On the intercritical annealing parameters and ensuing mechanical properties of low-carbon medium-Mn steel

Bansal, G K and Madhukar, D A and Chandan, A.K. and Ashok, K and Mandal, G K and Srivastava, V C (2018) On the intercritical annealing parameters and ensuing mechanical properties of low-carbon medium-Mn steel. Materials Science And Engineering A-Structural Materials Properties Microstructure And Processing, 733 (IF-4.081). pp. 246-256.

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This paper reports the theoretical design of time-temperature matrix for intercritical annealing of hot-rolled medium-Mn (4.75 wt%) steel, followed by experimental validation and correlation with mechanical properties. Considering the predicted temporal elemental distribution within the austenite region, the amount of retained austenite was calculated for different annealing time-temperature combinations. The partitioning behaviour of alloying elements and subsequent austenite stabilization was studied for the annealing temperatures from 570 to 670 degrees C and for the holding durations in the range of 1-46 h. The resulting microstructures mainly comprised martensite and retained austenite. However, carbides were observed to form at low annealing temperatures. The experimentally estimated retained austenite content showed an increasing trend with increase in the annealing temperature and time. This is found to be in close correspondence with theoretical predictions. The maximum amount of retained austenite (22.4 +/- 0.9%) was observed for the sample annealed at 650 degrees C for 46 h. The YS/UTS ratio and energy absorption capability (UTS x TE) showed a strong dependence on retained austenite content and improved linearly with it. The UTS x TE values (variation from similar to 10-25 GPa%) showed dependence on changes in annealing parameters, indicating its importance to achieve high energy absorption capability.

Item Type:Article
Official URL/DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2018.07.055
Uncontrolled Keywords:Thermo-Calc (TM) and Dictra (TM); Advanced high strength steel (AHSS); Intercritical annealing; Medium-Mn steel; Retained
Divisions:Material Science and Technology
ID Code:7883
Deposited By:Sahu A K
Deposited On:20 Sep 2019 10:08
Last Modified:20 Sep 2019 10:08
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