Precipitation strengthening at elevated temperature in Fe-Cu alloys

Koichi Nakashima, Yuichi Futamura, Toshihiro Tsuchiyama, Setsuo Takaki

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The mechanism of strengthening by copper (Cu) particles at 873K was discussed in terms of the interaction between dislocation and Cu particles in aged Fe-Cu alloys. The moving dislocation was pinned by the Cu particles and passed through them when the bowing angle reached some critical value (θc). The value of θc at 873K was around 33 degree regardless of the Cu particle size, although the θc at room temperature increased with an increase in the diameter of particle. This indicates that the interaction at 873K is significantly different from that at room temperature. TEM observation for the 3%Cu steel deformed by 1.9% at 873K revealed that the strain around dislocation is released at the particle/matrix interface and the attractive interaction is working between the dislocation and the Cu particles. The precipitation strengthening was evaluated by considering the effect of mean particle spacing (λ) and the θc, and it was found that the increment of yield stress was smaller than the Orowan stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)524-529
Number of pages6
JournalTetsu-To-Hagane/Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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