AlN Precipitation in Dual-phase 3% Si Electrical Steels
The existing approaches to the detection of precipitation are largely based on room temperature measurements on quenched samples. However, the direct measurement of precipitation kinetics at high temperatures is also possible through analysis of the mechanical properties of the specimens. In this work, a creep method was developed and applied to the detection of aluminum nitride precipitation in a dual phase 3 % silicon steel containing 0.038 % C. Prior to loading, the specimens were solution
... ens were solution treated for 20 min and then cooled to the test temperature. A constant stress was applied to each sample by means of a computerized MTS machine and the strain was recorded continuously during testing. Microstructural examination revealed that the austenite fraction and morphology and the microstructure of the ferrite matrix are quite different depending on whether samples are directly heated or heated and then cooled to the test temperature. The resulting creep rate is sensitive both to the occurrence of precipitation as well as to phase transformation; when the microstructure remains fixed, the slope of the true strain-log(time) curve decreases immediately after the initiation of precipitation. The precipitation-time-temperature diagrams determined in this way are of classical C shape. Fig. 15. Estimated effect on the precipitation kinetics of increasing the strain rate from 3.4ϫ10 Ϫ5 to 200 s Ϫ1 . Curve (a) represents the experimental data determined at 3.4ϫ10 Ϫ5 s Ϫ1 . Curves (b) and (c) were calculated using a modified Dutta and Sellars equation.