A new effect of retained austenite on ductility enhancement in high strength bainitic steel

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A designed high strength bainitic steel with considerable amount of retained austenite is presented in order to study the effect of retained austenite on the ductility enhancement in bainitic steels. Transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) effect is verified by both X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurement of retained austenite fraction in various deformation stages and transmission electron microscopy observation of the deformed twin-type martensite. Results from XRD line profile analysis reveal that the average dislocation density in bainite during the deformation is lower than that before deformation, and such a phenomenon can be explained by a new effect, dislocations absorption by retained austenite (DARA) effect, based on our previous investigation of martensitic steels. DARA effect availably enhances the compatibility of deformation ability of bainite with retained austenite. In view of microstructure similarity of bainitic steels with martensitic steels, the conditions of DARA effect are proposed. The effects of retained austenite on the ductility enhancement in bainitic steels are clarified. © 2012 Elsevier B.V.

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Wang, Y., Zhang, K., Guo, Z., Chen, N., & Rong, Y. (2012). A new effect of retained austenite on ductility enhancement in high strength bainitic steel. Materials Science and Engineering A, 552, 288–294. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.msea.2012.05.042

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