Jian-ping Lai, Jia-xin Yu, and Jiong Wang, Effect of quenching-partitioning treatment on the microstructure, mechanical and abrasive properties of high carbon steel, Int. J. Miner. Metall. Mater., 28(2021), No. 4, pp. 676-687. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12613-020-2164-3
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Jian-ping Lai, Jia-xin Yu, and Jiong Wang, Effect of quenching-partitioning treatment on the microstructure, mechanical and abrasive properties of high carbon steel, Int. J. Miner. Metall. Mater., 28(2021), No. 4, pp. 676-687. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12613-020-2164-3
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Effect of quenching-partitioning treatment on the microstructure, mechanical and abrasive properties of high carbon steel

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    Jian-ping Lai    E-mail: ljp@swust.edu.cn

  • Received: 8 June 2020Revised: 3 August 2020Accepted: 5 August 2020Available online: 10 August 2020
  • The present work employed the X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, electron backscattered diffraction, and electron probe microanalysis techniques to identify the microstructural evolution and mechanical and abrasive behavior of high carbon steel during quenching-partitioning treatment with an aim to enhance the toughness and wear resistance of high carbon steel. Results showed that, with the increase in partitioning temperature from 250 to 400°C, the amount of retained austenite (RA) decreased resulting from the carbide precipitation effect after longer partitioning times. Moreover, the stability of RA generally increased because of the enhanced degree of carbon enrichment in RA. Given the factors affecting the toughness of high carbon steel, the stability of RA associated with size, carbon content, and morphology plays a significant role in determining the toughness of high carbon steel. The analysis of the wear resistance of samples with different mechanical properties shows that hardness is the primary factor affecting the wear resistance of high carbon steel, and the toughness is the secondary one.

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