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Sample records for tempered martensitic steels

  1. Origin of the enhanced hardness of a tempered high-nitrogen martensitic steel

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    Ojima, M. [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan); Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ibaraki University, Nakanarusawa 316-8511, Hitachi (Japan); Ohnuma, M. [National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan)], E-mail: OHNUMA.Masato@nims.go.jp; Suzuki, J. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai 319-1195 (Japan); Ueta, S.; Narita, S.; Shimizu, T. [Research and Development Center, Daido Steel Co., Ltd., 2-30 Daido-cho, Minami-ku, Nagoya (Japan); Tomota, Y. [Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Ibaraki University, Nakanarusawa 316-8511, Hitachi (Japan)

    2008-08-15

    The tempering process of a high-nitrogen martensitic stainless steel has been studied using small-angle neutron and X-ray scattering. The formation of an extremely fine nitrogen-enriched region has been confirmed for the first time in the tempering stage where the hardness starts to increase. After reaching peak hardness, the size of the N-enriched regions increases and their shape is anisotropic, which is typical for coherent precipitates.

  2. Structure and phase composition of tempered martensite steel after severe plastic deformation

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    Nikonenko, Alisa; Popova, Natalya; Nikonenko, Elena; Sizonenko, Nina; Koneva, Nina

    2017-11-01

    The paper presents transmission electron microscopic investigations of the structure and X-ray diffraction analysis of the phase composition of tempered martensite steel of 0.06Mo-1V-1Nb-Fe type deformed via the Equal Channel Angular Extrusion (ECAE) technique. As it turns, the ECAE has an effect on the morphology and phase composition of the alloy. Its faulted structure, dislocation density, internal stresses, and the size of coherent scattering areas are investigated in this paper. A special attention is paid to misorientations between grains. It is shown that in its original state (before ECAE), the steel structure represents tempered lath martensite and grains of α-phase. Carbide particles of M2C type are present inside these grains and at their boundaries. ECAE deformation results in a complete fragmentation of lath martensite and grinding of α-phase grains. A partial fracture and dissolution of carbide particles occurs. Carbon releases from carbides and localizes on defects of the crystal lattice. ECAE deformation increases misorientations in lath martensite (up to 25-30 degrees) and nucleation of micrograins in former grains of α-phase.

  3. Role of Tungsten in the Tempered Martensite Embrittlement of a Modified 9 Pct Cr Steel

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    Fedoseeva, Alexandra; Dudova, Nadezhda; Kaibyshev, Rustam

    2017-03-01

    The effect of tempering on the mechanical properties and fracture behavior of two 3 pct Co-modified 9 pct Cr steels with 2 and 3 wt pct W was examined. Both steels were ductile in tension tests and tough under impact tests in high-temperature tempered conditions. At T ≤ 923 K (650 °C), the addition of 1 wt pct W led to low toughness and pronounced embrittlement. The 9Cr2W steel was tough after low-temperature tempering up to 723 K (450 °C). At 798 K (525 °C), the decomposition of retained austenite induced the formation of discontinuous and continuous films of M23C6 carbides along boundaries in the 9Cr2W and the 9Cr3W steels, respectively, which led to tempered martensite embrittlement (TME). In the 9Cr2W steel, the discontinuous boundary films played a role of crack initiation sites, and the absorption energy was 24 J cm-2. In the 9Cr3W steel, continuous films provided a fracture path along the boundaries of prior austenite grains (PAG) and interlath boundaries in addition that caused the drop of impact energy to 6 J cm-2. Tempering at 1023 K (750 °C) completely eliminated TME by spheroidization and the growth of M23C6 carbides, and both steels exhibited high values of adsorbed energy of ≥230 J cm-2. The addition of 1 wt pct W extended the temperature domain of TME up to 923 K (650 °C) through the formation of W segregations at boundaries that hindered the spheroidization of M23C6 carbides.

  4. Modelling the creep behaviour of tempered martensitic steel based on a hybrid approach

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    Yadav, Surya Deo, E-mail: surya.yadav@tugraz.at [Institute of Materials Science and Welding, Graz University of Technology, Kopernikusgasse 24, A-8010 Graz (Austria); Sonderegger, Bernhard, E-mail: bernhard.sonderegger@tugraz.at [Institute of Materials Science and Welding, Graz University of Technology, Kopernikusgasse 24, A-8010 Graz (Austria); Stracey, Muhammad, E-mail: strmuh001@myuct.ac.za [Centre for Materials Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cape Town, Cape Town (South Africa); Poletti, Cecilia, E-mail: cecilia.poletti@tugraz.at [Institute of Materials Science and Welding, Graz University of Technology, Kopernikusgasse 24, A-8010 Graz (Austria)

    2016-04-26

    In this work, we present a novel hybrid approach to describe and model the creep behaviour of tempered martensitic steels. The hybrid approach couples a physically based model with a continuum damage mechanics (CDM) model. The creep strain is modelled describing the motions of three categories of dislocations: mobile, dipole and boundary. The initial precipitate state is simulated using the thermodynamic software tool MatCalc. The particle radii and number densities are incorporated into the creep model in terms of Zener drag pressure. The Orowan's equation for creep strain rate is modified to account for tertiary creep using softening parameters related to precipitate coarsening and cavitation. For the first time the evolution of internal variables such as dislocation densities, glide velocities, effective stresses on dislocations, internal stress from the microstructure, subgrain size, pressure on subgrain boundaries and softening parameters is discussed in detail. The model is validated with experimental data of P92 steel reported in the literature.

  5. Tempering of martensitic steel for fasteners : Effects of micro-alloying on microstructure and mechanical property evolution

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    Öhlund, C.E.I.C.

    2015-01-01

    The research presented in this thesis aims to deepen our understanding of the effect of micro-alloying on the microstructure and mechanical property evolution during tempering of martensitic steel for fasteners. The ongoing trend of engine down-sizing has led to the need for stronger and more

  6. In Situ Investigation of the Evolution of Lattice Strain and Stresses in Austenite and Martensite During Quenching and Tempering of Steel

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    Villa, M.; Niessen, F.; Somers, M. A. J.

    2018-01-01

    Energy dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction was applied to investigate in situ the evolution of lattice strains and stresses in austenite and martensite during quenching and tempering of a soft martensitic stainless steel. In one experiment, lattice strains in austenite and martensite were me...

  7. Comparison of the segregation behavior between tempered martensite and tempered bainite in Ni-Cr-Mo high strength low alloy RPV steel

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    Park, Sang Gyu; Kim, Min Chul; Kim, Hyung Jun; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel has an superior fracture toughness and strength, compared to commercial Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy RPV steel SA508 Gr.3. Higher strength and fracture toughness of low alloy steels could be obtained by adding Ni and Cr. So several were performed on researches on SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel for a RPV application. The operation temperature and term of a reactor pressure vessel is more than 300 .deg. C and over 40 years. Therefore, in order to apply the SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel for a reactor pressure vessel, the resistance of thermal embrittlement in the high temperature range including temper embrittlement is required. S. Raoul reported that the susceptibility to temper embrittlement was increasing a function of the cooling rate in SA533 steel, which suggests the martensitic microstructures resulting from increased cooling rates are more susceptible to temper embrittlement. However, this result has not been proved yet. So the comparison of temper embrittlement behavior was made between martensitic microstructure and bainitic microstructure with a viewpoint of boundary features in SA508 Gr.4N, which have mixture of tempered bainite/martensite. We have compared temper embrittlement behaviors of SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel with changing volume fraction of martensite. The mechanical properties of these low alloy steels were evaluated after a long-term heat treatment. Then, the the segregated boundaries were observed and segregation behavior was analyzed by AES. In order to compare the misorientation distributions of model alloys, grain boundary structures were measured with EBSD

  8. Rapid Tempering of Martensitic Stainless Steel AISI420: Microstructure, Mechanical and Corrosion Properties

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    Abbasi-Khazaei, Bijan; Mollaahmadi, Akbar

    2017-04-01

    In this research, the effect of rapid tempering on the microstructure, mechanical properties and corrosion resistance of AISI 420 martensitic stainless steel has been investigated. At first, all test specimens were austenitized at 1050 °C for 1 h and tempered at 200 °C for 1 h. Then, the samples were rapidly reheated by a salt bath furnace in a temperature range from 300 to 1050 °C for 2 min and cooled in air. The tensile tests, impact, hardness and electrochemical corrosion were carried out on the reheated samples. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the microstructure and fracture surface. To investigate carbides, transmission electron microscopy and also scanning electron microscopy were used. X-ray diffraction was used for determination of the retained austenite. The results showed that the minimum properties such as the tensile strength, impact energy, hardness and corrosion resistance were obtained at reheating temperature of 700 °C. Semi-continuous carbides in the grain boundaries were seen in this temperature. Secondary hardening phenomenon was occurred at reheating temperature of 500 °C.

  9. Morphology, crystallography, and crack paths of tempered lath martensite in a medium-carbon low-alloy steel

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    Wang, Chengduo [School of Material Science and Engineering, Zhengzhou University, 100 Science Avenue, Zhengzhou, Henan 450001 (China); Qiu, Hai; Kimura, Yuuji; Inoue, Tadanobu [Research Center for Strategic Materials, National Institute for Materials Science, 1-2-1 Sengen, Tsukuba 305-0047 (Japan)

    2016-07-04

    The tempered lath martensite and its crack propagation have significant influence on the ductility and toughness of the warm tempformed medium-carbon steel. The martensitic microstructures of these medium-carbon steels are transformed from twinned austenite and the orientation relationship of lath martensite (α′) with prior austenite (γ) is distinctive. In the present paper we investigate the microstructure and fracture mode of a quenched and tempered 0.4%C-2%Si-1%Cr-1%Mo steel using electron backscatter diffraction technique. The results showed that the orientation relationship between γ and α′ is Greninger-Troiano (G-T) relationship. A single γ grain was divided into 4 packets and each packet was subdivided into 3 blocks. The misorientation angles between adjacent blocks were ~54.3° or ~60.0° in a packet. Most γ grains were twins sharing a {111}{sub γ} plane. There were 7 packets in a twinned γ grain and the twin boundaries were in a special packet. Besides the common packet, there were three packets in each twin. Being different from the cleavage fracture along the {001} planes in conventional martensitic steels, both cleavage and intergranular cracks were present in our medium-carbon steel. The former was in the larger blocks and it propagated along the {001}, {011}, and {112} planes. The latter propagated along the block, packet, or prior austenite boundaries. The intergranular cracks were generally in the fine block region. These results suggested that the block size is the key factor in controlling the brittle fracture mode of lath martensitic steel.

  10. Ductile-Brittle Transition Behavior in Tempered Martensitic SA508 Gr. 4N Ni-Mo-Cr Low Alloy Steels for Reactor Pressure Vessels

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    Lee, Ki Hyoung; Wee, Dang Moon [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-05-15

    Reactor pressure vessels (RPVs) operate under severe conditions of elevated temperature, high pressure, and irradiation. Therefore, a combination of sufficient strength, toughness, good weldability, and high irradiation resistance are required for RPV materials. SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel, which has higher Ni and Cr contents than those of commercial RPV steel, Gr.3 steel, is considered as a candidate material due to its excellent mechanical properties from tempered martensitic microstructure. The ferritic steels such as Gr.3 and Gr.4N low alloy steels reveal a ductile-brittle transition and large scatters in the fracture toughness within a small temperature range. Recently, there are some observations of the steeper transition behavior in the tempered martensitic steels, such as Eurofer97 than the transition behavior of commercial RPV steels. It was also reported that the fracture toughness increased discontinuously when the phase fraction of the tempered martensite was over a critical fraction in the heat affected zones of SA508 Gr.3. Therefore, it may be necessary to evaluate the changes of transition behavior with a microstructure for the tempered martensitic SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel. In this study, the fracture toughness for SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steels was evaluated from a view point of the temperature dependency with phase fraction of tempered martensite controlled by cooling rate. Additionally, a possible modification of the fracture toughness master curve was proposed and discussed

  11. Precipitation behavior and martensite lath coarsening during tempering of T/P92 ferritic heat-resistant steel

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    Xu, Lin-qing; Zhang, Dan-tian; Liu, Yong-chang; Ning, Bao-qun; Qiao, Zhi-xia; Yan, Ze-sheng; Li, Hui-jun

    2014-05-01

    Tempering is an important process for T/P92 ferritic heat-resistant steel from the viewpoint of microstructure control, as it facilitates the formation of final tempered martensite under serving conditions. In this study, we have gained deeper insights on the mechanism underlying the microstructural evolution during tempering treatment, including the precipitation of carbides and the coarsening of martensite laths, as systematically analyzed by optical microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The chemical composition of the precipitates was analyzed using energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Results indicate the formation of M3C (cementite) precipitates under normalized conditions. However, they tend to dissolve within a short time of tempering, owing to their low thermal stability. This phenomenon was substantiated by X-ray diffraction analysis. Besides, we could observe the precipitation of fine carbonitrides (MX) along the dislocations. The mechanism of carbon diffusion controlled growth of M23C6 can be expressed by the Zener's equation. The movement of Y-junctions was determined to be the fundamental mechanism underlying the martensite lath coarsening process. Vickers hardness was estimated to determine their mechanical properties. Based on the comprehensive analysis of both the micro-structural evolution and hardness variation, the process of tempering can be separated into three steps.

  12. Method of Evaluating Hydrogen Embrittlement Susceptibility of Tempered Martensitic Steel Showing Intergranular Fracture

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    Matsumoto, Yu; Takai, Kenichi

    2018-02-01

    A stress application method in delayed fracture susceptibility tests was investigated using 1450 MPa class tempered martensitic steel. Its fracture mode under hydrogen charging was mainly intergranular because of its relatively small Si content of 0.21 mass pct. The conditions for consistency in fracture strength between tensile tests and constant load tests (CLTs) were clarified: first, to conduct hydrogen precharging before stress application; and second, to choose a sufficiently low crosshead speed in tensile tests. When hydrogen precharging was not conducted before CLTs, the fracture strength was higher than the values in CLTs with hydrogen charging and in tensile tests. If the crosshead speed was too high, the fracture strength obtained was higher than the values in CLTs. The dependence of the fracture strength on crosshead speed was seen for both notched and smooth bar specimens. These results suggested that plastic deformation, i.e., dislocation motion, was related to intergranular fracture with a tear pattern as well as to quasi-cleavage fracture. In addition, cathodic electrolysis in an alkaline solution containing NaOH should be used as the hydrogen charging method to avoid the effects of corrosion.

  13. Method of Evaluating Hydrogen Embrittlement Susceptibility of Tempered Martensitic Steel Showing Intergranular Fracture

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    Matsumoto, Yu; Takai, Kenichi

    2017-12-01

    A stress application method in delayed fracture susceptibility tests was investigated using 1450 MPa class tempered martensitic steel. Its fracture mode under hydrogen charging was mainly intergranular because of its relatively small Si content of 0.21 mass pct. The conditions for consistency in fracture strength between tensile tests and constant load tests (CLTs) were clarified: first, to conduct hydrogen precharging before stress application; and second, to choose a sufficiently low crosshead speed in tensile tests. When hydrogen precharging was not conducted before CLTs, the fracture strength was higher than the values in CLTs with hydrogen charging and in tensile tests. If the crosshead speed was too high, the fracture strength obtained was higher than the values in CLTs. The dependence of the fracture strength on crosshead speed was seen for both notched and smooth bar specimens. These results suggested that plastic deformation, i.e., dislocation motion, was related to intergranular fracture with a tear pattern as well as to quasi-cleavage fracture. In addition, cathodic electrolysis in an alkaline solution containing NaOH should be used as the hydrogen charging method to avoid the effects of corrosion.

  14. In Situ Investigation of the Evolution of Lattice Strain and Stresses in Austenite and Martensite During Quenching and Tempering of Steel

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    Villa, M.; Niessen, F.; Somers, M. A. J.

    2018-01-01

    Energy dispersive synchrotron X-ray diffraction was applied to investigate in situ the evolution of lattice strains and stresses in austenite and martensite during quenching and tempering of a soft martensitic stainless steel. In one experiment, lattice strains in austenite and martensite were measured in situ in the direction perpendicular to the sample surface during an austenitization, quenching, and tempering cycle. In a second experiment, the sin2 ψ method was applied in situ during the austenite-to-martensite transformation to distinguish between macro- and phase-specific micro-stresses and to follow the evolution of these stresses during transformation. Martensite formation evokes compressive stress in austenite that is balanced by tensile stress in martensite. Tempering to 748 K (475 °C) leads to partial relaxation of these stresses. Additionally, data reveal that (elastic) lattice strain in austenite is not hydrostatic but hkl dependent, which is ascribed to plastic deformation of this phase during martensite formation and is considered responsible for anomalous behavior of the 200 γ reflection.

  15. Characterization of Microstructure and Texture of 13Cr4Ni Martensitic Stainless Steel Weld Before and After Tempering =

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    Mokhtabad Amrei, Mohsen

    13Cr4Ni martensitic stainless steels are known for their outstanding performances in the hydroelectric industry, where they are mainly used in the construction of turbine components. Considering the size and geometry of turbine runners and blades, multi-pass welding procedures are commonly used in the fabrication and repair of such turbines. The final microstructure and mechanical properties of the weld are sensitive to the welding process parameters and thermal history. In the case of 13Cr4Ni steel, the thermal cycles imposed by the multi-pass welding operation have significant effects on the complex weld microstructure. Additionally, post-weld heat treatments are commonly used to reduce weld heterogeneity and improve the material's mechanical properties by tempering the microstructure and by forming a "room-temperature-stable austenite." In the first phase of this research, the microstructures and crystallographic textures of aswelded single-pass and double-pass welds were studied as a basis to studying the more complex multi-pass weld microstructure. This study found that the maximum hardness is obtained in high temperature heat affected zone inside the base metal. In particular, the results showed that the heat cycle exposed by the second pass increases the hardness of the previous pass because it produces a finer martensite microstructure. In areas of heat affected zone, a tempering effect is reported from 3 up to 6 millimeters far from the fusion line. Finding austenite phase in these areas are matter of interest and it can be indicative of the microstructure complexity of multi-pass welds. In the second phase of research, the microstructure of multi-pass welds was found to be more heterogeneous than that of single- and double-pass welds. Any individual pass in a multi-pass weld consists of several regions formed by adjacent weld passes heat cycle. Results showed that former austenite grains modification occurred in areas close to the subsequent weld passes

  16. Technological properties of steels of martensitic class

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    Kleiner, L. M.; Greben'kov, S. K.; Zakirova, M. G.; Tolchina, I. V.; Ryaposov, I. V.

    2011-03-01

    Process, design, and ecological advantages of low-carbon martensitic steels (LCMS) are presented as compared to medium-carbon heat-treatable structural steels with a structure of tempered sorbite. The factors ensuring high manufacture adaptability in all stages of the production cycle are considered. Technological properties of widely used commercial weldable LCMS are analyzed.

  17. Factors affecting hydrogen-assisted cracking in a commercial tempered martensitic steel: Mn segregation, MnS, and the stress state around abnormal cracks

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    Sasaki, Daisuke [Graduate School of Kyushu University, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Koyama, Motomichi [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Noguchi, Hiroshi, E-mail: nogu@mech.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan)

    2015-07-29

    The purpose of this paper is to reveal the dominant factors affecting tensile fracture under a hydrogen gas atmosphere. Tensile tests were conducted in hydrogen gas with circumferentially-notched specimens of a commercial tempered martensitic steel. Two specimens were exposed to hydrogen gas for 48 h before tensile testing; the other two specimens were not pre-charged. Longitudinal cracks along the loading direction and a transverse crack perpendicular to the loading direction were observed on a cross section of the non-charged specimen, but there was only one small crack on a cross section of the pre-charged specimen. Electron back scatter diffraction, energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry and finite element method analyses were applied to clarify the relationships among the longitudinal crack, Mn segregation, microstructures of martensitic steel and hydrogen. As a result, it has been demonstrated that Mn segregation and MnS promote hydrogen-assisted cracking in the tempered martensitic steel, causing the longitudinal cracking which is a mechanically non-preferential direction in homogeneous situations. More specifically, we have shown that the role of the Mn segregation is to promote the hydrogen-enhanced decohesion effect (HEDE), which is particularly important for crack propagation in the present case. These considerations indicate that the presence of Mn is crucially important for hydrogen-assisted cracking associated with hydrogen-enhanced localized plasticity (HELP) as well as HEDE.

  18. Development of next generation tempered and ODS reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels for fusion energy applications

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    Zinkle, S. J.; Boutard, J. L.; Hoelzer, D. T.; Kimura, A.; Lindau, R.; Odette, G. R.; Rieth, M.; Tan, L.; Tanigawa, H.

    2017-09-01

    Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels are currently the most technologically mature option for the structural material of proposed fusion energy reactors. Advanced next-generation higher performance steels offer the opportunity for improvements in fusion reactor operational lifetime and reliability, superior neutron radiation damage resistance, higher thermodynamic efficiency, and reduced construction costs. The two main strategies for developing improved steels for fusion energy applications are based on (1) an evolutionary pathway using computational thermodynamics modelling and modified thermomechanical treatments (TMT) to produce higher performance reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels and (2) a higher risk, potentially higher payoff approach based on powder metallurgy techniques to produce very high strength oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) steels capable of operation to very high temperatures and with potentially very high resistance to fusion neutron-induced property degradation. The current development status of these next-generation high performance steels is summarized, and research and development challenges for the successful development of these materials are outlined. Material properties including temperature-dependent uniaxial yield strengths, tensile elongations, high-temperature thermal creep, Charpy impact ductile to brittle transient temperature (DBTT) and fracture toughness behaviour, and neutron irradiation-induced low-temperature hardening and embrittlement and intermediate-temperature volumetric void swelling (including effects associated with fusion-relevant helium and hydrogen generation) are described for research heats of the new steels.

  19. Method of Evaluating Delayed Fracture Susceptibility of Tempered Martensitic Steel Showing Quasi-Cleavage Fracture

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    Matsumoto, Yu; Takai, Kenichi

    2017-02-01

    The difference in the hydrogen charging methods, immersion in a NH4SCN aqueous solution, and cathodic electrolysis in a NaOH aqueous solution, did not affect the hydrogen state present in the steel, but it did affect the surface state of the specimens through corrosion, causing fracture strength to fluctuate in tensile testes. As for stress application method, the fracture strength at lower crosshead speeds in tensile tests was consistent with that found for hydrogen precharging prior to stress application in CLTs as long as hydrogen charging was conducted by cathodic electrolysis. However, the fracture strength obtained with concurrent hydrogen charging without precharging prior to stress application in CLTs was higher than that with hydrogen precharging prior to stress application in CLTs regardless of the same hydrogen content. In other words, delayed fracture susceptibility was affected by the order of hydrogen charging and stress application for quasi-cleavage fracture associated with local plastic deformation, i.e., dislocation motion. Therefore, by taking into account the cathodic electrolysis in the NaOH solution, the low crosshead speed and the order of hydrogen charging and stress application, the fracture strength in CLTs, and tensile tests coincided with respect to quasi-cleavage fracture even though the stress application methods were different.

  20. NEW Fe-C-Mn-Si-Cr BEARING ALLOY: TEMPERING CURVES AND TEMPERED MARTENSITE EMBRITTLEMENT

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    José Benedito Marcomini

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available SAE 52100 steel is not only used as a rolled raw material for bearing manufacturing but for building some rolling devices as well, such as guide rollers and straightener rollers. The purpose of this work is the characterization of a Fe-C-Mn-Si-Cr bearing alloy (SAE 52100 steel, modified with 1.74% Si by plotting the variation of quenched and tempered hardness curve (tempering curve and tempered martensite embrittlement susceptibility. The present application is based on the same idea as 300M steel regarding SAE 4340 steel. The effect of silicon on the kinetics of cementite precipitation leads to a rise in temperature of tempered martensite embrittlement. Quench and temper treatments were carried out and impact tests were performed with modified and commercial steels and the results were compared. Microstructure aspects are studied by scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction analysis. The silicon alloyed steel presents great resistance to softening after tempering and no tempered martensite embrittlement.

  1. Tribocorrosion wear of austenitic and martensitic steels

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    G. Rozing

    2016-07-01

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

  2. TOPICAL REVIEW: Precipitate design for creep strengthening of 9% Cr tempered martensitic steel for ultra-supercritical power plants

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    Fujio Abe

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available It is crucial for the carbon concentration of 9% Cr steel to be reduced to a very low level, so as to promote the formation of MX nitrides rich in vanadium as very fine and thermally stable particles to enable prolonged periods of exposure at elevated temperatures and also to eliminate Cr-rich carbides M23C6. Sub-boundary hardening, which is inversely proportional to the width of laths and blocks, is shown to be the most important strengthening mechanism for creep and is enhanced by the fine dispersion of precipitates along boundaries. The suppression of particle coarsening during creep and the maintenance of a homogeneous distribution of M23C6 carbides near prior austenite grain boundaries, which precipitate during tempering and are less fine, are effective for preventing the long-term degradation of creep strength and for improving long-term creep strength. This can be achieved by the addition of boron. The steels considered in this paper exhibit higher creep strength at 650 °C than existing high-strength steels used for thick section boiler components.

  3. Precipitate design for creep strengthening of 9% Cr tempered martensitic steel for ultra-supercritical power plants

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    Abe, Fujio

    2008-01-01

    It is crucial for the carbon concentration of 9% Cr steel to be reduced to a very low level, so as to promote the formation of MX nitrides rich in vanadium as very fine and thermally stable particles to enable prolonged periods of exposure at elevated temperatures and also to eliminate Cr-rich carbides M23C6. Sub-boundary hardening, which is inversely proportional to the width of laths and blocks, is shown to be the most important strengthening mechanism for creep and is enhanced by the fine dispersion of precipitates along boundaries. The suppression of particle coarsening during creep and the maintenance of a homogeneous distribution of M23C6 carbides near prior austenite grain boundaries, which precipitate during tempering and are less fine, are effective for preventing the long-term degradation of creep strength and for improving long-term creep strength. This can be achieved by the addition of boron. The steels considered in this paper exhibit higher creep strength at 650 °C than existing high-strength steels used for thick section boiler components. PMID:27877920

  4. Boundary and sub-boundary hardening in tempered martensitic 9Cr steel during long-term creep at 650 C

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    Abe, Fujio [National Institute for Materials Science, Sengen, Tsukuba (Japan)

    2010-07-01

    The boundary and sub-boundary hardening is shown to be the most important strengthening mechanism in creep of the 9% Cr steel base metal and welded joints. The addition of boron reduces the coarsening rate of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides along boundaries near prior austenite grain boundaries during creep, enhancing the boundary and sub-boundary hardening. This improves long-term creep strength of base metal. The enhancement of boundary and sub-boundary hardening is significantly reduced in fine-grained region of Ac{sub 3} HAZ simulated specimens of conventional steel P92. In NIMS 9Cr boron steel welded joints, the grain size and distribution of carbonitrides are substantially the same between the HAZ and base metal, where fine carbonitrides are distributed along the lath and block boundaries as well as along prior austenite grain boundaries. This is essential for the suppression of Type IV fracture in NIMS 9% Cr boron steel welded joints. Newly alloy-designed 9Cr steel with 160 ppm boron and 85 ppm nitrogen exhibits much higher creep rupture strength of base metal than P92 and also no Tpe-IV fracture in welded joints at 650 C. (orig.)

  5. Creep resistant high temperature martensitic steel

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    Hawk, Jeffrey A.; Jablonski, Paul D.; Cowen, Christopher J.

    2015-11-13

    The disclosure provides a creep resistant alloy having an overall composition comprised of iron, chromium, molybdenum, carbon, manganese, silicon, nickel, vanadium, niobium, nitrogen, tungsten, cobalt, tantalum, boron, and potentially additional elements. In an embodiment, the creep resistant alloy has a molybdenum equivalent Mo(eq) from 1.475 to 1.700 wt. % and a quantity (C+N) from 0.145 to 0.205. The overall composition ameliorates sources of microstructural instability such as coarsening of M.sub.23C.sub.6 carbides and MX precipitates, and mitigates or eliminates Laves and Z-phase formation. A creep resistant martensitic steel may be fabricated by preparing a melt comprised of the overall composition followed by at least austenizing and tempering. The creep resistant alloy exhibits improved high-temperature creep strength in the temperature environment of around 650.degree. C.

  6. Creep resistant high temperature martensitic steel

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    Hawk, Jeffrey A.; Jablonski, Paul D.; Cowen, Christopher J.

    2017-01-31

    The disclosure provides a creep resistant alloy having an overall composition comprised of iron, chromium, molybdenum, carbon, manganese, silicon, nickel, vanadium, niobium, nitrogen, tungsten, cobalt, tantalum, boron, copper, and potentially additional elements. In an embodiment, the creep resistant alloy has a molybdenum equivalent Mo(eq) from 1.475 to 1.700 wt. % and a quantity (C+N) from 0.145 to 0.205. The overall composition ameliorates sources of microstructural instability such as coarsening of M.sub.23C.sub.6carbides and MX precipitates, and mitigates or eliminates Laves and Z-phase formation. A creep resistant martensitic steel may be fabricated by preparing a melt comprised of the overall composition followed by at least austenizing and tempering. The creep resistant alloy exhibits improved high-temperature creep strength in the temperature environment of around 650.degree. C.

  7. 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...... deformation of martensite, crack initiation at the martensite/ferrite interface, crack propagation leading to fracture of martensite particles and void formation by separation of particle fragments. It has been identified that the hardness effect is associated with the following aspects: strain partitioning...... between martensite and ferrite, strain localisation and critical strain required for void formation. Reducing the hardness difference between martensite and ferrite phases by tempering has been shown to be an effective approach to retard the void formation in martensite and thereby is expected to improve...

  8. Computer simulation of quenched and tempered steel properties

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    B. Smoljan; D. Iljkić; Novak, H.

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: The algorithm of estimation of mechanical properties based on steel hardness has been established.Design/methodology/approach: Numerical modelling of hardness distribution in as-quenched steel specimen was performed by involving the results of simple experimental test, i.e., Jominy-test. Hardness of quenched and tempered steel has been expressed as function of maximal hardness of actual steel and hardness of actual steel with 50% of martensite in microstructure, according to the time...

  9. Martensitic high nitrogen steel for applications at elevated temperature

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    Berns, H.; Escher, C. [Bochum Univ. (Germany); Streich, W.-D. [TRW Deutschland GmbH, Blumberg (Germany)

    1999-07-01

    Based on required material properties for inlet valves in combustion engines a martensitic high nitrogen steel was created. After selecting an alloy system with 14-17 w/o Cr, 1-3 w/o Mo, 0.1-0.3 w/o V and 0.4-0.7 w/o N by method of thermodynamical calculations of phase equilibria the newly developed martensitic steel was produced by pressurized electroslag remelting. Hot tensile tests and corrosion tests were carried out on hardened and tempered specimens in comparison with two standard valve steels. The high nitrogen steel shows a distinctly better corrosion resistance and high-temperature strength than the standard steel X45CrSi9-3 and is therefore comparable with the steel X85CrMoV18-2. Due to finer nitrides the newly developed steel is characterized by a fatigue strength which is 26% higher at 500 C service temperature. (orig.)

  10. Nanosized MX Precipitates in Ultra-Low-Carbon Ferritic/Martensitic Heat-Resistant Steels

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    Yin, Feng-Shi; Jung, Woo-Sang

    2009-02-01

    Nanosized MX precipitates in ultra-low-carbon ferritic/martensitic heat-resistant 9Cr-W-Mo-VNbTiN steels were characterized by transmission electron microscope (TEM) using carbon film replicas. The steels were prepared by vacuum induction melting followed by hot forging and rolling into plates. The plates were normalized at 1100 °C for 1 hour, cooled in air, and tempered at 700 °C for 1 hour. The results show that bimodal nanosized MX precipitates distribute densely and homogeneously in the matrix within martensitic lath after normalizing-and-tempering heat treatment. The larger nanosized MX precipitates with the size of 30 to 50 nm are rich in Nb, while the smaller ones with the size of about 10 nm contain less Nb but more V. Small addition of Ti causes an increase in the number of the larger nanosized MX precipitates. The total number density of the nanosized MX precipitates in the ultra-low-carbon ferritic/martensitic steels is measured to be over 300/ μm2, much higher than that in conventional ferritic/martensitic steels. Short-term creep test results show that the ultra-low-carbon ferritic/martensitic steels with high dense nanosized MX precipitates have much higher creep rupture strength than conventional ASME-P92 steel. The strength degradation of the ultra-low-carbon ferritic/martensitic heat-resistant steels during creep is also discussed in this article.

  11. Autodeformation of Carburized Steel during Tempering

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    Regita BENDIKIENĖ

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available The article analyses the results of autodeformation registered during tempering of carburized steel. Test pieces for the tests were carburized till the different depth in order to examine influence of depth of carburization on the deformation of steel during heat treatment operation. Carburization was performed on the one surface of test pieces seeking to analyze extent of acted normal stresses to autodeformation of steel. Different bending loads were applied for analyzed steel from 5 MPa to 100 MPa. Deflection of test pieces was analyzed. The obtained results proved that size and direction of deflection were affected by depth of carburization. Particular results of stretched and compressed surface examination showed different behavior of test pieces during tempering process. Test pieces, which undergo deformation at the beginning of martensitic transformation, after unloading bend further. When tempered test pieces with assimetrically carburized layer bend during hardening, its direction and extent of autodeformation depend on depth of carburization and tempering temperature. Kinetics of autodeformation (during tempering is affected by difference of volume changes in the carburized part and in the unaffected low carbon part of specimen, and similarly by decomposition of retained austenite in the carburized part.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.19.1.3820

  12. Microstructure of laser cladded martensitic stainless steel

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    Van Rooyen, C

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available -steel substrate. A 4.4 kW Rofin DY044 diode pumped Nd:YAG laser coupled to a Kuka KR60L30 articulated arm robot and Precitec YW50 welding head with 300 mm focal length was used. Powder cladding was performed with Praxair Fe211-1 (420), Praxair Fe211-5 (400... dilution, low heat input, less distortion, increased mechanical and corrosion properties excellent repeatability and control of process parameters. Solidification of laser cladded martensitic stainless steel is primarily austenitic. Microstructures...

  13. Study on tempering behaviour of AISI 410 stainless steel

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    Chakraborty, Gopa, E-mail: gopa_mjs@igcar.gov.in [Metallurgy & Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Das, C.R.; Albert, S.K.; Bhaduri, A.K.; Thomas Paul, V. [Metallurgy & Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Panneerselvam, G. [Chemistry Group, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Dasgupta, Arup [Metallurgy & Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Center for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India)

    2015-02-15

    Martensitic stainless steels find extensive applications due to their optimum combination of strength, hardness and wear-resistance in tempered condition. However, this class of steels is susceptible to embrittlement during tempering if it is carried out in a specific temperature range resulting in significant reduction in toughness. Embrittlement of as-normalised AISI 410 martensitic stainless steel, subjected to tempering treatment in the temperature range of 673–923 K was studied using Charpy impact tests followed by metallurgical investigations using field emission scanning electron and transmission electron microscopes. Carbides precipitated during tempering were extracted by electrochemical dissolution of the matrix and identified by X-ray diffraction. Studies indicated that temper embrittlement is highest when the steel is tempered at 823 K. Mostly iron rich carbides are present in the steel subjected to tempering at low temperatures of around 723 K, whereas chromium rich carbides (M{sub 23}C{sub 6}) dominate precipitation at high temperature tempering. The range 773–823 K is the transition temperature range for the precipitates, with both Fe{sub 2}C and M{sub 23}C{sub 6} types of carbides coexisting in the material. The nucleation of Fe{sub 2}C within the martensite lath, during low temperature tempering, has a definite role in the embrittlement of this steel. Embrittlement is not observed at high temperature tempering because of precipitation of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides, instead of Fe{sub 2}C, preferentially along the lath and prior austenite boundaries. Segregation of S and P, which is widely reported as one of the causes for temper embrittlement, could not be detected in the material even through Auger electron spectroscopy studies. - Highlights: • Tempering behaviour of AISI 410 steel is studied within 673–923 K temperature range. • Temperature regime of maximum embrittlement is identified as 773–848 K. • Results show that type of

  14. Analysis of fracture toughness of explosion-hardened martensitic steel

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    Moskvitina, L. V.

    2015-10-01

    In this work we study a shift of the following nonlinear states: tempering + abatement + 10 GPa shock loading + welding thermocycle. As a result the self-organized HAZ metal structure with elements of self-similarity on different scales is found. The fractal analysis shows how formed defects affect the HAZ metal hardness of 14H2GMR steel with the martensitic structure of static fracture. The statistical analysis of stereometric parameters of fracture shows a higher energy intensity of static fracture in specimens treated by explosion. The multifractal analysis reveals hardness of the grid dislocation structure induced by explosion in the air-hardening zone. The homogeneity of the dislocation structure related to carbides increases the resistance of HAZ metal of static fracture.

  15. Anomalous kinetics of lath martensite formation in stainless steel

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    Villa, Matteo; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt; Pantleon, Karen

    2015-01-01

    The kinetics of lath martensite formation in Fe-17.3 wt-%Cr-7.1 wt-%Ni-1.1 wt-%Al-0.08 wt-%C stainless steel was investigated with magnetometry and microscopy. Lath martensite forms during cooling, heating and isothermally. For the first time, it is shown by magnetometry during extremely slow...... dependent autocatalytic lath martensite formation followed by mechanical stabilisation of austenite during the transformation process....

  16. Effect of Austenitizing Heat Treatment on the Microstructure and Hardness of Martensitic Stainless Steel AISI 420

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    Barlow, L. D.; Du Toit, M.

    2012-07-01

    The effect of austenitizing on the microstructure and hardness of two martensitic stainless steels was examined with the aim of supplying heat-treatment guidelines to the user that will ensure a martensitic structure with minimal retained austenite, evenly dispersed carbides and a hardness of between 610 and 740 HV (Vickers hardness) after quenching and tempering. The steels examined during the course of this examination conform in composition to medium-carbon AISI 420 martensitic stainless steel, except for the addition of 0.13% vanadium and 0.62% molybdenum to one of the alloys. Steel samples were austenitized at temperatures between 1000 and 1200 °C, followed by oil quenching. The as-quenched microstructures were found to range from almost fully martensitic structures to martensite with up to 35% retained austenite after quenching, with varying amounts of carbides. Optical and scanning electron microscopy was used to characterize the microstructures, and X-ray diffraction was employed to identify the carbide present in the as-quenched structures and to quantify the retained austenite contents. Hardness tests were performed to determine the effect of heat treatment on mechanical properties. As-quenched hardness values ranged from 700 to 270 HV, depending on the amount of retained austenite. Thermodynamic predictions (using the CALPHAD™ model) were employed to explain these microstructures based on the solubility of the carbide particles at various austenitizing temperatures.

  17. MARTENSITIC CREEP RESISTANT STEEL STRENGTHENED BY Z-PHASE

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    2008-01-01

    The present invention relates to steel alloys having a martensitic or martensitic- ferritic structure and comprising Z-phase (CrXN) particles, where X is one or more of the elements V, Nb, Ta, and where the Z-phase particles have an average size of less than 400 nm. The alloy comprises by wt % th...

  18. M5C2 carbide precipitates in a high-Cr martensitic steel

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    Shen, Yinzhong; Ji, Bo; Zhou, Xiaoling

    2014-05-01

    The precipitate phases in an advanced 11% Cr martensitic steel, expected to be used at 650 °C, have been investigated to understand the effect of precipitates on the creep-rupture strength of the steel. M23C6 and MX precipitates were dominant phases in this steel. Needle-like precipitates with a typical length of 180 nm and width of 20 nm; and metallic-element compositions of 53-74Fe, 16-26Cr, 3-18Ta, 2-8W, and 2-4Co (at%); were observed mainly within the martensite laths of the normalized-and-tempered steel. The needle-like precipitates have been identified as monoclinic carbide M5C2, which is not known to have been reported previously in high chromium steels, or in heat-resistant steels those have been normalized-and-tempered. This indicates that the formation of M5C2 carbides can occur in heat-resistant steels produced under appropriate tempering conditions, and that this does not require long-term isothermal aging or creep testing, in all cases.

  19. Stress-Corrosion Cracking in Martensitic PH Stainless Steels

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    Humphries, T.; Nelson, E.

    1984-01-01

    Precipitation-hardening alloys evaluated in marine environment tests. Report describes marine-environment stress-corrosion cracking (SCC) tests of three martensitic precipitation hardening (PH) stainless-steel alloys.

  20. Nanotribological behavior of deep cryogenically treated martensitic stainless steel.

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    Prieto, Germán; Bakoglidis, Konstantinos D; Tuckart, Walter R; Broitman, Esteban

    2017-01-01

    Cryogenic treatments are increasingly used to improve the wear resistance of various steel alloys by means of transformation of retained austenite, deformation of virgin martensite and carbide refinement. In this work the nanotribological behavior and mechanical properties at the nano-scale of cryogenically and conventionally treated AISI 420 martensitic stainless steel were evaluated. Conventionally treated specimens were subjected to quenching and annealing, while the deep cryogenically treated samples were quenched, soaked in liquid nitrogen for 2 h and annealed. The elastic-plastic parameters of the materials were assessed by nanoindentation tests under displacement control, while the friction behavior and wear rate were evaluated by a nanoscratch testing methodology that it is used for the first time in steels. It was found that cryogenic treatments increased both hardness and elastic limit of a low-carbon martensitic stainless steel, while its tribological performance was enhanced marginally.

  1. Quantifying the effects of tempering on individual phase properties of DP980 steel with nanoindentation

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    Cheng, G.; Zhang, F.; Ruimi, A.; Field, D. P.; Sun, X.

    2016-06-01

    We conduct a series of thermal and mechanical testing on a commercial dual phase (DP) 980 steel in order to quantify the effects of tempering on its individual phase properties. Tempering treatment is conducted at 250 °C and 400 °C for 60 minutes each. Ferrite and martensite grains are distinguished using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and scanning probe microscopy (SPM), and the martensite volume fractions (MVF) are determined based on the image quality (IQ) map. Multi-scale indentation tests combined with a newly developed inverse method are used to obtain the individual phase flow properties in each tempered DP980 sample. The results show that, i) tempering significantly reduces martensite yield strength, while it only slightly reduces the ferrite yield strength; ii) tempering temperature has a more significant influence on the work hardening exponent of ferrite than that of martensite; iii) the elastic modulus of martensite is consistently higher than that of ferrite. As a validation, a simple rule of mixtures is used to verify the above-predicted individual phase flow stresses with the experimentally obtained overall true stress vs. true strain curves. The methodology and the corresponding results shown in this study can help guide the selection of tempering parameters in optimizing the mechanical properties of DP steels for their intended applications.

  2. Quantifying the effects of tempering on individual phase properties of DP980 steel with nanoindentation

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    Cheng, G. [Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, Richland, WA (United States); Zhang, F. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (United States); Ruimi, A. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Texas A& M University, Doha (Qatar); Field, D.P. [School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Washington State University, Pullman, WA (United States); Sun, X., E-mail: xin.sun@pnnl.gov [Physical and Computational Sciences Directorate, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, P.O. Box 999, Richland, WA (United States)

    2016-06-14

    Tempering treatment is conducted on a commercial dual phase (DP) 980 steel at 250 °C and 400 °C for 60 min each. Ferrite and martensite grains are distinguished using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and scanning probe microscopy (SPM), and the martensite volume fractions (MVF) are determined based on the image quality (IQ) map. Indentation tests combined with a newly developed inverse method are used to obtain the individual phase flow properties in each sample. The results show that, i) tempering significantly reduces martensite yield strength, while it slightly reduces the ferrite yield strength; ii) tempering temperature has a more significant influence on the work hardening exponent of ferrite than that of martensite. As a validation, a simple rule-of-mixtures is used to verify the above-predicted individual phase flow stresses with the experimentally obtained overall true stress vs. true strain curves.

  3. EBSD characterization of deformed lath martensite in if steel

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    Lv, Z.A.; Zhang, Xiaodan; Huang, Xiaoxu

    2017-01-01

    Rolling deformation results in the transformation of a lath martensite structure to a lamellar structure characteristic to that of IF steel cold-rolled to medium and high strains. The structural transition takes place from low to medium strain, and electron backscatter diffraction analysis shows...... and the strength are characterized for lath martensite rolled to a thickness reduction of 30%, showing that large changes in the misorientation take place, while the strain hardening rate is low....

  4. The possibility of tribopair lifetime extending by welding of quenched and tempered stainless steel with quenched and tempered carbon steel

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    V. Marušić

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available In the conditions of tribocorrosion wear, extending of parts lifetime could be achieved by using stainless steel,which is hardened to sufficiently high hardness. In the tribosystem bolt/ bushing shell/link plate of the bucket elevator transporter conveyor machine, the previously quenched and tempered martensitic stainless steel for bolts is hardened at ≈47 HRC and welded with the quenched and tempered high yield carbon steel for bolts. Additional material, based on Cr-Ni-Mo (18/8/6 is used. The microstructure and hardness of welded samples are tested. On the tensile tester, resistance of the welded joint is tested with a simulated experiment. Dimensional control of worn tribosystem elements was performed after six months of service.

  5. Development status und future possibilities for martensitic creep resistant steels

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    Hald, J. [Technical Univ. Denmark, Lyngby (Denmark). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

    2010-07-01

    In the last four decades new stronger modified 9%Cr martensitic creep resistant steels have been introduced in power plants, which has enabled increases in maximum achievable steam conditions from the previous 250 bar and 540-560 C up to the values of 300 bar and 600-620 C currently being introduced all over the world. In order to further increase the steam parameters of steel based power plants up to a target value of 650 C/325 bar it is necessary to double the creep strength of the martensitic steels. At the same time the resistance against steam oxidation must be improved by an increase of the chromium content in the steels from 9% to 12%. However, so far all attempts to make stronger 12%Cr steels have led to breakdowns in long-term creep strength. Significant progress has been achieved in the understanding of microstructure stability of the martensitic 9-12%Cr steels: Observed microstructure instabilities in 11-12%Cr steels are explained by Z-phase precipitation, which dissolves fine MN nitrides. Improved understanding of effects of B and N on long-term creep properties has formed the basis of a series of new stronger 9%Cr test alloys with improved creep strength. In parallel 9%Cr test steels with low C content show very promising behavior in long-term tests. However, the 9%Cr steels must be surface coated to protect against steam oxidation at high temperature applications above 620%C. A possibility to use fine Z-phases for strengthening of the martensitic steels has been identified, and this opens a new pathway for development of stable strong 12%Cr steels. There are still good prospects for the realization of a 325 bar / 650 C steam power plant all based on steel. (orig.)

  6. Corrosion and Nanomechanical Behaviors of 16.3Cr-0.22N-0.43C-1.73Mo Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    Ghosh, Rahul; Krishna, S. Chenna; Venugopal, A.; Narayanan, P. Ramesh; Jha, Abhay K.; Ramkumar, P.; Venkitakrishnan, P. V. [Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (ISRO), Kerala (India)

    2016-12-15

    The effect of nitrogen on the electrochemical corrosion and nanomechanical behaviors of martensitic stainless steel was examined using potentiodynamic polarization and nanoindentation test methods. The results indicate that partial replacement of carbon with nitrogen effectively improved the passivation and pitting corrosion resistance of conventional high-carbon and high- chromium martensitic steels. Post-test observation of the samples after a potentiodynamic test revealed a severe pitting attacks in conventional martensitic steel compared with nitrogen- containing martensitic stainless steel. This was shown to be due to (i) microstructural refinement results in retaining a high-chromium content in the matrix, and (ii) the presence of reversed austenite formed during the tempering process. Since nitrogen addition also resulted in the formation of a Cr{sub 2}N phase as a process of secondary hardening, the hardness of the nitrogen- containing steel is slightly higher than the conventional martensitic stainless steel under tempered conditions, even though the carbon content is lowered. The added nitrogen also improved the wear resistance of the steel as the critical load (Lc2) is less, along with a lower scratch friction coefficient (SFC) when compared to conventional martensitic stainless steel such as AISI 440C.

  7. Characteristics of modified martensitic stainless steel surfaces under tribocorrosion conditions

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    Rozing, Goran [Osijek Univ. (Croatia). Chair of Mechanical Engineering; Marusic, Vlatko [Osijek Univ. (Croatia). Dept. of Engineering Materials; Alar, Vesna [Zagreb Univ. (Croatia). Dept. Materials

    2017-04-01

    Stainless steel samples were tested in the laboratory and under real conditions of tribocorrosion wear. Electrochemical tests were also carried out to verify the corrosion resistance of modified steel surfaces. Metallographic analysis and hardness testing were conducted on stainless steel samples X20Cr13 and X17CrNi16 2. The possibilities of applications of modified surfaces of the selected steels were investigated by testing the samples under real wear conditions. The results have shown that the induction hardened and subsequently nitrided martensitic steels achieved an average wear resistance of up to three orders of magnitude higher as compared to the delivered condition.

  8. Effect of Microstructure on Torsional Fatigue Endurance of Martensitic Carbon Steel

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    TOYODA, Shunsuke; ISHIGURO, Yasuhide; KAWABATA, Yoshikazu; SAKATA, Kei; SATO, Akio; SAKAI, Jun'ichi

    2009-01-01

    The microstructural influence of martensitic carbon steel on torsional fatigue endurance was investigated, taking into consideration the application of high strength steel electric resistance welded (ERW...

  9. Stress-state effects on the stress-induced martensitic transformation of carburized 4320 steels

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    Karaman, I.; Balzer, M.; Sehitoglu, Huseyin; Maier, H. J.

    1998-02-01

    The effect of different stress states on the stress-induced martensitic transformation of retained austenite was investigated in carburized 4320 steels with an initial retained austenite content of 15 pct. Experiments were conducted utilizing a specialized pressure rig and comparison between stress-strain behaviors of specimens with different austenitization and tempering histories was performed under these stress states. Experimental results indicated considerable asymmetry between tension and compression, with triaxial stress states resulting in the highest strength levels for the untempered material. Fine carbide precipitates due to low-temperature tempering increased the strength and ductility of the specimens and also changed the austenite-to-martensite transformation behavior. Numerical simulations of stress-strain behaviors under different stress states were obtained, with an existing micromechanical self-consistent framework utilizing the crystallographic theory of austenite/martensite transformation and the minimum complementary free-energy principle. The model was modified for carburized steels upon microstructural investigation and predicted the same trends in effective stress-effective strain behavior as observed experimentally.

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

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

    2014-01-01

    tempering. Furthermore, it is demonstrated that sub-zero Celsius treatment after tempering leads to compressive strain in austenite. Finally, it is reported that no compressive strain builds up in austenite when the martensite formation occurs below a certain critical temperature.......; (ii) to measure the evolution of the lattice strain in retained austenite; and (iii) to identify the different stages of tempering. This work shows for the first time that the compressive strains built up in austenite upon martensite formation during sub-zero Celsius treatment are retained after...

  11. Effect of tempering temperature on microstructure and sliding wear property of laser quenched 4Cr13 steel

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    Ouyang, J.H.; Pei, Y.T.; Li, X.D.; Lei, T.C.

    1994-01-01

    4Cr13 martensite stainless steel was quenched by a CO2 laser and tempered for 2 h at different temperatures in the range 200 °C to 550 °C. The microstructure of treated layer was observed by SEM, XRD and TEM. Tempering leads to the decomposition of a large number of retained austenites in laser

  12. Microstructural Characterization of Low Temperature Gas Nitrided Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    Fernandes, Frederico Augusto Pires; Christiansen, Thomas Lundin; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2015-01-01

    The present work presents microstructural investigations of the surface zone of low temperature gas nitrided precipitation hardening martensitic stainless steel AISI 630. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction was applied to investigate the present phases after successive removal of very thin sectio...

  13. Effect of Microstructure on Torsional Fatigue Endurance of Martensitic Carbon Steel

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    Toyoda, Shunsuke; Ishiguro, Yasuhide; Kawabata, Yoshikazu; Sakata, Kei; Sato, Akio; Sakai, Jun'ichi

    The microstructural influence of martensitic carbon steel on torsional fatigue endurance was investigated, taking into consideration the application of high strength steel electric resistance welded (ERW) tubes to automotive structural parts. The chemical composition of the base steel alloy was 0.1-0.2%C-0.2-1.5%Si-1.3-1.9%Mn-0.01%P-0.001%S-(Cr, Mo, Ti, Nb, B). Laboratory vacuum-fused ingots were hot-rolled, heated to 1023 or 1223 K in a salt bath, and then water-quenched and tempered at 473 K. Consequently, three types of microstructure, martensite (M), martensite and ferrite (M+F), and ferrite and pearlite (F+P), were prepared. Fully reversed torsional fatigue testing was conducted with 6 mm diameter round bar specimens. Torsional fatigue endurance was found to monotonously increase with increases in the tensile strength of the specimen from 540 to 1380 MPa. The martensitic single structure and the M+F dual-phase structure showed a similar level of fatigue endurance at a tensile strength of approximately 950 MPa. However, fatigue micro-crack morphology varied slightly between them. At the surface of the M+F specimen, many small cracks were observed in addition to the main crack. Conversely, in the martensitic specimen, these small cracks were rarely observed. ΔK decreasing/increasing crack growth testing with compact tension (CT)-type specimens was also conducted. Based on these experimental results, the effect of microstructure and stress level on the initiation/propagation cycle ratio is discussed. In addition to fatigue properties, some practical properties, such as low-temperature toughness and hydrogen embrittlement resistance, were also evaluated in view of actual applications for automotive structural parts.

  14. Optimizing Heat Treatment Process of Fe-13Cr-3Mo-3Ni Martensitic Stainless of Steel

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    Anwar, M. S.; Prifiharni, S.; Mabruri, E.

    2017-05-01

    The Fe-13Cr-3Mo-3Ni stainless steels are modified into martensitic stainless steels for steam turbine blades application. The working temperature of steam turbine was around 600 - 700 °C. The improvement properties of turbine blade material is necessary to maintain steam turbine work. The previous research revealed that it has corrosion resistance of Fe-13Cr-3Mo-3Ni which is better than 13Cr stainless steels in the chloride environment. In this work, the effect of heat treatment on microstructure and hardness of Fe-13Cr-3Mo-3Ni stainless steels has been studied. The steel was prepared by induction melting followed by hot forging. The steels were austenitized at 1000, 1050, and 1100 °C for 1 hour and were tempered at 600, 650, and 700 °C for 1 hour. The steels were then subjected to metallographic observation and hardness test of Rockwell C. The optimal heat treatment of Fe-13Cr-3Mo-3Ni was carried out austenitized in 1050 °C and tempered in 600 - 700 °C.

  15. A phenomenological approach to micromagnetics in martensitic steels

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    Tomka, G J; Earl, J; Murray, N; Maylin, M G; Squire, P T

    2000-01-01

    A series of applied field measurements have been done on rods of martensitic steel using a BH-permeameter incorporated into a stress-strain apparatus. Zero stress measurements have been cross-checked using a VSM. For the unstressed steel, it is shown that it is necessary to adapt the Jiles-Atherton model to account for a significant departure in the virgin and demagnetisation curves from that predicted in the standard model. The adapted model gives a good description of magnetisation changes for points on the curve and provides an insight into the reversal mechanism in martensitic steel. Measurements under stress indicate that the nature of the reversal mechanism is stress dependent.

  16. Effects of boundary characteristics on resistance to temper embrittlement and segregation behavior of Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel

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    Park, Sang-Gyu; Lee, Ki-Hyoung [Nuclear Materials Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daedeok-daero 989-111, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min-Chul, E-mail: mckim@kaeri.re.kr [Nuclear Materials Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daedeok-daero 989-111, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Bong-Sang [Nuclear Materials Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daedeok-daero 989-111, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-01-20

    SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel has higher strength and fracture toughness than those of commercial SA508 Gr.3 low alloy steel, due to its tempered martensitic microstructure as well as the solid solution effect and its higher contents of Ni and Cr. Hence, several studies have been performed on SA508 Gr.4N for nuclear application. In this study, the effects of microstructure on temper embrittlement and segregation behaviors in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel were evaluated from the viewpoint of grain boundary characteristics. To evaluate the microstructural effect while excluding chemistry effects, the same heat was used but different microstructure samples were prepared by changing the cooling rate after austenitization. The increased volume fraction of martensite reduces the resistance to temper embrittlement, showing an increased transition-temperature shift (TTS) and increased P segregation at prior austenite boundaries. The segregation occurred intensively at prior austenite grain boundaries in tempered martensite, while the segregation occurred simultaneously at both prior austenite boundaries and packet boundaries in tempered bainite. In the EBSD results, most of the packet boundaries in tempered martensite are special boundaries such as N-Ary-Summation 3 coincident site lattice (CSL) boundaries. The differences in P segregation between tempered martensite and tempered bainite are mainly caused by different portions of low energy special boundaries among the sub-grain boundaries. The reduction of temper embrittlement resistance in tempered martensite could be explained by the increased fraction of low energy CSL boundaries, which leads to a concentrated segregation of P at prior austenite grain boundaries.

  17. Induced martensitic transformation during tensile test in nanostructured bainitic steels

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    Morales-Rivas, L. [Department of Physical Metallurgy, National Center for Metallurgical Research (CENIM-CSIC), Avda. Gregorio del Amo, 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain); University of Kaiserslautern, Materials Testing, Gottlieb - Daimler - Str., 67663 Kaiserslautern (Germany); Garcia-Mateo, C., E-mail: cgm@cenim.csic.es [Department of Physical Metallurgy, National Center for Metallurgical Research (CENIM-CSIC), Avda. Gregorio del Amo, 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain); Kuntz, Matthias [Robert Bosch GmbH, Materials and Processing Dept, P.O. Box 300240, Stuttgart (Germany); Sourmail, Thomas [Asco Industries CREAS (Research Centre) Metallurgy, BP 70045, Hagondange Cedex 57301 (France); Caballero, F.G. [Department of Physical Metallurgy, National Center for Metallurgical Research (CENIM-CSIC), Avda. Gregorio del Amo, 8, 28040 Madrid (Spain)

    2016-04-26

    Retained austenite in nanostructured bainite is able to undergo mechanically induced martensitic transformation. However, the link between transformation and deformation mechanisms involved makes difficult the understanding of the process. In this work, a model has been developed to assess the effect of the external stress itself on the martensite phase transformation. In addition, after a detailed initial microstructural characterization, the martensite fraction evolution during tensile deformation has been obtained by means of X-ray diffraction analyses after interrupted tensile tests in several nanostructured bainitic steels. Experimental results have been compared to the outputs of the model, as a reference. They suggests that stress partitioning between phases upon tensile deformation is promoted by isothermal transformation at lower temperatures.

  18. Direct observation of phase transformations in the simulated heat-affected zone of a 9Cr martensitic steel

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    Mayr, P. [Graz Univ. of Tech. (Austria). IWS; Palmer, T.A.; Elmer, J.W. [Lawrence Livermore National Lab., Livermore (United States); Specht, E.D. [Oak Ridge National Lab., Oak Ridge, TN (United States)

    2008-04-15

    An experimental test melt of a boron alloyed 9Cr-3W-3Co-V,Nb steel for high temperature applications in the thermal power generation industry was produced by vacuum induction melting. This grade of steel typically displays a homogeneous tempered martensitic microstructure in the as-received, i.e. normalised and tempered, condition. However, after welding, this microstructure is significantly altered, resulting in a loss of its desired properties. The phase transformations during simulated thermal cycles typical of those experienced in the weld heat-affected zone were directly observed by in-situ X-ray diffraction experiments using synchrotron radiation. Heating rates of 10 K s{sup -1} and 100 K s{sup -1} up to a peak temperature of 1300 C are investigated here. The final microstructures observed after both simulated weld thermal cycles are primarily composed of martensite with approximately 4% retained delta ferrite and 4% retained austenite, by volume. With the temporal resolution of the in-situ X-ray diffraction technique, phase transformations from tempered martensite to austenite to delta ferrite during heating and to martensite during cooling were monitored. With this technique, the evolution of the final microstructure through both heating and cooling is monitored, providing additional context to the microstructural observations. (orig.)

  19. Dilatometric and hardness analysis of C45 steel tempering with different heating-up rates

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    A. Kulawik

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Modelling of technological processes of heat treatment or welding, involving multiple heat source transitions, requires considering the phenomenon of tempering. In work have been presented results of dilatometric research of hardened C45 steel subjected to tempering. The analysis of the influence of heating rate at the kinetic determined from dilatometric curves has been made. There have also been estimated quantities of transformation expansions and thermal expansion coefficients of hardening and tempering structures (austenite, ferrite, pearlite, martensite and sorbite. The analysis of tempering time influence on the hardness of tempered steel has been made. Functions associating hardness with tempering time (rate of heating-up in technological processes based on short-timed action of a heat source (eg. laser treatment have been suggested.

  20. Effect of Austenization Temperature on the Microstructure and Strength of 9% and 12% Cr Ferritic-Martensitic Steels

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    Terry C. Totemeier

    2004-10-01

    The effect of reduced-temperature austenization on the microstructure and strength of two ferritic-martensitic steels was studied. Prototypic 9% and 12% Cr steels, grade 91 (9Cr-1MoVNb) and type 422 stainless (12Cr-1MoVW), respectively, were austenized at 925°C and 1050°C and tempered at 760°C. The reduced austenization temperature was intended to simulate potential inadequate austenization during field construction of large structures and also the thermal cycle experienced in the Type IV region of weld heat affected zones (HAZ). The microstructure, tensile behavior, and creep strength were characterized for both steels treated at each condition. The reduced austenization temperature resulted in general coarsening of carbides in both steels and polygonization of the tempered martensite structure in type 422. For this steel, a marked reduction in microhardness was observed, while there was little change in microhardness for grade 91. Slight reductions in tensile strength were observed for both steels at room temperature and elevated temperatures of 450 and 550°C. The strength reduction was greater for type 422 than for grade 91. At 650°C the tensile strength reduction was minimal for both steels. Marked reductions in creep rupture lives were observed for both steels at 650°C; the reductions were less at 600°C and minimal at 550°C. Overall, the higher Cr content steel was observed to be more sensitive to variations in heat treatment conditions.

  1. Quenching and Partitioning (Q&P) Processing of Martensitic Stainless Steels

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    Mola, Javad; De Cooman, Bruno C.

    2013-02-01

    Austenite was stabilized in the martensitic stainless steel grade AISI 420 by means of quenching and partitioning (Q&P) processing. The effects of quenching temperature on the microstructure and mechanical properties were investigated. The specimens processed at low quench temperatures (regime I) had a microstructure consisting of tempered martensite and retained austenite. At high quench temperatures (regime II), fresh martensite was present too. The highest austenite fraction of about 0.35 was obtained at the quench temperature delineating regimes I and II. The amount of carbon in retained austenite increased as the quench temperature decreased. The carbon level of austenite was, however, much lower than the carbon concentrations expected from full partitioning assumption. This was mainly due to the extensive cementite formation in the partitioning step. Stabilization of austenite by Q&P processing was found not to be purely chemical. Austenite stabilization was also assisted by locking, because of local carbon enrichment, of potential martensite nucleation sites in the austenite/martensite boundaries and in austenite defects. The importance of the latter stabilization mechanism increased at higher martensite fractions. According to the tensile test results, the Q&P processed specimen with the highest austenite fraction was not associated with the best combination of strength and ductility. The mechanical stability of austenite was found to increase with its carbon concentration being the highest at the lowest quench temperature. The thermal stability, on the other hand, was almost inversely proportional to the retained austenite fraction, being low at intermediate quench temperatures where the retained austenite fraction was high.

  2. Dynamic strain ageing evidences during low cycle fatigue deformation in ferritic martensitic stainless steels

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    Armas, A. F.; Avalos, M.; Alvarez-Armas, I.; Petersen, C.; Schmitt, R.

    1998-10-01

    The influence of dynamic strain ageing (DSA) on the strain cyclic behaviour of ferrite-martensite stainless steels was investigated at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 823 K. For fully annealed AISI 420 initial hardening followed by a saturation stage was observed at each test temperature. This steel was found to be susceptible to DSA as evidenced by the temperature independent stress saturation observed between 523 and 723 K. Normalized and tempered MANET II and F82H mod. softens during cyclic loading at all temperatures. In this steel DSA manifestations were observed on plotting the peak tensile stress difference between hysteresis loops obtained at different strain rates. Strongly abnormal behaviour with higher peak tensile stresses corresponding to slower strain rates was observed in the temperature range between 500 and 700 K. It is proposed that DSA mechanisms caused by the drag of solution carbon atoms is responsible for this unusual behaviour.

  3. Temper Fragileness Study for RUL 2 Steel

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    Rodica Rădulea

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents an experimental study about the tenacity variation depending on the tempering temperature of the steel RUL2 grade, within q wide range of temperatures. By this analysis it is possible to study the cooling of the above mentioned heat treatment on the temper fragileness.

