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

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

    1996-04-01

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

  2. Low-chromium reduced-activation ferritic steels

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

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

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

    2008-07-01

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

  4. The role of interstitial nitrogen in the precipitation hardening reactions in high-chromium ferritic steels

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    The effects of exposure to temperatures in the range 475 - 800 C on the hardness and associated microstructure of high chromium ferritic steels has been investigated. Low-carbon 26Cr-1Mo steels containing 0,02 - 0,04% nitrogen were found to constitute an age hardening system when quenched from a temperature of nitrogen solubility and exposed at temperatures in the range 600 - 700 C. TEM observations on thin foils revealed that hardening was associated with the formation of a high density of Cr-N zones. Ageing at 475 C and 550 C produced hardening due to the formation of chromium-rich ferrite phases α' as result of the miscibility gap in the Fe-Cr phase diagram. However the presence of interstitial nitrogen in solution in the steel considerably reduced the rate of hardening, especially at 475 C. This type of decomposition occurs by a mechanism of nucleation and growth, forming zones similar to those formed during an ageing at 600 C. When depleted of interstitial nitrogen, the specimens aged at 475 C underwent spinodal decomposition. Thus nitrogen in solid solution was found to have a significant effect on the 475 C hardening reaction. Precision X-ray diffraction measurements revealed the presence of secondary diffraction peaks associated with the Bragg peaks, which confirmed the formation of Cr-rich phases during ageing at 475 C. The calculated associated lattice parameter measurements allowed estimates of the compositions of the decomposition phases to be made. These were calculated to be about 6-18% Cr in the Fe-rich and 60-80% Cr in the Cr-rich phases of the 26Cr-1Mo steel

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

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

  6. The development of carbides in the phase boundary between delta ferrite and martensite in 9-14% chromium steels

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    Materials with a sufficient toughness have to be used for safety-relevant components. In martensitic 12% chromium steels delta ferrite may occur, at higher contents (>0,5%) the fracture toughness of the material may be reduced considerably. This means that the DBTT (ductile to brittle transition temperature) is shifted towards higher temperatures during impact tests. In two-phase steels consisting of delta-ferrite and martensite, this behavior of brittle fracture is found to be caused by the massive dendritic carbide surrounding the delta-ferrite. The generation of this carbide is described by means of CCT diagrams (continuous cooling transformation diagrams). Carbide formation depends on both the chromium content and the cooling velocity. (orig.)

  7. The role of nitrogen in the preferential chromium segregation on the ferritic stainless steel (1 1 1) surface

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    The temperature dependence on the segregation behavior of the ferritic stainless steel single crystal (1 1 1) surface morphology has been examined by scanning tunneling microscopy (STM), Auger electron spectroscopy (AES), and low energy electron diffraction (LEED). AES clearly showed the surface segregations of chromium and nitrogen upon annealing. Nanoscale triangular chromium nitride clusters were formed around 650 deg. C and were regularly aligned in a hexagonal configuration. In contrast, for the ferritic stainless steel (1 1 1) surface with low-nitrogen content, chromium and carbon were found to segregate on the surface upon annealing and Auger spectra of carbon displayed the characteristic carbide peak. For the low-nitrogen surface, LEED identified a facetted surface with (2 x 2) superstructure at 650 deg. C. High-resolution STM identified a chromium carbide film with segregated carbon atoms randomly located on the surface. The facetted (2 x 2) superstructure changed into a (3 x 3) superstructure with no faceting upon annealing at 750 deg. C. Also, segregated sulfur seems to contribute to the reconstruction or interfacial relaxation between the ferritic stainless steel (1 1 1) substrate and chromium carbide film.

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

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

  9. The Oxidation Characteristics of Modified High-Chromium Ferritic Steel for High Temperature

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    The Oxidation properties of modified high chromium ferritic steels were investigated in steam and in air at 600 .deg. C, 650 .deg. C, and in thermal cyclic condition between 400 .deg. C and 600 .deg. C. In steam, the internal oxidation occurred deeply, and the formation of Cr2O3 protective scale was prevented, so the oxidation rate was 5∼20 times higher than that in air. The oxidation rate decreased with increasing Cr content and with decreasing grain size. In the zone of internal oxidation, the microhardness was higher than that in the matrix because of the formation of fine oxide particles. Finally, the existence of W-oxide and Mo-oxide was not observed by the analysis of EPMA and XRD

  10. Corrosion of High Chromium Ferritic/Martensitic Steels in High Temperature Water. a Literature Review

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    Fernandez, P.; Lapena, J.; Blazquez, F. [Ciemat, Madrid (Spain)

    2000-07-01

    Available literature concerning corrosion of high-chromium ferritic/martensitic steels in high temperature water has been reviewed. The subjects considered are general corrosion, effect of irradiation on corrosion, stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC). In addition some investigations about radiation induced segregation (RIS) are shown in order to know the compositional changes at grain boundaries of these alloys and their influence on corrosion properties. The data on general corrosion indicate moderate corrosion rates in high temperature water up to 350 degree centigree. Considerably larger corrosion rates were observed under neutron irradiation. The works concerning to the behaviour of these alloys to stress corrosion cracking seem to conclude that in these materials is necessary to optimize the temper temperature and to carry out the post-weld heat treatments properly in order to avoid stress corrosion cracking. (Author) 40 refs.

  11. Corrosion of High Chromium Ferritic/Martensitic Steels in High Temperature Water. a Literature Review

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    Available literature concerning corrosion of high-chromium ferritic/martensitic steels in high temperature water has been reviewed. The subjects considered are general corrosion, effect of irradiation on corrosion, stress corrosion cracking (SCC) and irradiation-assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC). In addition some investigations about radiation induced segregation (RIS) are shown in order to know the compositional changes at grain boundaries of these alloys and their influence on corrosion properties. The data on general corrosion indicate moderate corrosion rates in high temperature water up to 350 degree centigrade. Considerably larger corrosion rates were observed under neutron irradiation. The works concerning to the behaviour of these alloys to stress corrosion cracking seem to conclude that in these materials is necessary to optimize the temper temperature and to carry out the post-weld heat treatments properly in order to avoid stress corrosion cracking. (Author) 40 refs

  12. Investigation of microstructure and thermal stability of pulsed plasma processed chromium ferritic-martensitic steels

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    Emelyanova, O.; Dzhumaev, P.; Yakushin, V.; Polsky, V.

    2016-04-01

    This paper presents results of the microstructural evolution and thermal stability of the promising Russian ferritic-martensitic steels (EP 823, EP 900, EK 181 and ChS 139) for the nuclear and fusion application after surface modification by high temperature pulsed plasma flows (HTPPF) treatment. Investigations of microstructure, topography and elemental content changes associated with irradiation by nitrogen plasma with energy density 19-28 J/ cm2 and pulse duration 20 μs were carried out. Changes in microstructure and elemental content occurring in the modified surface layer were characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray microanalysis (EDS and WDS). It was shown that independently of initial microstructure and phase composition, HTPPF treatment of ferritic- martensitic steels leads to formation of ultrafine homogeneous structure in the near surface layers with typical grain size ∼100 nm. Results of microstructure investigations after annealing during 1 hour demonstrates significant thermal stability of nanostructure formed by HTPPF treatment.

  13. Investigation of iron-chromium-niobium-titanium ferritic stainless steel for solid oxide fuel cell interconnect applications

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    Yang, Zhenguo; Xia, Guan-Guang; Wang, Chong-Min; Nie, Zimin; Templeton, Joshua; Stevenson, Jeffry W.; Singh, Prabhakar

    As part of an effort to develop cost-effective ferritic stainless steel-based interconnects for solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) stacks, both bare AISI441 and AISI441 coated with (Mn,Co) 3O 4 protection layers were studied in terms of its metallurgical characteristics, oxidation behavior, and electrical performance. The addition of minor alloying elements, in particular Nb, led to formation of Laves phases both inside grains and along grain boundaries. In particular, the Laves phase which precipitated out along grain boundaries during exposure at intermediate SOFC operating temperatures was found to be rich in both Nb and Si. The capture of Si in the Laves phase minimized the Si activity in the alloy matrix and prevented formation of an insulating silica layer at the scale/metal interface, resulting in a reduction in area-specific electrical resistance (ASR). However, the relatively high oxidation rate of the steel, which leads to increasing ASR over time, and the need to prevent volatilization of chromium from the steel necessitates the application of a conductive protection layer on the steel. In particular, the application of a Mn 1.5Co 1.5O 4 spinel protection layer substantially improved the electrical performance of the 441 by reducing the oxidation rate.

  14. Study of structural transformations occuring in low carbon chromium-molybdenum ferritic steels: influence of small additions of vanadium and niobium

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    This study has been carried out on several low carbon chromium-molybdenum ferritic steels: 2,25%0C to 13000C. In the case of alloys with high chromium concentration and additions of vanadium and niobium, the austenitic transformation is partial, and heat treating at higher temperatures results in increased delta transformation, a phenomenon which is accentuated by an important sensitivity to decarburization. Austenitic transformation during cooling leads to two types of CCT curves according to chromium content. Variations in chemical composition and austenitizing temperature significantly modify these diagrams, in particular those of the niobium stabilized steels. The morphology of the structures produced are very diverse, without important presence of residual austenite. The tempering behaviour in anisothermal and isothermal conditions was followed, and the temperature range limits within which precipitation reactions occur were determined in view of characterizing for each alloy the different types of precipitates formed and their influence on the mechanical resistance of the alloy after tempering

  15. Sigma-phase formation in high chromium ferritic steels at 650 °C

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    Niewolak, L., E-mail: l.niewolak@fz-juelich.de [Forschungszentrum Jülich, IEF-2, 52428 Jülich (Germany); Garcia-Fresnillo, L.; Meier, G.H. [Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Quadakkers, W.J. [Forschungszentrum Jülich, IEF-2, 52428 Jülich (Germany)

    2015-07-25

    Highlights: • Formation of σ-FeCr phase at 650 °C in alloys Fe–30%Cr–2%(Mn,Mo,W) was investigated. • Formation of σ-FeCr phase was accelerated by interdiffusion with Ni-coating. • Mechanism of heterogeneous nucleation of σ-FeCr at BCC/FCC interface was discussed. • Mechanisms of homogenous and heterogeneous nucleation were discussed. • Improvement of isothermal section of Fe–Cr–Ni phase diagram at 650 °C was proposed. - Abstract: A binary Fe–30 wt.%Cr alloy and corresponding ternary alloys containing manganese, molybdenum or tungsten were studied with respect to σ-phase formation at 650 °C. Although even after 3000 h exposure complete equilibration was not attained, the presence of tungsten and especially molybdenum was found to promote σ-phase formation. More extensive σ-phase formation was observed in the tungsten and especially in the molybdenum-containing alloys than in the binary and manganese-containing alloy. Apparently the bulk free energy decrease driving the nucleation of σ-phase is substantially larger when tungsten or molybdenum are present in the alloy. The presence of a nickel layer, to simulate the contact between ferritic steel interconnects and nickel mesh in a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) results in the formation of an austenitic zone and in accelerated formation of a σ-phase rich layer at the ferrite/austenite interface, due to interdiffusion processes. This interface acts as a highly efficient heterogeneity for the nucleation of σ-phase. The nucleation is enhanced by an increased Cr/Fe-ratio at that interface. Several possible modes for the growth of the σ layer were identified but the available experimental data were not sufficient to distinguish among these. The σ-rich layer, which appears to act as an interdiffusion barrier, is thicker in the case of the binary Fe–Cr and the Fe–Cr–Mn alloy than for the molybdenum- or tungsten-rich alloys. The results show that the stability range of σ-phase is larger

  16. Sigma-phase formation in high chromium ferritic steels at 650 °C

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    Highlights: • Formation of σ-FeCr phase at 650 °C in alloys Fe–30%Cr–2%(Mn,Mo,W) was investigated. • Formation of σ-FeCr phase was accelerated by interdiffusion with Ni-coating. • Mechanism of heterogeneous nucleation of σ-FeCr at BCC/FCC interface was discussed. • Mechanisms of homogenous and heterogeneous nucleation were discussed. • Improvement of isothermal section of Fe–Cr–Ni phase diagram at 650 °C was proposed. - Abstract: A binary Fe–30 wt.%Cr alloy and corresponding ternary alloys containing manganese, molybdenum or tungsten were studied with respect to σ-phase formation at 650 °C. Although even after 3000 h exposure complete equilibration was not attained, the presence of tungsten and especially molybdenum was found to promote σ-phase formation. More extensive σ-phase formation was observed in the tungsten and especially in the molybdenum-containing alloys than in the binary and manganese-containing alloy. Apparently the bulk free energy decrease driving the nucleation of σ-phase is substantially larger when tungsten or molybdenum are present in the alloy. The presence of a nickel layer, to simulate the contact between ferritic steel interconnects and nickel mesh in a Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) results in the formation of an austenitic zone and in accelerated formation of a σ-phase rich layer at the ferrite/austenite interface, due to interdiffusion processes. This interface acts as a highly efficient heterogeneity for the nucleation of σ-phase. The nucleation is enhanced by an increased Cr/Fe-ratio at that interface. Several possible modes for the growth of the σ layer were identified but the available experimental data were not sufficient to distinguish among these. The σ-rich layer, which appears to act as an interdiffusion barrier, is thicker in the case of the binary Fe–Cr and the Fe–Cr–Mn alloy than for the molybdenum- or tungsten-rich alloys. The results show that the stability range of σ-phase is larger

  17. Ratchetting behavior of advanced 9–12% chromium ferrite steel under creep–fatigue loadings: Fracture modes and dislocation patterns

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    Highlights: ► Additional fatigue damage triggers the transition from ductility to brittle fracture. ► Dislocation disintegration is the main microstructural origin of premature breakdown. ► Additional fatigue damage can be ascribed to ratchetting formed in stress change. - Abstract: In order to reveal the physical mechanisms of ratchetting process under creep–fatigue loadings, following ratchetting tests in advanced 9–12% chromium ferrite steel, a study of associated fracture modes and dislocation patterns explored by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations is presented in this paper. Two main domains were observed depending both on the peak hold time and on the stress ratio, in which the ratchetting deformation and failure mechanisms were different. These two damage domains correspond to two distinct creep–ratchetting interaction mechanisms. Particular attention was paid to the dependence of ratchetting damage behavior on the stability of dislocation substructure. In addition, an attempt is made to correlate the results of the microstructural investigations with the variations of internal stress.

  18. Effect of molybdenum content on creep-rupture strength and toughness of 9 % chromium ferritic heat resisting steels containing V and Nb

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    The effect of molybdenum content on creep-rupture properties and room-temperature toughness of high chromium ferritic heat resisting steels was investigated. Molybdenum content was varied from 1 to 2 wt%. In order to obtain 9Cr-Mo-V-Nb ferritic steels with both high creep-rupture strength and superior toughness, the amount of delta ferrite was controlled below 25 %, and the optimum tempering condition and mechanical properties after simulated welding have been investigated. The influence of molybdenum content on creep-rupture strength and Charpy absorbed energy was investigated with respect to the ratio of delta ferrite to tempered martensite, the precipitates, and the microstructures. Charpy absorbed energy of the 0.05C-9Cr-1Mo-0.15V-0.05Nb steel tempered at 800deg C and then heated at 600∼650deg C for 104 h was as high as 20∼30 kgf-m. By contrast, Charpy absorbed energy of 0.05C-9Cr-2Mo-0.15V-0.05Nb steel was reduced to about 4kgf-m after heating at 600∼650deg C for 104 h. It is considered that the steel of 1Mo shows superior toughness because of its low carbon content and a single phase of martensite. It was concluded that combination of superior creep-rupture strength and toughness can be obtained by optimum heat treatment for the 9Cr-1Mo-V-Nb steel containing 0.05 wt%C. (author)

  19. Analysis of steady state creep behaviour of 9-12% chromium ferritic-martensitic steels

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    Dimmler, G.; Weinert, P.; Cerjak, H. [Graz University of Technology (Austria). Institute of Materials Science

    2004-12-15

    The present work deals with the creep behaviour of 9-12% Cr steels in the steady state (secondary) creep regime in order to enable a more detailed and exact description of the creep rupture strength on the basis of the Monkman-Grant relationship. Special attention is paid to the microstructural aspects. The steady state creep behaviour has been investigated by evaluating the creep rate and the change of stress exponent of already established grades of high temperature creep resistant steels. (author)

  20. Characterization of TiN, TiC and Ti(C,N) in titanium-alloyed ferritic chromium steels focusing on the significance of different particle morphologies

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    Titanium-alloyed ferritic chromium steels are a competitive option to classical austenitic stainless steels owing to their similar corrosion resistance. The addition of titanium significantly influences their final steel cleanliness. The present contribution focuses on the detailed metallographic characterization of titanium nitrides, titanium carbides and titanium carbonitrides with regard to their size, morphology and composition. The methods used are manual and automated Scanning Electron Microscopy with Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy as well as optical microscopy. Additional thermodynamic calculations are performed to explain the precipitation procedure of the analyzed titanium nitrides. The analyses showed that homogeneous nucleation is decisive at an early process stage after the addition of titanium. Heterogeneous nucleation gets crucial with ongoing process time and essentially influences the final inclusion size of titanium nitrides. A detailed investigation of the nuclei for heterogeneous nucleation with automated Scanning Electron Microscopy proved to be difficult due to their small size. Manual Scanning Electron Microscopy and optical microscopy have to be applied. Furthermore, it was found that during solidification an additional layer around an existing titanium nitride can be formed which changes the final inclusion morphology significantly. These layers are also characterized in detail. Based on these different inclusion morphologies, in combination with thermodynamic results, tendencies regarding the formation and modification time of titanium containing inclusions in ferritic chromium steels are derived. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • The formation and modification of TiN in the steel 1.4520 was examined. • Heterogeneous nucleation essentially influences the final steel cleanliness. • In most cases heterogeneous nuclei in TiN inclusions are magnesium based. • Particle morphology provides important information

  1. Investigations and analysis on the stationary creep behaviour of 9-12% chromium ferritic martensitic steels

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    Dimmler, G.; Weinert, P.; Cerjak, H. [Inst. for Materials Science, Welding and Forming, Graz Univ. of Technology (Austria)

    2002-07-01

    This contribution deals with the description of the creep behaviour in the stationary creep regime in order to enable a more detailed and exact description of the creep rupture strength on basis of the Monkman-Grant relation. Special focus is given therein on microstructural aspects. In general the stationary creep behaviour has been investigated by evaluating the creep rate and the change of stress exponent of already established grades of high temperature creep resistant steels. (orig.)

  2. Microstructure stability and creep behaviour of advanced high chromium ferritic steels

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    Sklenička, Václav; Kuchařová, Květa; Kudrman, J.; Svoboda, Milan; Kloc, Luboš

    43 2005, č. 1 (2005), s. 20-33. ISSN 0023-432X R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA106/02/0608; GA AV ČR(CZ) IAA2041101; GA AV ČR(CZ) 1QS200410502 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20410507 Keywords : 9-12%Cr steels * microstructure stability * creep behaviour * nonsteady creep loading Subject RIV: JG - Metallurgy Impact factor: 0.973, year: 2005

  3. Preliminary results on the creep and damage behaviour of a new developed Co modified 12 % chromium ferritic-martensitic steel

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    Dimmler, G.; Weinert, P.; Schaffemak, B.; Cerjak, H. [Technical University of Graz (Austria); Hanus, R. [VOEST Alpine Foundry Linz (Austria)

    2001-07-01

    This contribution deals with first results obtained on the creep behaviour of one in the framework COST 522 newly developed cast steel respectively test melt CB8, a ferritic-martensitic steel with Co and a raised Cr content. The material has been investigated using standard metallographical methods. For the verification of the creep behaviour continuous strain measuring creep tests were performed. To study the evolving damage, in form of nucleating and growing cavities, interrupted creep tests have been used, to generate the material states for the investigations. In order to reach the highest possible resolution for the cavities, different preparation methods for the proceeding SEM investigations have been tested. In addition hardness tests and oxidation studies were performed. (orig.)

  4. Ferritic steels for French LMFBR steam generators

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

  5. The diffusion of chromium in a duplex alloy steel

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    Diffusion of chromium in a duplex stainless steel containing approximately 8% ferrite has been investigated in the temperature range 600 to 10000C using the standard serial sectioning technique. The resulting concentration profiles exhibited up to four distinct regions. The two main regions are attributed to volume diffusion in the austenite and ferrite phases, the other zones being due to short circuiting paths. Volume diffusion in the austenite phase is in good agreement with chromium diffusion in Type 316 steel. The chromium diffusion coefficient in the ferrite phase of approximate composition 25 wt % Cr, 5 wt % Ni is given by: Dsub(α) = (6.0(+11,-3)) x 10-6 exp - ((212+-5)/RT) m2s-1 the activation energy being expressed in kJ.mol-1. Little evidence was found for enhanced chromium diffusion along austenite/ferrite interface boundaries. (author)

  6. Articles comprising ferritic stainless steels

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    Rakowski, James M.

    2016-06-28

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

  7. Implications of total content of silicon, aluminium, chromium and formation of thin ferrite films on low ductility at high temperature in non oriented electrical steels

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    Equihua-Guillén, F.

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available This work shows evidence of the implications of total additions of silicon, aluminium and chromium on low ductility during hot rolling in non-oriented electrical steels. This paper explains the reason of ductility loss at temperatures between 950 - 1000°C in electrical steels which exhibit higher Ar3 transformation temperature than C-Mn and microalloyed steels. The empirical equations to determine Ar3 temperature do not consider silicon and aluminium elements. The results show that high content of silicon, aluminium and residual concentration of chromiun considerably increases Ar3 transformation temperature in non-oriented electrical steels. The low ductility at high temperature occurs between Ae3 and Ar3 transformation temperatures. In addition, the results of this work show evidence of thin ferrite films formed near Ar3 temperature and their implications on ductility loss at high temperature.

    Este trabajo muestra evidencia de las implicaciones de la cantidad total de silicio, aluminio y cromo sobre la baja ductilidad en aceros eléctricos durante la laminación en caliente. Este artículo explica la razón de la pérdida de ductilidad a temperaturas entre 950 y 1.000°C en aceros eléctricos. Las ecuaciones empíricas para determinar la temperatura Ar3 no consideran los elementos aluminio y silicio. Los resultados muestran que altos contenidos de silicio, aluminio y la concentración residual de cromo incrementan considerablemente la temperatura de transformación Ar3 en aceros eléctricos de grano no orientado. La baja ductilidad a elevada temperatura ocurre entre las temperaturas de transformación Ae3 y Ar3. Adicionalmente, los resultados de este trabajo muestran evidencia de películas delgadas de ferrita formadas a temperaturas cercanas a Ar3 y sus implicaciones sobre la pérdida de

  8. Ferrite stability in duplex austenitic stainless steel welds

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

  9. New ferritic steels for advanced steam plants

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

    1998-12-31

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

  10. Low-chromium reduced-activation chromium-tungsten steels

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

    1996-10-01

    Bainitic microstructures formed during continuous cooling can differ from classical upper and lower bainite formed during isothermal transformation. Two types of non-classical bainite were observed depending on the cooling rate: carbide-free acicular bainite at rapid cooling rates and granular bainite at slower cooling rates. The Charpy impact toughness of the acicular ferrite was found to be considerably better than for the granular bainite. It was postulated that alloying to improve the hardenability of the steel would promote the formation of acicular bainite, just as increasing the cooling rate does. To test this, chromium and tungsten were added to the 2 1/4Cr-2W and 2 1/4Cr-2WV steel compositions to increase their hardenability, and the microstructures and mechanical properties were examined.

  11. Bainitic chromium-tungsten steels with 3 pct chromium

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    Previous work on 3Cr-1.5MoV (nominally Fe-3Cr-2.5Mo-0.25V-0.1C), 2.25Cr-2W (Fe-2.25Cr-2W-0.1C), and 2.25Cr-2WV (Fe-2.25Cr-2W-0.25V-0.1C) steels indicated that the impact toughness of these steels depended on the microstructure of the bainite formed during continuous cooling from the austenization temperature. Microstructures formed during continuous cooling can differ from classical upper and lower bainite formed during isothermal transformation. Two types of nonclassical microstructures were observed depending on the cooling rate: carbide-free acicular bainite at rapid cooling rates and granular bainite at slower cooling rates. The Charpy impact toughness of the acicular ferrite was considerably better than for the granular bainite. It was postulated that alloying to improve the hardenability of the steel would promote the formation of acicular bainite, just as increasing the cooling rate does. To test this, chromium and tungsten were added to the 2.25Cr-2W and 2.25Cr-2WV steel compositions to increase their hardenability. Charpy testing indicated that the new 3Cr-W and 3Cr-WV steels had improved impact toughness, as demonstrated by lower ductile-brittle transition temperatures and higher upper-shelf energies. This improvement occurred with less tempering than was necessary to achieve similar toughness for the 2.25Cr steels and for high-chromium (9 to 12 pct Cr) Cr-W and Cr-Mo steels

  12. Hydrogen embrittlement of ferritic steels

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

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

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

  14. Effect of pulsed treatment with the flows of high-temperature plasma on the increase of corrosion resistance of chromium ferrite -martensite steel in liquid lead

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    Effects of preliminary pulsed plasma treatment on a corrosion resistance of 16Cr-12Mo-W-Si-Nb-V-B ferrite-martensite steel in liquid lead in the conditions of static and dynamic tests at 750 and 659 deg C have been investigated. It was found that plasma-induced modification of the surface layer structure and phase composition decreases a thickness of the oxide film more than 2-3 times, and a liquid-phase surface alloying with Cr or Al decreases the surface corrosion by 3-10 times. Alloying the surface layers with Al up to 13-14 wt.% is found to be resulted in almost full suppression of the steel oxidation in a liquid lead flux at the temperature of 650 deg C and the test duration of 1680 h

  15. Intragranular Chromium Nitride Precipitates in Duplex and Superduplex Stainless Steel

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    2012-01-01

    Intragranular chromium nitrides is a phenomenon with detrimental effects on material properties in superduplex stainless steels which have not received much attention. Precipitation of nitrides occurs when the ferritic phase becomes supersaturated with nitrogen and there is insufficient time during cooling for diffusion of nitrogen into austenite. Heat treatment was carried out at between 1060◦C and 1160◦C to study the materials susceptibility to nitride precipitation with...

