Shape, size and crystallographic orientation of the ferrite grains formed at grain boundaries of deformed austenite in a low carbon steel

Shiro Torizuka, Osamu Umezawa, Kaneaki Tsuzaki, Kotobu Nagai

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Abstract

The influence of plastic strain on the shape, size and crystallographic orientation of ferrite (α) grains formed at the grain boundaries of the deformed austenite (γ) was studied in a 0.17C-0.3Si-1.5Mn steel. Specimens with a coarse γ grain size of 300 μm were compressed at 1023 K and cooled at 10 K/s. When the plastic strain increased to 0.4, the shape of α grains changed from plate like to equiaxed, and the average length of α grains decreased from 12 to 6 μm. However, the average length did not change in the larger plastic strains up to 1.1. On the other hand, the average thickness of α grains was constant regardless of the plastic strain. The crystallographic orientations of the α grains formed at one γ grain boundary were almost the same when the plastic strain was smaller than 0.2 and the α grain shape was plate like. However, the orientations were widely distributed, and most of the α/α boundaries were high angle ones, when the plastic strain was larger than 0.4 and the α grain shape was equiaxed. The shape change and α grain refinement by the deformation resulted from the wide distribution of crystallographic orientations of α grains rather than from the increase in the nucleation rate. The wide distribution of crystallographic orientation of α grains is closely associated with the serrated austenite grain boundaries induced by the deformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)807-814
Number of pages8
JournalTetsu-To-Hagane/Journal of the Iron and Steel Institute of Japan
Volume86
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2000
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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

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