  4. Nitriding using cathodic cage technique of martensitic stainless steel AISI 420 with addition of CH4

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    De Sousa, R.R.M; De Araújo, F.O; Da Costa, J.A.P; De Sousa, R.S; Alves JR, C

    2008-01-01

    AISI 420 martensitic stainless steel samples were nitrided by cathodic cage technique with addition of methane in the atmosphere aiming to reduce chromium nitride precipitation, to increase hardness...

  5. A study on fatigue crack growth in dual phase martensitic steel in air ...

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    Dual phase (DP) steel was intercritically annealed at different temperatures from fully martensitic state to achieve martensite plus ferrite, microstructures with martensite contents in the range of 32 to 76%. Fatigue crack growth (FCG) and fracture toughness tests were carried out as per ASTM standards E 647 and E 399, ...

  6. On the Processing of Martensitic Steels in Continuous Galvanizing Lines: Part 1

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    Song, Taejin; Kwak, Jaihyun; de Cooman, B. C.

    2012-01-01

    Whereas low-carbon (galvanizing lines make it difficult to produce hot-dip Zn or Zn-alloy coated high-strength martensitic grades. This is because of the tempering processes occurring during dipping of the strip in the liquid Zn bath and, in the case of galvannealed sheet steel, the short thermal treatment required to achieve the alloying between the Zn and the steel. These short additional thermal treatments last less than 30 seconds but severely degrade the mechanical properties. Using a combination of internal friction, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy, it is shown that the ultrafine-grained lath microstructure allows for a rapid dislocation recovery and carbide formation during the galvanizing processes. In addition, the effective dislocation pinning occurring during the galvannealing process results in strain localization and the suppression of strain hardening.

  7. UNDERSTANDING DAMAGE MECHANISMS IN FERRITIC/MARTENSITIC STEELS

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    Swindeman, R.W.; Maziasz, P.J.; Swindeman, M.J.

    2003-04-22

    Advanced ferritic/martensitic steels are being used extensively in fossil energy applications. New steels such as 2 1/4Cr-W-V (T23, T24), 3Cr-W-V, 9Cr-Mo-V (T91), 7Cr-W-V, 9Cr-W-V (T92 and T911), and 12Cr-W-V (T122, SAVE 12, and NF12) are examples of tubing being used in boilers and heat recovery steam generators (1). Other products for these new steels include piping, plates, and forgings. There is concern about the high-temperature performance of the advanced steels for several reasons. First, they exhibit a higher sensitivity to temperature than the 300 series stainless steels that they often replace. Second, they tend to be metallurgically unstable and undergo significant degradation at service temperatures in the creep range. Third, the experience base is limited in regard to duration. Fourth, they will be used for thick-section, high-pressure components that require high levels of integrity. To better understand the potential limitations of these steels, damage models are being developed that consider metallurgical factors as well as mechanical performance factors. Grade 91 steel was chosen as representative of these steels for evaluation of cumulative damage models since laboratory and service exposures of grade 91 exceed 100,000 hours.

  8. Development of Continuous Galvanization-compatible Martensitic Steel

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    Gong, Y. F.; Song, T. J.; Kim, Han S.; De Cooman [Pohang Univ. of Science and Technology, Pohang (Korea, Republic of); Kwak, J. H. [POSCO Gwangyang Works, Gwangyang (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-01-15

    The development of martensitic grades which can be processed in continuous galvanizing lines requires the reduction of the oxides formed on the steel during the hot dip process. This reduction mechanism was investigated in detail by means of High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HR-TEM) of cross-sectional samples. Annealing of a martensitic steel in a 10% H{sub 2} + N{sub 2} atmosphere with the dew point of -35 .deg. C resulted in the formation of a thin c-xMno.SiO{sub 2} (x>1) oxide film and amorphous a-xMnO.SiO{sub 2} oxide particles on the surface. During the hot dip galvanizing in Zn-0.13%Al, the thin c-xMnO.SiO{sub 2} (x>1) oxide films was reduced by the Al. The a-xMnO.SiO{sub 2} (x<0.9) and a-SiO{sub 2} (x>1) oxide film was also reduced and the amorphous a-xMnO.SiO{sub 2} and a-SiO{sub 2} particles were embedded in the Fe{sub 2}Al{sub 5-x}Zn{sub x} inhibition layer formed at the steel/coating interface during hot dipping. The results clearly show that Al in the liquid Zn bath can reduce the crystalline c-xMn.SiO{sub 2} (x>1) oxides but not the amorphous a-xMnO.SiO{sub 2} (x<0.9) and a-SiO{sub 2} oxides. These oxides remain embedded in the Zn layer or in the inhibition layer, making it possible to apply a Zn or Zn-alloy coating on martensitic steel by hot dipping. The hot dipping process was also found to deteriorate the mechanical properties, independently of the Zn bath composition.

  9. Influence of microscopic strain heterogeneity on the formability of martensitic stainless steel

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    Bettanini, Alvise Miotti; Delannay, Laurent; Jacques, Pascal J.; Pardoen, Thomas; Badinier, Guillaume; Mithieux, Jean-Denis

    2017-10-01

    Both finite element modeling and mean field (Mori-Tanaka) modeling are used to predict the strain partitioning in the martensite-ferrite microstructure of an AISI 410 martensitic stainless steel. Numerical predictions reproduce experimental trends according to which macroscopic strength is increased when the dissolution of carbides leads to carbon enrichment of martensite. However, the increased strength contrast of ferrite and martensite favours strain localization and high stress triaxiality in ferrite, which in turn promotes ductile damage development.

  10. Nitrogen alloying of the 12% Cr martensitic-ferritic steel

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    Kudryavtsev, A. S.; Artem'eva, D. A.; Mikhailov, M. S.

    2017-08-01

    The influence of the nitrogen content on the structure and mechanical properties of heat and corrosion resistant 12% Cr martensitic-ferritic steel developed at the Central Research Institute of Structural Materials Prometey has been studied. Steel containing 0.061 wt % nitrogen possesses a high level of mechanical properties. The decrease in the nitrogen content to 0.017 wt % leads to an increase of structurally free ferrite fraction in the steel, a decrease in the density of dislocations, a decrease of structural dispersity and the absence of finely dispersed precipitates of niobium and vanadium nitrides and carbides. As a result, there is a decrease in the strength properties, especially in the heat resistance.

  11. Interfacial properties of HIP joint between beryllium and reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel

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    Hirose, T. [Blanket Engineering Group, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka, Ibaraki (Japan); Ogiwara, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Enoeda, M. [Naka Fusion Research Establishment, J.A.E.R.I., Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Naka-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Akiba, M. [Naka Fusion Institute, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka, Ibaraki (Japan)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: ITER test blanket module is the most important components to validate energy production and fuel breeding process for future demonstration reactor. Reduced activation ferritic / martensitic steel is recognized as a promising structural material for breeding blanket systems. And Beryllium must be used as plasma facing materials for ITER in vessel components. In this work, interfacial properties of beryllium/reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel (RAF/Ms) joint were investigated for a first wall of ITER test blanket module (TBM). The starting materials were ITER grade Beryllium, S65C and a Japanese RAF/M, F82H. The joint was produced by solid state hot isostatic pressing (HIP) method. Chromium layer with the thickness of 1 {mu}m and 10 {mu}m were formed by plasma vapor deposition on the beryllium surface as a diffusion barrier. The HIP was carried out at 1023 K and 1233 K which are determined by standard normalizing and tempering temperature of F82H. The joint made at 1233 K was followed by tempering at 1033 K. The bonding interface was characterized by electron probe microanalysis (EPMA). The bonding strength was also investigated by isometric four point bending tests at ambient temperature. EPMA showed chromium layer effectively worked as a diffusion barrier at 1023 K. However, the beryllium rich layer was formed in F82H after HIP at 1233 K followed by tempering. Bending tests revealed that thin chromium layer and low temperature HIP is preferable. The high temperature HIP introduce brittle BeFe inter metallic compounds along bonding interface. On the other hand, joint with thick chromium layer suffer from brittleness of chromium itself. (authors)

  12. Evaluation of dislocation density and interstitial carbon content in quenched and tempered steel by internal friction

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    Hoyos, J.J., E-mail: quinteros@cab.cnea.gov.ar [Centro Atómico Bariloche, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Instituto Balseiro-Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas, Av. Bustillo 9500, CH 8400 Bariloche RN (Argentina); Ghilarducci, A.A., E-mail: friccion@cab.cnea.gov.ar [Centro Atómico Bariloche, Comisión Nacional de Energía Atómica, Instituto Balseiro-Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas, Av. Bustillo 9500, CH 8400 Bariloche RN (Argentina); Mari, D., E-mail: daniele.mari@epfl.ch [Institute of Condensed Matter Physics, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, CH 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2015-07-29

    In this work, mechanical spectroscopy (internal friction) is used for a qualitative evaluation of interstitial carbon content in martensite and of the dislocation density in bulk samples of quenched and tempered steel. On one hand, the decrease of the amplitude of a local maximum at 380 K is correlated with the reduction of interstitial carbon content in the martensite matrix, which is due to the carbide precipitation during the first stage of tempering. On the other hand, the amplitude change of an internal friction peak that appears at 500 K is correlated to the variation of the dislocation density. Both amplitude variations follow a similar trend during quenching and tempering, indicating a correlation between the interstitial carbon content and dislocation density in martensite. This correlation is in agreement with the results obtained by X-ray diffraction, thermoelectric power, and hardness. Additionally, it is possible to observe the Snoek effect in samples that contain ferrite and martensite with low tetragonality due to intercritical austenization or tempering.

  13. Physical metallurgy of BATMAN II Ti-bearing martensitic steels

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    Pilloni, L.; Attura, F.; Calza-Bini, A.; Santis, G. de; Filacchioni, G. [ENEA, Casaccia (Italy). Dipt. Innovazione; Carosi, A.; Amato, S. [Centro Sviluppo Materiali, Rome (Italy)

    1998-10-01

    Seven laboratory experimental casts of 7-9% Cr Ti-bearing martensitic steels were obtained via VIM process. Plates of 25 mm thickness were produced by hot rolling. On each cast CCT diagrams and critical temperatures were determined. Several austenitizing treatments were performed to study the grain size evolution. The effect of microstructure on impact properties were finally investigated. This paper discusses the role of chemical composition on microstructural and physical properties and shows the beneficial effect either of low-temperature austenitizing or double-austenitizing steps on impact properties. (orig.) 14 refs.

  14. Elucidation of mechanism wear carbon steel with structure of martensite

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    I. A. Vakulenko

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. The purpose of the paper is an estimation of degree of metal hardness change for the railway wheel with martensite structure during rolling. Methodology. As strength characteristic the Rockwell hardness is used. Wear tests were conducted in the conditions of normal loading with (10% and without sliding on the test equipment SMTs-2. Parameters of the fine crystalline structure (tetragonality degree of the crystalline grid, dislocation density, scale of coherent scattering regions, and disturbance value of the crystalline grid of second kind are determined by the methods of X-ray structural analysis. Findings. During operation of the railway wheels with different strength level, origin of defects on the wheel thread is caused by simultaneous action of both the friction forces and the cyclically changing loadings. Considering that formation of damage centers is largely determined by the state of metal volumes near the wheel thread, one should expect the differences in friction processes development at high contact stress for the wheels with different strength level and structural state. Originality. During the wear tests softening effect of carbon steel with martensite quenching structure is obtained. Softening effect equaled 3.5–7% from the level of quenched metal hardness. The softening effect is accompanied by the reduction of tetragonality degree of the crystalline structure of martensite, reduction of coherent scattering regions, dislocation density increase and crystalline grid disturbance of the second kind. Practical value. The results point out the necessity for further studies to clarify the resulted softening effect mechanism.

  15. Microstructural development during laser cladding of low-C martensitic stainless steel.

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    Van Rooyen, C

    2007-07-01

    Full Text Available Heat input plays an important role in the microstructural development of 12%Cr martensitic stainless steel. The microstructure of low-C 12%Cr martensitic stainless steel resulting from laser cladding was investigated. For 410L a ferritic...

  16. Enhanced carbide precipitation during tempering of sub-zero Celsius treated AISI 52100 bearing steel

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

    A 1.5%Cr, 1%C bearing steel was sub-zero Celsius treated after quenching.Transmission and reflection (synchrotron) X-Ray Diffraction were applied ex-situ at the HZBBESSY II synchrotron facility to quantify the phase fractions of martensite and austenite and determine the stress state in austenite...... of compression in austenite. Dilatometry indicates that a long isothermal holding at cryogenic temperatures enhanced the precipitation of transition carbides during tempering....

  17. Investigation of carbon segregation during low temperature tempering in a medium carbon steel

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    Xiao, Y. [State Key Lab of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai 200240 (China); Li, W., E-mail: weilee@sjtu.edu.cn [Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai 200240 (China); Zhao, H.S.; Lu, X.W. [State Key Lab of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Jin, X.J., E-mail: jin@sjtu.edu.cn [State Key Lab of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2016-07-15

    Low temperature tempering is important in improving the mechanical properties of steels. In this study, the thermoelectric power method was employed to investigate carbon segregation during low temperature tempering ranging from 110 °C to 170 °C of a medium carbon alloyed steel, combined with micro-hardness, transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography. Evolution of carbon dissolution from martensite and segregation to grain boundaries/interfaces and dislocations were investigated for different tempering conditions. Carbon concentration variation was quantified from 0.33 wt.% in quenching sample to 0.15 wt.% after long time tempering. The kinetic of carbon diffusion during tempering process was discussed through Johnson-Mehl-Avrami equation. - Highlights: • The thermoelectric power (TEP) was employed to investigate the low temperature tempering of a medium carbon alloyed steel. • Evolution of carbon dissolution was investigated for different tempering conditions. • Carbon concentration variation was quantified from 0.33 wt.% in quenching sample to 0.15 wt.% after long time tempering.

  18. Influence of Austenitizing Heat Treatment on the Properties of the Tempered Type 410-1Mo Stainless Steel

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    Mabruri, E.; Syahlan, Z. A.; Sahlan; Prifiharni, S.; Anwar, M. S.; Chandra, S. A.; Romijarso, T. B.; Adjiantoro, B.

    2017-05-01

    The modified 410-1Mo stainless steel has been developed with higher tensile strength and elongation compared to the standard 410 stainless steel. This paper reports the influence of austenitizing temperature on the microstructure, hardness, impact resistance and corrosion resistance of the modified 410-1Mo steel. The steel samples were prepared by a process sequence of induction melting, hot forging, annealing, hardening, and tempering. The microstructure of the tempered steels revealed additional phase of delta ferrite at pre-austenitizing temperatures of 950 to 1050 °C and disappeared at a temperature of 1100 °C. The steels which underwent pre-austenitizing at 1100 °C showed the largest sized lath martensite and the largest amount of retained austenite. The tempered steels maintained hardness at austenitizing temperatures of 950 °C to 1000 °C and showed an increasing hardness at austenitizing temperatures from 1000 to 1100 °C. At a range of austenitizing temperatures, it was investigated that the steels exhibited higher impact resistance at 1050 °C. The tempered steels that were pre-austenitized at 950 °C and 1100 °C showed the lowest pitting potential due to the existence of carbides and coarse-high carbon martensite, respectively.

  19. 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.

  20. Influence of structural-phase state of ferritic-martensitic steels on the helium porosity development

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    Chernov, I. I.; Staltsov, M. S.; Kalin, B. A.; Bogachev, I. A.; Guseva, L. Yu; Dzhumaev, P. S.; Emelyanova, O. V.; Drozhzhina, M. V.; Manukovsky, K. V.; Nikolaeva, I. D.

    2016-04-01

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has been used to study the effect of the initial structural-phase state (SPhS) of ferritic-martensitic steels EK-181, EP-450 and EP-450- ODS (with 0.5 wt.% nanoparticles of Y2O3) on the of helium porosity formation and gas swelling. Different SPhS of steel EK-181 was produced by water quenching, annealing, normalizing plus tempered, intensive plastic deformation by torsion (HPDT). Irradiation was carried out by He+-40 keV ions at 923 K up to fluence of 5-1020 He+/m2. It is shown that the water quenching causes the formation of uniformly distributed small bubbles (d¯ ∼ 2 nm) of the highest density (ρ∼ 1025 m-3). After normalization followed by tempering as well as after annealing bubbles distribution is highly non-uniform both by volume and in size. Very large faceted bubbles (pre-equilibrium gas-filled voids) are formed in ferrite grains resulting in high level of gas swelling of the irradiated layer with S = 4,9 ± 1,2 and 3.8 ± 0.9% respectively. Nano- and microcrystalline structure created by HPDT completely degenerate at irradiation temperature and ion irradiation formed bubbles of the same parameters as in the annealed steel. Bubbles formed in EP-450-ODS steel are smaller in size and density, which led to a decrease of helium swelling by 4 times (S = 0.8 ± 0.2%) as compared to the swelling of the matrix steel EP-450 (S = 3.1 ± 0.7%).

  1. Simulation of quenching and tempering of steels

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    Jin, Long

    An efficient simulation method, which includes microstructure, temperature and stress analysis applicable to both quenching and tempering processes, is developed and implemented using the commercial FEM package ABAQUS. This simulation encompasses phase transformations and their effects on the temperature distribution and stress/strain evolution, including the dependency of material properties on temperature and microstructure, transformation strains, latent heats and transformation plasticity. Three different multi-phase constitutive models, namely the average property model, the Voigt model and the Reuss model, have been implemented. The average property model is based on the linear mixture of material properties of different phase, while the Voigt model assumes the same strain field in all phases and the Reuss model assumes the iso-stress field. The simulation model has been applied to quenching and tempering of modified 4320 steel. Experiments of tempering and quenching on carburized circular plates of the same steel have been performed. The calculated distortion and residual stress profiles are in good agreement with corresponding measurements made in experiments and thus verifies the correctness of the model. The simulation model developed in this study is a useful design tool for quenching and tempering as well as machining of steels.

  2. Friction Stir Welding of HT9 Ferritic-Martensitic Steel: An Assessment of Microstructure and Properties

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    2013-06-01

    May 2007. [36] P. J. Konkol and M. F. Mruczek, ―Comparison of Friction Stir Weldments and Submerged Arc Weldments in HSLA-65 Steel,‖ Welding ... WELDING OF HT9 FERRITIC- MARTENSITIC STEEL: AN ASSESSMENT OF MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROPERTIES by Lara L. Ray June 2013 Thesis Advisor: Luke N...2013 3. REPORT TYPE AND DATES COVERED Master‘s Thesis 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE FRICTION STIR WELDING OF HT9 FERRITIC-MARTENSITIC STEEL: AN

  3. Microstructural analysis of ferritic-martensitic steels irradiated at low temperature in HFIR

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    Hashimoto, N.; Robertson, J.P.; Rowcliffe, A.F. [Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States); Wakai, E. [Japan Atomic Energy Research Inst. (Japan)

    1998-09-01

    Disk specimens of ferritic-martensitic steel, HT9 and F82H, irradiated to damage levels of {approximately}3 dpa at irradiation temperatures of either {approximately}90 C or {approximately}250 C have been investigated by using transmission electron microscopy. Before irradiation, tempered HT9 contained only M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbide. Irradiation at 90 C and 250 C induced a dislocation loop density of 1 {times} 10{sup 22} m{sup {minus}3} and 8 {times} 10{sup 21} m{sup {minus}3}, respectively. in the HT9 irradiated at 250 C, a radiation-induced phase, tentatively identified as {alpha}{prime}, was observed with a number density of less than 1 {times} 10{sup 20} m{sup {minus}3}. On the other hand, the tempered F82H contained M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and a few MC carbides; irradiation at 250 C to 3 dpa caused minor changes in these precipitates and induced a dislocation loop density of 2 {times} 10{sup 22} m{sup {minus}3}. Difference in the radiation-induced phase and the loop microstructure may be related to differences in the post-yield deformation behavior of the two steels.

  4. Deformation induced martensite in AISI 316 stainless steel

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    Solomon, N.

    2010-04-01

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

    El proceso de conformación da a lugar a una considerable diferenciación del campo de tensiones dentro de una barra de extrusión y, finalmente, causa una distribución no uniforme de la tensión total, la microestructura y propiedades del material sobre el corte transversal. En este trabajo se estudia la influencia de los estados de tensión sobre la transformación martensítica inducida por deformación en un acero inoxidable austenítico tipo AISI 316. La formación de martensita inducida por

  5. Effect of Long-Term Service on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Martensitic 9% Cr Steel

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    Golański, Grzegorz; Zielińska-Lipiec, Anna; Zieliński, Adam; Sroka, Marek

    2017-03-01

    The paper presents the results of research on the X10CrMoVNbN9-1 (T91) steel after long-term service. The material for testing was taken from a pipe section of a boiler superheater coil serviced for around 105,000 h at the temperature of 540 °C, at the pressure of 12.5 MPa. A quantitative analysis including the measurement of mean diameter of subgrains and precipitates as well as the density of dislocations of the examined steel was performed by means of TEM. The microscopic tests of T91 steel were complemented with the results of tests on mechanical properties which included also the short creep tests. After service, the investigated steel was characterized by a retained lath microstructure of tempered martensite with fine subgrain and quite large density of dislocations as well as numerous precipitates. In the microstructure, apart from the particles of M23C6 and MX (VX, NbC, V-wings), the precipitates of Laves phase and single particles of Z phase were revealed. It has been shown that the extent of degradation of the T91 steel microstructure was minor, which resulted from its low temperature of service. Performed tests of mechanical properties showed that these properties fulfilled the minimum requirements for this steel in the as-received condition. A favorable influence of fine precipitates of Laves phase on mechanical properties was observed. Moreover, an insignificant influence of single precipitates of Z phase on the creep resistance of the examined steel was stated.

  6. Deformation Induced Martensitic Transformation and Its Initial Microstructure Dependence in a High Alloyed Duplex Stainless Steel

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    Xie, Lin; Huang, Tian Lin; Wang, Yu Hui

    2017-01-01

    Deformation induced martensitic transformation (DIMT) usually occurs in metastable austenitic stainless steels. Recent studies have shown that DIMT may occur in the austenite phase of low alloyed duplex stainless steels. The present study demonstrates that DIMT can also take place in a high alloyed...... Fe–23Cr–8.5Ni duplex stainless steel, which exhibits an unexpectedly rapid transformation from γ-austenite into α′-martensite. However, an inhibited martensitic transformation has been observed by varying the initial microstructure from a coarse alternating austenite and ferrite band structure...

  7. Investigation of Microstructure and Corrosion Propagation Behaviour of Nitrided Martensitic Stainless Steel Plates

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    Abidin Kamal Ariff Zainal

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Martensitic stainless steels are commonly used for fabricating components. For many applications, an increase in surface hardness and wear resistance can be beneficial to improve performance and extend service life. However, the improvement in hardness of martensitic steels is usually accompanied by a reduction in corrosion strength. The objective of this study is to investigate the effects of nitriding on AISI 420 martensitic stainless steel, in terms of microstructure and corrosion propagation behavior. The results indicate that the microstructure and phase composition as well as corrosion resistance were influenced by nitriding temperatures.

  8. Influence of the welding process on martensitic high strength steel

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    Petr Hanus

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available The subject of the study is martensitic 22MnB5 steels, which are used in the automotive industry. The main purpose of the performed analyses is a study of strength differences in heat affected zones of the spot welding. For the needs of the strength decrease assessment, the critical layer of the heat affected area was experimentally simulated. The aim of the work is to determine the most suitable methodology for evaluating the local changes of the elastic-plastic material response. The aim of this work is to determine the optimal methods for the determination of the yield strength and to find a firming trend in these zones.

  9. Cold Spray Repair of Martensitic Stainless Steel Components

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    Faccoli, M.; Cornacchia, G.; Maestrini, D.; Marconi, G. P.; Roberti, R.

    2014-12-01

    The possibility of using cold spray as repair technique of martensitic stainless steel components was evaluated through laboratory investigations. An austenitic stainless steel feedstock powder was chosen, instead of soft metals powders like nickel, copper, or aluminum, used for repairing components made in light alloy or cast iron. The present study directly compares the microstructure, the residual stresses, and the micro-hardness of repairs obtained by cold spray and by TIG welding, that is commonly used as repair technique in large steel components. XRD and optical metallographic analysis of the repairs showed that cold spray offers some advantages, inducing compressive residual stresses in the repair and avoiding alterations of the interface between repair and base material. For these reasons, a heat treatment after the cold spray repair is not required to restore the base material properties, whereas a post-weld heat treatment is needed after the welding repair. Cold spray repair also exhibits a higher micro-hardness than the welding repair. In addition, the cavitation erosion resistance of a cold spray coating was investigated through ultrasonic cavitation tests, and the samples worn surfaces were observed by scanning electron microscopy.

  10. Investigation on Dynamic Recrystallization Behavior of Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    Facai Ren

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The hot deformation behavior of X20Cr13 martensitic stainless steel was studied using the hot compression flow curves corresponding to the temperature range of 900–1150°C under strain rates from 0.01 to 10 s−1. A new mathematical model to estimate the flow stress under hot deformation conditions up to the peak of the flow curves was developed. The critical strains for initiation of dynamic recrystallization were also derived by the developed model. Furthermore, the effects of Zener-Hollomon parameter on the characteristic points of the flow curves were studied using the power law relation. The deformation activation energy obtained for this steel was 359.4 kJ/mol in the temperature range from 900°C to 1150°C. At the same time, the Avrami kinetic equation of dynamic recrystallization for X20Cr13 steel and the recrystallized grain size model were also established. Good agreement was obtained between the predictions and the experimental values.

  11. Tritium retention in reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steels

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    Hatano, Y.; Abe, S.; Matsuyama, M. [University of Toyama, Toyama (Japan); Alimov, V.K. [University of Toyama, Toyama (Japan); Max-Planck-Insitut fuer Plasmaphysik, EURATOM Association, Garching (Germany); Spitsyn, A.V.; Bobyr, N.P.; Cherkez, D.I.; Khripunov, B.I.; Golubeva, A.V. [NRC Kurchatov Institute, Moscow (Russian Federation); Ogorodnikova, O.V. [Max-Planck-Insitut fuer Plasmaphysik, EURATOM Assciation, Garching (Germany); Klimov, N.S. [SRC RF TRINITI, Troitsk (Russian Federation); Chernov, V.M. [JSC, A.A. Bochvar High-Technology Research Institute of Inorganic Materials, Moscow (Russian Federation); Oyaidzu, M.; Yamanishi, T. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Rokkasho-mura, Aomori (Japan)

    2015-03-15

    Reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels are structural material candidates for breeding blankets of future fusion reactors. Therefore, tritium (T) retention in RAFM steels is an important problem in assessing the T inventory of blankets. In this study, specimens of RAFM steels were subjected to irradiation of 20 MeV W ions to 0.54 displacements per atom (dpa), exposure to high flux D plasmas at 400 and 600 K and that to pulsed heat loads. The specimens thus prepared were exposed to DT gas at 473 K. Despite severe modification in the surface morphology, heat loads had negligible effects on T retention. Significant increase in T retention at the surface and/or subsurface was observed after D plasma exposure. However, T trapped at the surface/subsurface layer was easily removed by maintaining the specimens in the air at about 300 K. Displacement damage led to increase in T retention in the bulk due to the trapping effects of defects, and T trapped was stable at 300 K. It was therefore concluded that displacement damages had the largest influence on T retention under the present conditions.

  12. Stress corrosion cracking evaluation of martensitic precipitation hardening stainless steels

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    Humphries, T. S.; Nelson, E. E.

    1980-01-01

    The resistance of the martensitic precipitation hardening stainless steels PH13-8Mo, 15-5PH, and 17-4PH to stress corrosion cracking was investigated. Round tensile and c-ring type specimens taken from several heats of the three alloys were stressed up to 100 percent of their yield strengths and exposed to alternate immersion in salt water, to salt spray, and to a seacoast environment. The results indicate that 15-5PH is highly resistant to stress corrosion cracking in conditions H1000 and H1050 and is moderately resistant in condition H900. The stress corrosion cracking resistance of PH13-8Mo and 17-4PH stainless steels in conditions H1000 and H1050 was sensitive to mill heats and ranged from low to high among the several heats included in the tests. Based on a comparison with data from seacoast environmental tests, it is apparent that alternate immersion in 3.5 percent salt water is not a suitable medium for accelerated stress corrosion testing of these pH stainless steels.

  13. Martensitic transformation and stress partitioning in a high-carbon steel

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    Villa, Matteo; Grumsen, Flemming Bjerg; Pantleon, Karen

    2012-01-01

    Martensitic transformation in a high-carbon steel was investigated with (synchrotron) X-ray diffraction at sub-zero Celsius temperature. In situ angular X-ray diffraction was applied to: (i) quantitatively determine the fractions of retained austenite and martensite; and (ii) measure the evolution...

  14. Effects of Microalloying on the Impact Toughness of Ultrahigh-Strength TRIP-Aided Martensitic Steels

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    Kobayashi, Junya; Ina, Daiki; Nakajima, Yuji; Sugimoto, Koh-Ichi

    2013-01-01

    The effects of the addition of Cr, Mo, and/or Ni on the Charpy impact toughness of a 0.2 pct C-1.5 pct Si-1.5 pct Mn-0.05 pct Nb transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP)-aided steel with a lath-martensite structure matrix (i.e., a TRIP-aided martensitic steel or TM steel) were investigated with the aim of using the steel in automotive applications. In addition, the relationship between the toughness of the various alloyed steels and their metallurgical characteristics was determined. When Cr,...

  15. 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.

  16. Effect of tempering on the microstructure and hardness of ledeburitic chromium steel X155CrVMo12.1

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    Markoli, B.; Spaic, S. [Ljubljana Univ. (Slovenia). Dept. of Materials and Metallurgy

    2007-02-15

    Ledeburitic chromium steel X155CrVMo12.1 for coldwork tools was investigated in the quenched and tempered condition. Using appropriate investigative methods the evolution of the microstructure in all conditions was characterized. The change in state of a multicomponent matrix during tempering is crucial for attaining the required properties of this steel. In the material investigated, shape, size, fraction and distribution of eutectic (primary) carbides played a secondary role. The evolution of tempered martensite and precipitation of secondary hardening carbides of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} -type and MC-type from the supersaturated matrix during tempering led to secondary hardening and a secondary hardness peak at about 530 C. The results show that steel X155CrVMo12.1 also exhibits performance ability at moderately elevated temperatures. (orig.)

  17. Superstrength of nanograined steel with nanoscale intermetallic precipitates transformed from shock-compressed martensitic steel.

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    Yu, Hailiang; Yan, Ming; Lu, Cheng; Tieu, Anh Kiet; Li, Huijun; Zhu, Qiang; Godbole, Ajit; Li, Jintao; Su, Lihong; Kong, Charlie

    2016-11-28

    An increasing number of industrial applications need superstrength steels. It is known that refined grains and nanoscale precipitates can increase strength. The hardest martensitic steel reported to date is C0.8 steel, whose nanohardness can reach 11.9 GPa through incremental interstitial solid solution strengthening. Here we report a nanograined (NG) steel dispersed with nanoscale precipitates which has an extraordinarily high hardness of 19.1 GPa. The NG steel (shock-compressed Armox 500T steel) was obtained under these conditions: high strain rate of 1.2 μs(-1), high temperature rise rate of 600 Kμs(-1) and high pressure of 17 GPa. The mean grain size achieved was 39 nm and reinforcing precipitates were indexed in the NG steel. The strength of the NG steel is expected to be ~3950 MPa. The discovery of the NG steel offers a general pathway for designing new advanced steel materials with exceptional hardness and excellent strength.

  18. Study on microstructures and work hardening behavior of ferrite-martensite dual-phase steels with high-content martensite

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    Xiurong Zuo

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available A kind of medium-carbon low-alloy dual-phase steels with high-content martensite produced by intercritical annealing at 785-830 ºC for 10-50 minutes were studied in aspect of microstructures and work hardening behavior using SEM and tensile testing machine. The experimental results showed that the work hardening of the studied steels obeyed the two-stage work hardening mechanism, whose work hardening exponent of the first stage was higher than that of the second stage. The work hardening exponent increased with increasing the intercritical annealing temperature and time. For series A steel intercritically annealed at 785 ºC with starting microstructure of ferrite plus pearlite, austenite nucleated at the pearlite colonies, so the holding time of only 50 minutes can increase the work hardening exponent obviously. For series B steel with starting microstructure of martensite, austenite nucleated at lath interfaces, lath colony boundaries of primary martensite and carbides, accelerating the formation of austenite, so holding time for 30 minutes made the work hardening exponent increase obviously. High work hardening rate during initial plastic deformation (<0.5% strain was observed.

  19. On microstructure and performance of tempered high-boron high-speed steel roll

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    Fu Hanguang

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Influences of the tempering temperature on the microstructure, mechanical property and wear resistance of High-Boron High Speed Steel (HBHSS roll materials were investigated by means of optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, X-ray diffraction, hardness measurement, impact tester, tensile tester and pin abrasion tester. The results show that the as-cast structure of HBHSS consists of a great amount of martensite and M2(B,C and a few retained austenites and M23(B,C6. After solution treated at 1,050 °C and followed by oil cooling, the amount of M23(B,C6 carbo-borides in quenched HBHSS increases obviously and the macrohardness of the quenched HBHSS is 66 HRC, which is very close to the 65.8 HRC of as-cast HBHSS. On the whole, the hardness of HBHSS alloy shows a trend of slight decrease with increasing tempering temperature when tempered below 500 °C. While when above 500 °C, the hardness increases slightly as the tempering temperature increases and reaches a peak at 525 °C and then decreases obviously. The impact toughness of HBHSS has a tendency to increase as the tempering temperature increases. Tempering can improve the tensile strength and elongation of HBHSS, but a higher tempering temperature causes a slight decrease in both tensile strength and elongation. Excellent wear resistance can be obtained by tempering at 500 to 550 °C.

  20. 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.

  1. Characterization of a Laser Surface-Treated Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    S.R. Al-Sayed

    2017-05-01

    Full Text Available Laser surface treatment was carried out on AISI 416 machinable martensitic stainless steel containing 0.225 wt.% sulfur. Nd:YAG laser with a 2.2-KW continuous wave was used. The aim was to compare the physical and chemical properties achieved by this type of selective surface treatment with those achieved by the conventional treatment. Laser power of different values (700 and 1000 W with four corresponding different laser scanning speeds (0.5, 1, 2, and 3 m•min−1 was adopted to reach the optimum conditions for impact toughness, wear, and corrosion resistance for laser heat treated (LHT samples. The 0 °C impact energy of LHT samples indicated higher values compared to the conventionally heat treated (CHT samples. This was accompanied by the formation of a hard surface layer and a soft interior base metal. Microhardness was studied to determine the variation of hardness values with respect to the depth under the treated surface. The wear resistance at the surface was enhanced considerably. Microstructure examination was characterized using optical and scanning electron microscopes. The corrosion behavior of the LHT samples was also studied and its correlation with the microstructures was determined. The corrosion data was obtained in 3.5% NaCl solution at room temperature by means of a potentiodynamic polarization technique.

  2. Characterization of a Laser Surface-Treated Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    Al-Sayed, S. R.; Hussein, A. A.; Nofal, A. A.; Hassab Elnaby, S. I.; Elgazzar, H.

    2017-01-01

    Laser surface treatment was carried out on AISI 416 machinable martensitic stainless steel containing 0.225 wt.% sulfur. Nd:YAG laser with a 2.2-KW continuous wave was used. The aim was to compare the physical and chemical properties achieved by this type of selective surface treatment with those achieved by the conventional treatment. Laser power of different values (700 and 1000 W) with four corresponding different laser scanning speeds (0.5, 1, 2, and 3 m·min−1) was adopted to reach the optimum conditions for impact toughness, wear, and corrosion resistance for laser heat treated (LHT) samples. The 0 °C impact energy of LHT samples indicated higher values compared to the conventionally heat treated (CHT) samples. This was accompanied by the formation of a hard surface layer and a soft interior base metal. Microhardness was studied to determine the variation of hardness values with respect to the depth under the treated surface. The wear resistance at the surface was enhanced considerably. Microstructure examination was characterized using optical and scanning electron microscopes. The corrosion behavior of the LHT samples was also studied and its correlation with the microstructures was determined. The corrosion data was obtained in 3.5% NaCl solution at room temperature by means of a potentiodynamic polarization technique. PMID:28772955

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

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    Kim, S. H.; Song, B. J.; Ryu, W. S. [KAERI, Taejon (Korea, Republic of)

    2003-10-01

    The effect of aluminum on mechanical properties in low activation martensitic steel has been studied. Impact test and tensile test were performed at high temperature. Aluminum is in solid solution state after normalizing so the grain size of prior austenite was not changed. AlN was precipitated during tempering treatment. The size of Cr{sub 2}N precipitates were decreased due to the precipitation of AlN in 0.10wt.%N steel. But the precipitation of nitride such as V(C,N) and Cr{sub 2}N was suppressed by the formation of AlN in 0.08wt.%N steel. The addition of aluminum have little effect on the impact properties such as DBTT and upper shelf energy. The increase of tensile strength and yield strength by addition of aluminum appeared in 0.10wt.%N steel, but not in 0.08wt.%N steel. But the tensile and yield strength of aluminum added 0.10wt.%N steel is not higher than that of 0.08wt.%N steel.

  4. Effect of thermal cycling on martensitic transformation and mechanical strengthening of stainless steels – A phase-field study

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    Yeddu, Hemantha Kumar; Shaw, Brian A.; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2017-01-01

    A 3D elastoplastic phase-field model is used to study the effect of thermal cycling on martensitic transformationas well as on mechanical strengthening of both austenite and martensite in stainless steel. The results show that with an increasing number of thermal cycles, martensite becomes more...

  5. Effect of Carbon Content on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of 9 to 12 pct Cr Ferritic/Martensitic Heat-Resistant Steels

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    Yin, Feng-Shi; Tian, Li-Qian; Xue, Bing; Jiang, Xue-Bo; Zhou, Li

    2012-07-01

    Two heats of 9 to 12 pct Cr ferritic/martensitic heat-resistant steels were prepared. One has an ultralow carbon content of 0.01 wt pct, whereas another heat has a normal carbon content of 0.09 wt pct. The effect of carbon content on microstructure and mechanical properties of 9 to 12 pct Cr ferritic/martensitic heat-resistant steels was studied. The results show that the ultralow-carbon steel contains bimodal, nanosized MX precipitates with high density in the matrix but few M23C6 carbide particles in the normalized-and-tempered state. The smaller nanosized MX precipitates have two kinds of typical morphology: One is cubic and another is rectangular. The cubic MX precipitate contains Nb, Ti, and V, whereas the rectangular one only contains Nb and V. The normal carbon steel has abundant M23C6 carbide particles along the grain and lath boundaries and much less density of nanosized MX precipitates after the same heat treatments. After long-term aging at 923 K (650 °C) for 10,000 hours, the stress rupture properties of the ultralow carbon content steel degrades more significantly. The strength degradation mechanism of the 9 to 12 pct Cr ferritic/martensitic heat-resistant steels is discussed in this article.

  6. Atom Probe Tomography Examination of Carbon Redistribution in Quenched and Tempered 4340 Steel

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    Clarke, Amy J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Miller, Michael K. [ORNL; Alexander, David J. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Field, Robert D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Clarke, Kester D. [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2012-08-07

    Quenching and tempering produces a wide range of mechanical properties in medium carbon, low alloyed steels - Study fragmentation behavior as a function of heat-treatment. Subtle microstructural changes accompany the mechanical property changes that result from quenching and tempering - Characterize the location and distribution of carbon and alloying elements in the microstructure using atom probe tomography (APT). Perform complementary transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Tempering influences the mechanical properties and fragmentation of quenched 4340 (hemi-shaped samples). APT revealed carbon-enriched features that contain a maximum of {approx}12-14 at.% carbon after quenching to RT (the level of carbon is perhaps associated with the extent of autotempering). TEM confirmed the presence of twinned martensite and indicates {var_epsilon} ({eta}) transition carbides after oil quenching to RT. Tempering at 325 C resulted in carbon-enriched plates (> 25 at.% C) with no significant element partitioning (transition carbides?). Tempering at 450 C and 575 C resulted in cementite ({approx} 25 at.% C) during late stage tempering; Cr, Mn, Mo partitioned to cementite and Si partitioned to ferrite. Tempering at 575 C resulted in P segregation at cementite interfaces and the formation of Cottrell atmospheres.

  7. A Shear Strain Route Dependency of Martensite Formation in 316L Stainless Steel.

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    Kang, Suk Hoon; Kim, Tae Kyu; Jang, Jinsung; Oh, Kyu Hwan

    2015-06-01

    In this study, the effect of simple shearing on microstructure evolution and mechanical properties of 316L austenitic stainless steel were investigated. Two different shear strain routes were obtained by twisting cylindrical specimens in the forward and backward directions. The strain-induced martensite phase was effectively obtained by alteration of the routes. Formation of the martensite phase clearly resulted in significant hardening of the steel. Grain-size reduction and strain-induced martensitic transformation within the deformed structures of the strained specimens were characterized by scanning electron microscopy - electron back-scattered diffraction, X-ray diffraction, and the TEM-ASTAR (transmission electron microscopy - analytical scanning transmission atomic resolution, automatic crystal orientation/phase mapping for TEM) system. Significant numbers of twin networks were formed by alteration of the shear strain routes, and the martensite phases were nucleated at the twin interfaces.

  8. Dilatometry Analysis of Dissolution of Cr-Rich Carbides in Martensitic Stainless Steels

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    Huang, Qiuliang; Volkova, Olena; Biermann, Horst; Mola, Javad

    2017-12-01

    The dissolution of Cr-rich carbides formed in the martensitic constituent of a 13 pct Cr stainless steel was studied by dilatometry and correlative electron channeling contrast examinations. The dissolution of carbides subsequent to the martensite reversion to austenite was associated with a net volume expansion which in turn increased the dilatometry-based apparent coefficient of thermal expansion (CTEa) during continuous heating. The effects of carbides fraction and size on the CTEa variations during carbides dissolution are discussed.

  9. 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...... is governed by storage of dislocations leading to formation of fine subgrains within martensitic laths....

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

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    Heinz Werner Höppel

    2012-02-01

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

  11. The Investigation of Strain-Induced Martensite Reverse Transformation in AISI 304 Austenitic Stainless Steel

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    Cios, G.; Tokarski, T.; Żywczak, A.; Dziurka, R.; Stępień, M.; Gondek, Ł.; Marciszko, M.; Pawłowski, B.; Wieczerzak, K.; Bała, P.

    2017-10-01

    This paper presents a comprehensive study on the strain-induced martensitic transformation and reversion transformation of the strain-induced martensite in AISI 304 stainless steel using a number of complementary techniques such as dilatometry, calorimetry, magnetometry, and in-situ X-ray diffraction, coupled with high-resolution microstructural transmission Kikuchi diffraction analysis. Tensile deformation was applied at temperatures between room temperature and 213 K (-60 °C) in order to obtain a different volume fraction of strain-induced martensite (up to 70 pct). The volume fraction of the strain-induced martensite, measured by the magnetometric method, was correlated with the total elongation, hardness, and linear thermal expansion coefficient. The thermal expansion coefficient, as well as the hardness of the strain-induced martensitic phase was evaluated. The in-situ thermal treatment experiments showed unusual changes in the kinetics of the reverse transformation (α' → γ). The X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the reverse transformation may be stress assisted—strains inherited from the martensitic transformation may increase its kinetics at the lower annealing temperature range. More importantly, the transmission Kikuchi diffraction measurements showed that the reverse transformation of the strain-induced martensite proceeds through a displacive, diffusionless mechanism, maintaining the Kurdjumov-Sachs crystallographic relationship between the martensite and the reverted austenite. This finding is in contradiction to the results reported by other researchers for a similar alloy composition.

  12. Fractographic correlations with mechanical properties in ferritic martensitic steels

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    Das, Arpan; Chakravartty, Jayanta Kumar

    2017-12-01

    The ultimate continuum of a material is nothing but the process called fracture. Fracture surface retains the imprint of the entire deformation history undergone in a material. Hence, it is possible to derive the approximate deformation and fracture properties of a material from a systematic fracture feature analysis. There has been large volume of literature available in the open domain correlating different mechanical and fracture responses of reduced activation ferritic martensitic grade steels under various testing conditions/circumstances with corresponding microstructural interpretation. There has been no such literature available to establish the relationship between the two-dimensional fracture geometry/topography with its corresponding deformation and mechanical properties of the material as a function of testing temperature, which has been the primary aim in the current investigation. A comprehensive literature survey has been carried out to realize this fact. In order to establish the above hypothesis, many tensile experiments were carried out at constant strain rate by systematic variation of the test temperature. The initial void volume fraction or the inclusion content of material was kept unaltered and the test temperature has been varied orderly on different multiple specimens to vary the deformation-induced nucleation sites of micro voids (i.e. different carbides, phase interfaces, dislocation pile up etc), which results in a change of fracture topography under uniaxial tensile deformation. A conventional metallographic technique followed by optical microscopy has been employed to understand the basic morphologies and characteristics of the alloy exposed at different temperatures. Fractographic investigation of the broken tensile specimens at various temperatures is carried out to measure the fracture features by using quantitative fractography on representative scanning electron fractographs through image processing.

  13. Effect of partial solution treatment on martensitic transformation of 12%Cr steels; 12% Cr ko no martensite hentai ni oyobosu bubun yotaika shori no eikyo

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    Tsuchiyama, T.; Takai, S. [Kyushu University, Fukuoka (Japan)

    1996-12-01

    When high chromium martensitic steels are subjected to partial solution treatment in (austenite+M23C6, carbide) two -phase region, not only the coarsening of austenite grains is effectively suppressed by insoluble-carbide particles, but also martensitic structure, which has formed during cooling, is refined through the treatment. In this study, the mechanism of refining of martensitic structure was discussed in Fe-12%Cr-C ternary alloys by investigating the relation between Ms temperature and solution treatment conditions, and the effect of insoluble-carbide particles on the substructures such as martensite-lath or -block. The Ms temperature of steels with full solution treatment simply depends on the content of C and Cr, but that of steels with partial solution treatment is dependent on the effective chemical composition of matrix, which is evaluated by taking the amount of C and Cr in insoluble-carbide away from their total content. Refining of martensite-block structure within grains is not caused directly by insoluble-carbide particles, but done indirectly through the refining of austenite grain size. While, on the martensite-lath structure, insoluble-carbide particles supply nucleation sites for laths, and work also as obstacles for growing laths. As a result, martensite-laths in steels with partial solution treatment are divided finely by insoluble carbide particles, and the arrangement of laths is tend to be confused. 14 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Creep resistant, precipitation-dispersion-strengthened, martensitic stainless steel and method thereof

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    Buck, R.F.

    1994-05-10

    An iron-based, corrosion-resistant, precipitation strengthened, martensitic steel essentially free of delta ferrite for use at high temperatures has a nominal composition of 0.05--0.1 C, 8--12 Cr, 1--5 Co, 0.5--2.0 Ni, 0.41--1.0 Mo, 0.1--0.5 Ti, and the balance iron. This steel is different from other corrosion-resistant martensitic steels because its microstructure consists of a uniform dispersion of fine particles, which are very closely spaced, and which do not coarsen at high temperatures. Thus at high temperatures this steel combines the excellent creep strength of dispersion-strengthened steels, with the ease of fabricability afforded by precipitation hardenable steels. 2 figures.

  15. Effect of normalizing temperature on the strength of 9Cr–3W–3Co martensitic heat resistant steel

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    Yan, Peng, E-mail: maxeric@163.com [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Ministry of Education of China, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Institute for Special Steels, China Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China); Liu, Zhengdong; Bao, Hansheng [Institute for Special Steels, China Iron and Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China); Weng, Yuqing [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Ministry of Education of China, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China); Liu, Wei, E-mail: liuw@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Ministry of Education of China, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2014-03-01

    Microstructure and room temperature strength of 9Cr–3W–3Co martensitic heat resistant steel after normalizing at 900–1200 °C for 1 h and then tempering at 750 °C for 1 h have been experimentally investigated using optical microscope (OM), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), electron back-scattered diffraction (EBSD), field emission transmission electron microscope (FETEM) and tensile tests. The results show that with increasing normalizing temperature, the strength of the 9Cr–3W–3Co steel increases from 900 °C to 1000 °C, then keeps almost the same from 1000 °C to 1100 °C and finally increases again from 1100 °C to 1200 °C. The change in the room temperature strength can mainly be attributed to the change in precipitation strengthening. The size and the amount of particles after tempering are mainly due to the re-dissolution of particles during normalization. The higher the normalizing temperature is, the more the coarse particles formed during manufacturing will be re-dissolved, and then the larger the amount of fine particles precipitated during tempering is.

  16. Tempering behavior of a low nitrogen boron-added 9%Cr steel

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    Fedorova, I., E-mail: irfe@mek.dtu.dk [Belgorod State University, 308015 Belgorod (Russian Federation); Max-Planck-Institut fur Eisenforschung GmbH, 40237 Dusseldorf (Germany); Kostka, A. [Max-Planck-Institut fur Eisenforschung GmbH, 40237 Dusseldorf (Germany); Institut fur Werkstoffe, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, 44801 Bochum (Germany); Tkachev, E.; Belyakov, A.; Kaibyshev, R. [Belgorod State University, 308015 Belgorod (Russian Federation)

    2016-04-26

    The effect of tempering temperature on microstructure and mechanical properties was studied in a low-nitrogen, high-boron, 9%Cr steel. After normalizing and low-temperature tempering, cementite platelets precipitated within the martensitic matrix. This phase transformation has no distinct effect on mechanical properties. After tempering at 500 °C, M{sub 23}C{sub 6} carbides appeared in the form of layers and particles with irregular shapes along the high-angle boundaries. Approximately, 6% of the retained austenite was observed after normalizing, which reduced to 2% after tempering at 550 °C. This is accompanied by reduction in toughness from 40 J/cm{sup 2} to 8.5 J/cm{sup 2}. Further increase of the tempering temperature led to spheroidization and coagulation of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} particles that is followed by a significant increase in toughness to 250 J/cm{sup 2} at 750 °C. Three-phase separations of M(C,N) carbonitrides to particles enriched with V, Nb and Ti were detected after high-temperature tempering.

  17. A comparative assessment of the fracture toughness behavior of ferritic-martensitic steels and nanostructured ferritic alloys

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    Byun, Thak Sang; Hoelzer, David T.; Kim, Jeoung Han; Maloy, Stuart A.

    2017-02-01

    The Fe-Cr alloys with ultrafine microstructures are primary candidate materials for advanced nuclear reactor components because of their excellent high temperature strength and high resistance to radiation-induced damage such as embrittlement and swelling. Mainly two types of Fe-Cr alloys have been developed for the high temperature reactor applications: the quenched and tempered ferritic-martensitic (FM) steels hardened primarily by ultrafine laths and carbonitrides and the powder metallurgy-based nanostructured ferritic alloys (NFAs) by nanograin structure and nanoclusters. This study aims at elucidating the differences and similarities in the temperature and strength dependences of fracture toughness in the Fe-Cr alloys to provide a comparative assessment of their high-temperature structural performance. The KJQ versus yield stress plots confirmed that the fracture toughness was inversely proportional to yield strength. It was found, however, that the toughness data for some NFAs were outside the band of the integrated dataset at given strength level, which indicates either a significant improvement or deterioration in mechanical properties due to fundamental changes in deformation and fracture mechanisms. When compared to the behavior of NFAs, the FM steels have shown much less strength dependence and formed narrow fracture toughness data bands at a significantly lower strength region. It appeared that at high temperatures ≥600 °C the NFAs cannot retain the nanostructure advantage of high strength and high toughness either by high-temperature embrittlement or by excessive loss of strength. Irradiation studies have revealed, however, that the NFAs have much stronger radiation resistance than tempered martensitic steels, such as lower radiation-induced swelling, finer helium bubble formation, lower irradiation creep rate and reduced low temperature embrittlement.

  18. Stress Corrosion cracking susceptibility of reduced-activation martensitic steel F82H

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    Miwa, Y. [Nuclear Energy and Science Directorate, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Jitsukawa, S.; Tsukada, T. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: For fusion power source in near future, supercritical water-cooled type blanket system was planned in Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The blankest system was designed by the present knowledge base and a reasonable extrapolation in material and design technology. Reduced-activation martensitic steel, F82H, is one of the blanket system structural materials. Therefore durability of the F82H for corrosion and stress corrosion cracking (SCC) is one of the concerns for this water-cooling concept of the blanket system. In this paper, SCC susceptibility of F82H was studied after heat treatments simulating post weld heat treatment (PWHT) or neutron-irradiation at 493 K to a dose level of 2.2 dpa. In order to evaluate SCC susceptibility of F82H, slow strain rate testing (SSRT) in high-purity, circulating water was conducted at 513-603 K in an autoclave. The strain rate was 1.0- 2.0x10{sup -7} s{sup -1}. Concentration of dissolved oxygen and hydrogen of the circulating water was controlled by bubbling with these gases. Specimens were heat treated after normalization at 1313 K for 40 min and water quenching. Some of the specimens were tempered at 873-1073 K for 1 h. Since the temperature control during PWHT in vacuum vessel by remote handling will be difficult, it is expected the tempering temperature will be different at place to place. Some specimens after tempering at 1033 K for 1 h were irradiated at 493 K to 2.2 dpa in Japan Research Reactor No.3 at Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The SSRT results showed the as-normalized specimens failed by IGSCC in oxygenated temperature water at 573 K. SSRT results of specimens with other tempering temperature conditions will be presented at conference. In irradiated specimen, IGSCC did not occur in oxygenated water at 5113-603 K. IGSCC also did not occur in hydrogenated water at 573 K. However TGSCC occurred in the irradiated specimen with a round notch (radius= {approx}0.2 mm) in oxygenated water at 573 K

  19. Estimation of the kinetics of martensitic transformation in austenitic stainless steels by conventional and novel approaches

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    Shirdel, M., E-mail: mshirdel1989@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, P.O. Box 11155-4563, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mirzadeh, H., E-mail: hmirzadeh@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, P.O. Box 11155-4563, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Advanced Metalforming and Thermomechanical Processing Laboratory, School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Parsa, M.H., E-mail: mhparsa@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, P.O. Box 11155-4563, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Center of Excellence for High Performance Materials, School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Advanced Metalforming and Thermomechanical Processing Laboratory, School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-01-29

    A comparative study was carried out on the kinetics of the martensitic transformation in a 304L stainless steel during cold rolling by conventional and novel approaches. The phase analysis based on X-ray diffraction patterns and metallography and also magnetic measurements based on ferritescope readings were utilized to elucidate the kinetics of the martensitic transformation. A straightforward magnetic measurement approach for evaluating the amount of strain-induced martensite in metastable austenitic stainless steels has been introduced in this study. This technique collects the data throughout the bulk of the material to give a realistic estimate of the amount of ferromagnetic martensite. This is an advantage over the surface collecting methods such as ferritescope readings, which overestimates the amount of martensite due to its inhomogeneous distribution through the thickness based on the frictional effects between the rolls and the specimen surface. The proposed approach can be applied in various designs for static/continuous magnetic measurement of bulk materials that is advantageous compared with the conventional vibrating sample magnetometer technique which is useful for static measurement of bulk materials with specific shapes. Moreover, in analogy to ferritescope, the output data of the developed device is directly related to the amount of martensite.

  20. 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.

  1. Creep properties of advanced heat-resistant martensitic steels strengthened by L1{sub 0} type ordered intermetallic phase

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    Igarashi, M.; Muneki, S.; Abe, F. [National Res. Inst. for Metals, Tsukuba (Japan). Frontier Res. Center for Struct. Mater.

    2000-07-01

    Creep properties of advanced heat-resistant martensitic steels with the compositions of 0.08C-0.3Si-0.5Mn-9Cr-3.3W-(0/3)Pd-0.2V-0.05Nb-0.05N-Fe (in mass%) have been studied to explore the fundamental guiding principles for the development of new steels with improved creep strength at higher temperatures over 650 C. The steel with 3%Pd exhibits higher creep strength than that of the base steel, in particular, at higher temperatures. The microstructure of the steel with Pd is characterized by fine precipitation of a FePd based L1{sub 0} type ordered phase, {alpha}{sup ''} phase. The {alpha}{sup ''} phase forms in the tempered martensitic matrix, {alpha}, along with the existing phases such as MX (M; V, Nb, X; C, N) carbonitride and M{sub 23}C{sub 6} (M; Cr, Fe, W) carbide after normalizing at 1100 C and tempering at 770 C. A detailed TEM observation has shown that the {alpha}{sup ''} phase precipitates in a plate-shaped with the habit plane parallel to {l_brace}001{r_brace}{sub {alpha}} and with a crystallographic orientation relationship with the matrix, {l_brace}001{r_brace}{sub {alpha}}//{l_brace}001{r_brace}{sub {alpha}{sup ''}} and left angle 100 right angle {sub {alpha}}// left angle 110 right angle {sub {alpha}{sup ''}}. The {alpha}{sup ''} phase is found to be a most effective precipitate to increase creep resistance of the steel in terms of the inter-particle spacing estimated. The {alpha}{sup ''} phase is stable even after aging at 700 C and hence is more useful at higher temperatures. It is thus concluded that the creep resistance of the ferritic steels can be increased further by optimizing the combination of fine precipitation such as the {alpha}{sup ''} phase and MX carbonitride. (orig.)

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

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    Lou Yanchun

    2010-11-01

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

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

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    Ibrahim Nor Nurulhuda Md.

    2014-07-01

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

  4. Ion irradiation effects on a martensitic stainless steel designed for reduced long-life radioactivity

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    Griffin, R.D. (Wisconsin Univ., Madison, WI (USA). Fusion Technology Inst.); Zinkle, S.J. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (USA)); Dodd, R.A.; Kulcinski, G.L. (Wisconsin Univ., Madison, WI (USA)); Gelles, D.S. (Pacific Northwest Lab., Richland, WA (USA))

    1990-04-01

    Alloys with reduced long-life radioactivity (low activation alloys) are being developed to increase the acceptability of fusion power. The phase stability and swelling resistance of a 12Cr-6.5Mn-1W-0.3V-0.1C martensitic steel were evaluated by transmission electron microscopy following 3.8 MeV Fe{sup ++} ion irradiation with and without He coimplantation. Ion irradiations were performed at 450{degree}C, 550{degree}C, and 650{degree}C to approximately 10, 20, and 40 dpa. At 550{degree}C, approximately 20 appm He/dpa was coimplanted with the 3.8 MeV Fe{sup ++} ions. The specimens were examined at a depth approximately halfway between the surface and the mean ion range in order to minimize the influence of the surface and of injected ions. At all temperatures, M{sub 23}C{sub 6}, also present in the unirradiated structure, was the only precipitate present. A nonuniform distribution of loops also formed at all temperatures. After the 450{degree}C and 650{degree}C irradiations, no voids were present. At 550{degree}C, the helium did not appear to have much effect. Very few faceted voids formed. At 20 and 40 dpa some bubbles were found but their density was very low. At 650{degree}C, a structure similar to a heavily over-tempered steel was produced by the irradiation. At 550{degree}C recovery was seen to a lesser extent. Little to no recovery was seen at 450{degree}C.

  5. Dual Phase Ferrite-Martensitic Steel Micro-Alloyed with V-Nb

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    Džupon, M.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available For low-carbon V-Nb micro-alloyed steel, dual phase ferrite-martensitic microstructures were prepared with a variable martensite fraction, which ranged from Vm 20 to 88%. By measuring the temperature in the sample centre, the parameters of intercritical annealing and the relationship between Vm and the intercritical annealing temperature 720 °C <= t <= 850 °C were determined. By analysing the microstructure, the strength and plastic properties of this dual phase steel, the preparation method of dual phase ferrite-martensitic steels was tested. Dual phase ferrite-martensitic microstructures at Vm above 53% formed continuous martensite areas. A change of the microstructure type as compared with the state with Vm < 53% resulted in a change of the increase of RpO2 and Rm. With growing Vm the strength properties increased and the plastic properties decreased. Fractures after uniaxial loading had a ductile pit morphology. On extraction carbon replicas, changes of precipitation of fine disperse precipitates were studied on the normalized state and the intercritically annealed state.

  6. γ→α’ Martensitic Transformation in the Reactor Steels Under Irradiation and Deformation

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    Darya ALONTSEVA

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Complex studies of the 12Cr18Ni10Ti and Cr15Mn14 reactor steels in the initial, deformed states, and after irradiation with the  and WC+ heavy ions were conducted. Peculiarities of the α’-martensite phase content and mechanical characteristics of the specimens, which were deformed after the irradiation were examined. It was shown that the martensite phase existed in the irradiated and deformed specimen at two scale levels. Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD revealed that the difference between the unirradiated and irradiated specimens was the formation of the α’-martensite and ε-martensite in the near surface layer of the irradiated specimen. It was determined that the fluence value has affect on the α’-magnetic phase. Thus, chrome-nickel steels of 12Cr18Ni10Ti type show better resistance to irradiation with the heavy WC+ ions in comparison with manganese steel of Cr15Mn14 type, as less martensite of irradiation forms in them.DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5755/j01.ms.20.1.1904

  7. Effect of lower bainite/martensite/retained austenite triplex microstructure on the mechanical properties of a low-carbon steel with quenching and partitioning process

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    Li, Wan-song; Gao, Hong-ye; Li, Zhong-yi; Nakashima, Hideharu; Hata, Satoshi; Tian, Wen-huai

    2016-03-01

    We present a study concerning Fe-0.176C-1.31Si-1.58Mn-0.26Al-0.3Cr (wt%) steel subjected to a quenching and partitioning (Q&P) process. The results of scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and tensile tests demonstrate that the microstructures primarily consist of lath martensite, retained austenite, lower bainite (LB), and a small amount of tempered martensite; moreover, few twin austenite grains were observed. In the microstructure, three types of retained austenite with different sizes and morphologies were observed: blocky retained austenite (~300 nm in width), film-like retained austenite (80-120 nm in width), and ultra- fine film-like retained austenite (30-40 nm in width). Because of the effect of the retained austenite/martensite/LB triplex microstructure, the specimens prepared using different quenching temperatures exhibit high ultimate tensile strength and yield strength. Furthermore, the strength effect of LB can partially counteract the decreasing strength effect of martensite. The formation of LB substantially reduces the amount of retained austenite. Analyses of the retained austenite and the amount of blocky retained austenite indicated that the carbon content is critical to the total elongation of Q&P steel.

  8. EFFECT OF MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF MARTENSITE AND LOADING RATE ON DUAL PHASE STEELS

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    Ali BAYRAM

    1998-03-01

    Full Text Available In this study, steel sheet materials were used in order to obtain dual-phase steel. Specimens for this purpose have been annealed in ferrite + astatine regions at the temperatures of 740, 760, 800 and 820 °C. The specimens were annealed at the different temperatures with corresponding times 20, 40 and 60 minutes and quenched into water. As a result of this dual-phase steels at different ferrite + martensite ratio were produced. Sheet specimens were tested at the range of loading rates of 10, 50 and 259 mm/min. Strength properties of dual-phase steels were investigated depending on annealing temperature, ratio of martensite and loading rate.

  9. Tensile and impact behaviour of BATMAN II steels, Ti-bearing reduced activation martensitic alloys

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    Filacchioni, G.; Casagrande, E.; De Angelis, U.; De Santis, G.; Ferrara, D.; Pilloni, L.

    Two series of Reduced Activation Ferrous alloys (RAF) have been produced and studied by Casaccia's Laboratories. These martensitic alloys are named BATMAN steels. They are among the few presently developed RAF materials to exploit Ti as a carbide forming and grain size stabilizing element instead of Ta. In this work their mechanical properties are illustrated.

  10. The influence of austenite texture on the martensitic transformation of an austenitic stainless steel.

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    Hilkhuijsen, P.; Geijselaers, Hubertus J.M.; Bor, Teunis Cornelis

    2013-01-01

    Uniaxial tensile tests on a highly textured, fully austenitic stainless steel were performed in the transverse and rolling directions. Differences in overall material and transformation behavior were observed: transformation from the austenite phase to the martensite phase during a test in the

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

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    Geijselaers, Hubertus J.M.; Hilkhuijsen, P.; Bor, Teunis Cornelis; Perdahcioglu, Emin Semih; van den Boogaard, Antonius H.; Zhang, S.-H.; Liu, X.-H.; Gheng, M.; Li, J.

    2013-01-01

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

  12. Strain direction dependency of martensitic transformation in austenitic stainless steels: The effect of gamma-texture

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    Hilkhuijsen, P.; Geijselaers, Hubertus J.M.; Bor, Teunis Cornelis; Perdahcioglu, Emin Semih; van den Boogaard, Antonius H.; Akkerman, Remko

    2013-01-01

    Uniaxial tensile tests on both a non-textured and a highly textured, fully austenitic stainless steel were performed in both the rolling and the transverse directions. Both materials show mechanically induced phase transformation from the austenitic FCC to the martensitic BCC phase. Differences in

  13. 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...