  16. Electrolytic dissolving ferritic stainless steel by layers and determination of chromium and silicon in the surface and the matrix of the stainless steel%电解法逐层溶解铁素体不锈钢并测定表层和基体中铬和硅的含量

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    2001-01-01

    以待分析的铁素体不锈钢和碳棒分别作为阳极和阴极,用由阴离子交换膜隔开的三室电解池作为采样器,对该钢样进行逐层溶解,并用氧化还原滴定法测定每一层中铬的含量。经测定,厚度约为0.03mm的表层中铬的平均含量为7.82%,基体中铬的含量为17.20%,另该表层中硅的含量为1.69%,基体中硅的含量为0.0774%,即该不锈钢表层为贫铬富硅层。%The ferritic stainless steel to be analyzed and carbon rods were used as anode and cathode, respectively. The dissolver was a triple-chamber electrolyser with the membrane placed between the chambers. The stainless steel sample was dissolved by layers, and chromium content of each layer was determined by the redox titration. The average chromium content of the surface layer about 0.03 mm thick is 7.82%, and that of the matrix of the steel is 17.20%. Silicon contents of the surface layer and the matrix are 1.69% and 0.0774%, respectively. That is to say, the surface of the ferritic stainless steel is a lager of poor chromium and rich silicon.

  17. Structural and magnetic properties of chromium doped zinc ferrite

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    Zinc chromium ferrites with chemical formula ZnCrxFe2−xO4 (x = 0.0, 0.2, 0.4, 0.6, 0.8, 1.0) were prepared by Sol - Gel technique. The structural as well as magnetic properties of the synthesized samples have been studied and reported here. The structural characterizations of the samples were analyzed by using X – Ray Diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). The single phase spinel cubic structure of all the prepared samples was tested by XRD and FTIR. The particle size was observed to decrease from 18.636 nm to 6.125 nm by chromium doping and induced a tensile strain in all the zinc chromium mixed ferrites. The magnetic properties of few samples (x = 0.0, 0.4, 1.0) were investigated using Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM)

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

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    Rômulo Ribeiro Magalhães de Sousa

    2012-04-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

  20. Irradiation embrittlement of ferritic stainless steels

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

  1. Development of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels for fusion

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

  2. Development of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels for fusion

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

    1998-03-01

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

  3. Rapid solidification of candidate ferritic steels

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

  4. Corrosion of an austenite and ferrite stainless steel weld

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    BRANIMIR N. GRGUR

    2011-07-01

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

  5. Comparative Tensile Flow and Work-Hardening Behavior of 9 Pct Chromium Ferritic-Martensitic Steels in the Framework of the Estrin-Mecking Internal-Variable Approach

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    Choudhary, B. K.; Christopher, J.

    2016-06-01

    The comparative tensile flow and work-hardening behavior of P9 steel in two different product forms, normalized and tempered plate and thick section tube plate forging, and P91 steel were investigated in the framework of the dislocation dynamics based Estrin-Mecking (E-M) one-internal-variable approach. The analysis indicated that the flow behavior of P9 and P91 steels was adequately described by the E-M approach in a wide range of temperatures. It was suggested that dislocation dense martensite lath/cell boundaries and precipitates together act as effective barriers to dislocation motion in P9 and P91 steels. At room and intermediate temperatures, the evolution of the internal-state variable, i.e., the dislocation density with plastic strain, exhibited insignificant variations with respect to temperature. At high temperatures, a rapid evolution of dislocation density with plastic strain toward saturation with increasing temperature was observed. The softer P9 steel tube plate forging exhibited higher work hardening in terms of larger gains in the dislocation density and flow stress contribution from dislocations than the P9 steel plate and P91 steel at temperatures ranging from 300 K to 873 K (27 °C to 600 °C). The evaluation of activation energy suggests that the deformation is controlled by cross-slip of dislocations at room and intermediate temperatures, and climb of dislocations at high temperatures. The relative influence of initial microstructure on flow and work-hardening parameters associated with the E-M approach was discussed in the three temperature regimes displayed by P9 and P91 steels.

  6. The properties and weldability of low activation ferritic steels

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

  7. Chromium-manganese steels of transition class

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    Possibilities of nickel replacing by manganese and preparing the same level of mechanical properties as in chromium-nickel steels due to γ-α transformations taking place during property tests, are studied. Chromium-manganese steels with the composition of 0.05-0.1%C, 13-14%Cr, 5.0-6.5%Mn, 0.2-0.5%Si, 0.03-0.13%N, 0.05-0.01%Al and additionally alloyed 0.3-2.0%Cu, 0.05-0.6%V, 0.3-1.0%Mo, 0.02-0.05%Ca in various combinations have been melted. It is shown, that using alloying and heat treatment one can control the phase composition, austenite resistance to martensite transformation during loading and mechanical properties of chromium-manganese steels of the transition class. The use of the phase transformation in the process of testing determines the level of mechanical properties. The optimum development of the transformation accompanied by a sufficient development of processes of hardening and microstresses relaxation permits to obtain a high level of mechanical properties: σsub(B)=1500 MPa, σsub(0.2)-1130MPa, delta=15%, psi=37%, asub(H)=1000 kJ/msup(2) which exceeds the level for chromium-nickel steels. Steels have a lower cost and do not require any complecated heat treatment regime

  8. Interaction of screw and edge dislocations with chromium precipitates in ferritic iron: An atomistic study

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    Binary (Fe, Cr) alloys and high-chromium ferritic-martensitic steels undergo α-α' phase separation under thermal ageing or irradiation. The resulting Cr-rich precipitates (α' phase) are well known to cause hardening and embrittlement in such alloys and steels. In this work molecular statics (MS) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were applied to study the interaction between both a 1/2 screw and 1/2{1 1 0} edge dislocation with pure Cr precipitates in a bcc Fe matrix at various temperatures. After summarizing the interaction mechanisms for both types of dislocations, an analytical assessment of the interaction energy between a dislocation and precipitate is presented. The critical stress derived from the interaction energy is compared with MD data to reveal a possible correlation. For the edge dislocation and a precipitate of diameter less than 4 nm correlation with MD data is good, while for the screw dislocation no correlation was found.

  9. Stainless chromium-nickel steels. Chapter I

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    The chemical composition is tabulated of 90 chromium-nickel stainless steels and alloys given in volume %. The values are also given of the corrosion resistance of the steels and alloys. The tables show data on the surface condition or the methods of material working, types and chemical composition of the medium where corrosion resistance tests were carried out, temperature, pressure, time of tests, corrosion rates, corrosion types, and literature references. A total of 35 references is given. (J.B.)

  10. Modelling fracture in ferritic steel

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    2002-01-01

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

  11. Plasma spot welding of ferritic stainless steels

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

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

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    Afshan, S; Gardner, L; Baddoo, NR

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

  15. Optimum tungsten content in high strength 9 to 12% chromium containing creep resistant steels

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    Tungsten containing ferritic creep resistant steels are the candidate materials for ultra-super-critical fossil power plant because of their high creep rupture strength. But the strengthening mechanisms by tungsten addition have not yet been completely studied. In this report, creep rupture time and creep strain rate measurement decided the optimum tungsten content in 9 to 12% chromium ferritic steels. The precipitation behavior of Laves phase and the precise discussion of creep strain rate analyses explain the contribution of Laves phase at the lath boundary and the contribution of tungsten in solid solution. P92 contains the optimum amount of tungsten and chromium, 1.8 mass% and 9 mass% respectively judging from the creep rupture strength point of view. (orig.)

  16. Chromium-Makes stainless steel stainless

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    Kropschot, S.J.; Doebrich, Jeff

    2010-01-01

    Chromium, a steely-gray, lustrous, hard metal that takes a high polish and has a high melting point, is a silvery white, hard, and bright metal plating on steel and other material. Commonly known as chrome, it is one of the most important and indispensable industrial metals because of its hardness and resistance to corrosion. But it is used for more than the production of stainless steel and nonferrous alloys; it is also used to create pigments and chemicals used to process leather.

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

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    Klueh, RL

    2005-01-31

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

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

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

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

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

  20. Stainless Steel Leaches Nickel and Chromium into Foods During Cooking

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    Kamerud, Kristin L.; Hobbie, Kevin A.; Anderson, Kim A.

    2013-01-01

    Toxicological studies show that oral doses of nickel and chromium can cause cutaneous adverse reactions such as dermatitis. Additional dietary sources, such as leaching from stainless steel cookware during food preparation, are not well characterized. This study examined stainless steel grades, cooking time, repetitive cooking cycles, and multiple types of tomato sauces for their effects on nickel and chromium leaching. Trials included three types of stainless steels and a stainless steel sau...

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

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

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

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

    1998-03-01

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

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

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

    2010-07-01

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

  4. Creep strength and ductility of 9 to 12% chromium steels

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    Hald, John

    2004-01-01

    Steels", which covers creep data development and analysis for parent materials and welds of all ferritic creep resistant steels ranging from low alloy steels up to 12%Cr steels. The opinions stated in the paper represent the views of the author rather than the whole ECCC WG3A group.......The present paper focuses in on long-term creep properties of parent material of the new 9-12%Cr creep resistant steels, P91, E911 and P92 developed for use in advanced ultrasupercritical power plants. These steels have been at the center of activities in the ECCC Working Group 3A (WG3A) "Ferritic...

  5. Creep strength and ductility of 9 to 12% chromium steels

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    Hald, John

    2004-01-01

    The present paper focuses in on long-term creep properties of parent material of the new 9-12%Cr creep resistant steels, P91, E911 and P92 developed for use in advanced ultrasupercritical power plants. These steels have been at the center of activities in the ECCC Working Group 3A (WG3A) "Ferritic...... Steels", which covers creep data development and analysis for parent materials and welds of all ferritic creep resistant steels ranging from low alloy steels up to 12%Cr steels. The opinions stated in the paper represent the views of the author rather than the whole ECCC WG3A group....

  6. Chromium in aqueous nitrate plutonium process streams: Corrosion of 316 stainless steel and chromium speciation

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    This study was undertaken to determine if chromium(+6) could exist in plutonium process solutions under normal operating conditions. Four individual reactions were studied: the rate of dissolution of stainless steel, which is the principal source of chromium in process solutions; the rate of oxidation of chromium(+3) to chromium(+6) by nitric acid; and the reduction of chromium(+6) back to chromium(+3) by reaction with stainless steel and with oxalic acid. The stainless steel corrosion rate was found to increase with increasing nitric acid concentration, increasing hydrofluoric acid concentration, and increasing temperature. Oxidation of chromium(+3) to chromium(+6) was negligible at room temperature and only became significant in hot concentrated nitric acid. The rate of reduction of chromium(+6) back to chromium(+3) by reaction with stainless steel or oxalic acid was found to be much greater than the rate of the reverse oxidation reaction. Based on these findings and taking into account normal operating conditions, it was determined that although there would be considerable chromium in plutonium process streams it would rarely be found in the (+6) oxidation state and would not exist in the (+6) state in the final process waste solutions

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

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

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

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

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

    2014-12-15

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. The behaviour of ferritic steels under fast neutron irradiation

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

  13. A comparison of low-chromium and high-chromium reduced-activation steels for fusion applications

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    Ferritic steels have been considered candidate structural materials for first wall and blanket structures for fusion power plants since the late 1970s. The first steels considered in the United States were the conventional Cr-Mo steels Sandvik HT9 (nominally 12Cr-1Mo-0.25V-0.5W-0.5Ni-0.2C, here designated l2Cr-1MoVW), modified 9Cr-1Mo steel (9Cr-1Mo-0.2V-0.06Nb-0. IC, designated 9Cr-1MoVNb) and, to a lesser extent, 2 1/4Cr-1Mo steel (2.25Cr-Mo-0.1C). All compositions are in wt. %. The normalized-and-tempered 9 and 12Cr steels had a tempered martensite microstructure, and the normalized-and-tempered 2 1/4 Cr steel had a tempered bainite microstructure. This report describes chromium steels tested in normalized and tempered conditions. Miniature tensile and Charpy specimens were tested

  14. Interaction of screw and edge dislocations with chromium precipitates in ferritic iron: An atomistic study

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    Bonny, G., E-mail: gbonny@sckcen.be [SCK-CEN, Nuclear Materials Science Institute, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium); Terentyev, D.; Malerba, L. [SCK-CEN, Nuclear Materials Science Institute, Boeretang 200, B-2400 Mol (Belgium)

    2011-09-01

    Binary (Fe, Cr) alloys and high-chromium ferritic-martensitic steels undergo {alpha}-{alpha}' phase separation under thermal ageing or irradiation. The resulting Cr-rich precipitates ({alpha}' phase) are well known to cause hardening and embrittlement in such alloys and steels. In this work molecular statics (MS) and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations were applied to study the interaction between both a 1/2<1 1 1> screw and 1/2<1 1 1>{l_brace}1 1 0{r_brace} edge dislocation with pure Cr precipitates in a bcc Fe matrix at various temperatures. After summarizing the interaction mechanisms for both types of dislocations, an analytical assessment of the interaction energy between a dislocation and precipitate is presented. The critical stress derived from the interaction energy is compared with MD data to reveal a possible correlation. For the edge dislocation and a precipitate of diameter less than 4 nm correlation with MD data is good, while for the screw dislocation no correlation was found.

  15. The potential for using high chromium ferritic alloys for hydroprocessing reactors

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    This paper outlines the development of hydroprocessing reactors and the parallel development of applicable steels for their high temperature and high pressure process environments. Trends in the development of newer processes for severe hydroprocessing applications have been increasing in operating hydrogen partial pressures and operating temperatures that require the development of new alloys to meet these more severe process environments. The paper outlines the properties of conventional hydroprocessing reactor materials and discusses the advantages of the advanced high chromium ferritic steel alloy Grade 91 (9Cr-1Mo-V) for high temperature hydroprocessing applications. Additionally, the alloys permitted for ASME Section I and Section VIII Division I construction, Grade 92 (Code Case 2179), and what will probably be called Grade 122 (Code Case 2180) are briefly introduced as possible future choices for hydroprocessing reactor construction. These three alloys contain 9-12% Cr and have time independent allowable stress values above 566 deg. C. These high, time independent, strength values provide materials that will in some cases permit extending hydroprocessing temperature limits by 112 deg. C. The paper provides room temperature and elevated temperature mechanical and toughness properties for the low chrome and Grade 91 materials and discusses the effects of hydrogen attack, and hydrogen and isothermal embrittlement. Fabrication aspects, including forming and welding are addressed. The paper discusses the environmental resistance of these alloys and investigates the possibility of utilizing excess wall metal thickness in these materials in less severe applications in lieu of the deposition of a higher chromium alloy weld overlay to overcome the corrosive effects of the process environment

  16. Radiation resistance and thermal creep of ODS ferritic steels

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

  17. Effects of carbon content and microstructure on corrosion rate of 13% chromium steel in wet CO2 environments; Shitsujun CO2 kankyochu deno 13%Cr ko no fushoku ni oyobosu C ryo to kinzoku soshiki no eikyo

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    Hara, T.; Asahi, H. [Nippon Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    1998-11-15

    Thirteen percent chromium steel is excellent in corrosion resistance of CO2. A large quantity of 13% chromium steel is used in oil and gas fields where CO2 is produced. Usually, AISI 420 13% chromium steel to which C was added 0.2% is used for an oil field tube. Since AISI 420 steel is tempered, chromium carbide is formed and the effective chromium amount in a parent phase is decreased to deteriorate the corrosion resistance of CO2. Therefore, it is desired to decrease the carbon content as far as possible for improvement of corrosion resistance of CO2. AISI 410 13% chromium steel with a carbon content of 0.1% is difficult to form {delta}-ferrite. It has a problem in manufacturing because the hot working performance is low. In this report, on the basis of AISI 420 13% chromium steel, the effects of composition on CO2 corrosion were investigated using the steel whose carbon content was changed. Ferrite, martensite, and tempered martensite differ in a corrosion rate. The corrosion rate increases in the order of martensite, ferrite, and tempered martensite. The corrosion rate of 13% chromium steel is represented by the product of the corrosion rate of each microstructure and the fraction of it. 11 refs., 12 figs., 2 tabs.

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

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

  19. Behaviour of the 9% chromium steel P 9 1 and its weldments in short and long term tests

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    Bruhl, F.; Haarmann, K.; Kalwa, G.; Weber, H. (Mannesmann-Concern, Dusseldorf (DE)); Cerjak, H. (Technical Univ., Graz (AT)); Musch, H. (Vereinigte Elektrizitatswerke, Hamm (DE)); Niederhoff, K.; Wellnitz, G.; Zschau, M. (Mannesmann-Concern, Dusseldorf (DE))

    1990-01-01

    A new 9% chromium ferritic steel, currently identified as Grade 9 1 in ASTM/ASME specification, has been developed in the USA as a result of extensive research since 1975. The new steel was intended for applications involving temperatures as high as 650{degrees}C. However, available data particularly those on creep rupture behavior, weldability and the properties of weldments are not sufficient for a comprehensive evaluation of this steel. This paper attempts to fill this gap and describes the characteristics of this new steel and its weldments.

  20. Fabrication and Characterization of Manganese Ferrite Nanospheres as a Magnetic Adsorbent of Chromium

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    Manganese ferrite nanospheres constructed by nanoparticles were synthesized in high yield via a general, one-step, and template-free solvo thermal method. The product was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). BJH pore-size distribution shows that the sphere-like manganese ferrite particle was a porous structure with a narrow pore-size distribution. The investigation of magnetic property of manganese ferrite nanospheres reveals that the saturation magnetization is high, which showes an excellent ability for magnetic removal of chromium in wastewater.

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

  3. Increase of chromium utilization in stainless steel melting

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    The processes of deoxidizing when melting stainless 18-10 steels in electric are furnaces by the method of remelting with wastes are investigated. The dependences of amount of reduced chromium on silicon consumption are made more precise. It is shown that it is useful to apply aluminium for deoxidation of acid high-chromium slags. Based on the data on pilot melts the extent to which aluminium can be used as a reducing agent for chromium is estimated. 3 refs., 2 figs

  4. Corrosion of ferritic-martensitic steels and nickel-based alloys in supercritical water

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    Ren, Xiaowei

    The corrosion behavior of ferritic/martensitic (F/M) steels and Ni-based alloys in supercritical water (SCW) has been studied due to their potential applications in future nuclear reactor systems, fossil fuel power plants and waste treatment processes. 9˜12% chromium ferritic/martensitic steels exhibit good radiation resistance and stress corrosion cracking resistance. Ni-based alloys with an austenitic face-centered cubic (FCC) structure are designed to retain good mechanical strength and corrosion/oxidation resistance at elevated temperatures. Corrosion tests were carried out at three temperatures, 360°C, 500°C and 600°C, with two dissolved oxygen contents, 25 ppb and 2 ppm for up to 3000 hours. Alloys modified by grain refinement and reactive element addition were also investigated to determine their ability to improve the corrosion resistance in SCW. A duplex oxide structure was observed in the F/M steels after exposure to 25 ppb oxygen SCW, including an outer oxide layer with columnar magnetite grains and an inner oxide layer constituted of a mixture of spinel and ferrite phases in an equiaxed grain structure. An additional outermost hematite layer formed in the SCW-exposed samples when the oxygen content was increased to 2 ppm. Weight gain in the F/M steels increased with exposure temperatures and times, and followed parabolic growth kinetics in most of the samples. In Ni-based alloys after exposure to SCW, general corrosion and pitting corrosion were observed, and intergranular corrosion was found when exposed at 600°C due to formation of a local healing layer. The general oxide structure on the Ni-based alloys was characterized as NiO/Spinel/(CrxFe 1-x)2O3/(Fe,Ni). No change in oxidation mechanism was observed in crossing the critical point despite the large change in water properties. Corrosion resistance of the F/M steels was significantly improved by plasma-based yttrium surface treatment because of restrained outward diffusion of iron by the

  5. Composition and structure of plasma sprayed chromium steel powders

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    Schneeweiss, O.; Voleník, Karel; Kolman, Blahoslav Jan

    Praha, 2005, s. 105-111. ISBN 1899072 18 7. [EURO Powder Metallurgy Congress & Exhibition. Prague (CZ), 02.10.2005-05.10.2005] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20430508 Keywords : chromium steel * plasma spraying * chromium depletion * Mössbauer spectroscopy Subject RIV: JH - Ceramics, Fire-Resistant Materials and Glass

  6. Ferritic/martensitic steels - overview of recent results

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

    2002-12-01

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

  7. Transformation behavior in low carbon 13% chromium-3% copper stainless steel; Tei C-13%Cr-3%Cu ko no hentai kyodo

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    Hara, T.; Uemori, R.; Miyasaka, A. [Nippon Steel Corp., Tokyo (Japan)

    2000-10-01

    Martensitic transformation and {gamma} {yields} {alpha} transformation behavior were investigated in low carbon 13% chromium stainless steels containing 2% nickel or 3% copper. The main conclusions are as follows: (1) Hardness of 2% nickel added low carbon 13% chromium steel was independent of cooling rate after hot working at large reduction. Structure of the steel was martensitic even after being subjected to such large reduction of 75%. This result suggests that ferritic transformation was hard to occur under an usual cooling rate because austenite phase was sufficiently stablized by the addition of chromium and nickel. (2) Austenite to ferrite transformation occurred only for the low carbon 13% chromium 3% copper steel without nickel even at the small cooling rate, such as 0.01K/s. This result was mainly attributed to the unstabilization of austenite phase which caused by the precipitation of {epsilon}-Cu. Furthermore, austenite of the steel becomes easy to transform to ferrite due to heavy hot working. This phenomenon was seemed to be caused by the increase in the area of austenite grain boundary owing to recrystallization. Thus, it was considered that the nucleation of {epsilon}-Cu at the grain boundaries promoted ferrite formation. (author)

  8. Sintering and characterization of YAG dispersed ferritic stainless steels

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

  9. 77 FR 60478 - Control of Ferrite Content in Stainless Steel Weld Metal

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    2012-10-03

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

  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. Intragranular ferrite in inoculated low-carbon steels

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

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

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

  13. On the rational alloying of structural chromium-nickel steels

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    A study was made on the influence of chromium nickel, phosphorus on the critical brittleness temperature of Cr-Ni-Mo-V structural steels. It is shown that the critical brittleness temperature of these steels increases at chromium content more over than 2% and nickel content more than 2% in the result of carbide transformations during tempering. Increase of nickel content in Cr-Ni-Mo-V-steels strengthens the tendency to embrittlement during slow cooling, from tempering temperature owing to development of process of phosphorus grain-boundary segregation. Two mentioned mechanisms of embrittlement determine principles of rational steel alloying. The extreme dependence of the critical brittleness temperature on chromium and nickel content, which enables to choose the optimum composition of Cr-Ni-Mo-V-steels, was established

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

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

  15. Chromium depletion from stainless steels during vacuum annealing

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    The behaviour of chromium during selective evaporation by high temperature vacuum annealing has been investigated by means of energy dispersive X-ray analysis and by neutron activation analysis. It was established that the rate of chromium loss from austenitic stainless steels 316 and 321 is controlled by chromium inter-diffusion rather than tracer diffusion in the alloy. Two important parameters in selective removal of chromium from alloy steels are the variation in the chromium surface concentration with time and the depletion profile in the alloy. The present work gives support for the model in which loss of chromium is dependent on its diffusivity in the alloy and on an interface transfer coefficient. The results showed that the surface concentration of chromium decreased with increasing vacuum annealing time. The chromium depletion profile in the metal was in accord with the previous derived model, apart from an anomalous near surface region. Here the higher resolution of a neutron activation technique indicated a region within approximately 2 microns of the surface where the chromium concentration decreased more steeply than expected. (author)

  16. The filler powders laser welding of ODS ferritic steels

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

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

  17. Deformation twinning and the transition temperature of ferritic steels

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

  18. Adsorption and protein-induced metal release from chromium metal and stainless steel.

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    Lundin, M; Hedberg, Y; Jiang, T; Herting, G; Wang, X; Thormann, E; Blomberg, E; Wallinder, I Odnevall

    2012-01-15

    A research effort is undertaken to understand the mechanism of metal release from, e.g., inhaled metal particles or metal implants in the presence of proteins. The effect of protein adsorption on the metal release process from oxidized chromium metal surfaces and stainless steel surfaces was therefore examined by quartz crystal microbalance with energy dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) and graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy (GFAAS). Differently charged and sized proteins, relevant for the inhalation and dermal exposure route were chosen including human and bovine serum albumin (HSA, BSA), mucin (BSM), and lysozyme (LYS). The results show that all proteins have high affinities for chromium and stainless steel (AISI 316) when deposited from solutions at pH 4 and at pH 7.4 where the protein adsorbed amount was very similar. Adsorption of albumin and mucin was substantially higher at pH 4 compared to pH 7.4 with approximately monolayer coverage at pH 7.4, whereas lysozyme adsorbed in multilayers at both investigated pH. The protein-surface interaction was strong since proteins were irreversibly adsorbed with respect to rinsing. Due to the passive nature of chromium and stainless steel (AISI 316) surfaces, very low metal release concentrations from the QCM metal surfaces in the presence of proteins were obtained on the time scale of the adsorption experiment. Therefore, metal release studies from massive metal sheets in contact with protein solutions were carried out in parallel. The presence of proteins increased the extent of metals released for chromium metal and stainless steel grades of different microstructure and alloy content, all with passive chromium(III)-rich surface oxides, such as QCM (AISI 316), ferritic (AISI 430), austentic (AISI 304, 316L), and duplex (LDX 2205). PMID:22014396

  19. Metallurgical and mechanical tests on the low activating martensitic chromium steel OPTIFER-IV

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    Derived from a martensitic chromium-steel (1.4914) with high strength at elevated temperatures, a new low activating steel OPTIFER-IV, Chg. 986489, had been developed for an application as 'First Wall' - and as structural material for fusion devices. The alloying elements with high activation like Mo, Ni and Nb had been substituted by similar acting, but low activating elements like W and Ta. Some metallurgical and mechanical properties had been tested in order to decide the kind of alloying. The new steel is fully martensitic without δ-ferrite, fine-grained and well hardenable. The tensile properties satisfy the requirements, and the notch impact bending properties are excellent. (orig.)

  20. Residual stress studies of austenitic and ferritic steels

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

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

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

    2005-04-01

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

  2. Thermal treatments effect on the austenite-ferrite equilibrium in a duplex stainless steel weld beads; Effet des traitements thermiques sur l equilibre austenite - ferrite dans un cordon de soudure en acier inoxydable duplex

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    Belkessa, Brahim; Badji, Riad; Bettahar, Kheireddine; Maza, Halim [Division de la Metallurgie et Mecanique. Centre de Recherche Scientifique et Technique en Soudage et Controle. B.P 64, Route de Dely Ibrahim, Cheraga, Alger (Algeria)

    2006-07-01

    Heat treatments in the temperature range between 800 to 1200 C, with a keeping at high temperature of 60 min, followed by a water quenching at 20 C, have been carried out on austeno-ferritic stainless steel welds (of type SAF 2205-UNS S31803). The heat treatments carried out at temperatures below 1000 C have modified the structure of the duplex stainless steel 2205 in inducing the formation of precipitates, identified by X-ray diffraction as being the intermetallic compound {sigma} and the chromium carbides M{sub 23}C{sub 6}. The treatments applied to temperatures superior to 1000 C shift the {delta}-{gamma} equilibrium towards the {delta} phase. Indeed, the increase of the ferrite rate with the treatment temperature is approximately linear. The ferrite rates are higher in the heat-affected zone, which has been submitted to a ferritizing due to the welding thermal effects. (O.M.)

