Effects of recrystallization annealing temperature on carbide precipitation, microstructure, and mechanical properties in Fe-18Mn-0.6C-1.5Al TWIP steel

Singon Kang, Yeon Seung Jung, Joong Hwan Jun, Young Kook Lee

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The microstructure, dimple structure, and mechanical properties of a cold-rolled Fe-18Mn-0.6C-1.5Al TWIP steel were investigated as a function of annealing temperature. The recrystallization started at 600 °C and finished at 700 °C for the holding time of 10 min. The coarsening rate of recrystallized grains was increased over about 840 °C and Rockwell hardness was greatly decreased between 800 and 900 °C, which shows a good agreement with the equilibrium dissolution temperature of M3C carbides. The reversion of the tensile strength occurred between 700 and 800 °C because of the carbide precipitation hardening. The precipitation-time-temperature diagram was generated by dilatometric tests, showing a nose temperature of 800 °C. The dimple size was decreased to 700 °C and then increased again with higher annealing temperature, having a strong proportional relationship with austenite grain size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)745-751
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Science and Engineering A
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jan 15


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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