to thermal fatigue.

  1. Adaptive neural network controller for the molten steel level control of strip casting processes

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    The twin-roll strip casting process is a steel-strip production method which combines continuous casting and hot rolling processes. The production line from molten liquid steel to the final steel-strip is shortened and the production cost is reduced significantly as compared to conventional continuous casting. The quality of strip casting process depends on many process parameters, such as molten steel level in the pool, solidification position, and roll gap. Their relationships are complex and the strip casting process has the properties of nonlinear uncertainty and time-varying characteristics. It is difficult to establish an accurate process model for designing a model-based controller to monitor the strip quality. In this paper, a model-free adaptive neural network controller is developed to overcome this problem. The proposed control strategy is based on a neural network structure combined with a sliding-mode control scheme. An adaptive rule is employed to on-line adjust the weights of radial basis functions by using the reaching condition of a specified sliding surface. This surface has the on-line learning ability to respond to the system's nonlinear and time-varying behaviors. Since this model-free controller has a simple control structure and small number of control parameters, it is easy to implement. Simulation results, based on a semi experimental system dynamic model and parameters, are executed to show the control performance of the proposed intelligent controller. In addition, the control performance is compared with that of a traditional Pid controller

  2. In Situ Measurement and Prediction of Stresses and Strains During Casting of Steel

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    Galles, Daniel; Beckermann, Christoph

    2016-02-01

    Modeling the thermo-mechanical behavior of steel during casting is of great importance for the prediction of distortions and cracks. In this study, an elasto-visco-plastic constitutive law is calibrated with mechanical measurements from casting experiments. A steel bar is solidified in a sand mold and strained by applying a force to bolts that are embedded in the two ends of the bar. The temporal evolutions of the restraint force and the bar's length change are measured in situ. The experiments are simulated by inputting calculated transient temperature fields into a finite element stress analysis that employs the measured forces as boundary conditions. The thermal strain predictions are validated using data from experiments without a restraint. Initial estimates of the constitutive model parameters are obtained from available mechanical test data involving reheated steel specimens. The temperature dependence of the strain rate sensitivity exponent is then adjusted until the measured and predicted length changes of the strained bars agree. The resulting calibrated mechanical property dataset is valid for the high-temperature austenite phase of steel. The data reveal a significantly different mechanical behavior during casting compared to what the stress-strain data from reheated specimens show.

  3. Non-destructive evaluation of thermal aging of cast duplex stainless steel

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    Cast duplex stainless steel is frequently used in main coolant pipes and reactor coolant pump casings of nuclear power plants due to its excellent material strength, toughness and superior corrosion resistance. However, it is known that material deterioration referred to as thermal aging occurs when this material is exposed to high temperature over 300degC for a long time. As a result, the material toughness decreases. Therefore in managing the components made of the cast duplex stainless steel, it is necessary to evaluate non-destructively the change in the mechanical property caused by thermal aging. In this study, to develop a non-destructive technique for evaluating the deterioration of toughness in cast duplex stainless steel caused by thermal aging, we compared 5 kinds of evaluation techniques, ultrasonic sound velocity measurement, thermoelectric power measurement, resistivity measurement, SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device) measurement and positron annihilation line-shape analysis for detecting ability of thermal aging. As a result, the thermoelectric power measurement is the most effective technique for evaluating thermal aging of duplex stainless steel because of the closest correlation between non-destructive parameter and toughness and because of low deviation of measured values. (author)

  4. Contribution to the assessment of thermal ageing of stainless steel castings and welds

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    Indentation tests are considered for measuring and verifying of thermal ageing of stainless steel castings and welds in service. Therefore, relations between indentation- and tensile diagrams were analyzed. Conventional tensile characteristics, deduced from the indentation diagram, should be used for fracture toughness prediction. Form of correlation of yield stress and tensile strength on one side and of fracture toughness on the other side was proposed, which is specific for austenitic-ferritic two-phase materials. Properties of castings and welds were compared and analyzed within the framework of a mesomechanical homogenization model with micromechanical effect of geometric slip distance. (author)

  5. Effect of aging on mechanical properties of austenitic stainless steel castings and welds

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    Study of the influence of long time aging on the properties of the cast austenitic steel and associated welds or cladding in the components of the primary loop of nuclear plants: embrittlement by precipitation of α'(chromium rich) in ferrite islands (mostly for castings); precipitation hardens the ferrite wich breaks by cleavage. The impact energy and Isub(IC) value are lowered by this phenomenon. Low cycle fatigue properties and fatigue crack growth rates are not modified by aging. Study of correlation between KCU impact toughness at the end of the life of a component, chemical composition and ferrite content

  6. Castings for stainless steel primary piping in PWR nuclear power plant

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    Primary piping steel of Z3CN20-09M for nuclear power plant is melted by combination of electric furnace and AOD furnace, ferrite content of Z3CN20-09M are adjusted based on the compute result of Scharffler. Measures by enlarging the wall thickness of shell, decreasing inside diameter of the baffle, selecting greater g value and increasing machining allowances of internal surface, etc, in centrifugal casting process, sample of primary piping are cast. Measure results show that various performance of sample of primary piping the needs of RCC-M are without exception meet

  7. The comparative studies of ADI versus Hadfield cast steel wear resistance

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    Mieczysław Kaczorowski; Anna Krzyńska; Paweł Skoczylas

    2011-01-01

    The results of comparative studies of wear resistance of ADI versus high manganese Hadfield cast steel are presented. For evaluation ofwear resistance three type of ADI were chosen. Two of them were of moderate strength ADI with 800 and 1000MPa tensile strength whilethe third was 1400MPa tensile strength ADI. The specimens were cut from ADI test YII type casting poured and heat treated in Institute ofFoundry in Krakow. The pin on disc method was used for wear resistance experiment. The specim...

  8. The optimisation of the viscosity of lubricating slags used in the continuous casting of steel

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    Gheorghiu, Csaba Attila; Hepuť, Teodor; Popa, Erika

    2016-06-01

    In the steel continuous casting process, the mould lubrication has a very important technological role, with direct effects on the continuous cast blank quality. The lubrication process is directly influenced by the synthetic flux viscosity (slag thickness), which is determined on its turn by the chemical composition and the temperature. The researches made aimed to establish some correlation relationships between the viscosity, chemical composition and temperature, analytically and graphically expressed, by processing the data in the Matlab program. Based on these correlations the best chemical compositions of the lubrication fluxes are established.

  9. Mechanical properties of thermally aged cast stainless steels from Shippingport reactor components

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    Thermal embrittlement of static-cast CF-8 stainless steel components from the decommissioned Shippingport reactor has been characterized. Cast stainless steel materials were obtained from four cold-leg check valves, three hot-leg main shutoff valves, and two pump volutes. The actual time-at-temperature for the materials was ∼13 y at ∼281 C (538 F) for the hot-leg components and ∼264 C (507 F) for the cold-leg components. Baseline mechanical properties for as-cast material were determined from tests on either recovery-annealed material, i.e., annealed for 1 h at 550 C and then water quenched, or material from the cooler region of the component. The Shippingport materials show modest decreases in fracture toughness and Charpy-impact properties and a small increase in tensile strength because of relatively low service temperatures and ferrite content of the steel. The procedure and correlations developed at Argonne National Laboratory for estimating mechanical properties of cast stainless steels predict accurate or slightly lower values for Charpy-impact energy, tensile flow stress, fracture toughness J-R curve, and JIC of the materials. The kinetics of thermal embrittlement and degree of embrittlement at saturation, i.e., the minimum impact energy achieved after long-term aging, were established from materials that were aged further in the laboratory. The results were consistent with the estimates. The correlations successfully predicted the mechanical properties of the Ringhals 2 reactor hot and crossover-leg elbows (CF-8M steel) after service of ∼ 15 y and the KRB reactor pump cover plate (CF-8) after ∼ 8 y of service

  10. Microstructural evolution in a duplex cast steel after quench ageing process

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    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The effectiveness and usefulness of the quench ageing on the service properties of massive duplex cast steel was presented in this work. The mechanism of precipitation of a ε-Cu phase and its effect on the mechanical properties of the cast steel were investigated.Design/methodology/approach: The microscopic analysis of the cast steel was performed on a Zeiss Axiovert 25 optical microscope. The substructure of ferrite was examined on a JOEL JEM 3010 high-resolution transmission electron microscope. The analysis of chemical composition of selected micro-regions was carried out using a JEOL JSM 5400 scanning microscope equipped with an EDS microanalyzer. The verification of the metallographic examination results was done using the Thermo-Calc program.Findings: The formation of the ε-Cu phase during quench ageing causes an increase in hardness and drop in impact resistance. The ageing parameters have a substantial influence on the ferrite substructure and the degree of coherence, dispersion and amount of the ε-Cu phase. The ageing treatment at 480°C causes the precipitation of the ε-Cu phase coherent with the matrix. This temperature of quench ageing produce also the formation of a α’-Cr phase and an α-Fe phase.Practical implications: Duplex cast steels are becoming an irreplaceable material in the elements of equipment exposed to the simultaneous action of corrosive and erosive environment. In the case of massive elements like pumps and pipeline elements, the effect of quench ageing is much lower which is associated with the presence of a large amount of the incoherent ε-Cu phase in the cast steel after the solution heat treatment.Originality/value: The lower temperature of quench ageing duplex cast steels with copper addition should not be lower than 500°C because of the temperature of an undesirable spinodal decomposition of the ferrite in 480°C which is partially responsible for the slight increase in hardness and a drastic

  11. The characteristics of two-phase 22Cr-6Ni-2Mo-1,5Cu cast steel

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    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper discusses the effect of the casting wall thickness on the segregation of alloying elements in two-phase (F-A 22Cr-6Ni-2Mo-1,5Cu cast steel. The values of the distribution coefficient k0 for Cr, Mo, Si, and Ni, Mn, Cu in the cast stepped test piece walls of three different thicknesses were determined. After solutioning, the values of Rm, R0,2, A5 and Z were measured in the wall of 45 mm thickness and were compared with the results obtained for austenitic cast steel of 18Cr-9Ni grade. In the examined cast steel also the content of δ ferrite and the value of PREN were determined.

  12. Solidification Microstructure of AISI M2 High Speed Steel Manufactured by the Horizontal Continuous Casting Process

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    Zhou, X. F.; Fang, F.; Jiang, J. Q.

    2011-01-01

    In the present work, AISI M2 high speed steel is produced by the horizontal continuous casting process. The difference of solidification microstructure in ingots by mould casting and continuous casting has been examined by means of scanning electron microscope (SEM), electron back-scatter diffraction (EBSD), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and high resolution electron microscope (HREM). The results show that the as-cast structure consists of iron matrix and networks of M2C eutectic carbides, which are greatly refined in the continuous casting ingot compared to the case of ingot by mould casting. Meanwhile, the morphology of M2C eutectic carbides changes from the plate-like shape into the fibrous one. Micro-twining and stacking faults are observed in the plate-like M2C, whereas they are rarely identified in the fibrous M2C. Based on the characteristic of morphology and microstructure, it is expected that the plate-like M2C is a faceted phase while the fibrous M2C is a non-faceted phase.

  13. A Thermal Simulation Method for Solidification Process of Steel Slab in Continuous Casting

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    Zhong, Honggang; Chen, Xiangru; Han, Qingyou; Han, Ke; Zhai, Qijie

    2016-07-01

    Eighty years after the invention of continuous cast of steels, reproducibility from few mm3 samples in the laboratory to m3 product in plants is still a challenge. We have engineered a thermal simulation method to simulate the continuous casting process. The temperature gradient (G L ) and dendritic growth rate (v) of the slab were reproduced by controlling temperature and cooling intensity at hot and chill end, respectively, in our simulation samples. To verify that our samples can simulate the cast slab in continuous casting process, the heat transfer, solidification structure, and macrosegregation of the simulating sample were compared to those of a much larger continuous casting slab. The morphology of solid/liquid interface, solidified shell thickness, and dendritic growth rate were also investigated by in situ quenching the solidifying sample. Shell thickness (δ) determined by our quenching experiment was related to solidification time (τ) by equation: δ = 4.27 × τ 0.38. The results indicated that our method closely simulated the solidification process of continuous casting.

  14. Development of the ultrasonic technique for examination of centrifugally-cast stainless steel in pressure piping

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    Centrifugally - cast stainless steel (CCSS) are used to manufacture a large variety of components in the nuclear industry. Weldments are also made to join these parts to carbon steel items. These welds are usually made of stainless steel or inconel alloys. CCSS is sophisticated material and justification for its use in critical components is safety and reliability. These steels, as any other materials, need to be inspected to assess their structural integrity. Ultrasonic testing is one of the possible techniques. In some cases it is the only one of the feasible methods for this examination. This mainly concerns components in the primary and auxiliary circuits of nuclear plants. For a long time it has been recognized that CCSS items can be extremely difficult to inspect using ultrasonics. Many attempts in various research laboratories were conducted to improve the testing technique

  15. Properties of ABNT 41xx and 86xx cast steel modified with niobium; evaluation methodology and experimental preliminary results

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    The experimental methodology to evaluate the mechanical properties of ABNT 41xx and 86xx steels modified with NB in the as cast and heat treated conditions and the first preliminary results obtained in a laboratory scale, are presented. (Author)

  16. Long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems

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    This progress report summarizes work performed by Argonne National Laboratory on longterm thermal embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems during the six months from October 1989 to March 1990. The results from Charpy-impact tests and microhardness measurements of the ferrite phase for several heats of cast stainless steel aged up to 30,000 h at 290--400 degree C are analyzed to establish the kinetics of thermal embrittlement. Correlations are presented for predicting the extent and kinetics of thermal embrittlement of cast stainless steels from material information that can be determined from the certified material test record. The extent of embrittlement is characterized by the room-temperature ''normalized'' Charpy-impact energy. Based on the information available, two methods are presented for estimating the extent of embrittlement at ''saturation,'' i.e., the minimum impact energy that would be achieved for the material after long-term aging. The first method utilizes only the chemical composition of the steel. The second method is used when metallographic information on the ferrite morphology, i.e., measured values of ferrite content and mean ferrite spacing of the steel, is also available. The change in Charpy-impact energy as a function of time and temperature of reactor service is then estimated from the extent of embrittlement at saturation and from the correlations describing the kinetics of embrittlement, which is expressed in terms of the chemical composition and aging behavior of the steel at 400 degree C. 37 refs., 16 figs., 4 tabs

  17. Long-term aging of cast stainless steels: Mechanisms and resulting properties

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    Mechanical property data are presented from Charpy-impact, tensile, and J-R curve tests for several heats of cast stainless steel aged up to 10,000 h at 450, 400, 350, 320, and 2900C. The results indicate that thermal aging increases the tensile strength and decreases the impactenergy, J/sub IC/ and tearing modulus of the steels. Also, the ductile-to-brittle transition curve shifts to higher temperatures. The low-carbon CF-3 steels were the most resistant and the molybdenum-containing high-carbon CF-8M steels were the most susceptible to low-temperature embrittlement. The influence of nitrogen content and distribution of ferrite on loss of toughness are discussed. Data also indicate that existing correlations do not accurately represent the embrittlement behavior over the temperature range 280 to 4500C, i.e., extrapolation of high-temperature data to reactor temperatures may not be valid for some compositions of cast stainless steels. 13 refs., 13 figs., 2 tabs

  18. Surface Segregation of B During Box Annealing of ConCast Steels

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    Biber, H. E.; Hudson, R. M.

    1987-03-01

    In this study, significant surface concentrations of boron and nitrogen (presumably present as boron nitride) were observed in Auger electron spectrometry (AES) analysis of steels that were continuously cast with a mold flux containing boron oxide and commercially box annealed with dry H2-N2 atmospheres. A review of the thermochemistry of boron in steel suggested that the surface enrichment in boron and nitrogen occurs by a reaction during annealing in dry atmospheres. Laboratory annealing trials demonstrated the effectiveness of high dew point H2-N2 annealing atmospheres in suppressing that reaction. AES analysis indicates that the surface enrichment is not uniform and may be a function of surface grain orientation.

  19. Transformation Behavior and Microstructure in a 40Cr2Ni2MoV Cast Steel

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    Cheng Liu; Zhenbo Zhao; Sanjiwan. D. Bhole1; Derek O. Northwood

    2004-01-01

    The transformation behavior of a 40Cr2Ni2MoV cast steel manufactured by electroslag remelting (ESR) has been investigated. Compared to a forged steel, the incubation periods for both the pearlite and bainite transformations are shorter, but the transformation times are longer. The austenite is easier to transform into martensite. Optical microscopy and TEM indicated that there were variations in microstructure during the super-cooled austenite transformation. This is attributed to an inhomogeneous austenite, resulting from the segregation of elements during the ESR solidification.

  20. Structure and properties of tubes made of radiation-resistant austenitic steels, produced by centro fugal vacuum casting

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    The perspectives and effectiveness of centrifugal vacuum casting for manufacturing materials for fuel cladding of nuclear reactors were shown. Temperature and deformation conditions have been selected to manufacture tubes from radiation-resistant steels obtained by centrifugal casting in vacuum. Basically, the possibility is established for using the existing equipment and traditional schemes for thin-walled tube production out of austenitic stainless steels alloyed with scandium or gadolinium

  1. Microstructure in cast stainless steel used for long-term in BWR environment

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    Microstructure in a cast stainless steel used for a PLR pump casing cover in a BWR was investigated by atom probe tomography and nanoindentation testing. Ferrite phase decomposition and G-phase precipitation were not observed in the as-received PLRP casing cover. Thermal aging and solution treatment were carried out on the as-received PLRP casing cover and an unused model alloy of cast stainless steel. The ferrite phase decomposition and G-phase precipitates in the thermal aged model alloy disappeared after the solution treatment, and the nanoindentation hardness in the ferrite phase was recovered. Changes in the microstructures were almost the same between the PLRP casing cover and the model alloy after the thermal aging and the solution treatment. The effect of thermal aging on the as-received material was considered to be very little in service. (author)

  2. Plasma sprayed coatings on mild steel split moulds for uranium casting

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    High velocity high temperature plasma jets are used to deposit metals and ceramics on metallic substrates for oxidation and corrosion protection applications. Plasma sprayed ceramic coatings on metallic substrates are also used to prevent its reaction with molten metals. Metal-alumina duplex coatings on mild steel split moulds have been developed and successfully used for casting of uranium. Techno-economics of the coated moulds against the conventional graphite moulds are a major advantage. Mild steel moulds of 600 mm long and 75 mm in diameter have been plasma spray coated with alumina over a bond coat of molybdenum. In-plant tests showed an increase in number of castings per mould compared to the commonly used graphite moulds. (author)

  3. Elimination of Hot Tears in Steel Castings by Means of Solidification Pattern Optimization

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    Kotas, Petr; Tutum, Cem Celal; Thorborg, Jesper; Hattel, Jesper Henri

    2012-01-01

    A methodology of how to exploit the Niyama criterion for the elimination of various defects such as centerline porosity, macrosegregation, and hot tearing in steel castings is presented. The tendency of forming centerline porosity is governed by the temperature distribution close to the end of the...... incorporated in a commercial simulation software package to determine potential flaws and inadequacies. Based on the initial casting process assessment, multiobjective optimization of the solidification pattern of the considered steel part followed. That is, the multiobjective optimization problem of choosing...... the proper riser and chill designs has been investigated using genetic algorithms while simultaneously considering their impact on centerline porosity, the macrosegregation pattern, and primarily on hot tear formation....

  4. Research of estimation method of thermal aging embrittlement on cast austenitic stainless steel

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    Thermal aging embrittlement of cast austenitic stainless steel components from the decommissioned Advanced Thermal prototype Reactor (ATR) Fugen power station has been characterized. Cast stainless steel materials were obtained from recirculation pump casing. The actual time at temperature for the materials was 138,000 h at 275°C. The Fugen serviced material show modest decrease in Charpy-impact properties and a small increase in micro-Vickers hardness in ferrite phase because of thermal aging at relatively low service temperatures. The fracture toughness prediction method (H3T model) predicts slightly lower values for Charpy-impact energy obtained from the Fugen material. The results from microstructural analysis suggest that the prediction method have the potential to provide higher accuracy by considering activation energy for embrittlement at low service temperatures. (author)

  5. Computer Simulation of the Formation of Non-Metallic Precipitates During a Continuous Casting of Steel

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    Kalisz D.

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The authors own computer software, based on the Ueshima mathematical model with taking into account the back diffusion, determined from the Wołczyński equation, was developed for simulation calculations. The applied calculation procedure allowed to determine the chemical composition of the non-metallic phase in steel deoxidised by means of Mn, Si and Al, at the given cooling rate. The calculation results were confirmed by the analysis of samples taken from the determined areas of the cast ingot. This indicates that the developed computer software can be applied for designing the steel casting process of the strictly determined chemical composition and for obtaining the required non-metallic precipitates.

  6. Mechanical properties and corrosion behaviour of 18Cr-11Ni-2,5Mo cast steel

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    M. Starowicz

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available The study discusses the effect of variable carbon concentration (0,02; 0,07 and 0,14% on the mechanical properties and corrosion resistance in 3,0% NaCl solution of 18Cr-11Ni-2,5Mo austenitic cast steel. It has been proved that at the concentration of 0,07%C, products made of the examined cast steel reveal on their surface some symptoms of local corrosion. Carbon concentration raised to 0,14%C results in advanced intercrystalline corrosion and the onset of local corrosion. Carbon concentration increased from 0,02 to 0,14% also results in the tensile strength UTS raised from 487MPa to 579MPa (a nearly 20% increase with elongation El reduced from 55,3% to 49,6%, and reduction of area RA from 69,3% to 53,4%.

  7. Wide – Ranging Influence of Mischmetal on Properties of GP240GH Cast Steel

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    J. Kasińska

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents influence of rare earth metals (REM on the properties of GP240GH cast carbon steel. The research has beenperformed on successive industrial melts. Each time ca 2000 kg of liquid metal was modified. The rare earth metals were put into the ladle during tapping of heat melt from the furnace. Because of this the amount of sulphur in the cast steel was decreased and the non-metallic inclusion morphology was significantly changed. It was found that non metallic inclusions the cracking mechanism of Charpy specimens and the impact strength were all changed. The following properties were tested: mechanical properties (y, UTS, plastic properties (necking, elongation and impact strength (SCI. In the three-point bend test the KJC stress intensity factor was evaluated.

  8. Measurement and AFPS control of molten steel level in strip casting

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    Liye Zhu; Tihua Wu; Yuan Fang

    2005-01-01

    The measurement and control of the molten steel level are studied, which affect the quality of strip surface in strip casting.A system of molten steel measurement with a CCD (Charge Coupled Devices) sensor is designed, real-time measured data are given and its precision is analyzed. The level fluctuation model is derived, and an adaptive fuzzy-PID controller with supervisory control (AFPS) is proposed. The stability of the system is proved using Lyapunov theorem, and the simulation results are given when the model, the casting speed and the roll gap change. It is suggested that this kind of coupled nonlinear and time varying system is stable and robust using the designed AFPS controller.

  9. The anaerobic corrosion of carbon steel and cast iron in artificial groundwaters

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    In Sweden, high level radioactive waste will be disposed of in a canister with a copper outer and a cast iron or carbon steel inner. If the iron insert comes into contact with anoxic geological water, anaerobic corrosion leading to the generation of hydrogen will occur. This paper presents a study of the anaerobic corrosion of carbon steel and cast iron in artificial Swedish granitic groundwaters. Electrochemical methods and gas collection techniques were used to assess the mechanisms and rates of corrosion and the associated hydrogen gas production over a range of conditions. The corrosion rate is high initially but is anodically limited by the slow formation of a duplex magnetite film. The effects of key environmental parameters such as temperature and ionic strength on the anaerobic corrosion rate are discussed

  10. Development of 30Cr06A, a high strength cast steel and its welding ability

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    GAO You-jin

    2008-01-01

    High performance hydraulic supports have a high requirement in strength, toughness and welding ability of socket ma- terial. Targeting this problem, we analyzed the properties of the high strength socket material 30Cr06, used in high performance hydraulic supports both at home and abroad and developed a new kind of high strength cast steel 30Cr06A, by making use of an orthogonal experiment, which provided the design conditions for its optimal composition. The result shows that the strength and toughness of the newly developed high strength cast steel 30Cr06A is much better than that of 30Cr06. Theoretical calculations, mechanical property tests and hardness distribution tests of welded joints were carried out for a study of the welding ability of the new material, which is proved to be very good. Therefore, this 30Cr06A material has been successfully used in the socket of high performance hydraulic support.

  11. A study on phase stress of centrifugally cast duplex stainless steel by neutron diffraction

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    With great corrosion resistance and mechanical property, ferrite-austenitic duplex stainless steel have been applied to components in corrosive environments such as sea water pumps. Due to different coefficients of thermal expansion and elastic modulus between the two phases, phase stress occurs after heat treatment or material processing such as casting, forging and machining, which may affect material properties such as fatigue strength, welding stability and so on. In this study, phase stress distribution along thickness direction of duplex stainless steel hollow cylinders fabricated by centrifugal casting was measured by pulsed neutron diffraction using time-of-flight (TOF) method. Also lattice strain and phase stress evolution were discussed by in-situ neutron diffraction measurement during tensile test. All these measurements were conducted at Japan Proton Accelerator Research Complex (J-PARC). (author)

  12. Using lateral cores to casting of carbon steel parts, of drive wheel type, in a metallurgical enterprise

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    Josan, A.; Pinca Bretotean, C.; Ardelean, E.; Ardelean, M.

    2015-06-01

    This paper presents the possibility of obtaining castings using the lateral cores. Steps are presented for obtaining the lateral core of the piece type drive wheel. This piece is cast carbon steel 230-450W, according to ISO 3755-95, and is part of a drive train. Using in industrial practice of such types of cores leads to significant reduction of the processing workmanship for castings, with a direct effect on the price of production.

  13. Evaluating the effectiveness of heat-resistant cast steel filtration from the results of structure examinations

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    Asłanowicz M.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Filtration guarantees castings characterised by high quality and free from any non-metallic inclusions, which are formed at the stage of melting and pouring of liquid metal. This article discusses the problem of the effectiveness of filtration process taking as an example heat-resistant cast steel poured into ceramic moulds. In investigations, foamed zircon filters made by FerroTerm Sp. z o.o. The effectiveness of filtration was described and examined using the results of metallographic examinations, including macro- and micro-structure examinations of metal and of cast metal/ceramic filter interface, and measurements of the content of non-metallic inclusions. The methods of investigations were presented, the obtained results were described, and relevant conclusions were drawn, all of them unmistakably indicating a very beneficial effect that filtration has on molten metal quality. Łódź, Poland, were used.

  14. Non-destructive evaluation of thermal aging of cast duplex stainless steel using thermoelectric power measurement

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    Cast duplex stainless steel is frequently used in main coolant pipes of PWR (Pressurized water reactor) type nuclear power plants because of its excellent material strength, toughness and superior corrosion resistance. However, it is known that material deterioration referred to as thermal aging occurs when this material is exposed to temperatures over 300degC. As a result, the material toughness decreases. Therefore, in managing the components made of cast duplex stainless steel, it is necessary to evaluate non-destructively such deterioration. In this study, measurement of thermoelectric power, which is sensitive to micro-structural change in materials, was used for the evaluation of thermal aging. First, we investigated change in mechanical properties (hardness, tensile stress and notch toughness) due to thermal aging in cast duplex stainless steel. Secondly we measured thermoelectric power (TEP) and investigated change in TEP de to thermal aging and the effect of temperature of a specimen on TEP.Then the TEP was compared with the mechanical properties. As a result, TEP increases with aging time and the tendency becomes more remarkable as ferrite content increases. The increase in TEP of a specimen with 21.3% ferrite due to thermal aging (400degC-10000 h) is 0.61 μV/degC. The TEP slightly decreases with temperature of the specimen at a rate of about -0.009 μV/degC2. Finally we found good correlation between the TEP and ductile-brittle transition temperature, the TEP and notch toughness at 325degC. The correlation coefficients are respectively 0.886∼0.957 and -0.890∼ -0.978. Therefore, by using TEP measurement, material deterioration of cast duplex stainless steel due to thermal aging can be evaluated. (author)

  15. Application of digital radiography in evaluation of crack propagation rate in cast steel specimens

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    Sikora, R.; B. Piekarski; K. Świadek; R. Chylińska

    2009-01-01

    A technology that utilizes penetrating X-rays is one of the oldest non-destructive testing methods. Digital radiography combines modern digital image processing algorithms with traditional X-ray testing method. The following paper describes the present use of digital radiograms in flaw detection, and the use of identification and classification algorithms in detection of cracks that occur under the effect of thermal fatigue process in creep-resistant steel castings operating as structural ele...

  16. Quality control system for the process of continuous casting of steel

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    A. Gzieło; J. Koszkul; Kwiatkowski, D; Pietrzak, M.; H. Świerczyński

    2006-01-01

    Purpose: Purpose of this research was to create new quality control system.Design/methodology/approach: For the purpose of new quality control system, the base of technological parameters of the process of continuous casting of steel (CCS) has been programmed; it consists of 53 parameters. The optimal values for the technological parameters are necessary to proper functioning of databases and are essential element of quality control system. For each parameter, some target values have been emp...

  17. INVESTIGATION ON HOT DUCTILITY AND STRENGTH OF CONTINUOUS CASTING SLAB FOR AH32 STEEL

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    G.Y. Li; X.F. Li; L.G. Ao

    2006-01-01

    By means of Gleeble-1500 testing machine, the simulation of continuous casting process for AH32 steel was carried out and hot ductility and strength were determined. The cracking sensitivity was studied under the different temperatures and strain rates. The Precipitations of AlN at different temperatures and the fractures of high-temperature tensile samples were observed by using TEM (transmission electron microscope) and SEM (scanning electron microscope). The factors affecting the brittle temperature zone were discussed.

  18. Ultrasonic detection and sizing of cracks in cast stainless steel samples

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    The test consisted of 15 samples of cast stainless steel, each with a weld. Some of the specimens were provided with artificially made thermal fatique cracks. The inspection was performed with the P-scan method. The investigations showed an improvement of recognizability relative to earlier investigations. One probe, the dual type, longitudinal wave 45 degrees, low frequence 0.5-1 MHz gives the best results. (G.B.)

  19. Finite volume modeling of the solidification of an axial steel cast impeller

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    M. Copur; M. N. Eruslu

    2014-01-01

    In the foundry industry, obtaining the solidification contours in cast geometries are extremely important to know the last location(s) to solidify in order to define the correct feeding path and the number of risers. This paper presents three-dimensional simulation of transient conduction heat transfer within an axial impeller, made of AISI 1016 steel, poured and solidified in chemically bonded mold and core medium, by using FVM technique and ANSYS CFX. Specific heat, density and thermal cond...

