Study on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of 17-4 PH Stainless Steel Depending on Heat Treatment and Aging Time

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The microstructures and mechanical properties of 17-4 PH stainless steel at each steps of heat treatment, such as homogenizing, solid solution treatment followed by aging treatment, longterm aging at 400 °C, and recovery treatment, in order to obtain a better understanding of the embrittlement phenomena on aging, was investigated. As the homogenizing treatment time increased, the length of δ-ferrite decreased and elongated shape of δ-ferrite turned to sphere shape with the decrease of volume fraction. The solution treated specimen mainly consists of lath martensite with a small fraction of elongated δ-ferrite. The spherical particles existed a little in the martensite matrix, while no precipitates were found in the δ-ferrite at the solution treated specimen. As the aging treatment temperature increased, the strength decreased while the toughness increased. The fcc Cu-rich particles precipitated in the δ-ferrite during the long-term aging at 400 °C after the solution heat treatment. This precipitation causes the aged hardening after long-term aging accompanied by decreases in elongation and charpy V-notch energy absorption. The strength and elongation was restored after recovery treatment and the fcc-Cu precipitated were almost dissolved into the δ-ferrite matrix.

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Periodical:

Solid State Phenomena (Volume 118)

Edited by:

Jang Hyun Sung, Chan Gyu Lee, Yong Zoo You, Young Kook Lee and Jae Young Kim

Pages:

15-20

DOI:

10.4028/www.scientific.net/SSP.118.15

Citation:

W. D. Yoo et al., "Study on the Microstructure and Mechanical Properties of 17-4 PH Stainless Steel Depending on Heat Treatment and Aging Time ", Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 118, pp. 15-20, 2006

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December 2006

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