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Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 34, Issue 16, pp 3901–3908 | Cite as

Effect of retained austenite on the microstructure and mechanical properties of martensitic precipitation hardening stainless steel

  • H. Nakagawa
  • T. Miyazaki
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Abstract

The effect of retained austenite (γ) on the microstructure and mechanical properties of a martensitic precipitation hardening stainless steel was experimentally investigated, whose chemical composition was Fe-1.8Cu-15.9Cr-7.3Ni-1.2Mo-0.08Nb-low C, N (mass %). The microstructures of all specimens consist of a typical lath martensite with interlath films of the retained γ, which is not reverted with aging. Cu-rich precipitates which may contribute to precipitation hardening can not clearly be observed. The tensile properties and Charpy absorbed energy are linearly approximated to the amount of retained γ as follows: 0.2% Y.S. (MPa) = 1192.3 − 13.6 × γ%, T.S. (MPa) = 1250.1 − 9.3 × γ%, El. (%) = 12.16 + 0.43 × γ%, R.A. (%) = 64.25 + 0.14 × γ%, and A.E. (J) = 72.5 + 0.8 × γ%. The introduction of retained γ is not beneficial to the fatigue limit. An excellent combinations of strength, ductility and toughness obtained in the present work is attributed to the introduction of retained γ and also to the chemical composition of the specimen used.

Keywords

Polymer Precipitation Microstructure Fatigue Mechanical Property 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. Nakagawa
    • 1
  • T. Miyazaki
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Materials Science and EngineeringNagoya Institute of TechnologyNagoyaJapan

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