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Journal Cover Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International
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  • Effects of iron compounds on pyrolysis behavior of coals and metallurgical
           properties of resultant cokes
    • Authors: Shu-xing Qiu; Sheng-fu Zhang; Qing-yun Zhang; Gui-bao Qiu; Liang-ying Wen
      Pages: 1169 - 1176
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Shu-xing Qiu, Sheng-fu Zhang, Qing-yun Zhang, Gui-bao Qiu, Liang-ying Wen
      The utilization of highly reactive and high-strength coke can enhance the efficiency of blast furnace by promoting indirect reduction of iron oxides. Iron compounds, as the main constituent in iron-bearing minerals, have aroused wide interest in preparation of highly reactive iron coke. However, the effects of iron compounds on pyrolysis behavior of coal and metallurgical properties of resultant cokes are still unclear. Thus, three iron compounds, i. e., Fe3O4, Fe2O3 and FeC2O4 · 2H2O, were adopted to investigate their effects on coal pyrolysis behavior and metallurgical properties of the resultant cokes. The results show that iron compounds have slight effects on the thermal behavior of coal blend originated from thermogravimetric and differential thermogravimetric curves. The apparent activation energy varies with different iron compounds ranging from 94. 85 to 110. 11 kJ/mol in the primary pyrolysis process, while lower apparent activation energy is required for the secondary pyrolysis process. Iron compounds have an adverse influence on the mechanical properties and carbon structure of cokes. Strong correlations exist among coke reactivity, coke strength after reaction, and the content of metallic iron in cokes or the values of crystallite stacking height, which reflect the dependency of thermal property on metallic iron content and carbon structure of cokes.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30014-1
  • Modeling deformation resistance for hot rolling based on generalized
           additive model
    • Authors: Wei-gang It; Chao Liu; Yun-tao Zhao; Bin Liu; Xiang-hua Liu
      Pages: 1177 - 1183
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Wei-gang It, Chao Liu, Yun-tao Zhao, Bin Liu, Xiang-hua Liu
      A model of deformation resistance during hot strip rolling was established based on generalized additive model. Firstly, a data modeling method based on generalized additive model was given. It included the selection of dependent variable and independent variables of the model, the link function of dependent variable and smoothing functional form of each independent variable, estimating process of the link function and smooth functions, and the last model modification. Then, the practical modeling test was carried out based on a large amount of hot rolling process data. An integrated variable was proposed to reflect the effects of different chemical compositions such as carbon, silicon, manganese, nickel, chromium, niobium, etc. The integrated chemical composition, strain, strain rate and rolling temperature were selected as independent variables and the cubic spline as the smooth function for them. The modeling process of deformation resistance was realized by SAS software, and the influence curves of the independent variables on deformation resistance were obtained by local scoring algorithm. Some interesting phenomena were found, for example, there is a critical value of strain rate, and the deformation resistance increases before this value and then decreases. The results confirm that the new model has higher prediction accuracy than traditional ones and is suitable for carbon steel, microalloyed steel, alloyed steel and other steel grades.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30015-3
  • Effect of Ca-Fe oxides additives on NOx reduction in iron ore sintering
    • Authors: Zhi-yuan Yu; Xiao-hui Fan; Min Gan; Xu-ling Chen
      Pages: 1184 - 1189
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Zhi-yuan Yu, Xiao-hui Fan, Min Gan, Xu-ling Chen
      As the emission control regulations get stricter, the NO x reduction in the sintering process becomes an important environmental concern owing to its role in the formation of photochemical smog and acid rain. The NO x emissions from the sintering machine account for 48% of total amount from the iron and steel industry. Thus, it is essential to reduce NO x emissions from the sintering machine, for the achievement of clean production of sinter. Ca-Fe oxides, serving as the main binding phase in the sinter, are therefore used as additives into the sintering mixture to reduce NO x emissions. The results show that the NO x reduction ratio achieves 27.76% with 8% Ca-Fe oxides additives since the Ca-Fe oxides can advance the ignition and inhibit the nitrogen oxidation compared with the conventional condition. Meanwhile, the existence of Ca-Fe oxides was beneficial to the sinter quality since they were typical low melting point compounds. The optimal mass fraction of Ca-Fe oxides additives should be less than 8% since the permeability of sintering bed was significantly decreased with a further increase of the Ca-Fe oxides fines, inhibiting the mineralization reaction of sintering mixture. Additionally, the appropriate particle size can be obtained when mixing an equal amount of Ca-Fe oxides additives of −0. 5 mm and 0. 5−3. 0 mm in size.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30016-5
  • Rietveld refinement, microstructure, mechanical properties and oxidation
           characteristics of Fe-28Mn-x Al-1C (x = 10 and 12 wt. %) low-density
    • Authors: Zhen-yi Huang; A-long Hou; Yue-shan Jiang; Ping Wang; Qi Shi; Qing-yu Hou; Xiang-hua Liu
      Pages: 1190 - 1198
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Zhen-yi Huang, A-long Hou, Yue-shan Jiang, Ping Wang, Qi Shi, Qing-yu Hou, Xiang-hua Liu
      The quantitative relationship between microstructure and properties of austenitic Fe-28Mn-xAl-1C (x=10 and 12 wt. %) low-density steels was evaluated using Rietveld method to refine X-ray diffraction (XRD) patterns. The results showed that a typical three-phase austenitic steel was obtained in the forged Mn28Al10 (i. e. Fe-28Mn-10Al-1C) steel, which included about 92.85 wt. % γ-Fe(Mn, Al, C) (austenite), 5.28 wt. % (Fe, Mn)3 AlC0.3 (κ-carbide), and 1.87 wt. % α-Fe(Al, Mn) (ferrite). For the forged Mn28Al12 (i. e. Fe-28Mn-12Al-1C) steel, nevertheless, only about 76.64 wt. % austenite, 9.63 wt. % κ-carbide, 9.14 wt. % ferrite and 4.59 wt. % Fe3 Al (DO3) could be obtained. Nanometer κ-carbide and DO3 were mainly distributed in austenite grains and at the interface between austenite and ferrite, respectively. The forged Mn28Al10 steel had a better combination of strength, ductility and specific strength as compared with the forged Mn28Al12 steel. The ductility of the forged Mn28Al12 steel was far lower than that of the forged Mn28Al10 steel. The oxidation kinetics of Mn28Al10 steel oxidized at 1323 K for 5–25 h had two-stage linear rate laws, and the oxidation rate of the second stage was faster than that of the first stage. Although the oxidation kinetics of Mn28Al12 steel under this condition also had two-stage linear rate laws, the oxidation rate of the second stage was slower than that of the first stage. When the oxidation temperature increased to 1373 K, the oxidation kinetics of the two steels at 5–25 h had only one-stage linear rate law, and the oxidation rates of the two steels were far faster than those at 1323 K for 5–25 h. The oxidation resistance of Mn28Al12 steel was much better than that of Mn28Al10 steel. Ferrite layer formed between the austenite matrix and the oxidation layer of the two Fe-Mn-Al-C steels oxidized at high temperature.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30017-7
  • Influence of laser re-melting and vacuum heat treatment on plasma-sprayed
           FeCoCrNiAl alloy coatings
    • Authors: Dan-yang Lin; Nan-nan Zhang; Bin He; Bing-qian Jin; Yue Zhang; De-yuan Li; Fu-yu Dong
      Pages: 1199 - 1205
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Dan-yang Lin, Nan-nan Zhang, Bin He, Bing-qian Jin, Yue Zhang, De-yuan Li, Fu-yu Dong
      FeCoCrNiAl high entropy alloy coatings were prepared by supersonic air-plasma spraying. The coatings were post-treated by vacuum heat treatment at 600 and 900 °C, and laser re-melting with 300 W, respectively, to study the influence of different treatments on the structure and properties of the coatings. The phase constitution, microstructure and microhardness of the coatings after treatments were investigated using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectrometry. Results showed that the as-sprayed coatings consisted of pure metal and Fe-Cr. The AlNi3 phase was obtained after the vacuum heat treatment process. A body-centered cubic structure with less AlNi3 could be found in the coating after the laser re-melting process. The average hardness values of the as-sprayed coating and the coatings with two different temperature vacuum heat treatments and with laser re-melting were 177, 227, 266 and 682 HV, respectively. This suggests that the vacuum heat treatment promoted the alloying process of the coatings, and contributed to the enhancement of the coating wear resistance. The laser re-melted coating showed the best wear resistance.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30018-9
  • In-situ observation of microstructural evolution in reheated low carbon
           bainite weld metals with various Ni contents
    • Authors: Gao-jun Mao; Rui Cao; Jian-hong Chen; Xi-li Guo; Yong Jiang
      Pages: 1206 - 1214
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Gao-jun Mao, Rui Cao, Jian-hong Chen, Xi-li Guo, Yong Jiang
      Microstructural evolution in weld metals was in-situ observed through utilizing a laser scanning confocal microscope at two cooling rates. The specimens with various nickel contents were adopted for the observation. In the specimen with low fraction of Ni (≤2 wt. %), granular bainite microstructure (i. e. broad surface relief) transformation from intragranular nucleation site was in-situ observed, while, lath bainite microstructure originating from grain boundary of austenite was in-situ observed for specimens with high mass percentage of Ni (≥ 4 wt. %). With increasing nickel content, the transformation temperature dropped. The prior austenite grain size was initially depressed and subsequently coarsened dramatically with the addition of Ni. The microstructure difference was ascribed to various nucleation sites and growth direction in the matrix. On account of those observations, not only the chemical component, cooling rate and microstructure were systematically correlated, but also the microstructural evolution was definite.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30019-0
