Effect of post-GBE strain-sensitisation on corrosion resistance of grain boundary engineered 304 austenitic stainless steel

Gouki Yamada, Hiroyuki Kokawa, Yu Yasuda, Shun Tokita, Takashi Yokoyama, Yutaka S. Sato, Hiromichi T. Fujii, Sadahiro Tsurekawa

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Abstract

Control of grain boundary microstructure for grain boundary engineering (GBE) is effective to prevent intergranular corrosion by disconnection of corrosive random boundary network resulting from the introduction of coincidence site lattice boundaries during the frequent formation of annealing twins in bulk austenitic stainless steels. Since the practical use of austenitic stainless steels often includes straining and heating processes, such as forming, annealing and welding, the processes after the GBE treatment could degrade the optimised grain boundary microstructure and the high corrosion resistance of grain boundary engineered (GBEed) austenitic stainless steels. Therefore the present study examined the effects of post-GBE strain-sensitisation on grain boundary microstructure and corrosion resistance of a GBEed 304 austenitic stainless steel produced by a single-step thermomechanical processing for GBE. The results showed that the grain boundary microstructure was changed apparently and the corrosion resistance gradually decreased in the GBEed steel with an increase in post-GBE strain followed by sensitisation, but the GBEed steel maintained significantly higher corrosion resistance during the post-GBE strain-sensitisation than the equivalently strain-sensitised base steel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1443-1453
Number of pages11
JournalPhilosophical Magazine
Volume93
Issue number10-12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr 1

Keywords

  • EBSD
  • annealing
  • corrosion
  • grain boundary engineering
  • stainless steel
  • strain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics

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