Occurrence of dynamic strain aging in intercritically annealed low carbon high aluminum medium manganese steels

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Abstract

Medium manganese steel grades heat treated with the quench and partition (Q&P) treatment have shown promising results of strength and formability, but the number of studies on high aluminum medium manganese Q&P steels still remains rather limited. Consequently, this study investigates the mechanical properties, behavior and microstructures of a low carbon-high aluminum medium manganese (3%) steel after intercritical annealing and subsequent Q&P heat treatments with varying heat treatment parameters. Samples that were intercritically annealed above 760°C showed an ultimate tensile strength (UTS) of around 1500 MPa with uniform elongation values of approximately 10 %. On the other hand, the samples annealed at 740°C showed somewhat lower UTS values (in the range of 1000...1200 MPa) but much higher uniform and total elongations, i.e., considerably improved formability. However, the stress-strain curves of the samples annealed at 740°C showed rather severe serrations that can be connected to the dynamic strain aging (DSA) phenomenon, which limits the usability of the steel especially in applications where good surface quality of the deformed (sheet) is required. Therefore, the main focus of this article is on the samples annealed at temperatures close to A1, where DSA serrations tend to appear. The evidence gathered from these investigations leads to the conjecture that the DSA serrations are due to the free carbon and nitrogen originating from the dissolution of M(C,N) and M2(C,N) type carbides, which were formed during the intercritical annealing at temperatures producing less than 50 percent of the austenite phase. Other reasons for the occurrence of DSA in the current test materials can be the scarcity of martensite and the morphology of the retained austenite.
Original languageEnglish
Article number144011
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Volume856
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Keywords

  • Electron microscopy
  • digital image correlation
  • low carbon high aluminum manganese steels
  • intercritical annealing
  • quenching and partitioning
  • dynamic strain aging

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 2

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