  • Characterizing microstructure and texture after recrystallization
           annealing of Hi-B steel with simutaneous decarburization and nitriding
    • Authors: Li Xiang; Zhe Rong; Bing Fa; Hai-jun Wang; Sheng-tao Qiu
      Pages: 1215 - 1222
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Li Xiang, Zhe Rong, Bing Fa, Hai-jun Wang, Sheng-tao Qiu
      How to manufacture the high magnetic induction grain-oriented silicon steel (Hi-B steel) by the process featured with the primary recrystallization annealing was demonstrated, during which nitriding and decarburizing were simultaneously realized in laboratory. By the techniques of optical microscope, scanning electronic microscope and electron backscattered diffraction, both the microstructure and the texture in the samples were characterized. The samples had been subjected to nitriding to different nitrogen contents at two specified temperatures using the two defined microstructural parameters : the grain size inhomogeneity factor σ* and the texture factor AR. The former is the ratio of the mean value to standard deviation of grain sizes; the latter is the ratio of the total volume fraction of the harmful textures to that of beneficial textures including {110} <001>. When the N content increased from 0. 0055 % to 0. 0330% after the annealing at both 835 and 875 °C, the resultant recrystallized grain size decreased hut σ* changed little; whilst the rise of annealing temperature from 835 to 875 °C resulted in the increase in both grain size and σ*. Moreover, either the injected N content or temperature had insignificant influence on the components of primary recrystallization texture developed during annealing. However, the increase of temperature led to the decreases in both intensity and volume fraction of {001} <120> and {110} <001> textures but increases in the {114} <481> and γ fiber textures and the resultant decrease of AR.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30020-7
  • Influence of bias voltage on structure, mechanical and corrosion
           properties of reactively sputtered nanocrystalline TiN films
    • Authors: Chun-lin He; Jin-lin Zhang; Guo-feng Ma; Zhao-fu Du; Jian-ming Wang; Dong-liang Zhao
      Pages: 1223 - 1230
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Chun-lin He, Jin-lin Zhang, Guo-feng Ma, Zhao-fu Du, Jian-ming Wang, Dong-liang Zhao
      Nanocrystalline TiN films were prepared by DC reactive magnetron sputtering. The influence of substrate biases on structure, mechanical and corrosion properties of the deposited films was studied using X-ray diffraction, field emission scanning electron microscopy, nanoindentation and electrochemical techniques. The deposited films have a columnar structure, and their preferential orientation strongly depends on bias voltage. The preferential orientations change from (200) plane at low bias to (111) plane at moderate bias and then to (220) plane at relatively high bias. Nanohardness H, elastic modulus E, H/E* and H 3/E*2 ratios, and corrosion resistance of the deposited films increase first and then decrease with the increase in bias voltage. All the best values appear at bias of −120 V, attributing to the film with a fine, compact and less defective structure. This demonstrates that there is a close relation among microstructure, mechanical and corrosion properties of the TiN films, and the film with the best mechanical property can also provide the most effective corrosion protection.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30021-9
  • Effect of martensitic transformation on nano/ultrafine-grained structure
           in 304 austenitic stainless steel
    • Authors: Na Gong; Hui-bin Wu; Gang Niu; Jia-ming Cao; Da Zhang; Tana
      Pages: 1231 - 1237
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Na Gong, Hui-bin Wu, Gang Niu, Jia-ming Cao, Da Zhang, Tana
      304 austenitic stainless steel was cold rolled in the range of 20%–80% reductions and then annealed at 700–900 °C for 60 s to obtain nano/ultrafine-grained (NG/UFG) structure. Transmission electron microscopy, electron backscatter diffraction and X-ray diffraction were used to characterize the resulting microstructures. The results showed that with the increase of cold reduction, the content of martensite was increased. The steel performed work hardening during cold-working owing to the occurrence of strain induced martensite which nucleated in single shear bands. Further rolling broke up the lath-type martensite into dislocation-cell type martensite because of the formation of slip bands. Samples annealed at 800–960 °C for 60 s were of NG/UFG structure with different percentage of nanocrystalline (60–100 nm) and ultrafine (100–500 nm) grains, submicron size (500–1000 nm) grains and micron size (>1000 nm) grains. The value of the Gibbs free energy exhibited that the reversion mechanism of the reversion process was shear controlled by the annealing temperature. For a certain annealing time during the reversion process, austenite nucleated first on dislocation-cell type martensite and the grains grew up subsequently and eventually to be micrometer/submicrometer grains, while the nucleation of austenite on lath-type martensite occurred later resulting in nanocrystalline/ultrafine grains. The existence of the NG/UFG structure led to a higher strength and toughness during tensile test.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30022-0
  • Effect of solution pH, Cl− concentration and temperature on
           electrochemical behavior of PH13-8Mo steel in acidic environments
    • Authors: Xue-ying Li; Chun-hua Fan; Qian-lin Wu; Li-hua Dong; Yan-sheng Yin; Chang-jun Wang; Jian-xiong Liang
      Pages: 1238 - 1247
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Xue-ying Li, Chun-hua Fan, Qian-lin Wu, Li-hua Dong, Yan-sheng Yin, Chang-jun Wang, Jian-xiong Liang
      The effect of solution pH, Cl– concentration and temperature on the electrochemical corrosion behavior of PH13-8Mo steel in acidic solution was investigated by using the electrochemical tests, scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The PH13-8Mo martensitic precipitation hardened stainless steel is in the passivity state when the pH value is above 3. 0, below which the anodic polarization curves of the steel are actively dissolved. The corrosion current density gradually decreases with increasing the solution pH and decreasing Cl– concentration and solution temperature. Pits are initiated on the sample surface in the presence of the Cl– and gradually developed into uniform corrosion with increasing the Cl– concentrations. Moreover, the corrosion is more serious with an increase in solution temperature.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30023-2
  • Effect of heat input on microstructure and mechanical properties of
           dissimilar joints of AISI 316L steel and API X70 high-strength low-alloy
    • Authors: Ebrahim Mortazavi; Reza Amini Najafabadi; Amirhossein Meysami
      Pages: 1248 - 1253
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Ebrahim Mortazavi, Reza Amini Najafabadi, Amirhossein Meysami
      The microstructure and mechanical properties of dissimilar joints of AISI 316L austenitic stainless steel and API X70 high-strength low-alloy steel were investigated. For this purpose, gas tungsten arc welding (GTAW) was used in three different heat inputs, including 0.73, 0. 84, and 0. 97 kJ/mm. The microstructural investigations of different zones including base metals, weld metal, heat-affected zones and interfaces were performed by optical microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The mechanical properties were measured by microhardness, tensile and impact tests. It was found that with increasing heat input, the dendrite size and inter-dendritic spacing in the weld metal increased. Also, the amount of delta ferrite in the weld metal was reduced. Therefore, tensile strength and hardness were reduced and impact test energy was increased. The investigation of the interface between AISI 316L base metal and ER316L filler metal showed that increasing the heat input increases the size of austenite grains in the fusion boundary. A transition region was formed at the interface between API X70 steel and filler metals.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30024-4
  • Modeling effects of alloying elements and heat treatment parameters on
           mechanical properties of hot die steel with back-propagation artificial
           neural network
    • Authors: Yong Liu; Jing-chuan Zhu; Yong Cao
      Pages: 1254 - 1260
      Abstract: Publication date: December 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 12
      Author(s): Yong Liu, Jing-chuan Zhu, Yong Cao
      Materials data deep-excavation is very important in materials genome exploration. In order to carry out materials data deep-excavation in hot die steels and obtain the relationships among alloying elements, heat treatment parameters and materials properties, a 11 × 12 × 12 × 4 back-propagation (BP) artificial neural network (ANN) was set up. Alloying element contents, quenching and tempering temperatures were selected as input; hardness, tensile and yield strength were set as output parameters. The ANN shows a high fitting precision. The effects of alloying elements and heat treatment parameters on the properties of hot die steel were studied using this model. The results indicate that high temperature hardness increases with increasing alloying element content of C, Si, Mo, W, Ni, V and Cr to a maximum value and decreases with further increase in alloying element content. The ANN also predicts that the high temperature hardness will decrease with increasing quenching temperature, and possess an optimal value with increasing tempering temperature. This model provides a new tool for novel hot die steel design.

