TITLE

Evolution of microstructure and mechanical properties during quenching and tempering of ultrahigh strength 0.3C Si–Mn–Cr–Mo low alloy steel

AUTHOR(S)
Tariq, Fawad; Naz, Nausheen; Baloch, Rasheed Ahmed; Ali, Ashraf
PUB. DATE
March 2010
SOURCE
Journal of Materials Science;Mar2010, Vol. 45 Issue 6, p1695
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Effects of quenching and tempering treatments on the development of microstructure and mechanical properties of ultrahigh strength 0.3C Si–Mn–Cr–Mo low alloy steel were investigated. Samples were austenitized at 1123–1323 K for 2400 s and oil quenched (OQ) to produce mixed microstructures. Tempering was carried out at 473–773 K for 2–3 h. Phase transformation temperatures were measured using dilatometer. The microstructures were characterized using optical and scanning electron microscope. SEM–EDS analysis was carried out to determine the type and size of non-metallic inclusions. Volume percent of retained austenite was measured by X-ray diffraction technique. Hardness, tensile properties, and impact energies were also determined for all heat treated conditions. Fractography of impact specimens were done using stereomicroscope and SEM. The results showed that newly developed steel exhibited peak hardness, yield strength, and tensile strength of about 600 HV, 1760 MPa, and 1900 MPa, respectively, when OQ from 1203 K and tempered in between 473 and 573 K, combined with adequate ductility and impact toughness. Decrease in hardness and strength was observed with increasing tempering temperature whereas the impact energy was stable up to 623 K, however, impact energy was found to decrease above 632 K due to temper martensite embrittlement.
ACCESSION #
47533109

 

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