  14. Sub-Zero Celsius treatment: a promising option for future martensitic stainless steels

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    Villa, Matteo; Christiansen, Thomas Lundin; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2016-01-01

    A series of samples of (in wt.%) 11.5Cr-0.67C martensiticstainless steel grade were austenitized in Argon for 1 hour attemperatures ranging from 1010°C to 1190°C. Additionally, aseries of samples of (in wt.%) 15.0Cr-5.8Ni-1.0Mo-0.03C (EN1.4418) martensitic stainless steel grade were solution nitr...

  15. The effects of martensite morphology on mechanical properties, corrosion behavior and hydrogen assisted cracking in A516 grade steel

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    Shahzad, M.; Tayyaba, Q.; Manzoor, T.; ud-din, Rafi; Subhani, T.; Qureshi, A. H.

    2018-01-01

    A low carbon A516 steel (0.2% C) having 0.9% Mn content has been annealed at 760 °C with predominantly austenite and martensite input structure. This treatment lead to a dual phase (DP) ferrite–martensite microstructures with 50% martensite volume fraction in two morphologies, i.e. bulk martensite (BM) and fibrous martensite (FM) respectively. The ferrite–martensite DP steels exhibits much higher strength (∼2 times) than ferrite–pearlite (FP) steel albeit with lower elongation (50%). The martensite morphology does not affect the uniform elongation but FM morphology exhibits higher strain to fracture. However, the corrosion rate is effected by the fraction of interfaces rather than the type of constituent phase. The BM condition with minimum interfaces has the least corrosion rate in weak acidic solution. The DP steels are more disposed to hydrogen embrittlement than FP steel. This phenomena causes a lowering of flow stress and strain fracture, the former is more progressive with rise in temperature than the latter. The crack nucleation is directly related to the corrosion rate, however despite twofold higher corrosion rate in BM condition, the extent of hydrogen embrittlement in both morphologies is similar because of the connected ferrite–martensite boundaries in BM morphology.

  16. Hybrid/Tandem Laser-Arc Welding of Thick Low Carbon Martensitic Stainless Steel Plates =

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    Mirakhorli, Fatemeh

    High efficiency and long-term life of hydraulic turbines and their assemblies are of utmost importance for the hydropower industry. Usually, hydroelectric turbine components are made of thick-walled low carbon martensitic stainless steels. The assembly of large hydroelectric turbine components has been a great challenge. The use of conventional welding processes involves typical large groove design and multi-pass welding to fill the groove which exposes the weld to a high heat input creating relatively large fusion zone and heat affected zone. The newly-developed hybrid/tandem laser-arc welding technique is believed to offer a highly competitive solution to improve the overall hydro-turbine performance by combining the high energy density and fast welding speed of the laser welding technology with the good gap bridging and feeding ability of the gas metal arc welding process to increase the productivity and reduce the consumable material. The main objective of this research work is to understand different challenges appearing during hybrid laser-arc welding (HLAW) of thick gauge assemblies of low carbon 13%Cr- 4%Ni martensitic stainless steel and find a practical solution by adapting and optimizing this relatively new welding process in order to reduce the number of welding passes necessary to fill the groove gap. The joint integrity was evaluated in terms of microstructure, defects and mechanical properties in both as-welded and post-welded conditions. A special focus was given to the hybrid and tandem laser-arc welding technique for the root pass. Based on the thickness of the low carbon martensitic stainless steel plates, this work is mainly focused on the following two tasks: • Single pass hybrid laser-arc welding of 10-mm thick low carbon martensitic stainless steel. • Multi-pass hybrid/tandem laser-arc welding of 25-mm thick martensitic stainless steel.

  17. Data related to dislocation density-based constitutive modeling of the tensile behavior of lath martensitic press hardening steel.

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    Jo, Kyoung-Rae; Seo, Eun-Jung; Sulistiyo, Dimas Hand; Kim, Jin-Kyung; Kim, Seong-Woo; De Cooman, Bruno C

    2017-12-01

    The data presented in this article are related to the research article entitled "On the plasticity mechanisms of lath martensitic steel" (Jo et al., 2017) [1]. The strain hardening behavior during tensile deformation of a lath martensitic press hardening steel was described using a dislocation density-based constitutive model. The Kubin-Estrin model was used to describe strain hardening of the material from the evolution of coupled dislocation densities of mobile and immobile forest dislocation. The data presented provide insight into the complex deformation behavior of lath martensitic steel.

  18. Microstructural, mechanical and tribological investigation of 30CrMnSiNi2A ultra-high strength steel under various tempering temperatures

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    Arslan Hafeez, Muhammad; Farooq, Ameeq

    2018-01-01

    The aim of the research was to investigate the variation in microstructural, mechanical and tribological characteristics of 30CrMnSiNi2A ultra-high strength steel as a function of tempering temperatures. Steel was quenched at 880 °C and tempered at five different tempering temperatures ranging from 250 °C to 650 °C. Optical microscopy and pin on disc tribometer was used to evaluate the microstructural and wear properties. Results show that characteristics of 30CrMnSiNi2A are highly sensitive to tempering temperatures. Lathe and plate shaped martensite obtained by quenching transform first into ε-carbide, second cementite, third coarsened and spheroidized cementite and finally into recovered ferrite and austenite. Hardness, tensile and yield strengths decreased while elongation increased with tempering temperatures. On the other hand, wear rate first markedly decreased and then increased. Optimum amalgamation of characteristics was achieved at 350 °C.

  19. Influence of tempering temperature on mechanical properties of cast steels

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    G. Golański

    2008-01-01

    The paper presents results of research on the influence of tempering temperature on structure and mechanical properties of bainite hardened cast steel: G21CrMoV4 – 6 (L21HMF) and G17CrMoV5 – 10 (L17HMF). Investigated cast steels were taken out from internal frames of steam turbines serviced for long time at elevated temperatures. Tempering of the investigated cast steel was carried out within the temperature range of 690 ÷ 730 C (G21CrMoV4 – 6) and 700 ÷ 740 C (G17CrMoV5 – 10). After temperin...

  20. Tempering of Martensite and Subsequent Redistribution of Cr, Mn, Ni, Mo, and Si Between Cementite and Martensite Studied by Magnetic Measurements

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    Mola, Javad; Luan, Guoqing; Brochnow, David; Volkova, Olena; Wu, Jun

    2017-12-01

    Tempering reactions in ternary Fe-2M-0.7C steels (M=Cr, Ni, Mn, Mo, and Si) were studied by correlative dilatometry and magnetic measurements at room temperature. Magnetic measurements were conducted after tempering at progressively higher temperatures. Based on the magnitude of demagnetization in the temperature range associated with the tempering stage I contraction, Mn- and Si-added steels formed the largest and smallest fractions of transition carbides, respectively. Estimation of the magnetization of paraequilibrium cementite indicated that Cr, Mn, and Mo reduced the magnetization while Ni increased it. In the presence of Si, the decomposition of retained austenite and cementite formation were shifted to higher temperatures. At temperatures above approximately 723 K (450 °C), the enrichment of cementite with Mn and Cr significantly reduced the total magnetization. In the Mo-added steel, on the other hand, the magnetization slightly increased implying the formation of ferromagnetic Mo-rich carbides. For the Ni- and Si-added steels, the magnetization remained almost constant indicating minimal redistribution of Ni and Si subsequent to the formation of cementite. The possibility of analyzing the latter redistribution is one of the main advantages of sequential tempering and magnetic measurements at room temperature compared to in situ thermomagnetic measurements.

  1. Characteristic of retained austenite decomposition during tempering and its effect on impact toughness in SA508 Gr.3 steel

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    Yan, Guanghua; Han, Lizhan; Li, Chuanwei; Luo, Xiaomeng; Gu, Jianfeng

    2017-01-01

    Retained austenite(RA) usually presents in the quenched Nuclear Pressure-Vessel SA508 Gr.3 steel. In the present work, the characteristic of RA decomposition and its effect on the impact toughness were investigated by microstructure observation, dilatometric experiments and Charpy impact tests. The results show that the RA transformed into martensite and bainite during tempering at 230 °C and 400 °C respectively, while mixture of long rod carbides and ferrite formed at 650 °C. The long rod carbides formed from RA decomposition decrease the critical cleavage stress for initiation of micro-cracks, and deteriorate the impact toughness of the steel. Pre-tempering at a low temperature such as 230 °C or 400 °C leading to the decomposition of RA into martensite or baintie can eliminate the deterioration of the toughness caused by direct decomposition into long rod carbides. The absorbed energy indicate that pre-tempering at 400 °C can drive dramatically improvement in the toughness of the steel.

  2. Plasma assisted nitriding for micro-texturing onto martensitic stainless steels*

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    Katoh Takahisa

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Micro-texturing method has grown up to be one of the most promising procedures to form micro-lines, micro-dots and micro-grooves onto the mold-die materials and to duplicate these micro-patterns onto metallic or polymer sheets via stamping or injection molding. This related application requires for large-area, fine micro-texturing onto the martensitic stainless steel mold-die materials. A new method other than laser-machining, micro-milling or micro-EDM is awaited for further advancement of this micro-texturing. In the present paper, a new micro-texturing method is developed on the basis of the plasma assisted nitriding to transform the two-dimensionally designed micro-patterns to the three dimensional micro-textures in the martensitic stainless steels. First, original patterns are printed onto the surface of stainless steel molds by using the dispenser or the ink-jet printer. Then, the masked mold is subjected to high density plasma nitriding; the un-masked surfaces are nitrided to have higher hardness, 1400 Hv than the matrix hardness, 200 Hv of stainless steels. This nitrided mold is further treated by sand-blasting to selectively remove the soft, masked surfaces. Finally, the micro-patterned martensitic stainless steel mold is fabricated as a tool to duplicate these micro-patterns onto the plastic materials by the injection molding.

  3. Stress Corrosion Behavior of 12Cr Martensite Steel for Steam Turbine LP Blade

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    Tianjian, Wang; Yubing, Pei; Zhenhuan, Gao; Hua, Fan; Gongxian, Yang

    With the development of capacity and efficiency of coal-fired thermal power plant, the length of Low Pressure (LP) last-stage blade of steam turbine became longer. Therefore, the design static stress of blade gets closer or even higher than the yield strength of material. Because of the special operation condition of LP last stage blade, the stress corrosion crack of 12Cr-Ni-Mo-V-N Martensite stainless steel may happen especially at the root of the blade where designed the highest static stress. In this paper, the stress corrosion behavior of 12Cr-Ni-Mo-V-N Martensite stainless steels used for steam turbine LP last stage blade in 3vol% NaCl solution was studied, the constant stress is about 95%, 85%, 65% and 35% of yield stress respectively and the test was lasted for 3000 hours, the stress corrosion behavior was studied and then, the effect of shot penning strengthen for anti-stress corrosion property of 12Cr-Ni-Mo-V-N Martensitic steel was studied. The results showed that the purity of steel affects the stress corrosion behavior huge especially at the high and medium stress condition. The shot penning cannot enhances the anti-stress corrosion property of the 12Cr-Ni-Mo-V-N steel at high tensile constant stress condition, however it will make the anti-stress corrosion property better when the stress is low.

  4. Position-dependent shear-induced austenite– martensite transformation in double-notched TRIP and dual-phase steel samples

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    Blondé, R.J.P.; Jimenez-Melero, E.; Anusuya Ponnusami, S.; Zhao, L.; Schell, N.; Brück, E.H.; Van der Zwaag, S.; Van Dijk, N.H.

    2014-01-01

    While earlier studies on transformation-induced-plasticity (TRIP) steels focused on the determination of the austenite-to-martensite decomposition in uniform deformation or thermal fields, the current research focuses on the determination of the local retained austenite-to-martensite transformation

  5. Controlling the work hardening of martensite to increase the strength/ductility balance in quenched and partitioned steels

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    Findley, K.O.; Hidalgo Garcia, J.; Huizenga, R.M.; Santofimia Navarro, M.J.

    2017-01-01

    The role of retained austenite on tensile behavior in quenched and partitioned (Q&P) steels has been studied extensively, but the deformation behavior of martensite, which comprises the majority of Q&P microstructures, has received less attention. In this investigation, martensite

  6. In-situ investigation of strain-induced martensitic transformation kinetics in an austenitic stainless steel by inductive measurements

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    Alonso de Celada Casero, C.; Kooiker, Harm; Groen, Manso; Post, J; San Martin, D

    2017-01-01

    An inductive sensor developed by Philips ATC has been used to study in-situ the austenite (γ) to martensite (α′) phase transformation kinetics during tensile testing in an AISI 301 austenitic stainless steel. A correlation between the sensor output signal and the volume fraction of α′-martensite

  7. Influence of tempering temperature on mechanical properties of cast steels

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    G. Golański

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents results of research on the influence of tempering temperature on structure and mechanical properties of bainite hardened cast steel: G21CrMoV4 – 6 (L21HMF and G17CrMoV5 – 10 (L17HMF. Investigated cast steels were taken out from internal frames of steam turbines serviced for long time at elevated temperatures. Tempering of the investigated cast steel was carried out within the temperature range of 690 ÷ 730 C (G21CrMoV4 – 6 and 700 ÷ 740 C (G17CrMoV5 – 10. After tempering the cast steels were characterized by a structure of tempered lower bainite with numerous precipitations of carbides. Performed research of mechanical properties has shown that high temperatures of tempering of bainitic structure do not cause decrease of mechanical properties beneath the required minimum.oo It has also been proved that high-temperature tempering (>720 oC ensures high impact energy at the 20% decrease of mechanical properties.

  8. Alloy Design of Martensitic 9Cr-Boron Steel for A-USC Boiler at 650 °C — Beyond Grades 91, 92 and 122

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    Abe, Fujio; Tabuchi, M.; Tsukamoto, S.

    Boundary hardening is shown to be the most important strengthening mechanism in creep of tempered martensitic 9% Cr steel base metal and welded joints at 650 °C. The enrichment of soluble boron near prior austenite grain boundaries (PAGBs) by the GB segregation is essential for the reduction of coarsening rate of M23C6 carbides near PAGBs, enhancing the boundary and sub-boundary hardening near PAGBs, and also for the change in α/γ transformation behavior in heat-affected-zone (HAZ) of welded joints during heating of welding, producing the same microstructure in HAZ as in the base metal. Excess addition of nitrogen to the 9Cr-boron steel promotes the formation of boron nitrides during normalizing heat treatment, which consumes most of soluble boron and degrades the creep strength. A NIMS 9Cr steel (MARBN; Martensitic 9Cr steel strengthened by boron and MX nitrides) with 120-150 ppm boron and 60-90 ppm nitrogen, where no boron nitride forms during normalizing heat treatment, exhibits not only much higher creep strength of base metal than Grades 91, 92 and 122 but also substantially no degradation in creep strength due to Type IV fracture in HAZ of welded joints at 650°C. The protective Cr2O3-rich scale forms on the surface of 9Cr steel by pre-oxidation treatment in Ar gas, which significantly improves the oxidation resistance in steam at 650°C.

  9. Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior of a New Type of 10% Cr Martensitic Steel Welded Joints with Ni-Based Weld Metal

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    Zhang, Qunbing; Zhang, Jianxun

    2017-08-01

    In the present work, the fatigue crack growth (FCG) behavior of a new type of 10% Cr martensitic steel welded joints with Ni-based weld metal was comparatively studied for different regions including base metal (BM), heat-affected zone (HAZ) and weld metal (WM). FCG results indicated that the tempered lath martensite BM has a higher fatigue crack growth resistance than the tempered granular martensite HAZ that without a typical lath structure. In comparison, the austenitic WM has the highest fatigue crack growth threshold. Meanwhile, due to the microstructural and chemical compositional differences between BM and WM, a clear interface existed in the welded joints. At the region of the interface, the microstructures were physically connected and an element transition layer was formed. Although the starter notch was positioned at the region of interface, the fatigue crack gradually deviated from the interface and ultimately propagated along the inter-critically heat-affected zone. The difference in microstructure is considered as the primary factor that resulted in the different fatigue crack growth behaviors of the welded joints. In addition, the continuous microstructure connection and composition transition at the interface contributed to the good fatigue resistance at this region.

  10. Chemical compatibility study of lithium titanate with Indian reduced activation ferritic martensitic steel

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    Sonak, Sagar, E-mail: sagarsonak@gmail.com [Fusion Reactor Materials Section, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Jain, Uttam [Fusion Reactor Materials Section, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Haldar, Rumu [Material Science Division, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India); Kumar, Sanjay [Fusion Reactor Materials Section, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai 400 085 (India)

    2015-11-15

    Highlights: • Chemical compatibility between Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3} and Indian RAFM steel has been studied at ITER operating temperature. • The lithium titanate chemically reacted with ferritic martensitic steel to form a brittle and non-adherent oxide layer. • The layer grew in a parabolic manner as a function of heating time. • Diffusion of oxygen (from Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}) appears to be controlling the oxide layer. - Abstract: Chemical compatibility between lithium titanate and Indian reduced activation ferritic-martensitic steel (In-RAFMS) was studied for the first time under ITER operating temperature. Lithium titanate required for the study was synthesized in-house. Coupons of In-RAFMS were packed inside lithium titanate powder and heated at 550 °C up to 900 h under inert argon atmosphere. The lithium titanate chemically reacted with ferritic martensitic steel to form a brittle and non-adherent oxide layer. The layer grew in a parabolic manner as a function of heating time. Microstructural and phase evolution of this oxide layer was studied using XRD, SEM and EPMA. Iron and chromium enriched zones were found within the oxide layer. Diffusion of oxygen (from Li{sub 2}TiO{sub 3}) appears to be controlling the oxide layer.

  11. Effect of the $delta;-ferrite phase on the impact properties of martensitic chromium steels

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    Anderko, K.; Schäfer, L.; Materna-Morris, E.

    1991-03-01

    It is evident from controversial statements in the literature that the effects of the δ-ferrite phase on the impact properties of martensitic Cr-steels are not fully understood, especially with respect to the development of martensitic low-activation steels. An investigation has been started to clarify this situation using instrumented impact testing and SEM investigations. By analyzing the fracture behaviour of alloys exhibiting between 0 and 25% δ-ferrite it could be shown that small amounts of this phase (about 1%) improve the toughness. On the other hand, higher amounts of the δ-phase significantly favour cleavage fracture. As SEM investigations revealed, these opposing effects are caused by the formation of a brittle M 23C 6 layer in the interface between larger δ-ferrite grains and the martensitic matrix. If this interface layer is avoided, δ-ferrite containing alloys show a somewhat better behaviour in the transition region than fully martensitic heats. The possible fracture mechanisms are discussed.

  12. Investigation of Parent Austenite Grains from Martensite Structure Using EBSD in a Wear Resistant Steel.

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    Gyhlesten Back, Jessica; Engberg, Göran

    2017-04-26

    Crystallographic reconstruction of parent austenite grain boundaries from the martensitic microstructure in a wear resistant steel was carried out using electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD). The present study mainly aims to investigate the parent austenite grains from the martensitic structure in an as-rolled (reference) steel sample and samples obtained by quenching at different cooling rates with corresponding dilatometry. Subsequently, this study is to correlate the nearest cooling rate by the dilatometer which yields a similar orientation relationship and substructure as the reference sample. The Kurdjumov-Sachs orientation relationship was used to reconstruct the parent austenite grain boundaries from the martensite boundaries in both reference and dilatometric samples using EBSD crystallographic data. The parent austenite grain boundaries were successfully evaluated from the EBSD data and the corresponding grain sizes were measured. The parent austenite grain boundaries of the reference sample match the sample quenched at 100 °C/s (CR100). Also the martensite substructures and crystallographic textures are similar in these two samples. The results from hardness measurements show that the reference sample exhibits higher hardness than the CR100 sample due to the presence of carbides in the reference sample.

  13. Reason for high strength and good ductility in dual phase steels composed of soft ferrite and hard martensite

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    Terada, Daisuke; Ikeda, Gosuke; Park, Myeong-heom; Shibata, Akinobu; Tsuji, Nobuhiro

    2017-07-01

    Dual phase (DP) steels in which the microstructures are composed of a soft ferrite phase and a hard martensite phase are known to show good strain-hardening, high strength and large elongation, but reasons for their superior mechanical properties are still unclear. In the present study, two types of DP structures, having either networked martensite or isolated martensite were fabricated in a low-carbon steel by different heat treatment routes, and their tensile deformation behavior was analyzed using the digital image correlation (DIC) technique. It was revealed that the DP specimens having networked martensite microstructures showed a better strength-ductility balance than the DP specimens with isolated martensite structures. The microscopic DIC analysis of identical areas showed that the strain distribution within the DP microstructures was not uniform and the plastic strain was localized in soft ferrite grains. The strain localized regions tended to detour around hard martensite but eventually propagated across the martensite. It was found also from the DIC analysis that the degree of strain partitioning between ferrite and martensite in the networked DP structure was lower than that in the isolated DP structure. The deformation became more homogeneous when the hard phase (martensite) was connected to form a network structure, which could be one of the reasons for the better strength-ductility balance in the networked DP structure compared to that in the isolated DP structure.

  14. Effect of Nb Addition to Ti-Bearing Super Martensitic Stainless Steel on Control of Austenite Grain Size and Strengthening

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    Ma, Xiaoping; Langelier, Brian; Gault, Baptiste; Subramanian, Sundaresa

    2017-05-01

    The role of Nb in normalized and tempered Ti-bearing 13Cr5Ni2Mo super martensitic stainless steel is investigated through in-depth characterization of the bimodal chemistry and size of Nb-rich precipitates/atomic clusters and Nb in solid solution. Transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography are used to analyze the samples and clarify precipitates/atom cluster interactions with dislocations and austenite grain boundaries. The effect of 0.1 wt pct Nb addition on the promotion of (Ti, Nb)N-Nb(C,N) composite precipitates, as well as the retention of Nb in solution after cooling to room temperature, are analyzed quantitatively. (Ti, Nb)N-Nb(C,N) composite precipitates with average diameters of approximately 24 ± 8 nm resulting from epitaxial growth of Nb(C,N) on pre-existing (Ti,Nb)N particles, with inter-particle spacing on the order of 205 ± 68 nm, are found to be associated with mean austenite grain size of 28 ± 10 µm in the sample normalized at 1323 K (1050 °C). The calculated Zener limiting austenite grain size of 38 ± 13 µm is in agreement with the experimentally observed austenite grain size distribution. 0.08 wt pct Nb is retained in the as-normalized condition, which is able to promote Nb(C, N) atomic clusters at dislocations during tempering at 873 K (600 °C) for 2 hours, and increases the yield strength by 160 MPa, which is predicted to be close to maximum increase in strengthening effect. Retention of solute Nb before tempering also leads to it preferentially combing with C and N to form Nb(C, N) atom clusters, which suppresses the occurrence of Cr- and Mo-rich carbides during tempering.

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

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    Liu, T.-Y. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xue Yuan Rd. 30, 100083, Beijing (China); Yang, P., E-mail: yangp@mater.ustb.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xue Yuan Rd. 30, 100083, Beijing (China); Meng, L.; Lu, F.-Y. [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Xue Yuan Rd. 30, 100083, Beijing (China)

    2011-08-18

    Highlights: > Parent orientation affects product kinetics, variant, size and orientation. > Martensite, like austenite twinning, forms fastest in compressed <1 0 0> austenite. > The only one martensite variant formed in <1 0 0> austenite leads to grain coarsening. > Both transformation and deformation contribute to final <1 0 0> texture in martensite. - Abstract: High manganese TRIP/TWIP steels contain two types of martensite and the morphology, size, variant selection and texture of both types of martensite are influenced by the parent austenite grain orientation. In the present paper the TRIP effect was investigated in a compressed high manganese steel, focusing on the crystallographic behavior by means of X-ray diffraction and the electron back scatter diffraction (EBSD) technique. It is observed that {gamma} austenite oriented with <1 0 0> close to the compression axis (CA) transformed more easily into {alpha}'-martensite with only one variant, whereas the transformation in CA//<1 1 0> and <1 1 1>-oriented austenite was sluggish and often yielded several variants. This orientation dependency was ascribed to the ease of either deformation twinning or Shockley dislocation movement. Similarly, {epsilon}-M was also observed to transform smoothly into {alpha}'-M in nearly <1 0 0>-oriented austenite and more sluggishly in other austenite grains of other orientations. However, the number of {epsilon}-M variants detected by EBSD was higher than direct observation. In contrast to thermally induced martensitic transformations, the TRIP effect during compression failed to cause grain refinement in the transformed {alpha}'-M. The rapid formation of {alpha}'-M in <1 0 0>-oriented {gamma} promoted the formation of a <1 0 0> texture of the {alpha}'-M, whereas the <1 1 0> texture developed in the austenite at high level of compression led to a restricted transformation into martensite. The reasons for the occurrence of a <1 0 0> texture in the {alpha

  16. Microstructures and High-Temperature Mechanical Properties of a Martensitic Heat-Resistant Stainless Steel 403Nb Processed by Thermo-Mechanical Treatment

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    Chen, Liqing; Zeng, Zhouyu; Zhao, Yang; Zhu, Fuxian; Liu, Xianghua

    2013-11-01

    Thermo-mechanical treatments (TMT) at different rolling deformation temperatures were utilized to process a martensitic heat-resistant stainless steel 403Nb containing 12 wt pct Cr and small additions of Nb and V. Microstructures and mechanical properties at room and elevated temperatures were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and hardness, tensile, and creep tests. The results showed that high-temperature mechanical behavior after TMT can be greatly improved and microstructures with refined martensitic lath and finely dispersed nanosized MX carbides could be produced. The particle sizes of M23C6 and MX carbides in 403Nb steel after conventional normalizing and tempering (NT) treatments are about 50 to 160 and 10 to 20 nm, respectively, while those after TMT at 1123 K (850 °C) and subsequent tempering at 923 K (650 °C) for 2 hours reach about 25 to 85 and 5 to 10 nm, respectively. Under the condition of 260 MPa and 873 K (600 °C), the tensile creep rupture life of 403Nb steel after TMT at 1123 K (850 °C) is 455 hours, more than 3 times that after conventional NT processes. The mechanisms for improving mechanical properties at elevated temperature were analyzed in association with the existence of finely dispersed nanosized MX particles within martensitic lath. It is the nanosized MX particles having the higher stability at elevated temperature that assist both dislocation hardening and sub-grain hardening for longer duration by pinning the movement of dislocations and sub-grain boundary migration.

  17. On the kinetics of martensite formation in a duplex stainless steel ...

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    Studies have been made of the kinetics of martensite transformation in a duplex stainless steel of composition 21Cr-6.6Ni, 2.5M0, 1.6Cu, <.0.03C (wt.%) Solution treatment at 1050οC for 1 hr was followed by deformation at the subzero temperatures of –70 and –196οC. The kinetics of the γ → α1 transformation in the duplex ...

  18. Hardness of irradiated and helium implanted DIN 1. 4914 martensitic stainless steel

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    Chen Jiachao (Association Euratom-KFA, Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Forschungszentrum Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany)); Jung, Peter (Association Euratom-KFA, Institut fuer Festkoerperforschung, Forschungszentrum Juelich, D-52425 Juelich (Germany))

    1994-09-01

    Microhardness of DIN 1.4914 (MANET) martensitic stainless steel, irradiated and helium implanted at room temperature, was measured at temperatures from -180 C to +160 C. Measurements were also performed after annealing at 450 and 650 C and on specimens which were implanted at 600 C and irradiated at 520 C. The results are discussed in terms of the effect of transmutant helium and displacement damage on the ductile to brittle transition temperature. ((orig.))

  19. An Integrated Time-Temperature Approach for Predicting Mechanical Properties of Quenched and Tempered Steels

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    O'Connell, Corey James

    2014-01-01

    The purpose of this work was to develop a steel tempering model that is useful to the commercial heat treater. Most of the tempering models reported address isothermal conditions which are not typical of most heating methods used to perform the tempering heat treatment. In this work, a non-isothermal tempering model was developed based on the tempering response of four steel alloys. This tempering model employs the quantity resulting from the numerical integration of the time-temperature prof...

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

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    Fernandez, P.; Lancha, A. M.; Lapena, J.; Serrano, M.; Hernandez-Mayoral, M.

    2004-07-01

    Metallurgical Characterization of the reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel Eurofer'97, on as-received condition and after thermal ageing treatment in the temperature range from 400 degree centigree to 600 degree centigree for periods up to 10.000 h, was carried out. The microstructure of the steel remained stable (tempered martensite with M{sub 2}3 C{sub 6} and MX precipitates) after the thermal ageing treatments studied in this work. In general, this stability was also observed in the mechanical properties. The Eurofer'97 steel exhibited similar values of hardness, ultimate tensile stress, 0,2% proof stress, USE and T{sub 0}3 regardless of the investigated material condition. However, ageing at 600 degree centigree for 10.000 ha caused a slight increase in the DBTT, of approximately 23. In terms of creep properties, the steel shows in general adequate creep rupture strength levels for short rupture times. However, the results obtained up to now for long time creep rupture tests at 500 degree centigree suggests a change in the deformation mechanisms. (Author) 62 refs.

  1. The investigation of applicability of the Hollomon-Jaffe equation on tempering the HSLA steel

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    A. Patarić; Mihailović, M.; Z. Gulišija; Z. Janjušević

    2009-01-01

    High strength low-alloyed (HSLA) Cr-Mn-Si steels belong to a group of steels that can reach their full mechanical properties after quenching and tempering. Those properties depend both on the temperature and time of tempering. Knowing the tempering parameters, it is possible to reach the desired properties of the treated steel. Some results on investigating the Hollomon-Jaffe equation (in parametric form) application for tempering of HSLA steel, are shown in this paper. The experiments were p...

  2. Sub-Zero Celsius treatment: a promising option for future martensitic stainless steels

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    Villa, Matteo; Christiansen, Thomas Lundin; Somers, Marcel A. J.

    2016-01-01

    A series of samples of (in wt.%) 11.5Cr-0.67C martensiticstainless steel grade were austenitized in Argon for 1 hour attemperatures ranging from 1010°C to 1190°C. Additionally, aseries of samples of (in wt.%) 15.0Cr-5.8Ni-1.0Mo-0.03C (EN1.4418) martensitic stainless steel grade were solution...... of the additional response wasobserved to be a function of the sub-zero Celsius treatmentapplied, as well as of the stability of the retained austenite....

  3. Structural and mechanical properties of welded joints of reduced activation martensitic steels

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    Filacchioni, G. E-mail: gianni.filacchioni@casaccia.enea.it; Montanari, R.; Tata, M.E.; Pilloni, L

    2002-12-01

    Gas tungsten arc welding and electron beam welding methods were used to realise welding pools on plates of reduced activation martensitic steels. Structural and mechanical features of these simulated joints have been investigated in as-welded and post-welding heat-treated conditions. The research allowed to assess how each welding technique affects the original mechanical properties of materials and to find suitable post-welding heat treatments. This paper reports results from experimental activities on BATMAN II and F82H mod. steels carried out in the frame of the European Blanket Project - Structural Materials Program.

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

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    2001-03-01

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

  5. Grain Refinement of Low Carbon Martensitic Steel by Heat Treatment

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    N. V. Kolebina

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The low-carbon steels have good corrosion and technological properties. Hot deformation is the main operation in manufacturing the parts from these steels. So one of the important properties of the material is a property of plasticity. The grain size significantly influences on the ductility properties of steel. The grain size of steel depends on the chemical composition of the crystallization process, heat treatment, and steel machining. There are plenty methods to have grain refinement. However, taking into account the large size of the blanks for the hydro turbine parts, the thermal cycling is an advanced method of the grain refinement adaptable to streamlined production. This work experimentally studies the heat treatment influence on the microstructure of the low-carbon 01X13N04 alloy steel and proposes the optimal regime of the heat treatment to provide a significantly reduced grain size. L.M. Kleiner, N.P. Melnikov and I.N. Bogachyova’s works focused both on the microstructure of these steels and on the influence of its parameters on the mechanical properties. The paper focuses mainly on defining an optimal regime of the heat treatment for grain refinement. The phase composition of steel and temperature of phase transformation were defined by the theoretical analysis. The dilatometric experiment was done to determine the precise temperature of the phase transformations. The analysis and comparison of the experimental data with theoretical data and earlier studies have shown that the initial sample has residual stress and chemical heterogeneity. The influence of the heat treatment on the grain size was studied in detail. It is found that at temperatures above 950 ° C there is a high grain growth. It is determined that the optimal number of cycles is two. The postincreasing number of cycles does not cause further reducing grain size because of the accumulative recrystallization process. Based on the results obtained, the thermal cycling

  6. Ultrahigh Charpy impact toughness (~450J) achieved in high strength ferrite/martensite laminated steels.

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    Cao, Wenquan; Zhang, Mingda; Huang, Chongxiang; Xiao, Shuyang; Dong, Han; Weng, Yuqing

    2017-02-02

    Strength and toughness are a couple of paradox as similar as strength-ductility trade-off in homogenous materials, body-centered-cubic steels in particular. Here we report a simple way to get ultrahigh toughness without sacrificing strength. By simple alloying design and hot rolling the 5Mn3Al steels in ferrite/austenite dual phase temperature region, we obtain a series of ferrite/martensite laminated steels that show up-to 400-450J Charpy V-notch impact energy combined with a tensile strength as high as 1.0-1.2 GPa at room temperature, which is nearly 3-5 times higher than that of conventional low alloy steels at similar strength level. This remarkably enhanced toughness is mainly attributed to the delamination between ferrite and martensite lamellae. The current finding gives us a promising way to produce high strength steel with ultrahigh impact toughness by simple alloying design and hot rolling in industry.

  7. Ultrahigh Charpy impact toughness (~450J) achieved in high strength ferrite/martensite laminated steels

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    Cao, Wenquan; Zhang, Mingda; Huang, Chongxiang; Xiao, Shuyang; Dong, Han; Weng, Yuqing

    2017-02-01

    Strength and toughness are a couple of paradox as similar as strength-ductility trade-off in homogenous materials, body-centered-cubic steels in particular. Here we report a simple way to get ultrahigh toughness without sacrificing strength. By simple alloying design and hot rolling the 5Mn3Al steels in ferrite/austenite dual phase temperature region, we obtain a series of ferrite/martensite laminated steels that show up-to 400-450J Charpy V-notch impact energy combined with a tensile strength as high as 1.0-1.2 GPa at room temperature, which is nearly 3-5 times higher than that of conventional low alloy steels at similar strength level. This remarkably enhanced toughness is mainly attributed to the delamination between ferrite and martensite lamellae. The current finding gives us a promising way to produce high strength steel with ultrahigh impact toughness by simple alloying design and hot rolling in industry.

  8. Application of nitrogen-alloyed martensitic stainless steels in the aviation industry

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    Stein, G.; Kirschner, W. [VSG Energie- und Schmiedetechnik, Essen (Germany); Lueg, J. [VSG Energie- und Schmiedetechnik GmbH, Hattingen (Germany)

    1997-12-31

    Nitrogen in stainless martensitic steels has a beneficial influence on the mechanical as well as on the chemical properties. However the effect of nitrogen is limited due to the rather low solubility of this element. A special alloy development in combination with a pressurized melting technique lead to distinctly higher nitrogen contents. Stainless martensitic steels containing high nitrogen contents are manufactured by VSG today on an industrial scale using the PESR-process (Pressurized Electroslag Remelting). Depending on special applications these steels are available with different chemical analysis under the trademark CRONIDUR. The basic composition of all CRONIDUR-alloys consists of about 15% Chromium, 1% Molybdenum, 0.15 to 0.35% Carbon and 0.20 to 0.40% Nitrogen. The combination of Cr + Mo + N leads to a superior corrosion resistance of these HNS-steels (HNS: High Nitrogen Steels) in comparison to similar carbon based alloys. Focused on applications with a required minimum hardness of 58 HRC, like stainless bearings or screw shafts, the C+N-content is tuned between 0.60 and 0.80% (Brand: CRONIDUR 30). Additions of max. 0.3% Vanadium and 0.1% Niobium qualifies the brand CRONIDUR 20 for enhanced temperature applications like turbine disks or blades.

  9. Effect of tempering on hardness improvement in a VC/steel surface-alloyed material fabricated by high-energy electron-beam irradiation

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    Euh, Kwangjun; Kim, Yong Chan; Shin, Keesam; Lee, Sunghak; Kim, Nack J

    2003-04-15

    The present study is concerned with the tempering effect in improving the hardness of a vanadium carbide (VC)/carbon steel surface-alloyed material fabricated by high-energy electron-beam irradiation. The mixture of VC powders and flux (50%MgO-50%CaO) was placed on a plain carbon steel substrate, and then electron beam was irradiated. The surface-alloyed layer of 1.8 mm in thickness was homogeneously formed without defects. The microstructural analysis indicated that coarse VC particles were formed along solidification cell boundaries, and the matrix inside cells was mostly composed of lath-type martensite and fine cuboidal VC particles. A large amount of these VC particles in the lath-type martensitic matrix provided hardness four times greater than that of the substrate. When the VC/steel surface-alloyed material was tempered, fine VC particles precipitated in the tempered martensitic matrix, thereby leading to additional hardness increase. In addition, reduction of residual stress and an increase in fracture toughness could be expected.

  10. ballistic performance of a quenched and tempered steel against ...

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    Author, Tel: +234-805-671-5551. BALLISTIC PERFORMANCE OF A QUENCHED AND TEMPERED STEEL. AGAINST 7.62MM CALIBRE. AGAINST 7.62MM CALIBRE PROJECTILE. PROJECTILE. PROJECTILE. O. M. Sanusi1 and J. O. Akindapo2. 1RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, DEFENCE INDUSTRIES ...

  11. Hydrogen Environment Assisted Cracking of Modern Ultra-High Strength Martensitic Steels

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    Pioszak, Greger L.; Gangloff, Richard P.

    2017-09-01

    Martensitic steels (Aermet®100, Ferrium®M54™, Ferrium®S53®, and experimental CrNiMoWV at ultra-high yield strength of 1550 to 1725 MPa) similarly resist hydrogen environment assisted cracking (HEAC) in aqueous NaCl. Cracking is transgranular, ascribed to increased steel purity and rare earth addition compared to intergranular HEAC in highly susceptible 300M. Nano-scale precipitates ((Mo,Cr)2C and (W,V)C) reduce H diffusivity and the K-independent Stage II growth rate by 2 to 3 orders of magnitude compared to 300M. However, threshold K TH is similarly low (8 to 15 MPa√m) for each steel at highly cathodic and open circuit potentials. Transgranular HEAC likely occurs along martensite packet and {110}α'-block interfaces, speculatively governed by localized plasticity and H decohesion. Martensitic transformation produces coincident site lattice interfaces; however, a connected random boundary network persists in 3D to negate interface engineering. The modern steels are near-immune to HEAC when mildly cathodically polarized, attributed to minimal crack tip H production and uptake. Neither reduced Co and Ni in M54 and CrNiMoWV nor increased Cr in S53 broadly degrade HEAC resistance compared to baseline AM100. The latter suggests that crack passivity dominates acidification to widen the polarization window for HEAC resistance. Decohesion models predict the applied potential dependencies of K TH and d a/d t II with a single-adjustable parameter, affirming the importance of steel purity and trap sensitive H diffusivity.

  12. Effect of tempering temperature on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a reactor pressure vessel steel

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    Li, C.W.; Han, L.Z.; Luo, X.M.; Liu, Q.D.; Gu, J.F., E-mail: gujf@sjtu.edu.cn

    2016-08-15

    The microstructure and mechanical properties of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) steel were investigated after tempering at different temperatures ranging from 580 to 700 °C for 5 h. With increasing tempering temperature, the impact toughness, which is qualified by Charpy V-notch total absorbed energy, initially increases from 142 to 252 J, and then decreases to 47 J, with a maximum value at 650 °C, while the ultimate tensile strength varies in exactly the opposite direction. Comparing the microstructure and fracture surfaces of different specimens, the variations in toughness and strength with the tempering temperature were generally attributed to the softening of the bainitic ferrite, the agminated Fe{sub 3}C carbides that resulted from decomposition of martensite/austenite (M/A) constituents, the precipitation of Mo{sub 2}C carbides, and the newly formed M/A constituents at the grain boundaries. Finally, the correlation between the impact toughness and the volume fraction of the M/A constituents was established, and the fracture mechanisms for the different tempering conditions are explained. - Highlights: • The dependence of the deterioration of impact toughness on tempering temperature has been analysed. • The instrumented Charpy V-notch impact test has been employed to study the fracture mechanism. • The influence of M/A constituents on different fracture mechanisms based on the hinge model has been demonstrated. • A correlation between the mechanical properties and the amount of M/A constituents has been established.

  13. The complexity of the tempered martensite embrittlement mechanism; A complexidade do mecanismo de fragilizacao da martensita revenida

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    Tokimatsu, R.C. [UNESP, SP (Brazil). DEM; Ferreira, I. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas, SP (Brazil). Faculdade de Engenharia Mecanica

    1995-12-31

    Although the general characteristics of the tempered embrittlement (TME) are known for several decades, the mechanism that causes the embrittlement are no entirely understood. Various trial models exist for providing a convinced explanation of the TME phenomenon. This paper studied the TME for a 300 M steel. Heat treatments have been characterized for different austenitizing (1143 K and 1373 K), and tempering (473 K, 630 K, 703 K and 823 K) temperatures. Different tests have been conducted for evaluation of the steel mechanical behaviour. Results suggested that various phenomena contributed for the TME occurrence which allows to conclude that the TME mechanism, for the 300 M steel, presents great complexity. Due to this complexity, there is the possibility that the TME mechanism can not be attributed to only one factor either carbide precipitation, retained austenite transformation, or impurities segregation. In these steels, it is almost right that the phenomenon is a result of factors interaction 60 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  14. Analysis of the strain induced martensitic transformation in austenitic steel subjected to dynamic perforation

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    Zaera R.

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available An experimental and numerical analysis on the martensitic transformation in AISI 304 steel sheets subjected to perforation by conical and hemispherical projectiles is reported. Two target thicknesses are considered, 0.5 and 1.0 mm, and impact velocities range from 35 to 200 m/s. The perforation mechanisms are identified and the effect of the projectile nose-shape on the ability of the target for energy absorption is evaluated. Martensite has been detected in all the impacted samples and the role played by the projectile nose-shape on the transformation is highlighted. A 3D model implemented in ABAQUS/Explicit allowed to simulate the perforation tests. The material is defined through a constitutive description developed by the authors to describe the strain induced martensitic transformation taking place in metastable austenitic steels at high strain rates. The numerical results are compared with the experimental evidence and satisfactory matching is obtained. The numerical model succeeds in describing the perforation mechanisms associated to each projectile-target configuration analysed.

  15. On the Processing of Martensitic Steels in Continuous Galvanizing Lines: Part II

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    Song, Taejin; Kwak, Jaihyun; de Cooman, B. C.

    2012-01-01

    The conventional continuous hot-dip galvanizing (GI) and galvannealing (GA) processes can be applied to untransformed austenite to produce Zn and Zn-alloy coated low-carbon ultra-high-strength martensitic steel provided specific alloying additions are made. The most suitable austenite decomposition behavior results from the combined addition of boron, Cr, and Mo, which results in a pronounced transformation bay during isothermal transformation. The occurrence of this transformation bay implies a considerable retardation of the austenite decomposition in the temperature range below the bay, which is close to the stages in the continuous galvanizing line (CGL) thermal cycle related to the GI and GA processes. After the GI and GA processes, a small amount of granular bainite, which consists of bainitic ferrite and discrete islands of martensite/austenite (M/A) constituents embedded in martensite matrix, is present in the microstructure. The ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of the steel after the GI and GA cycle was over 1300 MPa, and the stress-strain curve was continuous without any yielding phenomena.

  16. Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Heat-treated T92 Martensitic Heat Resistant Steel

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    Rajesh Kannan, P.; Muthupandi, V.; Arivazhagan, B.; Devakumaran, K.

    2017-09-01

    T92 samples were solutionized at 1,050 °C, 1,100 °C and 1,150 °C for 20 min and then tempered at 730 °C, 745 °C and 760 °C for 60 min. Optical microscopy studies were carried out to understand the microstructural evolution due to heat treatment. These heat-treated samples comprised of lath martensite microstructure in all the cases. Prior austenite grain size of the heat-treated samples increased with solutionizing temperature. Tensile properties were evaluated using micro-tensile samples. Hardness values of the heat-treated samples were estimated using Vickers hardness tester. Interestingly, for all the given tempering condition, the hardness values showed an increasing trend with solutionizing temperature while their tensile strength values tend to decrease. Fractograph analysis depicted that increasing the solutionizing temperature led to grain boundary decohesion.

  17. Effects of Microalloying on Stretch-flangeability of Ultrahigh-strength TRIP-aided Martensitic Steel Sheets

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    Duc, Van Pham; Kobayashi, Junya; Sugimoto, Koh-Ichi

    2014-01-01

    The effects of Cr, Mo, and Ni addition on the microstructure and stretch-flangeability of a 0.2%C-1.5%Si-1.5%Mn-0.05%Nb (mass%) transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP)-aided martensitic steel sheet produced by an isothermal transformation process at a temperature below martensite transformation-finish temperatures were investigated in order to develop third-generation steel sheet for automobiles requiring high hardenability. When 0.5% or 1.0% Cr was added to the base steel, a tensile strengt...

  18. Oxidation/Corrosion Behaviour of ODS Ferritic/Martensitic Steels in Pb Melt at Elevated Temperature

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    O. I. Yaskiv

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Lead-based melts (Pb, Pb-Bi are considered as candidate coolants and spallation neutron targets due to their excellent thermophysical and nuclear properties. However, the corrosion of structural materials remains a major issue. Oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS ferritic/martensitic steels are considered for high temperature application for both fission and fusion reactor concepts. The oxidation/corrosion kinetics in a static oxygen-saturated Pb melt at temperature of 550°C as well as the morphology and composition of scales formed on ferritic/martensitic Fe-9Cr-1.5W and ferritic Fe-14Cr-1.5W ODS steels have been investigated. Both materials showed homogeneous multiple, dense scales that consisted of typical combination of Fe3O4 as outer sublayer and (Fe,Cr3O4 as inner sublayer. A nonuniform growth of inner oxide sublayers into the metal matrix as well as a good adhesion to the metal substrate is observed. With the prolongation of exposure from 240 to 1000 h, observed scales grow from 35 µm to 45 µm for ODS Fe-9Cr steel and from 40 µm to 60 µm for ODS Fe-14Cr steel with the thinning rates of 0,22 and 0,31 mm/year correspondingly. The mechanism of scales formation is discussed.

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

  20. Depth distribution analysis of Martensitic transformations in Xe implanted austenitic stainless steel

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    Johnson, E.; Gerritsen, E.; Chechenin, N.G.

    1989-01-01

    In recent years the implantation of noble gases in metals has been found to induce some exciting phenomena such as formation of inclusions containing solid gas at extremely high pressures. In stainless steels these inclusions are the origin of a stress-induced martensitic fcc → bcc phase...... crystals, the depth distribution of gas inclusions and defects can be directly observed. Besides microstructural details of the near surface region, this technique offers a well calibrated depth scale to be compared with that derived by RBS. Using X-ray diffraction on implanted single crystals, the solid...... epitaxial nature of the Xe inclusions, induced prior to the martensitic transformation, was established. The lattice constant obtained from the broad diffraction peak indicates that the pressure in the inclusions is ≈ 5 GPa....

  1. Microstructure and mechanical properties of dual phase steels, with different martensite morphology, produced during TLP bonding of a low C-Mn steel

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    Fazaeli, Abolfazl; Ekrami, Aliakbar; Kokabi, Amir Hossein

    2016-09-01

    In this research, production of ferrite - martensite dual phase Steels with different martensite morphology was considered during transient liquid phase bonding of a low carbon steel. The steel was bonded using an iron base interlayer with melting point of 1443 K and 40 μm thickness. Bonding process carried out at 1473 K, under pressure of 0.5 MPa, at different holding time of 10, 20, 30 and 40 minutes. Microstructural studies of joint region showed that isothermal solidification completed at the bonding time of 40 minutes. Microstructure of joints made at the bonding time of 10, 20, and 30 minutes consists of two distinct region, athermal and isothermal solidified zones. Microstructure of these zones was studied and chemical composition of these zones was determined by EDS. Joints made with bonding time of 40 minutes were homogenized at 1008 K and then cooled into cold water to produce dual phase ferrite and martensite microstructure with different martensite morphology. According to shear test results, it was found that the shear strength of ferrite - fibrous martensite microstructure is greater than those with ferrite - continuous martensite and ferrite - blocky martensite microstructure.

  2. Development of Reduced Activation Ferritic-Martensitic Steels and fabrication technologies for Indian test blanket module

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    Raj, Baldev; Jayakumar, T.

    2011-10-01

    For the development of Reduced Activation Ferritic-Martensitic Steel (RAFMS), for the Indian Test Blanket Module for ITER, a 3-phase programme has been adopted. The first phase consists of melting and detailed characterization of a laboratory scale heat conforming to Eurofer 97 composition, to demonstrate the capability of the Indian industry for producing fusion grade steel. In the second phase which is currently in progress, the chemical composition will be optimized with respect to tungsten and tantalum for better combination of mechanical properties. Characterization of the optimized commercial scale India-specific RAFM steel will be carried out in the third phase. The first phase of the programme has been successfully completed and the tensile, impact and creep properties are comparable with Eurofer 97. Laser and electron beam welding parameters have been optimized and welding consumables were developed for Narrow Gap - Gas Tungsten Arc welding and for laser-hybrid welding.

  3. Damage behavior in helium-irradiated reduced-activation martensitic steels at elevated temperatures

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    Luo, Fengfeng [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-Structures of Ministry of Education, Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Guo, Liping, E-mail: guolp@whu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-Structures of Ministry of Education, Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Chen, Jihong; Li, Tiecheng; Zheng, Zhongcheng [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-Structures of Ministry of Education, Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Yao, Z. [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston K7L 3N6, ON (Canada); Suo, Jinping [State Key Laboratory of Mould Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2014-12-15

    Dislocation loops induced by helium irradiation at elevated temperatures in reduced-activation martensitic steels were investigated using transmission electron microscopy. Steels were irradiated with 100 keV helium ions to 0.8 dpa between 300 K and 723 K. At irradiation temperatures T{sub irr} ⩽ 573 K, small defects with both Burger vectors b = 1/2〈1 1 1〉 and b = 〈1 0 0〉 were observed, while at T{sub irr} ⩾ 623 K, the microstructure was dominated by large convoluted interstitial dislocation loops with b = 〈1 0 0〉. Only small cavities were found in the steels irradiated at 723 K.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  5. Prospects for Martensitic 12 % Cr Steels for Advanced Steam Power Plants

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    Hald, John

    2016-01-01

    Creep strength improvements of martensitic 9 % Cr steels have been obtained by controlled additions of V, Nb, N and B to the steels, which resulted in precipitation hardening by fine stable nitrides based on V and Nb as well as in stabilization of Cr carbides against coarsening. The best steels P92...... and FB2 are now used in power plants up to 600–620 °C steam temperature. For higher steam temperatures up to 650 °C steels with 11–12 % Cr are needed for better resistance against steam oxidation. However, fine V and Nb based nitrides may transform to coarse Z-phase [Cr(V,Nb)N] nitrides in steels...... with such Cr contents, leading to a strength loss in long-term creep. The paper presents the status of development of new stable 12 Cr steels based on the concepts of either strengthening by fine Z-phase nitrides or on elimination of nitrides from the steels....

  6. Microhardness and microstructure of Ferritic-Martensitic ODS steel tube fabricated by a pilger process

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    Kim, Young Chun; Jin, Hyun Ju; Noh, Sang Hoon; Kang, Suk Hoon; Choi, Byoung Kwon; Kim, Ki Baik; Kim, Ga Eon; Kim, Tae Kyu [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-05-15

    Ferritic-martensitic (FM) steels are attractive for the structural materials of the future generation nuclear systems owing to excellent thermal conductivity and good swelling resistance. Unfortunately, the available temperature range of FM steel is limited up to 650 .deg. C. This study investigates microhardness and microstructure of FM ODS steel tube fabricated by a pilger process. For this, 10Cr-1Mo FM ODS steel tube was prepared by mechanical alloying (MA), hot extrusion, pilgering and heat treatment (HT). Hardness measurement was carried out for mother tube, pilgering and HT to evaluate the effects of tube fabrication process on the mechanical property. The microstructures were observed using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The FM ODS steel tube after pilgering indicated high hardness value by the high density dislocation due to cold rolling. Heat treatment tube at 1150 .deg. for 1hr followed by a furnace cooling showed the very large ferrite grains and coarse carbides, leading to the softening of the strength for the FM ODS steel tube. It is believed that these results will be helpful in the development of FM ODS steel tube.

  7. Influence of Z-phase on long-term creep stability of martensitic 9-12% Cr steels

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    Danielsen, Hilmar K. [Technical Univ. of Denmark, Lyngby (Denmark). Dept. of Mechanical Engineering; Hald, John [DONG Energy A/S (Denmark); Vattenfall (Denmark)

    2010-07-01

    The long-term creep strength of the new generation of martensitic creep resistant 9-12%Cr steels since the well-known steel Grade 91 relies strongly on particle strengthening by fine Mn nitrides based on V and Nb. During long-term high-temperature exposures the Mn nitrides may be replaced by the thermodynamically more stable Z-phases (Cr(V,Nb)N) causing a breakdown in creep strength. Cr contents above 10.5% strongly accelerate Z-phase precipitation, which explains the lack of success for all attempts to develop martensitic creep resistant steels with high Cr content for oxidation protection. However 9%Cr steels do not seem to be affected by the Z-phase. Careful control of the Z-phase precipitation process has led to the design of experimental 12%Cr martensitic steels strengthened by fine Z-phase nitrides based on Nb or Ta. Such steels may again enable the combination of high strength and oxidation resistance in the same alloy. This opens a new pathway for further alloy development of the heat resistant martensitic steels. (orig.)

  8. Effect of the martensite distribution on the strain hardening and ductile fracture behaviors in dual-phase steel

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    Park, Kyosun, E-mail: paku08@zaiko.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Nishiyama, Masato, E-mail: nishiyama11@zaiko.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Nakada, Nobuo, E-mail: nakada@zaiko.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER), Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Tsuchiyama, Toshihiro, E-mail: toshi@zaiko.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER), Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); Takaki, Setsuo, E-mail: takaki@zaiko.kyushu-u.ac.jp [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan); International Institute for Carbon Neutral Energy Research (WPI-I2CNER), Kyushu University, 744 Moto-oka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395 (Japan)

    2014-05-01

    In order to clarify the effects of the martensite distribution on the mechanical properties of low-carbon dual-phase steel, four types of dual-phase steel with different ferrite grain sizes and martensite distributions were prepared using a thermomechanical treatment. The tensile properties of these steels were investigated; in particular, the strain hardening and the ductile fracture behaviors were discussed in terms of the strain partitioning between the ferrite and martensite and the formation and growth of micro-voids, respectively. When the martensite grains surround the ferrite grains and form a chain-like networked structure, the strain hardenability is greatly improved without a significant loss of elongation, while the necking deformability is considerably reduced. A digital-image correlation analysis revealed that the tensile strain in the martensite region in the chain-like networked dual-phase structure is markedly increased during tensile deformation, which leads to an improvement in the strain hardenability. On the other hand, the joint part of the martensite grains in the structure acts as a preferential formation site for micro-voids. The number density of the micro-voids rapidly increases with increasing tensile strain, which would cause the lower necking deformability.

  9. TEMPERING OF STEEL DURING LASER TREATMENT

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    Hegge, H.J.; Beurs, H. de; Noordhuis, J.; Hosson, J.Th.M. De

    This study concentrates on the annealing effects of a laser-treated area by a successive laser pass in a plain carbon, a chromium, and a tungsten steel. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), optical microscopy (OM), and wear and hardness measurements revealed substantial effects on the properties

  10. Study of martensitic-ferritic dual phase steels produced by hot stamping

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    Erişir, E.; Bilir, O. G.

    2017-02-01

    The effects of heat treatment and initial microstructure on tensile properties of 22MnB5 and 30MnB5 high-strength hot stamping steels with martensite-ferrite matrix were investigated. Hot stamping steels possessed limited elongations of about 5% in a tensile strength ranging from 1300 to 1500 MPa when quenched at temperatures above A3 temperatures. The total elongations were tried to improve by partial austenization between Ac1 and Ac3 temperature and quenching. Ac1 and Ac3 temperatures were calculated via ThermoCalc. Microstructural characterization was made by using Light Microscope and Scanning Electron Microscope. Microstructure is composed of ferrite+martensite. It was seen that annealing temperature affects the volume fraction of phases. It was concluded that initial microstructure is an important parameter for the final microstructure. This method can be used for automobile parts which require higher TE with sufficient yield and tensile strength. Also this process may be a way of using Zn coated steel sheets in hot stamping process.

  11. Impact toughness of EK-181 ferritic-martensitic chromium (12%) steel under loading by concentrated bending

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    Chernov, V. M.; Ermolaev, G. N.; Leont'eva-Smirnova, M. V.

    2010-07-01

    The low-temperature fracture of a high-temperature low-activated ferritic-martensitic EK-181 chromium (12%) steel (RUSFER-EK-181: Fe-12Cr-2W-V-Ta-B) is studied using impact and static concentrated bending tests as a function of the specimen dimensions (standard, small), the type of stress concentrator (V-shaped notch, fatigue crack), and the temperature (from -196 to +100°C). The ductile-brittle transition temperature falls in the range from -85 to +35°C. The temperature dependences of stress-intensity factor K Ic and fracture toughness J Ic are determined. The severest type of impact toughness tests is represented by tests of V-notched specimens with an additional fatigue crack and two lateral V-shaped notches (three-sided V-shaped notch with a central fatigue crack). The fracture energy of the steel depends on the type of stress concentrator and the specimen dimensions and is determined by the elastic energy and the plastic deformation conditions in the near-surface layers of a specimen, which are controlled by the lateral notches. At the same test temperature, the impact toughness and the fracture toughness are interrelated. Irrespective of the type of specimen (including notches and a fatigue crack), the ferritic-martensitic steel exhibits the same fracture mechanism.

  12. Microstructure and mechanical properties of China low activation martensitic steel joint by TIG multi-pass welding with a new filler wire

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    Huang, Bo; Zhang, Junyu; Wu, Qingsheng

    2017-07-01

    Tungsten Inner Gas (TIG) welding is employed for joining of China low activation martensitic (CLAM) steel. A new filler wire was proposed, and the investigation on welding with various heat input and welding passes were conducted to lower the tendency towards the residual of δ ferrite in the joint. With the optimized welding parameters, a butt joint by multi-pass welding with the new filler wire was prepared to investigate the microstructure and mechanical properties. The microstructure of the joint was observed by optical microscope (OM) and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The hardness, Charpy impact and tensile tests of the joint were implemented at room temperature (25 °C). The results revealed that almost full martensite free from ferrite in the joints were obtained by multipass welding with the heat input of 2.26 kJ/mm. A certain degree of softening occurred at the heat affected zone of the joint according to the results of tensile and hardness tests. The as welded joints showed brittle fracture in the impact tests. However, the joints showed toughness fracture after tempering and relatively better comprehensive performance were achieved when the joints were tempered at 740 °C for 2 h.

  13. Development of an extensive database of mechanical properties for Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic Steels

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    Tanigawa, H.; Shiba, K.; Ando, M.; Wakai, E.; Jitsukawa, S. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Hirose, T. [Blanket Engineering Group, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka, Ibaraki (Japan); Kasada, R.; Kimura, A.; Kohyama, A. [Kyoto Univ., lnstitute of Advanced Energy (Japan); Kohno, Y. [Muroran Institute of Technology, Muroran, Hokkaido (Japan); Klueh, R.L. [0ak Ridge Noational Laboratory, TN (United States); Sokolov, M.; Stoller, R.; Zinklek, S. [0ak Ridge Noational Laboratory, Materials Science and Technology Div., TN (United States); Yamamoto, T.; Odette, G. [UCSB, Dept. of Chemical Engineering UCSB, Santa-Barbara (United States); Kurtz, R.J. [Pacifie Northwest National Laboratory, Richland WA (United States)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels (RAFMs) are recognized as the primary candidate structural materials for fusion blanket systems, as they have 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. F82H (8Cr-2W-0.2V-0.04Ta-0.1C) and JLF-1 (9Cr-2W-0.2V-0.08Ta-0.1C) are RAFMs, which have been developed and studied in Japan and the various effects of irradiation were reported. F82H is designed with emphasis on high temperature property and weldablility, and was provided and evaluated in various countries as a part of the IEA fusion materials development collaboration. The Japan/US collaboration program also has been conducted with the emphasis on heavy irradiation effects of F82H, JLF-1 and ORNL9Cr2WVTa over the past two decades using Fast Flux Testing Facility (FFTF) of PNNL and High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) of ORNL, and the irradiation condition of the irradiation capsules of those reactors were precisely controlled by the well matured capsule designing and instrumentation. Now, among the existing database for RAFMs the most extensive one is that for F82H. The objective of this paper is to review the database status of RAFMs, mainly on F82H, to identify the key issues for the future development of database. Tensile, fracture toughness, creep and fatigue properties and microstructural studies before and after irradiation are summarized. (authors)

  14. Martensitic stainless steel AISI 420—mechanical properties, creep and fracture toughness

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    Brnic, J.; Turkalj, G.; Canadija, M.; Lanc, D.; Krscanski, S.

    2011-11-01

    In this paper some experimental results and analyses regarding the behavior of AISI 420 martensitic stainless steel under different environmental conditions are presented. That way, mechanical properties like ultimate tensile strength and 0.2 percent offset yield strength at lowered and elevated temperatures as well as short-time creep behavior for selected stress levels at selected elevated temperatures of mentioned material are shown. The temperature effect on mentioned mechanical properties is also presented. Fracture toughness was calculated on the basis of Charpy impact energy. Experimentally obtained results can be of importance for structure designers.

  15. Improved hardness of laser alloyed X12CrNiMo martensitic stainless steel

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    Adebiyi, DI

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available surface modification to prolong the service life of engineering components exposed to aggressive environments has gained increasing acceptance in recent years and material processing by laser beams has been well established as an advanced.... in Mat. Manuf. Eng., 26: 2. Vamsi CB, Krishna MM, Satya P (2004). Surface modification of martensitic stainless steel using metal working Co2 laser. Int. Symp. Research Students Mat. Sci. Eng., pp. 1-13. Yun-Tao X, Dao-xin L, Dong H (2008...

  16. Precipitation behavior in a nitride-strengthened martensitic heat resistant steel during hot deformation

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    Wenfeng Zhang

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The stress relaxation curves for three different hot deformation processes in the temperature range of 750–1000 °C were studied to develop an understanding of the precipitation behavior in a nitride-strengthened martensitic heat resistant steel (Zhang et al., Mater. Sci. Eng. A, 2015 [1]. This data article provides supporting data and detailed information on how to accurately analysis the stress relaxation data. The statistical analysis of the stress peak curves, including the number of peaks, the intensity of the peaks and the integral value of the pumps, was carried out. Meanwhile, the XRD energy spectrum data was also calculated in terms of lattice distortion.

  17. Precipitation behavior in a nitride-strengthened martensitic heat resistant steel during hot deformation.

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    Zhang, Wenfeng; Su, Qingyong; Xu, Mi; Yan, Wei

    2015-09-01

    The stress relaxation curves for three different hot deformation processes in the temperature range of 750-1000 °C were studied to develop an understanding of the precipitation behavior in a nitride-strengthened martensitic heat resistant steel (Zhang et al., Mater. Sci. Eng. A, 2015) [1]. This data article provides supporting data and detailed information on how to accurately analysis the stress relaxation data. The statistical analysis of the stress peak curves, including the number of peaks, the intensity of the peaks and the integral value of the pumps, was carried out. Meanwhile, the XRD energy spectrum data was also calculated in terms of lattice distortion.

  18. Effects of alloying elements and heat treatments on mechanical properties of Korean reduced-activation ferritic-martensitic steel

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    Chun, Y. B.; Kang, S. H.; Noh, S.; Kim, T. K.; Lee, D. W.; Cho, S.; Jeong, Y. H.

    2014-12-01

    As part of an alloy development program for Korean reduced-activation ferritic-martensitic (RAFM) steel, a total of 37 program alloys were designed and their mechanical properties were evaluated with special attention being paid to the effects of alloying elements and heat treatments. A reduction of the normalizing temperature from 1050 °C to 980 °C was found to have a positive effect on the impact resistance, resulting in a decrease in ductile-brittle transition-temperature (DBTT) of the program alloys by an average of 30 °C. The yield strength and creep rupture time are affected strongly by the tempering time at 760 °C but at the expense of ductility. Regarding the effects of the alloying elements, the addition of trace amounts of Zr enhances both the creep and impact resistance: the lowest DBTT was observed for the alloys containing 0.005 wt.% Zr, whereas the addition of 0.01 wt.% Zr extends the creep rupture-time under an accelerated condition. The enhanced impact resistance owing to the normalizing at lower temperature is attributed to a more refined grain structure, which provides more barriers to the propagation of cleavage cracks. Solution softening by Zr addition is suggested as a possible mechanism for enhanced resistance to both impact and creep of the program alloys.

