Interphase Boundary Precipitation of VC Accompanying Ferrite and Pearlite Transformation in Medium Carbon Steels
Demands for medium carbon steels with high strength used for forging parts in automobile have been increasing. V addition to such steels leads to interphase boundary precipitation (IBP) of VC and thus an increase of strength. However, mechanism and strengthening effect of IBP have not been clarified in detail. In this study, precipitation of VC accompanying ferrite and pearlite transformations and its effect on hardness have been examined in medium carbon steels microalloyed with 0.3%V. Specimens transformed in a temperature range between 873 and 973K consist of pearlite and small amount of proeutectoid ferrite. Hardness increase by the V addition becomes larger by lowering transformation temperature at these temperatures. Meanwhile the alloying effect of V on the hardness remarkably decreases at 823K where bainite transformation takes place partly. TEM characterization has revealed that VC are precipitated in both of proeutectoid and pearlitic ferrites in the manner of fine rows parallel to the austenite / ferrite interphase boundary. The size of VC decreases and its number density increases by lowering transformation temperature, corresponding to the larger hardness increase. Orientation relationship analyses between ferrite and austenite in the V-added specimen based of EBSD measurements reveals that proeutectoid ferrite grows preferentially towards an austenite grain with which ferrite does not hold a specific orientation relationship, indicating that classical ledge mechanism does not play a role for interphase boundary precipitation of VC in this alloy.
Yves Bréchet, Emmanuel Clouet, Alexis Deschamps, Alphonse Finel and Frédéric Soisson
G. Miyamoto et al., "Interphase Boundary Precipitation of VC Accompanying Ferrite and Pearlite Transformation in Medium Carbon Steels", Solid State Phenomena, Vols. 172-174, pp. 420-425, 2011