As-quenched martensite was pre-tempered at 623 K and 923 K (350 °C and 650 °C), and then it reverted to austenite by intercritical annealing at 998 K (725 °C) in a Fe-2Mn-0.3C alloy. Pre-tempering at 623 K (350 °C) accelerates austenite formation, while pre-tempering at 923 K (650 °C) significantly retards it. It is proposed that austenite nucleation is accelerated by increasing the number density and particle size of cementite during tempering, whereas austenite growth is retarded by Mn enrichment in cementite during tempering at high temperature, leading to opposite effects of pre-tempering on reversion kinetics.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Metallurgical and Materials Transactions A: Physical Metallurgy and Materials Science|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Mechanics of Materials
- Metals and Alloys