  3. Formation of Delta Ferrite in 9 Wt Pct Cr Steel Investigated by In-Situ X-Ray Diffraction Using Synchrotron Radiation

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    Mayr, P.; Palmer, T. A.; Elmer, J. W.; Specht, E. D.; Allen, S. M.

    2010-10-01

    In-situ X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements using high energy synchrotron radiation were performed to monitor in real time the formation of delta ferrite in a martensitic 9 wt pct chromium steel under simulated weld thermal cycles. Volume fractions of martensite, austenite, and delta ferrite were measured as a function of temperature at a 10 K/s heating rate to 1573 K (1300 °C) and subsequent cooling. At the peak temperature, the delta ferrite concentration rose to 19 pct, of which 17 pct transformed back to austenite on subsequent cooling.

  4. Aluminium effect on steel with 12%-chromium and various manganese contents

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    To increase heat resistance, aluminium has been added to medium-carbon chromium-manganese steels, and its effect on the phase composition and microstructure has been studied. The investigation of alloys has been carried out over polythermal sections of the five-component Fe-C-Cr- Mn system at the constant carbon, chromium and aluminium content and cariable concentrations of manganese in the range of 1150 - 650 deg C. To study phase and structure transformations of alloys at high temperatures, the structure-hardening method has been used. The hardness of alloys containing to 12.6% of manganese appreciably depends on the quenching temperature. It is substantially higher in the original alloy quenched at high temperatures compared to the quenching at lower temperatures. It is due to the transition of its base from martensite-ferrite to ferrite state at 1000 deg C. The results obtained and the data of x-ray diffraction analysis allow a polythermal section of the Fe-C-Cr-Mn-Al system to be constructed at the constant 12%-chromium content, 2.4%-aluminium, 0.37%-carbon and variable manganese contents

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

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    Hoel, R.H.; Thomas, G.

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

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

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    2001-01-01

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

  7. Chromium reduction from slag on electromelting of stainless steel

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    Specific features of chromium reduction from the slag on electromelting of stainless steel type Kh18N10T according to one- or two-slag procedure were studied. It was shown that one-slag melting technology allows double decrease of chromium losses in the form of incompletely reduced oxides. This occurs due to additional chemical reactions between metal and slag on their combined pouring into the ladle. 1 ref.; 3 figs

  8. Effect of chromium, tungsten, tantalum, and boron on mechanical properties of 5-9Cr-WVTaB steels

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    The Cr-W-V-Ta reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steels use tungsten and tantalum as substitutes for molybdenum and niobium in the Cr-Mo-V-Nb steels that the reduced-activation steels replaced as candidate materials for fusion applications. Studies were made to determine the effect of W, Ta, and Cr composition on the tensile and Charpy properties of the Cr-W-V-Ta; steels with 5%, 7%, and 9% Cr with 2% or 3% W and 0%, 0.05%, or 0.10% Ta were examined. Boron has a long history of use in steels to improve properties, and the effect of boron was also examined. Regardless of the chromium concentration, the steels with 2% W and 0.05-0.1% Ta generally had a better combination of tensile and Charpy properties than steels with 3% W. Boron had a negative effect on properties for the 5% and 7% Cr steels, but had a positive effect on the 9% Cr steel. When the 5, 7, and 9Cr steels containing 2% W and 0.05% Ta were compared, the tensile and Charpy properties of the 5 and 9Cr steels were better than those of the 7Cr steel, and overall, the properties of the 5Cr steel were better than those of the 9Cr steel. Such information will be useful if the properties of the reduced-activation steels are to be optimized

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

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

  10. Chromium-molybdenum steels for fusion-reactor applications

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    Because ferritic steels have been found to have excellent resistance to swelling when irradiated in a fast-breeder reactor, Cr-Mo steels have recently become of interest for nuclear applications, both as cladding and duct material for fast-breeder reactors and as a first-wall and blanket structural material for fusion reactors. In this paper we will assess the Cr-Mo steels for fusion reactor applications. Possible approaches on how Cr-Mo steels may be further developed for this application will be proposed

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

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

    2010-07-01

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

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

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

    2009-11-15

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

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

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

  14. Influence of nitrogen on the structure and properties of chromium, chromium-molybdenum and chromium-manganese steels

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    Phase transformations, precipitation processes and properties of the chromium, chromium-molybdenum and chromium-manganese steels with a high content of nitrogen as the dependence on thermal treatment were investigated. In case of Fe-0.08C-18Cr-18Mn-N and Fe-0.08C-18Cr-18Mn-2Mo-N steels the samples in the state after solution at temperature 1050oC and 1150oC and 1250oC and after subsequent annealing in 600oC and 800oC were investigated. heat treatment of the Fe-0.5C-10Cr-N and Fe-0.5C-10Cr-1Mo-N steels included austenitizment from 1000oC with air cooling and hardening from 1000oC with oil cooling and tempering in 650oC and 750oC in two hours with cooling in the air. These investigations show that the influence of nitrogen as an alloy element on the phase transformations, precipitation processes, mechanical and corrosion properties is connected with the presence of molybdenum and chromium in the steel. Nitrogen with these elements creates complex ions with the coordinate number 6. This statement is formed on the base of both calculations and investigation results. (author)

  15. Vanadium effect on ductility of nickelless ferrite stainless steels

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

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

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

  17. Mössbauer study of chromium-substituted nickel ferrites

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    Gismelseed, Abbasher M.; Yousif, Ali A.

    2005-12-01

    The structural and magnetic properties of the Cr substituted NiCr xFe 1-xO 4 ( 0⩽x⩽1.4) spinel ferrites have been investigated by means of X-ray diffraction and Mössbauer spectroscopy techniques. Their crystal structures are found to be pure cubic phases. The Mössbauer spectra at 295 and 78 K of all samples showed two well-resolved magnetic patterns corresponding to the tetrahedral A-sites and octahedral B-sites. The cation distributions driven from the area under resonance curve of each site revealed that the compounds are gradually transferred from perfect inverse spinel to partially normal spinel structure. The behavior of the magnetic properties as a function of Cr 3+ concentration has been explained on the basis of the driven cation distribution and it showed that the chrome-rich compositions can be explained in terms of the non-collinear spin model.

  18. Mossbauer study of chromium-substituted nickel ferrites

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    Gismelseed, Abbasher M. [Department of Physics, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 36, Code 123, Al Khoud (Oman)]. E-mail: abbasher@squ.edu.com; Yousif, Ali A. [Department of Physics, College of Science, Sultan Qaboos University, P.O. Box 36, Code 123, Al Khoud (Oman)

    2005-12-15

    The structural and magnetic properties of the Cr substituted NiCr{sub x}Fe{sub 1-x}O{sub 4} (0=ferrites have been investigated by means of X-ray diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy techniques. Their crystal structures are found to be pure cubic phases. The Mossbauer spectra at 295 and 78K of all samples showed two well-resolved magnetic patterns corresponding to the tetrahedral A-sites and octahedral B-sites. The cation distributions driven from the area under resonance curve of each site revealed that the compounds are gradually transferred from perfect inverse spinel to partially normal spinel structure. The behavior of the magnetic properties as a function of Cr{sup 3+} concentration has been explained on the basis of the driven cation distribution and it showed that the chrome-rich compositions can be explained in terms of the non-collinear spin model.

  19. 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.

  20. New alloys to conserve critical elements. [replacing chromium in steels

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    Stephens, J. R.

    1978-01-01

    Previous studies and surveys on availability of domestic reserves have shown that chromium is a most critical element within the U.S. metal industry. More precisely, the bulk of chromium is consumed in the production of stainless steels, specifically Type 304 stainless steel (304SS) which contains 18% Cr. The present paper deals with means of reducing chromium in commercial stainless steels by substituting more abundant or less expensive elements with the intent of maintaining the properties of 304SS. The discussion focuses on some of the oxidation and corrosion properties of new substitute stainless steels with only 12% Cr, which represents a potential saving of 33% of the chromium consumed in the production of 304SS. The alloying elements substituted for Cr in 304SS are selected according to their potential for protective oxide formation during high-temperature oxidation; these are Al, Si, Ti, Y, and misch metal which is 99.7% rare-earth metals containing 50 to 55% cerium. Other alloying elements to impart corrosion resistance are Mn, Mo, and V.

  1. 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

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

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

    2007-01-01

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

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

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

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

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    Zita Iždinská; František Kolenič

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  6. Ferritic steel strengthening for nuclear application

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

  7. Chromium(III) and chromium(VI) surface treated galvanized steel for outdoor constructions: environmental aspects.

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    Lindström, David; Hedberg, Yolanda; Odnevall Wallinder, Inger

    2010-06-01

    The long-term degradation of chromium(III) (Zn-Cr(III)) and chromium(VI)-based (Zn-Cr(VI)) surface treatments on galvanized steel and their capacities to hinder the release of zinc induced by atmospheric corrosion at nonsheltered urban and marine exposure conditions for 2 years are investigated. Compared to bare zinc sheet, both surface treatments revealed high corrosion protection abilities and capacities to hinder the release of zinc, still evident after 2 years of exposure. The zinc barrier properties of the thinner Zn-Cr(VI) (10 nm) treatment were during the first 100 days of urban exposure slightly improved compared with Zn-Cr(III) (35 nm). However, their long-term protection capacities were inverse. Released concentrations of total chromium correspond to annual release rates less than 0.000032 (Zn-Cr(III)) and 0.00014 g Cr m(-2) yr(-1) (Zn-Cr(VI)) after 1 year of urban exposure. Aging by indoor storage of the surface treatments prior to outdoor exposure reduced the released Cr concentrations from the surface treatments. No Cr(VI) was released from the aged surfaces but from the freshly exposed Zn-Cr(VI). Marine exposure conditions resulted in a faster reduction of chromate to chromium(III)oxide compared with urban conditions, and a significantly lower amount of both chromium(III) and chromium(VI) released from Zn-Cr(VI) at the marine site compared with the urban site. PMID:20462267

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

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

    2014-03-15

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

  9. Heat resistance of carbon steel with chromium-based gas-thermal sprayed coatings

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    Heat resistance of steel with chromium-base plasma sprayed coating is studied in comparison with chromium coating and base material. The specimens were oxidized at the air under 1250 K during 48 h. Investigations into steel-chromium coating interface were carried out and the structure of cinder was studied. Refs. 7, figs. 2

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

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

    2005-07-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2013-11-15

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

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

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    K.M. Wu; M. Enomoto

    2004-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-09-01

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

  15. Precipitation of Chromium Nitrides in the Super Duplex Stainless Steel 2507

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    Pettersson, Niklas; Pettersson, Rachel F. A.; Wessman, Sten

    2015-03-01

    Precipitation of chromium nitrides during cooling from temperatures in the range 1373 K to 1523 K (1100 °C to 1250 °C) has been studied for the super duplex stainless steel 2507 (UNS S32750). Characterization with optical, scanning and transmission electron microscopy was combined to quantify the precipitation process. Primarily Cr2N nitrides were found to precipitate with a high density in the interior of ferrite grains. An increased cooling rate and/or an increased austenite spacing clearly promoted nitride formation, resulting in precipitation within a higher fraction of the ferrite grains, and lager nitride particles. Furthermore, formation of the meta-stable CrN was induced by higher cooling rates. The toughness seemed unaffected by nitrides. A slight decrease in pitting resistance was, however, noticed for quenched samples with large amounts of precipitates. The limited adverse effect on pitting resistance is attributed to the small size (~200 nm) of most nitrides. Slower cooling of duplex stainless steels to allow nitrogen partitioning is suggested in order to avoid large nitrides, and thereby produce a size distribution with a smaller detrimental effect on pitting resistance.

  16. Fracture toughness of steels of martensite-ferrite structure

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

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

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    2005-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

  20. Fretting damage of high carbon chromium bearing steel

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    Kuno, Masato

    1988-01-01

    This thesis consists of four sections, the fretting wear properties of high carbon chromium bearing steel; the effect of debris during fretting wear; an introduction of a new fretting wear test apparatus used in this study; and the effects of fretting damage parameters on rolling bearings. The tests were operated under unlubricated conditions. Using a crossed cylinder contact arrangement, the tests were carried out with the normal load of 3N, slip amplitude of 50µm, and frequency of 30Hz ...

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

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    2013-10-24

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

  2. The oxidation and reduction of chromium of stainless steels in an eletric arc furnace

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    Arh, B.; F. Tehovnik

    2011-01-01

    The oxidation of chromium during the elaboration of stainless steels occurs with oxygen in solution blown inthe melt and with oxides in the slag. A higher content of silicon in the furnace charge decreases the extent of oxidation of chromium, however, the efficient reduction of chromium from the slag is of essential importance for a minimal loss of chromium. In this survey, the theory of the oxidation of chromium, its reduction from the slag and the conditions for the formation of foaming sla...

  3. On the swelling resistance of ferritic steel

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

  4. Semisolid Slurry Preparation of Die Steel with High Chromium Content

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    MAO Wei-min; ZHAO Ai-min; ZHANG Li-juan; ZHONG Xue-you

    2004-01-01

    The semisolid slurry preparation of die steels Cr12 and Cr12MoV with high chromium content was studied. The results show that the semisolid slurry of both steels with solid of 40 %-60 % can be made by electromagnetic stirring method and is easy to be discharged from the bottom little hole of the stirring chamber. The sizes of the spherical primary austenite in the slurry of die steels Cr12 and Cr12MoV are 50-100 μm and 80-150 μm, respectively. The homogeneous temperature field and solute field for both steel melts are obtained. The strong temperature fluctuation in the melt with many fine primary austenite grains occurs and the remelting of the secondary arm roots at the same time is accelerated because of the electromagnetic stirring. These are the most important reasons for deposition of spherical primary austenite grains.

  5. Analysis of ridging in ferritic stainless steel sheet

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

    2006-05-15

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

  6. Foucault current testing of ferritic steel fuel cans

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

  7. Corrosion Performance of Ferritic Steel for SOFC Interconnect Applications

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

    2006-11-01

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

  8. Chromium

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    ... health risks of too much chromium? Chromium and medication interactions Supplemental sources of chromium Chromium and Healthful Diets References Disclaimer What foods provide chromium? Chromium is widely distributed in the ...

  9. Modification in the Microstructure of Mod. 9Cr-1Mo Ferritic Martensitic Steel Exposed to Sodium

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    Prasanthi, T. N.; Sudha, Cheruvathur; Paul, V. Thomas; Bharasi, N. Sivai; Saroja, S.; Vijayalakshmi, M.

    2014-09-01

    Mod. 9Cr-1Mo is used as the structural material in the steam generator circuit of liquid metal-cooled fast breeder reactors. Microstructural modifications on the surface of this steel are investigated after exposing to flowing sodium at a temperature of 798 K (525 °C) for 16000 hours. Sodium exposure results in the carburization of the ferritic steel up to a depth of ~218 µm from the surface. Electron microprobe analysis revealed the existence of two separate zones with appreciable difference in microchemistry within the carburized layer. Differences in the type, morphology, volume fraction, and microchemistry of the carbides present in the two zones are investigated using analytical transmission electron microscopy. Formation of separate zones within the carburized layer is understood as a combined effect of leaching, diffusion of the alloying elements, and thermal aging. Chromium concentration on the surface in the α-phase suggested possible degradation in the corrosion resistance of the steel. Further, concentration-dependent diffusivities for carbon are determined in the base material and carburized zones using Hall's and den Broeder's methods, respectively. These are given as inputs for simulating the concentration profiles for carbon using numerical computation technique based on finite difference method. Predicted thickness of the carburized zone agrees reasonably well with that of experiment.

  10. High strength ferritic alloy

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    A high strength ferritic steel is specified in which the major alloying elements are chromium and molybdenum, with smaller quantities of niobium, vanadium, silicon, manganese and carbon. The maximum swelling is specified for various irradiation conditions. Rupture strength is also specified. (U.K.)

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

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

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

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    Yueyue Hu; Xiurong Zuo; Rutao Li; Zhanzhan Zhang

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2007-01-15

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

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

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

  19. Microstructure of a high boron 9-12% chromium steel

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    2008-07-01

    Additions of small amounts of boron (10-100 ppm) to 9-12% chromium steels are often made since they have been found to be beneficial for the creep strength up to and above 600 C. The effect of boron is to restrict the coarsening of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} precipitates during service. It was found that increasing the boron content from 9 to 40 ppm gave a decrease in coarsening constant at 600 C by a factor of 2. The present understanding of boron solution, non-equilibrium grain boundary segregation, incorporation into M{sub 23}C{sub 6}, and diffusion is reviewed in the paper. A very high boron addition (300 ppm) was made in the trial TAF steel already in the 1950'ies. The microstructure of a similar trial steel, FT3B, has been studied detail. In this steel large Mo, Cr, Fe and V containing metal borides are formed rather than the expected BN, with the crystal structure M{sub 2}B{sub 2}. Nitrogen is therefore still available for the formation of VN. Due to tempering at a low temperature (690 C) to a high strength (830 MPa), this steel contained a dense distribution of very small VN precipitates, 5-15 nm in size. A similar VN distribution is probably the cause of the still unsurpassed creep strength of the TAF steel. (orig.)

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

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

  1. Alloys influence in ferritic steels with hydrogen attack

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

  2. Boriding of high carbon high chromium cold work tool steel

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    High-carbon high-chromium cold work tool steels are widely used for blanking and cold forming of punches and dies. It is always advantageous to obtain an increased wear resistant surface to improve life and performance of these steels. In this connection boriding of a high-carbon high-chromium cold work die steel, D3, was conducted in a mixture of 30 percentage B4C, 70 percentage borax at 950 degree C for two, four and six hours. Case depth of the borided layer obtained was between 40 to 80 micro m. After boriding, the surface hardness achieved was between 1430 to 1544 HV depending upon the process time. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the formation of a duplex compound layer consisting of FeB and Fe2B. It is generally considered that FeB is undesirable because of its inherent brittleness. Post boriding treatment (homogenization) transformed the compound layer into single-phase layer of Fe2B, while surface hardness decreased to 1345-1430 HV. Pin-on-disc were test showed that wear resistance of the borided samples was superior as compared to non-borided material and increased with boriding time. (author)

  3. Boriding of high carbon high chromium cold work tool steel

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    Muhammad, W.

    2014-06-01

    High-carbon high-chromium cold work tool steels are widely used for blanking and cold forming of punches and dies. It is always advantageous to obtain an increased wear resistant surface to improve life and performance of these steels. In this connection boriding of a high-carbon high-chromium cold work die steel, D3, was conducted in a mixture of 30% B4C, 70% borax at 950 °C for two, four and six hours. Case depth of the borided layer obtained was between 40 to 80 μm. After boriding, the surface hardness achieved was between 1430 to 1544 HV depending upon the process time. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the formation of a duplex compound layer consisting of FeB and Fe2B. It is generally considered that FeB is undesirable because of its inherent brittleness. Post boriding treatment (homogenization) transformed the compound layer into single-phase layer of Fe2B, while surface hardness decreased to 1345-1430 HV. Pin-on-disc wer test showed that wear resistance of the borided samples was superior as compared to non-borided material and increased with boriding time.

  4. Boriding of high carbon high chromium cold work tool steel

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    High-carbon high-chromium cold work tool steels are widely used for blanking and cold forming of punches and dies. It is always advantageous to obtain an increased wear resistant surface to improve life and performance of these steels. In this connection boriding of a high-carbon high-chromium cold work die steel, D3, was conducted in a mixture of 30% B4C, 70% borax at 950 °C for two, four and six hours. Case depth of the borided layer obtained was between 40 to 80 μm. After boriding, the surface hardness achieved was between 1430 to 1544 HV depending upon the process time. X-ray diffraction studies confirmed the formation of a duplex compound layer consisting of FeB and Fe2B. It is generally considered that FeB is undesirable because of its inherent brittleness. Post boriding treatment (homogenization) transformed the compound layer into single-phase layer of Fe2B, while surface hardness decreased to 1345-1430 HV. Pin-on-disc wer test showed that wear resistance of the borided samples was superior as compared to non-borided material and increased with boriding time

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2009-10-01

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

  9. Chromium-nickel stainless steel and method of its manufacture

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    The chromium-nickel stainless steel is designed for the production of rolled bands to be welded onto the primary circuit component surfaces. The invention claims the steel composition. Phosphorus content is restricted to an amount of 0.005 to 0.025%, sulfur to 0.001 to 0.012%, oxygen to 0.001 to 0.008% aluminium to 0.005 to 0.05%, and titanium to 0.02 to 0.20%. The steel may also contain 0.01 to 0.15% of cerium, 0.01 to 0.15% of zirconium and 0.0001 to 0.005% of boron while the overall combined content of cerium, zirconium and boron does not exceed 0.25%. The initial material is nonalloyed waste, nickel metal and ferroalloys. The steel is deoxidized with aluminium and its chemical composition is adjusted with an addition of ferrochrome or nickel. The steel is then vacuum processed and after standing, it is cast at a temperature of 1520 to 1580 degC. (J.P.)

  10. High-temperature dissolution of nickel chromium ferrites by oxalic acid and nitrilotriacetic acid

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    A study of the dissolution of a number of spinel-type oxides containing iron(III) ions by oxalic acid and nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA) is reported. Increasing the chromium content of oxides of general composition Nisub(0.6)Crsub(x)Fesub(2.4-x)O4 (x = 0.3 to 1.5) brought about a marked reduction in dissolution rate, and it is suggested that this arises by a mechanism involving a change from kink-site attack to ledge-site attack as the former become 'blocked' by less reactive chromium(III) ions. The Nisub(0.6)Crsub(0.6)Fesub(1.8)O4 oxide was investigated in more detail. The concentration dependences determined suggest that both oxalic acid and NTA are adsorbed at surface sites prior to dissolution. NTA brings about dissolution simply by 'complexing' attack, but with oxalic acid it was not possible to distinguish directly between complexing and reductive attack. The divalent cation also plays a role, for in the dissolution of a number of ferrites, AFe2O4 (A = Co, Fe, Mn, Ni), in oxalic acid appreciable differences in dissolution rate were found, the order of reactivity being Fe > Mn > Co > Ni. The reasons for this are discussed. (author)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2014-07-01

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

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

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

    2012-11-01

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

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

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

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

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    马立; 胡绳荪; 胡宝; 申俊琦; 王勇慧

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-04-01

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

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

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

  4. Effect of V and Nb on the Microstructure and Creep Property of High Chromium (12%Cr) Ferritic Steel%V和Nb对12%Cr铁索体钢微观组织和蠕变特性的影响

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    沈喜训; 刘俊亮; 徐洲

    2012-01-01

    The effect of trace amounts of vanadium and niobium on the microstructure and the distribution and morphology of precipitates of 12%Cr ferritic heat resistant steel was studied by the optical microscopy (OM) and the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The testing results illuminated that the ferrite steel with V and Nb holds a narrow martensite lath structure. It is also found that the M23C6-type carbides combined with the MX-type carbonitrides, have fine small particle size and precipitate along all sorts of boundaries and in the δ-ferrite phase in the manner of acicular or clubbed shape while the M23C6-type carbides singly precipitated present a rectangle or ellipse shape with a relative larger particle size. The above optimized structure and the dispersed strengthening from MX-type carbinitrides itself restrain the recovery and recrystallization of tempered martensite structure, and thus improve the creep-resistant of ferrite steel.%利用光学显微镜和透射电子显微镜以及光电子能谱分析方法,研究了元素V和Nb对12%Cr铁素体耐热钢的微观组织和析出相的形态和分布的影响.结果表明:添加V和Nb的铁素体钢具有更窄的马氏体板条组织;附于MX型碳氮化物生长的M23C6碳化物呈细小的针状或短棒状析出,而单独析出的M23 C6尺寸较大,呈椭圆形.这些组织上的优化和MX型碳氮化物的弥散析出有效抑制了回火马氏体组织的回复和再结晶,提高了铁素体钢的蠕变抗力.

  5. Chromium accumulation, microorganism population and enzyme activities in soils around chromium-containing slag heap of steel alloy factory

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    HUANG Shun-hong; PENG Bing; YANG Zhi-hui; CHAI Li-yuan; ZHOU Li-cheng

    2009-01-01

    The environmental risk of chromium pollution is pronounced in soils adjacent to chromate industry. It is important to investigate the functioning of soil microorganisms in ecosystems exposed to long-term contamination by chromium. 45 soil samples obtained from different places of the slag heap in a steel alloy factory were analyzed for chromium contamination level and its effect on soil microorganisms and enzyme activities. The results show that the average concentrations of total Cr in the soil under the slag heap, adjacent to the slag heap and outside the factory exceed the threshold of Secondary Environmental Quality Standard for Soil in China by 354%, 540% and 184%, respectively, and are 15, 21 and 9 times higher than the local background value, respectively. Elevated chromium loadings result in changes in the activity of the soil microbe, as indicated by the negative correlations between soil microbial population and chromium contents. Dehydrogenase activity is greatly depressed by chromium in the soil. The results imply that dehydrogenase activity can be used as an indicator for the chromium pollution level in the area of the steel alloy factory.

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

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    Zhang, Zhenbo

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

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

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    Klueh, R.L.

    1996-12-31

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

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

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

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

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

  10. Characterization and Modeling of Grain Boundary Chemistry Evolution in Ferritic Steels under Irradiation

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    Marquis, Emmanuelle [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States); Wirth, Brian [Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States); Was, Gary [Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI (United States)

    2016-03-28

    Ferritic/martensitic (FM) steels such as HT-9, T-91 and NF12 with chromium concentrations in the range of 9-12 at.% Cr and high Cr ferritic steels (oxide dispersion strengthened steels with 12-18% Cr) are receiving increasing attention for advanced nuclear applications, e.g. cladding and duct materials for sodium fast reactors, pressure vessels in Generation IV reactors and first wall structures in fusion reactors, thanks to their advantages over austenitic alloys. Predicting the behavior of these alloys under radiation is an essential step towards the use of these alloys. Several radiation-induced phenomena need to be taken into account, including phase separation, solute clustering, and radiation-induced segregation or depletion (RIS) to point defect sinks. RIS at grain boundaries has raised significant interest because of its role in irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking (IASCC) and corrosion of structural materials. Numerous observations of RIS have been reported on austenitic stainless steels where it is generally found that Cr depletes at grain boundaries, consistently with Cr atoms being oversized in the fcc Fe matrix. While FM and ferritic steels are also subject to RIS at grain boundaries, unlike austenitic steels, the behavior of Cr is less clear with significant scatter and no clear dependency on irradiation condition or alloy type. In addition to the lack of conclusive experimental evidence regarding RIS in F-M alloys, there have been relatively few efforts at modeling RIS behavior in these alloys. The need for predictability of materials behavior and mitigation routes for IASCC requires elucidating the origin of the variable Cr behavior. A systematic detailed high-resolution structural and chemical characterization approach was applied to ion-implanted and neutron-irradiated model Fe-Cr alloys containing from 3 to 18 at.% Cr. Atom probe tomography analyses of the microstructures revealed slight Cr clustering and segregation to dislocations and

  11. The oxidation and reduction of chromium of stainless steels in an eletric arc furnace

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    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The oxidation of chromium during the elaboration of stainless steels occurs with oxygen in solution blown inthe melt and with oxides in the slag. A higher content of silicon in the furnace charge decreases the extent of oxidation of chromium, however, the efficient reduction of chromium from the slag is of essential importance for a minimal loss of chromium. In this survey, the theory of the oxidation of chromium, its reduction from the slag and the conditions for the formation of foaming slag are discussed.

