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Title: Effects of combined silicon and molybdenum alloying on the size and evolution of microalloy precipitates in HSLA steels containing niobium and titanium

The effects of combined silicon and molybdenum alloying additions on microalloy precipitate formation in austenite after single- and double-step deformations below the austenite no-recrystallization temperature were examined in high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steels microalloyed with titanium and niobium. The precipitation sequence in austenite was evaluated following an interrupted thermomechanical processing simulation using transmission electron microscopy. Large (~ 105 nm), cuboidal titanium-rich nitride precipitates showed no evolution in size during reheating and simulated thermomechanical processing. The average size and size distribution of these precipitates were also not affected by the combined silicon and molybdenum additions or by deformation. Relatively fine (< 20 nm), irregular-shaped niobium-rich carbonitride precipitates formed in austenite during isothermal holding at 1173 K. Based upon analysis that incorporated precipitate growth and coarsening models, the combined silicon and molybdenum additions were considered to increase the diffusivity of niobium in austenite by over 30% and result in coarser precipitates at 1173 K compared to the lower alloyed steel. Deformation decreased the size of the niobium-rich carbonitride precipitates that formed in austenite. - Highlights: • We examine combined Si and Mo additions on microalloy precipitation in austenite. • Precipitate size tends to decrease with increasing deformation steps. • Combined Si and Momore » alloying additions increase the diffusivity of Nb in austenite.« less
Authors:
 [1] ; ;  [2]
  1. Deakin University, Institute for Frontier Materials, 75 Pigdons Road, Waurn Ponds, Victoria (Australia)
  2. Colorado School of Mines, Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center, 1500 Illinois Street, Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22476068
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Materials Characterization; Journal Volume: 102; Other Information: Copyright (c) 2015 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; ANNEALING; AUSTENITE; DEFORMATION; DISTRIBUTION; LOW ALLOY STEELS; MOLYBDENUM ADDITIONS; NIOBIUM; PRECIPITATION; RECRYSTALLIZATION; SILICON ADDITIONS; SIMULATION; TEMPERATURE RANGE 1000-4000 K; TITANIUM; TRANSMISSION ELECTRON MICROSCOPY