Design of a High Strength, High Ductility 12 wt% Mn Medium Manganese Steel With Hierarchical Deformation Behaviour

21 Apr 2020  ·  Kwok T W J, Rahman K M, Xu X, Bantounas I, Kelleher J F, Daswari S, Alam T, Banerjee R, Dye D ·

A novel medium Mn steel of composition Fe-12Mn-4.8Al-2Si-0.32C-0.3V was manufactured with 1.09 GPa yield strength, 1.26 GPa tensile strength and 54% elongation. The thermomechanical process route was designed to be industrially translatable and consists of hot and then warm rolling before a 30 min intercritical anneal... The resulting microstructure comprised of coarse elongated austenite grains in the rolling direction surrounded by necklace layers of fine austenite and ferrite grains. The tensile behaviour was investigated by in-situ neutron diffraction and the evolution of microstructure studied with Electron Backscattered Diffraction (EBSD). It was found that the coarse austenite grains contributed to the first stage of strain hardening by transforming into martensite and the fine austenite necklace grains contributed to the second stage of strain hardening by a mixture of twinning and transformation induced plasticity (TWIP and TRIP) mechanisms. This hierarchical deformation behaviour contributed to the exceptional ductility of this steel. read more

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