Ultrafine Grained High Strength Low Alloy Steel with High Strength and High Ductility
In this study a C-Mn High Strength Low Alloy steel (HSLAs) was processed by quenching and austenite reverted transformation during annealing (ART-annealing), which results in an ultrafine grained duplex microstructure characterized by scanning electron microscopy equipped with electron back scattered diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and x-rays diffraction (SEM/EBSD, TEM and XRD). Microstructural observation revealed that the full hard martensitic microstucture gradually transformed into ultrafine grained duplex structure with austenite volume fraction up to 30% at specific annealing conditions. Mechanical properties of this processed steel measured by uniaxial tensile testing demonstrated that an excellent combination of strength (Rm~1GPa) and total elongation (A5~40%) at 30% metastable austenite condition in studied C-Mn-HSLAs. This substantially improved strength and ductility were attributed to the strain induced phase transformation of retained austenite dispersed throughout the ultrafine grained microstructure. At last it is proposed that ART-annealing is a promising way to produce high strength and high ductility steel products.
Jian-Feng Nie and Allan Morton
J. Shi et al., "Ultrafine Grained High Strength Low Alloy Steel with High Strength and High Ductility", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 654-656, pp. 238-241, 2010