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Effects of quenching-partitioning-tempering treatment on microstructure and mechanical performance of Nb-V-Ti microalloyed ultra-high strength steel

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Microstructure evolution and mechanical performances of the Nb–V–Ti microalloyed ultra-high strength steel subjected to quenching–partitioning–tempering (Q–P–T) treatment are investigated by SEM, TEM, XRD examination and mechanical tests. After Q-P treatment, the microstructure consists of multiple phases, including lath martensite, retained austenite and small amount of twin martensite. Moreover, three types of carbides have been identified, namely M3C, Nb-rich MC and Ti-rich MC. By conducting tempering treatment, martensite lath is recovered, and the volume fraction of retained austenite is decreased, as well as the carbon concentration in retained austenite. M2C, M7C3 and M23C6 are precipitated at the expense of M3C in tempering process. In addition, part of M7C3 are transformed to M23C6 with the increase of carbon partitioning time, and the other two types of MC precipitates are found to be the stable phases existing during tempering treatment. In both of the samples after Q-P and tempering process, martensite lath width, the volume fraction of retained austenite and the carbon content in retained austenite increased as the partitioning time is prolonged. After tempering process, the impact toughness first increased and then decreased, and the strength, reduction of area and elongation with increase in partitioning time.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Dong, J., Zhou, X., Liu, Y., Li, C., Liu, C., & Li, H. (2017). Effects of quenching-partitioning-tempering treatment on microstructure and mechanical performance of Nb-V-Ti microalloyed ultra-high strength steel. Materials Science and Engineering A, 690, 283-293. doi:10.1016/j.msea.2017.03.020

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85014638693

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 283

End Page


  • 293

Volume


  • 690

Abstract


  • Microstructure evolution and mechanical performances of the Nb–V–Ti microalloyed ultra-high strength steel subjected to quenching–partitioning–tempering (Q–P–T) treatment are investigated by SEM, TEM, XRD examination and mechanical tests. After Q-P treatment, the microstructure consists of multiple phases, including lath martensite, retained austenite and small amount of twin martensite. Moreover, three types of carbides have been identified, namely M3C, Nb-rich MC and Ti-rich MC. By conducting tempering treatment, martensite lath is recovered, and the volume fraction of retained austenite is decreased, as well as the carbon concentration in retained austenite. M2C, M7C3 and M23C6 are precipitated at the expense of M3C in tempering process. In addition, part of M7C3 are transformed to M23C6 with the increase of carbon partitioning time, and the other two types of MC precipitates are found to be the stable phases existing during tempering treatment. In both of the samples after Q-P and tempering process, martensite lath width, the volume fraction of retained austenite and the carbon content in retained austenite increased as the partitioning time is prolonged. After tempering process, the impact toughness first increased and then decreased, and the strength, reduction of area and elongation with increase in partitioning time.

Publication Date


  • 2017

Citation


  • Dong, J., Zhou, X., Liu, Y., Li, C., Liu, C., & Li, H. (2017). Effects of quenching-partitioning-tempering treatment on microstructure and mechanical performance of Nb-V-Ti microalloyed ultra-high strength steel. Materials Science and Engineering A, 690, 283-293. doi:10.1016/j.msea.2017.03.020

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85014638693

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 283

End Page


  • 293

Volume


  • 690