      PubDate: 2018-02-05T10:53:37Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(18)30025-6
  • Current development in quantitative phase-field modeling of solidification
    • Authors: Xiang-lei Dong; Hui Xing; Kang-rong Weng; Hong-liang Zhao
      Pages: 865 - 878
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Xiang-lei Dong, Hui Xing, Kang-rong Weng, Hong-liang Zhao
      The quantitative phase-field simulations were reviewed on the processes of solidification of pure metals and alloys. The quantitative phase-field equations were treated in a diffuse thin-interface limit, which enabled the quantitative links between interface dynamics and model parameters in the quasi-equilibrium simulations. As a result, the quantitative modeling is more effective in dealing with microstructural pattern formation in the large scale simulations without any spurious kinetic effects. The development of the quantitative phase-field models in modeling the formation of microstructures such as dendritic structures, eutectic lamellas, seaweed morphologies, and grain boundaries in different solidified conditions was also reviewed with the purpose of guiding to find the new prospect of applications in the quantitative phase-field simulations.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30129-2
  • Inclusion evolution in 50CrVA spring steel by optimization of refining
    • Authors: Hai-yan Tang; Yong Wang; Guang-hui Wu; Peng Lan; Jia-quan Zhang
      Pages: 879 - 887
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Hai-yan Tang, Yong Wang, Guang-hui Wu, Peng Lan, Jia-quan Zhang
      In order to control the CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-MgO system inclusions in 50CrVA spring steel in a lower melting temperature region, high temperature equilibrium experiments between steel and slag were performed in the laboratory, under the conditions of the initial slag basicity within 3–7 and the content of Al2O3 between 18–35 mass%, to investigate the formation and evolution of this type of inclusion. The results indicate that the total oxygen content in the steel decreases with the increase of slag basicity and the decrease of Al2O3 content in slags, and CaO-Al2O3-SiO2-MgO inclusions tend to deviate from the low melting point region with the increase of Al2O3 content in slags. The most favorable composition for the refining slag is composed of 51–56 mass% CaO, 9–13 mass% SiO2, 20–25 mass% Al2O3 and 6 mass% MgO. In this case, the inclusions in 50CrVA spring steel are mostly in the low melting point regions, in which their plasticities are expected to improve during steel rolling. The MgO-based inclusions were observed in the steel matrix and the formation mechanism was theoretically and schematically revealed. It is also found that adding around 11 mass% of MgO into the refining slags is beneficial to reducing the refractory corrosion. Further work should be carried out focusing on the evolution rates of MgO-based inclusions.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30130-9
  • Multiphase modeling of fluid dynamic in ladle steel operations under
           non-isothermal conditions
    • Authors: H. Gonzalez; J.A. Ramos-Banderas; E. Torres-Alonso; G. Solorio-Diaz; C.A. Hernández-Bocanegra
      Pages: 888 - 900
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): H. Gonzalez, J.A. Ramos-Banderas, E. Torres-Alonso, G. Solorio-Diaz, C.A. Hernández-Bocanegra
      A numerical simulation was performed to study the flow pattern, mixing time and open-eye slag produced by argon gas injection in an industrial scale steel ladle under non-isothermal conditions. The liquid steel remains 5 min before the injection, and thermal stratification and convective flows were analyzed. Three different sequences in stages employing various argon-gas flow rates were simulated. In the first case, a sequence with the highest flow rates of argon was applied, while in the second and the third sequences, the intermediate and the lowest flow rates of argon gas were used, respectively. For determining the chemistry homogenization, the mixing time was computed and analyzed in all three cases. It was found that the cold steel is located near the walls while the steel with a high temperature is accumulated in the center of the ladle above the argon-gas tuyere. The higher and lower flows promote a faster chemistry homogenization owing to the secondary recirculations that are developed closer to the walls. The results from steel temperature drop show a good concordance with plant trial measurements.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30131-0
  • Thermal and chemical analysis of massive use of hot briquetted iron inside
           basic oxygen furnace
    • Authors: Cosmo Di Cecca; Silvia Barella; Carlo Mapelli; Andrea Gruttadauria; Andrea Francesco Ciuffini; Davide Mombelli; Enrico Bondi
      Pages: 901 - 907
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Cosmo Di Cecca, Silvia Barella, Carlo Mapelli, Andrea Gruttadauria, Andrea Francesco Ciuffini, Davide Mombelli, Enrico Bondi
      The integrated steelmaking cycle based on the blast furnace-basic oxygen furnace (BOF) route plays an important role in the production of plain and ultra-low carbon steel, especially for deep drawing operations. BOF steelmaking is based on the conversion of cast iron in steel by impinging oxygen on the metal bath at supersonic speed. In order to avoid the addition of detrimental chemical elements owing to the introduction of uncontrolled scrap and in order to decrease environmental impact caused by the intensive use of coke for the production of cast iron, HBI (hot briquetted iron) can be used as a source of metal and a fraction of cast iron. Forty industrial experimental tests were performed to evaluate the viability of the use of HBI in BOF. The experimental campaign was supported by a thermal prediction model and realized through the estimation of the oxidation enthalpy. Furthermore, the process was thermodynamically analyzed based on oxygen potentials using the off-gas composition and the bath temperature evolution during the conversion as reference data.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30132-2
  • Dephosphorization stability of hot metal by double slag operation in basic
           oxygen furnace
    • Authors: Wei Wu; Shi-fan Dai; Yue Liu
      Pages: 908 - 915
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Wei Wu, Shi-fan Dai, Yue Liu
      Double slag process was adopted to produce low-phosphorus steel from middle-phosphorus hot metal. To achieve a stable dephosphorization operation, conventional process was modified as follows: the blowing time was extended by approximately 1 min by reducing the oxygen supply flow rate; calcium ferrite pellets were added to adjust the slag composition and viscosity; the dumping temperature was lowered by 30–50 °C by the addition of calcium ferrite pellets during the double slag process to prevent phosphorus in the slag from returning to the molten steel; and the bottom-blown gas flow was increased during the blowing process. For 40 heats of comparative experiments, the rate of dephosphorization reached 91% and ranged between 87% and 95%; the phosphorus, sulfur, manganese, and oxygen contents calculated according to the compositions of molten steel and slag as well as the temperature of molten steel at the end-point of the basic oxygen furnace process were similar to the equilibrium values for the reaction between the slag and the steel. Less free calcium oxide and metallic iron were present in the final slag, and the surface of the slag mineral phase was smooth, clear, and well developed, which showed that the slag exhibited better melting effects than that produced using the conventional slag process. A steady phosphorus capacity in the slag and stable dephosphorization effects were achieved.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30133-4
  • Constitutive analysis and optimization on hot working parameters of
           as-cast high Cr ultra-super-critical rotor steel with columnar grains
    • Authors: Zong-ye Ding; Di Zhang; Qiao-dan Hu; Long Zeng; Jian-guo Li
      Pages: 916 - 924
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Zong-ye Ding, Di Zhang, Qiao-dan Hu, Long Zeng, Jian-guo Li
      Isothermal hot compression tests on the as-cast high-Cr ultra-super-critical rotor steel with columnar grains were carried out in the temperature range from 1223 to 1523 K and at strain rates from 0.001 to 1 s–1. The compression direction was parallel to the longitudinal direction of columnar grains. The constitutive equation based on Arrhenius model was presented, and the processing maps based on the dynamic material model were developed, correlating with microstructure observation. The main softening mechanism was dynamic recovery at 1223 K under strain rates from 0.1 to 1 s–1, whereas it was dynamic recrystallization under other deformation conditions. The constitutive equation modified by strain compensation reasonably predicted the flow stresses. The processing maps and microstructure evolution mechanism schematic indicated that the optimum hot working parameters lay in the zone defined by the temperature range from 1423 to 1473 K and the strain rate range from 0.001 to 1 s–1.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30134-6
  • Evolution of Al2O3 inclusions by cerium treatment in low carbon high
           manganese steel
    • Authors: Hao Li; Yan-chong Yu; Xiang Ren; Shao-hua Zhang; She-bin Wang
      Pages: 925 - 934
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Hao Li, Yan-chong Yu, Xiang Ren, Shao-hua Zhang, She-bin Wang
