Nano-indentation investigation on the mechanical stability of individual austenite in high-carbon steel
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Nano-indentation investigation on the mechanical stability of individual
austenite in high-carbon steel

Xun Qiao, Lizhan Han, Weimin Zhang, Jianfeng Gu

 

Keywords: Retained austenite (RA); Mechanical stability; Nano-indentation; Transmission electron microscopy; Cryogenic treatment; High-carbon steels

Abstract: Quenching (AQ) and cryogenic treatments (QC) were conducted on the high-carbon SAE 52100 steel to investigate the mechanical stability of individual retained austenite (RA) by nano-indentation. The cross-sections of indented RA region prepared by focused ion beam (FIB) were    examined by using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). For the first time, it was directly observed that some parts of RA grain, closest to the indent, in AQ specimen had transformed into strain-induced martensite (SIM). However, not any pop-in or transformation was detected in the indented QC specimen. This clearly indicates that the mechanical stability of RA in QC seems significantly enhanced, which is mainly attributed to the cryogenic treatment resulting in a higher carbon enrichment of RA compared to that in AQ. Furthermore, a higher load of external stress may need to trigger its martensitic transformation in QC specimen.

 

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