A study was conducted to demonstrate quasi-cleavage fracture along annealing twin boundaries in a Fe-Mn-C austenitic steel. A steel with a chemical composition of Fe-16.8Mn-0.29C was prepared by vacuum induction melting. The steel was hot forged and rolled at 1 273 K and it was solution treated at 1 273 K for 3.6 ks under an argon atmosphere and water quenched. Microstructural observations were made by optical microscopy, atomic force microscopy (AFM), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) to produce a fractograph. Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD) analyses were also conducted at 20 kV with a beam step size of 1 μm to characterize the boundaries. The specimen for optical microscopy, AFM, and EBSD analyses was electrolytically polished at 277 K after mechanical polishing. The serrations at ambient temperature in the steels were reported to be attributed to dynamic strain aging.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering
- Metals and Alloys
- Materials Chemistry