  12. Half life of chromium in serum and urine in a former plasma cutter of stainless steel

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    Petersen, R.; Thomsen, J. F.; Jorgensen, N. K.; Mikkelsen, S

    2000-01-01

    For 8 years chromium in serum and urine has been followed up in a former plasma cutter of stainless steel who was exposed to airborne dust and fumes containing chromium during this work. After the first examination for serum chromium the exposure ended. Serum chromium concentration has been measured seven times during the period and was initially very high and has subsequently dropped slowly. The half life was 40 months in serum. Urinary chromium has been measured five times. The half life wa...

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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    2014-06-01

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

    1996-06-01

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

  20. Investigations of structural transformation within metal (austenite chromium-manganese steel) at the external surface of steam superheating tubes

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    Bogachev, V. A.; Pshechenkova, T. P.; Shumovskaya, M. A.

    2016-04-01

    The elemental composition of an altered layer at the external surface of a steam superheating tube of grade DI59 steel is investigated after long-term operation. It is shown that the layer is located between a scale and a matrix and depleted by silicon, manganese, copper, and chromium with the maximum oxidizer affinity, enriched by iron and nickel to 90%, and mainly composed of the α-Fe phase (ferrite) with the ferromagnetic properties. The layer formed as a result of selective oxidation and diffusion from the matrix into the metal scale with the less standard free energy of the formation of sulfides and oxides. A magnetic ferrite meter is used in the experimental investigation of the layer evolution by testing grade DI59 steel for heat resistance in air environment at temperatures of 585, 650, and 700°C for 15 × 103 h; creep at a temperature of 750°C and a stress of 60 MPa; and long-term strength at temperatures of 700 and 750°C and stresses of from 30 to 80 MPa. Specimens for tests are made of tubes under as-received conditions. The relationship between the ferrite phase content in the surface metal layer and the temperature and time of test is determined. The dependence is developed to evaluate the equivalent temperature for operation of the external surface of steam superheating tubes using data of magnetic ferritometry. It is shown that operation temperatures that are determined by the ferrite phase content and the σ phase concentration in the metal structure of steam superheating tubes with the significant operating time are close. It is proposed to use magnetic ferritometry for revelation of thermal nonuniformity and worst tubes of steam superheaters of HPP boilers.

  1. ATOM PROBE MICROANALYSIS OF WELD METAL IN A SUBMERGED ARC WELDED CHROMIUM-MOLYBDENUM STEEL

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    Josefsson, B.; Kvist, A.; Andrén, H.

    1987-01-01

    A submerged arc welded 2.25Cr - 1Mo steel has been investigated using electron microscopy and atom probe field ion microscopy. The bainitic microstructure of the as-welded steel consisted of ferrite and martensite. During heat treatment at 690°C the martensite transformed to ferrite and cementite and needle-shaped (Cr,Mo)2C carbides precipitated. Together with a substantial decrease in dislocation density, this resulted in an improvement of the toughness.

  2. Thermally grown oxide films and corrosion performance of ferritic stainless steels under simulated exhaust gas condensate conditions

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    Highlights: • Five ferritic stainless steels with dissimilar composition included. • Thermal oxide films and performance under exhaust gas condensate conditions studied. • Oxide films grown at 300 and 600 °C show differences in structure and properties. • Performance of alloys with >11.5 wt.% Cr is related to elements Ti, Si, Nb and Mo. • Compositional optimization requires knowledge on several linked processes. - Abstract: Five ferritic stainless steels are characterized in terms of thermally grown oxide films and corrosion performance under simulated exhaust gas condensate conditions. Oxide films developed at 300 °C show only little variation in microstructure and properties between the alloys, whereas those evolved at 600 °C exhibit clear differences. Especially in alloys with >11.5 wt.% chromium, the presence and distribution of such alloying elements as titanium, silicon, niobium and molybdenum are crucial for the film properties and the overall corrosion performance. The results may be exploited in the compositional optimization of the alloys for the cold-end components of automotive exhaust system

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

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

    2007-01-01

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

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

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    O. A. Kuzin

    2010-09-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  9. Thermal fatigue crack propagation behaviour of F82H ferritic steel

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

    2002-12-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2012-12-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2010-10-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

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

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    V. Rathinam; T. Kannan

    2014-01-01

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

  6. Ferritic steels for the first generation of breeder blankets

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

  7. Galvanic Interaction between Chalcopyrite and Pyrite with Low Alloy and High Carbon Chromium Steel Ball

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was aimed to investigate the galvanic interaction between pyrite and chalcopyrite with two types of grinding media (low alloy and high carbon chromium steel ball in grinding of a porphyry copper sulphide ore. Results indicated that injection of different gases into mill altered the oxidation-reduction environment during grinding. High carbon chromium steel ball under nitrogen gas has the lowest galvanic current, and low alloy steel ball under oxygen gas had the highest galvanic current. Also, results showed that the media is anodic relative to pyrite and chalcopyrite, and therefore pyrite or chalcopyrite with a higher rest potential acted as the cathode, whilst the grinding media with a lower rest potential acted as the anode, when they are electrochemically contacted. It was also found that low alloy steel under oxygen produced the highest amount of EDTA extractable iron in the slurry, whilst high carbon chromium steel under nitrogen atmosphere led to the lowest amount.

  8. Serum chromium levels sampled with steel needle versus plastic IV cannula. Does method matter?

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    Penny, Jeannette Ø; Overgaard, Søren

    2010-01-01

    causing bias. This study aimed to test that theory. METHODS: We compared serum chromium values for two sampling methods, steel needle and IV plastic cannula, as well as sampling sequence in 16 healthy volunteers. RESULTS: We found statistically significant chromium contamination from the steel needle with...... mean differences between the two methods of 0.073 ng/mL, for the first sample, and 0.033 ng/mL for the second. No difference was found between the first and second plastic sample. The first steel needle sample contained an average of 0.047 ng/mL more than the second. This difference was only borderline...... significant. CONCLUSION: The chromium contamination from the steel needle is low, and sampling method matters little in MoM populations. If using steel needles we suggest discarding the first sample....

  9. Correlations between mechanical properties and cavitation erosion resistance for stainless steels with 12% Chromium and variable contents of Nickel

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    The running time of hydraulic machineries in cavitation conditions, especially blades and runners, depend on both chemical composition and mechanical properties of the used steels. The researches of the present paper have as goal to obtain new materials with improved behavior and reduced costs. There are given cavitation erosion results upon eight cast steels with martensite as principal structural constituent. The chromium content was maintained constant at approximate 12% but the nickel content was largely modified. The change of chemical content resulted in various proportions of austenite, martensite and ferrite and also in different cavitation erosion behavior. From the eight tested steels four have greater carbon content (approximately 0.1%) and the other four less carbon content (approximate 0.036%). All steels were tested separately in two laboratory facilities: T1 with magnetostrictive nickel tube (vibration amplitude 94 μm, vibration frequency 7000 ± 3% Hz, specimen diameter 14 mm and generator power 500 W) and T2 is respecting the ASTM G32-2010 Standard (vibration amplitude 50μm, vibration frequency 20000 ± 1% Hz, specimen diameter 15.8 mm and generator power 500 W). Analyzing the results it can be seen that the cavitation erosion is correlated with the mechanical properties in the way shown in 1960 by Hammitt and Garcia but is influenced by the structural constituents

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

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

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

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

    2015-01-15

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

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

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

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

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

  14. 46 CFR 54.25-10 - Low temperature operation-ferritic steels (replaces UCS-65 through UCS-67).

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    2010-10-01

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

  15. Oxidation behavior of ferritic-martensitic and ODS steels in supercritical water

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    Bischoff, Jeremy

    water corroded much faster than those in steam (1.5 to 2 times faster). Additionally, during these corrosion tests a marker experiment was performed with the deposition of micrometric palladium markers on the surface of some samples prior to oxidation. The markers were found at the outer-inner layer interface, consistent with a corrosion mechanism of outward migration of iron to form the outer layer and inward migration of oxygen to form the inner layer. The discrepancy between the SCW and steam environments suggests that the outward migration of iron may be the rate-limiting step. A detailed study of the oxide advancement was performed using the TEM by analyzing the inner and diffusion layer structure. Energy-filtered TEM images were acquired to analyze the micrometric and nanometric distribution of elements in these layers. Such images from the inner layer revealed the presence of localized chromium enrichment regions associated with the presence of pores. Additionally, an iron-chromium nanometric segregation was observed and may be associated with the mixture of Fe3O4 and FeCr2O4. In the diffusion layer, small nanometric chromium-rich oxide particles were seen within metal grains. The (Fe,Cr)3O4 spinel oxide has an inverse spinel structure as Fe3O4 but becomes normal spinel as FeCr 2O4, thus the structure changes depending on the chromium content. Additionally, the spinel structure was analyzed using the ligand theory and showed that chromium does not migrate and that the main diffusing species is the Fe2+ ion. Calculations of the amount of iron leaving the inner layer showed that this amount accounted for the amount of iron necessary to form the outer layer, thus no dissolution of oxide in SCW is observed. Additionally, the differences in oxidation behavior in steam and SCW suggest that the rate-limiting step for the corrosion of ferritic-martensitic steels is the iron outward migration. The iron migration is driven by the gradient in the Fe2+/Fe 3+ ratio and is

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

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

    2006-09-01

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

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

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    Ovri Henry

    2008-03-01

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

  18. Current Developments of Alloyed Steels for Hot Strip Roughing Mills : Characterization of High-Chromium Steel and Semi-High Speed Steel

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    LECOMTE-BECKERS, Jacqueline; Sinnaeve, Mario; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack

    2012-01-01

    Two alloys grades for work rolls used in the roughing stand of Hot Strip Mill - high chromium steel (HCS) and semi-high-speed steel (semi-HSS), In this paper, the new semi-high-speed steel grade is studied

  19. Microstructural Characteristics of Plasma Nitrided Layer on Hot-Rolled 304 Stainless Steel with a Small Amount of α-Ferrite

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    Xu, Xiaolei; Yu, Zhiwei; Cui, Liying; Niu, Xinjun; Cai, Tao

    2016-02-01

    The hot-rolled 304 stainless steel with γ-austenite and approximately 5 pct α-ferrite elongated along the rolling direction was plasma-nitrided at a low temperature of 693 K (420 °C). X-ray diffraction results revealed that the nitrided layer was mainly composed of the supersaturated solid solution of nitrogen in austenite ( γ N). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations showed that the microstructure of the γ N phase exhibited "fracture factor contrast" reflective of the occurrence of fine pre-precipitations in γ N by the continuous precipitation. The occurrence of a diffuse scattering effect on the electron diffraction spots of γ N indicated that the pre-precipitation took place in γ N in the form of strongly bonded Cr-N clusters or pairs due to a strong attractive interaction of nitrogen with chromium. Scanning electron microscopy and TEM observations indicated that the discontinuous precipitation initiated from the γ/ α interfaces and grew from the austenite boundaries into austenite grains to form a lamellar structure consisting of CrN and ferrite. The orientation relationship between CrN and ferrite corresponded to a Baker-Nutting relationship: (100)CrN//(100) α ; [011]CrN//[001] α . A zigzag boundary line following the banded structure of alternating γ-austenite and elongated α-ferrite was presented between the nitrided layer and the substrate to form a continuous varying layer thickness, which resulted from the difference in diffusivities of nitrogen in α-ferrite and γ-austenite, along the γ/ α interfaces and through the lattice. Microstructural features similar to the γ N were also revealed in the ferrite of the nitrided layer by TEM. It was not excluded that a supersaturated solid solution of nitrogen in ferrite ( α N) formed in the nitrided layer.

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

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

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

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

    2013-11-15

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

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

  3. Effect of pressurized solution nitriding on phase changes and mechanical properties of ferritic Fe–22.7Cr–2.4Mo stainless steel

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

    2014-01-13

    Pressurized solution nitriding (PSN) of ferritic Fe–22.7Cr–2.4Mo stainless steel at 1200 °C in nitrogen gas under pressure of 0.25 MPa for different times has been investigated. The structure and mechanical properties were characterized using X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and tensile testing. Phase transformation of ferrite to austenite starts from the sample surface and grows further into the core with increasing nitriding time. A fully austenitic structure was achieved after 9 h nitriding for plates of 2 mm thick. Strip-like chromium nitride precipitates with discontinuous morphology are found in the edges of the sample nitrided for 12 h. The average solute nitrogen content of austenite phase was estimated based on lattice parameter calculations to vary from 1.25 to 1.75 wt%. The yield strength is monotonically increased above 900 MPa with increasing the PSN time. The solution nitrided samples for 6 h exhibit high elongation to fracture (above 30%) and high tensile strength (above 1000 MPa). Solution nitriding changes the fracture mode from ductile to a mixed mode inter-granular and trans-granular brittle fracture. Formation of the planar slip bands plays a major role in brittle fracture of the austenite phase. Brittle fracture is favored with precipitation of chromium nitrides. The time of the PSN should be optimized to suppress chromium nitride precipitation.

  4. Effect of pressurized solution nitriding on phase changes and mechanical properties of ferritic Fe–22.7Cr–2.4Mo stainless steel

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    Pressurized solution nitriding (PSN) of ferritic Fe–22.7Cr–2.4Mo stainless steel at 1200 °C in nitrogen gas under pressure of 0.25 MPa for different times has been investigated. The structure and mechanical properties were characterized using X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and tensile testing. Phase transformation of ferrite to austenite starts from the sample surface and grows further into the core with increasing nitriding time. A fully austenitic structure was achieved after 9 h nitriding for plates of 2 mm thick. Strip-like chromium nitride precipitates with discontinuous morphology are found in the edges of the sample nitrided for 12 h. The average solute nitrogen content of austenite phase was estimated based on lattice parameter calculations to vary from 1.25 to 1.75 wt%. The yield strength is monotonically increased above 900 MPa with increasing the PSN time. The solution nitrided samples for 6 h exhibit high elongation to fracture (above 30%) and high tensile strength (above 1000 MPa). Solution nitriding changes the fracture mode from ductile to a mixed mode inter-granular and trans-granular brittle fracture. Formation of the planar slip bands plays a major role in brittle fracture of the austenite phase. Brittle fracture is favored with precipitation of chromium nitrides. The time of the PSN should be optimized to suppress chromium nitride precipitation

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

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

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

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    Raj, Baldev; Vijayalakshmi, M.

    2010-09-01

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

  7. Atom probe field ion microscopy investigation of boron containing martensitic 9 Pct chromium steel

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    Hofer, P.; Miller, M. K.; Babu, S. S.; David, S. A.; Cerjak, H.

    2000-03-01

    The chemical compositions of the ferrite matrix and various other phases in an Fe-0.17 C-9 Cr-1.55 Mo-0.27 V-0.015 N-0.01B (mass pct) steel in as-received and crept conditions were measured with atom probe field ion microscopy (APFIM). The results showed the presence of some residual boron within the ferrite matrix. Analyses showed that boron was distributed within M23C6, M6C, MX, and Laves phases. Phosphor atoms were detected at the M23C6-ferrite interface in the crept condition. The results are compared to predictions from thermodynamic calculations.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Ovri Henry; Kamma Celestine Monde

    2008-01-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

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

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    Stygar M.

    2015-06-01

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

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

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

    2014-11-01

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

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

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    Arrayago Luquin, Itsaso; Real Saladrigas, Esther

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

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

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    Stygar M.; Durda E.

    2015-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1997-09-01

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

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

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    Guoan Chen; Wangyue Yang; Shouzhen Guo; Zuqing Sun

    2007-01-01

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

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

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

    2012-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  6. 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

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

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

  8. Corrosion resistance enhancement of SAE 1020 steel after Chromium implantation by nitrogen ion recoil

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    Geraldo Francisco Gomes; Mario Ueda; Antonio Fernando Beloto; Roberto Zenhei Nakazato; Helfried Reuther

    2005-01-01

    SAE 1020 construction steel is widely used as mortar reinforcement and small machine parts, but aside good surface properties as high ductility, hardness and wear resistance, its surface is prone to severe corrosion. As it is known, Chromium in amount over 12%-13% in the Fe alloys renders them resistance to several corrosive attacks. SAE 1020 samples were recovered with Chromium film and then bombarded either by nitrogen Ion Beam (IB) or Plasma Immersion Ion Implantation (PIII) to recoil impl...

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

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

  10. Is chromium from stainless steel utensils responsible for epidemic of type 2 diabetes?

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    Gambhir, Prakash S; Phadke, Mrudula A

    2011-07-01

    Type 2 diabetes prevalence is rising rapidly in developing world especially in India in last few decades. 'Thrifty phenotype' and 'westernization of lifestyle' is used to explain this epidemic. Chromium is an important modulator in insulin and glucose metabolism. Preconceptional chromium exposure has been demonstrated to raise the corticosterone and glucose levels in offspring of rodent model. Chromium is chelated when acidic food is stored in the stainless steel utensils. Chromium levels are shown to be high in Asian Indians. The hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance is demonstrated in Indians from the newborn stage. We hypothesize that increased exposure to chromium in preconceptional and/or fetal stage leads to altered epigenetic control and altered endocrine and metabolic functioning. Increasing urbanization has led to increasing use of stainless steel and resultant exposure to chromium is at the least partly responsible for rising prevalence of type 2 diabetes. If proven avoiding or modifying the use of stainless steel utensils will halt the present epidemic of type 2 diabetes. PMID:21477931

  11. 76 FR 58536 - Tin- and Chromium-Coated Steel Sheet From Japan; Notice of Commission Determination To Conduct a...

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    ... FR 31633, June 1, 2011) were adequate. A record of the Commissioners' votes, the Commission's... COMMISSION Tin- and Chromium-Coated Steel Sheet From Japan; Notice of Commission Determination To Conduct a Full Five-Year Review Concerning the Antidumping Duty Order on Tin- and Chromium-Coated Steel...

  12. The Interpretation of Experimental Observation Data for the Development of Mechanisms based Creep Damage Constitutive Equations for High Chromium Steel

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    Yang, Xin; Lu, Zhongyu; Xu, Qiang

    2015-01-01

    It is very important to design a safe factor or estimating the remain lifetime for electric power plant components of steam pipes which mostly manufacture by high chromium steels and work at high temperature and low stress level. The author will develop the mechanisms based on creep damage constitutive equations for high chromium steel under lows stress in initial stage: (1) Creep cavities mostly formed attaching with the precipitation of Laves phase or on grain boundary for high chromium ste...

  13. Electrochemical characterization of oxide formed on chromium containing mild steel alloys in LiOH medium

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    Flow accelerated corrosion leads to wall thinning of outlet-feeder pipes in the primary heat transport system of pressurized heavy water reactors and can even necessitate enmasse feeder replacement. Replacement of carbon steel 106-grade-B (CS) with chromium containing carbon steel reduces the risk of this failure. This paper discusses the role of small additions of chromium in modifying the properties of the oxide film. CS and chromium containing mild steels viz., A333, 2.25Cr–1Mo and modified 9Cr–1Mo alloy were exposed to primary heat transport (PHT) system chemistry conditions. The oxide films formed were characterized by electrochemical and surface characterization techniques. Mott–Schottky analysis showed donor type of defects. The densities of defects in the oxides of chromium containing alloys were 3–15 times less than that in CS. In presence of ∼200 ppb of dissolved oxygen, the oxides formed were hematite with two orders of magnitude smaller concentration of defects as compared to that formed under reducing conditions. These results suggest that the presence of chromium lowers the defect density of the oxide film and thus ensures a reduced corrosion rate. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • High temperature oxides formed on Cr containing mild steels are less defective. • Defect densities of oxides decrease with increase in Cr content in the alloy. • O2 in solution greatly influences the nature and defect chemistry of oxides

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

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

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

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

    2014-02-10

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

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

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

    2014-12-15

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

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

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    Alessandra Cunha Ferreira

    2014-10-01

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

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

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    Hanno, Mithaq Elias

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2013-10-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2015-12-01

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

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

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

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

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    I. A. Vakulenko

    2015-08-01

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

  7. 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)

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

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

  9. Cracking of ferritic stainless steel tubes during production process

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

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

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

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

    2011-02-15

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

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

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

  12. Nonequilibrium grain-boundary cosegregation of nitrogen and chromium in NiCrMoV steel

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    Zheng, Lei; Xu, Tingdong

    2005-12-01

    It is concluded in this article that nonequilibrium grain-boundary cosegregation (NCGS) of nitrogen and chromium occurs in NiCrMoV steel. That conclusion is reached from experimental observations of the parallel segregation isotherms and the maximum coverage of Cr and N at grain boundaries during the isotherms. This means that the nonequilibrium segregation of Cr induces that of N, in NiCrMoV steel.

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-07-01

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

  17. Recommended practices for welding of chromium-molybdenum steel piping and tubing

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    This book contains recommendations for welding chromium-molybdenum steel pipe and tubing to itself and to various other materials. Subjects covered in detail are filler metal selection, joint design, preheating, and postheating. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of maintaining interpass temperature and dangers inherent in interrupted heating cycles

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

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

    2011-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-08-01

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

  20. Activities of chromium oxides in slag in the process of argon-oxygen refining of corrosion-resistant steel

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    On the basis of computer simulation results and available experimental data the behaviour of chromium oxides on stainless steel refining is studied. It is revealed that during melting and argon-oxygen refining of stainless steels chromium oxides occur in the solution if the slag contains not more than 25% (by mass) Cr2O3; this fact generates a need for accounting chromium oxide activity in thermodynamic calculations. An increase of Cr2O3 activity in the slag of this type results in increasing percentage ratio of chromium and carbon in the metal

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

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2015-06-15

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. New structural high strength rationally alloyed steels

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    New developments in high strength structural steels are reported. Properties and perspective fields of application are described for the following materials: austenitic chromium steels with ultra equilibrium nitrogen content, steels with nitrogen martensite structure, microalloyed ferritic-pearlitic steels with decreased concentrations of Mn and Ni, high ductility heat resisting steels, nonmagnetic chromium free Mn-Ni-Cu-V-C steels and iron powder alloys with superhard carbon phases. Steel 02Kh12G14N4YuM is recommended to be used for parts and assemblies of nuclear power plants

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

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

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

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

    2011-12-15

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

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

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    A K Lakshminarayanan; K Shanmugam; V Balasubramanian

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  19. Silicon-containing ferritic/martensitic steel after exposure to oxygen-containing flowing lead-bismuth eutectic at 450 and 550 °C

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    Schroer, Carsten; Koch, Verena; Wedemeyer, Olaf; Skrypnik, Aleksandr; Konys, Jürgen

    2016-02-01

    A ferritic/martensitic (f/m) steel with 9 and 3 mass% of chromium (Cr) and silicon (Si), respectively, was tested on performance in flowing lead-bismuth eutectic (LBE) at 450 and 550 °C, each at concentrations of solved oxygen of both 10-7 and 10-6 mass%. The 9Cr-3Si steel generally exhibits the same basic corrosion modes as other f/m materials with 9 mass% Cr and typically lower Si content, namely Steel T91. The Si-rich steel shows an overall improved performance in comparison to T91 at 450 °C and 10-7 mass% solved oxygen, but especially at 450 °C and 10-6 mass% solved oxygen. The advantage of higher Si-content in 9Cr steel is less clear at 550 °C. Especially high oxygen content in flowing LBE at 550 °C, between >10-6 mass% and oxygen saturation, seems detrimental for the high-Si material in respect of the initiation and progress of a solution-based corrosion.

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

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

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

    2009-01-01

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

  3. Dislocation structures in cyclically strained X10CrAl24 ferritic steel

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

    2006-01-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

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

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

  6. 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...

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

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    Froitzheim, J.

    2008-01-01

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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    Eghlimi, Abbas; Shamanian, Morteza; Raeissi, Keyvan

    2013-12-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2014-12-01

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

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

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    2003-01-01

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

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

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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.

  15. Heat treatment and effects of Cr and Ni in low alloy steel

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    Mohammad Abdur Razzak

    2011-12-01

    The effects of Cr and Ni on low carbon steel was observed. Undissolved carbide particles refine the austenite grain size. In the presence of nickel, chromium carbide is less effective in austenite grain refinement than chromium carbide in absence of nickel at temperature below 975°C. Nickel does not produce any austenite grain refinement but presence of nickel promotes the formation of acicular ferrites. It was also found that Ni and Cr as chromium carbide also refines the ferrite grain size and morphology. Cr as chromium carbide is more effective in refining ferrite grain size than nickel.

  16. Microstructure and mechanical property of ferritic-martensitic steel cladding under a 650 °C liquid sodium environment

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    Kim, Jun Hwan; Kim, Sung Ho

    2013-11-01

    A study was carried out to investigate the effect of liquid sodium on the microstructural and mechanical property of ferritic-martensitic steel (FMS) used for a Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR) cladding tube. A quasi-dynamic device characterized by natural circulation was constructed and a compatibility test between FMS and liquid sodium was performed. HT9 (12Cr-1MoWVN) and Gr.92 (9Cr-2WNbVNB) coupons as well as a Gr.92 cladding tube were immersed in the 650 °C liquid sodium up to 3095 h and a microstructural observation, a mechanical property evaluation such as nanoindentation, and a ring tension test were also done in this study. The results showed that both HT9 and Gr.92 exhibited macroscopic weight loss behavior where pitting and decarburization took place. Weight loss as well as the decarburization process decreased as the chromium content increased. A compatibility test over the cladding tube revealed that a decrease of the mechanical property caused by the aging process governed the whole mechanical property of the cladding tube.

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

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

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

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

  19. Investigation of strength of austenitic nitrogen-containing chromium-nicel-manganese steels at cryogenic temperature

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    The mathematical method of experiment planning based on experimental data, analysis of regressive dependences with application of computerized graphics is used to optimize composition of the chromium-nickel-manganese high-strength steel with nitrogen and molybdenum to work under cryogenic temperatures. N, Ni, Mn, Mo and Cr are determined for their effect on the strength characteristics (σB and σ0.2) at the test temperatures of 293, 77, 20 K. Alloying elements are also studied for their effect on low-temperature steel hardening. Experimental and calculated data are verified by results from testing steels of chemical composition

  20. Creep and creep-fatigue behavior of high chromium steel weldment

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    Yukio TAKAHASHI; Masaaki TABUCHI

    2011-01-01

    Manuscript received I December 2010; in revised form 9 March 2011Strength of welded joints of high chromium steels is one of the important concerns for fabricators and operators of ultra supercritical thermal power plants. A number of creep as well as creep-fatigue tests with tensile hold have been carried out on the welded joints of two types of high chromium steels widely used in Japan, I.e. Grade 91 and 122 steels. It was found that failure occurred in fine grain heat-affected zone in all the creep-fatigue tests, even at a relatively low temperature and fairly short time where failure occurred in plain base metal region in simple creep testing. Four procedures were used to predict failure lives and their results were compared with the test results. A newly proposed energy-based approach gave the best estimation of failure life, without respect of the material and temperature.