  20. Hydrogen embrittlement of cast 13% Cr 6% NiMo steel

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    A study of the hydrogen embrittlement resistance of cast 13Cr6NiMo steel after various alternative tempering treatment is reported. The threshold levels of the stress intensity factor are examined as they relate to the residual austenite content in the structure of lath martensite, the type of fracture found on the specimens and the surface segregation of phosphorus observed on them. (author)

  1. Study of the as-cast structures of tool steels with niobium

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    The as-cast structures of modified M-2 type of tool steels, in which W was partially or totally substituted by Nb, were examined. Inspite of the emphasis given to the observations related to carbide type, morphology and distribution, quantitative analysis of the matrix revealed essentially the same contents in W, Mo, Cr and V. Niobium, on the other hand, was always found as NbC. (Author)

  2. Estimation of fracture toughness of cast stainless steels during thermal aging in LWR systems-revision 1

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    This report presents a revision of the procedure and correlations presented earlier in NUREG/CR-4513, ANL-90/42 (June 1991) for predicting the change in mechanical properties of cast stainless steel components due to thermal aging during service in light water reactors at 280-330 degrees C (535-625 degrees F). The correlations presented in this report are based on an expanded data base and have been optimized with mechanical-property data on cast stainless steels aged up to ∼58,000 h at 290-350 degrees C (554-633 degrees F). The fracture toughness J-R curve, tensile stress, and Charpy-impact energy of aged cast stainless steels are estimated from known material information. Mechanical properties of a specific cast stainless steel are estimated from the extent and kinetics of thermal embrittlement. Embrittlement of cast stainless steels is characterized in terms of room-temperature Charpy-impact energy. Charpy-impact energy as a function of time and temperature of reactor service is estimated from the kinetics of thermal embrittlement, which are also determined from the chemical composition. The initial impact energy of the unaged steel is required for these estimations. Initial tensile flow stress is needed for estimating the flow stress of the aged material. The fracture toughness J-R curve for the material is then obtained by correlating room-temperature Charpy-impact energy with fracture toughness parameters. The values of JIC are determined from the estimated J-R curve and flow stress. A common open-quotes predicted lower-boundclose quotes J-R curve for cast stainless steels of unknown chemical composition is also defined for a given grade of steel, range of ferrite content, and temperature. Examples of estimating mechanical properties of cast stainless steel components during reactor service are presented

  3. MAGMAsoft simulation applied in verification of technology to produce new range of alloy steel castings

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    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of MAGMAsoft application in simulation of the pouring and solidfication of castings made fromGS20Mn5 steel, basing on some principles adopted in the starting technology. The results of simulation were disclosed in the form of 3Ddrawings, showing the technology of pouring, selected stages of solidification, and porosity in castings made by the examined technology. Using simulation results, some modifications were introduced to the pouring technology, the simulation was repeated, and the results obtained for the technology before and after the modification were compared. Based on the guidelines provided in new technology, the pattern tooling was made. The process of mould preparation was described, along with the process of steel melting and pouring. Castings made by the new technology were X-rayed and subjected to heat treatment according to the newly developed cycle. Together with the main casting, test wedges were poured. Mechanical tests and structure examinations were performed. The results of the tests and investigations were evaluated.

  4. THE ATOM PROBE ANALYSIS OF A CAST DUPLEX STAINLESS STEEL

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    Godfrey, T.; G. Smith

    1986-01-01

    Atom probe analysis is reported of a low Mo CF8 duplex stainless steel aged for 105,000h at 280°C, 3,000h or 70,000h at 300°C, or 3,000h at 400°C. Definite evidence for a spinodal reaction in the α phase has been found at all the temperatures studied. This reaction process is most regular and pronounced in the material aged at 400°C but is detectable after the other heat treatments. No evidence of G-phase precipitation is apparent from the FIM micrographs, but statistical analysis of the atom...

  5. Clean Cast Steel Technology: Effect of Micro-porosity on Tensile and Charpy Properties of Four Cast Steels

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    Griffin, John, A.; Bates, Charles, E.

    2005-09-19

    The effect of these large shrink cavities on mechanical properties could be easily calculated using well established engineering formulas. Over the years, increases in computational and metallurgical resources have allowed the modeler to improve accuracy and increase the complexity of numerical predictors. An accurate prediction of micro-porosity, not observable using conventional radiographic techniques, and an engineering understanding of the effect on mechanical properties would give a designer confidence in using a more efficient casting design and a lower safety factor. This will give castings an additional design advantage. The goal of this project is to provide current and future modelers/designers with a tensile and Charpy property dataset for validation of micro-porosity predictors. The response of ultimate strength, elongation, and reduction in area to micro-porosity was very similar in all four alloys. Ultimate strength was largely unaffected by tensile fracture surface porosity until values of about 25% were reached and decreased linearly with increasing values. Elongation and reduction in area decreased sharply after less than 5% fracture surface porosity. Niyama values of about 0.7 were produced sound material and acceptable tensile properties. Ultrasonic velocities of 0.233 in/usec and higher produced acceptable tensile properties. Metallographic examination revealed a ratio of 4-6 to 1 in fracture surface porosity to metallographic porosity. Charpy impact properties were largely unaffected by the microporosity concentrations examined in this study and did not correlate to either Niyama values, fracture surface porosity, or metallographic porosity.

  6. Non-destructive evaluation of thermal aging of cast duplex stainless steel

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    Cast duplex stainless steel is frequently used in main coolant pipes and reactor coolant pump casings in nuclear power plants because of its excellent material strength, toughness and superior corrosion resistance. It is known, however, that thermal aging occurs when this material is exposed to temperatures over 300degC for extended periods of time. As a result, the material toughness decreases. It is necessary therefore to evaluate changes in the mechanical properties of this material caused by thermal aging using non-destructive methods for the maintenance and management of components made of cast duplex stainless steel. In order to develop a non-destructive technique for evaluating the toughness reduction of cast duplex stainless steel due to thermal aging, five types of non-destructive techniques were compared. These include ultrasonic sound velocity measurement, the thermoelectric power measurement the electric resistance method, the SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interface Device) method, and the positron annihilation method. The thermal aging detectability of each technique was compared and examined in experiments using specimens on which accelerated thermal aging had been carried out. It was concluded that the thermoelectric power measurement was the most effective technique for evaluating thermal aging because the correlation coefficient between the non-destructive evaluation parameters and the mechanical properties of aged materials was high and the dispersion of measurements was small. (author)

  7. Long-term aging embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems

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    The primary objectives of this program are to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in light water reactor (LWR) systems and to evaluate possible remedies for the embrittlement problem in existing and future plants. The scope of the investigation includes three goals: (1) develop a methodology and correlations for predicting the toughness loss suffered by cast stainless steel components during normal and extended life of LWRs, (2) validate the simulation of in-reactor degradation by accelerated aging, and (3) establish the effects of key compositional and metallurgical variables on the kinetics and extent of embrittlement. The emphasis during the current year was on developing a procedure and correlations for predicting fracture toughness J-R curves of aged cast stainless steels from known material information. The present analysis has focused on developing correlations for the fracture properties in terms of material information that can be determined from the certified material test record (CMTR) and on ensuring that the correlations are adequately conservative for structurally weak materials

  8. Waste Characterization in Steel Casting and Recycling Opportunities in Europe

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    Silvia Fiore

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available The wastes coming from a steel foundry located in Italy, producing about 600,000 t/y of steel slabs, are considered in this work. The plant produces about 143,000 t/y of wastes, made of furnace and ladle slags (84%, pelletized dust (8% and oxidised shaving (8%. The waste materials have been characterised by means of particle-size and chemical analyses, and some reuse/recycle possibilities are considered. The recycle as inert material of the slags was evaluated by means of several leaching tests according to the Italian (UNI10802 test, equivalent to EN 12457/2 test, French (AFNOR X31-210 test, Danish and European Community (EN 12457/4 test regulations. The requirements of the above mentioned regulations were compared and discussed. The possibility of landfilling the materials as inert or not dangerous wastes according to Italian Law (DM 3/8/2005 and European Community regulation (Decision of European Community Council N°2003/33 was also considered.

  9. Development of microstructure and texture in strip casting grain oriented silicon steel

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    Grain oriented silicon steel was produced by strip casting and two-stage cold rolling processes. The development of microstructure and texture was investigated by using optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and electron backscattered diffraction. It is shown that the microstructure and texture evolutions of strip casting grain oriented silicon steel are significantly distinct from those in the conventional processing route. The as-cast strip is composed of coarse solidification grains and characterized by pronounced 〈001〉//ND texture together with very weak Goss texture. The initial coarse microstructure enhances {111} shear bands formation during the first cold rolling and then leads to the homogeneously distributed Goss grains through the thickness of intermediate annealed sheet. After the secondary cold rolling and primary annealing, strong γ fiber texture with a peak at {111}〈112〉 dominates the primary recrystallization texture, which is beneficial to the abnormal growth of Goss grain during the subsequent high temperature annealing. Therefore, the secondary recrystallization of Goss orientation evolves completely after the high temperature annealing and the grain oriented silicon steel with a good magnetic properties (B8=1.94 T, P1.7/50=1.3 W/kg) can be prepared. - Highlights: • Grain oriented silicon steel was developed by a novel ultra-short process. • Many evenly distributed Goss “seeds” were originated from cold rolled shear bands. • More MnS inhibitors were obtained due to the rapid cooling of strip casing. • The magnetic induction of grain oriented silicon steel was significantly improved

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

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    2007-01-01

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

  11. Influence of compound deoxidation of steel with Al, Zr, rare earth metals, and Ti on properties of heavy castings

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    J. Senberger

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Heavy steel castings deoxidized with aluminium are sometimes brittle intercrystalline failed during their service along primary grain boundaries what is initiated by aluminium nitrides and so called conchoidal fractures are formed. The tendency to forming the conchoidal fractures depends in particular on cooling rate (the casting modulus, aluminium and nitrogen contents in steel. During deoxidation, when manufacturing heavy castings, the elements with high affinity to nitrogen, zirconium or titanium, are added to steel that would decrease nitrogen activity by the bond on stable nitrides. The formation of stable nitrides should reduce the tendency of steel to the formation of conchoidal fractures. Deoxidation was thermodynamically analyzed at presence of the mentioned elements. For particular conditions a probable course of deoxidation was estimated at test castings. The deoxidation course was checked by microanalysis of deoxidation products (inclusions. For service and experimental castings the anticipated composition of inclusions was compared. It has been proved that in heavy castings with high aluminium contents in steel under studied conditions neither the addition of zirconium nor of titanium nor of rare earth metals will prevent the formation of conchoidal fractures.

  12. 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.

  13. Modeling the Effects of Strand Surface Bulging and Mechanical Softreduction on the Macrosegregation Formation in Steel Continuous Casting

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    Domitner, Josef; Wu, Menghuai; Kharicha, Abdellah; Ludwig, Andreas; Kaufmann, Bernhard; Reiter, Jürgen; Schaden, Thomas

    2013-10-01

    Positive centerline macrosegregation is an undesired casting defect that frequently occurs in the continuous casting process of steel strands. Mechanical softreduction (MSR) is a generally applied technology to avoid this casting defect in steel production. In the current paper, the mechanism of MSR is numerically examined. Therefore, two 25-m long horizontal continuous casting strand geometries of industrial scale are modeled. Both of these strand geometries have periodically bulged surfaces, but only one of them considers the cross-section reduction due to a certain MSR configuration. The macrosegregation formation inside of these strands with and without MSR is studied for a binary Fe-C-alloy based on an Eulerian multiphase model. Comparing the macrosegregation patterns obtained for different casting speed definitions allows investigating the fundamental influence of feeding, bulging and MSR mechanisms on the formation of centerline macrosegregation.

  14. Effect of V and N on the microstructure evolution during continuous casting of steel

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    Santillana, B.; Eskin, D. G.; Boom, R.; Katgerman, L.

    2012-01-01

    Low Carbon (LC) steel is not expected to be sensitive to hot tearing and/or cracking while microalloyed steels are known for their high cracking sensitivity during continuous casting. Experience of the Direct Sheet Plant caster at Tata Steel in Ijmuiden (the Netherlands), seems to contradict this statement. It is observed that a LC steel grade has a high risk of cracking alias hot tearing, while a High Strength Low Alloyed (HSLA) steel has a very low cracking occurrence. Another HSLA steel grade, with a similar composition but less N and V is however very sensitive to hot tearing. An extreme crack results in a breakout. A previous statistical analysis of the breakout occurrence reveals a one and a half times higher possibility of a breakout for the HSLA grade compared to the LC grade. HSLA with extra N, V shows a four times smaller possibility of breakout than LC. This study assigns the unexpected effect of the chemical composition on the hot tearing sensitivity to the role of some alloying elements such as V and N as structure refiners.

  15. Applying a Numerical Model of the Continuous Steel Casting Process to Control the Length of the Liquid Core in the Strand

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    Miłkowska-Piszczek K.; Falkus J.

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents development and the application of a numerical model of the continuous steel casting process to optimise the strand solidification area. The design of the numerical model of the steel continuous casting process was presented and which was developed based on the actual dimensions of the slab continuous casting machine in ArcelorMittal Poland Unit in Kraków. The S235 steel grade and the cast strand format of 220×1280 mm were selected for the tests. Three strand casting speed...

  16. Hot ductility and deformation behavior of C-Mn/Nb-microalloyed steel related to cracking during continuous casting

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    Lanjewar, Harishchandra; Tripathi, Pranavkumar; M Singhai; Patra, PK

    2014-01-01

    Hot ductility studies have been performed on C-Mn and C-Mn-Nb steels with an approach to simulate the effect of cooling conditions experienced by steel in secondary cooling zone during continuous casting. Thermal oscillations prior to tensile straining deteriorate hot ductility of steel by deepening and widening the hot ductility trough. C-Mn steels are found to exhibit ductility troughs in three distinct zones whereas C-Mn-Nb steel shows drop in ductility only at low temperature in the vicin...

  17. Heuristic algorithms for scheduling heat-treatment furnaces of steel casting industries

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    M Mathirajan; V Chandru; A I Sivakumar

    2007-10-01

    This paper addresses a research problem of scheduling parallel, nonidentical batch processors in the presence of dynamic job arrivals, incompatible job-families and non-identical job sizes. We were led to this problem through a realworld application involving the scheduling of heat-treatment operations of steel casting. The scheduling of furnaces for heat-treatment of castings is of considerable interest as a large proportion of the total production time is the processing times of these operations. In view of the computational intractability of this type of problem, a few heuristic algorithms have been designed for maximizing the utilization of heat-treatment furnaces of steel casting manufacturing. Extensive computational experiments were carried out to compare the performance of the heuristics with the estimated optimal value (using the Weibull technique) and for relative effectiveness among the heuristics. Further, the computational experiments show that the heuristic algorithms proposed in this paper are capable of obtaining near (statistically estimated) optimal utilization of heat-treatment furnaces and are also capable of solving any large size real-life problems with a relatively low computational effort.

  18. Effect of quenching temperature on structure and properties of centrifugal casting high speed steel roll

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    Fu Hanguang

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available The critical points and time-temperature-transformation (TTT curves of the isothermal transformation diagrams for a high-speed steel casting on a horizontal centrifugal casting machine had been determined experimentally in the study. The effects of quenching temperature on the microstructures and properties of centrifugal casting high speed steel (HSS roll has been investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM, light optical microscopy (LOM and X-ray diffraction (XRD as well as using tensile, impact, and hardness tests. The results show that the HSS roll has excellent hardenability and its matrix structure can be transformed into the martensite after being quenched in the sodium silicate solution. The retained austenite in the quenching structure increases and the hardness decreases when the quenching temperature exceeds 1,040℃. The tensile strength and impact toughness of HSS roll increase once the quenching temperature is raised from 980℃ to 1,040℃. However, the tensile strength and impact toughness have no signifi cant change when the quenching temperature exceeds 1,040℃. The HSS roll quenched at 1,040℃ exhibits excellent comprehensive mechanical properties.

  19. Quantification of the Solidification Microstructure in Continuously-Cast High-Carbon Steel Billets

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    Ganguly, Suvankar; Choudhary, S. K.

    2009-06-01

    In this work, an attempt has been made to investigate the relationship between the cast microstructure and solidification variables in industrial scale, continuously-cast (CC) high-carbon steel billets. Toward these, theoretical and experimental studies are undertaken to predict the evolution of dendrite arm spacing (DAS) in the columnar zone of CC billets. Several billet samples collected from the continuous casting shop of Tata Steel are used to characterize the solidification microstructure, and interdendritic arm spacings (both primary and secondary) are measured. Macrostructural examination of the billet samples indicates predominantly columnar structure in all billets. Dendrite arm spacings vary over a wide range indicating nonuniform secondary cooling. A mathematical model is also developed to describe the relationship between dendrite structures and solidification parameters. The model considers the effect of change of volume on solidification and provides a quantitative estimation of variation of DAS as a function of distance from the product surface. Results predicted by the mathematical model are compared with the experimental measurements and good agreement can be observed in this regard, thereby establishing the authenticity of the proposed formulation.

  20. The development of high strength corrosion resistant precipitation hardening cast steels

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    Abrahams, Rachel A.

    Precipitation Hardened Cast Stainless Steels (PHCSS) are a corrosion resistant class of materials which derive their properties from secondary aging after a normalizing heat treatment step. While PHCSS materials are available in austenitic and semi-austenitic forms, the martensitic PHCSS are most widely used due to a combination of high strength, good toughness, and corrosion resistance. If higher strength levels can be achieved in these alloys, these materials can be used as a lower-cost alternative to titanium for high specific strength applications where corrosion resistance is a factor. Although wrought precipitation hardened materials have been in use and specified for more than half a century, the specification and use of PHCSS has only been recent. The effects of composition and processing on performance have received little attention in the cast steel literature. The work presented in these investigations is concerned with the experimental study and modeling of microstructural development in cast martensitic precipitation hardened steels at high strength levels. Particular attention is focused on improving the performance of the high strength CB7Cu alloy by control of detrimental secondary phases, notably delta ferrite and retained austenite, which is detrimental to strength, but potentially beneficial in terms of fracture and impact toughness. The relationship between age processing and mechanical properties is also investigated, and a new age hardening model based on simultaneous precipitation hardening and tempering has been modified for use with these steels. Because the CB7Cu system has limited strength even with improved processing, a higher strength prototype Fe-Ni-Cr-Mo-Ti system has been designed and adapted for use in casting. This prototype is expected to develop high strengths matching or exceed that of cast Ti-6Al-4V alloys. Traditional multicomponent constitution phase diagrams widely used for phase estimation in conventional stainless steels

  1. Life evaluation of cast duplex stainless steel elbows in French PWR NPP

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    The principal primary circuit cast elbows of French PWR are in austenitic-ferritic cast stainless steel CF8 - CF8M types. This material is sensitive to thermal aging at PWR operating temperatures. The aging results in a diminishment of tearing resistance characteristics, and with the possible presence of foundry flaws this could lead to a fear of increased break risk. An extensive program on material properties, inspection, tests in laboratory, flaw evaluations, etc, has been covered out in the last 5 years between EDF and FRAMATOME. This paper presents the major tasks performed to justify a good behaviour of these elbows, and they will remain operational at least for the 40-year design lifetime, the consequences at the maintenance level and the utility point of view. CF8 and CF8M are cast materials, that can have casting defects that we generally assume conservatively as a perfect crack for fracture mechanics analysis. The other fact is that materials can be sensitive to thermal aging that were not clearly quantified at the design level by any international code in the 70's. This paper shows EDF's maintenance strategy for those nuclear power plants at present being operated. One important task described in this paper is the material toughness evaluation work proposed to cover all the pipe elbows in 3 loops and 4 loops nuclear power plants. Presently, all the EDF PWR elbows can be used safely for the 40 year design period, some complementary work is in progress to support this conclusion. (author)

  2. Effect of inter-critical quenching on mechanical properties of casting low-alloy steel

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    Liu Zhongli

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available For some casting low-alloy steels, traditional quenching and tempering heat treatments can improve the strength; however, sometimes the ductility is not satisfied. Therefore, some kind of effective heat treatment method seems necessary; one which could improve the ductility, but not seriously affect the strength. In this paper, the effect of inter-critical quenching (IQ on the mechanical properties of casting low-alloy steel was studied. IQ was added between quenching and tempering heat treatment; and the microstructure and mechanical properties were compared to the same steel with the traditional quenching and tempering treatments. The experimental results show that the microstructure comprises small-size ferrite and martensite when the IQ is adopted; and that different temperatures can control the ferrite quantity and distribution, and, as a result, influence the mechanical properties. In the case of IQ, the tensile strength decreases just a little, but the ductility increases a lot; and the strength-ductility product (its value is the arithmetic product of elongation and tensile strength increases by between 6% and 10%, which means the IQ heat treatment can improve comprehensive mechanical properties.

  3. Applying a Numerical Model of the Continuous Steel Casting Process to Control the Length of the Liquid Core in the Strand

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    Miłkowska-Piszczek K.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents development and the application of a numerical model of the continuous steel casting process to optimise the strand solidification area. The design of the numerical model of the steel continuous casting process was presented and which was developed based on the actual dimensions of the slab continuous casting machine in ArcelorMittal Poland Unit in Kraków. The S235 steel grade and the cast strand format of 220×1280 mm were selected for the tests. Three strand casting speeds were analysed: 0.6, 0.8 and 1 m min-1. An algorithm was presented, allowing the calculation of the heat transfer coefficient values for the secondary cooling zone. In order to verify the results of numerical simulations, additional temperature measurements of the strand surface within the secondary cooling chamber were made. The ProCAST software was used to construct the numerical model of continuous casting of steel.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. Microstructural characterization of modified 25Cr-35Ni centrifugally cast steel furnace tubes

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    HP steels modified with Nb and Nb-plus-Ti, produced in the form of centrifugally cast tubes, were characterized by means of light optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with secondary and backscattered electron imaging, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) and selected area diffraction. A complete description of the phases present in the as-cast, welded, and aged condition was made as a function of the modifying elements. The chromium carbide stoichiometry, secondary precipitation, NbC instability at elevated temperatures, the G-phase transformation, and the effect of Ti on this reaction are discussed. It is indicated that partial transformation of G-phase in the alloy modified with Ti is one of the explanations for the superior creep properties observed in this material

  7. Assessment of Crack Detection in Heavy-Walled Cast Stainless Steel Piping Welds Using Advanced Low-Frequency Ultrasonic Methods

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    Anderson, Michael T.; Crawford, Susan L.; Cumblidge, Stephen E.; Denslow, Kayte M.; Diaz, Aaron A.; Doctor, Steven R.

    2007-03-01

    Studies conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, have focused on assessing the effectiveness and reliability of novel approaches to nondestructive examination (NDE) for inspecting coarse-grained, cast stainless steel reactor components. The primary objective of this work is to provide information to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the effectiveness and reliability of advanced NDE methods as related to the inservice inspection of safety-related components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). This report provides progress, recent developments, and results from an assessment of low frequency ultrasonic testing (UT) for detection of inside surface-breaking cracks in cast stainless steel reactor piping weldments as applied from the outside surface of the components. Vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were examined to assess the capability of low-frequency UT to adequately penetrate challenging microstructures and determine acoustic propagation limitations or conditions that may interfere with reliable flaw detection. In addition, welded specimens containing mechanical and thermal fatigue cracks were examined. The specimens were fabricated using vintage centrifugally cast and statically cast stainless steel materials, which are typical of configurations installed in PWR primary coolant circuits. Ultrasonic studies on the vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were conducted with a 400-kHz synthetic aperture focusing technique and phased array technology applied at 500 kHz, 750 kHz, and 1.0 MHz. Flaw detection and characterization on the welded specimens was performed with the phased array method operating at the frequencies stated above. This report documents the methodologies used and provides results from laboratory studies to assess baseline material noise, crack detection, and length-sizing capability for low-frequency UT in cast stainless steel piping.

  8. Assessment of Crack Detection in Heavy-Walled Cast Stainless Steel Piping Welds Using Advanced Low-Frequency Ultrasonic Methods

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    Studies conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, have focused on assessing the effectiveness and reliability of novel approaches to nondestructive examination (NDE) for inspecting coarse-grained, cast stainless steel reactor components. The primary objective of this work is to provide information to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the effectiveness and reliability of advanced NDE methods as related to the inservice inspection of safety-related components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). This report provides progress, recent developments, and results from an assessment of low frequency ultrasonic testing (UT) for detection of inside surface-breaking cracks in cast stainless steel reactor piping weldments as applied from the outside surface of the components. Vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were examined to assess the capability of low-frequency UT to adequately penetrate challenging microstructures and determine acoustic propagation limitations or conditions that may interfere with reliable flaw detection. In addition, welded specimens containing mechanical and thermal fatigue cracks were examined. The specimens were fabricated using vintage centrifugally cast and statically cast stainless steel materials, which are typical of configurations installed in PWR primary coolant circuits. Ultrasonic studies on the vintage centrifugally cast stainless steel piping segments were conducted with a 400-kHz synthetic aperture focusing technique and phased array technology applied at 500 kHz, 750 kHz, and 1.0 MHz. Flaw detection and characterization on the welded specimens was performed with the phased array method operating at the frequencies stated above. This report documents the methodologies used and provides results from laboratory studies to assess baseline material noise, crack detection, and length-sizing capability for low-frequency UT in cast stainless steel piping

  9. Thermal Stress Cracking of Slide-Gate Plates in Steel Continuous Casting

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    Lee, Hyoung-Jun; Thomas, Brian G.; Kim, Seon-Hyo

    2016-04-01

    The slide-gate plates in a cassette assembly control the steel flow through the tundish nozzle, and may experience through-thickness cracks, caused by thermal expansion and/or mechanical constraint, leading to air aspiration and safety concerns. Different mechanisms for common and rare crack formation are investigated with the aid of a three-dimensional finite-element model of thermal mechanical behavior of the slide-gate plate assembly during bolt pretensioning, preheating, tundish filling, casting, and cooling stages. The model was validated with previous plant temperature measurements of a ladle plate during preheating and casting, and then applied to a typical tundish-nozzle slide-gate assembly. The formation mechanisms of different types of cracks in the slide-gate plates are investigated using the model and evaluated with actual slide-gate plates at POSCO. Common through-thickness radial cracks, found in every plate, are caused during casting by high tensile stress on the outside surfaces of the plates, due to internal thermal expansion. In the upper plate, these cracks may also arise during preheating or tundish filling. Excessive bolt tightening, combined with thermal expansion during casting may cause rare radial cracks in the upper and lower plates. Rare radial and transverse cracks in middle plate appear to be caused during tundish filling by impingement of molten steel on the middle of the middle plate that generates tensile stress in the surrounding refractory. The mechanical properties of the refractory, the bolt tightening conditions, and the cassette/plate design are all important to service life.

  10. Quench ageing behaviour of duplex cast steel with nano-scale ε-Cu particles

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    D. Dyja

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the study was to examine the effectiveness and usefulness of the quench ageing on theservice properties of massive duplex cast steel. The mechanism of precipitation of a ε-Cu phase and its effect onthe mechanical properties of the cast steel were investigated.Design/methodology/approach: The ferrite substructure was examined on a JOEL JEM HREM. The analysisof chemical composition of selected micro-regions was carried out using a scanning electron microscope. Theverification of the metallographic examination results was done using the Thermo-Calc program.Findings: Quench ageing causes an increase in hardness and drop in impact resistance, which results from theformation of the ε-Cu phase. The ageing parameters have a substantial influence on the ferrite substructure and thedegree of coherence, dispersion and amount of the ε-Cu phase. The ageing treatment at 480˚C causes, in additionto the precipitation of the ε-Cu phase coherent with the matrix, the formation of a α’-Cr phase and an α-Fe phase.Practical implications: Duplex cast steels are becoming an irreplaceable material in the elements of equipmentexposed to the simultaneous action of corrosive and erosive environment. In the case of massive elements, suchas pump (rotors and guide vanes and pipeline elements etc., which are operated in corrosive environments ofwater suspensions of solids of different type and gradation, the effect of ageing will be much lower than in smalllaboratory specimens, which is associated with the presence of a large amount of the incoherent ε-Cu phase inthe cast steel after the solution heat treatment.Originality/value: The lower limit of ageing temperature (480˚C coincide with the temperature of anundesirable spinodal decomposition of the ferrite, which is partially responsible for the slight increase inhardness and a drop in plastic properties. This is the indication that the lower temperature of ageing duplex caststeels with copper

  11. Microstructures of cast-duplex stainless steel after long-term aging

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    Chung, H.M.; Chopra, O.K.

    1985-10-01

    Microstructures of cast-duplex stainless steels subjected to long-term aging either in the laboratory or during in-reactor service have been characterized and compared by TEM, SEM, and optical microscopy. The microstructural characteristics have been correlated with the impact failure behavior of the material. G-phase, ', and an unidentified Type X precipitate were responsible for the ferrite-phase embrittlement. Precipitation of M23C6 carbides on austenite-ferrite boundaries further degraded the reactor-aged material.

  12. Improvement of ultrasonic testing methods of austeno-ferritic steel cast components

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    Due to the low signal to noise ratio incountered in cast stainless steel components of P.W.R. reactor cooling system, usual ultrasonic testing aren't efficient. In order to enhance ultrasonics capabilities Electricite de France and C.E.A. have carried out a study main results of which are shown in this paper. These results include: Metallurgical structure effects: very high diffusion noise, beam distortion, low pass filter. Probe parameters that leed to examinations enhancement: focusing, aperture, damper. Efficient signal processing techniques: Split Spectrum, Image processing. Results of enhancement means on actual defects (shrinkage cavities). (authors). 2 refs., 9 figs

  13. Mechanical properties of phase constituents in selected grades of cast steel

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    M. Garbiak; Zubko, P.

    2011-01-01

    The nanoindentation measurements performed on three cast steels of 0.3C-30Ni-18Cr type with various content of niobium and titanium were carried out.Mechanical propertiesofthe main phaseconstituents of the alloys, such as austenite, MC and M23C6 type carbides, were determined and analysed. The values of hardness (H) and Young modulus (E) for the austenite matrix were similar within the tested alloys. Essential differences (H=12 ÷ 24 GPa; E = 250 ÷ 400 GPa) were found between the carbide phase...

  14. Precipitation kinetics in austenitic 18Cr-30Ni-Nb cast steel

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    M. Garbiak; R. Chylińska

    2008-01-01

    The study presents the results of investigations on the precipitation kinetics in austenitic 18%Cr-30%Ni cast steel stabilised with an addition of 1.84 wt% niobium. Phase analysis of isolates extracted from the alloy subjected to annealing within the temperature range of 600–1000oC during 10–1000 h was made. The phase constitution of the isolates mainly comprised niobium carbides of the NbC type and complex chromium carbides of the Cr23C6 type. In specimens annealed within the temperature ran...

  15. Evaluation of thermal embrittlement susceptibility in cast austenitic stainless steel using artificial neural network

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    Cast austenitic stainless steel is used for several components, such as primary coolant piping, elbow, pump casing and valve bodies in light water reactors. These components are subject to thermal aging at the reactor operating temperature. Thermal aging results in spinodal decomposition of the delta-ferrite leading to increased strength and decreased toughness. This study shows that ferrite content can be predicted by use of the artificial neural network. The neural network has trained learning data of chemical components and ferrite contents using backpropagation learning process. The predicted results of the ferrite content using trained neural network are in good agreement with experimental ones

  16. Ultrasonic wave propagation considerations for centrifugally cast stainless steel pipe inspection

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    This paper reports on an investigation of the ultrasonic wave propagation in centrifugally cast stainless steel (CCSS). CCSS can have an anisotropic grain structure which affects the ultrasonic wave propagation. Such parameters as wave velocity, attenuation, beam deviation, and beam scattering are also affected. An understanding of the grain structure influences on the wave propagation is necessary before compensation can be made to improve examination effectiveness. During the investigations, the grain effects on wave propagation were investigated, and an ultrasonic technique for grain structure identification was developed

  17. A study of segregation mechanism in centrifugal cast high speed steel rolls

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    Segregation influences the microstructure and performance of high speed steel (HSS) roll. The main reason why segregation occurs in centrifugal cast HSS roll is that atom clusters are formed in HSS melt and such atom clusters have different densities. The high-density atom clusters move to the outer periphery and the low-density atom clusters move to the inner periphery of the roll under centrifugal force. Changing the movement law of atom clusters in the centrifugal force field and increasing the solidification rate of HSS melt can lighten the segregation in HSS roll and improve its performance

  18. Structure mechanical analysis of prestressed cast-steel pressure vessels with the finite-element-method

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    The analytical pressure analysis is performed for a vessel with solid bottom and top. The basis of the Finite-Element-Method (FEM) and the criteria for the choice of a suitable element type for use in the computer model was investigated. To investigate the exactness of the FE-program a comparison between the analytical solution and the pressure claculated by FEM at a cylindrical vessel was made. For pressure analyses at the test vessel built of steel sections four different computer models (after FEM) were developed. The pressure analysis of a prestressed cast-steel pressure vessel for the transport and for the storage of burnt HTR fuel elements is performed with the aid of computed models after FEM. The method of developing simple computer models for the prestressed pressure vessel with large dimension is explained with an example. (orig.)

