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Experimental Studies of Deformation Structures in Stainless Steels using EBSD
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Materials Technology. KTH, Materialvetenskap.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4359-4967
2018 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this thesis, the focus has been the study of deformation structures in stainless steels by using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Via increased knowledge of the evolution of the substructure during deformation, the design and control of the manufacturing process can be improved.

A relation was found between the active deformation mechanisms, the evolution of low angle boundaries (LABs) and the strain hardening rate. When deformation twinning was an active deformation mechanism in an austenitic stainless steel with lower stacking fault energy (SFE), the strain hardening rate was maintained up to large strains due to formation of LABs. The deformation twin boundaries acted as new obstacles for dislocation slip which in turn increased the formation of LABs even further. During deformation by slip in an austenitic stainless steel with a higher SFE, the strain hardening rate instead decreased when LABs were formed. A high value of SFE promotes dislocation cross slip which in turn increases annihilation of dislocations leading to a minor increase in LAB formation.

Deformation structures formed in surface grains during in situ tensile tests were found to develop at lower strains than in bulk grains obtained from interrupted conventional tensile tests. This behavior is consistent with the fact that dislocations sources and deformation twinning operate at approximately half the stress on a free surface as compared to the bulk.

The deformation structures were quantified by measuring size distributions for entities bounded by LABs and high angle boundaries (HABs). The size distributions were found to be well described by bimodal lognormal distribution functions. The average size for the distribution of small grains and subgrains correlated well with the mean free distance of dislocation slip and to the strain hardening.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
KTH Royal Institute of Technology , 2018. , p. 63
Keywords [en]
EBSD, Austenitic stainless steels, Duplex stainless steel, In situ tensile test, Grain boundaries, Grain rotation, Grain size distribution, Texture, Strain hardening, Structure-property relationship, High strain rate, Wire rod rolling, Roll forming
National Category
Materials Engineering
Research subject
Steel Forming and Surface Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-28340ISBN: 978-91-7729-772-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-28340DiVA, id: diva2:1239592
Public defence
2018-06-05, B2, Brinellvägen 23, Stockholm, 10:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2018-08-17 Created: 2018-08-17 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. A microstructural investigation of roll formed austenitic stainless steel
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A microstructural investigation of roll formed austenitic stainless steel
2013 (English)In: Sheet metal 2013: Key engineering metals, 2013, Vol. 549, p. 364-371Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Due to high production rates and the possibility to form complex geometries roll forming has become an increasingly popular forming process for sheet metal. Increasing quantities of high strength steels are used today but can be difficult to form due to their low ductility. One way to partly overcome this problem is to heat the steel in the forming area thus locally increasing the ductility. In the present study partially heated cold rolled high strength AISI 301 type austenitic stainless steel was investigated using electron backscattered diffraction (EBSD), and the results were compared to microhardness measurements. The results show that partial heating will give an almost complete reverse martensite transformation, i.e. martensite (alpha') transforms to austenite (gamma), close to the surfaces and grain growth in the middle of the steel sheet. The extension of the heat affected zone can be determined using either microhardness or EBSD measurements. Both these measurements can be used to determine the position of the neutral layer after roll forming. The hardness measurement cannot distinguish between microstructural features but the results are in good agreement with the EBSD results for volume fraction of alpha'-martensite. A major advantage of using EBSD is the possibility to characterize and follow the microstructural development when heating and roll forming.