  1. Intergranular corrosion behavior associated with delta-ferrite transformation of Ti-modified Super304H austenitic stainless steel

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    Highlights: • Relationship between delta-ferrite transformation and IGC behavior was evaluated by DL-EPR test quantitatively. • The IGC site at austenite/ferrite grain boundary changes with aging time at 650 °C. • A higher fraction of delta-ferrite with poor stability increases the IGC sensitisation. • Self-healing of IGC was mainly induced by the Cr diffusion from primary austenite rather than the delta-ferrite. - Abstract: A double loop electrochemical potentiokinetic reactivation (DL-EPR) test was conducted to investigate the relationship between the evolution of delta-ferrite and the intergranular corrosion (IGC) of Ti-modified Super304H, which was aged at 650 °C for 4–500 h. Scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy were adopted to analyze the evolution of delta-ferrite. The results indicated that a higher fraction of delta-ferrite with poor stability increased the IGC sensitisation of Ti-modified Super304H. Moreover, the self-healing of the sensitisation of Ti-modified Super304H occurred after 48 h due to the diffusion of chromium atoms mainly from the adjacent primary austenite rather than the delta-ferrite

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

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

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

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    Yueyue Hu

    2012-04-01

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

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

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

  7. The electrochemistry of 13% chromium stainless steel in oilfield brines

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    Sidorin, Dmitry; Pletcher, Derek [Department of Chemistry, The University of Southampton, Southampton SO17 1BJ (United Kingdom); Hedges, Bill [BP Trinidad Ltd., P.O. Box 714, Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago)

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    The electrochemistry of a 13% Cr stainless steel (API5CT L80-13Cr) in 3% NaCl containing acetate and either acetic acid or carbon dioxide at 333 K is explored using RDE voltammetry. The reduction of proton, carbonic acid and acetic acid occur simultaneously, immediately negative to the corrosion potential. Acetic acid gives a well formed reduction wave and the current densities increase with the equilibrium concentration of acetic acid in the medium; in the plateau region, the reduction is mass transport controlled. Despite this reduction process, the corrosion resistance and passivation current density are independent of the acetic acid concentration. It is confirmed that the 13% Cr stainless steel is much more resistant to corrosion that X65 carbon steel and, unlike the carbon steel, its rate of corrosion does not vary with acetic acid concentration. The properties of the passivating film appear to dominate the behaviour of the 13% Cr stainless steel. (author)

  8. The electrochemistry of 13% chromium stainless steel in oilfield brines

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    The electrochemistry of a 13% Cr stainless steel (API5CT L80-13Cr) in 3% NaCl containing acetate and either acetic acid or carbon dioxide at 333 K is explored using RDE voltammetry. The reduction of proton, carbonic acid and acetic acid occur simultaneously, immediately negative to the corrosion potential. Acetic acid gives a well formed reduction wave and the current densities increase with the equilibrium concentration of acetic acid in the medium; in the plateau region, the reduction is mass transport controlled. Despite this reduction process, the corrosion resistance and passivation current density are independent of the acetic acid concentration. It is confirmed that the 13% Cr stainless steel is much more resistant to corrosion that X65 carbon steel and, unlike the carbon steel, its rate of corrosion does not vary with acetic acid concentration. The properties of the passivating film appear to dominate the behaviour of the 13% Cr stainless steel

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

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

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

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

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

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

    1994-04-01

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

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

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

  13. 46 CFR 54.25-20 - Low temperature operation-ferritic steels with properties enhanced by heat treatment (modifies...

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    ... section VIII of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (incorporated by reference; see 46 CFR 54.01-1... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Low temperature operation-ferritic steels with... VESSELS Construction With Carbon, Alloy, and Heat Treated Steels § 54.25-20 Low temperature...

  14. Liquid Phase Sintering of Boron-Containing Powder Metallurgy Steel with Chromium and Carbon

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    Wu, Ming-Wei; Fan, Yu-Chi; Huang, Her-Yueh; Cai, Wen-Zhang

    2015-11-01

    Liquid phase sintering is an effective method to improve the densification of powder metallurgy materials. Boron is an excellent alloying element for liquid phase sintering of Fe-based materials. However, the roles of chromium and carbon, and particularly that of the former, on liquid phase sintering are still undetermined. This study demonstrated the effects of chromium and carbon on the microstructure, elemental distribution, boride structure, liquid formation, and densification of Fe-B-Cr and Fe-B-Cr-C steels during liquid phase sintering. The results showed that steels with 0.5 wt pct C densify faster than those without 0.5 wt pct C. Moreover, although only one liquid phase forms in Fe-B-Cr steel, adding 0.5 wt pct C reduces the formation temperature of the liquid phase by about 50 K (°C) and facilitates the formation of an additional liquid, resulting in better densification at 1473 K (1200 °C). In both Fe-B-Cr and Fe-B-Cr-C steels, increasing the chromium content from 1.5 to 3 wt pct raises the temperature of liquid formation by about 10 K (°C). Thermodynamic simulations and experimental results demonstrated that carbon atoms dissolved in austenite facilitate the eutectic reaction and reduce the formation temperature of the liquid phase. In contrast, both chromium and molybdenum atoms dissolved in austenite delay the eutectic reaction. Furthermore, the 3Cr-0.5Mo additive in the Fe-0.4B steel does not change the typical boride structure of M2B. With the addition of 0.5 wt pct C, the crystal structure is completely transformed from M2B boride to M3(B,C) boro-carbide.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Fujii, K.; Fukuya, K.

    2013-09-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2010-05-15

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

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

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

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

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    A. Galerie

    2004-03-01

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

  4. 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.

  5. Corrosion resistance of high-chromium steels in coal gasification atmospheres

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    Kihara, S.; Nakagawa, K.; Ohtomo, A.; Kato, M.

    1987-06-01

    The corrosion resistances of AISI 347H and 310 stainless steels (SSs), 35Cr-45Ni steel, and chromized and aluminized AISI 347H SS were evaluated in simulated coal gasification atmospheres at 550, 600, and 650 C. The scales formed were mainly sulfides, with a small amount of oxides. Although the corrosion of AISI 347H and 310 SS increased with increasing temperature the corrosion of high-chromium steels, 35Cr-45Ni steel, and chromized AISI 347H SS remarkably decreased at 650 C. Weight gain decreased with increasing chromium content of steel. However, local corrosion occurred on 35Cr-45Ni steel at 600 C. The aluminized samples were the most corrosion resistant of the materials tested, but some cracks were found in the aluminized layer after 100-h exposure. Addition of HCI to the simulated gasification atmosphere generally accelerated corrosion by the formation of a porous outer scale. Pitting during downtime corrosion occurred only for AISI 347H SS exposed in the simulated gas involving 0.2 vol% HCI. The results of electrochemical measurements suggested that the downtime corrosion might by polythionic acid corrosion and crevice corrosion in the solution involving CI/sup -/.

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

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

  8. Effect of Chromium Ion Implantation on the Oxidation Rate of Iron andSteel

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    This research discussed about the effect of chromium ion implantation onthe oxidation rate of iron (Fe 95.5 %) and steel (AISI 304). The measurementof oxidation resistance of the samples was carried out in dry oxygen mediumat high temperature conditions and the time of observation was varied. Theoxidation resistance can be analyzed by the changing of weight before andafter the process. The result showed that for iron materials (Fe 95.5 %)implanted chromium ion at energy 100 keV and ion dose 5 x 1017 ion/cm2increase the oxidation resistance in order of 28.68 %. But for AISI 304 steelimplanted chromium ion at the same conditions, the oxidation resistancedecreased. This phenomena is caused by the fact that the content of chromiummaybe already exceed the solubility of base material and it will create thepossibility of the formation of oxid spinel which less protective. (author)

  9. Corrosion of an austenite and ferrite stainless steel weld

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    BRANIMIR N. GRGUR; VLADANA N. RAJAKOVIĆ-OGNJANOVIĆ

    2011-01-01

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

  10. Ionic nitriding of high chromium martensitic stainless steels

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    Martensitic stainless steels are used in industrial applications where resistance to corrosion and mechanical resistance are needed simultaneously. These steels are normally used in tempering and annealing condition which gives them hardnesses of 500 and 600 HV (about 54 HRC). Ionic nitriding is an assisted diffusion technique that has recently been successfully applied to harden austenitic stainless steels without reducing their resistance to corrosion. The application with AISI 420 martensitic steels has not given good results yet, because in most cases, it affects their corrosion resistance. This work presents the results of the pulsed nitriding of martensitic steels with a higher chrome content, such as the M340 and M333 Boehler steels and they are compared with the same materials after tempering and annealing, without nitriding. The influence of the variations in the parameters of the process, such as the percentage of active time in the pulsed wave, partial nitrogen pressure, current density and effective tension in the microstructure, hardness and wear and corrosion resistance was studied. The microstructure was studied with an optic microscope; the wear resistance with abrasion tests following ASTM G-65 and corrosion with 100 hour long saline haze tests, in a device built according to ASTM B117. Hardness was found to rise to values of 1000 to 1350 HV in all the steels after ionic nitriding, the modified layers oscillated from 3 to 15 microns. As a result, wear resistance also increased, with differences depending on the microstructure and the thickness of the modified layer. However, corrosion resistance was not good, except in the case of the M333 steel test piece with less hardness and a less thick nitrided layer without a noticeable interphase (au)

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

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

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

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

    2014-06-01

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

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

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

    1994-04-01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2011-10-01

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

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

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

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

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    2013-03-01

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

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

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

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

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

    2015-04-01

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

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

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

    1997-08-01

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

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

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

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

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    Hsiung, L; Fluss, M; Kimura, A

    2010-04-06

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

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

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

  5. Considerations upon the cavitation erosion resistance of stainless steel with variable chromium and nickel content

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    Karabenciov, A; Jurchela, A D; Bordeasu, I; Birau, N; Lustyan, A [Department of Hydraulic Machinery, ' Politehnica' University of Timisoara, Bv. Mihai Viteazu, no. 1, Timisoara, 300222 (Romania); Popoviciu, M, E-mail: karabenciov@yahoo.co [Academy of Romanian Scientists, Timisoara Branch (Romania)

    2010-08-15

    Paper presents results of experimental investigations regarding the cavitation erosion of eight different stainless steels with constant carbon content (0.1%). Four of them have constant chromium (12%) and variable nickel content. The other four have constant nickel (10%) and variable chromium content. Using the images of the eroded specimens, the parameters MDPR and MDP as well as the characteristic curves, the influence of chemical and structural modifications, upon the cavitation erosion, are put into evidence. The investigated steels, manufactured through casting, maintain the general composition of the materials with good cavitation erosion qualities. The experimental researches were carried out in Timisoara Hydraulic Machinery Laboratory on a magnetostrictive facility, taking into account the ASTM G32-2008 Standards.

  6. The compatibility of chromium-aluminium steels with high pressure carbon dioxid at intermediate- temperatures

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    With a view to their use in the exchangers of nuclear reactors of the graphite-gas or heavy water-gas types, the behaviour of chromium-aluminium steels containing up to 7 per cent chromium and 1.5 per cent aluminium has been studied in the presence of high-pressure carbon dioxide at temperatures of between 400 and 700 deg. C. The two most interesting grades of steel (2 per cent Cr - 0.35 per cent Al - 0.35 per cent Mo and 7 per cent Cr - 1.5 per cent Al - 0.6 per cent Si) are still compatible with carbon dioxide up to 550 and 600 deg. C respectively. A hot dip aluminised coating considerably increases resistance to oxidation of the first grade and should make possible its use up to temperatures of at least 600 deg. C. (authors)

  7. Effect of niobium clustering and precipitation on strength of an NbTi-microalloyed ferritic steel

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    Kostryzhev, A.G., E-mail: kostryzhev@yahoo.com [School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, NSW 2500 (Australia); Al Shahrani, A. [School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, NSW 2500 (Australia); Zhu, C.; Cairney, J.M.; Ringer, S.P. [Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006 (Australia); Killmore, C.R. [BlueScope Steel Limited, Five Islands Road, Port Kembla, NSW 2505 (Australia); Pereloma, E.V. [School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, NSW 2500 (Australia); UOW Electron Microscopy Centre, University of Wollongong, NSW 2519 (Australia)

    2014-06-01

    The microstructure–property relationship of an NbTi-microalloyed ferritic steel was studied as a function of thermo-mechanical schedule using a Gleeble 3500 simulator, optical and scanning electron microscope, and atom probe tomography. Contributions to the yield stress from grain size, solid solution, work hardening, particle and cluster strengthening were calculated using the established equations and the measured microstructural parameters. With a decrease in the austenite deformation temperature the yield stress decreased, following a decrease in the number density of >20 nm Nb-rich particles and ≈5 nm Nb-C clusters, although the grain refinement contribution increased. To achieve the maximum cluster/precipitation strengthening in ferrite, the austenite deformation should be carried out in the recrystallisation temperature region where there is a limited tendency for strain-induced precipitation. Based on the analysis of cluster strengthening increment, it could be suggested that the mechanism of dislocation–cluster interaction is closer to shearing than looping.

  8. Effect of niobium clustering and precipitation on strength of an NbTi-microalloyed ferritic steel

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    The microstructure–property relationship of an NbTi-microalloyed ferritic steel was studied as a function of thermo-mechanical schedule using a Gleeble 3500 simulator, optical and scanning electron microscope, and atom probe tomography. Contributions to the yield stress from grain size, solid solution, work hardening, particle and cluster strengthening were calculated using the established equations and the measured microstructural parameters. With a decrease in the austenite deformation temperature the yield stress decreased, following a decrease in the number density of >20 nm Nb-rich particles and ≈5 nm Nb-C clusters, although the grain refinement contribution increased. To achieve the maximum cluster/precipitation strengthening in ferrite, the austenite deformation should be carried out in the recrystallisation temperature region where there is a limited tendency for strain-induced precipitation. Based on the analysis of cluster strengthening increment, it could be suggested that the mechanism of dislocation–cluster interaction is closer to shearing than looping

  9. A correlative approach to segmenting phases and ferrite morphologies in transformation-induced plasticity steel using electron back-scattering diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.

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    Gazder, Azdiar A; Al-Harbi, Fayez; Spanke, Hendrik Th; Mitchell, David R G; Pereloma, Elena V

    2014-12-01

    Using a combination of electron back-scattering diffraction and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy data, a segmentation procedure was developed to comprehensively distinguish austenite, martensite, polygonal ferrite, ferrite in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite laths in a thermo-mechanically processed low-Si, high-Al transformation-induced plasticity steel. The efficacy of the ferrite morphologies segmentation procedure was verified by transmission electron microscopy. The variation in carbon content between the ferrite in granular bainite and bainitic ferrite laths was explained on the basis of carbon partitioning during their growth. PMID:25126753

  10. Irradiation-induced precipitation modelling of ferritic steels

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    Yin, You Fa; Faulkner, Roy G.; Lu, Zheng

    2009-06-01

    In high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels typically used in reactor pressure vessels (RPV), irradiation-induced microstructure changes affect the performance of the components. One such change is precipitation hardening due to the formation of solute clusters and/or precipitates which form as a result of irradiation-enhanced solute diffusion and thermodynamic stability changes. The other is irradiation-enhanced tempering which is a result of carbide coarsening due to irradiation-enhanced carbon diffusion. Both effects have been studied using a recently developed Monte Carlo based precipitation kinetics simulation technique and modelling results are compared with experimental measurements. Good agreements have been achieved.

  11. Irradiation-induced precipitation modelling of ferritic steels

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    Yin, Y.F. [Department of Materials, Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU (United Kingdom)], E-mail: y.yin@lboro.ac.uk; Faulkner, Roy G.; Zheng Lu [Department of Materials, Loughborough University, Ashby Road, Loughborough University, Leicestershire LE11 3TU (United Kingdom)

    2009-05-31

    In high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels typically used in reactor pressure vessels (RPV), irradiation-induced microstructure changes affect the performance of the components. One such change is precipitation hardening due to the formation of solute clusters and/or precipitates which form as a result of irradiation-enhanced solute diffusion and thermodynamic stability changes. The other is irradiation-enhanced tempering which is a result of carbide coarsening due to irradiation-enhanced carbon diffusion. Both effects have been studied using a recently developed Monte Carlo based precipitation kinetics simulation technique and modelling results are compared with experimental measurements. Good agreements have been achieved.

  12. Beneficial influence of an intercritically rolled recovered ferritic matrix on the mechanical properties of TRIP-assisted multiphase steels

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    Godet, S.; Jacques, Pascal

    2015-01-01

    The present study deals with the microstucture and mechanical properties of intercritically rolled TRIP-assisted multiphase steels. It is shown that the occurrence of the TRIP effect in a recovered ferritic matrix brings about an improved strength-ductility balance with respect to a fully recrystallised ferrite matrix. On the other hand, the intercritical deformation does not influence the austenite transformation rate during straining at room temperature. The improvement of the mechanical pr...

  13. Modelling of creep damage development in ferritic steels

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    Sandstroem, R. [Swedish Institute for Metals Research, Stockholm (Sweden)

    1998-12-31

    The physical creep damage, which is observed in fossil-fired power plants, is mainly due to the formation of cavities and their interaction. It has previously been demonstrated that both the nucleation and growth of creep cavities can be described by power functions in strain for low alloy and 12 % CrMoV creep resistant steels. It possible to show that the physical creep damage is proportional to the product of the number of cavities and their area. Hence, the physical creep damage can also be expressed in terms of the creep strain. In the presentation this physical creep damage is connected to the empirical creep damage classes (1-5). A creep strain-time function, which is known to be applicable to low alloy and 12 % CrMoV creep resistant steels, is used to describe tertiary creep. With this creep strain - time model the residual lifetime can be predicted from the observed damage. For a given damage class the remaining life is directly proportional to the service time. An expression for the time to the next inspection is proposed. This expression is a function of fraction of the total allowed damage, which is consumed till the next inspection. (orig.) 10 refs.

  14. Chromium martensitic hot-work tool steels : damage, performance and microstructure

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    Sjöström, Johnny

    2004-01-01

    Chromium martensitic hot-work tool steel (AISI H13) is commonly used as die material in hot forming techniques such as die casting, hot rolling, extrusion and hot forging. They are developed to endure the severe conditions by high mechanical properties attained by a complex microstructure. Even though the hot-work tool steel has been improved over the years by alloying and heat treatment, damages still occur. Thermal fatigue is believed to be one of the most common failure mechanisms in hot f...

  15. RECENT TRENDS IN HOT STRIP ROUGHING MILLS: HIGH CHROMIUM STEEL VERSUS SEMI-HSS

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    Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack; Sinnaeve, Mario; Ernst, Roger

    2010-01-01

    compared. The first grade known as High Chromium Steel (HCS) is presently the most widely used alloy for such an application, while the second one known as semi-High Speed Steel (semi-HSS) is the new grade developed to improve the overall performance of the work roll in the roughing stands of the HSM. In the present paper, the new semi-HSS grade is studied starting from three chemical compositions closed one to another, the variation in the alloying elements is intended to asse...

  16. Comparison between High Chromium Steel and Semi HSS used in Hot Strip Mill Roughing Stands

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    Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline; Sinnaeve, Mario; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack

    2011-01-01

    Two alloys grades for work rolls used in the roughing stand of Hot Strip Mill (HSM) are compared. The first grade known as High Chromium Steel (HCS) is presently the most widely used alloy for such an application, while the second one known as semi-High Speed Steel (semi-HSS) is the new grade developed to improve the overall performance of the work roll in the roughing stands of the HSM. In the present paper, the new semi-HSS grade is studied starting from three chemical compositions closed o...

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

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

    2003-02-20

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

  18. Electronic Structures and Alloying Behaviors of Ferrite Phases in High Co-Ni Secondary Hardened Martensitic Steels

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    2000-01-01

    @@The electronic structure of ferrite (tempered martensite phase) in high Co-Ni secondary hardened martensitic steel has been investigated. The local density of states (LDOS) of alloying elements in the steel displays the relationship between solid solubility and the shape of the LDOS. The bond order integral (BOI) between atoms in the steel shows that the directional bonding of the p orbital of Si or C leads to the brittleness of the steel. At last, ∑BOI between atoms demonstrate that C, Co, Mn, Cr, Mo, Si strengthen the alloyed steel through solid-solution effects.

  19. Relation among rolling parameters, microstructures and mechanical properties in an acicular ferrite pipeline steel

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    The correlation among thermo-mechanical controlled processing (TMCP) parameters, microstructures and mechanical properties of an acicular ferrite (AF) pipeline steel was investigated in this study. The steel was hot rolled by four different kinds of TMCP to obtain different AF microstructures, and the corresponding mechanical properties were analyzed. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analysis was conducted to determine the effective grain size (EGS) in the steel. It was found that the EGS in the steel reduced obviously with decrease of the finish rolling temperature (FRT), but little changed with the cooling rate (CR) and the simulated coiling temperature (SCT). Additionally, the fraction of low angle grain boundaries (LAGBs) increased with increasing CR in the experimental range. It was shown that yield strength of the steel was enhanced by the increased CR and SCT, and reduced FRT, which were corresponding with the increases of LAGB fraction and precipitated carbonitrides as well as the decrease of EGS, respectively. Charpy impact results showed that the low temperature toughness of the steel with FRT about 40 oC above Ar3 tended to be the best, which was in good accordance with the highest fraction of high angle grain boundaries (HAGBs), but seemed not to be related with the EGS.

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

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

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

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

  2. Microstructural evolution of P92 ferritic/martensitic steel under argon ion irradiation

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    Microstructural evolution of P92 ferritic/martensitic steel irradiated by Ar+ ion beams at doses from 0.6 to 230 displacements per atom (dpa) at room temperature was investigated with conventional transmission electron microscope technique. Selected-area electron diffraction combined with bright-field and dark-field contrast image indicated that carbide/matrix interfaces were more easily damaged. The carbide peripheries became partly amorphous at irradiation dose of 2.3 dpa and were almost complete amorphous at the dose of 11.5 dpa. The small carbides would re-precipitate in matrices at 34.5 dpa. Energy dispersive X-ray analysis revealed that segregation of Cr and W and depletion of Fe in carbides occurred under irradiation. With the irradiation dose increasing, the irradiation induced segregation and depletion became more severe, which would influence mechanical properties of the steel. - Research Highlights: → Carbide/matrix interfaces in P92 ferritic/martensitic steel were easily damaged. → Small carbides re-precipitated in matrices after higher dose irradiation. → Segregation of Cr and W and depletion of Fe in carbides occurred after irradiation.

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

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

    2016-09-01

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

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

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

    2013-05-01

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

  5. Microstructure characterization and tensile properties of 18Cr–4Al-oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel

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    Li, Shaofu; Zhou, Zhangjian, E-mail: zhouzhj@mater.ustb.edu.cn; Li, Ming; Wang, Man; Zhang, Guangming

    2015-11-05

    A microstructural characterization was performed on an 18Cr–4Al oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steel using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was found that the secondary phases in the 18Cr–4Al-ODS ferritic steel can be roughly divided into three categories according to their size-level: (1) micron-sized intermetallic σ and YAl phases; (2) submicron-sized precipitates consisting of TiN and AlN precipitates; (3) nano-sized Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Y–Ti–O/Y–Al–O complex oxide particles with diameters in a broad size range from several to dozens of nanometers. In addition, tensile testing results revealed that the 18Cr–4Al-ODS sample exhibited better tensile strength and ductility as compared with another commercial ODS steel with similar composition. - Graphical abstract: TEM BF micrographs of carbon extraction replicas of the as-heat treated 18Cr–4Al-ODS sample. - Highlights: • Various types of secondary phase precipitates were identified. • Two kinds of nano-sized particles (Y–Ti–O/Y–Al–O) were found in matrix. • Nano-sized oxide particles uniformly dispersed in matrix. • Correlation between secondary phases and tensile properties was discussed.

  6. Microstructure examination of Fe–14Cr ODS ferritic steels produced through different processing routes

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    Oksiuta, Z., E-mail: z.oksiuta@pb.edu.pl [Bialystok University of Technology, Mechanical Department (Poland); Hosemann, P. [University of California Berkeley, Nuclear Engineering, 4169 Etcheverry Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 (United States); Vogel, S.C. [Los Alamos Neutron Science Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory, PO Box 1663, NM (United States); Baluc, N. [Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Centre de Recherches en Physique des Plasmas, Association Euratom-Confédération Suisse, Villigen PSI 5232 (Switzerland)

    2014-08-01

    Various thermo-mechanical treatments were applied to refine and homogenise grain size and improve mechanical properties of hot-isostatically pressed (HIP) 14%Cr ODS ferritic steel. The grain size was reduced, improving mechanical properties, tensile strength and Charpy impact, however bimodal-like distribution was also observed. As a result, larger, frequently elongated grains with size above 1 μm and refined, equiaxed grains with a diameter ranging from 250 to 500 nm. Neutron diffraction measurements revealed that for HIP followed by hydrostatic extrusion material the strongest fiber texture was observed oriented parallel to the extrusion direction. In comparison with hot rolling and hot pressing methods, this material exhibited promising mechanical properties: the ultimate tensile strength of 1350 MPa, yield strength of 1280 MPa, total elongation of 21.7% and Charpy impact energy of 5.8 J. Inferior Charpy impact energy of ∼3.0 J was measured for HIP and hot rolled material, emphasising that parameters of this manufacturing process still have to be optimised. As an alternative manufacturing route, due to the uniform microstructure and simplicity of the process, hot pressing might be a promising method for production of smaller parts of ODS ferritic steels. Besides, the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature of all thermo-mechanically treated materials, in comparison with as-HIPped ODS steel, was improved by more than 50%, the transition temperature ranging from 50 to 70 °C (323 and 343 K) remains still unsatisfactory.

  7. Microstructure examination of Fe-14Cr ODS ferritic steels produced through different processing routes

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    Oksiuta, Z.; Hosemann, P.; Vogel, S. C.; Baluc, N.