  19. Effect of processing on microstructural features and mechanical properties of a reduced activation ferritic/martensitic EUROFER steel grade

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    Puype, A.; Malerba, L.; De Wispelaere, N.; Petrov, R.; Sietsma, J.

    2017-10-01

    The microstructure of a 9Cr-1W-0.22V-0.09Ta-0.11C reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel has been investigated after thermo-mechanical rolling with subsequent annealing for 30 min at temperatures of 880 °C, 920 °C, 980 °C and 1050 °C, followed by water quenching. Scanning and transmission electron microscopy investigations and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD) measurements were performed to determine the microstructural features after the different thermal treatments. Additionally, the microstructure and the mechanical properties of the materials were studied after tempering at 750 °C for 2 h. This study aims to understand microstructural processes that occur in the material during thermo-mechanical treatment and to assess the effect of the microstructure on its strength and toughness, with a view on improving its mechanical performance. Microstructural analysis together with the data from mechanical tests identified the beneficial effect of grain refinement obtained with adequate processing on the ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) and on the delay of strength degradation at elevated temperatures.

  20. Influence of Z-phase on long-term creep stability of martensitic 9-12%Cr steels

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    Hald, J. [DONG Energy (Denmark)]|[Vattenfall Europe AG, Berlin (Germany)]|[DTU Mechanical Engineering (Denmark); Danielsen, H.K. [DTU Mechanical Engineering (Denmark)

    2008-07-01

    The long-term creep strength of the new generation of martensitic creep resistant 9- 12% Cr steels since the well-known steel Grade 91 relies strongly on particle strengthening by fine MN nitrides based on V and Nb. During long-term hightemperature exposures the MN nitrides may be replaced by the thermodynamically more stable Z-phases (Cr(V,Nb)N) causing a breakdown in creep strength. Cr contents above 10.5% strongly accelerate Z-phase precipitation, which explains the lack of success for all attempts to develop martensitic creep resistant steels with high Cr content for oxidation protection. The Z-phase nucleation process by Cr-diffusion into pre-existing MN nitrides is rate controlling for the Z-phase transformation. More work is needed before effects of chemical composition on the nucleation process can be reliably modeled. Careful control of the Z-phase precipitation process has led to the design of experimental 12%Cr martensitic steels strengthened by Z-phase. Such steels may again enable the combination of high strength and oxidation resistance in the same alloy. This opens a new pathway for further alloy development of the heat resistant martensitic steels. (orig.)

  1. Thermally Stable Ni-rich Austenite Formed Utilizing Multistep Intercritical Heat Treatment in a Low-Carbon 10 Wt Pct Ni Martensitic Steel

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    Jain, Divya; Isheim, Dieter; Zhang, Xian J.; Ghosh, Gautam; Seidman, David N.

    2017-08-01

    Austenite reversion and its thermal stability attained during the transformation is key to enhanced toughness and blast resistance in transformation-induced-plasticity martensitic steels. We demonstrate that the thermal stability of Ni-stabilized austenite and kinetics of the transformation can be controlled by forming Ni-rich regions in proximity of pre-existing (retained) austenite. Atom probe tomography (APT) in conjunction with thermodynamic and kinetic modeling elucidates the role of Ni-rich regions in enhancing growth kinetics of thermally stable austenite, formed utilizing a multistep intercritical ( Quench- Lamellarization- Tempering (QLT)-type) heat treatment for a low-carbon 10 wt pct Ni steel. Direct evidence of austenite formation is provided by dilatometry, and the volume fraction is quantified by synchrotron X-ray diffraction. The results indicate the growth of nm-thick austenite layers during the second intercritical tempering treatment (T-step) at 863 K (590 °C), with austenite retained from first intercritical treatment (L-step) at 923 K (650 °C) acting as a nucleation template. For the first time, the thermal stability of austenite is quantified with respect to its compositional evolution during the multistep intercritical treatment of these steels. Austenite compositions measured by APT are used in combination with the thermodynamic and kinetic approach formulated by Ghosh and Olson to assess thermal stability and predict the martensite-start temperature. This approach is particularly useful as empirical relations cannot be extrapolated for the highly Ni-enriched austenite investigated in the present study.

  2. Influence of Tool Rotational Speed and Post-Weld Heat Treatments on Friction Stir Welded Reduced Activation Ferritic-Martensitic Steel

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    Manugula, Vijaya L.; Rajulapati, Koteswararao V.; Reddy, G. Madhusudhan; Mythili, R.; Bhanu Sankara Rao, K.

    2017-08-01

    The effects of tool rotational speed (200 and 700 rpm) on evolving microstructure during friction stir welding (FSW) of a reduced activation ferritic-martensitic steel (RAFMS) in the stir zone (SZ), thermo-mechanically affected zone (TMAZ), and heat-affected zone (HAZ) have been explored in detail. The influence of post-weld direct tempering (PWDT: 1033 K (760 °C)/ 90 minutes + air cooling) and post-weld normalizing and tempering (PWNT: 1253 K (980 °C)/30 minutes + air cooling + tempering 1033 K (760 °C)/90 minutes + air cooling) treatments on microstructure and mechanical properties has also been assessed. The base metal (BM) microstructure was tempered martensite comprising Cr-rich M23C6 on prior austenite grain and lath boundaries with intra-lath precipitation of V- and Ta-rich MC precipitates. The tool rotational speed exerted profound influence on evolving microstructure in SZ, TMAZ, and HAZ in the as-welded and post-weld heat-treated states. Very high proportion of prior austenitic grains and martensite lath boundaries in SZ and TMAZ in the as-welded state showed lack of strengthening precipitates, though very high hardness was recorded in SZ irrespective of the tool speed. Very fine-needle-like Fe3C precipitates were found at both the rotational speeds in SZ. The Fe3C was dissolved and fresh precipitation of strengthening precipitates occurred on both prior austenite grain and sub-grain boundaries in SZ during PWNT and PWDT. The post-weld direct tempering caused coarsening and coalescence of strengthening precipitates, in both matrix and grain boundary regions of TMAZ and HAZ, which led to inhomogeneous distribution of hardness across the weld joint. The PWNT heat treatment has shown fresh precipitation of M23C6 on lath and grain boundaries and very fine V-rich MC precipitates in the intragranular regions, which is very much similar to that prevailed in BM prior to FSW. Both the PWDT and PWNT treatments caused considerable reduction in the hardness of SZ

  3. Morphology and distribution of martensite in dual phase (DP980) steel and its relation to the multiscale mechanical behavior

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    Zhang, Fan, E-mail: fan.zhang@wsu.edu [School of Mechanical and Material Eng., Washington State University (United States); Ruimi, Annie [Department of Mechanical Eng., Texas A& M University at Qatar, Doha (Qatar); Wo, Pui Ching; Field, David P. [School of Mechanical and Material Eng., Washington State University (United States)

    2016-04-06

    Among generations of advanced high-strength steel alloys, dual-phase steels exhibit a unique combination of strength and formability making them excellent candidates for use in the automotive industry. In this study, we seek to establish a relation between mechanical properties and microstructure of DP980. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD)and nanoindentation are used to identify and characterize martensite and ferrite phases. Spatial distributions of martensite and ferrite phases of subjected to various annealing treatments are found using a 2-point correlation function. Micro- and macro-mechanical properties are measured with nanoindentation, Vickers hardness and tensile tests and the results are used to determine the relation between martensite and ferrite phases and the strength of the metal. During the annealing/recovery process, the strength of the martensite phase decreases, the dislocation structure relaxes in the phase boundary region of the ferrite, and the martensite alignment along the rolling direction decreases resulting in the observed metal strength reduction. It is also shown that the higher the annealing temperature, the more homogeneous and equiaxed the distribution of martensite.

  4. Change of Tensile Properties of High Cr Ferritic/Martensitic Stainless Steel after Irradiation at HANARO

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    Kim, Sung Ho; Ryu, W. S.; Cho, Hae Dong; Han, Chang Hee; Ahn, S. B.; Choo, K. N

    2005-12-15

    In present study, we evaluated the irradiation properties of high Cr ferritic/martensitic steels. These steels were irradiated in HANARO for 14 days at 297{+-}5 .deg. C, and for 15 days at 307{+-}5 .deg. C, and then the fluence was 2.9x10{sup 20}n/cm{sup 2} (E>1.0Mev). High temperature tensile test after irradiation was performed at hot cell in IMEF. Tensile test temperature range was from room temperature to 700 .deg. C. The yield and ultimate tensile strength of specimens increased, and the elongation of specimens decreased by neutron irradiation. Especially elongation was greatly decreased. As the tensile test temperature increased, the increase of strength by irradiation was diminished. But elongation was not recovered at high temperature tensile test. As the irradiation fluence increased, the increase of yield and tensile strength became larger. But the elongation was not influenced by the increase of irradiation fluence.

  5. Effect of precipitate on yield strength of ferritic/martensitic steel exposed to 650 .deg. C liquid sodium

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    Kim, Tae Yong; Lee, Jeonghyeon; Kim, Ji Hyun [UNIST, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of); Shin, Sang Hun [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-15

    Ferritic/martensitic steels(FMS) which are used as one of cladding and structure materials in UCFR, have high creep strength at 600~650°C, low expansion coefficient, and dimensional stability with irradiation-induced void swelling in circumstance of fast neutrons compared to austenitic stainless steel. However, as exposed to high temperature liquid sodium during the design life time (30 to 60 years), the surface of FMS experienced Cr-depletion and decarburization by dissolution of components into sodium and formed oxidations by reacting with sodium. This changes chemical compositions of inter-surface and effects on behavior of precipitations. This change can cause a degradation of mechanical strength of structure material of UCFR. The research about FMS on effects of long term exposure in liquid sodium at 650 °C involve analysis of yield strength by change of microstructure, solid solution hardening and precipitation hardening. It shows how this three parts occupy total yield strength respectively and change over time. In a specific procedure, the microstructure and the surface phenomenon of FMS (Gr. 92) that are exposed to liquid sodium at 650°C, 20 ppm oxygen and are aged in high pure Argon gas environment to express bulk have been investigated by using scanning electron microscope (SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). When specimens were exposed to 650 °C liquid sodium for 1583, 3095 hours and Ar-gas 1601, 2973 hours, mechanical properties of materials were analyzed quantitatively. After experiment, NaCrO{sub 2} oxidation was formed on the surface of Gr.92 at sodium environment. Also, change of microstructure, dissolution of elements, and nucleation and growth of precipitation was raised. During exposed to high temperature at sodium or Ar-gas, annealed lath structure as well as coarsening of tempered martensite structure affects reduction of mechanical properties. And dissolution of elements results in reduction of solid solution hardening. This

  6. 46 CFR 54.25-25 - Welding of quenched and tempered steels (modifies UHT-82).

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    2010-10-01

    ... 46 Shipping 2 2010-10-01 2010-10-01 false Welding of quenched and tempered steels (modifies UHT-82... ENGINEERING PRESSURE VESSELS Construction With Carbon, Alloy, and Heat Treated Steels § 54.25-25 Welding of quenched and tempered steels (modifies UHT-82). (a) The qualification of welding procedures, welders, and...

  7. ANALYSIS OF INTERGRANULAR CARBIDE PRECIPITATE IN HAZ OF MARTENSITIC STAINLESS STEEL

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    ISMAILA I. AHMED

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Analysis of intragranular carbide precipitate in the Heat Affected Zone (HAZ of Martensitic Stainless Steel (MSS weldment was carried out. Low carbon grade martensitic stainless steel weldment subjected to four point bend test in simulated sweet crude environment was analysed with Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM. The optical microscopy of the failed sample revealed the presence of intergranular cracks on both sides of the weldment in the HAZ. Electron transparent sample for TEM was prepared from the HAZ of the weldment using extraction replica technique. The examination of TEM specimen in imaging mode revealed the presence of precipitates on grain boundaries. The compositional analysis of the precipitates was carried out with Energy Dispersive X-ray (EDX. The result of EDX analysis showed the presence of chromium and molybdenum, this suggests, the precipitates were carbides of the form M23C6. The study therefore upholds sensitisation as the mechanism behind the intergranular cracks observed in the HAZ of the MSS weldment.

  8. Impact properties of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel, F82H jointed by hot isostatic pressing

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    Ogiwara, H.; Tanigawa, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Hirose, T. [Blanket Engineering Group, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka, Ibaraki (Japan); Enoeda, M. [Naka Fusion Research Establishment, J.A.E.R.I., Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Kohyama, A. [Kyoto Univ., lnstitute of Advanced Energy (Japan)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: Reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steels are the leading candidate structural material for the blanket system of fusion reactors. The important issue at the current stage is the finalization of a detailed manufacturing specification for ITER test blanket module. Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) process is one of the most important methods to fabricate the first wall with cooling channels. The objective of this paper is to optimize HIP condition to obtain the excellent joints mechanical properties. The materials used were F82H steels. The joint was produced by solid state HIP method. Before HIP treatments, specimens were heated in vacuum condition to out-gas. This treatment was conducted to decrease oxidation on the surfaces. HIP treatments were carried out for 2 h at 1100 deg. C - 140 MPa. The specimens were normalized at 960 deg. C for 0.5 h and tempered at 750 deg. C for 1.5 h. The bonding interface was characterized by scanning electron microscopy. Charpy impact tests and tensile tests were conducted to evaluate the mechanical properties of the HIP joint. Impact tests revealed that there were no significant differences in the ductile-brittle transition temperatures of HIP jointed specimens and base metal specimens, but the upper-shelf energy (USE) of the HIP joint specimens at room temperature was only about 10% of that of the base metal specimens. SEM observations of the fracture surface of HIP joint specimens revealed that a large number of oxides were formed on the HIP joint. This result indicates that oxides formed on the HIP joint are the dominant factor of the impact properties. Based on these results, the pre-HIP treatment conditions had been optimized to reduce the number of oxides, and USE of HIP joint specimens increased to about 50% of that of the base metal. The detailed analyses on the HIP joint microstructure will be reported. (authors)

  9. Effect of shot peening on the residual stress and mechanical behaviour of low-temperature and high-temperature annealed martensitic gear steel 18CrNiMo7-6

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    Yang, R.; Zhang, X.; Mallipeddi, D.

    2017-01-01

    A martensitic gear steel (18CrNiMo7-6) was annealed at 180 degrees C for 2h and at similar to 750 degrees C for 1h to design two different starting microstructures for shot peening. One maintains the original as-transformed martensite while the other contains irregular-shaped sorbite together...... with ferrite. These two materials were shot peened using two different peening conditions. The softer sorbite + ferrite microstructure was shot peened using 0.6 mm conditioned cut steel shots at an average speed of 25 m/s in a conventional shot peening machine, while the harder tempered martensite steel...... was shot peened using 1.5 mm steel shots at a speed of 50 m/s in an in-house developed shot peening machine. The shot speeds in the conventional shot peening machine were measured using an in-house lidar set-up. The microstructure of each sample was characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy...

  10. Effect of shot peening on the residual stress and mechanical behaviour of low-temperature and high-temperature annealed martensitic gear steel 18CrNiMo7-6

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    Yang, R.; Zhang, X.; Mallipeddi, D.; Angelou, N.; Toftegaard, H. L.; Li, Y.; Ahlström, J.; Lorentzen, L.; Wu, G.; Huang, X.

    2017-07-01

    A martensitic gear steel (18CrNiMo7-6) was annealed at 180 °C for 2h and at ∼ 750 °C for 1h to design two different starting microstructures for shot peening. One maintains the original as-transformed martensite while the other contains irregular-shaped sorbite together with ferrite. These two materials were shot peened using two different peening conditions. The softer sorbite + ferrite microstructure was shot peened using 0.6 mm conditioned cut steel shots at an average speed of 25 m/s in a conventional shot peening machine, while the harder tempered martensite steel was shot peened using 1.5 mm steel shots at a speed of 50 m/s in an in-house developed shot peening machine. The shot speeds in the conventional shot peening machine were measured using an in-house lidar set-up. The microstructure of each sample was characterized by optical and scanning electron microscopy, and the mechanical properties examined by microhardness and tensile testing. The residual stresses were measured using an Xstress 3000 G2R diffractometer equipped with a Cr Kα x-ray source. The correspondence between the residual stress profile and the gradient structure produced by shot peening, and the relationship between the microstructure and strength, are analyzed and discussed.

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

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

    2011-01-15

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

  12. Radiological assessment of the limits and potential of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels

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    Tanigawa, Hiroyasu, E-mail: tanigawa.hiroyasu@jaea.go.jp; Someya, Yoji; Sakasegawa, Hideo; Hirose, Takanori; Ochiai, Kentaro

    2014-10-15

    Highlights: • Ni is the major contamination element that should be removed to reduce the activation levels. • The amount of 14C transmuted from N must be reduced to achieve the shallow land burial limit. • About 100 ppm N will remain in the EAF melted steel, and Ni contamination occurs during the melting process. • Using Al for deoxidation of the RAFM steel has no significant impact on the activation levels. • The impact of the minor elements such as Ag is negligible compared to that of Ni and N. - Abstract: Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels have been developed as the structural material for the fusion demonstration reactor, DEMO. These steels contain elements that produce radioactive isotopes and decay to low levels in timeframe required by the waste management scenario. Developments within the past quarter-century suggest a practical limit to the removal of undesired impurities such as Co, Cu, Ni, Mo and Nb. The concentrations of elements essential for the mechanical properties of RAFM steels, such as Al and N, required a compromise between the waste disposal scenario and performance demand. The limits and potential of RAFM steel pertaining to reducing the activation levels after service are discussed based on the actual achievements of F82H, Japanese RAFM steel, and numerical analyses of the activity. It was found that in order to achieve the shallow land burial limits 100 years after a reactor shutdown, Ni is the most significant impurity that must be removed (Mo in the case of the first wall). Limiting N below concentrations of 100 ppm will not be possible for a large scale melt, but concentrations of Al up to the maximum amount that has been achieved present no problems.

  13. Effect of ultrasonic impact peening on the corrosion of ferritic–martensitic steels in supercritical water

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    Dong, Ziqiang, E-mail: zdong@ualberta.ca [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada); Liu, Zhe; Li, Ming [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada); Luo, Jing-Li, E-mail: luoj@ualberta.ca [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada); Chen, Weixing, E-mail: weixing@ualberta.ca [Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton (Canada); Zheng, Wenyue [MTL-NRCan, 183 Longwood Road South, Hamilton (Canada); Guzonas, Dave [Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River (Canada)

    2015-02-15

    Ferritic–Martensitic (F/M) steels are important candidate alloys to be used in the next generation (Generation-IV) SCWRs. In this work, two F/M steels with the same Cr content of around 12 wt.% and varied Si content from 0.6 wt.% to 2.2 wt.% were evaluated in supercritical water (SCW) at 500 °C and 25 MPa for up to 1000 h. The effect of ultrasonic shot peening on the oxidation behavior of these F/M steels have been investigated. The results showed that the oxidation was affected by the Si content as well as the surface modification. The F/M steel with low Si concentration exhibited higher corrosion resistance than that of the alloy with high Si content. Shot peening, which could modify the microstructure at the surface, showed significantly beneficial effect to improving the oxidation resistance. A thin, uniform oxide layer formed on the peened sample could be attributed to the enhanced diffusion of Cr induced by the surface modification.

  14. Effect of Plasma Nitriding Process Conditions on Corrosion Resistance of 440B Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    Łępicka Magdalena

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Martensitic stainless steels are used in a large number of various industrial applications, e.g. molds for plastic injections and glass moldings, automotive components, cutting tools, surgical and dental instruments. The improvement of their tribological and corrosion properties is a problem of high interest especially in medical applications, where patient safety becomes a priority. The paper covers findings from plasma nitrided AISI 440B (PN-EN or DIN X90CrMoV18 stainless steel corrosion resistance studies. Conventionally heat treated and plasma nitrided in N2:H2 reaction gas mixture (50:50, 65:35 and 80:20, respectively in two different temperature ranges (380 or 450°C specimens groups were examined. Microscopic observations and electrochemical corrosion tests were performed using a variety of analytical techniques. As obtained findings show, plasma nitriding of AISI 440B stainless steel, regardless of the process temperature, results in reduction of corrosion current density. Nevertheless, applying thermo-chemical process which requires exceeding temperature of about 400°C is not recommended due to increased risk of steel sensitization to intergranular and stress corrosion. According to the results, material ion nitrided in 450°C underwent leaching corrosion processes, which led to significant disproportion in chemical composition of the corroded and corrosion-free areas. The authors suggest further research into corrosion process of plasma nitrided materials and its degradation products.

  15. Predicting Microstructure Development During HighTemperature Nitriding of Martensitic Stainless SteelsUsing Thermodynamic Modeling

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    Tschiptschin André Paulo

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available Thermodynamic calculations of the Fe-Cr-N System in the region of the Gas Phase Equilibria have been compared with experimental results of maximum nitrogen absorption during nitriding of two Martensitic Stainless Steels (a 6 mm thick sheet of AISI 410S steel and green powder compacts of AISI 434L steel under N2 atmospheres. The calculations have been performed combining the Fe-Cr-N System description contained in the SGTE Solid Solution Database and the gas phase for the N System contained in the SGTE Substances Database. Results show a rather good agreement for total nitrogen absorption in the steel and nitrogen solubility in austenite in the range of temperatures between 1273 K and 1473 K and in the range of pressures between 0.1 and 0.36 MPa. Calculations show that an appropriate choice of heat treatment parameters can lead to optimal nitrogen absorption in the alloy. It was observed in the calculations that an increased pressure stabilizes CrN at expenses of Cr2N - type nitrides.

  16. In-situ investigation of martensite formation in AISI 52100 bearing steel at sub-zero Celsius temperature

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    Villa, Matteo; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt; Pantleon, Karen

    2013-01-01

    Martensite formation in AISI 52100 bearing steel at sub-zero Celsius temperature was investigated with Vibrating Sample Magnetometry. The investigation reports the stabilization of retained austenite in quenched samples during storage at room temperature and reveals the thermally activated nature...

  17. Microstructural evolution at the overlap zones of 12Cr martensitic stainless steel laser alloyed with TiC

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    Adebiyi, DI

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available & Laser Technology Volume 61, September 2014, Pages 15–23 Microstructural evolution at the overlap zones of 12Cr martensitic stainless steel laser alloyed with TiC D.I. Adebiyi, A.P.I. Popoola, S.L. Pityana Multiple track laser alloying...

  18. Influence of traps on the deuterium behaviour in the low activation martensitic steels F82H and Batman

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    Serra, E.; Perujo, A.; Benamati, G.

    1997-06-01

    A time dependent permeation method is used to measure the permeability, diffusivity and solubility of deuterium in the low activation martensitic steels F82H and Batman. The measurements cover the temperature range from 373 to 743 K which includes the onset of deuterium trapping effects on diffusivity and solubility. The results are interpreted using a trapping model. The number of trap sites and their average energies for deuterium in F82H and Batman steels are determined.

  19. Research on flow behaviors of the constituent grains in ferrite-martensite dual phase steels based on nanoindentation measurements

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    Gou, Rui-bin; Dan, Wen-jiao; Zhang, Wei-gang; Yu, Min

    2017-07-01

    To investigate the flow properties of constituent grains in ferrite-martensite dual phase steel, both the flow curve of individual grain and the flow behavior difference among different grains were investigated both using a classical dislocation-based model and nanoindentation technique. In the analysis of grain features, grain size, grain shape and martensite proximity around ferrite grain were parameterized by the diameter of area equivalent circular of the grain d, the grain shape coefficient λ and the martensite proximity coefficient p, respectively. Three grain features influenced significantly on the grain initial strength which increases when the grain size d decreases and when grain shape and martensite proximity coefficients enlarge. In describing the flow behavior of single grain, both single-parameter and multi-parameter empirical formulas of grain initial strength were proposed by defining three grain features as the evaluation parameters. It was found that the martensite proximity is an important determinant of ferrite initial strength, while the influence of grain size is minimal. The influence of individual grain was investigated using an improved flow model of overall stress on the overall flow curve of the steel. It was found that the predicted overall flow curve was in good agreement with the experimental one when the flow behaviors of all the constituent grains in the evaluated region were fully considered.

  20. Micromechanical analysis of martensite distribution on strain localization in dual phase steels by scanning electron microscopy and crystal plasticity simulation

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    Jafari, M. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Ziaei-Rad, S., E-mail: szrad@cc.iut.ac.ir [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Saeidi, N. [Department of Materials Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Jamshidian, M. [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2016-07-18

    The morphology and distribution of the dispersed martensite islands in the ferrite matrix plays a key role in the formation of shear bands in dual phase steels. In this study, we investigate the relationship between the martensite dispersion and the strain localization regions due to the formation of shear bands in fine-grained DP 780 steel, employing experimental observations as well as numerical simulations. SEM studies of the deformed microstructure showed that voids nucleated at ferrite-martensite interface within larger ferrite grains and regions with low local martensite fraction. The experimental results were precisely analyzed by finite element simulations based on the theory of crystal plasticity. A parametric study was then performed to obtain a deeper insight in to the effect of martensite dispersion on the strain localization of the neighboring ferrite. Crystal plasticity simulation results revealed that in a more regular structure compared to a random structure, a greater region of the ferrite phase contributes to accommodate plasticity. In addition, these regions limit the formation of main shear bands by creating barriers against stress concentration regions, results in lower growth and interaction of stress concentration regions with each others.

  1. Multi-probe microstructure tracking during heat treatment without an in-situ setup: Case studies on martensitic steel, dual phase steel and β-Ti alloy

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    Zhang, Jiali, E-mail: j.zhang@mpie.de; Morsdorf, Lutz, E-mail: l.morsdorf@mpie.de; Tasan, Cemal Cem, E-mail: c.tasan@mpie.de

    2016-01-15

    In-situ scanning electron microscopy observations of the microstructure evolution during heat treatments are increasingly demanded due to the growing number of alloys with complex microstructures. Post-mortem characterization of the as-processed microstructures rarely provides sufficient insight on the exact route of the microstructure formation. On the other hand, in-situ SEM approaches are often limited due to the arising challenges upon using an in-situ heating setup, e.g. in (i) employing different detectors, (ii) preventing specimen surface degradation, or (iii) controlling and measuring the temperature precisely. Here, we explore and expand the capabilities of the “mid-way” solution by step-wise microstructure tracking, ex-situ, at selected steps of heat treatment. This approach circumvents the limitations above, as it involves an atmosphere and temperature well-controlled dilatometer, and high resolution microstructure characterization (using electron channeling contrast imaging, electron backscatter diffraction, atom probe tomography, etc.). We demonstrate the capabilities of this approach by focusing on three cases: (i) nano-scale carbide precipitation during low-temperature tempering of martensitic steels, (ii) formation of transformation-induced geometrically necessary dislocations in a dual-phase steel during intercritical annealing, and (iii) the partial recrystallization of a metastable β-Ti alloy. - Highlights: • A multi-probe method to track microstructures during heat treatment is developed. • It enables the analysis of various complex phenomena, even those at atomistic scale. • It circumvents some of the free surface effects of classical in-situ experiments.

  2. Softening mechanisms of the AISI 410 martensitic stainless steel under hot torsion simulation

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    Oliveira, Thiago Santana de; Silva, Eden Santos; Rodrigues, Samuel Filgueiras; Nascimento, Carmem Celia Francisco; Leal, Valdemar Silva; Reis, Gedeon Silva, E-mail: samuel.filgueiras@ifma.edu.br [Instituto Federal do Maranhao (PPGEM/IFMA), Sao Luis, MA (Brazil)

    2017-03-15

    This study investigated the softening mechanisms of the AISI 410 martensitic stainless steel during torsion simulation under isothermal continuous in the temperature range of 900 to 1150 °C and strain rates of 0.1 to 5.0s{sup -1}. In the first part of the curves, before the peak, the results show that the critical (ε-c) and peak (ε-p) strains are elevated for higher strain rate and lower temperatures contributing for higher strain hardening rate (h). Moreover, this indicated that dynamic recrystallization (DRX) and dynamic recovery (DRV) are not effective in this region. After the peak, the reductions in stresses are associated to the different DRX/DRV competitions. For lower temperatures and higher strain rates there is a delay in the DRX while the DRV is acting predominantly (with low Avrami exponent (n) and high t{sub 0.5}). The steady state was reached after large strains showing DRX grains, formation of retained austenite and the presence of chromium carbide (Cr{sub 23}C{sub 6}) and ferrite δ at the martensitic grain boundaries. These contribute for impairing the toughness and ductility on the material. The constitutive equations at the peak strain indicated changes in the deformation mechanism, with variable strain rate sensitivity (m), which affected the final microstructure. (author)

  3. Effect of Strain-Induced Martensite on Tensile Properties and Hydrogen Embrittlement of 304 Stainless Steel

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    Kim, Young Suk; Bak, Sang Hwan; Kim, Sung Soo

    2016-01-01

    Room temperature tensile tests have been conducted at different strain rates ranging from 2 × 10-6 to 1 × 10-2/s on hydrogen-free and hydrogen-charged 304 stainless steel (SS). Using a ferritescope and neutron diffraction, the amount of strain-induced martensite (SIM) has been in situ measured at the center region of the gage section of the tensile specimens or ex situ measured on the fractured tensile specimens. The ductility, tensile stress, hardness, and the amount of SIM increase with decreasing strain rate in hydrogen-free 304 SS and decrease in hydrogen-charged one. Specifically, SIM that forms during tensile tests is beneficial in increasing the ductility, strain hardening, and tensile stress of 304 SS, irrespective of the presence of hydrogen. A correlation of the tensile properties of hydrogen-free and hydrogen-charged 304 SS and the amount of SIM shows that hydrogen suppresses the formation of SIM in hydrogen-charged 304 SS, leading to a ductility loss and localized brittle fracture. Consequently, we demonstrate that hydrogen embrittlement of 304 SS is related to hydrogen-suppressed formation of SIM, corresponding to the disordered phase, according to our proposition. Compelling evidence is provided by the observations of the increased lattice expansion of martensite with decreasing strain rate in hydrogen-free 304 SS and its lattice contraction in hydrogen-charged one.

  4. Influence of Cryogenic Treatments on the Wear Behavior of AISI 420 Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    Prieto, G.; Tuckart, W. R.

    2017-11-01

    The objective of the present work is to characterize the wear behavior of a cryogenically treated low-carbon AISI 420 martensitic stainless steel, by means of ball-on-disk tribological tests. Wear tests were performed under a range of applied normal loads and in two different environments, namely a petrolatum bath and an argon atmosphere. Wear tracks were analyzed by both optical and scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy to evaluate wear volume, track geometry, surface features and the tribolayers generated after testing. This paper is an extension of the work originally reported in the VIII Iberian Conference of Tribology (Prieto and Tuckart, in: Ballest Jiménez, Rodríguez Espinosa, Serrano Saurín, Pardilla Arias, Olivares Bermúdez (eds) VIII Iberian conference of tribology, Cartagena, 2015). In this study, it has been experimentally demonstrated that cryogenically treated specimens showed a wear resistance improvement ranging from 35 to 90% compared to conventionally treated ones.

  5. Influence of Cryogenic Treatments on the Wear Behavior of AISI 420 Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    Prieto, G.; Tuckart, W. R.

    2017-10-01

    The objective of the present work is to characterize the wear behavior of a cryogenically treated low-carbon AISI 420 martensitic stainless steel, by means of ball-on-disk tribological tests. Wear tests were performed under a range of applied normal loads and in two different environments, namely a petrolatum bath and an argon atmosphere. Wear tracks were analyzed by both optical and scanning electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy to evaluate wear volume, track geometry, surface features and the tribolayers generated after testing. This paper is an extension of the work originally reported in the VIII Iberian Conference of Tribology (Prieto and Tuckart, in: Ballest Jiménez, Rodríguez Espinosa, Serrano Saurín, Pardilla Arias, Olivares Bermúdez (eds) VIII Iberian conference of tribology, Cartagena, 2015). In this study, it has been experimentally demonstrated that cryogenically treated specimens showed a wear resistance improvement ranging from 35 to 90% compared to conventionally treated ones.

  6. Investigation on the Enhanced Oxidation of Ferritic/Martensitic Steel P92 in Pure Steam

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    Juntao Yuan

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Oxidation of ferritic/martensitic steel P92 was investigated in pure oxygen and in pure steam at 600–800 °C by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, optical microscopy (OM, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and X-ray diffraction (XRD. The results showed that the oxidation of P92 was significantly enhanced and multilayer scale with an outer iron oxides layer formed in pure steam. At 700 °C, the gas switch markedly influenced the scaling kinetics and scale microstructure. It was supposed that the higher affinity of iron to steam would be attributed to the enhanced oxidation of P92 in pure steam, and the much easier transport of hydroxyl would account for the significant difference induced by gas switch.

  7. Thermal fatigue crack nucleation in ferritic-martensitic steels before and after neutron irradiation

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    Belyaeva, L.A.; Zisman, A.A.; Petersen, C. E-mail: claus.petersen@imf.fzk.de; Potapova, V.A.; Rybin, V.V

    2000-12-01

    Thermal fatigue behaviour of the ferritic-martensitic steels MANET-II, 12Cr-1.5NiMo and F82H-mod. have been investigated in the temperature range from 50 deg. C to 350 deg. C and total strain range {<=}0.33%. Crack appearance has been checked after 3x10{sup 3}, 6x10{sup 3} and 10{sup 4} cycles and has been successively detected in these steels. The thermal fatigue cracks have a transgranular character; sometimes, intergranular cracks are observed in the F82H-mod. steel. A certain correlation of grain size and ferrite content with the thermal fatigue crack peculiarities has been noted. Specimens of MANET-II and 12Cr-1.5NiMo have been irradiated in a WWR-M reactor with a fluence of 1x10{sup 25} n m{sup -2} at a temperature of 300 deg. C and then subjected to thermocyclic loading. It has been established that the neutron irradiation does not significantly affect fatigue crack nucleation in both materials.

  8. Development of benchmark reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels for fusion energy applications

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    Tanigawa, H.; Gaganidze, E.; Hirose, T.; Ando, M.; Zinkle, S. J.; Lindau, R.; Diegele, E.

    2017-09-01

    Reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel is the benchmark structural material for in-vessel components of fusion reactor. The current status of RAFM developments and evaluations is reviewed based on two leading RAFM steels, F82H and EUROFER-97. The applicability of various joining technologies for fabrication of fusion first wall and blanket structures, such as weld or diffusion bonding, is overviewed as well. The technical challenges and potential risks of utilizing RAFM steels as the structural material of in-vessel components are discussed, and possible mitigation methodology is introduced. The discussion suggests that deuterium-tritium fusion neutron irradiation effects currently need to be treated as an ambiguity factor which could be incorporated within the safety factor. The safety factor will be defined by the engineering design criteria which are not yet developed with regard to irradiation effects and some high temperature process, and the operating time condition of the in-vessel component will be defined by the condition at which those ambiguities due to neutron irradiation become too large to be acceptable, or by the critical condition at which 14 MeV fusion neutron irradiation effects is expected to become different from fission neutron irradiation effects.

  9. Multiscale simulation of yield strength in reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steel

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    Wang, Chen Chong; Zhang, Chi; Yang, Zhigang [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing (China); Zhao, Ji Jun [State Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Electron, and Ion Beams, School of Physics and Optoelectronic Technology and College of Advanced Science and Technology, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian (China)

    2017-04-15

    One of the important requirements for the application of reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steel is to retain proper mechanical properties under irradiation and high-temperature conditions. To simulate the yield strength and stress-strain curve of steels during high-temperature and irradiation conditions, a multiscale simulation method consisting of both microstructure and strengthening simulations was established. The simulation results of microstructure parameters were added to a superposition strengthening model, which consisted of constitutive models of different strengthening methods. Based on the simulation results, the strength contribution for different strengthening methods at both room temperature and high-temperature conditions was analyzed. The simulation results of the yield strength in irradiation and high-temperature conditions were mainly consistent with the experimental results. The optimal application field of this multiscale model was 9Cr series (7–9 wt.%Cr) RAFM steels in a condition characterized by 0.1–5 dpa (or 0 dpa) and a temperature range of 25–500°C.

  10. Formation of alumina-aluminide coatings on ferritic-martensitic T91 steel

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    Choudhary R.K.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available In this work, alumina-aluminide coatings were formed on ferritic-martensitic T91 steel substrate. First, coatings of aluminum were deposited electrochemically on T91 steel in a room temperature AlCl3-1-ethyl-3-methyl imidazolium chloride ionic liquid, then the obtained coating was subjected to a two stage heat treatment procedure consisting of prolonged heat treatment of the sample in vacuum at 300 ○C followed by oxidative heat treatment in air at 650 ○C for 16 hours. X-ray diffraction measurement of the oxidatively heat treated samples indicated formation of Fe-Al and Cr-Al intermetallics and presence of amorphous alumina. Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy measurement confirmed 50 wt- % O in the oxidized coating. Microscratch adhesion test conducted on alumina-aluminide coating formed on T91 steel substrate showed no major adhesive detachment up to 20 N loads. However, adhesive failure was observed at a few discrete points on the coating along the scratch track.

  11. Multiscale Simulation of Yield Strength in Reduced-Activation Ferritic/Martensitic Steel

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    Chenchong Wang

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available One of the important requirements for the application of reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM steel is to retain proper mechanical properties under irradiation and high-temperature conditions. To simulate the yield strength and stress-strain curve of steels during high-temperature and irradiation conditions, a multiscale simulation method consisting of both microstructure and strengthening simulations was established. The simulation results of microstructure parameters were added to a superposition strengthening model, which consisted of constitutive models of different strengthening methods. Based on the simulation results, the strength contribution for different strengthening methods at both room temperature and high-temperature conditions was analyzed. The simulation results of the yield strength in irradiation and high-temperature conditions were mainly consistent with the experimental results. The optimal application field of this multiscale model was 9Cr series (7–9 wt.%Cr RAFM steels in a condition characterized by 0.1–5 dpa (or 0 dpa and a temperature range of 25–500°C.

  12. Precipitation Behavior of Carbides in H13 Hot Work Die Steel and Its Strengthening during Tempering

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    Angang Ning

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available The properties of carbides, such as morphology, size, and type, in H13 hot work die steel were studied with optical microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, electron diffraction, and energy dispersive X-ray analysis; their size distribution and quantity after tempering, at different positions within the ingot, were analyzed using Image-Pro Plus software. Thermodynamic calculations were also performed for these carbides. The microstructures near the ingot surface were homogeneous and had slender martensite laths. Two kinds of carbide precipitates have been detected in H13: (1 MC and M6C, generally smaller than 200 nm; and (2 M23C6, usually larger than 200 nm. MC and M6C play the key role in precipitation hardening. These are the most frequent carbides precipitating at the halfway point from the center of the ingot, and the least frequent at the surface. From the center of the ingot to its surface, the size and volume fraction of the carbides decrease, and the toughness improves, while the contribution of the carbides to the yield strength increases.

  13. Method to Predict Tempering of Steels Under Non-isothermal Conditions

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    Poirier, D. R.; Kohli, A.

    2017-05-01

    A common way of representing the tempering responses of steels is with a "tempering parameter" that includes the effect of temperature and time on hardness after hardening. Such functions, usually in graphical form, are available for many steels and have been applied for isothermal tempering. In this article, we demonstrate that the method can be extended to non-isothermal conditions. Controlled heating experiments were done on three grades in order to verify the method.

  14. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a Ti-microalloyed low-carbon stainless steel treated by quenching-partitioning-tempering process

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    Xie, S.T., E-mail: xst-2007@163.com [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Liu, Z.Y. [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China); Wang, Z. [Research Institute, Baoshan Iron & Steel Co. Ltd., Shanghai 201900 (China); Wang, G.D. [State Key Laboratory of Rolling and Automation, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819 (China)

    2016-06-15

    Quenching-partitioning-tempering (Q-P-T) process was used to treat a Ti-microalloyed low-carbon stainless steel after cold rolling. In addition to martensite, ferrite and retained austenite, TiN, coarse TiC, fine TiC, (Fe,Cr){sub 3}C and ultra-fine TiC precipitates were formed after the Q-P-T treatment. Based on field emission-scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM) observations, thermodynamic, crystallographic and statistical analyses were used to reveal the precipitation behaviors of these particles. The effects of partitioning-tempering (P-T) temperature and time on the microstructure and mechanical properties of Q-P-T treated specimens were specially studied. The coarsening and spheroidization of (Fe,Cr){sub 3}C particles during P-T stage were obviously retarded by large Cr addition. The retained austenite was obtained significantly with appropriate P-T parameters. The precipitation of ultra-fine TiC particles in the martensite during the P-T stage at 500 °C induced a secondary hardening. - Highlights: • Some fine TiC with 30–70 nm precipitated in austenite during partial austenization. • A part of fine TiC had K-S OR with martensite after Q-P-T treatment. • A part of fine TiC had a OR specially deviating from K-S OR with martensite. • Coarsening and spheroidization of (Fe,Cr){sub 3}C were retarded during P-T stage. • Ultra-fine TiC with < 10 nm precipitated in martensite during P-T stage at 500 °C.

  15. Modelling of liquid sodium induced crack propagation in T91 martensitic steel: Competition with ductile fracture

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    Hemery, Samuel [Institut PPRIME, CNRS, Université de Poitiers, ISAE ENSMA, UPR 3346, Téléport 2, 1 Avenue Clément Ader, BP 40109, 86961 Futuroscope Chasseneuil Cedex (France); Berdin, Clotilde, E-mail: clotilde.berdin@u-psud.fr [Univ Paris-Sud, SP2M-ICMMO, CNRS UMR 8182, F-91405 Orsay Cedex (France); Auger, Thierry; Bourhi, Mariem [Ecole Centrale-Supelec, MSSMat CNRS UMR 8579, F-92295 Chatenay Malabry Cedex (France)

    2016-12-01

    Liquid metal embrittlement (LME) of T91 steel is numerically modeled by the finite element method to analyse experimental results in an axisymmetric notched geometry. The behavior of the material is identified from tensile tests then a crack with a constant crack velocity is introduced using the node release technique in order to simulate the brittle crack induced by LME. A good agreement between the simulated and the experimental macroscopic behavior is found: this suggests that the assumption of a constant crack velocity is correct. Mechanical fields during the embrittlement process are then extracted from the results of the finite element model. An analysis of the crack initiation and propagation stages: the ductile fracture probably breaks off the LME induced brittle fracture. - Highlights: • T91 martensitic steel is embrittled by liquid sodium depending on the loading rate at 573 K. • The mechanical behavior is modeled by a von Mises elastic-plastic law. • The LME induced crack propagates at a constant velocity. • The mechanical state at the crack tip does not explain a brittle crack arrest. • The occurrence of the ductile fracture breaks off the brittle fracture.

  16. Mechanism of intergranular stress corrosion cracking in HAZ for super-martensitic stainless steel

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    Miyata, Yukio; Kimura, Mitsuo [Tubular Products and Casting Research Dept., JFE Steel Corporation, 1-1, Kawasaki-cho, Handa (Japan); Nakamichi, Haruo; Sato, Kaoru [Analysis and Characterization Research Dept., JFE Steel Corporation, 1-1, Minamiwatarida-cho, Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki (Japan); Itakura, Noritsugu [Products Service and Development Dept., Chita Works, JFE Steel Corporation. 1-1, Kawasaki-cho, Handa (Japan); Masamura, Katsumi [Tubular Products Business Planning Dept., JFE Steel Corporation, 2-2-3, Uchisaiwai-sho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (Japan)

    2004-07-01

    Mechanism of intergranular stress corrosion cracking (IGSCC) for heat affected zone (HAZ) of super-martensitic stainless steel was studied using two types of the steel. One was a lean grade, which was Mo free and low Ni, and the other was a high grade, which was Mo added and high Ni. Specimens received heat treatments simulating welding thermal cycles were applied to SCC tests. Cracks were observed in some specimens after U-bend SCC test under low pH environments. Thermal cycle conditions with sensitization were verified from the results. No crack was observed in the specimen with the thermal cycle simulating post welding heat treatment (PWHT) after sensitizing conditions. Therefore, PWHT was clarified to be effective to prevent the cracking. Cr carbides were observed along prior austenite grain boundary intermittently, and Cr depleted zone was confirmed on the grain boundary adjacent to carbides that precipitated on the grain boundary. It is, therefore, concluded that the cracking results from Cr depletion on prior austenite grain boundary accompanied by precipitation of Cr carbides under specific welding conditions. (authors)

  17. Hot Deformation Behavior of 1Cr12Ni3Mo2VN Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    He, Xiaomao; Jiang, Peng; Zhou, Leyu; Chen, Chao; Deng, Xiaochun

    2017-08-01

    1Cr12Ni3Mo2VN is a new type of martensitic stainless steel for the last-stage blades of large-capacity nuclear and thermal power turbines. The deformation behavior of this steel was studied by thermal compression experiments that performed on a Gleeble-3500 thermal simulator at a temperature range of 850°C to 1200°C and a strain rate of 0.01s-1 to 20s-1. When the deformation was performed at high temperature and low strain rate, a necklace type of microstructures was observed, the plastic deformation mechanism is grain boundary slip and migration, when at low temperature and lower strain rate, the slip bands were observed, the mechanism is intracrystalline slips, and when at strain rate of 20s-1, twins were observed, the mechanism are slips and twins. The Arrhenius equation was applied to describe the constitutive equation of the flow stress. The accuracy of the equation was verified by using the experimental data and the correlation coefficient R2 = 0.9786, and the equation can provide reasonable data for the design and numerical simulation of the forging process.

  18. Thermal and mechanical stability of retained austenite surrounded by martensite with different degrees of tempering

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    Hidalgo Garcia, J.; Findley, K.O.; Santofimia Navarro, M.J.

    2017-01-01

    The mechanical and thermal stability of austenite in multiphase advanced high strength steels are influenced by the surrounding microstructure. The mechanisms underlying and the relations between thermal and mechanical stability are still dubious due to the difficulty of isolating other factors

  19. Role of Different Kinds of Boundaries Against Cleavage Crack Propagation in Low-Temperature Embrittlement of Low-Carbon Martensitic Steel

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    Tsuboi, Mizuki; Shibata, Akinobu; Terada, Daisuke; Tsuji, Nobuhiro

    2017-07-01

    The present paper investigated the relationship between low-temperature embrittlement and microstructure of lath martensite in a low-carbon steel from both microstructural and crystallographic points of view. The fracture surface of the specimen after the miniaturized Charpy impact test at 98 K (-175 °C) mainly consisted of cleavage fracture facets parallel to crystallographic {001} planes of martensite. Through the crystallographic orientation analysis of micro-crack propagation, we found that the boundaries which separated different martensite variants having large misorientation angles of {001} cleavage planes could inhibit crack propagation. It was then concluded that the size of the aggregations of martensite variants belonging to the same Bain deformation group could control the low-temperature embrittlement of martensitic steels.

  20. 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.

  1. Dynamic Recrystallization and Precipitation in 13Cr Super-Martensitic Stainless Steels

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    Ebrahimi, Gholam Reza; Momeni, Amir; Jahazi, Mohammad; Bocher, Philippe

    2014-04-01

    The influence of precipitation on the kinetics of static and dynamic recrystallization (DRX) was investigated in AISI 403 and 403Nb martensitic stainless steels. Hot compression tests were performed in the temperature range of 1073 K to 1473 K (800 °C to 1200 °C) and strain rates of 0.001 and 0.1 s-1 to study DRX and precipitation behaviors. In parallel, stress relaxation tests were conducted with pre-strains of 0.1, 0.15, 0.2, and 0.25, a strain rate of 0.1 s-1, and in the 1073 K to 1473 K (800 °C to 1200 °C) temperature range to study the kinetics of precipitation and recrystallization. Samples of hot compression and stress relaxation tests were quenched and the evolution of the microstructure was examined using optical and scanning electron microscopy. The results indicated that DRX interacts with dynamic precipitation (DP) over the temperature range of 1173 K to 1273 K (900 °C to 1000 °C). Hot compression testing results, confirmed by EBSD analysis, indicated that partial DRX occurs before precipitation in 403Nb, at 1073 K (800 °C). By contrast, no DRX was observed in 403 steel. At higher temperatures, i.e., over 1273 K (1000 °C), DRX preceded DP in both steels. Increasing the strain rate raised the temperature range of interaction between DRX and DP up to 1373 K (1100 °C). Strain-induced precipitation (SIP) was observed over the entire range of investigated test temperatures. Static recrystallization (SRX) took place predominantly in the temperature range of 1173 K to 1373 K (900 °C to 1100 °C), at which SIP significantly delayed the SRX finishing time. The results are analyzed in the framework of the classical nucleation theory and the underlying mechanisms are identified.

  2. Gas porosity evolution and ion-implanted helium behavior in reactor ferritic/martensitic and austenitic steels

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    Chernov, I. I.; Kalin, B. A.; Staltsov, M. S.; Oo, Kyi Zin; Binyukova, S. Yu.; Staltsova, O. S.; Polyansky, A. A.; Ageev, V. S.; Nikitina, A. A.

    2015-04-01

    The peculiarities of gas porosity formation and helium retention and release in reactor ferritic/martensitic EP-450 and EP-450-ODS and austenitic ChS-68 steels are investigated by transmission electron microscopy and helium thermal desorption spectrometry (HTDS). The samples were irradiated by 40 keV He+ ions up to a fluence of 5 · 1020 m-2 at 293 and 923 K. An nonuniform distribution of helium bubbles and high-level gas swelling in ferritic/martensitic steels were found at high-temperature helium implantation. The same irradiation conditions result in formation of uniformly distributed helium bubbles and low-level swelling in ChS-68 steel. Temperature range of helium release from EP-450-ODS steel was considerably wider in comparison to HTDS-spectra of the EP-450 steel. A considerable quantity of helium is released from ODS steel in the high-temperature range after the main peak of the HTDS-spectrum.

  3. Influence of Heating Rate on Annealing and Reverse Transformation Behavior of TRIP Steels Having Martensite as Starting Microstructure

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    Kim, Jeong In; Choi, Yong Hoon; Ryu, Joo Hyun; Lee, Sea Woong; Lee, Kyooyoung; Suh, Dong-Woo

    2017-11-01

    The influence of heating rate on the annealing and transformation behavior is investigated in TRIP steel having martensite as the starting microstructure. A higher heating rate preserves the hierarchical structure of the initial microstructure before starting the reverse transformation. As the heating rate increases, the reversely transformed austenite has a propensity to develop a fine lath morphology, a consequence of the retention of pre-existing austenite and its growth along the lath boundary.

  4. Influence of cooling rate and tempering on precipitation and hardness of vanadium microalloyed steel

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    Guenduez, S. [Karabuek Technical Education Faculty, Zonguldak Karaelmas University, 78200 Karabuek (Turkey)]. E-mail: sgunduz@hotmail.com; Cochrane, R.C. [Department of Materials, School of Process, Environmental and Materials Engineering, University of Leeds, Leeds LS2 9JT (United Kingdom)]. E-mail: mtlrcc@ecu-01.novell.leeds.ac.uk

    2005-07-01

    In the present work precipitate distributions in a C-Mn-Al-V-N microalloyed steel and hardness were examined for as-received, heat-treated and heat-treated and tempered samples. Examination of as-received and heat-treated samples from the vanadium microalloyed steels using transmission electron microscopy revealed quite different precipitate distributions. The type and sizes of the precipitate particles and also hardness of the steel samples were markedly affected as the austenitisation time and cooling rates were changed. Tempering steel samples after air cooling produced fine matrix precipitates which are closely spaced, obstruct moving dislocations and hence make the steel harder.

  5. Orientation relationship in various 9% Cr ferritic/martensitic steels-EBSD comparison between Nishiyama-Wassermann, Kurdjumov-Sachs and Greninger-Troiano

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    Barcelo, F.; Bechade, J. L.; Fournier, B. [CEA Saclay, DEN DANS DMN SRMA, F-91191 Gif Sur Yvette (France)

    2010-07-01

    EBSD measurements were carried out on four different martensitic steels (T91, P92, EM10 and Eurofer) in various metallurgical conditions (nine different microstructural states). The usual orientation relationships (ORs) between the parent austenitic phase and the resulting martensite in martensitic steels are those of Nishiyama-Wassermann (NW) and Kurjumov-Sachs (KS). The present study first proposes a methodology based on the combined analysis of the misorientation distribution, the pole figures (PFs) and the angle/axis pairs. This methodology leads to the conclusion that neither NW nor KS relationships are able to account for all the features observed whatever the material under study. A third OR proposed by Greninger and Troiano (GT) proves to describe the relationship between austenite and ferrite in all four different martensitic steels much more accurately. (authors)

  6. Orientation relationship in various 9%Cr ferritic/martensitic steels-EBSD comparison between Nishiyama-Wassermann, Kurdjumov-Sachs and Greninger-Troiano

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    Barcelo, F.; Bechade, J.-L.; Fournier, B.

    2010-08-01

    EBSD measurements were carried out on four different martensitic steels (T91, P92, EM10 and Eurofer) in various metallurgical conditions (nine different microstructural states). The usual orientation relationships (ORs) between the parent austenitic phase and the resulting martensite in martensitic steels are those of Nishiyama-Wassermann (NW) and Kurjumov-Sachs (KS). The present study first proposes a methodology based on the combined analysis of the misorientation distribution, the pole figures (PFs) and the angle/axis pairs. This methodology leads to the conclusion that neither NW nor KS relationships are able to account for all the features observed whatever the material under study. A third OR proposed by Greninger and Troiano (GT) proves to describe the relationship between austenite and ferrite in all four different martensitic steels much more accurately.

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

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

    1996-10-01

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

  8. Mechanical properties and fracture features of low-activation ferritic-martensitic steel EK-181 at subzero temperatures

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    Polekhina, N. A.; Litovchenko, I. Yu.; Tyumentsev, A. N.; Kravchenko, D. A.; Chernov, V. M.; Leontyeva-Smirnova, M. V.

    2017-12-01

    The short-term strength and plastic properties of ferritic-martensitic steel EK-181, as well as the features of its plastic deformation and fracture in the temperature range from 20 to -196°C are investigated by an active tensile deformation method. A significant increase in the temperature dependence of the steel yield strength in the interval of the ductile-to-brittle transition is observed. No qualitative changes in the fracture pattern of the samples are revealed in the region of this interval. The fractograms taken after deformation at several temperatures differ only in the relative fractions of the ductile and brittle components.

  9. Irradiation performance of 9--12 Cr ferritic/martensitic stainless steels and their potential for in-core application in LWRs

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    Jones, R.H.; Gelles, D.S.

    1993-08-01

    Ferritic-martensitic stainless steels exhibit radiation stability and stress corrosion resistance that make them attractive replacement materials for austenitic stainless steels for in-core applications. Recent radiation studies have demonstrated that 9% Cr ferritic/martensitic stainless steel had less than a 30C shift in ductile-to-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) following irradiation at 365C to a dose of 14 dpa. These steels also exhibit very low swelling rates, a result of the microstructural stability of these alloys during radiation. The 9 to 12% Cr alloys to also exhibit excellent corrosion and stress corrosion resistance in out-of-core applications. Demonstration of the applicability of ferritic/martensitic stainless steels for in-core LWR application will require verification of the irradiation assisted stress corrosion cracking behavior, measurement of DBTT following irradiation at 288C, and corrosion rates measurements for in-core water chemistry.

  10. The investigation of applicability of the Hollomon-Jaffe equation on tempering the HSLA steel

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    A. Patarić

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available High strength low-alloyed (HSLA Cr-Mn-Si steels belong to a group of steels that can reach their full mechanical properties after quenching and tempering. Those properties depend both on the temperature and time of tempering. Knowing the tempering parameters, it is possible to reach the desired properties of the treated steel. Some results on investigating the Hollomon-Jaffe equation (in parametric form application for tempering of HSLA steel, are shown in this paper. The experiments were performed in real production conditions, using a standard material. The quenching was performed at 870 C, the heating period was always 30 min, with subsequent cooling into the oil bath. The tempering was carried out in temperature range from 480 to 680 C, while tempering time varied from 15 min to 24 h. The degree of tempering is referred through the hardness values changing. The experimental results have shown a pretty well agreement to tempering parameters, included in Hollomon- -Jaffe equation, for this kind of HSLA steel.

  11. Constitutive Modelling of Damage Evolution and Martensitic Transformation in 316L Stainless Steel

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    Ryś Maciej

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this work, the constitutive model, derived with the use of thermodynamic of irreversible processes framework is presented. The model is derived under the assumption of small strains. Plastic strain induced martensitic phase transformation is considered in the austenitic matrix where the volume fraction of the martensite is reflected by a scalar parameter. The austenitic matrix is assumed as the elastic-plastic material and martensitic phase is assumed as randomly distributed and randomly oriented inclusions. Both phases are affected by damage evolution but there is no distinction in the model between damage in austenite and martensite.

  12. Thermally activated growth of lath martensite in Fe–Cr–Ni–Al stainless steel

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    Villa, Matteo; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt; Pantleon, Karen

    2015-01-01

    can be suppressed on fast cooling to 77 K as well as on subsequent fast heating to 373 K. Surprisingly, martensite formation was observed during moderate heating from 77 K, instead. Electron backscatter diffraction demonstrated that the morphology of martensite is lath type. The kinetics...... of the transformation is interpreted in terms of athermal nucleation of lath martensite followed by thermally activated growth. It is anticipated that substantial autocatalytic martensite formation occurs during thermally activated growth. The observation of a retardation of the transformation followed by a new...

  13. Microhardness and Stress Analysis of Laser-Cladded AISI 420 Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    Alam, Mohammad K.; Edrisy, Afsaneh; Urbanic, Jill; Pineault, James

    2017-03-01

    Laser cladding is a surface treatment process which is starting to be employed as a novel additive manufacturing. Rapid cooling during the non-equilibrium solidification process generates non-equilibrium microstructures and significant amounts of internal residual stresses. This paper investigates the laser cladding of 420 martensitic stainless steel of two single beads produced by different process parameters (e.g., laser power, laser speed, and powder feed rate). Metallographic sample preparation from the cross section revealed three distinct zones: the bead zone, the dilution zone, and the heat-affected zone (HAZ). The tensile residual stresses were in the range of 310-486 MPa on the surface and the upper part of the bead zone. The compressive stresses were in the range of 420-1000 MPa for the rest of the bead zone and the dilution zone. The HAZ also showed tensile residual stresses in the range of 140-320 MPa for both samples. The post-cladding heat treatment performed at 565 °C for an hour had significantly reduced the tensile stresses at the surface and in the subsurface and homogenized the compressive stress throughout the bead and dilution zones. The microstructures, residual stresses, and microhardness profiles were correlated for better understanding of the laser-cladding process.

  14. Corrosion fatigue studies on F82H mod. martensitic steel in reducing water coolant environments

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    Maday, M.F.; Masci, A. [ENEA, Casaccia (Italy). Centro Ricerche Energia

    1998-03-01

    Load-controlled low cycle fatigue tests have been carried out on F82H martensitic steel in 240degC oxygen-free water with and without dissolved hydrogen, in order to simulate realistic coolant boundary conditions to be approached in DEMO. It was found that water independently of its hydrogen content, determined the same fatigue life reduction compared to the base-line air results. Water cracks exhibited in their first propagation stages similar fracture morphologies which were completely missing on the air cracks, and were attributed to the action of an environment related component. Lowering frequency gave rise to an increase in F82H fatigue lifetimes without any change in cracking mode in air, and to fatigue life reduction by microvoid coalescence alone in water. The data were discussed in terms of (i) frequency dependent concurrent processes for crack initiation and (ii) frequency-dependent competitive mechanisms for crack propagation induced by cathodic hydrogen from F82H corrosion. (author)

  15. Weldability examination of ASTM A 240 S41500 martensitic stainless steel by thermal cycles simulation testings

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    Alberto Velázquez-del Rosario

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available The weldability assets of ASTM A 240 S41500 (ASTM A 240/A 240M martensitic stainless steel are presented through the study of the effects of single and double thermal weld cycles on mechanical properties and microstructure of base metal (BM and the artificial heat affected zone (HAZ created by thermal weld simulations. For single cycles, separate peak temperatures of 1000 ºC/12 s and 1350 ºC/12 s (cooling times: 12 s in both cases were evaluated, whilst two combinations of peak temperatures: (1350 ºC/5 s + 1000 ºC/5 s ºC and (1350 ºC/12 s + 1000 ºC/12 s ºC (cooling times: 5 s and 12 s, were applied for double cycles. Post weld heat treatment (PWHT with short and long holding times were applied and Vickers hardness, impact toughness and metallographic examinations were used in order to assess mechanical and metallographic properties in the as-simulated (no heat treated and postweld heat treated conditions. Best properties of the welded joint for double thermal weld cycles with long holding times were reached, which reveals the good weldability and applicability of the tested material in post weld heat treated conditions.

  16. Evaluation of mechanical properties of weldments for reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel

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    Nakata, T. [Muroran Institute of Technology, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineeering, Muroran, Hokkaido (Japan); Tanigawa, H.; Ando, M. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Komazaki, S.; Kohno, Y. [Muroran Institute of Technology, Muroran (Japan)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels are the first candidate material for fusion reactor, and will be used as the structural materials of ITER test blanket modules (TBM). TBM will be assembled by welding various parts, it is important to be clearly mechanical properties of weldments to qualify TBM structure. In this paper, unirradiated mechanical properties of weldments, which is consisted of weld metal, heat affected zone (HAZ) and base metal region, obtained from TIG and EB welded F82H IEA-heat were evaluated by tensile, Charpy impact and creep test. Charpy impact test revealed that impact properties of weld metal does not deteriorate compared with that of base metal. The creep tests were carried out at temperatures of 773-873 K and at stress levels of 130-280 MPa, with the specimens which include weld metal and HAZ region in the gage section. In these conditions, rupture time of weldments yield to about 100-1000 hours. In the high-stress range, creep lives of welded joint decreased about 40% of base metal. However, in the low-stress range, creep lives of welded joint decrease about 60 to 70% of base metal. The failure at fine grain HAZ region (Type IV failure) does not occur in these conditions. The mechanism of these properties deterioration will be discussed based on the detailed analyses on microstructure changes. (authors)

  17. Effects of thermal aging on microstructure and hardness of China low activation martensitic steel welded joint

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    Wang, Wei; Zhang, Junyu [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China); University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, Anhui (China); Xu, Gang, E-mail: gang.xu@fds.org.cn [Key Laboratory of Neutronics and Radiation Safety, Institute of Nuclear Energy Safety Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Hefei, Anhui 230031 (China)

    2016-08-15

    Highlights: • The hardness of HAZ and WM decreases obviously after aging. • The precipitation of the Laves-phase in BM is similar to that in HAZ. • M{sub 23}C{sub 6} particles are conducive to the nucleation of Laves-phase. • Ta may have a role to retard the early precipitation of the Laves-phase. - Abstract: The aim of this paper is to investigate the microstructure evolution and the change in hardness distribution of China low activation martensitic steel welded joints after thermal aging at 550 °C for 6000 h. The joint was processed by electron beam welding. Compared to the base metal (BM) and heat affected zone (HAZ), Laves-phase was not formed in weld metal (WM) in the as-aged condition due to the higher tantalum content and less precipitation in WM before aging. The dislocation density decreased in HAZ and WM after aging for 6000 h. The property results showed that hardness of WM and HAZ was decreased significantly after aging for 6000 h due to the weakening of solution strengthening and dislocations strengthening. However, the change in the hardness of the base metal by aging remained at a minor level.

  18. Ion-irradiation-induced microstructural modifications in ferritic/martensitic steel T91

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    Liu, Xiang; Miao, Yinbin; Li, Meimei; Kirk, Marquis A.; Maloy, Stuart A.; Stubbins, James F.