  19. MICROSTRUCTURE AND TENSILE PROPERTY OF AN AS-CAST DUPLEX STAINLESS STEEL

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    P.L.Mao; K.Yang; G.Y.Su

    2001-01-01

    The effect of high temperature solution heat treatment on the microstructure and ten-sile property of as-cast 0Cr17Mn14Mo2N duplex stainless steel was investigated.Itwas found that the morphology ofδ-ferrite in the dual phases microstructures changedgradually from dendritic to lamellar and then to spheroidal,and its distribution be-came more uniform under appropriate treatment.When the treat temperature waslower than 1250C,the spheroidial ratio and the homogeneous distribution o fδ-ferriteincrease with increasing temperature,which corresponds to a better tensile property.In addition,when the treat temperature reached 1250~C and above,the microstructureconsists of coarse equiaxial δ-ferrite grains with the needle austenite at its boundaries,which results in a decrease of the tensile properties of the steel.

  20. Properties of cast Ti-stabilised stainless steel after long-term ageing

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    Mechanical properties and microstructure are studied and compared for two kinds of specimens of cast Ti-stabilized stainless steel 08Kh18N10T used for manufacturing of valves and pumps in nuclear power plants. One set of specimens represents the main gate valve material after 106000 h (∼ 12 years) operation at 270 deg C. The comparison is made with reference specimens in as-fabricated state. The results of impact tests, hardness measurements and microscopic examination show that 12 year operation gives rise to the shift of ductile-brittle transition temperature to higher values (from - 68 deg C - 103 deg C). The microstructure of both materials is similar. The microhardness of δ-ferrite in the steel after long-term operation is slightly higher

  1. Modelling of phenomena in solid state for the steel casting cooled by liquid

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    A. Kulawik

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper a mathematical model of cooling process for steel castings is presented. Effect of convective motion of the coolant onmaterial structure after cooling process is investigated. Mathematical and numerical model based on Generalized Difference Method for axysimmertric elements is used. To solve the Navier-Stokes equation the characteristic based split scheme (CBS has been applied. The solution of the heat transport equation with the convective term has been obtained by a stabilized meshless method. To determine of the phase transformation the macroscopic model built on the basis of Time Temperature Transformation diagrams for continuous cooling of medium-carbon steel has been used. The temporary temperature fields, the phase transformation, thermal and structural strains for the cooled element and the fields of temperature and velocity for the coolant have been determined.

  2. The PISC parametric study on the effect of the texture of cast austenitic stainless steel

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    Within the framework of Action 4 (Austenitic Steel Testing) of PISC III, a parametric study was carried out on a set of centrifugally cast stainless steel samples, representative of the main coolant piping of pressurized water nuclear reactors. The samples are obtained from different manufacturers, and feature various grain textures and dimensions. Artificial and realistic flaws were used to assess the detection and sizing capability of ultrasonic examination techniques. The paper analyzes the data as a function of the metal structure and of the main parameter of the testing techniques, which include TRL contact probes and immersion focusing transducers. Guidelines are deduced as to the selection of inspection techniques, in relation with the metallurgical texture of each specimen. In addition, the influence of the presence of a weld across the wavepath is evaluated, as well as the similarity between the responses obtained from crack-like machined reflectors and mechanical fatigue cracks

  3. 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)

  4. Low cycle fatigue of GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 cast steel at elevated temperature

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    S. Mroziński

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The purpose of the paper is to characterize the low cycle fatigue of high - chromium martensitic GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 cast steel from the perspective of the strain and energy criterion.Design/methodology/approach: The tests of fatigue strength within the scope of small amount of cycles to failure at room temperature and elevated temperature (400, 550 and 600°C were carried out on GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 cast steel. The fatigue tests were run for five assumed levels of controlled amplitude of total strain εac (0.25; 0.30; 0.35; 0.50 and 0.60%. The loading applied in the experiment oscillated sinusoidally with the stress ratio R = -1 and frequency f = 0.2 Hz. The fatigue tests were performed by means of Instron 8501 hydropulser. Tests pieces for the fatigue tests were round and threaded.Findings: The examined cast steel during low cycle fatigue is subject to intense weakening. The period of stabilization was not revealed during the cyclic loading of the cast steel, neither at room temperature, nor elevated one. Moreover, it has been proved that the extent of changes in the cyclic properties is influenced by the level of strain and temperature.Practical implications: Obtained results of the tests are indispensable for the formulation of necessary characteristics of high-temperature creep resisting steels and cast steels.Originality/value: The paper presents the fatigue characteristics of GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 cast steel within the scope of small amount of cycles to failure. The fatigue characteristics of the examined cast steel was developed for both: room temperature and elevated temperature - 400, 550 and 600°C. Fatigue life of the investigated cast steel was described using the equations of Ramberg-Osgood and Manson-Coffin-Basquin, and presented from the perspective of the energy criterion.

  5. Heat treatment effect on structure and mechanical properties of nonmagnetic high nitrogen steels produced by casting with counterpressure

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    Effects of quenching temperature, aging temperature and aging duration on the structure and mechanical properties of vanadium alloyed high nitrogen Cr-Mn steels produced by casting with nitrogen counter-pressure are investigated. For studying aging kinetics apart from the investigation of the structure and mechanical properties measurements of specific electric resistance, specific heat, relative elongation of specimens in the process of heating, cooling and isothermal holding have been performed. It has been found that casting with nitrogen counterpressure permits to produce aging stainless high nitrogen (up to 1.1 % N) nickel-free steels which can be used for manufacturing heavy-loaded nonmagnetic machine parts and devices. The strength level of high nitrogen Cr-Mn steels produced by casting with nitrogen counterpressure considerably increases using vanadium as an addition ensuring hardening with precipitation of VN disperse particles

  6. Influence of submerged entry nozzle clogging on the behavior of molten steel in continuously cast slab molds

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    2005-01-01

    The influence of submerged entry nozzle clogging on the behavior of molten steel in continuously cast slab molds was studied using commercial code CFX4.3. The results indicate that clogging at the top part of the nozzle port not only increases the velocity of molten steel, but also enhances the wall shear stress, F number and heat flux. This clogging has the greatest effect on the behavior of molten steel. However, clogging at the top 1/3 of the nozzle only increases the velocity of molten steel and has little influence. Clogging at the bottom of the nozzle almost has no influence.

  7. CONTRIBUTION OF CAST STRUCTURE TO THE LEVEL OF HARDENING OF THE TOOL STEEL FOR HOT FORMING, RECEIVED AT INDUCTION MELTING

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    V. N. Fedulov

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available The matters of influence of cast structure on level of hardening of tool steel of type 4X2BMC with various proportions of elements in their structure are considered. It is shown that presence of cast structure can provide hardness increase up to 5-15% of the experience value that is especially necessary at tempering temperatures of 600 ° C and over.

  8. A scheduling system for the steelmaking ? continuous casting process ? A case study from the steel-making industry

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    Missbauer, Hubert; Hauber, Wolfgang; Stadler, Werner

    2009-01-01

    Abstract This paper describes the models, algorithms and implementation results of a computerized scheduling system for the steelmaking ? continuous casting process of a steel plant in Austria. The basis for the scheduling task is a preliminary production schedule for the continuous casters (sequence of charges that must be consecutively cast and their allocation to the continuous casters). The scheduling task can be structured as four subproblems: (1) Scheduling the continuous ...

  9. Statistical analysis of fatigue crack growth behavior for grade B cast steel

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    Tests for fatigue crack growth rate (FCGR) and crack-tip opening displacement (CTOD) were performed to clarify the fatigue crack growth behavior of a railway grade B cast steel. The threshold values of this steel with specific survival probabilities are evaluated, in which the mean value is 8.3516 MPa m1/2, very similar to the experimental value, about 8.7279 MPa m1/2. Under the conditions of plane strain and small-scale yielding, the values of fracture toughness for this steel with specific survival probabilities are converted from the corresponding critical CTOD values, in which the mean value is about 138.4256 MPa m1/2. In consideration of the inherent variability of crack growth rates, six statistical models are proposed to represent the probabilistic FCGR curves of this steel in entire crack propagation region from the viewpoints of statistical evaluation on the number of cycles at a given crack size and the crack growth rate at a given stress intensity factor range, stochastic characteristic of crack growth as well as statistical analysis of coefficient and exponent in FCGR power law equation. Based on the model adequacy checking, result shows that all models are basically in good agreement with test data. Although the probabilistic damage-tolerant design based on some models may involve a certain amount of risk in stable crack propagation region, they just accord with the fact that the dispersion degree of test data in this region is relatively smaller.

  10. Quantitative Characterization of Inclusions in Continuously Cast High-Carbon Steel

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    Faraji, Masoumeh; Wilcox, David P.; Thackray, Richard; Howe, Andrew A.; Todd, Iain; Tsakiropoulos, Panos

    2015-12-01

    Existing standards for the characterization of the size, morphology, chemistry, and distribution of inclusions in steels using different techniques are briefly reviewed in this work. Strengths and shortfalls of different methods are discussed, and a combination of different criteria is used to quantitatively characterize the inclusions in a continuously cast high-carbon steel. It is shown that the main elements in the inclusions for the studied steel were Mn, S, Ti, Al, and oxygen and that alongside MnS and some Al2O3 inclusions many non-metallic inclusions appeared in complex forms, consisting of silicates, sulfides, and different types of oxides. Duplex inclusions, mainly cores of Al2O3, or SiO2 surrounded by MnS were the most common complex multiphase inclusions in this steel. An industrial approach was used to classify the inclusions into thirteen different oxide types. Based upon this approach, data are presented according to the chemistry of inclusions using diagrams featuring different quantitative parameters. Furthermore, it is shown that the number of oxides per unit area and the size of oxides, respectively, decreased and increased with increasing distance from the surface of the bloom which had solidified at the highest cooling rate.

  11. Detection of Non-metallic Inclusions in Centrifugal Continuous Casting Steel Billets

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    Wang, Qiangqiang; Zhang, Lifeng; Seetharaman, Sridhar; Yang, Shufeng; Yang, Wen; Wang, Yi

    2016-06-01

    In the current study, automated particle analysis was employed to detect non-metallic inclusions in steel during a centrifugal continuous casting process of a high-strength low alloy steel. The morphology, composition, size, area fraction, amount, and spatial distribution of inclusions in steel were obtained. Etching experiment was performed to reveal the dendrite structure of the billet and to discuss the effect of centrifugal force on the distribution of oxide inclusions in the final solidified steel by comparing the solidification velocity with the critical velocity reported in literature. It was found that the amount of inclusions was highest in samples from the tundish (~250 per mm2), followed by samples from the mold (~200 per mm2), and lowest in billet samples (~86 per mm2). In all samples, over 90 pct of the inclusions were smaller than 2μm. In steel billets, the content of oxides, dual-phase oxide-sulfides, and sulfides in inclusions were found to be 10, 30, and 60 pct, respectively. The dual-phase inclusions were oxides with sulfides precipitated on the outer surface. Oxide inclusions consisted of high Al2O3 and high MnO which were solid at the molten steel temperature, implying that the calcium treatment was insufficient. Small oxide inclusions very uniformly distributed on the cross section of the billet, while there were more sulfide inclusions showing a banded structure at the outside 25 mm layer of the billet. The calculated solidification velocity was higher than the upper limit at which inclusions were entrapped by the solidifying front, revealing that for oxide inclusions smaller than 8μm in this study, the centrifugal force had little influence on its final distribution in billets. Instead, oxide inclusions were rapidly entrapped by solidifying front.

  12. Integral Steel Casting of Full Spade Rudder Trunk Carrier Housing for Supersized Container Vessels through Casting Process Engineering (Sekjin E&T

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    Tae Won Kim

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In casting steel for offshore construction, integral casted structures are superior to welded structures in terms of preventing fatigue cracks in the stress raisers. In this study, mold design and casting analysis were conducted for integral carrier housing. Casting simulation was used for predicting molten metal flow and solidification during carrier housing casting, as well as the hot spots and porosity of the designed runner, risers, riser laggings, and the chiller. These predictions were used for deriving the final carrier housing casting plan, and a prototype was fabricated accordingly. A chemical composition analysis was conducted using a specimen sampled from a section of the prototype; the analytically obtained chemical composition agreed with the chemical composition of the existing carrier housing. Tensile and Charpy impact tests were conducted for determining the mechanical material properties. Carrier housing product after normalizing (920 °C/4.5 h, air-cooling has 371 MPa of yield strength, 582 MPa of tensile strength, 33.4% of elongation as well as 64 J (0 °C of impact energy.

  13. Influence of Low-Alloy Cast Steel Modification on Primary Structure Refinement, Type and Shape of Non-Metallic Inclusions

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    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In the article there are presented methods and results of investigation which main aim were determination of influence of melting technology (gas extraction, vacuum refining, slag refining and extraction, deoxidation and degassing and type of used modifiers on the type and shape of non-metallic inclusions and the primary structure refining. Low alloy cast steel melted in laboratory conditions, in an inductive furnace was investigated. Additions of FeNb, FeV, FeTi and FeZr modifiers were applied. The contents of oxygen and nitrogen in obtained cast steel were determined.

  14. Influence of stress relief annealing on the microstructure and properties of GX12CrMoVNbN9-1(GP91) cast steel

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    2011-01-01

    The paper presents an effect of stress relief annealing, applied to casts after the repair by welding, on the microstructure and mechanical properties of quenched and tempered martensitic GX12CrMoVNbN9 – 1 cast steel (called GP91). The test pieces being the subject of research were taken out from a test coupon. Heat treatment of GP91 cast steel was carried out at the parameters of temperature and time appropriate for the treatment of multi-ton steel casts, while stress relief annealing was pe...

  15. Stress analysis for the prestressed cast steel vessel at room and high temperatures

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    The elastic and the elastic-plastic behaviour of a new, built-up of cast-steel blocks, radially and axially prestressed pressure vessel is investigated. It was shown that the numerical calculation of the tensions in spite of the considerably simplified model agree in a satisfying way with the tensions measured at the vessel. Bigger deviations at the vessel ends can be explained easy theoretically by the axial-symmetrical tensions of the welded margin not seized by the computer model. In the second part of this work the elastic-plastic behaviour of the prestressed cast steel vessel at high temperatures and in the elastic loaded way was investigated. The result was, that at a temperature of 4000C between inner and outer vessel wall, Tsub(out) = 500C, the material begins to flow, if at the same time an additional heat source by gamma-flux exists. If there is no additional heat source by gamma-flux, the flowing starts at a little higher temperature difference. It results too, that the plastic area extends to the middle under increasing load. (orig./HP)

  16. Metadynamic Recrystallization Behavior of As-cast 904L Superaustenitic Stainless Steel

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    Wei ZHANG; Jing ZHANG; Ying HAN; Rong LIU; De-ning ZOU; Guan-jun QIAO

    2016-01-01

    The metadynamic recrystallization (MDRX)behavior of as-cast 904L superaustenitic stainless steel was in-vestigated by double pass isothermal compression tests at temperatures of 950-1 150 ℃,strain rates of 0�05-5 s-1 and interval of 1-100 s.The effects of working parameters (deformation temperature,strain rate,pre-strain and in-terval time)on the flow curves and microstructural evolution were discussed.The MDRX fraction increased obvious-ly with the increase of deformation temperature,strain rate and interval time.The MDRX softening was controlled by the migration of grain boundary,annihilation of dislocation and dynamic recrystallization.Moreover,the kinetic model was established for the prediction of MDRX behavior of as-cast 904L superaustenitic stainless steel based on the experimental data.A good agreement between the predicted and the experimental values was achieved (correla-tion coefficient R2=0�98),indicating a satisfactory accuracy.

  17. Influence of Thermal Aging on Primary Water Stress Corrosion Cracking of Cast Duplex Stainless Steels

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    In order to evaluate the SCC (stress corrosion cracking) susceptibility of cast duplex stainless steels which are used for the main coolant piping material of pressurized water reactors (PWRs), the slow strain rate test (SSRT) and the constant load test (CLT) were performed in simulated PWR primary water at 360 C. The main coolant piping materials contain ferrite phase with ranging from 8 to 23 % and its mechanical properties are affected by long time thermal aging. The 23% ferrite material was prepared for test as the maximum ferrite content of main coolant pipes in Japanese PWRs. The brittle fracture in the non-aged materials after SSRT is mainly caused by quasi-cleavage fracture in austenitic phase. On the other hand, a mixture of quasi-cleavage fracture in austenite and ferrite phases was observed on long time aged material. Also on CLT, (2 times σy), after 3,000 hours exposure, microcracks were observed on the surface of non-aged and aged for 10,000 hours at 400 C materials. The crack initiation site of CLT is similar to that of SSRT. The SCC susceptibility of the materials increases with aging time. It is suggested that the ferrite hardening with aging affect SCC susceptibility of cast duplex stainless steels. (authors)

  18. Alloy Shrinkage factors for the investment casting of 17-4PH stainless steel parts

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    Sabau, Adrian S [ORNL; Porter, Wallace D [ORNL

    2008-01-01

    In this study, the alloy shrinkage factors were obtained for the investment casting of 17-4PH stainless steel parts. For the investment casting process, unfilled wax and fused silica with a zircon prime coat were used for patterns and shell molds, respectively. Dimensions of the die tooling, wax pattern, and casting were measured using a Coordinate Measurement Machine. For all the properties, the experimental data available in the literature did not cover the entire temperature range necessary for process simulation. A comparison between the predicted material property data measured property data is made. It was found that most material properties were accurately predicted over the most of the temperature range of the process. Several assumptions were made in order to obtain a complete set of mechanical property data at high temperatures. Thermal expansion measurements for the 17-4PH alloy were conducted at heating and cooling. As a function of temperature, the thermal expansion for both the alloy and shell mold materials showed different evolution at heating and cooling. Thus, one generic simulation were performed with thermal expansion obtained at heating and another one with thermal expansion obtained at cooling. The alloy dimensions were obtained from numerical simulation results of solidification, heat transfer, and deformation phenomena. As compared with experimental results, the numerical simulation results for the shrinkage factors were slightly over-predicted.

  19. Improvement in the DTVG detection method as applied to cast austeno-ferritic steels

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    Initially, the so-called DTVG method was developed to improve detection and (lengthwise) dimensioning of cracks in austenitic steel assembly welds. The results obtained during the study and the structural similarity between austenitic and austeno-ferritic steels led us to carry out research into adapting the method on a sample the material of which is representative of the cast steels used in PWR primary circuit bends. The method was first adapted for use on thick-wall cast austeno-ferritic steel structures and was validated for zero ultrasonic beam incidence and for a flat sample with machine-finished reflectors. A second study was carried out notably to allow for non-zero ultrasonic beam incidence and to look at the method's validity when applied to a non-flat geometry. There were three principal goals to the research; adapting the process to take into account the special case of oblique ultrasonic beam incidence (B image handling), examining the effect of non-flat geometry on the detection method, and evaluating the performance of the method on actual defects (shrinkage cavities). We began by focusing on solving the problem of oblique incidence. Having decided on automatic refracted angle determination, the problem could only be solves by locking the algorithm on a representative image of the suspect material comprising an indicator. We then used a simple geometric model to quantify the deformation of the indicators on a B-scan image due to a non-flat translator/part interface. Finally, tests were carried out on measurements acquired from flat samples containing artificial and real defects so that the overall performance of the method after development could be assessed. This work has allowed the DTVG detection method to be adapted for use with B-scan images acquired with a non-zero ultrasonic beam incidence angle. Moreover, we have been able to show that for similar geometries to those of the cast bends and for deep defects the deformation of the indicators due

  20. Development of Stronger and More Reliable Cast Austenitic Stainless Steels (H-Series) Based on Scientific and Design Methodology

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    Pankiw, Roman I; Muralidharan, G. (Murali); Sikka, Vinod K.

    2006-06-30

    The goal of this project was to increase the high-temperature strength of the H-Series of cast austenitic stainless steels by 50% and the upper use temperature by 86 to 140 degrees fahrenheit (30 to 60 degrees celsius). Meeting this goal is expected to result in energy savings of 35 trillion Btu/year by 2020 and energy cost savings of approximately $230 million/year. The higher-strength H-Series cast stainless steels (HK and HP type) have applications for the production of ethylene in the chemical industry, for radiant burner tubes and transfer rolls for secondary processing of steel in the steel industry, and for many applications in the heat treating industry, including radiant burner tubes. The project was led by Duraloy Technologies, Inc., with research participation by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and industrial participation by a diverse group of companies.

  1. Effect of Titanium and Niobium on Modifying the Microstructure of Cast K100 Tool Steel

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    Mirzaee, Masoud; Momeni, Amir; Keshmiri, Hamid; Razavinejad, Reza

    2014-12-01

    The effects of Ti and Nb on the microstructure of cast K100 tool steel were studied by optical and scanning electron microscopes. The amounts of Ti as 0.3, 0.7, and 1 wt pct and Nb as 0.2 and 1 wt pct were added to the studied steel. The addition of 0.3 wt pct Ti did not result in a considerable change in the size of carbides and prior austenite grain size. However, microstructure of K100 with 0.7 and 1 wt pct Ti was considerably modified (about 55 pct) and a uniform grain size was obtained at different positions (bottom, middle, and top) of the ingot. With addition of 0.2 and 1 wt pct Nb, microstructure was modified and a more uniform grain size was obtained all over the ingot. The average modification of microstructure in the bottom, middle, and top of the ingot was about 22 pct. Both Ti and Nb could effectively decrease the segregation of Cr and C from the bottom (high cooling rate positions) to the top of the ingots (low cooling rate positions). The homogeneity of chemical composition increased with increasing Nb or Ti. In alloy with 0.7 to 1 wt pct Ti, the average size of prior austenite grains was finer than alloys with 0.2 to 1 wt pct Nb. Therefore, Ti was found more capable than Nb in the modification of microstructure and decreasing the segregation of Cr and C in cast K100 tool steel.

  2. Solidification and casting

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    INDUSTRIAL PERSPECTIVEDirect chillcasting of aluminium alloysContinuous casting of aluminium alloysContinuous casting of steelsCastings in the automotive industryCast aluminium-silicon piston alloysMODELLING AND SIMULATIONModelling direct chill castingMold filling simulation of die castingThe ten casting rulesGrain selection in single crystal superalloy castingsDefects in aluminium shape castingPattern formation during solidificationPeritectic solidificationSTRUCTURE AND DEFECTSHetergeneous nucleation in aluminium alloysCo

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

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

  4. Final Report, Volume 2, The Development of Qualification Standards for Cast Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Russell, Steven, W.; Lundin, Carl, D.

    2005-09-30

    The scope of testing cast Duplex Stainless Steel (DSS) required testing to several ASTM specifications, while formulating and conducting industry round robin tests to verify and study the reproducibility of the results. ASTM E562 (Standard Test Method for Determining Volume Fraction by Systematic manual Point Count) and ASTM A923 (Standard Test Methods for Detecting Detrimental Intermetallic Phase in Wrought Duplex Austenitic/Ferritic Stainless Steels) were the specifications utilized in conducting this work. An ASTM E562 industry round robin, ASTM A923 applicability study, ASTM A923 industry round robin, and an ASTM A923 study of the effectiveness of existing foundry solution annealing procedures for producing cast DSS without intermetallic phases were implemented. In the ASTM E562 study, 5 samples were extracted from various cast austenitic and DSS in order to have varying amounts of ferrite. Each sample was metallographically prepared by UT and sent to each of 8 participants for volume fraction of ferrite measurements. Volume fraction of ferrite was measured using manual point count per ASTM E562. FN was measured from the Feritescope{reg_sign} and converted to volume fraction of ferrite. Results indicate that ASTM E562 is applicable to DSS and the results have excellent lab-to-lab reproducibility. Also, volume fraction of ferrite conversions from the FN measured by the Feritescope{reg_sign} were similar to volume fraction of ferrite measured per ASTM E562. In the ASTM A923 applicability to cast DSS study, 8 different heat treatments were performed on 3 lots of ASTM A890-4A (CD3MN) castings and 1 lot of 2205 wrought DSS. The heat treatments were selected to produce a wide range of cooling rates and hold times in order to study the suitability of ASTM A923 to the response of varying amounts on intermetallic phases [117]. The test parameters were identical to those used to develop ASTM A923 for wrought DSS. Charpy V-notch impact samples were extracted from the

  5. Final Report, Volume 2, The Development of Qualification Standards for Cast Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Russell, Steven, W.; Lundin, Carl, W.

    2005-09-30

    The scope of testing cast Duplex Stainless Steel (DSS) required testing to several ASTM specifications, while formulating and conducting industry round robin tests to verify and study the reproducibility of the results. ASTM E562 (Standard Test Method for Determining Volume Fraction by Systematic manual Point Count) and ASTM A923 (Standard Test Methods for Detecting Detrimental Intermetallic Phase in Wrought Duplex Austenitic/Ferritic Stainless Steels) were the specifications utilized in conducting this work. An ASTM E562 industry round robin, ASTM A923 applicability study, ASTM A923 industry round robin, and an ASTM A923 study of the effectiveness of existing foundry solution annealing procedures for producing cast DSS without intermetallic phases were implemented. In the ASTM E562 study, 5 samples were extracted from various cast austenitic and DSS in order to have varying amounts of ferrite. Each sample was metallographically prepared by UT and sent to each of 8 participants for volume fraction of ferrite measurements. Volume fraction of ferrite was measured using manual point count per ASTM E562. FN was measured from the Feritescope® and converted to volume fraction of ferrite. Results indicate that ASTM E562 is applicable to DSS and the results have excellent lab-to-lab reproducibility. Also, volume fraction of ferrite conversions from the FN measured by the Feritescope® were similar to volume fraction of ferrite measured per ASTM E562. In the ASTM A923 applicability to cast DSS study, 8 different heat treatments were performed on 3 lots of ASTM A890-4A (CD3MN) castings and 1 lot of 2205 wrought DSS. The heat treatments were selected to produce a wide range of cooling rates and hold times in order to study the suitability of ASTM A923 to the response of varying amounts on intermetallic phases [117]. The test parameters were identical to those used to develop ASTM A923 for wrought DSS. Charpy V-notch impact samples were extracted from the castings and wrought

  6. Simulation of transient fluid flow in mold region during steel continuous casting

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    Liu, R.; Thomas, B. G.; Sengupta, J.

    2012-07-01

    A system of models has been developed to study transient flow during continuous casting and applied to simulate an event of multiple stopper-rod movements. It includes four sub-models to incorporate different aspects in this transient event. A three-dimensional (3-D) porous-flow model of the nozzle wall calculates the rate argon gas flow into the liquid steel, and the initial mean bubble size is estimated. Transient CFD models simulate multiphase flow of steel and gas bubbles in the Submerged Entry Nozzle (SEN) and mold and have been validated with experimental data from both nail dipping and Sub-meniscus Velocity Control (SVC) measurements. To obtain the transient inlet boundary conditions for the simulation, two semi-empirical models, a stopper-rod-position based model and a metal-level-based model, predict the liquid steel flow rate through the SEN based on recorded plant data. Finally the model system was applied to study the effects of stopper rod movements on SEN/mold flow patterns. Meniscus level fluctuations were calculated using a simple pressure method and compared well with plant measurements. Insights were gained from the simulation results to explain the cause of meniscus level fluctuations and the formation of sliver defects during stopper rod movements.

  7. Simulation of transient fluid flow in mold region during steel continuous casting

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    A system of models has been developed to study transient flow during continuous casting and applied to simulate an event of multiple stopper-rod movements. It includes four sub-models to incorporate different aspects in this transient event. A three-dimensional (3-D) porous-flow model of the nozzle wall calculates the rate argon gas flow into the liquid steel, and the initial mean bubble size is estimated. Transient CFD models simulate multiphase flow of steel and gas bubbles in the Submerged Entry Nozzle (SEN) and mold and have been validated with experimental data from both nail dipping and Sub-meniscus Velocity Control (SVC) measurements. To obtain the transient inlet boundary conditions for the simulation, two semi-empirical models, a stopper-rod-position based model and a metal-level-based model, predict the liquid steel flow rate through the SEN based on recorded plant data. Finally the model system was applied to study the effects of stopper rod movements on SEN/mold flow patterns. Meniscus level fluctuations were calculated using a simple pressure method and compared well with plant measurements. Insights were gained from the simulation results to explain the cause of meniscus level fluctuations and the formation of sliver defects during stopper rod movements.

  8. Segregation of phosphorus in Cr-Mo-V steel and cast steel after long time service at elevated temperature

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    Steel and cast steel after long time service in the temperatures range 500-530oC have been investigated. In the areas close to the grain boundaries diffusion of phosphorus causes an occurrence the stable layers of ferrite enriched in phosphorus. The relation ship between the concentration of phosphorus in the alloy and the width of the enriched layers have been established.The width of the phosphorus enriched layers are independent of the grain size. The results suggest that diffusion of phosphorus is controlled by the bulk mechanism from the interior to the grain boundary and takes place only in the area near the grain boundary. Grain boundary etching method by using of picric acid is a useful as a technique analyzing grain boundary concentration of phosphorus. The good method of investigation is the measurement of the width of the etching grooves as the grain boundaries on the SEM microstructures. Segregation of phosphorus in the vicinity of grain boundaries drastically decreases the notch impact fracture toughness and increases the brittle fracture transition temperature of the alloy. Desegregation of phosphorus from the area close to the grain boundaries to the interior grains is long-time process and takes a few hours annealing in the temperature range 650-700oC. Desegregation of phosphorus from area close to the grain boundaries into the interior of grains there is observed an enrichment in the phosphorus of the ferrite around the interphase carbides/matrix boundaries. The notch impact fracture toughness of steel is related to the changes in time and temperature of phosphorus desegration process. (author)

  9. Experimental and numerical modelling of the fluid flow in the continuous casting of steel

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    Timmel, K.; Miao, X.; Wondrak, T.; Stefani, F.; Lucas, D.; Eckert, S.; Gerbeth, G.

