Austenite Reverse Transformation in a Q&P Route of Mn and Ni Added Steels
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Author/sArribas, Maribel; Gutiérrez, Teresa; Del Molino, Eider; Arlazarov, Artem; De Diego-Calderón, Irene; [et al.]
Quenching and partitioning
Austenite reverse transformation
Mn and Ni influence
In this work, four low carbon steels with different contents of Mn and Ni were heat treated by quenching and partitioning (Q&P) cycles where high partitioning temperatures, in the range of 550 °C-650 °C, were applied. In order to elucidate the effect of applying these high partitioning temperatures with respect to more common Q&P cycles, the materials were also heat treated considering a partitioning temperature of 400 °C. The microstructure evolution during the Q&P cycles was studied by means of dilatometry tests. The microstructural characterization of the treated materials revealed that austenite retention strongly depended on the alloy content and partitioning conditions. It was shown that the occurrence of austenite reverse transformation (ART) in the partitioning stage in some of the alloys and conditions was a very effective mechanism to increase the austenite content in the final microstructure. However, the enhancement of tensile properties achieved by the application of high ...