Materials, Vol. 14, Pages 6062: How the Thermomechanical Processing Can Modify the High Strain Rate Mechanical Response of a Microalloyed Steel
Materials doi: 10.3390/ma14206062
The effects of thermomechanical processing (TMP) on the mechanical response of microalloyed steels subjected to dynamic loading conditions were examined. The deformation conditions in the thermomechanical laboratory rolling processes were selected on the basis of dilatometric tests. It allowed (with a constant value of total deformation) us to obtain microstructures with different compositions and morphology of the particular components. Several samples characterized by a particularly complex and unexpected representation of the obtained microstructures were selected for further research. Plastometric tests, i.e., compression and tensile tests, were performed under quasi-static loading with digital image correlation (DIC) analysis, and under dynamic loading on the Split Hopkinson Pressure Bar (SHPB) apparatus with strain rates of 1400 and 2000 s−1. Samples deformed in such conditions were subjected to microstructural analysis and hardness measurements. It has been observed that the use of various combinations of TMP parameters can result in the formation of specific microstructures, which in turn are the source of an attractive mechanical response under dynamic loading conditions. This opens up new possible areas of application for such popular structural materials which are microalloyed steels.
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