    2013-03-01

    This article gives an overview of recent research activities with respect to the mold flow in the continuous casting of steel in presence of DC magnetic fields. The magnetic fields appear to be an attractive tool for controlling the melt flow in a contactless way. Various kinds of magnetic systems are already in operation in industrial steel casting, but the actual impact on the melt flow has not been sufficiently verified by experimental studies. The rapid development of innovative diagnostic techniques in low-melting liquid metals over the last two decades enables new possibilities for systematic flow measurements in liquid metal model experiments. A new research program was initiated at HZDR comprising three experimental facilities providing a LIquid Metal Model for continuous CASTing of steel (LIMMCAST). The facilities operate in a temperature range from room temperature up to 400∘C using the low-melting alloys GaInSn and SnBi, respectively. The experimental program is focused on quantitative flow measurements in the mold, the submerged entry nozzle and the tundish. Local potential probes, Ultrasonic Doppler Velocimetry (UDV) and Contactless Inductive Flow Tomography (CIFT) are employed to measure the melt flow. The behavior of two-phase flows in case of argon injection is investigated by means of the Mutual Inductance Tomography (MIT) and X-ray radioscopy. The experimental results provide a substantial data basis for the validation of related numerical simulations. Numerical calculations were performed with the software package ANSYS-CFX with an implemented RANS-SST turbulence model. The non-isotropic nature of MHD turbulence was taken into account by specific modifications of the turbulence model. First results of the LIMMCAST program reveal important findings such as the peculiar, unexpected phenomenon that the application of a DC magnetic field may excite non-steady, non-isotropic large-scale flow oscillations in the mold. Another important result of our

  10. Precipitation of carbides in Cr – Mo – V cast steel after service and regenerative heat treatment

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    G. Golański

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of research on precipitation processes in chromium – molybdenum – vanadium cast steel. Theexamined material was the following cast steel grade: L21HMF and G17CrMoV5 – 10 (L17HMF after long-term operation at elevatedtemperatures and after regenerative heat treatment. Identification of precipitates was performed by means of the transmission electronmicroscope using carbon extraction replicas and thin foils. On the basis of identifications it has been proved that in the structure ofinvestigated cast steel grades, degraded by long-term operation, there are a few sorts of carbides with diverse stability, such as: M3C; M2C, M23C6, MC, M7C3. Moreover, the occurrence of compound complexes of precipitates – the so called “H-carbides” – has been revealed. Heat treatment of the examined cast steels contributed to changes in morphology and precipitation type. Whilst in the bainitic structure, obtained through heat treatment, only the occurrence of carbide types, such as: M3C; M23C6 and MC has been noticed.

  11. Corrosion Inhibiting Mechanism of Nitrite Ion on the Passivation of Carbon Steel and Ductile Cast Iron for Nuclear Power Plants

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    K. T. Kim

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available While NaNO2 addition can greatly inhibit the corrosion of carbon steel and ductile cast iron, in order to improve the similar corrosion resistance, ca. 100 times more NaNO2 addition is needed for ductile cast iron compared to carbon steel. A corrosion and inhibition mechanism is proposed whereby NO2- ion is added to oxidize. The NO2- ion can be reduced to nitrogen compounds and these compounds may be absorbed on the surface of graphite. Therefore, since nitrite ion needs to oxidize the surface of matrix and needs to passivate the galvanic corroded area and since it is absorbed on the surface of graphite, a greater amount of corrosion inhibitor needs to be added to ductile cast iron compared to carbon steel. The passive film of carbon steel and ductile cast iron, formed by NaNO2 addition showed N-type semiconductive properties and its resistance, is increased; the passive current density is thus decreased and the corrosion rate is then lowered. In addition, the film is mainly composed of iron oxide due to the oxidation by NO2- ion; however, regardless of the alloys, nitrogen compounds (not nitrite were detected at the outermost surface but were not incorporated in the inner oxide.

  12. Mechanical Properties of Thermally Aged Austenitic Stainless Steel Welds and Cast Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Conventional test methods for tensile and J-R properties of such weld require large size specimens. Meanwhile, small punch (SP) test has advantages of using small size samples at specific location. In this study, the mechanical property changes caused by the thermal aging were evaluated for the stainless steel welds and CASSs using tensile, J-R, and SP test. Based on the results, correlations were developed to estimate the fracture toughness using the load-displacement curve of SP tests. Finally, the fracture surfaces of compact tension (CT) and SP test specimens are compared and discussed in view of the effect of thermal aging on microstructure. Stainless steel welds of ER316L and ER347 as well as CASS (CF8M) were thermally aged at 400 .deg. C for 5,000 h. So far, tensile properties and fracture toughness of un-aged materials were carried out at room temperature and 320 .deg. C as a reference data. In order to evaluate the effect of thermal aging on mechanical properties, aged specimens are being tested and the changes in these properties will be discussed. In addition, correlations will be developed to estimate the fracture toughness in between J-R curve and SP curve

  13. Systematic Microstructural and Corrosion Performance Evaluation of CK-3MCuN and CN-3MN High Molybdenum Stainless Steel Castings

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    C.D. Lundin; S. Wen; W. Liu; G. Zhou

    2001-10-01

    High molybdenum austenitic stainless steel castings are widely accepted for their high strength, excellent weldability, and good corrosion resistance over a wide range of temperatures in highly oxidizing aqueous and gaseous media in chemical processing and other environments. With their desirable performance, high molybdenum austenitic stainless steel castings are increasingly applied in industry in a similar manner as wrought materials. In general, cast and wrought stainless and high alloy steels are anticipated to possess equivalent resistance to corrosive media, and they are frequently used in conjunction with each other. However, alloying element segregation usually is more evident in castings than in wrought counterparts. Segregation of alloying elements can lead to the formation of secondary phases, such as sigma. Mechanical properties and especially the corrosion resistance of castings may be affected by the secondary phases. In addition, improper heat treatment procedures c an also lead to the formation of carbides and secondary phases in high alloy and austenitic stainless steels.

  14. Mechanical characterization of microconstituents in a cast duplex stainless steel by micropillar compression

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    The mechanical properties of individual constituent in a cast austenitic–ferritic stainless steel were studied using uniaxial micropillar compression tests. The results of compression tests of the micropillars with the diameter ranging from 1 to 5 and 1 to 10 µm for ferrite and austenite, respectively, reveal that the strength of both austenite and ferrite increases with a decrease in sample size. The compression results also confirm that the strength of ferrite phase is higher than the austenite. The average yield stress value of ferrite is approximately 200 MPa higher than that of the austenite phase with the same sample size. The critical resolved shear stress (CRSS) was also calculated based on pillar compression and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) results

  15. Precipitation kinetics in austenitic 18Cr-30Ni-Nb cast steel

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    M. Garbiak

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available The study presents the results of investigations on the precipitation kinetics in austenitic 18%Cr-30%Ni cast steel stabilised with an addition of 1.84 wt% niobium. Phase analysis of isolates extracted from the alloy subjected to annealing within the temperature range of 600–1000oC during 10–1000 h was made. The phase constitution of the isolates mainly comprised niobium carbides of the NbC type and complex chromium carbides of the Cr23C6 type. In specimens annealed within the temperature range of 700–900oC, a high-silicon G phase was additionally identified. The highest kinetics of the precipitation process was recorded after annealing at the temperatures of 800 and 900oC.

  16. Mechanical properties of phase constituents in selected grades of cast steel

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    M. Garbiak

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The nanoindentation measurements performed on three cast steels of 0.3C-30Ni-18Cr type with various content of niobium and titanium were carried out.Mechanical propertiesofthe main phaseconstituents of the alloys, such as austenite, MC and M23C6 type carbides, were determined and analysed. The values of hardness (H and Young modulus (E for the austenite matrix were similar within the tested alloys. Essential differences (H=12 ÷ 24 GPa; E = 250 ÷ 400 GPa were found between the carbide phases present in tested alloys. The nanoindentation measurement on small particles is affected by different effects. One of these effects was excluded using numerical simulation of impressing the phase constituent into the matrix during indentation. The values of H and E obtained from simulation were: 30/450 GPa for NbC; 50/580 GPa for TiC; and 19/320 GPa for Cr23C6 respectively

  17. Abnormal image appearing in radiographic film of continuously cast austenite stainless steel

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    Investigation of abnormal image appearance in radiographic films and the analysis of its cause have been performed with test pieces of coarse grain sizes cut from a continuously cast billet of austenitic stainless steel. The image is a long, narrow and stripped pattern in horizontally cut test piece and squamouse pattern in vertically cut test pieces, although the pattern of the macrostructure were identical. It has been experimentally verified that this abnormal image is caused mainly by X-ray diffraction which occurs when X-ray penetrates the solidified structure in the test piece and is not due to any segregation of chemical compositions; and further that the precipitated Δ-ferrite is the factor that affects the contrast of the abnormal image. (author)

  18. Effect of thermal aging on the fatigue crack growth behavior of cast duplex stainless steels

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    Lü, Xu-ming; Li, Shi-lei; Zhang, Hai-long; Wang, Yan-li; Wang, Xi-tao

    2015-11-01

    The effect of thermal aging on the fatigue crack growth (FCG) behavior of Z3CN20?09M cast duplex stainless steel with low ferrite content was investigated in this study. The crack surfaces and crack growth paths were analyzed to clarify the FCG mechanisms. The microstructure and micromechanical properties before and after thermal aging were also studied. Spinodal decomposition in the aged ferrite phase led to an increase in the hardness and a decrease in the plastic deformation capacity, whereas the hardness and plastic deformation capacity of the austenite phase were almost unchanged after thermal aging. The aged material exhibited a better FCG resistance than the unaged material in the near-threshold regime because of the increased roughness-induced crack closure associated with the tortuous crack path and rougher fracture surface; however, the tendency was reversed in the Paris regime because of the cleavage fracture in the aged ferrite phases.

  19. Mapping of 1-MHz, 45 degree longitudinal-wave fields in centrifugally cast stainless steel

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    Previous work indicated that the sound field emitted by a 1-MHz, 45 degree, longitudinal-wave probe with a 38-mm diameter transducer maintained spatial coherency while propagating through the pure microstructural forms of centrifugally cast stainless steel (CCSS). This analysis was extended to the mixed microstructural modes of CCSS. Furthermore, the variation of field distortion incurred by propagating through a selected microstructure was investigated by acquiring field maps from different material volumes of the same microstructural classification. To accurately map the ultrasonic field, an improved technique was used so that receiver directivity maintained a ± 1 dB sensitivity over a broad angular range centered about 45 degree. This report discusses the samples used, the process of mapping ultrasonic fields utilizing a 45 degree facet, and an analysis of multiple field maps acquired from selected CCSS microstructures

  20. Ultrasonic interactions with CCSS [Centrifugally Cast Stainless Steel] and guidelines for CCSS inspection

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    The project described in this paper is a follow-up of last year's work, Software Simulation of Ultrasonic Interactions with Centrifugally Cast Stainless Steel (CCSS) and Guidelines for CCSS Inspection. Piping components made of CCSS exhibit enhanced corrosion resistance and are therefore widely used in the nuclear industry. However, the polycrystalline microstructure of CCSS forms a pattern with a unidirectional orientation of preference that makes the material distinctively anisotropic. It is now well recognized and acknowledged that anisotropic materials pose essential difficulties for traditional ultrasonic NDE techniques in terms of detection, location, sizing, and classification of defects. This report presents the computational results of the two computer programs developed as a principal fulfillment of the project

  1. Thermal ageing of cast duplex stainless steel primary components. Overview of the research program conducted by EDF

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    Massoud, J.P.; Jayet-Gendrot, S.; Le Delliou, P.; Semete, P. [Electricite de France (EDF), 77 - Moret sur Loing (France). Direction des Etudes et Recherches; Churier-Bossenec, H.; Ignaccolo, S. [Electricite de France (EDF), 69 - Villeurbanne (France). Direction de l`Equipment, SEPTEN; Bezdikian, G. [Electricite De France (EDF), 92 - Paris la Defense (France)

    1997-04-01

    The integrity assessment of cast duplex stainless steel components from the primary circuit of the PWR units relies on several research and development studies: the ageing surveillance programme on test ingots (cast at the same time as components) and on special products cast for studies has enabled us to develop prediction formulas of end-of-life toughness properties applicable to every component; tests on large-sized elbows containing analytical notches have shown their satisfactory behaviour even in severe situations (low toughness an high loadings); the development of a numerical tool (called ASCOUF) aimed to easily perform 3-D calculations; tests on mock-ups containing casting defects have shown that the resistance of shrinkage cavities to fatigue and to ductile tearing is much higher than the resistance of the envelope notches that are considered in mechanical analyses. The research program aiming at investigating the above issues is overviewed. (author) 8 refs.

  2. Microstructural changes caused by yttrium addition to NbTi-modified centrifugally cast HP-type stainless steels

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    Centrifugally cast heat-resistant HP stainless steels are particularly suitable for applications where service conditions comprise high temperatures and aggressive environments; thus, they are extensively used in reformer furnaces, in which hydrogen production takes place. The demand for better performance has motivated developments in these steels. The addition of Nb and Ti as microstructural modifiers has proved successful in providing a more stable microstructure. In this work yttrium was added to centrifugally cast NbTi-modified HP steels. It was observed that its presence increased the level of fragmentation of the chromium carbides, a positive aspect for creep resistance. The main cause of the fragmentation is the formation of yttrium carbides, which serve as heterogeneous nucleation sites for the other carbides. One of the tubes, with a lower titanium content, showed the best creep performance among those tubes studied owing to the presence of a smaller volume fraction of the deleterious G phase

  3. Modeling of primary dendrite arm spacing variations in thin-slab casting of low carbon and low alloy steels

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    Mehrara, H.; Santillana, B.; Eskin, D. G.; Boom, R.; Katgerman, L.; Abbel, G.

    2012-01-01

    Solidification structure of a High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steel, in terms of dendrite arm spacing distribution across the shell thickness, is studied in a breakout shell from a thin-slab caster at Tata Steel in IJmuiden. Columnar dendrites were found to be the predominant morphology throughout the shell with size variations across the shell thickness. Primary Dendrite Arm Spacing (PDAS) increases by increasing the distance from meniscus or slab surface. Subsequently, a model is proposed to describe the variation of the PDAS with the shell thickness (the distance from slab surface) under solidifiction conditions experienced in the primary cooling zone of thin-slab casting. The proposed relationship related the PDAS to the shell thickness and, hence, can be used as a tool for predicting solidifcation structure and optimizing the thin-slab casting of low alloy steels.

  4. Fracture mechanics analysis of cast duplex stainless steel elbows containing a surface crack

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    EDF, in cooperation with the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) and Framatome, has conducted a research program on the fracture behavior of aged cast duplex stainless steel elbows. The main task of this program consisted in testing two large diameter aged cast elbows under in-plane closure bending at 420 C. This paper, after a short presentation of the experimental results, presents the ductile fracture analyses performed. Both elbows contained a semi-elliptical notch machined on the outer surface of one flank, oriented either in the longitudinal direction (first test) or in the circumferential one (second test). The crack was submitted to tensile stresses, so it may initiate and subsequently grow by ductile tearing. Despite the low toughness of the steel, the crack extension remained stable up to the end of the tests, the final crack extension reaching 8 mm (first test) and 13 mm (second one). The test analyses were performed using elastic-plastic finite element calculations, with a model built up with 20-node elements and containing about 12,000 nodes. Due to the importance of the ovalization phenomenon in the elbows, the calculations were made under the large deformation hypothesis, requiring the development of a new formulation for the energy release rate parameter G. The first purpose of these calculations was to show their ability to simulate accurately the tests, by comparison with the measurements. The second purpose was to conduct a crack growth analysis by comparing calculated J curves (accounting for different crack depths) to the material J-R curve obtained on CT specimens. The accuracy of this type of analysis is satisfactory, considering the scatter of the J material data

  5. Numerical simulation of flow and heat transfer of continous cast steel slab under traveling magnetic field

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    Gong Haijun

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A unified numerical model for simulating solidification transport phenomena (STP of steel slab in electromagnetic continuous casting (EMCC process was developed. In order to solve the multi-physics fields coupled problem conveniently, the complicated bidirectional coupled process between EM and STP was simplified as a unidirectional one, and a FEM/FVM-combined numerical simulation technique was adopted. The traveling magnetic fields (TMFs applied to the EMCC process were calculated using the ANSYS11.0 software, and then the EM-data output by ANSYS were converted to FVM-format using a data-format conversion program developed previously. Thereafter, the governing equations were solved using a pressure-based Direct-SIMPLE algorithm. The simulation results of the STP in CC-process show that, due to the influences of Lorentz force and Joule heat, the two strong circulating flows and the temperature field can be obviously damped and changed once TMF with one pair of poles (1-POPs or 2-POPs is applied, which would accordingly improve the quality of casting. It was found in the present research that the integrated actions of 2-POPs TMF are superior to 1-POPs. All the computations indicate that the present numerical model of EM-STP as well as the FEM/FVM-combined technique is successful.

  6. Transient Simulation of Mold Heat Transfer and Solidification Phenomena of Continuous Casting of Steel

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    El-Bealy, Mostafa Omar

    2016-07-01

    A comprehensive model of heat transfer and solidification phenomena has been developed including microstructure evolution and fluctuation macrosegregation in continuously cast steel slabs with an objective of evaluation of various mold cooling conditions. The study contains plant trials, metallographic examinations, and formulation of mathematical modeling. The plant trials involved sample collection from three slab casters in use at two different steel plants. The metallographic study combined measurements of dendrite arm spacings and macrosegregation analysis of collected samples. A one-dimensional mathematical model has been developed to characterize the thermal, solidification phases, microstructure evolution, interdendritic strain, and therefore, the macrosegregation distributions. Two cooling approaches were proposed in this study to evaluate the Newtonian heat transfer coefficient in various mold regions. The first approach is a direct estimation approach (DEA), whereas the second one is a coupled approach of the interfacial resistor model and direct estimation approach (CIR/DEA). The model predictions and standard analytical models as well as the previous measurements were compared to verify and to calibrate the model where good agreements were obtained. The comparison between the model predictions and the measurements of dendrite arm spacings and fluctuated carbon concentration profiles were performed to determine the model accuracy level with different cooling approaches. Good agreements were obtained by different accuracy levels with different cooling approaches. The model predictions of thermal parameters and isotherms were analyzed and discussed.

  7. Quality control system for the process of continuous casting of steel

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    A. Gzieło

    2006-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Purpose of this research was to create new quality control system.Design/methodology/approach: For the purpose of new quality control system, the base of technological parameters of the process of continuous casting of steel (CCS has been programmed; it consists of 53 parameters. The optimal values for the technological parameters are necessary to proper functioning of databases and are essential element of quality control system. For each parameter, some target values have been empirically defined i.e. upper and lower bound, which assured proper functioning of a new process quality system for CCS.Findings: The author has modernized the loss function in such a way that it includes the whole range of technological parameters of CCS process.Practical implications: Having such an investigation material the scope and concept of a new quality system have been designed. The essentials component of the new quality system are the mathematical basis on which a modernized Taguchi’s loss function have been developed.Originality/value: On the basis of the performed investigations, a new quality system for concast slab of carbon steel which functions in industrial conditions has been developed.

  8. Finite volume modeling of the solidification of an axial steel cast impeller

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    M. Copur

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available In the foundry industry, obtaining the solidification contours in cast geometries are extremely important to know the last location(s to solidify in order to define the correct feeding path and the number of risers. This paper presents three-dimensional simulation of transient conduction heat transfer within an axial impeller, made of AISI 1016 steel, poured and solidified in chemically bonded mold and core medium, by using FVM technique and ANSYS CFX. Specific heat, density and thermal conductivity of AISI 1016 steel, mold and Core materials are considered as functions of temperatures. In this transient thermal analysis, the convection heat transfer phenomenon is also considered at the outer surfaces of the mold. In order to shorten the run-time, the nonlinear transient analysis has been made for 600/3600 segment of the impeller, core and mold. The solidification contours of the impeller as well as isothermal lines in core and mold have been obtained in 3-D. The cooling curves of diff erent points are also shown in the result section.

  9. Mathematical Modelling of Solidification in a Curved Strand During Continuous Casting of Steel

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    Maurya, Ambrish; Jha, Pradeep Kumar

    2016-06-01

    A two dimensional fluid flow, heat transfer and solidification model has been developed for a curved shape continuous steel slab caster. The strand has been divided in various sections depending upon cooling conditions in the mold and Secondary Cooling Zone (SCZ). The model was validated against the experimental results reported in the literature for solid shell thickness in the mold. CFD software ANSYS Fluent has been used for solving the differential equations of heat transfer and fluid flow. Surface temperature distribution has been predicted while; the thickness of solid shell formed in the mold and SCZ has been calculated by finding the liquid fraction of steel within the domain. Process parameters such as, casting speed and cooling rate has been varied to analyse their effects on metallurgical length and solid shell thickness at the mold exit. The analysis was based on keeping the shell thickness between 10 and 14 mm at mold exit and metallurgical length less than the cut-off length but having complete solidification after the straightening zone.

  10. Simulation Using Realistic Spray Cooling for the Continuous Casting of Multi-component Steel

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    A three-dimensional heat transfer model for continuous steel slab casting has been developed with realistic spray cooling patterns and a coupled microsegregation solidification model that calculates the solidification path for multicomponent steels. Temperature and composition dependent properties are implemented in a database for 15 chemical species. Considerable effort is made to accurately model the spray cooling heat transfer. Each spray nozzle position and distribution is considered, including variations of the spray patterns with flow rate, and spray overlap. Nozzle type, layout, nozzle-to-slab distance, and spray span and flux are variable. Natural convection, thermal radiation and contact cooling of individual rolls are computed. The present model provides more comprehensive information and realistic slab surface temperatures than results from a model using the "averaged" treatment of boundary conditions.Cooling operating conditions and parameters of individual spray nozzles can be analyzed to optimize nozzle spray distribution, improve product quality, and troubleshoot issues such as nozzle clogging that may arise during production.One spray cooling correlation is used for the entire machine, achieving as good or better agreement with surface temperature measurements than was found previously for the model using an "averaged" treatment of boundary conditions and using three machine-segment-dependent correlations.

  11. Modeling of the peritectic reaction and macro-segregation in casting of low carbon steel

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    El-Bealy, M.; Fredriksson, H.

    1996-12-01

    Macro-microscopic models have been developed to describe the macrosegregation behavior associated with the peritectic reaction of low carbon steel. The macrosegregation model has been established on the basis of previously published work and experimental data. A microscopic model of a three-phase reaction L+ δ→ γ has been modeled by using Fredriksson’s approach. Four horizontal and unidirectional solidified experimental groups simulating continuous casting have been performed with a low carbon steel containing 0.13 wt pct carbon. The extent of macrosegregation of carbon was determined by wet chemical analysis of millings. It is confirmed, by comparing calculated results with experimental results, that this model successfully predicts the occurrence of macrosegregation. The results indicate that a peritectic reaction which is associated with a high cooling rate generates high thermal contraction and a high tensile strain rate at the peritectic temperature. Therefore, the macrosegregation, particularly at the ingot surface, is very sensitive to the cooling rate, where extremely high positive segregation was observed in the case of a high cooling rate. However, in the case of slow cooling rate, negative segregation was noted. The mechanism of macrosegregation with peritectic reaction is discussed in detail.

  12. Evaluation of tensile properties of cast stainless steel using ball indentation test

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    To investigate the applicability of Automated Ball Indentation (ABI) tests in the evaluation of the tensile properties of Cast Stainless Steel (CSS), ABI tests were performed on four types of unaged CSS and on 316 stainless steel, all of which had a different microstructure and strength. The reliability of ABI test data was analyzed by evaluating the data scattering of the ABI test and by comparing tensile properties obtained from the ABI test and the tensile test. The results show that the degree of scattering of the ABI test data is reasonably acceptable in comparison with that of standard tensile data, when two points data that exhibit out-of-trend are excluded from five to seven points data tested on a specimen. In addition, the scattering decreases slightly as the content of δ-ferrite in CSS increases. Moreover, the ABI test can directly measure the flow parameters of CSS with error bounds of about ±10% for the ultimate tensile stress and the strength coefficient, and about ±15% for the yield stress and the strain hardening exponent. The accuracy of the ABI test data is independent of the amount of δ-ferrite in the CSS

  13. Problems of phase identification in high-nitrogen chromium-manganese cast steel

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    Z. Pirowski

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available An atzcrnpt has been madc to offcr an intcrprctation of ihc rnicrostructurc of chromium-mangancx cast stccl aftcr adding to 1his stccla targc amount of nitrogcn as an alloying clcrncnr. Nitropcn was addcd 10 rhc cast stccl by two mcthods: rhc first mcthod consistcrl inadding a nitridcd fcrrornangancsc, the second method in rcmclting thc nitrogen-rscc alloy undcr rhc atrnosphcrc of nitrogen maintaininghigh N1 prcssurc abovc the mctal meSt (33 MPa.Somc imponant diffcrcnces in the microstructurc of rhc cxamincd cast sleet havc bccn observed. dcpcnding on how the nitrogcn wasintroduced to Ihc alloy. Whcn melting was carried out undcr thc armosphcric prcssurc adding thc nitridcd fcrroaIloys. the matrix was composedof nitridcd nustcnitc, and numerous nitrides (carboni~rides wcrc forming a wcll-dcvclopcd ncrwork along tbc grain boundaries.Mcl t ing of alloy iindcr thc high prcsairc or nirrogcn enabPcs oblaining much highcr concentrarion of this clclncnt in lncral. Thc network ofprccipilarcs along lhc grain houndwics is obscrvcd to cxist no longcr. and thc Pamellar stmcturc occupics now practically ihc cnrirc mctalvolumc. Whcn :illoys arc mcltctt in rhc air, only small fragments oh the lamellar structurc, forming thc. so ca!lcd. "Chincse script" and localclusters arc! prcscnt.At this stagc of thc rcscarch. an artcmpa has bcen mad& to identify thc phascs in chromium-~nnngn~icsc cnst stccl u s i n ~a transmissionclectron rnicroscopc. Thc conducrcd slzldics pnnly confirrncd rhc conclusions resulting from ~ h ccx nminntions cnrricd out prcvioi~slyu ndcrthc optical rnicroscopc. So far. howcvcr, no consistcna answer has bccn found to thc qucstion of what typc arc Z ~ pCrc cipi~alcsp rcscnt inthe structurc of thc cxamincrh alloy.Attcmpts at furthcr intcrprcintion of thc obtained tcsults will hc taken at the next stage of thc work with n~tcntionfo ci~sscdo n thc prccipitatcsformed during rhc proccss of wlidilicat ion of thc cxnmincd chromium-manganese cast

  14. Effect Of Steel Flow Control Devices On Flow And Temperature Field In The Tundish Of Continuous Casting Machine

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    Sowa L.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The mathematical model and numerical simulations of the liquid steel flow in a tundish are presented in this paper. The problem was treated as a complex and solved by the finite element method. One takes into consideration in the mathematical model the changes of thermophysical parameters depending on the temperature. The single-strand tundish is used to casting slabs. The internal work space of the tundish was modified by flow control devices. The first device was a pour pad situated in the pouring tundish zone. The second device was a dam. The third device was a baffle with three holes. The dam and baffle were placed in the tundish at different positions depending on the variant. The main purpose of using these was to put barriers in the steel flow path as well as give directional metal flow upwards which facilitated inclusion floatation. The interaction of flow control devices on hydrodynamic conditions was received from numerical simulations. As a result of the computations carried out, the liquid steel flow and steel temperature fields were obtained. The influences of the tundish modifications on the velocity fields in liquid phase of the steel were estimated, because these have essential an influence on high-quality of a continuous steel cast slab.

  15. Modeling and Measurements of Multiphase Flow and Bubble Entrapment in Steel Continuous Casting

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    Jin, Kai; Thomas, Brian G.; Ruan, Xiaoming

    2016-02-01

    In steel continuous casting, argon gas is usually injected to prevent clogging, but the bubbles also affect the flow pattern, and may become entrapped to form defects in the final product. To investigate this behavior, plant measurements were conducted, and a computational model was applied to simulate turbulent flow of the molten steel and the transport and capture of argon gas bubbles into the solidifying shell in a continuous slab caster. First, the flow field was solved with an Eulerian k- ɛ model of the steel, which was two-way coupled with a Lagrangian model of the large bubbles using a discrete random walk method to simulate their turbulent dispersion. The flow predicted on the top surface agreed well with nailboard measurements and indicated strong cross flow caused by biased flow of Ar gas due to the slide-gate orientation. Then, the trajectories and capture of over two million bubbles (25 μm to 5 mm diameter range) were simulated using two different capture criteria (simple and advanced). Results with the advanced capture criterion agreed well with measurements of the number, locations, and sizes of captured bubbles, especially for larger bubbles. The relative capture fraction of 0.3 pct was close to the measured 0.4 pct for 1 mm bubbles and occurred mainly near the top surface. About 85 pct of smaller bubbles were captured, mostly deeper down in the caster. Due to the biased flow, more bubbles were captured on the inner radius, especially near the nozzle. On the outer radius, more bubbles were captured near to narrow face. The model presented here is an efficient tool to study the capture of bubbles and inclusion particles in solidification processes.

  16. Influence of stress relief annealing on the microstructure and properties of GX12CrMoVNbN9-1(GP91 cast steel

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    G. Golański

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents an effect of stress relief annealing, applied to casts after the repair by welding, on the microstructure and mechanical properties of quenched and tempered martensitic GX12CrMoVNbN9 – 1 cast steel (called GP91. The test pieces being the subject of research were taken out from a test coupon. Heat treatment of GP91 cast steel was carried out at the parameters of temperature and time appropriate for the treatment of multi-ton steel casts, while stress relief annealing was performed at the temperatures of 730 and 750oC.After quenching and tempering GP91 cast steel was characterized by the microstructure of high-tempered martensite with numerousprecipitations of carbides of diverse size. Mechanical properties of the investigated cast steel after heat treatment fulfilled the standard requirements. Stress relief annealing contributes to the processes of recovery and recrystallization of the matrix as well as the privileged precipitation of M23C6 carbides on grain boundaries. Changes in the microstructure of the examined cast steel cause deterioration in mechanical properties – the higher the temperature of stress relief annealing, the greater the deterioration.

  17. Interfacial morphology and corrosion resistance of Fe-B cast steel containing chromium and nickel in liquid zinc

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    Highlights: → Fe-B steels containing Cr and Ni exhibit the best corrosion resistance in liquid zinc. → Surface layers show gamma-Fe3Zn10, delta-FeZn10, zeta-FeZn13 and eta-Zn. → Cr and Ni can enrich at the interface during the corrosion process. → Corrosion processes include leaching, formation of compounds and spalling of borides. - Abstract: The interfacial morphology and corrosion resistance of low carbon Fe-B cast steels in zinc bath at 520 deg. C were investigated. The results show Fe-B cast steel containing high Cr and Ni exhibits the best corrosion resistance to liquid zinc. The corrosion layers are composed of Γ-Fe3Zn10, δ-FeZn10, ξ-FeZn13 and η-Zn. The corrosion behaviour of Fe-B cast steels includes the following processes: the preferential leach and dissolution of Cr and Ni, the formation of Fe-Zn compounds controlled by zinc atom diffusion, and the spalling of borides without the supporting role of α-(Fe, Cr) matrix corroded by liquid zinc.

