Structural Steels

Metal Science and Heat Treatment

, Volume 40, Issue 1, pp 23-26

First online:

Tempering of Widmanstätten ferrite in cooling steel castings

  • E. Yu. KarpovaAffiliated withVolgograd State Engineering University
  • , L. V. KostylevaAffiliated withVolgograd State Engineering University
  • , V. A. Il'inskiiAffiliated withVolgograd State Engineering University

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The formation of Widmanstätten ferrite is not the goal of a technological process. On the contrary, it should be eliminated in order to avoid a decrease in the ductility of the steel. A detailed study of this structural component, which has no practical use, is often assumed to be unnecessary. At the same time, coarse-grain Widmanstätten ferrite makes it possible to use the range of magnification of a light microscope more efficiently for studying the mechanism of a shift γ→α transformation. The present paper is devoted to the variation of the properties and structure of Widmanstätten ferrite in the process of self-induced tempering that occurs in cooling of cast specimens of steel 20L.