    2017-07-01

    In this paper, in situ transmission electron microscopy investigations were carried out to study the microstructural evolution of ferritic/martensitic steel T91 under 1 MeV Krypton ion irradiation up to 4.2 x 10(15) ions/cm(2) at 573 K, 673 K, and 773 K. At 573 K, grown-in defects are strongly modified by black dot loops, and dislocation networks together with black-dot loops were observed after irradiation. At 673 K and 773 K, grown-in defects are only partially modified by dislocation loops; isolated loops and dislocation segments were commonly found after irradiation. Post irradiation examination indicates that at 4.2 x 1015 ions/cm(2), about 51% of the loops were a(0)/2 < 111 > type for the 673 K irradiation, and the dominant loop type was a(0)< 100 > for the 773 K irradiation. Finally, a dispersed barrier hardening model was employed to estimate the change in yield strength, and the calculated ion data were found to follow the similar trend as the existing neutron data with an offset of 100-150 MPa. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Microstructural evolution and examination of α'-martensite during a multi-pass dissimilar stainless steel GTAW process

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    Hsieh, Chih-Chun; Lin, Dong-Yih; Wu, Weite

    2008-10-01

    This study discusses the microstructural evolution and examination of α'-martensite in fusion zones and heat-affected zones under multi-pass dissimilar stainless steels welding. The morphology, quantity, grain size, and chemical composition of the α'-martensite and δ-ferrite were analyzed using optical microscopy (OM), an image analyzer (IA), a ferritscope (FS), field emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS), respectively. Recrystallization induced grain refinement of α'-martensite in over-lapping heat-affected zones (HAZ1 > 2 and HAZ2 > 3) after the second and third pass of welding. The Creq, Nieq, and K-factor values were calculated in an elemental analysis according to the Kaltenhauser equation. The higher Nieq (8.0-9.26) and lower K-factor (7.73-9.50) were examined for α'-martensite in the second pass fusion zone (FZ-2) as opposed to δ-ferrite. Comparatively, the ä-ferrite indicated higher Creq (22.30-22.91) and K-factor (15.72-16.68) values.

  20. The effects of non-isothermal deformation on martensitic transformation in 22MnB5 steel

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    Naderi, M. [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Arak University, Shariati Street, Arak (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: malek.naderi@iehk.rwth-aachen.de; Saeed-Akbari, A.; Bleck, W. [Department of Ferrous Metallurgy, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen (Germany)

    2008-07-25

    In the present paper, the effects of process parameters on phase transformations during non-isothermal deformations are described and discussed. Non-isothermal high temperature compressive deformations were conducted on 22MnB5 boron steel by using deformation dilatometry. Cylindrical samples were uniaxially deformed at different strain rates ranging from 0.05 to 1.0 s{sup -1} to a maximum compressive strain of 50%. Qualitative and quantitative investigations were carried out using surface hardness mapping data as well as dilatation curves. It was observed that a higher initial deformation temperatures resulted in a higher martensite fraction of the microstructure, while a variation in the martensite start temperature was negligible. Another conclusion was that by applying larger amounts of strain as well as higher force levels, not only the martensite start temperature, but also the amount of martensite was reduced. Moreover, it was concluded that using surface hardness mapping technique and dilatometry experiments were very reliable methods to quantify and qualify the coexisting phases.

  1. Embrittlement of irradiated ferritic/martensitic steels in the absence of irradiation hardening

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    Klueh, R.L. [Oak Ridge Noational Laboratory, TN (United States); Shiba, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Sokolov, M. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Materials Science and Technology Div., TN (United States)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: Neutron irradiation of 9-12% Cr ferritic/martensitic steels below 425-450 deg. C produces microstructural defects that cause an increase in yield stress and ultimate tensile strength. This irradiation hardening causes embrittlement, which is observed in Charpy impact and toughness tests as an increase in ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT). Based on observations that show little change in strength in these steels irradiated above 425-450 deg. C, the general conclusion has been that no embrittlement occurs above this irradiation-hardening temperature regime. In a recent study of F82H steel irradiated at 300, 380, and 500 deg. C, irradiation hardening-an increase in yield stress-was observed in tensile specimens irradiated at the two lower temperatures, but no change was observed for the specimens irradiated at 500 deg. C. As expected, an increase in DBTT occurred for the Charpy specimens irradiated at 300 and 380 deg. C. However, there was an unexpected increase in the DBTT of the specimens irradiated at 500 deg. C. The observed embrittlement was attributed to the irradiation-accelerated precipitation of Laves phase. This conclusion was based on results from a detailed thermal aging study of F82H, in which tensile and Charpy specimens were aged at 500, 550, 600, and 650 deg. C to 30,000 h. These studies indicated that there was a decrease in yield stress at the two highest temperatures and essentially no change at the two lowest temperatures. Despite the strength decrease or no change, the DBTT increased for Charpy specimens irradiated at all four temperatures. Precipitates were extracted from thermally aged specimens, and the amount of precipitate was correlated with the increase in transition temperature. Laves phase was identified in the extracted precipitates by X-ray diffraction. Earlier studies on conventional elevated-temperature steels also showed embrittlement effects above the irradiation-hardening temperature

  2. Effects of irradiation on low cycle fatigue properties for reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel

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    Kim, S.W. [Kyoto Univ., Graduate School of Energy Science (Japan); Tanigawa, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Hirose, T. [Blanket Engineering Group, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka, Ibaraki (Japan); Kohyama, A. [Kyoto Univ., lnstitute of Advanced Energy (Japan)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: In materials life decision for a commercial blanket, thermal fatigue property of materials is a particularly important. The loading of structural materials in fusion reactor is, besides the plasma surface interactions, a combined effect of high heat fluxes and neutron irradiation. Depending on the pulse lengths, the operating conditions, and the thermal conductivity, these oscillating temperature gradients will cause elastic and elastic-plastic cyclic deformation giving rise to (creep-) fatigue in structural first wall and blanket components. Especially, investigation of the fatigue property in Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic (RAF/M) steel and establishment of the evaluation technology are demanded in particular immediately for design/manufacturing of ITER-TBM. And also, fatigue testing after irradiation will be carried out in hot cells with remote control system. Considering limited ability of specimen manipulation in the cells, the specimen and the test method need to be simple for operation. The existing data bases of RAF/M steel provide baseline data set including post-irradiation fatigue data. However, to perform the accurate fatigue lifetime assessment for ITER-TBM and beyond utilizing the existing data base, the mechanical understanding of fatigue fracture is mandatory. It has been previously reported by co-authors that dislocation cell structure was developed on low cycle fatigued RAF/M steel, and led the fatigue crack to develop along prior austenitic grain boundary. In this work, the effects of nuclear irradiation on low cycle fatigue properties for RAF/M steels and its fracture mechanisms were examined based on the flow stress analysis and detailed microstructure analysis. Fracture surfaces and crack initiation site were investigated by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was also applied to clarify the microstructural features of fatigue behavior. It is also important to

  3. Thermomechanical investigation of the production process of a creep resistant martensitic steel

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    Gsellmann, Bernadette; Halici, Dilek; Krenmayr, Bernhard; Poletti, Cecilia; Sonderegger, Bernhard

    2017-10-01

    During the production process of creep resistant martensitic steels, the microstructure of the material undergoes a number of transformations due to thermomechanical loading. The final microstructural features have direct influence on the mechanical properties of the alloy such as creep, fatigue and corrosion resistance, as well as toughness. In order to study the effect of each production step, the thermomechanical history of the material is reproduced in a controlled manner at lab scale for detailed examination of the flow curves during hot deformation. In addition, microstructural investigations are applied to samples after each step of the simulated production process. This procedure provides an overview of the influence of processing parameters on the material's microstructure and allows the improvement of the processing steps. The objective of this work is to reproduce parts of the production and manufacturing process of forged parts and tubes in a controlled way and to study the microstructural evolution with respect to phenomena such as recrystallization and strengthening. For this purpose hot-rolled experimental 11%Cr steel is investigated using the thermomechanical simulator Gleeble®3800. The deformed samples are investigated via LOM, SEM and EBSD. For comparison, as-received samples are included in the investigations. The interpretation of the microstructural investigation and of the obtained flow curves during the hot compression tests allow conclusions on dynamic recrystallization and recovery. Results indicate dynamic recovery as main softening process for both tested temperatures, whereas the higher temperature leads to a significant formation of delta ferrite. These results allow for improved precipitation kinetic simulations, and for further optimizing the thermomechanical treatment with respect to improved microstructure.

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

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    Schäfer, L.

    1998-10-01

    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 10 3 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.

  5. Effect of W and Ta on creep–fatigue interaction behavior of reduced activation ferritic–martensitic (RAFM) steels

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    Shankar, Vani, E-mail: vani@igcar.gov.in [Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Institute for Plasma Research, Ahmedabad 382428 (India); Mariappan, K.; Sandhya, R.; Laha, K.; Jayakumar, T.; Kumar, E. Rajendra [Metallurgy and Materials Group, Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research, Kalpakkam 603102 (India); Institute for Plasma Research, Ahmedabad 382428 (India)

    2015-11-15

    Highlights: • SR correlated with deformation under CFI in RAFM steels. • Stress relaxation directly related to plastic strain accumulated, inversely to CFI life. • Optimum combination of W and Ta best for CFI life. • RAFM steels demonstrated compressive dwell sensitivity. • SR tends toward constant value at long hold. - Abstract: The aim of this work is to understand the effect of varying tungsten and tantalum contents on creep–fatigue interaction (CFI) behavior of reduced activation ferritic–martensitic (RAFM) steels. Increase in W improved CFI life. Effect of changing Ta and W upon the resultant CFI life seems to be interrelated and an optimum combination of both W and Ta works out to be the best for CFI life. Stress relaxation obtained during application of hold can be a useful parameter to relate deformation and damage in the RAFM steels.

  6. Evolution of the structure and mechanical properties of a bulk-nitrided corrosion-resistant ferritic steel upon tempering in the temperature range of 400-700°C

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    Rogachev, S. O.; Nikulin, S. A.; Khatkevich, V. M.

    2017-08-01

    Methods of the X-ray diffraction analysis and electron microscopy were used to study changes in the structural phase state and mechanical properties of bulk-nitrided 08Kh17T steel (0.08 wt % C, 17 wt % Cr, 0.8 wt % Ti, 0.5 wt % Si, 0.8 wt % Mn, 0.025 wt % S, and 0.035 wt % P) upon tempering in the temperature range of 400-700°C. The changes in the mechanical properties of the nitrided steel upon tempering are associated with the predominance of either the solid-solution or precipitation strengthening, i.e., with the presence of martensite in the steel structure at low temperatures of tempering and the precipitation of particles of Cr2N nitrides of different dispersity upon increasing the tempering temperature. The greatest increase in the ultimate tensile strength and yield stress (1.8-2.5 times) at a satisfactory plasticity (no less than 10%) of the bulk-nitrided steel is achieved by tempering bulk-nitrided steel in a temperature range of 600-700°C.

  7. Microstructural changes in cast martensitic steel after creep at 620°C

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    Borisova, Yu. I.; Dudko, V. A.; Skorobogatykh, V. N.; Shchenkova, I. A.; Kaibyshev, R. O.

    2017-10-01

    Microstructural changes in the cast steel GX12CrMoWVNbN10-1-1 (Fe-0.11 C-0.31 Si-0.89 Mn-9.57 Cr-0.66 Ni-1.01 Mo-1.00 W-0.21 V-0.06 Nb-0.05 Cu-0.05 N in wt %) have been investigated after tests for long-term strength at a temperature of 620°C in the range of stresses of 120-160 MPa. Upon short-term creep (up to 5000 h), the tempered troostite structure and distribution of particles of proeutectoid constituents change insignificantly, except for the precipitation of particles of the Laves phase ˜100 nm in size along boundaries of laths, blocks, packets, and initial austenite grains. Upon long-term creep (to 10000 h), the tempered troostite partially transforms into the subgrain structure, which is accompanied by a decrease in the dislocation density from 6.4 × 1014 to 3.1 × 1013 m-2 and connected with growth of sizes of M23C6 carbides of 105-150 nm and particles of the Laves phase to 380 nm, due to the dissolution of these particles located along path boundaries. Upon long-term creep, the average size of V(C,N) particles increases from 45 to 64 nm (while Nb(C,N) particles increase from 48 to 87 nm), and the Nb content in V-enriched carbonitrides and the V content in Nb-enriched M(C,N) particles substantially decrease. No formation of the Z phase has been revealed. The combination of M(C,N) nanoparticles with the presence of W in the solid solution has been found to be responsible for the enhanced high-temperature strength of the steel.

  8. Thermally activated formation of martensite in Fe-C alloys and Fe-17%Cr-C stainless steels during heating from boiling nitrogen temperature

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

    2016-01-01

    The thermally activated austenite-to-martensite transformation was investigated by magnetometry in three Fe-C alloys and in two 17%Cr stainless steels. After quenching to room temperature, samples were immersed in boiling nitrogen and martensite formation was followed during subsequent (re)heating......-dependent transformation curve. Moreover, magnetometry showed that the heating rate had an influence on the fraction of martensite formed during sub-zero Celsius treatment. The activation energy for thermally activated martensite formation was quantified in the range 11‒21 kJ/mol by a Kissinger-like method....... to room temperature. Different tests were performed applying heating rates from 0.5 K/min to 10 K/min. An additional test consisted in fast (re)heating the samples by immersion in water. Thermally activated martensite formation was demonstrated for all investigated materials by a heating rate...

  9. Influence of heating rate on sorbitic transformation temperature of tempering C45 steel

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    A. Kulawik

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available In this paper the analysis of speed heating influence on sorbitic transormation temperature of tempering C45 steel is presented. On thebasis of dilatometric research, functions associating heating time with initial and final temperature of sorbitic transformation have beendetermined as well as the size structural (γ and thermal (α expansion coefficients of quenching and tempering structures have beenestimated.

  10. In-Situ Investigation of Strain-Induced Martensitic Transformation Kinetics in an Austenitic Stainless Steel by Inductive Measurements

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    Carola Celada-Casero

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available An inductive sensor developed by Philips ATC has been used to study in-situ the austenite (γ to martensite (α′ phase transformation kinetics during tensile testing in an AISI 301 austenitic stainless steel. A correlation between the sensor output signal and the volume fraction of α′-martensite has been found by comparing the results to the ex-situ characterization by magnetization measurements, light optical microscopy, and X-ray diffraction. The sensor has allowed for the observation of the stepwise transformation behavior, a not-well-understood phenomena that takes place in large regions of the bulk material and that so far had only been observed by synchrotron X-ray diffraction.

  11. Experimental Analysis of Residual Stresses in Samples of Austenitic Stainless Steel Welded on Martensitic Stainless Steel Used for Kaplan Blades Repairs

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    Vasile Cojocaru

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Residual stresses occur in materials as a result of mechanical processes: welding, machining, grinding etc. If residual stresses reach high values they can accelerate the occurrence of cracks and erosion of material. An experimental research was made in order to study the occurrence of residual stresses in the repaired areas of hydraulic turbine components damaged by cavitation erosion. An austenitic stainless steel was welded in various layer thicknesses on a martensitic stainless steel base. The residual stresses were determined using the hole drilling strain gage method.

  12. Influence of tempered microstructures on the transformation behaviour of cold deformed and intercritically annealed medium carbon low alloy steel

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    Kenneth Kanayo Alaneme

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available This research is focused on understanding the role of microstructural variables and processing parameters in obtaining optimised dual phase structures in medium carbon low alloy steels. Tempered Martensite structures produced at 300, 500, and 650 °C, were cold rolled to varied degrees ranging from 20 to 80% deformation. Intercritical annealing was then performed at 740, 760, and 780 °C for various time duration ranging from 60 seconds to 60 minutes before quenching in water. The transformation behaviour was studied with the aid of optical microscopy and hardness curves. From the results, it is observed that microstructural condition, deformation, and intercritical temperatures influenced the chronological order of the competing stress relaxation and decomposition phase reactions which interfered with the rate of the expected α → γ transformation. The three unique transformation trends observed are systematically analyzed. It was also observed that the 300 and 500 °C tempered initial microstructures were unsuitable for the production of dual structures with optimized strength characteristics.

  13. Gap Analysis of Material Properties Data for Ferritic/Martensitic HT-9 Steel

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    Brown, Neil R. [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Serrano De Caro, Magdalena [Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rodriguez, Edward A. [Global Nuclear Network Analysis, LLC

    2012-08-28

    The US Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Nuclear Energy (NE), is supporting the development of an ASME Code Case for adoption of 12Cr-1Mo-VW ferritic/martensitic (F/M) steel, commonly known as HT-9, primarily for use in elevated temperature design of liquid-metal fast reactors (LMFR) and components. In 2011, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) nuclear engineering staff began assisting in the development of a small modular reactor (SMR) design concept, previously known as the Hyperion Module, now called the Gen4 Module. LANL staff immediately proposed HT-9 for the reactor vessel and components, as well as fuel clad and ducting, due to its superior thermal qualities. Although the ASME material Code Case, for adoption of HT-9 as an approved elevated temperature material for LMFR service, is the ultimate goal of this project, there are several key deliverables that must first be successfully accomplished. The most important key deliverable is the research, accumulation, and documentation of specific material parameters; physical, mechanical, and environmental, which becomes the basis for an ASME Code Case. Time-independent tensile and ductility data and time-dependent creep and creep-rupture behavior are some of the material properties required for a successful ASME Code case. Although this report provides a cursory review of the available data, a much more comprehensive study of open-source data would be necessary. This report serves three purposes: (a) provides a list of already existing material data information that could ultimately be made available to the ASME Code, (b) determines the HT-9 material properties data missing from available sources that would be required and (c) estimates the necessary material testing required to close the gap. Ultimately, the gap analysis demonstrates that certain material properties testing will be required to fulfill the necessary information package for an ASME Code Case.

  14. Hardening and embrittlement mechanisms of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels irradiated at 573 K

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    Tanigawa, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Klueh, R.L. [Oak Ridge Noational Laboratory, TN (United States); Hashimoto, N. [Hokkaido Univ., Materials Science and Engineering Div., Graduate School of Engineering, Sapporo (Japan); Sokolov, M. [Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Materials Science and Technology Div., TN (United States)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: It has been reported that reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steels (RAFMs), such as F82H, ORNL9Cr-2WVTa, and JLF-1, showed a variety of changes in ductile-brittle transition temperature and yield stress after irradiation at 573 K up to 5 dpa, and those differences could not be interpreted solely by the difference of dislocation microstructure induced by irradiation. To investigate the impact of other microstructural feature, i.e. precipitates, the precipitation behavior of F82H, ORNL 9Cr-2WVTa, and JLF-1 was examined. It was revealed that irradiation-induced precipitation and amorphization of precipitates partly occurred and caused the different precipitation on block, packet and prior austenitic grain boundaries. In addition to these phenomena, irradiation-induced nano-size precipitates were also observed in the matrix. It was also revealed that the chemical compositions of precipitates approached the calculated thermal equilibrium state of M{sub 23}C{sub 6} at an irradiation temperature of 573 K. The calculation also suggests the presence of Laves phase at 573 K, which is usually not observed at this temperature, but the ion irradiation on aged F82H with Laves phase suggests that Laves phase becomes amorphous and could not be stable under irradiation at 573 K. This observation indicates the possibility that the irradiation-induced nano-size precipitation could be the consequence of the conflict between precipitation and amorphization of Laves phase. Over all, these observations suggests that the variety of embrittlement and hardening of RAFMs observed at 573 K irradiation up to 5 dpa might be the consequence of the transition phenomena that occur as the microstructure approaches thermal equilibrium during irradiation at 573 K. (authors)

  15. Improved creep and oxidation behavior of a martensitic 9Cr steel by the controlled addition of boron and nitrogen

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    Mayr, Peter [Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (United States). Dept. of Materials Science; Graz Univ. of Technology (Austria). Inst. of Material Science and Welding; Holzer, Ivan; Mendez-Martin, Francisca [Graz Univ. of Technology (Austria). Inst. of Material Science and Welding; Albu, Mihaela; Mitsche, Stefan [Graz Univ. of Technology (Austria). Inst. for Electron Microscopy; Gonzalez, Vanessa; Agueero, Alina [Instituto Nacional de Tecnica Aeroespacial, Torrejon de Ardoz (Spain)

    2010-07-01

    This manuscript gives an overview on recent developments of a martensitic steel grade based on 9Cr3W3CoVNb with controlled additions of boron and nitrogen. Alloy design by thermodynamic equilibrium calculations and calculation of boron-nitrogen solubility is discussed. Out of this alloy design process, two melts of a 9Cr3W3CoVNbBN steel were produced. The investigation focused on microstructural evolution during high temperature exposure, creep properties and oxidation resistance in steam at 650 C. Microstructural characterization of ''as-received'' and creep exposed material was carried out using conventional optical as well as advanced electron microscopic methods. Creep data at 650 was obtained at various stress levels. Longest-running specimens have reached more than 20,000 hours of testing time. In parallel, long-term oxidation resistance has been studied at 650 C in steam atmosphere up to 5,000 hours. Preliminary results of the extensive testing program on a 9Cr3W3CoVNbBN steel show significant improvement in respect to creep strength and oxidation resistance compared to the state-of-the-art 9 wt. % Cr martensitic steel grades. Up to current testing times, the creep strength is significantly beyond the +20% scatterband of standard grade P92 material. Despite the chromium content of 9 wt % the material exhibits excellent oxidation resistance. Steam exposed plain base material shows comparable oxidation behavior to coated material, and the corrosion rate of the boron-nitrogen controlled steel is much lower compared to standard 9 wt % Cr steel grades, P91 and P92. (orig.)

  16. Microstructure evolution in pressurized creep tube specimens of neutron-irradiated ferritic/martensitic steels

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    Ando, M.; Tanigawa, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Li, M. [Oak Ridge Noational Laboratory, TN (United States); Nakata, T. [Muroran Institute of Technology, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineeering, Hokkaido (Japan); Stoller, R. [ORNL - Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Materials Science and Technology Div., AK TN (United States); Kohn, Y. [Muroran Institute of Technology, Muroran, Hokkaido (Japan)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels (RAF/M) are the most promising candidates for blanket structural materials in fusion reactors. Irradiation creep has been recognized as one of the most important properties for engineering data due to the ITER test blanket structural design. In a previous work, it was reported that the relationship between an irradiation creep strain and a hoop stress for pressurized tube specimens irradiated at 573 K and 773 K up to 5 dpa was obtained. The objective of this work is to examine an irradiation creep mechanism by using a microstructural observation in pressurized tubes of irradiated F82H and JLF-1. The materials are F82H IEA heat (8Cr-2WVTa) and JLF-1 (9Cr-2WVTa). Pressurized tubes were fabricated with hoop stress conditions ranging from 0 to 400 MPa at irradiation temperatures. Irradiation was performed in the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) High Flux Isotope Reactor (HFIR) up to 5 dpa in the removable beryllium (RB) position. Nominal irradiation temperatures were 573 and 773 K. A small piece was cut from the center of each irradiated tube after diametral measurement. Transmission electron microscope (TEM) samples were prepared from each small piece by a focused-ion beam (FIB) method and an extraction replica method. The microstructural examination was carried out using a JEM- 2000FX transmission electron microscope (TEM) operated at 200 kV. At 573 K, Creep strain for all steels shows linear dependence on the applied hoop stress up to {approx}250 MPa, but shows larger creep strain than this tendency at the highest stress level ({approx}400 MPa). At 773 K, Creep strain indicates linear dependence on the hoop stress up to {approx}100 MPa. As results of extraction replica samples irradiated at 573 K, finer spherical precipitations were observed in highest hoop stress level. The detailed discussion will be presented along with the results of microstructure observation for irradiation

  17. Estimation of Oxidation Kinetics and Oxide Scale Void Position of Ferritic-Martensitic Steels in Supercritical Water

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    Li Sun

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Exfoliation of oxide scales from high-temperature heating surfaces of power boilers threatened the safety of supercritical power generating units. According to available space model, the oxidation kinetics of two ferritic-martensitic steels are developed to predict in supercritical water at 400°C, 500°C, and 600°C. The iron diffusion coefficients in magnetite and Fe-Cr spinel are extrapolated from studies of Backhaus and Töpfer. According to Fe-Cr-O ternary phase diagram, oxygen partial pressure at the steel/Fe-Cr spinel oxide interface is determined. The oxygen partial pressure at the magnetite/supercritical water interface meets the equivalent oxygen partial pressure when system equilibrium has been attained. The relative error between calculated values and experimental values is analyzed and the reasons of error are suggested. The research results show that the results of simulation at 600°C are approximately close to experimental results. The iron diffusion coefficient is discontinuous in the duplex scale of two ferritic-martensitic steels. The simulation results of thicknesses of the oxide scale on tubes (T91 of final superheater of a 600 MW supercritical boiler are compared with field measurement data and calculation results by Adrian’s method. The calculated void positions of oxide scales are in good agreement with a cross-sectional SEM image of the oxide layers.

  18. A Novel Methods for Fracture Toughness Evaluation of Tool Steels with Post-Tempering Cryogenic Treatment

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    Ramona Sola

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available Cryogenic treatments are usually carried out immediately after quenching, but their use can be extended to post tempering in order to improve their fracture toughness. This research paper focuses on the influence of post-tempering cryogenic treatment on the microstructure and mechanical properties of tempered AISI M2, AISI D2, and X105CrCoMo18 steels. The aforementioned steels have been analysed after tempering and tempering + cryogenic treatment with scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction for residual stress measurements, and micro- and nano-indentation to determine Young’s modulus and plasticity factor measurement. Besides the improvement of toughness, a further aim of the present work is the investigation of the pertinence of a novel technique for characterizing the fracture toughness via scratch experiments on cryogenically-treated steels. Results show that the application of post-tempering cryogenic treatment on AISI M2, AISI D2, and X105CrCoMo18 steels induce precipitation of fine and homogeneously dispersed sub-micrometric carbides which do not alter hardness and Young’s modulus values, but reduce residual stresses and increase fracture toughness. Finally, scratch test proved to be an alternative simple technique to determine the fracture toughness of cryogenically treated steels.

  19. Effect of Heat Input on Mechanical and Metallurgical Properties of Gas Tungsten Arc Welded Lean Super Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    Muthusamy,Chellappan; Karuppiah, Lingadurai; Paulraj,Sathiya; Kandasami,Devakumaran; Kandhasamy,Raja

    2016-01-01

    Welding of 6mm thick AISI: 410S lean super martensitic stainless steel (LSMSS) under different heat input of 7.97, 8.75 and 10.9 kJ/cm was carried out by gas tungsten arc welding process. The influence of heat input on metallurgical and mechanical properties in weld and HAZ region was studied. The tensile tests were carried out at different temperatures, namely at room temperature, at 600ºC, 7000C and 8000C. It is observed that rise in the heat input and temperature decreased the tensile stre...

  20. Tempering stability of Fe-Cr-Mo-W-V hot forging die steels

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    Shi, Yuan-ji; Wu, Xiao-chun; Li, Jun-wan; Min, Na

    2017-10-01

    The tempering stability of three Fe-Cr-Mo-W-V hot forging die steels (DM, H21, and H13) was investigated through hardness measurements and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) observations. Both dilatometer tests and TEM observations revealed that DM steel has a higher tempering stability than H21 and H13 steels because of its substantial amount of M2C (M represents metallic element) carbide precipitations. The activation energies of the M2C carbide precipitation processes in DM, H21, and H13 steels are 236.4, 212.0, and 228.9 kJ/mol, respectively. Furthermore, the results indicated that vanadium atoms both increase the activation energy and affect the evolution of M2C carbides, resulting in gradual dissolution rather than over-aging during tempering.

  1. Study of the corrosion behaviour of S32101 duplex and 410 martensitic stainless steel for application in oil refinery distillation systems

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    Roland T. Loto

    2017-07-01

    Full Text Available The corrosion behaviour of S32101 duplex and 410 martensitic stainless steel was studied through weight loss and potentiodynamic polarization in 1–6 M HCl solutions. Results show that S32101 steel has significantly lower corrosion rates than 410 steel from both tests at all concentrations with highest values of 0.04586 mm/y and 0.234 mm/y in comparison to martensitic steel with corrosion rates of 0.827 mm/y and 19.84 mm/y at 6 M HCl concentration. Micrographs from SEM and EDS analyses showed a less corroded morphology for S32101 steel with fewer pits and slight depletion in the percentage composition of chromium and other alloying elements.

  2. Effect of tempering upon the tensile properties of a nanostructured bainitic steel

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    Hasan, H.S. [University of Technology, Baghdad (Iraq); Peet, M.J., E-mail: mjp54@cam.ac.uk [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, 27 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge CB3 0FS (United Kingdom); Avettand-Fènoël, M-N. [Unité Matériaux Et Transformations (UMET) UMR CNRS 8207, Université, Lille 1, 59655 Villeneuve D' ASCQ (France); Bhadeshia, H.K.D.H. [Department of Materials Science and Metallurgy, 27 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge CB3 0FS (United Kingdom)

    2014-10-06

    The tensile properties of a nanostructured carbide-free bainitic steel formed at 200–250 °C are compared against those after tempering sufficiently to remove the retained austenite. Although significant ductility is observed following tempering, a comparison of tempered and untempered samples shows that it is in fact reduced when a comparison is made at identical strength. The shape of the stress–strain curves shows clear evidence that the capacity for work hardening is reduced with the loss of austenite. The nanostructure of the steel transformed at 250 °C is examined by transmission electron microscopy, to compare the as-transformed to the tempered structure. In this case after tempering at 500 °C the energy absorbed during the tensile test is lower, due to the lower strength. Reduction of strength is caused by the slight coarsening of the bainite plates, and lower dislocation density after tempering. Considering the formation of carbide particles in high strength steel, impressive ductility is exhibited even in the tempered condition.

  3. Carbon Contamination During Ion Irradiation - Accurate Detection and Characterization of its Effect on Microstructure of Ferritic/Martensitic Steels

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    Wang, Jing; Toloczko, Mychailo B.; Kruska, Karen; Schreiber, Daniel K.; Edwards, Danny J.; Zhu, Zihua; Zhang, Jiandong

    2017-11-17

    Accelerator-based ion beam techniques have been used to study radiation effects in materials for decades. Although carbon contamination induced by ion beam in target materials is a well-known issue, it has not been fully characterized nor quantified for studies in ferritic/martensitic (F/M) steels that are candidate materials for applications such as core structural components in advanced nuclear reactors. It is an especially important issue for this class of material because of the effect of carbon level on precipitate formation. In this paper, the ability to quantify carbon contamination using three common techniques, namely time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS), atom probe tomography (APT) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is compared. Their effectiveness and short-comings in determining carbon contamination will be presented and discussed. The corresponding microstructural changes related to carbon contamination in ion irradiated F/M steels are also presented and briefly discussed.

  4. Martensite phase reversion-induced nano/ ultrafine grained AISI 304L stainless steel with magnificent mechanical properties

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    Mohammad Shirdel

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Austenitic stainless steels are extensively used in various applications requiring good corrosion resistance and formability. In the current study, the formation of nano/ ultrafine grained austenitic microstructure in a microalloyed AISI 304L stainless steel was investigated by the advanced thermomechanical process of reversion of strain-induced martensite. For this purpose, samples were subjected to heavy cold rolling to produce a nearly complete martensitic structure. Subsequently, a wide range of annealing temperatures (600 to 800°C and times (1 to 240 min were employed to assess the reversion behavior and to find the best annealing condition for the production of the nano/ultrafine grained austenitic microstructure. Microstructural characterizations have been performed using X-ray diffraction (XRD, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, and magnetic measurement, whereas the mechanical properties were assessed by tensile and hardness tests. After thermomechanical treatment, a very fine austenitic structure was obtained, which was composed of nano sized grains of ~ 85 nm in an ultrafine grained matrix with an average grain size of 480 nm. This microstructure exhibited superior mechanical properties: high tensile strength of about 1280 MPa with a desirable elongation of about 41%, which can pave the way for the application of these sheets in the automotive industry.

  5. Softening and hardening by. gamma. yields. epsilon. martensitic transformation during deformation in high Mn steels. Ko Mn tetsu gokin ni okeru. gamma. yields. epsilon. martensite hentai ni yoru nanka to koka

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    Tomota, Y.; Ryufuku, S.; Piao, M. (Ibaraki University, Ibaraki (Japan). Faculty of Engineering)

    1991-01-15

    In high Mn steel, martensitic transformation of gamma to epsilon occurs under the ordinary pressure. Its application comprises utilization of its configuration memory properties and high work hardening characteristics. The present report studied, by using Fe-Mn type alloy, added with Si or Co, the influence of martensitic transformation of gamma to epsilon on the deformation behavior. Tensile test, 2mm/min in speed, being made on molten/cast alloy ingot, thermally treated as specified, epsilon was quantitatively analyzed by X-ray diffraction. The above test/analysis pointed out many notes in result and knowledge, as follows among others: The addition with Si or Co, lowering the Neel temperature, quantitatively increases the epsilon martensite, produced by the processing. The produced quantity of epsilon martensite in case of addition with Si is small, as compared with that in case of two-element Fe-Mn type alloy without addition and in case of addition with Co. All the tested alloys give the softening phenomenon by the martensitic transformation of gamma to epsilon. The pre-existing epsilon plate is a strong barrier for the further plastic flow, which accordingly accelerates the work hardening. 20 refs., 10 figs., 1 tab.

  6. Effects of strain-induced martensite and its reversion on the magnetic properties of AISI 201 austenitic stainless steel

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    Souza Filho, I.R. [Escola de Engenharia de Lorena, University of Sao Paulo, 12602-810 Lorena (Brazil); Sandim, M.J.R., E-mail: msandim@demar.eel.usp.br [Escola de Engenharia de Lorena, University of Sao Paulo, 12602-810 Lorena (Brazil); Cohen, R.; Nagamine, L.C.C.M. [Instituto de Física, University of Sao Paulo, 05314-970 Sao Paulo (Brazil); Hoffmann, J. [Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, D-72061 Karlsruhe (Germany); Bolmaro, R.E. [Instituto de Física Rosario, CONICET-UNR, 2000 Rosario (Argentina); Sandim, H.R.Z. [Escola de Engenharia de Lorena, University of Sao Paulo, 12602-810 Lorena (Brazil)

    2016-12-01

    Strain-induced martensite (SIM) and its reversion in a cold-rolled AISI 201 austenitic stainless steel was studied by means of magnetic properties, light optical (LOM) and scanning electron (SEM) microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), texture measurements, and Vickers microhardness testing. According to Thermo-calc© predictions, the BCC phase (residual δ-ferrite and SIM) is expected to be stable until 600 °C. The current material was cold rolled up to 60% thickness reduction and submitted to both isothermal and stepwise annealing up to 800 °C. Magnetic measurements were taken during annealing (in situ) of the samples and also for their post mortem conditions. The Curie temperatures (T{sub c}) of residual δ-ferrite and SIM have similar values between 550 and 600 °C. Besides T{sub c}, the focused magnetic parameters were saturation magnetization (M{sub s}), remanent magnetization (M{sub R}), and coercive field (H{sub c}). SIM reversion was found to occur in the range of 600–700 °C in good agreement with Thermo-calc© predictions. The microstructures of the material, annealed at 600 and 700 °C for 1 h, were investigated via EBSD. Microtexture measurements for these samples revealed that the texture components were mainly those found for the 60% cold rolled material. This is an evidence that the SIM reversion occurred by an athermal mechanism. - Highlights: • H{sub c} and M{sub R}/M{sub S} ratio give information about distribution of strain-induced martensite. • According to Thermo-calc©, the BCC phase in AISI 201 steel is stable until 600 °C. • Thermo-calc predictions agrees with magnetic properties of AISI 201 steel. • Possible magnetic anisotropy induced by rolling in AISI 201 steel is investigated.

  7. EFFECTS OF AUSTENITIZATION ON STRUCTURE FORMATION СHROMO-MOLYBDENUM-VANADIUM STEEL AFTER HIGH TEMPERING

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    V. A. Lutsenko

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Influence of austenitization temperature of chrome-molybdenum-vanadium steel on structure formation at the softening heat treatment is studied. It is shown that the decline of the austenitization temperature promotes to reduce the micro-hardness values due to the intensification of spheroidizing of pearlite after the overcooling and high tempering. Increasing the austenitization temperature leads to formation of an uneven structure after tempering.

  8. The influence of deformation-induced microvoids on mechanical failure of AISI A8-Mod martensitic tool steel

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    Ghasemi-Nanesa, Hadi; Jahazi, Mohammad; Heidari, Majid; Levasseur, Tom

    2017-10-01

    Tool steels are considered as hard to deform materials since they have a mixture of soft ferritic matrix with hard carbides as secondary particles. In this study, 5 mm thick plates of AISI A8-Modified tool steel were subjected to cold rolling prior to the quench-temper cycle with the view to investigate the work hardening behavior of this steel during rolling and to reduce the brittleness of the product after the quench-temper cycle. 5mm thick samples were rolled 10, 20, 30, 40, and 50 (%) under similar conditions and then cut parallel to the rolling direction. Microstructure evolution, deformation-induced microvoids, and hardness evolution as a function of prior deformation were investigated. Electron microscopy was used to investigate the root causes for the formation of microvoids and potential alligatoring failure. The influence of microvoids on mechanical properties after the quench-temper cycle was evaluated through bending tests. Results showed no failure for 50% cold rolled sample in comparison with fracture for non-deformed sample indicating that prior deformation could be a novel route for improving the in service properties of these alloys. Hardness of 50% cold rolled after thermal hardening was lower than that for non-deformed sample. The analysis of prior austenite grain size, volume fraction of retained austenite, and volume fraction of carbides for both testing conditions showed that hardness reduction can be related to the presence of microvoids formed in the microstructure during rolling.

  9. Effect of microalloying elements on microstructure and properties of quenched and tempered constructional steel

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    Ma, Qingshen; Huang, Leqing; Di, Guobiao; Wang, Yanfeng; Yang, Yongda; Ma, Changwen

    2017-09-01

    The effects of microalloying elements Nb, V and Ti on microstructure and properties of quenched and tempered steel were studied. Results showed that the addition of microalloying elements led to the formation of bainite and increased strength, while the austenization and ferrite transformation temperature was barely affected, i.e. 10°C. Microalloying elements shortened the incubation time for bainite transformation by refinement of austenite grain, and decreased the hardenability by forming carbides and therefore reducing the carbon content of super-cooled austenite. Either of them promoted the bainite transformation. The better tempering stability was ascribed to the as hot-rolled bainite microstructure and secondary carbide precipitation during tempering.

  10. An acoustic emission study of martensitic and bainitic transformations in carbon steel

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    Van Bohemen, S.M.C.

    2004-01-01

    Steel is one of the most commonly used materials today, especially in industrial sectors such as ship building and the automotive industry. In order to meet the requirements for steel applications, new multi-phase steels are being developed. The microstructure of these steels consists of a variety

  11. Effects of Ti element on the microstructural stability of 9Cr–WVTiN reduced activation martensitic steel under ion irradiation

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    Luo, Fengfeng [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-Structures of Ministry of Education, Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Guo, Liping, E-mail: guolp@whu.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-Structures of Ministry of Education, Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Jin, Shuoxue; Li, Tiecheng; Chen, Jihong [Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-Structures of Ministry of Education, Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Suo, Jinping; Yang, Feng [State Key Laboratory of Mould Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China); Yao, Z. [Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Queen’s University, Kingston K7L 3N6, ON (Canada)

    2014-12-15

    Microstructure of 9Cr–WVTiN reduced-activation martensitic steels with two different Ti concentrations irradiated with Fe{sup +}, He{sup +} and H{sup +} at 300 °C was studied with transmission electron microscopy. Small dislocation loops were observed in the irradiated steels. The mean size and number density of dislocation loops decreased with the increase of Ti concentration. The segregation of Cr and Fe in carbides was observed in both irradiated steels, and the enrichment of Cr and depletion of Fe were more severe in the low Ti-concentration 9Cr–WVTiN steel.

  12. STUDY OF THE HARDENING TEMPERATURE INFLUENCE ON PROCESSES WHEN TEMPERING CARBON STEEL

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    Ms. Irina L. Polyanskaya

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the research results of carbon steel electrical resistance changes at low tem-pering and determines the effect of temperature on the electrical resistance. The analysis of the results showed that the influence of carbon on the value of the electrical resistance is higher than the influence of the crystal structure defects. The changes of the hardened steel electrical resistance are due to the redistri-bution of carbon.

  13. Microstructure, Mechanical and Corrosion Properties of Friction Stir Welding High Nitrogen Martensitic Stainless Steel 30Cr15Mo1N

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    Xin Geng

    2016-11-01

    Full Text Available High nitrogen martensitic stainless steel 30Cr15Mo1N plates were successfully welded by friction stir welding (FSW at a tool rotation speed of 300 rpm with a welding speed of 100 mm/min, using W-Re tool. The sound joint with no significant nitrogen loss was successfully produced. Microstructure, mechanical and corrosion properties of an FSW joint were investigated. The results suggest that the grain size of the stir zone (SZ is larger than the base metal (BM and is much larger the case in SZ-top. Some carbides and nitrides rich in chromium were found in BM while not observed in SZ. The martensitic phase in SZ could transform to austenite phase during the FSW process and the higher peak temperature, the greater degree of transformation. The hardness of SZ is significantly lower than that of the BM. An abrupt change of hardness defined as hard zone (HZ was found in the thermo-mechanically affected zone (TMAZ on the advancing side (AS, and the HZ is attributed to a combination result of temperature, deformation, and material flow behavior. The corrosion resistance of SZ is superior to that of BM, which can be attributed to less precipitation and lower angle boundaries (LABs. The corrosion resistance of SZ-bottom is slight higher than that of SZ-top because of the finer grained structure.

  14. ballistic performance of a quenched and tempered steel against

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  15. Determining the shear fracture properties of HIP joints of reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steel by a torsion test

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    Nozawa, Takashi; Noh, Sanghoon; Tanigawa, Hiroyasu

    2012-08-01

    Hot isostatic pressing (HIP) is a key technology used to fabricate a first wall with cooling channels for the fusion blanket system utilizing a reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steel. To qualify the HIPped components, small specimen test techniques are beneficial not only to evaluate the thin-wall cooling channels containing the HIP joint but also to use in neutron irradiation studies. This study aims to develop the torsion test method with special emphasis on providing a reasonable and comprehensive method to determine interfacial shear properties of HIP joints during the torsional fracture process. Torsion test results identified that the torsion process shows yield of the base metal followed by non-elastic deformation due to work hardening of the base metal. By considering this work hardening issue, we propose a reasonable and realistic solution to determine the torsional yield shear stress and the ultimate torsional shear strength of the HIPped interface. Finally, a representative torsion fracture process was identified.

  16. High heat loading properties of vacuum plasma spray tungsten coatings on reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel

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    Tokunaga, K.; Hotta, T.; Araki, K.; Miyamoto, Y.; Fujiwara, T.; Hasegawa, M.; Nakamura, K.; Ezato, K.; Suzuki, S.; Enoeda, M.; Akiba, M.; Nagasaka, T.; Kasada, R.; Kimura, A.

    2013-07-01

    High density W coatings on reduced activation ferritic martensitic steel (RAF/M) have been produced by Vacuum Plasma Spraying technique (VPS) and heat flux experiments on them have been carried out to evaluate their possibility as a plasma-facing armor in a fusion device. In addition, quantitative analyses of temperature profile and thermal stress have been carried out using the finite element analysis (FEA) to evaluate its thermal properties. No cracks or exfoliation has been formed by steady state and cyclic heat loading experiments under heat loading at 700 °C of surface temperature. In addition, stress distribution and maximum stress between interface of VPS-W and RAF/M have been obtained by FEA. On the other hand, exfoliation has occurred at interlayer of VPS-W coatings near the interface between VPS-W and RAF/M at 1300 °C of surface temperature by cyclic heat loading.

  17. Patent Analysis of Ferritic/Martensitic Steels for the Fuel Cladding in Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor

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    Baek, Jong Hyuk; Kim, Sung Ho; Kim, Tae Kyu; Kim, Woo Gon; Jang, Jin Sung; Kim, Dae Whan; Han, Chang Hee; Lee, Chan Bock

    2007-09-15

    The Korean, Japanese, U.S. and European patents related to the ferritic/martensitic steels were systematically surveyed to evaluate their patent status, which would be applicable to the fuel cladding materials for the Sodium-cooled Fast Reactor (SFR). From the surveys, totally 38 patents were finally selected for the quantitative and qualitative analysis. Among them, 28 patents (74%) were processed by Japanese companies and Sumitomo Metal industries Ltd. was top-ranked in the number (9) of priority patents. On the basis of these surveys, most patents could be applicable to the fuel cladding materials for SFR and, especially, some useful patents as the cladding were registered by the Russian and the Korean.

  18. Characterization of Nanometric-Sized Carbides Formed During Tempering of Carbide-Steel Cermets

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    Matus K.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this article of this paper is to present issues related to characterization of nanometric-sized carbides, nitrides and/or carbonitrides formed during tempering of carbide-steel cermets. Closer examination of those materials is important because of hardness growth of carbide-steel cermet after tempering. The results obtained during research show that the upswing of hardness is significantly higher than for high-speed steels. Another interesting fact is the displacement of secondary hardness effect observed for this material to a higher tempering temperature range. Determined influence of the atmosphere in the sintering process on precipitations formed during tempering of carbide-steel cermets. So far examination of carbidesteel cermet produced by powder injection moulding was carried out mainly in the scanning electron microscope. A proper description of nanosized particles is both important and difficult as achievements of nanoscience and nanotechnology confirm the significant influence of nanocrystalline particles on material properties even if its mass fraction is undetectable by standard methods. The following research studies have been carried out using transmission electron microscopy, mainly selected area electron diffraction and energy dispersive spectroscopy. The obtained results and computer simulations comparison were made.

  19. Effect of Carbonitriding on the Susceptibility of Medium-Carbon Alloy Steels to Temper Brittleness

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    Priymak, E. Yu.; Stepanchukova, A. V.; Yakovleva, I. L.; Tereshchenko, N. A.; Chirkov, E. Yu.

    2017-07-01

    The effect of carbonitriding as a finishing operation of hardening of the thread of drill pipes on the properties of the matrix metal, its temper brittleness in particular, is studied. The cold brittleness is evaluated with the help of tests for impact toughness. Steels for the production of drill pipe locks for operation at negative temperatures are recommended.

  20. Investigation of influence of structure and TiAl3/TiAlN intermetallic coatings on the corrosion behavior of martensitic steels

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    Vardanyan, E.; Ramazanov, K.; Yagafarov, I.; Khamzina, A.; Agzamov, R.

    2017-05-01

    The paper considers several approaches to protect martensitic steels with ultrafine-grain (UFG) structure in aggressive environments. Scanning electron microscopy was used to study the microstructure and composition of steel substrates and coatings. The samples were also subjected to corrosion tests. Regularities of corrosion behavior were specified for the UFG steels. The samples were subjected to ion nitriding in a glow discharge and deposition of protective TiAl3/TiAlN coatings in vacuum arc discharge plasma. Corrosion rates were identified for different treatments.

  1. Tantalum-containing Z-phase in 12%Cr martensitic steels

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    Danielsen, Hilmar Kjartansson; Hald, John

    2009-01-01

    Z-phases in tantalum-containing 12%Cr steels have been investigated. In 12%Cr steel without any Nb or V, the formation of CrTaN Z-phases was observed. In 12%Cr steel which also contained V, the Ta entered Z-phase as a minor element, Cr(V,Ta)N. The crystal structure of Cr(V,Ta)N seems to be identi......Z-phases in tantalum-containing 12%Cr steels have been investigated. In 12%Cr steel without any Nb or V, the formation of CrTaN Z-phases was observed. In 12%Cr steel which also contained V, the Ta entered Z-phase as a minor element, Cr(V,Ta)N. The crystal structure of Cr(V,Ta)N seems...

  2. Effect of Tempering Temperature on the Microstructure and Hardness of a Super-bainitic Steel Containing Co and Al

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    Hu, Feng; Wu, Kaiming; Hou, Tingping; Shirzadi, Amir Abbas

    2014-01-01

    The effect of tempering temperature, within the range of 400 to 700°C, on the microstructure and hardness of two super-bainitic steels, one as the control parent sample and the other with added Co & Al was investigated. Post-tempering examinations of the super-bainitic samples showed that low temperature tempering cycles (400–500°C) resulted in carbides formation, and some increases in the hardness possibly due to precipitation strengthening in the Co & Al contained steel. Once the tempering ...

  3. Effect of Tempering Temperature on the Mechanical Properties of Cast L35HM Steel

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    Zapała R.

    2017-06-01

    Full Text Available A possibility to control the strength, hardness and ductility of the L35HM low-alloy structural cast steel by the applied tempering temperature is discussed in the paper. Tests were carried out on samples taken from the two randomly selected industrial melts. Heat treatment of the cast samples included quenching at 900 °C, cooling in an aqueous solution of polymer, and tempering at 600 and 650 °C. The obtained results showed that the difference in the tempering temperature equal to 50 °C can cause the difference of 121 MPa in the values of UTS and of 153 MPa in the values of 0.2%YS. For both melts tempered at 600 °C, the average values of UTS and 0.2%YS were equal to 995 MPa and 933 MPa, respectively. The values of EL and RA did not show any significant differences. Attention was drawn to large differences in strength and hardness observed between the melts tempered at 600 and 650 °C. Despite differences in the mechanical properties of the examined cast steel, the obtained results were superior to those specified by the standard.

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

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

    2011-07-01

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

  5. Microstructure Anisotropy Effect on Stress and Hydrogen Distribution in Micro Area for Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    ZHONG Zhen-qian

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Elastic stiffness distribution of martensite microstructure was analyzed by using Electron Back Scatter Diffraction(EBSD experiment, based on which the coupled finite element model of stress-hydrogen interaction was established to study the influence of martensitic microstructure anisotropy on the micro local stress and hydrogen distribution. The results show that misorientation between adjacent Block Laths is 60°, and different Block Laths have different elastic stiffness in the same loading direction, which resulted in the heterogeneous distribution of micro stress and hydrogen, and micro stress can be characterized by microstructure element of Block Lath.Elastic stiffness gradient and Block size play a significant role in stress concentration among microstructures, and while stress concentration can affect hydrogen distribution. High elastic stiffness gradient and large size of Block Lath cause high stress concentration, accumulate high concentration of hydrogen, which initiate crack of hydrogen embrittlement in the end. The above results are consistent with micro fracture morphology and EBSD experiment on crack region.

  6. Blister formation on 13Cr2MoNbVB ferritic-martensitic steel exposed to hydrogen plasma

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    Nikitin, A. V.; Tolstolutskaya, G. D.; Ruzhytskyi, V. V.; Voyevodin, V. N.; Kopanets, I. E.; Karpov, S. A.; Vasilenko, R. L.; Garner, F. A.

    2016-09-01

    The influence of pre-irradiation specimen deformation level on surface blister formation and sub-surface cracking of dual-phase 13Cr2MoNbVB ferritic-martensitic steel was studied using glow discharge hydrogen plasma with ion energy of 1 keV to fluences of 2 × 1025 H/m2. Protium was used for most studies, but deuterium was used for measuring the depth dependence of hydrogen diffusion. Formation of blisters was observed in the temperature range 230-340 K. It was found that pre-irradiation deformation caused changes in the threshold fluences of blister formation and also in blister size distribution. Subsurface cracks located on grain boundaries far beyond the implantation zone were formed concurrently with blisters, arising from hydrogen diffusion and trapping at defects. It was observed that cracks as long as 1 mm in length were formed in 95% deformed steel at depths up to 500 μm from surface.

  7. Microstructure of Z-phase strengthened martensitic steels: Meeting the 650°C challenge

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    Liu, Fang; Rashidi, Masoud; Hald, John

    2017-01-01

    content in the steels is the governing factor in this transformation. The impact toughness of some test alloys was rather low. This is attributed to the formation of a continuous W-rich film along prior austenite grain boundaries. Cu and C addition to the test alloys changed Laves phase morphology......We studied three series of Z-phase strengthened steels using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and atom probe tomography to reveal the detailed microstructure of these steels. In particular, the phase transformation from M(C,N) to Z-phase (CrMN) was studied. Carbon...... to discrete precipitates and improved toughness dramatically. BN particles were found in some steels. Formation of BN is directly linked to the B concentration in the steels....

  8. Hydrogen induced cold cracking studies on armour grade high strength, quenched and tempered steel weldments

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    Magudeeswaran, G.; Balasubramanian, V. [Centre for Materials Joining Research (CEMAJOR), Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar 608 002, Tamil Nadu (India); Madhusudhan Reddy, G. [Metal Joining Section, Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL), Kanchanbagh (P.O.) Hyderabad 560 058 Andhra Pradesh (India)

    2008-04-15

    Quenched and tempered (Q and T) steels are prone to hydrogen induced cracking (HIC) in the heat affected zone after welding. The use of austenitic stainless steel (ASS) consumables to weld the above steel was the only available remedy because of higher solubility for hydrogen in austenitic phase. The use of stainless steel consumables for a non-stainless steel base metal is not economical. Hence, alternate consumables for welding Q and T steels and their vulnerability to HIC need to be explored. Recent studies proved that low hydrogen ferritic (LHF) steel consumables can be used to weld Q and T steels, which can give very low hydrogen levels in the weld deposits. In this investigation an attempt has been made to study the influence of welding consumables and welding processes on hydrogen induced cold cracking of armour grade Q and T steel welds by implant testing. Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW) and flux cored arc welding (FCAW) processes were used for making welds using ASS and LHF welding consumables. ASS welds made using FCAW process offered a higher resistance to HIC than all other welds considered in this investigation. (author)

  9. The effect of tempering temperature on pitting corrosion resistance of 420 stainless steels

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    Anwar, Moch Syaiful, E-mail: moch026@lipi.go.id; Prifiharni, Siska, E-mail: sisk002@lipi.go.id; Mabruri, Efendi, E-mail: effe004@lipi.go.id [Research Center for Metallurgy and Materials – Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI) Kawasan PUSPIPTEK Building 470 – South of Tangerang – Banten – 15314 (Indonesia)

    2016-04-19

    The AISI Type 420 stainless steels are commonly used to steam generators, mixer blades, etc. These stainless steels are most prone to pitting in dissolved Cl{sup −} containing environments. In this paper, the effect of tempering temperature on pitting corrosion resistance of AISI Type 420 stainless steels was studied. The AISI Type 420 stainless steels specimens were heat treated at the temperature of 1050°C for 1 hour to reach austenite stabilization and then quench in the oil. After that, the specimens were tempered at the temperature of 150, 250, 350 and 450°C for 30 minutes and then air cooled to the room temperature. The electrochemical potentiodynamic polarization test was conducted at 3.5% sodium chloride solution to evaluate corrosion rate and pitting corrosion behaviour. The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS) were used to evaluate the pitting corrosion product. The result have shown that highest pitting potential was found in the sample tempered at 250°C and corrosion pits were found to initiate preferentially around chromium carbides.

  10. The effect of tempering temperature on pitting corrosion resistance of 420 stainless steels

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    Anwar, Moch. Syaiful; Prifiharni, Siska; Mabruri, Efendi

    2016-04-01

    The AISI Type 420 stainless steels are commonly used to steam generators, mixer blades, etc. These stainless steels are most prone to pitting in dissolved Cl- containing environments. In this paper, the effect of tempering temperature on pitting corrosion resistance of AISI Type 420 stainless steels was studied. The AISI Type 420 stainless steels specimens were heat treated at the temperature of 1050°C for 1 hour to reach austenite stabilization and then quench in the oil. After that, the specimens were tempered at the temperature of 150, 250, 350 and 450°C for 30 minutes and then air cooled to the room temperature. The electrochemical potentiodynamic polarization test was conducted at 3.5% sodium chloride solution to evaluate corrosion rate and pitting corrosion behaviour. The Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDS) were used to evaluate the pitting corrosion product. The result have shown that highest pitting potential was found in the sample tempered at 250°C and corrosion pits were found to initiate preferentially around chromium carbides.

  11. Small punch tensile/fracture test data and 3D specimen surface data on Grade 91 ferritic/martensitic steel from cryogenic to room temperature.

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    Bruchhausen, Matthias; Lapetite, Jean-Marc; Ripplinger, Stefan; Austin, Tim

    2016-12-01

    Raw data from small punch tensile/fracture tests at two displacement rates in the temperature range from -196 °C to room temperature on Grade 91 ferritic/martensitic steel are presented. A number of specimens were analyzed after testing by means of X-ray computed tomography (CT). Based on the CT volume data detailed 3D surface maps of the specimens were established. All data are open access and available from Online Data Information Network (ODIN)https://odin.jrc.ec.europa.eu. The data presented in the current work has been analyzed in the research article "On the determination of the ductile to brittle transition temperature from small punch tests on Grade 91 ferritic-martensitic steel" (M. Bruchhausen, S. Holmström, J.-M. Lapetite, S. Ripplinger, 2015) [1].

  12. Summary Report of Summer Work: High Purity Single Crystal Growth & Microstructure of Ferritic-Martensitic Steels

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    Pestovich, Kimberly Shay [Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)

    2015-08-18

    Harnessing the power of the nuclear sciences for national security and to benefit others is one of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s missions. MST-8 focuses on manipulating and studying how the structure, processing, properties, and performance of materials interact at the atomic level under nuclear conditions. Within this group, single crystal scintillators contribute to the safety and reliability of weapons, provide global security safeguards, and build on scientific principles that carry over to medical fields for cancer detection. Improved cladding materials made of ferritic-martensitic alloys support the mission of DOE-NE’s Fuel Cycle Research and Development program to close the nuclear fuel cycle, aiming to solve nuclear waste management challenges and thereby increase the performance and safety of current and future reactors.

  13. Prospects for Martensitic 12 % Cr Steels for Advanced Steam Power Plants

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    Hald, John

    2016-01-01

    and FB2 are now used in power plants up to 600–620 °C steam temperature. For higher steam temperatures up to 650 °C steels with 11–12 % Cr are needed for better resistance against steam oxidation. However, fine V and Nb based nitrides may transform to coarse Z-phase [Cr(V,Nb)N] nitrides in steels...

  14. Effect of Tempering Temperature on the Microstructure and Hardness of a Super-bainitic Steel Containing Co and Al

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    Hu, Feng; Wu, Kaiming; Hou, Tingping; Shirzadi, Amir Abbas

    2014-01-01

    The effect of tempering temperature, within the range of 400 to 700°C, on the microstructure and hardness of two super-bainitic steels, one as the control parent sample and the other with added Co...

  15. Influence of load on wear behavior of a dual-phase steel tempered at 450°C

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    Crnkovic, Sergio Joao [UNESP; Antunes, Augusto Eduardo Baptista; Zanaglia, Cecilia Amelia Carvalho [UNESP

    1995-01-01

    The wear rate of the dual-phase steel ABNT-1020 tempered at 450°C sliding against cemented steel ABNT-1020 in function of load value is investigated in wide load range. The alteration in behavior of this function at intermediate load level, like in the case of low hardness steel sliding against high hardness steel, is observed. The analysis by scanning electronic microscope before and after this alteration showed a change of wear mechanism from plastic displacement to embrittlement.

  16. EFFECTS OF TEMPERING AND PWHT ON MICROSTRUCTURES AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF SA508 GR.4N STEEL

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    Lee, Ki-Hyoung; JHUNG, MYUNG JO; Kim, Min-Chul; Lee, Bong-Sang

    2014-01-01

    Presented in this study are the variations of microstructures and mechanical properties with tempering and Post-Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT) conditions for SA508 Gr.4N steel used as Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) material. The blocks of model alloy were austenitized at the conventional temperature of 880 °C, then tempered and post-weld heat treated at four different conditions. The hardness and yield strength decrease with increased tempering and PWHT temperatures, but impact toughness is signif...

  17. Modification of Low-Alloy Steel Surface by High-Temperature Gas Nitriding Plus Tempering

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    Jiao, Dongling; Li, Minsong; Ding, Hongzhen; Qiu, Wanqi; Luo, Chengping

    2018-01-01

    The low-alloy steel was nitrided in a pure NH3 gas atmosphere at 640 660 °C for 2 h, i.e., high-temperature gas nitriding (HTGN), followed by tempering at 225 °C, which can produce a high property surface coating without brittle compound (white) layer. The steel was also plasma nitriding for comparison. The composition, microstructure and microhardness of the nitrided and tempered specimens were examined, and their tribological behavior investigated. The results showed that the as-gas-nitrided layer consisted of a white layer composed of FeN0.095 phase (nitrided austenite) and a diffusional zone underneath the white layer. After tempering, the white layer was decomposed to a nano-sized (α-Fe + γ'-Fe4N + retained austenite) bainitic microstructure with a high hardness of 1150HV/25 g. Wear test results showed that the wear resistance and wear coefficient yielded by the complex HTGN plus tempering were considerably higher and lower, respectively, than those produced by the conventional plasma nitriding.

  18. Precipitation behavior of carbides in high-carbon martensitic stainless steel

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    Zhu, Qin-tian; Li, Jing; Shi, Cheng-bin; Yu, Wen-tao; Shi, Chang-min [University of Science and Technology, Beijing (China). State Key Laboratory of Advanced Metallurgy; Li, Ji-hui [Yang Jiang Shi Ba Zi Group Co., Ltd, Guangdong (China)

    2017-01-15

    A fundamental study on the precipitation behavior of carbides was carried out. Thermo-calc software, scanning electron microscopy, electron probe microanalysis, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffractometry and high-temperature confocal laser scanning microscopy were used to study the precipitation and transformation behaviors of carbides. Carbide precipitation was of a specific order. Primary carbides (M7C3) tended to be generated from liquid steel when the solid fraction reached 84 mol.%. Secondary carbides (M7C3) precipitated from austenite and can hardly transformed into M23C6 carbides with decreasing temperature in air. Primary carbides hardly changed once they were generated, whereas secondary carbides were sensitive to heat treatment and thermal deformation. Carbide precipitation had a certain effect on steel-matrix phase transitions. The segregation ability of carbon in liquid steel was 4.6 times greater that of chromium. A new method for controlling primary carbides is proposed.

  19. Appropriate welding conditions of temper bead weld repair for SQV2A pressure vessel steel

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    Mizuno, R.; Matsuda, F. [NDE Center, Japan Power Engineering and Inspection Corp. (Japan); Brziak, P. [Welding Research Inst. - Industrial Inst. of Slovak Republic (Slovakia); Lomozik, M. [Inst. of Welding (Poland)

    2004-07-01

    Temper bead welding technique is one of the most important repair welding methods for large structures for which it is difficult to perform the specified post weld heat treatment. In this study, appropriate temper bead welding conditions to improve the characteristics of heat affected zone (HAZ) are studied using pressure vessel steel SQV2A corresponding to ASTM A533 Type B Class 1. Thermal/mechanical simulator is employed to give specimens welding thermal cycles from single to quadruple cycle. Charpy absorbed energy and hardness of simulated CGHAZ by first cycle were degraded as compared with base metal. Improvability of these degradations by subsequent cycles is discussed and appropriate temper bead thermal cycles are clarified. When the peak temperature lower than Ac1 and near Ac1 in the second thermal cycle is applied to CGAHZ by first thermal cycle, the characteristics of CGHAZ improve enough. When the other peak temperatures (that is, higher than Ac1) in the second thermal cycle are applied to the CGHAZ, third or more thermal cycle temper bead process should be applied to improve the properties. Appropriate weld condition ranges are selected based on the above results. The validity of the selected ranges is verified by the temper bead welding test. (orig.)

  20. A study on fatigue crack growth in dual phase martensitic steel in air ...

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    intensity ranges (∆K) were determined to obtain the threshold value of stress intensity range (∆Kth). Crack path morphology was ... Scanning electron fractography of DP steel in the near threshold region revealed transgranular .... to an apparent 2% increment in crack extension was esta- blished. From this value of PQ, ...

  1. Unravelling the structural and chemical features influencing deformation-induced martensitic transformations in steels

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

    2013-01-01

    A combination of Electron Back-Scattered Diffraction (EBSD) and high-sensitivity Electron Probe Micro-Analysis (EPMA) was used to correlate the changes in microstructural features upon deformation with local chemical composition in Transformation-Induced Plasticity steels. A novel cleaning procedure

  2. Microstructural characterization of AISI 431 martensitic stainless steel laser-deposited coatings

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    Hemmati, I.; Ocelik, V.; De Hosson, J. Th. M.

    High cooling rates during laser cladding of stainless steels may alter the microstructure and phase constitution of the claddings and consequently change their functional properties. In this research, solidification structures and solid state phase transformation products in single and multi layer

  3. Characterization of thick plasma spray tungsten coating on ferritic/martensitic steel F82H for high heat flux armor

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    Yahiro, Y.; Mitsuhara, M.; Tokunakga, K.; Yoshida, N.; Hirai, T.; Ezato, K.; Suzuki, S.; Akiba, M.; Nakashima, H.

    2009-04-01

    Two types of plasma spray tungsten coatings on ferritic/martensitic steel F82H made by vacuum plasma spray technique (VPS) and air plasma spray technique (APS) were examined in this study to evaluate the possibility as plasma-facing armor. The VPS-W/F82H showed superior properties. The porosity of the VPS-W coatings was about 0.6% and most of the pores were smaller than 1-2 μm and joining of W/F82H and W/W was fairly good. Thermal load tests indicated high potential of this coating as plasma-facing armor under thermal loading. In case of APS-W/F82H, however, porosity was 6% and thermal load properties were much worse than VPS-W/F82H. It is likely that surface oxidation during plasma spray process reduced joining properties. Remarkably, both coatings created soft ferrite interlayer after proper heat treatments probably due to high residual stress at the interfaces after the production. This indicates the potential function of the interlayer as stress relieve and possible high performance of such coating component under thermal loads.