  18. Long-term embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels in LWR systems. Annual report, October 1983-September 1984

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    A program is being conducted to investigate the significance of in-service embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels under light-water reactor operating conditions. The existing data are evaluated to determine the expected embrittlement of cast components during the operating lifetime of reactors and to define the objectives and scope of the investigation. Data for the metallurgical characterization of the various cast stainless steels used in the investigation are presented. Charpy impact tests on short-term aged material indicate that CF-3 stainless steels are less susceptible to embrittlement than CF-8 or CF-8M stainless steels. Embrittlement of the ferrite phase is primarily due to pinning of the dislocations by two of these precipitates, designed as Type M and Type X. The ferrite phase is embrittled after approx.8 yr at 3000C and shows cleavage fracture. Examination of the fracture surfaces of the impact-test specimens indicates that the toughness of the long-term aged material is determined by the austenite phase. 5 refs., 7 figs., 6 tabs

  19. Effect of cooling rate and forced convection on as-cast structure of 2205 duplex stainless steel

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    Cheng Zhang; Hong-gang Zhong; Cong-sen Wu

    2015-01-01

    To forecast the as-cast structure and ferrite-austenite phase ratio of 2205 duplex stainless steel (DSS), the effects of cooling rate and forced convection were observed in a high-vacuum resistance furnace in which the forced convection was created by the rotation of the crucible. The as-cast structure of all 2205 DSS samples is full equiaxed grains, and the microstructure consists of a great amount of desirable intra-granular austenite inside the continuous ferrite grain matrix, besides Widm...

  20. Numerical Simulation of Stress and Deformation for a Duplex Stainless Steel Impeller during Casting and Heat Treatment Processes

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    Lugui CHEN; Yong LING; Xiuhong KANG; Lijun XIA; Dianzhong LI

    2008-01-01

    A large-scale, thin wall duplex stainless steel impeller with complex geometry was deformed severely and unpredictably during casting and heat treatment processes resulted in dimensional failure for the final part. In this paper, the distortion of the impeller during casting and heat treatment was calculated. A commercial software, Experto-ViewCast, was used to simulate the transient heat transfer, solidification and mechanical behaviors during the casting and the heat treatment process. The coupled set of governing differential equations for mass, energy and mechanical balance were solved by finite control volume and finite element method. A thermoelastic-visco-plastic rheological model was used to compute the constrained shrinkage of the casting. At each time increment, a coupling of the heat transfer and mechanics was performed. Comparison of the experimental measurements with the model predictions showed good agreement. From the calculated displacements of key points of the blade, the proper inverse displacements were determined to provide an optimum casting pattern and to achieve a uniform and reasonable machining allowance for both faces of the blade.

  1. Alloy Design and Development of Cast Cr-W-V Ferritic Steels for Improved High-Temperature Strength for Power Generation Applications

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    Klueh, R L; Maziasz, P J; Vitek, J M; Evans, N D; Hashimoto, N

    2006-09-23

    Economic and environmental concerns demand that the power-generation industry seek increased efficiency for gas turbines. Higher efficiency requires higher operating temperatures, with the objective temperature for the hottest sections of new systems {approx} 593 C, and increasing to {approx} 650 C. Because of their good thermal properties, Cr-Mo-V cast ferritic steels are currently used for components such as rotors, casings, pipes, etc., but new steels are required for the new operating conditions. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has developed new wrought Cr-W-V steels with 3-9% Cr, 2-3% W, 0.25% V (compositions are in wt.%), and minor amounts of additional elements. These steels have the strength and toughness required for turbine applications. Since cast alloys are expected to behave differently from wrought material, work was pursued to develop new cast steels based on the ORNL wrought compositions. Nine casting test blocks with 3, 9, and 11% Cr were obtained. Eight were Cr-W-V-Ta-type steels based on the ORNL wrought steels; the ninth was COST CB2, a 9Cr-Mo-Co-V-Nb cast steel, which was the most promising cast steel developed in a European alloy-development program. The COST CB2 was used as a control to which the new compositions were compared, and this also provided a comparison between Cr-W-V-Ta and Cr-Mo-V-Nb compositions. Heat treatment studies were carried out on the nine castings to determine normalizing-and-tempering treatments. Microstructures were characterized by both optical and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Tensile, impact, and creep tests were conducted. Test results on the first nine cast steel compositions indicated that properties of the 9Cr-Mo-Co-V-Nb composition of COST CB2 were better than those of the 3Cr-, 9Cr-, and 11Cr-W-V-Ta steels. Analysis of the results of this first iteration using computational thermodynamics raised the question of the effectiveness in cast steels of the Cr-W-V-Ta combination versus the Cr

  2. Effect of residual Al content on microstructure and mechanical properties of Grade B+Steel for castings for locomotives

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    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The bogie made of Grade B+ steel is one of the most important parts of heavy haul trains. Some accidents were found to be the result of fracture failure of the bogies. It is very important to find the reason why the fracture failure occurred. Because Al was added for the final deoxidation during the smelting process of the Grade B+Steel, residual Al existed to some extent in the castings. High residual Al content in the bogie casting was presumed to be the reason for the fracture. In this work, the influence of residual Al content in the range of 0.015wt.% to 0.3wt.% on the microstructure and mechanical properties of the Grade B+ Steel was studied. The experimental results showed that when the residual Al content is between 0.02wt.% and 0.20wt.%, the mechanical properties of the steel meet the requirements of technical specification for heavy haul train parts, and the fracture is typical plastic fractures. If the residual Al content is less than 0.02wt.%, the microstructures are coarse, and the mechanical properties can not meet the demand of bogie steel castings. When the residual Al content is more than 0.2wt.%, the elongation, reduction of area, and low-temperature impact energy markedly deteriorate. The fracture mode then changes from plastic fracture to cleavage brittle fracture. Therefore, the amount of Al addition for the final deoxidation during the smelting process must be strictly controlled. The optimum addition amount needs to be controlled within the range of 0.02wt.% to 0.20wt.% for the Grade B+Steel.

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

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    Kalandyk B.; Zapała R.; Boroń Ł.; Solecka M.

    2014-01-01

    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 specim...

  4. Effect of heat treatment on microstructure, mechanical properties and erosion resistance of cast 23-8-N nitronic steel

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    Effects of heat treatment on microstructure, mechanical properties and erosion behavior of cast 23-8-N nitronic steel were studied. A series of heat treatments were carried out in the temperature range of 1180–1240 °C to observe the effect on microstructure. Optimum heat treatment cycle was obtained at 1220 °C for holding time of 150 min, which leads to dissolution of carbides, formation of equiaxed grains and twins. Heat treatment has shown improvement in tensile strength, toughness, impact strength and work hardening capacity, however at the cost of marginal reduction in hardness and yield strength. This resulted in improvement of erosion resistance of cast 23-8-N nitronic steel. The microstructures, fractured surfaces and phases were studied by optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis respectively

  5. Effect of heat treatment on microstructure, mechanical properties and erosion resistance of cast 23-8-N nitronic steel

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    Kumar, Avnish, E-mail: avnishmnit@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 302017 (India); Sharma, Ashok, E-mail: ashok.mnit12@gmail.com [Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Malaviya National Institute of Technology, Jaipur 302017 (India); Goel, S.K. [Star Wire India Ltd., Ballabgarh, Haryana 121404 (India)

    2015-06-18

    Effects of heat treatment on microstructure, mechanical properties and erosion behavior of cast 23-8-N nitronic steel were studied. A series of heat treatments were carried out in the temperature range of 1180–1240 °C to observe the effect on microstructure. Optimum heat treatment cycle was obtained at 1220 °C for holding time of 150 min, which leads to dissolution of carbides, formation of equiaxed grains and twins. Heat treatment has shown improvement in tensile strength, toughness, impact strength and work hardening capacity, however at the cost of marginal reduction in hardness and yield strength. This resulted in improvement of erosion resistance of cast 23-8-N nitronic steel. The microstructures, fractured surfaces and phases were studied by optical microscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis respectively.

  6. A study on the crack control of a high-speed steel roll fabricated by a centrifugal casting technique

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    The effects of roll materials, mould parameter, pouring parameter and cooling parameter on the crack of a high-speed steel (HSS) roll, which is manufactured by means of centrifugal casting, are investigated. The improvement of the HSS roll is effectively achieved through the addition of suitable amounts of potassium and rare earth (RE). The hot tearing force (i.e. the resistance to hot tearing) of the modified HSS roll is increased by 32.77% and reaches 158 N, while the line constriction (i.e. the solidification constriction of the HSS in unit distance) is decreased. In addition, the temperature field and stress field of the roll can be improved by adopting variable-speed centrifugal casting, variable-flux pouring and variable-speed solidification cooling techniques, which help to improve the filling and solidification of the molten steel and eliminate the cracks

  7. Progress in the reliable inspection of cast stainless steel reactor piping components

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    Studies conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, have focused on assessing the effectiveness and reliability of novel NDE approaches for the inspection of coarse-grained, cast stainless steel reactor components. The primary objective of this work is to provide information to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) on the utility, effectiveness and reliability of ultrasonic testing (UT) and eddy current testing (ET) inspection techniques as related to the inservice ultrasonic inspection of primary piping components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). This paper describes progress, recent developments and results from assessments of three different NDE approaches including ultrasonic phased array inspection techniques, eddy current testing for surface-breaking flaws, and a low-frequency ultrasonic inspection methodology coupled with a synthetic aperture focusing technique (SAFT). Westinghouse Owner's Group (WOG) cast stainless steel pipe segments with thermal and mechanical fatigue cracks, PNNL samples containing thermal fatigue cracks and several blank spool pieces were used for assessing the inspection methods. Eddy current studies were conducted on the inner diameter (ID) surface of piping specimens while the ultrasonic inspection methods were applied from the outer diameter (OD) surface of the specimens. The eddy current technique employed a Zetec MIZ-27SI Eddy Current instrument and a Zetec Z0000857-1 cross point spot probe with an operating frequency of 250 kHz. In order to reduce noise effects, degaussing of a subset of the samples resulted in noticeable improvements. The phased array approach was implemented using an R/D Tech Tomoscan III system operating at 1 MHz, providing composite volumetric images of the samples. The low-frequency ultrasonic method employs a zone-focused, multi-incident angle inspection protocol (operating at 250-500 kHz) coupled with SAFT for improved signal-to-noise and

  8. Progress in the Reliable Inspection of Cast Stainless Steel Reactor Piping Components

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    Studies conducted at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, have focused on assessing the effectiveness and reliability of novel NDE approaches for the inspection of coarse-grained, cast stainless steel reactor components. The primary objective of this work is to provide information to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (US NRC) on the utility, effectiveness and reliability of ultrasonic testing (UT) and eddy current testing (ET) inspection techniques as related to the inservice ultrasonic inspection of primary piping components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs). This paper describes progress, recent developments and results from assessments of three different NDE approaches including ultrasonic phased array inspection techniques, eddy current testing for surface-breaking flaws, and a low-frequency ultrasonic inspection methodology coupled with a synthetic aperture focusing technique (SAFT). Westinghouse Owner's Group (WOG) cast stainless steel pipe segments with thermal and mechanical fatigue cracks, PNNL samples containing thermal fatigue cracks and several blank spool pieces were used for assessing the inspection methods. Eddy current studies were conducted on the inner diameter (ID) surface of piping specimens while the ultrasonic inspection methods were applied from the outer diameter (OD) surface of the specimens. The eddy current technique employed a Zetec MIZ-27SI Eddy Current instrument and a Zetec Z0000857-1 cross point spot probe with an operating frequency of 250 kHz. In order to reduce noise effects, degaussing of a subset of the samples resulted in noticeable improvements. The phased array approach was implemented using an R/D Tech Tomoscan III system operating at 1 MHz, providing composite volumetric images of the samples. The low-frequency ultrasonic method employs a zone-focused, multi-incident angle inspection protocol (operating at 250-500 kHz) coupled with SAFT for improved signal-to-noise and

  9. Predictive Capabilities of Multiphysics and Multiscale Models in Modeling Solidification of Steel Ingots and DC Casting of Aluminum

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    Combeau, Hervé; Založnik, Miha; Bedel, Marie

    2016-06-01

    Prediction of solidification defects, such as macrosegregation and inhomogeneous microstructures, constitutes a key issue for industry. The development of models of casting processes needs to account for several imbricated length scales and different physical phenomena. For example, the kinetics of the growth of microstructures needs to be coupled with the multiphase flow at the process scale. We introduce such a state-of-the-art model and outline its principles. We present the most recent applications of the model to casting of a heavy steel ingot and to direct chill casting of a large Al alloy sheet ingot. Their ability to help in the understanding of complex phenomena, such as the competition between nucleation and growth of grains in the presence of convection of the liquid and of grain motion is shown, and its predictive capabilities are discussed. Key issues for future developments and research are addressed.

  10. Influence of heat treatment on microstructure and properties of GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 cast steel

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    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of research on the influence of multistage heat treatment on microstructure and properties of high-chromiummartensitic GX12CrMoVNbN9 – 1 (GP91 steel. The material under investigation were samples taken out from a test coupon. Heattreatment of GP91 cast steel was performed at the parameters of temperature and time typical of treatment for multi-ton steel casts. The research has proved that in the as-received condition (as-cast state GP91 cast steel was characterized by a coarse grain, martensitic microstructure which provided the required standard mechanical properties. The heat treatment of GP91 cast steel contributed to obtainment of a fine grain microstructure of high tempered martensite with numerous precipitations of carbides of diverse size. The GP91 cast steel structure received through heat treatment made it possible to obtain high plastic properties, particularly impact strength, maintaining strength properties on the level of the required minimum.

  11. The ageing kinetics of CF3 cast stainless steel in the temperature range 3000C to 400OC

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    The primary coolant pump casings for Sizewell 'B' are made from castings of ASME SA351 CF3 steel which, although predominantly austenitic, is required to contain a small proportion of ferrite. Previous studies have shown that such steels are susceptible to hardening of the ferrite, and associated losses in toughness, as a result of thermal ageing for long times at the service temperature (∼ 3000C). For this reason, toughness tests are to be carried out on representative castings made by the Sizewell 'B' pump casing manufacturer. The purpose of these tests is to demonstrate adequate end-of-life fracture resistance, using material which has been given an accelerated ageing treatment. The identification and validation of a suitable ageing treatment is the subject of this Report. Ageing kinetics have been measured for ageing temperatures in the range 300 to 4000C, from the results of Charpy impact tests on material from the castings procured for the main fracture programme. Castings with ferrite levels of 15, 25 and 35% have been studied. The losses in impact toughness have been related to the kinetics of ferrite strengthening using microhardness measurements, and to microstructural changes using Field Ion Atom Probe analysis. (author)

  12. Estimation of Charpy notch toughness for thermal aging specimens of cast duplex stainless steel using thermalelectric power measurement

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    The material properties of cast duplex stainless steel, which is used for main coolant pipes of PWR (pressurized water reactor) type nuclear power plants, change due to thermal aging. Therefore it is advisable to evaluate these changes of material properties non-destructively for maintenance of the plant component. In order to establish a non-destructive evaluation procedure for the degree of thermal aging of cast duplex stainless steel, thermoelectric power (TEP) measurements were carried out with a newly made TEP meter for thermal aging specimens, with different ferrite contents, aging temperatures and aging periods. Then the relationship between TEP and notch toughness obtained by Charpy impact test was investigated. As the results: (1) TEP increases due to thermal aging. The higher ferrite content, the higher TEP. The higher aging temperature, the more rapidly TEP increases. (2) Because of the decrease of Charpy notch toughness and the increase of TEP due to the fluctuation of Cr concentration caused by the phase separation of the ferrite phase, TEP increases by thermal aging as the Charpy notch toughness decreases. (3) Regardless of the aging temperature, the specimens with the same ferrite content have the same relationship between Charpy notch toughness and TEP. (4) It is possible to estimate Charpy notch toughness with an error of 100 J/cm2 by TEP in the beginning of aging. Therefore, it can be concluded that we can estimate Charpy notch toughness for cast duplex stainless steel by TEP depending on the ferrite content regardless of the aging temperature. (author)

  13. Potential dependence of SCC growth of cast stainless steels and weld material in high-temperature water

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    SCC growth rates measurements were performed in hydrogenated simulated PWR primary water and oxygenated water environments at 320°C to examine SCC growth behaviors of SCS14A cast stainless steels and 316L weld material using half-inch size compact tension specimens (1/2TCT). The effects of thermal ageing and cold-work on SCC growth were examined in high-temperature water in different corrosion potential environments. And the corrosion behaviors of ferrite (α) and austenite (γ) phases were also investigated after testing in both low- and high- potential water environments to consider the cause of the corrosion potential dependence on SCC growth. The following results were obtained. No significant SCC growth was observed on SCS14A cast stainless steels and 316L weld material in simulated PWR water even after 1 year exposure. No influence on SCC by thermal ageing and cold-working of specimens was recognized after exposure in this simulated PWR primary water. Significant SCC growth was observed in high-potential water and a clear corrosion potential dependence was observed on SCC growth of SCS14A cast stainless steels and 316L weld material. Clear potential dependence on corrosion of ferrite and austenite phases was observed: the ferrite phase corroded more slowly in low-potential water and the austenite phase corroded more significantly in simulated PWR primary water. The difference in corrosion seemed to affect the SCC growth mechanism in PWR primary water. (author)

  14. Experimental und numerical investigations on cooling efficiency of Air-Mist nozzles on steel during continuous casting

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    Arth, G.; Taferner, M.; Bernhard, C.; Michelic, S.

    2016-07-01

    Cooling strategies in continuous casting of steel can vary from rapid cooling to slow cooling, mainly controlled by adjusting the amount of water sprayed onto the surface of the product. Inadequate adjustment however can lead to local surface undercooling or reheating, leading to surface and inner defects. This paper focuses on cooling efficiency of Air-Mist nozzles on casted steel and the experimental and numerical prediction of surface temperature distributions over the product width. The first part explains the determination of heat transfer coefficients (HTC) on laboratory scale, using a so called nozzle measuring stand (NMS). Based on measured water distributions and determined HTC's for air-mist nozzles using the NMS, surface temperatures are calculated by a transient 2D-model on a simple steel plate, explained in the second part of this paper. Simulations are carried out varying water impact density and spray water distribution, consequently influencing the local HTC distribution over the plate width. Furthermore, these results will be interpreted with regard to their consequence for surface and internal quality of the cast product. The results reveal the difficulty of correct adjustment of the amount of sprayed water, concurrent influencing water distribution and thus changing HTC distribution and surface temperature.

  15. Effect of different Mo contents on tensile and corrosion behaviors of CD4MCU cast duplex stainless steels

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    In the present study, the effect of Mo contents on the microstructure, tensile and corrosion behaviors of as-solutionized CD4MCU cast duplex stainless steel was examined. The polarization test was conducted in 3.5% NaCl +5% H2SO4 aqueous solution for general corrosion resistance and the slow strain rate tests were also conducted in air and 3.5% NaCl+5% H2SO4 aqueous solution to study the Stress Corrosion Cracking (SCC) of the present alloy. A substantial microstructural evolution of CD4MCU cast duplex stainless steel was observed with different Mo contents, which in turn affected the tensile and corrosion behaviors significantly. The beneficial effect of Mo on improving the corrosion and the SCC resistances was largely overwhelmed by this variation of microstructural characteristics. The relationship between the microstructural evolution and the tensile and corrosion behavior of CD4MCU cast duplex stainless steels with different Mo contents was discussed based on the optical and SEM micrographic and fractographic observations

  16. Mechanical property and microstructural change by thermal aging of SCS14A cast duplex stainless steel

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    The aging behavior, especially saturation, of JIS SCS14A cast duplex stainless steels was investigated on the basis of the mechanical properties and microstructural changes during accelerated aging at 350 oC and 400 oC. The aging behavior of the materials mainly proceeds via two stages. During the first stage, the generation and concentration of the iron-rich and chromium-enriched phase in ferrite occurs by phase decomposition. The first stage corresponds to aging times of up to 3000 h at 400 oC. During the first stage, the ferrite hardness achieved is approximately 600 VHN, and the Charpy impact energy is almost saturated. During the second stage, the precipitated chromium-enriched phase aggregates and coarsens, and the G phase precipitation also occurs. The second stage corresponds to the aging times range of 3000-30 000 h at 400 oC. During the second stage, the ferrite hardness achieved is about 800 VHN; however, further hardening exceeding 600 VHN does not influence the Charpy impact energy

  17. Temper embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steels after long-term aging

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    Microstructural changes and fracture behavior in cast CF8M duplex stainless steel after aging at 300 to 450degC for 300 to 10000 h have been investigated. Both, optical microscopical and transmission electron microscopical analyses, hardness and ferrite content measurements have been carried out in this study. Strengthening and overaging phenomena of the ferrite phase have been identified by hardness measurements. Spinodal decomposition and heterogeneous precipitation of G-phase were found to be responsible for strengthening of the ferrite phase after aging with a temper parameter P in the range ca. 1.8 to 4.0. Homogeneous precipitation of noncoherent α'- and G-phases in ferrite, identified by both optical and transmission electron microscopical analyses for aging with P > 4.0 at 450degC, is associated with overaging phenomena. Three different fracture modes, dimples, cleavage and α/γ grain boundary separation, have been observed for Charpy V-notch and CT test specimens fractured at +20degC. (author)

  18. Technical Letter Report on the Cracking of Irradiated Cast Stainless Steels with Low Ferrite Content

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    Crack growth rate and fracture toughness J-R curve tests were performed on CF-3 and CF-8 cast austenite stainless steels (CASS) with 13-14% of ferrite. The tests were conducted at ~320°C in either high-purity water with low dissolved oxygen or in simulated PWR water. The cyclic crack growth rates of CF-8 were higher than that of CF-3, and the differences between the aged and unaged specimens were small. No elevated SCC susceptibility was observed among these samples, and the SCC CGRs of these materials were comparable to those of CASS alloys with >23% ferrite. The fracture toughness values of unirradiated CF-3 were similar between unaged and aged specimens, and neutron irradiation decreased the fracture toughness significantly. The fracture toughness of CF-8 was reduced after thermal aging, and declined further after irradiation. It appears that while lowering ferrite content may help reduce the tendency of thermal aging embrittlement, it is not very effective to mitigate irradiation-induced embrittlement. Under a combined condition of thermal aging and irradiation, neutron irradiation plays a dominant role in causing embrittlement in CASS alloys.

  19. Cracking behavior of thermally aged and irradiated CF-8 cast austenitic stainless steel

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    Chen, Y.; Alexandreanu, B.; Chen, W.-Y.; Natesan, K.; Li, Z.; Yang, Y.; Rao, A. S.

    2015-11-01

    To assess the combined effect of thermal aging and neutron irradiation on the cracking behavior of CF-8 cast austenitic stainless steel, crack growth rate (CGR) and fracture toughness J-R curve tests were carried out on compact-tension specimens in high-purity water with low dissolved oxygen. Both unaged and thermally aged specimens were irradiated at ∼320 °C to 0.08 dpa. Thermal aging at 400 °C for 10,000 h apparently had no effect on the corrosion fatigue and stress corrosion cracking behavior in the test environment. The cracking susceptibility of CF-8 was not elevated significantly by neutron irradiation at 0.08 dpa. Transgranular cleavage-like cracking was the main fracture mode during the CGR tests, and a brittle morphology of delta ferrite was often seen on the fracture surfaces at the end of CGR tests. The fracture toughness J-R curve tests showed that both thermal aging and neutron irradiation can induce significant embrittlement. The loss of fracture toughness due to neutron irradiation was more pronounced in the unaged than aged specimens. After neutron irradiation, the fracture toughness values of the unaged and aged specimens were reduced to a similar level. G-phase precipitates were observed in the aged and irradiated specimens with or without prior aging. The similar microstructural changes resulting from thermal aging and irradiation suggest a common microstructural mechanism of inducing embrittlement in CF-8.

  20. Investigation of thermal aging damage mechanism of the Cast Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Wang Zhaoxi, E-mail: wangzx03@mails.tsinghua.edu.c [Applied Mechanics Laboratory, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute, Suzhou 215004 (China); Xue Fei; Guo Wenhai [Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute, Suzhou 215004 (China); Shi Huiji [Applied Mechanics Laboratory, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Zhang Guodong [Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute, Suzhou 215004 (China); School of Mechanical and Power Engineering, Nanjing University of Technology, Nanjing 210009 (China); Shu Guogang [Suzhou Nuclear Power Research Institute, Suzhou 215004 (China)

    2010-10-15

    Besides the macro-mechanical properties for thermal aging effect published in 'Thermal aging effect on Z3CN20.09M Cast Duplex Stainless Steel' (Nuclear Engineering and Design 239(2009) 2217-2223), the thermal aging damage mechanism is investigated in this paper through nano-indentation tests and micro-structures evolution examination. Numerical simulations were carried out with GTN continuum damage model to investigate the different crack propagation process for aging. The nano-indentation hardness values increase with aging time for both phases while the hardness values of the ferrite phase are much higher and increase much more. The nano-indentation energy indicating the toughness decreases for both phases with aging time. TEM results show that the Cr-enriched {alpha}' phase precipitates in the ferrite phase which is considered as the critical reason making the dislocation slip difficult and causing the increase of the strength and reduction of the toughness. The crack initiates from the ferrite phase instead of the austenite phase from the SEM observation and FEA simulation results, which reflects the change of the fracture mechanism for thermal aging.

  1. A study of fracture of cast duplex stainless steels embrittled by aging at 400 C

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    This work deals in particular with the fracture at 20 C of a cast duplex stainless steel ZCND19-10M containing 20% of ferrite and aged at 400 C during 700 h in order to obtain a fracture criterion of a volume element, in the framework of the local approach to fracture. With tensile tests on axisymmetric coped test pieces it is possible to study the effect of the stresses triaxiality on ductility. The fracture mechanisms are studied on metallographic sections and of fracture surface analyses. Cleavage cracks are initiated in ferrite and end in austenite. They grow up by blunting in austenite, and then form a macro-crack by coalescence. These cleavage cracks are clustered together. A crystallographic study shows that they appear in austenite grains which deform with simple slide, the incompatibility stress between the two phases being higher in this case. At a superior scale, the mechanical analysis of the crack growth conditions, shows that it is controlled by the plastic deformation. Moreover, cracks appear progressively when the deformation increases. A Gurson porous material behaviour model has been used to simulate the ductile fracture of this material. With random selection of grains strongly damaged (crack clusters) in coped specimens and of finite element calculations of these same specimens, it has been shown that ductility is controlled by cluster fracture and that its great dispersion can be correctly reproduced. (O.M.)

  2. 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.

  3. Numerical Simulation of Dendritic Growth of Continuously Cast High Carbon Steel

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    Wang, Weiling; Luo, Sen; Zhu, Miaoyong

    2015-01-01

    Considering the influence of the latent heat released during the solidification of high carbon liquid steel, a cellular automaton (CA) model coupled with the heat transfer was developed to investigate the growth of equiaxed dendrites which is controlled by the solute diffusion during the continuous casting process. Additionally, the growth of columnar dendrites and primary dendrite arm spacings were predicted and measured. The results show that the CA model is able to describe the growth behavior of equiaxed dendrites, especially at 5 K to 7 K melt undercoolings, and the approach adjusting the cooling medium temperature is reliable to keep the undercooling condition stable for equiaxed dendrites although its hysteresis is reinforced as the pre-set undercooling increases. With the increase of the melt undercooling, the growth of equiaxed dendrites becomes faster, and the thickness of dendritic arms increases slightly, however, the thickness of the diffusion layer in front of dendritic tips keeps constant. The growth of thin and tiny columnar dendrites will be confined due to the competition and absorbed by neighboring strong columnar dendrites, giving rise to the coarsening of columnar dendrites, which is observed both from the experimental observation and the numerical simulation. With the decrease of the cooling intensity, columnar dendrites get sparser, primary dendrite arm spacings increase, and secondary dendritic arms become undeveloped.

  4. Methods for the In-Situ Characterization of Cast Austenitic Stainless Steel Microstructures

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    Cast austenitic stainless steel (CASS) that was commonly used in U.S. nuclear power plants is a coarse-grained, elastically anisotropic material. Its engineering properties made it a material of choice for selected designs of nuclear power reactor systems. However, the fabrication processes result in a variety of coarse-grain microstructures that make current ultrasonic in-service inspection of components quite challenging. To address inspection needs, new ultrasonic inspection approaches are being sought. However, overcoming the deleterious and variable effects of the microstructure on the interrogating ultrasonic beam may require knowledge of the microstructure, for potential optimization of inspection parameters to enhance the probability of detection (POD). The ability to classify microstructure type (e.g. polycrystalline or columnar) has the potential to guide selection of optimal NDE approaches. This paper discusses the application of ultrasonic and electromagnetic methods for classifying CASS microstructures, when making measurements from the outside surface of the component. Results to date demonstrate the potential of these measurements to discriminate between two consistent microstructures - equiaxed-grain material versus columnar-grain material. The potential for fusion of ultrasonic and electromagnetic measurements for in-situ microstructure characterization in CASS materials will be explored.

  5. Mathematical Analysis of Inclusion Removal from Liquid Steel by Gas Bubbling in a Casting Tundish

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    H. Arcos-Gutierrez

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The mechanism of inclusion removal from liquid steel by gas bubbling and bubble attachment in the tundish is complex due to the great number of variables involved, and it is even more difficult to study because of the turbulent flow conditions. The main objective of this work is to analyze and improve the understanding of the alumina inclusion removal rate by bubble attachment and by gas bubbling fluid dynamics effects. The results show that the inclusion collection probability mainly depends on the attachment mechanism by collision. This parameter was determined by calculating the induction time, which is shorter when the rupture time and the formation time of a stable three phases contact (particle/liquid/gas are ignored than when it is fully considered, affecting the attachment probability. In addition, to achieve acceptable inclusion removal, a smaller bubble diameter is required, such as 1 mm. This consideration is almost impossible to achieve during tundish operation; a more realistic bubble diameter around 10 mm is employed, resulting in a very inefficient inclusion removal process by bubble attachment. Nevertheless, in a real casting tundish the inclusion removal rate employing argon bubbling is efficient; is mainly due to the fluid flow pattern changes rather than bubble attachment. Consequently, it is imperative to consider the summation of both removal mechanisms to compute a better approximation of this important operation.

  6. Phase Diagram Calculation and Analyze on Cast High-Boron High-Speed Steel

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    Yang, Yong-wei; Fu, Han-guang; Lei, Yong-ping; Wang, Kai-ming; Zhu, Li-long; Jiang, Liang

    2016-02-01

    The equilibrium phases of high-boron high-speed steel whose compositions are 0-3.0% B, 0.2-0.8% C, 4.0-8.0% Cr, 2.0-4.0% Mo, 0.5-1.5% Al, 0.5-1.5% Si, 0-1.0% Mn, and 0.5-1.5% V were calculated and vertical section pseudo-binary phase diagrams were drawn by Thermo-Calc software. The phase transformation and carbides precipitation temperatures were measured by using differential scanning calorimetry. The type of carbides and matrix of the as-cast specimens were determined by using x-ray diffraction. Meanwhile, the shape and the number of carbides in the different specimens were detected by using optical microscope and scanning electron microscope. The influence of boron, carbon, aluminum, and chromium elements on equilibrium phase diagrams was discussed. The calculation results obtained from Thermo-Calc software are agreed with the ones from experiments. This work provides a practical method for engineers and researchers in related areas.

