Microstructure analysis of martensitic low alloy carbon steel samples subjected to deformation dilatometry

Document identifier: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-76605
Access full text here:10.1016/j.matchar.2019.109926
Keyword: Engineering and Technology, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy and Metallic Materials, Teknik och teknologier, Materialteknik, Metallurgi och metalliska material, Dilatometry, Koistinen-marburger, Martensite, Phase transformation, EBSD, Engineering Materials
Publication year: 2019

Low alloy martensitic steels are commonly used in structural and wear resistant applications due to their excellent mechanical properties and abrasion resistance. Martensite phase is generally achieved by rapid cooling, and prior deformation in the austenite region also affects the martensite transformation. It is important to understand the martensite transformation when there is deformation above Ae3. Deformation and quenching simulations have been performed using dilatometry on a low alloy carbon steel. The aim was to determine the influence of deformation above Ae3 (prior deformation) on, firstly, the austenite grain size and shape, and secondly, the martensitic microstructure and variant selection. In addition, the hardness of the martensitic structure due to prior deformation has been investigated. The experimental results obtained from electron backscatter diffraction and microhardness tests on the deformation dilatometry test samples were analysed. The orientation relationship Kurdjumov-Sachs has been used to analyse the martensitic variants. The results revealed a deeper understanding of prior austenite grain structure's effect on the martensitic transformation kinetics and its morphology. The martensite laths' misorientation interval 15–48° were used to visualise the prior austenite grain size. The martensitic lath structure is more refined due to increased prior deformation. Shorter martensite formation time promotes a single dominating packet within the prior austenite grain.


Jessica Gyhlesten Back

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Kumar Surreddi

Materials Technology, Dalarna University, Falun, Sweden
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