  4. Analysis of the Mechanical Behavior, Creep Resistance and Uniaxial Fatigue Strength of Martensitic Steel X46Cr13.

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    Brnic, Josip; Krscanski, Sanjin; Lanc, Domagoj; Brcic, Marino; Turkalj, Goran; Canadija, Marko; Niu, Jitai

    2017-04-06

    The article deals with the analysis of the mechanical behavior at different temperatures, uniaxial creep and uniaxial fatigue of martensitic steel X46Cr13 (1.4034, AISI 420). For the purpose of considering the aforementioned mechanical behavior, as well as determining the appropriate resistance to creep and fatigue strength levels, numerous uniaxial tests were carried out. Tests related to mechanical properties performed at different temperatures are presented in the form of engineering stress-strain diagrams. Short-time creep tests performed at different temperatures and different stress levels are presented in the form of creep curves. Fatigue tests carried out at stress ratios R = 0.25 and R = - 1 are shown in the form of S-N (fatigue) diagrams. The finite fatigue regime for each of the mentioned stress ratios is modeled by an inclined log line, while the infinite fatigue regime is modeled by a horizontal line, which represents the fatigue limit of the material and previously was calculated by the modified staircase method. Finally, the fracture toughness has been calculated based on the Charpy V-notch impact energy.

  5. Analysis of the Mechanical Behavior, Creep Resistance and Uniaxial Fatigue Strength of Martensitic Steel X46Cr13

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    Josip Brnic

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the analysis of the mechanical behavior at different temperatures, uniaxial creep and uniaxial fatigue of martensitic steel X46Cr13 (1.4034, AISI 420. For the purpose of considering the aforementioned mechanical behavior, as well as determining the appropriate resistance to creep and fatigue strength levels, numerous uniaxial tests were carried out. Tests related to mechanical properties performed at different temperatures are presented in the form of engineering stress-strain diagrams. Short-time creep tests performed at different temperatures and different stress levels are presented in the form of creep curves. Fatigue tests carried out at stress ratios R = 0.25 and R = − 1 are shown in the form of S–N (fatigue diagrams. The finite fatigue regime for each of the mentioned stress ratios is modeled by an inclined log line, while the infinite fatigue regime is modeled by a horizontal line, which represents the fatigue limit of the material and previously was calculated by the modified staircase method. Finally, the fracture toughness has been calculated based on the Charpy V-notch impact energy.

  6. Effect of ion implantation on fatigue strength of martensitic stainless steel and surface hardness evaluation by ultra micro hardness tester

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    Tanaka, Tsuneshichi [Ritsumeikan Univ., Kyoto (Japan). Faculty of Science and Engineering; Nakayama, Hideaki; Kato, Masahiko

    1995-02-01

    The effect of surface modification by ion implantation on the fatigue strength of 13Cr martensitic stainless steel was first described. Then the relationship between the fatigue performance and the surface microhardness of the material was dealt with. N{sup +} ions were implanted into the specimen surface with doses in the range of 5x10{sup 13} ions/cm{sup 2} - 5x10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2} with energy level of 350 keV. The results of out-of-plane bending fatigue tests revealed that the fatigue strength was improved by the ion implantation with implantation doses more than 2x10{sup 17} ions/cm{sup 2}, and that the further increase of fatigue strength was attained by the post heat treatment following the ion implantation. The microhardness of ultra-thin surface layer of submicron order was evaluated by the method previously proposed by the authors. The results indicated that the surface layer was hardened by the ion implantation and the hardness was increased by the post heat treatment. A remarkable increase in hardness was observed at the surface layer after the fatigue test, and this increase of the microhardness well coincides with the improvement of fatigue strength by ion implantation and post heat treatment. (author).

  7. Effects of strain-induced martensite and its reversion on the magnetic properties of AISI 201 austenitic stainless steel

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    Souza Filho, I. R.; Sandim, M. J. R.; Cohen, R.; Nagamine, L. C. C. M.; Hoffmann, J.; Bolmaro, R. E.; Sandim, H. R. Z.

    2016-12-01

    Strain-induced martensite (SIM) and its reversion in a cold-rolled AISI 201 austenitic stainless steel was studied by means of magnetic properties, light optical (LOM) and scanning electron (SEM) microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), texture measurements, and Vickers microhardness testing. According to Thermo-calc© predictions, the BCC phase (residual δ-ferrite and SIM) is expected to be stable until 600 °C. The current material was cold rolled up to 60% thickness reduction and submitted to both isothermal and stepwise annealing up to 800 °C. Magnetic measurements were taken during annealing (in situ) of the samples and also for their post mortem conditions. The Curie temperatures (Tc) of residual δ-ferrite and SIM have similar values between 550 and 600 °C. Besides Tc, the focused magnetic parameters were saturation magnetization (Ms), remanent magnetization (MR), and coercive field (Hc). SIM reversion was found to occur in the range of 600-700 °C in good agreement with Thermo-calc© predictions. The microstructures of the material, annealed at 600 and 700 °C for 1 h, were investigated via EBSD. Microtexture measurements for these samples revealed that the texture components were mainly those found for the 60% cold rolled material. This is an evidence that the SIM reversion occurred by an athermal mechanism.

  8. Correlation between tensile property and micro-hardness in reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel irradiated at 573 K

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    Ando, M.; Tanigawa, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Stoller, R. [ORNL - Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Materials Science and Technology Div., AK TN (United States)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: Radiation hardening and embrittlement due to high-energy neutron radiation around 623 K are the important issues on reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic (RAF/M) steels. It is expected that the improvement of radiation hardening might be one of effective ways to control the mechanical properties of RAF/M after irradiation. It has been reported that the weld joint has less hardening than the base metal from the tensile test results of TIG weldments irradiated in HFIR. This report indicated that radiation hardening can be reduced by the optimization of heat treatment condition for F82H. The purposes of this study are to establish the condition of heat treatment for minimum of radiation hardening in F82H steel using Neutron/Ion-irradiation and to examine a correlation between tensile property and micro-hardness before/after irradiation. The materials used in this study were F82H IEA heat and F82H heat treatment variants. Neutron irradiation was performed in High Flux Isotope Reactor up to 9 dpa at 573 K. The hardness test was 8{approx}10 points for each SS-J3 tensile specimen. Tensile test was carried out at room temperature in Hot Cell Facility. For the ion irradiation experiment, the F82H steel and variants were cut to small coupon type specimens. The ion-beam irradiation experiment was carried out at the TIARA facility of JAEA. These specimens were irradiated at 543 and 633 K by 10.5 MeV Fe{sup 3+} ions. The irradiation was performed to 3.3-33 dpa at the depth of 0.6 {mu}m. The irradiated specimens were indentation-tested using an ultra micro-indentation testing system. The irradiated specimens were made into thin films, with a focused ion beam processing instrument. The microstructural examination was carried out using a transmission electron microscope. For the results of tensile test and hardness test of F82H and F82H heat treatment variants neutron-irradiated at 573 K, all specimens caused radiation hardening. The radiation

  9. Effects of strain rate on the hot deformation behavior and dynamic recrystallization in China low activation martensitic steel

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    Fang, Yuanyuan [School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); Chen, Xizhang, E-mail: kernel.chen@gmail.com [School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Wenzhou University, Wenzhou 325035 (China); Madigan, Bruce [Montana Tech, Butte, MT (United States); Cao, Hongyan [School of Material Science and Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang 212013 (China); Konovalov, Sergey [Center for Collective Use Material Science, Siberian State Industrial University, Novokuznetsk (Russian Federation)

    2016-02-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Average grain sizes of 1.8 μm are observed at strain rate of 10 s{sup −1}. • Peak stress value increased, but strain decreased with increasing of strain rate. • A catenuliform recrystallized occurred at a strain rate of 5 s{sup −1}. • DRX effect improved with increasing of deformation amounts. - Abstract: To investigate the effects of strain rate on dynamic recrystallization (DRX) behavior on China low activation martensitic steel, hot uniaxial compression tests with strain rates ranging from 0.1 s{sup −1} to 10 s{sup −1} and deformations amounts of 40% and 70% where conducted. The true stress–true strain curves were analyzed for the occurrence of DRX under the different strain rates and compressive deformation amounts. The steel microstructures were examined and linked to the observed stress-strain diagrams to study DRX. Results show that DRX was responsible for refining the grain structure over a wide range of strain rates under 70% deformation. However, significant DRX occurred only at the relatively low strain rate of 0.1 s{sup −1} under 40% deformation. The original elongated microstructure of the rolled plate from which the specimens were taken was replaced by dynamic recrystallization grains. At 70% deformation, the average grain size was 4.2 μm at a strain rate of 0.1 s{sup −1}, 2.5 μm at a strain rate of 5 s{sup −1}, 1.8 μm at a strain rate of 10 s{sup −1}. In conclusion, with increasing strain rate, the recrystallized grain size decreased and the peak stress increased.

  10. Effect of Titanium on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of High-Carbon Martensitic Stainless Steel 8Cr13MoV

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    Wen-Tao Yu

    2016-08-01

    Full Text Available The effect of titanium on the carbides and mechanical properties of martensitic stainless steel 8Cr13MoV was studied. The results showed that TiCs not only acted as nucleation sites for δ-Fe and eutectic carbides, leading to the refinement of the microstructure, but also inhibited the formation of eutectic carbides M7C3. The addition of titanium in steel also promoted the transformation of M7C3-type to M23C6-type carbides, and consequently more carbides could be dissolved into the matrix during hot processing as demonstrated by the determination of extracted carbides from the steel matrix. Meanwhile, titanium suppressed the precipitation of secondary carbides during annealing. The appropriate amount of titanium addition decreased the size and fraction of primary carbides in the as-cast ingot, and improved the mechanical properties of the annealed steel.

  11. The morphology of secondary-hardening carbides in a martensitic steel at the peak hardness by 3DFIM.

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    Akré, J; Danoix, F; Leitner, H; Auger, P

    2009-04-01

    The morphology and composition of secondary-hardening M(2)C carbides in a complex steel under non-isothermal tempering condition has been investigated with three-dimensional field ion microscopy and atom-probe tomography. The technical set-up and the condition of investigations have been developed. We will reveal for the first time, a virtually non-biased image of the so-called secondary-hardening microstructure, consisting in a very fine dispersion of nanometer-sized needles, idiomorphs and blocky carbides. Needles precipitate with a large number density at the maximum hardness peak. We have found out that this mixture of shape could be explained by the onset of coarsening, but the role of local factors have been evidenced: variation of composition among the carbides and even local strain effects due to the precipitation of a second phase can play a role in changing the growth conditions.

  12. The morphology of secondary-hardening carbides in a martensitic steel at the peak hardness by 3DFIM

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    Akre, J., E-mail: johann.akre@univ-rouen.fr [Groupe de Physique des Materiaux, UMR CNRS 6634, Institut des Materiaux de Rouen, UFR Sciences et Techniques Avenue de l' Universite-B.P. 12, 76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray CEDEX (France); Danoix, F. [Groupe de Physique des Materiaux, UMR CNRS 6634, Institut des Materiaux de Rouen, UFR Sciences et Techniques Avenue de l' Universite-B.P. 12, 76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray CEDEX (France); Leitner, H. [Department of Physical Metallurgy and Materials Testing, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, A-8700 Leoben (Austria); Auger, P. [Groupe de Physique des Materiaux, UMR CNRS 6634, Institut des Materiaux de Rouen, UFR Sciences et Techniques Avenue de l' Universite-B.P. 12, 76801 Saint Etienne du Rouvray CEDEX (France)

    2009-04-15

    The morphology and composition of secondary-hardening M{sub 2}C carbides in a complex steel under non-isothermal tempering condition has been investigated with three-dimensional field ion microscopy and atom-probe tomography. The technical set-up and the condition of investigations have been developed. We will reveal for the first time, a virtually non-biased image of the so-called secondary-hardening microstructure, consisting in a very fine dispersion of nanometer-sized needles, idiomorphs and blocky carbides. Needles precipitate with a large number density at the maximum hardness peak. We have found out that this mixture of shape could be explained by the onset of coarsening, but the role of local factors have been evidenced: variation of composition among the carbides and even local strain effects due to the precipitation of a second phase can play a role in changing the growth conditions.

  13. The Effect of Temperature on the Chromizing Process for Ferritic-Martensitic Steel

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    Alia, F. F.; Kurniawan, T.; Ani, M. H. B.; Nandiyanto, A. B. D.

    2017-10-01

    The formation of protective Cr2O3 layer was usually retarded in the high temperature steam oxidation of boiler tube materials. This condition makes the oxidation rate higher than that in dry condition. Therefore in this work, chromizing process is introduced to diffuse chromium on the surface of boiler steel so that it can act as a reservoir for the formation of Cr2O3 layer. The chromizing process was conducted on T91 steel by exposing it into alumina crucible. The crucible was exposed at different temperature (600°C-1050°C) under argon environment in the crucible that contains the chromizing mixture powder of masteralloy Cr, activator NH4Cl and filler Al2O3. It was found that Cr diffusion was happened at higher temperature and it formed Cr carbide on the surface. It also clarified that this chromizing process can prevent the retardation of Cr2O3 layer.

  14. Corrosion-resistant coating for GTE compressor parts made of steels with low tempering temperatures

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    Muboyadzhyan, S. A.; Egorova, L. P.; Gorlov, D. S.; Bulavintseva, E. E.

    2017-01-01

    The corrosion resistance of an Ni-Co-Cr-Al-Si-Y + SPh (SPh is silicophosphate impregnation) alloy coating on 30Kh13, 38Kh2MYuA, VKS5, and VKS7 structural steels with low tempering temperatures has been studied. The steel-coating compositions have been tested to determine the accelerated cyclic corrosion resistance, the corrosion resistance under tropic climate chamber conditions and in salt fog, the stress corrosion resistance, and the corrosion resistance in an industrial atmosphere. The heat stability of coated samples is studied, metallographic studies of the samples before and after the tests are performed, and the influence of the coating on the strength characteristics of the structural steels is studied.

  15. Linear Friction Welding Process Model for Carpenter Custom 465 Precipitation-Hardened Martensitic Stainless Steel

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    2014-04-11

    stainless steel (Ref 13). The work Fig. 1 A schematic of a single cycle of the Linear Friction Welding (LFW) process Fig. 2 First four phases of the LFW...have a small electronegativity difference. This is achieved by ensuring that the precipitate phase is of an intermetallic character (Ref 18). 2.1 Heat...thermodynamics and kinetics of various interacting and competing phase transformations which may take place within the weld region of this material. For example

  16. Martensite reversion and texture formation in 17Mn-0.06C TRIP/TWIP steel after hot cold rolling and annealing

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    Diana Pérez Escobar

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available High Mn steels with Si and Al present great plasticity when deformed due to the TRIP/TWIP effect. This work evaluated the microstructural evolution and texture formation of a 17Mn-0.06C steel after hot rolling, cold rolling to 45% of thickness reduction and annealing at 700 °C for different times. The microstructural analysis was performed by means of dilatometry, X-ray diffraction (XRD, optical (OM and scanning electron microscopy (SEM, electron backscattering diffraction EBSD and transmission electron microscopy (TEM. It was found that during the cooling process, after the steel is annealed, the athermal ɛ and α′ martensites are formed. Tensile test results showed that the steel exhibits yield and tensile strength around 650 and 950 MPa with a total elongation around 45%. The austenite texture contains brass, copper and Goss components while the α′ and ɛ martensites textures contain rotated cube and prismatic and pyramidal fibers, respectively.

  17. Cleavage Fracture Toughness of SA508 Gr.4N High Strength Low Alloy Steel with Different Phase Fraction

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    Lee, Ki Hyoung; Kim, Min Chul; Choi, Kwon Jae; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    Materials for reactor pressure vessel (RPV) are required to have good mechanical properties to endure the severe operating conditions inside the reactor. Various researches have focused on improving mechanical properties by the controlling the heat treatment process of commercial SA508 Gr.3 RPV steel. Some studies for identifying new material with high strength and toughness for larger capacity and longer lifetime of reactor are being performed. SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel may be a promising RPV material due to its excellent mechanical properties from its tempered martensitic microstructure. Recently, some research showed that F/M steel composed of the tempered martensite has a steeper temperature dependency of the fracture toughness than the master curve expression. We have also focused on the steep transition properties of tempered martensitic SA508 Gr.4N steel in previous research. However, it has not yet confirmed that the transition behavior including temperature dependency with tempered martensite fraction. This investigation aims to evaluate the relationship between cleavage fracture toughness and tempered martensite fraction for SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel. For this purpose, the model alloys were prepared by controlling the cooling rate from the austenitization temperature. The cleavage fracture toughness was characterized in transition temperature region by 3-point bending tests. Based on the test results and a stress distribution near crack tip calculated in FE analysis, the relationship between the carbide size distributions and the transition properties are analyzed

  18. IRRADIATION CREEP AND SWELLING OF RUSSIAN FERRITIC-MARTENSITIC STEELS IRRADIATED TO VERY HIGH EXPOSURES IN THE BN-350 FAST REACTOR AT 305-335 DEGREES C

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    Konobeev, Yu V.; Dvoraishin, A. M.; Porollo, S. I.; Shulepin, S. V.; Budylkin, N. I.; Mironova, E. G.; Garner, Francis A.; Toloczko, Mychailo B.

    2003-09-03

    Russian ferritic martensitic (F(slash)M) steels EP(dash)450, EP(dash)852 and EP(dash)823 were irradiated in the BN(dash)350 fast reactor in the form of gas-pressurized creep tubes. The first steel is used in Russia for hexagonal wrappers in fast reactors. The other steels were developed for compatibility with Pb(dash)Bi coolants and serve to enhance our understanding of the general behavior of this class of steels. In an earlier paper we published data on irradiation creep of EP(dash)450 and EP(dash) 823 at temperatures between 390 and 520 degrees C, with dpa levels ranging from 20 to 60 dpa. In the current paper new data on the irradiation creep and swelling of EP(dash)450 and EP(dash)852 at temperatures between 305 and 335 degrees C and doses ranging from 61 to 89 dpa are presented. Where comparisons are possible, it appears that these steels exhibit behavior that is very consistent with that of Western steels. Swelling is relatively low at high neutron exposure and confined to temperatures less then 420 degrees C, but may be camouflaged somewhat by precipitation related densification. These irradiation creep studies confirm that the creep compliance of F(slash)M steels is about one half that of austenitic steels.

  19. Effects of impurity elements on mechanical properties and microstructures of reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic steels

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    Sawahata, A. [Ibaraki Univ., Graduate School of Science and Engineering, Hitachi (Japan); Tanigawa, H.; Shiba, K. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Enomoto, M. [Ibaraki Univ., Dept. of Materials Science, Faculty of Engineering, Hitachi (Japan)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steels (RAFs), such as F82H (Fe-8Cr-2W-0.2V- 0.04Ta-0.1C, in wt%), are one of the leading candidates for structural materials of fusion reactors. Impact property of F82H can be improved by adjusting the amount of tantalum or titanium concentration. On the other hand, it was reported by microstructure analyses of IEA steel that tantalum has a tendency to form oxides and causes a large dispersion of fracture toughness. In this study, the correlation between titanium or tantalum concentration and the impact property were reported focusing on difference in microstructure. Charpy impact test and microstructure analyses were carried out against modified F82H series of which titanium, nitrogen and tantalum composition were controlled. Charpy impact test results showed that the ductile-brittle transition temperature (DBTT) of T05A (0.05Ta- 0.0014N-steels. The size distribution analyses of oxides indicate that the number density of composite oxides in T05B was higher than in T05A. In addition, EDX analyses showed that composite oxides in T05B had a strong peak of titanium, but the peak were not detected in the oxides in T05A. These results suggest that titanium has a significant influence on the formation of oxides, and affects the impact property. The influence of tantalum concentration on the formation of these oxides and mechanical properties will be reported. (authors)

  20. Influence of hot plastic deformation and cooling rate on martensite and bainite start temperatures in 22MnB5 steel

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    Nikravesh, M., E-mail: nikravesh@yahoo.com [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Shahid Bahonar University, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Naderi, M. [Department of Mining and Metallurgy, Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Akbari, G.H. [Department of Material Science and Engineering, Shahid Bahonar University, Kerman (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2012-04-01

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Reduction of cooling rate, can cause to increase or decrease M{sub s} and M{sub f}. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer 40% hot plastic deformation hindered the martensitic transformation. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Hot plastic deformation, caused to decrease M{sub f} and M{sub s}, while B{sub s} increased. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The critical cooling rate increased 40 Degree-Sign C/s due to apply 40% hot deformation. - Abstract: During hot stamping process, hot forming, cooling and phase transformations are performed in a single step. As a matter of fact, multifunctional phenomena happen and affect each other. Among these phenomena, martensitic and bainitic transformations have the greatest importance. In the current research, the start temperatures of martensite and bainite of 22MnB5 boron steel have been measured in undeformed and 40% deformed conditions, and in various cooling rates from 0.4 Degree-Sign C/s to 100 Degree-Sign C/s by means of deformation dilatometer. It is concluded that, reduction of cooling rate, could bring about an increase or decrease in M{sub s} and M{sub f}, depending on other phases formation before martensite. Also, hot plastic deformation, hindered the martensitic transformation and decreased M{sub f} and M{sub s} especially at lower cooling rates, while B{sub s} increased. Furthermore, the critical cooling rate, increased about 40 Degree-Sign C/s by applying 40% hot plastic deformation.

  1. Small punch tensile/fracture test data and 3D specimen surface data on Grade 91 ferritic/martensitic steel from cryogenic to room temperature

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    Matthias Bruchhausen

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Raw data from small punch tensile/fracture tests at two displacement rates in the temperature range from −196 °C to room temperature on Grade 91 ferritic/martensitic steel are presented. A number of specimens were analyzed after testing by means of X-ray computed tomography (CT. Based on the CT volume data detailed 3D surface maps of the specimens were established. All data are open access and available from Online Data Information Network (ODIN https://odin.jrc.ec.europa.eu. The data presented in the current work has been analyzed in the research article “On the determination of the ductile to brittle transition temperature from small punch tests on Grade 91 ferritic-martensitic steel” (M. Bruchhausen, S. Holmström, J.-M. Lapetite, S. Ripplinger, 2015 [1].

  2. Mechanical properties of ferrite-perlite and martensitic Fe-Mn-V-Ti-C steel processed by equal-channel angular pressing and high-temeperature annealing

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    Zakharova, G. G.; Astafurova, E. G.; Tukeeva, M. S.; Naidenkin, E. V.; Raab, G. I.; Dobatkin, S. V.

    2011-09-01

    Using the method of equal-channel angular pressing (ECAP), submicrocrystalline structure is formed in lowcarbon Fe-Mn-V-Ti-C steel with the average grain size 260 nm in the ferrite-perlite state and 310 nm in the martensitic state. It is established that the ECAP treatment gives rise to improved mechanical properties (Hμ = 2.9 GPa, σ0 = 990 MPa in the ferrite-perlite and Hμ = 3.7 GPa, σ0 = 1125 MPa in martensitic states), decreased plasticity, and results in plastic flow localization under tensile loading. The high strength properties formed by the ECAP are shown to sustain up to the annealing temperature 500°C.

  3. Microstructure of Welded Joints of X5CrNiCuNb16-4 (17-4 PH Martensitic Stainlees Steel After Heat Treatment

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    Ziewiec A.

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents rezults of microstructure (LM, TEM investigation and hardness measurments of welded joints in martensitic precipitation hardened stainless steel containing copper, subjected to heat treatment. For the aging temperature up to 540 °C even for the very long times, the microstructure of the welded joints is similar to this one at lower temerature aging. After aging at 620 °C a distinct change of the microstructure was observed. Non-equilibrium solidification conditions of the weld metal, segregation and the diffusion of copper and the elements stablilizing the austenite cause the occurrence of the reverse transformation of the martensite into austenite as fast as just 1 hour at 620 °C. TEM investigations revealed the differences in dispersion of hardening copper precipitates after aging at temperature 620 °C for 1 and 4 hours.

  4. Effect of substructure on mechanical properties and fracture behavior of lath martensite in 0.1C–1.1Si–1.7Mn steel

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    Li, Shengci [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Zhu, Guoming, E-mail: zhuguoming@ustb.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); Kang, Yonglin, E-mail: kangylin@ustb.edu.cn [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China); State Key Laboratory for Advanced Metals and Materials, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083 (China)

    2016-08-05

    The purpose of this study was to analyze the microstructure of lath martensite in 0.1C–1.1Si–1.7Mn (wt.%) steel and its effect on mechanical properties and fracture behavior. The microstructure was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron back scattering diffraction (EBSD). Charpy V-notch impact samples and compact tension (CT) samples were used to investigate the Charpy impact properties and fatigue crack growth behavior of the steel, respectively. The propagation of cleavage crack and fatigue crack were analyzed to figure out the effective grain size. The results showed that the typical hierarchical lath martensite structure contained prior austenite grains, packets, blocks and laths; packet size and block width were positively correlated to prior austenite grain size, while lath width was maintained at about 0.29 μm. Yield strength was related to prior austenite grain size, packet size and block width, and obeyed Hall–Petch relationship. Grain refinement was effective in improving the resistance to cleavage fracture by introducing barriers to crack propagation; packet boundaries and block boundaries hold similar ability to impede the propagation of crack. Paris model can well describe the FCG behavior of the investigated steel. Block width governs the effective grain size for strength, toughness and fatigue crack propagation. - Graphical abstract: Mechanical properties and fracture behavior of 0.1C–1.1Si–1.7Mn steel. - Highlights: • Hall–Petch relationship is obeyed between yield strength and martensite microstructure size. • Packet boundaries and block boundaries hold similar ability to impede the propagation of crack. • Block width is the effective grain size for strength, toughness and fatigue crack propagation.

  5. Use of double and triple-ion irradiation to study the influence of high levels of helium and hydrogen on void swelling of 8–12% Cr ferritic-martensitic steels

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    Kupriiyanova, Y.E., E-mail: fomenkoj@kipt.kharkov.ua [National Science Centre Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, 1, Akademicheskaya St., Kharkov, 61108 (Ukraine); Bryk, V.V.; Borodin, O.V.; Kalchenko, A.S.; Voyevodin, V.N.; Tolstolutskaya, G.D. [National Science Centre Kharkov Institute of Physics and Technology, 1, Akademicheskaya St., Kharkov, 61108 (Ukraine); Garner, F.A. [Radiation Effects Consulting, Richland, WA 99354 (United States)

    2016-01-15

    In accelerator-driven spallation (ADS) devices, some of the structural materials will be exposed to intense fluxes of very high energy protons and neutrons, producing not only displacement damage, but very high levels of helium and hydrogen. Unlike fission flux-spectra where most helium and hydrogen are generated by transmutation in nickel and only secondarily in iron or chromium, gas production in ADS flux-spectra are rather insensitive to alloy composition, such that Fe–Cr base ferritic alloys also generate very large gas levels. While ferritic alloys are known to swell less than austenitic alloys in fission spectra, there is a concern that high gas levels in fusion and especially ADS facilities may strongly accelerate void swelling in ferritic alloys. In this study of void swelling in response to helium and hydrogen generation, irradiation was conducted on three ferritic-martensitic steels using the Electrostatic Accelerator with External Injector (ESUVI) facility that can easily produce any combination of helium to dpa and/or hydrogen to dpa ratios. Irradiation was conducted under single, dual and triple beam modes using 1.8 MeV Cr{sup +3}, 40 keV He{sup +}, and 20 keV H{sup +}. In the first part of this study we investigated the response of dual-phase EP-450 to variations in He/dpa and H/dpa ratio, focusing first on dual ion studies and then triple ion studies, showing that there is a diminishing influence on swelling with increasing total gas content. In the second part we investigated the relative response of three alloys spanning a range of starting microstructure and composition. In addition to observing various synergisms between He and H, the most important conclusion was that the tempered martensite phase, known to lag behind the ferrite phase in swelling in the absence of gases, loses much of its resistance to void nucleation when irradiated at large gas/dpa levels.

  6. Tool steels

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    Højerslev, C.

    2001-01-01

    On designing a tool steel, its composition and heat treatment parameters are chosen to provide a hardened and tempered martensitic matrix in which carbides are evenly distributed. In this condition the matrix has an optimum combination of hardness andtoughness, the primary carbides provide...... resistance against abrasive wear and secondary carbides (if any) increase the resistance against plastic deformation. Tool steels are alloyed with carbide forming elements (Typically: vanadium, tungsten, molybdenumand chromium) furthermore some steel types contains cobalt. Addition of alloying elements...... serves primarily two purpose (i) to improve the hardenabillity and (ii) to provide harder and thermally more stable carbides than cementite. Assuming proper heattreatment, the properties of a tool steel depends on the which alloying elements are added and their respective concentrations....

  7. The influence of inclusions on the low cycle fatigue properties of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel

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    Kim, D.H.; Kima, S.W. [Kyoto Univ., Graduate School of Energy Science (Japan); Tanigawa, H. [Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Tokai-mura, Naga-gun, Ibaraki-ken (Japan); Hirose, T. [Blanket Engineering Group, Japan Atomic Energy Agency, Naka, Ibaraki (Japan); Kohyama, A. [Kyoto Univ., lnstitute of Advanced Energy (Japan)

    2007-07-01

    Full text of publication follows: Reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels, such as F82H, are the primary near-term candidate for the blanket structural material of nuclear fusion reactors. During operation, blanket structural materials will be subjected to cyclic loading caused by start-up and shut-down procedure or plasma disruption. Therefore, investigation of fatigue property is essential to reactor design. It is considered that fatigue properties depend on the material factor such as the inclusion distribution, surface morphology and so on. Especially, many experimental results show that inclusions become the fracture origin in a given volume of material subjected to cyclic stress, and fracture failure is most likely to initiate at the largest inclusion in the volume. Therefore, the prediction of the size of maximum inclusion and its impact on fatigue properties would be essential to the fusion reactor materials development and application. This paper examines the possible relation between fatigue life and inclusion parameters such as size, shape, distribution and composition. The low cycle fatigue behavior of F82H steel at room temperature in air condition under fully reversed push-pull triangular wave was studied using miniaturized hourglass-type specimens with 1.25 mm in diameter. Total strain range is selected from 0.8% to 2.4%, and the strain rate was 0.04%/s. To examine the size and composition of the inclusions, fracture surfaces and crack initiation region were investigated by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and EDS. The inclusions such as TaO{sub x}, TaO{sub x}- Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} with the size below 10 {mu}m are observed on specimen surface. The surface observation of the specimen which discontinued testing at 20 and 500 cycle tested at the strain range of 1.4% revealed that fatigue loading induced separation of inclusions from the matrix in initial stage, then micro-crack induced around the inclusions

  8. Effect of Tungsten on Creep Behavior of 9%Cr–3%Co Martensitic Steels

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    Alexandra Fedoseeva

    2017-12-01

    Full Text Available The effect of increasing tungsten content from 2 to 3 wt % on the creep rupture strength of a 3 wt % Co-modified P92-type steel was studied. Creep tests were carried out at a temperature of 650 °C under applied stresses ranging from 100 to 220 MPa with a step of 20 MPa. It was found that an increase in W content from 2 to 3 wt % resulted in a +15% and +14% increase in the creep rupture strength in the short-term region (up to 103 h and long-term one (up to 104 h, respectively. On the other hand, in the long-term creep region, the effect of W on creep strength diminished with increasing rupture time, up to complete disappearance at 105 h, because of depletion of excess W from the solid solution in the form of precipitation of the Laves phase particles. An increase in W content led to the increased amount of Laves phase and rapid coarsening of these particles under long-term creep. The contribution of W to the enhancement of creep resistance has short-term character.

  9. Evaluation of the Temper embrittlement in SA508 Gr. 4N Low Alloy Steel with Ni, Cr Contents Variation

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    Park, Sang Gyu; Wee, Dang Moon [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-10-15

    It is well known that SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel has an improved fracture toughness and strength, compared to commercial low alloy steels such as SA508 Gr.3 and SA533B which have less than 1% Ni. Higher strength and fracture toughness of low alloy steels could be achieved by Ni and Cr addition. So there are several researches on SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel for a RPV application. The operation temperature of a reactor pressure vessel is more than 300 .deg. C and it operates for over 40 years. Therefore, in order to apply the SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel for a reactor pressure vessel, it requires phase stability in the high temperature range including temper embrittlement resistance. Although temper brittlement has not been reported in SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel, the evaluation of the temper embrittlement phenomena on SA508 Gr.4N is required for an RPV application. In a previous study, we have concluded that additional Ni and Cr could change the microstructures of SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel, and changed microstructure may affect the susceptibility of temper embrittlement in SA508 Gr.4N. In this study, we have performed a Charpy impact test of SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel with changing alloying element contents such as Ni and Cr. The mechanical properties of these low alloy steels after a long-term heat treatment(450 .deg. C, 2000hr) are also evaluated. Then, the fracture modes of each impact specimens are examined and grain boundary segregation is analyzed by AES. The precipitation behaviors of the low alloy steels are observed by SEM.

  10. Small punch tensile/fracture test data and 3D specimen surface data on Grade 91 ferritic/martensitic steel from cryogenic to room temperature

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    Bruchhausen, Matthias; Lapetite, Jean-Marc; Ripplinger, Stefan; Austin, Tim

    2015-01-01

    Raw data from small punch tensile/fracture tests at two displacement rates in the temperature range from ?196??C to room temperature on Grade 91 ferritic/martensitic steel are presented. A number of specimens were analyzed after testing by means of X-ray computed tomography (CT). Based on the CT volume data detailed 3D surface maps of the specimens were established. All data are open access and available from Online Data Information Network (ODIN) https://odin.jrc.ec.europa.eu . The data pres...

  11. Microstructural Evolution of AerMet100 Steel Coating on 300M Steel Fabricated by Laser Cladding Technique

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    Liu, Jian; Li, Jia; Cheng, Xu; Wang, Huaming

    2018-02-01

    In this paper, the process of coating AerMet100 steel on forged 300M steel with laser cladding was investigated, with a thorough analysis of the chemical composition, microstructure, and hardness of the substrate and the cladding layer as well as the transition zone. Results show that the composition and microhardness of the cladding layer are macroscopically homogenous with the uniformly distributed bainite and a small amount of retained austenite in martensite matrix. The transition zone, which spans approximately 100 μm, yields a gradual change of composition from the cladding layer to 300M steel matrix. The heat-affected zone (HAZ) can be divided into three zones: the sufficiently quenched zone (SQZ), the insufficiently quenched zone (IQZ), and the high tempered zone (HTZ). The SQZ consists of martensitic matrix and bainite, as for the IQZ and the HTZ the microstructures are martensite + tempered martensite and tempered martensite + ferrite, respectively. These complicated microstructures in the HAZ are caused by different peak heating temperatures and heterogeneous microstructures of the as-received 300M steel.

  12. Transformation of carbide phases during tempering a low-alloyed Cr-Mo-V-steel

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    Janovec, J.; Vyrostkova, A.; Stefan, B.; Gueth, A.

    1989-03-01

    The influence of a tempering treatment (550 to 750/sup 0/C/1 to 100 h) on the precipitation of carbides was studied in a low-alloyed Cr-Mo-V-steel using analytical electron microscopy (STEM/EDXS) and electron diffraction techniques (ED). The morphology, crystallography and chemistry of each of the various types of carbides examined, has been established. Four types of carbide phases were detected in the microstructure: M/sub 3/C, M/sub 7/C/sub 3/, M/sub 23/C/sub 6/ and MC. With increasing Larsen-Miller-parameter chromium is enriched in M/sub 3/C particles. This process is limited by the chemical composition of the M/sub 7/C/sub 3/ carbide formed by 'in-situ' transformation M/sub 3/C->M/sub 7/C/sub 3/. The composition of the M/sub 7/C/sub 3/ carbide is almost constant for different tempering conditions. The V/Mo ratio in the MC particles depends on the Larsen-Miller-parameter. From the observations a diagram of the existence of carbide phases was derived for the experimental steel. (orig.).

  13. Protective coating of austenitic steel using robotized GMAW temper-bead technique; Rechargement d'inox austenitique en MAG temperbead robotise

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    Carpreau, J.M. [Electricite de France (EDF/R and D), Recherche et Developpement, 92 - Chatou (France); Dainelli, P. [Institut de Soudure, 57 - Yutz (France)

    2009-07-15

    This paper summarises experimental results obtained in a study of GMAW temper-bead on low alloyed steel with austenitic consumables. Temper-bead on low alloyed steel with austenitic consumables is mainly used for repairing operations of heavy components such as vessel reactor of nuclear power plants. Experimental work aims at showing the performance of GMAW compared to GTAW and the consequences of GMAW temper-bead on 2OMND5 heat affected zones. (authors)

  14. Master curve analysis of the SA508 Gr. 4N Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steels for reactor pressure vessels

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    Lee, Ki Hyoung; Wee, Dang Moon [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-10-15

    Low alloy steels used as Reactor Pressure Vessels (RPVs) materials directly relate to the safety margin and the life span of reactors. Currently, SA508 Gr.3 low alloy steel is generally used for RPV material. But, for larger capacity and long-term durability of RPV, materials that have better properties including strength and toughness are needed. Therefore, tempered martensitic SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel is considered as a candidate material due to excellent mechanical properties. The fracture toughness loss caused by irradiation embrittlement during reactor operation is one of the important issues for ferritic RPV steels, because the decrease of fracture toughness is directly related to the integrity of RPVs. One reliable and efficient concept to evaluate the fracture toughness of ferritic steels is master curve method. In ASTM E1921, it is clearly mentioned the universal shape of the median toughness-temperature curve for ferritic steels including tempered martensitic steels. However, currently, concerns have arisen regarding the appropriateness of the universal shape in ASTM for the tempered martensitic steels such as Eurofer97. Therefore, it may be necessary to assess the master curve applicability for the tempered martensitic SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel. In this study, the fracture toughness behavior with temperature of the tempered martensitic SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steels was evaluated using the ASTM E1921 master curve method. And the results were compared with those of the bainitic SA508 Gr.3 low alloy steel. Furthermore, the way to define the fracture toughness behavior of Gr.4N steels well is discussed.

  15. Effects of shot peening on fatigue behavior in high speed steel and cast iron with spheroidal vanadium carbides dispersed within martensitic-matrix microstructure

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    Uematsu, Y., E-mail: yuematsu@gifu-u.ac.jp [Department of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Gifu University, 1-1 Yanagido, Gifu 501-1193 (Japan); Kakiuchi, T.; Tokaji, K. [Department of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Gifu University, 1-1 Yanagido, Gifu 501-1193 (Japan); Nishigaki, K. [Okamoto Co. Ltd., 5 Nawate-cho, Gifu 500-8743 (Japan); Ogasawara, M. [MEIRA Co. Ltd., 17-15 Tsubaki-cho, Nakamura-ku, Nagoya City, Aichi 453-0015 (Japan)

    2013-01-20

    Four-point bending fatigue tests had been performed using high speed steel and cast iron with vanadium carbides (VCs) dispersed within the martensitic-matrix microstructure. Shot peening or shot blast was applied to both the materials and the effect of surface treatments on fatigue behavior was investigated. The fatigue strengths of the high speed steel were improved by both shot peening and shot blast processes due to the high hardness near the specimen surface and residual compressive stress. Although the hardness of cast iron was enhanced by both treatments, the fatigue strengths were not improved by the shot blast because of the existence of large casting defects. Shot peening with higher shot energy could induce the transition of crack initiation mechanism of cast iron, where crack initiated from the cluster of VCs. However the shot peening had small effect on the fatigue strengths of the cast iron because large casting defects were not removed by the shot peening due to the high hardness of the martensitic matrix.

  16. Sulfide stress corrosion study of a super martensitic stainless steel in H2S sour environments: Metallic sulfides formation and hydrogen embrittlement

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    Monnot, Martin; Nogueira, Ricardo P.; Roche, Virginie; Berthomé, Grégory; Chauveau, Eric; Estevez, Rafael; Mantel, Marc

    2017-02-01

    Thanks to their high corrosion resistance, super martensitic stainless steels are commonly used in the oil and gas industry, particularly in sour environments. Some grades are however susceptible to undergo hydrogen and mechanically-assisted corrosion processes in the presence of H2S, depending on the pH. The martensitic stainless steel EN 1.4418 grade exhibits a clear protective passive behavior with no sulfide stress corrosion cracking when exposed to sour environments of pH ≥ 4, but undergoes a steep decrease in its corrosion resistance at lower pH conditions. The present paper investigated this abrupt loss of corrosion resistance with electrochemical measurements as well as different physicochemical characterization techniques. Results indicated that below pH 4.0 the metal surface is covered by a thick (ca 40 μm) porous and defect-full sulfide-rich corrosion products layer shown to be straightforwardly related to the onset of hydrogen and sulfide mechanically-assisted corrosion phenomena.

  17. Effect of abrasive particle size on friction and wear behaviour of various microstructures of 25CD4 steel

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    Trevisiol, C.; Jourani, A.; Bouvier, S.

    2017-05-01

    Many parameters, such as normal load and material bulk hardness, control the wear and friction behaviours of materials. Nonetheless, the investigation of the coupled contributions of microstructure and abrasive particle size are still lacking. A contribution is proposed by using steel pins with various microstructures with a similar macro-hardness (around 410HV) and chemical composition. A quenched martensitic microstructure, a tempered martensitic microstructure and three ferrite-martensite dual-phase microstructures, with a similar martensite volume fraction (around 67%) and different martensite colony morphologies, are established. Friction tests are performed between these pins and abrasive papers with different sizes ranging from 15μm to 200μm. Compared to single-phase microstructures (quenched and tempered martensitic microstructures) and whatever the abrasive particle size, ferrite-martensite dual-phase microstructures reduce the friction coefficient and provide better wear resistance. For the ferrite-martensite dual-phase microstructures and unlike fine and fibrous martensite colonies, coarse and granular martensite colonies minimize the friction coefficient. In addition, characterized by a change of wear mechanisms between abrasion and adhesion, an intermediate abrasive particle around 35 μm minimizes the friction coefficient. This study also reveals that the wear rate increases with the abrasive particle size which is associated to an increase of the attack angle of abrasive grains.

  18. Martensitic transformations; Martensite hentai

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    Otsuka, K. [University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba (Japan)

    1997-09-20

    This paper explains the recent studies on martensitic transformation (M transformation). The classical theory on nucleation in M transformation gives non-realistic activation energy as large as 10{sup 4}eV for Fe system. Although various theoretical and experimental approaches have been attempted, a universal theory is not yet established. The {beta}{sub 1}(DO{sub 3})-{gamma}{sub 1} transformation of Cu- Al-Ni alloy was resolved as lattice-invariable deformation by introducing the second kind twin. Various subsequent comparative studies for alloy systems between a phenomenology and experimental results showed the validity of a phenomenology due to lattice-invariable deformation. In the thermodynamics of M transformation, it has been recognized that the mechanism of transformation is entirely different between athermal and isothermal transformations, however, a statistical thermodynamic model was proposed for dealing with these transformations integrally. The study on intelligent materials is under active investigation from the viewpoint of application of M transformation. 44 refs.

  19. Effect of welding processes and consumables on fatigue crack growth behaviour of armour grade quenched and tempered steel joints

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    G. Magudeeswaran

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Quenched and Tempered (Q&T steels are widely used in the construction of military vehicles due to its high strength to weight ratio and high hardness. These steels are prone to hydrogen induced cracking (HIC in the heat affected zone (HAZ after welding. The use of austenitic stainless steel (ASS consumables to weld the above steel was the only available remedy because of higher solubility for hydrogen in austenitic phase. The use of stainless steel consumables for a non-stainless steel base metal is not economical. Hence, alternate consumables for welding Q&T steels and their vulnerability to HIC need to be explored. Recent studies proved that low hydrogen ferritic steel (LHF consumables can be used to weld Q&T steels, which can give very low hydrogen levels in the weld deposits. The use of ASS and LHF consumables will lead to distinct microstructures in their respective welds. This microstructural heterogeneity will have a drastic influence in the fatigue crack growth resistance of armour grade Q&T steel welds. Hence, in this investigation an attempt has been made to study the influence of welding consumables and welding processes on fatigue crack growth behaviour of armour grade Q&T Steel joints. Shielded metal arc welding (SMAW and Flux cored arc welding (FCAW were used for fabrication of joints using ASS and LHF consumables. The joints fabricated by SMAW process using LHF consumable exhibited superior fatigue crack growth resistance than all other joints.

  20. Ageing Effects on Microstructure, Mechanical Properties, and Fracture Behaviour of 9Cr-1.5Mo-1Co-VNbBN Martensitic Steel Welded Joint for High Temperature Application

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    Falat, L.; Homolová, V.; Čiripová, L.; Ševc, P.; Svoboda, Milan

    2017-01-01

    Roč. 2017, JAN (2017), č. článku 6824385. ISSN 1687-8434 Grant - others:AV ČR(CZ) SAV-15-11 Program:Bilaterální spolupráce Institutional support: RVO:68081723 Keywords : martensitic steel * Z-phase formation * creep-strength Subject RIV: JG - Metallurgy Impact factor: 1.299, year: 2016

  1. Effects of tempering and PWHT on microstructures and mechanical properties of SA508 Gr.4N steel

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    Lee, Ki Hyoung; Jhung, Myung Jo [Korea Institute of Nuclear Safety, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-06-15

    Presented in this study are the variations of microstructures and mechanical properties with tempering and Post-Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT) conditions for SA508 Gr.4N steel used as Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) material. The blocks of model alloy were austenitized at the conventional temperature of 880 degrees Celsius then tempered and post-weld heat treated at four different conditions. The hardness and yield strength decrease with increased tempering and PWHT temperatures, but impact toughness is significantly improved, especially in the specimens tempered at 630 degrees Celsius. The sample tempered at 630 degrees Celsius with PWHT at 610 degrees Celsius shows optimum mechanical properties in hardness, strength, and toughness, excluding only the transition property in the low temperature region. The microstructural observation and quantitative analysis of carbide size distribution show that the variations of mechanical properties are caused by the under-tempering and carbide coarsening which occurred during the heat treatment process. The introduction of PWHT results in the deterioration of the ductile-brittle transition property by an increase of coarse carbides controlling cleavage initiation, especially in the tempered state at 630 degrees Celsius.

  2. EFFECTS OF TEMPERING AND PWHT ON MICROSTRUCTURES AND MECHANICAL PROPERTIES OF SA508 GR.4N STEEL

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    KI-HYOUNG LEE

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Presented in this study are the variations of microstructures and mechanical properties with tempering and Post-Weld Heat Treatment (PWHT conditions for SA508 Gr.4N steel used as Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV material. The blocks of model alloy were austenitized at the conventional temperature of 880 °C, then tempered and post-weld heat treated at four different conditions. The hardness and yield strength decrease with increased tempering and PWHT temperatures, but impact toughness is significantly improved, especially in the specimens tempered at 630 °C. The sample tempered at 630 °C with PWHT at 610 °C shows optimum mechanical properties in hardness, strength, and toughness, excluding only the transition property in the low temperature region. The microstructural observation and quantitative analysis of carbide size distribution show that the variations of mechanical properties are caused by the under-tempering and carbide coarsening which occurred during the heat treatment process. The introduction of PWHT results in the deterioration of the ductile-brittle transition property by an increase of coarse carbides controlling cleavage initiation, especially in the tempered state at 630 °C.

  3. Microstructure and properties degradation of P/T 91, 92 steels weldments in creep conditions

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    Falat L.; Homolová V.; Kepič J.; Svoboda M; Výrostková A.

    2012-01-01

    The studies were performed on dissimilar ferritic/austenitic weldments between 9Cr tempered martensitic steels of the grades either P/T 91 or 92 and unstabilised AISI316H austenitic steel. The welded joints were fabricated using the fusion welding by tungsten inert gas (TIG) method with Ni-based filler metal. Microstructural analyses were performed using light and electron microscopy. Microstructural gradient in heat-affected zone (HAZ) of 9Cr steels remained preserved during creep expo...

  4. Establishment of Heat Treatment Process for Modified 440A Martensitic Stainless Steel Using Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Thermo-Calc Calculation

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    Huei-Sen Wang

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available To provide a suitable microstructure and mechanical properties for modified Grade 440A martensitic stainless steel (MSS, which could facilitate the further cold deformation process (e.g., cold rolling, this work used differential scanning calorimetry (DSC and Thermo-Calc software to determine three soaking temperatures for annealing heat treatment processes (HT1, HT2 and HT3. To verify the feasibility of the proposed annealing heat treatment processes, the as-received samples were initially heated to 1050 °C (similar to the on-line working temperature for 30 min and air quenched to form a martensitic structure. The air-quenched samples were then subjected to three developed annealing heat treatment conditions. The microstructure and mechanical properties of the heat-treated samples were then investigated. Test results showed that considering the effects of the microstructure and the hardness, the HT1, the HT2 or the soaking temperatures between the HT1 and HT2 were the most recommended processes to modified Grade 440A MSS. When using the recommended processes, their carbides were fine and more evenly distributed, and the microhardness was as low as 210 Hv, which can be applied to the actual production process.

  5. Evaluation of Temper Embrittlement of 30Cr2MoV Rotor Steels Using Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Technique

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    Zhang Shenghan

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Temper embrittlement tends to occur in the turbine rotor after long running, which refers to the decrease in notch toughness of alloy steels in a certain temperature range (e.g., 400°C to 600°C. The severity of temper embrittlement must be monitored timely to avoid further damagement, and the fracture appearance transition temperature (FATT50 is commonly used as an indicator parameter to characterize the temper embrittlement. Compared with conventional destructive methods (e.g., small punch test, nondestructive approaches have drawn significant attention in predicting the material degradation in turbine rotor steels without impairing the integrity of the components. In this paper, laboratory experiments were carried out based on a nondestructive method, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS, with groups of lab-charged specimens for predicting the temper embrittlement (FATT50 of turbine rotor steel. The results show that there was a linear relationship of interfacial impedance of the specimens and their FATT50 values. The predictive error based on the experiment study is within the range of ±15°C, indicating the predicting model is precise, effective, and reasonable.

  6. Effect of alloying elements on the composition of carbide phases and mechanical properties of the matrix of high-carbon chromium-vanadium steel

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    Titov, V. I.; Tarasenko, L. V.; Utkina, A. N.

    2017-01-01

    Based on the results of phase physicochemical analysis of high-carbon chromium-vanadium steel, the predominant type of carbide that provides high wear resistance has been established, and its amount and amount of carbon in martensite have been determined. Data on the composition and the amount of carbide phase and on the chemical composition of the martensite of high-carbon steel have been obtained, which allows determination of the alloying-element concentration limits. The mechanical testing of heats of a chosen chemical composition has been carried out after quenching and low-temperature tempering. The tests have demonstrated benefits of new steel in wear resistance and bending strength with the fatigue strength being retained, compared to steels subjected to cementation. The mechanism of secondary strengthening of the steel upon high-temperature tempering has been revealed. High-temperature tempering can be applied to articles that are required to possess both high wear resistance and heat resistance.

  7. Effect of Post-weld Heat Treatment on the Mechanical Properties of Supermartensitic Stainless Steel Deposit

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    Zappa, Sebastián; Svoboda, Hernán; Surian, Estela

    2017-02-01

    Supermartensitic stainless steels have good weldability and adequate tensile property, toughness and corrosion resistance. They have been developed as an alternative technology, mainly for oil and gas industries. The final properties of a supermartensitic stainless steel deposit depend on its chemical composition and microstructure: martensite, tempered martensite, ferrite, retained austenite and carbides and/or nitrides. In these steels, the post-weld heat treatments (PWHTs) are usually double tempering ones, to ensure both complete tempering of martensite and high austenite content, to increase toughness and decrease hardness. The aim of this work was to study the effect of post-weld heat treatments (solution treatment with single and double tempering) on the mechanical properties of a supermartensitic stainless steel deposit. An all-weld metal test coupon was welded according to standard ANSI/AWS A5.22-95 using a GMAW supermartensitic stainless steel metal cored wire, under gas shielding. PWHTs were carried out varying the temperature of the first tempering treatment with and without a second tempering one, after solution treatment. All-weld metal chemical composition analysis, metallurgical characterization, hardness and tensile property measurements and Charpy-V tests were carried out. There are several factors which can be affected by the PWHTs, among them austenite content is a significant one. Different austenite contents (0-42%) were found. Microhardness, tensile property and toughness were affected with up to 15% of austenite content, by martensite tempering and carbide precipitation. The second tempering treatment seemed not to have had an important effect on the mechanical properties measured in this work.

  8. Study on Microtexture and Martensite Formation of Friction Stir Lap-welded DP 590 Steel within A1 to A3 Temperature Range

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    Das, Hrishikesh; Lee, Kwang-Jin; Hong, Sung-Tae

    2017-07-01

    Friction stir lap welding of dual phase 590 steel has been successfully performed within the A1 to A3 temperature range upon adjusting the process parameters. The microstructures and the texture have been characterized using scanning electron microscopy and electron back scattered diffraction analysis. The martensite volume fraction increases with an increasing travel speed from 100 to 300 mm/min for a constant tool rotational speed of 300 rpm. Under severe deformation and high strain rate during friction stir welding, the grain orientation shifts toward the and directions compared to the base metal. The base metal shows γ fiber components, whereas the friction stir welded specimen shows strong brass with weak cube fibers.

  9. Experimental determination of TRIP-parameter K for mild- and high-strength low-alloy steels and a super martensitic filler material.

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    Neubert, Sebastian; Pittner, Andreas; Rethmeier, Michael

    2016-01-01

    A combined experimental numerical approach is applied to determine the transformation induced plasticity (TRIP)-parameter K for different strength low-alloy steels of grade S355J2+N and S960QL as well as the super martensitic filler CN13-4-IG containing 13 wt% chromium and 4 wt% nickel. The thermo-physical analyses were conducted using a Gleeble (®) 3500 facility. The thermal histories of the specimens to be tested were extracted from corresponding simulations of a real gas metal arc weldment. In contrast to common TRIP-experiments which are based on complex specimens a simple flat specimen was utilized together with an engineering evaluation method. The evaluation method was validated with literature values for the TRIP-parameter. It could be shown that the proposed approach enables a correct description of the TRIP behavior.

  10. Fatigue-creep of martensitic steels containing 9-12% Cr: behaviour and damage; Fatigue-fluage des aciers martensitiques a 9-12% Cr: comportement et endommagement

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    Fournier, B

    2007-09-15

    It is in the framework of the research programs on nuclear reactors (generation IV) that the martensitic steels containing 9-12% Cr are studied by the CEA. Most of the structures for which they are considered will be solicited in fatigue-creep at high temperature (550 C). The aim of this work is to understand and model the cyclic behaviour and the damage of these materials. The proposed modelling are based on detailed observations studies (SEM, TEM, EBSD...). The cyclic softening is attributed to the growth of the microstructure. A micro-mechanical model based on the physical parameters is proposed and leads to encouraging results. The damage results of interactions between fatigue, creep and oxidation. Two main types of damage are revealed. A model of anticipation of service time is proposed and gives very satisfying results. The possible extrapolations are discussed. (O.M.)

  11. Effect of Cooling Rate on Microstructures and Mechanical Properties in SA508 Gr4N High Strength Low Alloy Steel

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    Kim, Minchul; Park, Sanggyu; Choi, Kwonjae; Lee, Bongsang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-05-15

    The microstructure of Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel is a mixture of tempered martensite and tempered lower bainite and that of Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel is predominantly tempered upper bainite. Higher strength and toughness steels are very attractive as an eligible RPV steel, so several researchers have studied to use the Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel for the NPP application. Because of the thickness of reactor vessel, there are large differences in austenitizing cooling rates between the surface and the center locations of thickness in RPV. Because the cooling rates after austenitization determine the microstructure, it would affect the mechanical properties in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel, and it may lead to inhomogeneous characteristics when the commercial scale of RPV is fabricated. In order to apply the Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel to RPV, it is necessary to evaluate the changes of microstructure and mechanical properties with varying phase fractions in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel. In this study, the effects of martensite and bainite fractions on mechanical properties in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel were examined by controlling the cooling rate after austenitization. First of all, continuous cooling transformation(CCT) diagram was established from the dilatometric analyses. Then, the phase fractions at each cooling rate were quantitatively evaluated. Finally, the mechanical properties were correlated with the phase fraction, especially fraction of martensite in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel.

  12. Hydrogen Trapping in Quenched and Tempered 0.42C-0.30Ti Steel Containing Bimodally Dispersed TiC Particles

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    Wei, Fu-Gao; Hara, Toru; Tsuchida, Takehiro; Tsuzaki, Kaneaki

    2003-01-01

    The effect of tempering on hydrogen trapping in 0.42C-0.30Ti steel was studied by means of a hardness test, hydrogen thermal desorption spectrometry and high resolution transmission electron microscopy...

  13. Effect of Precipitation Morphology on the Second Harmonic Generation of Ultrasonic Wave During Tempering in P92 Steel

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    Sahu, Minati Kumari; Swaminathan, J.; Bandyopadhyay, Nil Ratan; Sagar, Sarmistha Palit

    2017-10-01

    This paper reports the generation of second harmonic of ultrasound wave and the variation of its amplitude with the precipitation morphology in P92 steel. P92 steel samples were normalized at 1075 °C and tempered in a range of 715-835 °C at a step of 30 °C to study the effect of nucleation and growth of precipitates on the amplitude of second harmonic of ultrasound wave. It has been observed that the non linear ultrasonic (NLU) parameter which is defined as the ratio of the amplitude of second harmonic to the square of the amplitude of the transmitted signal frequency increases with the nucleation and growth of precipitates. Whereas when the growth of precipitate is restricted and fine secondary precipitates start to nucleate, it decreases. The maximum of NLU parameter corresponds to the optimum tempering temperature for the studied material.

  14. Effects of the Microstructure on Segregation behavior of Ni-Cr-Mo High Strength Low Alloy RPV Steel

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    Park, Sang Gyu; Wee, Dang Moon [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel has an improved fracture toughness and strength, compared to commercial Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy RPV steel SA508 Gr.3. Higher strength and fracture toughness of low alloy steels could be achieved by adding Ni and Cr. So there are several researches on SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel for a RPV application. The operation temperature and time of a reactor pressure vessel is more than 300 .deg. C and over 40 years. Therefore, in order to apply the SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel for a reactor pressure vessel, it requires a resistance of thermal embrittlement in the high temperature range including temper embrittlement resistance. S. Raoul reported that the susceptibility to temper embrittlement was increasing a function of the cooling rate in SA533 steel, which suggests the martensitic microstructures resulting from increased cooling rates are more susceptible to temper embrittlement. However, this result has not been proved yet. So the comparison of temper embrittlement behavior was made between martensitic microstructure and bainitic microstructure with a viewpoint of boundary features in SA508 Gr.4N, which have mixture of tempered bainite/martensite. In this study, we have compared temper embrittlement behaviors of SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel with changing volume fraction of martensite. The mechanical properties of these low alloy steels) were evaluated after a long-term heat treatment(450 .deg. C, 2000hr. Then, the images of the segregated boundaries were observed and segregation behavior was analyzed by AES. In order to compare the misorientation distributions of model alloys, grain boundary structures were measured with EBSD

  15. Sub-zero Treatment of P/M Vanadis 6 Ledeburitic Tool Steel

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    Peter Jurči

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available The Cr-V ledeburitic steel Vanadis 6 was vacuum austenitized, nitrogen gas quenched and double tempered at various combinations of regimes. For selected samples, a sub-zero period was inserted between quenching and tempering. The obtained results infer that: I as-quenched microstructure consisted of martensite, retained austenite and undissolved carbides, II sub-zero processing reduced the amount of the retained austenite and increased the tetragonality of the martensitic lattice, III as-quenched hardness of the steel was higher by 2 – 3 HRC due to sub-zero processing, IV as-tempered hardness increased with increasing austenitizing temperature but it decreased slightly with the sub-zero period, V no negative impact of sub-zero processing on toughness was recorded, VI wear resistance increased with sub-zero period when 100Cr6 steel has been used as a counterpart.

  16. Effect of Boron on the Strength and Toughness of Direct-Quenched Low-Carbon Niobium Bearing Ultra-High-Strength Martensitic Steel

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    Hannula, Jaakko; Kömi, Jukka; Porter, David A.; Somani, Mahesh C.; Kaijalainen, Antti; Suikkanen, Pasi; Yang, Jer-Ren; Tsai, Shao-Pu

    2017-11-01

    The effect of boron on the microstructures and mechanical properties of laboratory-control-rolled and direct-quenched 6-mm-thick steels containing 0.08 wt pct C and 0.02 wt pct Nb were studied. The boron contents were 24 ppm and a residual amount of 4 ppm. Two different finish rolling temperatures (FRTs) of 1093 K and 1193 K (820 °C and 920 °C) were used in the hot rolling trials to obtain different levels of pancaked austenite prior to DQ. Continuous cooling transformation (CCT) diagrams were constructed to reveal the effect of boron on the transformation behavior of these steels. Microstructural characterization was carried out using various microscopy techniques, such as light optical microscopy (LOM) and scanning electron microscopy-electron backscatter diffraction (SEM-EBSD). The resultant microstructures after hot rolling were mixtures of autotempered martensite and lower bainite (LB), having yield strengths in the range 918 to 1067 MPa with total elongations to fracture higher than 10 pct. The lower FRT of 1093 K (820 °C) produced better combinations of strength and toughness as a consequence of a higher degree of pancaking in the austenite. Removal of boron lowered the 34 J/cm2 Charpy-V impact toughness transition temperature from 206 K to 158 K (-67 °C to -115 °C) when the finishing rolling temperature of 1093 K (820 °C) was used without any loss in the strength values compared to the boron-bearing steel. This was due to the finer and more uniform grain structure in the boron-free steel. Contrary to expectations, the difference was not caused by the formation of borocarbide precipitates, as verified by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigations, but through the grain coarsening effect of boron.

  17. On the Stability of Reversely Formed Austenite and Related Mechanism of Transformation in an Fe-Ni-Mn Martensitic Steel Aided by Electron Backscattering Diffraction and Atom Probe Tomography

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    Koohdar, Hamidreza; Nili-Ahmadabadi, Mahmoud; Habibi-Parsa, Mohammad; Jafarian, Hamid Reza; Bhattacharjee, Tilak; Tsuji, Nobuhiro

    2017-08-01

    The stability of reversely formed austenite and related mechanism of transformation were investigated against temperature and time in an Fe-9.6Ni-7.1Mn (at. pct) martensitic steel during intercritical annealing at a dual-phase (α + γ) region. Dilatometry, electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD), atom probe tomography (APT), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the mechanism of reverse transformation. It was found that under intercritical annealing at 853 K (580 °C), when the heating rate is 20 K/s (20 °C/s), reverse transformation takes place through a mixed diffusion control mechanism, i.e., controlled by bulk diffusion and diffusion along the interface, where Ni controls the diffusion as its diffusivity is lower than that of Mn in the martensite and austenite. Increasing the intercritical annealing to 873 K (600 °C) at an identical heating rate of 20 K/s (20 °C/s) showed that reverse transformation occurs through a sequential combination of both martensitic and diffusional mechanisms. The transition temperature from diffusional to martensitic transformation was obtained close to 858 K (585 °C). Experimental results revealed that the austenite formed by the diffusional mechanism at 853 K (580 °C) mainly remains untransformed after cooling to ambient temperature due to the enrichment with Ni and Mn. It was also found that the stability of the reversely formed austenite by martensitic mechanism at 873 K (600 °C) is related to grain refinement.

  18. On the Stability of Reversely Formed Austenite and Related Mechanism of Transformation in an Fe-Ni-Mn Martensitic Steel Aided by Electron Backscattering Diffraction and Atom Probe Tomography

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    Koohdar, Hamidreza; Nili-Ahmadabadi, Mahmoud; Habibi-Parsa, Mohammad; Jafarian, Hamid Reza; Bhattacharjee, Tilak; Tsuji, Nobuhiro

    2017-11-01

    The stability of reversely formed austenite and related mechanism of transformation were investigated against temperature and time in an Fe-9.6Ni-7.1Mn (at. pct) martensitic steel during intercritical annealing at a dual-phase ( α + γ) region. Dilatometry, electron backscattering diffraction (EBSD), atom probe tomography (APT), and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the mechanism of reverse transformation. It was found that under intercritical annealing at 853 K (580 °C), when the heating rate is 20 K/s (20 °C/s), reverse transformation takes place through a mixed diffusion control mechanism, i.e., controlled by bulk diffusion and diffusion along the interface, where Ni controls the diffusion as its diffusivity is lower than that of Mn in the martensite and austenite. Increasing the intercritical annealing to 873 K (600 °C) at an identical heating rate of 20 K/s (20 °C/s) showed that reverse transformation occurs through a sequential combination of both martensitic and diffusional mechanisms. The transition temperature from diffusional to martensitic transformation was obtained close to 858 K (585 °C). Experimental results revealed that the austenite formed by the diffusional mechanism at 853 K (580 °C) mainly remains untransformed after cooling to ambient temperature due to the enrichment with Ni and Mn. It was also found that the stability of the reversely formed austenite by martensitic mechanism at 873 K (600 °C) is related to grain refinement.

