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Softening Characterization of 300M High-Strength Steel during Post-Dynamic Recrystallization

State Key Laboratory of Materials Processing and Die & Mould Technology, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
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Metals 2018, 8(5), 340;
Received: 7 April 2018 / Revised: 7 May 2018 / Accepted: 8 May 2018 / Published: 10 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dynamic Recrystallization Behavior of Metallic Materials)
This paper investigates softening phenomena within the post-dynamic recrystallization (PDRX) process in 300M high-strength steel specimens with different initial dynamically recrystallized volume fractions. Isothermal, interrupted compression experiments were performed on a Gleeble-3500 at a temperature of 1273 K and strain rate of 0.01 s−1. To acquire different initial volume fractions of dynamically recrystallized (DRX) grains, deformation was interrupted at two strain levels and immediately followed by isothermal annealing treatments. The softening behaviors respectively caused by the static recrystallization (SRX) and metadynamic recrystallization (MDRX) were qualitatively characterized by variations in the mechanical properties of the deformed and recrystallized grains. On the basis of the Taylor dislocation model, the evolution of geometric necessary dislocations (GNDs) and statistically stored dislocations (SSDs) densities were also discussed to qualitatively clarify the nature of different softening behaviors. Results indicate that the SRX occurred alone in samples without initial DRX grains, after an incubation time of approximately 50 s, while MDRX initially appeared within 1 s and completed at about 8 s in samples with a high initial volume fraction of DRX grains. The microhardness, indentation hardness, and Young’s modulus in the deformed and recrystallized grains decreased gradually with an increase of MDRX and SRX volume fractions. The sink-in and pile-up phenomena were enhanced by the SRX and MDRX softening processes, respectively. The SSDs density decreased more noticeably during the MDRX process than that during the SRX, which indicates that the MDRX process contributed to a more significant softening effect within the microstructural evolution regimes. View Full-Text
Keywords: 300M high-strength steel; softening process; post-dynamic recrystallization; nano-indentation; dislocation density 300M high-strength steel; softening process; post-dynamic recrystallization; nano-indentation; dislocation density
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Zeng, R.; Huang, L.; Su, H.; Ma, H.; Ma, Y.; Li, J. Softening Characterization of 300M High-Strength Steel during Post-Dynamic Recrystallization. Metals 2018, 8, 340.

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