Keywords
Austenitic stainless steel, EBSD, High strength steel, Microstructure, Roll forming
National Category
Materials Engineering
Research subject
Stålformning och ytteknik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-18335 (URN)10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.549.364 (DOI)000321156900046 ()
Conference
15th International Conference on Sheet Metal (SheMet 2013), MAR 25-27, 2013, Belfast, NORTH IRELAND
Available from: 2015-06-29 Created: 2015-06-25 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved
2. Microstructure evolution in an austenitic stainless steel during wire rolling
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Microstructure evolution in an austenitic stainless steel during wire rolling
2013 (English)In: Materials Science Forum, ISSN 0255-5476, E-ISSN 1662-9752, Vol. 753, p. 407-410Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Material characterization is of great importance for example to improve and further develop physically based models for predicting the microstructural evolution in steels during and after hot deformation. The aim of this study was to characterize the microstructure evolution during wire rod rolling of an austenitic stainless steel of type AISI 304L in a wire rod block, consisting of eight pairs of rolls, using electron backscatter diffraction. The investigation showed that the grain size in the center of the bar decreases during the first four passes. The grain size decrease from 6.5 Όm after the first roll pass down to 2 Όm, and only small changes was measured in the overall grain size during the last four passes. The subgrain size adopts an almost constant size of 0.9 Όm from the second until the fifth roll pass. During the first 3 passes almost no recrystallization is observed and strain accumulates. Partial recrystallization then starts and for the last 3 passes the recrystallization is almost complete and the texture is nearly random. © (2013) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

Keywords
EBSD; Microstructure; Recrystallization; Texture; Wire rod rolling
National Category
Materials Engineering
Research subject
Stålformning och ytteknik
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-12201 (URN)10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.753.407 (DOI)000320677500086 ()
Conference
5th International Conference on Recrystallization and Grain Growth, ReX and GG 2013; Sydney, NSW; Australia; 5 May 2013 through 10 May 2013
Available from: 2013-05-08 Created: 2013-05-08 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved
3. Microstructure characterization of 316L deformed at high strain rates using EBSD
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Microstructure characterization of 316L deformed at high strain rates using EBSD
2016 (English)In: Materials Characterization, ISSN 1044-5803, E-ISSN 1873-4189, Vol. 122, p. 14-21Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Specimens from split Hopkinson pressure bar experiments, at strain rates between ~ 1000–9000 s− 1 at room temperature and 500 °C, have been studied using electron backscatter diffraction. No significant differences in the microstructures were observed at different strain rates, but were observed for different strains and temperatures. Size distribution for subgrains with boundary misorientations > 2° can be described as a bimodal lognormal area distribution. The distributions were found to change due to deformation. Part of the distribution describing the large subgrains decreased while the distribution for the small subgrains increased. This is in accordance with deformation being heterogeneous and successively spreading into the undeformed part of individual grains. The variation of the average size for the small subgrain distribution varies with strain but not with strain rate in the tested interval. The mean free distance for dislocation slip, interpreted here as the average size of the distribution of small subgrains, displays a variation with plastic strain which is in accordance with the different stages in the stress-strain curves. The rate of deformation hardening in the linear hardening range is accurately calculated using the variation of the small subgrain size with strain.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016
Keywords
Austenitic stainless steels, EBSD, High strain rate, Grain size distribution, Strain hardening
National Category
Materials Engineering
Research subject
Steel Forming and Surface Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-23303 (URN)10.1016/j.matchar.2016.10.017 (DOI)000390728300003 ()
Available from: 2016-10-31 Created: 2016-10-31 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved
4. Microstructure development in a high-nickel austenitic stainless steel using EBSD during in situ tensile deformation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Microstructure development in a high-nickel austenitic stainless steel using EBSD during in situ tensile deformation
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2018 (English)In: Materials Characterization, ISSN 1044-5803, E-ISSN 1873-4189, Vol. 135, no Supplement C, p. 228-237Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Plastic deformation of surface grains has been observed by electron backscatter diffraction technique during in situ tensile testing of a high-nickel austenitic stainless steel. The evolution of low- and high-angle boundaries as well as the orientation changes within individual grains has been studied. The number of low-angle boundaries and their respective misorientation increases with increasing strain and some of them also evolve into high-angle boundaries leading to grain fragmentation. The annealing twin boundaries successively lose their integrity with increasing strain. The changes in individual grains are characterized by an increasing spread of orientations and by grains moving towards more stable orientations with 〈111〉 or 〈001〉 parallel to the tensile direction. No deformation twins were observed and deformation was assumed to be caused by dislocation slip only.