  19. Transformation behavior of steels. ; Transformation and properties of commercial steels. Tekko no hentai kyodo. ; Jitsuyo zairyo no hentai to seishitsu

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    Kunitake, T. (Sumikin Techno Research, Ltd., Hyogo (Japan))

    1990-08-01

    Recently, large revolution has occurred in the manufacturing processes and composition designs of steels. By considering such tendency, Materials Research Committee of Japan Steel Association carried out a co-operative research on the transformation behavior of steels. Objected steels are mainly high tensile strength steels and tempered steels, and steels for machinery structures. The research was performed on the items, such as the transformation from processed austenite and its properties, transformation and properties of steels with accelerated heating and cooling, and transformation and properties of reheated medium carbon steels. The author discusses the comparison with the transformation from unprocessed austenite, the effects of microalloying elements of Nb, Ti, V,B, etc., the effects of pre-existing textures on the transformation from in-equilibrium state austenite, and the transformation behavior of vainite and martensite in low temperatures. The research was carried out under considering the actual processes of practical use steels. 15 refs., 24 figs., 1 tab.

  20. Fireside corrosion and steamside oxidation of 9-12% Cr martensitic steels exposed for long term testing

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    Montgomery, Melanie; Jensen, S. A.; Rasmussen, F.

    2009-01-01

    To obtain long term corrosion and steam oxidation data for the 9-12%Cr ferritic steels, test tube sections have been exposed in Amager 3 and Avedore 1 coal fired power plants in Denmark (formerly run by ENERGI E2). Thus direct comparisons can be made for T91 and T92 for the 9% Cr steels and X20Cr...

  1. EXPERIMENTAL RESEARCH REGARDING FORCES AND MOMENTS WICH APPEAR AT PROCESSING X17CRNI16-2 MARTENSITIC STAINLESS STEEL

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    Leonard Marius CIUREZU GHERGHE

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available This paper main goal is to measure axial forces (thrust and moments at stainless steel drill process, in particular the processing of stainless steel X17CrNi16-2 SR EN 10088- 4 DIN 17440. Experimental program uses the full factorial program with two influential factors and simulation and modeling of the processing is performed with the program called TOP SOLID. Processing was done on machining center YMC YOUNG TECH 1050, the tool used was 8 mm high speed steel drill bit. Thrust and moment measurements are done with a dynamometer design and made in the TCM laboratories of the Faculty of Mechanics from Craiova.

  2. Corrosion Resistance of The Bearing Steel 67SiMnCr6-6-4 with Nanobainitic Structure

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    Skołek E.

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available The paper describes a comparative study of the corrosion resistance of bearing steel 67SiMnCr6-6-4 after two kinds of nanostructuring treatments and two kinds of conventional quenching and tempering treatments. The nanostructuring treatment consisted of austempering with an isothermal quenching at 240°C and 300°C. The conventional heat treatment consisted on quenching and tempering at 350°C for 1 h and quenching and tempering at 550°C for 1 h. Time and temperature of tempering was chosen so that the hardness of both samples (nanostructured as well as quenched and tempered was similar. The microstructure of steel after each heat treatment was described with the use of transmission electron microscopy (TEM. It was shown, that the austempering conducted at 240°C produced homogenous nanobainitic structure consisting of carbide-free bainite plates with nanometric thickness separated by the layers of retained austenite. The austempering at 300°C produced a sub-micrometric carbide-free bainite with retained austenite in form of layers and small blocks. The conventional heat treatments led to a tempered martensite microstructure. The corrosion resistance study was carried out in Na2SO4 acidic and neutral environment using potentiodynamic and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS methods. The corrosion resistance of nanostructured steel samples were compared to the steel samples with tempered martensite. The obtained results indicate, that the corrosion resistance of bearing steel with nanobainitic structure is similar to steel with tempered martensite in both acidic and neutral environment. This means that the high density of intercrystalline boundaries in nanobinite does not deteriorate the corrosion properties of the bearing steel.

  3. Tempering-Induced Microstructural Changes in the Weld Heat-Affected Zone of 9 to 12 Pct Cr Steels and Their Influence on Sliding Wear

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    Velkavrh, Igor; Kafexhiu, Fevzi; Klien, Stefan; Diem, Alexander; Podgornik, Bojan

    2017-01-01

    Increasing amount of tribological applications is working under alternating high/low temperature conditions where the material is subjected to temperature fatigue mechanisms such as creep, softening due to annealing, and at the same time must withstand mechanical wear due to sliding contact with pairing bodies. Steam turbine valves, gate valves, valve heads, stems, seats and bushings, and contacting surfaces of the carrier elements are some examples of such applications. The purpose of the present study is to evaluate the potential of X20 and P91 steels as materials for applications operating under combined effect of mechanical wear and alternating high/low temperature conditions. It was focused on how the microstructural changes occurring in the weld zone affect the wear properties of the selected materials. Generally, with longer tempering time and higher tempering temperature, the number of carbide precipitates decreased, while their relative spacing increased. Before tempering, the morphology of the steel matrix (grain size, microstructure homogeneity) governed the wear resistance of both steels, while after tempering wear response was determined by the combination of the number and the size of carbide particles. After tempering, in X20 steel larger number of stable M23C6 carbides was observed as compared with P91 steel, resulting in lower wear rates. It was observed that for both steels, a similar combination of number density and size distribution of carbide particles provided the highest wear resistance.

  4. Elastic limit and microplastic response of hardened steels

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    Zaccone, M. A.; Krauss, G.

    1993-10-01

    Tempered martensite-retained austenite microstructures were produced by direct quenching a series of 41XX medium carbon steels, direct quenching and reheating a series of five 0.8C-Cr- Ni-Mo steels and intercritically austenitizing at various temperatures, and quenching a SAE 52100 steel. All specimens were tempered either at 150 °C or at 200 °C. Specimens were subjected to compression and tension testing in the microstrain regime to determine the elastic limits and microplastic response of the microstructures. The retained austenite and matrix carbon content of the intercritically austenized specimens were measured by X-ray diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy. The elastic limit of the microstructures decreases with increasing amounts of retained austenite. Refining of the austenite distribution increases the elastic limit. Low elastic limits are mainly due to low flow stresses in the austenite and not internal stresses. The elastic limit correlates with the largest austenite free-mean path by a Hall-Petch type equation. The elastic limit increases with decreasing intercritical austenitizing temperature in the SAE 52100 due to (1) a lower carbon content in the matrix reducing the retained austenite levels and (2) retained carbides that refine grain size and, therefore, the austenite distribution in quenched specimens. The microplastic response of stable austenite-martensite composites may be modeled by a rule of mixtures. In the microplastic region, the strain is accommodated by successively smaller austenite regions until the flow strength matches that of the martensite. Reheating and quenching refines the microstructure and renders the austenite unstable in the microplastic regime, causing transformation of the austenite to martensite by a strain-induced mechanism. The transformation of austenite to martensite occurs by a stress-assisted mechanism in medium carbon steels. The low elastic limits in medium carbon steels were due to the inability of the strain

  5. Isothermal martensite formation at sub-zero temperatures

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    Stojko, Allan; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt; Slycke, Jan

    2012-01-01

    Sub-zero treatment of steels with an Mf below 0°C relies (partly) on a continuation of the martensite formation. The present work reports on the observation of isothermal martensite formation in the sub-zero temperature regime for two steels: AISI 1070 and AISI 52100. Samples were austenitized...

  6. It was the demonstration of industrial steel production capacity ferritic-martensitic Spanish ASTURFER scale demand ITER; Hacia la demostracion de capacidad de produccion industrial del acero ferritico-martensitico espanol ASTURFER a escala de demanda ITER

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    Coto, R.; Serrano, M.; Moran, A.; Rodriguez, D.; Artimez, J. A.; Belzunce, J.; Sedano, L.

    2013-07-01

    Reduced Activation Ferritic-Martensitic (RAFM) structural steels are considered as candidate materials with notable possibilities to be incorporated to fusion reactor ITER, nowadays under construction, and future fusion reactor DEMO, involving a notable forecasting of supply materials, with a considerable limitation due to the few number of furnishes currently on the market. The manufacture at an industrial scale of the ASTURFER steel, developed at laboratory scale by ITMA Materials Technology and the Structural Materials Division of the Technology Division of CIEMAT would be a significant business opportunity for steelwork companies.

  7. Martensite Embryology

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    Reid, Andrew C. E.; Olson, Gregory B.

    2000-03-01

    Heterogeneous nucleation of martensite is modeled by examining the strain field of a dislocation array in a nonlinear, nonlocal continuum elastic matrix. The dislocations are modeled by including effects from atomic length scales, which control the dislocation Burger's vector, into a mesoscopic continuum model. The dislocation array models the heterogeneous nucleation source of the Olson/Cohen defect dissociation model, and depending on the potency can give rise to embryos of different character. High potency dislocations give rise to fully developed, classical pre-existing embryos, whereas low-potency dislocations result in the formation of highly nonclassical strain embryos. Heterogeneous nucleation theory is related to nucleation kinetics through the critical driving force for nucleation at a defect of a given potency. Recent stereological and calorimetric kinetic studies in thermoelastic TiNi alloys confirm that these materials exhibit the same form of defect potency distribution and resulting sample-size dependent Martensite start temperature, M_s, as nonthermoelastic FeNi systems. These results together point towards a broad theory of heterogeneous nucleation for both thermoelastic and nonthermoelastic martensites.

  8. Precision Measurement and Modeling of Quenching-Tempering Distortion in Low-Alloy Steel Components with Internal Threads

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    Nie, Zhenguo; Wang, Gang; Lin, Yongliang; Rong, Yiming (Kevin)

    2015-12-01

    Distortion resulting from heat treatment may cause serious problems for precision parts. A precision component made from 30CrNi3Mo steel with internal threads distorts slightly after quenching-tempering treatment. Such a small distortion results in serious difficulties in the subsequent assembly process. The distortion of the internal thread was measured using semi-destructive testing with video measuring system. Periodic wavy distortions emerged in the internal threads after heat treatment. Then both XRD analysis and hardness testing were conducted. A numerical simulation of the complete quenching-tempering process was conducted by DANTE, which is a set of user subroutines that link into the ABAQUS/STD solver. The results from the simulations are in good agreement with the measurement in distortion, microstructure field, and hardness. The effects of the technological parameters including quenchant, immersion orientation, and grooves were discussed on the basis of the simulation results. Finally, strategies to significantly decrease distortion and residual stress are proposed.

  9. Effects of the phase fractions on the carbide morphologies, Charpy and tensile properties in SA508 Gr.4N High Strength Low Alloy RPV Steel

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    Park, Sang Gyu; Wee, Dang Moon [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-05-15

    To improve the strength and toughness of RPV (reactor pressure vessel) steels for nuclear power plants, an effective way is the change of material specification from tempered bainitic SA508 Gr.3 Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel into tempered martensitic/bainitic SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel. It is known that the phase fractions of martensitic/bainitic steels are very sensitive to the austenitizing cooling rates. Kim reported that there are large differences of austenitizing cooling rates between the surface and the center locations in RPV due to its thickness of 250mm. Hence, the martensite/bainite fractions would be changed in different locations, and it would affect the microstructure and mechanical properties in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel. These results may lead to inhomogeneous characteristics after austenitizing. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate the changes of microstructure and mechanical properties with varying phase fractions in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel. In this study, the effects of martensite/bainite fractions on microstructure and mechanical properties in Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel were examined. The changes in phase fractions of Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel with different cooling rates were analyzed, and then the phase fractions were correlated with its microstructural observation and mechanical properties

  10. Void swelling and microstructure evolution at very high damage level in self-ion irradiated ferritic-martensitic steels

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    Getto, E.; Sun, K.; Monterrosa, A. M.; Jiao, Z.; Hackett, M. J.; Was, G. S.

    2016-11-01

    The void swelling and microstructure evolution of ferritic-martensitic alloys HT9, T91 and T92 were characterized following irradiation with Fe++ ions at 460 °C to damage levels of 75-650 displacements per atom with 10 atom parts per million pre-implanted helium. Steady state swelling rate of 0.033%/ dpa was determined for HT9, the least swelling resistant alloy, and 0.007%/ dpa in T91. In T91, resistance was due to suppression of void nucleation. Swelling resistance was greatest in T92, with a low density (∼1 × 1020 m-3) of small voids that had not grown appreciably, indicating suppression of nucleation and growth. Additional heats of T91 indicated that alloy composition was not the determining factor of swelling resistance. Carbon and chromium-rich M2X precipitates formed at 250 dpa and were correlated with decreased nucleation in T91 and T92, but did not affect void growth in HT9. Dislocation and G-phase microstructure evolution was analyzed up to 650 dpa in HT9.

  11. The microstructure of reduced activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels exposed to D plasma with different seeding impurities

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    Rasiński, M.; Kreter, A.; Möller, S.; Schlummer, T.; Martynova, Y.; Brezinsek, S.; Linsmeier, Ch

    2017-12-01

    EUROFER, P92 steel and iron samples were exposed in the linear plasma generator PSI-2 at a sample temperature of about 470–500 K with an incident ion flux of about 3–5 × 1021 m‑2 s‑1, an incident ion fluence of 1 × 1026 m‑2 and an incident ion energy of 60–70 eV. Samples were exposed to deuterium plasma and with additional seeding impurities of He, Ar, Ne, Kr or Kr + He. Laterally averaged surface W enrichment varied between 0.6 and 6 at.%, depending on the exposure conditions, measured by energy dispersive x-ray spectroscopy with low energy electron beam and Rutherford backscattered spectroscopy. Microstructure observation revealed a complex morphology depending on the plasma composition. W enrichment was mostly located in the spike nano structures. Addition of He to the plasma rounded and enlarged the spikes on the surface whereas addition of heavier species to the plasma resulted in smoothing the steels surface. In case of steel samples exposed to D + He plasma, fine nano-bubbles with sizes below 3 nm were found near the sample surface. Sputtering rate increases by one order of magnitude by Ar and Ne seeding and by two orders of magnitude by Kr seeding for both types of steels. Measured D retention increases with He addition and decreases with higher-Z species seeding.

  12. Tensile properties and hardness of two types of 11Cr-ferritic/martensitic steel after aging up to 45,000 h

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    Y. Yano

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available The relationship among tensile strength, Vickers hardness and dislocation density for two types of 11Cr-ferritic/martensitic steel (PNC-FMS was investigated after aging at temperatures between 400 and 800°C up to 45,000h and after neutron irradiation. A correlation between tensile strength and Vickers hardness was expressed empirically. The linear relationship for PNC-FMS wrapper material was observed between yield stress and the square of dislocation density at RT and aging temperature according to Bailey–Hirsch relation. Therefore, it was clarified that the correlation among dislocation density, tensile strength and Vickers hardness to aging temperature was in good agreement. On the other hand, the relationship between tensile strength ratio when materials were tested at aging temperature and Larson–Miller parameter was also in excellent agreement with aging data between 400 and 700°C. It was suggested that this correlation could use quantitatively for separately evaluating irradiation effects from neutron irradiation data containing both irradiation and aging effects.

  13. Evaluation of mechanically alloyed Cu-based powders as filler alloy for brazing tungsten to a reduced activation ferritic-martensitic steel

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    de Prado, J.; Sánchez, M.; Ureña, A.

    2017-07-01

    80Cu-20Ti powders were evaluated for their use as filler alloy for high temperature brazing of tungsten to a reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel (Eurofer), and its application for the first wall of the DEMO fusion reactor. The use of alloyed powders has not been widely considered for brazing purposes and could improve the operational brazeability of the studied system due to its narrower melting range, determined by DTA analysis, which enhances the spreading capabilities of the filler. Ti contained in the filler composition acts as an activator element, reacting and forming several interfacial layers at the Eurofer-braze, which enhances the wettability properties and chemical interaction at the brazing interface. Brazing thermal cycle also activated the diffusion phenomena, which mainly affected to the Eurofer alloying elements causing in it a softening band of approximately 400 μm of thickness. However, this softening effect did not degrade the shear strength of the brazed joints (94 ± 23 MPa), because failure during testing was always located at the tungsten-braze interface.

  14. Synergistic effects on dislocation loops in reduced-activation martensitic steel investigated by single and sequential hydrogen/helium ion irradiation

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    Zhang, Weiping [Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Luo, Fengfeng [Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Institute of Applied Physics, Jiangxi Academy of Sciences, Nanchang 330029 (China); Yu, Yanxia; Zheng, Zhongcheng; Shen, Zhenyu [Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Guo, Liping, E-mail: guolp@whu.edu.cn [Hubei Nuclear Solid Physics Key Laboratory, Key Laboratory of Artificial Micro- and Nano-structures of Ministry of Education and School of Physics and Technology, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Ren, Yaoyao [Center for Electron Microscopy, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072 (China); Suo, Jinping [State Key Laboratory of Mould Technology, Institute of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074 (China)

    2016-10-15

    Single-beam and sequential-beam irradiations were performed to investigate the H/He synergistic effect on dislocation loops in reduced-activation ferritic/martensitic (RAFM) steels. The irradiations were carried out with 10 keV H{sup +}, 18 keV He{sup +} and 160 keV Ar{sup +}, alone and in combination at 723 K. He{sup +} single-beam irradiation induced much larger dislocation loops than that induced by both H{sup +} and Ar{sup +} single-beam irradiation. H{sup +} post-irradiation after He{sup +} irradiation further increased the size of dislocation loops, whilst He{sup +} post-irradiation or Ar{sup +} post-irradiation following H{sup +} irradiation only slightly increased the size of dislocation loops. The experiment results indicate that pre-implanted H{sup +} can drastically inhibit the growth while post-implanted H{sup +} can significantly enhance the growth of dislocation loops induced by He{sup +} irradiation. The mechanisms behind the complex synergistic phenomena between H and He and the different roles that H and He played in the growth of dislocation loops are discussed.

  15. Effect of cooling rate on microstructural formation and hardness of 30CrNi3Mo steel

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    Qiao, Z.X. [Tianjin University, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin (China); Tianjin University of Commerce, School of Mechanical Engineering, Tianjin (China); Liu, Y.C.; Yu, L.M.; Gao, Z.M. [Tianjin University, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, Tianjin (China)

    2009-06-15

    The variation of microstructural formation and the hardness of the 30CrNi3Mo steel were systematically explored as a function of applied cooling rates in the range of 1-500 C/min. According to the measured Rockwell hardness results, four characteristic stages could be separated as different ranges of cooling rates, which corresponds well with the microstructural evolution observed. With the applied cooling rate increasing, the transformed structure evolves from granular bainite, lower bainite, self-tempered martensite, to finally martensite without self-tempering. Among them, the self-tempered martensite, obtained in the transformed specimens cooled with rates of 25-80 C/min, exhibits the highest hardness values due to the precipitation of fine carbides within it. (orig.)

  16. Evaluation of welding by MIG in martensitic stainless steel; Avaliacao da soldagem pelo processo MIG em aco inoxidavel martensitico

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    Fernandes, M.A. [Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), SP (Brazil); Mariano, N.A.; Marinho, D.H.C. Marinho, E-mail: neideaparecidamariano@gmail.co [Universidade Federal de Alfenas (UNIFAL), Pocos de Caldas, MG (Brazil)

    2010-07-01

    This work evaluated structure's characterization and mechanical properties after the welding process of the stainless steel CA6NM. The employed welding process was the metal active gas with tubular wire. The control of the thermal cycle in the welding process has fundamental importance regarding the properties of the welded joint, particularly in the thermally affected zone. The mechanical properties were appraised through impact resistance tests and the hardness and microstructure through metallographic characterization and Ray-X diffraction. The parameters and the process of welding used promoted the hardness and toughness appropriate to the applications of the steel. Welding energy's control becomes an essential factor that can affect the temperature of carbide precipitation and the nucleation of the retained austenite in the in the region of the in the thermally affected zone. (author)

  17. Analysis of stress-induced Burgers vector anisotropy in pressurized tube specimens of irradiated ferritic-martensitic steel: JLF-1

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    Gelles, D.S. [Pacific Northwest National Lab., Richland, WA (United States); Shibayama, T. [Univ. of Hokkaido, Oarai, Ibaraki (Japan). Inst. for Materials Research

    1998-09-01

    A procedure for determining the Burgers vector anisotropy in irradiated ferritic steels allowing identification of all a<100> and all a/2<111> dislocations in a region of interest is applied to a pressurized tube specimen of JLF-1 irradiated at 430 C to 14.3 {times} 10{sup 22} n/cm{sup 2} (E > 0.1 MeV) or 61 dpa. Analysis of micrographs indicates large anisotropy in Burgers vector populations develop during irradiation creep.

  18. Microstructural Characterization and Mechanical Properties of Electron Beam Welded Joint of High Strength Steel Grade S690QL

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    Błacha S.

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In the paper the results of metallographic examination and mechanical properties of electron beam welded joint of quenched and tempered steel grade S690QL are presented. Metallographic examination revealed that the concentrated electron beam significantly affect the changes of microstructure in the steel. Parent material as a delivered condition (quenched and tempered had a bainitic-martensitic microstructure at hardness about 290 HV0.5. After welding, the microstructure of heat affected zone is composed mainly of martensite (in the vicinity of the fusion line of hardness 420 HV0.5. It should be noted, however, that the microstructure of steel in the heat affected zone varies with the distance from the fusion line. The observed microstructural changes were in accordance with the CCT-S transformation diagram for the examined steel.

  19. Hydrogen-enhanced-plasticity mediated decohesion for hydrogen-induced intergranular and ``quasi-cleavage'' fracture of lath martensitic steels

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    Nagao, Akihide; Dadfarnia, Mohsen; Somerday, Brian P.; Sofronis, Petros; Ritchie, Robert O.

    2018-03-01

    Hydrogen embrittlement of lath martenistic steels is characterized by intergranular and "quasi-cleavage" transgranular fracture. Recent transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses (Nagao et al., 2012a, 2014a, 2014b, 2014c) of samples lifted from beneath fracture surfaces through focused ion beam machining (FIB) revealed a failure mechanism that can be termed hydrogen-enhanced-plasticity mediated decohesion. Fracture occurs by the synergistic action of the hydrogen-enhanced localized plasticity and decohesion. In particular, intergranular cracking takes place by dislocation pile-ups impinging on prior austenite grain boundaries and "quasi-cleavage" is the case when dislocation pile-ups impinge on block boundaries. These high-angle boundaries, which have already weakened by the presence of hydrogen, debond by the pile-up stresses. The micromechanical model of Novak et al. (2010) is used to quantitatively describe and predict the hydrogen-induced failure of these steels. The model predictions verify that introduction of nanosized (Ti,Mo)C precipitates in the steel microstructure enhances the resistance to hydrogen embrittlement. The results are used to discuss microstructural designs that are less susceptible to hydrogen-induced failure in systems with fixed hydrogen content (closed systems).

  20. Effect of Heat Treatment on Microstructure and Hardness of 9Cr13Mo3Co3Nb2V Steel

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    HUO Dengping

    2016-12-01

    Full Text Available Effect of heat treatment on the microstructure and hardness of 9Cr13Mo3Co3Nb2V steel was studied systematically by metallographic examination and hardness testing. The results show that after quenching, cryogenic treatment and multiple tempering, the retained austenite of 9Cr13Mo3Co3Nb2V steel is adequately transformed into tempered martensite, and the significant secondary hardening effect is brought. Consequently the steel gains stable microstructure and high hardness. Secondary carbide begins to precipitate and the secondary hardening effect emerges when the tempering temperature is above 350℃, and the tempering hardness reaches the maximum value when tempering temperature range is from 480℃ to 520℃.

  1. Studying the Effect of PWHT on Microstructural Evolution and Mechanical Properties of Welded A517 Quenched and Tempered Steel

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    Rabiei, Arash; Derakhshandeh-Haghighi, Reza

    2017-09-01

    Sometimes post-weld heat treatment (PWHT) is required for stress relieving both the weld metal and heat-affected zone in A517 Quenched and Tempered (QT) steels. This process unavoidably results in further tempering which adversely affects the mechanical properties of the welded joints. Investigations on A517 QT steel are presented in as-welded condition and after PWHT at 560 and 630 °C. Microstructural variation upon applying PWHT and its influence on impact absorbed energy, fatigue behavior, tensile and hardness properties of the material in as-welded condition and after PWHT are studied. The decrease in hardness is very remarkable after PWHT at 630 °C. Increasing heat treatment temperature from 560 to 630 °C results in reduction of YS and UTS. Void coalescence and coarsening of carbides after PWHT makes the fracture easier and results in reduction of absorbed impact energy. Elimination of acicular ferrite after PWHT at 630 °C increases crack growth rate, and fatigue endurance limit is reduced.

  2. Fracture-tough, high hardness stainless steel and method of making same

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    Olson, G.B.

    1993-06-22

    A cyrogenically-formed and tempered stainless steel having improved fracture toughness and corrosion resistance at a given hardness level, said steel including at least about 11 weight % Cr for corrosion resistance, at least about 0.28 weight % C for hardness, one or more refractory metal carbide formers in an amount selected to form M2C-type carbides, where M is the refractory metal(s), Cr and/or Fe, Co and Ni in amounts selected to provide an as-quenched austenitic microstructure cryogenically-deformable to a martensitic microstructure including a minor amount of post deformation retained austenite, and the balance essentially Fe, said steel having a cyrogenically-formed martensitic microstructure tempered to include a minor, controlled amount of post-deformation retained austenite and dispersed M[sub 2]C-type carbides.

  3. Viscoplastic equations incorporated into a finite element model to predict deformation behavior of irradiated reduced activation ferritic/martensitic steel

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    Wang, Yuanyuan, E-mail: 630wyy@163.com [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams (Ministry of Education), Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Zhao, Jijun, E-mail: zhaojj@dlut.edu.cn [Key Laboratory of Materials Modification by Laser, Ion and Electron Beams (Ministry of Education), Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Zhang, Chi [Key Laboratory of Advanced Materials of Ministry of Education, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084 (China)

    2017-05-15

    Highlights: • The initial internal variable in the Anand model is modified by considering both temperature and irradiation dose. • The tensile stress-strain response is examined and analyzed under different temperatures and irradiation doses. • Yield strengths are predicted as functions of strain rate, temperature and irradiation dose. - Abstract: The viscoplastic equations with a modified initial internal variable are implemented into the finite element code to investigate stress-strain response and irradiation hardening of the materials under increased temperature and at different levels of irradiated dose. We applied this model to Mod 9Cr-1Mo steel. The predicted results are validated by the experimentally measured data. Furthermore, they show good agreement with the previous data from a constitutive crystal plasticity model in account of dislocation and interstitial loops. Three previous hardening models for predicting the yield strength of the material are discussed and compared with our simulation results.

  4. Relationship between Microstructure and Corrosion Behavior of Martensitic High Nitrogen Stainless Steel 30Cr15Mo1N at Different Austenitizing Temperatures.

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    Jiang, Zhouhua; Feng, Hao; Li, Huabing; Zhu, Hongchun; Zhang, Shucai; Zhang, Binbin; Han, Yu; Zhang, Tao; Xu, Dake

    2017-07-27

    The relationship between microstructure and corrosion behavior of martensitic high nitrogen stainless steel 30Cr15Mo1N at different austenitizing temperatures was investigated by microscopy observation, electrochemical measurement, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis and immersion testing. The results indicated that finer Cr-rich M₂N dispersed more homogeneously than coarse M 23 C₆, and the fractions of M 23 C₆ and M₂N both decreased with increasing austenitizing temperature. The Cr-depleted zone around M 23 C₆ was wider and its minimum Cr concentration was lower than M₂N. The metastable pits initiated preferentially around coarse M 23 C₆ which induced severer Cr-depletion, and the pit growth followed the power law. The increasing of austenitizing temperature induced fewer metastable pit initiation sites, more uniform element distribution and higher contents of Cr, Mo and N in the matrix. In addition, the passive film thickened and Cr₂O₃, Cr 3+ and CrN enriched with increasing austenitizing temperature, which enhanced the stability of the passive film and repassivation ability of pits. Therefore, as austenitizing temperature increased, the metastable and stable pitting potentials increased and pit growth rate decreased, revealing less susceptible metastable pit initiation, larger repassivation tendency and higher corrosion resistance. The determining factor of pitting potentials could be divided into three stages: dissolution of M 23 C₆ (below 1000 °C), dissolution of M₂N (from 1000 to 1050 °C) and existence of a few undissolved precipitates and non-metallic inclusions (above 1050 °C).

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

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    D. Bartocha

    2011-07-01

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

  6. Comparison of SA508 Gr.3 and SA508 Gr.4N Low Alloy Steels for Reactor Pressure Vessel Steel

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    Kim, Min Chul; Lee, B. S

    2009-12-15

    The microstructural characteristics and mechanical properties of SA508 Gr.3 Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel and SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel were investigated. The differences in the stable phases between these two low alloy steels were evaluated by means of a thermodynamic calculation using ThermoCalc. They were then compared to microstructural features and correlated with mechanical properties. Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel shows the upper bainite structure which has the coarse cementite in the lath boundaries. However, Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel shows the mixture of lower bainite and tempered martensite structure that homogeneously precipitates the small carbides such as M{sub 23}C{sub 6} and M{sub 7}C{sub 3} due to an increase of hardenability and Cr addition. In the mechanical properties, Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel has higher strength and toughness than Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel. Ni and Cr additions increase the strength by solid solution hardening. Besides, microstructural changes from upper bainite to tempered martensite improve the strength of the low alloy steel by grain refining effect. And the changes in the precipitation behavior by Cr addition improve the ductile-brittle transition behavior along with a toughening effect of Ni addition.

  7. OPTIFER, a further step in development of Low Activation Martensitic Steels. Results of Characterization Experiments; OPTIFER, un paso mas hacia el desarrollo de un acero martensitico de baja activacion. Resultados de los ensayos de caracterizacion

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    Fernandez, M.P.; Lapena, J.; Hernandez, M.T.; Schirra, M.

    1996-07-01

    Within the framework of the development of low activation structural materials to be used in nuclear fusion reactors four martensitic Fe-9,5 Cr alloys were conceived with different contents of tungsten-tantalum and/or germanium as substitutions for Mo, Ni, Nb and Al. As a result of recent activation calculations, the maximum concentrations of all accompanying elements, which are not desirable under radiological aspects, were determined for the first time for these OPTIFER steels, and laid down in specifications for the manufacturers of the alloys, after double-vacuum melting, only the real alloys with some of these accompanying elements added are within the specifications. For the majority of alloys the gap between request in radiological terms and the metallurgical/analytical reality is still considerable. The behavior during transformation and heat treatment roughly corresponds to that of conventional martensitic 9-12%Cr steels. Progress has been conspicuous as regards the notch impact toughness behavior, both at upper shelf level and in ductile brittle transition (DBTT) the W(Ce) alloyed OPTIFER variant exhibits more favorable values than the conventional MANET-II steel from the fusion program, with better strength characteristics above 500 degree centigree. With only a moderate decrease in strength values (compared to MANET-II), the Ge (Ce) variant excels by a distinct improvement in notch impact toughness values and, theoretically, a stronger reduction in dose rate than the W(Ce) variant and comes close to the decay curve of pure iron. (Author) 21 refs.

  8. Thermal-Fatigue Analysis of W-coated Ferritic-Martensitic Steel Mockup for Fusion Reactor Components

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    Lee, Dong Won; Kim, Suk Kwon; Park, Seong Dae; Kim, Dong Jun [KAERI, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Moon, Se Yeon; Hong, Bong Guen [Chonbuk University, Jeonju (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-05-15

    In this study, commercial ANSYS-CFX for thermalhydraulic analysis and ANSYS-mechanical for the thermo-mechanical analysis are used to evaluate the thermal-lifetime of the mockup to determine the test conditions. Also, the Korea Heat Load Test facility with an Electron Beam (KoHLT-EB) will be used and its water cooling system is considered to perform the thermal-hydraulic analysis especially for considering the two-phase analysis with a higher heat flux conditions. Through the ITER blanket first wall (BFW) development project in Korea, the joining methods were developed with a beryllium (Be) layer as a plasma-facing material, a copper alloy (CuCrZr) layer as a heat sink, and type 316L austenitic stainless steel (SS316L) as a structural material. And joining methods were developed such as Be as an armor and FMS as a structural material, or W as an armor and FMS as a structural material were developed through the test blanket module (TBM) program. As a candidate of PFC for DEMO, a new W/FMS joining methods, W coating with plasma torch, have been developed. The HHF test conditions are found by performing a thermal-hydraulic and thermo-mechanical analysis with the conventional codes such as ANSYSCFX and .mechanical especially for considering the two-phase condition in cooling tube.

  9. Effect of Proton Irradiation on the Corrosion Behaviors of Ferritic/Martensitic Steel in Liquid Metal Environment

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    Lee, Jeonghyeon; Kim, Tae Yong; Kim, Ji Hyun [UNIST, Ulsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2016-10-15

    Liquid metal fast breeder reactors (LMFBRs) such as sodium-cooled fast reactor (SFR) and lead-cooled fast reactor (LFR) are the candidates of GEN-IV nuclear energy systems. Among various liquid metals that can be used as primary coolant material, sodium is a world widely used coolant for GEN-IV reactors. In this study, as-received Gr.92 and irradiated Gr.92 specimen in the oxygen-saturated liquid sodium were examined at high temperature for 300h. The microstructure results reveal the information of the effect of irradiation and effect of the chrome concentration in specimen. From the SRIM result, penetration distance of 40 μm in stainless steel and nominal sample thickness of 30 μm was used to avoid the damage peak and any proton implantation and From the microstructural evaluation, chromium-rich zones existed under the surface of the both of non-irradiated and irradiated materials. The irradiated materials showed chromium-rich zones with larger depths than the non-irradiated specimens.

  10. Comparison of the Microstructure and Segregation behavior between SA508 Gr.3 and SA508 Gr.4N High Strength Low Alloy RPV Steel

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    Park, Sang Gyu; Wee, Dang Moon [KAIST, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-05-15

    It is generally known that SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel has an improved fracture toughness and strength, compared to commercial low alloy steels such as SA508 Gr.3 which have lower than 1% Ni. Higher strength and fracture toughness of low alloy steels could be achieved by adding Ni and Cr. So there are several researches on SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel for a RPV application. The operation temperature and time of a reactor pressure vessel is more than 300 .deg. C and over 40 years. Therefore, in order to apply the SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel for a reactor pressure vessel, it requires a phase stability in the high temperature range including temper embrittlement resistance. S. Raoul reported that the susceptibility to temper embrittlement was increasing an function of the cooling rate in SA533 steel, which suggests the martensitic microstructures resulting from increased cooling rates are more susceptible to temper embrittlement. However, this result has not been proved yet. So comparison was made between the temper embrittlement behaviors of SA508 Gr.3 and Gr.4N low alloy steel with a viewpoint of boundary features, which have different microstructures of tempered bainite(SA508 Gr.3) and tempered martensite(SA508 Gr.4N). In this study, we have compared temper embrittlement behaviors of SA508 Gr.3 and SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel. The mechanical properties of these low alloy steels after a long-term heat treatment(450 .deg. C, 2000hr) were evaluated. Then, the images of the fracture surfaces were observed and grain boundary segregation was analyzed by AES. In order to compare the misorientation distributions of two model alloys, the grain boundary structures of the low alloy steels with EBSD were measured

  11. 9 Cr-- 1 Mo steel material for high temperature application

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    Jablonski, Paul D; Alman, David; Dogan, Omer; Holcomb, Gordon; Cowen, Christopher

    2012-11-27

    One or more embodiments relates to a high-temperature, titanium alloyed, 9 Cr-1 Mo steel exhibiting improved creep strength and oxidation resistance at service temperatures up to 650.degree. C. The 9 Cr-1 Mo steel has a tempered martensite microstructure and is comprised of both large (0.5-3 .mu.m) primary titanium carbides and small (5-50 nm) secondary titanium carbides in a ratio of. from about 1:1.5 to about 1.5:1. The 9 Cr-1 Mo steel may be fabricated using exemplary austenizing, rapid cooling, and tempering steps without subsequent hot working requirements. The 9 Cr-1 Mo steel exhibits improvements in total mass gain, yield strength, and time-to-rupture over ASTM P91 and ASTM P92 at the temperature and time conditions examined.

  12. High dislocation density–induced large ductility in deformed and partitioned steels

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    He, B. B.; Hu, B.; Yen, H. W.; Cheng, G. J.; Wang, Z. K.; Luo, H. W.; Huang, M. X.

    2017-09-01

    A wide variety of industrial applications require materials with high strength and ductility. Unfortunately, the strategies for increasing material strength, such as processing to create line defects (dislocations), tend to decrease ductility. We developed a strategy to circumvent this in inexpensive, medium manganese steel. Cold rolling followed by low-temperature tempering developed steel with metastable austenite grains embedded in a highly dislocated martensite matrix. This deformed and partitioned (D and P) process produced dislocation hardening but retained high ductility, both through the glide of intensive mobile dislocations and by allowing us to control martensitic transformation. The D and P strategy should apply to any other alloy with deformation-induced martensitic transformation and provides a pathway for the development of high-strength, high-ductility materials.

  13. Investigation of a Novel NDE Method for Monitoring Thermomechanical Damage and Microstructure Evolution in Ferritic-Martensitic Steels for Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems

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    Nagy, Peter

    2013-09-30

    The main goal of the proposed project is the development of validated nondestructive evaluation (NDE) techniques for in situ monitoring of ferritic-martensitic steels like Grade 91 9Cr-1Mo, which are candidate materials for Generation IV nuclear energy structural components operating at temperatures up to ~650{degree}C and for steam-generator tubing for sodium-cooled fast reactors. Full assessment of thermomechanical damage requires a clear separation between thermally activated microstructural evolution and creep damage caused by simultaneous mechanical stress. Creep damage can be classified as "negligible" creep without significant plastic strain and "ordinary" creep of the primary, secondary, and tertiary kind that is accompanied by significant plastic deformation and/or cavity nucleation and growth. Under negligible creep conditions of interest in this project, minimal or no plastic strain occurs, and the accumulation of creep damage does not significantly reduce the fatigue life of a structural component so that low-temperature design rules, such as the ASME Section III, Subsection NB, can be applied with confidence. The proposed research project will utilize a multifaceted approach in which the feasibility of electrical conductivity and thermo-electric monitoring methods is researched and coupled with detailed post-thermal/creep exposure characterization of microstructural changes and damage processes using state-of-the-art electron microscopy techniques, with the aim of establishing the most effective nondestructive materials evaluation technique for particular degradation modes in high-temperature alloys that are candidates for use in the Next Generation Nuclear Plant (NGNP) as well as providing the necessary mechanism-based underpinnings for relating the two. Only techniques suitable for practical application in situ will be considered. As the project evolves and results accumulate, we will also study the use of this technique for monitoring other GEN IV

  14. Laser Surface Treatment Of AISI 420 Tool Steel

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    Vilar, R.; Miranda, R. M.; Oliveira, A. S.

    1989-01-01

    Samples of a martensitic stainless steel containing 0.47%C and 12.8%Cr were surface melted using continuous wave CO2 laser radiation and a multiple pass technique. The structure of the laser modified layer was studied by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy and X ray diffraction. The melted zone presents a narrow region near the fusion line with a ferritic--martensitic structure, that seems to have solidified by an almost partitionless mechanism. It is followed by a cellular-dendritic structure in the center of the melted trail, that consists on δ -ferrite, martensite and M23C6 carbide. The absence of austenite is surprising; it can be explained by the tempering effects of the solidification structure, due to subsequent laser passes.

  15. The influence of conventional tempering on the tribiological resistance of the high speed steel HS 6-5-2 remelted with electric arc

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    A. Dziedzic

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available The influence of the conventional tempering has been defined in the paper in two different temperatures 560C and 600C on the intensity of tribological wear of the high speed steel HS 6-5-2 remelted with the electric arc. The influence of tempering on the intensity of wear for the steel has been tested with the single and overlapping remeltings. Moreover, the types of the tribological wear appeared during the friction. The tribiological research, were done in the technically dry friction conditions on a testing machine of the pin-on-disc T-01M. Conducting the conventional process of tempering after the remelting with the electric arc, causes the decrease of the intensity of the tribological wear. The smallest intensity of tribiological wear after tempering was observed in the high speed steel HS 6-5-2 with the single remelting of the current 70 A. The main wear type appearing during the research was the abrasion and adhesive wear.

  16. Effects of Phase Fraction on Temperature Dependency of Fracture Toughness in Transition Temperature Region in SA508 Gr. 4N Ni-Mo-Cr Low Alloy Steels

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    Lee, Ki Hyoung; Wee, Dang Moon [Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min Chul; Lee, Bong Sang [Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-10-15

    The Reactor Pressure Vessel (RPV) is the main component in determining the lifetime of nuclear power plants because it is subject to the aging phenomenon of irradiation embrittlement and there is no practical method for replacing that component. For materials used for the RPV, sufficient strength and toughness are required to prevent failure against the severe operating conditions and the aging degradation of materials. SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel, in which Ni and Cr contents are higher than in conventional RPV steels, may be a promising RPV material with the improved strength and toughness from its tempered martensitic microstructure. Wallin observed that the temperature dependency of fracture toughness is not sensitive to the chemical composition, heat treatment, and irradiation for ferritic steels. This result led to the concept of a universal shape in the median toughness-temperature curve for all 'ferritic steels'. However, there are some doubts about the universal shape in the ASTM master curve for the tempered martensitic steels, such as Eurofer97. It was also reported that the fracture toughness increased discontinuously when the phase fraction of the tempered martensite was over a critical fraction in the heat affected zones of SA508 Gr.3. Therefore, it may be necessary to evaluate the changes of transition behavior with microstructures of steel. In this study, the effects phase fraction of tempered martensite controlled by a cooling rate on the transition behavior of SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steels was evaluated. Additionally, the relationship between the variations of yield strength with the temperature and fracture stress in a local approach was discussed

  17. Development of ODS ferritic-martensitic steels for application to high temperature and irradiation environment; Developpement d'une nouvelle nuance martensitique ODS pour utilisation sous rayonnement a haute temperature

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    Lambard, V

    2000-07-01

    Iron oxide dispersion strengthened alloys are candidate for nuclear fuel cladding. Therefore, it is crucial to control their microstructure in order to optimise their mechanical properties at temperatures up to 700 deg C. The industrial candidates, ODS ferritic alloys, present an anisotropic microstructure which induces a weakening of mechanical properties in transversal direction as well as the precipitation of brittle phases under thermal aging and irradiation. For this purpose, we tried to develop a material with isotropic properties. We studied several 9Cr-1Mo ferritic/martensitic alloys, strengthened or not by oxide dispersion. The mechanical alloying was performed by attribution and powders were consolidated by hot extrusion. In this work, different metallurgical characterisation techniques and modelling were used to optimise a new martensitic ODS alloy. Microstructural and chemical characterization of matrix has been done. The effect of austenitizing and isochronal tempering treatments on microstructure and hardness has been studied. Oxide distribution, size and chemical composition have been studied before and after high temperature thermal treatment. The study of phase transformation upon heating has permitted the extrapolation to the equilibrium temperature formation of austenite. Phase transformation diagrams upon cooling have been determined and the transformation kinetics have been linked to austenite grain size by a simple relation. Fine grain size is unfavourable for the targeted application, so a particular thermal treatment inducing a coarser grain structure has been developed. Finally, tensile properties have been determined for the different microstructures. (author)

  18. Effect of quenching rate on hardness and microstructure of hot-stamped steel

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    Nishibata, Toshinobu, E-mail: nishibat-tsn@sumitomometals.co.jp [Corporate R and D Labs., Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd., 1-8 Fuso-Cho, Amagasaki, Hyogo 660-0891 (Japan); Kojima, Nobusato, E-mail: kojima-nbs@sumitomometals.co.jp [Corporate R and D Labs., Sumitomo Metal Industries Ltd., 1-8 Fuso-Cho, Amagasaki, Hyogo 660-0891 (Japan)

    2013-11-15

    Highlights: ► The hot-stamped specimens had an auto-tempered martensite microstructure. ► Below the M{sub s} point, reducing the cooling rate significantly reduces the hardness in the hot-stamped-specimens. ► The major factor that causes the reduction in hardness in hot-stamping is auto-tempering. -- Abstract: The effect of the cooling rate on the hardness and microstructure of the hot-stamped boron steel containing 0.2 mass% carbon was investigated. Sheets with thicknesses of 1.6 and 1.2 mm were heated to 900 °C for 4 min. They were then press formed and simultaneously quench hardened with dies or water quenched. Simulated hot-stamping tests were also performed at various cooling rates. The Vickers hardnesses of the quenched specimens were measured and their cross-sections were observed by optical microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The hot-stamped specimens had an auto-tempered martensite microstructure and they were softer than the water-quenched specimens, which consisted of lath-martensite. Tempered martensite was distinguished from bainite by observing cementite precipitation. Below the M{sub s} temperature, reducing the cooling rate significantly reduces the hardness, even when the cooling rate is higher than the upper critical cooling rate.

  19. Influence of plastic strain on deformation-induced martensitic transformations

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    Perdahcioglu, Emin Semih; Geijselaers, Hubertus J.M.; Groen, M.

    2008-01-01

    The effects of plastic strain on deformation-induced martensitic transformations have been investigated experimentally. Austenitic metastable stainless steel samples were heated to a temperature at which the transformation is suppressed and were plastically strained to different amounts. The

  20. The influence of remelting parameters of the electric arc and conventional tempering on the tribological resistance of high speed steel HS 6-5-2

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    A. Dziedzic

    2011-07-01

    Full Text Available The present thesis depicts the results of the research of tribological high speed steel HS 6-5-2 remelted with the electric arc. Steel was remelted with different parameters. The amperage of electric arc was changed, the scanning speed was changed and the single, overlapping remeltings were used. There was also the influence of conventional tempering defined, which was conducted after remelting on the tribological resistance of hardened steel. For the previously mentioned processing variants, the intensity of tribological wear was defined and the linear wear were presented, and the friction coefficients. The type of tribological wear was also given, present during the friction, technically dry, of the hardened steel. The lower intensity of tribological wear was received for the single remelting by electric arc of 50 and 70A. Using the overlapping remeltings for the strengening of the surface layer of the high speed steel HS 6-5-2 causes the increase of the intensity of tribological wear in comparison to the steel with the single remelting. The conventional tempering leads to the decrease of the intensity of tribological wear.

  1. Moessbauer spectroscopic investigation of retained-austenite content of high-carbon tool steel during isothermal tempering of as-quenched samples

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    Bala, Piotr, E-mail: pbala@agh.edu.pl; Krawczyk, Janusz [AGH University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Metals Engineering and Industrial Computer Science (Poland); Hanc, Aneta [University of Silesia, Faculty of Computer and Materials Science (Poland)

    2009-04-15

    This work presents the results of investigations using Moessbauer spectroscopy technique and their interpretation concerning retained austenite (RA) and its transformation during tempering in relation to previously conducted dilatometric, microscopic and mechanical investigations. This research was conducted on a new high-carbon alloy steel 120 MnCrMoV8-6-4-2, which was designed in 1998, in Phase Transformations Research Group at the AGH UST. The influence of the tempering time on the mechanical and chemical stability of retained austenite and on the products of its transformation, nucleation and solubility of {epsilon} carbides and cementite nucleation and growth, was determined.

  2. Effect of magnetic field strength on M6C carbide precipitation behavior in W6Mo5Cr4V3 high speed steel during tempering

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    Wu, Y.; Zhang, Z. W.; Li, H. H.; Zhao, X.

    2017-05-01

    Effect of high magnetic field strength on M6C carbide precipitation morphology in W6Mo5Cr4V3 high speed steel was investigated. Results showed that at low and medium tempering temperatures, the high magnetic field significantly affects the precipitation morphology of M6C carbides and shows strong spheroidization. This effect increases with the enhancement of the magnetic field strength. At high tempering temperature, the high magnetic field has no obvious effect on M6C carbide precipitation behavior.

  3. Microstructure Charaterization of a Hardened and Tempered Tool Steel: from Macro to Nano Scale

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    Højerslev, Christian; Somers, Marcel A. J.; Carstensen, Jesper V.

    2002-01-01

    The microstructure of a conventionally heat treated PM AISI M3:2 tool steel, was characterised by a combination of light optical and electron microscopy, covering the range from micro to nano scale. Dilatometry and X-ray diffractometry were used for an overall macro characterisation of the phases...... present and the transformations occurring during heat treatment....

  4. Effect of prior-austenite grain refinement on microstructure, mechanical properties and thermal embrittlement of 9Cr-1Mo-0.1C steel

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    Karthikeyan, T.; Dash, Manmath Kumar; Ravikirana; Mythili, R.; Panneer Selvi, S.; Moitra, A.; Saroja, S.

    2017-10-01

    The effect of 'conventional normalizing and tempering' (CNT) and 'double austenitization based normalizing and tempering' (DNT) heat treatments on the microstructure, tensile, creep and impact toughness properties of 9Cr-1Mo steel has been studied. The tempered martensite microstructure obtained through DNT treatment exhibited smaller sizes of prior-austenite grains/martensite packets (28 μm/11 μm) compared to the CNT treatment (44 μm/14 μm). The tempered martensite morphology was largely retained after long-term thermal aging at 550 °C/5000 h, while the M23C6 and M2(C,N) type of precipitates were found to act as nucleation sites for precipitation of brittle Fe2Mo Laves phase. The grain refinement by DNT was found to be beneficial for minimizing the ductile-to-brittle transition characteristics (25 °C lower ductile-to-brittle transition temperature and 70 J higher upper shelf energy) over the CNT. Thermal embrittlement occurred in both heated treated steels, but the transition temperature of aged DNT steel remained below room temperature. Fractured Charpy specimens revealed ductile failure by void coalescence for high temperature tests, and a quasi-cleavage fracture at low temperatures with few isolated occurrence of intergranular crack in thermal embrittled steel. The DNT treated steel resulted in similar or better tensile and creep properties, when compared to the CNT treatment. The homogeneous fine grained tempered martensite microstructure obtained by DNT treatment resulted in improved embrittlement resistance and mechanical properties over the conventional treatment.

  5. Characterization of precipitates in a 7.9Cr-1.65Mo-1.25Si-1.2V steel during tempering

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    Djebaili, H., E-mail: h_djebaili@yahoo.fr [LASPI2A Laboratoire des Structures, Proprietes et Interactions Inter Atomiques, Centre Universitaire Khenchela (Algeria); Zedira, H.; Djelloul, A.; Boumaza, A. [LASPI2A Laboratoire des Structures, Proprietes et Interactions Inter Atomiques, Centre Universitaire Khenchela (Algeria)

    2009-09-15

    In this paper, the precipitates formed during the tempering after quenching from temperature 1150 deg. C for 7.90Cr-1.65Mo-1.25Si-1.2V steels are investigated using an analytical transmission electron microscope (A-TEM).The study of this tempering is carried out in isothermal and anisothermal conditions, by comparing the results given by dilatometry and hot hardness. Tempering is performed in the range of 300-700 deg. C. Coarse primary carbides retained after heat treatment are V-rich MC and Cr-Mo-rich M{sub 7}C{sub 3} types. In turn, it gives a significant influence on the precipitation of fine secondary carbides, that is, secondary hardening during tempering. The major secondary carbides are Cr-Mo-V-rich M'C (and/or) Cr-Mo-rich M{sub 2}C type. The peak hardness is observed in the tempering range of 450-500 deg. C. In the end, we observe between 600 and 700 deg. C, that this impoverished changes the phase. At these high temperatures of tempering, we observe that there is a carbide formation of the types M{sub 6}C developing at the expense of the fine M{sub 7}C{sub 3} carbides previously formed.

  6. Mechanical properties and microstructure of 3D-printed high Co-Ni secondary hardening steel fabricated by laser melting deposition

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    Duan, Hui-ping; Liu, Xiao; Ran, Xian-zhe; Li, Jia; Liu, Dong

    2017-09-01

    The mechanical properties and microstructure of the 3D-printed high Co-Ni secondary hardening steel fabricated by the laser melting deposition technique was investigated using a material testing machine and electron microscopy. A microstructure investigation revealed that the samples consist of martensite laths, fine dispersed precipitates, and reverted austenite films at the martensite lath boundaries. The precipitates are enriched with Co and Mo. Because the sample tempered at 486°C has smaller precipitates and a higher number of precipitates per unit area, it exhibits better mechanical properties than the sample tempered at 498°C. Although the 3D-printed samples have the same phase constituents as AerMet 100 steel, the mechanical properties are slightly worse than those of the commercial wrought AerMet 100 steel because of the presence of voids.

  7. Retained Austenite Transformation during Heat Treatment of a 5 Wt Pct Cr Cold Work Tool Steel

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    Rehan, M. Arbab; Medvedeva, Anna; Svensson, Lars-Erik; Karlsson, Leif

    2017-11-01

    Retained austenite transformation was studied for a 5 wt pct Cr cold work tool steel tempered at 798 K and 873 K (525 °C and 600 °C) followed by cooling to room temperature. Tempering cycles with variations in holding times were conducted to observe the mechanisms involved. Phase transformations were studied with dilatometry, and the resulting microstructures were characterized with X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. Tempering treatments at 798 K (525 °C) resulted in retained austenite transformation to martensite on cooling. The martensite start ( M s ) and martensite finish ( M f ) temperatures increased with longer holding times at tempering temperature. At the same time, the lattice parameter of retained austenite decreased. Calculations from the M s temperatures and lattice parameters suggested that there was a decrease in carbon content of retained austenite as a result of precipitation of carbides prior to transformation. This was in agreement with the resulting microstructure and the contraction of the specimen during tempering, as observed by dilatometry. Tempering at 873 K (600 °C) resulted in precipitation of carbides in retained austenite followed by transformation to ferrite and carbides. This was further supported by the initial contraction and later expansion of the dilatometry specimen, the resulting microstructure, and the absence of any phase transformation on cooling from the tempering treatment. It was concluded that there are two mechanisms of retained austenite transformation occurring depending on tempering temperature and time. This was found useful in understanding the standard tempering treatment, and suggestions regarding alternative tempering treatments are discussed.

  8. In situ investigation of the martensitic transformation in Fe–12 wt.%Ni–0.6 wt.%C steel at subzero temperatures

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

    2013-01-01

    Martensitic transformation in a Fe–12 wt.%Ni–0.6 wt.%C alloy was investigated with magnetometry and in situ (synchrotron) X-ray diffraction at sub-zero Celsius temperature. In situ X-ray diffraction at the HZBBESSY II synchrotron facility was applied to quantitatively determine the fractions...

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

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    Saeidi, Sheida

    Two important components of a liquid breeder blanket of a fusion power reactor are the liquid breeder/coolant and the steel structure that the liquid is enclosed in. One candidate combination for such components is Lead-Lithium (PbLi) eutectic alloy and advanced Reduced Activation Ferritic/Martensitic (RAFM) steel. The research performed here is aimed at: (1) better understanding of corrosion processes in the system including RAFM steel and flowing PbLi in the presence of a strong magnetic field and (2) prediction of corrosion losses in conditions of a Dual Coolant Lead Lithium (DCLL) blanket, which is at present the key liquid metal blanket concept in the US. To do this, numerical and analytical tools have been developed and then applied to the analysis of corrosion processes. First, efforts were taken to develop a computational suite called TRANSMAG (Transport phenomena in Magnetohydrodynamic Flows) as an analysis tool for corrosion processes in the PbLi/RAFM system, including transport of corrosion products in MHD laminar and turbulent flows. The computational approach in TRANSMAG is based on simultaneous solution of flow, energy and mass transfer equations with or without a magnetic field, assuming mass transfer controlled corrosion and uniform dissolution of iron in the flowing PbLi. Then, the new computational tool was used to solve an inverse mass transfer problem where the saturation concentration of iron in PbLi was reconstructed from the experimental data resulting in the following correlation: CS = e 13.604--12975/T, where T is the temperature of PbLi in K and CS is in wppm. The new correlation for saturation concentration was then used in the analysis of corrosion processes in laminar flows in a rectangular duct in the presence of a strong transverse magnetic field. As shown in this study, the mass loss increases with the magnetic field such that the corrosion rate in the presence of a magnetic field can be a few times higher compared to purely

  10. Isothermal martensite formation at sub-zero temperatures

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    Stojko, Allan; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt; Slycke, Jan

    2010-01-01

    Sub-zero treatment of steels with an Mf below zero degrees Celsius relies (partly) on a continuation of the martensite formation. The present work reports on the observation of isothermal martensite formation in the sub-zero temperature regime for two steels: AISI 1070 and AISI 52100. Samples were...... austenitized and quenched in oil and thereafter investigated with vibrating sample agnetometry, which allows a quantitative assessment of the fraction of retained austenite as a function of the subzero temperature and time. Isothermal martensite formation was observed on interrupting the continuous cooling (5...... with a continuation of the martensitic transformation. On prolonged isothermal holding a volume reduction was observed for AISI 52100, but not for AISI 1070. A mechanism is proposed that explains the occurrence of isothermal martensite formation....

  11. Elastic limit and microplastic response of hardened steels

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    Zaccone, M.A. (McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Co., St. Louis, MO (United States)); Krauss, G. (Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO (United States). Dept. of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering)

    1993-10-01

    Tempered martensite-retained austenite microstructures were produced by direct quenching a series of 41XX medium carbon steels, direct quenching and reheating a series of five 0.8C-Cr-Ni-Mo steels and intercritically austenitizing at various temperatures, and quenching a SAE 52100 steel. All specimens were tempered either at 150 C or at 200 C. Specimens were subjected to compression and tension testing in the microstrain regime to determine the elastic limits and microplastic response of the microstructures. The retained austenite and matrix carbon content of the intercritically austenized specimens were measured by X-ray diffraction and Mossbauer spectroscopy. The elastic limit of the microstructures decreases with increasing amounts of retained austenite. Refining of the austenite distribution increases the elastic limit. Low elastic limits are mainly due to low flow stresses in the austenite and not internal stresses. The elastic limit correlates with the largest austenite free-mean path by a Hall-Petch type equation. The elastic limit increases with decreasing intercritical austenitizing temperature in the SAE 52100 due to a lower carbon content in the matrix reducing the retained austenite levels and retained carbides that refine grain size and, therefore, the austenite distribution in quenched specimens. In the microplastic region, the strain is accommodated by successively smaller austenite regions until the flow strength matches that of the martensite. Reheating and quenching refines the microstructure and renders the austenite unstable in the microplastic regime, causing transformation of the austenite to martensite by a strain-induced mechanism. The transformation of austenite to martensite occurs by a stress-assisted mechanism in medium carbon steels. The low elastic limits in medium carbon steels were due to the inability of the strain from the stress-assisted transformation to balance the plastic strain accumulated in the austenite.

  12. Ultra-Fine Grained Dual-Phase Steels

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    Matthias Militzer

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper provides an overview on obtaining low-carbon ultra-fine grained dual-phase steels through rapid intercritical annealing of cold-rolled sheet as improved materials for automotive applications. A laboratory processing route was designed that involves cold-rolling of a tempered martensite structure followed by a second tempering step to produce a fine grained aggregate of ferrite and carbides as the initial microstructure for rapid intercritical annealing. The intercritical annealing step was performed with heating and cooling rates of at least 100 °C/s and a holding time of 30 s. The intercritical temperature was selected to result in 20- 35% martensite in the final microstructures for C-Mn steels with carbon contents of 0.06, 0.12 and 0.17 wt%, respectively. The proposed processing routes produced an ultra-fine grained ferrite-martensite structure withgrain sizes of approximately 1 ?m for all three steels. The tensile strength of these ultra-fine grained dualphase steels can be increased by up to 200 MPa as compared to coarse-grained dual-phase steels while maintaining uniform elongation values. The rather narrow processing window necessary to obtain these properties was evaluated by determining the effect of intercritical annealing conditions on microstructure evolution. Further, the experimental results were confirmed with phase field simulations of austenite formation indicating that rapid heat treatment cycles are essential to obtain fine grained intercritical austenite that leads to martensite islands with sizes of 1 ?m and below in the final microstructure.

  13. The Effect of Phosphate Coatings on Fatigue Crack Initiation in Quenched and Tempered Low Alloy Steel

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    1990-12-01

    zinc and manganese phosphate on fatigue life to crack initiation was determined at two levels of applied stress, selected to... manganese phosphate or zinc phosphate which is then given a supplementary coating such as oil or solid film lubricant. The manganese phosphate is typically...surface with phosphate ( zinc or manganese ) has on the initiation of fatigue cracks in a representative high strength cannon steel. This report descries

  14. Study of 13Cr-4Ni-(Mo (F6NM Steel Grade Heat Treatment for Maximum Hardness Control in Industrial Heats

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    Massimo De Sanctis

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available The standard NACE MR0175 (ISO 15156 requires a maximum hardness value of 23 HRC for 13Cr-4Ni-(Mo steel grade for sour service, requiring a double tempering heat treatment at temperature in the range 648–691 °C for the first tempering and 593–621 °C for the second tempering. Difficulties in limiting alloy hardness after the tempering of forged mechanical components (F6NM are often faced. Variables affecting the thermal behavior of 13Cr-4Ni-(Mo during single and double tempering treatments have been studied by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM observations, X-ray diffraction measurements, dilatometry, and thermo-mechanical simulations. It has been found that relatively low Ac1 temperatures in this alloy induce the formation of austenite phase above 600 °C during tempering, and that the formed, reverted austenite tends to be unstable upon cooling, thus contributing to the increase of final hardness via transformation to virgin martensite. Therefore, it is necessary to increase the Ac1 temperature as much as possible to allow the tempering of martensite at the temperature range required by NACE without the detrimental formation of virgin martensite upon final cooling. Attempts to do so have been carried out by reducing both carbon (<0.02% C and nitrogen (<100 ppm levels. Results obtained herein show final hardness below NACE limits without an unacceptable loss of mechanical strength.

  15. Epibenthic colonization of concrete and steel pilings in a cold-temperate embayment: a field experiment

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    Andersson, Mathias H.; Berggren, Matz; Wilhelmsson, Dan; Öhman, Marcus C.

    2009-09-01

    With large-scale development of offshore wind farms, vertical structures are becoming more common in open water areas. To examine how vertical structures of different materials may be colonized by epibenthic organisms, an experiment was carried out using steel and concrete pilings constructed to resemble those commonly used in wind farm constructions as well as in bridges, jetties and oil platforms. The early recruitment and succession of the epibenthic communities were sampled once a month for the first 5 months and then again after 1 year. Further, the fish assemblages associated with the pillars were sampled and compared to natural areas. The main epibenthic species groups, in terms of coverage, differed between the two materials at five out of six sampling occasions. Dominant organisms on steel pillars were the barnacle Balanus improvisus, the calcareous tubeworm Pomatoceros triqueter and the tunicate Ciona intestinalis. On the concrete pillars, the hydroid Laomedea sp. and the tunicates Corella parallelogramma and Ascidiella spp. dominated. However, there was no different in coverage at different heights on the pillars or in biomass and species abundance at different directions (north-east or south-west) 5 months after submergence. Fish showed overall higher abundances and species numbers on the pillars (but no difference between steel and concrete) compared to the surrounding soft bottom habitats but not compared to natural vertical rock walls. Two species were attracted to the pillars, indicating a reef effect; Gobiusculus flavescens and Ctenolabrus rupestris. The bottom-dwelling gobies, Pomatoschistus spp., did not show such preferences.

  16. Comparison of Heat Treatments on the Toughness of 1.7Ni-1.5Cu-0.5Mo Pre-alloyed P/M Steels

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    Güral, Ahmet; Türkan, Mustafa

    2015-05-01

    Effects of quenching plus tempering and intercritical annealing plus quenching heat treatments on the impact toughness properties of 1.7Ni-1.5Cu-0.5Mo pre-alloyed powder metallurgy steels with 0.2 (in mass%) graphite were investigated. Specimens were prepared by pressing at 670 MPa and sintering at 1250 °C. Different heat treatments, namely quenching and tempering, directly intercritically annealing and fully austenization plus intercritically annealing were carried out on the sintered specimens. The results showed that the impact toughness decreased with increasing intercritical annealing temperature in ferrite plus martensite dual phase powder metallurgy steels and with increasing tempering temperature in the quenched plus tempered specimens. Besides, impact toughness of fully austenizated plus intercritically annealed specimens was higher than those of quenched plus tempered and directly intercritically annealed specimens at the same hardness levels.

  17. Prediction of the mechanical behaviour of TRIP steel

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    Perdahcioglu, Emin Semih; Geijselaers, Hubertus J.M.; Tekkaya, A.E.; Hirt, G.

    2011-01-01

    TRIP steel typically contains four different phases, ferrite, bainite, austenite and martensite. During deformation the metastable retained austenite tends to transform to stable martensite. The accompanying transformation strain has a beneficial effect on the ductility of the steel during forming.

