The Effect of B2-Like Structure on Hardening of Cu Bearing High Purity Steel
The precipitate behavior of copper in the high purity structural steel was investigated by means of transmission electron microscope (TEM), and aging hardening mechanism was investigated based on the corresponding phase transformation mechanism. The results show that lots of Cu rich clusters exist in supersaturated ferrite matrix in solid solution, which evolve to B2-like structure during aging. It is found that the hardening in the initial stage is controlled by the coherency relationship of the B2-like structure with matrix that forms the obstacle of the dislocation motion, while the decrease in hardness after the peak is attributed to the loss of coherency, which should highly likely be the dominant reason of aging hardening in Cu bearing high purity steels.
Yung-Jen Lin and Wen-Cheng J. Wei
H. P. Ren et al., "The Effect of B2-Like Structure on Hardening of Cu Bearing High Purity Steel", Advanced Materials Research, Vol. 51, pp. 49-54, 2008