    2014-08-01

    Various thermo-mechanical treatments were applied to refine and homogenise grain size and improve mechanical properties of hot-isostatically pressed (HIP) 14%Cr ODS ferritic steel. The grain size was reduced, improving mechanical properties, tensile strength and Charpy impact, however bimodal-like distribution was also observed. As a result, larger, frequently elongated grains with size above 1 μm and refined, equiaxed grains with a diameter ranging from 250 to 500 nm. Neutron diffraction measurements revealed that for HIP followed by hydrostatic extrusion material the strongest fiber texture was observed oriented parallel to the extrusion direction. In comparison with hot rolling and hot pressing methods, this material exhibited promising mechanical properties: the ultimate tensile strength of 1350 MPa, yield strength of 1280 MPa, total elongation of 21.7% and Charpy impact energy of 5.8 J. Inferior Charpy impact energy of ∼3.0 J was measured for HIP and hot rolled material, emphasising that parameters of this manufacturing process still have to be optimised. As an alternative manufacturing route, due to the uniform microstructure and simplicity of the process, hot pressing might be a promising method for production of smaller parts of ODS ferritic steels. Besides, the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature of all thermo-mechanically treated materials, in comparison with as-HIPped ODS steel, was improved by more than 50%, the transition temperature ranging from 50 to 70 °C (323 and 343 K) remains still unsatisfactory.

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

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

    2014-10-15

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

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

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

  10. Development of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels for fusion

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    Mukhopadhyay, D.K.; Suryanarayana, C.; Froes, F.H.; Gelles, D.S.

    1996-04-01

    Seven ODS steels, Fe(5-13.5)Cr-2W-0.5Ti-0.25 Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (in weight percent) were manufactured using the mechanical alloying process. Only the composition Fe-13.5Cr3W-0.5Ti-0.25Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} showed no austenite formation at any temperature using differential thermal analysis and hence was selected as an experimental alloy for the present investigation. Milled powders were consolidated by hot isostatic pressing and hot swaging. Electron microscopy studies indicated high material homogeneity. The hardness of the as-swaged specimen was 65 R{sub c}. Annealing of the as-swaged material at 800, 900, 1000, 1100, and 1200{degrees}C showed a minor decrease in the hardness.

  11. Calculation of microsegregation and amount of retained δ-ferrite in Fe-Cr-Ni austenitic stainless steel

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    In equilibrium, 304 stainless steel has only γ-austenite phase below about 1170 .deg. C and solutes are uniformly distributed in γ-austenite. Due to incomplete solid-state diffusion, it has retained δ-ferrite as well as γ-austenite and the solute distribution becomes inhomogeneous in each phase. To further understand the solidification behavior of 304 stainless steel, the variation of δ-ferrite amount with temperature and the solute concentration in each phase across the phase boundary are calculated in this study. The calculated solute contents at the interface are in good agreement with experimental data available. It is shown that the equilibrium calculation using 304 steel composition itself produces better results than using equivalent composition. The calculated amounts of retained δ-ferrite using 304 equivalent composition are somewhat higher than experimentally observed values. Much better agreement between calculation results and experimental data is expected if more reliable experimental data can be obtained

  12. Study of corrosion resistance of chromium-nickel steel in calcium - hypochlorite solution. Part 1. Steels uranus b6

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    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Corrosion resistance of Cr - Ni (special steels specimen is tested by electrochemical methods, numerical method of linear polarization and polarization resistance method in calcium-hypochlorite (Ca(OCl2 solutions. With increasing of Ca(OCl2 concentration, pH value of the solution increases, as well as active chlorine concentration and corrosion activity of the medium. According to the quantitative method of the corrosion resistance determination it can be concluded that the steels tested in 1 wt % Ca(OCl2 solution are resistant, in 10 wt % solution constant, and in 50 wt % suspension less resistant. URANUS B6 showed the best corrosion resistance of all tested chromium - nickel steels in all tested corrosion mediums.

  13. Effect of Mg{sup 2+} on the Magnetic Compensation of Lithium-Chromium Ferrite

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    Rais, A., E-mail: amrais@yahoo.com; Yousif, A. A.; Gismelseed, A.; Elzain, M. E.; Al Rawas, A.; Al-Omari, I. A. [Sultan Qaboos University, Department of Physics (Oman)

    2004-12-15

    Mg-substituted ferrite Li{sub 0.5}Mg{sub x}Fe{sub 1.25-(2/3)x}Cr{sub 1.25}O{sub 4} (0{<=}x{<=}0.3) was studied using X-ray diffraction, Moessbauer spectroscopy and magnetic measurements. X-ray diffraction patterns show that all samples have cubic spinel structure. The temperature-dependent magnetic measurements revealed that the compensation point T{sub K} of Li{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 1.25}Cr{sub 1.25}O{sub 4} starts to approach the Neel temperature T{sub N} as Mg{sup 2+} substitution of Fe{sup 3+} increases, until the compensation disappears at x=0.3. This effect is investigated in relation to the cation distribution established using the Moessbauer study of this system.

  14. Behaviour and damage of aged austenitic-ferritic steels: a micro-mechanical approach

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    The austenitic-ferritic steels are used in the PWR primary cooling system. At the running temperature (320 C), they are submitted to a slow aging, which leads to the embrittlement of the ferritic phase. This embrittlement leads to a decrease of the mechanical properties, in particular of the crack resistance of the austenitic-ferritic steels. The damage and rupture of the austenitic-ferritic steels have been approached at the ENSMP by the works of P. Joly (1992) and of L. Devilliers-Guerville (1998). These works have allowed to reveal a damage heterogeneity which induces a strong dispersion on the ductilities and the toughnesses as well as on the scale effects. Modeling including the damage growth kinetics measured experimentally, have allowed to verify these effects. Nevertheless, they do not consider the two-phase character of the material and do not include a physical model of the cleavage cracks growth which appear in the embrittled ferrite. In this study, is proposed a description of the material allowing to treat these aspects while authorizing the structure calculation. In a first part, the material is studied. The use of the ESBD allows to specify the complex morphology of these steels and crystal orientation relations between the two phases. Moreover, it is shown that the two phases keep the same crystal orientation in the zones, called bicrystals, whose size varies between 500 μm and 1 mm. The study of the sliding lines, coupled to the ESBD, allows to specify too the deformation modes of the two phases. At last, tensile and tensile-compression tests at various deformation range are carried out to characterize the macroscopic mechanical behaviour of these materials. Then, a micro-mechanical modeling of the material behaviour is proposed. This one takes into account the three scales identified at the preceding chapter. The first scale, corresponding to the laths is described as a monocrystal whose behaviour includes both an isotropic and a kinematic strain

  15. Experimental study and modelling of the high temperature mechanical behavior of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels

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    The strength of metals, and therefore their maximum operating temperature, can be improved by oxide dispersion strengthening (ODS). Numerous research studies are carried out at the French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) in order to develop a cladding tube material for Gen IV nuclear power reactors. Oxide dispersion strengthened steels appear to be the most promising candidates for such application, which demands a minimum operating temperature of 650 C. The present dissertation intends to improve the understanding of the mechanical properties of ODS steels, in terms of creep lifetime and mechanical anisotropy. The methodology of this work includes mechanical tests between room temperature and 900 C as well as macroscopic and polycrystalline modelling. These tests are carried out on a Fe-14Cr1W0,26Ti + 0,3 Y2O3 ODS ferritic steel processed at CEA by mechanical alloying and hot extrusion. The as-received material is a bar with a circular section. The mechanical tests reveal the high mechanical strength of this steel at high temperature. A strong influence of the strain rate on the ductility and the mechanical strength is also observed. A macroscopic mechanical model has been developed on the basis of some experimental statements such as the high kinematic contribution to the flow stress. This model has a strong ability to reproduce the mechanical behaviour of the studied material. Two different polycrystalline models have also been developed in order to reproduce the mechanical anisotropy of the material. They are based on its specific grain morphology and crystallographic texture. The discrepancy between the predictions of both models and experimental results reveal the necessity to formulate alternate assumptions on the deformation mechanisms of ODS ferritic steels. (author)

  16. PREDICTION OF CARBON CONCENTRATION AND FERRITE VOLUME FRACTION OF HOT-ROLLED STEEL STRIP DURING LAMINAR COOLING

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    2007-01-01

    A phase transformation model was presented for predicting the phase fraction transformed and the carbon concentration in austenite for austenite to ferrite transformation during laminar cooling on run-out table in hot rolling strip mill. In this model, the parameter k in Avrami equation was developed for carbon steels. The wide range of chemical composition, the primary austenite grain size, and the retained strain were taken into account. It can be used to predict the ferrite volume fraction and the carbon concentration in austenite of hot-rolled steel strip during laminar cooling on run-out table. The coiling temperature controlling model was also presented to calculate the temperature of steel strip. The transformation kinetics of austenite to ferrite and the evolution of carbon concentration in austenite at different temperatures during cooling were investigated in the hot rolled Q235B strip for thickness of 9.35, 6.4, and 3.2mm. The ferrite volume fraction along the length of the strip was also calculated. The calculated ferrite volume fraction was compared with the log data from hot strip mill and the calculated results were in agreement with the experimental ones. The present study is a part of the prediction of the mechanical properties of hot-rolled steel strip, and it has already been used on-line and off-line in the hot strip mill.

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

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    V. Rathinam

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Cladding is the most economical process used on the surface of low carbon structural steel to improve the corrosion resistance. The corrosion resistant property is based on the amount of ferrite present in the clad layer. Generally, the ferrite content present in the layer is expressed in terms of Ferrite Number (FN. The optimum range of ferrite number provides adequate surface properties like chloride stress corrosion cracking resistance, pitting and crevice corrosion resistance and mechanical properties. For achieving maximum economy and enhanced life, duplex stainless steel (E2209T1-4/1 is deposited on the surface of low carbon structural steel of IS: 2062. The problem faced in the weld cladding towards achieving the required amount of ferrite number is selection of optimum combination of input process parameters. This study concentrates on estimating FN and analysis of input process parameters on FN of heat treated duplex stainless steel cladding. To predict FN, mathematical equations were developed based on four factor five level central composite rotatable design with full replication using regression methods. Then, the developed models were embedded further into integrated ANN-SA to estimate FN. From the results, the integrated ANN-SA is capable of giving maximum FN at optimum process parameters compared to that of experimental, regression and ANN modeling.

  18. Remanent life assessment of creep resistant modified 12% chromium steels: microstructural analysis and microstructural development models

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    Lundin, L.; Andren, H.O. [Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Physics; Norell, M.; Nyborg, L. [Chalmers Univ. of Technology, Goeteborg (Sweden). Dept. of Engineering Metals

    1996-09-01

    In this report, an overview of the current status of the development work, physical metallurgy and creep properties of 9-12% chromium steels is given. These steels find their application mainly in the power generating industry, at high temperatures. In Sweden, a co-operation between research groups specialized at microanalysis and modelling of 9-12% chromium steels has been initiated. This co-operation is outlined in this report, as well as the most important results achieved so far. The microstructure of four different alloys have been studied in detail with different analytical methods including atom-probe field-ion microscopy, electron microscopy and Auger electron spectroscopy. The role of different elements on precipitation processes and the composition of all relevant phases have been studied. Furthermore, segregation of impurity elements to creep cavities and creep fracture surfaces have been studied for two of the alloys. Models for the microstructural development of 9-12% chromium steels during heat treatment and creep testing are currently being produced. The work has been focused on modelling the nucleation and growth of MN and M{sub 23}C{sub 6} precipitates during tempering, and the first results from these studies are currently being compared to microscopy observation. In addition, equilibrium phase calculations have been made and been found to predict existing phases to a high degree. A complete description of the creep properties of these steels must also include a model of the relationship between microstructure and creep behaviour. However, the microstructural development models will form an important basis for complete models of this kind. 57 refs

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

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of finishing hot rolling temperature in promoting interpass recrystallization on a Nb-stabilized AISI 430 ferritic stainless steel. Torsion tests were performed in order to simulate the Steckel mill rolling process by varying the temperature ranges of the finishing passes. Interrupted torsion test were also performed and interpass recrystallization was evaluated via optical microscopy and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD. As a result of this work, it has been established, within the restrictions of a Steckel mill rolling schedule, which thermomechanical conditions mostly favor SRX.

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

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

  1. Compression behavior of a ferritic-martensitic Cr-Mo steel

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    Zhang, Zhenbo; Mishin, Oleg; Pantleon, Wolfgang

    2012-01-01

    The compression behavior of a ferritic-martensitic Cr-Mo steel is characterized for strain rates ranging from 10-4 s-1 to 10-1 s-1 and engineering strains up to 40%. Adiabatic heating causes a reduction in flow stress during continuous compression at a strain rate of 10-1 s-1. No reduction in the...... flow stress is observed if interrupted compression tests are performed with loading and holding steps. Two work-hardening stages with work-hardening rates decreasing linearly with the flow stress are identified and interpreted in terms of the KocksMecking model. The microstructural evolution is...

  2. Tube manufacturing and mechanical properties of oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel

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    In order to apply the ODS ferritic steels for the prospective cladding materials of advanced fast breeder reactors, fabrication tests of thin-walled cladding tubes were carried out from a viewpoint of future industrial manufacturing. The manufactured claddings within the specification limit exhibited a superior high temperature strength and sufficient Charpy impact properties. The degradation of creep rutpure strength in the bi-axial direction, as compared with the uni-axial direction, is mainly attributed to the grain boundary fracture mode within the elongated bamboo grain structure. (orig.)

  3. Recrystallization and texture in a ferritic stainless steel: An EBSD study

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    Sinclair, C.W. [Department of Metals and Materials Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC V6T 1Z4 (Canada); Robaut, F.; Maniguet, L. [CMTC-INPG, St. Martin d' Heres (France); Mithieux, J.D.; Schmitt, J.H. [CRI R and D Groupe Arcelor, Isbergues (France); Brechet, Y. [LTPCM-INPG, St. Martin d' Heres (France)

    2003-08-01

    The recrystallization behavior of laboratory-processed AISI409 ferritic stainless steel sheet has been studied with a focus on texture inhomogeneity and ''sluggish'' recrystallization kinetics, mainly using EBSD in the scanning electron microscope. Pronounced texture gradients were observed in some grain orientations and correlated to the deformation-induced substructure. The strong pinning of some boundaries has been linked not only to textural effects, but also to the precipitation of fine titanium carbonitrides. (Abstract Copyright [2003], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  4. Some microstructural characterisations in a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel alloy

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    The goal of this study is to characterize microstructure of a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened alloy. The welded material is constituted by two sheets of an yttria-dispersion-strengthened PM 2000 ferritic steel. Different areas of the friction stir welded product were analyzed using field emission gun secondary electron microscopy (FEG-SEM) and electron microprobe whereas nanoindentation was used to evaluate mechanical properties. The observed microstructural evolution, including distribution of the yttria dispersoids, after friction stir welding process is discussed and a correlation between the microstructure and the results of nanoindentation tests is established.

  5. Some microstructural characterisations in a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel alloy

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    Legendre, F. [CEA Saclay, DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMP, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France)], E-mail: flegendre@cea.fr; Poissonnet, S.; Bonnaillie, P.; Boulanger, L. [CEA Saclay, DEN/DANS/DMN/SRMP, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France); Forest, L. [CEA Saclay, DEN/DANS/DM2S/SEMT/LTA, 91191 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex (France)

    2009-04-30

    The goal of this study is to characterize microstructure of a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened alloy. The welded material is constituted by two sheets of an yttria-dispersion-strengthened PM 2000 ferritic steel. Different areas of the friction stir welded product were analyzed using field emission gun secondary electron microscopy (FEG-SEM) and electron microprobe whereas nanoindentation was used to evaluate mechanical properties. The observed microstructural evolution, including distribution of the yttria dispersoids, after friction stir welding process is discussed and a correlation between the microstructure and the results of nanoindentation tests is established.

  6. Some microstructural characterisations in a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steel alloy

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    Legendre, F.; Poissonnet, S.; Bonnaillie, P.; Boulanger, L.; Forest, L.

    2009-04-01

    The goal of this study is to characterize microstructure of a friction stir welded oxide dispersion strengthened alloy. The welded material is constituted by two sheets of an yttria-dispersion-strengthened PM 2000 ferritic steel. Different areas of the friction stir welded product were analyzed using field emission gun secondary electron microscopy (FEG-SEM) and electron microprobe whereas nanoindentation was used to evaluate mechanical properties. The observed microstructural evolution, including distribution of the yttria dispersoids, after friction stir welding process is discussed and a correlation between the microstructure and the results of nanoindentation tests is established.

  7. Radiation hardening and deformation behavior of irradiated ferritic-martensitic steels

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    Robertson, J.P.; Klueh, R.L.; Rowcliffe, A.F. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Shiba, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst. (Japan)

    1998-03-01

    Tensile data from several 8--12% Cr alloys irradiated in the High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) to doses up to 34 dpa at temperatures ranging from 90 to 600 C are discussed in this paper. One of the critical questions surrounding the use of ferritic-martensitic steels in a fusion environment concerns the loss of uniform elongation after irradiation at low temperatures. Irradiation and testing at temperatures below 200--300 C results in uniform elongations less than 1% and stress-strain curves in which plastic instability immediately follows yielding, implying dislocation channeling and flow localization. Reductions in area and total elongations, however, remain high.

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

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

  9. Two methods for processing an ultrafine ferritic grain size in steels and the thermal stability of the structure

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    2004-01-01

    Abstract In this thesis, methods to process ultrafine ferritic (UFF) structures in steels, i.e. grain sizes below about 3 μm have been investigated. It is shown here, in accordance with the results in the literature, that a steel with a UFF grain size can be obtained by two methods, more or less convenient to mass production: deformation-induced ferrite transformation from fine-grained austenite (the DIF route) and the static recrystallization of various heavily cold-worked initial microst...

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

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    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: of these researches was to investigate influence of heat input in SAW surfacing of low-alloyed steel with super-ferrite filler material on quality of deposits.Design/methodology/approach: the quality of single and multilayer, stringer beads was assessed by metallographic examinations, stresses measurements and hardness tests.Findings: due to the fact that it was used at automated surfacing stand, the analysis of properties of the deposits was performed for single and multilayer, stringer beads.Research limitations/implications: for complete information about tested deposits it is needed to compare deposits properties with other technologies of super-ferrite deposits surfacing.Practical implications: results of this paper is an optimal range of parameters for surfacing of single and multilayer, stringer beads of super-ferrite layers.Originality/value: the researches (macro- and micro-observations, hardness tests, stresses distribution tests were provided for surfacing of single and multilayer, stringer beads, and the results were compared. The influence of heat input on layers properties and theirs structure was defined.

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

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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.

  12. Fracture behavior of ferrite-free stainless steel welds in liquid helium

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    Most research to date concerning the cryogenic toughness of stainless steel weldments has concentrated on the effects of delta-ferrite content and nitrogen concentration. It has been shown that an increase in either of these leads to reduced cryogenic toughness. This paper reports that a wide variation in fracture toughness occurs in 316L weldments that contain no delta ferrite and only small differences in nitrogen concentration. Therefore, welding parameters and minor compositional variability must also have significant influences. Optical microscopy revealed a strong correlation between cryogenic fracture toughness and fusion-zone grain width, which is controlled by welding parameters and weld-metal composition. An increase in grain size reduces the toughness. Microfissuring, which is a problem in low-ferrite welds, did not have an effect on the measured fracture toughness, but in one cast it severely reduced the tensile ductility. Fatigue crack growth rate tests showed little variation in the fatigue properties of 316L weldments, regardless of the variations in other properties

  13. Microstructures and Toughness of Weld Metal of Ultrafine Grained Ferritic Steel by Laser Welding

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    Xudong ZHANG; Wuzhu CHEN; Cheng WANG; Lin ZHAO; Yun PENG; Zhiling TIAN

    2004-01-01

    3 mm thick 400 MPa grade ultrafine grained ferritic steel plates were bead-on-plate welded by CO2 laser with heat input of 120~480 J/mm. The microstructures of the weld metal mainly consist of bainite, which form is lower bainite plates or polygonal ferrite containing quantities of dispersed cementite particles, mixed with a few of low carbon martensite laths or ferrite, depending on the heat input. The hardness and the tensile strength of the weld metal are higher than those of the base metal, and monotonously increase as the heat input decreases. No softened zone exists inheat affected zone (HAZ). Compared with the base metal, although the grains of laser weld are much larger, the toughness of the weld metal is higher within a large range of heat input. Furthermore, as the heat input increases, the toughness of the weld metal rises to a maximum value, at which point the percentage of lower bainite is the highest, and then drops.

  14. Reliability of welded austenitic stainless steel containing base metal delta ferrite

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    Shalaby, Hamdy M. [Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (Kuwait)

    2004-07-01

    The paper presents the results of a failure case study carried out on welded 304L stainless steel (SS) pipeline of waste gas header (WGH). The environment inside the WGH was mainly wet steam with hydrocarbons, H{sub 2}S, oxygen, CO{sub 2}, organic acids, and organic chlorides. The outside pipe wall temperature was 91-97 deg C. The failure of the pipe was at the heat-affected zone (HAZ). The study was made on four welded pipeline samples, three of which were in service. The pipe samples were welded using three different techniques that included autogenous gas tungsten arc, shielded metal arc, and flux core arc. The investigation revealed that cracking at HAZ was due to base metal delta ferrite decay accompanied with sigma phase formation due to high heat input during welding. However, the morphology and orientation of the cracks suggested that stress-rupture and stress corrosion cracking had occurred. The presence of base metal delta ferrite made all used welding procedures un-successful. The study concluded that utilization of delta ferrite free austenitic SS should eliminate the problem. (author)

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

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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.

  16. Flow localization during plane strain punch stretching of a ferrite-austenite steel

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    Bird, J. E.; Pollock, T.; Srivastava, S. K.

    1986-09-01

    This is an exploratory study of plastic flow and sheet forming characteristics of a 60 pct ferrite-40 pct austenite duplex stainless steel. Variations in austenite arrangement are shown to have little effect on tensile or punch stretching behavior. Flow and forming properties of the duplex alloy are dominated by its continuous ferrite phase. Flow localization during plane strain stretching over a hemispherical punch takes place at two levels of scale, by mechanisms that are physically different. Macroscopic shear bands develop as the final process of flow localization throughout the sheet as a whole. Macroscopic shear bands initiate at the surface of sheet at the edges of a localized neck and grow inward, as finite element models predict. Fracture takes place by void sheet coalescence within intersecting shear bands. These bands grow in from opposite sides of the sheet. Macroscopic shearing limits ductility during plane strain thinning. Row localization takes place also at the microscopic level within individual grains of the two-phase alloy. Coarse slip bands develop within individual grains of ferrite, and deformation twins develop in austenite as plastic flow takes place. Bands of in-homogeneous flow that develop on the microscopic scale form as an inherent part of the crystalline deformation mechanism of individual grains.

  17. European development of ferritic-martensitic steels for fast reactor wrapper applications

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    9-12%Cr ferritic-martensitic stainless steels are under development in Europe for fast reactor sub-assembly wrapper applications. Within this class of alloys, attention is focussed on three key specifications, viz. FV448 and DIN 1.4914 (both 10-12%CrMoVNb steels) and EM10 (an 8-10%Cr-0.15%C steel), which can be optimized to give acceptably low ductile-brittle transition characteristics. The results of studies on these steels, and earlier choices, covering heat treatment and compositional optimization, evolution of wrapper fabrication routes, pre and post-irradiation mechanical property and fracture toughness behaviour, microstructural stability, void swelling and in-reactor creep characteristics are reviewed. The retention of high void swelling to displacement doses in excess of 100 dpa in reactor irradiations reaffirms the selection of 9-12%Cr steels for on-going wrapper development. Moreover, irradiation-induced changes in mechanical properties (e.g. in-reactor creep and impact behaviour), measured to intermediate doses, do not give cause for concern; however, additional data to higher doses and at the lower irradiation temperatures of 3700-4000C are needed in order to fully endorse these alloys for high burnup applications in advanced reactor systems

  18. Type IV Cracking Susceptibility in Weld Joints of Different Grades of Cr-Mo Ferritic Steel

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    Laha, K.; Chandravathi, K. S.; Parameswaran, P.; Bhanu Sankara Rao, K.

    2009-02-01

    Relative type-IV cracking susceptibility in 2.25Cr-1Mo, 9Cr-1Mo, and 9Cr-1MoVNb ferritic steel weld joint has been assessed. The type-IV cracking was manifested as preferential accumulation of creep deformation and cavitation in the relatively soft intercritical region of heat affected zone of the weld joint. The type-IV cracking susceptibility has been defined as the reduction in creep-rupture strength of weld joint compared to its base metal. The 2.25Cr-1Mo steel exhibited more susceptibility to type-IV cracking at relatively lower temperatures; whereas, at higher temperatures, 9Cr-1MoVNb steel was more susceptible. The relative susceptibility to type-IV cracking in the weld joint of the Cr-Mo steels has been rationalized on the basis of creep-strengthening mechanisms operating in the steels and their venerability to change on intercritical heating during weld thermal cycle, subsequent postweld heat treatment, and creep exposure.

  19. Effects of alloying elements on sticking occurring during hot rolling of ferritic stainless steels

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    In this study, effects of alloying elements on the sticking occurring during hot rolling of five kinds of ferritic STS430J1L stainless steels were investigated by analyzing high-temperature hardness and oxidation behavior of the rolled steels. Hot-rolling simulation tests were conducted by a high-temperature wear tester which could simulate actual hot rolling. The simulation test results revealed that the sticking process proceeded with three stages, i.e., nucleation, growth, and saturation. Since the hardness continuously decreased as the test temperature increased, whereas the formation of Fe-Cr oxides in the rolled steel surface region increased, the sticking of five stainless steels was evaluated by considering both the high-temperature hardness and oxidation effects. The addition of Zr, Cu, or Si had a beneficial effect on the sticking resistance, while the Ni addition did not show any difference in the sticking. Particularly in the case of the Si addition, Si oxides formed first in the initial stage of high-temperature oxidation, worked as initiation sites for Fe-Cr oxides, accelerated the formation of Fe-Cr oxides, and thus raised the sticking resistance by about 10 times in comparison with the steel without Si content

  20. On the corrosion behavior of a ferritic 18 Cr-2 Mo-steel

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    The investigations carried out with 18Cr-2Mo steel were aimed at its behaviour under pitting corrosion, crevice corrosion and stress corrosion cracking conditions. This was done in autoclave laboratory experiments and under experimental heat exchanger conditions in Rhine river water with a chloride content of max. 400 ppm. The test temperatures were 80, 100 and 1300C. Model heat exchangers were fabricated and operated to investigate the influence of filler materials and weld joints between the ferritic 18Cr-2Mo steel and a standard austenitic steel. The possibilities of fabricating tube sheers by applying a weld overaly and using explosive bonding were explored. 18Cr-2Mo steel has been shown to be suited for applications in cooling water which a chloride content of 400 ppm. No stress corrosion cracking occurs under such conditions. Tubes with a wall thickness up to 3 mm have sufficient toughness. Tube sheets can be made of boiler plate protected by an explosive cladding or a weld overlay of 18Cr-2Mo. A combination of Type 321 or 304 L and 18Cr-2Mo is possible. Provided 18Cr-2Mo is sufficiently resistant to the product to be cooled, it is an alternative to austenitic CrNi-(Mo) steels (e.g. AISI 304) when stress corrosion cracking is likely to occur. (orig.)