Keywords
Austenitic stainless steels, Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), In situ tension test, Grain boundaries, grain rotation
National Category
Materials Engineering
Research subject
Steel Forming and Surface Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-26645 (URN)10.1016/j.matchar.2017.11.046 (DOI)000423248200027 ()2-s2.0-85035068432 (Scopus ID)
Note

Open Access APC beslut 13/2018

Available from: 2017-11-30 Created: 2017-11-30 Last updated: 2018-08-17
5. EBSD analysis of surface and bulk microstructure evolution during interrupted tensile testing of a Fe-19Cr-12Ni alloy
Open this publication in new window or tab >>EBSD analysis of surface and bulk microstructure evolution during interrupted tensile testing of a Fe-19Cr-12Ni alloy
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2018 (English)In: Materials Characterization, ISSN 1044-5803, E-ISSN 1873-4189, Vol. 141, p. 8-18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Abstract The microstructure evolution in both surface and bulk grains in a pure Fe-19Cr-12Ni alloy has been analyzed using electron backscatter diffraction after tensile testing interrupted at different strains. Surface grains were studied during in situ tensile testing performed in a scanning electron microscope, whereas bulk grains were studied after conventional tensile testing. The evolution of the deformation structure in surface and bulk grains displays a strong resemblance but the strain needed to obtain a similar deformation structure is lower in the case of surface grains. Both slip and twinning are observed to be important deformation mechanisms, whereas deformation-induced martensite formation is of minor importance. Since the stacking fault energy (SFE) is low, 17mJ/m2, dynamic recovery by cross slip of un-dissociated dislocations is unfavorable. This reduces the annihilation of dislocations which in turn leads to a significant increase of low angle boundaries with increasing strain. The low SFE also favors formation of deformation twins which reduces the slip distance, leading to a hardening similar to the Hall-Petch relation. The combination of a low ability for cross-slip and a reduced slip distance caused by twinning is concluded to be the main reason for maintaining a high strain-hardening rate up to strains close to necking.

Keywords
Austenitic stainless steels, Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), In situ tension test, Grain boundaries, Grain rotation
National Category
Materials Engineering
Research subject
Steel Forming and Surface Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-27537 (URN)10.1016/j.matchar.2018.04.035 (DOI)000435428100002 ()2-s2.0-85046128454 (Scopus ID)
Note

Open Access APC beslut 12/2018

Available from: 2018-04-27 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2018-08-17Bibliographically approved
6. Deformation structures in a duplex stainless steel
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Deformation structures in a duplex stainless steel
2018 (English)In: Materials Science Forum, ISSN 0255-5476, E-ISSN 1662-9752, Vol. 941, p. 176-181Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The evolution of the deformation structure with strain has been studied using electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD). Samples from interrupted uniaxial tensile tests and from a cyclic tension/compression test were investigated. The evolution of low angle boundaries (LABs) was studied using boundary maps and by measuring the LAB density. From calculations of local misorientations, smaller orientation changes in the substructure can be illustrated. The different orientations developed with strain within a grain, due to operation of different slip systems in different parts of the grain, were studied using a misorientation profile showing substantial orientation changes after a true strain of 0.24. The texture evolution with increasing strain was followed by using inverse pole figures (IPFs). The observed substructure development in the ferritic and austenitic phases could be successfully correlated with the stress-strain curve from a tensile test. LABs were first observed in the different phases when the strain hardening rate changed in appearance indicating that cross slip started to operate as a significant dislocation recovery mechanism. The evolution of the deformation structure is concluded to occur in a similar manner in the austenitic and ferritic phases but with different texture evolution for the two phases.

Keywords
Duplex stainless steel, Electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), Structure-property relationship, Tensile test
National Category
Materials Engineering
Research subject
Steel Forming and Surface Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:du-28343 (URN)10.4028/www.scientific.net/MSF.941.176 (DOI)000468152500030 ()2-s2.0-85064068590 (Scopus ID)
Conference
THERMEC 2018
Available from: 2018-05-09 Created: 2018-08-17 Last updated: 2019-06-10Bibliographically approved

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