J. Phys. IV France
Volume 112, October 2003
Page(s) 263 - 266

J. Phys. IV France
112 (2003) 263
DOI: 10.1051/jp4:2003879

Martensitic transformations, structure, and strengthness of processed high-nitrogen and high-carbon ferrous alloys

L.M. Kaputkina and V.G. Prokoshkina

Moscow for Steel and Alloys Institute, Laboratory of Thermomechanical Treatment, Leninsky Pr. 4, Moscow 119991, Russia

Structures and properties of metastable austenitic alloys Fe-18Cr-16Ni-I2Mn-(0.17 to 0. 50)N, Fe-18Cr-12Mn-(0.48 to 1.12)N, Fe-18Cr-(0.1 to 1.18)N, and Fe-(12 to 20)Ni-(0.6 to 1.3)C, Fe-(6 to 8)Mn-(0.6 to 1.0)C, Fe-(5 to 6)Cr-(4 to 5)Mn-(0.6 to 0.8)C, Fe-6Cr-(1.0 to 1.3)C resulting from martensitic transformations under cooling and cold deformation (CD), as well as following tempering processes, were studied by magnetometry, X-ray and electron microscopy analyses, hardness measurements and mechanical properties tests. Martensite with a b.c.t. lattice was formed in all alloys with ${\rm M_s}{>}-196^\circ$C during cooling. Under CD transformations of $\gamma{\to}\alpha$, $\gamma{\to}\varepsilon{\to}\alpha$, or $\gamma{\to}\varepsilon$ types were realized depending on the alloy composition. Carbon increased but nitrogen decreased stacking fault energy. Thus carbon assists $\alpha$-martensite formation but nitrogen promotese. As CD level and/or concentration of carbon and nitrogen increase residual stresses resulting from the CD also increase. The martensitic transformation during CD can decrease the residual stresses. Kinetic of tempering of b.c.t. thermal martensite differs from those of CD-induced martensite. In the second case, deformation aging, texture, and residual stresses are more visible. The maximal strengthening under CD takes place in (Mn+N)-steels. (Cr+N) and (Cr+Mn+N)-steels are high-strength, non-magnetic and corrosion resistant and are easily hardened by a low level of plastic deformation.

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