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

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

  2. Applicability of Voce equation for tensile flow and work hardening behaviour of P92 ferritic steel

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    Detailed analysis of true stress (σ)-true plastic strain (ε) data indicated that tensile flow behaviour of P92 ferritic steel can be adequately described by Voce equation at strain rates ranging from 3.16 × 10−5 to 1.26 × 10−3 s−1 over a temperature range 300–923 K. The steel exhibited two-stage work hardening in the variations of instantaneous work hardening rate (θ = dσ/dε) with stress. At all the strain rates, the variations in σ-ε, θ-σ and work hardening parameters associated with Voce equation with temperature exhibited three distinct temperature regimes. At intermediate temperatures, the variations in σ-ε, θ-σ and work hardening parameters with temperature and strain rate exhibited anomalous behaviour due to the occurrence of dynamic strain ageing in the steel. The shift in θ-σ towards low stresses, and rapid decrease in flow stress and work hardening parameters with increasing temperature and decreasing strain rate suggested dominance of dynamic recovery at high temperatures. - Highlights: • Tensile flow and work hardening behaviour of P92 steel has been examined. • Applicability of Voce equation to P92 steel is demonstrated. • Three temperature regimes in flow and work hardening has been observed. • Good match between predicted and the experimental tensile properties has been shown

  3. Oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels: a basic research joint program in France

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    Boutard, J.-L.; Badjeck, V.; Barguet, L.; Barouh, C.; Bhattacharya, A.; Colignon, Y.; Hatzoglou, C.; Loyer-Prost, M.; Rouffié, A. L.; Sallez, N.; Salmon-Legagneur, H.; Schuler, T.

    2014-12-01

    AREVA, CEA, CNRS, EDF and Mécachrome are funding a joint program of basic research on Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Steels (ODISSEE), in support to the development of oxide dispersion strengthened 9-14% Cr ferritic-martensitic steels for the fuel element cladding of future Sodium-cooled fast neutron reactors. The selected objectives and the results obtained so far will be presented concerning (i) physical-chemical characterisation of the nano-clusters as a function of ball-milling process, metallurgical conditions and irradiation, (ii) meso-scale understanding of failure mechanisms under dynamic loading and creep, and, (iii) kinetic modelling of nano-clusters nucleation and α/α‧ unmixing.

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

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    Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) ferritic steels are considered promising candidates as cladding tubes for Generation IV nuclear reactors. In such reactors, irradiation damage can reach more than 150 dpa at temperatures ranging from 400 to 650 °C. Thus nanoparticle stability has to be guaranteed in order to ensure that these materials possess excellent creep properties. Using Fe ions, ODS steels were irradiated at 500 °C up to 150 dpa. At this temperature the nano-oxide population evolution under irradiation is similar to that observed after annealing at high temperature. It consists of a slight increase in the particle size and a slight decrease in the density, which can be both explained by an Ostwald ripening mechanism. Conversely, irradiations performed at room temperature using Au ions lead to a complete dissolution of the oxide particles, in agreement with the estimation of ballistic vs. radiation enhanced diffusion effects

  5. Surface modification of ferritic steels using MEVVA and duoplasmatron ion sources

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    Kulevoy, Timur V., E-mail: kulevoy@itep.ru; Orlov, Nikolay N.; Rogozhkin, Sergey V.; Bogachev, Alexey A.; Nikitin, Alexander A.; Iskandarov, Nasib A.; Golubev, Alexander A. [State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation, Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics of National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute,” Moscow (Russian Federation); National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute), Moscow (Russian Federation); Chalyhk, Boris B.; Fedin, Petr A.; Sitnikov, Alexey L.; Kozlov, Alexander V.; Kuibeda, Rostislav P.; Andrianov, Stanislav L. [State Scientific Center of the Russian Federation, Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics of National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute,” Moscow (Russian Federation); Kravchuk, Konstantin S.; Useinov, Alexey S. [Technological Institute for Superhard and Novel Carbon Materials, Moscow (Russian Federation); Oks, Efim M. [Institute of High Current Electronics SB RAS, Tomsk (Russian Federation); Tomsk State University of Control System and Radioelectronics, Tomsk (Russian Federation)

    2016-02-15

    Metal Vapor Vacuum Arc (MEVVA) ion source (IS) is a unique tool for production of high intensity metal ion beam that can be used for material surface modification. From the other hand, the duoplasmatron ion source provides the high intensity gas ion beams. The MEVVA and duoplasmatron IS developed in Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics were used for the reactor steel surface modification experiments. Response of ferritic-martensitic steel specimens on titanium and nitrogen ions implantation and consequent vacuum annealing was investigated. Increase in microhardness of near surface region of irradiated specimens was observed. Local chemical analysis shows atom mixing and redistribution in the implanted layer followed with formation of ultrafine precipitates after annealing.

  6. Hardness of 12Cr-8Mo ferritic steels irradiated by Ni ions

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    12Cr-8Mo and 12Cr-8Mo-0.1Y2O3 ferritic steels were irradiated with 4-MeV Ni3+ ions up to 300 dpa at 525 C. Microstructural evolution was examined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and mechanical properties were evaluated with a depth-sensing ultra-low load indentation hardness tester at room temperature with a maximum load of 1 gf. Effects of aging at 650 C for 115 h and heat treatment at 525 C for 50 h were also investigated. TEM observations reveal that these steels exhibit no void swelling in the present irradiation condition. Aging and heat treatment induces precipitation of Laves phase and ion-irradiation enhances precipitation. The induction and enhancement of precipitation strengthened the specimens. (orig.)

  7. Sorption of iodine on low-chromium-alloy steel

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    The sorption behavior of iodine on the surfaces of 2 1/4% Cr-1% Mo steel was investigated as a part of the High Tmeperature Gas-Cooled Reactor (HTGR) Chemistry Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The primary objective of these tests was to determine the equilibrium sorptive capacity of this alloy, which comprises most of the cooler regions of HTGR coolant circuit, under representative conditions. The data will be used to improve the capability for predicting, with computer programs, iodine deposition as functions of temperature and location in the primary circuit

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

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

    2014-08-01

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

  9. Variation of carbon concentration in proeutectoid ferrite during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steel

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    Jung, Minsu; Cho, Wontae; Park, Jihye; Jung, Jae-Gil; Lee, Young-Kook, E-mail: yklee@yonsei.ac.kr

    2014-08-15

    The variation of the C concentration in proeutectoid ferrite (α{sub PF}) during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steels was quantitatively investigated using the massive transformation start temperature (T{sub m}) of α{sub PF} to austenite (γ) measured by high-temperature confocal laser scanning microscopy and hardness of α{sub PF}. The C concentration in α{sub PF} at T{sub m} in hypoeutectoid steels increased with increasing total C concentration up to approximately 0.2 wt.% during heating. The hardness of α{sub PF} with isothermal holding time at 775 °C in S20C steel revealed C enrichment in α{sub PF} at the early stage of isothermal holding and its reduction with further holding. These results explain the redistribution of the C in α{sub PF} during austenitization as follows: free C atoms released from cementite during pearlite decomposition diffuse excessively into neighboring α{sub PF} as well as pearlitic ferrite. The supersaturated C concentration in α{sub PF} is reduced during the long-range diffusive transformation of α{sub PF} to γ. However, some of the excess C atoms still remain in α{sub PF} until α{sub PF} starts to massively transform to γ. - Highlights: • Massive transformation of αPF to γ in hypoeutectoid steels was observed using CLSM. • C content in αPF during austenitization was analyzed by measured Tm and hardness. • Tm decreases and C content in αPF at Tm increases with increasing total C. • C atoms released from θ during formation of P to γ diffuse excessively into αPF. • Supersaturated C content in αPF is reduced during transformation of αPF to γ.

  10. Variation of carbon concentration in proeutectoid ferrite during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steel

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    The variation of the C concentration in proeutectoid ferrite (αPF) during austenitization in hypoeutectoid steels was quantitatively investigated using the massive transformation start temperature (Tm) of αPF to austenite (γ) measured by high-temperature confocal laser scanning microscopy and hardness of αPF. The C concentration in αPF at Tm in hypoeutectoid steels increased with increasing total C concentration up to approximately 0.2 wt.% during heating. The hardness of αPF with isothermal holding time at 775 °C in S20C steel revealed C enrichment in αPF at the early stage of isothermal holding and its reduction with further holding. These results explain the redistribution of the C in αPF during austenitization as follows: free C atoms released from cementite during pearlite decomposition diffuse excessively into neighboring αPF as well as pearlitic ferrite. The supersaturated C concentration in αPF is reduced during the long-range diffusive transformation of αPF to γ. However, some of the excess C atoms still remain in αPF until αPF starts to massively transform to γ. - Highlights: • Massive transformation of αPF to γ in hypoeutectoid steels was observed using CLSM. • C content in αPF during austenitization was analyzed by measured Tm and hardness. • Tm decreases and C content in αPF at Tm increases with increasing total C. • C atoms released from θ during formation of P to γ diffuse excessively into αPF. • Supersaturated C content in αPF is reduced during transformation of αPF to γ

  11. Microstructural characterization and formation mechanism of abnormal segregation band of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel

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    Feng, Rui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Engineering Research Center of Large Size Alloy Structural Steel Bars of Shandong Province, Jinan 250061 (China); School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University of Technology, Zibo 255049 (China); Li, Shengli, E-mail: lishengli@sdu.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Engineering Research Center of Large Size Alloy Structural Steel Bars of Shandong Province, Jinan 250061 (China); Zhu, Xinde [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Ao, Qing [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250061 (China); Engineering Research Center of Large Size Alloy Structural Steel Bars of Shandong Province, Jinan 250061 (China)

    2015-10-15

    In order to further reveal the microstructural characterization and formation mechanism of abnormal segregation band of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel, the microstructure of this type steel was intensively studied with Scanning Auger Microprobe (SAM), etc. The results show that severe C–Mn segregation exists in the abnormal segregation band region at the center of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel, which results from the Mn segregation during solidification process of the continuous casting slab. The C–Mn segregation causes relative displacement of pearlite transformation curve and bainite transformation curve of C curve in the corresponding region, leading to bay-like shaped C curve. The bay-like shaped C curve creates conditions for the transformation from supercooling austenite to bainite at relatively lower cooling rate in this region. The Fe–Mn–C Atomic Segregation Zone (FASZ) caused by C–Mn segregation can powerfully retard the atomic motion, and increase the lattice reconstruction resistance of austenite transformation. These two factors provide thermodynamic and kinetic conditions for the bainite transformation, and result in the emergence of granular bainitic abnormal segregation band at the center of steel plate, which leads to lower plasticity and toughness of this region, and induces the layered fracture. - Highlights: • Scanning Auger Microprobe (SAM) is applied in the fracture analysis. • The abnormal segregation band region appears obvious C–Mn segregation. • The C–Mn segregation leads to bay-like shaped C curve. • The C–Mn segregation leads to Fe–Mn–C Atomic Segregation Zone.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  13. Microstructural characterization and formation mechanism of abnormal segregation band of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel

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    In order to further reveal the microstructural characterization and formation mechanism of abnormal segregation band of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel, the microstructure of this type steel was intensively studied with Scanning Auger Microprobe (SAM), etc. The results show that severe C–Mn segregation exists in the abnormal segregation band region at the center of hot rolled ferrite/pearlite steel, which results from the Mn segregation during solidification process of the continuous casting slab. The C–Mn segregation causes relative displacement of pearlite transformation curve and bainite transformation curve of C curve in the corresponding region, leading to bay-like shaped C curve. The bay-like shaped C curve creates conditions for the transformation from supercooling austenite to bainite at relatively lower cooling rate in this region. The Fe–Mn–C Atomic Segregation Zone (FASZ) caused by C–Mn segregation can powerfully retard the atomic motion, and increase the lattice reconstruction resistance of austenite transformation. These two factors provide thermodynamic and kinetic conditions for the bainite transformation, and result in the emergence of granular bainitic abnormal segregation band at the center of steel plate, which leads to lower plasticity and toughness of this region, and induces the layered fracture. - Highlights: • Scanning Auger Microprobe (SAM) is applied in the fracture analysis. • The abnormal segregation band region appears obvious C–Mn segregation. • The C–Mn segregation leads to bay-like shaped C curve. • The C–Mn segregation leads to Fe–Mn–C Atomic Segregation Zone

  14. Bonding evolution with sintering temperature in low alloyed steels with chromium

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available At present, high performance PM steels for automotive applications follow a processing route that comprises die compaction of water-atomized powder, followed by sintering and secondary treatments, and finishing operations. This study examines Cr-alloyed sintered steels with two level of alloying. In chromium-alloyed steels, the surface oxide on the powder is of critical importance for developing the bonding between the particles during sintering. Reduction of this oxide depends mainly on three factors: temperature, dew point of the atmosphere, and carbothermic reduction provided by the added graphite. The transformation of the initial surface oxide evolves sequence as temperature increases during sintering, depending on the oxide composition. Carbothermic reduction is supposed to be the controlling mechanism, even when sintering in hydrogen-containing atmospheres. The effect of carbothermic reduction can be monitored by investigating the behavior of the specimens under tensile testing, and studying the resultant fracture surfaces.

  15. Autowave process of the localized plastic deformation of high-chromium steel saturated with hydrogen

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    Bochkareva, A. V.; Barannikova, S. A.; Li, Yu V.; Lunev, A. G.; Zuev, L. B.

    2016-06-01

    The deformation behavior of high-chromium stainless steel of sorbitic structure upon high-temperature tempering and of electrically saturated with hydrogen in the electrochemical cell during 12 hours is investigated. The stress-strain curves for each state were obtained. From the stress-strain curves, one can conclude that hydrogen markedly reduces the elongation to the fracture of specimen. Using double-exposed speckle photography method it was found that the plastic flow of the material is of a localized character. The pattern distribution of localized plastic flow domains at the linear hardening stage was investigated. Comparative study of autowave parameters was carried out for the tempered steel as well as the electrically saturated with hydrogen steel.

  16. Further application of the cleavage fracture stress model for estimating the T0 of highly embrittled ferritic steels

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    The semi-empirical cleavage fracture stress model (CFS), based on the microscopic cleavage fracture stress, sf, for estimating the ASTM E1921 reference temperature (T0) of ferritic steels from instrumented impact testing of unprecracked Charpy V-notch specimens is further confirmed by test results for additional steels, including steels highly embrittled by thermal aging or irradiation. In addition to the ferrite-pearlite, bainitic or tempered martensitic steels (which was examined earlier), acicular or polygonal ferrite, precipitation-strengthened or additional simulated heat affected zone steels are also evaluated. The upper limit for the applicability of the present CFS model seems to be T41J ∝160 to 170 C or T0 or TQcfs (T0 estimate from the present CFS model) ∝100 to 120 C. This is not a clear-cut boundary, but indicative of an area of caution where generation and evaluation of further data are required. However, the present work demonstrates the applicability of the present CFS model even to substantially embrittled steels. The earlier doubts expressed about TQcfs becoming unduly non-conservative for highly embrittled steels has not been fully substantiated and partly arises from the necessity of modifications in the T0 evaluation itself at high degrees of embrittlement suggested in the literature.

  17. Further application of the cleavage fracture stress model for estimating the T{sub 0} of highly embrittled ferritic steels

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    Sreenivasan, P.R.

    2016-02-15

    The semi-empirical cleavage fracture stress model (CFS), based on the microscopic cleavage fracture stress, s{sub f}, for estimating the ASTM E1921 reference temperature (T{sub 0}) of ferritic steels from instrumented impact testing of unprecracked Charpy V-notch specimens is further confirmed by test results for additional steels, including steels highly embrittled by thermal aging or irradiation. In addition to the ferrite-pearlite, bainitic or tempered martensitic steels (which was examined earlier), acicular or polygonal ferrite, precipitation-strengthened or additional simulated heat affected zone steels are also evaluated. The upper limit for the applicability of the present CFS model seems to be T{sub 41J} ∝160 to 170 C or T{sub 0} or T{sub Qcfs} (T{sub 0} estimate from the present CFS model) ∝100 to 120 C. This is not a clear-cut boundary, but indicative of an area of caution where generation and evaluation of further data are required. However, the present work demonstrates the applicability of the present CFS model even to substantially embrittled steels. The earlier doubts expressed about T{sub Qcfs} becoming unduly non-conservative for highly embrittled steels has not been fully substantiated and partly arises from the necessity of modifications in the T{sub 0} evaluation itself at high degrees of embrittlement suggested in the literature.

  18. Strength and infrared assessment of spot-welded sheets on ferrite steel

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    Highlights: • The spot welding of the ferrite steel was analyzed. • The mechanical properties were described in terms of peak load. • The fusion zone size is the most important controlling factor of spot weld peak load. • The failure mechanism was studied with the aid of thermography. - Abstract: This paper addresses the mechanical properties of ferrite steel resistance spot welds during quasi-static tensile test. The mechanical properties are described in terms of peak load. It was shown that the fusion zone size is the most important. The fusion zone size can control the solidification of the grain which controlling factor of spot weld peak load. The dendritic grain and equiaxial axial grains occurred in the microstructures of the welded specimens joined at various welding currents and electrode forces. The failure mechanism of resistance spot welds during tensile test was studied with the aid of thermography. The thermography gives visible data of temperature changes on the surface of specimen. In light of the failure mechanism, the simple model is proposed to ensure pull out failure mode

  19. Standard test method for determination of reference temperature, to, for ferritic steels in the transition range

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    2011-01-01

    1.1 This test method covers the determination of a reference temperature, To, which characterizes the fracture toughness of ferritic steels that experience onset of cleavage cracking at elastic, or elastic-plastic KJc instabilities, or both. The specific types of ferritic steels (3.2.1) covered are those with yield strengths ranging from 275 to 825 MPa (40 to 120 ksi) and weld metals, after stress-relief annealing, that have 10 % or less strength mismatch relative to that of the base metal. 1.2 The specimens covered are fatigue precracked single-edge notched bend bars, SE(B), and standard or disk-shaped compact tension specimens, C(T) or DC(T). A range of specimen sizes with proportional dimensions is recommended. The dimension on which the proportionality is based is specimen thickness. 1.3 Median KJc values tend to vary with the specimen type at a given test temperature, presumably due to constraint differences among the allowable test specimens in 1.2. The degree of KJc variability among specimen types i...

  20. Interaction of carbon–vacancy complex with minor alloying elements of ferritic steels

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    Interstitial carbon, dissolved in bcc matrix of ferritic steels, plays an important role in the evolution of radiation-induced microstructure since it exhibits strong interaction with vacancies. Frequent formation and break-up of carbon–vacancy pairs, occurring in the course of irradiation, affect both kinetics of the accumulation of point defect clusters and carbon spatial distribution. The interaction of typical alloying elements (Mn, Ni, Cu, Si, Cr and P) in ferritic steels used as structural materials in nuclear reactors with a carbon–vacancy complex is analyzed using ab initio techniques. It is found that all the considered solutes form stable triple clusters resulting in the increase of the total binding energy by 0.2–0.3 eV. As a result of the formation of energetically favourable solute–carbon–vacancy triplets, the dissociation energy for vacancy/carbon emission is also increased by ∼0.2–0.3 eV, suggesting that the solutes enhance thermal stability of carbon–vacancy complex. Association of carbon–vacancy pairs with multiple solute clusters is found to be favorable for Ni, Cu and P. The energetic stability of solute(s)–carbon–vacancy complexes was rationalized on the basis of pairwise interaction data and by analyzing the variation of local magnetic moments on atoms constituting the clusters

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

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

  2. Interaction of carbon–vacancy complex with minor alloying elements of ferritic steels

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    Bakaev, A., E-mail: abakaev@sckcen.be [SCK-CEN, Nuclear Materials Science Institute, Boeretang 200, Mol B2400 (Belgium); Center for Molecular Modeling, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, 9052 Zwijnaarde (Belgium); Department of Experimental Nuclear Physics K-89, Institute of Physics, Nanotechnology and Telecommunications, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, 29 Polytekhnicheskaya Str., 195251 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Terentyev, D. [SCK-CEN, Nuclear Materials Science Institute, Boeretang 200, Mol B2400 (Belgium); He, X. [China Institute of Atomic Energy, P.O. Box 275-51, 102413 Beijing (China); Zhurkin, E.E. [Department of Experimental Nuclear Physics K-89, Institute of Physics, Nanotechnology and Telecommunications, St. Petersburg State Polytechnical University, 29 Polytekhnicheskaya Str., 195251 St. Petersburg (Russian Federation); Van Neck, D. [Center for Molecular Modeling, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Ghent University, Technologiepark 903, 9052 Zwijnaarde (Belgium)

    2014-08-01

    Interstitial carbon, dissolved in bcc matrix of ferritic steels, plays an important role in the evolution of radiation-induced microstructure since it exhibits strong interaction with vacancies. Frequent formation and break-up of carbon–vacancy pairs, occurring in the course of irradiation, affect both kinetics of the accumulation of point defect clusters and carbon spatial distribution. The interaction of typical alloying elements (Mn, Ni, Cu, Si, Cr and P) in ferritic steels used as structural materials in nuclear reactors with a carbon–vacancy complex is analyzed using ab initio techniques. It is found that all the considered solutes form stable triple clusters resulting in the increase of the total binding energy by 0.2–0.3 eV. As a result of the formation of energetically favourable solute–carbon–vacancy triplets, the dissociation energy for vacancy/carbon emission is also increased by ∼0.2–0.3 eV, suggesting that the solutes enhance thermal stability of carbon–vacancy complex. Association of carbon–vacancy pairs with multiple solute clusters is found to be favorable for Ni, Cu and P. The energetic stability of solute(s)–carbon–vacancy complexes was rationalized on the basis of pairwise interaction data and by analyzing the variation of local magnetic moments on atoms constituting the clusters.

  3. Mechanical behaviour of ferritic ODS steels – Temperature dependancy and anisotropy

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    Highlights: ► We characterized the anisotropic mechanical behaviour of 3 ferritic ODS steels. ► Creep, tension, fatigue, toughness and impact tests were carried out. ► The tranversal properties are always much poorer than longitudinal ones. ► Fracture modes are highly linked to grain boundaries. - Abstract: Ferritic 14%Cr and 18%Cr ODS steels produced at CEA in round bars or plates were tested mechanically. The present paper reports results obtained in tension, impact, fatigue, creep and toughness tests. These tests were carried out at various temperatures and in different directions. These materials show a pronounced anisotropy at all tested temperatures. No matter the loading, the transversal direction is always found to be far less resistant than the longitudinal one. This anisotropy is mainly observed in terms of damage mechanisms, with intergranular fracture preferentially occurring along the extrusion direction. This intergranular fracture mode leads to very low and anisotropic toughness values and to the absence of tertiairy creep stage, pointing out the unstable nature of fracture, even at high temperature. The unrealistically high values of the Norton exponent measured in creep suggests the existence of a threshold stress, which is consistent with the mainly kinematic nature of the stress as revealed by fatigue tests.

  4. Microstructural effects on the kinetics of decarburisation of 21/4Cr-1Mo ferritic steel in sodium

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    The influence of the microstructure of 2 Cr - 1 Mo ferritic steel upon the decarburisation behaviour of the steel in sodium is discussed. It is shown that selection of suitable prior heat treatment and of compositional specification with respect to minor elements (silicon and nitrogen) can improve the resistance of the steel to decarburisation. These findings largely account for the differences observed by various workers in the decarburisation of 2 Cr - 1 Mo steel specimens. The decarburisation kinetics appear likely to obey a linear rate law, after an initial period, rather than a parabolic law as commonly assumed. (author)

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

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

    2007-08-01

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

  6. Influence of ion-irradiation on hardness change in type 304 stainless steel weldment containing delta(δ) ferrite

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    Differences of high energy-ion induced microstructure of bcc δ-ferrite and fcc austenite matrix, and the effects of δ-ferrite on the Vickers micro-hardness (Hv) after irradiation were investigated for Type 304 stainless steel weldments containing two different δ-ferrite contents: ferrite number (FN) 5.5 and 8.5, respectively. Specimens were irradiated to 1.5 dpa with 8 MeV Fe+4 ions using a Tandem Vande-Graff accelerator (flux: 4.3 x 1010 ion/cm2·s, fluence: 0.83 x 1015 ion/cm2) at below 60 degC. Calculations TRIM 95 showed that a peak damage appeared at 1.5 μm in depth with 0.7 μm full width at half maximum (FWHM). These results on irradiation-induced defects (IIDs) distribution were confirmed by TEM. Clear differences for the size and number density of IIDs as black dots (size: 5-10 nm) and loops observed in both the austenitic matrix and δ-ferrite, where the size of IIDs was far larger in the fcc matrix than the bcc δ-ferrite. Hv test results showed that the irradiation hardening of δ-ferrite was about 1.5 times larger than the austenitic matrix. From microstructural observation the increase of the higher Vickers micro-hardness was explained. (author)

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

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

    2016-06-01

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

  8. Analysis of ferrite grain growth mechanisms during {gamma}-{alpha} transformation in a niobium alloyed steel using EBSD

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    Novillo, E. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain); Hernandez, D. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain); Gutierrez, I. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain)]. E-mail: igutierrez@ceit.es; Lopez, B. [CEIT and TECNUN, P Manuel de Lardizabal 15, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastian (Spain)

    2004-11-15

    The austenite to ferrite phase transformation was studied in a C-Mn-Nb steel after different hot deformation schedules, leading to deformed and recrystallized austenite. The mechanisms of nucleation and growth of ferrite grains were investigated by means of the electron back scattered diffraction (EBSD) technique. The ferrite microstructures were characterised in terms of the misorientation angles between ferrite grains and the deviations from an ideal Kurdjumov-Sachs orientation relationship with the austenite. The results show that the grain refinement produced by the accumulation of the deformation in the austenite is limited to a certain extent by the ferrite grain coarsening taking place behind the transformation front. Both coalescence and normal grain growth have been observed to contribute to this coarsening. Coalescence is enhanced as a result of the variant selection taking place in transformation from a recrystallized austenite. The accumulation of the deformation in the austenite results in ferrite-ferrite boundaries of higher misorientation, causing coalescence in this case to be less favoured, as compared with normal grain growth.

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

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

    2016-04-01

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

  10. Preliminary study on the determination of the ultimate resistance of ferritic stainless steel cross-sections subjected to combined loading according to CSM

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

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents a preliminary study on the determination of the ultimate resistance of ferritic stainless steel RHS and SHS subjected to combinations of axial compression and bending moment. Hence, the assessment of the interaction equations proposed in EN 1993-1-4 [1] a nd in literature for austenitic stainless steels are analysed in order to determine the most appropriate approach for ferritic stainless steels

  11. Study of corrosion resistance of chromium-nickel steel in calcium-hypochlorite solution part 2: Steels Č 4574 and Č 4583

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    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available This paper shows the results of investigations of corrosion resistance of different samples of chromium-nickel steels Č 4574 and Č 4583 in calcium-hypochlorite solution, by potentiodynamic method. The paper presents continuation of investigations on steels URANUS B6 and Č 4578 published in reference [1]. In this paper comparison of the obtained results is carried out, too, in order to detect steel, which quality is the best choice for calcium hypo chlorite solution requirements.

