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Title: In-situ measurement of phase transformation kinetics in austempered ductile iron

Austempered ductile iron (ADI) alloyed with 0.42% Mn and 0.72% Cu was heat treated in a mirror furnace and the phase transitions were studied in-situ by neutron diffraction. The heat treatment consisted of austenitisation at 920 °C and isothermal austempering at 400 °C, 350 °C and 300 °C, respectively. Due to the growth of ferrite platelets, the austenite content decreases rapidly at all temperatures within the first 15–20 min and reaches a stable plateau after 35 min (400 °C) to 80 min (300 °C). The carbon content of the residual austenite, which was monitored and characterised by the change of the lattice parameter, increases up to 1.6 wt.% caused by redistribution from the newly formed ferrite. While at higher austempering temperatures this takes place almost parallel to the phase transformation, at 300 °C the redistribution of carbon to austenite lags behind considerably. Furthermore the neutron data revealed an austenite peak asymmetry during austempering which is attributed to successive phase transformation. It results temporarily in two fractions of austenite, an initial low-carbon and an enriched high-carbon modification. - Highlights: • The heat treatment of ADI was studied in detail by in-situ neutron diffraction. • The phase fractions were monitored and evaluatedmore » quantitatively. • The austenite carbon content increased up to 1.6 wt.% during austempering. • Peak asymmetries indicate two austenite fractions during highest transformation rates.« less
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2] ;  [1] ;  [1] ;  [1]
  1. Technische Universität München, Lehrstuhl für Umformtechnik und Gießereiwesen, Walther-Meißner-Straße 4, 85748 Garching (Germany)
  2. Technische Universität München, Forschungsneutronenquelle Heinz Maier-Leibnitz (FRM II), Lichtenbergstraße 1, 85748 Garching (Germany)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22288683
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Characterization; Journal Volume: 85; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2013 Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam, The Netherlands, All rights reserved.; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; AUSTENITE; CARBON; FERRITE; FURNACES; HEAT TREATMENTS; IRON; LATTICE PARAMETERS; NEUTRON DIFFRACTION; PHASE TRANSFORMATIONS