  7. Technical Letter Report on the Cracking of Irradiated Cast Stainless Steels with Low Ferrite Content

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    Chen, Y. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Alexandreanu, B. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States); Natesan, K. [Argonne National Lab. (ANL), Argonne, IL (United States)

    2014-11-01

    Crack growth rate and fracture toughness J-R curve tests were performed on CF-3 and CF-8 cast austenite stainless steels (CASS) with 13-14% of ferrite. The tests were conducted at ~320°C in either high-purity water with low dissolved oxygen or in simulated PWR water. The cyclic crack growth rates of CF-8 were higher than that of CF-3, and the differences between the aged and unaged specimens were small. No elevated SCC susceptibility was observed among these samples, and the SCC CGRs of these materials were comparable to those of CASS alloys with >23% ferrite. The fracture toughness values of unirradiated CF-3 were similar between unaged and aged specimens, and neutron irradiation decreased the fracture toughness significantly. The fracture toughness of CF-8 was reduced after thermal aging, and declined further after irradiation. It appears that while lowering ferrite content may help reduce the tendency of thermal aging embrittlement, it is not very effective to mitigate irradiation-induced embrittlement. Under a combined condition of thermal aging and irradiation, neutron irradiation plays a dominant role in causing embrittlement in CASS alloys.

  8. Method for Determining the Time Constants Characterizing the Intensity of Steel Mixing in Continuous Casting Tundish

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    Pieprzyca J.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available A common method used in identification of hydrodynamics phenomena occurring in Continuous Casting (CC device's tundish is to determine the RTD curves of time. These curves allows to determine the way of the liquid steel flowing and mixing in the tundish. These can be identified either as the result of numerical simulation or by the experiments - as the result of researching the physical models. Special problem is to objectify it while conducting physical research. It is necessary to precisely determine the time constants which characterize researched phenomena basing on the data acquired in the measured change of the concentration of the tracer in model liquid's volume. The mathematical description of determined curves is based on the approximate differential equations formulated in the theory of fluid mechanics. Solving these equations to calculate the time constants requires a special software and it is very time-consuming. To improve the process a method was created to calculate the time constants with use of automation elements. It allows to solve problems using algebraic method, which improves interpretation of the research results of physical modeling.

  9. Erosive Wear Behavior of High-Alloy Cast Iron and Duplex Stainless Steel under Mining Conditions

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    Yoganandh, J.; Natarajan, S.; Kumaresh Babu, S. P.

    2015-09-01

    Centrifugal pumps used in the lignite mines encounter erosive wear problems, leading to a disastrous failure of the pump casings. This paper attempts to evaluate the erosive wear resistance of Ni-Hard 4, high-chromium iron, and Cast CD4MCu duplex stainless steel (DSS), for mining conditions. The prepared test coupons were subjected to an erosion test by varying the impingement velocity and the angle of impingement, under two different pH conditions of 3 and 7, which pertained to the mining conditions. XRD analysis was carried out to confirm the phases present in the alloy. The eroded surface was subjected to SEM analysis to identify the erosion mechanisms. The surface degradation of Ni-Hard 4 and high-chromium iron came from a low-angle abrasion with a grooving and plowing mechanism at a low angle of impingement. At normal impingement, deep indentations resulted in lips and crater formations, leading to degradation of the surface in a brittle manner. A combined extrusion-forging mechanism is observed in the CD4MCu DSS surface at all the impingement angles.

  10. Effect of superheat on macrostructure and macrosegregation in continuous cast low-alloy steel slabs

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    Pikkarainen, T.; Vuorenmaa, V.; Rentola, I.; Leinonen, M.; Porter, D.

    2016-03-01

    The effect of superheat on grain sedimentation and macrosegregation has been investigated using experimental castings of a low-alloyed steel grade. With a high superheat of ∼ 40 °C, the central equiaxed parts of the slabs consisted of randomly oriented fine dendrites but with a low superheat of ∼ 10 °C, coarse globular structures formed. The mean carbon content measured with optical emission spectroscopy was of the order of 15% smaller with coarse globular structures than in fine equiaxed dendritic structures. Electron probe microanalysis of other alloying elements indicates that the negative segregation in the slab central zones is caused by sedimentation of globulites. With superheat in the range ∼ 20 - 40 °C, the equiaxed zone is bordered by a columnar to equiaxed transition (CET) zone. In this region a positive macrosegregation of carbon and other alloying elements was observed. These phenomena are important when considering the through-thickness properties of the slabs and final products.

  11. Lamb wave inspection for large cracks in centrifugally cast stainless steel: Interim report

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    The objective of the present research project is to develop an inspection technique to detect and size large-scale cracks in centrifugally cast stainless steel (CCSS) pipes. This technique is based on the use of Lamb waves, or generally the resonant modes of propagation in the considered geometry, to circumvent the difficulties encountered when the conventional ultrasonic bulk waves are used to inspect the anisotropic, highly absorptive CCSS material. The research activities in 1987 were focused on probe design, Lamb-wave mode selection and excitation, detection mechanism, and anisotropy and curvature effects. The optimal design of a laboratory search unit was determined to be a tandem dual-element system built on the liquid-wedge principle. A reliable mechanism, which features a strong amplitude reduction when the search unit is scanned over a crack, was identified for crack detection and location. The preliminary experimental and analytical findings indicate that the best resonant modes were identified to be the four lowest modes in light of their excitability and minimization of the anisotropy effect. Finally, for typical geometrical dimensions under consideration, the curvature effect was found to be minimal

  12. 铸钢件与无缝钢管焊接技术%Cast Steel and Seamless Steel Pipe Welding Technology

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    臧盐龙

    2012-01-01

    结合京沪高速铁路镇江南站站房工程铸钢件同无缝钢管焊接施工中一些技术工作及相关经验,通过设计院的相关设计文件及现场焊接工艺的指导,经过权威专家的评审,最终根据焊接的成果总结出了在管桁架结构的现场安装中铸钢件同无缝钢管的焊接工艺及注意要点。%In combination with the steel castings with seamless steel pipe welding construction technology and related work experience of Beijing-Shanghai High Speed Railway Zhenjiang south railway station building engineering, through the design of the related design documents and field welding process guidance, through the assessment of experts, based on the final welding results, the paper summarized steel castings with seamless steel pipe welding process and points for attention in pipe truss structure installation.

  13. Improvement in creep-rupture life of 1Cr1Mo(1)/(4)V steel castings and their weld joints by addition of niobium

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    Singh, Kulvir; Jaipal Reddy, G.; Reddy, K.S. [Corporate R and D, BHEL, Hyderabad (India). Metallurgy Dept.

    2008-07-01

    1Cr1Mo(1)/(4)V steel was cast with varying percentages of 0.04, 0.06 and 0.08% of niobium. The CrMoV cast steels having the above chemical composition, were subjected to a heat treatment by solutionising them to a temperature at 1040 C and subsequent cooling to room temperature, then, subjecting to a tempering at a temperature below the Ac1 point at 740 C. CrMoV electrodes were used for welding. Welding, as per the plant practices was carried out on the castings and weldability studies were conducted. Base metal and weld joint samples were subjected to hardness, impact, tensile, hot tensile and creep/ stress rupture testing. Creep/ stress rupture testing was carried out at 525, 550, 575 and 600 C and stresses varying from 100 - 300 MPa. Microstructural analysis including scanning and transmission electron microscopy was carried out on the as received as well as tested material. Room and high temperature tensile strength of 1Cr1Mo(1)/(4)V steel with Nb addition was higher than plain 1Cr1Mo(1)/(4)V steel. Among Nb added steels, creep-rupture and tensile strength of 0.06 and 0.08%Nb steel was found to be highest. The creep ductility of these casts is slightly lower than plain 1Cr1Mo(1)/(4)V steel but the cast with 0.08% Nb showed highest creep-rupture ductility. On the basis of creep-rupture test results on weld joint samples, the weld joints of steel with 0.08%Nb are found to be stronger than plain 1Cr1Mo(1)/(4)V steel as well as with 0.04 and 0.06%Nb. Creep-rupture ductility and impact strength of weld as well as HAZ region of 0.08% Nb steel were highest. 1Cr1Mo(1)/(4)V cast steel with Nb addition is envisaged to be used for steam turbine casing castings and valve castings. If turbine casings and valve castings are made of Nb containing steels, it is possible to increase the steam temperature and pressure and also the efficiency and reliability of the turbine. Substantial gains in terms of cost and life improvement can be made. (orig.)

  14. COMPLEX RECONSTRUCTION OF THE CONTINUOUS CASTING MACHINES OF BELARUSIAN STEEL WORKS

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    A. A. Sotnikov

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Set of activities performed by the machine for continuous casting mill № 3 has enhanced its productivity and also master a new product - continuous casting round billet for seamless drawn pipes in tube-rolling shop

  15. Autonomous Optimization of a Solidification Pattern and Its Effect on Porosity and Segregation in Steel Castings

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    Kotas, Petr; Tutum, Cem Celal; Hattel, Jesper Henri

    2011-01-01

    distribution. This was accomplished by coupling a casting simulation software package with an optimization module. The casting process of the original casting design was simulated using a transient 3D thermal model incorporated in a commercial simulation software package to determine potential flaws...

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

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    Kalandyk B.

    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.

  17. Effect of Manganese Sulphide Size on the Precipitation of Tin Heterogeneous Nucleation in as-Cast Steel

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    Sun, Guilin; Song, Bo; Tao, Sufen; Cai, Zeyun

    2015-05-01

    Tramp elements in steels such as tin have been thought harmful because of the hot brittleness at grain boundaries and will be enriched in new steels because of difficulty of removal. It has been an important and difficult matter for metallurgist to use these elements. In the present paper, the as-cast steel containing high concentration of tin is prepared in laboratory and tin precipitates at the manganese sulphide inclusions have been found. A theoretical model is established to calculate the size of manganese sulphide inclusions acted as the heterogeneous nucleation site of tin precipitation. The results show that the inclusions with the smaller contact angle between tin precipitate is more advantageous to be the nucleus of tin heterogeneous nucleation. In this experiment, the manganese sulphide inclusions whose size is 2~4 μm in diameter can act as the nuclei of the nucleation of tin precipitation.

  18. Area Method Analysis and Thermodynamic Behavior of Nonmetallic Micro-Inclusions in Casting Slab of GCr15 Bearing Steel

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    WANG Hongli; MA Yitai; WANG Shuoming

    2009-01-01

    The distribution and characteristics of nonmetallic micro-inclusions of GCrI5 bearing steel were explored through metallographic area method in virtue of tracer method and electronic microscope.The results show that the micro-inclusions,of which the average value is 0.032%,are mainly the compounds formed via the adsorption/aggregation of multielement deoxidized compounds and secondarily deoxidized products on tundish liquid level.The micro-inclusions of diameters from 0 to 5 μm are 92.5% in total,which basically determines the characteristics of inclusions distribution in casting slab.The inclusions of diameters more than 10 μm only account for less than 1% in total,which have little influence on steel quality.The relationship between equilibrium compositions of the first deoxidation products and molten steel compositions was also calculated based on thermodynamic theory.

  19. The PISC parametric study on the effect of cast austenitic steel texture on the capability of ultrasonic examination

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    Within the framework of Action 4 (Austenitic Steel Testing) of PISC III (Programme for the Inspection of Steel Components), a parametric study was carried out on a set of centrifugally cast stainless steel samples, representative of the main coolant piping of pressurized water nuclear reactors. The samples are obtained from different manufacturers, and feature various grain textures and dimensions. Artificial and realistic flaws were used to assess the detection and sizing capability of ultrasonic examination techniques. The paper analyzes the data as a function of the metal structure and of the main parameters of the testing techniques, which include TRL contact probes and immersion focusing transducers. Guidelines are deduced as to the selection of inspection techniques, in relation with the metallurgical texture of each specimen. In addition, the influence of the presence of a weld across the wave path is evaluated, as well as the similarity between the responses obtained from crack-like machined reflectors and mechanical fatigue cracks

  20. Evolution of recrystallization microstructure and texture during rapid annealing in strip-cast non-oriented electrical steels

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    Non-oriented electrical steel as-cast strip was produced by twin roll strip casting process, and subsequently cold rolled and annealed at heating rates in the range of 3–450 °C/s with the aim to elucidate the effect of heating rate on the evolution of recrystallized microstructure and texture. The average grain size was rapidly increased when the heating rate was increased from 3 to 25 °C/s, and decreased when the heating rate was greater than 25 °C/s. The average grain size did not increase linearly with heating rate, which was related to different degree of nucleation and growth rate. The recrystallization texture exhibited pronounced improvement during rapid annealing. At high heating rate, the Goss and Cube had a higher probability of nucleation of shear bands with high stored energy, while the intensity of the γ-fiber texture was significantly reduced. The highest B50 value attained was 1.803 T at a heating rate of 300 °C/s. The study indicates that rapid heating has strong effect on the recrystallization behavior in non-oriented electrical steels, which facilitates optimization of microstructure and texture, especially in the coarse-grained structure. - Highlights: • The effects of heating rate on the microstructure and texture of non-oriented steel were investigated. • The average grain size did not change monotonically with heating rate. • Recrystallization texture exhibited pronounced improvement in the as-cast strip. • Superior magnetic properties were obtained in twin-rolled strip casting process

  1. Evolution of recrystallization microstructure and texture during rapid annealing in strip-cast non-oriented electrical steels

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    Fang, Feng [The State Key Laboratory of Rolling Technology and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Xu, Yun-Bo, E-mail: yunbo_xu@126.com [The State Key Laboratory of Rolling Technology and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Zhang, Yuan-Xiang; Wang, Yang; Lu, Xiang [The State Key Laboratory of Rolling Technology and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Misra, R.D.K [Laboratory for Excellence in Advanced Steel Research, Center for Structural and Functional Materials Research and Innovation and Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, University of Texas at El Paso, 500W, University Avenue, El Paso, TX 79968 (United States); Wang, Guo-Dong [The State Key Laboratory of Rolling Technology and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China)

    2015-05-01

    Non-oriented electrical steel as-cast strip was produced by twin roll strip casting process, and subsequently cold rolled and annealed at heating rates in the range of 3–450 °C/s with the aim to elucidate the effect of heating rate on the evolution of recrystallized microstructure and texture. The average grain size was rapidly increased when the heating rate was increased from 3 to 25 °C/s, and decreased when the heating rate was greater than 25 °C/s. The average grain size did not increase linearly with heating rate, which was related to different degree of nucleation and growth rate. The recrystallization texture exhibited pronounced improvement during rapid annealing. At high heating rate, the Goss and Cube had a higher probability of nucleation of shear bands with high stored energy, while the intensity of the γ-fiber texture was significantly reduced. The highest B{sub 50} value attained was 1.803 T at a heating rate of 300 °C/s. The study indicates that rapid heating has strong effect on the recrystallization behavior in non-oriented electrical steels, which facilitates optimization of microstructure and texture, especially in the coarse-grained structure. - Highlights: • The effects of heating rate on the microstructure and texture of non-oriented steel were investigated. • The average grain size did not change monotonically with heating rate. • Recrystallization texture exhibited pronounced improvement in the as-cast strip. • Superior magnetic properties were obtained in twin-rolled strip casting process.

  2. Behavior of surface residual stress in explosion hardened high manganese austenitic cast steel due to repeated impact loads

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    Explosion hardened high manganese austenitic cast steel is being tried for rail crossing recently. From the previous studies, it became clear that high tensile residual stress was generated in the hardened surface layer by explosion and microcracks were observed. In this study, therefore, the behavior of surface residual stress in explosion hardened steel due to repeated impact loads was examined and compared with those of the original and shot peened steels. The results obtained are summarized as follows: (1) In the initial stage of the repetition of impact, high tensile surface residual stress in explosion hardened steel decreased rapidly with the repetition of impact, while those of the original and shot peened steels increased rapidly. This difference was attributed to the difference in depth of the work hardened layer in three testing materials. (2) Beyond 20 impacts the residual stress of three test specimens decreased gradually, and at more than 2000 impacts the compressive stress of about 500 MPa was produced regardless of the histories of working of testing materials. (3) The linear law in the second stage of residual stress fading was applicable to this case, and the range of the linear relationship was related to the depth of the work hardened layer of testing material. (4) From the changes in half-value breadth and peak intensity of diffraction X-ray, it was supposed that a peculiar microscopic strain exists in explosion hardened steel. (author)

  3. Attachment of Alumina on the Wall of Submerged Entry Nozzle During Continuous Casting of Al-Killed Steel

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    Deng, Zhiyin; Zhu, Miaoyong; Zhou, Yelian; Sichen, Du

    2016-06-01

    The mechanisms of the formation of different attachments on the walls of submerged entry nozzle (SEN) were studied for the processes of Al-killed steel (Ca-treated, HSLA) and ultra-low carbon Al-killed steel (ULC). To understand the mechanism, the types of inclusions in the steel taken in tundish and in bloom (or slab) were identified. In the case of ULC, the reoxidation product, micro-alumina particles were found to be the source of attachment on the inner wall of the SEN. To avoid reoxidation of the steel by the top slag, removal of the slag could be considered in order to improve the situation. No attached layer was found on the outer surface of the SEN after casting of the ULC steel. In the case of HSLA steel, an attached layer composed of plate-like alumina crystals was found in some trials. The entrainment of oxygen through the mold powder due to improper operation would be the reason for the formation of this type of attachment. The formation of the plate-like crystals was discussed with the help of CFD calculation.

  4. Steel production by continuous casting on Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN), Volta Redonda, RJ, Brazil; Producao de aco via lingotamento continuo na Companhia Siderurgica Nacional (CSN), Volta Redonda, RJ, Brazil

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    Azevedo, Renato D. de; Souza Macedo, Humberto de; Alencar Figueira Quaresma, Jose de; Bittencourt, Laercio S.; Coutinho Neto, Lourival [Companhia Siderurgica Nacional, Volta Redonda, RJ (Brazil)

    1984-12-31

    The reasons that lead Brazilian National Steel Co. to expand its continuous casting plant are presented. Start up of the new equipment, training and operating crews, production growth and operational practices evolution, are discussed. Development of steel specifications for continuous casting, replacing the conventional ingot production, the evolution of its quality and production at the LD steel casting are commented. Its production possibilities under new specifications and the development of hot slab charging process its also shown. 12 figs., 3 tabs.

  5. (60)Co in cast steel matrix: A European interlaboratory comparison for the characterisation of new activity standards for calibration of gamma-ray spectrometers in metallurgy.

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    Tzika, Faidra; Burda, Oleksiy; Hult, Mikael; Arnold, Dirk; Marroyo, Belén Caro; Dryák, Pavel; Fazio, Aldo; Ferreux, Laurent; García-Toraño, Eduardo; Javornik, Andrej; Klemola, Seppo; Luca, Aurelian; Moser, Hannah; Nečemer, Marijan; Peyrés, Virginia; Reis, Mario; Silva, Lidia; Šolc, Jaroslav; Svec, Anton; Tyminski, Zbigniew; Vodenik, Branko; Wätjen, Uwe

    2016-08-01

    Two series of activity standards of (60)Co in cast steel matrix, developed for the calibration of gamma-ray spectrometry systems in the metallurgical sector, were characterised using a European interlaboratory comparison among twelve National Metrology Institutes and one international organisation. The first standard, consisting of 14 disc shaped samples, was cast from steel contaminated during production ("originally"), and the second, consisting of 15 similar discs, from artificially-contaminated ("spiked") steel. The reference activity concentrations of (60)Co in the cast steel standards were (1.077±0.019) Bqg(-1) on 1 January 2013 12h00 UT and (1.483±0.022) Bqg(-1) on 1 June 2013 12h00 UT, respectively. PMID:27236833

  6. Constrained/unconstrained solidification within the massive cast steel/iron ingots

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    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Some properties of the ingot and especially of the steel forging ingots depend on the ratio of a columnar structure area to an equiaxed structure area created during solidification. The C-E transition is fundamental phenomenon that can be applied to characterize massive cast steel ingots produced by the casting house. The mentioned ratio is created spontaneously due to the rate of heat transfer towards the ceramic mould and then to the environment. The ceramic mould operates as an isolator. So that the thickness of the mould together with a growing solid fraction control the heat transfer and finally the ratio of the columnar structure area to the equiaxed structure area. At first the increase of heat accumulation within the ceramic mould is observed. Next the stationary state for heat transfer is created and finally a gentle abatement of the mould temperature associated with the heat output to the environment is expected. The steep thermal gradients correspond to the increase of heat accumulation in the ceramic mould. The steep thermal gradients are required to promote the columnar structure formation. The full heat accumulation in the mould corresponds well with the C-E transformation while the appearance of the moderate thermal gradients is referred to the gentle temperature abatement within the ceramic mould. The equiaxed structure is expected within this period of heat transfer behavior. The steep thermal gradients involve the activity of viscosity gradient in the liquid. As the result a sedimentary cones are formed at the bottom of the ingot. The C-E transformation is associated with competition between columnar and equaixed structure formation. At the end of competition a fully equiaxed structure is formed. The viscosity gradient is replaced by the thermophoresis which is the driving force for the deposition of some equiaxed grain layers onto the surface of C+E zone. The convection together with the gravity allow the layers to be uniform

  7. Tensile properties of strip casting 6.5 wt% Si steel at elevated temperatures

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    Li, Hao-Ze, E-mail: lhzqq83@163.com; Liu, Zhen-Yu, E-mail: zyliu@mail.neu.edu.cn

    2015-07-15

    Tensile behaviors of strip casting 6.5 wt% Si steel are tested at elevated temperatures ranging from 300 °C to 800 °C. A detailed study of the morphology of the fracture surface and the ordered phase at each deforming temperature is carried out by a scanning electron microscope and a transmission electron microscope. The results show that the deforming temperature rather than the ordered degree determines the tensile properties. As the deforming temperature increases, the stress level in the whole deforming stage continually decreases, whereas the elongation gradually increases. The ductile–brittle transition occurs around 350 °C. The elongation of 2% at 300 °C rapidly increases up to 16.4% at 350 °C and the corresponding fracture mode transforms from the complete cleavage fracture to the mixture of the very limited cleavage fracture, intergranular dimple fracture and the dimple fracture. Serrated flow is observed at 350 °C and 400 °C probably due to the occurrence of dynamic strain aging. Due to the gradually weakened grain boundary cohesion with the deforming temperature increasing, intergranular dimple pattern dominates the fracture surface at 600 °C and the elongation slowly increases from 16.4% at 350 °C to 22.8% at 600 °C. At 700 °C and 800 °C, the much more enhanced dynamic recovery, the substantially decreased stress levels which contribute to the inhibition of the intergranular dimple fracture, the much lower content of the B2 ordered phase at 700 °C, and the completely disordered state at 800 °C give rise to the dramatically improved elongations of 88.8% and 130.8%, respectively.

  8. Accelerated aging embrittlement of cast duplex stainless steel: Activation energy for extrapolation

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    Cast duplex stainless steels, used extensively in LWR systems for primary pressure boundary components such as primary coolant pipes, valves, and pumps, are susceptible to thermal aging embrittlement at reactor operating or higher temperatures. Since a realistic aging embrittlement for end-of-life or life-extension conditions (i.e., 32--50 yr of aging at 280--320 degree C) cannot be produced, it is customary to simulate the metallurgical structure by accelerated aging at ∼400 degree C. Over the past several years, extensive data on accelerated aging have been reported from a number of laboratories. The most important information from these studies is the activation energy, namely, the temperature dependence of the aging kinetics between 280 and 400 degree C, which is used to extrapolate the aging characteristics to reactor operating conditions. The activation energies (in the range of 18--50 kcal/mole) are, in general, sensitive to material grade, chemical composition, and fabrication process, and a few empirical correlations, obtained as a function of bulk chemical composition, have been reported. In this paper, a mechanistic understanding of the activation energy is described on the basis of the results of microstructural characterization of various heats of CF-3, -8, and -8M grades that were used in aging studies at different laboratories. The primary mechanism of aging embrittlement at temperatures between 280 and 400 degree C is the spinodal decomposition of the ferrite phase, and M23C6 carbide precipitation on the ferrite/austenite boundaries is the secondary mechanism for high-carbon CF-8 grade. 20 refs., 10 figs., 3 tabs

  9. Internal Crack Propagation in a Continuously Cast Austenitic Stainless Steel Analyzed by Actual Residual Stress Tensor Distributions

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    Saito, Youichi; Tanaka, Shun-Ichiro

    2016-04-01

    Initiation, propagation, and termination of internal cracks in a continuously cast austenitic stainless steel has been investigated with emphasis on stress loading of the solidified shell during casting. Cracks were formed at the center of the slab, parallel to the width of the cast, and were observed near the narrow faces. Optimized two-dimensional X-ray diffraction method was employed to measure residual stress tensor distributions around the cracks in the as-cast slab with coarse and strongly preferentially oriented grains. The tensor distributions had a sharp peak, as high as 430 MPa, at the crack end neighboring the columnar grains. On the other hand, lower values were measured at the crack end neighboring the equiaxed grains, where the local temperatures were higher during solidification. The true residual stress distributions were determined by evaluating the longitudinal elastic constant for each measured position, resulting in more accurate stress values than before. Electron probe micro-analysis at the terminal crack position showed that Ni, Ti, and Si were concentrated at the boundaries of the equiaxed grains, where the tensile strength was estimated to be lower than at the primary grains. A model of the crack formation and engineering recommendations to reduce crack formation are proposed.

  10. Metal properties of centrifugal cast pipes of 15Kh1M1F and 15 GS steels

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    In the present work the properties of the parent metla of experimental-industrial batches of centrifugally-cast tubes of 15Cr1Mo1V and 15MnSi (16MnSi) steel are investigated. The specimens were tested for creep and rupture strength; the macro- and microstructures of a large number of sections were studied. The tubes were carefully tested ultrasonically with the aid of a UDM1F flaw detector. A characteristic of the tube metal was the fairly dense structure. The results obtained showed that it is possible to use centrifugally-cast tubes, but that it is necessary to carry out improvement work and to ensure stability of the cycle of fabrication and treatment of the tubes

  11. Influence of cooling rate on the structure and mechanical properties of G17CrMoV5 – 10 cast steel

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    G. Golański

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of research on the influence of cooling rate on the structure and properties of G17CrMoV5 – 10 (L17HMF cast steel. The material for research was a section taken out from an outer cylinder of a steam turbine body after about 250 000 hours of operation at the temperature of 535°C and pressure 9 MPa. The investigated cast steel was subjected to heat treatment which consisted in cooling at the rates corresponding to the processes, such as: bainitic hardening, normalizing and full annealing. Tempering after the process of cooling from austenitizing temperature was carried out at the temperatures of: 700, 720 and 740°C. Performed research has proved that structures obtained after bainitic hardening and normalizing are characterized by a large strength margin which allows to apply high temperatures of tempering. It has been shown that the cast steel of bainitic structure, with similar mechanical properties as the cast steel of bainitic – ferritic structure, is characterized by almost twice as high impact energy. Full annealing and tempering of the examined cast steel ensures only the required impact strength, with mechanical properties comparable to those after service.

  12. Effect of aging on the predicted maximum moment-carrying capacity of circumferentially cracked cast stainless steel pipe

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    Cast stainless steel used in LWR primary system components such as valve bodies, pump castings, pipe fittings, and piping is susceptible to thermal embrittlement at reactor operating temperatures, 280-320 C (536-608 F). This process of thermal aging causes an increase in the hardness and ultimate tensile strength of the steel, and at the same time a decrease in toughness. Work at Argonne National Laboratories (ANL) has shown that such thermal embrittlement due to changes in the microstructure can occur during the reactor lifetime of 40 years. The effect of this thermal degradation on the load- carrying capacity of circumferentially cracked piping is the subject of this work. In this study, both lower-bound and typical values of the J-R curves and the tensile properties for CF8M and CF8A cast stainless steels, which have been artificially aged to simulate 4, 8, 16, 32, and 48 years of service at 300 C (572 F), were used to predict the maximum load-carrying capacity of circumferentially cracked pipes. The effect of aging, that is, reduced toughness and increased strength, for different pipe diameters, crack geometries [i.e., through-wall cracks (TWC) and surface cracks (SC)], and crack sizes has been investigated. Since complete stress-strain curve fits as a function of aging were not available at this time, only three analyses methods could be used. The three analyses methods used to estimate the maximum load-carrying capacity of cracked pipes were: (1) a J-estimation scheme for TWC pipes developed by Paris, (2) a Plastic-Zone-Screening Criteria (DPZP) developed at Battelle which is applicable to both TWC and SC pipe, and (3) the R6 Option 1 method developed by CEGB which is also applicable for both TWC and SC pipe

  13. Effect of N addition on tensile and corrosion behaviors of CD4MCU cast duplex stainless steels

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    Son, Jinil; Kim, Sangshik; Lee, Jehyun; Choi, Byunghak

    2003-08-01

    The effect of N addition on the microstructure, tensile, and corrosion behaviors of CD4MCU (Fe-25Cr-5Ni-2.8Cu-2Mo) cast duplex stainless steel was examined in the present study. The slow strain rate tests were also conducted at a nominal strain rate of 1 × 10-6/s in air and 3.5 pct NaCl+5 pct H2SO4 solution for studying the stress corrosion cracking (SCC) behavior. It was observed that the volume fraction of austenitic phase in CD4MCU alloy varied from 38 to 59 pct with increasing nitrogen content from 0 to 0.27 wt. pct. The tensile behavior of CD4MCU cast duplex stainless steels, which tended to vary significantly with different N contents, appeared to be strongly related to the volume changes in ferritic and austenitic phases, rather than the intrinsic N effect. The improvement in the resistance to general corrosion in 3.5 pct NaCl+5 pct H2SO4 aqueous solution was notable with 0.13 pct N addition. The further improvement was not significant with further N addition. The resistance to SCC of CD4MCU cast duplex stainless steels in 3.5 pct NaCl+5 pct H2SO4 aqueous solution, however, increased continuously with increasing N content. The enhancement in the SCC resistance was believed to be related to the volume fraction of globular austenitic colonies, which tended to act as barriers for the development of initial pitting cracks in the ferritic phase into the sharp ones.

  14. Corrosion behaviour of some cast stainless steels and high alloy white irons in scrubber solutions of flue gas desulfurization plants

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    Weight loss and electrochemical measurements have been used to determine the ranges of applicability of cast austenitic stainless steel Werkstoff No. 1.4408, of two special cast ferritic-austenitic stainless steels NORIDUR 9.4460 and NORICLOR NC 246 and of two high alloy Cr and CrMo white irons in scrubber solutions of Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) plants. Whereas the Werkstoff No. 1.4408 cannot be used due to its insufficient resistance to general and localized corrosion, NORIDUR 9.4460 can be used in scrubber solutions with pH > 2.5 and chloride concentrations up to 80 g/l, NORICLOR NC 246 with 5% Mo even in liquids with pH > 1.5 and chlorides up to 100 g/l. At lower pH-values both duplex stainless steels show active corrosion of either the austenite or the ferrite depending on the contents of hydrochloric acid in the solution. At higher chloride concentrations pitting occurs on the passive materials. The CrMo white iron NORILOY NL 252 with 25% Cr and 2% Mo can be used in scrubber liquids with pH > 3.5. As the ferritic matrix is cathodically protected by the precipitated carbides, there is no sensitivity of this alloy to chlorides. In liquids with pH < 3.5 there is selective corrosion of the ferritic matrix. For practical application of all these cast alloys the limits for purely corrosive attack have to be modified to assure resistance to a superposition of corrosion, erosion/abrasion and cavitation on parts exposed to real flow conditions in FGD scrubbers. (orig.)

  15. Manufacture of centrifugal Castings

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    2015-01-01

    The main goal of this bachelor thesis is to collect basic information related to the production of castings by centrifugal casting. It is focused on horizontal and vertical centrigugal casting, casting of various metals and their alloys, such as zinc, aluminum, iron, steel and silumin. This technology is compared with other casting methods in terms of specific characteristics, amount of usage, production economics, advantages, disadvantages, the resulting quality of castings and other factors.

