Exploring the microstructure and tensile properties of cold-rolled low and medium carbon steels after ultrafast heating and quenchingRevista : Materials Science & Engineering A
Volumen : 745
Páginas : 509-516
Tipo de publicación : ISI Ir a publicación
The aim of the present study is to evaluate the impact of heating rate on the microstructure and tensile propertiesof cold-rolled low and medium carbon steels. For this purpose, cold-rolled low and medium carbon steels weresubjected to short peak-annealing experiments at 900 and 1100 °C under three heating rates (10, 450 and1500 °C/s). The microstructure reveals a mixture of phases and microconstituents (ferrite, bainite, and asquenchedmartensite) which are related to the carbon heterogeneities in austenite. The microstructural characterizationsuggests that the grain refinement achieved after ultrafast heating has a minor effect on the yieldand ultimate tensile strength, compared to the relative microstructural distribution. It is suggested that theinterplay of various strengthening mechanisms in samples subjected to ultrafast heating rates are responsible forthe observed increase in strength and ductility.