      The influence of cerium (Ce) treatment on the morphologies, size and distributions of Al2O3 inclusions in low carbon high manganese steel was investigated by OM, SEM-EDS and theoretical calculation. The results showed that Ce can modify the morphologies and types of Al2O3 inclusions. After Ce treatment, the irregular Al2O3 inclusions were replaced by smaller and dispersive spherical cerium oxysulfides. The effects of treatment time and Ce content on the evolution of Al2O3 inclusions were examined. It indicated that Al2O3 inclusions were wrapped by rare earth inclusions to form a ring like shape Ce-enriched band around the inclusions. Model was established to elucidate the evolution mechanism of Al2O3 inclusions. Evolution kinetics of inclusions was discussed qualitatively to analyze the velocity controlled step. It was found that diffusion of Ce3+ and Al3+ in solid inclusion core and the formed intermediate layer would be the limited step during the evolution process.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30135-8
  • Cavitation erosion behavior of CLAM steel weld joint in liquid
           lead-bismuth eutectic alloy
    • Authors: Yu-cheng Lei; Xiao-kai Guo; Hong-xia Chang; Tian-qing Li; Qiang Zhu; Gang Chen; Long-ren Xiao
      Pages: 935 - 942
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Yu-cheng Lei, Xiao-kai Guo, Hong-xia Chang, Tian-qing Li, Qiang Zhu, Gang Chen, Long-ren Xiao
      The cavitation erosion of weld joint and base metal of China low activation martensitic (CLAM) steel in liquid lead-bismuth eutectic alloy (LBE) at 550 °C was investigated to simulate the cavitation erosion of the first wall and the nuclear main pump impeller in the accelerator driven sub-critical system (ADS). A suit of ultrasonic cavitation facility was self-designed to study the cavitation erosion. By studying the surface micro topography, roughness and mean pit depth of the tested specimens, it was found that some crater clusters and large scale cracks appeared on the tested specimen surface after the formation of numerous single craters, and the base metal exhibited much better cavitation erosion resistance than the weld bead due to the difference in their mechanical properties and microstructures. In addition, by comparing the results of static corrosion and cavitation erosion, it could be concluded that the cavitation erosion and the dissolution and oxidation corrosion in liquid LBE would accelerate mutually.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30136-x
  • Effect of artificial tribological layer on sliding wear behavior of H13
    • Authors: Zhen Cao; Shu-qi Wang; Ke-zhi Huang; Bo Zhang; Guo-hong Wen; Qiu-yang Zhang; Lan Wang
      Pages: 943 - 949
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Zhen Cao, Shu-qi Wang, Ke-zhi Huang, Bo Zhang, Guo-hong Wen, Qiu-yang Zhang, Lan Wang
      An artificial tribological layer was formed on the worn surface during sliding, through supplying MoS2, Fe2O3 or their equiponderant mixtures onto the sliding interface of H13/GCr15 steels. The effect of this tribological layer on the wear behavior of H13 steel was studied. The worn surfaces and subsurfaces of H13 steel were thoroughly characterized by using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS); the wear mechanisms were explored. The research results demonstrated that tribological layer did not exist during sliding of H13 steel with no additive, but it formed with the addition of MoS2, Fe2O3 or their equiponderant mixtures. When there was no tribological layer, the wear rate rapidly increased with an increase of the load. In this case, adhesive and abrasive wear prevailed. As the additives were supplied, the artificial tribological layer was observed to be immediately formed and stably existed on worn surfaces. This tribological layer presented an obvious protective function from wear and friction. Hence, the wear rate and friction coefficient were significantly decreased. MoS2 as tribological layer seemed to present more obvious protective function than Fe2O3. By supplying their mixture, the artificial tribological layer possessed not only the load-carrying capacity of Fe2O3, but also the lubricative capacity of MoS2. These two simultaneous capacities could improve the friction and wear properties of H13 steel further.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30137-1
  • Effect of tempering temperature on strain hardening exponent and flow
           stress curve of 1000 MPa grade steel for construction machinery
    • Authors: Yang Yun; Qing-wu Cai; Bao-sheng Xie; Shuang Li
      Pages: 950 - 956
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Yang Yun, Qing-wu Cai, Bao-sheng Xie, Shuang Li
      To study the effect of tempering temperature on strain hardening exponent and flow stress curve, one kind of 1000 MPa grade low carbon bainitic steel for construction machinery was designed, and the standard uniaxial tensile tests were conducted at room temperature. A new flow stress model, which could predict the flow behavior of the tested steels at different tempering temperatures more efficiently, was established. The relationship between mobile dislocation density and strain hardening exponent was discussed based on the dislocation-stress relation. Arrhenius equation and an inverse proportional function were adopted to describe the mobile dislocation, and two mathematical models were established to describe the relationship between tempering temperature and strain hardening exponent. Nonlinear regression analysis was applied to the Arrhenius type model, hence, the activation energy was determined to be 37.6 kJ/mol. Moreover, the square of correlation coefficient was 0.985, which indicated a high reliability between the fitted curve and experimental data. By comparison with the Arrhenius type curve, the general trend of the inverse proportional fitting curve was coincided with the experimental data points except of some fitting errors. Thus, the Arrhenius type model can be adopted to predict the strain hardening exponent at different tempering temperatures.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30138-3
  • Effect of squeeze casting process on microstructures and flow stress
           behavior of Al-17.5Si-4Cu-0.5Mg alloy
    • Authors: Yuan-ji Shi; Lan-ji Liu; Lei Zhang; Li-jun Zhang; Li Zheng; Run-xia Li; Bao-yi Yu
      Pages: 957 - 965
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Yuan-ji Shi, Lan-ji Liu, Lei Zhang, Li-jun Zhang, Li Zheng, Run-xia Li, Bao-yi Yu
      The effects of squeeze casting process on microstructure and flow stress behavior of Al-17.5Si-4Cu-0.5 Mg alloy were investigated and the hot-compression tests of gravity casting and squeeze casting alloy were carried out at 350–500 °C and 0.001–5 s–1. The results show that microstructures of Al-17.5Si-4Cu-0.5 Mg alloys were obviously improved by squeeze casting. Due to the decrease of coarse primary Si particles, soft α-Al dendrite as well as the fine microstructures appeared, and the mechanical properties of squeeze casting alloys were improved. However, when the strain rate rises or the deformation temperature decreases, the flow stress increases and it was proved that the alloy is a positive strain rate sensitive material. It was deduced that compared with the gravity casting alloy, squeeze casting alloy (solidified at 632 MPa) is more difficult to deform since the flow stress of squeeze casting alloy is higher than that of gravity casting alloy when the deformation temperature exceeds 400 °C. Flow stress behavior of Al-17.5Si-4Cu-0.5Mg alloy can be described by a hyperbolic sine form with Zener-Hollomon parameter, and the average hot deformation activation energy Q of gravity casting alloy and squeeze casting alloy is 278. 97 and 308.77 kJ/mol, respectively.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30139-5
  • Simulation study on heat-affected zone of high-strain X80 pipeline steel
    • Authors: Ying Ci; Zhan-zhan Zhang
      Pages: 966 - 972
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Ying Ci, Zhan-zhan Zhang
      The microstructure evolution and impact-toughness variation of heat-affected zone (HAZ) in X80 high-strain pipeline steel were investigated via a welding thermal-simulation technique, Charpy impact tests, and scanning electron microscopy observations under different welding heat inputs and peak temperatures. The results indicate that when heat input was between 17 and 25 kJ · cm–1, the coarse-grained heat-affected zone showed improved impact toughness. When the heat input was increased further, the martensite-austenite (M-A) islands transformed from fine lath into a massive block. Therefore, impact toughness was substantially reduced. When the heat input was 20 kJ · cm–1 and the peak temperature of the first thermal cycle was between 900 and 1300 °C, a higher impact toughness was obtained. When heat input was 20 kJ · cm–1 and the peak temperature of the first thermal cycle was 1300 °C, the impact toughness value at the second peak temperature of 900 °C was higher than that at the second peak temperature of 800 °C because of grain refining and uniformly dispersed M-A constituents in the matrix of bainite.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30140-1
  • Effect of dissolved niobium on eutectoid transformation behavior
    • Authors: Qi-long Yong; Zheng-yan Zhang; Xin-jun Sun; Jian-chun Cao; Zhao-dong Li
      Pages: 973 - 978
      Abstract: Publication date: September 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 9
      Author(s): Qi-long Yong, Zheng-yan Zhang, Xin-jun Sun, Jian-chun Cao, Zhao-dong Li
      The effect of dissolved niobium on the eutectoid transformation behavior in near-eutectoid high-carbon steels has been studied. Dissolved niobium is important in the eutectoid transformation behavior. It increases the eutectoid carbon content significantly (by ˜0.0477% per 0.00001% dissolved niobium), increases the hardenability of steel markedly, yields finer, more uniform, polygonal proeutectoid ferrite, induces a transition in morphology of eutectoid cementite from lamellar to somewhat spheroidal, and increases the misorientation angle of pearlite colonies from being focused near 0° to near 60°.