  18. Effect of Heat Treatment on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of Laser Additively Manufactured AISI H13 Tool Steel

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    Chen, ChangJun; Yan, Kai; Qin, Lanlan; Zhang, Min; Wang, Xiaonan; Zou, Tao; Hu, Zengrong

    2017-11-01

    The effect of heat treatment on microstructure and mechanical properties (microhardness, wear resistance and impact toughness) of laser additively manufactured AISI H13 tool steel was systemically investigated. To understand the variation of microstructure and mechanical properties under different heat treatments, the as-deposited samples were treated at 350, 450, 550, 600 and 650 °C/2 h, respectively. Microstructure and phase transformation were investigated through optical microscopy, scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope. The mechanical properties were characterized by nanoindentation tests, Charpy tests and high-temperature wear tests. The microstructure of as-deposited samples consisted of martensite, ultrafine carbides and retained austenite. After the tempering treatment, the martensite was converted into tempered martensite and some fine alloy carbides which precipitated in the matrix. When treated at 550 °C, the greatest hardness and nanohardness were 600 HV0.3 and 6119.4 MPa due to many needle-like carbides precipitation. The value of hardness increased firstly and then decreased when increasing the temperature. When tempered temperatures exceeded 550 °C, the carbides became coarse, and martensitic matrix recrystallized at the temperature of 650 °C. The least impact energy was 6.0 J at a temperature of 550 °C. Samples tempered at 550 °C had larger wear volume loss than that of others. Wear resistances of all samples under atmospheric condition at 400 °C showed an oxidation mechanism.

  19. Carbide Precipitation in 2.25 Cr-1 Mo Bainitic Steel: Effect of Heating and Isothermal Tempering Conditions

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    Dépinoy, Sylvain; Toffolon-Masclet, Caroline; Urvoy, Stéphane; Roubaud, Justine; Marini, Bernard; Roch, François; Kozeschnik, Ernst; Gourgues-Lorenzon, Anne-Françoise

    2017-05-01

    The effect of the tempering heat treatment, including heating prior to the isothermal step, on carbide precipitation has been determined in a 2.25 Cr-1 Mo bainitic steel for thick-walled applications. The carbides were identified using their amount of metallic elements, morphology, nucleation sites, and diffraction patterns. The evolution of carbide phase fraction, morphology, and composition was investigated using transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, as well as thermodynamic calculations. Upon heating, retained austenite into the as-quenched material decomposes into ferrite and cementite. M7C3 carbides then nucleate at the interface between the cementite and the matrix, triggering the dissolution of cementite. M2C carbides precipitate separately within the bainitic laths during slow heating. M23C6 carbides precipitate at the interfaces (lath boundaries or prior austenite grain boundaries) and grow by attracting nearby chromium atoms, which results in the dissolution of M7C3 and, depending on the temperature, coarsening, or dissolution of M2C carbides, respectively.

  20. Effects of Cryogenic Treatment on the Strength Properties of Heat Resistant Stainless Steel (07X16H6)

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    Nadig, D. S.; Bhat, M. R.; Pavan, V. K.; Mahishi, Chandan

    2017-09-01

    Cryogenic treatment on metals is a well known technology where the materials are exposed to cryogenic temperature for prolonged time duration. The process involves three stages viz. slow cooling, holding at cryogenic temperature and warming to room temperature. During this process, hard and micro sized carbide particles are released within the steel material. In addition, soft and unconverted austenite of steel changes to strong martensite structure. These combined effects increase the strength and hardness of the cryotreated steel. In this experimental study, the effects of cryogenic treatment, austenitising and tempering on the mechanical properties of stainless steel (07X16H6) have been carried. After determining the strength properties of the original material, the specimens were cryotreated at 98K for 24 hours in a specially developed cryotreatment system. The effects of austenitising prior to cryogenic treatment and tempering post cryotreatment on the mechanical properties of steel samples have been experimentally determined and analysed.

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

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    Rodriguez, D.; Serrano, M.

    2012-07-01

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

  2. Study of the martensite transformation on reduction area profiles of austenitic stainless steels AISI 303; Estudo da metaestabilidade da martensita nos perfis de estricao dos acos inoxidaveis austeniticos AISI 303

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    Sa, Robespierre M. de; Alfaro, Sadek C.A. [Brasilia Univ., DF (Brazil). Dept. de Engenharia Mecanica

    1986-12-31

    The martensitic transformation on the ductility study, through the area reduction analysis on Stainless Steel AISI 303, at a temperature variation from 0 to 25 deg C, is discussed. According to the author, the reduction area profiles under ductility properties are determined by three factors: temperature, deformation and microstructure characteristic. The essays shown that, according the temperature variation between 0 to 25 deg C, and with an deformation increase, is noted the better characteristic of ductility. In the formation of reduction area until 6 mm after rupture, the temperature is the main factor, while the deformation rate is the dominant agent in the section from 0 mm. to 3 mm. 9 figs., 2 tabs., 5 refs.

  3. The influence of molybdenum on stress corrosion in Ultra Low Carbon Steels with copper addition

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    M. Mazur

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available The influence of molybdenum content on the process of stress corrosion of ultra-low carbon structural steels with the addition of copper HSLA (High Strength Low Alloy was analyzed. The study was conducted for steels after heat treatment consisting of quenching andfollowing tempering at 600°C and it was obtained microstructure of the tempered martensite laths with copper precipitates and the phaseLaves Fe2Mo type. It was found strong influence of Laves phase precipitate on the grain boundaries of retained austenite on rate anddevelopment of stress corrosion processes. The lowest corrosion resistance was obtained for W3 steel characterized by high contents ofmolybdenum (2.94% Mo which should be connected with the intensity precipitate processes of Fe2Mo phase. For steels W1 and W2which contents molybdenum equals 1.02% and 1.88%, respectively were obtained similar courses of corrosive cracking.

  4. Unraveling the Initial Microstructure Effects on Mechanical Properties and Work-Hardening Capacity of Dual-Phase Steel

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    Mirzadeh, Hamed; Alibeyki, Mohammad; Najafi, Mostafa

    2017-10-01

    Ferritic-martensitic, dual-phase (DP) microstructures with different size, morphology, and distribution of martensite were produced by altering the initial microstructures using heat treatment and thermomechanical processing routes. It was revealed that the strength, ductility, and work-hardening rate of DP steels strongly depend on the volume fraction and the morphology of the martensite phase. In this regard, the fine-grained DP microstructure showed a high work-hardening ability toward an excellent combination of strength and ductility. Such a microstructure can be readily obtained by intercritical annealing of an ultrafine grained (UFG) microstructure, where the latter can be produced by cold-rolling followed by tempering of a martensite starting microstructure. Conclusively, the enhancement of mechanical properties of DP steels through microstructural refinement was found to be more beneficial compared with increasing the volume fraction of martensite. Finally, it was also demonstrated that the work-hardening rate analysis based on the instantaneous (incremental) work-hardening exponents might be an advantageous approach for characterizing DP steels along with the conventional approaches.

  5. Page 1 Martensitic transformation 713 martensite phases which ...

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    Shape memory alloys exhibit interesting and anomalous behaviour with respect to the temperature dependence (near M.) of the ... include (i) the stress-assisted reversible growth of martensite; (ii) the reorientation of the martensite plates under an applied stress; (iii) inter-twin growth; and. (iv) martensite-to-martensite ...

  6. A low-temperature study to examine the role of epsilon-martensite during strain-induced transformations in metastable austenitic stainless steels

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    Datta, K.; Delhez, R.; Bronsveld, P. M.; Beyer, J.; Geijselaers, H. J. M.; Post, J.

    A low-temperature study of the mechanical behaviour of a metastable semi-austenitic stainless steel was carried out. This class of stainless steels is found to show a characteristic hump followed by softening in their stress-strain curves, especially at low temperatures, much like dynamically

  7. A low-temperature study to examine the role of epsilon-martensite during strain-induced transformations in metastable austenitic stainless steels

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    Datta, K.; Delhez, R; Bronsveld, P.M.; Beyer, J.; Geijselaers, Hubertus J.M.; Post, J.

    2009-01-01

    A low-temperature study of the mechanical behaviour of a metastable semi-austenitic stainless steel was carried out. This class of stainless steels is found to show a characteristic hump followed by softening in their stress–strain curves, especially at low temperatures, much like dynamically

  8. Isothermal martensite formation at sub-zero temperatures

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    Stojko, Allan; Hansen, Mikkel Fougt; Slycke, Jan

    2011-01-01

    Sub-zero treatment of steels with an M1 below 0°C relies (partly) on a continuation of the martensite formation. The present work reports on the observation of isothermal martensite formation in the sub-zero temperature regime for two steels: AISI 1070 and AISI 52100. Samples were austenitized......, quenched in oil, and thereafter investigated with vibrating sample magnetometry, which allows a quantitative assessment of the fraction of retained austenite as a function of the sub-zero temperature and time. Isothermal martensite formation was observed on interrupting the continuous cooling (5 K....../min) at temperatures in the range of 80-233 K. The kinetics of isothermal martensite formation depends strongly on the temperature and can be described by Johnson-Mehl-Avrami-Kolmogorov kinetics. Isothermal experiments with dilatometry indicated the occurrence of a volume increase on isothermal holding, consistent...

  9. Prediction of Continuous Cooling Diagrams for the Precision Forged Tempering Steel 50CrMo4 by Means of Artificial Neural Networks

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    Florian Nürnberger

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Quenching and tempering of precision forged components using their forging heat leads to reduced process energy and shortens the usual process chains. To design such a process, neither the isothermal transformation diagrams (TTT nor the continuous cooling transformation (CCT diagrams from literature can be used to predict microstructural transformations during quenching since the latter diagrams are significantly influenced by previous deformations and process-related high austenitising temperatures. For this reason, deformation CCT diagrams for several tempering steels from previous works have been investigated taking into consideration the process conditions of precision forging. Within the scope of the present work, these diagrams are used as input data for predicting microstructural transformations by means of artificial neural networks. Several artificial neural network structures have been examined using the commercial software MATLAB. Predictors have been established with satisfactory capabilities for predicting CCT diagrams for different degrees of deformation within the analyzed range of data.

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

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    G. Golański

    2011-04-01

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

  11. EVALUATION OF METHODS FOR ESTIMATING FATIGUE PROPERTIES APPLIED TO STAINLESS STEELS AND ALUMINUM ALLOYS

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    Taylor Mac Intyer Fonseca Junior

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available This work evaluate seven estimation methods of fatigue properties applied to stainless steels and aluminum alloys. Experimental strain-life curves are compared to the estimations obtained by each method. After applying seven different estimation methods at 14 material conditions, it was found that fatigue life can be estimated with good accuracy only by the Bäumel-Seeger method for the martensitic stainless steel tempered between 300°C and 500°C. The differences between mechanical behavior during monotonic and cyclic loading are probably the reason for the absence of a reliable method for estimation of fatigue behavior from monotonic properties for a group of materials.

  12. Microstructure and mechanical properties of a microalloyed steel after thermal treatments

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    André Barros Cota

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available The properties of a microalloyed steel, with Nb and V in its composition, were studied, after different intercritical thermal treatments and at different austenitizing and tempering temperatures. The mechanical properties of the specimens were measured in a Vickers hardness tester, and their microstructures were analyzed by optical microscopy, with the aid of a digital image processor. After austenitizing at 1100 °C and tempering at 625 °C, the samples showed significantly higher tempering resistance, reflected by their retention of high hardness, which may be associated with a secondary hardening precipitation of Nb carbon nitrides. In the sample with dual-phase microstructure, the martensite volume fraction varied from 18.2 to 26.3% and the ferrite grain size remained unchanged, upon the variation of the time length of the intercritical treatments. Tempered samples showed Vickers hardness (HVN varying from 327 to 399, and dual-phase samples showed HVN from 362 to 429.

  13. The hardness and sliding wear behaviour of a bainitic steel

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    Shipway, P.H. [Nottingham Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Materials Engineering and Materials Design; Wood, S.J. [Nottingham Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Materials Engineering and Materials Design; Dent, A.H. [Nottingham Univ. (United Kingdom). Dept. of Materials Engineering and Materials Design

    1997-03-01

    High-strength bainitic steels have a number of desirable mechanical properties and have thus been viewed as candidate materials for heavy wear applications. This work examines the role of transformation temperature on the wear resistance of isothermally formed bainite from a single alloy steel and compares it with wear resistance following other heat treatments such as quenching, quenching and tempering and normalisation. The sliding wear resistance was examined for a range of applied loads at a constant sliding velocity of 1 m s{sup -1}. Microstructural constituents of the steels were related to their wear resistance. The hardness of the bainitic steel was a function of the isothermal transformation temperature and its variation has been correlated with the transformation behaviour. However, the hardness of the materials did not correlate well with their wear resistance, with the hardest martensitic steel showing greater wear rates than the normalised steel. Bainitic microstructures formed at low transformation temperatures were found to have a high wear resistance which in many cases was a factor of two better than any of the other microstructures examined; this material had a good combination of hardness and toughness on the microstructural level due to the fine nature of the bainite formed with high dislocation density and the lack of embrittling martensite and cementite phases and it is proposed that these attributes confer its high wear resistance. (orig.)

  14. Effects of Austenitizing and Forging on Mechanical Properties of MIL A-12560/AISI 4340 Steel

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    Herbirowo, S.; Adjiantoro, B.; Romijarso, T. B.

    2017-05-01

    Laterite steels might be used for alternative armored steels. Their properties can be improved in various ways, such as by heat treatment. This paper reports the influences of tempering temperature on the hardness and microstructure of the modified MIL A-12560/AISI 4340 steels. Samples were austenitized at 1200, 1000, and 800°C and forged at 100, 75, and 50 tons. Mechanical properties consisted of Hardness measurement was conducted by Brinell indentation and metallographic observation was conducted by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that increasing forging force until 100 tons can decrease hardness. The formation of the microstructure consists of tempered martensite containing ferrite and dual phase perlite. The presence of void and porous can also decrease hardness. Decreasing austenizing temperature from 1200 °C to 800°C can increase material strength and hardness.

  15. Study of Cold Coiling Spring Steel on Microstructure and Cold Forming Performance

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    Jiang, Y.; Liang, Y. L.; Ming, Y.; Zhao, F.

    2017-09-01

    Medium-carbon cold-coiling locomotive spring steels were treated by a novel Q-P-T (quenching-partitioning-tempering) process. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscope (TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) were used to characterize the relevant parameters of the steel. Results show that the microstructure of tested steel treated by Q-P-T process is a complex microstructures composed of martensite, bainite and retained austenite. The volume fraction of retained austenite (wt.%) is up to 31%. After pre-deforming and tempering again at 310°C, the plasticity of samples treated by Q-P-T process is still well. Fracture images show that the Q-P-T samples are ductile fracture. It is attributed to the higher volume fraction of the retained austenite and the interactions between the multi-phases in Q-P-T processed sample.

  16. Fracture-tough, high hardness stainless steel and method of making same

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    Olson, Gregory B. (Inventor)

    1993-01-01

    A cryogenically-formed and tempered stainless steel is provided having improved fracture toughness and corrosion resistance at a given hardness level, such as, for example, of at least about Rc 60 for bearing applications. The steel consists essentially of, in weight %, about 21 to about 24% Co, about 11 to about 13% Cr, about 7 to about 9% Ni, about 0.1 to about 0.5% Mo, about 0.2 to about 0.3% V, about 0.28 to about 0.32% C, and the balance iron. The steel includes a cryogenically-formed martensitic microstructure tempered to include about 5 to about 10 volume % post-deformation retained austenite dispersed therein and M.sub.2 C-type carbides, where M is Cr, Mo, V, and/or Fe, dispersed in the microstructure.

  17. AISI/DOE Technology Roadmap Program: Development of Appropriate Resistance Spot Welding Practice for Transformation-Hardened Steels

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    Wayne Chuko; Jerry Gould

    2002-07-08

    This report describes work accomplished in the project, titled ''Development of Appropriate Resistance Spot Welding Practice for Transformation-Hardened Steels.'' The Phase 1 of the program involved development of in-situ temper diagrams for two gauges of representative dual-phase and martensitic grades of steels. The results showed that tempering is an effective way of reducing hold-time sensitivity (HTS) in hardenable high-strength sheet steels. In Phase 2, post-weld cooling rate techniques, incorporating tempering, were evaluated to reduce HTS for the same four steels. Three alternative methods, viz., post-heating, downsloping, and spike tempering, for HTS reduction were investigated. Downsloping was selected for detailed additional study, as it appeared to be the most promising of the cooling rate control methods. The downsloping maps for each of the candidate steels were used to locate the conditions necessary for the peak response. Three specific downslope conditions (at a fix ed final current for each material, timed for a zero-, medium-, and full-softening response) were chosen for further metallurgical and mechanical testing. Representative samples, were inspected metallographically, examining both local hardness variations and microstructures. The resulting downslope diagrams were found to consist largely of a C-curve. The softening observed in these curves, however, was not supported by subsequent metallography, which showed that all welds made, regardless of material and downslope condition, were essentially martensitic. CCT/TTT diagrams, generated based on microstructural modeling done at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, showed that minimum downslope times of 2 and 10 s for the martensitic and dual-phase grades of steels, respectively, were required to avoid martensite formation. These times, however, were beyond those examined in this study. These results show that downsloping is not an effective means of reducing HTS for

  18. Influence of the thermodynamic parameters on the temper embrittlement of SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel with variation of Ni, Cr and Mn contents

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    Park, Sang-Gyu; Lee, Ki-Hyoung; Min, Ki-Deuk; Kim, Min-Chul; Lee, Bong-Sang

    2012-07-01

    It is well known that SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel offers improved fracture toughness and strength compared to commercial low alloy steels such as SA508 Gr.3 Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel. In this study, the effects of Cr, Mn, and Ni on temper embrittlement in SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel were evaluated from the viewpoint of thermodynamic parameters such as P diffusivity and C activity. The changes of the ductile-brittle transition temperatures before and after aging were correlated with varying alloying element content, and the diffusivity of P and the activity of C were calculated and correlated with the transition behaviors. The addition of Ni, Cr, and Mn reduce the resistance to temper embrittlement, showing increased Transition-Temperature Shift (TTS) and an increased fraction of intergranular fracture. Although the diffusivity of P is changed by the addition of alloying elements, it does not considerably affect the temper embrittlement. The Mn and Cr content in the matrix significantly reduce the C activity, with showing an inversely proportional relationship to TTS. The change of susceptibility to temper embrittlement caused by Cr and Mn addition could be explained by the variation of C activity. Unlike Cr and Mn, Ni has little effect on the temper embrittlement and C activity.

  19. Influence of the thermodynamic parameters on the temper embrittlement of SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Cr-Mo low alloy steel with variation of Ni, Cr and Mn contents

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    Park, Sang-Gyu; Lee, Ki-Hyoung [Nuclear Materials Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 150-1 Deogjin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Min, Ki-Deuk [Division of Material Science and Engineering, Hanyang University, 17 Haengdang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 133-791 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min-Chul, E-mail: mckim@kaeri.re.kr [Nuclear Materials Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 150-1 Deogjin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Bong-Sang [Nuclear Materials Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute, 150-1 Deogjin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-07-15

    It is well known that SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel offers improved fracture toughness and strength compared to commercial low alloy steels such as SA508 Gr.3 Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel. In this study, the effects of Cr, Mn, and Ni on temper embrittlement in SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steel were evaluated from the viewpoint of thermodynamic parameters such as P diffusivity and C activity. The changes of the ductile-brittle transition temperatures before and after aging were correlated with varying alloying element content, and the diffusivity of P and the activity of C were calculated and correlated with the transition behaviors. The addition of Ni, Cr, and Mn reduce the resistance to temper embrittlement, showing increased Transition-Temperature Shift (TTS) and an increased fraction of intergranular fracture. Although the diffusivity of P is changed by the addition of alloying elements, it does not considerably affect the temper embrittlement. The Mn and Cr content in the matrix significantly reduce the C activity, with showing an inversely proportional relationship to TTS. The change of susceptibility to temper embrittlement caused by Cr and Mn addition could be explained by the variation of C activity. Unlike Cr and Mn, Ni has little effect on the temper embrittlement and C activity.

  20. Influence of Vanadium and Boron Additions on the Microstructure, Fracture Toughness, and Abrasion Resistance of Martensite-Carbide Composite Cast Steel

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    Waleed Elghazaly

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available High chromium cast steel alloys are being used extensively in many industrial services where dry or wet abrasion resistance is required. Such steel castings are demanded for cement, stoneware pipes, and earth moving industries. In this research, five steel heats were prepared in 100 kg and one-ton medium frequency induction furnaces and then sand cast in both Y-block and final impact arm spare parts, respectively. Vanadium (0.5–2.5% and boron (120–150 ppm were added to the 18Cr-1.9C-0.5Mo steel heats to examine their effects on the steel microstructure, mechanical properties especially impact, fracture toughness and abrasion resistance. Changes in the phase transformation after heat treatment were examined using inverted, SEM-EDX microscopy; however, the abrasion resistance was measured in dry basis using the real tonnage of crushed and milled stoneware clay to less than 0.1 mm size distribution.

  1. Influence of partitioning on mechanical behavior of Q&P steels

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    Arlazarov, A., E-mail: artem.arlazarov@arcelormittal.com [ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development, Voie Romaine, BP30320, 57283 Maizières-lès-Metz Cedex (France); Ollat, M. [ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development, Voie Romaine, BP30320, 57283 Maizières-lès-Metz Cedex (France); MATEIS, 25 Avenue Jean Capelle, INSA de LYON, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex (France); Masse, J.P. [ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development, Voie Romaine, BP30320, 57283 Maizières-lès-Metz Cedex (France); Constellium C-TEC, Parc Economique Centr’alp, 38341 Voreppe Cedex (France); Bouzat, M. [ArcelorMittal Global Research and Development, Voie Romaine, BP30320, 57283 Maizières-lès-Metz Cedex (France)

    2016-04-20

    The effect of partitioning conditions during Quenching and Partitioning (Q&P) annealing on mechanical behavior of cold rolled 0.2C-2.22Mn-1.44Si-0.21Cr steels was studied. Q&P heat treatments followed by tensile tests were performed. The evolution of mechanical properties as a function of partitioning temperature and time was analyzed. Microstructure and retained austenite fraction in the initial state and after interrupted tensile tests were characterized by SEM and magnetic measurements. Tensile tests were also performed on tempered martensite to assess the mechanical properties of partitioned martensite. Finally, efforts were made to bring results together and explain the microstructure and mechanical properties of Q&P steels.

  2. RBF-Neural Network Applied to the Quality Classification of Tempered 100Cr6 Steel Cams by the Multi-Frequency Nondestructive Eddy Current Testing

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    Víctor Martínez-Martínez

    2017-09-01

    Full Text Available This article proposes a Radial Basis Function Artificial Neural Network (RBF-ANN to classify tempered steel cams as correctly or incorrectly treated pieces by using multi-frequency nondestructive eddy current testing. Impedances at five frequencies between 10 kHz and 300 kHz were employed to perform the binary sorting. The ANalysis Of VAriance (ANOVA test was employed to check the significance of the differences between the impedance samples for the two classification groups. Afterwards, eleven classifiers were implemented and compared with one RBF-ANN classifier: ten linear discriminant analysis classifiers and one Euclidean distance classifier. When employing the proposed RBF-ANN, the best performance was achieved with a precision of 95% and an area under the Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC curve of 0.98. The obtained results suggest RBF-ANN classifiers processing multi-frequency impedance data could be employed to classify tempered steel DIN 100Cr6 cams with a better performance than other classical classifiers.

  3. Plasma nitriding and simultaneous tempering of VF 800AT tool steel; Nitretacao por plasma com revenimento simultaneo do aco ferramenta VF 800AT

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    Prass, Andre Ricardo; Fontana, Luis Cesar; Recco, Abel Andre Candido, E-mail: prass.andrericardo@gmail.com, E-mail: luis.fontana@udesc.br, E-mail: abel.recco@udesc.br [Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina (UDESC), Joinville, SC (Brazil)

    2017-04-15

    Plasma nitriding of tool steels improves the surface hardness due to formation of diffusion zone and/or compound layer. The process parameters such as temperature, gas composition and dwell time, allow to control the layer thickness, the microstructure, the crystalline phases and the type of layer (for example white layer or diffusion zone). This paper discusses an alternative procedure for the heat treatment of tempering and surface treatment, both in plasma or combining conventional heat treatment with subsequent plasma nitriding. Carrying out both treatments in plasma could enable reduction in manufacturing costs, lower energy consumption and less time for tools manufacturing. Samples of VF800AT steel were treated and characterized (at surface and core of samples) through the following technique: X-ray diffraction, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, micro-hardness profile and Rockwell C measurement. Temperature measurements during the plasma treatment, show that arise thermal gradient between the surface and the core of the samples. In this work, it was observed that the surface was up to 7% hotter than the core of sample, during the plasma treatment with temperature of magnitude about 5 x 10{sup 2} °C. This thermal gradient seems inherent to the plasma process, so that it can produce different microstructure, hardness and crystalline phases between core and edge of samples. However, when two tempering operations are prior carried out in a muffle furnace and the third tempering treatment is subsequently carried out simultaneously with the plasma nitriding, it is observed that the microstructure, the crystalline phases, hardness and micro hardness (in both, edge and core) are similar to treatments done in conventional mode cycle (in muffle furnace) with subsequent plasma nitriding. (author)

  4. Effects of cooling rate and Al on MnS formation in medium-carbon non-quenched and tempered steels

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    Li, Meng-long; Wang, Fu-ming; Li, Chang-rong; Yang, Zhan-bing; Meng, Qing-yong; Tao, Su-fen

    2015-06-01

    The effect of Al on the morphology of MnS in medium-carbon non-quenched and tempered steel was investigated at three different cooling rates of 0.24, 0.43, and 200°C·s-1. The formation mechanisms of three types of MnS were elucidated based on phase diagram information combined with crystal growth models. The morphology of MnS is governed by the precipitation mode and the growth conditions. A monotectic reaction and subsequent fast solidification lead to globular Type I MnS. Type II MnS inclusions with different morphological characteristics form as a result of a eutectic reaction followed by the growth in the Fe matrix. Type III MnS presents a divorced eutectic morphology. At the cooling rate of 0.24°C·s-1, the precipitation of dispersed Type III MnS is significantly enhanced by the addition of 0.044wt% acid-soluble Al (Als), while Type II MnS clusters prefer to form in steels with either 0.034wt% or 0.052wt% Als. At the relatively higher cooling rates of 200°C·s-1 and 0.43°C·s-1, the formation of Type I and Type II MnS inclusions is promoted, and the influence of Al is negligible. The results of this work are expected to be employed in practice to improve the mechanical properties of non-quenched and tempered steels.

  5. Effects Of The Combined Heat And Cryogenic Treatment On The Stability Of Austenite In A High Co-Ni Steel

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    Gruber M.

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The stability of austenite is one of the most dominant factors affecting the toughness properties of high Co-Ni steels such as Aermet 100 and AF1410. Thus, the aim of this work was to get a deeper understanding on the impact of combined heat and cryogenic treatment on the stability of retained and reverted austenite. In order to characterize the evolution of the phase fraction of austenite during tempering at different temperatures and times, X-ray diffraction analyses were carried out. The stability of austenite, which was formed during tempering, was analyzed with dilatometric investigations by studying the transformation behavior of the austenite during cooling from tempering temperature down to −100°C. Additionally, transmission electron microscopy investigations were performed to characterize the chemical composition and phase distribution of austenite and martensite before and after tempering.

  6. THE HEAT TREATMENT ANALYSIS OF E110 CASE HARDENING STEEL

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    MAJID TOLOUEI-RAD

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available This paper investigates mechanical and microstructural behaviour of E110 case hardening steel when subjected to different heat treatment processes including quenching, normalizing and tempering. After heat treatment samples were subjected to mechanical and metallographic analysis and the properties obtained from applying different processes were analysed. The heat treatment process had certain effects on the resultant properties and microstructures obtained for E110 steel which are described in details. Quenching produced a martensitic microstructure characterized by significant increase in material’s hardness and a significant decreased in its impact energy. Annealed specimens produced a coarse pearlitic microstructure with minimal variation in hardness and impact energy. For normalized samples, fine pearlitic microstructure was identified with a moderate increase in hardness and significant reduction in impact energy. Tempering had a significant effect on quenched specimens, with a substantial rise in material ductility and reduction of hardness with increasing tempering temperature. Furthermore, Results provide additional substantiation of temper embrittlement theory for low-carbon alloys, and indicate potential occurrence of temper embrittlement for fine pearlitic microstructures.

  7. Simulation of quenching-tempering process based on metallo-thermo-mechanics; Hentai-netsu-rikigaku ni motozuku yakiire/yakimodoshi katei no simulation to sono kensho

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    Ju, Dongying [Saitama Univ., Saitama (Japan). Faculty of Engineering; Sahashi, M.; Omori, T. [Kyoto Univ., Kyoto (Japan). Graduate School; Inoue, T. [Kyoto Univ., Kyoto (Japan)

    1996-06-15

    When steel is quenched, structures with high toughness are obtained due to the formation of martensite in materials, but on the other hand the tenacity is always defective. In this study, a velocity equation controlling the phase-changes through the whole process is proposed based on a metallo-thermo-mechanics theory for simulating the structure, temperature and stress in the heating-quenching-tempering process of steel. Further, a serial analysis of the water quenching-tempering process is carried out using a ring of S45C as the object of analysis. Especially, the effects of tempering temperature on the change of residual stresses are examined. The suitability of the analysis is verified since the results of temperature and stresses obtained from the analysis are almost in conformity with the experimental data. Although the structure change occurs in the tempering process at a low temperature (200{degree}C), the deformation is extremely small since the creep-deformation is hardly generated. The residual stresses after quenching is relaxed and remarkable tempering effects are shown when tempering is carried out at 600{degree}C. 14 refs., 17 figs.

  8. Effect of Cryogenic Treatment on Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of 0Cr12Mn5Ni4Mo3Al Steel

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    Bai, Xue; Zheng, Linbin; Cui, Jinyan; Wu, Sujun; Song, Ruokang; Xie, Di; Wang, Dawei; Li, Haisheng

    2017-10-01

    This paper systematically investigated the effect of cryogenic temperature and soaking time on the 0Cr12Mn5Ni4Mo3Al steel. Microstructure observation and mechanical tests were performed on the specimens by scanning electron microscopy, x-ray diffraction, Vickers hardness tests and tensile tests. Cryogenic treatments were carried out at different temperatures of -73, -120, -160 and -196 °C for a given soaking time of 4 h and at a specific temperature of -73 °C for different soaking time of 8, 12, 21 and 32 h, followed by the subsequent tempering treatment. The results showed that the volume fraction of martensite in this steel has significantly increased and the size of martensite lath has decreased after cryogenic treatment, which leads to the improvement of the mechanical properties of the steel. The cryogenic treatment affected the microstructure by promoting the transformation of retained austenite to martensite and the formation of reversed austenite in the steel. The optimal hardness and strength of this steel were obtained by cryogenic treatment at -73 °C for 8 h. It has been found that the soaking time is a critical parameter for the mechanical properties of 0Cr12Mn5Ni4Mo3Al steel. When the cryogenic temperature is lower than -73 °C, there is no further improvement of the mechanical properties.

  9. EIS Behavior of Experimental High-Strength Steel in Near-Neutral pH and Load Conditions

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    Barraza-Fierro, Jesus Israel; Serna-Barquera, Sergio Alonso; Campillo-Illanes, Bernardo Fabian; Castaneda, Homero

    2017-04-01

    Two thermomechanical heat treatments were applied to a high-strength low carbon steel with an experimental chemical composition, and as a result two different microstructures were obtained. Steel A had a ferritic microstructure, and steel B had a bainitic-martensitic one. The corrosion behavior was reviewed at long times in samples without load by means of Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) in a near-neutral pH (NNpH) environment. The results showed that the quantity and adherence of corrosion products on the sample surface at long times are different. Hence, the impedance was higher for steel B. Slow strain rate testing (SSRT) was applied to tempered samples of the two steels at 473 K, 673 K, and 873 K (200 °C, 400 °C, and 600 °C), and the corrosion behavior was acquired using EIS at the same time as the SSRT in NNpH conditions. This is a novel result because the tension samples were not electrically isolated from the rest of the load frame. The impedance for the ferritic steel was higher than the bainitic-martensitic one, while it slightly decreased for both steel over time. Tempering improved the corrosion resistance for steel A, while it was not modified for steel B. The corrosion behavior could be associated with the susceptibility of these steels to stress corrosion cracking. A transmission line model was proposed to show qualitatively the corrosion behavior of a crack in the steel, if there is a potential profile inside the crack. A hypothetical potential profile was acquired as well as different impedance behaviors based on electrochemical variables.

  10. Investigation of Strain-Induced Martensitic Transformation in Metastable Austenite using Nanoindentation

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    Ahn, T.-H. [Seoul National University; Oh, C.-S. [Korean Institute of Materials Science; Kim, D. H. [Seoul National University; Oh, K. H. [Seoul National University; Bei, Hongbin [ORNL; George, Easo P [ORNL; Han, H. N. [Seoul National University

    2010-01-01

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

  11. Heat treatment of nitrided layer formed on X37CrMoV5-1 hot working tool steel

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    Ciski, A.; Wach, P.; Tacikowski, J.; Babul, T.; Šuchmann, P.

    2017-02-01

    The paper presents the technology consisting of combination of the nitriding process with subsequent austenitizing at temperature above eutectoid temperature of the Fe-C system and further rapid cooling. Such treatment will cause formation of the martensite in the area of the primarily nitrided layer and the additional precipitation hardening by tempering of heat treated steel. The article shows that the heat treatment process of nitrided layer formed on X37CrMoV5-1 steel leads to strengthening of surface layer, the substrate and the core of nitrided part. Heat treatment of nitrided steel with the tempering in inert (nitrogen) or active (ammonia) atmosphere can increase the thickness of the layer formed by short-term nitriding process. After the nitriding process of X37CrMoV5-1 steel the nitrided layer had a thickness of about 160 μm, while a subsurface layer of iron nitrides had a thickness of 7 μm. After subsequent quenching and tempering processes, the nitrided layer undergoes additional diffusion and its thickness is increased to about 220 μm (inert atmosphere) or 280 μm (active atmosphere). If the tempering process is carried out in an inert atmosphere, the primarily formed layer of iron nitrides disappears. Tempering in an active atmosphere leads to forming of white layer with a thickness of 7 μm. Basic properties of nitrided layers formed in such way, like the hardness and the wear resistance, are presented.

  12. Effects of alloying and processing modifications on precipitation and strength in 9%Cr ferritic/martensitic steels for fast reactor cladding

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    Tippey, Kristin E.

    P92 was modified with respect to alloying and processing in the attempt to enhance high-temperature microstructural stability and mechanical properties. Alloying effects were modeled in ThermoCalcRTM and analyzed with reference to literature. ThermoCalcRTM modeling was conducted to design two low-carbon P92-like low-carbon alloys with austenite stabilized by alternative alloying; full conversion to austenite allows for a fully martensitic structure. Goals included avoidance of Z-phase, decrease of M23C6 phase fraction and maintained or increased MX phase fraction. Fine carbonitride precipitation was optimized by selecting alloying compositions such that all V and Nb could be solutionized at temperatures outside the delta-ferrite phase field. A low-carbon alloy (LC) and a low-carbon-zero-niobium alloy (0Nb) were identified and fabricated. This low-carbon approach stems from the increased creep resistance reported in several low-carbon alloys, presumably from reduced M23C6 precipitation and maintained MX precipitation [1], although these low-carbon alloys also contained additional tungsten (W) and cobalt (Co) compared to the base P92 alloy. The synergistic effect of Co and W on the microstructure and mechanical properties are difficult to deconvolute. Higher solutionizing temperatures allow more V and Nb into solution and increase prior austenite grain size; however, at sufficiently high temperatures delta-ferrite forms. Optimal solutionizing temperatures to maximize V and Nb in solution, while avoiding the onset of the delta ferrite phase field, were analyzed in ThermoCalcRTM. Optical microscopy showed ThermoCalc RTM predicted higher delta-ferrite onset temperatures of 20 °C in P92 alloys to nearly 50 °C in the designed alloys of the critical temperature. Identifying the balance where maximum fine precipitation is achieved and delta-ferrite avoided is a key factor in the design of an acceptable P92-like alloy for Generation IV reactor cladding. Processing was

  13. Master curve characterization of the fracture toughness behavior in SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steels

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    Lee, Ki-Hyoung; Kim, Min-Chul; Lee, Bong-Sang; Wee, Dang-Moon

    2010-08-01

    The fracture toughness properties of the tempered martensitic SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel for reactor pressure vessels were investigated by using the master curve concept. These results were compared to those of the bainitic SA508 Gr.3 Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel, which is a commercial RPV material. The fracture toughness tests were conducted by 3-point bending with pre-cracked charpy (PCVN) specimens according to the ASTM E1921-09c standard method. The temperature dependency of the fracture toughness was steeper than those predicted by the standard master curve, while the bainitic SA508 Gr.3 steel fitted well with the standard prediction. In order to properly evaluate the fracture toughness of the Gr.4N steels, the exponential coefficient of the master curve equation was changed and the modified curve was applied to the fracture toughness test results of model alloys that have various chemical compositions. It was found that the modified curve provided a better description for the overall fracture toughness behavior and adequate T0 determination for the tempered martensitic SA508 Gr.4N steels.

  14. Master curve characterization of the fracture toughness behavior in SA508 Gr.4N low alloy steels

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    Lee, Ki-Hyoung, E-mail: shirimp@kaist.ac.k [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Min-Chul; Lee, Bong-Sang [Nuclear Materials Research Division, KAERI, Daejeon 305-353 (Korea, Republic of); Wee, Dang-Moon [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, KAIST, Daejeon 305-701 (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-08-15

    The fracture toughness properties of the tempered martensitic SA508 Gr.4N Ni-Mo-Cr low alloy steel for reactor pressure vessels were investigated by using the master curve concept. These results were compared to those of the bainitic SA508 Gr.3 Mn-Mo-Ni low alloy steel, which is a commercial RPV material. The fracture toughness tests were conducted by 3-point bending with pre-cracked charpy (PCVN) specimens according to the ASTM E1921-09c standard method. The temperature dependency of the fracture toughness was steeper than those predicted by the standard master curve, while the bainitic SA508 Gr.3 steel fitted well with the standard prediction. In order to properly evaluate the fracture toughness of the Gr.4N steels, the exponential coefficient of the master curve equation was changed and the modified curve was applied to the fracture toughness test results of model alloys that have various chemical compositions. It was found that the modified curve provided a better description for the overall fracture toughness behavior and adequate T{sub 0} determination for the tempered martensitic SA508 Gr.4N steels.

  15. Influence of stress on martensitic transformation and mechanical properties of hot stamped AHSS parts

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    Chang, Y.; Li, X.D. [School of Automotive Engineering, National Key Laboratory of Industrial Equipment Structural Analysis, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Zhao, K.M., E-mail: kmzhao@dlut.edu.cn [School of Automotive Engineering, National Key Laboratory of Industrial Equipment Structural Analysis, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Wang, C.Y. [Institute for Special Steels, Central Iron & Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China); Zheng, G.J.; Hu, P. [School of Automotive Engineering, National Key Laboratory of Industrial Equipment Structural Analysis, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116024 (China); Dong, H. [Institute for Special Steels, Central Iron & Steel Research Institute, Beijing 100081 (China)

    2015-04-01

    Non-isothermal tension and compression tests of 22MnB5 boron steel were carried out in this study. How different stress state influences the martensitic transformation of advanced high strength steel (AHSS) parts was analyzed. The analysis reveals that the martensitic transformation starting temperature (M{sub s}) changes with different stress states. Specifically, the M{sub s} temperature rises with increasing tensile stress, however, it rises first and then drops with increasing compressive stress. Moreover, a higher initial forming temperature leads to a higher M{sub s} temperature under the same stress. Simulation of an actual hot-formed AHSS B-pillar together with the microscopic metallography, hardness and martensitic content shows that in higher tensile stress dominated area, the martensitic content and hardness are usually higher than in other areas. Although the stress can promote the M{sub s} temperature, a lower cooling rate may lead to less martensite fraction.

  16. Isothermal Martensite Formation

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    Villa, Matteo

    conditions during sub-zero Celsius treatment. Irrespective of the morphology of martensite (lath or lenticular), it was observed that decelerations and accelerations of the transformation occur. This characteristic of the transformation was explained as a consequence of a partially athermal, partially...

  17. Mechanically induced martensitic transformation as a stress driven process

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    Geijselaers, Hubertus J.M.; Perdahcioglu, Emin Semih

    2009-01-01

    Combined shear-tension tests at room temperature performed on a 12Cr9Ni4Mo low carbon austenitic stainless steel have been reviewed and evaluated under the assumption that the martensitic transformation is exclusively stress driven. It is shown that the start of the transformation is very well

  18. Ultrafine Structure and High Strength in Cold-Rolled Martensite

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    Huang, Xiaoxu; Morito, S.; Hansen, Niels

    2012-01-01

    Structural refinement by cold rolling (10 to 80 pct reductions) of interstitial free (IF) steel containing Mn and B has been investigated from samples with different initial structures: (a) lath martensite, (b) coarse ferrite (grain size 150 mu m), and (c) fine ferrite (22 mu m). Unalloyed IF ste...

  19. INFLUENCE OF ABNORMAL AUSTENITE GRAIN GRAIN GROWTH IN QUENCHED ABNT 5135 STEEL

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    Camila de Brito Ferreira

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Grain size in the steels is a relevant aspect in quenching and tempering heat treatments. It is known that high austenitizing temperature and long time provide an increase in austenitic grain sizes. Likewise, after hardening of low alloy steel, the microstructure consists of martensite and a volume fraction of retained austenite. This paper evaluates the influence of austenite grain size on the volume fraction of retained austenite measured by metallographic analyses and X-ray diffraction. The Mi and Mf temperatures were calculated using an empirical equation and experimentally determined by differential thermal analysis. The mechanical behavior of the steel was evaluated by Vickers microhardness testing. Differently from other results published in the literature that steel hardenability increases with the austenite grain size, it was observed that the increase in austenite grain promotes greater volume fraction of retained austenite after water quenching.

  20. Influence of the austenite-martensite transformation in the dimensional stability of a new tool steel alloyed with niobium (0.08% wt.) and vanadium (0.12% wt.); Influencia de la transformacion austenita-martensita en la estabilidad dimensional de un nuevo acero para herramientas aleado con niobio (0,08%) y vanadio (0,12%)

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    Conejero Ortega, G.; Candela Vazquez, N.; Pichel Martinez, M.; Barea del Cerro, R.; Carsi Cebrian, M.

    2014-07-01

    Austenite-martensite transformation influence on the dimensional stability of a new experimental tool steel alloyed with niobium (0.08% wt.) and vanadium (0.12% wt.) has been studied. The dimensional stability of this new steel was compared with the dimensional stability of commercial steel, after and before two thermal treatments, T1 (860 degree centigrade) and T2 (900 degree centigrade). The thermal treatments consisted on heating and cooling, at 1 atmosphere of pressure, in N{sub 2} atmosphere furnace, following by heating in a conventional furnace at 180 degree centigrade during 1 hour. Initially, the experimental steel composition and Ac{sub 1} and Ac{sub 3} transformation temperatures were determined by glow-discharge luminescence (GDL) and dilatometric tests, respectively, in order to select the austenization temperatures of T1 and T2 treatments. After hardness measurement, the microstructure of both steels was characterized by X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and optical metallography, before and after of T1 and T2 thermal treatments. Finally, longitudinal and angular dimensional stability analyses were realized for both commercial and experimental steels. After a contrastive hypothesis analysis, the results showed that the longitudinal relative variation of the experimental steel calculated was around 0.2% and the angular relative variation was not significant. (Author)

  1. Properties of thick welded joints on superheater collectors made from new generation high alloy martensitic creep-resisting steels for supercritical parameters

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    Dobrzanski, Janusz; Zielinski, Adam [Institute for Ferrous Metallurgy, Gliwice (Poland); Pasternak, Jerzy [Boiler Engineering Company RAFAKO S.A., Raciborz (Poland)

    2010-07-01

    The continuously developing power generation sector, including boilers with supercritical parameters, requires applications of new creep-resistant steel grades for construction of boilers steam superheater components. This paper presents selected information, experience within the field of research and implementation of a new group of creep-resistant as X10CrMoVNb9-1(P91), X10CrWMoVNb9-2(P92) and X12CrCoWVNb12-2-2(VM12) grades, containing 9-12%Cr. During welding and examination process the results of mechanical properties, requested level for base material and welded joints, as well as: tensile strength, impact strength and technological properties have been evaluated. Additional destructive examinations, with evaluation of structure stability, hardness distribution, for base material and welded joints after welding, heat treatment, again process have been determined. Recommendations due to the implementation influence of operating parameters of the main boiler components are part of this paper. (orig.)

  2. Martensitic transformations in laser processed coatings

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    Burg, M. van den; De Hosson, J.T.M. (Univ. of Groningen, Groningen (Netherlands). Dept. of Applied Physics)

    1993-09-01

    This paper concentrates on laser coating of Fe-22 wt% Cr and a duplex steel SAF2205 by injecting Cr[sub 2]O[sub 3] powder into the melt pool. In particular the work focuses on the stabilization of high temperature distorted spinel phases due to the high quench rates involved as well as on the a quantitative crystallographic analysis of the resulting morphologies. The microstructure observed in TEM indicates that the material does not solidify in the distorted spinel structure. The presence of a small amount of cubic (Fe, Cr)-spinel suggests that the distorted spinel in fact might be nucleated from the cubic spinel phase. The plate like morphology of the distorted spinel phase in combination with the twinned internal structure of the plates put forward the idea that the transformation might be martensitic. Martensitic calculations executed with the lattice parameters of the cubic and distorted (Fe, Cr)-spinel phases are in excellent agreement with the experimental data confirming that the transformation might be martensitic indeed.

  3. Influence of Heating Rate on Ferrite Recrystallization and Austenite Formation in Cold-Rolled Microalloyed Dual-Phase Steels

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    Philippot, C.; Bellavoine, M.; Dumont, M.; Hoummada, K.; Drillet, J.; Hebert, V.; Maugis, P.

    2017-11-01

    Compared with other dual-phase (DP) steels, initial microstructures of cold-rolled martensite-ferrite have scarcely been investigated, even though they represent a promising industrial alternative to conventional ferrite-pearlite cold-rolled microstructures. In this study, the influence of the heating rate (over the range of 1 to 10 K/s) on the development of microstructures in a microalloyed DP steel is investigated; this includes the tempering of martensite, precipitation of microalloying elements, recrystallization, and austenite formation. This study points out the influence of the degree of ferrite recrystallization prior to the austenite formation, as well as the importance of the cementite distribution. A low heating rate giving a high degree of recrystallization, leads to the formation of coarse austenite grains that are homogenously distributed in the ferrite matrix. However, a high heating rate leading to a low recrystallization degree, results in a banded-like structure with small austenite grains surrounded by large ferrite grains. A combined approach, involving relevant multiscale microstructural characterization and modeling to rationalize the effect of the coupled processes, highlights the role of the cold-worked initial microstructure, here a martensite-ferrite mixture: recrystallization and austenite formation commence in the former martensite islands before extending in the rest of the material.

  4. Studies of the properties of heat treated rolled medium carbon steel

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    Daramola O. Oluyemi

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Investigations were carried out to study critically the effects of heat treatment on the properties of rolled medium carbon steel. Representative samples of as-rolled medium carbon steel were subjected to heat treatment processes which are; Quenching, Lamellae Formation and Tempering in the following order (Q + Q + L + T, (Q + L + T and (L + T. The steel was heated to the austenizing temperature of 830 ºC and water quenched. The quenched steel was subjected to lamellae formation by reheating it to the ferrite-austenite dual-phase region at a temperature of 745 ºC below the effective A C3 point and then rapidly quenched in water. The lamellae formed was tempered at 480 ºC to provide an alloy containing strong, tough and lath martensite in a soft and ductile ferrite matrix. Mechanical tests were carried out on the samples and the results shows that the steel developed has excellent combination of tensile strength, hardness and impact strength which is very good for structural applications. The corrosion behaviour of the samples; heat treated rolled medium carbon steel and as-rolled medium carbon steel in sodium chloride medium were also investigated from where it was also confirmed that improved corrosion resistance is achievable by the treatment.

  5. Characterization of steel 70XL used in the manufacture of balls for the clinker's milling

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    Eider Gresesqui-Lobaina

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available The present article deals with the wear of the balls used for the grinding of the clinker in the processes of obtaining cement. Three specimens of different steel were made: one of steel AISI 4140, with which balls are forged for the milling process; another 70XL steel (70 XL with normalized, tempered and tempered thermal treatments; and the third, of equal material that the second but without treatment. For the metallographic observation the samples were made with dimensions of 10 mm in diameter and 8 mm in thickness, revealing for AISI 4140 steel a structure of martensitic type with some presence of acicular ferrite. For the 70XL steel without heat treatment the presence of ferrite and cementite was observed, while the steel 70XL with heat treatment showed in the limits of free cementite grain in a pearly matrix, which resulted in a higher hardness (up to HRC 59 , 8 and lower gravimetric wear compared to other materials. Therefore it is recommended as the most suitable for the manufacture of balls for grinding minerals 70XL steel with heat treatment.

  6. Opportunities in martensite theory

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    Olson, G.B. [Northwestern Univ., Evanston, IL (United States). Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering

    1995-12-01

    A workshop has explored interactions of materials science, applied mechanics, physics and mathematics in understanding fundamentals of martensitic transformations. System theory offers a framework for addressing realistic complexity. Theory of invariant-plane kinematics has been extended to multivariant plate groups and hierarchical structures. Electronic total energy calculations explore the origins of martensitic phase stability, and Landau-Ginzberg models for transformations with and without shuffles provide nonlocal continuum theories for treatment of interfacial structure and mobility as well as the competition between classical and nonclassical transformation mechanisms. Quantitative kinetic theory incorporates defect distributions, but requires further analysis of the evolution of mean particle volume. Kinetic theory provides the basis for constitutive relations for transformation plasticity. (orig.).

  7. Low Alloy Steel Structures After Welding with Micro-Jet Cooling

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    Węgrzyn T.; Piwnik J.; Hadryś D.; Wszołek Ł.

    2017-01-01

    The paper focuses on low alloy steel after innovate welding method with micro-jet cooling. Weld metal deposit (WMD) was carried out for welding and for MIG and MAG welding with micro-jet cooling. This method is very promising mainly due to the high amount of AF (acicular ferrite) and low amount of MAC (self-tempered martensite, retained austenite, carbide) phases in WMD. That structure corresponds with very good mechanical properties, ie. high impact toughness of welds at low temperature. Mic...

  8. Effect of nitrogen alloying and the electroslag refining process on the properties of AISI M41 steel

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    Mattar, Taha; El Fawakhry, Kamal; Halfa, Hossam; El Demerdash, Mahmoud

    2006-12-01

    Nitrogen produces very beneficial effects in high-speed steel and can therefore be regarded as a significant alloying element in ferrous materials. In order to attain the goal of this study, to investigate the effect of nitrogen alloying and the electroslag refining (ESR) process on the properties of AISI M41 steel, two high-speed steels were melted in an air induction furnace (IF). The first one is a standard AISI M41 high-speed steel. The second one is nitrogen-alloyed M41. The produced ingots were used as consumable electrodes in ESR under three different CaF2-based fluxes. The steel produced from the IF and ESR was heat treated. Hardness, secondary hardness, and microstructure were also studied. It was concluded that both ESR and nitrogen alloying improve the hardness profile of the quenched-tempered high-speed steels. The highest secondary hardness and highest softening resistance were attained by ESR of high-nitrogen high-speed steel (M41N) under CaF2/CaO/Al2O3: 55/30/15 slag. The ESR improves the shape, size, and distribution of precipitates in the produced ingot. Quenching and tempering treatment conditions the retained austenite that is present in the as-cast steel by precipitation of carbide and forming martensite on cooling to room temperature.

  9. Microstructural dependence of Barkhausen noise and magnetic relaxation in the weld HAZ of an RPV steel

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    Park, Duck-Gun; Kim, Cheol Gi; Hong, Jun-Hwa

    2000-06-01

    Magnetic Barkhausen noise and permeability spectra have been measured to characterize different microstructure regions such as coarse-grain region, fine-grain region, intercritical structure (composed of tempered martensite and bainite) within the heat-affected zone (HAZ) of SA508-3 steel weldments using simulated HAZ microstructure sample. The intercritical region and coarse-grained region can be distinguished from the BNE and relaxation frequency. The BNE was decreased in the martensite regions and increased in the bainite regions by the post-weld heat treatment (PWHT). The change of relaxation frequency also showed similar trends, but the rate of change was less than that of BNE. The behavior of BNE and permeability spectra on the corresponding microstructure can be explained in terms of carbide morphology and residual stress related with domain wall motion.

  10. Effect of high magnetic field on carbide precipitation in W{sub 6}Mo{sub 5}Cr{sub 4}V{sub 3} high-speed steel during low-temperature tempering

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    Wu, Yan [Northeastern Univ., Shenyang (China). Research Inst.; Li, Hui-Hui; Zhang, Zhi-Wei; Tong, Lu; Zhao, Xiang [Northeastern Univ., Shenyang (China). Key Lab. for Anisotropy and Texture of Materials (Ministry of Education)

    2016-04-15

    The effect of a high magnetic field on carbide precipitation in W{sub 6}Mo{sub 5}Cr{sub 4}V{sub 3} high-speed steel during low-temperature tempering was investigated. The applied high magnetic field promoted the precipitation of M{sub 6}C-type carbides at boundaries and in the grain interior, but maximum spheroidization and refinement occurred for those carbides precipitated at boundaries. Compared with M{sub 6}C-type carbides, the effect of high magnetic field on the precipitation behavior of MC-type carbides is much weaker. The high magnetic field hindered M{sub 2}C-type carbide precipitation by affecting the Gibbs free energy and increased the microhardness of W{sub 6}Mo{sub 5}Cr{sub 4}V{sub 3} high-speed steel at low tempering temperature.

  11. Effect of microstructure on the fracture response of advanced high strength steels

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    Taylor, Mark David

    The effect of constituent hardness on formability performance for higher-strength dual phase (DP) steels was evaluated. A commercially-produced DP steel with 1080 MPa ultimate tensile strength (UTS) was processed to create eight additional constituent hardness conditions by tempering and cold-rolling, processes that primarily affected constituent hardness properties. Using nanoindentation, ferrite and martensite hardness values for the nine conditions of the DP steel (as-received, four as-tempered, four temper cold-rolled) provided a range of hardness values to evaluate formability performance. Formability performance for the nine steel conditions was evaluated using tensile and hole expansion testing. A decrease in martensite/ferrite hardness ratio corresponded to an increase in hole expansion ratio (HER), and an increase in yield strength (YS). A lower hardness ratio (increased similarity of ferrite and martensite hardness) was interpreted to increase strain-sharing between ferrite and martensite, which suppressed plastic strain localization to higher stresses for the case of YS, and to higher formability limits for the case of HER. A lower hardness ratio corresponded to a decrease in work-hardening, and was interpreted to be caused by the suppression of strain localization in ferrite. Multiple studies from literature correlated HER to tensile properties, and the nine steel conditions produced consistent trends with the data reported in each study, confirming the experimental HER and tensile properties obtained in the current study are consistent with literature. The microstructural response to plastic deformation was evaluated using two DP steels with equivalent UTS and different hardness ratios. Nanoindentation analyses on tensile specimens deformed to the UTS revealed a greater increase in ferrite hardness for the higher hardness ratio steel, interpreted to be caused by the greater amount of work hardening. EBSD crystallographic orientation maps for the two DP

  12. Dissimilar Arc Welding of Advanced High-Strength Car-Body Steel Sheets

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    Russo Spena, P.; D'Aiuto, F.; Matteis, P.; Scavino, G.

    2014-11-01

    A widespread usage of new advanced TWIP steel grades for the fabrication of car-body parts is conditional on the employment of appropriate welding methods, especially if dissimilar welding must be performed with other automotive steel grades. Therefore, the microstructural features and the mechanical response of dissimilar butt weld seams of TWIP and 22MnB5 steel sheets after metal-active-gas arc welding are examined. The microstructural and mechanical characterization of the welded joints was carried out by optical metallography, microhardness and tensile testing, and fractographic examination. The heat-affected zone on the TWIP side was fully austenitic and the only detectable effect was grain coarsening, while on the 22MnB5 side it exhibited newly formed martensite and tempered martensite. The welded tensile specimens exhibited a much larger deformation on the TWIP steel side than on the 22MnB5. The fracture generally occurred at the interface between the fusion zone and the heat-affected zones, with the fractures surfaces being predominantly ductile. The ultimate tensile strength of the butt joints was about 25% lower than that of the TWIP steel.

  13. Complexion-mediated martensitic phase transformation in Titanium

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    Zhang, J.; Tasan, C. C.; Lai, M. J.; Dippel, A.-C.; Raabe, D.

    2017-02-01

    The most efficient way to tune microstructures and mechanical properties of metallic alloys lies in designing and using athermal phase transformations. Examples are shape memory alloys and high strength steels, which together stand for 1,500 million tons annual production. In these materials, martensite formation and mechanical twinning are tuned via composition adjustment for realizing complex microstructures and beneficial mechanical properties. Here we report a new phase transformation that has the potential to widen the application window of Ti alloys, the most important structural material in aerospace design, by nanostructuring them via complexion-mediated transformation. This is a reversible martensitic transformation mechanism that leads to a final nanolaminate structure of α'' (orthorhombic) martensite bounded with planar complexions of athermal ω (a-ω, hexagonal). Both phases are crystallographically related to the parent β (BCC) matrix. As expected from a planar complexion, the a-ω is stable only at the hetero-interface.

  14. Effect of reversion treatment on strength and ductility of low C, Cr-Ni martensitic stainless steel with high resistance to weld softening. Yosetsu nanka teiko no takai teitanso Cr-Ni maruten saito kei stainless ko no kyodo, ensei ni oyobosu gyaku hentai shori no eikyo

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    Igawa, T.; Takemoto, T.; Uematsu, Y. (Nisshin Steel Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan). Steel R and D Lab.); Hoshino, K. (Nisshin Steel Co. Ltd., Tokyo (Japan))

    1993-08-01

    Like the stainless steel and the stainless steel belt used in the rolling stock, materials treated by process and weld has a high strength and a good ductility, moreover, was expected that weld softening would not occurred. In this study, formation of the ultra-fine crystal grains based on the M to [gamma] reversion transformation of low C, Cr-Ni martensitic stainless steel and effect of Si on change of mechanical properties were investigated. A high-strength stainless steel with a good ductility and without weld softening was developed. Main results obtained are as follows: After a steel was cold-rolled, the reversion treatment at the region between As and Af temperatures (600 to 640[degree]C) was carried out, a duplex structure with diameter of the ultra-fine grains of about 0.5 micron meter that is composed of [gamma] phase concentrated Ni and sintered M phase was formatted, and excellent mechanical properties with a high strength and a good ductility could be obtained, diameter of reversion [gamma] grains was dependent on reversion temperature. Diameter of [gamma] grains became large, and more homogeneous and uniform at higher reversion temperature. 20 refs., 11 figs., 2 tabs.

  15. Effect of retained austenite stability and morphology on the hydrogen embrittlement susceptibility in quenching and partitioning treated steels

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    Zhu, Xu [State Key Lab of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Zhang, Ke [School of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093 (China); Li, Wei, E-mail: weilee@sjtu.edu.cn [State Key Lab of Metal Matrix Composites, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China); Jin, Xuejun, E-mail: jin@sjtu.edu.cn [Collaborative Innovation Center for Advanced Ship and Deep-Sea Exploration, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240 (China)

    2016-03-21

    The effect of retained austenite (RA) stability and morphology on the hydrogen embrittlement (HE) susceptibility were investigated in a high strength steel subjected to three different heat treatments, i.e., the intercritical annealing quenching and partitioning (IAQP), quenching and partitioning (QP) and quenching and tempering (QT). IAQP treatment results in the coexistence of blocky and filmy morphologies and both QP and QT treatments lead to only filmy RA. No martensitic transformation occurs in QT steel during deformation, while the QP and IAQP undergo the transformation with the same extent. It is shown that the HE susceptibility increases in the following order: QT, QP and IAQP. Despite of the highest strength level and the highest hydrogen diffusion rate, the QT steel is relative immune to HE, suggesting that the metastable RA which transforms to martensite during deformation is detrimental to the HE resistance. The improved resistance to HE by QP treatment compared with IAQP steel is mainly attributed to the morphology effect of RA. Massive hydrogen-induced cracking (HIC) cracks are found to initiate in the blocky RA of IAQP steel, while only isolate voids are observed in QP steel. It is thus deduced that filmy RA is less susceptible to HE than the blocky RA.

  16. Martensitic phase transitions

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    Petry, W.; Neuhaus, J. [Techn. Universitaet Muenchen, Physik Department E13, Munich (Germany)

    1996-11-01

    Many elements transform from a high temperature bcc phase to a more dense packed temperature phase. The great majority of these transitions are of 1st order, displacive and reconstructive. The lattice potentials which govern these martensitic transitions can be probed by inelastic neutron scattering, thereby answering fundamental questions like : Will the transition be announced by dynamical or static fluctuations? What are the trajectories for the displacements needed for the transformation? Does the vibrational entropy stabilize the high temperature phase? Are the unusual transport properties in these materials related to their ability to transform? (author) 17 figs., 1 tab., 46 refs.

  17. Analysis of elevated-temperature tensile and creep properties of normalized and tempered 2 1/4 Cr-1 Mo steel

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    Booker, M.K.; Booker, B.L.P.; Swindeman, R.W.

    1982-01-01

    Tensile and creep data were collected for normalized and tempered 2 1/4 Cr-1 Mo steel from American, Japanese, British, French, and German sources. These included creep data obtained at temperatures from 427 to 600/sup 0/C (800 to 1112/sup 0/F) and tensile data from room temperature to 550/sup 0/C (1022/sup 0/F). Properties examined included yield strength, ultimate tensile strength, 10/sup 5/-h creep-rupture strength, and 10/sup -5/%/h creep strength. These are the properties used in setting allowable stresses for Section VIII, Division 1, of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. The data were analyzed by using lot-centered regression approaches that yielded expressions for the variations in the above properties with loading condition, as well as accounting for lot-to-lot variations in properties. No indications were found of systematic differences in any of the properties examined for data from the different countries. However, the estimated allowable stresses from this investigation fell up to 10% below those currently given for this material in the ASME Code. Several possible reasons were cited for the differences, and we concluded that our results are not overly conservative. On the other hand, there is no direct evidence that the current code allowable stresses are insufficiently conservative, since those stresses rely on factors (such as service experience) other than experimental data.

  18. The influence of carbonitriding process on microstructure and mechanical properties of micro-alloyed steel

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    M. Hazlinger

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The article deals with the analysis of carbonitrided samples of S460MC microalloyed thermo-mechanically treated steel. The steel surface was saturated with carbon and nitrogen at the temperature of 860 °C. The nitrogen-methanole atmosphere with Amonnia addition was used for surface saturation in the process of carbonitriding. Oil hardening and tempering at 200 °C/1 hour followed after the diffusion saturation of experimental steel sample. The surface layer was composed of martensite, retained austenite and fine carbides of alloying elements. This was demonstrated with light microscopy and confirmed by TEM (transmission electron microscope. The paper also presents the results of chemical composition and hardness measurement.

  19. Microstructure and properties degradation of P/T 91, 92 steels weldments in creep conditions

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    Falat L.

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The studies were performed on dissimilar ferritic/austenitic weldments between 9Cr tempered martensitic steels of the grades either P/T 91 or 92 and unstabilised AISI316H austenitic steel. The welded joints were fabricated using the fusion welding by tungsten inert gas (TIG method with Ni-based filler metal. Microstructural analyses were performed using light and electron microscopy. Microstructural gradient in heat-affected zone (HAZ of 9Cr steels remained preserved during creep exposure. All weldments fractured by the type IV failure within their intercritical HAZ (ICHAZ regions. The most remarkable microstructural change during creep was the precipitation of intermetallic Laves phase. Experimentally determined phases of the samples after creep exposure are in good agreement with equilibrium thermodynamic calculations.

  20. Phase composition and fine structure of 0.18C-1Cr-3Ni-1Mo-Fe steel after plasma-electrolytic treatment

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    Popova, Natalya; Bayatanova, Lyayla; Nikonenko, Elena; Skakov, Mazhyn; Kozlov, Eduard

    2017-01-01

    The paper presents the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) investigation of 0.18C-1Cr-3Mn-1Mo- Fe steel specimens to study phase transitions and modification of fine structure after plasma-electrolytic treatment (carbonitriding at 850°C during 5 min). TEM investigations involve two points: on the specimen surface and at ˜40 µm distance from it. The experiments show that the structure in the original state is a mixture consisting of ferrite and perlite grains. Carbonitriding results in a considerable modification of the quality and quantity of steel structure. Thus, on the surface,