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The Effect of Hot-Mounting on the Microstructure of an As-Quenched Auto-Tempered Low-Carbon Martensitic Steel

Materials and Mechanical Engineering, Centre for Advanced Steels Research, University of Oulu, 90014 Oulun yliopisto, Finland
Kerttu Saalasti Institute, University of Oulu, Pajatie 5, FI-85500 Nivala, Finland
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Metals 2019, 9(5), 550;
Received: 11 April 2019 / Revised: 4 May 2019 / Accepted: 9 May 2019 / Published: 11 May 2019
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The effect of hot-mounting for metallographic studies of as-quenched low-carbon martensitic steels has been studied. Hot-mounting is typically carried out at 150–200 °C, i.e., a low-temperature tempering regime. Cold- and hot-mounted specimens from an as-quenched low-carbon auto-tempered steel were examined using a scanning electron microscope and their hardness levels were also compared. It was found that hot-mounting causes additional tempering that manifests as the appearance of new precipitates in those regions that are free of auto-tempered cementite. The observations were rationalized using DICTRA simulations to calculate the potential growth of cementite. Hot-mounting was also shown to cause a small but statistically significant increase in the hardness of the martensite. View Full-Text
Keywords: hot-mounting; martensite; tempering; quenching; cementite hot-mounting; martensite; tempering; quenching; cementite

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Ramesh Babu, S.; Jaskari, M.; Järvenpää, A.; Porter, D. The Effect of Hot-Mounting on the Microstructure of an As-Quenched Auto-Tempered Low-Carbon Martensitic Steel. Metals 2019, 9, 550.

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