      PubDate: 2017-09-25T14:11:46Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30141-3
  • Temperature dependence of Lüders strain and its correlation with
           martensitic transformation in a medium Mn transformation-induced
           plasticity steel
    • Authors: Xiao-gang Wang; Ming-xin Huang
      Pages: 1073 - 1077
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Xiao-gang Wang, Ming-xin Huang
      The Lüders deformation behavior in a medium Mn transformation-induced plasticity (TRIP) steel is investigated at different temperatures ranging from 25 to 300 °C. It demonstrates that the Lüders band appears at all testing temperatures but with varied Lüders strains which do not change monotonically with temperature. The martensitic transformation is simultaneously observed within the Lüders band in varying degrees depending on the testing temperature. It is well verified that the martensitic transformation is not responsible for the formation of Lüders band, and a reasonable explanation is given for the non-monotonic variation of Lüders strain with increasing temperature.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30156-5
  • A thermodynamic model on predicting density of medium-Mn steels with
           experimental verification
    • Authors: Guo-hui Shen; Peng-yu Wen; Hai-wen Luo
      Pages: 1078 - 1084
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Guo-hui Shen, Peng-yu Wen, Hai-wen Luo
      A new model on predicting the density of hot-rolled multi-phased medium-Mn steel has been presented on the basis of thermodynamic calculations. This is an integrated model, which includes one for calculating the retained austenite (RA) fraction and the other for volume expansion during the austenite-to-martensite transformation, because both of them are key parameters for calculating the density of steel at ambient temperature. The existing empirical equations for calculating Mms temperature and lattice constants of both martensite and austenite have been all reassessed by the XRD measurements on the microstructures of seven hot-rolled medium-Mn steels. Finally, the densities of seven steels were calculated merely from compositions and compared with the measured ones. The difference between them is no more than 1%, suggesting that the presented model should be of good value in designing the low-density steels.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30157-7
  • Mechanical properties of a microalloyed bainitic steel after hot forging
           and tempering
    • Authors: Zhi-bao Xu; Wei-jun Hui; Zhan-hua Wang; Yong-jian Zhang; Xiao-ii Zhao; Xiu-ming Zhao
      Pages: 1085 - 1094
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Zhi-bao Xu, Wei-jun Hui, Zhan-hua Wang, Yong-jian Zhang, Xiao-ii Zhao, Xiu-ming Zhao
      Mechanical properties of a newly developed microalloyed bainitic steel were investigated after the hot forging, air cooling and tempering process. The microstructure of the as-forged bainitic steel mainly consists of granular bainite and ∼20 vol. % martensite. The fraction of retained austenite remains unchanged until tempering at 200 °C, above which it decreases significantly. The increase of tempering temperature leads to decreases of both ultimate tensile strength and total elongation but decreases of both yield strength and reduction of area. The maximum and minimum values of impact toughness were observed after tempering at around 200 and 400 °C, respectively. These effects are mainly attributed to the decomposition of martensite/austenite constituents and the tempering effects in martensite. The tempering of the forged bainitic steel at around 200 °C results in an excellent combination of strength and toughness, which is comparable to that of the conventional quenched-and-tempered 40Cr steel. Therefore, low-tempering treatment coupled with post-forging residual stress relieving is a feasible method to further improve the mechanical properties of the bainitic forging steel.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30158-9
  • Correlation of isothermal bainite transformation and austenite stability
           in quenching and partitioning steels
    • Authors: Shan Chen; Guang-zhen Wang; Chun Liu; Chen-chong Wang; Xian-ming Zhao; Wei Xu
      Pages: 1095 - 1103
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Shan Chen, Guang-zhen Wang, Chun Liu, Chen-chong Wang, Xian-ming Zhao, Wei Xu
      The possible decomposition of metastable austenite during the partitioning process in the high-end quenching and partitioning (Q&P) steels is somewhat neglected by most researchers. The effects of primary martensite and alloying elements including manganese, cobalt and aluminum on the isothermal decomposition of austenite during typical Q&P process were studied by dilatometry. The transformation kinetics was studied systematically and resulting microstructures were discussed in details. The results suggested that the primary martensite decreased the incubation period of isothermal decomposition by accelerating the nucleation process owing to dislocations especially on phase and grain boundaries. This effect can be eliminated by a flash heating which recovered dislocations. Co addition significantly promoted the bainite transformation during partitioning while Al and Mn suppressed the isothermal bainite transformation. The bainite transformation played an important role in carbon distribution during partitioning, and hence the amount and stability of austenite upon final quenching. The bainite transformation during partitioning is an important factor in optimizing the microstructure in Q&P steels.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30159-0
  • Tensile behavior and deformation mechanism of quenching and partitioning
           treated steels at different deforming temperatures
    • Authors: Lian-bo Luo; Wei Li; Yu Gong; Li Wang; Xue-jun Jin
      Pages: 1104 - 1108
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Lian-bo Luo, Wei Li, Yu Gong, Li Wang, Xue-jun Jin
      The effects of deforming temperatures on the tensile behaviors of quenching and partitioning treated steels were investigated. It was found that the ultimate tensile strength of the steel decreased with the increasing temperature from 25 to 100 °C, reached the maximum value at 300 °C, and then declined by a significant extent when the temperature further reached 400 °C. The total elongations at 100, 200 and 300 °C are at about the same level. The steel achieved optimal mechanical properties at 300 °C due to the proper transformation behavior of retained austenite since the stability of retained austenite is largely dependent on the deforming temperature. When tested at 100 and 200 °C, the retained austenite was reluctant to transform, while at the other temperatures, about 10 vol. % of retained austenite transformed during the tensile tests. The relationship between the stability of retained austenite and the work hardening behavior of quenching and partitioning treated steels at different deforming temperatures was also studied and discussed in detail. In order to obtain excellent mechanical properties, the stability of retained austenite should be carefully controlled so that the effect of transformation-induced plasticity could take place continuously during plastic deformation.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30160-7
  • In-situ microstructural evolutions of 5Mn steel at elevated temperature in
           a transmission electron microscope
    • Authors: Han-bo Jiang; Xi-nan Luo; Xiao-yan Zhong; Hui-hua Zhou; Cun-yu Wang; Jie Shi; Han Dong
      Pages: 1109 - 1114
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Han-bo Jiang, Xi-nan Luo, Xiao-yan Zhong, Hui-hua Zhou, Cun-yu Wang, Jie Shi, Han Dong
      The microstructural evolutions of 5Mn steel during various heat treatments have been investigated by in-situ transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The specimen of 5Mn steel was prepared using focused ion beam (FIB) milling, which allowed the selection of specific morphology of interest prior to the in-situ observation. The complete austenization at 800 °C was verified at the atomic scale by minimizing thermal expansion and sample drift in a heating holder based on micro-electro-mechanical-systems. During annealing at 650 °C, the formation of reverted austenite was dynamically observed, while the morphologies of austenite laths of 5Mn steel after in-situ heating were quite similar to that after ex-situ intercritical annealing. During annealing at 500 °C, the morphological evolution of cementite and associated Mn diffusion were investigated. It was demonstrated that a combination of FIB sampling and high temperature in-situ TEM enables us to probe the morphological evolution and elemental diffusion of specific areas of interest in steel at high spatial resolution.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30161-9
  • Microstructure evolution and mechanical properties influenced by
           austenitizing temperature in aluminum-alloyed TRIP-aided steel
    • Authors: Ju-hua Liang; Zheng-zhi Zhao; Cai-hua Zhang; Di Tang; Shu-feng Yang; Wei-ning Liu
      Pages: 1115 - 1124
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Ju-hua Liang, Zheng-zhi Zhao, Cai-hua Zhang, Di Tang, Shu-feng Yang, Wei-ning Liu
