A Study on the Microstructure of Ultra Low Carbon Bainitic Steels by RPC Technique
The effect of tempering process on the microstructure of ultra low carbon bainitic (ULCB) steel produced by relaxation precipitation controlled phase transformation (RPC) has been investigated by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD). The results showed that the final microstructure mainly contained lath-like bainitic ferrite, granular bainite and martensite-austenite (MA) constituent in ULCB steels. On tempering at 650°C a slight increase was detected in the effective grain size as the strain-induced precipitates pinned up the dislocation walls and subgrains. After tempering at 700°C, bainitic ferrite laths started to coarsen and polygonal ferrite occurred. The effective grain size of ULCB steels in as-rolled condition was 1.5 μm at the tolerance of 10o~15o measured by EBSD technique.
Young Won Chang, Nack J. Kim and Chong Soo Lee
Z. F. Wang et al., "A Study on the Microstructure of Ultra Low Carbon Bainitic Steels by RPC Technique", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 561-565, pp. 2107-2110, 2007