  16. Influence of Rare Earth Metals on Microstructure and Inclusions Morphology G17CrMo5-5 Cast Steel

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    Kasińska J.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents influence of rare earth metals (REM on the microstructure and morphology of non-metallic inclusions of G17CrMo5-5 cast carbon steel The research has been performed on successive industrial melts. Each time about 2000 kg of liquid metal was modified. The REM was in the form of mishmetal of the composition 49, 8% Ce, 21, 8% La, 17, 1% Nd, 5, 5% Pr and 5, 35% the rest of REM. Therareearth metals were put into the ladle during tapping of heat melt from the furnace.

  17. Estimation of the residual life of L17HMF cast steel elements after long-term service

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    A. Zieliński; J. Dobrzański; G. Golański

    2009-01-01

    Purpose: of this paper is to present the changes of the mechanical properties and structure in material components of the power station boiler after long-term creep service made of G17CrMoV5-10 low-alloyed cast steel.Design/methodology/approach: The material of the research studies has been obtained from Polish power stations. Examined element has exceeded their assessed life of 105.000 hours. Mechanical properties and structure examinations were carried out on material after long-term servic...

  18. Cast Steels for Creep-resistant Parts Used in Heat Treatment Plants

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    A. Drotlew

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Creep-resistant parts of heat treatment furnaces are in most cases made from high-alloyed chromium-nickel and nickel-chromium ironalloys, both cast and wrought. This paper presents the types of casting alloys used for this particular purpose, since the majority of furnace components are made by the casting process. Standards were cited which give symbols of alloy grades used in technical specifications by the domestic industry. It has been indicated that castings made currently are based on a wider spectrum of the creep-resistant alloy grades than the number of alloys covered by the standards. Alloy grades recommended by the technical literature for individual parts of the furnace equipment were given. The recommendations reflect both the type of the technological process used and the technical tasks performed by individual parts of the furnace equipment. Comments were also made on the role of individual alloying elements in shaping the performance properties of castings.

  19. Numerical simulation of casting process to assist in defects reduction in complex steel tidal power component

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    Guo, E. J.; Zhao, S. C.; Wang, L. P.; Wu, T.; Xin, B. P.; Tan, J. J.; Jia, H. L.

    2016-03-01

    In order to reduce defects and improve casting quality, ProCAST software is performed to study the solidification process of discharge bowl. Simulated results of original casting process show that the hot tearing is serious at the intersection of blades and outer or inner rings. The shrinkage porosity appears at the bottom of discharge bowl and the transition area of wall thickness. Based on the formation mechanisms of the defects, the structure of chills attached on the outer surface of discharge bowl casting is optimized. The thickness of chills ranges from 25mm to 35mm. The positions of chills corresponded to the outer surface of the T-shaped parts. Compared to the original casting design (without chills), the hot tearing and shrinkage porosity of the discharge bowl are greatly improved with addition of chills.

  20. Detection of surface breaking cracks in centrifugally cast stainless steel with ultrasonic inspection from the cracked side

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    The ability of detecting surface breaking or near-surface cracks with ultrasonic techniques from the inside of centrifugally cast stainless steel pipes have been investigated by The Swedish Plant Inspectorate and AF-Teknisk Roentgencentralen AB on behalf of The Swedish Nuclear Power Inspectorate and The Swedish State Power Board. Fifteen specimens from the international Stainless Steel Round Robin Test were used in this study. All specimens were examined from the cracked side with different ultrasonic probes. The data reported here indicate that a probe with dual elements, low frequency, longitudinal waves and short focus distance can detect almost all of the intended defects with a rather good signal-to-noise ratio. (author)

  1. Phase-field modelling of microstructure formation during the solidification of continuously cast low carbon and HSLA steels

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    Cracking in continuous casting of steels has been one of the main problems for decades. Many of the cracks that occur during solidification are hot tears. To better understand the factors leading to this defect, microstructure formation is simulated for a low carbon (LCAK) and two high strength low alloyed (HSLA) steel grades during the initial stage of the process where the first solidified shell is formed inside the mould and where breakouts typically occur. 2D simulation is performed using the multiphase-field software MICRESS, which is coupled to the thermodynamic database TCFE6 and the mobility database MOB2, taking into account all elements which may have a relevant effect on the mechanical properties and structure formation during or subsequent to solidification. The use of a moving-frame boundary condition allows travelling through the entire solidification history starting from the slab surface, and tracking the morphology changes during growth of the shell. A heterogeneous nucleation model is included to permit the description of morphological transitions between the initial solidification and the subsequent columnar growth region. Furthermore, a macroscopic one-dimensional temperature solver is integrated to account for the transient and nonlinear temperature field during the initial stage of continuous casting. The external heat flux boundary conditions for this process were derived from thermal process data of the industrial slab caster. The simulation results for the three steel grades have been validated by thickness measurements of breakout shells and microstructure observation of the corresponding grades. Furthermore, the primary dendrite spacing has been measured across the whole thickness of the shell and compared with the simulated microstructures. Significant microstructure differences between the steel grades are discussed and correlated with their hot-cracking behavior.

  2. Phase-field modelling of microstructure formation during the solidification of continuously cast low carbon and HSLA steels

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    Böttger, B.; Apel, M.; Santillana, B.; Eskin, D. G.

    2012-07-01

    Cracking in continuous casting of steels has been one of the main problems for decades. Many of the cracks that occur during solidification are hot tears. To better understand the factors leading to this defect, microstructure formation is simulated for a low carbon (LCAK) and two high strength low alloyed (HSLA) steel grades during the initial stage of the process where the first solidified shell is formed inside the mould and where breakouts typically occur. 2D simulation is performed using the multiphase-field software MICRESS [1], which is coupled to the thermodynamic database TCFE6 [2] and the mobility database MOB2 [2], taking into account all elements which may have a relevant effect on the mechanical properties and structure formation during or subsequent to solidification. The use of a moving-frame boundary condition allows travelling through the entire solidification history starting from the slab surface, and tracking the morphology changes during growth of the shell. A heterogeneous nucleation model is included to permit the description of morphological transitions between the initial solidification and the subsequent columnar growth region. Furthermore, a macroscopic one-dimensional temperature solver is integrated to account for the transient and nonlinear temperature field during the initial stage of continuous casting. The external heat flux boundary conditions for this process were derived from thermal process data of the industrial slab caster. The simulation results for the three steel grades have been validated by thickness measurements of breakout shells and microstructure observation of the corresponding grades. Furthermore, the primary dendrite spacing has been measured across the whole thickness of the shell and compared with the simulated microstructures. Significant microstructure differences between the steel grades are discussed and correlated with their hot-cracking behavior.

  3. Rare earth metals influence on mechanical properties and crack resistance of GP240GH and G17CrMo5-5 cast steels

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    M. Gajewski

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents results of research on modification influence of REM on mechanical properties and crack resistance of GP240GH cast carbon steel and G17CrMo5-5 high-temperature cast steel. The tests have been performed on successive industrial melts. The rare earth metals were put into the ladle during tapping of heat melt from the furnace. Each time ca 2000 kg of liquid metals were modified. Because of this the amount of sulphur in the cast steel was decreased and the non-metallic inclusion morphology was significantly changed. There were tested mechanical properties (Re,Rm, plastic properties (A5,Z and impact strength (KV, and on the basis of the three-point bend test the KJC stress intensity factor was evaluated. It was noticed that the REM modification brings essential increase of impact strength as well as fracture toughness determined by KJC factor.

  4. Energy Saving Melting and Revert Reduction (E-SMARRT): Optimization of Heat Treatments on Stainless Steel Castings for Improved Corrosion Resistance and Mechanical Properties

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    John N. DuPont; Jeffrey D. Farren; Andrew W. Stockdale; Brett M. Leister

    2012-06-30

    It is commonly believed that high alloy steel castings have inferior corrosion resistance to their wrought counterparts as a result of the increased amount of microsegregation remaining in the as-cast structure. Homogenization and dissolution heat treatments are often utilized to reduce or eliminate the residual microsegregation and dissolve the secondary phases. Detailed electron probe microanalysis (EPMA) and light optical microscopy (LOM) were utilized to correlate the amount of homogenization and dissolution present after various thermal treatments with calculated values and with the resultant corrosion resistance of the alloys.The influence of heat treatment time and temperature on the homogenization and dissolution kinetics were investigated using stainless steel alloys CN3MN and CK3MCuN. The influence of heat treatment time and temperature on the impact toughness and corrosion reistance of cast stainless steel alloys CF-3, CF-3M, CF-8, and CF-8M was also investigated.

  5. Effect of long-term thermal aging on the mechanical properties of casting duplex stainless steels

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    Highlights: ► The micro-hardness change tendency of ferrite and austenite by aging was studied. ► Embrittlement behavior of Z3CN20-09M CDSSs by aging was investigated by SP test. ► The crack propagation energy Wt − Wiu slightly changes with the thermal aging time. ► Spinodal decomposition and spinodally coarsening take place in ferrite by aging. ► Z3CN20-09M CDSSs become embrittlement after long-term thermal aging treatment. - Abstract: Casting duplex stainless steels (CDSSs) used for pressurized water reactor (PWR) pipes are susceptible to thermal aging brittleness during long-term service at its working temperature from 288 °C to 327 °C. In order to investigate its thermal aging behavior, Z3CN20-09M CDSSs have been thermally aged at 400 °C up to 15,000 h. The micro-hardness of austenite and ferrite phases, conventional tensile properties, impact properties and SPT properties at different aging duration have been measured. The results show that the micro-hardness in ferrite gradually increases with increase of long thermal aging time, while the effect of the long aging time on the micro-hardness in austenite is negligible. The tensile strength and yield strength progressively and slightly increase with the long aging time, respectively. The impact property test confirms that there is the same change tendency as the percentage of elongation which decreases with the long aging time. The changes of SPT ultimate strength, SPT yield strength and SPT specific fracture energy by aging individually show that there is an almost same tendency as the tensile strength, the yield strength and the percentage of elongation with the thermal aging time. All above the mechanical properties changes of Z3CN20-09M CDSSs are associated with the changes of the dislocation configurations in austenite, the precipitation of G-phase on the dislocation line and in ferrite phase, the spinodal decomposition and the coarsening of the spinodally decomposed structure in ferrite

  6. Thermal-aging evaluation of on site aged cast duplex stainless steel

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    Cast duplex stainless steel was widely used for main coolant pipe in pressurized water reactors, they can suffer a loss of toughness after long-term thermal-aging. To evaluate mechanical properties of such as thermal-aged materials was investigated in laboratory using accelerated aged materials. In addition, to investigate the degradation mechanism, micro-structural behaviors were also investigated. According to such as laboratory data, main cause of degradation of these materials was considered ferrite hardening by spinodal decomposition and G-phase precipitation in the ferrite phase. In this study, thermal-aging evaluation has been performed using service aged elbow pipe in PWR plant, aged at 320℃ for 196,500h. Thermal-aging were evaluated using atom-probe analysis, scanning transmission electron microscope, and micro-Vickers hardness measurement. And then those parameters were compared accelerated thermal-aged materials. As a result, micro Vickers hardness of ferrite in service material (SCS14A), HV(0.025) was 616-630. Since micro Vickers hardness of un-aged ferrite phase is about HV(0.025)=300 in commercial SCS14A, the increasing of ferrite hardness during aging was 300. Cr-rich and Fe-rich regions were observed in the ferrite phase using Atom-probe analysis. In addition, Ni, Si and Mo clustering were also observed in the ferrite phase. So the ferrite phase was hardened caused by these micro-structural changes. Micro Vickers hardness of austenite phase, HV (0.025) was 155-180. Since micro Vickers hardness of un-aged austenite phase is about HV (0.025)=180-200, and no micro-structural change was observed in the austenite phase, so no change was observed in the austenite phase during aging. To compare the micro Vickers hardness of ferrite in service and accelerated materials using activation energy, Q=100kJ/mol, the ferrite hardness of in service material was very low rather than predictive line. This seems the activation energy was too conservative. (author)

  7. Effect of the heat treatment on the structure and properties of GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 cast steel

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    G. Golański

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The paper presents the influence of heat treatment parameters (austenitization and tempering temperature on the microstructure and mechanical properties of high - chromium martensitic GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 (GP91 cast steel. Moreover, the influence of stress relief annealing at the temperatures of 730 and 750oC on microstructure and properties has been investigated.Design/methodology/approach: Microstructure of the cast steel was characterized using optical metallography and transmission electron microscopy. Identification of precipitates was made by means of thin foils and extraction carbon replicas. The size of precipitations was determined by Image Pro Plus software. Moreover, the mechanical properties (static tension, hardness and impact energy have been tested.Findings: What has been determined is the influence of heat treatment parameters on microstructure and mechanical properties of GP91 cast steel. Heat treatment (hardening and high-temperature tempering of GP91 cast steel allowed to obtain a fine-grained microstructure of high-tempered martensite with numerous precipitates whose properties met the standard requirements, regardless of the heat treatment parameters.Research limitations/implications: It is necessary to continue the research to determine description of the microstructure after different heat treatment parameters.Practical implications: Optimization of the heat treatment parameters from the aspect of using the investigated cast steel for long-term operation in power units designed for working at the so-called supercritical parameters.Originality/value: The relationship between the heat treatment parameters (austenitization and tempering temperatures and mechanical properties of high - chromium martensitic GX12CrMoVNbN9-1 (GP91 cast steel was specified. Moreover, the influence of the stress relief annealing parameters on microstructure and properties has been shown.

  8. A New Predictive Model of Centerline Segregation in Continuous Cast Steel Slabs by Using Multivariate Adaptive Regression Splines Approach

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    Paulino José García Nieto

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to obtain a predictive model able to perform an early detection of central segregation severity in continuous cast steel slabs. Segregation in steel cast products is an internal defect that can be very harmful when slabs are rolled in heavy plate mills. In this research work, the central segregation was studied with success using the data mining methodology based on multivariate adaptive regression splines (MARS technique. For this purpose, the most important physical-chemical parameters are considered. The results of the present study are two-fold. In the first place, the significance of each physical-chemical variable on the segregation is presented through the model. Second, a model for forecasting segregation is obtained. Regression with optimal hyperparameters was performed and coefficients of determination equal to 0.93 for continuity factor estimation and 0.95 for average width were obtained when the MARS technique was applied to the experimental dataset, respectively. The agreement between experimental data and the model confirmed the good performance of the latter.

  9. Effects of nonstandard heat treatment temperatures on tensile and Charpy impact properties of carbon-steel casting repair welds

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    This report discusses carbon steel castings which are used for a number of different components in nuclear power plants, including valve bodies and bonnets. Components are often repaired by welding processes, and both welded components and the repair welds are subjected to a variety of postweld heat treatments (PWHT) with temperatures as high as 899 degrees C (1650 degrees F), well above the normal 593 to 677 degrees C (1100 to 1250 degrees F) temperature range. The temperatures noted are above the A1 transformation temperature for the materials used for these components. A test program was conducted to investigate the potential effects of such ''nonstandard'' PWHTs on mechanical properties of carbon steel casting welds. Four weldments were fabricated, two each with the shielded-metal-arc (SMA) and flux-cored-arc (FCA) processes,with a high-carbon and low-carbon filler metal in each case. All four welds were sectioned and given simulated PWHTs at temperatures from 621 to 899 degrees C (1150 to 1650 degrees F) in increments of 56 degrees C (100 degrees F) and for times of 5, 10, 20, and 40 h at each temperature. Hardness, tensile, and Charpy V-notch (CVN) impact tests were conducted for the as-welded and heat-treated conditions

  10. Effect of rolling deformation and solution treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties of a cast duplex stainless steel

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    S K Ghosh; D Mahata; R Roychaudhuri; R Mondal

    2012-10-01

    The present study deals with the effect of rolling deformation and solution treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a cast duplex stainless steel. Cast steel reveals acicular/Widmanstätten morphology as well as island of austenite within the -ferrite matrix. Hot rolled samples exhibit the presence of lower volume percent of elongated band of -ferrite (∼40%) and austenite phase which convert into finer and fragmented microstructural constituents after 30% cold deformation. By the solution treatment, the elongated and broken crystalline grains recrystallize which leads to the formation of finer grains (<10 m) of austenite. X-ray diffraction analysis has corroborated well with the above-mentioned microstructural investigation. Enhancement in hardness, yield strength and tensile strength values as well as drop in percent elongation with cold deformation increases its suitability for use in thinner sections. 30% cold rolled and solution treated sample reveals attractive combination of strength and ductility (25.22 GPa%). The examination of fracture surface also substantiates the tensile results. The sub-surface micrographs provide the potential sites for initiation of microvoids.

  11. Determination for the Entrapment Criterion of Non-metallic Inclusions by the Solidification Front During Steel Centrifugal Continuous Casting

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    Wang, Qiangqiang; Zhang, Lifeng

    2016-06-01

    In the current study, the three-dimensional fluid flow, heat transfer, and solidification in steel centrifugal continuous casting strands were simulated. The volume of fluid model was used to solve the multiphase phenomena between the molten steel and the air. The entrapment and final distribution of inclusions in the solidified shell were studied with the discussion on the effect of rotation behavior of the caster system. Main results indicate that after applying the rotation of the shell, the fluid flow transformed from a recirculation flow to a rotation flow in the mold region and was driven to flow around in the casting direction. As the distance below the meniscus increased, the distribution of the tangential speed of the flow and the centrifugal force along one diameter of the strand became symmetrical gradually. The jet flow from the nozzle hardly impinged on the same location on the shell due to the rotation of the shell during solidification. Thus, the shell thickness on the same height was uniform around, and the thinning shell and a hot spot on the surface of shell were avoided. Both of the measurement and the calculation about the distribution of oxide inclusions along the radial direction indicated the number of inclusions at the side and the center was more than that at the quarter on the cross section of billet. With a larger diameter, inclusions tended to be entrapped toward the center area of the billet.

  12. Evolution of recrystallization microstructure and texture during rapid annealing in strip-cast non-oriented electrical steels

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    Fang, Feng; Xu, Yun-Bo; Zhang, Yuan-Xiang; Wang, Yang; Lu, Xiang; Misra, R. D. K.; Wang, Guo-Dong

    2015-05-01

    Non-oriented electrical steel as-cast strip was produced by twin roll strip casting process, and subsequently cold rolled and annealed at heating rates in the range of 3-450 °C/s with the aim to elucidate the effect of heating rate on the evolution of recrystallized microstructure and texture. The average grain size was rapidly increased when the heating rate was increased from 3 to 25 °C/s, and decreased when the heating rate was greater than 25 °C/s. The average grain size did not increase linearly with heating rate, which was related to different degree of nucleation and growth rate. The recrystallization texture exhibited pronounced improvement during rapid annealing. At high heating rate, the Goss and Cube had a higher probability of nucleation of shear bands with high stored energy, while the intensity of the γ-fiber texture was significantly reduced. The highest B50 value attained was 1.803 T at a heating rate of 300 °C/s. The study indicates that rapid heating has strong effect on the recrystallization behavior in non-oriented electrical steels, which facilitates optimization of microstructure and texture, especially in the coarse-grained structure.

  13. Influence of formwork surface on the orientation of steel fibres within self-compacting concrete and on the mechanical properties of cast structural elements

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    Svec, Oldrich; Zirgulis, Giedrius; Bolander, John E.;

    2014-01-01

    The influences of formwork surface on the final orientation of steel fibres immersed in self-compacting concrete and on the resulting mechanical response of the cast structural elements are investigated. Experimental observations of fibre orientation within cast slabs, obtained via computed...... tomography, indicate that fibres tend to orient according to the flow patterns during casting, but such tendencies are suppressed near rough formwork surfaces. Fibre orientation, in turn, affects the mechanical properties of the concrete as demonstrated by the load testing of beams extracted from the cast...... slabs. These processes and results are simulated using a computational fluid dynamics model of the casting process, in tandem with a lattice model of the fracture of the beam specimens. The computational fluid dynamics model determines the coordinates of each fibre within the concrete, which serve as...

  14. Assessment of thermal aging embrittlement of cast austenitic stainless steel components in the Babcock and Wilcox -designed PWR reactor internals

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    The currently operating Babcock and Wilcox (BW) designed pressurized water reactors (PWRs) were constructed during the late sixties and seventies. Some of the reactor internals components were fabricated from cast austenitic stainless steel (CASS). The selection of CASS for the internals components was made to expedite the construction schedule by reducing machining and allowing production in large quantities. Since then, test data have shown that some CASS materials are susceptible to thermal aging embrittlement at PWR operating temperatures and its effect on functionality is of concern. Recently, the US nuclear power industry has developed inspection and evaluation guidelines (MRP-227, Rev.0) for managing aging degradation in PWR reactor internals for both the current and extended license periods. The MRP-227, Rev.0 guidelines recommend additional inspections for certain internals components including CASS components in BW PWRs due to thermal aging embrittlement concerns. The thermal aging embrittlement susceptibility for CASS can be assessed by the casting method and ferrite content if sufficient information in the original fabrication records is available. AREVA NP has performed a fabrication records search to identify several CASS components in the BW PWR internals and reviewed the archived fabrication records. A database has been assembled as a result of this records search. Based on the fabrication records, the ferrite content is determined using Hull's equivalent factors. Grade CF8 castings (without molybdenum) have been found to not be susceptible to thermal aging embrittlement. However, thermal aging embrittlement is a potential concern for Grade CF3M castings (containing 2 to 3% molybdenum). As a result of this assessment, several CASS components in the BW PWRs are concluded to not be susceptible to thermal aging embrittlement. The findings provide the basis for the removal of these CASS components from the additional inspection requirements in MRP-227

  15. Comparative analysis of the behavior to corrosion of forged and cast austenitic stainless steel when used in a surgical prosthesis

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    The selection of a material to be used in implants involves tests that cover aspects relative to its resistance to corrosion and its bio-compatibility. Testing the material implanted in the human body is a very difficult process or it is impossible via direct electrochemistry. Because of this laboratory tests have been developed that simulate the natural setting of the material in the organism using saline solutions that are kept at 37oC and pH 7.4. The material that is to be used should be resistant to corrosion in the body so that ions are not released into the organism and the device should maintain its integrity in service and not to suffer degradation. This work compares the behavior to corrosion of samples of a cast prosthesis (lower tibia, made of stainless steel ACI CF 3M) and a forged prosthesis (femorals, made of stainless steel ASTM F 621) with laminated bars of the same quality (stainless steel ASTM F 138). The samples were characterized with physical and electrochemical tests under three different thermal conditions: solubilized, annealed and forged or cast. The test pieces were submitted to electrochemical direct current tests during their immersion in a 0.9% deoxygenated NaCl solution and thermostatisized at 37oC. The Cr and Fe content in solution at the end of the electrochemical test was evaluated together with the micro hardness of the material and the characterization of the final stage of the material was carried out by optic microscopy and sweep electronics (CW)

  16. Selection of Heat Treatment Process and Wear Mechanism of High Wear Resistant Cast Hot-Forging Die Steel

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    WEI Min-xian; WANG Shu-qi; WANG Lan; CUI Xiang-hong; CHEN Kang-min

    2012-01-01

    Dry sliding wear tests of a Cr-Mo-V cast hot-forging die steel was carried out within a load range of 50--300 N at 400℃ by a pin-on-disc high temperature wear machine. The effect of heat treatment process on wear resistance was systematically studied in order to select heat treatment processes of the steel with high wear resistance. The morphology, structure and composition were analyzed using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) ; wear mechanism was also discussed. Tribo-oxide layer was found to form on worn surfaces to reduce wear under low loads, but appear inside the matrix to increase wear under high loads. The tribo-oxides were mainly consisted of Fe3O4 and Fe2O3, FeO only appeared under a high load. Oxidative mild wear, transition of mild-severe wear in oxidative wear and extrusive wear took turns to operate with increasing the load. The wear resistance strongly depended on the selection of heat treatment processes or microstructures. It was found that bainite presented a better wear resistance than martensite plus bainite duplex structure, martensite structure was of the poorest wear resistance. The wear resistance increased with increasing austenizing temperature in the range of 920 to 1 120 ℃, then decreased at up to 1 220 ℃. As for tempering temperature and microstructure, the wear resistance increased in following order: 700℃ (tempered sorbite), 200 ℃ (tempered martensite), 440 to 650 ℃ (tempered troostite). An appropriate combination of hardness, toughness, microstructural thermal stability was re- quired for a good wear resistance in high-temperature wear. The optimized heat treatment process was suggested for the cast hot-forging steel to be austenized at 1020 to 1 120 ℃, quenched in oil, then tempered at 440 to 650℃ for 2 h.

  17. Application of spinel carbon material to stopper for casting Ca treated steel; Ca shori ko chuzoyo sutoppa eno supineru/kabon zaishitsu no tekiyo

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    Kominami, T.; Watanabe, S.; Sumida, K. [Kobe Steel Co. Ltd., Kobe (Japan); Mori, E. [Shinagawa Refractories Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan). Technical Lab.; Nakamura, M.; Iida, E.; Otani, T. [Shinagawa Refractories Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan)

    1997-06-01

    Morphological control of inclusion in steel by Ca addition is executed widely in continuous casting field as an effective means to prevent the blocking up of nozzle due to alumina adhesion. Corrosion of Ca treated steel to Al2O3-C based material is strong, so in general ZrO2-C brick is used. However, ZrO2-C and MgO-C bricks received Ca treated steel has bad influent upon steel due to the variety of composition of inclusion caused by the reaction between brick constituting particles and inclusion in molten steel. In this paper, the details of the development of spinel carbon-stopper is described from the viewpoint of the reaction between the inclusion of molten steel and refractories. High strength and reinforcement of matrix is attempted by using said stopper using theoretical spinel material and highly residual carbon binder. Decrease of inclusion defect of steel is confirmed by the application of said spinel carbon material to the stopper for casting Ca treated steel. 4 refs., 10 figs., 2 tabs.

  18. Problems of phase identification in high-nitrogen chromium-manganese cast steel

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    Z. Pirowski

    2008-01-01

    An atzcrnpt has been madc to offcr an intcrprctation of ihc rnicrostructurc of chromium-mangancx cast stccl aftcr adding to 1his stccla targc amount of nitrogcn as an alloying clcrncnr. Nitropcn was addcd 10 rhc cast stccl by two mcthods: rhc first mcthod consistcrl inadding a nitridcd fcrrornangancsc, the second method in rcmclting thc nitrogen-rscc alloy undcr rhc atrnosphcrc of nitrogen maintaininghigh N1 prcssurc abovc the mctal meSt (33 MPa).Somc imponant diffcrcnces in the microstructur...

  19. Contactless inductive flow tomography for a model of continuous steel casting

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    The contactless inductive flow tomography (CIFT) aims at reconstructing the velocity field in electrically conducting melts from externally measured induced magnetic fields. One of its possible applications is the velocity reconstruction in the continuous casting process. In this paper, we apply this method to the flow field in a small model (containing approximately 1.4 l of the eutectic alloy GaInSn) of a mould for thin slab casting. It is shown that the flow structure, in general, and the jet position and intensity, in particular, can be reliably determined from magnetic field data using only a modest number (in the order of 5) of sensors

  20. The abrasive wear dependence research on chemical constitution, hardness and resistance of alloy cast steel Cr-Mo-V-Cu-Ni type

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    In the work there are research program elements, alloying elements contents influence on abrasive wear for hot work. The aim of research is to define the hardness influence, resistance and contents of Cr, Mo, V on alloy cast steel abrasive wear Cr-Mo-V-Cu-Ni. (author)

  1. Investigation of weldability and property changes of high pressure heat-resistant cast stainless steel tubes used in pyrolysis furnaces after a five-year service

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    Highlights: → To investigate the weldability and property changes of high pressure heat-resistant cast stainless steel (HP) tubes. → Welding was done by gas-tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process. → Composition of precipitates was characterized by means of SEM and EDS analyses. → The solution treatment was used to recover the properties of tubes. → To investigate mechanical strength of specimens, tensile tests were carried out at room temperature. -- Abstract: High pressure heat-resistant cast stainless steel (HP steel) tubes produced by centrifugal casting are used in petrochemical industries for pyrolysis furnaces. They have appropriate ductility and weldability in as-cast conditions. These steels lose their ductility and weldability after being used in service and, hence, require repair. In the present study, the effect of metallurgical changes on weldability and ductility was investigated. The life span of the studied tubes was 5 years. Using electrodes with a chemical composition close to the base metal analysis, welding was done by gas-tungsten arc welding (GTAW) process. Solution treatment was used to recover the properties of tubes which can be useful, depending on metallurgical changes.

  2. Development of Centrifugal Cast High Speed Steel Roll with High Wear Resistance for Pre-Finishing Stands of a Hot Rod-Wire Mill

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    JIANG Zhi-qiang; FENG Xi-lan; FU Han-guang; SHA Quan-you

    2004-01-01

    The present study aims at developing high speed steel ( HSS ) as roll materials to replace traditional roll materials such as the alloy cast iron and powder metallurgical (PM) hard alloy, because lowcost alley cast iron rolls have poor wear resistance and the cost of high-quality PM hard alloy rolls is too high to be accepted by some users. By means of a centrifugal casting method, HSS rolls with excellent wear resistance have been developed. Its hardness is 65 ~ 67HRC, and its variation is smaller than 2HRC ; its impact toughness excels 15J/cm2. Using pre-finishing stands of a high-speed hot wire-rod rolling mill, the wear raze of HSS rolls per one thousand ton of steel is 0. 25mm. However, the manufacturing burden of HSS rolls is obviously lower than that of PM hard alloy rolls; it is only 30% of that of PM hard alloy rolls.

  3. Statistical model for predicting correct amount of deoxidizer of Al-killed grade casted at slab continuous caster of Pakistan steel

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    Oxygen is blown in Converter process to oxidize hot metal. This introduces dissolved oxygen in the metal, which may cause embrittlement, voids, inclusion and other undesirable properties in steel. The steel bath at the time of tapping contains 400 to 800 ppm oxygen. Deoxidation is carried out during tapping by adding into the tap ladle appropriate amounts of ferromanganese, ferrosilicon and/or aluminum or other special deoxidizers. In the research aluminum killed grade steel which are casted at the slab caster of Pakistan Steel were investigated. Amount of aluminum added is very critical because if we add lesser amount of aluminum then the required quantity then there will be an incomplete killing of oxygen which results uncleanness in steel. Addition of larger amount of aluminum not only increases the cost of the production but also results as higher amount of alumina, which results in nozzle clogging and increase, loses. The purpose of the research is to develop a statistical model which would predict correct amount of aluminum addition for complete deoxidation of aluminum killed grade casted at slab continuous caster of Pakistan Steel. In the model aluminum added is taken as dependent variable while tapping temperature, turn down carbon composition, turndown manganese composition and oxygen content in steel would be the independent variable. This work is based on operational practice on 130 tons Basic Oxygen furnace. (author)

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

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

  5. 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.

  6. Effects of Thermocapillary Forces during Welding of 316L-Type Wrought, Cast and Powder Metallurgy Austenitic Stainless Steels

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    Sgobba, Stefano

    2003-01-01

    The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is now under construction at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). This 27 km long accelerator requires 1248 superconducting dipole magnets operating at 1.9 K. The cold mass of the dipole magnets is closed by a shrinking cylinder with two longitudinal welds and two end covers at both extremities of the cylinder. The end covers, for which fabrication by welding, casting or Powder Metallurgy (PM) was considered, are dished-heads equipped with a number of protruding nozzles for the passage of the different cryogenic lines. Structural materials and welds must retain high strength and toughness at cryogenic temperature. AISI 316L-type austenitic stainless steel grades have been selected because of their mechanical properties, ductility, weldability and stability of the austenitic phase against low-temperature spontaneous martensitic transformation. 316LN is chosen for the fabrication of the end covers, while the interconnection components to be welded on the protrud...