      The Fe-0. 21C-2. 2Mn-0. 49Si-1. 77 A1 transformation induced plasticity (TRIP)-aided steel was heat treated at various austenitizing temperatures under both TRIP-aided polygonal ferrite type (TPF) and annealed martensite matrix (TAM) processes. The microstructure evolution and their effects on mechanical properties were systematically investigated through the microstructure observation and dilatometric analysis. The microstructure homogeneity is improved in TPF steel heated at a high temperature due to the reduced banded martensite and the increased bainite. Compared with the mechanical properties of the TPF steels, the yield strength and elongation of the TAM steels are much higher, while the tensile strength is lower than that of TPF steels. The stability of intercritical austenite is affected by the heating temperature, and thus the following phase transformation influences the mechanical properties, such as the bainite transformation and the precipitation of polygonal ferrite. Obvious dynamic bainite transformation occurs at TAM850, TAM900 and TAM950. More proportion of polygonal ferrite is found in the sample heated at 950 °C. The bainite transformation beginning at a higher temperature results in the wider bainitic ferrite laths. The more proportion of polygonal ferrite and wide bainitic ferrite laths commonly contribute to the lower strength and better elongation. The uniform microstructure with lath-like morphology and retained austenite with high average carbon content ensures a good mechanical property in TAM850 with the product of strength and elongation of about 28 GPa · %.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30162-0
  • Effects of strain states on stability of retained austenite in medium Mn
    • Authors: Mei Xu; Yong-gang Yang; Jia-yong Chen; Di Tang; Hai-tao Jiang; Zhen-li Mi
      Pages: 1125 - 1130
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Mei Xu, Yong-gang Yang, Jia-yong Chen, Di Tang, Hai-tao Jiang, Zhen-li Mi
      Based on uniaxial tensile and plane strain deformation tests, the effects of strain states on the stability of RA (retained austenite) in medium Mn steels, which were subjected to IA (intercritical annealing) and Q&P (quenching and partitioning) processing, were investigated. The volume fractions of RA before and after deformation were measured at different equivalent strains. The transformation behaviors of RA were also investigated. The stability of RA differed across two different transformation stages at the plane strain state: the stability was much lower in the first stage than in the second stage. For the uniaxial tension strain state, the stability of RA corresponded only to a single transformation stage. The main reason was that there were two types of transformations from RA in the medium Mn steel for the plane strain state. One type was that the martensite originated in the strain-induced stacking faults (SISF). The other type was the strain-induced directly twin martensite at a certain equivalent strain. However, for the uniaxial tension state, only the strain-induced twin martensite was observed. Dislocation lines and dislocation tangles were also observed in specimens deformed at different strain states. In addition, complex microstructures of stacking faults and lath-like phases were observed within a grain at the plane strain state.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30163-2
  • Estimation of maximum inclusion by statistics of extreme values method in
           bearing steel
    • Authors: Chao Tian; Jian-hui Liu; Heng-chang Lu; Han Dong
      Pages: 1131 - 1136
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Chao Tian, Jian-hui Liu, Heng-chang Lu, Han Dong
      A statistic method, statistics of extreme values (SEV), was described in detail, which can estimate the size of maximum inclusion in steel. The characteristic size of the maximum inclusion in a high clean bearing steel (GCr15) was evaluated by this method, and the morphology and composition of large inclusions found were analyzed by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). When standard inspection area (S 0) is 280 mm2 the characteristic size of the biggest inclusion found in 30 standard inspection area is 23.93 µm, and it has a 99.9% probability of the characteristic size of maximum inclusion predicted being no larger than 36.85 pm in the experimental steel. SEM result shows that large inclusions found are mainly composed of CaS, calcium-aluminate and MgO. Compositing widely exists in large inclusions in high clean bearing steel. Compared with traditional evaluation method, SEV method mainly focuses on inclusion size, and the estimation result is not affected by inclusion types. SEV method is suitable for the inclusion evaluation of high clean bearing steel.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30164-4
  • Microstructure and mechanical properties of 20Si2CrNi3MoV steel treated by
           HDQP process
    • Authors: Chuan-feng Meng; Lei Zhang; Cun-yu Wang; Yu-jie Zhang; Ying-hui Wei; Yi-de Wang; Wen-quan Cao
      Pages: 1137 - 1142
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Chuan-feng Meng, Lei Zhang, Cun-yu Wang, Yu-jie Zhang, Ying-hui Wei, Yi-de Wang, Wen-quan Cao
      A combined process of hot-deformation plus two-step quenching and partitioning (HDQP) treatment was applied to a low-carbon 20Si2CrNi3MoV steel, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Vickers hardness and tension test were used to characterize the microstructure and mechanical properties. More stable retained austenite due to fine microstructures and typical curved micromorphology is obtained, and the newly-treated steel obtains more retained austenite because of the effect of hot deformation. The retained austenite fraction increases and then decreases with the increasing quenching temperature from 200 to 350 °C. The maximum retained austenite fraction (18. 3%) and elongation (15%) are obtained to enhance the ductility.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30165-6
  • Effect of methane-hydrogen mixtures on flow and combustion of coherent
    • Authors: Ting Cheng; Kong Zhu; Kai Dong
      Pages: 1143 - 1151
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Ting Cheng, Kong Zhu, Kai Dong
      Coherent jets are widely used in electric arc furnace (EAF) steelmaking to increase the oxygen utilization and chemical reaction rates. However, the influence of fuel gas combustion on jet behavior is not fully understood yet. The flow and combustion characteristics of a coherent jet were thus investigated at steelmaking temperature using Fluent software, and a detailed chemical kinetic reaction mechanism was used in the combustion reaction model. The axial velocity and total temperature of the supersonic jet were measured via hot state experiments. The simulation results were compared with the experimental data and the empirical jet model proposed by Ito and Muchi and good consistency was obtained. The research results indicated that the potential core length of the coherent jet can be prolonged by optimizing the combustion effect of the fuel gas. Besides, the behavior of the supersonic jet in the subsonic section was also investigated, as it is an important factor for controlling the position of the oxygen lance. The investigation indicated that the attenuation of the coherent jet is more notable than that of the conventional jet in the subsonic section.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30166-8
  • Structural behavior of F− in mould flux melt of CaO-SiO2-Al2 O3-Na2
           O-CaF2 system
    • Authors: Qiang Gao; Yi Min; Cheng-jun Liu; Mao-fa Jiang
      Pages: 1152 - 1158
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Qiang Gao, Yi Min, Cheng-jun Liu, Mao-fa Jiang
      The influence of fluorine on the structure of CaO-SiO2-Al2O3-Na2O-CaF2 continuous-casting-type slag was measured by Raman spectroscopy, and the degree of polymerization of mould flux and the structural behavior of F− in the melt were investigated by classifying and quantifying the structural species of F− ions. The results exhibit that the main structural units of Si-O tetrahedra are Q0, Q1 and Q2 and the actual measured number of non-bridging oxygen ions in the [SiO4]-tetrahedra (denoted by NBO/T) increases from 2. 73 to 3. 44 with increasing the molar ratio of F to (F+O) (denoted by X F/X (F+O)) from 0. 06 to 0. 19. It means that the degree of polymerization of melt structure decreases with an increase in X F/X (F+O). In addition, most of F− ions were distributed in Si-O tetrahedra and Al-O tetrahedra. With increasing X F/X (F+O), the complex structural units Al-O tetrahedra are gradually replaced by discrete structural units AlF1– because of the breakage of Al-O bonds in Al-O tetrahedra by F− ions, and the Si-O (bridging oxygen) bonds of Si-O tetrahedra are broken to form [SiO n F1–n ]-tetrahedra by F− ions coordinating with Si4+.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30167-x
  • Thermo-elasto-visco-plastic finite element analysis on formation and
           propagation of of-corner subsurface cracks in bloom continuous casting
    • Authors: Yu-jun Li; Huan Li; Peng Lan; Hai-yan Tang; Jia-quan Zhang
      Pages: 1159 - 1168
      Abstract: Publication date: November 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 11
      Author(s): Yu-jun Li, Huan Li, Peng Lan, Hai-yan Tang, Jia-quan Zhang
      The formation and propagation of the popular off-corner subsurface cracks in bloom continuous casting were investigated through thermo-mechanical analysis using three coupled thermo-mechanical models. A two-dimensional thermo-elasto-visco-plastic finite element model was developed to predict the mould gap evolution, temperature profiles and deformation behavior of the solidified shell in the mould region. Then, a three-dimensional model was adopted to calculate the shell growth, temperature history and the development of stresses and strains of the shell in the following secondary cooling zones. Finally, another three-dimensional model was used to analyze the stress distributions in the straightening region. The results showed that the off-corner cracks in the shell originated from the mould owing to the tensile strain developed in the crack sensitive regions of the solidification front, and they could be driven deeper by the possible severe surface temperature rebound and the extensive tensile stress in the secondary cooling zone, especially upon the straightening operation of the bloom casting. It is revealed that more homogenous shell temperature and thickness can be obtained through optimization of mould corner radius, casting speed and secondary cooling scheme, which help to decrease stress and strain concentration and therefore prevent the initiation of the cracks.

