Relationship between nanohardness and microstructures in high-purity Fe-C as-quenched and quench-tempered martensite

T. Ohmura, T. Hara, Kaneaki Tsuzaki

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The relationship between the nanohardness and the microstructures in the Fe-C martensite was studied to understand the contributions of the matrix and the grain boundary to the macroscopic strength. As-quenched martensite was examined for five kinds of Fe-C alloys with various carbon contents in the range of 0.1-0.8 mass%, while quench-tempered martensite was investigated for an Fe-0.4% C alloy. The ratio of the nanohardness to the macrohardness Hn/Hv was much smaller for the Fe-C martensite than those for the single crystals, indicating that there is a significant grain-boundary effect for the martensite. The ratio Hn/Hv of the as-quenched martensite decreased with an increase in the carbon content since the size of the block structure decreased with increasing carbon content. For the quench-tempered specimens, a significant reduction of the grain-boundary effect occured at the tempering temperature of 723 K. It is mainly due to the depression of the locking parameter caused by the disappearance of the film-like carbides on the boundaries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1465-1470
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Materials Research
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

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Nanohardness
martensite
Martensite
purity
microstructure
Microstructure
Grain boundaries
Carbon
grain boundaries
carbon
tempering
Tempering
carbides
locking
Carbides
Single crystals
single crystals
matrices

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  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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Relationship between nanohardness and microstructures in high-purity Fe-C as-quenched and quench-tempered martensite. / Ohmura, T.; Hara, T.; Tsuzaki, Kaneaki.

In: Journal of Materials Research, Vol. 18, No. 6, 01.01.2003, p. 1465-1470.

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