The heat treatments of 0Cr18Ni9Ti (0Cr) and 1Cr18Ni9Ti (1Cr) stainless steel tubes, which are commonly used to produce the rivet parts, were performed under different experimental conditions. The mechanical properties of the two stainless steel tubes after solution processes were also tested to study the influences of experimental temperature, holding time and cooling rate. In addition, the microstructures of these two stainless steel tubes were observed by using optical microscope (OM) and scanning electronic microscope (SEM). The results showed that these two stainless steel tubes possessed similar microstructures after solution process, which composed of austenite grains. However, compared with 1Cr stainless steel tubes used in the manufacturing of rivet sleeve, 0Cr stainless steel tubes exhibited more significant holding time and solution temperature dependence of microstructures and mechanical properties. These performance variation sections are in favor in adjusting the structural parameters and installation process of rivets.
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