      PubDate: 2017-11-16T06:22:13Z
      DOI: 10.1016/s1006-706x(17)30168-1
  • Sintering flue gas desulfurization with different carbon materials
           modified by microwave irradiation
    • Authors: Shan Ren; Fu-qiang Guo Zhao Jie Yang Yao Ming Kong
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Shan Ren, Fu-qiang Guo, Qi Zhao, Jie Yang, Lu Yao, Ming Kong
      Modification of metallurgical coke, biomass char and semi-coke was carried out using a microwave device with power of 450–850 W and irradiation time of 6–12 min. The desulfurization rates of three carbon materials before and after modification were tested. The effects of microwave power and irradiation time on the pore texture and surface chemical characteristics of the three carbon materials were examined by SEM, BET and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The results showed that the specific surface area, total pore volume and pore diameter of biomass char and semi-coke after irradiation decreased slightly. Noteworthily, the pore diameter turned small and the acidic functional groups on their surface decomposed, thereby the basicity of carbon surface increased by microwave modification. The optimal promotion of desulfurization rate of three carbon materials was semi-coke irradiated at 850 W for 9 min and the sulfur dioxide adsorption rate was up to 45%.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
  • Non-isothermal study of gasification process of coal char and biomass char
           in CO2 condition
    • Authors: Tao Guang-wei; Wang Jian-liang Zhang Teng-fei Song Run-sheng
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Tao Xu, Guang-wei Wang, Jian-liang Zhang, Teng-fei Song, Run-sheng Xu
      Non-isothermal method was used to study gasification characteristics of three coal chars and one biomass char. Four chars were made from anthracite coal (A), bituminous coal (B), lignite coal (L), and wood refuse (W), respectively. The gasification process was studied by random pore model (RPM), unreacted core model (URCM) and volumetric model (VM). With an increase in metamorphic grade, the gasification reactivity of coal char decreased, and the gasification reactivity of biomass char was close to that of low metamorphic coal char. With an increase in heating rate, the gasification of all samples moved towards high temperature zone, and the whole gasification time decreased. It was concluded from kinetics analysis that the above-mentioned three models could be used to describe the gasification process of coal char, and the RPM fitted the best among the three models. In the RPM, the activation energies of gasification were 193. 9, 225. 3 and 202. 8 kJ/mol for anthracite coal char, bituminous coal char and lignite coal char, respectively. The gasification process of biomass char could be described by the URCM and VM, while the URCM performed better. The activation energy of gasification of wood refuse char calculated by the URCM was 282. 0 kJ/mol.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
  • Recovery of iron and copper from copper tailings by coal-based direct
           reduction and magnetic separation
    • Authors: Chao Ceng; Hua-jun Wang Wen-tao Cheng-shuai Shi
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Chao Ceng, Hua-jun Wang, Wen-tao Hu, Li Li, Cheng-shuai Shi
      A technique comprising coal-based direct reduction followed by magnetic separation was presented to recover iron and copper from copper slag flotation tailings. Optimal process parameters, such as reductant and additive ratios, reduction temperature, and reduction time, were experimentally determined and found to be as follows: a limestone ratio of 25%, a bitumite ratio of 30%, and reduction roasting at 1473 K for 90 min. Under these conditions, copper-bearing iron powders (CIP) with an iron content of 90.11% and copper content of 0.86%, indicating iron and copper recoveries of 87.25% and 83.44% respectively, were effectively obtained. Scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive spectroscopy of the CIP revealed that some tiny copper particles were embedded in metal iron and some copper formed alloy with iron, which was difficult to achieve the separation of these two metals. Thus, the copper went into magnetic products by magnetic separation. Adding copper into the steel can produce weathering steel. Therefore, the CIP can be used as an inexpensive raw material for weathering steel.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
  • Three-dimensional structure and micro-mechanical properties of iron ore
    • Authors: Wei Wang; Ming Deng Run-sheng Wei-bo Ze-lin Ouyang Xiao-bo Huang
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Wei Wang, Ming Deng, Run-sheng Xu, Wei-bo Xu, Ze-lin Ouyang, Xiao-bo Huang, Zheng-liang Xue
      A new analysis method based on serial sectioning and three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction was developed to characterize the mineral microstructure of iron ore sinter. Through the 3D reconstruction of two types of iron ore sinters, the morphology and distribution of minerals in three-dimensional space were analyzed, and the volume fraction of minerals in a 3D image was calculated based on their pixel points. In addition, the microhardness of minerals was measured with a Vickers hardness tester. Notably, different mineral compositions and distributions are obtained in these two sinters. The calcium ferrite in Sinter 1 is dendritic with many interconnected pores, and these grains are crisscrossed and interwoven; the calcium ferrite in Sinter 2 is strip shaped and interweaves with magnetite, silicate and columnar pores. The calculated mineral contents based on a two-dimensional region are clearly different among various layers. Quantitative analysis shows that Sinter 1 contains a greater amount of calcium ferrite and hematite, whereas Sinter 2 contains more magnetite and silicate. The microhardness of minerals from highest to lowest is hematite, calcium ferrite, magnetite and silicate. Thus, Sinter 1 has a greater tumbler strength than Sinter 2.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
  • Comparison of sintering performance of typical specular hematite ores with
           distinct size distributions
    • Authors: Cong-cong Yang; De-qing Zhu Ben-jing Shi Jian Pan Li-ming Xiao-bo
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Cong-cong Yang, De-qing Zhu, Ben-jing Shi, Jian Pan, Li-ming Lu, Xiao-bo Li, Ya-ping Mo
      The sintering performance of three typical specular hematite ores (coarse SO-A, intermediate SO-B and ultrafine SO-C) was compared in an industrial ore blend through pilot-scale sinter pot tests. The effect of particle size of specular hematite ores on their granulation and sintering performance was revealed. Compared with the coarse SO-A fine and ultrafine SO-C concentrate, the intermediate SO-B showed inferior granulation and sintering performance characterized with poorer bed permeability and productivity, lower sinter strength and higher fuel rates. A new material preparation method was hence proposed and verified at both pilot and industrial scales. The proposed method by mixing SO-B with a high amount of goethite-type iron ore fines was found to be an effective way in improving the granulation and assimilative characteristics of ore blend comprising 31% intermediate SO-B, leading to improved sinter productivity and lowered fuel rates. The metallurgical properties and microstructure of sinters were also investigated. The sinters obtained through the proposed preparation method were generally stronger and more reducible on account of better sinter structure with more relict hematite ultimately connected with needle-like silico-ferrite of calcium and aluminum and lower porosity.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
  • Corrosion mechanism research and microstructure analysis of Baosteel No. 3
           blast furnace hearth
    • Authors: Xun-fu Wang; Qi-jie Zhai
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Xun-fu Wang, Qi-jie Zhai
      Baosteel No. 3 blast furnace hearth was divided into tuyere area, taphole area, taphole upper side wall and taphole lower side wall according to different working situations. Through chemical composition analysis, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, energy dispersive spectrometry and other means, chemical composition and microstructure of different parts of hearth carbon brick were analyzed and markedly different corrosion mechanisms of these areas were found. Zn element in form of ZnO mainly deposited on the hot side of carbon brick. There was no obvious evidence that Zn permeates into carbon bricks and erodes them. Except for taphole area, K, Na, and Fe contents from hot side to cold side gradually rise and fall, resulting in the decrease of apparent porosity, the increase of density and the higher thermal conductivity compared with those of new carbon brick. The higher content of Fe in carbon brick leads to more serious erosion because Fe has greatly changed the physical properties of carbon brick. In the taphole area, the contents of Si and Al present obvious concentration gradient because of the mechanical souring of molten iron and slag. The SiO2 and Al2O3 particles that have different expansion factors with carbon brick damaged the carbon substrate because of temperature fluctuation. The graphitized carbon found on H4 where is the most serious corrosion site means that the carbon brick ever directly contacts with molten iron.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