  7. Additional grain refinement in recrystallization controlled rolling of Ti-microalloyed steels processed by near-net-shape casting technology

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    This paper analyzes the recrystallization kinetics in Ti-microalloyed steels processed using 'beam blank' casting technology. The faster solidification rates associated with this technology brings a finer precipitation of TiN particles which are very effective in controlling austenite grain growth during hot working. Furthermore, these small precipitates have been shown to delay static and dynamic recrystallization. The finer the precipitates the higher the delay in recrystallization. Nevertheless, beyond particle size and distribution, the level of delay is very dependent on microstructure (above all austenite grain size) and deformation conditions (strain and temperature). This paper studies the effects of this recrystallization delay on the microstructure evolution during hot rolling. Special attention was paid to the study of the occurrence of partial recrystallization during the final stages of rolling, which could lead to the presence of mixed microstructures before transformation. The possibility of achieving an additional austenite grain size refinement prior to transformation was evaluated

  8. Field Evaluations of Low-Frequency SAFT-UT on Cast Stainless Steel and Dissimilar Metal Weld Components

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    Diaz, Aaron A.; Harris, R. V.; Doctor, Steven R.

    2008-11-01

    This report documents work performed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, and at the Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) Nondestructive Examination (NDE) Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on evalutating a low frequency ultrasonic inspection technique used for examination of cast stainless steel (CSS) and dissimilar metal (DMW) reactor piping components. The technique uses a zone-focused, multi-incident angle, low frequency (250-450 kHz) inspection protocol coupled with the synthetic aperture focusing technique (SAFT). The primary focus of this work is to provide information to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the utility, effectiveness and reliability of ultrasonic testing (UT) inspection techniques as related to the inservice ultrasonic inspection of coarse grained primary piping components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs).

  9. Field Evaluations of Low-Frequency SAFT-UT on Cast Stainless Steel and Dissimilar Metal Weld Components

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    This report documents work performed at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington, and at the Electric Power Research Institute's (EPRI) Nondestructive Examination (NDE) Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, on evalutating a low frequency ultrasonic inspection technique used for examination of cast stainless steel (CSS) and dissimilar metal (DMW) reactor piping components. The technique uses a zone-focused, multi-incident angle, low frequency (250-450 kHz) inspection protocol coupled with the synthetic aperture focusing technique (SAFT). The primary focus of this work is to provide information to the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission on the utility, effectiveness and reliability of ultrasonic testing (UT) inspection techniques as related to the inservice ultrasonic inspection of coarse grained primary piping components in pressurized water reactors (PWRs).

  10. 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.

  11. Detection and sizing of large-scale cracks in centrifugally cast stainless steel pipes using Lamb waves

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    Application of conventional ultrasonic nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques to centrifugally cast stainless steel (CCSS) pipes in pressurized water reactors (PWRs) has been limited, mainly due to the anisotropy of the CCSS materials. Phenomena such as beam skewing and distortion are directly attributable to this anisotropy and cause severe difficulties in crack detection and sizing. To improve CCSS inspectability, the feasibility of using Lamb waves as the probing mechanism for detecting and characterizing a surface-breaking crack originating from the pipe interior surface is discussed. A similar research effort has been reported by Rokhlin who investigated the interaction of Lamb waves with delaminations in thin sheets. Rokhlin and Adler also reported recently on the use of Lamb waves for evaluating spot welds. The motivation for using this probing mechanism derives from the recognition that the difficulties introduced by beam skewing, beam distortion, and high attenuation are circumvented, since Lamb waves are not bulk waves, but are resonant vibrational modes of a solid plate

  12. Comparative study: sensitization development in hot-isostatic-pressed cast and wrought structures type 316L(N)-IG stainless steel under isothermal heat treatment

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    This work focuses on the relative sensitization resistance of type 316L(N)-IG stainless steel (SS). Cast and wrought structures SS after solid hot-isostatic pressing (solid-HIP) operation are investigated under isothermal heat treatment. Wrought SS/SS solid-HIP joint sensitization is taken also into consideration. These experiments employed the quantitative double-loop electrochemical potentiokinetic reactivation (DL-EPR) and oxalic acid etch screening tests. A copper-copper sulfate-16% sulfuric acid test applied for strongly sensitized cast SS to reinforce the results were received by the methods mentioned above. Results from all employed methods correlate well. Sensitization was detected neither in cast nor in wrought SS in as-HIPed condition excluding wrought SS/SS solid-HIP joints. Significant difference between sensitization development rates was determined in cast and wrought SS structures when annealing at 675 deg. C for a duration up to 50 h

  13. The shaping of zinc coating on surface steels and ductile iron casting

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    D. Kopyciński

    2010-01-01

    The studies aimed at an analysis of the formation and growth kinetics of zinc coating on reactive silicon-killed steels in a zinc bath. The growth kinetics of the produced zinc coatings was evaluated basing on the power-law growth equation. As regards galvanizing of the surface of products, investigation was done for various steel grades and ductile iron (DI) taking into account the quality and thickness of coating. It has been proved that the chemical constitution of basis significantly infl...

  14. The effects of reversion heat treatment on the recovery of thermal aging embrittlement of CF8M cast stainless steels

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    The thermal aging embrittlement of cast stainless steels (CASSs) is one of the key material property degradation that would limit the long-term operation nuclear power plants. In this study, we investigated the recovery behaviors of thermal aging embrittlement of cast stainless steels (CASSs) by the reversion heat treatment. Two heats of CF8M with different ferrite contents were used and the degree of aging embrittlement was measured by the micro-hardness of ferrite phases. It was found that the micro-hardness values of ferrites in the aged CF8M were significantly reduced after the reversion heat treatment at 550 °C for 30 min. Meanwhile, those of the un-aged CF8M were slightly increased by the reversion heat treatment. Also, the re-aging embrittlement behaviors of the recovered CF8M were similar to the initial aging behaviors. Finally, if the reversion heat treatment was applied to the un-aged CF8M, the degree of the embrittlement was reduced during the thermal aging heat treatment. These changes in the micro-hardness values were explained in view of the dissolution of the Cr-rich region formed during spinodal decomposition and the formation of Mo-rich precipitates in the ferrite phases during the reversion heat treatment. - Highlights: • Reversion heat treatment (R-HT) was used to recover thermal aging of CF8M. • During the R-HT, Cr-rich phases dissolved but Mo-rich phases precipitated in ferrites. • After the R-HT, the rate of re-embrittlement was similar to that of previous aging. • Pre-application of the R-HT reduced the degree of aging embrittlement of CF8M

  15. Evolution of microstructure, texture and inhibitor along the processing route for grain-oriented electrical steels using strip casting

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    Liu, Hai-Tao, E-mail: liuht@ral.neu.edu.cn [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, P.O. Box 105, Shenyang 110819 (China); Institute of Research of Iron and Steel, Shasteel, Zhangjiagang 215625, Jiangsu (China); Yao, Sheng-Jie [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai, 264209 (China); Sun, Yu; Gao, Fei; Song, Hong-Yu; Liu, Guo-Huai [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, P.O. Box 105, Shenyang 110819 (China); Li, Lei; Geng, Dian-Qiao [Key Laboratory of Electromagnetic Processing of Materials, Ministry of Education, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Liu, Zhen-Yu; Wang, Guo-Dong [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, P.O. Box 105, Shenyang 110819 (China)

    2015-08-15

    In the present work, a regular grade GO sheet was produced successively by strip casting, hot rolling, normalizing annealing, two-stage cold rolling with intermediate annealing, primary recrystallization annealing, secondary recrystallization annealing and purification. The aim of this paper was to characterize the evolution of microstructure, texture and inhibitor along the new processing route by comprehensive utilization of optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. It was found that a fine microstructure with the ferrite grain size range of 7–12 μm could be obtained in the primary recrystallization annealed sheet though a very coarse microstructure was produced in the initial as-cast strip. The main finding was that the “texture memory” effect on Goss texture started on the through-thickness intermediate annealed strip after first cold rolling, which was not similar to the “texture memory” effect on Goss texture starting on the surface layers of the hot rolled strip in the conventional production route. As a result, the origin of Goss nuclei capable of secondary recrystallization lied in the grains already presented in Goss orientation in the intermediate annealed strip after first cold rolling. Another finding was that fine and dispersive inhibitors (mainly AlN) were easy to be produced in the primary recrystallization microstructure due to the initial rapid solidification during strip casting and the subsequent rapid cooling, and the very high temperature reheating usually used before hot rolling in the conventional production route could be avoided. - Highlights: • A regular grade grain-oriented electrical steel was produced. • Evolution of microstructure, texture and inhibitor was characterized. • Origin of Goss nuclei lied in the intermediate annealed strip. • A fine primary recrystallization microstructure could be produced. • Effective inhibitors were easy to be obtained in the new processing route.

  16. Evolution of microstructure, texture and inhibitor along the processing route for grain-oriented electrical steels using strip casting

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    In the present work, a regular grade GO sheet was produced successively by strip casting, hot rolling, normalizing annealing, two-stage cold rolling with intermediate annealing, primary recrystallization annealing, secondary recrystallization annealing and purification. The aim of this paper was to characterize the evolution of microstructure, texture and inhibitor along the new processing route by comprehensive utilization of optical microscopy, X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. It was found that a fine microstructure with the ferrite grain size range of 7–12 μm could be obtained in the primary recrystallization annealed sheet though a very coarse microstructure was produced in the initial as-cast strip. The main finding was that the “texture memory” effect on Goss texture started on the through-thickness intermediate annealed strip after first cold rolling, which was not similar to the “texture memory” effect on Goss texture starting on the surface layers of the hot rolled strip in the conventional production route. As a result, the origin of Goss nuclei capable of secondary recrystallization lied in the grains already presented in Goss orientation in the intermediate annealed strip after first cold rolling. Another finding was that fine and dispersive inhibitors (mainly AlN) were easy to be produced in the primary recrystallization microstructure due to the initial rapid solidification during strip casting and the subsequent rapid cooling, and the very high temperature reheating usually used before hot rolling in the conventional production route could be avoided. - Highlights: • A regular grade grain-oriented electrical steel was produced. • Evolution of microstructure, texture and inhibitor was characterized. • Origin of Goss nuclei lied in the intermediate annealed strip. • A fine primary recrystallization microstructure could be produced. • Effective inhibitors were easy to be obtained in the new processing route

  17. Characterization of precipitates in strip-cast 2.7%Si steel under different heat treatment conditions

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    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A 1.5mm thickness as-cast Fe-2.7%Si strip was produced by twin-roll strip casting and the precipitates under different isothermal holding time (0.5 min–30 min and cooling rates (1∘/s–20 ∘C/s were investigated by thermal simulation experiment technology and electron probe micro-analyzer. The main precipitates in all specimens are AlN-MnS complex with a structure of core-edge. During isothermal holding, the number density of relatively large precipitates (≥ 0.3 μm decrease with increase in time and the mean size of the small precipitates (≤150 nm increases gradually. It can be attributed to the complicated interactions of dissolve, precipitation and coarsening behavior. For precipitates in strips cooling from 1380 ∘C to 20 ∘C, the mean size decreases continuously with increase in cooling rate because the corresponding growth rate and time of precipitates decrease. These results indicate that isothermal holding time and cooling rate have an important influence on size of precipitates in strip, which will be of great importance in optimizing properties of silicon steel.

  18. Fabrication of high permeability non-oriented electrical steels by increasing recrystallization texture using compacted strip casting processes

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    Liu, Hai-Tao; Schneider, J.; Li, Hua-Long; Sun, Yu; Gao, Fei; Lu, Hui-Hu; Song, Hong-Yu; Li, Lei; Geng, Dian-Qiao; Liu, Zhen-Yu; Wang, Guo-Dong

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we will report on the application of the twin-roll casting technique to get a 2 mm thick material of Fe-3.2%Si alloy, which was finally hot rolled, cold rolled and annealed. After a mild hot rolling to a thickness of 1 mm and a mild cold rolling to a thickness of 0.35 mm, we obtained a high intensity of λ-fiber (|| ND) and η-fiber (|| RD) texture concentrated on cube ({0 0 1}) component and a diminishing intensity of the γ-fiber (|| ND) texture, and a large average grain size in the final processed material. The experimental results for the evolution of the microstructure and texture along the used processing routes were described within the paper in detail. The formation mechanism for the desired recrystallization textures were explained in terms of oriented nucleation, micro-growth selection, accumulated deformation stored energy, geometric softening and orientation pinning. It will be demonstrated that this new processing route using the compact strip casting offers the possibility to fabricate high permeability non-oriented electrical steels without additional fabrication steps like hot band annealing or two step cold rolling with intermediate annealing as in the case of conventional processing route.

  19. Development of Stronger and More Reliable Cast Austenitic Stainless Steels (H-Series) Based on Scientific Design Methodology

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    Muralidharan, G.; Sikka, V.K.; Pankiw, R.I.

    2006-04-15

    The goal of this program was to increase the high-temperature strength of the H-Series of cast austenitic stainless steels by 50% and upper use temperature by 86 to 140 F (30 to 60 C). Meeting this goal is expected to result in energy savings of 38 trillion Btu/year by 2020 and energy cost savings of $185 million/year. The higher strength H-Series of cast stainless steels (HK and HP type) have applications for the production of ethylene in the chemical industry, for radiant burner tubes and transfer rolls for secondary processing of steel in the steel industry, and for many applications in the heat-treating industry. The project was led by Duraloy Technologies, Inc. with research participation by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and industrial participation by a diverse group of companies. Energy Industries of Ohio (EIO) was also a partner in this project. Each team partner had well-defined roles. Duraloy Technologies led the team by identifying the base alloys that were to be improved from this research. Duraloy Technologies also provided an extensive creep data base on current alloys, provided creep-tested specimens of certain commercial alloys, and carried out centrifugal casting and component fabrication of newly designed alloys. Nucor Steel was the first partner company that installed the radiant burner tube assembly in their heat-treating furnace. Other steel companies participated in project review meetings and are currently working with Duraloy Technologies to obtain components of the new alloys. EIO is promoting the enhanced performance of the newly designed alloys to Ohio-based companies. The Timken Company is one of the Ohio companies being promoted by EIO. The project management and coordination plan is shown in Fig. 1.1. A related project at University of Texas-Arlington (UT-A) is described in Development of Semi-Stochastic Algorithm for Optimizing Alloy Composition of High-Temperature Austenitic Stainless Steels (H-Series) for Desired

  20. Microstructure and local strain fields in a high-alloyed austenitic cast steel and a steel-matrix composite material after in situ tensile and cyclic deformation

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    Weidner, A.; Biermann, H. [Institute of Materials Engineering, Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany); Yanina, A.; Guk, S.; Kawalla, R. [Institute of Metal Forming, Technische Universitaet Bergakademie Freiberg (Germany)

    2011-09-15

    The tensile and cyclic deformation behaviour of a new metastable austenitic stainless cast TRIP (TRansformation Induced Plasticity) steel and a composite material consisting of austenitic steel matrix (AISI 304) with 5% MgO partially stabilized ZrO{sub 2} (MgO-PSZ) was studied in-situ in a scanning electron microscope (SEM). In-situ tests in the SEM show the evolution of the microstructure with the strain for uniaxial deformation and the number of cycles during fatigue, respectively. Initially, deformation bands develop. In these bands, the face-centred cubic austenite transforms into the hexagonal {epsilon}-martensite and subsequently to the body-centred cubic {alpha}'- martensite. This evolution was studied by different SEM techniques. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) was applied for phase and orientation identification. The dislocation arrangement was investigated applying the electron channelling contrast imaging (ECCI) technique to different deformation stages. The studies are completed with measurements of local displacement fields using digital image correlation (DIC). (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. Simulation of macrosegregation in a large vertical continuous casting of steel

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    Zheng, Y.; Wu, M.; Kharicha, A.; Ludwig, A.

    2016-07-01

    A three-phase mixed columnar-equiaxed solidification model considering fluid flow, heat and solute transport is applied to simulate the solidification in a vertical continuous casting. The key features of solidification phenomena in this process, such as evolution of columnar phase, evolution and floatation/sedimentation of equi- axed crystals, thermal solutal convection of the melt and the flow caused by crystal sedimentation, development of as-cast structure, the columnar-to-equiaxed transition (CET), and formation of macrosegregation, are simulated. It is predicted that there is an equiaxed zone in the central part of the strand, and the rest section is filled with columnar phase (or dominant with columnar phase). A relatively strong negative segregation in the equiaxed zone and a mostly neutral concentration in the columnar region are found. Near the CET, there is a so-called middle radius positive segregation band. Formation mechanisms of this segregation pattern are discussed.

  2. High temperature corrosion of cast heat resisting steels in CO + CO2 gas mixtures

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    Xu, Nan; Monceau, Daniel; Young, David; Furtado, Jader

    2008-01-01

    Two commercial variants of the cast heat resistant grade HP40Nb (Fe–25Cr–35Ni, Nb modified) were exposed to CO/CO2 gases at 982 and 1080 C in order to simulate exposure to the carbon and oxygen potentials realised in steam reformers under normal and overheated conditions. Both alloys developed external chromium-rich oxide scales, intradendritic silica precipitates and interdendritic oxide protrusions where primary, interdendritic carbides were oxidised in situ. Surprisingly, the lower silicon...

  3. Improvement of Structure and Properties of Cast Ferrite-Pearlite Steels for Freight Railway Cars

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    A. Rabinovich

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available As it i s known For increasing of propcnics (YTS 2 380 MPa of cast stcds i t is c f k ~ i v tco incrcasc conlcnt o f alhsti~uiionaal lloyingclcrncnts, (Si, Mn, Cr, Ni. 1 lowevcr it lcads to rising in pricc olstccl ton. lncrcasing of Si and Mn conrcnl only is limitcd hy decreasing o lductility and weld nhility. As a rule silicon contcnt at ~hcsca ccls is not highcr than 0.4-0.67'0 and Si:Mn ratio is not highcr khan 1:2. Nowfor grain rcfincmcnt ~wc sin oculation of stcct by nitrogcn and clcincnrs with high chcmical affinity to nltmgcn. Mostly vanadium i s usd.howcvcr niobium sornctime is uscd. Dissldvantagcs of this arc high cost of alloying clcmcnrs and low thcrrnodynamic stability OFvanadium and niobium nitridcs. Parlicles of V(C,N and Nh(C.N dissolvc during hcating fnr licnt trcatmcnt or during wclding. It [cads lodccrcasing of grain refinement elfcc!.Adaptat ion or this microalloying stratcgy Tor casts producing For rrcight mil way cars let cstirnatc possibility of application thcsc casts in ancw gcnerazion freight railway cars.

  4. Effect of Al2O3 on the Crystallization of Mold Flux for Casting High Al Steel

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    Zhou, Lejun; Wang, Wanlin; Zhou, Kechao

    2015-06-01

    In order to lower the weight of automotive bodies for better fuel-efficiency and occupant safety, the demand for high Al-containing advanced high strength steel, such as transformation-induced plasticity and twinning-induced plasticity steel, is increasing. However, high aluminum content in steels would tend to significantly affect the properties of mold flux during the continuous casting process. In this paper, a kinetic study of the effect of Al2O3 content on the crystallization behavior of mold flux was conducted by using the single hot thermocouple technique and the Johnson-Mehl-Avrami model combined with the Arrhenius Equation. The results suggested that Al2O3 behaves as an amphoteric oxide in the crystallization process of mold flux. The precipitated phases of mold flux change from cuspidine (Ca4Si2O7F2) into nepheline (NaAlSiO4) and CaF2, and then into gehlenite (Ca2Al2SiO7) with the increase of Al2O3 content. The kinetics study of the isothermal crystallization process indicated that the effective crystallization rate ( k) and Avrami exponent ( n) also first increased and then decreased with the increase of Al2O3 content. The values for the crystallization activation energy of mold flux with different Al2O3 contents were E R0.8A7 = 150.76 ± 17.89 kJ/mol, E R0.8A20 = 136.43 ± 6.48 kJ/mol, E R0.8A30 = 108.63 ± 12.25 kJ/mol and E R0.8A40 = 116.15 ± 8.17 kJ/mol.

  5. An evaluation of depth sizing ability of ultrasonic testing by the large aperture transducer for axial crack in cast stainless steel pipe weld

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    Ultrasonic testing is difficult for cast stainless steel which is used as the material of main coolant pipes in pressurized water reactors, because of the large attenuation and scattering of ultrasonic waves caused by its macro structure. Ultrasonic testing for the axial fatigue crack on welding area in the test piece of the cast stainless pipe was performed, using the double large aperture ultrasonic probes. In this study, depth sizing of defects was performed under the positive result of the detection of defects in former study. As a result, sizing of defects with over 20mm target depth for the specimen thickness 69mm is highly possible. (author)

  6. The use of electromagnetic stirring of steel during the casting diameter 150 mm

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    Касьян, Г.І.; З.Л. Козлова; О.А. Кучаєв; Р.Я. Якобше

    2008-01-01

     Investigation of travelling magnetic field effect in mold of six strand continuous caster on structure of 150 mm round bullet from low carbon steel are carried out. It is shown that increasing phase current of electromagnetic stirrer installed around of mold is extended the equiaxed crystals zone and is decreased billet axial porosity.

  7. The use of electromagnetic stirring of steel during the casting diameter 150 mm

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    Г.І. Касьян

    2008-04-01

    Full Text Available  Investigation of travelling magnetic field effect in mold of six strand continuous caster on structure of 150 mm round bullet from low carbon steel are carried out. It is shown that increasing phase current of electromagnetic stirrer installed around of mold is extended the equiaxed crystals zone and is decreased billet axial porosity.

  8. Effects of chills on the solidification pattern of an axial steel cast impeller

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    Copur, M.; Turan, A; Eruslu, M. N.

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents three-dimensional simulation of transient conduction heat transfer within an axial impeller (AISI 1016), two different sizes of chills (AISI 1016), core (green sand) and mold (green sand) by using Ansys CFX. Specific heat, density and thermal conductivity of AISI 1016 steel, mold and Core materials are considered as functions of temperatures

  9. Fracture Resistance of Cast Ferritic C-Mn Steel for Container of Spent Nuclear Fuel

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    Dlouhý, Ivo; Holzmann, Miloslav; Chlup, Zdeněk

    78. Dordrecht : Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002 - (Dlouhý, I.), s. 47-64 - (NATO Science Series. Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry. 2) R&D Projects: GA MŠk ME 303; GA AV ČR IAA2041003 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z2041904 Keywords : ductile to brittle transition * fracture toughness * castferritic steel Subject RIV: JL - Materials Fatigue, Friction Mechanics

  10. Effects of chills on the solidification pattern of an axial steel cast impeller

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    M. Copur

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents three-dimensional simulation of transient conduction heat transfer within an axial impeller (AISI 1016, two different sizes of chills (AISI 1016, core (green sand and mold (green sand by using Ansys CFX. Specific heat, density and thermal conductivity of AISI 1016 steel, mold and Core materials are considered as functions of temperatures

  11. A study on NDE method of thermal aging of cast duplex stainless steels

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    To maintain the integrity of applications of the duplex stainless steels currently in service, a study was conducted to develop a method to nondestructively estimate their Charpy-impact energy at room temperature. It was found that hardness of the ferrite phase is a reliable indicator of the process of embrittlement during long-term heating of duplex stainless steels. However, further information on the ferrite phase and the austenite phase is required for the estimation of Charpy-impact energy. An equation composed of the hardness values of ferrite and austenite phases, the ferrite content and the average spacing of ferrite phase islands was presented as a method applicable to the nondestructive estimation of Charpy-impact energy at room temperature. (orig.)

  12. Fatigue of bridge joints using welded tubes or cast steel node solutions

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    NUSSBAUMER, Alain; Haldimann-Sturm, Senta C.; Schumacher, Ann

    2006-01-01

    In the design of recently constructed steel-concrete composite bridges using hollow section trusses for the main load carrying structure, the fatigue verification of the tubular truss joints has been a main issue. Recent research on the fatigue behaviour of such joints has focussed on circular hollow section (CHS) K-joints with low diameter-to-thickness ratios - a geometric characteristic typical to tubular bridge trusses. Analytical and experimental research was carried out and joints with b...

  13. Corrosion of low-carbon cast steel in concentrated synthetic groundwater at 80 to 150 C

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    Corrosion properties of American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) A216-Grade WCA low-carbon steel were evaluated in concentrated synthetic groundwater at 80 to 150 C. The evaluation provides information on the use of the steel as a container material in the proposed Yucca Mountain high-level waste repository. Uniform corrosion rates measured over 4 months ranged from 10 to 40 microm/year, in initially aerated static solutions under gamma irradiation at 1.3 x 106 rad/h. Irradiation effects on uniform corrosion rates were not discernible after 4 months. Pitting corrosion was also found, but the pitting factor was small. Microstructural effects on corrosion were not significant. During corrosion under irradiation, there was an indication of a large amount of hydrogen absorption in the steel. Constant extension rate tests showed evidence for environmental assisted cracking under free corrosion conditions, and strong evidence of hydrogen embrittlement and moisture-induced ductility loss. The use of the test results in support of the Yucca Mountain project is discussed

  14. Sigma phase morphologies in cast and aged super duplex stainless steel

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    Solution annealed and water quenched duplex and super duplex stainless steels are thermodynamically metastable systems at room temperature. These systems do not migrate spontaneously to a thermodynamically stable condition because an energy barrier separates the metastable and stable states. However, any heat input they receive, for example through isothermal treatment or through prolonged exposure to a voltaic arc in the welding process, cause them to reach a condition of stable equilibrium which, for super duplex stainless steels, means precipitation of intermetallic and carbide phases. These phases include the sigma phase, which is easily identified from its morphology, and its influence on the material's impact strength. The purpose of this work was to ascertain how 2-hour isothermal heat treatments at 920 deg. C and 980 deg. C affect the microstructure of ASTM A890/A890M GR 6A super duplex stainless steel. The sigma phase morphologies were found to be influenced by these two aging temperatures, with the material showing a predominantly lacy microstructure when heat treated at 920 deg. C and block-shaped when heat treated at 980 deg. C.

  15. Effect of cooling rate and forced convection on as-cast structure of 2205 duplex stainless steel

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    Cheng Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available To forecast the as-cast structure and ferrite-austenite phase ratio of 2205 duplex stainless steel (DSS, the effects of cooling rate and forced convection were observed in a high-vacuum resistance furnace in which the forced convection was created by the rotation of the crucible. The as-cast structure of all 2205 DSS samples is full equiaxed grains, and the microstructure consists of a great amount of desirable intra-granular austenite inside the continuous ferrite grain matrix, besides Widmanstatten austenite and grain boundary austenite. The ferrite grain size decreases gradually with the increase in the cooling rates (20 to 60 ìC·min-1 or the forced convection, while the ferrite grains of the samples solidified with a strong convection are barely changed when the cooling rate is below 50 ìC·min-1. Moreover, a small grain size is beneficial for the austenite formation but the influence is not very obvious under the cooling rates in the range of 5 to 50 ìC·min-1. Compared with grain size, the cooling rate has a greater influence on the final ferrite content. A model based on the experimental results is established to predict the ferrite content, which could be approximated by ヤ(%=20.5·exp(c/80.0+0.34d+34.1, where c is the cooling rate in ìC·min-1 and d is the grain size in mm. By using this model, the dependence of the final ferrite content on cooling rate and grain size is well described.

  16. Study of the nature of non-metallic inclusions in samples of aluminum and silicon killed low carbon steels, collected in the refining treatment and continuous casting stages

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    José Carlos Santos Pires

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available The amount, distribution, size and chemical composition of non-metallic inclusions have a direct influence on steel properties. By controlling size and chemical composition of these inclusions, it is possible to get a product with good quality. The identification of the nature and the control of inclusion formation are very important for steel cleanness. The behavior of these inclusions is predictable, in some extent, by the determination of the chemical composition of non-metallic phases that form such inclusions. With the objective of studying the chemical composition, the size and the distribution of such inclusions, samples of aluminum and silicon killed low carbon steels were collected in a national steel industry in the secondary refining and continuous casting stages. These samples were analyzed in the scanning electron microscope (SEM coupled to an energy dispersive analysis system (EDS. From the results, it was possible to evaluate the nature of inclusions and to analyze the effectiveness of the refining process in the reduction of the number and area fraction of the inclusions. It was also possible to verify that the inclusions that remained after treatment, are less damage both to the steel properties as to the continuous casting process (clogging of the submerged valve.

  17. Atmospheric corrosion rate expressed as a function of time. Effects of atmospheric conditions and alloying elements on corrosion resistance of steels and cast irons

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    On the basis of function describing a change in atmospheric corrosion rate (K) in time (t) the published results of long-standing corrosion tests of a great number of cast irons and steels were statistically processed. The effect of chloride - ions, sulfur dioxide, alloying elements (Cu, Ni, Cr, Mn, Si, V, C) on the rate of initial corrosion on the active surface (K0), passivation properties (α0) of corrosion products and corrosion resistance (α0/K0) of iron-carbonic alloys in different climatic areas was revealed. The data permit further investigation of the mechanism of alloying element effect on atmopsheric corrosion of steels

  18. Problematic and metallurgy of welding in the maintenance of the EDF's PWRs. Some applications from the return on experience - Weldability of aged cast austenitic-ferritic stainless steels

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    Peculiar specifications are applied to welding operations during the maintenance of pressurized equipment of EDF's PWR nuclear plants. These specifications can differ from fabrication technical requirements for different reasons: evolution of regulation, taking of material ageing into account and evolution of material weldability characteristics, intervention geometrical conditions, return on experience, impossibility to perform post-welding thermal treatments. Various examples are presented to illustrate these peculiarities: repair of coatings in austenitic stainless steel (either by working or by local welding), multiple assignments of heat-affected-zones, weldability of in-service aged cast austeno-ferritic stainless steels (tests on models)

  19. Evaluation of material properties considering thermal embrittlement for accelerated aged CF-8M and CF-8A cast austenitic stainless steel

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    Cast austenitic stainless steel have been widely used for primary coolant piping in light water reactors. This material is subject to thermal embrittlement at reactor operating temperature. CF-8M and CF-8A cast austenitic stainless steel is used for several components, such as primary coolant piping, elbow, pump casing, and valve bodies in light water reactors. Thermal embrittlement results in spinodal decomposition of delta-ferrite leading to decreased fracture toughness. In this study, the specimens were prepared using an accelerated aging method. The measurement of ferrite content, Charpy impact test and J-R test were performed to verify the predicting equation for aged material properties. In case of above 25% ferrite content, predicted result of J-R curve might be non-conservative

  20. An evaluation of detection ability of ultrasonic testing with a large aperture transducer for axial cracks in cast stainless steel pipe welds

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    Ultrasonic testing is difficult to apply to cast stainless steel which is the material of the main coolant pipes in pressurized water reactors, because of the large attenuation and scattering of ultrasonic waves caused by its macro structure. In this study, ultrasonic testing for progression of axial fatigue cracks of a welded area in the test piece of cast stainless steel pipe was performed using double big-size ultrasonic probes which were formerly developed in INSS. It was found that detection of defects that were over 6% of the target depth for the specimen thickness of 69mm is possible, and detection of defects with over 10% of the target depth is possible for all test conditions. (author)