  12. On the fatigue behaviour of electron beam and gas tungsten arc weldments of 409M grade ferritic stainless steel

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    Highlights: ► Fatigue behaviour of EBW and GTAW joints of ferritic stainless steel is reported. ► Effect of the microstructure, tensile properties and residual stresses are discussed. ► EBW joint showed superior fatigue performance compared to GTAW joint. ► Fine dual phase microstructure acted beneficially in retarding the crack growth. -- Abstract: Fatigue life and fatigue crack growth behaviour of the electron beam welded AISI 409M ferritic stainless steel joints in comparison with the gas tungsten arc welded joint and the base metal was studied. It is found that the joint fabricated by the electron beam welding process exhibited superior fatigue performance than that of the gas tungsten arc welded joint. Formation of a dual phase lath ferrite with fine martensitic microstructure, superior tensile properties and favourable residual stress field are the main reasons for the enhanced fatigue life and fatigue crack resistance of the electron beam welded joint.

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

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

  14. TEM Study of the Orientation Relationship Between Cementite and Ferrite in a Bainitic Low Carbon High Strength Low Alloy Steel

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    Illescas Fernandez, Silvia; Brown, A P; He, K.; Fernández, Javier; Guilemany Casadamon, Josep Maria

    2005-01-01

    Two different bainitic structures are observed in a steel depending on the sample heat treatment. The different types of bainitic structures exhibit different orientation relationships between cementite and the ferrite matrix. Upper bainite presents a Pitsch orientation relationship and lower bainite presents a Bagaryatski orientation relationship. Different heat treatments of low carbon HSLA steel samples have been studied using TEM in order to find the orientation relationshi...

  15. Precipitate phases in normalized and tempered ferritic/martensitic steel P92

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    Shen, Yinzhong; Liu, Huan; Shang, Zhongxia; Xu, Zhiqiang

    2015-10-01

    Ferritic/martensitic steel P92 is a promising candidate for cladding and duct applications in Sodium-Cooled Fast Reactor. The precipitate phases of the P92 steel normalized at 1323 K (1050 °C) for 30 min and tempered at 1038 K (765 °C) for 1 h have been investigated using transmission electron microscopes. Four types of phases consisting of M23C6, MX, M2X and sigma-FeCr were identified in the steel. MX phases consist of Nb-rich M(C,N) carbonitride, Nb-rich MC carbide, V-rich M(C,N) carbonitride, V-rich MC carbide, V-rich MN nitride, and complex MC carbides with Nb-rich MC core and V-rich MC wings. M2X phases consist of Cr-rich M2(C,N) carbonitride, Cr-rich M2C carbide and M2N nitride. Sigma-FeCr has a simple tetragonal lattice and a typical chemical formula of Fe0.45Cr0.45W0.1. M23C6 and MX are the dominant phases, while the sigma-FeCr has the lowest content. The formation of sigma-FeCr and M2X phases in the steel is also discussed.

  16. Mechanism study of sticking occurring during hot rolling of ferritic stainless steel

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    Mechanisms of sticking phenomena occurring during hot rolling of a modified STS 430J1L ferritic stainless steel have been investigated in this study by using a pilot-plant-scale rolling machine. As the rolling pass proceeds, the Fe-Cr oxide layer formed in a reheating furnace is destroyed, and the destroyed oxides penetrate into the rolled steel to form a thin oxide layer on the surface region. The sticking does not occur on the surface region containing oxides, whereas it occurs on the surface region without oxides by the separation of the rolled steel at high temperatures. This indicates that the resistance to sticking increases by the increase in the surface hardness when a considerable amount of oxides are formed on the surface region, and that the sticking can be evaluated by the volume fraction and distribution of oxides formed on the surface region. The lubrication and the increase of the rolling speed and rolling temperature beneficially affect to the resistance to sticking because they accelerate the formation of oxides on the steel surface region. In order to prevent or minimize the sticking, thus, it is suggested to increase the thickness of the oxide layer formed in the reheating furnace and to homogeneously distribute oxides along the surface region by controlling the hot-rolling process

  17. HRTEM Study of the Role of Nanoparticles in ODS Ferritic Steel

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    Hsiung, L; Tumey, S; Fluss, M; Serruys, Y; Willaime, F

    2011-08-30

    Structures of nanoparticles and their role in dual-ion irradiated Fe-16Cr-4.5Al-0.3Ti-2W-0.37Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} (K3) ODS ferritic steel produced by mechanical alloying (MA) were studied using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) techniques. The observation of Y{sub 4}Al{sub 2}O{sub 9} complex-oxide nanoparticles in the ODS steel imply that decomposition of Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} in association with internal oxidation of Al occurred during mechanical alloying. HRTEM observations of crystalline and partially crystalline nanoparticles larger than {approx}2 nm and amorphous cluster-domains smaller than {approx}2 nm provide an insight into the formation mechanism of nanoparticles/clusters in MA/ODS steels, which we believe involves solid-state amorphization and re-crystallization. The role of nanoparticles/clusters in suppressing radiation-induced swelling is revealed through TEM examinations of cavity distributions in (Fe + He) dual-ion irradiated K3-ODS steel. HRTEM observations of helium-filled cavities (helium bubbles) preferably trapped at nanoparticle/clusters in dual-ion irradiated K3-ODS are presented.

  18. Effect of mechanical alloying parameters on irradiation damage in oxide dispersion strengthened ferritic steels

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    Issues for developing oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steel are anisotropic mechanical properties due to the bamboo-like structure, impurity pick up during the mechanical alloying (MA) process, stability of oxide particles, heat-treatment condition and chemical composition. Several ODS steels were fabricated with a changing gas environment during MA, heat-treatment condition and chemical composition, and were electron-irradiated to 12 dpa at 673-748 K in a high-voltage electron microscope. An ODS martensitic steel (M-Ar) with high dislocation density showed very good swelling resistance. Swelling levels of ODS ferritic steels depended on the gas environment during MA and the recrystallization condition. These indicated that a helium gas environment during MA was more effective to suppress swelling than an argon gas environment and that cold working after recrystallization reduced void formation and swelling. The effect of MA parameters, such as the gas environment, heat-treat condition and cold working on the swelling behavior was evaluated

  19. Effect of solute atoms on thermal fatigue properties in ferritic stainless steels

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    The hardening ability of some substitutional solute atoms was investigated and compared. It was theoretically shown that solute atoms have the effect to enhance the necking resistance during creep deformation at high temperatures and can improve the thermal fatigue property of the steels. Molybdenum which is known to have large solid solution hardening ability improves the thermal fatigue property by the solid solution hardening itself, plus the enhanced necking resistance through increase in strain rate exponent. Aluminum which is known to improve the oxidation resistance of the ferritic stainless steels has a sufficient solid solution hardening ability. Thermal fatigue life of the steel was improved by a small amount of Al addition. It can be ascribed to the solid solution hardening ability of Al plus the enhanced necking resistance through increase in strain rate exponent due to Al addition. The addition of the appropriate amount of Si would make the effect of solute Al more efficient by improving the oxidation resistance of the steel

  20. Texture evolution in Nb-containing ferritic stainless steels during secondary recrystallization

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    The texture evolution of three ferritic stainless steels (FSSs) with small additions of niobium after annealing at 1523 K for 2 h to promote secondary recrystallization (SR) was investigated. The 4-mm sheets containing 16 wt.% Cr and distinct niobium contents (0.31, 0.37 and 0.56 wt.%) were obtained by hot rolling. Carbon and nitrogen contents for the two first steels are 0.02 wt.% C and 0.02 wt.% N. The third steel (0.56 wt.% Nb) contains 0.03 wt.% C and 0.03 wt.% N. The crystallographic textures were determined by conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD). The microstructure was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). The results show that hot band sheets display partial recrystallization. The Goss grains from primary recrystallization are found predominantly close to the surface. Pancake-like recovered grains displaying pronounced (0 0 1) and α-fiber texture components are present at the center layer. Grains displaying abnormal growth are noticeable in the three samples after SR annealing. The texture of the hot bands was evaluated with respect to the composition and through-thickness effects. The results were compared to other FSSs and bcc materials such as low-carbon and silicon steels

  1. Texture evolution in Nb-containing ferritic stainless steels during secondary recrystallization

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    Siqueira, R.P. [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL), USP, P.O. Box 116, Lorena, SP 12600-970 (Brazil); Sandim, H.R.Z. [Departamento de Engenharia de Materiais, Escola de Engenharia de Lorena (EEL), USP, P.O. Box 116, Lorena, SP 12600-970 (Brazil)], E-mail: hsandim@demar.eel.usp.br; Oliveira, T.R. [Centro de Pesquisa da ArcelorMittal Inox Brasil, Praca 1o de Maio, 9, Timoteo, MG 12228-904 (Brazil)

    2008-12-15

    The texture evolution of three ferritic stainless steels (FSSs) with small additions of niobium after annealing at 1523 K for 2 h to promote secondary recrystallization (SR) was investigated. The 4-mm sheets containing 16 wt.% Cr and distinct niobium contents (0.31, 0.37 and 0.56 wt.%) were obtained by hot rolling. Carbon and nitrogen contents for the two first steels are 0.02 wt.% C and 0.02 wt.% N. The third steel (0.56 wt.% Nb) contains 0.03 wt.% C and 0.03 wt.% N. The crystallographic textures were determined by conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD). The microstructure was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). The results show that hot band sheets display partial recrystallization. The Goss grains from primary recrystallization are found predominantly close to the surface. Pancake-like recovered grains displaying pronounced (0 0 1)<0 1 1> and {alpha}-fiber texture components are present at the center layer. Grains displaying abnormal growth are noticeable in the three samples after SR annealing. The texture of the hot bands was evaluated with respect to the composition and through-thickness effects. The results were compared to other FSSs and bcc materials such as low-carbon and silicon steels.

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

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    Abed, Farid H.

    2010-11-01

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

  3. Evaluation of carburization and decarburization behavior of Fe-9Cr-Mo ferritic steels in sodium environment

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    Carburization and decarburization behavior in sodium have been examined for Fe-9Cr-Mo ferritic steels exposure to flowing sodium with containing 0.0049, 0.016 and 0.16 wppm carbon at temperature between 723 and 873 K. The Fe-9Cr-Mo ferritic steels were more resistant to carbon transfer than 2 1/4Cr-1Mo steel. The carbon transfer and its gradient in Fe-9Cr-Mo ferritic steels was closely related with carbon concentration in sodium, and carburization and decarburization behavior depended on the sodium conditions. In the case of the application of Mod. 9Cr-1Mo steel to heat transfer tubes of steam generator of LMFBR, carburization behavior was observed on the conditions that sodium inlet temperature was 778K and carbon concentration in sodium was 0.01∼0.10 wppm. The mean carbon contents of heat transfer tubes after the operation of the steam generator for 200,000 h were estimated to be about 0.103∼0.148 wt% comparing with initial carbon contents of 0.10 wt%. Consequently it is expected that high-temperature strength of Mod. 9Cr-1Mo steel would retain sufficient strength and ductility for such operating conditions. (author)

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

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

  5. Experimental study of behavior and functional capability of ferritic steel elbows and austenitic stainless steel thin-walled elbows

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    The results are presented of two series of tests performed on 900 large-radius elbows. A first series of 10 tests was conducted on TU 42 C (equivalent to ASME SA 106 grade B) ferritic steel elbows with an outside diameter-to-wall thickness ratio of 6.7. A second series of 15 tests was conducted on Z2 CN 18-10 (equivalent to ASME TP 304 L) austenitic stainless steel elbows with an outside diameter-to-wall thickness ratio of 90. These elbows were subjected to in-plane (opening and closing) and out-of-plane bending moments. Changes in elbow angular deflection and ovalization of the mid-section were recorded as a function of applied moment. Measurements were made well into the plastic region. Influence of pressure, temperature and cyclic loading was also studied. The tests supplied extensive data on the behaviour of thin-walled austenitic stainless steel elbows when subjected to large displacements, including ability of the elbow to carry the flow under high loadings. Analysis in accordance with the requirements of the RCC-M1 was also performed to quantify flow area reduction at stress limits allowed by these rules, in addition to the displacement amplitude margin allowed by the level D service limit criteria with respect to the experimental limit moment. A criteria is proposed which aims to limit secondary stresses under faulted conditions. (author)

  6. Surface and electrochemical characterization of nano zinc ferrite coating on carbon steel

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    The structural materials in nuclear power reactors are mainly iron and nickel based alloys. Operation of these nuclear reactors at high temperatures and high pressures for a longer duration leads to the formation of various oxides due to the corrosion of the structural materials and the nature of these oxides depend on the chemical environment prevailed. Since the corrosion process is electrochemical in nature, the interface formed between the alloys and oxides play a crucial role in deciding the overall corrosion resistance of the structural materials. Therefore, modifying these oxides to nano size would improve the adherence and protectiveness of the interfacial film. In this context, the chemical synthesis of zinc ferrite (ZnFe2O4) was carried out by precipitation method using zinc sulphate and iron ammonium sulphate. The synthesized ferrite powder was confirmed by Raman Spectroscopy. X-Ray Diffraction studies showed that the intensity and the ‘d’ values of the observed diffraction peaks perfectly match with the single-crystalline cubic spinel form of zinc ferrite having lattice constant a=8.436 Å. The 10 mm diameter ferrite targets were prepared using synthesized ZnFe2O4 powder by sintering at 1000°C for 24 hours. Thin film of ZnFe2O4 was deposited on Carbon Steel specimens using pulsed laser deposition technique. Characterization of this deposited ferrite was carried out by Raman spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Secondary Electron Microscopy. Raman data of coated ZnFe2O4 matched with the standard ZnFe2O4 oxide. X-ray diffraction pattern indicated that the sample was in single phase with an average grain size 30 nm. XPS data indicated the formation of ZnFe2O4. Scanning electron microscopy technique was used to analyze the surface film morphology. The mechanism of corrosion resistance/improvement in the deposited layer was studied by electrochemical techniques and the results are presented in detail in this paper

  7. A study on Z-phase nucleation in martensitic chromium steels

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    Golpayegani, Ardeshir; Andrén, Hans-Olof; Danielsen, Hilmar Kjartansson;

    2008-01-01

    9–12% chromium martensitic steels are liable to the precipitation of Z-phase, Cr(V,Nb)N, after long time exposure at 550–650 ◦C. This complex nitride consumes vanadium nitrides and causes the creep strength of the material to fall drastically after several thousand hours of exposure. In this work....... Furthermore, such a nucleation site would provide vanadium and nitrogen for the growth of Z-phase. The presence of niobium carbide has also been observed close to Z-phase nucleation sites, indicating niobium to be important for the nucleation and growth of Z-phase....

  8. Effect of Rare Earth Elements on Thermal Fatigue Property of Low Chromium Semi-Steel

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    常立民; 刘建华; 张瑞军; 邵利; 于升学; 谌岩

    2003-01-01

    The effect of rare earth elements on eutectic carbide′s morphology of low chromium semi-steel in as-cast state and after heat treatment was investigated, and accordingly, the thermal fatigue property of this material was studied. The results show that RE can improve the eutectic carbide′s morphology, inhibit the formation and propagation of thermal fatigue cracks, therefore, promote the thermal fatigue property, which is more noticeable in case of the RE modification in combination with heat treatment. The optimal thermal fatigue property can be obtained when treated with 0.2% RE modification as well as normalization at 950 ℃ for 3 h.

  9. Microstructure of welded and weld-simulated modified 9Cr-1Mo (P 91) ferritic steel

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    Within the last 30 years significant advances in materials development have been made which have enhanced the operation temperature of thermal power plants led to an improvement in efficiency. Currently, a great deal of work relating to the modified 9% Cr-1/5 Mo steel (P 91) is in progress. This type of steel was originally considered to be an appropriate candidate for Fast Breeder Applications, and it was designed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Up to the present, several modifications of 9% chromium steels have been developed in several labs all over the globe containing different portions of tungsten and molybdenum. This report focuses on the microstructural characterization of a heavy section multi pass weld done on a tube composed of P 91 steel. Weld simulations, using the Gleeble 1500 technology, were successfully applied to aid the microstructural study of the heat affected zone (HAZ). As revealed by the investigations, post weld heat treatment (PWHT) results in a softening of the heat affected zone in an area close to the uninfluenced base metal. According to the observed microstructure and Gleeble simulations, the peak temperature of the soft zone during welding falls within a temperature range between AC1 (= 810 C) and slightly above AC3 typically 900--930 C which was discovered for the first time in a previous investigation

  10. Microstructure of welded and weld-simulated modified 9Cr-1Mo (P 91) ferritic steel

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    Prader, R.; Cerjak, H. [Graz Univ. of Technology (Austria); David, S.A. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1996-12-31

    Within the last 30 years significant advances in materials development have been made which have enhanced the operation temperature of thermal power plants led to an improvement in efficiency. Currently, a great deal of work relating to the modified 9% Cr-1/5 Mo steel (P 91) is in progress. This type of steel was originally considered to be an appropriate candidate for Fast Breeder Applications, and it was designed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Up to the present, several modifications of 9% chromium steels have been developed in several labs all over the globe containing different portions of tungsten and molybdenum. This report focuses on the microstructural characterization of a heavy section multi pass weld done on a tube composed of P 91 steel. Weld simulations, using the Gleeble 1500 technology, were successfully applied to aid the microstructural study of the heat affected zone (HAZ). As revealed by the investigations, post weld heat treatment (PWHT) results in a softening of the heat affected zone in an area close to the uninfluenced base metal. According to the observed microstructure and Gleeble simulations, the peak temperature of the soft zone during welding falls within a temperature range between A{sub C1} (= 810 C) and slightly above A{sub C3} typically 900--930 C which was discovered for the first time in a previous investigation.

  11. 76 FR 77013 - Tin- and Chromium-Coated Steel Sheet From Japan; Scheduling of a Full Five-Year Review Concerning...

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    ...-year review were such that a full review pursuant to section 751(c)(5) of the Act should proceed (76 FR... COMMISSION Tin- and Chromium-Coated Steel Sheet From Japan; Scheduling of a Full Five-Year Review Concerning... of the antidumping duty order on tin- and chromium-coated steel sheet from Japan would be likely...

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

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

    2015-06-05

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

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

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

  14. Influence of PWHT on Toughness of High Chromium and Nickel Containing Martensitic Stainless Steel Weld Metals

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    Divya, M.; Das, Chitta Ranjan; Mahadevan, S.; Albert, S. K.; Pandian, R.; Kar, Sujoy Kumar; Bhaduri, A. K.; Jayakumar, T.

    2015-06-01

    Commonly used 12.5Cr-5Ni consumable specified for welding of martensitic stainless steels is compared with newly designed 14.5Cr-5Ni consumable in terms of their suitability for repair welding of 410 and 414 stainless steels by gas tungsten arc welding process. Changes in microstructure and austenite evolution were investigated using optical, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction techniques and Thermo-Calc studies. Microstructure of as-welded 12.5Cr-5Ni weld metal revealed only lath martensite, whereas as-welded 14.5Cr-5Ni weld metal revealed delta-ferrite, retained austenite, and lath martensite. Toughness value of as-welded 12.5Cr-5Ni weld metal is found to be significantly higher (216 J) than that of the 14.5Cr-5Ni weld metal (15 J). The welds were subjected to different PWHTs: one at 923 K (650 °C) for 1, 2, 4 hours (single-stage PWHT) and another one at 923 K (650 °C)/4 h followed by 873 K (600 °C)/2 h or 873 K (600 °C)/4 h (two-stage heat treatment). Hardness and impact toughness of the weld metals were measured for these weld metals and correlated with the microstructure. The study demonstrates the importance of avoiding formation of delta-ferrite in the weld metal.

  15. Microstructural characterization of 5-9% chromium reduced-activation steels

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    The microstructures of a 9Cr-2W-0.25-0.1C (9Cr-2WV), a 9Cr-2W-0.25V-0.07Ta-0.1C (9Cr-2WVTa), a 7Cr-2W-0.25V-0.07Ta-0.1C (7Cr-2WVTa), and a 5Cr-2W-0.25V-0.07Ta-0.1C (5Cr-2WVTa) steel (all compositions are in weight percent) have been characterized by Analytical Electron Microscopy (AEM) and Atom Probe Field Ion Microscopy (APFIM). The matrix in all four reduced-activation steels was 100% martensite. In the two 9Cr steels, the stable precipitates were blocky M23C6 and small spherical MC. The two lower-chromium steels contained blocky M7C3 and small needle-shaped carbonitrides in addition to M23C6. AEM and APFIM analysis revealed that in the steels containing tantalum, the majority of the tantalum was in solid solution. The experimental observations were in good agreement with phases and compositions predicted by phase equilibria calculations

  16. Microstructural characterization of 5-9% chromium reduced-activation steels

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    Jayaram, R. [Univ. of Pittsburgh, PA (United States); Klueh, R.L. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)

    1997-08-01

    The microstructures of a 9Cr-2W-0.25-0.1C (9Cr-2WV), a 9Cr-2W-0.25V-0.07Ta-0.1C (9Cr-2WVTa), a 7Cr-2W-0.25V-0.07Ta-0.1C (7Cr-2WVTa), and a 5Cr-2W-0.25V-0.07Ta-0.1C (5Cr-2WVTa) steel (all compositions are in weight percent) have been characterized by Analytical Electron Microscopy (AEM) and Atom Probe Field Ion Microscopy (APFIM). The matrix in all four reduced-activation steels was 100% martensite. In the two 9Cr steels, the stable precipitates were blocky M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and small spherical MC. The two lower-chromium steels contained blocky M{sub 7}C{sub 3} and small needle-shaped carbonitrides in addition to M{sub 23}C{sub 6}. AEM and APFIM analysis revealed that in the steels containing tantalum, the majority of the tantalum was in solid solution. The experimental observations were in good agreement with phases and compositions predicted by phase equilibria calculations.

  17. Effect of Co deposition on oxidation behavior and electrical properties of ferritic steel for solid oxide fuel cell interconnects

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    In this work, a Co layer deposited on DIN 50049 steel by means of pulsed laser deposition was applied for the protection of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnects operating on the cathode side. The coated and uncoated steel samples were oxidized in air at 1073 K for 500 h, and their microstructures as well as electrical resistances were evaluated using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and the 2-probe 4-point direct current method. It was demonstrated that the Co coating had reduced the oxidation rate of the steel by nearly a half. The area-specific resistance value of the coated steel was 5 × 10−6 Ω·m2, which was significantly lower than that of bare steel after 350 h of oxidation at 1073 K. Cr vaporization tests showed that the Co coating was efficient at blocking the outward diffusion of Cr. The obtained results prove that steel coated with a thin film of cobalt was suitable for use as metallic interconnect material in SOFCs operating at intermediate temperatures. - Highlights: • Co layer was deposited on ferritic steel by means of pulsed laser deposition. • Coated and bare ferritic steel samples were exposed to air at 1073 K for 500 h. • Scale growth rate on bare steel is higher than that on coated steel. • Electrical resistance for oxidized coated steel was lower than for bare steel. • Co-coated steel effectively reduced the formation of volatile Cr species

  18. Effect of Co deposition on oxidation behavior and electrical properties of ferritic steel for solid oxide fuel cell interconnects

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    Kruk, A.; Adamczyk, A.; Gil, A. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Kąc, S. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Dąbek, J.; Ziąbka, M. [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland); Brylewski, T., E-mail: brylew@agh.edu.pl [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics, al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Krakow (Poland)

    2015-09-01

    In this work, a Co layer deposited on DIN 50049 steel by means of pulsed laser deposition was applied for the protection of solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) interconnects operating on the cathode side. The coated and uncoated steel samples were oxidized in air at 1073 K for 500 h, and their microstructures as well as electrical resistances were evaluated using X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and the 2-probe 4-point direct current method. It was demonstrated that the Co coating had reduced the oxidation rate of the steel by nearly a half. The area-specific resistance value of the coated steel was 5 × 10{sup −6} Ω·m{sup 2}, which was significantly lower than that of bare steel after 350 h of oxidation at 1073 K. Cr vaporization tests showed that the Co coating was efficient at blocking the outward diffusion of Cr. The obtained results prove that steel coated with a thin film of cobalt was suitable for use as metallic interconnect material in SOFCs operating at intermediate temperatures. - Highlights: • Co layer was deposited on ferritic steel by means of pulsed laser deposition. • Coated and bare ferritic steel samples were exposed to air at 1073 K for 500 h. • Scale growth rate on bare steel is higher than that on coated steel. • Electrical resistance for oxidized coated steel was lower than for bare steel. • Co-coated steel effectively reduced the formation of volatile Cr species.

  19. Evaluation of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Laser Beam Welded AISI 409M Grade Ferritic Stainless Steel%Evaluation of Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Laser Beam Welded AISI 409M Grade Ferritic Stainless Steel

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    A K Lakshminarayanan; V Balasubramanian

    2012-01-01

    The microstructure analysis and mechanical properties evaluation of laser beam welded AISI 409M ferritic stainless steel joints are investigated. Single pass autogeneous welds free of volumetric defects were produced at a welding speed of 3 000 mm/min. The joints were subjected to optical microscope, scanning electron fractographe, microhardness, transverse and longitudinal tensile, bend and charpy impact toughness testing. The coarse ferrite grains in the base metal were changed into dendritic grains as a result of rapid solidification of laser beam welds. Tensile testing indicates overmatching of the weld metal is relative to the base metal. The joints also exhibited acceptable impact toughness and bend strength properties.

  20. Effects of δ-ferrite and welding structure on high-cycle fatigue properties of austenitic stainless steels weld metals

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    We studied the effects of δ-ferrite and welding structure on high-cycle fatigue properties for austenitic stainless steel weld metals at cryogenic temperatures. SUS304L and SUS316L weld metals contained 0% δ-ferrite (0% material) and 10% δ-ferrite (10% material) were prepared. High-cycle fatigue tests were carried out at 293, 77 and 4 K. The S-N curves of those weld metals shifted towards higher stress levels, i.e., the longer life side, with decreasing test temperature. The ratios of 106-cycles fatigue strength (FS) to tensile strength (TS) of 0% material decreased from 0.8 to 0.45 and those of 10% material decreased between 0.35 to 0.65 with decreasing test temperature. Fatigue crack initiation sites of SUS304L 10% material were almost at blowholes, and those of SUS316L 10% material were at weld pass interface boundaries. On the other hand, those of 0% materials were considered to be due to the interface of the solidification structure. Although δ-ferrite reduces toughness at cryogenic temperatures in austenitic stainless steel weld metals, the effects of δ-ferrite on high-cycle fatigue properties are not significant