  • Interfacial microstructure and mechanical properties of diffusion-bonded
           joints of titanium TC4 (Ti-6Al-4V) and Kovar (Fe-29Ni-17Co) alloys
    • Authors: Ting-feng Song; Xiao-song Jiang Zhen-yi Shao De-feng De-gui Zhu Min-hao
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Ting-feng Song, Xiao-song Jiang, Zhen-yi Shao, De-feng Mo, De-gui Zhu, Min-hao Zhu, Christina H. Young, Zhi-ping Luo
      Diffusion bonding is a near net shape forming process that can join dissimilar materials through atomic diffusion under a high pressure at a high temperature. Titanium alloy TC4 (Ti-6Al-4V) and 4J29 Kovar alloy (Fe-29Ni-17Co) were diffusely bonded by a vacuum hot-press sintering process in the temperature range of 700–850 °C and bonding time of 120 min, under a pressure of 34. 66 MPa. Interfacial microstructures and intermetallic compounds of the diffusion-bonded joints were characterized by optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The elemental diffusion across the interface was revealed by electron probe microanalysis. Mechanical properties of joints were investigated by micro Vickers hardness and tensile strength. Results of EDS and XRD indicated that (Fe, Co, Ni)-Ti, TiNi, Ti2Ni, TiNi2, Fe2Ti, Ti17Mn3 and Al6 Ti19 were formed at the interface. When the bonding temperature was raised from 700 to 850 °C, the voids of interface were reduced and intermetallic layers were widened. Maximum tensile strength of joints at 53. 5 MPa was recorded by the sintering process at 850 °C for 120 min. Fracture surface of the joint indicated brittle nature, and failure took place through interface of intermetallic compounds. Based on the mechanical properties and microstructure of the diffusion-bonded joints, diffusion mechanisms between Ti-6Al-4V titanium and Fe-29Ni-17Co Kovar alloys were analyzed in terms of elemental diffusion, nucleation and growth of grains, plastic deformation and formation of intermetallic compounds near the interface.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
  • Effects of Al contents on microstructure and properties of hot-dip Zn-Al
    • Authors: Zhi-feng Yong-quan; Guang-ming Gao Jun-jian Tang Xiang-jun Zhang Zhen-yu Liu
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Zhi-feng Li, Yong-quan He, Guang-ming Gao, Jun-jian Tang, Xiang-jun Zhang, Zhen-yu Liu
      A new hot-dip galvanizing method was employed on hot-rolled low carbon steel. The effects of Al contents on microstructure, micro-hardness and corrosion resistance of Zn-Al alloy coatings were systematically investigated. Phase composition, microstructure and element distribution in Zn-Al alloy coatings were analyzed using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and electron probe micro analysis (EPMA), respectively. It is found that Al content (0. 6–6. 0 wt. %) in galvanizing zinc affects surface quality and adhesion between coatings and matrix in the newly developed method. In addition, with increasing Al content, micro-hardness significantly increased due to the increase in Zn-Al eutectoid phases. Potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) also revealed that increase in Al plays a noticeable role in improving the corrosion resistance of Zn-Al alloy coatings.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
  • Scaling laws and mechanical properties of nanoporous copper
    • Authors: Lin-kai Guo; Lei Wang Dong-hui Yang
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Lin-kai Guo, Lei Wang, Dong-hui Yang
      Through molecular dynamics simulations, the mechanical behavior of nanoporous copper under impact loading was investigated with relative densities ranging from 77.91% to 98.36%, focusing on deformation mechanism, the scaling laws and influence of ligament sizes. Results show that the classical Gibson-Ashby's scaling laws should be modified for prediction of both the Young's modulus and yield stress. A proportional relationship is established between cell wall thickness and yield stress, and new modified scaling equations are built for nanoporous copper with consideration on both relative mass density and size effects of ligaments. The size effect can be explained by larger surface area/volume ratio of samples with thinner ligament size and limited dislocation source activation due to narrow space between larger numbers of voids.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
  • Microstructural evolution of Al-Si coating and its influence on high
           temperature tribological behavior of ultra-high strength steel against H13
    • Authors: Meng-xuan Guo; Kai-xiang Gao Wu-rong Wang Xi-cheng Wei
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Meng-xuan Guo, Kai-xiang Gao, Wu-rong Wang, Xi-cheng Wei
      Al-Si coated ultra-high strength steel (UHSS) has been commonly applied in hot stamping process. The influence of austenitizing temperature on microstructure of Al-Si coating of UHSS during hot stamping process and its tribological behavior against H13 steel under elevated temperature were simulatively investigated. The austenitizing temperature of Al-Si coated UHSS and its microstructual evolution were confirmed and analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry and scanning electron microscopy. A novel approach to tribological testing by replicating hot stamping process temperature history was presented. Results show that the hard and stable phases Fe2Al5 + FeAl2 formed on Al-Si coating surface after exposure to 930 °C for 5 min, which was found to be correlated to the tribological behavior of coating. The friction coefficient of coated steel was more stable and higher than that of uncoated one. The main wear mechanism of Al-Si coated UHSS was adhesion wear, while abrasive wear was dominant for the uncoated UHSS.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
  • Effect of cellular recrystallization on tensile properties of a
           nickel-based single crystal superalloy containing Re and Ru
    • Authors: Zhen-xue Shi; Shi-zhong Liu Xiao-dai Yue Li-jie Wan-peng Yang Xiao-guang
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Zhen-xue Shi, Shi-zhong Liu, Xiao-dai Yue, Li-jie Hu, Wan-peng Yang, Xiao-guang Wang, Jia-rong Li
      A nickel-based single crystal superalloy containing Re and Ru was cast in a directional solidification furnace. The single crystal specimens after standard heat treatment were grit blasted with different pressures and then heat treated at 1100 °C for 4 h under vacuum condition. The evolution of recrystallized microstructure and its effect on the tensile properties at 850 and 980 °C were investigated. After heat treatment, the cellular microstructure was observed, and the thickness of the cellular recrystallization zone increases with the increase in grit blasting pressure. The appearance of the cellular structure undermines the tensile properties. Both the tensile strength and elongation decrease with increasing the thickness of the cellular structure. The recrystallized grain boundaries can act as the channels for the crack initiation and propagation during tensile test. The low bearing capacity of recrystallized layers and the local stress concentration resulting from the notch effect of cracking were the main reasons for the decrease of tensile properties.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
  • Erosion corrosion of low-alloy wear-resistant steels in alkaline slurry
    • Authors: Feng-ming Song; Lin-xiu
      Abstract: Publication date: October 2017
      Source:Journal of Iron and Steel Research, International, Volume 24, Issue 10
      Author(s): Feng-ming Song, Lin-xiu Du
      Erosion corrosion causes significant problems in various industrial environments through a synergistic effect which results in much greater weight loss than the sum of the weight losses in the individual processes. The erosion-corrosion behavior of three low-alloy steels was investigated in a simulated concrete slurry using the rotation method. The key influencing factors and mechanism of material degradation were analyzed. The experimental results indicate that the weight loss increases with the linear velocity according to a nearly exponential relationship (W = KVn ), where n is 1. 40–2. 14. This weight loss is mainly caused by erosion in the alkaline slurry, and steels with higher tensile strengths show higher erosion-corrosion resistance. The formation of many platelets and ring cracks and their removal from the sample surface during erosion corrosion in the slurry are thought to constitute the mechanism responsible for this weight loss. These platelets and ring cracks are formed by solid particles striking the sample surface. Craters are initially produced and subsequently disappear as they grow and come in contact with each other. Fewer craters were observed on the surfaces of samples that exhibited higher weight loss. The surface of the material became work-hardened because of the effect of the particles striking and scratching, and a deformed layer was produced on the surface for steels of lower strengths, leading to deeper and more abundant gouges.

      PubDate: 2017-10-10T22:52:14Z
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