We evaluated the availability of an optical-microscopy-based damage quantification method in a ferrite/ martensite dual-phase steel, and interpreted the obtained results toward screening damage evolution behavior under various test conditions. In this study, we employed this method for tensile deformation at 20, −100, and −180°C to analyze the temperature dependence of damage evolution in cryogenic regime as a case study. The damage evolution behavior was classified into regimes of damage nucleation, damage arrest, and damage growth to fracture, irrespective of the deformation temperature in a cryogenic temperature range. Coupled with some high-resolution observations, the damage nucleation and damage arrest sites were identified to be martensite and ferrite, which are common regardless of the deformation temperatures. This indicates that ferrite acted as a damage arrest site even at −180°C. However, a critical strain for damage growth to fracture decreased drastically by decreasing the temperature to −180°C. The distinct reduction in the critical strain is attributed to the transition of ferrite cracking mode from ductile to brittle mechanisms.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2018|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry